The fall sports season for the Redhawks is underway, but not long after recognizing North Tama's outstanding athletes from the 2009-2010 school year. Each year at the conclusion of the baseball and softball season North Tama Coaches come together to nominate outstanding young people for the Tonja Rickert Outstanding Female Freshman-Sophomore Award, the Kent Vesely Outstanding Male Freshman-Sophomore Award, the Outstanding Female Junior-Senior Award and the Bruce Erickson Award, given to an outstanding male Junior or Senior.
To be nominated for the Tonja Rickert and Kent Vesely Awards athletes must be enrolled as a freshman or sophomore for the current school year and must not be in violation of the North Tama Good Conduct Policy for the past 2 years. Nominees are required to participating in three sports, exemplify sportsmanship and contribute to the success of the North Tama athletic program. They must show characteristics of friendship and leadership among peers, and respect towards teachers, coaches, and the community.
To be eligible for the Bruce Erickson and Outstanding Junior-Senior Female Athlete Awards, athletes must not be in violation of the Good Conduct Policy for the past 2 years, and have lettered in at least 3 sports during the current school year. Points are then given for current year extracurricular activities, GPA, all conference awards or nominations and any school or state records set.
Morgan Halupnick received the Bernie Sagau award and Outstanding Female Senior Athlete.
2009-2010 nominees included:
Tonja Rickert: Aryn Isenhower, Allison Zobel, Emma Knoop, and Kailey Kladivo
Kent Vesely: Mitchell Boerm, Justin Jacobs, Jordan Mask, Jacob Wrage
Outstanding Junior-Senior Female: Amanda Howard, Kelsey Upah, Morgan Halupnick
Bruce Erickson: Brendon Boerm, Lucas Hefty, James Weida, Dylan Youel
This year's winners were Kailey Kladivo Tonja Rickert Award, Jacob Wrage Kent Vesely Award, Morgan Halupnick Outstanding Jr/Sr Female Athlete, and Dylan Youel Bruce Erickson Award.
Morgan Halupnick was also given the Bernie Saggau Award by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Each year this award is given to a graduating senior in every Iowa high school. It honors a student who best exemplifies a patriotic spirit, strong religious and moral convictions, living and professing qualities of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship; believing that both games and life should be conducted by the rules.