Greater Wichita Sports Banquet winners announced

By: Johnny Bench Award Email
By: Johnny Bench Award Email

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WICHITA, KANSAS – It was an evening of celebration at the 17th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet as local awards were handed out in various categories. The event concluded with Johnny Bench, former Cincinnati Reds catcher and Hall of Famer, as he presented the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com to Kennesaw State catcher, Max Pentecost. Will Allen of the University of Mississippi and Kyle Schwarber of Indiana University were also finalists for the award.

“The last two days have been a memorable experience and I thank everyone for that,” stated Pentecost. “I also need to thank my family, teammates and friends for not only making me a better athlete but a better person too.”

The annual banquet recognizes the achievements and dedication of local youth, high school, college and professional athletes and coaches. The winners were:

Bryna Vogel, Clearwater High School – Lynette Woodard High School Female Athlete of the Year

Ryan Schadler, Hesston High School – Barry Sanders High School Male Athlete of the Year

Chelsey Feekin, Wichita State University – College Female Athlete of the Year

Cleanthony Early, Wichita State University – College Male Athlete of the Year

C.J. Ziegler, Wichita Wingnuts – Professional Athlete of the Year

Brandon Clark, Derby High School – High School Coach of the Year (Men’s Sports)

Steve Harshberger, Bishop Carroll High School – High School Coach of the Year (Women’s Sports)

Gregg Marshall, Wichita State University– Gene Stephenson Coach of the Year

Wichita Wild – Award of Success

Joe Mitchell, Friends University – Outstanding Achievement Award

Friends University Basketball – Award of Success

Bob Lutz, League 42 – Visionary Award

Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State University – Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the Year


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