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Athletes of the Year Archive


2014-2015 Athletes of the Year


Jessica Laue – 2015 Athlete of the Year

Ithaca High School Senior
A 3 Sport Standout and A September 2014 Athlete of the Month

Jess Laue. September 2014 Athlete of the Month.

Jessica’s September 2014 Athlete of the Month Nomination by her Volleyball Coach, Cheryl Crook:
Being able to say I have coached Jessica Laue is any coach’s dream. I say this because she is the type of athlete that puts in the extra effort to better herself without being asked. Several nights, she stayed after to work on her hitting and practice her setting. In addition, Jessica leads our team through any new task given and has been a positive role model on and off the court. Jessica is a middle hitter and also a setter for Ithaca’s varsity team. Having her on the court during every rotation makes us a better team. During the month of September, she has played in five matches and one tournament. Her stats are impressive with 78 kills, 33 assists, 17 solo blocks, and 9 block kills. She has served 61 out of 68 serves, a 90% average. Most importantly, Jessica expresses an enthusiasm for the sport of volleyball and her positive energy is contagious. It has been a pure joy to watch her and coach her over these last four years at Ithaca.

From Jessica’s Basketball Coach, Peg Durkin:
A standout performer for the Ithaca Girls Basketball Team, Jessica Laue earned First Team All-Conference Recognition in the Ridge and Valley Conference. She scored 203 points on the year, grabbed 143 rebounds, had 37 assists, and 28 steals.

From Jessica’s Softball Coach, Todd Cockroft:
Jessica was first, second, or third in almost every offensive and defensive category. She had a .421 batting average and only struck out 1 time all season. Her defense was exceptional with only 1 error throughout the year and she plays 1st base as if she owns it. Jessica’s leadership qualities and her positive attitude were not only well noted on our staff, but also brought to my attention by opposing coaches. She was the one voice heard above all others no matter what the situation. Jessica was C0-MVP on our softball team, and was a 1st team all-conference selection in the Ridge & Valley. Jessica played 1st base on varsity all four years for me, and I wish I had her for four more. I will not only miss her skills as a softball player, but I will miss the young lady of strong character that she has become.


Amanda Meister – 2015 Athlete of the Year

Riverdale High School Senior
A 3 Sport Athlete, and A September 2014 and May 2015 Athlete of the Month

Amanda Meister. September 2014 Athlete of the Month.
Amanda’s September 2014 Athlete of the Month Nomination by her Volleyball Coach:
Amanda Meister is a three-year starting setter for the Varsity volleyball team at Riverdale. She is an athletic setter that makes her hitters look good. The past two years Amanda has taken on a major defensive role along with her setting, usually leading or being second high in digs each match. This year, she added on attacking. Amanda is an all-around player that now looks to attack at opportune times and knows when to use her tips to get our serve receive out of weak rotations. Her work ethic and attitude are unparalleled to others; she demands a lot of herself and her teammates, but she is always being positive and encouraging to them.

She has an instinct about the game that you just can’t teach. She finds herself in the right spot at the right time and she is a setter with a hitter’s mentality. If you are going to allow her to find ways to get kills, she will, and she will continue to do it until you stop her.

She always has the desire to win but is honest and hard-working to get there. She is an athlete that could play any position on the court and make it look easy. She is hands down the best defense playing setter I have worked with (coached and played). Amanda wants her teammates happy and wants her all-around play to be perfect. She is constantly striving to improve herself and takes criticism and advice with a nod and a smile. She may be the most coachable athlete I’ve ever worked with. Amanda has had countless compliments from officials and coaches pertaining to her play and attitude. She is not only a tremendous player but a tremendous person. She leads both on the court and off by example.

Recently, Amanda has been sidelined with a season-ending injury. She had pain weeks ago, but has been playing through it. A team that relied so heavily on her play is having to adjust to live without Amanda, which hasn’t been done in three years; and being the team player she is, she feels she let her team down. This injury was in-process for some time and Amanda is still striving to contribute to her team in any way; talking in huddles, coaching the setter, calling zones, and being a target. She is one that struggles to be on the sidelines, you have to watch her to make sure she doesn’t sneak into drills. Her thoughts are with her team and their success, even at the expense of her knee.

Statistically, Amanda is in the top three of our team in everything. She is a contender for all-conference and in the future will be a nominee for all-state. In the month of September Amanda has tallied:
67 Kills with a .363 hitting percentage
116 Digs
304 Assists
4.5 Blocks
41 Aces

Amanda’s May 2015 Athlete of the Month Nomination by her Softball Coach:
Amanda Meister is a junior softball player for the Riverdale Chieftains. She is a standout 3 sport athlete who also plays volleyball and basketball.

