Jan 01

2019 Senior Athletes of the Year

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Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria recognized its 2019 Senior Athletes of the Year, Leigh Steiner and Sawyer Schugel, at its annual Recognition Ceremony.  The Senior Athlete of the Year Award recognizes a senior male and female athlete who exemplify leadership, character, and excellence; on the field of play, in the classroom, and in their communities. Before presenting the award, activities director Nick Tibesar stated: “The Class of 2019 is a tremendously talented and highly impressive group of individuals. The selection of just two seniors for the Athlete of the Year is incredibly challenging, and a testament to the depth of talent at HF.” He continues, “This class leaves behind a huge legacy of leadership, and for that we are extremely grateful.”

Leigh Steiner holding her plaque
Leigh Steiner will play D1 lacrosse for Marquette University.

2019 Female Athlete of the Year

2019 HFCHS Senior Female Athlete of the Year Leigh Steiner (Eden Prairie resident) is three-year honor society member, academic cord recipient for seven semesters with a 3.5 GPA or higher, a member of the President’s Honor Roll, and an Academic All-State recipient.  She holds nine athletic letters for basketball and lacrosse and is a three-time MVP and two-time team captain.  Steiner contributed as a member of a conference championship basketball team, two section champions, and the 2019 MSHSL Class A Consolation Championship Team. She was a 2019 Ms. Basketball finalist and a member of the 2019 MSHSL All-Tournament team!  Steiner is also a highly decorated lacrosse player, with an athletic scholarship to play D1 Lacrosse at Marquette University next fall.

Sawyer Schugel
Sawyer is also the winner of the MSHSL Triple A Award for arts, academics, and athletics.

2019 Male Athlete of the Year

Holy Family’s 2019 Male Athlete of the Year is soccer and hockey player Sawyer Schugel. Schugel (Victoria resident) is a seven-time letter winner, two-sport captain, and two-time MVP winner.  He was a member of four conference championship teams and two section championship teams, serving as an integral leader on the Holy Family Boys Soccer team that made its first state appearance in school history this past fall!

As a junior, Schugel initiated the Holy Family Fishing Club, a competitive fishing club that competes in local competitions over the summer months, and qualified for the state tournament at Lake Pokegama in 2018. In addition to his athletic prowess, Schugel is also a talented musician and member of the percussion section of the school band. In recognition of his wide-ranging talents, Sawyer was awarded the MSHSL Triple A Award for Excellence in Arts, Academics, and Athletics. Schugel is also a recipient of a music scholarship to St. John’s University, where he will continue his music and soccer careers next fall.

To see additional recipients of academic awards, click on the link to our Recognition Day story: 2019 Recognition Day

Jan 01

Soccer teams start conference play on the right foot

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The fall sports season is in full swing and both the boys and girls soccer teams are off to a strong start. Each team is currently 1-0 in conference play and the chance for a successful season looks promising.

The boys team won their first conference game on Thursday night at home against Delano, 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by sophomore Luke Pucklich.

The boys team this year will be led by captains Trey Cavello, Josh Mohling, Connor Fowler, and Ian Dosedel. Because the team graduated nine seniors from last year’s squad, the captains will need to work hard to get the younger players caught up to speed.

After talking with captain Trey Cavello, it seems as though the team is already very close. He said, “I’m looking forward to a fun season with a bunch of awesome guys. I’m also looking forward to continuing to grow as a team.”

The team is aiming high regarding expectations. Trey added, “Going to state is something every team wants to accomplish.”

The girls team also won their first conference game against Delano on Thursday by a score of 4-1. Samm Dalsin, Reyana Schaffer, Gracie Lund, and Grace Murphy all contributed goals.

The girls team graduated only three seniors last year, making the transition into this season a bit easier. Stepping in to replace those graduates are Olivia Russo (junior), Grace Murphy (sophomore), Caitlin Rock (freshman), and Reyana Schaffer (8th grader).

Captain Samm Dalsin has a lot of confidence in the newcomers, saying, “These new players have all been really great additions to the team and should help us out a lot this year.”

Similar to the boys team, the girls also seems to be a very close group. “I’m just looking forward to all the fun we will have this year,” said Samm.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper at http://hfphoenix.com/