Continuing Awards Week, there were several top performers for each team throughout the year, but only one can be the team's Most Valuable Player. Here's a look at the top MVPs of AHS teams.
Tristan Finch - football
There was no tougher athlete at Augusta High School this year than Tristan Finch. He finished football games bloodied and beaten, yet teams still needed two or three defenders at a time to bring him down. Finch was the ultimate warrior who’s spirit and competitiveness were unmatched. Finch also was an unsung hero for the basketball team who did whatever it took to help his team win.
Mason Hiser - boys soccer
Mason Hiser went through a tougher emotional journey than any athlete should have to deal with, and his play on the field reflected that. He was the soccer team’s top scorer and a great passer. He had several highlight matches during the season, including a couple hat tricks. It also could be argued that Hiser was the MVP of the baseball team with his nasty pitching.
Brandan Forsythe and Jacob Hall - cross country
Brandan Forsythe and Jacob Hall finished 1-2 for the boys cross country team all season long. Forsythe had a handful of Top 10 finishes and was First Team All-AVCTL for the Orioles. Hall took Second Team. Forsythe should have a good college career as he continues his running career.
Mariah Zerr - volleyball
When the Orioles needed a kill, Mariah was their go-to hitter. She blocked and served well, she made passing look easy and she was the consummate teammate.
Connor Hurst - basketball
Connor Hurst has continued his ascension to becoming one of the premiere players in the area, the league, and even all of 4A. He can score from anywhere on the court, and he has great skills and athleticism. But his passion, desire and competitiveness are what separates him from others.
Casady Marlnee - girls basketball
Casady Marlnee was the offense. Other teams had no choice but to make game plans to stop her. She dribbled well, she could shoot, and she could rebound inside. Oh yeah, and basketball isn’t even her best sport. She has signed to play softball at West Texas A&M next year.
Jacob Goldenstein, Colton Clayborn - wrestling
Goldenstein had another phenomenal year for the Orioles. He made the finals of nearly every tournament and finished with a third-place medal at State. Clayborn was so ferocious and dominant in his matches. He often kickstarted big runs during the Orioles' duals.
Bethany Watson - bowling
Bethany was the Orioles’ top bowler this season, especially when it counted the most. She performed well at Regionals as she made it back to State again.
Kyler Steinkamp and Chaydon Carter - boys track and field
Kyler Steinkamp and Chaydon Carter both walked away from the state track meet with a pair of medals apiece. Steinkamp constantly earned medals in the high jump while Carter was one of the fastest sprinters at every meet. And both of them helped anchor the Orioles’ 4x100-m relay team that earned a third-place medal at State.
Bailey Reichardt - girls track and field
Reichardt earned one, two, or even three medals in nearly every meet this season before coming up short at Regionals. Still, between track and cross country, her running career was very accomplished.
Katy Nordman - softball
Augusta’s softball team had a high-octane offense, and Katy Nordman was one of the top hitters on the team. Nordman rarely had a bad at-bat, and she capitalized on scoring opportunities. She also had a strong glove at third base, as she’s done all four years.