While the individual and team state champions for spring sports have all been crowned and athletic competition gives way to years of academic achievement that culminate with next week’s graduation ceremonies, several athletes at Tahoe Truckee High School recently received post season recognition.
Lauren Browning and Leslie Ajari were voted the NIAA Northern Region Girl Swimmers of the Year. Coaches of the teams in the northern region, which includes NIAA 2A, 3A and 4A schools, did the voting.
A record number of Lady Wolverines had all-league and all-state honors bestowed upon them. The all-league NIAA 3A team included Heather Shove, first team pitcher, Jesse Turner, second team first baseman, Julie Hill, second team third baseman, Amber Harder, third team shortstop and Julie Rohrback, third team centerfielder.
Shove was also named first team all-state pitcher and Player of the Year. Turner and Hill were named to the second team while Harder and Rohrback received honorable mentions.
Crystal Reed was also named academic all-state.
Justin Draheim was named all-league. He finished the season ranked eighth individually in the NIAA 3A, and took 18th in the state tournament.
In addition, the following senior athletes were honored as the most outstanding graduating athletes in their sports at the Evening in Excellence banquet at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Excellence in education 2001-2002 senior athlete awards
Boy’s soccer – Jeffery Ebner
Girl’s soccer – Natalie Pratt
Football – Eric Detwiler
Wrestling – Jesse Helsdon
Girl’s tennis – Lindsay Borghello
Boy’s golf – Marc Giannetto
Girl’s golf – Marissa Allen
Girl’s basketball – Lauren Gordon
Boy’s basketball – David Larson
Boy’s Nordic ski -Nicolas Sterling
Girl’s Nordic ski – Betsy Van Blarigan
Boy’s alpine ski – Tommy Rosario
Girl’s alpine ski – Elise Clark
Cheerleading – Amber Rasmusen
Dance team – Valarie Madden
Baseball – David Larson
Softball – Heather Shove
Boy’s track – Evan Birchard
Girls’ track – Alicia Blount
Boy’s cross country – Graham Herr
Girls cross country – Betsy Van Blarigan
Boy’s swimming – Wesley Ajari
Girl’s swimming – Shannon Lankenau
Volleyball – Deidre Panziera
* Senior male athlete of the year- David Larson
* Senior female athlete of the year- Heather Shove
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Students frustrated at the cancellation of sports waved signs and delivered speeches at a Truckee High School protest in an attempt to return to the field this year.