Edgington, Folz are Athletes of the Year

LEFT: Mariah Edgington (Female Athlete of the Year). RIGHT: Alex Folz (Male Athlete of the Year). The Spring Grove Athletes of the Year were both All-State on the playing surfaces and Academic All-State in the classroom.
S. Lee Epps

Seniors Mariah Edgington, Female Athlete of the Year, and Alex Folz, Male Athlete of the Year, received the top awards from the Spring Grove coaches for school year 2018-'19. 

They both were among the most highly decorated athletes in school history - both All-Stateon the playing surfaces and Academic All-Statewhen considering the classroom. Both were All-Areaand Southeast Conference Player of the Year. And both will soon be NCAA Division II college athletes  - volleyball for Edgington at Minnesota State Mankato and football for Folz at Minnesota - Crookston.

Academic All-Stateis a prestigious honor for senior letter winners who have at least a 3.8 GPA covering their entire four-year high school academic career.

Edgington was a two-sport athlete who lettered four times in both volleyball and basketball and was Academic All-Conferencein all eight seasons. 

As a senior, the 5-foot-7 middle hitter became the first Lion named to the Class A All-State Teamby the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association. There were only 14 individual honorees among 202 teams in Class A.

Edgington was one of only seven on the All-Area First Team(all classes) of the Post Bulletin.

She was the Conference Volleyball Player of the Yearand was an All-SECselection for the third season.

Her Spring Grove teammates voted her their highest honor as the Impact Player of the Yearand also the team Hustle Awardfor the second season.

Edgington, despite playing some matches in the back row while resting a foot injury, still led the Lions in kills (284) and scoring blocks (671). She was also the dig leader (379) along with sharing the team lead in ace serves (39). She graduated with 1,010 career digs and 841 kills.

"Mariah is one of the most dynamic, passionate and versatile volleyball players I have ever worked with or seen," said Lion coach Kelsey Morken.

Her all-out effort always continued into the basketball season in which the Lions voted her their Hustle Awardfor an amazing fourth year.

Edgington received Honorable Mentionon the All-SEC Basketball Teamfor a second season after leading Spring Grove in rebounds (7.5 per game), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (4.5 spg).

She graduated among the top 11 all-time girls basketball players in six categories, including fifth on the career chart in both steals (329) and blocked shots (91). Edgington ranks sixth all-time in 3-point field goals (84), ninth in assists (236) and 11th in both scoring (908 points) and rebounds (559).

Folzlettered 14 times - five times in both football and basketball along with four varsity letters in baseball.

He was the only 9-man football player among the 11 finalists for Minnesota Mr. Football.

"Alex is a very smart football player," said head coach Zach Hauser. "He is like having another coach on the field."

"Alex was the most dynamic player in the state," said offensive coordinator Kody Moore. "He will go down as one of the best all-around high school football players ever."

Folz joins a very short list of Lions who have been all-state in two sports, having been named to all-state teams six times. In football last autumn, Folz was All-State 9-Man Footballfor a second year, Associated Press All-Statefor a second time (Second Team2018, Third Team2017) and Minnesota Vikings All-State- the latter two covering all seven football classes. 

In the spring, he was selected 2019 Class A All-Statebaseball by the Minnesota Baseball Coaches Association. 

He was also in the state basketball spotlight on the Class A All-State Tournament Team. During the section football tournament, the Minnesota Sports Radio Network recognized Folz as the Football Athlete of the Week.

He was an All-Sectionbaseball honoree for a fourth year, an All-Areafootball selection for a second season as a defensive back and received Honorable Mentionon the All-Area Basketball Team

This year, Folz was the Conference Basketball Player of the Yearfor the second time and the sub-district football Back of the Yearalso for a second season.

He has been all-conference/district nine times - three years in football, three years in basketball and all three years during which Spring Grove players were eligible in baseball. As a senior, he led the eight-team football sub-district in six offensive statistical categories.

This year, teammates voted Folz Most Valuable Playerfor a second time in both football and basketball. He was the baseball MVPas both a freshman and a sophomore.

He was also the choice for the football Leadership Awardand the basketball Lion Award.

Folz broke 27 school records and surpassed 1,000 career basketball points, 6,000 football rushing yards and 7,000 football passing yards.

He rewrote the Lion football record book with 22 records - nine career records, nine season records and four single-game records. 

