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Awards ceremony caps off fall at Prospect Mountain

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Corey Roux presents Kelly Jones with a plague commemorating her new school record of 80 career goals. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
November 12, 2012
ALTON — With many of the fall sports teams earning bids into their respective playoffs, there was plenty to celebrate at the Prospect Mountain High School fall sports awards on Thursday, Nov. 8.

"We're here to honor the accomplishments of our student-athletes in golf, cross country, volleyball and soccer," Athletic Director Corey Roux stated as he opened the ceremony in the school auditorium. "Extracurricular activities play an important role in the success of students at Prospect Mountain High School."

He noted that teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship and pride are just some of the life lessons taken from participating in sports and thanked the coaches for working to instill those values in all of the athletes during the season.

He also thanked the parents, families and community members for their support of the athletic programs.

"You help make Prospect Mountain a great role model for others to follow," Roux stated.

Roux then introduced each of the teams and touched on the successes each squad had during the year.

The golf team, under the leadership of coach Paul Hitchings, finished eighth in the state and put 10 wins on the board in an extremely competitive season. Michael Hederman represented the Timber Wolves at the Division III championships and Indiana Jones finished fifth overall in the girls' state championship match at Campbell's Scottish Highlands.

The girls' cross country team reached many personal and team bests through hard work and dedication and won the school's lone home meet and took second in a pair of other meets before finishing seventh overall in the Division III State Meet. Ali Rogers qualified for the Meet of Champions with her 23rd place finish in the DIII championships under coach John Tuttle.

The boys' cross country team, also under the direction of Tuttle, also won its home meet and took first at the Inter-Lakes Invitational and earned a couple of other top five performances. At the Division III State Meet, the Timber Wolves were sixth overall, missing out on a team bid to the Meet of Champions by just five points. Drew Tuttle and Mike Fife both finished in the top 20 for DIII and moved on to the Meet of Champions.

The JV volleyball team demonstrated solid passing and communication each game and had some close matches throughout the season, finishing with six wins under coach Mary Dank.

The varsity volleyball team, with coach Kerry Fitzpatrick at the helm, improved in each game, which allowed the girls to compete with some of the best teams in the state. The girls picked up individual wins against top-seeded Farmington and eventual DIII champion Winnisquam and Savanna DeCoff was selected as Division III All-State Honorable Mention.

The JV girls' soccer team worked on technical and tactical play under the direction of coach Roy Poslusny, developing into a solid team with some very competitive games and played with heart throughout the season.

The varsity soccer girls qualified for the playoffs for the fifth year in a row, finishing 12th in the state and knocking off third-seeded White Mountains and second-seeded Belmont in the final week of the regular season before dropping a playoff tilt at Gilford in penalty kicks. Coach Matt Locke's girls showed great competitiveness throughout the season.

Roux paused for a moment to honor senior Kelly Jones, who set a new school record by scoring 80 goals for her career and was presented with a plague for her achievements.

The JV boys' soccer team was a talented group, scoring 75 goals while allowing only six on the season, finishing with a 15-1 record under coach Ryan McKenna, indicating a bright future for Prospect soccer.

The varsity soccer boys finished eighth overall in Division III and hosted a playoff game, in which they bested Sanborn and played a talented and undefeated Belmont squad to a 1-0 decision in the semifinals, with coach Gary Noyes Sr. at the helm.

Roux then welcomed Assistant Principal Kaitlyn Hills to the stage to present the NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards. Two athletes from each team were selected for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season.

For the JV volleyball team, the winners were Cammi Cornelissen and Malia Dragon-LeGrow, while Claudia Rodriguez and Rosina Montgomery were the varsity volleyball winners. Michael Hederman and Tim Scahill were the winners for the golf team. Celeste Banfill and Emerson Doiron were the girls' cross country winners and Dylan Tuttle and Austin Perrin were the boys' cross country winners. Christina Dagostino and Ruth Bothwick were the winners from the JV girls' soccer team and Lexi Brown and Rebecca Tinkham were the varsity girls' soccer winners. Connor Clark and Dylan Tiede were the winners from the boys' varsity soccer team and Jake Towle and Kyle Roberts were the honorees from the boys' varsity soccer team.

Cathy Fraser and Chryss LaRoche from the Prospect Mountain Booster Club were next up to hand out the Scholar-Athlete Awards. Fraser noted that the club works to help all the teams and supports scholarships to graduating seniors at the end of the year. Any parents interested in helping to run concessions during the upcoming basketball season is invited to let the club know.

For the JV volleyball team, Madeleine Baughn, Elizabeth Burke, Marisa Connors, Emily Meredith and Katie Sepulveda were the winners.

Karie Bilodeau, Anna Jortikka, Nicole Ouellette, Claudia Rodriguez, Ashlee Roy and Zoe Wenzel were the winners from the varsity volleyball team.

From the JV girls' soccer team, Gabrielle Beijer, Ashley Bissell, Ruth Bothwick, Allyson Cleary, Krysten Goossens, Meghan Hennessey, Morgan Holton, Aspen Ladieu, Arianna Libenson, Hannah Loiselle and Meghan Stackhouse were the honorees.

Shannon Meyer, Abagayle McMahon, Angela Tidd, Abigail Drouin, Laura Fraser, Ella Montminy, Kali Gadomski, Mikayla Cauler, Mariah Marston, Hailey Kelley and Kathryn McGinnis were the honorees for the varsity girls' soccer team.

For the varsity soccer boys, Matt McGinnis, Anthony Krivitsky and Ken GIbert were the honorees.

Joe Cleary, Alex Fife, Matt Hamilton, Daniel Krivitsky and Tucker McLaughlin were the winners from the JV boys' soccer team.

For the cross country team, Celeste Banfill, Mike Fife, Mark Jannini, Natasha Kendall, Haley Mellon, Alexandra Normandin, Wyatt Siegler, Signe Therrien and Amanda Zaino were the honorees.

Andrew Hederman and Indiana Jones were the golf team winners.

After a video with highlights from the fall season, compiled by Logan LaRoche and Cathy Fraser, the teams split up for individual team awards.

Team awards

For the JV soccer boys, Tyler Sinclair was named the team MVP, while Alex Fife won Most Improved Player and Joe Cleary won the Coach's Award.

For the JV soccer girls, Meghan Stackhouse and McKenzie Roberts both received the Coach's Award and Ashley Bissell won Most Improved Player.

Kyana Yelle earned MVP for the JV volleyball team, with Emily Meredith winning the Most Improved Player and Madeleine Baughn winning the Coach's Award.

For the varsity soccer boys, Logan LaRoche won Outstanding Contributor, while Ken Gilbert, Alex Bennett, Nate Farnham and Jake Towle all took home Most Improved Player honors.

Kelly Jones was named MVP of the varsity girls' soccer team and Ella Montminy and Shannon Meyer both won Outstanding Contributor.

Savanna DeCoff was named MVP of the varsity volleyball team and Jazel Lee won Most Improved Player. Nicole Ouellette received the Coach's Award.

For the golf team, Indiana Jones was named MVP and Mitchell Ford was named Most Improved Player. Andrew Hederman and Jay Mousseau both received the Coach's Award.

For the boys' cross country team, Drew Tuttle was named MVP and Shane McCartney was honored as Most Improved Player. Mike Fife won the Coach's Award and Cody Symonds was presented with the Outstanding First Year honors.

Ali Rogers won the MVP for the girls' cross country team, with Amanda Zaino getting the Most Improved Player honors. Signe Therrien was presented the Coach's Award and Annika Patterson was presented with the Outstanding First Year honors.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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