Siegel and Thrall named Athletes of the Year

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Siegel repeats at AOTY; Thrall gets first time nod

Mikaela Siegel:

There’s no disputing her athletic prowess… she was a member of the cross country team, but her biggest impact was in track and field.  Her biggest achievement there was in repeating as the state champion in the 100 meter high hurdles.  Siegel was 3rd at district in the long jump and second in the triple jump.  She finished 7th and 5th respectively in those events at state.  In March, Mikaela competed at the Summit Heptathlon in Bend, finishing 4th overall with 3,229 points.  She won the 800 meter, the 100 meter hurdles; and was in the top five in four other events.

Siegel is a repeat winner of the Athlete of the Year honor, having earned the distinction last year.  She has committed to competing in Moscow, Idaho next year at the University of Idaho.

Kenneth Thrall:

The true three-sport athlete used both legs… sometimes just one of them… to gain entry into the Siuslaw football record book.  He holds the school record for the best season kicking point afters… 33 of 34 this season, a .971 average.  His career average over three years… 114 of 128… is .891 and is second best.   Kenneth was named to the 1st team all far west league at three positions… running back, linebacker and punter.  He was second team kicker.  He also was named honorable mention at the state level as a punter where he had a 31.4 yard average.

As an all-league running back, Thrall carried the ball 129 times this year for 724 yards and ten touchdowns.   In his three year varsity football career he scored 216 points total.  He maintained a 31.4 yard punting average on 80 punts in his career and his 62 yard punt this year against Hidden Valley was the fourth longest on record… just two yards short of the longest.

Kenneth went out for basketball this year… a sport he played simply for the fun of… and contributed to the team well.

On the baseball diamond, Thrall led the team with a .419 batting average on the year; .465 in league play and never struck out.  He was a team captain and was chosen by his teammates as their player of the year.  He was named the league’s 1st team shortstop and earned honorable mention at the state level.  He will play in the 4A all star game in Roseburg.

Kenneth will continue his baseball career next year.  He intends to attend Linn Benton Community College where he’ll be working the infield.