On Tuesday, February 26, Asheville School held the 2019 Winter Athletic Convocation, which recognizes athletes from the recent winter season.
Athletic Director Carl Boland thanked the athletes, coaches and other students and faculty members for helping make this an outstanding season for the Blues. "All of our teams earned the chance to compete in post season play," said Boland. "And our swim teams won the 22nd and 23rd state championships in the school's history."
Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Tyler Ortiz presented the Outstanding in Girls Basketball Award to junior Regan Bednar, who averaged 15.5 rebounds in winning games. Ortiz said that Bednar's toughness influenced the team and helped them work together to make it to the second round of NCISAA Division III playoffs.
Carl Boland, who also is the Boys Varsity Basketball coach, presented the Edward L. Valier Award in Boys Basketball to senior Titus Morrison. Morrison earned his 1,000th career point in his last game for the Blues this season, and Boland said he set a great example of heart, desire and effort for the team.
Head Wrestling Coach Lecky Haller presented the Edward T. McBride Award in Wrestling to senior Jason Choi for his perseverance, toughness, leadership and the kindness he showed towards his teammates. Choi suffered a sprained ankle in the state tournament, but he still continued on to place sixth in the 145 lb. weight class.
Head Swimming Coach Frank Kriegler presented Outstanding in Boys and Girls Swimming to seniors Tristan Thompson and Abby Kriegler, respectively. Tristan overcame a hand injury this season that Frank Kriegler said would have put off all but the most dedicated athletes. He said Thompson was integral in motivating the team and deserved credit for helping the boys team to victory this year.
Frank Kriegler thanked his daughter, Abby Kriegler, for her commitment to swimming that started when she was just five years old. This year marked her third individual state championship for the Blues, and Abby Kriegler holds seven school records, is ranked nationally in the mile, and has committed to swim for NC State University.
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All CAA Conference Honors
Boys Basketball – Titus Morrison
Boys Swimming – Tristan Thompson, Crow Thorsen, Patrick Sleater, Michael Cheng, Joseph Delaloye, Connor Smith
Girls Swimming – Katie Bauer, Sarah Frances Jones, Abby Kriegler, Alyssa Drendel, Claire Hill, Audrey Shores
All State Honors
NCISAA Division II All-State, 100 Free – Tristan Thompson
NCISAA Division II All-State, 500 Free – Abby Kriegler
NCISAA Division II All-State, 50 Free – Joseph Delaloye
NCISAA Division II All-State, 400 Free Relay – Tristan Thompson, Patrick Sleater, Crow Thorsen and Connor Smith