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home : sports : sports Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5/8/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
The Observer announces its Athletes of the Month

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

Pablo Curiel-Garcia - No area soccer player has been more adept at putting the ball in the goal than Central junior Pablo Curiel-Garcia. In fact, the foreign exchange student from Spain ranks among the state's best in that category. Twelve games into the Sabers' season, Curiel-Garcia has tallied 11 goals - good for 14th among all Iowa players. The forward set the tone for a big year with three goals during the Sabers' season-opening triumph at the Clinton Invitational. Curiel-Garcia proceeded to score in four of the Sabers' first five games, during which Central went 3-2. The junior had his best game during the Sabers' 7-3 rout of Western Dubuque as he notched a hat trick with three goals, while also assisting on two other goals as well. Along with his team-leading 11 scores, Curiel-Garcia is second on the team with 20 shots and leads the Sabers with 18 shots on goal.

Danae Diedrich - One of just four seniors on the Northeast girls track team, sprinter Danae Diedrich has given the Rebels a veteran presence this spring. Running with two freshmen and a sophomore, Diedrich anchored the Northeast 4X100 team that ran its best time of the season - 51.56 - at the Drake Relays and also was the final runner on the Rebels' 4X200 team, which currently ranks third in class 2A with a time of 1:47.54. A returning state-finalist in the 100-meter dash, Diedrich has posted a team-best clocking of 13.09 in that event so far this spring, and the senior also leads the Rebels with a clocking of 26.77 in the 200-meter dash - a time that puts her 11th among all competitors in class 2A.

Abby Perry - Consistency has been the name of the game for Calamus-Wheatland junior Abby Perry during her third season with the Warrior girls golf team. In seven nine-hole meets this spring, Perry has had just nine strokes separate her highest score from her lowest. The Warrior has actually shot her low (52) twice this season. The first time resulted in runner-up medalist honors at a quadrangular hosted by Midland. The second time gave Perry outright medalist honors and helped Cal-Wheat pick up its first victory of the season at a triangular hosted by North Cedar. In all, Perry has led the Warriors in six of their eight meets this season. In the Warriors' lone 18-hole meet this year - the Big East Invitational - Perry finished 15th overall with a score of 112 (she cut off nearly 20 strokes from her score the year before).

Austin Rickertsen - You do not get a second chance to make first impressions, so Cal-Wheat freshman Austin Rickertsen is definitely making his first season with the Warrior boys golf team speak volumes. The freshman has earned medalist honors in six of the first seven meets he has competed in this spring. No victory has been bigger than the one Rickertsen earned in the final Big East boys golf meet, as the freshman became just the second Warrior to bring home a conference crown with a round of 78. It was the only 18-hole meet of the season for Rickertsen, who has broken 40 twice in nine-hole meets. The Warrior carded a season-best score of 38 at Cal-Wheat's home meet with Midland and added a 39 in a road meet with Bellevue. Rickertsen has shot right at 40 on three different occasions and even his highest score this season (a 44 during a bitterly cold meet with Northeast and Lisbon) was good for medalist honors.

Sarah Schoel - It had been nearly five years since the Central girls track team had a member compete at the Drake Relays before junior Sarah Schoel stepped to the runway in the long jump this past April. The Saber made the most of her opportunity by moving up eight spots from her seeding to take 17th with a leap of 16-2.5 on her third and final attempt. It was the second leap of over 16 feet this season for Schoel. The first came at Clinton as the Saber produced a career-best leap of 16-6.5 to bring home a title at the River Queen Invitational. In addition to her jumping prowess, Schoel has also bolstered the Sabers' middle distance events. The junior has Central's best clocking in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes with times of 27.49 and 1:02.13 respectively. Schoel has also ran legs on two Saber relay teams that posted season-best times - the junior led off the Central 4X400 team in its best showing and also anchored the sprint medley squad.

Connor Soenksen - It has been a very busy spring for Northeast senior Connor Soenksen, who has split his time between the Rebels' boys track and soccer teams. Soenksen has excelled on both squads. On the track, the senior has been a middle distance standout, leading the team with a 400-meter time of 52.68, while being one of three Rebels to finish under 2:10 in the 800 meters (Soenksen posted a time of 2:08.07 at the Beckman Co-Ed meet). Soenksen also has been part of three different Northeast relay teams - the 4X400, 4X800 and distance medley - that have posted season-best times this spring. The 4X800 squad in particular ranks in the top-10 in class 2A. On the pitch, Soenksen leads the Rebels in both goals (five) and assists (two), while ranking second on the team with 14 shots. Soenksen had his biggest game of the season during a home contest with Clinton as he scored twice and had five shots in the Rebels' 4-2 loss.


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