Waterville School honors athletes at Crimson Awards

Winners at the Crimson Awards included, from left, Kalah Toomey, Kelsey Browning, Elaina Thomsen, Kaionni Burke, Nolan Ruud, Maria Mullen,  McKaylin Gormley and Kim Parcells. (Adrienne Douke photo)

Winners at the Crimson Awards included, from left, Kalah Toomey, Kelsey Browning, Elaina Thomsen, Kaionni Burke, Nolan Ruud, Maria Mullen, McKaylin Gormley and Kim Parcells. (Adrienne Douke photo)

 

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Waterville School presented the 2015-16 Crimson Awards June 3 at the NCW Fair Community Hall.

Approximately 300 community members, friends, family and school staff came to cheer the athletes as they received sports awards for their efforts and excellence in football, volleyball, cheerleading, girls and boys basketball, softball, baseball, and track and field.

After a buffet dinner, emcee Kieth Finkbeiner welcomed the audience and introduced the winners of each sports category. The audience was also invited to vote for the Superfan Award, which was announced at the end of the ceremony.

The athletes were recognized for a variety of achievements. Keynote speaker Tayn Kendrick spoke about the importance of teamwork and athletics. “This is a celebration of all things Shocker, which can be summed up in five words: potential, pride, community, legacy and culture.”

Award winners included:

Football: Lakin Thomsen, most valuable; Andy Caballero, most inspirational; Dillon McCullough, most improved; Nolan Ruud, coaches award

Volleyball: Kim Parcells, most valuable, all-league first team; Andrea Luaces, most improved; Elaina Thomsen, coaches award, all-league honorable mention; Drew Koenig, most inspirational; Kelsey Browning, captain; McKaylin Gormley, captain, all-league honorable mention; Kalah Toomey, all-league second team

Cheerleading: Ali Mires, most valuable; Drew Koenig, most improved; Haylee Newcomb, most inspirational; Kaionni Burke, captain; and Kim Parcells, captain

Girls Basketball: Kalah Toomey, most valuable, all-league second team; Kelsey Browning, most inspirational, all-league first team; Matilde Caria, most improved; Ali Mires, coaches award; McKaylin Gormley, all-league first team; Elaina Thomsen, all-league second team

Boys basketball: Kolten Shafer, most valuable, defensive player of the year, all-league first team; Ben Garnica, most improved; Taylor Riggs, most inspirational; Johnny Mullen, rookie of the year; Lakin Thomsen, all-league honorable mention

Softball: Ari Salcido, most valuable; Evelyn Negrete, most improved; Addie Tonseth, most inspirational, captain; Sara Velasquez, coaches award; Laura Shriner, captain; Patty Garnica, captain; Jeanet Zuniga, captain; Kaionni Burke, captain; Evelyn Cazares, captain

Baseball: Nolan Ruud, most valuable, all-league first team; Lakin Thomsen, most inspirational; Angel Lucero, most improved; Tyler Tollackson, coaches award, all-league honorable mention; Jacob Stibal, all-league honorable mention; Tanner Marden, all-league honorable mention; Will Osborne, all-league honorable mention

Track and Field: Kelsey Browning, most valuable, most inspirational; Taylor Riggs, most valuable; Andriana Hermida, most improved; Elaina Thomsen, coaches award

Team of the Year: Volleyball

Male Athlete of the Year: Nolan Ruud

Female Athlete of the Year: Kelsey Browning

Coach of the Year: Derek Browning, girls basketball

Legacy Team: 1992 boys track and field

10 Letter Winners-Youth United Award Special Recognition: Kelsey Browning, Nolan Ruud, Kaionni Burke, Lakin Thomsen, Elaina Thomsen, Kalah Toomey, McKaylin Gormley, Kim Parcells, Evelyn Cazares and Maria Mullen

Superfan: Miles Mittelstaedt

Special acknowledgements were made to Teresa Ruud for preparing the dinner, the NCW Fair for use of the Community Hall, and the high school graphics design class for the posters.

The Waterville Shocker Booster Club is also appreciative of the many individual financial supporters of the athletic program and volunteers who participated in athletic events throughout the year.

 

Emcee Kieth Finkenbeiner presents the girls basketball most inspirational award to Kelsey Browning. (Adrienne Douke photo)

Emcee Kieth Finkbeiner presents the girls basketball most inspirational award to Kelsey Browning. (Adrienne Douke photo)

 

The Waterville Shockers football team. (Adrienne Douke photo)

The Waterville Shockers football team. (Adrienne Douke photo)