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Kennett spring sports athletes honored

THE MAJOR AWARD WINNERS at Kennett’s Spring Sports Awards on June 14 included (front row, l to r), Mike Albert (track), Wyatt Berrier (track), Nick Jenis (track), Brian Fox (track), Hannah Wright (track), Dalton L’Heureux (track) and Tristan MacLeod (track). Back row (l to r), Vicky Weigold (track), Casey Blakely (tennis), Whitney Roberts (softball), Nick Kevlin (baseball), Matt Lautenschlager (tennis) and Zach Kempf (lacrosse). Not pictured are winners Maddy Smith (track), Adam Murata (baseball) and Matt Gadomski (baseball). Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
June 20, 2011
NORTH CONWAY — The spring sports season at Kennett High School officially wrapped up on Tuesday, June 14, with the annual sports awards ceremony.

The first order of business for the evening was a video of images from the spring sports season put together by graphic arts student Ian Olson.

With that finished, the major awards were presented by the team coaches.

New girls' tennis coach Deb Lemire was first up, presenting the Girls' Tennis Award to Casey Blakely. Lemire noted that Blakely received many compliments from other coaches and demonstrated great leadership qualities throughout the season.

Boys' tennis coach Chris Bailey was up next, and presented the Boys' Tennis Award, which is given to a player who demonstrates sportsmanship, leadership and dedication to the sport of tennis and to the team. The award was presented to senior Matt Lautenschlager.

Veteran baseball coach Bob Burns was up next with the Jack Burns Award, which is given in name of the coach's father. The award is presented on the basis of leadership and dedication and was given to the baseball team's three captains, Nick Kevlin, Matt Gadomski and Adam Murata.

Coach Peter Ames presented the Softball Award, which is given to the player who shows dedication to the game of softball, to senior pitcher Whitney Roberts.

Boys' lacrosse was next up and coaches Jared Doherty and Garrett Meador gave their award to senior goalie Zach Kempf, for stepping into a big spot for the Eagles and performing well.

"For as many shots as he let in, there were three times as many that he stopped," Meador said.

The final coach to present awards was longtime track coach Bernie Livingston, who had two awards to present.

The Track and Field Award goes to the students who, both on the track and in the classroom demonstrate the qualities of loyalty to Kennett, citizenship and sportsmanship, both as a follower and a leader. The winners for the girls' team were seniors Hannah Wright, Maddy Smith and Vicky Weigold and the winners for the boys' team were Brian Fox, Wyatt Berrier and Nick Jenis.

Livingston also presented the Don Trimble Award, given to the team's most valuable member or members in competition. The girls' team awards went to Wright, Smith and Weigold and the boys' team awards went to Tristan MacLeod, Mike Albert and Dalton L'Heureux.

Additionally, the NHIAA presents special awards to students who participate in three sports each of their four years of high school. Earning those honors were Amber McPherson, Brian Fox, Carter Butler, Duncan Cromwell, Emily Leich, Jacob Lyman, Henney Sullivan, Matt Lautenschlager and Tristin Weber.

Coach Burns was also recognized with a special plaque for achieving his 500th career win in the baseball team's final home game of the season. Burns is already the state's career wins leader in baseball.

Athletic Director Kerry Brady offered thanks to all the parents, student-athletes and family members who helped to make the spring season a success.

She also offered a special thanks to trainer Andy Trowbridge for his help in keeping the students safe and healthy throughout the school year.

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