Not atypically, Ohio's winter weather season once again outstretched Reserve's winter sports season. But on a cold afternoon in Hudson on Monday, the WRA community gathered for a warm celebration of winter sports.
Accomplishments, spirit and perseverance in sports including basketball, ice hockey, riflery, swimming, diving and wrestling were lauded during the ceremony, which took place in WRA’s chapel.
"The support you showed and the manner in which you cheered was awesome,” Director of Athletics and Afternoon Programs Herb Haller said at the ceremony. “Opposing coaches and athletic experiences would love to replicate this at their contests."
Boys basketball MVP: Dorde Otasevic a senior from Montenegro, was noted for his positive presence not only on the court, but across campus.
Girls basketball: junior Ella Siegenthaler won the spirit award for everything from pregame locker room pep dances to an average of two three-pointers scored in games.
Ice hockey: Reserve’s players gave up vacations, breaks and weekend and also had an all-time scoring winner in senior Tommy Wagner, who was named the team’s MVP.
Riflery: The coach's award was delivered to senior Judy Yin, who delivered the team's highest score in a competition, just 10 points off the national record.
Girls swimming: senior Maggie Corl was named the team’s MVP and was aptly praised as an anchor on the team whose hard work propelled her to beat personal goals and dominate the 50-yard freestyle at each meet, achieving a time of 57.47 seconds.
Boys swimming: two athletes were praised for their dynamism as competitive swimmers, senior Michael McKeithen had the 10th highest time in school history in the 100 butterfly and senior Will Downing’s freestyle and breaststroke successes won him top three placements at every meet in every event, mostly with first-place finishes
Diving: junior Joey Houska persevered throughout the season despite an early-season face brush with the board and senior Jack Sovich, who received a heartwarming tribute for his character and accomplishments.
Wrestling: for the first time in decades, WRA sent six competitors to the National Prep Championships, led by junior Manzona Bryant, who finished the season with a 34-5 record, as a National Prep runner up, the recipient of Prep All American honors and a nationally recognized top collegiate recruit.