It wasn’t in the Brainerd High School gym, but virtually the 2020 All-Sports Banquet took place Thursday, May 21.
Toward the end of the banquet Brainerd activities director Charlie Campbell announced the Warrior athletes of the year: seniors Owen Davis and Gabbie Smith.
Smith shared the moment with her brother Cole and her sister Allyson, both of whom also were Warrior athletes of the year. Cole won the award in 2014 and Allyson in 2017.
“We got to celebrate it all together and it was a really cool moment,” Smith said by phone. “A little nerve-wracking though. It was really cool to have them next to me and share that experience with me because I was there with them when they won it.”
The big memories that stand out to Smith is making it to the state finals in hockey and making it to state in track and field. She missed out on her last track season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was hard knowing my track season was going to get canceled, but there’s not much you can do about it right now,” she said.
Smith was a five-time varsity letter winner in hockey and three-time all-Conference player. In her senior season, Smith was named all-State, all-Section and all-Conference while being team captain and MVP.
“Gabbie Smith is a winner on and off the ice,” Warriors girls hockey coach Jack Freeman stated in a news release. “Her impact on Warrior athletics is immeasurable. She is the type of kid every coach dreams of one day coaching. She is the type of teammate every player wants on her team. Numerous future warriors have spent the past five years looking up to Gabbie. She is the perfect role model. Warrior athletics is better today because of Gabbie Smith.”
On the soccer field, Smith tallied 57 goals, which is third in program history, and 44 assists, which ranks first. She was four-times all-Conference and one-time all-State.
“Gabbie is a once in I don't know how long kind of athlete,” Warriors girls soccer coach Grant Gmeinder stated in the release. “Her quality of character is easily equal to that. She is an ideal role model and leader. One thing that has always stood out to me about Gabbie is her commitment. She truly excels at three sports, and is able to be fully committed to each of them. Gabbie is also one of the most competitive athletes I have been around. When the lights are on, and she is between the lines, Gabbie's competitive fire usually burns the brightest.”
Smith will attend Bemidji State University and play hockey.
“It’s going to be something different,” Smith said. “New team, new facility and just being away from home. I’m excited, but also a little nervous.”
Davis said he was blessed when he saw that he won Warriors athlete of the year.
“It’s what I’ve been working for since I was a little kid,” Davis said by phone. “To be the best athlete I can be and the best person I can be, it’s a great honor to receive that award.”
Davis along with Smith had his spring track and field season stripped from him.
Davis is a two-time all-CLC basketball player and an all-Area and all-District football player. He was also named to the All-Area Dispatch team in both football and basketball.
“Even as an underclassman on the teams I've been a part of, Owen has always had his voice and led by both his words and his actions on the floor,” Brainerd boys basketball coach Charlie Schoeck stated in the release. “In addition, off of the floor he has modeled the true definition of a student-athlete in the classroom, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and being named both scholar all-CLC and academic all-State as a senior.”
Davis thought it was bittersweet to not be able to celebrate his accomplishment with his friends. He said the friendships he made playing Warrior athletics is what stands out most to him.
“What I’ll remember most is all the time I got to spend with my friends,” Davis said. “You don’t remember the wins and losses as much as the bus rides and the fun times with your buddies.
“Not being able to celebrate with all your friends and stuff is a bummer, but to be able to be with family and have it be short and sweet was nice.”
Davis will be headed to University of Minnesota-Duluth to play football next fall.
“I’m excited to meet new people and see where it all takes me,” Davis said.
Another thing Davis is proud of is playing the last football season coached by Ron Stolski, who retired as head coach after 45 years.
“Having him as a high school coach is legendary,” Davis said. “It was a great honor to play for him and get to know him more.”
Both Smith and Davis hope they can take the things they learned playing Warriors athletics to the next level with them.
“Sports are more than just a game,” Smith said. “It builds family. It builds friendships. And going to college next year I’ll have to make new friends and family. High school taught me you have to love the game no matter what.”
