Rochester Sports Banquet Winners

For thirteen years Rochester Sports has hosted the Rochester Sports Banquet and each year it continues to be a highlight around the community. The Banquet recognizes area athletes, coaches and teams on their hard work, dedication and commitment to amateur sports. Each year a guest speaker shares a message with the attendees, that promotes the ideas that amateur athletics is all about.

Here are this years categories with nominees (Winners in bold)

Team of the Year:

  • Zumbrota-Mazeppa Wrestling
  • Rochester Lourdes Boys Tennis
  • Kasson-Mantorville Volleyball
  • Rochester Lourdes Football
  • Kasson-Mantorville Wrestling

Coach of the Year:

  • Link Steffen (Z-M Wrestling)
  • Amber Zitzow (RCTC Volleyball)
  • Mike Kesler (Lourdes Football)
  • Jamie Heidt (K-M Wrestling)
  • Nick Crossley (Century Tennis)

Female Athlete of the Year:

  • Taylor Kreitinger (Byron Soccer/Track)
  • Clare Palen/Natalie Allison (Lourdes Tennis Doubles)
  • Ayoka Lee (Byron Basketball/Track/Volleyball)
  • Peyton Suess (KM Volleyball)
  • Makayla Pahl (Mayo Hockey)

Male Athlete of the Year:

  • Patrick Kennedy (K-M Wrestling)
  • Sebastian Vile (Mayo Tennis)
  • Matthew Hurt (JM Basketball)
  • Barron Holtz (PEM Baseball)
  • Reed Davis (Schaeffer Academy Baseball)

Adaptive Athlete of the Year:

  • Alex Steffl (Rochester Flyers, Special Olympics Team Minnesota)
  • Tony Kasner (Rochester Flyers)
  • Blake Hillman (Rochester Raiders Hockey)
  • Julian Stacy (Rochester Raiders Softball)
  • Janet Harner (Rochester Flyers)

Post High-School Male Athlete of the Year:

  • Chris Captain, Gustavus Golf

Post High School Female Athlete of the Year:

  • Nora Holtan, Gustavus Volleyball

Youth Sports of the Year:

  • Rochester Youth Soccer Association U12 Boys C1 Team

Lifetime Achievement:

  • Dick Gosse, 50+ years of officiating in SE Minnesota

Coaches Lifetime:

  • Cy Champa, former RCTC Football Coach

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