ROCHESTER, Minn. — Dayne Bailey has played in perhaps as many state tournaments as any athlete ever to come through the Rochester Raiders’ adapted soccer, floor hockey and softball programs.
Tuesday, the standout three-sport athlete from Rochester Century High School set another benchmark for the Raiders when he was named the 2020 recipient of the Tony Labahn Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the Minnesota Adapted Athletics Association.
Bailey is the first Rochester player to earn the prestigious award in its 20-year existence.
The award is named for Tony Labahn, a longtime adapted athlete, coach and official who, from his wheelchair and using prosthesis for arms and with no legs, lobbied for athletic opportunities for adapted athletes. He also served on the MAAA board of directors.
Athletes must be nominated for the award, and the winner is chosen based on seven criteria: The athlete must have competed in two of the three adapted team sports, the athlete must have competed at a high level, the athlete’s play must have been vital to the success of his or her team, the athlete needs to have demonstrated good sportsmanship, the athlete needs to have demonstrated positive leadership, consideration is given to positive school contributions, and the athlete must be a senior.
Bailey started in goal for the Raiders floor hockey team for the past four years and led them to the state tournament in March. The tournament was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic on the day the Raiders were scheduled to depart Rochester for Bloomington.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do without him next year,” Raiders coach Jeff Copler said in March. “I’ve been blessed since I started coaching with great goaltending, and you have to put Dayne right at the top of that list.
“We’ll miss him. He’s been a great captain for us and a brick wall in goal.”