With the winter months behind them, the Trinity Lutheran boys and girls basketball teams and cheerleading squad met one last time at the high school to commemorate the 2015-16 season Tuesday.
Trinity Lutheran boys basketball coach Aaron Rudzinski awarded his boys for a successful season, as the team finished 8-1 at home and 17-8 for the season.
The Cougars’ defense continued to improve, and they were ranked No. 15 in Class A at one point of the season.
The Most Valuable Player went to senior Daniel Horton, who was the first Cougar to ever score more than 1,000 points in a career.
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Horton was a starter since his sophomore year. He had high games of 29 and 28 points this year, finishing with 1,069 career points.
The Cougar Award went to senior Luke Onken.
“He was a good leader who worked hard and had a good attitude,” Rudzinski said. “He set a good example for younger athletes.”
The Most Improved Award was given to senior Bobby Tabeling, who came back out after sitting out the past two seasons.
Rudzinski said that Tabeling improved greatly as the season progressed, especially at rebounding and defense.
Senior awards were given to six seniors who played basketball all fours years at Trinity: Dylan Maschino, Jack Harweger, Keegan Rebber, Jacob Schult, Onken and Horton.
Trinity girl’s basketball coach Mike Lang next awarded his girls team for a successful season.
The ladies scored 97 points in one game and finished with a record of 15-9 — with six of their nine losses were by six points or less.
Lang said they have 94 percent of their scoring coming back for next season.
The Most Valuable Player went to sophomore Maddie Roark.
Roark led her team by scoring 495 points for an average of 20.6 ppg. She also led the team in assists and steals.
The sophomore was one of 15 voted to First Team All-State for Class A.
The Cougar Award went to two players who have a strong faith and never took a day off, Lang said. They made sacrifices for the team and often guarded bigger players.
Whitney Rogers and Jodi Goecker were given the honor.
The Most Improved Award went to Abby Hackman, and Lang said that she has a lot of potential in the future.
The Senior awards went to Kelly Adams (team manager), Anne Franke, and Miranda Murphy.
The cheerleading team, led by coach Sherry Schult, had their awards banquet earlier in the evening.
She recognized her girls by awarding them plaques or certificates.
The Leadership Award went to Abby Currao who Schult said stepped up and made decisions for the team. She took over the leading the team.
The Most Improved Cheerleader Award was Maggie Neawedde.
A Most Valuable Cheerleader award went to Andrea Foster.
“(Foster) proved invaluable to her team and had a good attitude and set a good example for others,” Schult said.
Lauren Voss took home the Cougar Award, as she “put the team first and was always willing to help others.”
Currao, Foster and Katie Sturgill — all captains on the team — received senior awards.