North Royalton High School honored its Athletes of the Year in a different way this year on the first Monday in June. Instead of gathering in a banquet hall with their parents, coaches and teammates, Joey Marousek, Avery Keller and Alex Doehrmann were saluted under blue skies and sunshine outside of Serpentini Stadium because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marousek was given the Harold Conrad Award signifying the Male Athlete of the Year. Keller received the Herman L. Joy Award for being named the Female Athlete of the Year. Doehrmann was named the recipient of the Eric L. Gibson Award for being the Academic Athlete of the Year.
Marousek was the first-ever, four-year starter for North Royalton head football coach Nick Ciulli. He’s heading to the University of Akron on a full football scholarship. Joey owns most of the statistical records involving the quarterback position at North Royalton High School. He passed for 6,613 yards for the Bears and threw 64 touchdown passes.
Joey was also an important part of the North Royalton Baseball team. Marousek was a three-year letter award winner in baseball and was voted ‘team captain’ for this year’s team. That’s a high honor when you consider that Joey would have spent a majority of the season in the dugout recovering from a knee injury suffered in football.
“I’m honored to receive the award. I know a lot of great North Royalton Athletes have gone through here and won this award. I’m bummed that we couldn’t have the full banquet, but it doesn’t take away from the honor that it is. It has been an honor to represent North Royalton for the past four years,” said Marousek.
Avery Keller is a four-year letter winner in gymnastics. She was selected team captain for the 2019-2020 season. Avery was named Most Valuable Player on the Gymnastics Squad three times in her high school career and twice won the Sportsmanship award. She is a three-time State Qualifier with the Gymnastics team and as an individual. To top it off, Avery was named allstate three times and has three Top 10 finishes in the State Tournament.
You may not know this, but Avery also won three varsity letters as a member of the North Royalton Track and Field Team, where she competed in the Pole Vault.
“It feels great to win the award and to have everyone together here. Just to be nominated for this award is really special,” said Avery. In the fall, Avery is heading to Fairmont State University in West Virginia where she will be a member of the Acrobatics and Tumbling team.
Alex Doehrmann is a three-year letter winner in both cross country and track and field. In Cross Country, Alex was a two time All-Suburban League selection, Regional Qualifier her junior year and team captain her senior year.
Where Alex shines is in the classroom, where she graduated with a 4.6 Grade Point Average. Alex will be heading to The Ohio State University to major in biology with a pre-med focus. She hopes to go to med school after that.
“I’m honored to receive the Award. And I’m happy to be here to receive the award with my coaches,” said Alex.
To excel in both the classroom and the athletics in high school is not easy and it takes plenty of dedication. Alex agrees. “I set aside the same time every day for sports and the same time every day for school. That’s the best way for me to balance it. I just set it out ahead of time.”
Congratulations to Joey, Avery and Alex for winning your Athlete of the Year honors and best of luck in the future!
By Joe Jastrzemski
Contributing Writer for the Royalton Recorder
Posted on June 11th, 2020