May 28, 2020REGION — Ashley Deshaies and Jack Beaulieu are two more of the seven athletes from Winnisquam Regional High School to receive the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athlete Award presented each year by the New Hampshire Athletics Directors Association to athletes from across the state who not only participated in at least two sports while in high school, but maintained a minimal B-plus average in academics as well.
Deshaies, who resides in Northfield, was a member of the WRHS girls' soccer team's defensive squad for four years, and served as team captain. In addition, she also played third base for the school's softball team. This year would have been her fourth year of competing at the high school level in that sport, but regrettably the COVID-19 outbreak cancelled all spring sports for 2020.
Her favorite sport was soccer, however, which Deshaies said she has played ever since she could walk.
"I grew up to have more of a connection with my (soccer) teammates and it felt more like a family," she said.
One of the biggest moments in her athletic career occurred during the soccer team's 2019-2020 Senior Night.
"It was an emotional but memorable night because everyone who had supported me all throughout the years was there. It marked the end of an amazing four years with the people who I considered my family," said Deshaies.
This is where her involvement in interscholastic sports ends however. In the fall she will be attending the Univ. of New Haven in Connecticut where she will focus on her studies in National Security.
She is proud of all her accomplishments, both on and off the playing fields at though, and was honored to receive an NHIAA award.
"I put all my effort into the classroom and the field. Often times, people don't understand the time and effort it takes to be a student athlete who earned this distinction," said Deshaies. "Winning this distinction means a lot to me because it makes me feel like my hard work was worth something."
This week's next honoree, Jack Beaulieu, is also a resident of Northfield and baseball was his specialty. Beaulieu was a two-year varsity captain during his four years of high school level baseball. For two years he also participated on the WRHS Unified Basketball team in the winter months.
The opportunity to play and compete with his friends in high school made baseball his favored sport though.
"One moment that really stood out to me was in my sophomore year when I played the best game of my life, throwing a one-hitter and racking up four hits, including the game winning RBI to secure a spot in the playoffs," said Beaulieu.
After graduation he will attend college at Plymouth State University where he will major in business. Beaulieu said he also looks forward to trying out for the PSU baseball team as a "walk on" player, one not recruited earlier due to the cancelation of the 2019-2020 season.
Winning NHIAA recognition has meant a lot to him because, like Deshaies, he felt the award shows all the hard work it required to excel in the classroom and on the playing field, too.
There is more than the award that Beaulieu is grateful for though.
"I'd like to give a huge thank you to Coach Fred Caruso for helping shape me into not only the player, but also the man I am today. And of course, I owe a thank you to my parents for always supporting and motivating me to do better in school and in sports," said Beaulieu.