Michelle Hoehn, Justin Vosburgh named Sierra Sun’s Athletes of the Year

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Their names and faces graced the Sierra Sun sports pages the entire school year. But don’t think Justin Vosburgh and Michelle Hoehn didn’t earn every bit of that ink.

Fall through spring, both seniors excelled in their respective sports and#8212; Hoehn bolstering an incredibly skilled volleyball team in addition to her key roles on the basketball and swimming squads, and Vosburgh taking the reigns of the football team as a first-year quarterback before ending his high school career with an impressive run at a state title in baseball.

For their game-time performances, sportsmanship and lofty recommendations from coaches, Vosburgh and Hoehn have been chosen as the Sierra Sun’s male and female Athlete of the Year from Truckee.

Hoehn was a solid contributor in volleyball her junior year. But she took her game to a whole nother level as a senior, when she was voted to the 3A All-State and Northern 3A All-League second team.

After helping lead the Wolverines to the postseason with an 11-1 mark in league play, Hoehn kicked her game into high gear during the state championship tournament, smashing 12 kills in three sets from the right side to power the Wolverines past Moapa Valley into the title match.

She averaged eight kills per match as a senior, a number that could have been larger had the Wolverines not routed opponents in straight games so many times throughout the season.

and#8220;She’s a great athlete,and#8221; Truckee volleyball coach Nicole Annaloro told the Sun in a May interview. and#8220;She moves well on the court, which is why she’ll be able to play both volleyball and basketball in college.and#8221;

Both volleyball and basketball in college?

That’s right. Hoehn is just as skilled in the game of hoops. Which is why Tom Powers, head volleyball and basketball coach at College of the Siskiyous, is pleased to have her join both his programs.

and#8220;With her ability she should see court time in both sports,and#8221; the coach said last month.

As the Wolverines’ primary post player and co-captain this past season, Hoehn tallied 12.1 points per game and six rebounds, earning her a spot on the All-League and All-State first team.

and#8220;Michelle is fun to have around,and#8221; said Truckee girls basketball coach Angelo Tenorio. and#8220;She worked very hard and improved so much as a player the last couple of years. She did an amazing job for us this year.and#8221;

This spring Hoehn competed on the Truckee swim team. She made quite an impression on first-year coach Dan Ingalls.

and#8220;She is an athletic and academic leader,and#8221; Ingalls said. and#8220;She exemplifies what it’s all about to be an engaged student-athlete, not just a participant. She works hard in everything she does, and it shows.and#8221;

Ingalls found out just how athletic Hoehn is when he organized games of water polo several times during swim practice. He said with her and#8220;innate talent to set up an offenseand#8221; and#8212; a skill he attributed to basketball and#8212; Hoehn managed to create unique angles to slip scores past the goalie.

and#8220;She’s definitely a gifted athlete,and#8221; Ingalls said. and#8220;She has the kind of talent that can take her anywhere.and#8221;

Like Hoehn, Vosburgh boasts the brains to match his brawn. It’s one of the reasons Truckee football coach Bob Shaffer plugged him in at quarterback his senior year.

and#8220;That’s what I think separated him from anyone else we thought of for the position,and#8221; Shaffer said, talking about Vosburgh’s ability not only to handle the position from a physical standpoint, but also mentally in his first year at the post.

As a junior, Vosburgh was among the team leaders at running back and defensive back until breaking his hand midway through the season. Shaffer said he easily could have settled back into those familiar roles, but instead chose to step up to a new position for the better of the team.

and#8220;From a football perspective, the big thing Justin did for us and#8212; which was unselfish coming off a season where he was probably our best running back and defensive back and#8212; was volunteer for the quarterback position knowing we needed one,and#8221; Shaffer said.

and#8220;To me he made the ultimate sacrifice to the team giving up the other two positions he loved to play.and#8221;

In his first year at QB, Vosburgh completed 67 of 140 passes for 1,068 yards and eight TDs, and helped guide Truckee to the 3A state championship. Deceptive on his feet, he also averaged 5.1 yards rushing, and was the Wolverines’ punter.

For his well-rounded efforts, he was voted to the Northern 3A All-League first team as a punter, and second team at QB. He was voted to the All-State second team as a punter and earned honorable mention recognition at QB.

As the No. 1 starter on the Truckee baseball team, Vosburgh went 6-1 with 33 Ks, 30 hits allowed and 11 walks in 36 innings. He threw two complete games and had a 2.53 ERA, which ranked fifth-best in the league.

At the plate, Vosburgh posted a .384 average hitting out of the third slot, with a team-high 28 RBIs and 29 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples and three home runs. He had an on-base percentage of .442 and slugging percentage of .658, and was a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts.

and#8220;He’s a great kid, has a great head on his shoulders,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Mike Ellis, whose team played its way into the state championship tournament in Las Vegas. and#8220;He’s going to do well in life. He works hard; he and (teammate) Kevin Decker are two of the hardest workers I’ve ever had. I couldn’t ask for anything more.and#8221;

He was voted to the All-State and All-League first team.

and#8220;He’s a great athlete,and#8221; Ellis said. and#8220;He could play anywhere.and#8221;

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