During the month of May, Amanda had to prove her mental and physical perseverance as she has been recovering from a knee injury. In the last part of her volleyball season, she suffered an injury to her meniscus. She played basketball, but coming into the softball season, her knee was still very weak. She could not pitch. Not being able to pitch was hard for Amanda because she is a true competitor who wants to be in charge of the game. She worked hard, rehabbed her knee with Angie Hackl, and toward the beginning of May was ready to start throwing hard again.

On the season, despite not pitching the first 5 conferences games, Amanda still managed to record some outstanding pitching stats. She marked 163 strike-outs and had a 2.89 ERA. Offensively, Amanda led the SWAL conference in batting average with a .604. She hit 7 doubles, 3 triples, and 1 homerun. She also had 20 RBI’s on the season.

Statistics aside, Amanda is the kind of player that any coach would love to have. She is one of the hardest workers you will see. But, what is most impressive about her is her humility. She is proud of what she has accomplished, but Amanda is MORE happy to see her teammates succeed. When Kaylee Hanke received the April Athlete of the Month award, Amanda cried for her. Last week when we won our first regional game, the coaching staff awarded Amanda the “game ball” for the win. She turned and gave it to her catcher, Tiara, and said, “I couldn’t have done it without you.” These examples just epitomize the kind of person Amanda is.


Jared Roen – 2015 Athlete of the Year

Riverdale High School Senior
A 3 Sport Athlete, and An August 2014 and February 2015 Athlete of the Month

February 2015 Athlete of the Month, Jared Roen
Jared’s August 2014 Athlete of the Month Nomination by his Football Coach:
I would like to nominate Jared Roen for Male Athlete of the Month. Jared is one of the Captains on the Riverdale football team and has helped lead the Chieftains to a 2-0 start. In game one with the Chieftains trailing 6-0 to Royall late in the fourth quarter Jared helped rally his team to the win. He would score the game tying TD on an 8-yard run breaking numerous tackles. With Keegan Franklin’s PAT we would win the game. Defensively he was one of the team’s leading tacklers.

This past week Jared was a one person wrecking crew as he led the team in tackles and forced a fumble. Offensively he carried the ball 15 times for 192-yards and three touchdowns in helping defeat Brookwood 34-0 avenging last year’s play-off loss to the Falcons.

Jared does not just lead during games but in practice he is at the front in all conditioning drills setting an example for others to follow. He is a great person to coach and is a role model for others on the team.

Jared is a three-sport athlete winning a State Championship in wrestling and is a member of two Conference Championships in baseball. Jared also excels in the classroom as he was named to the All District –All Academic team in baseball this past year.

Jared’s February 2015 Athlete of the Month Nomination by his Wrestling Coach:
Jared just has won a state title and I would like to nominate him as athlete of the month he has put all his hard work and dedication into the sport of wrestling. Jared lost in the sectional semi-final and had to wrestle Thursday Friday and Saturday at the state tournament to boast him another title Jared is Riverdale’s 2nd 2x state champion and is an excellent example of a leader on and off the mat. Jared has kept his gpa over a 3.5 for all 4 years of high school. Jared also won his 3rd conference title in the month of February. Jared avenged all of his losses besides one going up weight classes and finding the best competition he could throughout the whole season.


2013-2014 Athletes of the Year


Jordan Cockroft – Female Athlete of the Year

Ithaca High School, Senior, Volleyball, Basketball, & Softball

Jordan Cockroft, Female Athlete of the Year 2013-2014
Jordan is a 3 sport athlete. She earned Athlete of the Month recognition in November and March for Basketball. She also earned Athlete of the Month recognition in May for Softball. Jordan was leader on every team she participated on.

Jordan’s November Athlete of the Month Nomination:
Her leadership has been tremendous under a difficult situation. The Ithaca Girls Basketball team lost their head coach within a few weeks of the season starting. She helped me the new coach get caught up to speed and has been great with her teammates pointing out new things but also helping explain to the newer players and myself what they did before.

She then went out and led her team in the first game of the year just 7 days into the season as the team won 59-34. Jordan had 17 points, 17 rebounds, 4-5 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. Other members of the team were in foul trouble, but she lead the team in one of the best performances this coach as seen. For actions on and off the court I believe Jordan Cockroft would make a great member of the Athlete of the Month club.

Jordan’s March Athlete of the Month Nomination:
Come tournament time Jordan up her scoring and rebounding compared to the regular season. She had 19 points and 15 boards and 3 assists in our opening tournament game in which we trailed midway through the 4th quarter. Then the next game against Wauzeka who we had barely beaten twice in the previous 3 weeks, Jordan put up 14 points gathered 11 rebounds to go with 2 assists and 2 steals helping us beat Wauzeka 49-29. Against Barneveld she, along with Kati had to do basically everything for us. She had 15 points and 10 rebounds against the State Champs.

