Wallenpaupack Area student/athletes honored at annual event

Last week Wallenpaupack Area High School athletes mustered together one final time for the academic year to recognize the top performers from the 2015-16 sports seasons.

In addition to the numerous varsity letters awarded, peak performers in each sport were lauded by their coaches and members of the senior class that lettered six or more times were presented with commemorative clocks to note their “round the clock” dedication to student athletics.

Athletic Director Ann Marie Simons, hosting the honorees, cited the seniors for their dedication and leadership but also laid forth a challenge to the juniors and other underclassmen.

“Seniors,” she said, “you’ve done a lot to help each other out and lead.

“You are all leaders. Many of you are silent leaders, but you are role models for our younger athletes.

“You have taken time to work with the JV and junior high players and that’s something they really appreciate and will remember. Juniors…you have big shoes to fill.”

Multi-taskers

Although each coach came and went, attributing accolades for each Buckhorns squad, six seniors were recognized for achievements on multiple teams.

Leading the charge was Michael Ingulli who received a Coach’s Award for basketball, named the MVP for football and was also given the GUTS Award for track.

Todd Frick was lauded as a Most Valuable Wrestler and was named Defensive Player of the Year for football.

Ryan Ehrhardt was named the Outstanding Defensive Player for soccer and was given a Coach’s Award in basketball.

Lady Buckhorns that were doubly cited were Molly Jansco with the Pack Award for track & field and was the MVP for basketball.

Alyssa LaFave was named the Outstanding Runner for cross-country and was the MVP for track.

Last but not least, Lauren Goetz was honored for Outstanding Leadership in basketball and was the MVP for softball.

Team tributes

Junior Chris Brindle as the Offensive Player of the Year for baseball while senior Wade Gilpin was given the Coach’s Award and junior Austin Gilpin was named the team MVP.

Seniors Shawn McLain was given the Buckhorn Award for boys soccer and Matt Vosburg was named the MVP.

Senior Kyle McLaughlin was given a Coach’s Award for basketball. In cross-country, Shawn Otway was presented with the Pack Award while Jacob Wacker was named as the Outstanding Runner, both are seniors. Football seniors Christian Waszak was cited as the Most Improved Player; Rashawn Battle as the Offensive Player of the Year; Isaiah Rios as the Special Teams Player of the Year; and James Gentes with the Coach’s Award. Junior Hunter Nakielny was honored as the Most Improved Wrestler while senior Kyle Hartman was named as a Most Valuable Wrestler.

In tennis, junior Tanner Badoud was titled the Most Improved Player while senior Spencer Cichinsky was given the Coach’s Award. Seniors Evans Obeng was the MVP for track while classmate Kenny Grady earned the MVP for the field and freshman Tyler Wirth was dubbed the Rookie of the Year.

Coach’s Awards in golf were presented to juniors Corbin Babyak and Kyle Pillar. Senior Molly Mowatt was named the Outstanding Girls’ Golfer while an Outstanding Record award was given to freshman Alex Pillar.

Freshman Caitlin Campbell was cited as the Female Swimmer of the Year while senior Kyle Usbeck was titled the Male Swimmer of the Year.

Senior Skylar Wirth was the Offensive Player of the Year for girls’ soccer while junior Sheila Whitman was named the Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Rachael Tirjan earned the Rookie of the Year award. Junior Olivia Scartelli was the Defensive Player of the Year in basketball.

Cheer seniors Nina Litz was named Cheerleader of the Year and Rebecca Fohl was given the Coach’s Award. Senior Aleaha Wacker achieved the Pack Award for cross-country. Sophomore Margo DePatie was named Best Offensive Player for Field Hockey while junior Alyssa Watson was honored as the Most Versatile Player and senior Nicole Pesce was the team MVP.

Senior Katie Schoenagel was the softball Defensive Player of the Year while classmate Sarah Witte earned the Coach’s Award.

In tennis, senior Irene Gendelman was the team MVP and had an undefeated season in league play while junior Kristen Denniston was given the Coach’s Award.

Freshman Mackenzie Turner was the track Rookie of the Year and junior Shannon Vennie was the MVP for girls’ field events.

Time’s up

Seventeen seniors summed up their sports careers at Wallenpaupack by earning varsity letters in six or more sports.

Making the grade with six were Ray Ortiz for wrestling and baseball; Rachel Spewak for soccer, softball, and track & field; Patrick Johnson for cross-country, swimming, and track & field; Wade Gilpin for cross-country and baseball and Eric Kolvek for cross-country and track & field.

Sliding in with seven each are Ryan Ehrhardt for soccer, basketball, and track & field; Todd Frick for football and wrestling; Lauren Goetz for basketball and softball, Michael Ingulli for football, basketball, and track & field and Thomas Sarro for swimming and tennis.

Earning eight were Annalyn Hehir for field hockey, cross country, and swimming; and Jacob Wacker for cross-country and track & field.

Molly Jansco tallied nine for soccer, basketball, and track & field as did Kyle Hartman for football, wrestling, and track & field.

Tallying ten were Alyssa LaFave for cross-country, swimming, and track & field and Kyle McLaughlin for football, basketball, and track & field.

Finally, Matthew Vosburg achieved what just six other Buckhorns have ever done.

Over the course of his high school career, for his efforts in soccer, football, swimming, and track & field, he earned twelve letters.

More on Matt’s outstanding accomplishment will be detailed in an upcoming edition of the News Eagle.