SHOTS from the Hip
This week we revisit a list of some of the top Prescott sports stories of 2021. Congratulations to the individuals and teams for all they accomplished during this past year. Here they are in no particular order.
Isabella Lenz becomes Prescott basketball's all-time leading scorer. The four time All Conference guard finished her stellar career with a school record 1,811 points and earned an athletic scholarship to Michigan Tech University. Not only did Lenz excel on the basketball court, she was also an All Conference performer in volleyball and softball. And to top it all off, Lenz served as president of the Student Council, was a member of the National Honor Society, and co-valedictorian of her graduating class. Unquestionably Lenz will go down as one of the most successful Cardinal athletes in Prescott history.
Aiden Russell runs for 1,500 yards, setting a school record in the process. The senior running back helped the Cardinals advance to the WIAA playoffs for the first time since 2014. Named All Conference both offensively and defensively, Russell wreaked havoc on opposing defenses en route to his sterling senior season. Russell’s respectful and classy disposition on the gridiron earned praise from several opposing coaches during the season. The mild-mannered senior’s banner season was among the best in years for a Cardinal football player.
The Prescott girls golf team wins their second consecutive state championship. And the beat goes on. Lead by Division II Wisconsin Golfer of the Year Ava Salay, the Prescott Cardinal girls golf team repeated at the WIAA Division 2 State Champions. Picked as favorites at the beginning of the year, the Cardinals made the prognosticators smile as they added another championship banner to Prescott High School. Brava to Rhianna Stutz, Liz Rohl, Maddie Reiter, Jessica Heinsch, and Ava Salay for adding another piece of hardware to the trophy case at Prescott High School.
Peter Brookshaw and the North Dakota State baseball team win 42 games and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Picked to finish third in the Summit League in the spring, the Bison rolled to a program record 42-win season and earned a berth in the NCAA Stanford Regional. Prescott alumnus Peter Brookshaw finished in the top three in nine offensive categories and played second base in all 61 games for the Bison this season.
Nick Schommer is inducted into the Prescott Hall of Fame. The 2004 Prescott High School graduate, College All American, and NFL draftee was inducted into the Prescott Hall of Fame this past October. An All State performer for the Cardinals in both football and baseball, Schommer was drafted by the Tennessee Titans and played in the NFL.
Prescott girls softball team finishes as the WIAA Division 3 State Runner Up. The Prescott girls softball team advanced to the WIAA State Tournament for the sixth time in history finishing as the Division 2 Runners Up. Head Coach Nick Johnson’s charges finished with an overall record of 24-4 enroute to the best finish for any softball team in Prescott History.
Parker Nielsen and the West Texas A& M Basketball team finish as the NCAA Division II Runners Up. Prescott alumnus Parker Nielsen and the West Texas A& M Buffaloes finished the 2021 season as the NCAA Division II Runners Up. Nielsen played in 17 games for the Lone Star Conference Champions and played just under 10 minutes per game for the perennial Division II power. The Buffaloes entered this season ranked in the top 5 in the nation.
Prescott girls track and field relay team wins gold. The senior team of Abby Syverson, Grace Carlson, Jessie Urman and Tori Benck won the WIAA Division 2 4 X100 relay with a team score of 49.55 seconds. The same four seniors finished second in the 4 X 200 meter relay with a time of 1:44.23. The senior tetrad will be remembered as one of the most successful relay teams in Cardinal thinclad history. Dallas Eggers – Volunteer Extraordinaire. When it comes to volunteering, few match the stat line of Prescott Hall of Famer Dallas Eggers. The Prescott alumnus has been a fixture at Firehall Field and been the driving force of a myriad of impressive changes and upgrades over the past two decades at the varsity field. Eggers has decided to take a “step back” from his CAB Company duties next year but says “you will still see me next year out there mowing at Firehall Field.” Anyone connected to Prescott baseball owes Dallas Eggers a great deal of gratitude for the thousands of hours of time and effort he has spent helping hundreds of youngsters, parents, and fans enjoy watching games at Firehall Field. A standing ovation to you Mr. Eggers for all you have done for the baseball community of Prescott.
A Happy New Year to all of you.
By Cripe Olson