The 2020 Holy Family ESPY’S

Recognizing excellence in student athletics and activities

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The 2020 Holy Family ESPY'S


Introducing the first annual Holy Family ESPY’S, recognizing excellence in student athletics and activities.

Voting starts the week of May 11th

Winners will be determined by voting from Holy Family students, coaches, faculty, and staff.

Winners will be announced in an online video awards show posted on Thursday May 28th!

Nominations include each of the following categories:

Name of Student or Team Nominated

Title of Nomination

Description of why the nominee is deserving

Photos or videos if applicable

Here are your 2020 Nominees for each category:


From under the radar to key performer (athletics or activities)

Dylan Ehlers
Dylan Ehlers 2019 Track Season

As a freshman, Dylan broke milestones, running the 400 meters in under 60 seconds, and running the 800 in under 2:15. He led the boys 4x800m team past sub-sections, into sections. He ran the fastest split in both races as well.

Nick Blood
2019-2020 Guys Hockey Season

The way that Nick Blood performed in Hockey from the start of the year to the end was amazing he came so far as a leader of his team. and by the end of the season he became one of their teams “go to guys”.

Maeve Kelly
Maeve Kelly: Most Goals in Wright County Conference

At the start of the 2019 soccer season, Maeve Kelly (2022), made the move from her freshman defensive position to the top attacker on the women’s soccer team. Throughout the season, she solidified her place as the top goal scorer, with 14 goals in the regular season – the most of any player in the Wright County Conference. Kelly was a leader on the team, even as a sophomore, with her work ethic, ambition and drive to continue to improve and lead her team to victory.

Nate Tinucci
Stepping in at QB in extraordinary circumstances

Nate moved to quarterback in week 2 of the football season. Had to learn the offense as a quarterback in a very tight time table, led the team and held them together during a very difficult season. Stats are irrelevant – if was not for him- we would have been in serious trouble.

Logan Paulsen
Logan Placing Seventh in Sections in Discus

Despite never throwing a discus before April 2019, Logan Paulsen qualified for Sections, which took place on June 1. She was seeded 16th out of 16 throwers (the youngest in the field). She beat her previous personal best by 8 feet 5 inches to throw 97’11” and placed seventh.


Best performance by a team in a single day of competition (athletics or activities)

HF Boys Basketball
Game of tensions FTW

The game was the second of the season with the Fire having memories of the first meeting: a loss to the tune of 31 points. While there could have been temptations to dismiss this game early, the team took the court casting those memories away. The game was tense with runs on both sides, three pointers swaying momentum back and forth. The Fire had control in the first half, but Trojans battled back. Even though tensions were high, emotions were visible and fouls were a plentiful, the Fire shot, passed and crashed their way to a gritty win.

Holy Family Girls Hockey Team
Their win over the #3 ranked team in the state

They beat the #3 ranked hockey team in the state by a score of 5-1, and all 3 lines had at least 1 goal. This win was then backed up by a shutout win over the #8 ranked team Hill-Murray.

View details of the game >>

HFDT Jazz Performance at State

After 6 years of not going qualifying for state, the HFDT jazz team not only won sections, but they finished 2nd in the state against some very tough competition, including perennial powerhouse Frazee! These girls worked hard all season, improving with every performance.

Drew Pearson & Lucas Rice
Lake Waconia Bass Tournament

June 14, 2019, season opener for the South West Metro High School Bass Fishing. This team (Drew & Lucas) placed first out of 50 teams! Additionally, Drew received an award for BIggest Bass at 4.9 lbs. What makes this extra sweet? The boys put in a lot of time preparing-pre-fishing, studying water conditions, trying different tackle, learning techniques on youtube…and the hard work paid off. But most remarkable, is the way they helped other HF teams at the tournament. For some new anglers, Drew and Lucus suggested where to find the fish and what tackle was working best for the windy conditions that day. This, along with doing volunteer work that gained the HF team an extra spot at the state tournament, demonstrates a concern for the success of the whole HF team rather than their individual team. This team stands out as both leaders and servants.

