Katy Nordman is fresh off her state championship run with the Orioles’ softball team. Kyler Steinkamp just earned two medals at the state track meet this past weekend.
Now they have one more accomplishment to add to their legacy. And it may be one of the best honors of them all.
Steinkamp and Nordman were named the 2014 Augusta High School boys and girls athletes of the year Wednesday. The two recently-graduated seniors will have their names engraved and placed on the AHS Athlete of the Year plaque.
“It’s pretty cool, and we were both Heisman [winners], too,” Steinkamp said of the Wendy’s Heisman award they both received during the fall semester.
Nordman has earned multiple All-League softball honors as a four-year varsity starter. She also won a state championship with the bowling team in 2013, and she played volleyball all four seasons and basketball one season.
“It kind of sums up all the hard work we’ve put in, and all the work we put in with the coaches here at the high school,” Nordman said of the award. “...It is a big honor.”
Steinkamp played soccer for the Orioles in the fall and was a three-year varsity starter on the basketball team. He earned state medals in the high jump two straight years and a 4x100 relay medal.
“All those practices and long weekends and long weeks of summer workouts, that makes everything worth it,” he said of the honor.
Steinkamp will be attending Wichita State University in the fall and will not continue his playing career.
“I know I’m going to miss it, but I’m going to enjoy some time off.”
Nordman will continue her family tradition of playing sports in college. She’ll play for Highland next year. And there was one more family tradition she continued without even knowing it.
“I didn’t know that my brother was [athlete of the year], but that’s kind of nice,” Nordman said of her older brother Tyler, who was the AHS Athlete of the Year in 2007.