Seth Gehrke of Phillips was named the 14th annual Al Welling Memorial Scholarship Fund winner, it was announced Saturday morning at the Senior Class Tournament in Waupun.
Jeff Schmidt presented a $1500 check to Gehrke after the Section 2 game, along with Seth's mom, Kim.
|2017||Johnny Welsch||FDL Springs|
|2015||Jack Nejedlo||Fond du Lac|
|2013||Nate Teuscher||Mad East/LaFollette|
|2012||Carl Beglinger||Mad Edgewood|
|2011||Brendan Ahern||FDL Springs|
|2009||Evan Weber||Northland Pines|
|2008||Joel Schmocker||Park Falls|
|2005||Ryan Samz||Sauk Prairie|
The legacy of Al Welling and the way he positively impacted every hockey game he officiated is what we continue to celebrate by recognizing a young man or woman who is chosen each spring!
Al always said, "The best games you officiate are when no one knows your on the ice." Al accomplished this by communicating, befriending players and coaches.
When Al walked into a rink with his skates and whistle, everyone was thrilled he was there to officiate their game. All knew Al had a crew of officials along side him who would call the game the way he and his brother Denny taught them.
With a sense of enthusiasm and an approach that made all players and coaches realize Al wanted to have fun and enjoy a hard fought hockey game that was to be decided by the players on the ice and not the officials!
It's our second decade of awarding a scholarship in his honor to a WIAA senior who most represents what Al stood for.
Al, we will never forget your grace and how you made each game of hockey and every day of life special...we will carry on your legacy forever!