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Winter sports accomplishments celebrated

Both varsity basketball coaches stepping down after fine careers

COACH JERI BLAIR stands among his players and assistant coaches with a ball presented to him by Athletic Director Corey Roux in honor of his 405 career wins. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 21, 2011
ALTON — With the spring sports season just around the corner, the Prospect Mountain High School community gathered on Tuesday, March 15, to celebrate the accomplishments of the winter sports athletes.

Athletic Director Corey Roux welcomed the parents, athletes, coaches and community members to the awards ceremony and quickly thanked the coaches that helped to make the winter season possible and thanked them for instilling values and qualities in the players throughout the season.

He then called on each team to stand and be recognized.

The alpine ski team had 11 athletes getting better and better with every race and the Timber Wolves, under coach Bruce Davol, were led by Danielle Tidd, who won the giant slalom championship for Division III and took second in the slalom at the Meet of Champions.

The indoor track team, under coach John Tuttle, again showed it was one of the top Division III teams in the state, with the boys finishing fourth at the state meet among all Division III teams. Greg Tinkham set a new school record in the 600 meters along the way. The girls were eighth among Division III schools and Courtney Bennett set new school records in the 3,000 and 1,500 meters and qualified for the State Meet in both events.

The varsity cheerleaders provided support to the teams and exciting halftime routines throughout the season and put in many hours off the court to put together a great performance at the state spirit competition under coach Cheri Monahan.

The girls' JV basketball team faced many challenges while working hard to better themselves throughout the season and finished at 9-8 on the season and had a number of games that came down to the wire under coach Rebecca Morse.

The varsity girls' hoop team again made the Division III playoffs and had an eight-game win streak during the season. They also won the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament in Gilford for the first time in school history. Senior Sydney Robertson also earned All-State Honorable Mention. The team was coached by Jeri Blair.

The JV boys' hoop team under coach Mike Joy, played hard and showed good individual and team improvement in a number of close games that could've gone either way during the course of the season.

The boys' varsity hoop team had another competitive season, finishing at 9-9 after the play-in game and earning a berth in the Division III tournament, where they gave eventual runner-up Bow a game to remember. Coach Rob Carpenter's boys qualified for the tournament for the fifth year in a row and had big wins over White Mountains and Raymond.

Principal J Fitzpatrick then joined Roux on stage to present the NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards, which are given to two athletes on each team who demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season.

Laura Stearns and Mike Schrider were the alpine ski team winners, while Destiny Golden and Jamie Dwyer were the winners for the spirit squad.

Ben McGinnis and Greg Tinkham were the boys' indoor track winners and Courtney Bennett and Emelie Morton were the winners for the girls' indoor track team.

The JV girls' basketball honorees were Patricia Gage and Brooke Burley, while Brian Lizotte and Tom Pasquariello were the JV boys' hoop winners.

Kristine Adams and Michelle Lizotte were the winners for the varsity girls' basketball team and the varsity boys' basketball team winners were Spencer Goossens and Jay Mousseau.

Kathy Conway-Frangione, president of the Booster Club, took the stage next, along with vice president Chryss LaRoche, to present the Scholar-Athlete Awards.

"It was very exciting to watch everyone throughout the season," she said. "Congratulations to all the sports teams for a great job this season."

Scholar-athletes being honored for the first time this year receive a pin, while those being honored for a second time received a certificate and a pin.

For the varsity ski team, Brooke Dame, Michelle Laliberte, Tyler Finethy (pin), Danielle Tidd (pin) and Michael Schrider were honored.

Francesca Audia was the lone winner from the varsity spirit squad.

From the indoor track team, Courtney Bennett (pin), Karie Bilodeau (pin), Dagny Brown, Michael Fife (pin), Mark Jannini, Anna Jortikka (pin), Kelcey Marsan (pin), Ben McGinnis (pin), Matt McGinnis (pin), Teddy Pruyne, Ashlee Roy (pin) and Elin Sund were all honored.

Hope Carazzo, Daryn Clevesy, Kali Gadomski (pin), Anna Hingston, Shannon Meyer (pin), Lindsey Mucher and Rani Mulcahy were the winners from the JV girls' hoop team.

The varsity girls' basketball winners were Kristine Adams, Sahara Brown (pin), Debora Bulhoes, Stephanie Burke (pin), Rebecca Krivitsky and Sydney Robertson.

From the JV boys' basketball team, Riley Carpenter (pin), Sean Perkins and Zach Robertson (pin) were honored.

Ben Couch (pin), Anthony Frangione (pin), Spencer Goossens (pin), Adam Navarro and Austin Perrin (pin) were the winners from the boys' varsity basketball team.

Those in attendance then watched a video of photos from the winter season, which was put together by student Sarah Clifford.

Individual teams

After the main awards ceremony, the teams moved on to individual team awards.

For the JV girls' hoop team, Hope Carazzo was named MVP, Shannon Meyer was named Most Improved Player and Anna Hingston won the Coach's Award.

For the JV boys' hoop team, Travis Podmore was named MVP, while Justin Mitza was named Most Improved Player. Eric Sandin won the Coach's Award.

For the alpine ski team, Danielle Tidd was named MVP. Jared Cowing won the Most Improved Player and Tyler Finethy took home the Coach's Award.

For the indoor track boys, Ben McGinnis was named MVP and Jesse Brown was named Most Improved Player. Greg Tinkham won the Coach's Award and Drew Tuttle was named Outstanding Freshman.

For the indoor track girls, Courtney Bennett was MVP for the running events and Anna Jortikka was MVP for the field events. Cristina Varney and Ashlee Roy each won the Coach's Award.

For the varsity cheerleaders, Frankie Audia was named MVP and Heather Boelzer was named Most Improved Player. Kelsey Hannafin won the Coach's Award.

For the varsity girls' hoop team, Sahara Brown won Outstanding Contribution, while Rebecca Krivitsky won the Dedication Award. Debora Bulhoes was named Most Improved Player and Allison LaRoche was awarded the Coach's Award. Sydney Robertson was named MVP.

Big shoes

Both varsity basketball coaches presided over their final winter sports awards.

Blair had announced his retirement at the end of the regular season, closing out a 30-year coaching career.

Carpenter also announced that he was stepping down after six seasons at the helm of the boys' team.

Carpenter led the Timber Wolves to five state tournament appearances in a row, with two trips to the Final Four and one trip to the title game. In his time at the helm, the Timber Wolves won 60 percent of their games.

Blair was at PMHS for two season after 28 years in Belmont. He won 29 games in his two seasons as Timber Wolf coach.

"This team will always hold a place in my heart," Blair said. "I wish nothing but the best to all. Thanks to everyone for making my short time at PMHS so enjoyable."

"It's been a pleasure to have Jeri Blair as our girls' basketball coach for the last two years," Roux said. "He has brought a lot to the Prospect Mountain girls' basketball team.

"He's made an impression on hundreds of female basketball players," Roux noted.

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