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Prospect athletes honored for winter accomplishments


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

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THE PROSPECT MOUNTAIN boys’ basketball team poses with the banner that will hang in the gym commemorating its runner-up season. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 02, 2012
ALTON — A successful winter sports season came to a close at Prospect Mountain High School with the annual winter sports awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 27.

"We are here to honor the accomplishments of student-athletes competing in alpine skiing, indoor track, spirit and basketball," athletic director Corey Roux said in opening the ceremony. "I can't express enough how important extracurricular activities and athletics are to students here at Prospect Mountain High School.

"Teamwork, competition, determination, sportsmanship and pride are just a few of the lifelong learning experiences athletes share through athletics," he added.

Roux also praised the coaches and assistant coaches for their hard work all season instilling values in the players on every team. He also praised the parents, grandparents and fans for making the school a role model for other schools.

He then introduced each of the school's winter teams.

The alpine ski team, under coach Bruce Davol, had one of its most exciting seasons so far, getting better and better with each race. The girls finished fifth in the Division III State Meet, with Angela Tidd second in the giant slalom and fifth in the slalom and Haley Dame fourth in the slalom and eighth in the giant slalom.

The indoor track girls were sixth in the Division II Meet, with Anna Jortikka placing fifth in the high jump and earning a shot at the State Meet. Mike Fife and Matt McGinnis made the qualifying meet for the State Meet and Drew Tuttle advanced to the State Meet. The team had just a few seniors and returns most of its numbers for next year. The track squad was coached by John Tuttle.

The spirit team, under the direction of Cheri Monahan, provided great support to the other teams and worked hard on stunts, jumps and routines to entertain crowds at halftime and to compete at the spirit competition. The group also performed at the Winter Carnival.

With a fast-paced offense, the girls' JV basketball team, under the direction of first-year coach Chris Carazzo, netted 10 wins and scored 556 points. The Timber Wolves finished fourth in the Franklin tournament.

The girls' varsity hoop team, with first-year coach Gordon Bilodeau at the helm, won an exciting play-in game with Monadnock to advance into the Division III playoffs for the fourth year in a row. The Timber Wolves had some great games against some tough opponents throughout the season.

The boys' JV hoop team played hard, faced big challenges and made good team and individual improvement under coach Mike Joy. They picked up eight wins on the year and finished third in the Newfound tournament.

The boys' varsity hoop team opened the season with an undefeated run, won the Lakes Region Holiday Tournament and finished as the sixth seed in the playoffs under first-year coach Tom Bourdeau. The team defeated third-seeded Campbell in the quarterfinals and second-seeded Conant in the semifinals before falling to top-seeded Berlin in an intense final contest. The Timber Wolves and Mounties sold out the SNHU gym for the first time in NHIAA history at the venue. The team offered its thanks to the entire community for its support throughout the year.

Roux then presented senior Zack Drouin with a plaque commemorating his 955 career points, a new school record. The hoop team then took the stage to pose with the new Division III runner-up banner that will hang in the gymnasium.

Next up were the NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards, given to two players from each team who demonstrated good sportsmanship throughout the season. Principal J Fitzpatrick helped hand out the awards.

The varsity boys' hoop winners were Jay Mousseau and Logan Roberts. Ella Montminy and Hope Carazzo were the varsity girls' hoop winners, Madison McKenzie and Anna Hingston were the JV girls' hoop winners and Dylan Tuttle and Matt McGinnis were the winners from the boys' indoor track team. Dagny Brown and Emelie Morton were the girls' indoor track team winners, with Jared Cowing and Tucker MacLaughlin winning for the boys' alpine ski team. Arianna and Ciera Libenson were the winners for the girls' alpine ski team, Ken Gilbert and Zach Bousquet were the winners for the JV boys' hoop team and Ashlynn Bain and Brittni Grandmaison were the winners from the spirit squad.

Chryss LaRoche took the stage next to present the Scholar-Athlete Awards on behalf of the Booster Club.

She noted that the club is in place to help support the athletic teams and bring pride and spirit to the school. The club volunteers at the Big Lake Half Marathon to support its annual scholarships and also runs the concession stand at games. She noted the club was hoping to run a concession stand at the first track meet of the season, April 7, and volunteers were needed.

Winners from the indoor track team included Laura Fraser, Dylan Hennessey, Tony Krivitsky, Aspen Ladieu, Sarah Mayberry, Kathryn McGinnis, Haley Mellon, Sarah Simoneau, Meghan Stackhouse, Signe Therrien, Karie Bilodeau, Dagny Brown, Savannah DeCoff, Marc Jannini, Anna Jortikka, Kelcey Marsan, Matt McGinnis and Ashlee Roy.

Cassandra Noble was the lone winner from the spirit team.

For the alpine ski team, the winners were Haley Dame, Ari Libenson, Ciera Libenson, Marta Rodriguez, Katie Sepulveda and Angela Tidd.

Manager Jillian Frizzell, Joe Perry and Ken Gilbert were the JV boys' hoop winners.

Sean Perkins, Quentin Gusbin and Austin Perrin were the winners from the boy's varsity hoop team.

The winners for the JV girls' hoop team were Brooke Burley, Lindsey Mucher, Kali Gadomski, Meghan Hennessey, Amelia Duane, Christina D'Agostino, Hailey Kelley, Ally Cleary and Anna Hingston.

The winners for the varsity girls' hoop team were Ella Montminy, Kristine Adams, Hope Carazzo, Martha Rasbridge, Rebecca Krivitsky, Shannon Meyer and Emily Barrett.

Those in attendance then enjoyed a slide show of images from the season, put together by Logan LaRoche and Cathy Fraser before splitting up into individual teams for the presentation of awards.

Individual team awards

For the boys' JV hoop team, Justin Mitza was presented the MVP, while Joe Perry was named Most Improved Player and Nate Farnham won the Coach's Award.

Lindsey Mucher and Amelia Duane were both presented the Coach's Award for the JV girls' hoop team, while Christina D'Agostino was awarded Most Improved Player.

For the spirit squad, Cassandra Noble was named MVP and Alexandra Furtado was named Most Improved Player. Jamie Dwyer won the Coach's Award and Heather Boelzner and Taylor Dwyer were given the Outstanding Cheerleader awards.

Drew Tuttle was named MVP of the boys' indoor track team, with Mike Fife earning Most Improved Player and Matt McGinnis capturing the Coach's Award.

Anna Jortikka was the indoor track girls' MVP, while Laura Fraser was Most Improved Player and Sarah Simoneau won the Coach's Award.

For the alpine ski girls, Angela Tidd was named MVP and Lauren Stearns won Most Improved Player. Marta Rodriguez was presented the Coach's Award.

For the alpine boys, Tom Pasquariello was presented the MVP and Chris Magill won Most Improved Player. Tim Scahill won the Coach's Award.

Sahara Brown was named MVP of the girls' varsity hoop team, while Shannon Meyer was named Most Improved Player and Chelsea Tierney won the Coach's Award.

Quentin Gusbin was named Most Improved Player for the boys' varsity hoop team and Ethan Henderson and Logan LaRoche were given the Coach's Award.

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

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