Holy Family Baseball Team 2019
Best Game

HF Baseball 2019 Team for walk off playoff win to advance to the Section Finals. On June 5th, 2019, Holy Family was playing 3 time defending Section Champion Maple Lake. HF was down 3-1 in the bottom of the 7th when we tied it up with a 2 run Home Run to send it to Extra Innings. Maple Lake took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 8th inning. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th, HF hit a game winning walk off single to score 2 runs and win the game and advance to the Section Finals for the first time since 2012.

Girls Soccer Team
Section Quarterfinals vs. Fairmont

While Holy Family didn’t win this game, it highlighted the character of our players, who showed sportsmanship and supported each other despite losing a game 2-1 on a penalty kick in overtime. It was an uphill battle for our girls, who saw the other team awarded with 17 free kicks and two penalty kicks to our team’s 3 free kicks and no penalty kicks. It was a tough way for our seniors to end their soccer careers, but they stood by each other.

Dance Team (Varsity Kick)
2020 State Tournament (Kick Day)

Our Varsity Kick team qualified for the State Tournament for the first time in school/program history, which was a huge accomplishment in itself (only the top 12 teams in each class advance to State). We had a great performance during the preliminary round, which earned us in the top 6 to advance to the finals round at the State Tournament. During the finals round, we had our best performance of the season, which earned us 6th place. Our team made double history this season by advancing to the State Tournament & then advancing to the finals round and placing 6th – we could not be more proud of this team.


Single best sports or activities moment when one play made all the difference

Dance Team
Dance Team’s Jazz Finals Performance

This was the team’s first year in the Single A class and the team’s first state appearance since 2014. Dance Team was HF’s first sport to appear at the State level, and this year Dance Team was one of the only sports that went and placed at a State meet.

Lauren Hickey
Hickey’s OT winner

After a long trip up to the heart of hockey in Minnesota, it was a battle of the elements: Fire vs. Lightning. The girls of the Minnesota Iron Range shocked Holy Family by scoring only 19 seconds into the game. Shaken, but not deterred, Holy Family returned fire with a Limke goal in the first to tie things up. Then both goalies locked it down for the remainder of regulation with the Fire fans worried that the opposing goalie might not let another one past her. Then, almost four minutes into overtime, Hickey got the puck, carried it into the attacking zone with defender and the goalie between her and victory. Lauren faked left, toe-dragged to the right, got in close and released a wrister high past the goalie catching the inside of the net for the win! The footage is choppy, but you get the idea.

Haley Klahsen
Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

She worked hard for her role and played it extremely well. Personally, her character was my favorite.

Kathryn Jans
Best setter

She has made my amazing sets the has helped us win some volleyball games. She also does this by making everyone on the team feel welcome.

Nicole Bowlin and Grace Elander
Fire win at the buzzer!

With the Fire down 1 with 2.8 seconds to go. Nicole Bowlin found Grace Elander slashing to the basket for the lay up as time expired to give the Fire to win!

Lucas Jorgenson
Jorgy’s Game Winning Goal in OT versus Cloquet

Lucas Jorgenson scored with 4.5 seconds left in overtime to lift Holy Family Catholic to a 4-3 victory over Cloquet-Esko-Carlton on Saturday at Victory Ice Arena. Lucas had a goal and 2 assists in the last second win over the Lumberjacks.

Katie Anseth
Taking down a top 10 team early on

Walking into week 2 of regular season play, the Girls Soccer team was ready to take on an undefeated, top ten Monticello team. Neither team had lost a game and energy was high. The Fire held off Monticello’s strong offense and worked to drive the ball into the attacking third. A corner kick was called, Katie Anseth stepped up, and managed to curve the ball right into the back corner of the net, putting the Fire up 1-0! The Fire went on to win the game and top Monticello at 1-0 after 90 min of play. All the players and coaches will remember that play as the play of the year!

BBB / David Torborg/ Noah Seck / Nick Hendler
Game winning 3 pointer vs New Prague

With the Fire down by 2 with under 3 seconds left. The Fire basketball team executed an out of bounds play, David Torborg found Noah Seck who hit a three to give the Fire a one point lead!  After the basket, Nick Hendler continued to stay engaged in the game, forcing a New Prague turnover, and sealing the Fire win! The Fire lost to New Prague by 25 earlier in the year.

