July 18, 2024

Creston athletic awards presented

Quinten Fuller throws the discus at a track and field meet during his four-year career participating in four sports. Fuller was Creston's recipient of the Bernie Saggau Award during the senior awards program last month.

Quinten Fuller received the Bernie Saggau Award, and Grace Travis received the Kim Bishop Award during the athletics portion of the Creston Community High School awards ceremony May 8.

Separate articles in the News Advertiser provided coverage of the CCHS Outstanding Female Athlete and Outstanding Male Athlete award winners, Savannah Sistad for the girls award and Austin Evans and Cael Turner sharing the boys award.

The Bernie Saggau Award of Merit is named for the retired executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, who devoted much of his life to building high standards of character and leadership in Iowa high school athletics. It honors individuals whose leadershiip, service, academic and athletic performance reflect the values of the IHSAA, the highest honor presented by the IHSAA Board of Control.

Fuller, who was also the school’s only 4X4 award winner for participating in football, wrestling, track and field and baseball, received the award that states: “Presented annually to the graduating student who best exemplifies a patriotic spirit, with strong religious and moral convictions, living and professing the qualities of honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship; believing that both games and life should be conducted by the rules.”

Travis, a member of the school’s track and field team for four years and volleyball team for two years, received the award in honor of the late Kim Bishop. A standout student at Creston High School, Bishop was also an all-around athlete and University of Iowa gymnast. She was born in 1966 and died in 1994. The award is presented annually to a CCHS female athlete who displays outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship.

Senior Grace Travis clears a hurdle during the shuttle hurdle relay. Travis is the only senior girl for the Panthers.

Zoe Ralston received the Iowa Girl Award. That award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their high school careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Ralson participated in soccer for four years and cross country for two years.

Savannah Sistad, a four-year wrestler and participant in football for three years, was Creston’s nominee for the Robert Smiley Scholarship. This award is presented in honor of the longtime Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union executive secretary who died in 2003.

The Robert Smiley Scholarship is for senior girls enrolled full-time in a public or private Iowa high school. The recipient must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale). She must also have lettered in one varsity sport sponsored by the IGHSAU each year of high school. The value of the Robert Smiley Scholarship is $1,000 to be used to pay expenses billed by the Iowa college or university of her choice.

Lydia Goins was Creston’s nominee for the the E. Wayne Cooley Award. In 1954, Cooley accepted the assignment as Executive Secretary of the IGHSAU, which had only one inter-scholastic activity at the time, basketball. In the following 48 years, under Cooley’s leadership, the organization expanded to nine sports. Cooley passed away in May of 2013.

Curt Olson Athletic Sportsmanship award recipients were Milo Staver, Brennan Hayes and Morgan Van Gelder. The Steve McDermott Athletic Citizenship awards went to Brandon Briley, Dillon Starlin and Kolbey Bailey.

Larry Peterson


Former senior feature writer at Creston News Advertiser and columnist. Previous positions include sports editor for many years and assistant editor. Also a middle school basketball coach in Creston.