By: Robin Palmer | Wellsboro Gazette | June 11, 2007 | Photo courtesy Robin Palmer
The annual Wellsboro Hornets Sports Booster Club banquet and awards ceremony for the Wellsboro Area High School was held on Monday, June 4, with a buffet dinner catered by Custom Catering.
Co-President for the Booster Club, Janet Sayre, welcomed the athletes, coaches, parents and families, as Vice President Danelle Fuller announced the 2006-2007 Booster Club scholarship award winners of Tricia Dowling and Tim Shaw.
Sally Jones announced the Gridder's Club scholarship winner as Wellsboro's Superintendent, Phil Waber, drew the name of senior Jerry Heichel.
As senior Tim Shaw began with the invocation, athletic director Sherri Prough prepared for the presentation of the athletic awards.
The Wendy's High School Heisman Award was presented to Tim Shaw and Brittany Young, two of the top students in the nation, over 102 nationwide. Shaw was one of the top ten finalists in the state of Pennsylvania.
Heather Sayre and Shaw were also presented with an award as two of the top athletes in the NTL by the Athletic Directors, representing Wellsboro. Overall in the NTL, the award was presented to Mansfield's Riley Bowen and Tesia Kaczynski.
Also recognized were the teams that recorded NTL West titles including the girl's soccer team, boy's cross country, girl's cross country, softball, as Wellsboro's baseball team took runner up in the NTL, with both boy's and girl's basketball teams achieving district qualification.
The Lady Hornet girl's cross country team went on to compete at the state level, as well as two runners from the boy's cross country team, Justin Rupert and Tyrel Fuller. Wellsboro also sent one female from the girl's track team, Jesse Palmer-Bacon, to Shippensburg's state competition in the long jump.
The Ray Strykowski award, presented to a female basketball player in memory of Coach Strykowski, who was dedicated and made many contributions to the team. A team leader, role model, and asset to the program, giving 100 percent at both practices and games, this year's recipient was Nikki Darrow.
The Scholar Athlete Award, U.S. Army Reserve, was presented to Amer Borden and Jeremiah Peropat, as the Distinguished Athlete, U.S. Marine Corps, was awarded to Andrea Strein and Jimmy Rague.
The Babe Ruth Good Sportsmanship School Spirit Award is selected by members of the senior class and recognizes a male and female athlete who exemplifies good sportsmanship. This year's recipients included Brittany Young and Casey Young.
The District IV PIAA Sportsmanship Award was presented to Trisha Rumsey and Jesse Tom, as the PIAA District IV award was presented to Brittany Young and Tyrel Fuller. The Samuel F. McInroy Jr. Athletic Award was also presented to senior Dylan Guelig.
The Roger Dibble Memorial Award is given in memory of Roger Dibble who was a varsity wrestler from 1961-1964 for the Hornets. Dibble's hard work, dedication, and competitive nature enabled him to go undefeated during regular season matches his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. He earned the sectional championship both his junior and senior years and wrestled his college years at East Stroudsburg University. This year's recipient had a never give up attitude and a team leader, junior Zac Cerrone.
The John Wilcox Memorial Award is presented to a senior athlete who has exhibited the desire and drive to develop fully his playing ability and sportsmanship. The 2006-2007 recipient was Jerry Heichel.
Senior Jesse Tom was awarded the Rev. Wade Stewart Memorial Award, which is given to an athlete of the varsity football team who distinguishes himself with leadership by example, commitment to the program, respect for the coaches, officials, and instills a positive belief in himself and the team.
The Laura Grove Patterson Memorial Award is presented to the top competitor in girl's tennis. The 2006-2007 recipient was Janelle Knaus.
The Shelly Taynton Memorial Award, given to a female athlete who led the team through inspirational actions, with steady contributions to the team, making sacrifices and respecting the coaching staff. The 2006-2007 recipient was Dani Wheeler.
The LaRue Wilson Memorial Award was presented to senior Casey Young. LaRue Wilson was remembered on the free throw line, sinking both shots, neither hitting the rim, to capture the championship in overtime.
Finishing out the night, anticipation among all the athletes, the 2006-2007 Male and Female athlete of the year awards were presented. The John Prevost Male Athlete of the Class was awarded to Tim Shaw, as the female athlete was recognized as Heather Sayre.