Jaden Anderson
Jaden’s Shorthanded Goal From Far Blue Line

The Fire were playing the current #1 ranked Class A team, Hermantown at home. They were down 0-2 in the 2nd period when #22 Jaden scored a short handed goal from the opposite, far blue line to bring the Fire within 1 goal. No one was expecting his clearing the puck out of the zone to go in, especially Hermantown’s goalie!

Bennett Creager
Amazing Diving Header

10/03/2019 Orono vs Holy Family All-State Bennett Creager with this amazing header kept the Boys Soccer team undefeated in conference play. The FIRE hasn’t lost a regular season conference game in 2 years.


Mark Roane
Touchdown saving tackle/forced fumble against Litchfield
It kept us in the game to keep it tied 7-7 in the playoff game.


Sydney Paulsen
Syd’s Game-Winning Goal in First Game of the Season

Sydney hustled off the bench and picked off a pass and stick handled around the defense to score the game-winning goal in the first game of the season.

Dance Team (Varsity Kick)
2020 State Tournament (Kick Day)

Our Varsity Kick team qualified for the State Tournament for the first time in school/program history, which was a huge accomplishment in itself (only the top 12 teams in each class advance to State). We had a great performance during the preliminary round, which earned us in the top 6 to advance to the finals round at the State Tournament. During the finals round, we had our best performance of the season, which earned us 6th place. Our team made double history this season by advancing to the State Tournament & then advancing to the finals round and placing 6th – we could not be more proud of this team.

Ewan Farrell
Ewan’s outstanding performance at Knowledge Bowl meets

Mr. Farrell continually carried his team through most difficult events with a passion and enthusiasm for the sport I have yet to observe in any other individual. His immense dedication to excellence and show of good sportsmanship exemplifies the qualities of an award recipient.


All round best performer in HF (non-sport) activities

Alexa Mata
Alexa’s Role as Violet in Willy Wonka

This was Alexa’s first role at Holy Family. She devoted very much time into improving her character and made few errors during our shows. All of these things take time and energy.

Mckenna Mechtel
Best Manager

Made the volleyball calendar, ran the instagram, inspired the team, kept the team hydrated, helped the players. Has an amazing attitude and is extremely positive. Was the best fan and always cheered super loud.

Greg Stoffel
Math Team

Greg played an integral role in the success of the Math League team, which won a Section Championship, and placed 3rd in the state!

Sam Pellicci
Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Fall of 2019 Sam went all in for this role! The character of Grandpa Joe is a kind-hearted encouraging person and Sam is too!

Mitch Prosser
Best Club Member

Wherever he is, or whatever club he’s a part of, he always makes it really fun and enjoyable, (especially to underclassmen).

Ewan Farrell
Clutch Knowledge Bowl win to get us into semi-state

He was the carry that brought us into the semi-state competition, and we started off with a high rank with him.

Carson Liebeg
Carson the Music Guy

Carson has been performing in every Coffeehouse Holy Family has held the last 4 years. He is asked by almost every performer each coffeehouse to accompany them in their performance and has never said no to anyone’s request. Saying yes involves lots of time & practice on his part to make sure he plays their piece well. He’s been instrumental in encouraging others to perform solo and helping them select pieces that would compliment their strengths. He did not let the inability to continue with sports deter him. Rather, he played the National Anthem at various athletic events and was even asked to perform at another high school. He represented Holy Family well and was praised in a district wide tweet by their AD. He’s received Superior ratings in band & jazz band contests and was recently awarded best of site for his percussion performance.

Annabelle Elsner
Student Council Co-President

Annabelle has become a leader for students as the co-president of student council. She is the person behind the scenes who makes sure that all of the working pieces fit together from Homecoming Week to Blood Drive.


All round best player/performer (athletics)

Seth Thompson
Athlete of the Year

Three-year starter in football (D1 signee), basketball captain, and 2 year letter winner in track & field (would be 3 if this year), and All-State Thrower in discus. Unfortunately, he was not able to finish his track and field career, but as a captain he went to state last year and placed 9th in discus. Additionally, as the captain of the varsity basketball team he was selected as All Conference Honorable Mention. Last, but certainly not least, Seth received All Conference as well as Offensive Lineman of the Year for the district as the captain of Holy Family’s football team. He will now attend Northern Illinois to continue his football career at the Division I level. Big Seth has left a legacy of leadership and athleticism at Holy Family and is very deserving of Male Athlete of the Year.

