Local athletes recognized by Sertoma
Six local high school senior athletes were recognized on Thursday at the annual Sertoma Athletic-Academic Award Banquet held at the Ramada Hotel & River’s Edge Convention Center.
Columbus High’s Carson Zwingman and Aspen Luebbe, Lakeview’s Gracie Borer and Zeth Gerkensmeyer and Scotus’ Kelsey Faust and Caden Pelan were the 2019 athletic award winners among the three city high schools.
Carson Zwingman was a two-sport athlete competing in football and wrestling.
Zwingman finished the wrestling season with a 57-4 record and earned fifth place at the 2019 state championships.
In football he led the Discoverers in solo tackles with 46 and recorded 83 total tackles. He also led the team in sacks with 3.5.
He had the second most carries with 45 and ran for 97 yards scoring one touchdown and had four receptions for 64 yards.
“It’s awesome,” Zwingman said. “Just to be recognized with all those people saying kind things about me. It’s an awesome experience.”
Pelan played starting quarterback for the Shamrock football team that went 4-5 and starting point guard for the basketball team that reached the district final.
Pelan also played on the Columbus High/Scotus baseball team. In 13 games he recorded seven hits including one home run.
“Every athletic activity that I do, I just try to be a leader,” Pelan said. “I try to put my team in the best position to be successful. Along with that, the coaches and the teammates help you understand the main goal of what team sports are about.
Gracie Borer led Lakeview’s girls golf team to the state tournament where she tied for 37th place out of 71 participants.
She also led the girls basketball team in scoring and played a major part in the first state appearance in 28 years.
In soccer she led the Vikings with 23 goals and helped qualify the team for the district final.
“I feel honored and blessed to be able to receive this award,” Borer said. “There’s a lot of other good athletes that go to Lakeview. To be chosen, I feel very honored. ”
Aspen Luebbe placed fourth at the state golf championships and proved, once again, to be one of the strongest golfers in Nebraska.
In basketball, she was the leading rebounder, grabbing over six boards a game and was second in scoring average.
In tennis she was part of the No. 1 doubles team that won a match in the state tournament.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and very happy that I got chosen for this award,” she said. “It means a lot. It shows that hard work and dedication really does pay off.”
Zeth Gerkensmeyer played running back on the Viking football team that narrowly missed out on the state playoffs.
In wrestling, he finished the season with a 46-4 record and placed second in the state tournament.
In track and field he qualified for for the state championship in the pole vault, which will take place this weekend.
“I wasn’t expecting this coming in here,” Gerkensemeyer said. “Now that I’m here it actually feels like I’ve done something with people recognizing me for my greatness. I’m really thankful for that and I’m really thankful for this award. It’s just a stepping stone as I get my career started off at Nebraska Wesleyan.”
Kelsey Faust was a standout in the Scotus cross county program. She helped the Shamrocks to a third place finish at state placing 17th.
She also qualified in the 3200 at state this weekend.
“It fells very good,” Faust said. “I feel very blessed to have competed for such a great school for four years. I’m very thankful for this award.”
Central Community College - Columbus athletes Ruben Gonbzalez and Jordee Korte were chosen athletes of the year while Rylee Kwapnisoki received the Warren B. McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org