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Kennett celebrates fall sports season


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

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MAJOR AWARD WINNERS at the Kennett fall sports awards on Nov. 14 included (front row, l to r), Grant Meserve (football), Meagan Vertigen (mountain biking), Jake Remick (mountain biking), Gigi Miller (cross country), Gillian Wilcox (cross country), Tyrus Parker (cross country) and Andrew Casella (cross country). Back row (l to r), Grace Harte (spirit), Christian Rivers (football), Tanner George (golf), Lara Murnik (field hockey), Rachelle Cormier (volleyball), Luke Tinkham (boys' soccer), Kaylin Samia (girls' soccer) and Amanda Nusbaum (field hockey). Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
November 18, 2013
NORTH CONWAY — The Kennett community closed out the fall sports season with the annual awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 14.

The evening began in the Loynd Auditorium, where a slide show of images from the fall season, put together by senior athletes Rachel and Kaylin Samia, was shown.

"This is a great way to celebrate the great accomplishments of our student-athletes in the fall sports season," Athletic Director Kerry Brady said. "We had the pleasure of witnessing some great sports moments this fall."

First up on the program of major awards was golf coach Joe Soraghan, who offered up his congratulations to all the fall athletes, coaches and parents.

"There was one young man that stood out, stayed late for practices to make sure everyone was finished," Soraghan said. "Just a week ago he was freezing, but he was still out working on his game."

Soraghan then presented the Golf Award to Tanner George.

Volleyball coach Maxine Cadman was next up on the list.

"This award goes to an individual who all the coaches felt was a standout player," Cadman said. "She could always be counted on at the net in games. She was the silent rock of the team."

Cadman then presented the Volleyball Award to Rachelle Cormier.

Next up to the podium was longtime cross country coach Bernie Livingston.

"This award is given to the member of each team who both on the field and in the school represents the qualities of loyalty to Kennett High School, citizenship and sportsmanship, both as a follower and a leader," Livingston stated.

He then presented the Cross Country Awards to girls' team members Gigi Miller and to boys' team members Tyrus Parker and Andrew Casella.

Spirit coach Holly Fougere was up next on the agenda to present the Spirit Award.

"It's always hard to pick someone, we had many outstanding girls this year," Fougere stated. "Over the last three years, she has grown by leaps and bounds."

She then presented the Spirit Award to Grace Harte.

Football coach Mike Holderman was the next presenter for the evening, stepping to the microphone to present the Sam Fuller Award.

"This goes to a senior who shows great leadership skills and always puts the team's needs before his own," Holderman said. "It's hard to choose just one, so we chose two."

He then presented the Sam Fuller Award to Christian Rivers and Grant Meserve.

The Suzy Engler Award for girls' soccer was next up, with coach Courtney Turchan making the presentation.

"This goes to someone who shows dedication to the team, takes a leadership position, shows sportsmanship on and off the field and loves the sport of soccer," Turchan stated.

She then presented the Suzy Engler Award to Kaylin Samia.

For boys' soccer, coach Dave Hart took the podium to present his team's award.

"From the first day of tryouts to the last game, he showed a consistent and always improving level of commitment to the team," Hart said. "He was a great leader and a positive influence, a great model of a student-athlete."

The Boys' Soccer Award was then presented to Lucas Tinkham.

Field hockey coach CJ Lang was next on the agenda, with a pair of awards to present. First was the John Marsden Award.

"This goes to a senior who demonstrates great sportsmanship and a positive attitude," Lang said, presenting the John Marsden Award to goaltender Lara Murnik.

Lang also presented the Deryl Fleming Award, which is given to an athlete who has shown commitment, dedication and love toward the game of field hockey. Lang noted that the recipient works on her game far beyond the fields of Kennett High School and has developed into a leader both on and off the field.

She the presented the Deryl Fleming Award to Amanda Nusbaum.

The final major award of the night was the Golden Spoke Award for the mountain biking team, with coach Chris Darling presenting.

He noted that the recipients must have more than three years experience, great character and attitude and volunteership toward the fundraising efforts.

He then presented the awards to Jake Remick and Meagan Vertigen.

Teams then gathered in their own areas for individual team awards and presentations.

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

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