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Roherty, Benson receive Legion award

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Gazette Staff
May 23, 2008
— Charles Roherty and Kristine Benson are at the top of their class in Janesville Craig High School athletics.

They were presented the American Legion Athletic Medal, the school’s highest interscholastic athletic honor, by the Richard Ellis Post at the annual senior awards ceremony Thursday night.


Roherty is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Roherty, 144 Jefferson Ave. Benson is the daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Benson, 336 Winnebago Dr.


The annual Legion award, based on athletic participation and citizenship, has been presented in Janesville since 1922. It has gone to a male athlete at Craig and Parker each year since the school split in 1967, and this is its 21st year as a co-ed award at each school.


Harold Lloyd and Alexis Klawitter received the award at Parker on Wednesday night.


Nichole Skillman immediately preceded Benson on the Craig girls Legion honor roll. Roherty follows George Cullen as Craig’s 41st male recipient.


Roherty earned his Legion honor by winning nine letters. He got four in golf, three in football and two in basketball.


As a third-year starting quarterback for Craig’s football team, Roherty was an All-Big Eight second-team selection at that position last fall. He also was the second-team all-conference punter as a junior and senior.


Roherty was Craig’s most valuable player and captain in football as a senior. He received both honors the last three years in golf, was the conference medalist as a sophomore and is an All-Big Eight selection for the third straight year.


With Roherty as a starting guard, Craig’s basketball team finished second in the Big Eight and reached the WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinals this past season.


Benson also was a basketball force as a three-year letter winner. She also lettered four times each in tennis and soccer for a total of 11.


As one of the state’s top guards, Benson was an All-Big Eight first-team basketball selection last two years. She was named her team’s most valuable player both seasons and has been selected to play in this summer’s Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-star game after receiving WBCA all-state honorable mention.


Benson left her mark in tennis as a strong No. 1 and No. 2 singles player. She also qualified for the 2007 WIAA state tournament in doubles, was her team’s MVP as a sophomore and junior, and captain as a junior and senior.


Benson received All-Big Eight soccer honorable mention as a junior. This year’s selections have not been announced.


Along with his Legion award, Roherty received the George Clatworthy Riverside Municipal Golf Association Scholarship.


Kathleen Clatworthy, daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Clatworthy, 4122 E. Milwaukee St., also received the Clatworthy scholarship and the Gene Thorp, Fred Parkinson, Don Kazda Municipal Golf Association Members Scholarship.


Abby Mayer and John Thomas McCrone were recognized as the school’s nominees for the WIAA Scholar/Athlete Award. Mayer is the daughter of Randy Mayer, 208 S. Lexington Ave., and McGrone is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John McCrone, 439 Grove St.


McCrone also received the Janesville Youth Hockey/The Barritt Scholarship, the Kyle Sippy Memorial Scholarship, and the Janesville Youth Baseball scholarship.


The Barritt hockey scholarship also went to Thomas Tralmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Tralmer, 2119 Lombard Ave. Andrea Radunzel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Radunzel, 933 E. Centerway, also got a Sippy scholarship.


Blair Kessler and Steven Rogers received Janesville Youth Wrestling Club scholarships. Kessler is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kessler, 4256 Allendale Dr. Rogers is the son of Ms. Deb Oren, 4241 Prairie Fox Dr., and Rick Rogers, Milton.


Samantha Simon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Simon, 911 Suffolk Dr., and Kessler got the CATS Scholar/Athlete Award.


Kessler also was among the six who received the Chad Holty Memorial Scholarship. Others were Alex Burdick, son Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Burdick, 232 Lexington Dr.; Bryan Doman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Breu, 20 S. Blackhawk St., and Wendell Doman, Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Trevor Gregoire, son of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Gregoire, 45 S. Concord Dr.; Alex Kaster, son of Ms. Charlotte Montgomery, 77 S. Fremont St., and Jeffery Kaster; and Boyd Maske, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Maske, 1221 Hawthorne Ave.


A.J. Albrecht and Benjamin Timblin got Janesville Youth Football scholarships. Albrecht is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Albrecht, 4017 Curry Ln., and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Jonuska, Janesville. Timblin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Timblin, 221 Sioux Ct.


Steven Roehl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robin Roehl, 4000 Saratoga Dr., got the Phil McQuade Memorial Scholarship.


Jennifer Case received the Evelyn Kettle Memorial/RiversEdge Youth Bowling Scholarship, South Central Wisconsin/UBC/Evelyn Kettle Memorial Scholarship, and the South Central Wisconsin High School Bowling Club scholarship. Case is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Case, 4028 E. Milwaukee St.


Christopher Matteson, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Matteson, 920 Thorncrest Dr., got the Bowling Proprietors Association of Wisconsin scholarship.




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