Durket, Rohrer honored for athletic careers at Oak Ridge

By: Matt Long
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Several Oak Ridge High athletes were honored last month at the school’s annual awards dinner held at the Spaghetti Factory at Highway 50 and Hazel Ave. Seniors Kaleigh Durket and Nick Rohrer pulled down the Outstanding Career Athlete awards, as they were voted by the school’s coaches as the athletes who put together the best high school athletic careers over their four years at Oak Ridge. Durket played volleyball and basketball, while Rohrer competed in water polo, wrestling and swimming. “It’s a big deal to me and I’m happy that I won it,” Durket said. “It’s an honor because there are a lot of good athletes at the school.” Rohrer was also honored to win the award. “It means a lot to me,” Rohrer said. “When I walked into the office my freshmen year, a friend of mine, Andy Wagner, had his name on it and I thought that was pretty cool. Then last year my ex-girlfriend, Kim Kaiser, got her name on it. So now that my name’s on it I’m pretty pumped.” Durket is headed to Colgate University in New York in the fall on a volleyball scholarship, while Rohrer will attend UC Davis and will compete on the wrestling team. Oak Ridge athletic director Steve White said both Durket and Rohrer are well-deserving of the award. “Kaleigh’s had a standout career with a couple of section championships in volleyball and another one in basketball,” White said. “Nick had a phenomenal year considering he had knee surgery a few weeks before the league finals. He’s also a three-sport athlete and you don’t see many of those anymore. It’s a tribute to his athletic ability.” Swimmers Sara Haley and Andrew Janicki were named senior athletes of the year for their performance in the pool. Janicki also played on the water polo team. Also nominated for the award were Durket, Aislynn Mueller (track) and Kristina Williams (basketball) for the girls, while Grant Sanders (lacrosse, soccer), Alek Hoffman (cross country, track), Russ Janicki (snowboarding), Jeff McKenzie (cross country, baseball), Rohrer and Kavon Tillotson (football, wrestling) were nominated for the boys. Sara James (basketball) and Amjed Aboukhadijeh (cross country, track) were named junior Athletes of the Year, while Kasey Stanchek (softball) and Vince Waldhauser (wrestling) were sophomore Athletes of the Year. Maxine Goyette (cross country, track) and Garrison Yeandle (swimming) earned the freshmen Athlete of the Year awards.