Last Wednesday, April 28 Granger High School hosted their All-Sports Athletic Banquet at the Taylor S.P.J.S.T Hall. Along with the ceremony Granger also hosted a silent auction throughout the evening.
The event began at around 8 p.m. with booster club president Mike Dresser welcoming all of those in attendance.
Once everyone had settled with their meal, catered by Kelm Catering, Granger athletic director Stephen Brosch introduced the Granger Lion and Lady Lion coaches. Each coach took a moment to speak on their respective teams, sharing memories and even getting a little emotional when speaking of their seniors.
Girls basketball coach Jolene Volek spoke about the youth of Lady Lion basketball and how they almost missed an occasion due to none of the girls having a driver’s license.
Softball coach Jennifer Fudge praised her softball team and their commitment to one another, and how they were the best softball team at Granger in 10 seasons.
After recognizing senior athletes Coach Brosch introduced the 2020-21 Hall of Honor inductees. In the summer of 2020 Brosch and Granger alum embarked on a project to update the Granger Hall of Honor.
The inductee class of 2020-21 included 3rd Team All-State WR Johnny Ryder, Honorable Mention All-State LB DJ McClelland, 2nd Team All-State OT Dwayne Gaida, 2020-21 Universal Cheerleading Association All-American Ja’Kayla Reese and 2019-20 Universal Cheerleading Association All-American Callie Rodriguez.
The Hall of Honor inductees were followed by the eight superlative awards that Granger awards. Female Newcomers of the Year were Clarissa Miller and Montana Moore. Male Newcomer of the Year went to Nate Tucker.
The Lions Spirit Award went to Juli Smith. DJ McClelland took home the Fighting Heart Award.
Alexi Wade and Mattie Wilkie shared the Female Athlete of the Year Award, while Ryder was Male Athlete of the Year.
Wade fought back tears upon receiving a share of the award. Earlier in the ceremony it had been announced that she was the first Lady Lion to advance to state in track and field since 2004.
The two special awards were then presented. The Travis Miller Service Award went to Thomas Rhoades and the Robert Cervenka Patriot Award was presented to Elliot Bohuslav.
After closing remarks by Coach Brosch the 2020-21 Granger cheerleaders led those in attendance with the singing of the school song.