Members of the Mound Westonka High School boys hockey team have been named to some league and conference awards following the end of the season.
Head coach Doug Runke said three players were named to the Ted Brill Great Eight team that rewards the top 17 seniors from teams in Section 2A and 2AA. Charlie Curti, Jack Brandstetter and Ben O’Borsky were selected by the Section 2A coaches and will play in a tournament against other state hockey sections on March 22 through 24 at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul.
Runke said the White Hawks will have the second most team representatives on the Section 2 team.
“This is the first time in three years that a senior from Mound Westonka has been recognized for the Great Eight, and the three players from the White Hawks is the most from any team in the section other than the four selected from the State Champion Edina Hornets,” he said.
Two players were also selected for the High Performance 18, which is a team for players that will be turning 18-years-old and will be seniors during the 2013-2014 season. The White Hawks players selected for that team are Hunter Smith and Tommy Ewing.
“The selection to both of these teams is a tremendous recognition of these players’ efforts this past season,” said Runke.
Both Runke and assistant coach John Frazier were selected for awards in Section 2A. Runke was named the Coach of the Year and Frazier was named the Assistant Coach of the Year.
Tanner Palm was named the MWHS Hobey Baker Character Award Winner.
In the Wright County Conference, MWHS had three players selected for All Conference awards and four players selected All Conference Honorable Mention. Curti, Brandstetter and Smith were named All Conference; and O’Borsky, Nick Tschida, Ewing and Palm were named honorable mention.
Runke said the team was also named the top academic team in the section.
After the season Runke said he was impressed with the White Hawks as they competed with many of the top teams in the state and won nine straight games.
“Overall, it was a great season lead by the 14 seniors that poured their hearts in to the season,” he said. “There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the year, but the team came together as a group and finished the season playing up to their potential and competing with the top teams in the state.”
The following are some team awards that were handed out at the end of the season:
Most Improved Player: Tommy Ewing (Varsity) and Sam Maruska (JV)
Unsung Hero: Mitchell Sullivan (Varsity) and Ross Ellingboe (JV)
Most Valuable Player: Charlie Curti (Varsity) and Mark Hildahl (JV)
White Hawk Award: Jeremy Schulz
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