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Three from Morris Area nominated for Hengstler-Ranweiler Award

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Three 2011 Morris Area High School graduates are nominees for the 2011 Hengstler-Ranweiler Awards. Tyler Hansen, Eric Riley, and Dani Schultz are among 23 athletes recognized this year by the West Central Tribune.

The awards are presented annually to the area's outstanding male and female high school athletes. The award is named after Herb Hengstler and Lefty Ranweiler, two longtime sports editors at the Tribune.

The winners will be announced June 21.

Tyler Hansen earned 11 letters in football, hockey, and baseball.

FOOTBALL: Rushed for 2,706 career yards and 32 touchdowns, earning all-conference honors twice. All-area his senior year. Became the first player in the program in more than 30 years to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

HOCKEY: Earned all-conference honors twice, scoring 99 career goals (37 as a senior) and notching 54 career assists.

BASEBALL: Followed his all-area junior year with a solid spring season in 2011, hitting .488 with 11 doubles, 29 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Also went 3-2 on the mound with a 5.25 ERA.

Eric Riley earned 11 letters in football, basketball, and baseball.

FOOTBALL: Started three years, earning all-conference and all-area honors twice. As a running back his senior year, Riley rushed for 868 yards and nine touchdowns. He recorded 24 solo tackles, one interception and three sacks on defense and earned a spot in the Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game on June 25.

BASKETBALL: Started two years at forward, averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 assists as a senior as Morris Area finished 17-8.

BASEBALL: Hit .487 as a senior with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs. Also went 5-1 on the mound with a 4.16 ERA.

Dani Schultz earned 11 letters in volleyball, hockey, and softball.

VOLLEYBALL: Schultz started two years at setter and outside hitter, finishing with 645 career digs.

HOCKEY: The two-time all-conference honoree scored 74 goals as a senior and had 256 for her career. She also notched 44 assists her senior season and had 151 in her career for a total of 407 points. Morris Area -- which is paired with Benson and Minnewaska Area in girls' hockey -- finished 21-4 in Schultz's senior season and was 90-28 in her career.

SOFTBALL: The catcher/third baseman was named all-conference three times and all-area twice before her senior season even started. Look for more accolades as she hit .523 with 24 RBIs and 25 runs this spring. She played in the Minnesota High School All-Star Girls Softball Series on June 11.