Outstanding Wood River High students in athletics and activities were singled out Wednesday at the Bob Shay Most Inspirational awards ceremony in the high school performing arts theater.
Voted the “Outstanding Senior Athletes” and playing two sports during the 2018-19 school year were Patrea Topp and Brayden Olson.
Named the “Outstanding Seniors of Performing Arts” were Taylor Telford and Koii Lauritsen.
Recipients of Senior Scholar/Athlete honors were Audra Mary, Isaac Loomis and Lily Brunelle.
The “Outstanding Senior Academic Activities Award” went to Haley Bjorkman and Jack Keating.
This was the 22nd year that WRHS honored three-sport letter winners who are the backbones of school’s extracurricular programs.
Honored for three sports in the 2018-19 year were Chance Appell, Davis Ros and Connor May. Christian Bothwell, honored for three sports last year, played four this time—football, cross country, basketball and track and field.
Accepting the seventh Jim Boatwright Memorial Awards were Christian Bothwell and Torie King.
Minico High All-State basketball star Boatwright had a distinguished career in college and pro basketball and taught at Wood River High School for 10 years before passing away in Feb. 2013.
Allan Lee Patterson Memorial Awards were selected by the coaching staff. The winners were Annie Kaminski and Mario Macias.
Given for the 41st time, Patterson honors remembered Hailey’s Allan Patterson, a 1975 Wood River graduate and passionate alpine skier who died in 1977.
A new award, the Dale Martin Shirt Off Our Back Award, was presented to John Koth (athletics) and Lisa Phillips (activities).
Shallen Schoessler earned the Rose Bergin Memorial Award given for the 39th time to the girl with the qualities of Bergin, a 1977 WRHS graduate who died of cancer.
Liam (Will) McGonigal received the 13th annual Monte Brothwell Unsung Hero Award honoring the Bellevue runner and 1972 state cross country champion who has completed 46-plus marathons.
Awarded the 2018-19 “Wolverine Awards” were these students active in extracurricular activities:
Evi Johnson, Kate Connelly, Zach Deal and Lelu Norton for spirit; Taylor Wernig-Hebert, KC Marcroft, Lucas Beste and Denali Stevens for leadership;
Nataly Santacruz, Luci Cuellar and Abbie Heaphy for sportsmanship; Beckler Thomas, Liam McGonigal, Klayton Douthit and Payton Bacca for tenacity.
Davey Schrader and Sascha Leidecker accepted the Tim Neville Award named after the speech arts teacher whose Hailey teams won 21 district and 10 state championships.
Bob Shay “Most Inspirational” awards were presented to athletes in each of the school’s varsity sports and to those in activities like drama, speech arts and music.
Shay award recipients during the two-hour and 23-minute program were:
• Fall sports—KC Marcroft in football;Torie King in volleyball; Owen Ruggeri and Quenia Gonzalez in cross country; Lucas Beste and Mario Macias in boys’ soccer; Audra Mary in girls’ soccer; Nick Maumus and Emily Walters in swimming.
• Winter sports—Brayden Olson and James Andrew Garratt in boys’ basketball; Patrea Topp in girls’ basketball; Jake Drummond for a second straight year in wrestling; and Eduardo Escalera in cheerleading.
• Spring sports—Liam McGonigal for the second year in boys’ track, and Josie Saleen in girls’ track; Jack Keating for the second year and Denali Stevens in tennis; Huck Sprong in baseball; Brogan Ros and Sierra Olson in boys’/girls’ golf; and Taylor Wernig-Hebert in softball.
• Other activities—Kira Korchinski in debate; Joseph Ziesing and Madeline Biggers in drama; Devin Karst and Natalie Christenson in band; James Andrew Garratt and Chloe Henderson in choir; David Taylor and Jennifer Jordan in orchestra.
Tim Richards is top coach
Presented for the 30th time was the “Shay Cup” to Wood River coaches in the name of Bob Shay, an educator and coach for 33 years in the Blaine County School District.
David Butterfield of Ketchum, who suggested the idea of the Shay Cup when Shay retired in 1989, did the presentation and called his former running coach Shay “a one-man athletic department.”
“Shay had five rules,” said Butterfield. “They were: Don’t sit down; be ready; same for everybody; don’t look back; and all we want is your best. With Shay, you knew if you committed fully, you would be a winner that day.”
Accepting the 2019 Shay Cup was volleyball coach Tim Richards. He guided the Wolverine volleyball teams for 16 seasons from 2002-18 and amassed a 305-259 record to become the winningest coach in school annals.
Singled out as retiring head coaches and introduced by their former players were coach Richards, Amanda Crist (girls’ basketball), Kori Paradis (softball), Rebecca Martin (orchestra) and Doug Stouffer (girls’ soccer).
Audra Mary introduced Stouffer, Patrea Top introduced Crist, Taylor Wernig-Hebert introduced Paradis, Jennifer Jordan introduced Martin, and Lily Richards and Paradis introduced coach Richards.
Past “Shay Cup” winners:
Football coach Kevin Stilling (three times); girls’ basketball coach Mendy Benson; tennis coach Vicki Johnston; wrestling coaches Shawn Huntington and Rhett Jones; cheerleading and track coach Jeannie Bradshaw; cross country and track coach James Foster; football coaches John Blackman and Mike Glenn; orchestra teacher Rebecca Martin; and drama teacher Karl Nordstrom;
Baseball coach Lars Hovey; softball coach Chris Cey; softball coach Dale Martin (twice); tennis coach Nancy Williams; cross country coach Joel Zellers; boys’ soccer coach Brian Daluiso (twice); and band/choir teacher Bart Bailey;
Speech arts coach Tim Neville (three times); debate coach Susan Worst; volleyball coach Dave Neumann; wrestling coach Tom Goicoechea; boys’ basketball coach Norm Cook; girls’ basketball/track coach J.C. Nemecek; girls’ soccer coach Tizz Strachan; cross country/track coach Bill Martell; and boys’ soccer coach Erik Larson.