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Winter sports athletes honored at Prospect Mountain


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

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THE PROSPECT JV girls' hoop team poses with the trophy won for winning the Franklin tournament at the end of the season. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 22, 2018
ALTON — Another season wrapped up at Prospect Mountain on Friday, March 16, as the school celebrated the winter sports season at the sports awards ceremony.

Athletics Director Corey Roux welcomed everyone to the ceremony and praised the work of the coaches, assistant coaches and volunteers and also noted the strong spirit shown at the school by fans and family members.

He then took a few minutes to recognize each team and acknowledge their accomplishments during the winter season.

The swim team went from one swimmer last year to two this year, with returning swimmer Essence Bourque just missing qualifying for the State Meet and newcomer Trevor Smith qualifying for the end of the year meet and finishing fifth in the 50 Free and seventh in the 100 Free in his first year.

The alpine ski team dealt with a lot of crazy weather throughout the season, which forced the postponement of numerous meets and the cancellation of many practices. However, the team showed growth throughout the season and is expected to put together more solid races in the upcoming seasons with a strong returning core of racers.

The girls' indoor track team was a small but dedicated group that competed against the top competition in the division. The quartet of Ashlyn Dalrymple, Sadie DeJager, Anna DeRoche and Kayley Hoyt set the school record in the 4X160-meter relay in the final meet of the season.

The boys' indoor track team showed great spirit and sportsmanship throughout the season and saw Thomas Howlett qualify for the Division II State Meet in the 600 meters, where he finished in eighth place. With a young group, they are expected to be strong in the coming years.

The unified basketball team played its second season and showed growth throughout the season and Roux noted it was a successful season for the athletes and the helpers.

The spirit team tripled in size this season with 16 athletes, most of them new, with only two returning members and three with cheering experience. However, they came together and put on a great performance at the first home game and continually improved throughout the season with more complicated routines and dances.

The JV boys' hoop team won five games and made big improvements, with many of their games close contests and overtime battles. Roux noted the team got a good look at the varsity game by practicing with the varsity throughout the season and had great wins over strong Berlin and Gilford teams.

The boys' varsity hoop team had just two seniors and picked up three wins and a win in the holiday tournament but had a lot of competitive games and Roux noted the team will look to build off of this season under a new coach as they move forward.

The JV girls' hoop team came together as a team throughout the season and there was no deficit too difficult to overcome. They finished at 11-7 and finished out the season by winning the Franklin tournament.

The varsity girls' hoop team had a continuous strong effort throughout the season and showed improvement as the season went along, finishing with an 11-7 record and qualifying for the Division III tournament, where the Timber Wolves fell to St. Thomas. Ali Brown earned All-State Honorable Mention for her senior year and was selected to play in the Senior Game.

Principal J Fitzpatrick joined Roux on stage to hand out the NHIAA Sportsmanship Award, which are given to two athletes on each team.

For the spirit team, the winners for BettyJane Weir and Lauren Geleas, while Trevor Smith and Essence Bourque were the winners for the swim team.

For girls' indoor track, Naomi Ingham and Sadie DeJager were the winners while Ethan Crossman and Thomas Howlett were the boys' indoor track team winners.

Gabriela d'Empaire-Poirier and Ingham were the winners for the girls' alpine ski team and Max Tuttle and Colby Bisson were selected for the boys' alpine ski team.

For the varsity hoop girls, Hannah Racine and Tiffany White were the winners and Grace Hardie and Maya Corriveau were the winners for the JV hoop girls.

Cutlas Greeley and Randy Dyer were the chosen winners for the varsity hoop boys and the JV boys' hoop team winners were David Fossett and Alexander Ludwig.

Alexander Hamilton and Shamus McSharry were the winners from the unified basketball team.

Stacey Reynolds represented the Timber Wolf Booster Club at the microphone next to present the scholar-athlete awards. She noted that the concession stand was a success this winter thanks to the committed volunteers and the track record board in the gym was updated with new records. The club also helped the hoop teams to purchase a shooting machine.

The spirit team winners were Hannah Bureau, Gabriela d'Empaire-Poirier, Gabriella Guzman, Meagan Minaya, Brittany Rogers, Betty Jane Weir and Gwendolyn West.

Kastor Gunther, Jonathan Gray and Trey Stankos were the winners from the unified hoop team.

For the indoor track team, Nate Cormier, Ethan Crossman, Sadie DeJager, Anna DeRoche and Kayley Hoyt were the honorees.

The varsity girls' hoop team winners were Emmalee Riel, Megan Ouellette, Tiffany White, Bekah Wheeler, Lanni McGrath, Nadia Huggard, Hannah Racine and Mackenzie Burke.

Payton Everett, Grace Hardie, Julia Leavitt, Megan Sarno, Reilly Gray, Alina Hardie, Tessa Carter, Ava Misiaszek, Maya Corriveau and Kathryn Archambault were the winners from the JV girls' hoop team.

The two winners from the boys' varsity hoop team were Randy Dyer and Brandon Stellon.

For the JV hoop boys, Jacob Street, David Fossett, Mateo Monzione and Alexander Ludwig were the honorees.

Gabriela d'Empaire-Poirier, Amanda Gagne, Samantha Gagne, Abagael Swenson, Lucas Therrien and Max Tuttle were the honorees from the alpine ski team.

Team awards

Teams then split up for individual team awards.

For the varsity hoop boys, Cutlas Greeley was named MVP, Sam Reynolds was named Most Improved Player and Keegan Unzen received the Coaches Award.

For the varsity girls' basketball team, Tiffany White, Emmalee Riel and Leah Dunne all received the Coaches Award.

For the swim team, Trevor Smith was named MVP, while Essence Bourque won the Most Improved Player and the Coaches Award.

For the boys' alpine ski team, Tyler Bredbury was named MVP, Lucas Therrien earned Most Improved Player and Ryan Nolin won the Coaches Award.

Amanda Gagne was named MVP for the girls' alpine team, with Anna Francis taking home Most Improved Player and Abagael Swenson earning the Coaches Award.

For the spirit team, Skylar Presbrey earned Outstanding Attitude Award and Lauren Geleas and BettyJane Weir each received the Outstanding Cheerleader Award.

Thomas Howlett was named MVP of the boys' indoor track team, with Luke DeRoche named Most Improved Player and Nate Cormier winning the Coaches Award.

For the indoor track girls, Ashlyn Dalrymple was presented the MVP, Anna DeRoche was named Most Improved Player and Sadie DeJager won the Coaches Award.

Madison Bera was named MVP for the unified hoop team, Jillian Nason was named Most Improved Player and Hunter Lewis and Trey Stankos both won the Coaches Award.

For the JV hoop boys, Noah Sanville was named Most Valuable Player, Ryker Burke was named Most Improved Player and Aaron Haynes won the Coaches Award.

Reilly Gray received the MVP for the JV hoop girls, with Julia Leavitt winning Most Improved Player and Kassidy Kelley getting the Coaches Award.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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