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2018 Fall Awards Announced

10/12/2018, 10:30am CDT
By Adam Barta, Minnesota Blizzard

Blizzard Fall Player Awards - Top Hitter / Top Pitcher / Blue Glove / Leadership / MVP

Minnesota Blizzard Awards Ceremony and End of the Year Banquet - Past Winners

At year’s end, the Blizzard program has an awards ceremony to recognize the top players from each team.  Plaques are awarded with each player voting for their teammates in four categories: "Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award, "Joe Loftus" Top Hitter Award, "Logan Shore" Top Pitcher Award and the “Jake Kuschke” Leadership Award.  The staff also awards one coach with the "Montana" Coach of the Year Award.

 

John Price 1997 – 2015

"Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award

John Price IV has been recognized by his peers as one of the best players and teammates who has ever stepped on the field in a Blizzard uniform.

A division I recruit, the right-handed hitting Price was a versatile player manning the outfield and corner infield positions as well as logging innings as a hard-throwing right hander.  At the plate, Price was a middle of the order hitter leading his Blizzard teams to the playoffs in eight separate tournaments including three championships from 2013-2015.

Price had one of – if not the top – offensive weekends in Blizzard history in the 2015 ScoutStop August Select.  Price hit three home runs including two at Miesville and one in the championship game at CHS Field.  Over the course of the tournament, Price, who finished his career hitting 4-hole for the top Blizzard varsity team, went 10-for-16 (.625 BA) with 3 home runs, 10 RBI and 6 runs.

While John’s contributions were certainly valued on the field, what truly made him an MVP was his impact off the field.  Price, a friend to everyone, was the center of every Blizzard activity including team building exercises, hotel fun and van rides to and from the field.  He taught and led younger players how to play and practice; with effort and a great attitude.

He is the person who every Blizzard player should strive to be – a vibrant young man who positively impacts other people’s lives and makes every one of his teammates better.

"Joe Loftus" Top Hitter Award

The "Joe Loftus" Top Hitter Award was named for one of the best hitters to come through MBA and the Blizzard program - Joe Loftus.  Joe was a top prep athlete in Minnesota, attending Holy Angels Academy HS, where he set many of their offensive record - most notably hitting more homeruns in high school than Joe Mauer.  Loftus was drafted by the Minnesota Twins out of high school, but decided to attend Vanderbilt University where he helped his team reach the College World Series in 2011.  Loftus was drafted and signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"Logan Shore" Top Pitcher Award

Right-handed pitcher Logan Shore was one of Minnesota Blizzard’s premier pitchers from 2006-2013 serving as the ace on almost every team he played on.  Leading his team to six national tournament championships and four top-four finishes in his tenure, Shore will be known as one of the fiercest competitors in the Blizzard program’s history.

Shore was named to the Chicago White Sox Area Code team (2012) and was awarded the Star Tribune’s Player of the Year (2012), Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year (2013), Minutemen Mr. Baseball Award (2013), Class AAA Minnesota Players of the Year (2013) and earned the Blizzard’s Top Pitcher Award in 2009 and 2012 while earning MVP honors in 2010-2012.  In one of the Blizzard’s biggest program wins, Shore threw a one-hit, complete game shutout, beating the nationally-ranked Cincinnati Reds Scout team 1-0 striking out 13 in the Perfect Game Kernels Championships. 

In 2013, Shore was drafted in the 29th round by the Minnesota Twins but decided to attend the University of Florida.  Shore led the Gators to the College World Series in 2015 winning two games before finishing third.  In 2014, Shore had a stellar freshman year where he earned All-American honors and was named SEC Freshman of the Year.

Logan’s impact on the Blizzard program, however, outweighs his accomplishments on the mound by being everything the Blizzard Big 5 stands for – outstanding leadership, loyalty, humility, hardworking and phenomenal teammate.

“Jake Kuschke” Leadership Award

Jake Kuschke, a 2012 graduate, played in the Blizzard program for four years and demonstrated all the characteristics of being a leader.  This award not only demonstrates achievements on the field, but more importantly, the leadership off the field.  The “Jake Kuschke” Leadership Award is awarded to the player who demonstrates the ability to being a great teammate, a mentor to younger players, a great student, hard worker and is always there for those who need to be 'picked up'.

“Blue gLove” Top Defensive Player of the Year

 

"Montana" Coach of the Year Award

Steve Daugherty is regarded as one of the top coaches of the program and a player favorite.  As one of the first coaches in the Blizzard program, "Montana" has gone over the top in his efforts in making the Blizzard program one of the best in the country.  In 2009, the first Manager of the Year Award went to Steve and was named after a program favorite - Steve "Montana" Daugherty.

