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Eight finalists in the running for Jeff Sauer Award

By Michael Trzinski, WiPH Staff & Submitted, 02/06/19, 7:45PM CST


Four girls, four boys lead nominations

MADISON – Eight students have been nominated for the second Jeff Sauer Award, which will be presented annually to recognize good high school hockey players being great people.

The nominees include four boys and four girls from throughout Wisconsin.

ey are:

  • Katie Benson, sr, Ashwaubenon (Bay Area Ice Bears)
  • Parker Esswein, sr, Wauwatosa East (Brookfield Stars)
  • Dayne Hagedorn, sr, Wausau West
  • Haley Knauf, jr, Albany (Rock County Fury)
  • Dane Luebke, sr, Waunakee
  • Haley Meskin, sr, Madison West (Metro Lynx)
  • Annelise Swiggum, fr, Black River Falls
  • Luke Trittelwitz, sr, Grantsburg (WSFLG Blizzard)

The annual award hopes to encourage community service among girls and boys high school hockey players in the state of Wisconsin.

Shane Ryan, a goalie from Madison Edgewood, was the first recipient. The award is named after the legendary former University of Wisconsin coach and hockey ambassador Jeff Sauer, who passed away in February, 2017.

The Coach Sauer Foundation, which sponsors the award, was very impressed with all the nominated candidates and their stories of student-athletes who deserve notice for reasons that ultimately are more important than mere personal statistics.

Tony Granato, who played for Sauer and is currently the coach of the Badgers, will present the Jeff Sauer Award Feb. 27 on the eve of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association state hockey tournament.