Archive for Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Chinstraps and Mouthpieces: High school sports awards finally make Mirror debut

July 9, 2003

In the spirit of awards shows such as the Oscars, the Grammys, the Emmys and the ESPYs, a new presentation is born.

Because there have been no year-end accolades for McLouth or Tonganoxie high school sports in the past, an awards presentation simply known as The Linnys makes its debut today.

Unfortunately no red carpet or blockbuster hosts accompany this show -- because the budget for this presentation isn't quite that of other established shows.

The inaugural show (column) was supposed to occur last month, but a delay in ballots from judges (myself) to the Linnys tallying headquarters (The Mirror office) has made for a slight delay.

So, if I could have the envelopes, please, I'll try to read from the teleprompter as accurately as possible:

Best sports name

There was only one nominee in this category who really stood out.

The Linny goes to Joe O, a running back on the Immaculata High football team. You can't get much sportier than that name, especially when the last name simply is a vowel.

Best butchering of a name at a sporting event

And the nominees are:

Tony Aligo. The Tonganoxie High cross country and track senior was called Tony Allegro at the Rim Rock Classic last fall.

Rebecca Mages. The Chieftain junior didn't have to worry during volleyball season because players aren't usually announced. However, come track season, Rebecca MA-gus was everything from MAAGS to MOGGS.

And the Linny goes to:

Tony Allegro. Although Mages never could hear her named pronounced correctly, at least all the letters were used. I almost thought the announcer said Tony Allegra, which would have meant Tony would be helpful to have around in the spring when pollen counts are high. Be careful, though, Tony Allegra could cause side effects such as headache, flu, nausea and drowsiness.

Greatest game/event

And the nominees are:

Tonganoxie 47, Immaculata 38. For the first time in 12 years, the THS girls basketball team defeated Immaculata, giving coach Randy Kraft a big boost during his first season at Tonganoxie.

Lansing 74, Tonganoxie 72 (OT). The first of four meetings between the two boys basketball teams was priceless. With 11 lead changes and four technicals, Phil Lobb Gymnasium had a January classic.

Jacob Walker wins gold medal at state track. Walker followed up league and regional titles in the triple jump with a monumental win at the state track meet.

Lansing 2, Tonganoxie 1. For the second consecutive season, Lansing had to defeat Tonganoxie in a Class 4A volleyball substate before advancing to the state tournament. The eventual state champs brought their rambunctious crowd to Tonganoxie for the substate tourney, but the hometown Chieftains forced a game three and provided a glimpse of magic on their home court.

Atchison 28, Tonganoxie 14. Playing in their first football playoff game since 1995, Tonganoxie held a 14-7 lead late against Atchison, but the Redmen used 21 unanswered points late on a frigid night in Atchison. That game came after Tonganoxie held on a few days earlier for a 21-20 district win against Lansing.

And the Linny goes to:

Jacob Walker. Winning a state title has to be the highlight of any season, especially when it comes in front of a crowd of all Kansas classes at the state track meet.

Greatest momentin a sporting event

And the nominees are:

Jeremy Goebel returns to wrestling sidelines. After being called up in the reserves as the United States declared war on Iraq, the THS wrestling coach returned to the wrestling mats. He entered the Piper gymnasium for the KVL meet wearing his fatigues before donning a Chieftain shirt on the sidelines.

Courtney Edmonds scores 1,000th career point. Becoming the first McLouth player -- boy or girl -- to reach the milestone, the senior scored her 1,000th point against Pleasant Ridge on Feb. 7.

And the Linny goes to:

Jeremy Goebel. After finding out halfway through the season he wouldn't be coaching his team through the state tournament, Goebel motivated his team for a final time at the league meet.

Outstanding athlete


And the nominees are:

Matt Scarlett. A state cross country participant for yet another year, the McLouth junior took third at the state track meet in the 3,200.

Isaac Gardner. The McLouth basketball standout poured in double-digit point totals night after night for first-year coach Chad Brown.

Nathan Subelka. The starting quarterback much of his career for the Bulldogs, the senior also produced decent numbers for the MHS basketball team.

Andrew Miller.The all-league football player dazzled fans on defense during the fall, then followed up with first-time state appearances in both wrestling and track. The senior capped his prep career at THS with a third-place finish in the javelin at state track.

Jacob Walker. The three-sport athlete began the school year with soccer. He then finished his senior season as the leading scorer on the basketball team before winning gold in the triple jump in state track.

Kyle Norris. The avid runner made it to state cross country and track again in his senior season. He medaled in cross country and helped the 4x800 team to a fourth-place finish at state.

And the Linny goes to:

Jacob Walker. On top of being a strong three-sport athlete, he has a state title.

Outstanding athlete


And the nominees are:

Jennifer Reischman. A Lawrence Journal-World Scholar Athlete of the Month, Reischman played volleyball, basketball and track at Tonganoxie. She advanced to the state track meet in the hurdles the last two years.

Vanessa Wardy. Wardy came into her own the last two seasons and had a breakout year as a senior on the volleyball court. She certainly became a towering force for Chieftain coach Tiffany Parker.

Courtney Edmonds. The McLouth senior was a cross country state participant, a 1,000-point career basketball scorer and a two-time state track champ in the 800. She followed up this season with a second-place state finish in the 800 in Wichita.

Katie Jeannin. Not one, not two, not even three. Jeannin was a four-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. The junior's busiest season -- spring -- was her best. She was an all-league pitcher and state track qualifier.

Laura Korb. The senior played basketball and ran cross country and qualified for the cross country championships all four years.

Emily Nitzche. The McLouth athlete was just a sophomore this past season, but excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball.

LeighAnna Thompson. Another superb sophomore for the Bulldogs, Thompson thrived in the same sports.

And the Linny goes to:

Courtney Edmonds. The standout careers in cross country, basketball and, especially, track speak for themselves.

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