Athletes honored at Crimson Awards

Coach Heath Jordan speaks about the boy’s basketball team at the Crimson Awards. (Joel Harding photo)

 

By Joel Harding
Empire Press Correspondent

Waterville residents and student athletes of the community met June 2 at the North Central Washington District Fairgrounds Community Hall to applaud the efforts of those who participated in Shocker sports during the 2014-15 school year. The recognitions ranged far and wide and involved not only present athletes but those from the past.

The first person to be recognized was the 2015 Superfan Rafael Capi. He was recognized for his superior rooting qualities and was a three-sport athlete himself.

Next came the fast pitch awards, presented by coach Linda Burke. Most improved was Sayuti Uidehira, an exchange student from Japan. Most inspirational was Maria Bustos, who made the daily trek from Mansfield not just for softball but volleyball and basketball. Kalah Toomey was presented the most valuable player award and Julia Hinderer received the coach’s award.

Baseball was next and coach Damian Smith talked about a team that had fought hard all season. Smith named Jacob Stibal as the most inspirational, Shaun Marchand was most improved and senior Mat Deshazer was most valuable. The coach’s award went to Nolan Ruud. Deshazer and Riely Stibal, both seniors, and Ruud were named to the All-League second team.

Coach Jill Moomaw of the volleyball team stepped to the podium next. Her first announcement was to say that her daughter Alyssa would be succeeding her as coach. She named Stephanie Chavez as the most improved player and Marny Lowe as the most inspirational. Andrea Toomey received the coach’s award. Moomaw also named the outstanding defensive and offensive players. Kim Parcells, the digger, and Kelsey Browning, the setter, were presented those awards, respectively. Browning, a leading player in volleyball, basketball and track was also named the outstanding female athlete.

Appearing for her last time as cheer coach, Ruth Toomey recognized her girls for both fall and winter seasons. Kim Parcells was most inspirational for both seasons. She named Alyssa Hansen most improved for the fall and Haley Henson for the winter. Andrea Toomey was most valuable during the fall and Evelyn Cazeres and Kaionni Burke shared the award for the winter season. Former Waterville cheerleader and professional dancer Tasha Palmquist will succeed Toomey as cheer coach.

Lauren Daling, a former Waterville athlete and a college basketball player at Wenatchee Valley College and Lewis and Clark State College, gave the keynote address. She noted that playing alongside the same teammates for a decade is unique to small town sports. It gives an athlete a sense of working with teammates, she said. She also was appreciative of her substantial grounding in fundamentals. As a player and now as a coach, she is glad to be a Shocker.

Wyatt Mires was named male athlete of the year. Over the years he has played football, basketball and baseball.

The boys basketball awards were presented by coach Heath Jordan. Rookie of the year was Jacob Stibal. Defensive player of the year was Wyatt Mires and most improved was Tanner Marden. Jacobe Preugschat was most inspirational and Kolten Shafer was most valuable. Preugschat was named honorable mention in All-Central Washington 2B League teams. CJ Wall was named to the second team. Kolten Shafer was selected for the first team and was second in the most valuable player voting by league coaches.

Speaking about the track team, coach Justin Grillo named Cristian Morales most improved for the boys. Taylor Willms won the honor for the girls. Chris Dronen was named most inspirational for the boys and Cristina Suarez took that award for the girls. Kelsey Browning was the most valuable player on the team.

Oly Archibald, a radio broadcaster from Western Washington, presented basketball coach Heath Jordan a picture of them both providing the color commentary at some of the games which Archibald announced.

Mike Gray handed out the football awards. Most inspirational was Alex Ludeman. Facing linemen outweighing him by 100 pounds, Ludeman “manned up” and opened holes for the Shocker runners. Dillon McCullough was the most improved and Capi was most valuable. Mires won the coach’s award. In All-League voting, Capi received honorable mention as did Ludeman. CJ Wall was named to the first team. Coaches included them in All-League selection even though Waterville did not play in the Central Washington 2B League last fall.

Coach Derek Browning then announced the girls basketball awards. Justine Clements and Alyssa Hansen were most improved, and Kalah Toomey was most inspirational. Kelsey Browning was most valuable. Elaina Thomsen was second team All-League and Browning was a first team selection. Derek Browning was chosen as coach of the year by the Waterville athletes.

The 1996 girls basketball team coached by Don Koch was named the Shocker Legacy Team. They finished sixth in the state that year.

Deshazer, Andrea Toomey and Wyatt Mires won 10 sports letters each during their four years at Waterville High School. Lowe, Mires and Dylan Landon were the letter winners who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or above during high school.

 

Girl's basketball coach Derek Browning presents the most improved award to Justine Clements. (Joel Harding photo)

Girl’s basketball coach Derek Browning presents the most improved award to Justine Clements. (Joel Harding photo)

 

Lauren Daling presents the keynote address at the Crimson Awards.  (Joel Harding photo)

Lauren Daling presents the keynote address at the Crimson Awards.
(Joel Harding photo)

 

Ruth Toomey presents awards to the cheerleaders at the Crimson Awards.  New cheer coach Tasha Palmquist looks on. (Joel Harding photo)

Ruth Toomey presents awards to the cheerleaders at the Crimson Awards. New cheer coach Tasha Palmquist looks on. (Joel Harding photo)