Recognition for Niagara’s best

By BURT ANGELI

Sports Writer

NIAGARA, Wis. – Madisin DePas and Domenic Spigarelli earned Niagara High School’s most prestigious awards Wednesday.

The seniors received Forward Financial Credit Union’s Badger Award at the 56th annual Niagara High School Spring Awards Program.

“The Badger Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the classroom and co-curricular activities,” said Forward Financial Credit Union representatives Brenda Swanson and Char Liebergen.

DePas and Spigarelli accepted plaques and $1,000 scholarships.

In addition to many hours outside of sports, DePas participated in volleyball and track for four years, and cheerleading for two years. The National Honor Society member, No. 6 in her class with a 3.5 grade point average, will major in foreign language at Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Spigarelli, a four-time state forensics medalist, collected varsity letters over the past four years in football, baseball and track. He also played basketball for two seasons.

He will enlist in the U.S. Army and intends to become a test measurement and diagnostic equipment support specialist. He has a future goal of becoming a certified electrician.

Marah Harvath and Joey Swanson were Niagara’s candidates for the WIAA Scholar-Athlete Award.

NOTES: Niagara High School Booster Club sponsors the spring awards program … Teacher and football coach Ben Laarman received a standing ovation from the crowd after accepting the Bert Grover Child Advocacy Award … Might be time for athletic director, teacher and track coach Scott Trevillian to ask for a pay raise. District administrator Dan Nett and several coaches showered the Iron Mountain grad with praise. “He’s here all the time,” Nett said. “He has a very tough job and handles it admirably. He doesn’t make excuses. He just gets it done.” … Boys basketball MVP Joey Swanson is also the No. 1 cabinet maker in the state of Wisconsin, according to Skills USA. “He always give his all and probably works too hard at times,” boys basketball head coach Jim Hoogland said … Junior varsity basketball coaches Mike Prost and Dan St. Arnauld are retiring. Prost has spent 11 seasons assisting boys head coach Jim Hoogland. “He’s spent more Valentine’s Days with me than his wife (Chris),” Hoogland quipped. Hoogland also called Prost and St. Arnauld “two of the greatest men I’ve ever met.” … Head volleyball coach Carol St. Arnauld and assistant Christie Borchardt make quite a team. “It’s amazing how two people can think the same way,” said St. Arnauld, who will coach one more season before retiring … The Badgers volleyball coach called MVP Shelby Borchardt “one of the most talented liberos I’ve ever seen play.” … Trevillian, Northwoods Storm co-op track coach, said assistant Judy Parent is a “calming influence on my competitive nature … Niagara’s baseball team improved from 0-9 last season to 7-6 in 2014. One of those wins came against Norway. “My favorite,” noted coach Dean Neveau …

MAJORETTES – Cassie Huddleston, MVP; Corrine Ottinger, coach’s award and most improved.

ONE ACT – Tom Sielaff, MVP; Katie Steeno, coach’s award.

GIRLS BASKETBALL – Brooklyn Wolosyn, MVP; Emily Pellegrini, Badger; Marah Harvath, coach’s award.

BOYS BASKETBALL – Joey Swanson, MVP; Patrick Moreau, most improved.

VOLLEYBALL – Shelby Borchardt, MVP; Myah Anderson, most improved; Madisin DePas, coach’s award.

GOLF – Joey Coppens, MVP; Dyllan Pultz, Craig Anderson Memorial Award.

TRACK – Shanna Nordell, girls MVP; Tarzis Mauer, boys MVP; Myah Anderson and Adam Parent, coach’s choice.

SOFTBALL – Marah Harvath and Courtnee Marquardt, co-MVP; Peyton Aderman, coach’s choice.

BASEBALL – Hunter Kaldor, MVP; Ethan Blagec, coach’s choice.