Orting High wrestler Taylor Meeks and Emerald Ridge High hurdler Kayla Stueckle were the winners of the 2009-2010 Tacoma/Pierce County high school student-athletes of the year awards Thursday night, presented by the Tacoma Athletic Commission.
Both seniors received a $2,000 scholarship from Columbia Bank.
Meeks, a three-time Mat Classic champion and two-time News Tribune “Untouchables” selection, went 112-1 in the past three seasons for the Cardinals, who won back-to-back 1A team titles.
Currently, Meeks – headed to Oregon State this summer – is the ninth-ranked wrestler in the country at 189 pounds by USA Wrestling.
He also was a two-way standout for the Orting football team.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Meeks said. “I think it’s good recognition for the wrestling community and everything.”
Last weekend, Stueckle became a three-time 4A champion in the 300-meter hurdles. The University of Washington signee also won the long jump title as well at Star Track XXVIII at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
She was also an all-South Puget Sound League midfielder for the league-champion Jaguars.
“I’m pretty honored because I know there is a really talented group of kids here,” Stueckle said.
Isaiah Thomas, the former Curtis High basketball star now at the UW, and Brie Felnagle, the Bellarmine Prep product who is finishing up her collegiate track and field career this week at North Carolina in the NCAA Division I championships, were honored as the Dick Hannula Amateur Athlete of the Year recipients.
Curtis High’s Chris Edison (football) and Steilacoom High’s Marki Creger-Zier (fastpitch) were winners of the MVP Physical Therapy Award as participants most valuable to their respective teams.
Alex Benzegala, a senior at Peninsula High, captured the Clay Huntington Sports Communication award – marking the fourth Seahawks’ student broadcaster to win the honor. He is going to Concordia College in Minnesota.
Ron Shaw (baseball), Steve Wusterbarth (basketball), Wayne Agness (basketball), Terry Keister (football), Dick Hassan (fastpitch), Earl Powell (volleyball) and Terry Beckstead (wrestling) were given recognition for excellence in officiating as an inaugural honor.