The best senior athletes at Gunn High during the 2010-11 school year did not play any of the major sports like football, basketball or baseball. Instead, the four athletes who shared the top awards this year excelled in running, soccer, wrestling and badminton.
Erin Robinson and Phoebe Lin share the Senior Female Athlete of the Year honor while Stefan Weidemann and Henry Liu are co-winners of the Senior Male Athlete of the Year. All four were honored recently at the Gunn Spring Sports Awards banquet.
Robinson was the lone three-sport standout among the senior award winners while competing in cross country, soccer and track and field. She was second in the Central Coast Section championships in cross country in 2009 and '10, was a league MVP in soccer in 2009 and qualified for the CIF State Track and Field Championships for a third straight season this spring.
Lin excelled at badminton, where she was a CCS champion in mixed doubles both in 2010 and this spring. In singles, she was third at CCS in 2009 and second in 2008.
For the boys, Weidemann was a standout in wrestling. He was the 2011 CCS champion at 152 pounds and finished 13th in the state finals this season. In 2010, he was fourth in CCS at 140 pounds and fifth at CCS at 135 in 2009. He recently was third in the state in a qualifying event for a national championship.
Sharing the award was Liu, who was a CCS badminton champion this spring in mixed doubles after winning the doubles title in 2010. He also was second in doubles in 2009 and third in 2008.
Also honored during the awards banquet were Junior Female Athlete of the Year Julia Maggioncalda and Junior Male Athlete of the Year Andrew Prior.
Maggioncalda kept busy in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She was the point leader on the SCVAL El Camino Division-winning volleyball team in 2010, played on two CCS basketball finalist teams (2009, '11) and was a league champion in the high jump (2009, 2010) and in long jump (2011) in track. She also was sixth in the CCS high jump in 2010.
Prior excelled in cross country plus track and field. He was 10th at CCS and a state qualifier in cross country in 2010 and was a league champion in the 1,600 meters during the track season while being ranked as high as No. 5 in CCS.