NEW ULM - Martin Luther College was the site of the 59th Annual Athletic Appreciation Banquet Saturday evening, presented by The New Ulm Club.
The banquet honors senior letterwinners from New Ulm High School, Minnesota Valley Lutheran and New Ulm Cathedral. Each school selects one male and female athlete of the year.
Ryan Grunke and Carlie Maasz were the honored athletes at MVL, Jake Stadick and Lisa Helget at Cathedral and Sydney Schuck and Isaiah Johnson were selected by New Ulm High School.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
The New Ulm Club named it’s outstanding senior athletes from the three local high school’s at the 59th annual Athletic Appreciation Banquet Saturday at Martin Luther College in New Ulm. The winners are from left: Carlie Maasz and Ryan Grunke of Minnesota Valley Lutheran, Sydney Schuck and Isaiah Johnson of New Ulm High School and Lisa Helget and Jake Stadick of New Ulm Cathedral.
Former New Ulm High School football coach and current head football coach at the University of Dubuque Stan Zweifel was the guest speaker.
The following is a brief summary of each winner:
Grunke is the son of Tim and Theresa Grunke. He is a three-sport student/athlete who has participated in football, basketball and baseball all four years at MVL, earning three letters in football, three in basketball and will earn his fourth this spring in baseball.
He has been an all-conference selection three times in football and honorable mention in baseball. He also has two academic all-conference awards in football all while maintaining a 3.6 GPA.
Grunke was a three-year starting quarterback for the Charger football team. He accounted for nearly 3,500 total yards in 30 games while scoring 27 touchdowns. On the ground, he accounted for 2,037 yards rushing on just 390 carries, scoring 20 touchdowns.
Defensively, Grunke shined with more than 100 tackles, 10 interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.
During his basketball career, Grunke excelled on the defensive end of the court where numerous times he was assign to guard the opponents' best player. He recorded 119 steals and scored 506 points. He also had 165 assists.
In baseball, he has hit .287 in 45 games, while collecting 35 hits with 13 RBIs, 15 walks and 17 stolen bases.
Maasz is the daughter of Paul and Judy Maasz. She is a two-sport student/athlete who has participated and excelled in both volleyball and softball all four years at MVL. She earned four letters in volleyball and will earn her fourth in softball this season.
Maasz has been a two-time All-Conference selection in volleyball, while earning All-Conference in softball and also a two-time member of the All-Section Team. .
This fall, Maasz participated in volleyball where she ranks in the top 10 in three categories: kills, digs, and ace serves. She is seventh in ace serves with 102, fifth in kills with 419 from the left side, and third in digs with 541.
In softball, she's played in 58 games prior to this season with 156 at-bats while accumulating 40 hits and a .256 batting average. She has scored 33 runs and has 12 stolen bases. Maasz excels on the pitching mound where she is currently second all time in innings pitched (323.67 innings, 27 innings out of first place) and a 3.22 ERA. She is fourth in history with 21 wins, just five wins short of being the career leader in that category. She holds the MVL record of strikeouts with 369 and expects that number to grow.
Stadick is the son of Mike and Tammi Stadick. He will finish his career with six varsity letters - two in football, two in basketball, and two in baseball.
Stadick was a two-year starter in football where he played safety and running back, and was a team captain. During his two varsity seasons, Cathedral won 17 games and lost only five. Stadick also helped the Greyhounds win a conference championship in 2011. He gained 524 yards rushing during his senior season and scored seven touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 111 career tackles, along with seven career interceptions. Stadick earned All-Conference honors his senior year.
Stadick lettered two years in basketball, and was a team captain as a senior. He averaged 11.8 points and five rebounds per game during his senior year. He was also an excellent defensive player who had 34 steals this past year.
Last year, Stadick had a 3-1 record on the mound with an ERA of 2.55. His strong defense in the field also helped Cathedral to a 19-7 record last year.
Helget is the daughter of Curt and Donna Helget. She is a three-sport athlete who will earn 11 letters during her high school career three in volleyball, four in basketball, and three in softball.
Helget lettered in volleyball her sophomore through senior, and was a co-captain of the team as a senior. She played the role of a defensive specialist and server for the Greyhounds. In her career, she totaled 422 kills, 344 digs, and 83 blocks.
Helget was a four-year letter winner in basketball. She was also a basketball team co-captain as a senior. Her career totals include 542 points, 466 rebounds, and 146 steals.
This spring Lisa will be playing her fourth softball season at the varsity level. Last year as a junior, Helget batted .478 with 22 RBIs. For her career Lisa is career .370 hitter with 57 RBIs, and 60 runs scored.
Johnson competes in football, basketball and tennis for New Ulm High School. In football, Johnson finished his senior year with 12 touchdowns and 1,380 yards of total offense. He averaged 20 yards per return on special teams and was named the team's offensive Most Valuable Player.
Johnson earned two letters in football, two in basketball and three in tennis.
In basketball, Johnson was a successful contributor according to coach Steve Foley and he brought a great work ethic to practice and games.
Johnson also competes in tennis and as a junior, Johnson and his doubles partner had a team-best record of 13-4. He is hoping for another successful campaign this spring.
Schuck is a two-sport athlete at New Ulm High School, competing in volleyball and softball for the Eagles. She earned three letters in volleyball and two in softball.
Schuck was a three-year starter for the Eagles in volleyball and she helped the team to a South Central Conference championship her sophomore year. She also was part of the team's second-place finish in her junior year, helping the Eagles go 17-3 in the conference during those two years of varsity competition.
In softball, Schuck was a member of the Eagles' state championship season last year, going 13-0 with a 1.52 ERA and .297 batting average. She had a .417 on base percentage and .952 fielding percentage. She was All-Conference in the SCC and she was also named All-Section and All-State.