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Another successful season celebrated at Prospect

Alpine ski girls get their championship banner

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

THE PROSPECT Mountain girls' alpine ski team poses with the Division III championship banner at the winter sports awards on March 18. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 24, 2014
ALTON — For the third time this year, Prospect Mountain High School will be raising a championship banner.

The high school community gathered on Tuesday, March 18, for the winter sports awards, where the girls' alpine ski team celebrated its Division III championship.

Athletic Director Corey Roux welcomed the gathering of parents, athletes and community members in the school auditorium and praised the continued success of the school's athletic programs and its athletes.

"Lessons students learn in extracurricular activities help shape students as they mature," Roux said. "Dedication, teamwork and leadership and a sense of pride in their team, community and most importantly, themselves."

Roux also pointed out that the lessons the students learn would not be possible without the work of the coaches and then introduced each of the coaches to a round of applause.

He also thanked the parents, grandparents and community members who helped make Prospect Mountain a role model for other schools to look up to.

Roux the introduced each of the school's winter sports teams.

The girls' indoor track team finished fourth in the Division III invitational at the University of Southern Maine and Lexi Normandin set a school record in the 55-meter hurdles.

The boys' indoor track team relied on senior leadership to finish second among Division III schools at the state championships. Cody Symonds was third in the 1,000 meters and Drew Tuttle was third in the 1,500 meters, while the 4X800-meter team was fifth. Symonds set a school record in the 600 meters, Tuttle set a school record in the 3,000 meters, Mark Jannini set a school record in the 55-meter hurdles and Alex Rayno set school records in the 55 meters, shot put and long jump.

The Prospect spirit team showed great enthusiasm in supporting the other high school teams, while working hard on stunts, jumps and more at both games and winter carnival. The team finished 10th place at the Division III championships, the best in the history of the school.

The JV girls' basketball team finished at 16-2 behind a dedicated and hard working group of kids. They scored 904 points on the season and won the Franklin JV tournament.

The varsity girls' basketball team finished at 9-9, including six wins against tournament teams, the highlight coming against previously-undefeated Newfound, who ended the season as the top seed. The seven seniors helped lay the groundwork for the program's future success. Ella Montminy earned All-State Honorable Mention.

The boys' JV basketball team was a young squad that showed great improvement over the year and through hard work had a lot of close games throughout the season, including a three-point overtime win over Campbell. They averaged 44 points a game and grabbed eight wins.

The boys' varsity basketball team worked hard to fill the void left by a large graduating class last year, but the team stepped up and filled the roles and exceeded expectations with a 13-9 record, including wins over some of the top teams in Division III. The team also won another Lakes Region Holiday Hoop Tournament and Logan LaRoche was named Division III All-State Honorable Mention. He also set the single-game three-point record with eight.

The boys' alpine team continued to move up the Division III standings and turned in some impressive accomplishments, including 11th in the Division III State Meet and will return a strong group for next year.

The alpine girls used a balanced team effort, winning four of the seven regular season meets and then used another solid team effort to get past Bishop Brady in the Division III championships. Angela Tidd, Haley Dame and Indiana Jones all made the Meet of Champions and Jones and Dame made the Eastern High School Championships, where they helped New Hampshire to third overall.

Roux then welcomed Principal J Fitzpatrick to the stage to present the NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards, which are given to two athletes from each team.

For the spirit team, Jessica Decowski and Antonia-Moon Ranaldi were the winners.

For the girls' track team, Allyson Cleary and Meghan Stackhouse were the winners, while Mike Fife and Dylan Tuttle were the boys' track team winners.

For the alpine boys' team, Mike Hederman and Alex Bennett were the winners, while Brooke Dame and Indiana Jones won the award for the girls' alpine team.

For the JV girls' basketball team, Krysten Goossens and Emma Hardie were the winners and for the JV boys' hoop team, it was Jordan Errington and Samuel Borelli winning the awards.

Hope Carazzo and Anna Hingston were the girls' varsity basketball winners and David Troy and John Barnes were the boys' varsity basketball winners.

Timber Wolf Booster Club president Bob Cleary and Cathy Fraser were next to the stage.

"We support our athletic teams and promote pride and spirit in the school," Cleary said, noting the club has bought some extra helmets for the alpine ski team, training equipment for the softball team and practice balls for the tennis teams. The club also provides scholarships for student-athletes.

The winter scholar-athlete award winners included Brooke Dame, Haley Dame, Indiana Jones, Hunter Kierstead, Aspen Ladieu, Ari Libenson, Jon Libenson, Katie Sepulveda, Zach Smith, Carl Stohlberg, Angela Tidd, Anthony Cusson, Jesse DeJager, Hunter Sanborn, Emma Hardie, Mickenna Leitner, Liezel Lee, Krysten Goossens, Gabrielle Beijer, Zach Robertson, Jamie Dwyer, Julia Brown, Ally Cleary, Benjamin Drury, Daniel Drury, Alex Fife, Jamie Fogell, Laura Fraser, Keenan Grant, Mark Jannini, Kathryn McGinnis, Ashlee Roy, Shelby Therrien, Signe Therrien, Abby Mucher, Ella Montminy, Lindsey Mucher, Hope Carazzo, Anna Hingston, Amelia Duane and Shannon Meyer.

Those in attendance then watched a video put together by student-athlete Logan LaRoche before breaking up into individual teams for team awards.

Team awards

For the boys' varsity basketball team, Brandon Parenteau and Justin Jannini won Coach's Awards.

For the JV boys' basketball team, Hudson Ingoldsby was named MVP, Dylan Adjutant was named Most Improved Player and Dillon Barnes won the Coach's Award.

For the girls' varsity hoop team, Ella Montminy was MVP, Abby Mucher was named Most Improved Player and Brooke Burley won the Coach's Award.

For the JV girls' hoop team, Brianna Burley was named MVP, Mickenna Leitner was named Most Improved Player and Katelyn Lank won the Coach's Award.

For the alpine girls, Haley Dame was named MVP, Megan Chase was named Most Improved Player and Angela Tidd won the Coach's Award.

For the alpine boys, Tim Scahill was the MVP and Oscar Stoldt won Most Improved Player and Tucker MacLaughlin win the Coach's Award.

For the indoor track girls, Lexi Normandin won the MVP, Jenica Locke won Most Improved Player and Alley Rogers won the Coach's Award.

For the indoor track boys, Cody Symonds and Drew Tuttle were named MVPs, Mark Jannini was named Most Improved Player and Alex Rayno won the Coach's Award.

For the spirit team, Jamie Dwyer was named MVP, Patricia Silver was named Most Improved and Makayla Hunter and Natasha Byers won the Coach's Awards.

NHIAA Honors

The previous day, Prospect Mountain was well-represented at the annual Scholar-Athlete Awards, which were held at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord. To be eligible for the awards, senior athletes need to have a B+ average throughout their career, must letter and be currently active in at least two NHIAA sports and must be a positive role model who has participated in community service activities.

The Timber Wolves honored were Shannon Meyer, Ashlee Roy, Benjamin Drury, Anna Hingston, Angela Tidd, Mark Jannini, Mike Fife, Mike Hederman, Kelcey Marsan, Zoe Wenzel, Abagayle McMahon, Ella Montminy and Indiana Jones.

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

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