Nick Hendler
Nick All District FB/All Conference BB

4x Varsity Football Letterman 3x All District East Central District Selection 2019 District MVP RB/LB 2x Offensive Player of the Year All-Time Holy Family record List #3 Career Rushing total 2126 yards #6 Career Tackle total 186 #4 Career reception 47 #8 Combined total yards 2601yards 4x Varsity Basketball Letterman 2x Wright County All Conference Selection 1000 point career points 2019 Team MVP 2018 Team Defensive Player of the Year

Blake Stedronsky
Athlete of the year

Outstanding leader, captain for 2yr , playing leader, team organizer, all the players look up to him for direction. Placed fourth at state in 2019, which led the golf team to their second consecutive state championship (by 20 strokes).

Maggie Rothstein
Best soccer defender
She is really good.

Jack Buchholz
Jack for athlete of the year

He is deserving of this award because he excels and starts at two varsity sports. He’s a captain for baseball, and he was a key piece of the soccer teams success.

Thomas Aragon-Menzel
Soccer & Baseball

Thomas Aragon-Menzel is an exceptional athlete and important member of the Holy Family Soccer and Baseball teams. Equally important to his on-field contributions is Thomas’ team leadership. Transferring to Holy Family his sophomore year, he brings the team together by ensuring everyone is contributing, brings a positive attitude, and is having fun. As a captain of the soccer team, Thomas was the heart of the defense that only gave up five goals in the conference season and played in the Section Championship, only one goal away from a repeat state tournament visit. As an All-Conference selection, Thomas also contributed on the offensive side of the scoreboard with both a number of assists and a goal. What would have been a tremendous baseball season with high expectations both individually and as a team, was unfortunately canceled. On the baseball field, Thomas combines intellect, speed, and talent to be among the best defensive players in the conference. He has a very high on-base percentage and is a team leader in stolen bases. Last spring’s Holy Family team lost in the section finals and this year’s team could have certainly taken one step further to the state tournament.

Caitlin Rock
Caitlin’s Varsity Sports Career

Caitlin earned 12 Varsity Letters while playing for Holy Family. She is a 5 year Varsity Letter earner in Girls Soccer, Captain and All-Conference her Senior Year, and started playing Varsity soccer as an 8th grader. She is a 5 year Varsity Letter earner in Girls Hockey, was Captain and All-Conference her Senior Year, and started playing Varsity as an 8th grader. She was a 2 year member of the Track Team, lettering her Freshman year. She was a 2 year member of the Girls Golf team, lettering her Junior Year. Caitlin is an unselfish team player, proven by leading her soccer & hockey team and the Wright County Conference in assists. Caitlin is a proven leader on & off the field, rink and course. She was a fantastic role model for younger athletes on the team, and a great example of a true student-athlete who modeled integrity daily.

Bryce Richter
One of a kind athlete

High School Career BASEBALL – #7 Ranked RHP in MN according to Perfect Game – #8 Ranked Player Overall in MN according to Perfect Game – 2nd Highest Ranked Player by Perfect Game in HF History – 2020 Perfect Game Preseason All-American Team – 2020 Perfect Game Preseason All-Region Team – 2019 Perfect Game Underclassmen Preseason All-American Team – 2018 Perfect Game Underclassmen – Fastball 92 mph – Full Scholarship to D1 University of North Alabama for Baseball HF Stats [without playing Senior Season]: – 2020 Pre-Season All-State – 2x All-Conference – No Hitter Summer of 2018 – 70.5 Innings Pitched – 106 Strike Outs – 1.5 K’s/Inning – No errors as 2-year CF starter – Defensive Put-Outs SOCCER – 91% Save Percentage – 0.62 GAA Over 2 Seasons: – 1st in Conference for Save % & GAA – 1st in Section for Save % & GAA – 2nd in Class A for Save % – 2nd in Class A for GAA – 2-time All-State award


Abbey Hope
All season

Abbey is deserving of this award because she truly exemplifies the qualities of a great female athlete. She is a positive role model on our team & truly wants what is best for her teammates & our team as a whole. As just a freshman this season, Abbey stepped up as a leader and her teammates respect her & value her on our team. She has a very strong work ethic at every practice & competition, which motivates her teammates to always strive to improve & give it their all too. She is the true definition of a great athlete & very deserving of this award.

