Hartsell wins state adapted bowling awardAlexandria’s Gideon Hartsell was recently honored by the Minnesota Adapted Athletics Association (MAAA) when he was named the Russ Bakko Most Valuable Player for adapted bowling in Minnesota.
By: Eric Morken, Alexandria Echo Press
Alexandria’s Gideon Hartsell was recently honored by the Minnesota Adapted Athletics Association (MAAA) when he was named the Russ Bakko Most Valuable Player for adapted bowling in Minnesota.
Hartsell found out about receiving the award when head coach Carol Feldmann presented him with it on June 27. Hartsell posted a 131 average during his senior season this past spring.
Russ Bakko committed many years to adapted athletics. He served as the MAAA board of director’s president and CI Division schedule coordinator. Bakko also helped make adapted bowling in Minnesota high schools a reality and served as the state bowling tournament manager during its initial years.
The MVP award named in his honor has to do with much more than just success on the lanes. Award winners must also show a positive attitude and strong leadership skills. Those are traits that Hartsell has shown over his JHS career, not only in adapted bowling, but by serving as student manager in both football and boys’ basketball.
“He is a very positive role model for all athletes,” Feldmann said. “His energy and enthusiasm for bowling is off the top of the chart. Gideon strives to do better each practice or competition and encourages others to do the same. He always has a smile on his face. You can always depend on Gideon to do a good job.”