Coborn, Wolff receive top honors
Tucker Coborn, Hannah Wolff, Kevin McMorrow and Kyja Penning epitomized the true meaning of the three-sport high school athlete.
Those four Park Rapids seniors were recognized for their talents by receiving the top honors at Wednesday night's 33rd annual All Sports Banquet at the Area High School gym.
Coborn was named the 2010 Male Student Athlete, Wolff was named the 2010 Female Student Athlete, McMorrow was named the 2010 Outstanding Male Athlete and Penning was named the 2010 Outstanding Female Athlete.
In addition to handing out those four awards, Joe Harvala and Jason Deitchler were inducted into the Panther Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coborn was a letterwinner in football, hockey and baseball. In football, Coborn lettered as a junior and senior, earning all-conference honorable mention honors as a junior and all-conference honors as a senior. Coborn was the conference's Most Valuable Defensive Back and received the team's Gary Rehn Award as a senior. In hockey, Coborn lettered three years, earning all-conference honorable mention honors as a sophomore and all-conference honors as a junior and senior. Coborn was also a captain as a junior and senior and received Section 8A honors and the team's Hobey Baker award as a senior. Coborn is third in school history in scoring with 146 points. Coborn also lettered three years in baseball, earning all-conference honorable mention honors as a sophomore and all-conference honors as a junior. Coborn also served as a captain this season. Coborn plans on playing junior hockey next year.
Wolff lettered three years in volleyball and basketball and five years in track. In volleyball, Wolff was an all-conference honorable mention player as a sophomore and senior and all-conference player as a junior. Wolff was one of the captains this year. In basketball, Wolff earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a sophomore and junior and all-conference honors as a senior. Wolff was a captain and the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. In track, Wolff received all-conference honors the last four years and competed in three state meets, qualifying on the 4 x 800-meter relay team the last two years and competing in the state Class A True Team meet this spring. The 4 x 800 relay team finished 10th in 2008 and fifth last year at the state meet, setting a school record in the process.
McMorrow lettered four years in hockey and three years in football and baseball. In football, McMorrow earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a junior and all-conference honors as a senior. McMorrow was a captain his senior season and received the team's Mike McClelland award. In hockey, McMorrow was an all-conference and Section 8A performer the last three seasons. McMorrow, who became the first defenseman in school history to score more than 100 points, served as captain the last two years and received the team's Matt Spangler award this season. McMorrow was an all-conference baseball player as a junior and served as a captain his senior year.
Penning competed in four state meets and earned 17 letters in swimming, gymnastics and track during her career. Penning was a six-year letterwinner in swimming, earning all-conference honorable mention honors as a freshman and all-conference honors and all-section honors the last three seasons. Penning, who was named the team's MVP the last three years, qualified for the state meet in diving three times, placing 16th as a sophomore, eighth to earn all-state honors as a junior and 13th as a senior. Penning also placed 15th in the 100-yard butterfly and swam on the 200 medley relay team that placed 19th at this year's state meet. Penning holds the school record in the 100 butterfly. In gymnastics, Penning also earned six letters and was an all-conference honorable mention performer as an eighth grader and an all-conference gymnast the last four seasons. Penning was the team's MVP as a freshman and senior and served as captain her senior year. In track, Penning earned five letters and was an all-conference honorable mention performer as a freshman and competed at this year's state Class A True Team meet. Penning plans on competing in swimming and diving at Minnesota State University Moorhead next year.
Harvala and Deitchler also had impressive athletic careers at Park Rapids.
Harvala was named the Athlete of the Year in 1967 after being a five-year starter in baseball and three-year letterwinner in football and basketball. Harvala earned all-conference honors in all three sports. Harvala went on to play three years of college baseball, earning all-conference honors at Moorhead State College in 1973 and 1974. Harvala continued to be a baseball player and manager after college on several amateur teams until retiring at the age of 52.
Deitchler was a three-year letterwinner in football and wrestling, earning all-conference honors in football as a senior. In wrestling, Deitchler had a 55-23 record and capped off his senior season by winning the state Class A title at heavyweight. Deitchler was a two-time state qualifier as the Region 8A runner-up as a junior and the region champion as a senior. Deitchler went on to wrestle at Mayville State and was a four-time qualifier for the NAIA National Tournament. Deitchler was a two-time NAIA All-American after finishing fourth at heavyweight in 1991 and fifth at heavyweight in 1992. Deitchler was named Mayville State's MVP in wrestling as a junior and senior. After college, Deitchler served as an assistant wrestling coach at Anoka and the Minnesota Storm.
The banquet also honored all the senior athletes and state participants from the last year.
In addition to Coborn, the finalists for the Male Student Athlete were Caleb Atkins (football, wrestling track), Paul Dirks (football, basketball, baseball), McMorrow and Steve Smith (hockey, tennis).
Joining Wolff as finalists for the Female Student Athlete were Mary Kading (tennis), Jenny Palm (volleyball, softball), Shannon Taylor (volleyball, softball) and Shelby Weckwerth (volleyball, softball).
The other candidates for the Outstanding Male Athlete honor were Atkins, Mark Bravo (hockey, tennis), Max Brown (basketball, tennis), Coborn, Dirks, John Drury (football, wrestling, track), Jared Nash (football, wrestling), Smith, AJ Spears (football, track) and Kenny Weaver (wrestling).
In the running for the Outstanding Female Athlete were Kirsten Erickson (gymnastics, golf), Kading, Hailey Lundin (volleyball, basketball), Victoria Lutz (cross country, track), Palm, Taylor, Brie Warne (volleyball, softball), Weckwerth and Wolff.
This year's banquet also honored all the state participants. That group featured Allie Bade, Tiffany Deitchler, Summer Ellefson, Kaylee Hilmanowski, Chelsea Johnson, Lydia Lutz, Victoria Lutz, Morgan Olson and Sophie Shogren in girls cross country; Emily Creager, Katherine Erickson, Mandy Schirmers and Penning in girls swimming; Kading and Alyssa Carlson in girls tennis; Drury, Nash, Dan Pike and Weaver in wrestling; and the Park Rapids girls track and field team for qualifying for this year's state Class A True Team meet. Last year's qualifiers for the state girls track meet - Grace Bateman, Lydia Lutz, Victoria Lutz, Shelby Pierce, Schirmers, Shogren Rachel Thelen and Wolff - were also recognized.
Four coaches were also recognized with Blanket Awards. That group featured Leo Jacobson (who coached football, basketball and track), Al Judson (who coached wrestling and football), Kathy Peterson (who coached volleyball and gymnastics) and Barb Thomason (who coached boys and girls tennis).
Also during the banquet, Dick Haberer was honored as a Friend of the Foundation while Atkins, Missy Bensen, Nikki Knott, Palm, Penning, Tony Schmid, Taylor and Wolff each received a $600 Park Rapids Memorial Scholarship. Coborn and Kading were recognized as this year's AAA winners while juniors Missy Haas and Zac Haugland were recognized as this year's Excel Award winners.
Entertainment was provided by the Park Rapids music department. The banquet also featured the parade of champions, presentation of senior plaques and the annual "Year in Review" video show.