Scott Burger, Tim Kellenberger honored at banquet

Scott Burger and Tim Kellenberger are recognized by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association as Athletic Director of the Year and Media of the Year, respectively, on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Salina. Pictured are (L-R) Sabetha Athletic Director Scott Burger, Sabetha Head Wrestling Coach Ricky Creek and Sabetha Herald’s Tim Kellenberger.

At noon Saturday, Oct. 8, Scott Burger and Tim Kellenberger were honored at the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association (KWCA) banquet in Salina. Burger was awarded the KWCA Athletic Director of the Year and Kellenberger was honored with the KWCA Media of the Year award.

Ricky Creek — who has been the Head Wrestling Coach in Sabetha for eight years — said that the process of selecting each winner is an all day process.

“At the end of the wrestling season, coaches are able to nominate candidates that they feel are deserving of each award,” Creek said. “These nominations are then looked at by the KWCA Board and voted upon to select each award winner. The process of analyzing each nomination and selecting each winner is an all-day process!”

Creek explained why he believes Burger deserves the honor of being named KWCA Athletic Director of the Year.

“Scott has been instrumental in us growing our coaching staff to three, adding a girls team, doubling our JV [junior varsity] meets, developing a girls schedule and ensuring that the wrestling team is well represented in the school,” Creek said. “Scott organizes each of the home meets we have, makes sure things are set up and ready to run smoothly. Anyone who works with Scott knows just how much he puts into making sure everything is top notch.”

Burger humbly responded to his award by recognizing that it is due to the activities available and countless others who are committed to the students.

“The award is really a reflection of all the work, time and energy of many dedicated individuals that are committed to providing all that SHS [Sabetha High School] offers for their students,” Burger said. “In my years at SHS, I have seen countless ways activities help mold students’ lives in a positive way, and I’m blessed to be a part of that.”

Creek believes Kellenberger deserves the KWCA Media of the Year honor because he has a real interest in the wrestling program, which motivates his writing and photographs.

“He [Tim] LOVES to write about our wrestling team, even for the small things that happen throughout the season,” Creek said. “The week of Regionals and the week of State, a large percent of the paper was designated for wrestling. These write-ups include interviews with the wrestlers, coaches and fans, as well as pictures and wrestling related content that shows true interest in the program and not just a ploy to keep people happy. Tim is a big reason why our wrestling team continues to grow, as he is always writing about the good things our team does, on and off the mat!”

In response to the award, Kellenberger, recognized the importance of the coaches.

“On behalf of the Sabetha Herald, I am very honored to receive this recognition from the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association,” Kellenberger said. “We love to have the opportunity to give our wrestlers, as well as all athletes, the recognition they deserve. None of this would be possible, though, without the assistance of head Coach Ricky Creek and the other coaches for the other various sports, as well as our Athletic Director Scott Burger.”

Julie Shafer59 Posts

Julie Shafer is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2021. Julie lives in Morrill with her husband and three of her five children.

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