Wayne Highn athletes honored at Tuesday banquet
Four inductees were added to the Wayne High School Sports Hall of Fame as this year's student-athletes were honored with the annual Blue Devil Banquet Tuesday at the Wayne State College Student Center's Frey Conference Suite.
Allison (Davis) Hansen and Matt Nelson, both 2004 Wayne High alumni, were inducted for their efforts in volleyball and wrestling, respectively. Retired assistant coach Duane Blomenkamp was also honored for his 39 years of service to the school's athletic programs. The 1956 Class B state boys basketball champions were the first team inducted into the Hall of Fame. Ryan Dahl, son of the late Ken Dahl -- a member of the 1956 championship team -- accepted the honor on behalf of the team.
Seniors Gabi Meyer and Juan Vergara were double-recipients of Most Valuable Player awards in their respective sports. Meyer was honored in girls cross country and girls track, while Vergara was honored in football and wrestling.
Other MVP award winners included Christopher Woerdemann (boys cross country), Hana Nelsen (girls golf), Tori Kniesche (softball), Lauren Pick (volleyball), Tyrus Eischeid (boys basketball), Ashton Boyer (girls basketball), Cameron Muhs (wrestling co-MVP with Vergara), Jacob Kneifl (baseball), Tanner Walling (boys golf) and Aaron Reynolds (boys track).
Master Sports award winners, given to seniors who participated in three sports all four years of high school, inculded Sidney Biggerstaff (softballl, girls basketball, girls track), Ashton Boyer (volleyball, girls basketball, girls track), Drew Buck (football, basketball, baseball), Allison Claussen (softball, girls basketball, girls track), Tyler Gilliland (football, boys basketball, baseball), Gabi Meyer (cross country, girls basketball, girls track), Aaron Reynolds (football, boys basketball, boys track) and Brandon Wacker (cross country, wrestling, boys track).
Almost 60 percent of the 302-member student body at Wayne High School was involved in athletics this school year, according to Wayne High athletic director Dennis Dolliver