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58th Annual Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards - Day 1 nominees

The Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards are presented annually to the Tribune-area's outstanding senior male and female three-sport athletes.

The awards are named for Herb Hengstler and Lefty Ranweiler, two long-time Tribune Sports Editors.

Nominees must have competed in three sports through their senior years and earned all-conference honors in at least two of their sports at some point in their careers.

Athletes who have had a Minnesota State High School League violation are not eligible for the award.

Profiles of 16 male and female athletes are featured on Page B2 today. The remaining nominees will be featured in Friday's sports section and the winners will be announced in Saturday's Tribune.

Kal Jackman

Litchfield

FOOTBALL: Jackman lettered and started three years and was all-conference twice as a defensive end, defensive tackle and center. On defense, Jackman had 56 tackles and 3 sacks his senior season and he had 152 career stops with 10 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries. He played in the Minnesota All-Star Game last fall. "Kal is everything you ever want when it comes to attitude, effort, hard work and work ethic," said head coach Jim Jackman.

TRACK & FIELD: Jackman lettered five years and was all-conference three years throwing the shot put and discus. He won the Wright County Conference discus title three times and had third-place finishes in the shot. Jackman had personal-bests of 48-10.5 in the shot and 137-2 in the discus. "Kal's dedication to being the best athlete he can be has brought him success in all of his sports," said head coach Shane Satterlee.

WRESTLING: Jackman lettered and started four years and was all-conference twice at four weights. He placed second twice in sections and had four top five finishes and twice wrestled in the state tournament. He was 40-6 with 20 pins as a senior and 111-38 with 60 pins in his career.

Jasmin Estrada

Litchfield

SOFTBALL: Estrada lettered and started four years and was all-conference three times playing three of the four infield positions. Estrada this season hit .544 and batted .500 for her career. Despite being walked 21 times, she hit 10 home runs and finished her career with 32, which ranks No. 3 all-time in state prep history. Estrada had a .640 OBP, drove in 37 runs and scored 47 runs.

HOCKEY: Estrada lettered and started three seasons and was all-conference twice playing forward and defense. A knee injury shortened her senior season but she scored 3 goals and had 3 assists in 11 games. In her career, she scored 33 goals and had 13 assists in 59 games. "Jasmin was one of the strongest players I have ever coached," said head coach Brett Damerow.

VOLLEYBALL: Estrada lettered and started three years and earned all-conference once as a middle hitter. She had 388 career kills and 144 blocks. "Jasmin is one of the most powerful athletes I have ever coached," said head coach Darin Swenson. "She was a force at the net and a true asset to our team. She also demonstrated how hard work can pay off in the long run by developing into a very consistent attacker by her senior year."

Peyton Mortenson

Lac qui Parle Valley

BASEBALL: Mortenson lettered and started four seasons and was all-conference twice as a pitcher, second baseman, shortstop and catcher. This spring, he hit .333 with a .465 OBP and finished with 18 RBIs and he scored 29 runs. On the mound, Mortenson was 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 46 innings pitched. "Peyton is just a tremendous competitor and really improved his defense this year, said head coach Bart Hill.

FOOTBALL: Mortenson lettered four years, and was all-conference all three years as a starter at running back, linebacker and kick returner. Mortenson rushed for 1,230 yards and scored 14 touchdown and he averaged 34.5 yards on 10 kick returns and scored 3 TDs. He rush for 2,414 career yards and scored 24 total touchdowns. He made 173 career tackles and had 5 sacks.

WRESTLING: Mortenson lettered and started six years and was all-conference four times wrestling at five weights. Mortenson placed second at this year's state tournament, his third trip to state. Mortenson won two section championships and two conference titles and compiled a 41-3 record as a senior and 174-50 in his career.

Kelsea Lund

Lac qui Parle Valley

SOFTBALL: Lund lettered six years, started five and earned all-conference honors three times at shortstop. She concluded a strong senior season with a .449 batting average, a .542 OBP and 10 extra base hits. She scored 36 runs and had 20 RBIs, while also stealing 14 bases.

BASKETBALL: Lund lettered, started and was all-conference five straight years at guard. In her senior season, she averaged 19 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals. Lund finished her career holding school-records with 2,317 points, 518 rebounds, 393 assists and her 270 steals are third all-time. She was a Miss Basketball nominee, a two-time All-State Honorable Mention and a three-time conference MVP.

