Grand County High School’s top athletes were recognized at the school’s Spring Sports Awards Night held on Monday, May 22.
Earning top honors as the school’s Athletes of the Year, based on points earned for participation and achievement, were GCHS seniors Christian Wilson and Alexa Pierce. Receiving runner-up plaques for second place in the Athlete of the Year category were seniors Taylor Horton and Megan Pfnister.
In addition, the school’s top senior Scholar Athletes of the Year and runners-up also received plaques. Those awards were based on athletic points, plus academic achievements, including grade-point average, ACT test score, and being named to Academic All-State.
Tobin Wainer and Jayelen Knowles were named the top Scholar Athletes of the Year, while Jonathan Park and Sarah Day were named the runners-up.
Four other seniors each received a sportsmanship award now named the RDP Award, which stands for “Red Devil Pride.” Receiving RDP Awards were Trent Disbro, Kenyon Birdwell, Rylee Pruitt and Delanee Olsen.
“This award is given to seniors who have displayed a single significant act or several acts of good sportsmanship to a team, player, or opponent,” said GCHS athletic director Ronald Dolphin, who presented the awards.
Also during the evening, Day and Knowles were recognized for being named to the Utah High School Activities Association’s prestigious Academic All-State team in their respective sports. Day was named to the 2A girls golf team and Knowles was named to the 2A girls track team. In addition, Wainer was named Academic All-Region in baseball, and Pfnister won Academic All-Region honors in girls track.
Numerous other awards, including varsity letters and team awards, were also presented during the program. Students who had participated in three sanctioned sports or activities during the year were given “Triple Threat” certificates and T-shirts, while those who took part in four or more received “Quadruple Threat” awards and T-shirts.
The senior athletes on the GCHS track teams and girls golf teams were also recognized, along with their parents. Senior participants in the other spring sports (softball, baseball, and boys soccer) were honored previously, and boys soccer had no seniors this year. The team that saw the highest level of success this spring was the Red Devil baseball team, which finished in second place at both region and state, losing to Gunnison at both levels.