Male Finalists For 2021 Roundup/Sidney Kiwanis Club's Athletes Of The Year Award

State champions in cross-country, football, track and wrestling are among the male finalists for this year’s Roundup/Sidney Kiwanis Club’s Athletes of the Year award.

The awards will be announced during the Kiwanis meeting on June 24.

The finalists include:

Jaxson Franklin: Franklin excelled in football and hockey during his high school career in Sidney. He earned All-State honors at cornerback as Sidney Eagles advanced into the Class A state playoffs. The speedy wide receiver received second team All-Conference honors at that position as both a junior and a senior. During the hockey season, he was one of the leaders for the Richland Rangers. He earned All-State honors in hockey as both a junior and senior.

Paul Hardy: Hardy was a three-sport standout for the Fairview Warriors. As a sophomore, he won Class C state track championship in the discus. He placed second in the discus at the state meet as a senior. Hardy was a key member on Fairview’s 2019 state championship football team and 2020 state co-champion basketball squad. During his senior basketball season, he was selected to All-Conference second team and received honorable mention to All-Tournament team.

Sloan McPherson: McPherson dominated as he led the Savage Warriors during his high school career. He was selected All-State three times in football and will play the sport for the University of Montana. He was Savage’s most valuable player as a senior and was selected for the East-West Shrine Game. He earned All-Conference honors in basketball as a senior and was the squad’s top offensive weapon throughout his career. He earned fourth place in the javelin at the Class C state track meet as a senior.

Boston Peters: Peters was a leader for Sidney’s football and basketball programs during his high school career. He received honorable mention to the All-Conference football team as linebacker as a senior. He was a second team All-Conference selection at both tight end and safety as a junior. He was one of Sidney’s top basketball players in each of the past two seasons.

Brodey Skogen: Skogen won two state wrestling championships as Sidney Eagles captured the last four state team titles. Along with being a dominant athlete in wrestling, Skogen received All-State honors at defensive tackle for Sidney’s playoff football team as a senior. He earned second team All-Conference football honors as a junior.

Samuel Smith: Smith won the Class C cross-country title as a senior with a time of 17:04.18. He placed second at state competition as both a sophomore and junior. During his career, the Richey/Lambert Fusion placed second at state cross-country meet as a team for four straight years. He earned the Class C state titles in the 1600 and 3200 as a senior. Smith placed second in the 3200 and third in the 1600 at the Class C state track meet as a sophomore.

Riley Waters: Water has stood out in football and wrestling during his career in Sidney. During his senior season, he earned All-State honors at linebacker and All-Conference honors at running back as the Eagles marched into the football playoffs. He was an All-State selection at linebacker and All-Conference second team pick as a junior. He was a three-time state-wrestling champion to help the Eagles to team titles each of the seasons. He placed sixth in shot put at the Class A state track meet as a senior.

Tate Wieferich: Wieferich has been a standout in hockey, football and track in Sidney. He earned All-State honors in hockey as a sophomore, junior and senior. He received All-Conference second team honors in football as a senior. During his track career, he enjoyed success in the 100-200- and 400-meter dashes. He was a member of Sidney’s 400-meter relay team that finished fifth at Class A state track meet.


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