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Buckaroos recognize top student athletes for 2019-20 school year based on character, teamwork, work ethic, classroom behavior and dedication

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul senior Mitch Curtis was named to the 1A All-State Second Team for the Buckaroos' football team that fell in the 2019 state championship game to Adrian/Jordan Valley.Fans of St. Paul High School athletics are no strangers to the athletic feats of Isabelle Wyss and Mitch Curtis.

The two senior athletes who graduated in May were frequently front and center in the success of the girls and boys athletic programs over the past four years.

However, what often goes unseen by casual observers is the work the two athletes put in between the games throughout the year.

Coaches recognized Wyss and Curtis for their work ethic, classroom behavior, character, teamwork and dedication this season as the school's outstanding senior girl and boy athletes for the 2019-20 academic year.

Given the character of student-athletes at St. Paul High School, it's a difficult honor for coaches to choose.

"It's extremely difficult when you have a class like this," St. Paul Athletic Director Tony Smith said. "Our graduating class of 2020 — there were so many tremendous young people that were academically and athletically strong."

As head coach of the football program, Smith had the opportunity to work directly with Curtis over the past four seasons and spoke of his dedication and selflessness in doing whatever is needed for the team's success.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul senior Isabelle Wyss was a vital athlete and leader for the volleyball and girls basketball teams that went to consecutive state finals the past two seasons."Mitch is like a lot of those other kids — very, very unselfish — it was never about him or his accomplishments, it was always about doing his best and his best for the team," Smith said. "You couldn't ask for anything more for him and his classmates, being a coach."

Smith likewise coached Wyss at the middle school level for track and has watched from the sidelines as she has grown into a student leader at the high school level over the past four years.

"I'm just real proud of her and her growth over four years, in the leader she became in that group," he said. "She's a great competitor and to have a combination of obvious talent that she has and to be able to be a vocal leader is another piece she has."

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