Why

Team Top Hitter Top Pitcher Blue Glove Leadership MVP
11U Gold Easton Ahrens Mason Schmidt Oscar Waisanen Jaeden Gruening Mason Schmidt
12U Gold Jackson Berg Carter Amelse Maddux Schrupp Thomas Meader Tyler Allshouse
13U Gold Dylan LaFaive Adam Hedtke Reid Hartmann Nolan Heuermann Adam Hedtke
14U Gold Cade Bruett Cade Bruett Braden Ebeling Wyatt McCabe Cade Bruett
14U Silver Aiden Shermak Ben Berkhoff Jake Busson Ethan Barns Jake Busson
15U Gold Nate Hammerback Nate Hammerback Brock Lerfald Zach Blaisdell / Aaron Heger TEAM !
15U Silver Cole Palmer Drew Hedtke Seth Brakeman Drew Hedtke Drew Hedtke
16U Gold Drake Peterson Joe Vos / Riley Brokopp Drake Peterson Ben Reinhard Joe Vos
Varsity Gold Jonah Pellegrom Owen Basri Ben Nippolt Dylan Malmlov Evan Shaw
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11U Blue Jackson Glancey Colin Fike Andrew Brandt Spencer Barta Peter Adie
13U Blue Sam Erickson Sam Erickson Carson Schwartz Sebastian Ritter Sam Erickson
13U Black Dylan Glass Eric Berg Austin Felling Shea Landa Shea Landa / Dillon Glass
14U Blue Mark Olberding Willy Coborn Matthew Maulik Reese Tripp Weston Russell
15U Blue Ragan Pinnow Liam Martin Easton Fritcher Jackson Cooke Ragan Pinnow
15U Black Blake Guerin Cooper Borchardt Sam Schneider Trent Burkhalter Tommy Nelson
16U Blue Gavin Bergman Simon Gregersen Evan Appelwick Ethan Hansen Ethan Hansen
16U Black Ryan Carlson Jacob Prosch Jack Cole Ben Vujovich Ryan Carlson
Varsity Blue Jakob Kouneski Ben Pederson Will Busch Max Carlson Jakob Kouneski
Varsity Black Wyatt Nelson Jon Baker Jack Erickson Nic Linarte Wyatt Nelson
Varsity Red Logan Bjorkman Matt Herold Will Olson Matt Herold Will Olsen

2017 Post-Season Awards

Team Top Hitter Top Pitcher Blue Glove Leadership MVP
10U Gold National Peter Adie Nate Negash Taylan Siens Spencer Barta Van Tellier
10U Gold American Jaeden Gruening Oscar Waisanen Casper Land Brody Cashill Laken Decker
11U Gold Carter Amelse AJ Levy Calyb Luna Maddux Schrupp Maddux Schrupp
12U Gold Ethan Felling Bradyn Bezanson William Zurbay Austin Felling Bradyn Bezanson
12U Silver Louis Hertling Anton Pfarr Luke Helms Jake Kohler Tommy Becker
13U Gold Abe Reintiz Patrick Domler Nolan Klocke Mike Miller Patrick Domler
13U Silver Eli Ramthun Isaac Vesta George Bullard Ethan Barnes Elijah Moeching
14U Gold Christopher Medrano Myles Schwerzler Boden Strafelda Zak Endres Zak Endres
14U Silver Sam Petschel Zack Carlson Orrin Slager Cole Palmer Sam Petschel
15U Gold Cael Berg Ethan Myos Sam Baker Luke Sonka/Sam Baker Cael Berg
15U Silver Jonah Gillund Ethan Smith Ben Vujovich Ryan Carlson Ryan Carlson
16U Gold Charlie Kleinschmidt Jack Cibuzar Blake Hogan Dylan Malmlov Blake Hogan
Varsity Gold Jonah Pellegrom Jon Baker Nick Kulseth & Maddux Baggs Nick and Jon Baker Jon Baker
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12U Blue Sam Erickson Sebastian Ritter Hunter Carlson Hunter Carlson Sam Erickson
13U Blue Mark Olberding Weston Russell Matt Maulik Brayden Olson Weston Russell
14U Blue Ragan Pinnow Ragan Pinnow Liam Martin Ben Irsfeld Ragan Pinnow
15U Blue Jaden Schwantz Jared Lessman Bennett McCollow Ben Reinhard Danny Peters
16U Blue Cole Hage Kobe Olson Jack Erickson Jack Erickson Ian Bahn
16U Black Matt Moore Joey Hurth Kyke Gagnon/ Nick Friedges Andrew Mathies Jon Koehn
Varsity Blue 2019 Bryce Lovick Ben Pederson Dalton McNamara Drew Gilbert Will Frisch
Varsity Black 2019 Logan Bjorkman Sam Dufault Dylan Peck & AnthonyLavalle Jakob Kouneski Luke Paulson
Varsity Blue 2018 Nic Nelson Seth Halvorsen Nick Juaire Charlie Fischer Tommy Springer
Varsity Black 2018 Addison Elcomb Matt Nelson Carter Shook Grant Rolen Zach Harding

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