The Mound Westonka/Watertown-Mayer/Southwest Christian girls hockey teams held an awards banquet last week at the Lafayette Club. After a nice dinner and introductions of each player on both the JV and varsity teams, awards were given out.
The White Hawks varsity had a number of award winners, as they completed their most successful season in the history of the program, capped off by a fourth-place finish in the state tournament.
Varsity team awards included:
- Most Improved Player – eighth-grader Emily Wendorf
- Rookie of the Year – eighth-grader Sydney Leonard
- Hardest Worker – sophomores Taylor Leonard and Grace Peterson
- Top Offensive Player – senior Sydney Hules
- Top Defensive Player – sophomore Brooke Pioske
- Most Valuable Player – senior Taylor Smith
Starting goalie Smith was the team’s Hobey Baker Award winner. Smith was also named to the Minnesota Girls Hockey All-State Academic Team and was selected as one of two All-State Class A goalies. Burris and Brooke Pioske were named All-State Honorable Mention.
Receiving Wright County Conference All-Conference plaques and honors were Grace Peterson and Brooke Pioske, along with Smith, Burris and Hules. Honorable Mention All-Conference selections were defender Taylor Leonard, ninth-grader winger Kailey Niccum and senior winger Emily Schepers.
JV awards included:
- JV Most Improved Player – junior Chloe Kantola
- JV Hardest Worker – ninth-grader Kiera Cameron
- JV Coaches Award – eighth-grader Campbell Schwob.
White Hawks co-head coaches Claire Goldsmith and Bob Kuehl received hardware as well this off season, as they were selected as Section 2A Coaches of the Year.
A magical season was wrapped up at the banquet with a 35-minute video produced by Renee Burris.