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Athletes of the Week


Athletes of the Week

Athlete of the Week is a fun way to honor athletes who have demonstrated leadership ability in the past week. They are nominated by and voted upon by all of the other coaches. This award is sponsored by the area businesses, Trophies T’s and More and Oasis Lanes. The athlete receives a medal of recognition, along with gift certificates from both sponsors.



by Sydney Porter

School Publications Staff Writer

Posted September 20, 2016


Congratulations to the Week 3

Athletes of the Week:

Senior Cyle Butenhoff and junior Makenzie Schmidtke.



Cyle Butenhoff, 12

What sport were you nominated for? JV or Varsity?

“Cross Country /Varsity”

What other sports do you participate in? JV or Varsity?

“Track /Varsity”

Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

“I was really happy, and it was great recognition of my hard work. But I have to keep working to be the athlete of the week for the Missourian and also keep getting more accolades.”

Why do you believe you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

“For my hard work and dedication”

Have you received this award before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport?

“Yes, I think 3-4 times. I think 2-3 times for Cross Country and once for track.”

Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you receive this award? If so, please list who and how they have helped you. (This can be coaches, parents, etc.)

“My coaches, my parents, and my teammates. They've always been pushing me and make sure I do workouts right.”

How long have you participated in this sport?

“Four years.”

Describe your favorite moment from the season.

“Well, right now being 4-0 in Missouri for cross country meets. My other favorite was breaking 17 minutes in the 5k (3.1 miles).”


Coach’s nomination entry:

“Cyle has been working hard all summer. It is really starting to pay off. He was our fastest at Memphis and was our fastest at Forest Park, taking 5th place out of 149 runners. We won. Cyle has a great attitude, great work ethic, and is a great teammate. We won Forest Park, a huge meet, and Cyle was a part of that.”


Makenzie Schmidtke, 11

What sport were you nominated for? JV or Varsity?

“I was nominated for Varsity (Volleyball).”

What other sports do you participate in? JV or Varsity?

“I participate in basketball and soccer.”

Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

“I felt pretty proud of myself. It's always a good feeling when somebody notices you have been working super hard at what you love.”

Why do you believe you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

“I believed I got selected because my coach saw how hard I was working in practices and it showed in games.”

Have you received this award before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport?

“Yes, I have had Athlete of the Week one time.That was for basketball. This is my second time getting it.”

Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you receive this award? If so, please list who and how they have helped you. (This can be coaches, parents, etc.)

“Just want thank my coach (Coach Berkel) for everything she has done for me to make me better every single day. Also. pushing me to try harder every day. Along with my teammates. I wouldn't have gotten this award if it wasn't for them making me better every day as well.”

How long have you participated in this sport?

“I have participated since 5th grade.”

Describe your favorite moment from the season.

“I don't have one just yet. So, we will see at the end of the season.”


Coach’s nomination entry:

“MaKenzie has done a great job offensively and defensively during our matches last week. Combined in both games, she had 8 kills, 5 aces and scored 15 points off of her serves. With her aggressive serve, she is leading the team in service points."

by Sydney Porter

School Publications Staff Writer

Posted September 14, 2016


Congratulations to the Week 2

Athletes of the Week:

Freshman Alyssa McCormack and senior Seth Arflack.


Seth Arflack, 12

What sport were you nominated for? JV or Varsity?

“Varsity Soccer.”

What other sports do you participate in? JV or Varsity?

“No other.”

Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

“I was honestly shocked and excited to be nominated for such a great award and appreciate it very much.”

Why do you believe you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

“I believe I got selected because this is one of the best seasons i have had in my four years of playing.”

Have you received this award before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport?

“I have received this award twice now.”

Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you receive this award? If so, please list who and how they have helped you. (This can be coaches, parents, etc.)

“I would like to say a special thanks to Coach Brinker and Coach Knipp for helping me work and train to my full potential and our Athletic Director Coach Rob!!!”

How long have you participated in this sport?

“Four years this year”

Describe your favorite moment from the season.

“My favorite moment is getting two goals at Festus, one by a break away and one by a fantastic pass from Hunter Richardson.”


Coach’s nomination:

“Seth led our team to our first win as he scored twice and had an assist in our 5-0 win against Festus.  Seth played the best game I have seen him play in the past three years. Seth also scored on Monday in our tight game against DeSoto.  He scored late to make it 3-2 in the final minutes to give our guys a chance at a comeback.  He is a dedicated member of our program and excelled on the field last week. In three games, Seth had three goals and an assist."


Alyssa McCormack, 9

What sport were you nominated for? JV or Varsity?

“Cross Country, Varsity”

What other sports do you participate in? JV or Varsity?

“Soccer”

Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

Happy”

Why do you believe you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

“Because of my performance in my last few meets”

Have you received this award before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport?

“No”

Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you receive this award? If so, please list who and how they have helped you. (This can be coaches, parents, etc.)

“My coach and parents”

How long have you participated in this sport?

“First year of high school cross country”

Describe your favorite moment from the season.


Coach’s nomination:

“I would like to nominate Alyssa McCormick. Alyssa was first girl on our team in Memphis and ran well.”


Congratulations to the Week 1 Athletes of the Week:


by Sydney Porter

School Publications Staff Writer

Posted September 8, 2016

Sophomore Sophie Machen and Senior Anthony Giancola accepting their Athlete of the Week Awards.


Sophie Machen, 10

What sport were you nominated for? JV or Varsity?

“Varsity Cross Country”

What other sports do you participate in? JV or Varsity?

“I participate in Track on the Varsity team.”

Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

“I felt excited and thought it was really neat. I had been Athlete of the Week last year too after I won my JV Conference Race, and I just remember thinking it was really cool that I got athlete of the week two years in a row.”

Why do you believe you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

“I think I was selected for Athlete of the Week because I was the only girl on the Varsity team who got a medal at our first home cross country meet in 22 years.”

Have you received this award before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport?

“Yes, I've received this award once before for Cross Country my freshman year.”

Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you receive this award? If so, please list who and how they have helped you. (This can be coaches, parents, etc.)

“Mr. Martin for always pushing and believing in me, even when I don't believe in myself.”

How long have you participated in this sport?

“I have participated in Cross Country my freshman and Sophomore years.”

Describe your favorite moment from the season.

“So far, my favorite moment of the season has probably been just spending time with my Cross Country family. We laugh and have an amazing time together. Going to Memphis together has probably been the most fun so far in the season, but it isn't even half over so there are more memories to be made.”


Anthony Giancola, 12

What sport were you nominated for? JV or Varsity? “Cross Country”

What other sports do you participate in? JV or Varsity? “Track”

Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week. “I was happy that I could perform well enough to get this award.”

Why do you believe you got selected to be Athlete of the Week? “I feel like I've been working super hard at my practices and performing well enough at the meets.”

Have you received this award before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport? “I have for Cross Country last year only once.”

Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you receive this award? If so, please list who and how they have helped you. (This can be coaches, parents, etc.) “I would like to thank Coach Martin for pushing me at practice and believing in me at the meets.”

How long have you participated in this sport? “This year will be my fifth year in this sport.”

Describe your favorite moment from the season. “Going down to Tennessee with the team was amazing, we all had a lot of fun and we performed very well at the meet.”


Congratulations to the Week

20 Athletes of the Week:


Maelina Gerdel, 9


Q: Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

A: I was surprised; I never thought I would be selected.

Q: Why do you think you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

A: I try my hardest every day and never give up.

Q: Have you gotten this honor before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport?

A: No, I haven’t.

Q: What sports do you participate in at school? JV or Varsity?

A: I run Cross Country and Track.

Q: Who are your coaches for the sport you received this honor for? How did this coach(es) help you achieve this honor?

A: Coach Haddox and Coach Martin-they told me I could run something that I've never ran before.

Q: How long have you participated in this sport?

A: I have been running track for two years

Q: Describe one memorable moment from this season?

A: When I PR'd (personal record) and got a 13:01 in the 3,200.

Coach’s nomination:

Over the past week, Maelina cut over a minute off of her 3,200 time. She also got put into the 4 x 800 and ran the fastest split of the season in her first race. Even as a freshman, her effort, determination and focus make her a leader on our team.


Blaine Jackson, 12

Q:Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

A: Felt great.

Q: Why do you think you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

A: Because I work hard every day.

Q: Have you gotten this honor before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport?

A: No, first time.

Q: What sports do you participate in at school? JV or Varsity?

A: Cross country JV and Track Varsity

Q: Who are your coaches for the sport you received this honor for? How did this coach(es) help you achieve this honor?

A: Coach Martin helps me get faster each and every day.

Q: How long have you participated in this sport?

A: Three years

Q: Describe one memorable moment from this season?

A: Just being around my friends, having competitions to get better and beat each other.

Coach’s nomination:

Blaine set a PR (personal record) in his one mile with 5:24 on Tuesday and then he turned around and matched it on Thursday with another 5:24. Blaine is a very hard worker and precisely the kind of kid we like to see running on our track team both on and off the track.




Congratulations to the Week 16 Athlete of the Week:

Erin York, 9

Q: Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

A: I was excited to know my hard work had paid off.

Q: Why do you think you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

A: Because I have improved a lot these past couple weeks.

Q: Have you gotten this honor before? If so, how many times, when, and for what sport?

A:  No.

Q: What sports do you participate in at school? JV or Varsity?

A: JV volleyball, varsity basketball and track.

Q: Who are your coaches for the sport you received this honor ? How did this coach(es) help you achieve this honor?

A: Coach Carroll, Coach V, and Coach LaRue. They all helped me by pointing out my mistakes and telling me how to fix them.

Q: How long have you participated in this sport?

A: Since 3rd grade.

Q: Describe one memorable moment from this season?

A: When we beat Sullivan on Courtwarming night.

Coach’s nomination entry:

Erin York is starting as a freshman and playing great defense and also helping on offense. The team is on a four game winning streak with her as a starter.


by Sydney Porter

School Publications Staff Writer

Posted Feb. 25, 2016



Congratulations to the Week 11 Athlete of the Week: 

Kelsey Wachter, 11


Q: Please describe how you felt when you found out you were named Athlete of the Week.

A: I felt good about my accomplishments.

Q: Why do you think you got selected to be Athlete of the Week?

A: I assume for being a leader on my team.

Q: Have you gotten this honor before? If so, how many times, when and for what sport?

A: Yes, I have. I don't know how many times, but I got it this year for volleyball, also.

Q: What sports do you participate in at school? JV or Varsity?

A: Volleyball-varsity, basketball-varsity, track-varsity

Q: Who are your coaches for the sport you received this honor for? How did this coach(es) help you achieve this honor?

A: Coach Verticchio, he pushes me.

Q: How long have you participated in this sport?

A: Since I was in 2nd grade

Q: Describe one memorable moment from this season?

A:  The team making an oath of always being a family.


by Briana Rinks

School Publications Staff Writer

Posted Dec. 12, 2015 


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