ESCANABA - Escanaba High school seniors Travis Heller and Ashley Cook have a combined 15 varsity letters between them and were recognized Wednesday as the winners of the annual Pfotenhauer-Gessner award, given to the top senior male and female athletes at Escanaba.
Heller has numerous letters in wrestling, baseball and tennis and was All-Great Northern Conference, All-U.P. and All-State in wrestling, where he finished third in the state in his weight class at the U.P. Finals in 2014.
Cook holds three letters in softball where she was named all-region her junior and senior years, two letters in basketball where she was an All-Great Northern Conference honorable mention and two volleyball letters where she was named all-region and All-U.P.
Photo courtesy of Dave Wilson
Escanaba seniors Travis Heller, left and Ashley Cook were recognized Wednesday as the winners of the Pfotenhauer-Gessner award, given annually to the top male and female senior athletes at Escanaba.
Syd Gafner and Cameron Beversluis were named the top female and male academic winners. Gafner has a GPA of 4.12 and had seven varsity letters in softball, basketball and volleyball. She will attend the University of Michigan in the fall.
Beversluis has a GPA of 4.01 and has varsity letters in football, baseball and tennis.
The Abrahamson award is given to the senior male and female with the most varsity letters. Aubrey Peterson and Steve Wood were the recipients. Peterson has 11 letters (four in track, four in cross country and three in wrestling, as team manager) and Wood has 10 varsity letters (four in hockey, two in football and four in tennis.)
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.