Christy Welscher and Noah Manning were named Athletes of the Year at Mabel-Canton. SUBMITTED BY SUSIE MUNROE
Christy Welscher and Noah Manning were named Athletes of the Year at Mabel-Canton. SUBMITTED BY SUSIE MUNROE
Senior Christy Welscher and junior Noah Manning have been named 2012-13 Mabel-Canton Athletes of the year.

Welscher has won SEC All-Conference team honors twice in both volleyball and basketball. She also earned Academic All-Conference awards four times in each sport during her varsity career. In team voting, she won the MVP award for a second year in basketball as the team's leading scorer and rebounder. In volleyball team awards, Welscher won the Hardest Worker Award, leading the team in ace blocks for a second straight year. She graduated with eight varsity letters (four in volleyball, four in basketball).

Manning made the All-Conference team in both football and basketball this year. He was also Honorable Mention All-Conference for a third year in baseball. Earning Academic All-Conference recognition for a third year in both baseball and basketball, he was also voted MVP by his basketball teammates, and won the Hardest Worker Award in football.

He led the basketball squad in rebounds, assists, steals, and charges taken. On the gridiron, Manning led the team in yards per catch and interceptions. He led the baseball team in extra-base hits, and had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio when on the pitcher's mound.

With one year of eligibility left, Manning now has 9 varsity letters (3 each in football, basketball, and baseball).

The Mabel-Canton Senior Scholar Athletes of the year were Welscher and Kristina Mengis. That award includes a $100 scholarship to the two student athletes "who have combined excellence in both the classroom and on the playing field throughout their years at Mabel-Canton."

Mengis also earned the Academic All-State recognition in softball. She was SEC All-Conference for a second year in volleyball and SEC Academic All-Conference for a fourth year in softball and a third year in volleyball. In team voting, she won the Team Player Award in both volleyball and softball.

As a pitcher, Mengis led the team with a 5.30 earned-run-average. She graduates with eight varsity letters (four for softball, three volleyball, one basketball).

Academic All-Conference awards also went out to Belle Sand and Sara Vettleson-Trutza in track and field, Jon Selness in baseball, and Morgan Roppe, Sara Lind, Kourtney Coyle, Abby Hanson, Lydia Geving, Hannah Nolte, Courtney Graves, and Coranda Vickerman in softball.

Besides Mengis and Welscher, there were five other graduating seniors who leave M-C with a slew of varsity letters. They include Logan Henry with eight (four football, two basketball, two baseball), Danielle Paul with six (three softball, two volleyball, one basketball), Amanda Rasmussen with 5 (four basketball, one volleyball), Courtney Smith with two (both softball), and Morgan Roppe with one (softball).