Western Wayne officially closed out its 2012-13 scholastic sports year Thursday evening with a gala awards banquet
More than 400 fans, family members, coaches and athletes turned out for the event, which was hosted for the first time by Ladore Lodge in Waymart.
High School Principal Patrick Sheehan acted as emcee for the festivities and had nothing but praise for everyone involved.
"The Varsity Club Banquet is a wonderful way to end the season," he said.
"I've been here for five years now and it just seems to be getting better all the time. Western Wayne really strives to set a positive example on the field, in the classroom and in the community and I think this is a very good way to highlight those efforts."
Sheehan went on to laud the work of his Varsity Club advisors. Colleen Carmody, Christine Carey and Paula Herzog earned rave reviews from their high school principal.
"Those three ladies did an amazing job," Pat said. "They worked hard all year to make sure the kids would have a great banquet."
The highlight of each year's Varsity Club gala comes when the names of the two Athletes of the Year are finally announced.
For the 2012-13 athletic year, Acacia Urian was named Female Athlete of the Year, while Michael Trygar took home Male Athlete of the Year honors.
Urian was the epitome of a multi-sport athlete during an outstanding 4-year varsity career in Varden.
Kacie began as a 3-sport star, but eventually dropped basketball to focus her energies on soccer and track. This proved to be a wise decision as Urian went on to re-write the record books in both.
As a soccer player, Kacie leaves Western Wayne as the third leading scorer in school history. Urian trails only Charlcie Brink and Sydney Fahrenbach in regular season goals.
Page 2 of 3 - However, Kacie helped her Lady 'Cats to multiple District Two playoff berths and is all alone atop the program's post season scoring list.
As good as she was on the pitch, Urian was even better on the track. A 4-year varsity star, Kacie is the all time school record holder in four events (400M, 800M, 4x100M, 4x800M).
In addition, Urian has 13 Lackawanna League and nine District Two medals in her trophy case.
"Kacie Urian is the true definition of what it means to be a student/athlete," said Coach Justin Collins.
"She's a very deserving choice for Athlete of the Year. Kacie is an excellent athlete, an outstanding student and a great example for all our younger kids."
Acacia is the daughter of Ken & Sue Urian, Waymart. She will be continuing her athletic career at St. Francis University as a member of the track & field team.
On the boys' side of the ledger, Trygar piled up awards and accolades in soccer and volleyball en route to Male Athlete of the Year honors.
Michael was an All-Star performer in both soccer and volleyball. In fact, he was voted the Lackawanna League's Most Valuable Player as a junior and led hist eam to back-to-back state volleyball berths.
"I think Michael Trygar is a perfect choice for that award," volleyball coach Tim Snyder said.
"He's a terrific athlete, a fine young man and a wonderful role model."
Matt Fitzsimmons, who coached Trygar in both junior high basketball and varsity soccer, was quick to agree with his colleague.
"I don't think I've ever heard a negative word come out of his mouth," Matt said. "Mike is a great kid. He did anything he could to help the team and never once complained."
Page 3 of 3 - Michael is the son of Dan & Jane Trygar, Hamlin. His future plans include attending Misericordia University in the fall.