|Blue Jays hold season-ending awards banquets|
|Friday, March 21, 2014 8:18 PM|
DELPHOS — St. John’s held its season-ending wrestling and boys basketball banquets Sunday.
Blue Jay head wrestling coach Derek Sterling honored his team for their accomplishments during the recently completed 2013-14 season during award ceremonies.
The season started at the Lincolnview Invitational with the Blue Jays taking first place in the team standings, then was runner-up at the Allen County Tournament. The 2013 portion of the schedule concluded at Marion Harding were junior Wes Buettner was named Most Valuable Wrestler.
Other highlights for the Blue Jays after the new year began included having a school-record four placers at the Catholic Invitational Tournament in Cleveland. The regular season wrapped up at the premier Division III meet of the year, the L.C.C. Thunderbird Invitational. At sectionals, seven Blue Jay wrestlers advanced. The following week at Districts, Buettner placed fourth to advance to Columbus.
Team captains for the year elected by fellow wrestlers included Buettner, Nate Schroeder and Austin Martin.
Earning fourth-year varsity awards were Schroeder and Martin; third-year awards were juniors Buettner, Alex Haunhorst and Justin Siefker; second-year awards went to sophomores Austin Schulte and Evan Mohler; and first-year awardwinners were Avery Martin, Evyn Pohlman, Andrew Shawhan, Patrick Stevenson and Brett Vonderwell.
Wrestling is an individual sport and Sterling honored his wrestlers that led the team in each category: Most Pins (26) and Most Takedowns (88), Buettner; Most Nearfalls (59), Austin Martin; and Most Reversals (24), Vonderwell.
Mohler won the Scholastic Achievement Award, Haunhorst the Most Improved Wrestler and Buettner the Most Valuable Wrestler. For the third year in a row, Siefker received the 110 Percent Award and Vonderwell was voted as the Freshman Phenom.
Mat Maids do a lot of work behind the scenes keeping track of stats and were recognized for their work as Madelynn Buettner, Cheyanne Bonifas, Kylie Fritz and Alicia Buettner received varsity letters. Finally, Senior Awards went to: Schroeder, Austin Martin and Mat Maids Bonifas, Buettner, Fritz and Page Perrine.
Junior Varsity Award winners: Perrine, Deven Haggard and Jorden Boone.
St. John’s junior high coach Brent Gable had five young grapplers he acknowledged during ceremonies: Justin Wieging, Devin Cario, Isaac Musser, Collin Fischer and Joey Schier.
Boys basketball head coach Aaron Elwer highlighted his team’s ups and downs during the team’s award ceremonies, especially its top defensive ranking (45 points per game) in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Seniors earning varsity letters were Eric Clark (second year), Ryan Koester (second year), Ben Wrasman, Aaron Hellman, Jake Csukker and Nick Bockey.
Juniors earning varsity letters were Andy Grothouse (second year), Tyler Conley (second year), Evan Hays (second year), Alex Odenweller and Austin Heiing.
Earning special awards were Koester (first-team All-MAC; second-team All-Northwest District and District 8 All-Stars; team captain), Clark (second-team MAC; All-MAC Academic, team captain), Hellman (All-MAC Academic Award), Csukker (Most Improved), Conley (All-MAC Honorable Mention; Best Free-throw Percentage of 74%), Grothouse (First-Team All-MAC; Second-Team District 8; Honorable Mention All-NW District; Efficiently Award), Hays (HM All-MAC), Bockey (All-MAC Academic) and Odenweller (All-MAC Academic).
Also receiving recognition at the banquet were members of the JV/freshmen teams: Aaron Reindel, Timothy Kreeger, Jaret Jackson, Robby Saine, Josh Warnecke, Derek Klausing, Owen Rode, Jacob Hellman, Gaige Seffernick, Wyatt Nagel, Ryan Hellman, Jesse Ditto, Owen Baldauf and Tyler Ledyard.
Varsity cheerleaders (Morgan Jostpille, Morgan Curran, Lindsey Warnecke, Lyndsay Mohler and Jessica Koverman) and JV cheerleaders (Alaina Utrup, Bailey Kill, Brittany Schrader, Megan Maas and Kennedy Jackson) were honored for their contributions by advisor Tricia Patton.