Wisconsin Sports Network and WisSports.net are proud to announce Garret Wegner of Lodi as the 2015 recipient of the Kevin Stemke Award as the most outstanding senior kicker or punter in Wisconsin, part of the WSN Senior Football Awards.
Wegner is the latest in a long line of successful kickers at Lodi that includes 2012 Kevin Stemke Award winner Donnie Manke. He averaged 40.5 yards per punt this season for the Blue Devils, as well as 60 yards per kickoff. Of his 56 kickoffs, 31 were touchbacks.
He went 6 for 10 on field goals during the regular season, with two made field goals of more than 40 yards. He was 39 of 40 on extra points. In the playoffs, he made 5 field goals in a Level 3 win over Columbus to tie the state record, including the game-winner. His 12 made field goals this year is in the top ten in state history.
Finalists for the award were Wegner, Alex Bray of Catholic Memorial, Nathan Gennrich of Franklin, John Mack of Arrowhead, and T.C. Swittel of Brookfield East.
Past winners of the award include Menomonee Falls' Kyle French (2009), Arrowhead's Drew Meyer (2010), Sun Prairie's Lucas Otto (2011), Lodi's Donnie Manke (2012), both Casey Bednarski of Oconomowoc & Colin Downing of Whitefish Bay (2013), and Saint Mary's Springs' Zach Hintze (2014).
The award is named after Kevin Stemke, a Green Bay Preble graduate who would go on to play for the Wisconsin Badgers. At UW, Stemke quickly made an impression, setting the record for punting average as just a freshman. After a senior season that saw him average 44.5 yards per punt, Stemke was presented with the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. Kevin also holds UW records for highest punting average in a career (43.5) and total punting yards (10,660).
The voting panel for the WSN Senior Football Awards consisted of: Travis Wilson, WSN General Manager and Head Football Writer; Norbert Durst, WSN Content Manager; Dennis Semrau, ESPN Madison; Justin Hull, WSCO The Score 95.3 in Appleton; JR Radcliffe, NOW Newspapers; Dan Barwick, WSN Contributor; Jason Cox, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram; Fan Vote