Hugo, Fogel Named WVHS Top Athletes
Paul Hugo and Abby Fogel were named Wyalusing Valley High School’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year during the annual Sports Awards Night at Kenneth S. Williams Auditorium on June 7.
The ceremony, emceed by athletic director Brent Trowbridge, finished in a sluggish two hours, 45 minutes.
Hugo was a football and basketball standout, earning eight varsity letters in his high school career. A rare four-year letterman in football, Hugo also won three basketball letters. As a senior, he went out for baseball for the first time and lettered in that sport.
Fogel earned 10 varsity letters, including four each in soccer and track and a pair of letters in girls’ basketball.
Hugo and Fogel were also the recipients of the Bret J. Keefe Memorial Scholarship, which was presented by Keefe’s widow, Melissa, and daughter, Alexis.
Joining Hugo and Fogel on the prestigious Seven Letter Awards list were Lindsay Schulze, Tucker Allyn, Gabby Edsell, Lewis Adams, Reggie Davis, Stephan Tewksbury, Mike Cobb and Brianna Jennings. They received special clocks.
Schulze tied with Fogel for most letters in the senior class with 10. She had four each in soccer and track and two in girls’ basketball.
Allyn and Edsell each won nine letters. Allyn had four in track, three in football and two in basketball. Edsell won three each in volleyball, girls’ basketball and softball.
Adams, Davis and Tewksbury each won eight letters. Adams had three each in football and track and two in basketball. Davis won three in football and baseball and two in basketball. Tewksbury won four each in cross country and track.
Cobb and Jennings each had seven letters. Cobb won four for wrestling and three in football. Jennings had four in softball and three in volleyball.
Cobb and Jennings also shared the PIAA District Four Athlete of the Year Awards.
The PIAA District Four Sportsmanship Awards went to senior Eric Fenton and junior Cathryn Pugh.
Several memorial awards were presented.
Hugo took home the Catherine Kinney Award for basketball and the Grover Worthington Award.
Adams won the Dr. G.H.B. Terry Award.
Cobb collected several of the memorial awards including the Shorty Hitchcock, Calvin Rogers, Dennis Barto and Mike O’Neil awards.
Other wrestling memorial awards went to Zac Force, who won the Tom Otis Award, and Joey Champluvier, who took home the Wiley Moore wrestling award.
Allyn received the John Friery Memorial Award for football.
Davis won the John Reinhart Award for baseball.
Rebecca Williams received the Betsy Schroth Welles Memorial Award for cheerleading.
Arielle Kneller was the recipient of the Jean Krueger Award for a sophomore female athlete.
The coaches and advisors for each of the 13 sports or activities gave mostly brief reviews of their seasons and handed out various team awards.
Shannon Dunn, the wrestling cheerleader advisor, lamented the decision to eliminate the program as a cost-cutting measure beginning next year.
“This program was not only about cheering, fundraising, having school spirit, wearing the Green and Gold and supporting our team,” she said. “It has proved to be a family of acceptance.”
As usual, softball coach John Loomis deadpanned his way through his presentation for his District Four, Class A championship squad.
At the end, he brought the entire team up on stage where they received a standing ovation.
Track coach Jim Schools also praised the efforts of the girls’ track team that claimed the school’s only league championship this year.
Trowbridge, who acknowledged the two championship efforts, noted that the NTL track championship plaque and banners will be hung in the school this fall.
During the ceremony, many other awards were presented, including the Athletic Association Awards and the Sportsmanship Awards for the individual sports.
The Athletic Association Awards were presented to Hugo (all-around football), Zac Force (football lineman), Savannah Schools (girls’ cross country), Mark Kusmierz (boys’ cross country), Edsell (volleyball), Kaitlyn Faulkner (soccer), Aaron Johnson (boys’ basketball), Alexis Daly (girls’ basketball), Cobb (wrestling), Jennings (softball), Logan Hitchcock (baseball), Allyn (boys’ track), Erika Huffman (girls’ track), Rebecca Williams (football cheerleading), Jessica Hotaling (basketball cheerleading) and Kiersten Decker (wrestling cheerleading).
The Sportsmanship Awards went to Nate Hemenway (football), Kneller (girls’ cross country), Tyler Sutton (boys’ cross country), Elesha Schulze (volleyball), Pugh (soccer), Fenton (boys’ basketball), Courtney Eberlin (girls’ basketball), Tyler Thompson (wrestling), Bobbi Jo Loyack (softball), Dan Curley (baseball), Alicia Tewksbury (girls’ track), Eric Shaw (boys’ track), Williams (football cheerleading), Kami Carpenter (basketball cheerleading) and Cera Brown (wrestling cheerleading).