VOLLEYBALL: Lund lettered four years, started three years and twice earned all-conference honors as a libero and setter. Lund finished her career last fall with 1,039 digs, 16 blocks, 18 kills and 471 set assists. She also served as a 95 percent clip and had 65 career service aces.

Josh Peterson

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

BASKETBALL: Peterson lettered and started five seasons and twice was named all-conference as a forward and center. He averaged 13.1 points, had 175 rebounds, 49 assists, 19 steals and 10 blocks as a senior. Peterson scored 1,174 career points. "It didn't matter the situation, Josh was always going to give his best," said head coach Matt Fragodt.

BASEBALL: Peterson started and lettered five seasons and was all-conference three times as a first baseman. In his senior season, Peterson hit .250 with a .333 OBP and a .649 OPS. He drove in 16 runs, scored 11 runs and had 5 doubles. "He has been our most consistent defensive player in our program," said head coach James Cortez.

FOOTBALL: Peterson lettered and started four seasons and earned all-conference twice as an offensive tackle, tight end, fullback, defensive end and linebacker. He had 85 career rushing yards and 2 touchdowns and 224 receiving yards on 19 catches. Peterson made 188 career tackles, 5 sacks, he blocked three punts and intercepted two passes. "Josh is one of the most outstanding players and students I have coached and taught," said head coach Eric Kauffmann.

Austin Schmitt

Dawson-Boyd

BASEBALL: Schmitt lettered four seasons, started four seasons and earned all-conference once as a shortstop and pitcher. As a junior, Schmitt hit .390 with 15 RBIs and 6 steals, and he was a career .300 hitter. On the mound as a junior, Schmitt had a 1.88 ERA and carried a sub 2.00 ERA in his first three seasons. "Austin has a terrific attitude and approach to the game," said head coach Daren Swenson. "He's a dependable hitter who will do whatever is best for the team."

FOOTBALL: Schmitt lettered four years, started three years and was all-conference twice as a center, defensive end and linebacker, and kicker. He was a sub-district Most Valuable Offensive Lineman and on defense, in his career, he made 70 total tackles and intercepted 2 passes, one returned for a touchdown. "Austin was a big reason we have had so much success running the football the last couple of years," said head coach Cory Larson.

WRESTLING: Schmitt was a five-time letterwinner, a four-year starter and a three-time all-conference honoree wrestling at six weights. As a senior, he was 34-7 and placed second in sections and first in the conference. He finished his career with a 93-47 record. "Austin was a captain and a great leader, on and off the mat," said head coach Ross Jurgenson.

Alex Swenson

Dawson-Boyd

BASEBALL: Swenson was a five-time letterwinner and starter who earned all-conference honors three times as a catcher, pitcher and infielder. In his junior season, Swenson hit .386 with 10 RBIs, 19 runs scored and 17 stolen bases, and he entered his senior season as a career .405 hitter with 42 runs scored and 32 steals. He entered the season with a 3-1 record and a 2.68 ERA.

BASKETBALL: Swenson lettered four years, started three seasons and was all-conference twice playing guard. In his senior season, he averaged 16 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. In his career, Swenson surpassed 1,000 points and finished averaging 14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

FOOTBALL: Swenson lettered four years, started three seasons and was a two-time all-conference selection at a quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback, safety and punter. He hit 45 of 86 throws for 743 yards and 8 touchdowns as a senior, and he finished his career with 113 completions in 206 attempts for 1,771 yards and 19 TDs. He also made 16 career receptions for 210 yards and a TD.

Taylor Sagedahl

BOLD

BASKETBALL: Sagedahl was a four-year letterwinner, a three-year starter and a two-time all-conference honoree at guard. Sagedahl averaged 11 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.8 assists per game during her senior season. She finished her career with 712 points, 350 rebounds, 163 steals and 163 assists. "Her basketball IQ is through the roof," said head coach Brian Kingery.

VOLLEYBALL: Sagedahl lettered three years, started two years and was all-conference once as a hitter and setter. In her senior season, she had 208 kills, 151 set assists, served 14 aces, had 20 blocks and had 315 digs. In her career, she had 323 kills, 167 assists, 41 ace serves, 38 blocks and 654 digs. She was a two-year team captain and team MVP as a senior. "Taylor is one of those athletes that does not come around very often," said coach Brittany Keltgen.

SOFTBALL: Sagedahl is a four-year starter, a three-year starter and earned all-conference twice as a shortstop and pitcher. Sagedahl hit .359 this spring with a .517 on-base percentage, four extra base hits and she scored 12 runs. In the pitching circle, she posted a 3.67 ERA with 58 strikeouts.

