Moffat County High School salutes hard work, dedication, character during ‘Dude’ Dent ceremony
A year of accomplishments for Moffat County High School’s senior student-athletes came to fruition Thursday night as Bulldogs received top honors for their physical and mental prowess and the hard work that accompanies their natural talents.
Colby Beckett took home the Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award and Josie Timmer the Outstanding Female Athlete Award as the well-rounded representatives of MCHS’s Class of 2018.
The two were both three-sport athletes in their senior season, Beckett earning 10 athletic varsity letters and Timmer eight during a four-year span.
Beckett’s honors came for Moffat County football and baseball all four years, as well as competing for the Steamboat Springs hockey team in the winter the past two seasons.
Timmer lettered in track and field all four years and volleyball and basketball as a junior and senior.
Their senior year was also complemented by high honors in the classroom, with Beckett, the class valedictorian, receiving the four-year scholar athlete distinction, while Timmer finished the year with league championships in the triple jump and part of the 4×400-meter relay team as well as a bronze medalist in the 4×200 at state.
In addition to being part of MCHS’s Future Farmers of America program, the two will both be pursuing academics and sports in college as Beckett goes for a degree in mechanical engineering while playing football at Colorado Mesa University and Timmer takes on the triple jump for Fort Hays State University in Kansas as she studies agriculture and animal science.
Beckett said he had a few words of wisdom for future Bulldogs.
“Be yourself and don’t change yourself for anyone else. Work hard all the time. Don’t let others bring you down or get in the way of your dreams,” he said.
Timmer noted that she has tried to embody three major traits during high school: work ethic, respect for herself and others and passion for her sports.
“I feel that if you don’t fully love what you are doing, then you will never achieve anything in that area,” she said. “I believe that love for the sport or whatever activity you’re involved in will carry you through and push you to your goals.”
Coaches spoke for each of the eight nominees for “Dude” Dent and Outstanding Female Athlete during Thursday’s ceremony at Clarion Inn & Suites.
Of Timmer, track and field jumping coach Kip Hafey said she was a representative of the phrase, “and then some” for her extra effort.
“A person with ‘and then some’ always brings more than expected. They bring everything they have to practice. And then some,” he said.
Football line coach Jeff Sullivan was the last to speak during the night, discussing Beckett’s team mindset in a position on the field that’s largely thankless.
“Linemen are tireless workers, willing to give it all for team, and they take pride in being the building blocks of success. They never quit, and they never give up,” he said. “This is Colby Beckett. He puts his body on the line so that others can receive the accolades, the statistics, the glory.”
Timmer and Beckett were in good company among those up for the top athletic awards, including Kasen Brennise, Miki Klimper, Toryn Hume and Jacob Briggs for “Dude” Dent and Jana Camilletti and Jaci McDiffett for Female Athlete.
While Brennise was unable to attend the dinner due to practice for the state rodeo finals, other nominees sat humbled as their coaches praised their performances across the years.
For Camilletti, assistant basketball coach Joe Padon noted he first met the future All-State selection more than a decade ago as an energetic little girl with scrapes on her elbows and knees.
“Twelve years later, Jana hasn’t changed much. She constantly has scraped-up knees and elbows from the court and is shy with conversation, but she always gets back up,” he said.
Speaking for McDiffett, head hoops coach Kenley Nebeker recounted a game against Aspen when McDiffett fouled an opposing player hard, knocking her to the floor, offering the explanation that she didn’t know how light the girl was.
“I really don’t think Jaci has realized how strong she is yet,” he said. “She is going to do great things and find that any dream she pursues is lighter then she thought, not because the dream is not worthy or doesn’t require hard work but because she is so strong.”
Track and field throwing coach Lance Scranton went as far as to call Hume up to the podium, joking that he wanted to share the awkwardness of public speaking with someone who’s proved to be a great friend and teammate.
“You’ve got that certain kind of humor that has always helped people feel comfortable. Most people I see you with are usually smiling,” Scranton said. “He’s the kind of teammate you can believe in and count on, and he’ll make you laugh.”
For Briggs, swim coach Meghan Francone discussed his leadership qualities that liken him to the late “Dude” Dent, a multiple-sport athlete and scholar who was killed in World War II.
“His teammates look to him for confidence and consistency,” she said. “Jacob shares many of the ideals that Dent’s life represented to young men and women. He pairs outstanding athleticism with classroom excellence and a high caliber of personal integrity.”
Athletic trainer Marshall Kraker spoke for Klimper, noting he had seen him throughout all four years at MCHS, choking up at the thought of not seeing him compete regularly.
“I won’t remember the win and loss record that you had in wrestling, but I will never forget the emotion that you possessed when your hand was not raised in the final match of your career,” Kraker said. “I will remember how that emotion spread like wildfire because it showed your dedication, passion and pure love of the sport, and the contagious nature of your emotion could reach out and grasp the hearts of all those that desired your success.”
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