Girls Varsity Hockey · White Hawks Girls Hockey Team Celebrates Season

Lauren Burris (left) and Brooke Pioske (right) receive All-State Honorable Mention awards, and Taylor Smith (center) earns All-State and Let’s Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year Runner-Up awards

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.