Sibley fall sports wrap-up
Sibley fall sports wrap-up
Posted on 11/19/2015

Season highlights from Henry Sibley High School’s fall athletics:

Cross Country - Head Coach: Erik Kluznik
The Henry Sibley boys’ cross country team repeated as Metro East Conference champions in 2015 with all seven varsity runners earning individual awards at the conference meet. Captains Joe Dill and Kallman Parry were among the all-conference honorees for the Warriors, while co-captain Tim Ekblad earned an honorable mention. Other all-conference honorees included Myles Fleming, and Jack Korte. Thomas Murphy and Gabe Segura rounded out the honorable mentions. Dill was named the boys’ MVP by his peers, while Fleming was chosen as most improved. Fleming and Dill both also qualified for the Class AA State Cross Country Meet to cap off another great year for the Warriors.

The girls’ cross country team brought home multiple trophies this season, including second place in the Metro East Conference and a third place finish in Section 3AA (narrowly missing out on a spot in the state meet in the process). Rose Dill, Olivia Segura and Lizzy Whitcomb were each named all-conference, while Annika Bruestle and Emma Storkamp were honorable mentions. Storkamp and Emily Gallagher served as captains for the Warriors, who added first place finishes at both the Minneapolis South meet and the Roy Griak Invitational – Maroon Division. Katie Hawkins was voted most improved by her teammates. Meanwhile, Rose Dill, a ninth-grader who qualified for her first state meet, was named the MVP for the girls.

Football - Head Coaches: Tom Orth & Stan Eskierka
The 2015 season was one of growth for the Henry Sibley football team, which finished the season with a 1-8 record, including a 1-7 mark in the Metro East Conference. Captain Zach Edwards was named the team MVP and earned an all-conference honorable mention award. Fellow captains Xavier Hanson and Mike Lopez were each named all-conference and all-conference honorable mention, respectively. Other all-conference honorees included Sam Pressman, Sakai Kelly and Mike Heller. Ben Kemp, Joe Kammeyer, and Sam Gantman (named the team’s most improved player) received all-conference honorable mentions. 

“We were a young team with five sophomores in the starting rotation, but we improved each week,” said co-head coach Tom Orth. “The way the kids improved during the season, especially their positive approach each day at practice was a highlight for us this year.”

Girls Soccer - Head Coach: Kenny Hills
After a four game unbeaten streak to start the season, the Henry Sibley girls’ soccer team completed the 2015 season with a 4-5-2 overall record (1-5-1 in the Metro East Conference). Senior captain Kelly Partington was named team MVP after finishing the season with a team-high seven goals. Partington also chipped in three assists for the warriors and was named all-conference, along with Cherry Fast. Fellow captains Casidi Genadek and Riley McConnell both received all-conference honorable mentions, as did ninth grader Emily Hinze. Lindsey Reyes-Jungwirth was voted as the team’s most improved player.

Boys Soccer - Head Coach: Terry Doud
Senior captain Andy Nguyen was voted the MVP of the Henry Sibley boys’ soccer team for the 2015 season. The Warriors’ goalkeeper posted four shutouts during the season en route to an all-conference award. Senior defender Will Maher also picked up all-conference honors for the Warriors, who finished the season with a 1-10-3 record (1-5-2 in the Metro East Conference). All-conference honorable mention awards went to Reed Doud, Max Aldrich, Mickey Sanchez and co-captain Emmett Sexton. Luis Gonzalez received the team’s Most Improved Player award.

Girls Swimming - Head Coach: Will Anzion
The 2015 Henry Sibley girls’ swimming and diving team was led by captains Emma Verby, Lindsey Mortensen and Annika Snyder. Mortensen and Verby also landed All-Metro East Conference honors, along with Carly Zimmerman and Sonja Hanson. The quartet comprised the 400-meter freestyle relay team, which narrowly missed a trip to the state meet and placed third at the Section 4A meet. In addition, Verby was chosen as the team’s MVP this year. All-conference honorable mention honors went to Emma Olmanson, a member of the 200-meter medley relay team with Verby, Mortensen and Zimmerman. Jaymee Gulsvig was selected by her peers as the most improved swimmer for the Warriors.

Girls Tennis - Head Coach: Tony Gatti
The Henry Sibley girls’ tennis team finished the 2015 season with a 9-6 overall record, but a 5-2 mark in the conference saw the Warriors finish in third place in the Metro East. The top doubles pairing of Greta and Allie Prokosch picked up all-conference honors for Sibley, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Section 3AA tournament. Greta, who was also named the team MVP, served as team captain alongside Anna Elliott.  Sophomore Cecily Parry was chosen as the most improved player. Rachel Farber, Eva Doran and Annie Gydesen, meanwhile, earned all-conference honorable mention awards.

“We lost eight seniors from last year’s team, so I didn’t know what to expect coming into the season,” said head coach Tony Gatti. “We had a tough start and play a lot of tough teams early, then once the conference season started we really came together as a team and hit our stride.  It was a really fun team to coach because they really came together, worked hard and supported each other. It was a season that you wish wouldn’t have to end.”

Volleyball - Head coach: Katie Naughton
Captains Hannah Delmont and Lisa Fisher helped guide the Henry Sibley volleyball team to a 6-18 record during the 2015 season, including a 2-9 mark in the Metro East Conference. Fisher was named the team MVP and added an all-conference award during her senior season, behind a team-leading 102 kills and 18 aces. Delmont, Hannah Stine and Aliyah Rodriguez were also rewarded with all-conference honorable mention honors. Most improved player honors went to ninth grader Brooke Bosworth.