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Picht nominated for Hengstler-Ranweiler Award

Morris Area's Tanner Picht has been named a nominee for the 53rd Annual West Central Tribune Hengstler-Ranweiler Award.

The Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards are presented annually to the area's outstanding male and female high school athletes.

Picht has been one of the Tigers' top baseball players the last three years, starting in the outfield and at catcher the last two. Picht has a career .460 batting average with 31 RBIs, nine doubles, two home runs, and 18 steals. This spring he hit .423 with 16 RBIs in the first eight games.

In football, Picht lettered twice and started as a senior at running back and safety. He ran for 427 of his career 500 yards last fall and he made 23 career catches for 400 yards. He scored 13 career touchdowns. He had 56 career tackles with six sacks and two fumble recoveries on teams that were 15-5 in his career.

As a hockey player, Picht was Minnesota's top point producer this winter with 49 goals and 40 assists. He topped 200 points (104 goals, 99 assists) for his career, which is the Morris Benson Area record. A left winger, Picht started and letter four years and was named all conference three times.

The award is named after Herb Hengstler and Lefty Ranweiler, two longtime sports editors at the West Central Tribune in Willmar.

There are 43 nominees this year and winners will be announced June 11.