MVPs: Patrick Moraghan, Ian Aadland (Boys Tennis), Zach Capistrant (Competitive Cheer), Matt Allord (Adapted Floor Hockey), Izzy Olson (Gymnastics), Cal Madison (Alpine Ski Boys), Emma Hiebert (Alpine Ski Girls), Connor Powers (Boys Basketball), Myah Nelson (Girls Basketball), Quinn Geraets (Dance), Gabbie Smith (Girls Hockey and Girls Soccer), Owen Davis (Football), Cade Barrett (Wrestling), Christian Kadolph (Boys Hockey), Nole Robertson (Nordic Ski Boys), Gina Wasniewski (Nordic Ski Girls), Mason Kuepers (Boys Swim), Ethan Klisch (Boys Cross-Country), Bridget Collins (Girls Cross-Country), Nick Whiteman (Boys Soccer), Jacquilyn Rude (Girls Swim), Addie Sanford, Kate Kurtzman (Girls Tennis)
Senior letterwinners: Broc Peterson, Colby Watland, Ethan Sannes, Erick Makita, Seth Vagts, Ian Aadland, Patrick Moraghan, Georgi Aus, Linsey Proctor, Savannah Roth, Malia Hermerding, Blaise Edinger, Karlee Schuler, Tate Boelter, Brooke Jones, Ellie Selisker, Cal Madison, Trevor Hutchison, Max Darkow, Maddie Kalenberg, Cassidy Chaney, Whitney Fink, Emma Hiebert, Mitchell Borders, Owen Davis, Connor Powers, Ben Staehling, Gavin Inwards, Jonah Macejkovic, Jada Borders, Autumn Miles, Delaney Schaefer, Jewel Aho, Grace Balsley, Macy Clough, Mariah Erickson, Harlie Spieker, Gabbie Smith, Lindsay Booth, Shaylee Stroot, Sophie Robinson, Jenna Nieman, Emma Smith, Josie Kramer, Sierra Kicker, Mike Laber, Christian Kadolph, Josh McLain, Mason Argir, Eli Roberts, Kaleb Sundquist, Jacob Drietz, Westin Andres, Luke Saiko, Jacob Aanes, Charles Beasley, Nicolas Porisch, Nicolas Renner, Nicolas Schnieder, Alejandro Thompson, Sara Alcock, Elle Juranek, Callie Knapp, Jenna Lee, Isabel Nelson, Sarah Nesheim, Gine Wasniewski, Emelia Heinrichs, Cole Ostrowski, Blake Wgeishofski, Atlie Danielson, Caleb Kramer, Cade Barrett, Max Ferrir, Connor Lund, Izaac Herrlich, Tennyson Klem, Dylan Paulson, Blake Cummings, Noe Sorge, Cruz Lemmerhirt, Jacob Aanes, Nicholas Porisch, Logan Severson, Elizabeth Selisker, Merriam Schmitz, Joey Wiskow, Brett Besenfelder, Caleb Nagel, Davon Stuckey, Devin Emslander, Simon Nelson, Jeremiah Jackson, Nick Moline, Luke Wilhelm, John Berry, Se’vein Thompson-Fly, Nick Whiteman, Jude Hiltner, Jonah Davis, Isaac Foster, Max Wheeler, Jack Thorkelson, Cade Daraitis, Justin Youngquist, Murphy Hill, Ariana Jensen, Abby Klecker, Shayla Makowsky-Budrow, Gina Wasniewski, Helen Knudson, Emma Korhonen, Sidney Miller, Jacquilyn Rude, Isabelle Prozinski, Hannah Tatge, Keyahna Kurilla, Peyton McConkey, Lexus Ruggles, Ava Thompson, Addie Sanford, Avery Eckman, Grace Rivard, Tori Narlock, Katie Westerbreg, Kennedy Carlson
MSHSL AAA winners: Ellie Selisker, Devin Emslander
Warriors Athletes of Year
2020: Gabbie Smith, Owen Davis
2019: Olivia King, Braden Kramer
2018: Regan McElfresh, Jack Evans
2017: Allyson Smith, Cole Kubesh
2016: Maddie Ellingson, Chris Pederson
2015: Jenna Degen, Lydia Herath, David Supinski
2014: Sara Wennerstrand, Cole Smith, Grant Reuer
2013: Allison Kosobud, Marcus Comstock
2012: Chelsie Manton, Tommy Olson
2011: Katy Etterman, Tyler Kohlmeier
2010: Kelsi Ring, Madison Smith, Kyle Crocker
2009: Jared Anderson, Thomas Ruttger, Samantha Smith
2008: Jess Bye, Bronson Shepherd, Tom Lyscio
2007: Justin Tyner, Robyn Wernberg
2006: Carl Sneep, Aani Rangen
2005: Chris Woodard, Ally Hartje, Taylor Hartje, Hilary Smith
2004: Megan Arns, Christina Roberts, Justin Grunewald
2003: Katie Diiro, Andy Pickar
2002: Megan Steiger, Cori Severson, Mike Zauhar
2001: Lisa Renneke, Trevor McCulloch
2000: Marni Lundbohm, Mitch Feierabend
1999: Jared Reese, Joel Clough, Katie Johnson
1998: Mark Tuchscherer, Emily Hadland, Katy Johnston
1997: Lindsay Lewis, Dan Whirley
1996: Jade O’Brien, Mindy Walker
1995: Wade Haapajoki, Justin Kieffer, Jayna Mathieu
1994: Jaime Mueller, Tim Kidder
1993: Turena Johnson, Margit Rinke, Chris Heitkamp
1992: Shelly Breen, Al Stier
1991: Julie Beasley, Keith Bartholomaus
1990: Stephanie Jones, Jason Heitkamp, Todd Vanek
1989: Angie Moudry, Darec Liebel
1988: Amy Schmitz, Mike Musty
1987: Jennifer Knippel, Mike Headlee
1986: Judy Bialka, Sandy Smith
1985: Sherri Kappes, Steve Gohl
1984: Carla Link, Kurt Muesing, Jon Stolski
1983: Nina Borgwarth, Joe Vrudny
1982: Ramona Rugloski, Rob Veith
1981: Darla Magtibay, Mark Mathews
1980: Lehtitia Moilanen, Barry Sorensen
1979: Dawn Clabo, Craig Holm
1978: Kathleen Borgwarth, Gail Dailey, Bruce Rimmereid
1977: Sue Miller, Tony Veith
1976: Kathy Schultz, Bob Jensen