Mishawaka High School recently named the Frank M. Steele Award Winners for winter sports. The award is given to the varsity athlete who best exemplifies outstanding mental attitude for their team.
In wrestling, Coach Steve Sandefer said Aaron Fisher was a wrestler who has a bigger heart for his team than he does for himself. “I have seen a passion in him that I greatly admire,” said Sandefer. “He’s a wrestler who gives his 100% every day in the practice room and in competition.”
Girls Swimming Head Coach Bev Buysse named first year swimmer Mia Guerra as this year’s recipient. “Mia was enthusiastic about taking on new challenges and encouraged her teammates in and out of the water,” said Buysse. “Her work ethic was rewarded with continuous time drops resulting in leading the team in personal records with 27 PR’s.”
Boys Diving Coach Scott Johnston named Brant Zickefoose as the Steele Award Winner. His coach said he showed great dedication and leadership throughout the preseason and regular season. “He always has a positive attitude towards the other athletes on the team,” said Johnston. “He worked hard during practices and showed mental toughness and the ability to focus when learning new dives that just were not going the way he wanted.” Zickefoose recorded personal best scores 4 out of his last 5 meets and finished 6th at Sectional.
The winner for Boys Basketball was Corey Madera. Involved in the basketball program the past 3 years, his coaches said his practice habits and ability to help make his teammates better are second to none. His willingness and unselfishness played a big role in Mishawaka’s success this year in beating Penn and winning the NIC North.
Girls Basketball saw Kara Knip announced as the mental attitude award winner. Coach Kevin Gradeless said, “Kara set very high goals for herself both in the classroom and on the court and worked tirelessly to achieve them. She has been extremely dedicated to our program and showed tremendous work ethic and a positive attitude.”
Varsity Cheerleading Coach Lana Milewski said this young lady deserves this award for many reasons. “She is not only a great student who volunteers to help out whenever help is needed, but she is also an outstanding cheerleader.” “She is just overall a great girl.”