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Berty Awards honor Berkshire’s top athletes

BURTON–Berkshire High School closed out the 2018-2019 sports year on Tuesday with the inaugural Berty Awards.

The ceremony, named for the school’s Badger mascot Berty, honored the year’s top athletes.

Seniors Bobby Czekaj and Madison Chapman took home the night’s biggest honors as they were named Mr. and Ms. Badger, the award honoring the school’s top athletes during the school year.

Chapman, who will continue her education and volleyball career at Fairmont State, collected several other awards. She received a Badger Honor Award for earning at least eight varsity letters in her career and she was named the top Senior Athlete. She also won the Best Individual Performance by a Female Athlete award for hitting for the cycle in a softball game this spring and she was a member of the volleyball team that came back from an 0-2 deficit to beat rival Cardinal, 3-2, in a district championship game this past fall. The Berkshire volleyball team won the award for the best Female Team Performance.

All the award winners are listed below:

OHSAA Scholar Athlete
Highest Scholastic Average at the end of the first semester of senior year

  • Katrina Ostrander
  • Zac Wolfe

NFHS Award of Excellence

  • Jarrod Malkus
  • Jacob Kastor
  • Julia Frank

OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award

  • Emily Dingman
  • James Patterson

OHSAA Courageous Student Award

  • Tony Aldridge

Berkshire Badger Honor Awards 
For earning at least eight varsity letters in an athletic career

  • Forrest Kuchling
  • Sam Roach
  • Melanie Rakoczy
  • Madison Chapman
  • Katrina Ostrander

Male Breakthrough Athlete

  • Lucas Stoddard

Female Breakthrough Athlete

  • Else Morton
  • Lydia Kastor
  • Dana Shale

Top Male Individual Performance

  • Forrest Kuchling (Sectional Golf)

Top Female Individual Performance

  • Madison Chapman (Hitting for cycle)

Male Best Play

  • Football Kickoff Return vs. Harvey

Female Best Play

  • Dana Shale (Set school record in pole vault)

Male Team Best Game

  • Boys Basketball vs. Fairport (school record 14 3-pointers made)

Female Team Best Game

  • OHSAA Volleyball District Championship vs. Cardinal (Down 0-2, came back to win 3-2)

Freshman Male Athlete of the Year

  • Lucas Stoddard

Freshman Female Athlete of the Year

  • Kylie Neumore

Sophomore Male Athlete of the Year

  • Jacob Brown

Sophomore Female Athlete of the Year

  • Delaney Tucek

Junior Male Athlete of the Year

  • Joe Barcikoski
  • Ben Wasson

Junior Female Athlete of the Year

  • Lexi Boyk

Senior Male Athlete of the Year

  • Michael Brilla

Senior Female Athlete of the Year

  • Madison Chapman

Mr. Badger
Top overall male athlete

  • Bobby Czekaj

Ms. Badger
Top overall female athlete

  • Madison Chapman

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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