Speaking of the state level, Jordan was named to the WBCA All-Star team this coming summer. Her strong push and the fact that she is a 3 time First Team All-Conference player helped. She finished her career with 911 points, 619 rebounds, and 156 assists.

Jordan’s May Athlete of the Month Nomination:
Jordan has had another excellent season this year. She batted an even .600 for the month of May, including 6 over the fence home runs. She accounted for 20 RBIs, scored 17 times, and only struck out once.

As a pitcher she had an ERA of 0.91, averaged 2.2 strike outs per inning, and only walked 7 batters total. She led her team to the Ridge and Valley Conference Championship, and the first ever Regional Championship for Ithaca Softball.

She is a leader both on and off the field, and serves as an excellent role model for the entire school. She often stays after practice and works with the younger pitchers in a very encouraging way. She also works with the youth softball players and will be assistant coaching this summer. She has the admiration of the entire elementary school and can often be seen smiling and giving them words of encouragement.

Jordan definitely believes in giving back to the program that has brought so much to her!


Alex Mortimer – Male Athlete of the Year

Richland Center High School, Senior, Football, Basketball, and Baseball

Alex Mortimer, Male Athlete of the Year 2013-2014
Alex is a 3 sport athlete. He earned Athlete of the Month recognition January for basketball. Alex also stood out on his football and baseball teams at Richland Center High School.

Alex Mortimer’s January Male Athlete of the Month Nomination:
I am nominating Alex Mortimer for his outstanding leadership and play over the month of January. I have had the honor of coaching him over his high school career in both football and basketball and he has progressed and excelled in each. He is one of the most talented athletes that I have ever been around and his work ethic and drive to succeed is unmatched by any other student athlete.

Alex has had an outstanding year so far for the RCHS boys’ basketball team. He has averaged 19.2 points per game, 12.1 rebounds per game and currently leads the team in points scored, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. During the month of December, he had a tremendous Cuba City tournament, which led to him being a Wissports.net ‘athlete of the week’ nominee. He currently is one of 43 “wings to watch” on Wissports.net which will be narrowed down to 15 players shortly. He currently sits at 65th in the state in total points scored and 4th in the state in total rebounds.

Alex is a leader. When he talks, everyone listens. He has earned his teammates respect through ability (on and off the court) and hard work. In January, we (like other schools) have experienced many school cancellations causing us to have missed a lot of practice time. Alex has orchestrated captain’s practices that are held at the community center and other local gyms to keep him and his teammates in peak form. He has been my on court captain every game this year. This is not something that I take lightly. I expect my court captain to be an extension of my voice; both in holding his teammates accountable and giving praise when deserved. He has earned that designation and has not let me down.

Not only is Alex a tremendous athlete, he is an exceptional student as well. He has averaged a 3.94 GPA over his high school career while being a three sport athlete. His grades mean a lot to him and he hopes to go to an exceptional engineering school to continue his education next year.

Alex is not the athlete of the month, he is the athlete of the year! He is the kid that wants the ball in his hands at the end of the game. He is the athlete that isn’t afraid to openly praise his fellow teammates over a good play. He is the athlete that will call up each individual teammate to make sure that they make it to morning practice on time during two-a-days. Alex Mortimer is a great kid, athlete and leader. He makes it a little easier for a first year coach to be successful.


2012-2013 Athletes of the Year


Brooklyn Ewing

Senior, Richland Center High School, Softball

Brooklyn Ewing, Female Athlete of the Year for 2012-2013

Brooklyn has done a nice job of stepping up and pitching this year. She pitched her freshman year and showed a great deal of potential. In her sophomore season she injured her shoulder that required surgery causing her to miss her sophomore campaign. As a junior, she started in the outfield. However, this year we really needed another arm for our pitching rotation. After not throwing a pitch in 2 years she has worked extremely hard this year and has been a great asset to the team in all phases of the game. When Brooklyn is not pitching you will find her roaming the grass in centerfield.

Brooklyn also was a member of the Regional Championship Volleyball team where she was the starting setter, as well as the Regional Championship Basketball team where she was a starting guard. All in total her last 2 years she participated in 5 sectional tournaments our of 6 sports seasons.


Trevor Spears

Senior, Riverdale High School, Wrestling

Trevor Spear, Male Athlete of the Year for 2012-2013

Trevor capped off a tremendous senior wrestling season with a 48-1 record, including championships at every tournament he participated in this year, including WIAA Division 3 Regional and Sectional Titles to go along with his first ever WIAA Division 3 State Title.

Trevor has been leader for the Riverdale wrestling program his entire 4 years through his hard work and determination to excel. He is also very motivated to help bring awareness to breast cancer and prostate cancer, as we hosted a blue night this year at a home match to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. Trevor will be deeply missed next year.

Trevor was also a member of the conference championship baseball team.