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Sports awards wrap up winter season at Kennett

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

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS at the Kennett winter sports awards included (front row, l to r), Gigi Miller (indoor track), Peter Haine (indoor track), LeeAnna Hart (spirit), Casey Blakely (girls’ basketball) and Hannah Benson (cross-country skiing). Back row (l to r), Robert Starkey (boys’ basketball), Torin LaLiberte (cross-country skiing), Ben Emery (ski jumping), Paulina Karabelas (alpine skiing), Matt Halupowski (alpine skiing), Chris King (hockey) and Kevin Murphy (hockey). Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
March 19, 2012
NORTH CONWAY — A successful winter sports season came to a close at Kennett High School on Tuesday, March 13, as the sports awards ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of the winter sports teams.

The Eagles brought home four championships on the winter, with the alpine girls, alpine boys, cross-country boys and hockey boys all picking up the hardware after their hard work throughout the winter.

After a video featuring images from the winter sports season, the major awards were presented in Loynd Auditorium.

Athletic Director Kerry Brady opened the ceremony.

"I want to thank our fans, community members, parents and team moms and team dads," Brady said. "A lot of the privileges our athletes get are because of the support of the community and the parents."

First up on the agenda was the Karl Seidenstuecker Award for boys' basketball, which coach Steve Coté presented.

"Congratulations to all the winter athletes on a great winter season," Coté said. "We all represented Kennett very well."

The Karl Seidenstuecker Award is given to the student who exemplifies traits that the late Kennett coach admired, including competitiveness, leadership and exceptional sportsmanship, while representing the team and high school in an excellent manner. The award was presented to senior Robert Starkey.

Ski team coach Laurel Zengilowski was next, presenting a number of awards.

The Ski Jumping Award is given to an athlete that showed exceptional commitment, leadership, ambition, drive and improvement in regards to ski jumping and the award was given to Ben Emery.

The Charles Broomhall Nordic Award is given to a skier who shows commitment, drive, passion and ambition in the sport of cross-country skiing. The award was presented to juniors Hannah Benson and Torin LaLiberte.

The Alpine Skiing Award used to be the Damon O'Neal Award, but two years ago, a scholarship committee was formed to honor O'Neal, so seniors can apply for the scholarship. The Alpine Skiing Award, given for leadership, motivation and passion for alpine skiing, was presented to seniors Matt Halupowski and Paulina Karabelas.

Hockey coach Mike Lane was next to the podium, to present the Jim Terry Award, named after the former Eagle coach and given to players who have demonstrated dedication, leadership and sportsmanship, both on the ice and off.

"The coaches had an extremely difficult time choosing a winner this season," Lane said. "We wouldn't have been where we are without every single team member."

The award was given to seniors Chris King and Kevin Murphy. Murphy had also been named the Division III Player of the Year.

Spirit coach Holly Foguere was next to present her team's award, which is given to someone who is committed to the team at both practices and events and shows high spirit. This year the team competed representing the school at the state competition and part of the reason they made it there was LeeAnna Hart, the award winner for the season.

Coach Bernie Livingston was up next for the indoor track team. The award is given to students who, on the track and in the classroom, best demonstrate loyalty, citizenship and sportsmanship, as both a follower and a leader. Gigi Miller was the winner for the girls' team and Peter Haine was the boys' team winner.

The final award of the evening was the Russ Award, given in honor of longtime coach Bill Russell, to the girls' hoop player who shows pride, dedication, leadership and enthusiasm in the sport of basketball. Coach Larry Meader was away, so JV coach Pat Murphy relayed a message from the first-year head coach.

"Congratulations to all the teams and athletes on another great season at Kennett," Murphy read. "Each and every one should be proud to be a Kennett Eagle."

He then presented the award to the team's MVP, leading scorer and rebounder, Casey Blakely.

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

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