On Saturday, August 13, 2022, the Living Word Lutheran Athletic Department honored the Class of 2022 Hall of Honor inductees at the LWLHS Golf Outing luncheon. This year's inductees include:
2015 LW Volleyball Team
Read more below about this special group!
2015 LW Volleyball Team
Following the end of the 2015 volleyball season, there may not have been much thought of a State run. However, that is exactly what the 2015 volleyball team did, shocking T-Wolf nation and putting Living Word volleyball on the map. This team was characterized by grit. There never seemed to be a moment during their run when they felt out of it. Even when down by nine in the fifth set of the regional championship, they found a way to come out on top. They played against teams others thought should steamroll over them. However, they kept their composure and they found a way to break past sectionals and onto the state platform. There were many key contributors to their success and their coach, Dawn Walker, would tell you it was an all out team effort with a bunch of girls who just didn’t want that fantastic ride to end.
Jon Rich, Living Word class of 2007, was the first of four Rich children to walk the halls of Living Word. During his time at Living Word he was a part of the football and basketball teams. Since leaving Living Word, Jon has not forgotten about one of the places that helped to mold him as he continues to have a strong friendship with Dave Miskimen. Through this friendship, Jon has been able to help impact multiple programs through monetary gifts. These gifts help current athletes to have better experiences and keep up with the competition. One piece of equipment that continues to be a mainstay of Living Word are the weight room Olympic platforms. Jon is an important member of the Living Word community and truly lives out the T.O.U.G,H. servant life as he gives back to Living Word and the community around him.
Daniel Axtman, Living Word class of 2014, was a game changer for Living Word athletics during his four years on the court and field. He was the main driver in one of Living Word's most successful soccer seasons his senior season. His ability to see the field and move the ball around are what set him apart, and still sets him apart today as he holds the record for most career assists with 30. Daniel's abilities on the soccer field were recognized on three different occasions as he was named 1st Team All-Conference his sophomore through senior year. Daniel's talents did not stop on the pitch as his fluidity, athleticism, and scoring abilities carried over to the basketball court. These abilities did not go unnoticed as he was named 2nd Team All-Conference his junior and senior year.
Coach Dawn Walker was one of the main reasons Living Word Volleyball set itself apart over the past seven years. Her ability to take a group of girls and push them past their limits is what set her apart from many other coaches. During her time at Living Word, she accumulated over 120 wins, 5 regional championships, 2 sectional championships, and 2 state tournament appearances. However, if you ask anyone who was a part of the program during her tenure you would know those accolades were great but her Christian leadership was even better. Dawn has a way of not only bringing out the best of the girl’s athletic abilities, but she also had a way of forming and molding the girls to be better people and stronger Christians. Dawn’s faith as a coach and her willingness to lean on God then impress that onto her girls is really what set her apart during that time. Living Word will miss her.