Glasgow High School added two more athletes to the prestigious Senior Athlete of the Year club as the head varsity coaches determined that seniors Lane Herbert and Megan Dailey fit the mold to receive the honor.
"It's an honor to be given this award," said Herbert. "There are so many talented male athletes in my class and I feel privileged to get this award."
Herbert played football, basketball and track for all four years in high school and even spent a season with the Reds during the summer of freshman year.
The road to this honor wasn't easy for Herbert as a shop accident in his junior year nearly derailed his athletic career.
Herbert was in shop class working on the engine of a pickup. The pickup was having engine issues so Herbert and those working on the truck with him took the carburetor off and tinkered with it. After the adjustments were made, the vehicle was started back up and the engine revved three times. On the third rev, the engine exploded in which pieces of it hit him in the temple.
The force of the impact knocked Herbert back and caused the back of his head to hit the engine mount before hitting the floor.
Herbert suffered two concussions in the accident, and had to have surgery in which four metal plates were inserted in his head as well as part of his skull being removed.
The recovery process from the surgery and accident is still in progress as Herbert was told it could take up to two years for the brain to completely heal. Herbert said that the accident was a turning point for him in the time he put in to become a better athlete.
"It's changed the way I approached preparing for the seasons," said Herbert. "I put forth a lot more effort than I did in my freshman and sophomore year, just because I realized that it could be taken away from you at any given second."
Herbert plans to attend UND in the fall and throw the javelin for their track and field team.
Dailey, a volleyball and track and field star for the Scotties, said that although she was unaware of the award's existence until this season, she's excited to have received it.
"I know I'm a hard worker and it's nice to get recognized for that," Dailey said. "There are so many athletic girls in my grade. It was really special to me."
In her years at Glasgow, Dailey spent three of them on the volleyball team as an outside hitter and four on the track and field team where her specialty was the high jump, long jump and triple jump.
Dailey would've competed in volleyball during her freshman year but was sidelined due to recovering from a scoliosis operation that summer. The recovery time for such an operation was slated between six months to one year. Dailey followed the doctors strict guidelines for the recovery process and she credited that to allowing her to get back to the sports she loved.
"I recovered really fast because I followed my restrictions," Dailey said. "I think I was allowed to start doing stuff again athletically at the end of December."
Dailey said that the memories that will stick with her from her days as a Glasgow athlete will be the home games during volleyball season which she said was amazing because the crowd would always be loud.
She also said she would miss the track seasons because of its ability to bring athletes from all sports together as one.
"It's such a unique team," Dailey said proudly. "There are so many different parts of track that you get athletes from all of the sports that you usually wouldn't be on a team with unless they went out for track."
Dailey also said that being named to the same award as Herbert was special in its own right.
"Lane's awesome," Dailey said. "He's one of those people that everyone loves. He's so nice and I know he deserves the award more than anyone because of how much work he does on his own outside of practices."
Herbert sang the same praises for Dailey and those who received the honor before him.
"I feel honored, because she's a great athlete in every sport she does," Herbert said. "It's cool being put on the board with her and all of the other athletes who received this honor before me."
For Dailey, her athletic career isn't over either. She will compete in both volleyball and track and field in the fall at Dickinson.