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Prospect Mountain celebrates successful sports season

Two championship teams honored at fall sports awards

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

MEMBERS of the Prospect Mountain boys' cross country team pose with their championship banner, which will hang in the gym. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
November 18, 2013
ALTON — A successful fall sports season drew to a close at Prospect Mountain High School on Tuesday, Nov. 12, as the athletes, parents, coaches and family members gathered for the fall sports awards.

The evening began by welcoming the school's two state championship squads, as both the bass fishing and boys' cross country teams were introduced to the crowd.

"We're here to honor the accomplishments of student-athletes in volleyball, soccer, golf, bass fishing and cross country," Athletic Director Corey Roux said as he opened the evening in the school's auditorium. "Participation in extracurricular activities plays an important role in the success of our student-athletes as they develop as young adults."

Roux also went on to thank the coaches and assistant coaches for their hard work, as well as the parents, family members and other fans that helped make Prospect Mountain a model for schools around the state.

Roux then went on to introduce each of the teams and highlight their accomplishments throughout the season.

The Prospect golf team played experienced competition and cam away with 11 wins, just missing out on the state tournament, finishing eighth overall. Six golfers averaged scores in the 40s and Indiana Jones broke 40 at Lochmere Country Club. Mike Hederman and Oscar Stoldt competed in the individual state championship and Jones finished 10th in the girls' state championship and qualified for the New England championships for the second year in a row. She also earned Second Team All-State honors.

The girls' cross country team made significant strides, winning the Berlin Invitational and finishing second in the Central Lakes Invitational and the Moultonborough Homecoming race. The Timber Wolves also finished seventh in the Division III championship and Alley Rogers ran to 15th in the Division III race and moved on to the Meet of Champions.

The JV volleyball team worked hard on improving skills and teamwork, with solid passing and communication. The team finished with a final record of 11-5, showing a strong future for the Prospect volleyball program.

The varsity volleyball team improved each time out and had some great competitive matches, coming out with six wins for the season. They qualified for the tournament before losing to eventual runner-up Winnisquam in an exciting contest. Karie Bilodeau earned Honorable Mention All-State and Bilodeau and Ashlee Roy were both named to the Senior All-Star Game.

The girls' JV soccer team worked hard and developed into a solid team with 11 different girls putting the ball in the net. The Timber Wolves recorded four shutouts on the season and showed great sportsmanship and work ethic along the way.

The varsity soccer girls met some big challenges throughout the season to finish 11th overall in Division III and advanced to the playoffs for the sixth year in a row. In the tournament they upset Inter-Lakes with a strong 2-1 win in Meredith before falling to eventual runner-up Hopkinton in the quarterfinals.

The JV boys' soccer team finished at an impressive 14-0-2, getting 59 goals on the season while allowing just 14. The strong and balanced team got great contributions across the board in big wins over perennial powers Gilford and Raymond and proved to be a force to be reckoned with.

The varsity soccer boys were fourth in Division III at 12-2-2 and hosted a pair of playoff games, beating Belmont in the second round and Raymond in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Hopkinton in the Division III semifinals, giving the Hawks all they could handle in an intense battle to close out the season.

The bass fishing team finished sixth out of 32 teams at the qualifying meet to advance to the state championship against the top teams in the state. In six hours of fishing on Lake Winnisquam in the championship meet, team members Cody Symonds and Wyatt Stockman caught seven fish with a weight of 21 pounds, eight ounces, to outdistance second place by six pounds and take home the state championship.

The boys' cross country team was undefeated in Division III, winning the Gilford Early Bird Invitational, the Central Lakes Invitational, the Berlin and Moultonborough Invitationals, the Waterville Valley Cross Country League and the Belmont Jeri Blair Invitational. They also finished second to private school St. Paul's at the Capital Area Championships. They then went on to win the Division III championships and Drew Tuttle advanced to the New England championships with his 17th place finish in the Meet of Champions.

