Awards celebrating local athletes were handed out Friday night at the 10th annual Night of Excellence banquet, held at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot.
The following county athletes earned the awards, or were nominated for them.
Breakthrough Athlete of the Year — Faith Lubner of Reedsville, given to the athlete who has shown the largest impact with their performance compared to any of the previous season’s efforts. Other nominees Lindsay Engelbrecht (Manitowoc Lutheran), Eric Fogltanz (Manitowoc Lincoln), Bobby Geiger (Two Rivers) Kyle Hutterer (Mishicot), Boone Young (Mishicot), Mason Matthias (Mishicot), Jordan Brant (Reedsville) and Tara Emme (Valders).
Coach of the Year — Roncalli football coach Ray Baranczyk, the award goes to the coach that shows leadership, demonstrates discipline and guidance while maintaining a high level of success in their sport. The other nominee was Joe Rux (Roncalli boys basketball).
Comeback Athlete of the Year — Jon Brendemuehl of Mishicot, for the athlete who has returned from an injury or fought adversity to excel in their sport. Other nominees were Drew Dixon (Manitowoc Lincoln), Adam Bonk (Manitowoc Lincoln), Elliot Ebert (Reedsville), Colten Haack (Mishicot) and Shelby Otto (Reedsville)
Female Athlete of the Year — Alyssa Fischer of Manitowoc Lincoln. It is presented the athlete who displays desire, determination, and self-discipline required for success in the athletic arena. Other nominees included Arianna Neumeyer (Manitowoc Lutheran) and Alexi Walesh (Two Rivers).
Female Commitment to Excellence — Danelle Buck of Valders, given to a senior athlete who demonstrates a commitment to the sport they participate in while excelling in the classroom. The other nominee was Andrea Lohr (Roncalli).
Integrity in Leadership for Coaching — Christine Shimek, Reedsville girls track and field. The award goes to the coach that shows character, integrity, and leadership in and out of the sporting realm. The other nominee was Tim Schroeder (Roncalli cross country/girls track).
Male Athlete of the Year — Scott Skornicka of Two Rivers, presented to the athlete who displays desire, determination, and self-discipline required for success in the athletic arena. Other nominees included Ty Pelot (Two Rivers), Weston Cracraft (Mishicot), Grant Wedepohl (Reedsville) and Josh Erickson (Roncalli).
Male Commitment to Excellence — Jared Muench of Manitowoc Lutheran, awarded to a senior athlete who demonstrates a commitment to the sport while excelling in the classroom. Other nominees were Jared Patek (Roncalli), Quenten Haack (Mishicot) and Brock Gilsdorf (Reedsville).
Team of the Year — Two Rivers wrestling, awarded to the team that best exemplifies the high standards a team must embrace in order to achieve success. Other nominees were Roncalli football and Roncalli boys basketball.
Special Olympian of the Year — Trista Free, the award goes to the male or female athlete from Manitowoc County Special Olympics that has shown exceptional leadership, demonstrated teamwork, showed good sportsmanship, and cooperation with coaches and fellow athletes. Other nominees were David Burkard, Gerald Gauthier and Preston Bjarnarson.
Compassion in Action — Manitowoc Lincoln boys soccer.