Hengstler-Ranweiler Award: Here are this year's female nominees
It's a special group of three-sport stars from CMCS, BOLD, Willmar and MACCRAY
WILLMAR — It's likely the highest honor an athlete in the West Central Tribune area can get.
Being a finalist for the Hengstler-Ranweiler Award isn't easy. Not only do you have to be a three-sport athlete, you have to be all-conference or all-district in all three of them.
You have to have a level of commitment that has become quite difficult in the age of specialization for athletes, which has become the norm.
This year's group is up for the 62nd annual Hengstler-Ranweiler Award is indeed special.
They are Central Minnesota Christian's Coco Duininck and Molly Mulder, Willmar's Kessa Mara, BOLD's Abby Meyers and Leslie Snow and MACCRAY's Gabby Randt.
The HR Award recipient, which dates back to 1979 for female athletes, will be announced Saturday.
Here's a look at this year's group:
Coco Duininck, CMCS
Sports: Volleyball, basketball and track and field
Fall: A four-year starter and West Central Tribune all-area honorable mention, she wound up her career with 2,112 set assists, 79 ace serves, 179 kills and 483 digs.
Winter: A five-year starter and Class A Minnesota High School Coaches Association All-State selection, she was a four-time West Central Tribune all-area team member for the two-time Camden Conference North Division champions, finishing her career with 2,170 points, 441 assists, 538 steals and 447 rebounds.
Spring: A five-time letter-winner, she is the school's record-holder in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, as well as part of the top 4x800 and 4x400 relays in school history.
Kessa Mara, Willmar
Sports: Tennis, hockey, golf
Fall: A captain who earned all-conference honors, she helped lead the Cardinals to an 8-3 CLC record. She also has been named the state's AAA Award winner for student-athletes who exhibit outstanding acumen in academics, the arts and athletics.
Winter: The five-time letterwinner earned all-conference honors and was the Hobey Baker Award winner for the Cardinals. She scored 14 goals with 15 assists her senior season and had 27 career goals with 47 assists. "Kessa is an extremely intelligent player able to play in any situation," head coach Eric Setrum said.
Spring: A five-time letterwinner and three-time all-conference selection, she earned a state Class AAA berth her senior year with an average score of 83. "Kessa was an integral part of our team the last five years," head coach Bryan Mara said.
Abby Meyers, BOLD
Sports: Volleyball, basketball and track and field
Fall: A right-side hitter who was all-conference her senior year, she earned the team spirit award her junior and senior year, helping lead the Warriors a sub-section runner-up this season, losing to eventual state Class A champion Mayer Lutheran.
Winter: A two-year all-conference member and co-team MVP who averaged 8.6 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1 apg and 1 spg. "Abby was the heart and soul of our team the past couple years," BOLD head coach Brian Kingery said. "She gave us a physical presence inside. With her hard work, she averaged nearly a double-double the past two seasons."
Spring: A four-year letterwinner and three-time West Central Conference champion in the shot put and discus, Meyers was a team spirit award winner and is fourth all-time in the BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart program's all-time female point scorers list.
Molly Mulder, CMCS
Sports: Volleyball, basketball, track and field
Fall: A four-year and four-time All-Camden Conference selection, the outside hitter was also a two-time West Central Tribune honorable mention on the all-area team. She finished her career with 100 ace serves, 904 kills and 737 digs.
Winter: A five-time letterwinner and four-year starter, she was three-time all-conference selection. The forward averaged 12 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.4 spg her senior year, finishing with 839 career points, 563 rebounds, 204 assists and 179 steals.
Spring: A two-time all-conference member, she is the school record-holder in the 3,200-meter run and is part of the school record 4x800 relay. He top times include 2:33.78 in the 800, 5:36.4 in the 1,600 and 12.31.71 in the 3,200.
Gabby Randt, MACCRAY
Sports: Volleyball, basketball and softball
Fall: A two-year starter at right side amnd middle blocker, who had 192 career kills, 359 digs, 13 service aces and 44 blocks. "Gabby is a talented athlete," head coach Terese Bourne said. "She works extremely hard and is a smart player (who) is always looking to get in extra reps to improve."
Winter: A five-year letterwinner and three-time all-conference selection, she is MACCRAY's all-time leading rebounder with 857. She finishes her career with 767 pionts, 277 assists, 190 steals and 157 blocks at center, averaging 7.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.5 spg and 1.2 bpg.
Spring: She's a team MVP and four-year starter and one-time all-conference selection at center field and shortstop. She batted .295 her senior year with a .500 on-base percentage, including three doubles, a triple and two home runs. She was an exceptional bunter who could hit with power.
Leslie Snow, BOLD
Sports: Volleyball, basketball, golf
Fall: A three-year starter and two-time all-conference selection, she was voted team most valuable player and and top offensive player two years in a row. A captain who led her team to a 20-5 record her senior year, she finishes her career with 566 kills, 64 assists, 89 ace serves, 32 blocks and 607 digs.
Winter: A three-year letterwinner, two-year starter and one-time all-conference selection at forward, she finished her career with 394 points, 336 rebounds, 109 assists and 52 steals.
Spring: A consistently top golfer for BOLD, she finished tied for 11th place with rounds of 93 and 85 at the state Class A meet June 14 in Becker. She also helped BOLD to the state tournament in 2021.