By Randy Parks
Winners of the special year-end awards (L-R): Casey Heinz, Maddye Dinsmore, Nolan Stampke and Maggie Thompson. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
Burns High School (BHS) held their final sports awards ceremony of the school year on Thursday, June 7, handing out the spring sports awards as well as the special year-end awards.
BHS Athletic/Activities Director Paula Toney started things off with the presentation of the year-end awards. The Most Inspirational awards went to Maggie Thompson and Casey Heinz, and the Most Valuable Player awards were presented to Maddye Dinsmore and Nolan Stampke.
Track coaches Eric Nichols and Cas Schrunk presented the special awards to the team and those picking up plaques for their performances are as follows:
Outstanding Freshman — Hailey Bodewig
Most Improved Female — Madelyn Gunderson
Most Improved Male — Payden Paramore
High Point Female — Madison Winn
High Point Male — Matson Gahley
Most Outstanding Female — Maddye Dinsmore
Most Outstanding Male — Dylan Stanwyck
The special award-winners for softball are as follows:
Most Outstanding Player — Tanzie Bodeen
Golden Glove — Julee Withee
Most Promising Freshman — Shelbi Sims
Most Inspirational — Katy Calkins
Golf coach Scott Smyth announced the special award-winners for the team:
Most Valuable Female — Maggie Thompson
Most Valuable Male — Dallas Falley
Most Improved Female — Charli Siegner
Most Improved Male — Nick Falley
Baseball coaches Kevin Feist and Parker McKinley recognized their players for their accomplishments this past season and presented letters and awards.
Earning their letters this season were freshman Austin Feist; sophomores Logan Bailey, Zach Bailey and Austin Martin; juniors Andy Sutcliffe, Alex Theall, Cam Hueckman, Jeff Garner and Brennan Bailey; seniors Tyler Sims, Kieran Colahan, Casey Heinz, Tyler Cooper, Austin Piper and Nolan Stampke.
Coach Feist noted that the team and two players tied or set new school records this season. The team set a new record with 19 home runs, Sims tied the record with five sacrifices, and Stampke set new records for home runs (11), batting average (.551), slugging percentage (1.079), RBIs (55) and stolen bases (17).
The special award-winners are as follows:
MVP — Nolan Stampke
Lynn Brinkley Memorial Trophy — Casey Heinz
Most Improved Player — Austin Martin
Lew Herrera Award — Tyler Sims.