Prowess in six Butte High sports was recognized Wednesday in the presenting of the top athlete awards for the Class of 2018.
The presentations were made at the annual BAC (Butte Athletic Council) Awards All-Sports Banquet held in the Butte Civic Center. Three athletes were the recipients of the top awards.
The Harry “Swede” Dahlberg Outstanding Boy Athlete Award was shared by two standouts — Greyson Mandic and Ty Peterson, both of whom starred in football and track. Mandic also wrestled. The Outstanding Girl Athlete Award recipient was Jenna Maroney, a team leader in volleyball, swimming and softball. (Awards; Block B’s)
Mandic garnered several football accolades in his four-year varsity career with the Bulldogs. He earned All-State Class AA second-team honors as a defensive lineman and second-team all-conference recognition as an offensive lineman in his senior year. He picked up all-conference notice his junior year as a two-way lineman and his sophomore year as a tight end. Mandic is on the West roster of the East-West Shrine Game football classic. Mandic just missed gaining a place-winning at the 2018 state Class AA wrestling tournament and capped his prep career with a runner-up finish in the discus at the state Class AA track meet. Mandic also received the Frank Mandic Memorial Scholarship at the banquet.
Peterson capped his career with a school-record 15 foot, 6-inch pole vault that won the state Class AA championship at the recent meet. He placed third in the event as a junior. Peterson also was a three-year varsity starter on the football field for the Bulldogs. He took over as the starting quarterback his sophomore season following a first-game injury to the No. 1 QB Dylan Cook. Peterson also started at the position his junior year, then switched over to safety on defense as a senior. He did see some time as the signal-caller, too, when the new QB Tommy Mellott missed time with an injury. Peterson was voted Class AA All-State honorable mention and Eastern AA All-Conference second team as a safety.
Maroney lettered three years in volleyball and played at an outside hitter spot. Maroney was also a swimmer for the Bulldogs and she was a three-year starter in right field for the softball squad. Postseason recognition eluded her despite making some of the most dazzling catches and best throws seen on a diamond this spring. Maroney also posted a batting average above .350 while hitting in the key No. 3 spot of the Butte High lineup.
Scholarship awards were presented at the banquet to Sadie Starcevich and Isaiah Weldon, Butte Junior Golf Foundation scholarships; Gabe Tierney, Principle Scholarship and Don Tamietti Memorial Scholarship; Bo Mortensen and Corbin Walker, Chris Milodragovich Memorial Scholarships; Madalyn Wonnacott, Tom Tutty Memorial Scholarship (presented by Christine Tutty); and Keeley Pochervina, Most Inspirational Student Athlete.
The Block B winners, achieved by earning seven or more varsity letters, were: Erik Casagranda 8 (4 in cross country, 4 in tennis); Greyson Mandic 8 (4 in football, 2 in track, 2 in wrestling); Jenna Maroney 8 (4 in softball, 3 in volleyball, 1 in swimming); Nate Morin-Ferguson (3 in football, 2 in basketball, 2 in track, 1 in swimming); Bo Mortensen 8 (4 in football, 4 in track); Riley Walsh 8 (4 in swimming, 3 in tennis, 1 in golf); Ty Peterson 7 (4 in track, 3 in football); Sidney Christie 7 (4 in swimming, 2 in tennis, 1 in volleyball); Kennedi Ferriter 7 (4 in softball, 3 in swimming); Madison Joseph 7 (4 in softball, 3 in swimming); Keeley Pochervina 7 (3 in volleyball, 2 in basketball, 2 in tennis); Brandon Quinn 7 (4 in swimming, 3 in soccer); Gabe Tierney 7 (4 in wrestling, 2 in track, 1 in football); and Cynthia Trudgeon 7 (4 in swimming, 2 in cross country, 1 in track).