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Bryce Jergenson (left) and Beth Holland (right) of Morris Area High School were both nominated for the West Central Tribune's Hengstler-Ranweiler Award. (Submitted photos)

Four area seniors nominated for Hengstler-Ranweiler

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Four area seniors have been nominated for the West Central Tribune’s Hengstler-Ranweiler Award. The Hengstler-Ranweiler Award (H-R Award) is presented annually to the area’s outstanding male and female athletes. The award is named in honor of Herb Hengstler and Left Ranweiler, two longtime West Central Tribune sports editors. This year’s area nominations include Bryce Jergenson and Beth Holland from Morris Area, Nicole Strobel from Chokio-Alberta, and Taylor Holleman from Hancock.

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Bryce Jergenson, Morris/C-A

BASEBALL: Jergenson earned three letters, started two seasons and earned all-conference once as a third baseman, shortstop and pitcher. He also earned all-section honors this season, hitting .337. In addition to being the Tigers’ top defensive player at short, Jergenson logged 75 innings on the mound the last two season and had a 1.96 ERA.

BASKETBALL: Jergenson was a two-year letterwinner, a starter this season and was an all-conference honoree at guard. This season, he averaged 5.1 points, three rebounds and 2.5 assists. “Bryce was our captain and leader on both ends of the floor,” said head coach Mark Torgerson.

FOOTBALL: Jergenson earned three letters and started one season at quarterback and safety. “He was a senior captain who provided stability and leadership to a young and inexperienced team,” said head coach Kevin Pope. “He was a vocal leader on both sides of the ball who was always in-the-know about his job, as well as everybody elses.”

Beth Holland, Morris/C-A

TRACK & FIELD: Holland lettered three years in the 100-meter dash and two relays. She ran on relays that placed among the top three three times and the Tigers’ 4X100 team placed eighth at the state meet. The 4X100 team set a school record of 50.8 seconds.

BASKETBALL: Holland won four letters, started three years and picked up all-conference honors once at guard. She averaged 13.7 point this season and 9.6 for her career. She also averaged 2.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals in her career. She finished with 985 career points, 275 rebounds, 230 assists and 189 steals.

VOLLEYBALL: Holland was a two-year starter and earned all-conference once as a libero. She had 616 career digs, 400 of them in her senior season when the Tigers were section runners-up with a 19-7 record. She also had 50 service aces and 43 kills.

Nicole Strobel, Morris/C-A

SOFTBALL: Strobel started three seasons and earned all-conference honors once playing centerfield and first base for the Tigers. She hit .355 this season and she scored 15 runs and drove in eight. Strobel hit .303 for her career, had 22 RBI and stole 21 bases.

BASKETBALL: Strobel started three years in the post and at forward. She averaged 4.4 career points and 4.1 rebounds. She finished her career with 347 points, 325 rebounds, 98 assists and 74 steals. “Nicole was undersized as a post player, but that never kept her from going inside and working hard every game,” said head coach Dale Henrich.

VOLLEYBALL: Strobel was a three-year starter at middle and right side hitter. She finished her career with 199 kills, 30 ace blocks and 159 digs. “A very quiet leader who is a great role model for younger players,” said head coach Kristi Fehr. “She is one of the hardest workers with a great work ethic.”

Taylor Holleman, Hancock

BASEBALL: Holleman started four years and twice was selected all-conference as a pitcher, shortstop and outfield for the Hancock Owls. He hit .298 his senior season and finished his career with 61 hits, a .282 batting average, 22 RBI and he scored 46 runs. On the mound, he won eight games and struck out 82 batters in 81 innings pitched.

BASKETBALL: Holleman was a four-year starter and three-time all-conference pick at guard. He is second all-time in Owls’ history with 1,250 career points, and he also finished his career with 403 rebounds, 640 assists and 163 steals. He averaged 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists as a senior.

FOOTBALL: Holleman started four years and earned all-conference honors three times as a quarterback and linebacker. He ran for 720 of his career 1,499 rushing yards as a senior, and he threw for 3,967 yards and 29 touchdowns in his career. He also made 227 solo tackles and 114 assists with four interceptions and five fumble recoveries in his Owls’ career.

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