By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD - Two of Kingsford High School's 52 senior athletes garnered a first-time honor Tuesday.
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Hannah Tresedder and Jake Allen are the first recipients of the Kingsford High School Senior Athlete of the Year Award.
Hannah Tresedder and Jake Allen received the inaugural Kingsford High School Senior Athletes of the Year Award. The new award recognizes a senior girl and boy for outstanding achievements in athletics.
"This will always be a challenging decision for our current and future selection committee members due to the quality of our athletes," athletic director Al Unger said at the Kingsford Flivvers Athletic Booster Club 2014 senior sports banquet at Pine Grove Country Club.
Tresedder, a three-sport participant headed to Concordia University Wisconsin, claimed the Great Northern Conference No. 1 singles tennis title and qualified for the 400-meter dash along with relay races in the U.P. Track & Field Finals.
"I could have put Hannah in any event and she would have shined," Flivver girls track coach Lisa Harry said.
Tresedder started the night by accepting the Hometowne Lumber scholarship. She also took home the girls tennis and girls track MVP.
Flivver girls basketball coach Mike Cross saluted Tresedder and Anna Shanks.
"We had more kids in the gym this summer than ever before and Hannah and Anna led the way," Cross said. "They made a big impact on their fellow teammates."
Allen, bound for Northern Michigan University, earned All-Great Northern Conference and U.P. football awards. He will play this summer in the U.P. Football All-Star Game. Allen also qualified for four events in the U.P. Track & Field Finals.
A plaque will be placed in the school Commons honoring the Kingsford High School Senior Athletes of the Year.
In other banquet items, five Flivver seniors - Dylan Lawton, Ed Sexton, Katie Oberthaler, Lilian Slajus and Santina Bianco - were candidates for the MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award.
Most valuable players were announced by several teams. Others are holding off until the season ends, some teams didn't have seniors or juniors won the award.
In other honors, Alex Patterson accepted the football MVP and Jacob Coughlin the top lineman honor; Abby Merrill, Emily Merrill and Katie Oberthaler, cheerleading MVP; Lauren Smith, volleyball's most outstanding player; Peter Fornetti, boys soccer MVP; Westley Paupore, hockey MVP, and Taylor Jacobson, girls golf MVP.
Andy Wickman of the Kingsford Athletic Booster Club presented his wife, Tammy, with the Booster of the Year Award. The boosters are still looking for volunteers to help with the U.P. Track & Field Finals on Saturday, May 31.
"This is a big event for the school and community," Andy Wickman said. "This helps us out tremendously."
Unger praised the booster club for pumping more than $40,000 into improving the gymnasium.
NOTES: Booster Club Teams of the Year will be announced at a later date ... Kingsford girls basketball team handed Marquette its first loss of the season. "That was almost as good as beating Iron Mountain," Cross quipped ... Cheerleading coach Sara Pericolosi, who stepped down after this past season, cheered for the Flivvs back in 1996. "Being a Flivver is an honor," she said ... Lauren Smith tallied 279 kills for the Flivvers this season. Volleyball team (19-8-4 overall, 6-4 GNC) reached the district finals for a ninth straight year ... Cross country coach Dan Carey makes sure his runners practice, getting out at 6 a.m. with Danielle McConnell for one session ... Flivver boys tennis coach Mark Shanks has never had a four-year performer not play on the varsity ... Flivver goalie Westley Paupore has been participating in junior hockey tryouts. "Goalie is the toughest position on the team, especially this year," Coach Jim Peterson said ... Katie Oberthaler will play college golf at Cardinal Stritch University.