|Jonathan Deeter '12 and Michael Gulasey '12 were awarded Gold Medals during the ceremony. Left to right are tennis coach Sebastien Glinzler, Deeter, Director of Athletics & Afternoon Programs Herb Haller '83, Gulasey and boys lacrosse coach Kevin O'Brien.|
Faculty, students and parents celebrated the accomplishments of Western Reserve Academy’s student-athletes during the spring Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 21 in the Chapel.
In addition to the presentation of 30 awards to student-athletes in seven varsity sports, Jonathan Deeter ’12 and Michael Gulasey ’12 each earned a Gold Medal – the school’s highest athletic honor. Deeter is the 11th boys tennis player to win a Gold Medal, and the first since 2000, while Gulasey is the 15th boys lacrosse player.
Director of Athletics & Afternoon Programs Herb Haller ’85 opened the program by recognizing the 71 different student-athletes who earned awards this year in 24 varsity sports. He also acknowledged a trio of three-sport captains this academic year – Alex Eliopoulos ’12, Krista Sandercock ’12 and Nicky Waldeck ’13 – and pointed out that Dan Crowder ’12 would have joined the list if wrestling had been available during the winter season.
Haller also recognized the remaining three-sport letter winners among the senior class – Caroline Depew, Andrew Dietrich, Allison Forhan, Dallas Gibbons, Taylor Norton, Eamonn O’Shea and Nathan Wirtz.
Twenty-six student-athletes were honored for their performances in seven varsity sports. Named as Most Valuable Players were:
- Tyler Hoegsberg ’14 in baseball
- Michael Gulasey ’12 and Alex Spring ’12 in boys lacrosse
- Nicky Waldeck ’13 in girls lacrosse
- Alex Eliopoulos ’12 in softball
- Jonathan Deeter ’12 in boys tennis
- Joseph Blanda ’14 and Erick Bryant ’13 in boys track & field
- Daisy Ogede ’13 and Margot Warner ’13 in girls track & field
- The Carl Basnett Award, given by the Class of 1965 to honor the memory of Carl Basnett ’65, was presented Chevonne Anderson ’12 and Dallas Gibbons ’12
Head of School Christopher Burner ’80 closed the ceremony by announcing that the most valuable player award in field hockey has been renamed the Marie Fiedler Most Valuable Player award in honor of Fiedler, the only field hockey coach in school history, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.
In addition, Burner also noted the recent dedication of the Wortendyke Wrestling Room that honors, among others, longtime wrestling coach Lee Blankenship, who is also retiring at the end of the academic year.
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