He also now holds five boys basketball records - two career, two season and one tied single-game record. He ranks among the top 10 in nine basketball career categories.

In baseball, Folz ranks among the top six in six career categories - second all-time in extra-base hits, second in strikeouts pitched, fourth in stolen bases, fifth in pitching wins and sixth in runs batted in along with the sixth-best career batting average (.384).

Letter winners honored

Annual award plaques were presented to six athletes who have earned at least six varsity letters during their Spring Grove High School careers. Heading the list in 2018-19 was Folz with 14 letters, followed by Noah Elton who lettered 11 times (4 football, 4 baseball and 3 basketball.)

Joining Edgington with eight letters was Ethan Matzke (4 football, 4 basketball).

Earning six letters in their varsity career were Alyssa Johnson and Sydnie Kampschroer (each with 4 basketball, 2 volleyball)


The outstanding athlete award was first split between boys and girls in 1974. Beginning in 1992-1993, the award was limited to seniors. Since 2003, underclassmen have also been eligible.

Athletes of the Year

'18-'19 Alex Folz & Mariah Edgington

'17-'18 Sam Sanness & Lauryn Bohr

'16-'17 Chase Grinde & Kelsey Hermanson

'15-'16 Brady Schuttemeier & Jordan Anderson

'14-'15 Dustin Vickerman & Samantha Bratland

'13-'14 Caleb Happel & Dustin Vickerman & Nicki Ellingson & Aly Folz

’12-’13  Blaine Storlie & Randi Mehus

’11-’12 Aric Elton & Richell Mehus & Taylor Elton

’10-’11 Aric Elton & Katelyn Bjerke & Jordan Olerud

’09-’10 Dakotah Rostad  & Jacey Anderson

'08-'09 Garrett Cross & Jacey Anderson

'07-'08 Kevin Lochner & Karla Wiste

'06-'07 Andy Folz & Karla Tweeten

'05-'06 Chase Stolt & Kaysie Otterness

‘04-‘05 Sam Morken & Danielle Dehning

‘03-’04 Tim Morken & Danielle Dehning

‘02-’03 Sam Morken & Kelsey Anderson

Senior Athletes of the Year

‘01-’02 Nathan Sherburne  & Laura Storlie

‘00-’01 Mike Rud & Angie Arrington

`99-`00 Jason Busta & Gina Morken

`98-`99 Ryan Kumpf & Elissa Rud

`97-`98 Mark Johnsrud & Kirsten Solie

`96-`97 Jeremy Gleason & Cassie Glasrud

`95-`96 Chris Strinmoen & Liz Durham

`94-`95 Chad Busta

`93-`94 Jake Durham & Shana Brevig

`92-`93 Patrick Eiken & Amy Johnson

Athletes of the Year

`91-`92  Wayne Patterson & Keely Glasrud

`90-`91  Matt Klug & Lia Omoth

`89-`90  Derek Myhre & Mike Solum & Tracy Otterness

`88-`89  Aaron Solum & Kerry Sanness

`87-`88  Steve Storlie & Dan Vesterse & Darla Skadsem

`86-`87  Todd Myhre &Tammy Ike

`85-`86 Shawn Wennes & Amy Rademacher

`84-`85  Kevin Fruechte & Kim Sanness

`83-`84  Reid Stone & Angie Ike

`82-`83  Collin Bender & Karin Hegge

`81-`82  Dave Hagen & Stacy Eiler

`80-`81  Ken Sawle & Lisa Myhre

`79-`80  Tom Bjerke & Kathy Bunge

`78-`79  Todd Oakes & Kathy Bunge & Jane Myrah

`77-`78  Bob Askelson & Todd Oakes & Diane Otterness

`76-`77  Bob Askelson & Todd Oakes & Rose Laine

`75-`76 Dave Bjerke  & Curt Schroeder & Lola Rostad

`74-`75 Kim Sherburne & Karen Rosendahl

`73-`74 Russell Morken & Karen Rosendahl

Athlete of the Year

`72-`73   Paul Frydenlund

`71-`72   Mike Sherburne

`70-`71   Greg Wirth

`69-`70   Kurt Onstad

`68-`69    John Scheevel

`67-`68    Bob Hillman

`66-`67    Larry Overhaug

`65-`66    Don Solberg