Brian Botello loved sports - especially football and wrestling. He made his mark at the Alta High School and that mark will remain forever.
The son of Karyn Brophy, Brian lost his life in Iraq last April while fighting for his country.
High school wrestling coaches Louie DeRoos and Cory Diischer, also dedicated servicemen who have been deployed to Iraq, introduced a new award that will be presented for 24 years to the wrestler that has worked the hardest throughout the year. This year's Brian Botello award went to Schuyler Radke. His name has been inscribed on the award and on display in the trophy case. Karyn Brophy helped make the presentation.
On the plaque are these words: "This award is given to the wrestler, voted by the wrestling team. This wrestler went above and beyond expectations of his fellow wrestlers. He was the most dedicated, selfless and hardest-working wrestler on the team. He had sportsmanship on and off the mat."
Two other special awards were presented to wrestlers at last week's awards banquet. The most improved award went to Cody Duhn and Schuyler Radke also was awarded the Cyclone Award for proving to be the hardest worker on the team.