Bennett Creager
Bennett’s Soccer Highlights

2019 1st team All-State 2019 All-Conference 2019 MVP Wright Conference (Unanimous Voted on by all coaches) 2019 team scoring and point leader 2019 Team Co-Captain


Coming up big when it matters most (athletics or activities)

Tyler Franck
Tyler Shouldered The Team

At the Nordic Ski Team’s Conference Meet Tyler Franck Skied the race with a dislocated shoulder, qualifying for All Conference-Honorable mention, and securing enough points to bring our team to a sixth-place finish in the Conference.

Seth Thompson
Best Clutch Performance

At the 2019 Section Track Meet Seth advanced to the Finals in the Discus. He was 3rd place going into his last throw (only the top 2 go to State) of the day. The video is his 6th and final throw, and he had to get it in order to advance…it was his last chance on this day. He was 1′ 8″ short of tying second place. On his final throw he went 145′ 3″ eclipsing the second place competitor by 6′ 5″ and securing his place in the State Meet. This throw was also the second longest Discus throw in HF history, with only the school record held by Dan Loughran being longer (set in 2007). That’s 12 years this record has stood, and he’s right in the wheelhouse of breaking it (and would/will this year). At the State Meet the following week Seth placed 9th and was named All-State. But this one throw had dramatic impact, history, and propelled him to the next week (State), and what we are crossing our fingers for…is a chance to break the school record this season.


HFDT Kick Performance State 2020

Kick has never made it to state in the 20 years Holy Family has existed. During the 2019-2020 season, this team not only qualified for state by placing 3rd in the 1A section tournament, they also made it to the state finals placing 6th overall! This team was dubbed the “little team that wouldn’t quit” and they fought hard the entire season.

Collin Nawrocki
Getting ‘the shot’ every time!

Collin Nawrocki has a drive like no other… to constantly be in search of the perfect photographic shot… and not stopping until he gets it. He has had many photos that have been ‘clutch’ capturing peak moments in Holy Family sports and activities for all to enjoy. His photo count is in the tens of thousands and he loves sharing his photos with families and students via social media, pub design and the yearbook.

Joey Richelsen, Anthony Olson & Will Zay
Joey, Anthony & Will’s solos at Coffeehouse

All 3 of these guys needed to have Carson as an accompanist in order to perform at Spring 2018 coffeehouse. Each of them did PHENOMENAL solo performances in December 2019 coffeehouse. These boys came up big when it mattered most! The amount of practice and courage it took all 3 of these boys to step out of their comfort zone and knock the audience’s socks off with their performances is to be admired.

Boys Golf Team
Top team performance year after year

Five years of state finalist 3 seconds, 2 state championship in a row. Players keep stepping up and performing at there highest level year after year.  In 2019, the team won their second consecutive state championship by a total of 20 strokes.  Blake Stedronsky finished 4th overall.  The fire were returning the majority of their 2019 state team in 2020 and were poised to compete at the highest level before their season was cancelled.

Mimi Pavelka
Section Game Winning PK

Early in the season, Mimi Pavelka decided she wanted to focus on improving her consistency in Penalty Kicks (a high pressure moment for any player in soccer). She asked her coaches to stay after training a few minutes a day until she made 10 PKs in a row. She did so and continued to get better and better. In the team’s first section game of the year, against Albert Lea, the team was tied at 0-0, a PK was called against Albert Lea and Mimi was given the opportunity to take the kick. With her practiced patience and focus, Mimi sent the ball to the back of the net, leading the Fire to win 1-0 and move the team to the next round of the playoffs. Definitely a clutch performance, defined by focus and practice!

Credit to Eric Kraushar!

Blake Stedronsky
Blake’s Big Game

On February 4, the Fire boys team had a home game versus Hutchinson. At the time the Fire was battling illness and injuries. With a depleted team Blake Stedronksy proceeded to score 20 points, a career-high, and lead the Fire to a 74-71 win!

Voting starts the week of May 11th

Winners will be announced in an online video awards show posted on Thursday May 28th!