Towanda's Rodenhizer named male athlete of the year
When it comes to choosing the top athletes in the area many times they come from the team sports.
Many of The Daily & Sunday Review's past male athletes of the years' main sports were football or basketball or wrestling.
However, there are a number of different sports for athletes to compete in and this year's winner of the award proves that fact.
Towanda's David Rodenhizer's best sport was tennis and while he also was a standout basketball player for the Black Knights, his other sport, golf, is also a more individual one.
"Those sports get swept under the rug sometimes," Rodenhizer said. "But, I like those kind of more individual sports. Basketball is a team sport and I love that too, but I also love those more individual sports."
Rodenhizer earned male athlete of the year honors for his work in all three sports, but it was his success on the tennis court that really stood out.
The Black Knights senior captured the District 4 title this year. Through the regular season and districts Rodenhizer was undefeated, dropping just one set along the way.
"Those were definitely the top two goals this season," Rodenhizer said. "I wanted that district title bad after losing it last year."
As a junior Rodenhizer reached the district final, coming up just short of the crown, this year he made sure to finish with the title.
The year started out for Rodenhizer in golf where he was an all-star for a strong Towanda team.
"The golf team had a pretty good year," he said. "We advanced to districts and had a solid year."
In the winter Rodenhizer was a first-team NTL and All-Region all-star while helping to guide the Black Knights to their second straight NTL crown.
"Basketball we had another great year," he said. "I'm really proud of the team."
With tennis Rodenhizer is happy that his success has started to get more kids out for the sport.
"I'm definitely proud to see the freshmen get into the sport," he said. "I'm really happy to see them love the sport and know I might have played a part in that."
For Rodenhizer his success is something he worked toward and had a lot of support to help him.
"I'm astonished I got all these awards," Rodenhizer said after getting the male athlete of the year award, along with a number of school awards during Towanda's sports awards on Wednesday. "I worked hard and it paid off. I have to thank all my family, my fans and the community that came out to support me."
Being named the top athlete in the region is something Rodenhizer thought about at times and is really happy to receive.
"It definitely feels awesome," he said. "It was a big year. It was one of my goals (athlete of the year) in the back of my mind. It was something to work for."