Jack Peppel

BOLD

FOOTBALL: Peppel lettered two years, started two years and was all-conference twice as a tight end and defensive end. He was a senior captain and the Warriors were 20-2 in his two seasons as a starter. Primarily a run-blocker, he also made 11 career catches for 167 yards and 4 touchdowns. On defense, he made 57 solo tackles, assisted on 61, had 6.5 sacks and recovered a fumble.

BASEBALL: Peppel has lettered and started four years and earned two all-conference selections as a first baseman and pitcher. This spring, Peppel hit .296 with a .400 OBP and a .512 slugging percentage. He also had a .919 OPS, driving in 12 runs, scoring 15 runs and stealing 5 bases. "Jack is a powerful hitter that can hit to all fields," said head coach Brian Kingery. "He also is a solid first baseman."

WRESTLING: Peppel played basketball, earning a letter, before switching to wrestling in his senior season, competing at 285. He compiled a 6-4 record before an injury ended his season. "Jack is a well-rounded young man who came out for wrestling and started until a season-ending injury," said head coach Matt Zupke. "He was a fast learner and very coachable."

Aaron Zosel

Benson

WRESTLING: Zosel lettered and started six seasons, and he earned all-conference honors three times wrestling at 145 and 152 pounds. He wrestled in the state tournament once and placed in the top three in sections three times. Zosel finished his career with a 33-8 record as a senior and a 116-78 overall mark. He had 70 career pins, and had 15 pins or more in three seasons. "Aaron has always done everything and more that his coaches asked," said coach Scott Thompson.

FOOTBALL: Zosel lettered three seasons, started two years and was all-conference once as a running back, linebacker and kick returner. He finished his career with 497 yards and 6 touchdowns on 161 carries, and he made 16 pass receptions for 170 yards. On defense, Zosel made 64 solo tackles, assisted on 120 stops and made 4 fumble recoveries. "Aaron was the heart and soul of our football team (in 2017)," said head coach Scott Gonnerman.

BASEBALL: Zosel lettered two years and started two years in centerfield. He was a career .240 hitter and made just two errors on 29 chances in the field. "Aaron is a great leader on the field," said head coach Eric Hulterstrum. "He made his way into the lineup and stayed there. He is working on his game and continuing to get better."

Morgan Gronli

BBE

VOLLEYBALL: Gronli lettered and started four years, earning all-conference honors four times. She had 221 kills, 33 blocks, 266 digs and 31 ace serves as a senior, and she finished her career with 742 kills, 121 blocks, 865 digs and 105 ace serves. "Morgan is a very athletic player," said head coach Kevin Weller. Her athletic ability helped her generate explosive power on her attacks and her quickness got her in position to make plays on defense."

BASKETBALL: Gronli lettered four years and was a starter and all-conference honoree three times as a point and shooting guard. Gronli averaged 9.7 points, 2.5 rebounds as a senior and shot 72 percent on free throws. In her career, Gronli had 891 points, 325 rebounds and 180 steals. "Morgan is a very athletic guard who runs the floor and attacks the basket well," said head coach Kristina Anderson.

SOFTBALL: Gronli was a team captain during her junior and senior seasons playing both shortstop and catcher. She also earned all-conference honors. Gronli hit .342 this spring with 25 hits and 18 runs scored. Gronli started year at shortstop, moved to catcher and controlled the running game during the playoffs, said head coach Gerald Schmitz.

Kyle Felling

BBE

FOOTBALL: Felling lettered four years, starting three years and earning all-conference honors two years as a running back, receiver, linebacker and defensive back. As a senior, he carried 40 times for 327 yards and 7 touchdowns and in his career he had 52 carries for 370 yards and the 7 scores. In his career, he caught 36 passes for 315 yards and 6 TDs. On defense, he had 54 career tackles. "Kyle is a very coachable kid who put the team first," said head coach Chris Moscho.

TRACK & FIELD: Felling lettered four years and was all-conference four years competing in the long jump, 100, 200 and 400. In this spring's Minnesota State Track & Field Meet, Felling ran a 23.14 in the 200, a 50.26 in the 400 for a sixth-place finish.

