ESCANABA - Two multi-sport athletes at Escanaba High School became the next pair of seniors to win the prestigious Pfotenhauer-Gessner Awards Wednesday at the school's honor program.
This year's award, which is handed out to the top male and female athletes (as voted on by the coaches) will go to Dave Falish and Codi Jenshak.
Falish put up impressive numbers as the Eskymos' starting quarterback last fall and also played on the basketball and baseball teams. Previously, he played on the football team as a running back. He was the Large School quarterback on the 2012 All-U.P. football team and holds a college athletic scholarship to play football at Division II Michigan Tech.
Jenshak has earned all-state nods as a standout tennis player for the Eskymos and is also the ace pitcher on the softball team and played in a starting role on the basketball team. She will attend Division III St. Norbert College and play softball for the Green Knights.
The Gessner Award has been handed out since 1924 with the Pfotenhauer name being added in 1992. Herman Gessner was an Escanaba Bbusinessman, while brothers Bob, Don and Merle were heavily involved in athletics at Escanaba.
Other award winners Wednesday night included seniors Braedyn Bosilovatz and Andrew Stenberg who took home the Stack and Catherine Smith awards for the highest academic ranking among athletes with at least four varsity letters.
Bosilovatz was a standout on the Eskymos tennis and softball teams and carries a 4.04 GPA, sixth in her class. She will attend Michigan Tech in the fall.
Stenberg has stood out as the Eskymos' top cross country athlete and distance runner in track and field. He ranked 12th in his class with a 3.98 GPA and plans on attending the University of Michigan this fall.
The Gary Abrahamson Award given annually the male and female senior athletes who have compiled the most varsity letters during their high school careers, went to Falish (9) and Jalyn Dagenais (11).
1924 - Ovila Savard; 1925 - Herman Miethe; 1926 - Edward Curran; 1927 - Gladwin Oberg; 1928 - Hilding Olson; 1929 - Leon (Dick) Schram.
1930 - Don Anderson; 1931 - Gilbert Byrnes; 1932 - George Call; 1933 - Harry Monson; 1934 - Leo Alperovitz; 1935 - Stanley Jensen; 1936 - George Anderson; 1937 - Robert Embs; 1938 - William D. Peterson; 1939 - Thor Nilsen.
1940 - Robert Barron; 1941 - Don Pfotenhauer; 1942 - George Shomin; 1943 - Robert Pfotenhauer; 1944 - Boyd Peterson; 1945 - no award; 1946 - Jack Finn; 1947 - Wendell Buckland; 1948 - Richard Lough; 1949 - Gary Abrahamson.
1950 - Alfred Nelson; 1951 - Richard Shomin; 1952 - Warren Johnston; 1953 - Paul Davidson; 1954 - Marshall Judson; 1955 - James Beck; 1956 - Lawrence Erickson; 1957 - Ronald W. Johnson; 1958 - Mike Mileski; 1959 - John Lindquist.
1960 - Barry Andrews; 1961 - John Fisher; 1962 - Mickey Moses; 1963 - David Hunter; 1964 - Walter Schultz; 1965 - James Clairmont; 1966 - Steve Ohman; 1967 - James Boyle; 1968 - Jerel Brazeau; 1969 - John Moberg.
1970 - Gene Timmer; 1971 - Tom Kangas; 1972 - Bill Johnson; 1973 - Bob Kleiman; 1974 - Wayne Schwalbach; 1975 - Jack Hirn, Ann VanDyke; 1976 - Jim Rogers, Sharon Schultz; 1977 - Mary Dulek, John Sankovitch; 1978 - Bob Boyle, Jeanne White; 1979 - Cindy Courneene, John Moore.
1980 - Mike Beveridge, Tammy Sovey; 1981 - Chris Martin, John Tolfa; 1982 - Rick Frazer, Jean Tolfa; 1983 - Dean Altobelli, Hope Laviolette; 1984 - Carolee Boudreau, Paul DeHaan; 1985 - Tammy Funke, Scott Peterson; 1986 - Jean Ammel, Paul Sundquist; 1987 - Phyllis Hauser, Kile Zuidema; 1988 - Brian Barrett, Kim Picord; 1989 - Jim Hirn, Cheryl Jacobsen.
1990 - Nick Bink, Judi Skradski; 1991 - Dick Englund, Lisa Kuckhahn.
1992 - Nathan Chylek and Jodi Houle; 1993 - Katie Aho and Charlie Bush; 1994 - Nichole Fisher and Joe McGuigan; 1995 - Charlie Detiege and Sharron Makosky; 1996 - Joe Freidhoff and Amy Klein; 1997 - Kelly Blackstone and Chris Detiege; 1998 - Rob Freidhoff and Laura LaCrosse; 1999 - Benton Gady and Brooke Gartland; 2000 - Allyson Conaway and Alan Stacilauskas; 2001 - Spike Houle and Amy Roberts; 2002 - Kurt Lauscher and Jessie Noblet; 2003 - Danicia Braun and P.J. Fisher; 2004 - Chelsey Guay and Jay Wiles; 2005 - Christa Erickson and Andy Mokszycke; 2006 - Stephen Nolde, Sara Roberts; 2007 - Nicole Guindon, Brennan VanEffen; 2008 - Michelle Carne, Garrick Fisher; 2009 - Alyssa Rogers, Paul Wakefield; 2010 - Mitch VanEffen, Melissa Zimmerman; 2011 - Sherri Berube, Jared Dagenais; 2012 - Olivia Nash, Austin Young; 2013 - Codi Jenshak, Dave Falish.