Augusta High School picked two very deserving athletes to have their names etched in school lore.
The school officially presented Taylor Hinnenkamp and Kenton Rocheford with the plaques that have their names added to list of boys and girls who have been named the Augusta High School athletes of the year. The award for Rocheford and Hinnenkamp for this past school year was voted on by the coaches at the school.
Hinnenkamp was a three-sport star her high school career as she ran cross country and played basketball and softball, the latter of which she was a two-time state champion and an all-leaguer all four years. She will play softball at Cowley County next school year.
“I'm very honored and blessed to have the success I've had in all of my sports at Augusta. I'm grateful for all of the guidance by my coaches and support from teammates to allow me to play sports at the next level.,” Hinnenkamp said. “To be a recipient for this award is a big deal to me and I hope future Orioles will be pushed and determined to make Augusta sports a great atmosphere for years to come.”
Rocheford was at Augusta High School for two years, but he excelled on the football field and basketball court, and he rounded out his year on the track team his senior year. He will play football at Sterling next year.
“It is a tremendous honor to be the recipient of the award today. I know what kind of guys have won it before me, so to be in company with them is awesome,” Rocheford said. “I'm also grateful to the coaches for thinking so highly of the work I have done. I have a lot of respect for all the coaches around the school for what they do, how much time and effort they spend year round on their sports, and the kind of men and women they are.”
“It just goes to show that hard work and dedication don't go unnoticed. I want to give a special thanks to all my coaches over these last few years. They all pushed me to be my best every day. I'm also glad to have had the teammates I did. I've made lifelong memories and friends because of the things we've gone through together on and off the athletic stage. This is something I'll remember for a very long time and am extremely honored to have received it.”
The plaque reads: To the outstanding senior who, through their athletic skills, citizenship and academic endeavors, is considered by their coaches as the top athlete during their career.