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Chinstraps and Mouthpieces: Athletes announced for Linny’s

July 6, 2005

Just when you thought you had enough of MTV Movie Award reruns, another awards show has arrived.

This one, however, is in print form -- the 2005 Linny Awards.

Unlike the MTV Movie Awards being shown every other day on MTV, the Linny's won't be republished again and again.

The Linny's once again recognize superior performances in the Tonganoxie and McLouth athletics departments during the last school year.

And although this presentation will be done without Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and there will be no mention of "Anchorman" or "Napoleon Dynamite," I hope you enjoy the show.

As Napoleon would say, "Let's get started already. Gosh."

Best sports name

And the nominees are:

Blaize Oelschlaeger -- That's a name that would just roll off the tongue of a sports announcer. Oelschlaeger will be a freshman this fall at Tonganoxie High School. Last winter, Oelschlaeger was a guard on the Tonganoxie Junior High boys basketball team.

Destiny Frankenstein -- Yes, this nominee doesn't have ties to Tonganoxie or McLouth, but the Kansas softball player competes for the Jayhawks in nearby Lawrence.

Boone Sorrell -- Sorrell is a McLouth athlete who most recently shined on the pitching mound for the MHS baseball team.

And the Linny goes to:

Destiny Frankenstein. It's tough to pick a better name than Blaize or Boone, but Destiny Frankenstein is a great sports name.

Best game/event

And the nominees are:

Tonganoxie 17, Piper 14 -- The two football rivals have had their share of exciting meetings in recent years. This year's game was no exception.

Tonganoxie trailed, 14-7, heading into the fourth quarter, but THS tied the game with a touchdown and then won the game in the finals seconds on Jeff Hughes' 28-yard field goal.

Tonganoxie 56, Sumner 44 (OT) -- Facing defeat late in the second half of the Class 4A girls substate basketball championship game, Tonganoxie roared back and tied the game at 42 on Ali Pistora's jumper as time expired in regulation. In the overtime, THS dominated on its way to the state tournament.

Eudora 2, Tonganoxie 1 -- Playing in front of a rambunctious crowd at Eudora, the Tonganoxie and Eudora volleyball teams squared off in the 4A substate volleyball finals. Eudora won game one before Tonganoxie took game two.

But the Cardinals, in their home gym, prevailed in dramatic fashion, denying the Chieftains a state berth.

McLouth 13, Wathena 12 -- Playing at home, McLouth's football team jumped to a 13-0 lead and held on against Wathena, snapping a 20-game home losing streak. Players, coaches and fans then buried a stuffed monkey near the field after the game to symbolize getting the monkey off their back.

And the Linny goes to:

Tonganoxie 56, Sumner 44 (OT). No other game or event could match the excitement in the Basehor-Linwood gymnasium that night when Tonganoxie clinched a berth in the state tournament.

Team of the year

And the nominees are:

Tonganoxie football -- After losing a large senior class from the previous year, this year's squad responded by winning districts, winning a playoff game and finishing with a better record than the previous squad. The Chieftains finished at 9-2 after losing to eventual state champion Hayden in the playoffs.

Tonganoxie volleyball -- Another stellar year for THS volleyball, the team finished 30-8, the most victories for the program in a single year since Tiffany and Brandon Parker came to THS four years ago.

McLouth football -- The Bulldogs didn't finish with a winning record, but after going winless the past two seasons and having just a handful of wins in the previous few years, the 4-5 record was a major accomplishment for a team that should improve on that mark this fall.

THS girls basketball -- At 22-4, THS had its best year in school history. Coach Randy Kraft also guided the Chieftains to their highest finish in school history at fourth place at the state tournament.

And the Linny goes to:

THS girls basketball -- It's hard to vote against the two-time defending Kaw Valley League champions.

Most exciting play

And the nominees are:

Garrett Palmer scampers 99 yards against Hayden -- After Tonganoxie had three goal line stands inside the 2-yard-line against Hayden, the Wildcats elected to go for the touchdown on fourth down on their home football field. But Tonganoxie again stopped Hayden. And on that occasion, Hayden fumbled the ball and Palmer ran 99 yards the other way for a touchdown that put THS on the board first.

Ali Pistora sinks a jumper and forces the THS-Sumner game into OT -- A late rally in regulation couldn't have had a better scenario when Pistora drained the jumper, a shot that pushed the substate basketball game into overtime and helped Tonganoxie advance to state.

McLouth extra point against Wathena -- Extra points usually don't get a football crowd fired up, but this one was crazy. McLouth lined up for an extra point. The place-kicker kicked the ball low and looked as though it had no chance to sail through the uprights. But the ball deflected off a lineman and eventually made it through for a successful PAT.

And the Linny goes to:

Garrett Palmer's touchdown run. It's hard to not give the nod to Pistora's timely shot, but you rarely see a 99-yard fumble return.

Sorry, but the rest of this year's Linny awards won't be announced until next Wednesday.

Think of it as a cliffhanger from one of those flicks at the MTV Movie Awards.

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