BASKETBALL: Felling lettered two seasons for the Jaguars at forward. He finished his career with 58 points, 59 rebounds, 12 assists, 15 steals and 5 blocks. "Kyle is a hard-working, selfless player who puts the goals of the team ahead of personal statistics," said head coach Chris Anderson. "He has been one of the hardest-working players I have coached."

Adam Jaeger

BBE

FOOTBALL: Jaeger was a four-year letterwinner and starter and was named all-conference twice as a running back, linebacker and kick returner. In his career, Jaeger rushed for 1,168 yards and 9 touchdowns, and he made 88 catches for 858 yards and 5 TDs. On defense, he made 291 tackles - including 25 for lost yards - had 5 sacks and intercepted 3 passes. Jaeger was the district Defensive Player of the Year and BBE's Defensive MVP in 2016 and 2017.

WRESTLING: Jaeger won a state championship at 152 pounds this winter. As a six-year starter and four-time all-conference wrestler, Jaeger was 34-0 as a senior and 174-47 in his career. He made three state tournament trips, was a three-year team captain and holds the school's career record for wins.

BASEBALL: Jaeger was a four-year starter and letterwinner as a catcher and pitcher, and he hit .286 with a .444 OBP this season. He scored 26 runs and on the mound he was 6-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. "Adam is a good receiver with a strong arm," said head coach Pat Illies.

Madison Denton

ACGC

VOLLEYBALL: Denton lettered three years, started two years and earned all-conference honors once as a right side and middle hitter. As a senior, Denton totaled 107 kills, 19 solo blocks, 34 block assists, 70 digs and 10 service aces. "Madison is an extremely hard worker," said head coach Micah Tolzin. "She is committed and dedicated 100 percent to her academics, athletics and ACGC, as a whole."

BASKETBALL: Denton earned four letters, started three seasons and was all-conference twice as a Falcons forward. In her senior season, she averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals. She hit 38 percent from the 3-point line and 80 percent on free throws. In her career, she averaged 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. "Madison is a hard worker who put in extra time to ensure she was always prepared," said head coach Misty Langseth.

SOFTBALL: Denton lettered four years and was a starter for four years as a left fielder and at first base. Entering her senior season, Denton was a .333 hitter with a .393 on-base percentage and a .382 slugging percentage. She had a .900 fielding percentages as a senior.

Addison Bernstein

ACGC

VOLLEYBALL: Bernstein lettered and started one year for the Falcons as an outside hitter. She finished her senior season with 123 kills, 7 solo blocks, 7 block assists, 26 service aces and 232 digs. "Addison is a true competitor and brings an intensity to whatever sport she's playing that is hard to rival," said head coach Micah Tolzin. "She is a team player with a fantastic attitude."

BASKETBALL: Bernstein lettered and started two seasons, earning all-conference honorable mention once as a point guard and forward. In her senior season, she averaged 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. She averaged 6.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and a steal for her career.

TRACK & FIELD: Bernstein lettered six years competing in the 300 hurdles, the 200, long jump, 4x200, the 4x400 and the 4x800 relays. She was the Falcons' Most Valuable Track & Field Athlete three straight years and entered this season with personal bests of 48.59 in the 300 hurdles, 15-11 in the long jump, 1:51.23 in the 4x200, 4:14.60 in the 4x400 and 10:09.51 in the 4x800. "Addison is the heart and soul of our girls track and field team," said head coach Terry Singsank.

Jaren Kaddatz

ACGC

FOOTBALL: Kaddatz lettered and started three years and earned all-district honors twice. He ran for 465 career yards and 3 touchdowns and he caught 23 passes for 324 yards and 4 TDs. He also threw for 706 yards and 4 scores. On defense, he finished his career with 60 solo tackles, 93 assists and 3 interceptions. "He was always willing to do whatever it took to make the team better," said head coach David Blom.

BASKETBALL: Kaddatz lettered four years, started three years and was an all-conference wing/guard twice. In 89 career games, he scored 808 points, grabbed 299 rebounds, had 227 assists, 113 steals and blocked 34 shots. "Jaren is a coach's dream," said head coach Terry Miller. "From the first day Jaren stepped on the basketball floor, he became an impact player. Jaren is an elite defender who developed into a great offensive player, as well."

BASEBALL: Kaddatz lettered four years and started four years at catcher, earning all-conference honors twice. Kaddatz hit .270 as a junior and was hitting .400 deep into this spring's schedule. He also has a .970 fielding percentage. "Jaren has been a privilege to coach," said head coach Mike Kingery. "He is a team-first player who is extremely athletic."

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