The Colorado High School Coaches Association announced the winners of the annual Freddie Steinmark High School Athlete of the Year awards on Thursday.
Amanda Licht of Kent Denver won the girls award and Dallas Macias of Regis Jesuit won the boys award.
A tri-sport athlete, Licht has played sports for both Kent Denver and Cherry Creek. With the latter, she was an all-state softball player and was named Centennial League Player of the Year after hitting .517 with eight homers last fall. On the hardwood with Kent Denver, Licht is a four-time All-League Award winner as well as an All-State Player while leading the Sun Devils with 16.7 points per game. This spring, Licht was captain of the Kent Denver track team, ranking second in the state in the shot put and fourth in the discus.
“I had the privilege of being chosen team captain in all three of my sports,” Licht told CHSCA. “Being a leader is more than a title; it’s about influencing teammates and young athletes on how to perform at a high level, while setting a good example of what it means to be part of the team. The camaraderie between fellow athletes is not just important on the field, in the field or on the track, but in all aspects of life.
Cherry Creek softball coach Pablo Severtson added, “She makes us all better players. She has this special quality that brings people together.
Also outstanding in class, Licht will play softball at the University of Wisconsin next year.
At Regis Jesuit, Macias led the Raiders football team and finished third in the state with 121 tackles. A three-time All-League Player and All-State Football Player, he also scored receiving touchdowns, interception returns, and punt returns. A preseason baseball all-American, Macias (1.628 OPS) led Regis Jesuit to a 23-5 record while batting .522 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs. Macias was also named Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year and has committed to play at Oregon State University next year, although he is also a top prospect in the MLB Draft.
“Mr. Steinmark was dedicated to courage and faith, and I believe many great athletes have that in common,” Macias said in his nomination letter. his team before him and lived life courageously through his faith. Whatever the future holds, I will strive to lead and inspire others, on and off the pitch, just as Freddie did. do.
Macias has also dedicated a lot of time to serving his community, volunteering at Winter Bible Sports Camp, the Make a Wish Foundation, and Extreme Community Makeover.
“It’s definitely one of my favorite things I’ve done in the last four years,” Macias told CHSCA. “It makes you so grateful for what you have and it’s so rewarding to help others. If you can find the time to help others, you should, because you never know when you might need help. help yourself.
The Steinmark Award was established in 1972 and honors Freddie Steinmark, who excelled in football, basketball and baseball while attending Wheat Ridge High School in the 1960s. The student-athletes nominated for the award must be seniors who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 and competed in at least two varsity sports, having achieved at least all conferences in one sport and all states in another.
Licht is the 50e winner of the female Steinmark award, which was first presented in 1974. Macias is the 52n/a winner of the Steinmark Prize for Boys, established in 1972.
Last year, Addison O’Grady of Grandview was named the girls’ Steinmark winner and Thomas Jefferson and Avery Shenneson were the boys’ winners.
Ella Johnson (Glenwood Springs), Trista Marx (Limon) and Riley Stewart (Cherry Creek) were the finalists for this year’s women’s award. Nico Gagliardi (Cheyenne Mountain), Trey Hines (Limon) and Trent Johnson (La Junta) were finalists for the boys award.