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Vaughn wins Schultz Award

August 15, 2013
By JOSH MEYER sports@messengernews.net

When it came down to the 2013 Henry W. Schultz Award winner, Tyler Vaughn proved to be in a class of his own.

Following an active prep athletic career filled with highlights and accomplishments, Vaughn was recently named as the top senior male athlete at Fort Dodge High, becoming the 95th all-time recipient of the accolade.

"It's just a great honor to have since it's throughout the whole high school," Vaughn said. "There were a lot of other great athletes in my grade, too, so it's never a given that you're going to win it.

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"I was truly humbled."

Over the course of his memorable tenure at FDSH, Vaughn has been a driving force in the success of the baseball, basketball, football and track programs, combining to earn 14 letters, five all-conference honors and one all-state nomination.

"Baseball has always been my favorite sport," said Vaughn. "I've always looked up to (New York Yankees star shortstop) Derek Jeter, because he's a class act. My dad (Ted) has always been a role model for me as well."

Fact Box

TIMEOUT WITH TYLER VAUGHN

Vacation destination: Bahamas.

People I would like to have dinner with: my grandparents, Derek Jeter and God.

It would surprise people that I: golf all the time.

My sports role model: Derek Jeter.

My everyday role model: my parents.

I can't go a day without: Mountain Dew.

Nickname: Vaughner.

Superstition: Devon Harms and I always play a game before I pitch.

Most heated rivalry: Mason City.

Favorite road trip: state baseball.

What are you listening to right now? Florida Georgia Line.

Favorites...

Team: Chicago Cubs.

Class: Math.

Movie: 42.

Book or Magazine: Beyond Belief.

SCHULTZ AWARD WINNERS

2013, Tyler Vaughn

2012, Ben Schnurr

2011, Levi Peters

2010, Jay Johnson

2009, Tyler Wingerson

2008, Sam Wiss

2007, Reid Branderhorst

2006, Mitch Eslick

2005, Zach Mason and Spencer Cady

2004, Chase Holmgaard

2003, Kurtis Taylor

2002, Seth Zehr and Dan Taylor

2001, Nik Moser

2000, Brad Klein

1999, Josh Porter

1998, Matt Salvatore

1997, Terry Reiners

1996, Mark Rial

1995, Randy Reiners

1994, Nick Lara

1993, Alonzo Clayton

1992, Darin Astor

1991, Rick Pederson

1990, Don Stahl

1989, Joe Bennett

1988, Brad Bruhl

1987, Bob Edwards

1986, Rob Rhodes

1985, Brian Lomica

1984, Randy Reitsma

1983, Mark Huffman

1982, Jon Crouch and Ted Camamo

1981, Bill Reed

1980, Brad Huseman and Steve Harder

1979, Mike Jorgensen

1978, Keith Yoder

1977, Dave Wilson

1976, Bart Warren

1975, Pat Lynch and Randy Kolbe

1974, David Hanson

1973, Craig Michehl

1972, Joel Suhr

1971, Tim Sweeney

1970, Tom Walters

1969, Bruce Edmundson

1968, Kent Magnusson

1967, Bruce Presley

1966, James Egge

1965, Tom Goodman

1964, Kent Osboe

1963, Tom Chapman, Jr.

1962, John Shierholz

1961, Mike Stitt

1960, Jack Allen

1959, Dennis Hobbs

1958, Sherwyn Thorson

1957, Ronald Fitzgerald

1956, James Rohden

1955, Thomas Schwieger

1954, Joseph Camamo

1953, Frank Johnston

1952, John Groff

1951, Connie Gerdes

1950, John Tarr

1949, Harry Kiliper

1948, James Fitch

1947, Richard Fevold

1946, George Constantine

1945, George Knack

1944, Richard Woodward

1943, Richard Muhl

1942, John Wold

1941, Bruce Lefler

1940, Richard Johnson

1939, Arthur Johnson

1938, Donald Tepfer

1937, Roger Isaacson

1936, Robert Wasem

1935, Thomas L. Hill and John Rhodes

1934, Richard Wasem

1933, Chuck Heileman

1932, Robert Larson

1931, Fordyce Crouch

1930, George Harless

1929, Willard Minkel

1928, Samuel Etzel

1927, Andrew Pontius

1926, Rupert Fitzgerald

1925, David Brown

Vaughn, a two-time all-conference pick in baseball, started all 42 games for the CIC Northern Division outright champion Dodgers this summer, posting a .281 batting average with 36 hits, 27 runs and 19 RBI. On the mound, Vaughn went 7-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 69 innings of work.

For his career, in 101 games played, Vaughn tallied 78 hits, 52 runs and 46 RBI. He also recorded a 22-8 pitching mark in 180 innings.

As a junior, Vaughn landed on the Class 4A INA all-state second team for state runner-up Fort Dodge. Vaughn recently made the Large Schools West squad in the 2013 Iowa High School Coaches Association All-Star Series, where he picked up a complete game victory at Principal Park.

"Tyler won a lot of games the last two years, and he was definitely a leader for us on the mound," said FDSH head coach Blake Utley. "He's just a great athlete, great student and great all-around kid.

"I'm expecting big things from him in the future both on and off the field."

In basketball, Vaughn delivered 189 points, 67 rebounds, 64 assists and 20 steals during his final high school campaign en route to claiming a spot on the all-CIC Northern Division's top squad. He notched 418 points, 131 rebounds, 108 assists and 42 steals in 53 varsity outings.

"Tyler's a kid that always did things the right way," Dodger head coach Tom Daniel said. "He helped us get through some tough times two years ago where I'm not sure we would've won a game without him.

"He's a prototype athlete that is certainly deserving of the award. We're definitely going to miss his leadership."

Last winter, Vaughn was diagnosed with a heart condition early in the basketball season.

"It was actually kind of scary at the start when we didn't know what to expect," said Vaughn. "The doctors said I might not be able to play unless I had surgery, but when they went through medically and tried to race my heart, they couldn't even do it by a machine, and I was cleared to play."

On the gridiron, Vaughn had one of the most productive seasons in program history a year ago. The 6-foot-3 receiver caught 67 passes - a FDSH record by 19 receptions and the second most in 4A - for 865 yards and six touchdowns.

In the last eight games, Vaughn hauled in 63 catches for 817 yards. He closed as the career leader for receptions (78) at Fort Dodge, while rating second in single-season yardage and third in total receiving yards. Against Ames, Vaughn collected 19 grabs for 232 yards - numbers that shattered the school's old marks and rank among the best in 4A history.

For his efforts, Vaughn was tabbed to the 4A-2 all-division first team.

"Tyler obviously had a great senior year in setting receiving records for us, and he was a big part of our program," Dodger head coach Matt Miller said. "He worked his tail off and got the most out of his ability. We were able to count on him at all times."

This past May at the state track meet inside Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Vaughn ran on Fort Dodge's 4A shuttle hurdle relay along with Austin Anderson, Adrean Johnson and Keegan Jones.

"Tyler was a good hard-working leader for us, especially his senior year," said FDSH head coach John McBride. "I was really excited when he was able to get to state."

Vaughn's older sister, Courtney, previously earned the Florence Nordman Award (2008), which is handed out annually to the top graduating FDSH female athlete.

Away from sports, Vaughn was involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Council on Youth Leadership and National Honor Society.

Vaughn will continue his baseball career as a pitcher at Iowa Central.

"It's going to be pretty fun playing at Iowa Central," Vaughn said. "Coach (Rick) Pederson has put a lot of athletes through to the next level."

 
 

 

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