Whitson, Simon top Janesville Parker awards
Erika Whitson and Matthew Simon are at the top of their class in Janesville Parker High School athletics.
They were presented the American Legion Athletic Medal, the school’s highest athletic honor, at the senior awards ceremony Wednesday night.
Whitson is the daughter of Eric and Gaylynn Whitson. Simon is the son of Paul and Kelly Simon.
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 Parker and Craig each year since the school split in 1967, and this is the 24th year as a co-ed award at each school.
It will be presented tonight at Craig.
Katherine Brossard immediately preceded Whitson on the Parker girls Legion honor roll. Simon follows Tyler Teubert as Parker’s 44th male recipient.
Whitson earned her Legion honor by winning 10 letters in three sports. She has lettered four times each in gymnastics and track/field and twice in volleyball.
As her team’s “Most Valuable” gymnast all four years, Whitson also has received all-state recognition each year. That has included all-state academic honors four times from the Wisconsin Gymnastics Coaches Association.
Whitson won Big Eight Conference championships five times, including three in floor exercise and two on the balance beam. She was a WIAA state qualifier in at least one event each year and maintained her high-level work ethic as Parker’s “most dedicated” gymnast as a sophomore, junior and senior.
A highlight of Whitson’s senior season in track and field has been in setting a school record for the pole vault at 10 feet, 6 inches. She placed third in that event at the Big Eight meet and will be competing today at the WIAA sectional level after winning a regional championship.
Simon is on his way to a third letter in track and field. He also has three letters in swimming and two in football.
As a captain of the swim team this year, Simon was a WIAA state qualifier and received academic all-state honors. He also was a state qualifier in swimming and track as a junior and was named the “most dedicated” junior in football and track.
Simon completed his high school football career as the senior team captain who received All-Big Eight honorable mention in the defensive backfield last fall.
As the anchor of an 800-meter relay team, Simon contributed to a Big Eight championship in that event this spring. He will run in today’s sectional as the anchor of that team, which also earned a regional title, and as the anchor of the 400 relay team.
Along with the Legion honors, Parker’s senior night recognized Lydia Larson and Markus Murdy as the school’s nominees for the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award. Larson is the daughter of Lane and Karen Larson. Murdy is the son of David and Karen Sue Murdy.
Other sports-related honors:
-- U.S. Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete—Emily Mauermann, daughter of John and Sarah Mauermann; Daniel Treinen, son of Joseph and Sharon Treinen.
-- Parker Viking Athletic Booster Club Scholarship—Cody Colson, son of Rusty and Elisa Colson; Danielle Flood, daughter of Charles and Darla Flood; Stephanie Miller, daughter of Lynn Weber and Robert Miller; Nicholas Munger, son of Bradford and Colleen Munger; Kyle Schroeder, son of Steve and Michelle Schroeder.
-- Riverside Men’s George Clatworthy Team Scholarship—Tyler Brossard, son of Edward and Leah Brossard; Jennifer Polglaze, daughter of James and Joan Polglaze.
-- Joel M. Baumgarner-Most Dedicated Baseball Player Scholarship—Andrew Kersten, son of Dennis and Barbara Kersten.
-- Janesville Youth Baseball Scholarship—Kyle Johnson, son of Mark and Rhonda Johnson.
-- Moore Family Scholarship—Creed Knutson, son of Sonja Davidson.
-- Westside Basketball Booster Club Scholarship—Danielle Flood; Andrew Hyde, son of Heidi Thurner; Creed Knutson; Lydia Larson; Austin Lloyd, son of Karen Gillitzer and Daniel Lloyd; Conner Long, son of James and Lori Long; Kyle Schroeder; Savannah Shepler, daughter of Mark and Karen Shepler.
-- Janesville Youth Football Scholarship—Neil Corrigan, son of Jennifer Venable and Ron Corrigan.
-- John Somerville Memorial Scholarship—Danielle Flood, Conner Long.
-- Joel Struebin Memorial Wrestling Scholarship—Cody Colson.
-- Mark “Hammy” Hamilton Track Scholarship—Daniel Treinen.
-- Evelyn Kettle/John Carson Youth Bowling Scholarship—Leah Champion, daughter of Kenneth and Stephanie Champion; Jessica Wille, daughter of Kelly Wille and Richard Ruiz.
-- Southern Wisconsin High School Bowling Club Scholarship—Leah Champion.
-- Evelyn Kettle/RiversEdge Bowl Scholarship—Jessica Wille.
-- Janesville Youth Hockey Scott Barritt Memorial Scholarship—Samantha Shelton, daughter of Carrie and Ronald Shelton.
-- Janesville Youth Hockey Gerry Campbell Memorial Scholarship—Lucas Lantz, son of Kirk and Melissa Lantz; Samuel Sloat, son of Mark and Tamara Sloat.
-- Janesville Youth Wrestling Scholarship—Brennan Casey-Schmidt. son of Todd and Michelle Casey-Schmidt; Adam Cavey, son of Darius and Diane Cavey; Marcus Perkins, son of Terry and Karin Perkins.