Bemidji High School seniors Lauren Berg and Brooks Matetich were named the 2021-22 Female and Male Athletes of the Year at the BHS Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday.

AUDIO: Berg, Matetich Named BHS Athletes Of Year; Five Inducted Into Athletics Hall Of Fame

Bemidji High School seniors Lauren Berg and Brooks Matetich were announced as the 2021-22 BHS Female and Male Athlete of the Year respectively and five new Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the return of the BHS Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday evening at the BHS Commons.

The 2021-22 BHS Hall of Fame class of Ralph “Rocco” Lovering, Don “Pappy” Papreck, Toby Kvalevog, Darrel Bahr, and Kayla Hirt were all recognized individually and addressed the gathered audience, with Lovering’s daughter accepting the award for her late father.

In addition to the usual slate of awards, the new Mark Fodness Memorial Coach of the Year award was presented for the first time to the late Fodness’ son Kyle, who guided girls tennis to consecutive Section 8AA team titles in 2020 and ’21, and the boys tennis team to a section crown last spring.

Berg’s honor as Female Athlete of the Year comes in the midst of a four-sport senior year at Bemidji. She led the girls soccer team in both goals and assists during the fall, then joined the girls cross country team in earning a runner-up finish in sections and subsequent trip to the state meet. During the winter, Berg became BHS gymnastics’ first-ever state qualifier in the all-around after a highly successful regular season and section meet. She is currently competing for the track & field team with significant contributions in a variety of events.

Interview w/Lauren Berg:

Matetich’s ongoing success in a trio of endurance sports led to his Male Athlete of the Year honor. He helped boys cross country capture the 2020 Section 8AA title and was a team captain, while also holding the same leadership position for the boys swimming & diving team in the winter. Matetich qualified for the state meet during his junior swim season and took home three top-five finishes in a highly competitive Section 8AA meet this winter. He and the rest of the boys track & field 4×800 meter relay team are seeking a return trip to state this spring after capturing the crown while in 8AA last season on the way to finishing runners-up in Class AA at the state meet.

Interview w/Brooks Matetich:

Tyler Kondos was awarded Assistant Coach of the Year for his contributions to Bemidji football, while Julie Vollen was named the Lumberjack Award recipient for her extensive fundraising and booster club efforts.