MADISON – Eight students have been nominated for the second Jeff
Sauer Award, presented annually to recognize good high school hockey players
being great people.
The nominees include four boys and four girls from throughout Wisconsin.
They are Katie Benson, a senior from Ashwaubenon and the Bay Area Ice Bears;
Parker Esswein, a senior from Wauwatosa East and the Brookfield Stars; Dayne
Hagedorn, a senior from Wausau West; Haley Knauf a junior from Albany and the
Rock County Fury; Dane Luebke, a senior from Waunakee; Haley Meskin, a senior
from Madison West and the Metro Lynx; Annelise Swiggum, a freshman from Black
River Falls, and Luke Trittelwitz, a senior from Grantsburg and the WSFLG
The annual award hopes to encourage community service among girls and boys
high school hockey players in the state of Wisconsin. Shane Ryan, a goalie from
Madison Edgewood, was the first recipient. It is named after the legendary
former University of Wisconsin coach and hockey ambassador Jeff Sauer, who
passed away in February, 2017.
The Coach Sauer Foundation, which sponsors the award, was very impressed with
all the nominated candidates and their stories of student athletes who deserve
notice for reasons that ultimately are more important than mere personal
Tony Granato, who played for Sauer and is currently the coach of the Badgers,
will present the Jeff Sauer Award Feb. 27 on the eve of the Wisconsin
Interscholastic Athletic Association state hockey tournament.