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Editorial: Tribune to name top H-R athletes

Minnesota high school athletic seasons are coming to an end with various state tournaments this weekend. This past year has seen many athletic accomplishments by various teams and individuals from the region.

The West Central Tribune will cap the 2008-09 athletic season Monday with the announcement of the Hengstler-Ranweiler Award winners.

The H-R is a long-time tradition at the Tribune, and was named in honor of Herb Hengstler and Lefty Ranweiler, two longtime sports editors at the newspaper.

The Tribune has presented the award since 1961 in recognition of the outstanding male athlete in the region and since 1979 in recognition of the outstanding female athlete in the region.

Earning the Tribune's H-R honor is no easy task, especially in today's era of high school athletic specialization.

The nomination qualifications are high, as they should be. They are as follows:

- An athlete must participate in at least three sports through their senior year, regardless of injury or illness.

- Athletes must be named all-conference first team in at least two of their sports.

- Athletes who have any type of Minnesota State High School League violation at any time during their varsity career are not eligible.

This year, there are 21 boys and 15 girls varsity athletes nominated for the Tribune H-R honors.

Congratulations to all 36 of these outstanding athletes on your accomplishments during your high schools careers. Citizens of west central Minnesota have enjoyed watching your athletic development and accomplishments.

We wish you the best in the future.

Thank you for the memories.