Chronicle Names Athletes Of The Year
This is the Wetzel Chronicle’s very first selection of the year’s most outstanding athlete. We have many in different sports, but we have chosen who we feel is worthy of this selection.
We have chosen the Pilots’ junior multi-sports standout Lukas Isaly as Male Athlete of the Year, while Kelsi Chapman is Female Athlete of the Year.
Isaly won numerous recognition in baseball, basketball, football and track, while Chapman was worthy of the female title with basketball, volleyball, and track play, along with being on the football field as a statistician and helper on offense.
Isaly won Player of the Week in football, basketball and baseball, while helping the track team out when he wasn’t playing baseball. He was First Team All-District in baseball, basketball and football, along with being the recipient of many awards and records being broken.
Starting with football, he quarterbacked River to an undefeated season before losing in the playoffs. He also was just as effective in basketball. He joined the 1,000 point club as a junior for a career and did everything you could possibly do offensively as well as defensively. In baseball, he was a force on the mound as well as at the plate. And in track he won numerous events, as well as helping the Pilots win some meets.
Likewise, Chapman was stellar on the volleyball court, as well as on the basketball court, with her play. She went out for track her senior year and helped the girls team win the OVAC Class-AAA as well in the regional and state. She was at every football game helping her dad with the offense with their statistics.
Besides these two, you can also put Chase Street, Caleb and Riley Nice into the fold as well. Street became the second leading career-rusher at Magnolia and only the second to rush for 3,000 yards in a career. He helped Magnolia go undefeated last season in football and win a state championship in football, as well as anchor the 4×200 meter relay team to a championship, as well as three Regional Championship events. Caleb Nice won an OVAC Championship as well as a state championship in wrestling. He led the Eagles in tackles during his sophomore year and was on his way to win it again this year till he had to give it up because of a concussion. He won well over 100 wins in wrestling, and won numerous meets with his shot-put tossing, as well as a third place winner in state.
Riley Nice was an outstanding defensive player in soccer and a team captain as well. He also won over 100 matches in wrestling as well as many meets in track. He along with three others won the state championship in the 4×200 meter run.
In the Female category their were many different players that did very well, including senior Taylor Ludewig, Bailey Estep and Kristen Massey.
Ludewig, broke the school record in assists, while scoring in double-figures. She also helped Magnolia claim a second place finish in volleyball last season as well as helping their volleyball team have another great season. Besides her outstanding play in both volleyball and basketball, she was Miss steady on the diamond as well. She went out for softball for the first time and played a solid left field and batted .300 for most of the year, including a home-run.
Estep was not only one of the best setters in Magnolia volleyball, she was a top notch killer at the net as well. She along with Massey was instrumental in helping the Lady Eagles win an OVAC Championship in cheer-leading. She broke several records in track this year as well as an OVAC and State Championship in the high-jump and the long-jump. Not only was she a very good athlete she always had a smile on her face.
There were many more capable athletes that excelled in sports and wanted to highlight Danny Stewart in Hundred. Danny was the quarterback for the win-less Hornets, but he was the leading ground gainer as well as tossing the pig-skin, and tackling. He was also was the teams punter and defensive stopper. He was also a stellar athlete in basketball. He scored over 1,000 points during his career at Hundred, while scoring well over 20 points a game. In track he jumped over 6′ during the season, and jumped his way to a medal in the high-jump. He was also the was a pitcher and center-fielder in baseball as well as a .300 batting average on a team that didn’t win a game.
Also you could throw in Aaron Heasley and Hayden Hizer into the mix as well. Hizer was a great floor general in basketball as well as a scorer. In football he was Mr. Automatic. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and was deadly as a kick-off and punt-returner. In baseball he was the ace. He had several games where he limited teams to three or less hits, while batting nearly .400 and playing a solid defense at short-stop.
You can say the same for Heasley. He was Paden Citys quarterback and passed for over 1,000 yards, while being one the top three point scorers in the state in all classes. He was the teams top re-bounder and outside shooter where he led in three point baskets made. In baseball he was solid at the plate, as well as on the mound. He was by far a very good player everywhere he played in any sport.
We can go on-and-on but will stop with these fine athletes.