Spring athletes feted at Prospect Mountain
|BOYS’ TRACK TEAM MEMBERS and coaches pose with the team’s runner-up banner, presented to the team by the Booster Club. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)|
June 21, 2009ALTON — Principal Jay Fitzpatrick and the food service staff at Prospect Mountain spent their Tuesday evenings grilling up cheeseburgers and hot dogs as the spring sports athletes were honored for their achievements over the last few months at the annual spring sports awards.
The evening began with athletic director Corey Roux asking the crowd assembled to acknowledge the Class M-S runner-up boys' track team, as the athletes filed in through the back doors of the auditorium and took their places at the front of the audience.
Roux thanked the coaches of the spring teams for instilling great qualities in the athletes and went on to touch on each team's highlights of the season.
The boys' tennis team, despite having just five players as the season wound down, battled as individuals and as a team as the program continues to improve under the tutelage of coach Bruce Davol.
The girls' tennis team put together its best season since coming on the varsity scene, securing four wins with many excellent singles and doubles performances under coach Joe Derrick.
The JV baseball team showed strong leadership from the sophomore class and demonstrated great chemistry on the way to an 8-6 season under coach Roy Poslusny.
The girls' softball team improved every day and showed sportsmanship and enthusiasm as they built toward a strong future for the program, with first-year coach Mike Wright at the helm.
The boys' baseball team showed that once again they are one of the top teams in the state, finishing seventh in Class M and earning a first-round home playoff game. Moose Bourdeau was named to the All-State First Team, while teammates Corey Courchene and Brendan Hussey earned Second Team honors and Anthony Frangione and Mike Jensen were Third Team honorees under veteran coach Gary Noyes Sr.
The varsity softball team had its most successful season ever, finishing 10th in Class M and finished with a 10-7 record and a spot in the Class M tournament under first-year coach Steve Woodcock. Freshman Sahara Brown was named to the All-State Second Team and Kaela Plante earned an invitation to the Senior Game.
The track and field team saw 13 school records set this year, as the Timber Wolves dominated meets and the girls took fourth in the Class M-S Meet and the boys were second. Isaac Fithian, Jack LaFreniere and Danielle Tidd all advanced to the New England Championships under coaches Kristi Hikel and John Tuttle.
Fitzpatrick then joined Roux on stage for the presentation of the NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards, given to two athletes from each team who demonstrated great sportsmanship during the season.
Mike Jensen and Mike Stevens were the varsity baseball winners, while Eric Ravesi and Ben Couch were the JV baseball winners. Emily Pellowe and Shakira Giordano were the girls' varsity tennis winners and Chris Magill and Jesse Emerson were named the winners for the boys' tennis team. Jordan Drolet and Alex Zaino were the varsity softball winners and Haley Farnham and Julie Parker were the JV softball winners. Megan Farrell and Dani Sheehan were the girls' track winners and Marcus Munroe and Jack LaFreniere were the boys' track winners.
Kathy Conway-Frangione and Kathy Bourdeau from the Timber Wolves Booster Club came on stage to present the Student-Athlete Awards. Students receiving the award for the first time this year received a certificate, those receiving their second award got a pin and the three-time honorees received a medal.
For the girls' track team, Courtney Bennett, Farrell, Kaitlyn LaCourse, Amanda Macaione and Sheehan received medals, Karalee Jannini received a pin and Jennifer Crawley and Caitlin Hussey picked up certificates.
For the boys' track team, Ben Rogers earned a medal and Ricky Finethy, Ben McGinnis and Greg Tinkham picked up certificates.
For the girls' tennis team, Kelsey Hopper received a medal, while Frankie Audia and Giordano earned pins and Lindsey Coffey, Shannon Eagles, Pellowe and Fallon Rouleau earned certificates.
For the boys' tennis team, Magill and Morgan Roy received certificates.
Stephanie Burke was the lone medal winner on the JV softball team, while Michelle Laliberte, Lydia Morton, Parker, Georgia Riley and Amelia Sweezey were presented certificates.
For the varsity softball team, Ari Atkins, Kirby Beranger, Brown and Allison LaRoche received medals. Michelle Lizotte and Plante earned pins and Monica Buffum, Allison Cormier, Drolet, Kim Grant and Kristi Maciejewski earned certificates.
Ben Couch and Spencer Goossens were the JV baseball medal winners, while Jeff Olmsted and Chris Sliva were presented certificates.
Frangione and Hussey were the varsity baseball medal winners, with Bourdeau, Stevens and Matt Apkarian picking up pins and Justin Kantar earning a certificate.
Teams then split into separate groups for presentations of individual awards.
For the boys' track team, Tuttle and Hikel presented the MVP Running Events award to Fithian, while Tinkham picked up the MVP Field Events. Adam Cheney earned the Most Improved Player Awards and Rogers earned the Coaches' Award.
For girls' track, Farrell won the MVP Running Events and Hussey was the MVP Field Events winner. LaCourse earned the Most Improved Player Award and Sheehan was presented the Coaches' Award.
For girls' tennis, Derrick presented the MVP Award to Hopper, while Emily MacDuff was given the Most Improved Player Award. Eagles and Coffey were presented with the Coaches' Award.
For varsity softball, Cormier and Brown were both named MVP and Lizotte was presented the Most Improved Player by Woodcock. Buffum earned the Coaches' Award.
For boys' tennis, Sam Carpenter was presented the MVP Award, while Brad Cyr earned the Most Improved Award. Tyler Finethy won the Coaches' Award.
For JV baseball, Olmsted was named the MVP, while Jeff Bousquet earned the Most Improved Player Award. Zach Drouin won the Coaches' Award.
For JV softball, Stephanie Waterman was given the MVP Award and Kaitlyn Gagnon was named Most Improved Player. Georgia Riley was given the Coaches' Award.
Bourdeau was named the MVP of the varsity baseball team. Frangione earned the Most Improved Player Award and Jensen earned the Outstanding Contribution Award.