Brandon Schram and Jordan Wetzel were named Tekamah-Herman’s outstanding senior athletes for 2018-19. The awards were conferred during the honors ceremony at the high school gymnasium May 1.
Both are three-sport athletes for the Tigers. In conferring the honors, athletic director Becky Rennerfeldt said Wetzel was the first three-sport senior female athlete during her tenure.
Wetzel is the daughter of Warren and Trina Wetzel of Tekamah. She participated in volleyball, basketball and track.
A middle blocker on the volleyball squad, Wetzel posted 103 kills during her senior campaign, second most on the team.
A front line reserve on the basketball team, Wetzel scored 24 points and pulled down 28 rebounds for coach David Eriksen’s Tigers.
With the track season ongoing, Wetzel is seeking a spot in the state track meet in the throwing events when the district meet is held Thursday in Wisner.
Schram was an all-district caliber football player for the Tigers, won four state tournament medals as a T-H wrestler and has been a standout on the track squad.
The special teams MVP on the football team, Schram emerged as one of the top kick returners in the state. He posted 697 return yards and added a punt return touchdown to his ledger. His 324 rushing yards were third on the team while his 530 receiving yards was far and away the most. Paired with his 36-yard interception return, the longest of the season for the Tigers, Schram led the team with 1,587 all-purpose yards. His seven touchdowns on the year also were the most of any Tiger player and his 44 points made him the team’s leading scorer.
Known mostly as a wrestler, Schram capped a standout career with the silver medal at 126 lbs., finishing his final campaign at 36-8. His 144 career wins lands him third on the school’s all-time charts.
A sprinter on the track team, Schram won the East Husker Conference triple jump title and was a member of the conference champion 4x100-meter relay team.
Payton Pruess, the daughter of Doug and Karin Pruess of Craig, was named the winner of the prestigious Kenneth Miller Award.
Named for the late Kenneth Miller, a longtime supporter of girls athletics, the award has been presented annually for over 25 years to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership and support.
Pruess garnered the softball team’s leadership and senior hustle awards. She was a .314 hitter as a senior, scoring 13 runs and driving in 11. She also drew a team high 10 walks and stole four bases.