Star wrestler, 3-sport standout earn Braves’ top honors
It took 2007 Bonner Springs High School graduate Christina Delladio more than a month to remove the BSHS paraphernalia from her car.
On Sunday, Delladio, the Bravettes' Baker University-bound basketball player, finally removed her Braves license plate from the front of her car along with a scarf and three years' worth of parking stickers from the back window.
"That was weird," said Delladio, who replaced her Braves belongings with Baker University gear. "It's sad to see it all go."
Gone might best describe Delladio's status as a BSHS student, but forgotten she is not. In fact, thanks to her performance in three different sports during her senior season, Delladio joined fellow senior Ian Seaton in earning an honor that will keep her memory in the halls of BSHS forever.
Seaton and Delladio were named this year's Jim Finley Male and Female Athletes of the Year and their names and legacies will live on in the form of a name plate on a plaque in the school's trophy case for years to come.
"When they called my name (at the senior awards banquet last month), I just sat there and then a friend of my kind of nudged me and told me to go up there," Seaton said. "I just couldn't believe it. It's an awesome honor."
Delladio, who learned of the honor at the same banquet, had a similar reaction to hearing the news.
"It was exciting," she said. "It wasn't like they handed me a million dollars but it was cool. It's great to be recognized for hard work."
Although this year's top athletes each played three sports, they didn't join each other as teammates in any of them. Delladio starred in volleyball, basketball and track while Seaton was a standout in soccer, wrestling and cross country. Despite not participating in any of the same activities, the two shared a bond through their work ethic and leadership abilities.
"I know he works hard and always has his whole life," said Delladio of Seaton. "I've never had to not eat so I could compete in my sport. That's a lot right there. And it just shows how dedicated he was to his sport."
That sport was wrestling, where Seaton routinely had to stay away from food the day of a match in order to make weight. It rarely impacted his performance.
Seaton leaves Bonner Springs as a four-time state qualifier and three-time state medalist in wrestling. After reaching state -- and nearly medaling -- as a freshman, Seaton returned to Wichita during each of the next three seasons. He took fourth all three times but felt he improved from season to season.
"Each year it seemed I progressed in how I did or how I finished," Seaton said. "I'd say my senior year was definitely better than the others but I was pretty happy with every year."
Seaton entered this year's state tournament with a 29-6 record and a solid shot at reaching the finals. After breezing past the first two rounds, Seaton was ousted in the semifinals and once again had to perform on the backside of the bracket to earn a top-four finish.
Instead of sulking about his missed opportunity, Seaton hit the mat and out with a bang, winning a major decision in the consola-