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Berger, Troutman win statewide recognition

Troutman named volleyball player of year, Berger named top wrestler


To have one athlete from a high school be recognized as the top athlete in the state in their sport is a rare occurrence.

To have two from the same school given that recognition is almost unheard of. However, that is exactly what happened on Wednesday when The Oregonian newspaper recognized Crook County athletes Hannah Troutman and Tyler Berger as the best of the best. The newspaper named Troutman the top high school volleyball player in the state and Berger the state’s best wrestler.

Hannah Troutman“Those kids are at another level,” said Crook CountyTyler Berger Athletic Director Rob Bonner. “It’s great to see that they receive that recognition, but having two on the same day — what are the odds of that? That’s a beautiful thing.”

Troutman was previously named Class 4A player of the year, the Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year, and the MaxPrep Sports Medium School National Player of the Year. Berger has received similar recognition. He was named Class 4A wrestler of the meet at the state championships earlier this year. In addition, Berger found out on Wednesday that he has been given the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award as the top wrestler in Oregon. The award is given each year by the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame.

“Those awards come with a lot of hard work,”?said Crook County High School Head Wrestling Coach Jake Huffman. “He’s an extremely hard worker and he’s very deserving. The Dave Schultz award means that he’s considered one of the top 50 wrestlers in the country.”

The two athletes have very similar credentials.

Troutman has started on four consecutive state championship volleyball squads. She was named first team all-state and Class 4A Player of the Year each of the last two seasons.

“I’m just really honored that I was chosen for that award and I’m incredibly thankful for everything that has been given to me,”?Troutman said.

The 5-11 outside hitter finished the 2013 season with 642 kills, 534 digs, 82 service aces and 46 blocks, while posting a hitting percentage of .334 and a kill percentage of .473. Crook County finished the season with a 37-5 record with all five losses coming against Class 6A schools.

The senior two-sport athlete, who is also expected to place at state in track and field, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Oregon State University.

“It’s exciting for her with all these recognitions,”?said Crook County Head Volleyball Coach Rosie Honl. “She’s just the best player. She’s worked so hard and she’s ready for OSU.”

Meanwhile, Berger is a four-time individual state champion in wrestling. He has been a part of three state championship teams. Two at Hermiston and one at Crook County.

Berger finished the 2013-14 season with a perfect 47-0 record, including 40 wins by fall. He will attend the University of Nebraska in the fall on a wrestling scholarship.

“Not many wrestlers from Oregon are recruited by a Big 10 school,” Huffman said. “For an Oregon wrestler to actually sign with a Big 10- school, with expectations of being successful, is rare. Hard work has definitely paid off for that young man. He’s done things right and he’s very deserving of the honor.”

Both Berger and Troutman have worked hard to get to where they currently are. Both athletes compete year-round in their respective sport. Troutman plays for Rimrock Volleyball Club in the offseason, while Berger has competed and won in national tournaments.

“It’s unbelievable,” Bonner said. “These athletes have put in countless hours and dedication and their families have also put countless hours and dedication into what they have accomplished.”

“I think it speaks volumes about our kids,” Huffman added. “Sometimes I don’t think we appreciate the level of work and the level of talent that we have in Crook County. We have some of the very best citizens in the entire state and some of the most dominant athletes. Very rarely do you see a male and a female athlete as dominant as Tyler and Hannah going to the same school at the same time so it’s quite an honor.”




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