Principal J Fitzpatrick then joined Roux on stage for the presentation of the NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards, which are given to two athletes from each team.

From the JV boys' soccer team, Theodore Batte and Riley McGrath were the winners, while Emma Hardie and Mickenna Leitner were the winners for the JV girls' soccer team. Lauren Breuer and Britan Dodge were the JV volleyball winners and Karie Bilodeau and Rosina Montgomery won for the varsity volleyball team. Dylan Tuttle and Shane McCartney were the boys' cross country winners and Jenica Locke and Signe Therrien were the winners on the girls' cross country team. David Troy and Joe Perry were honored from the boys' varsity soccer team and Shannon Meyer and Mikayla Cauler were the girls' varsity soccer team winners. Tim Scahill and Zach Robertson were the winners for the golf team.

Bob Cleary and Cathy Fraser from the Timber Wolf Booster Club were next up, presenting the Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Winners of that award were Ben Drury, Kali Gadomski, Philipp Goverdovskiy, Shannon Meyer, Angela Tidd, Karie Bilodeau, Mikayla Cauler, Cliff Doiron, Jamie Dwyer, Mike Hederman, Mark Jannini, Indiana Jones, Logan LaRoche, Kelcey Marsan, Rosina Montgomery, Ella Montminy, Zach Robertson, Ashlee Roy, Tim Scahill, David Troy, Zoe Wenzel, Haley Mellon, Signe Therrien, Ally Cleary, Christina D'Agostino, Laura Fraser, Ken Gilbert, Morgan Holton, Aspen Ladieu, Alley Rogers, Kaitlin Sepulveda, Minnie Thoroughgood, Kyana Yelle, Marisa Connors, Krysten Goossens, Matthew Hamilton, Gabrielle Beijer, Lauren Breuer, Julian Brown, Alex Fife, Daniel Krivitsky, Mariah Marston, Emily Meredith, Wyatt Siegler, Theodore Batte, Katelyn Beam, Jonathan Libenson, Shelby Therrien, Gordon Unzen, Alex Brown, Emily Calise, Miranda Carter, Jesse DeJager, Daniel Drury, Zander Guldbrandsen, Emma Hardie, Hunter Kierstead, Douglas Krivitsky, Mickenna Leitner, Brandon Morin, Ryley Roberts and Kari Simoneau.

After a video of images from the season, which was put together by student Logan LaRoche and Fraser, teams split up for individual team awards.

Team awards

For the varsity boys' soccer team, Michael McMahon earned Most Improved Player, while Nate Farnham and Matthew Hamilton were honored for Outstanding Contribution. Logan LaRoche, Chris Whalen and Alex Rayno won the Coach's Award and Jake Towle and Ken Gilbert were named MVPs.

For the varsity soccer girls, Ella Montminy and Angela Tidd were named MVPs, while Sarah Stone, Mikayla Cauler and Shannon Meyer earned Outstanding Contribution honors.

For the varsity volleyball team, Ashlee Roy was named MVP, Jordan Pellowe was named Most Improved Player and Katie Sepulveda won the Coach's Award.

For the golf team, Indiana Jones was named MVP and Mitchell Ford was named Most Improved Player. Michael Hederman won the Coach's Award.

Drew Tuttle was named MVP of the boys' cross country team and Shane McCartney won Most Improved Player and Cody Symonds took home the Coach's Award.

Alley Rogers earned the MVP honors for the girls' cross country team, while Annika Patterson was named Most Improved Player and Amanda Zaino won the Coach's Award.

For the JV volleyball team, Cammi Cornelissen, Marisa Connors and Minnie Thoroughgood all earned Coach's Awards.

Anthony Chioccola was named MVP of the JV boys' soccer team, with Daniel Drury winning Most Improved Player and Filipp Goverdovskiy winning the Coach's Award.

For the JV girls' soccer team, Katelyn Lank, Emily Calise and Melissa Stowell all earned the Coach's Award.

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

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