Senior athletes of the year


Serena Omangi

The six finalists for senior athlete of the year

Mason Rhoades, Writer

Every year a senior athlete of the year is selected. This year three different guys and girls were nominated for the title of senior athlete of the year. Those athletes nominated were Cade King, Jake Miller, Jason Williamson, Allison An, Maylynn Prokopec, and Sydney Kretlow.

Cade King: Cade King primarily wrestled in the 182lbs weight class and was one of the captains for the OHS wrestling team this year. Throughout his senior season, he has 43 wins, 212 takedowns, 22 pins, and five tech falls. Head wrestling coach Adam Woitalla said, “Cade is a hard worker in and out of the classroom and because of that he has had a lot of success in wrestling.”

Jake Miller: Jake Miller was the starting strong safety for the OHS football team, as well as being the starting center fielder and one of the captains for the OHS baseball team. Throughout his senior football season, he had 31 total tackles, four interceptions and one receiving touchdown. Currently, in his senior baseball season, he has a batting average of .333 Head football coach Jeff Williams said, “Jake really came into his own as an athlete over the last two years. Jake was always one of our hardest workers in practice and was a great example to the younger guys.”

Jason Williamson: Jason Williamson was the starting running back and one of the captains for the OHS football team that won the state championship two years in a row this year. Throughout his senior season, he surpassed over 3000 yards rushing, along with 46 touchdowns. Head football coach Jeff Williams said, “Jason had one of the finest football careers in the history of the State. He was obviously very talented, but a lot of his success came from the hard work he put in.”

Allison An: Allison An was one of the captains of the gymnastics team, she competes in vault, bars, beam, and floor. She was also a captain in diving, as well as a school record holder. She’s individually been to state four times in gymnastics. She was all-state in both sports this year and was big nine champ on bars, floor, beam and all around was section champ on floor. Head track coach Head gymnastics coach Tom Smith said, “Allison is such a determined and hardworking individual on and off the floor. She was always motivated and gave her all whether she was competing on the mat or studying in the classroom.”

Sydney  Kretlow: Sydney Kretlow was a captain for soccer, gymnastics, and track. In soccer she played attacking mid and was all-conference. In gymnastics, she competed in vault, bars, beam, and floor and was an all-conference and all- state vault champion. She’s individually been to state 4 times in gymnastics. Currently, in track she runs the 800 meter, 4×800 meter relay, and the 4×400 relay. Ann Christenson said, “Syd is such a hard worker and has an amazing attitude, always smiling and always encouraging her teammates. Syd gives full effort in everything she does.”

Maylynn Prokopec: Maylynn Prokopec was the starting center/wing for the OHS girls hockey team this year and is currently the starting high attack for the girls lacrosse team. Throughout her senior hockey season, she had 14 goals along with seven assists. Currently, in her senior lacrosse season, she has 19 goals and 10 assists. Head girls hockey coach Sarah Murray said, “On the ice, Maylynn is a dynamic offensively skilled winger with quiet determination. Off the ice, she has been a great role model for our very young team.”

Junior finalists are Keenan Young, Ethan Walter, Zach Weise, Sara Anderson, Asia Buryska, and Kaia Elstad.

On May 29, at 6 p.m. the ceremony for Athlete of the Year was held annual awards and scholarship program. Coverage of that event can be found at