Wauwatosa East's Parker Esswein Wins 2019 Jeff Sauer Award
Congratulations to Parker Esswein from Wauwatosa East High School
and the Brookfield Stars for winning the 2019 Jeff Sauer Award!
Press release below:
MADISON – Parker Esswein, a senior forward from Wauwatosa East High School
and the Brookfield Stars, has been named the recipient of the Jeff Sauer
Award, the Coach Sauer Foundation announced.
The Jeff Sauer Award was presented Wednesday at the Wisconsin High School
Coaches Association dinner by Tony Granato, the head coach at the University
of Wisconsin. The annual award hopes to encourage community service among
girls and boys high school hockey players in the state of Wisconsin. It is
named after the legendary former UW coach and hockey ambassador Jeff Sauer,
who passed away in February, 2017.
The Jeff Sauer Award’s goal is to recognize good high school hockey players
being great people.
Esswein is a worthy example. Parker completed 200 hours of volunteer service
in the last four years. He served as the captain of both the Wauwatosa East
baseball team and the Stars’ hockey team and was Brookfield’s third leading
scorer this season with nine goals, 15 assists and 24 points. The Stars are
a co-op team consisting of members from nine schools.
Parker plays trumpet in the band, serves on the Student Athlete Advisory
Council at Wauwatosa East where he helped organize a fundraiser for the
American Heart Association. Parker has also been involved with his baseball
team’s fundraiser where they sold Christmas trees and coaches four times a
month in the youth hockey programs for the Elmbrook Eagles and Brookfield
Esswein has a 4.0 grade point average and plans to study biomedical
engineering in college because he was inspired by the medical advances
which have helped his five-year old-hearing-impaired brother through
heart surgery. His coach is Greg Copeland, who was a finalist for the
college Hockey Humanitarian Award in 2009 and serves as a trustee for
Esswein was one of four finalists. The others were Dane Luebke, a senior
defenseman from Waunakee; Haley Meskin, a senior forward from the Metro
Lynx and Madison West, and Luke Trittelwitz, a senior defenseman from the
WSFLG Blizzard and Grantsburg High School.
The Coach Sauer Foundation was very impressed with all the candidates and
their stories of student athletes who deserve notice for reasons that
ultimately are more important than mere personal statistics.
The Jeff Sauer Award is modeled after the Hockey Humanitarian Award,
which is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen and seeks
to recognize players, male or female, who contribute to local communities
in a true humanitarian spirit.
Here is a look into the other finalists for the award:
Dane Luebke, Waunakee senior defenseman: Dane was captain of Warriors
hockey team and also had the rally-starting hit for state champion Waunakee
in the WIAA state baseball title game last June. Luebke has a 4.07 grade
point average and is National Merit semi-finalist and member of the national
honor society, He umpires baseball, plays in the band and has been involved
with fundraisers for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Dane made six mission
trips through his church and helped learn about inner city schools in Houston,
the Bronx and to Menomonie Indian reservations. On the ice, Luebke had a
goal and 10 points as a senior. His coach is Eric Olson.
Haley Meskin, Metro Lynx forward and a student at Madison West: Haley was
captain of her hockey team, which was made up of players from six Dane County
schools, and also is a three-year captain of her lacrosse team where she is
an all-conference midfielder. Haley has a 3.8 grade point average, is a member
of the National Honor Society and serves as a peer tutor at West in Spanish,
math and biology. She also sings in the acapella women’s group which raised
over $3,000 for music education at West. Meskin is an assistant coach for U6,
U8 and U14 teams with the Polar Caps and filmed, edited and produced a
promotional video for the Polar Caps youth organization last year. She also
helped organize the “Stick it to Cancer” women’s hockey tournament, a
fundraiser for the Susan B. Komen Foundation. On the ice, Meskin scored six
goals, had 16 assists and 22 points for the Lynx. Her coach is Mike McKersie.
Luke Trittelwitz, a defenseman for the WSFLG Blizzard and a student at
Grantsburg High School: Luke is captain of the Blizzard, a member of the
golf team at Grantsburg and for the last seven years worked as a hockey
referee. He is an Eagle Scout who amassed more than 295 community service
hours in helping to build athletic fields for softball and baseball among
other events at the Luther Point Bible Camp. That project is nominated as
a finalist for the National Eagle Scout Service project of the year award,
which will be presented next month. Trittelwitz is one of two students who
are members of the Burnett County Board. He also is a member of the Student
Council at Grantsburg and a member of the National Honor Society. Luke also
serves as a counselor at the Luther Point Bible Camp. On the ice,
Trittelwitz had one goal, one assist and two points this season for the
Blizzard. His coach is Tim McDonald.
Madison Ice Arena displays a replica of the Jeff Sauer Award in its lobby
to honor Esswein as well as Shane Ryan of Madison Edgewood, who was the
first recipient, and all future award winners. Wauwatosa East High School
will also receive a plaque to display to commemorate Esswein’s achievement.