PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Bearcats announced their 2019 senior class athletic awards and scholarships at the end of the year banquet on June 5. Paso Robles High School awarded a male and female Athlete of the Year as well as a male and female Scholar Athlete of the Year to go along with three additional scholarships and a bunch of other honors such as a tri-sport patch or a Bearcat pride pin.
Male Athlete of the Year for the 2019 senior class was given to football and track star Corban Payne. Payne played defensive end for the Bearcat football team and wreaked havoc on the edges collapsing the pocket on the other team’s quarterback. Payne earned first team all-league honors in football before switching to track season in the spring where he made a name for himself. Just a month ago, Payne made it all the way to the state meet in track and field for the shot put. Payne won the Mountain League to start his postseason campaign and actually threw 55-feet at the State meet but faulted. Payne will continue throwing at the next level.
Female Athlete of the Year for the 2019 senior class was given to none other than three-sport star Kimberly Buchanan who excelled in volleyball, basketball and especially track and field. The PRHS senior sports star will go down as one of the best throwers in school history as she currently holds the second all-time mark in the shot put at 43-feet-5.25-inches, which she set at the State meet where she placed eighth, and fifth all-time in the discus at 127-2, which she threw at the league finals on the way to earning herself the league championship. Buchanan racked up the awards in her senior season when she was tops in the league and county for both the discus and shot put. Not only was Buchanan one of the leaders on the track team but she was also the leader of the Bearcats basketball team often times leading the team in scoring, rebounding and playmaking. Buchanan will be continuing her sports career at Northern Arizona University throwing in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Marshall Wiesner and Brooke Milder each took home the male and female Scholar Athletes of the Year awards as each of them excelled in the classroom as well as on the field. Milder was recently named co-MVP of the Mountain League following her softball season and was also a key player on the Bearcats volleyball team working as the setter. Wiesner earned first team all-league playing a tight end/h-back combo role for the Bearcats in the fall and also held down the paint for Paso Robles in the gym playing basketball.
Paso Robles High School also gave out two additional awards, one to a male and female from the school, in the Phil Nixon award and the Dick Hamilton award. Earning the Nixon award for the ladies was Magaly Avila who anchored the Bearcats soccer team defensively earning first team all-league for her efforts and also participate on the league champion stunt team. For the boys, Carson Weide was selected. He was a spiritual leader and the heart of both the boys water polo team and swim teams this season.
The Dick Hamilton award also comes with a monetary scholarship from the Hamilton’s and is given to a boy and a girl recipient. The two Bearcats who earned the award this year were Hector Arteaga who played football and boys volleyball as well as Kirra Vargas who was one of the captains of the Bearcat softball team this spring that made it to Division 1 CIF semifinals.
The Bearcats also gave out three scholarships on the evening in the Bob McKee Scholarship, the Butch Whisenhunt Scholarship and the Kambria Wesch Doherty Scholarship. The Bob McKee Scholarship was awarded to track athlete Caleb Wilson, Whisenhunt was awarded to Nathan Garcia who went to the State meet for wrestling and Wesch Doherty Scholarship was given to Aleah Russell who swam for Paso this year after becoming the first swimmer from Shandon to ever make it to CIF in her junior year.