The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal are honoring our area’s top high school athletes and coaches in 20 high school sports.

Each week, we reveal our top athletes and coaches of the year, leading up to the Regional All Stars event on June 27 at Bennington College, presented by cornerstone sponsors Bennington College, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Bennington Subaru.

The chosen top athletes and coaches receive a free ticket to the gala that must be redeemed at http://athleteoftheyear.eventbrite.com Tickets for the general public are also available for sale at that site.

 

  FALL SPORTS

FOOTBALL      SOCCER     FIELD HOCKEY CROSS-COUNTRY VOLLEYBALL

WINTER SPORTS

BASKETBALL WRESTLING SWIMMING     NORDIC SKIING     ALPINE SKIING     SNOWBOARDING

ICE HOCKEY     BOWLING     DANCE      CHEER

SPRING SPORTS

BASEBALL SOFTBALL     LACROSSE     TENNIS TRACK & FIELD     GOLF

 

 


 

 

Gold medalist Gabby Douglas is guest at the All Stars gala

 

The All Stars schedule

Here’s the announcement schedule of the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal All Stars.

FALL SPORTS

Football: Athletes: Griff Stalcup, BBA; Ryan McLenithan, Cambridge; Jay McCoy, BBA. Coach: Doug Luke, Cambridge

Soccer: Friday, May 5

Field hockey: Friday, May 5 (Banner, Journal)

Cross-country: Wednesday, May 10 (Banner); Friday, May 12 (Journal)

Volleyball: Wednesday, May 10 (Banner); Friday, May 12 (Journal)

WINTER SPORTS

Basketball: Friday, May 12 (Banner, Journal)

Wrestling: Wednesday, May 17 (Banner); Friday, May 19 (Journal)

Swimming: Wednesday, May 17 (Banner); Friday, May 19 (Journal)

Nordic skiing: Friday, May 19 (Banner, Journal)

Alpine skiing: Friday, May 19 (Banner, Journal)

Snowboarding: Friday, May 19 (Banner, Journal)

Ice Hockey: Wednesday, May 24 (Banner); Friday, May 26 (Journal)

Bowling: Wednesday, May 24 (Banner); Friday, May 26 (Journal)

Dance: Friday, May 26 (Banner, Journal)

Cheer: Friday, May 26 (Banner, Journal)

SPRING SPORTS

Baseball: Wednesday, May 31 (Banner); Friday, June 2 (Journal)

Softball: Wednesday, May 31 (Banner); Friday, June 2 (Journal)

Lacrosse: Wednesday, May 31 (Banner); Friday, June 2 (Journal)

Tennis:  Wednesday, May 31 (Banner); Friday, June 2 (Journal)

Track and Field: Wednesday, May 31 (Banner); Friday, June 2 (Journal)

Golf: Wednesday, May 31 (Banner); Friday, June 2 (Journal)

 The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal are honoring the region’s top high school athletes and coaches this June and three-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas will help us celebrate.

Douglas is the honored guest for the inaugural Manchester Journal and Bennington Banner Regional All Stars gala and dinner on Tuesday, June 27, at 6 p.m., at Bennington College’s Greenwall Auditorium.

The Regional All Stars events is made possible by cornerstone sponsors Bennington College, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Bennington Subaru.

Student-athletes and coaches will be recognized in 20 different sports from Mount Anthony Union High School, Burr and Burton Academy,  Arlington Memorial High School, Long Trail School, Stratton Mountain School, and Hoosick Falls and Cambridge Central schools in New York. 

The top student-athletes and coaches in each sport are being announced in upcoming editions of the Banner and Journal starting with today’s edition. The sports include field hockey, soccer, football, cross country running, volleyball, cheerleading, dance team, wrestling, snowboarding, ice hockey, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, track and field, Nordic and alpine skiing and swimming.

Awards also will be given for remarkable comeback stories, unsung heroes who made their teams’ successes possible, and ambassadors whose effort and dedication promoted a positive reputation for their school and their teammates. A team of the year will also be recognized for its 2016-17 athletic achievement.

Athletes and coaches who are selected to be recognized attend the June 27 event for free. Friends, family, and members of the public can buy tickets now at http://athleteoftheyear.eventbrite.com.


 

 

If you go ...

Three-time Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas will celebrate the region’s top high school athletes and coaches June 27 at the Manchester Journal and Bennington Banner Regional All Stars gala and dinner. Here are details about the event.

Where: Greenwall Auditorium at Bennington College, 1 College Drive, North Bennington.

When:

Tuesday, June 27. Doors open, 5:30 p.m. Awards start, 6 p.m.

Cornerstone sponsors: Bennington College, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Bennington Subaru.

Tickets: Buy online at http://athleteoftheyear.eventbrite.com. Early-bird tickets for the public, family, and friends of the athletes include dinner and are $29 until May 31, and $45 on June 1 and thereafter. Athletes selected for special honors can attend free but must claim their ticket online.

Who: The top high school athletes in our region will be honored on stage at the gala. Watch the newspaper and website as we announce who they are for each sport beginning Friday, April 28. The gala’s special awards for athletes and will only be announced at the event. 

Sponsorships:  If you or your business would like to participate in helping this event be special, contact Susan Plaisance at splaisance@manchesterjournal.com. A VIP reception with Douglas for sponsors will begin at 5 p.m. Sponsorships and tables are still available.

How athletes are chosen: With input from coaches, athletics leaders, notes in daily coverage and stats, the editors and writers of the Banner and Journal finalize honoree selections. Currently, they are taking nominations from the community and coaches for awards for perseverance, academic excellence, unsung hero, and sports ambassador of the year. Please send your nomination to sports editor Adam Samrov, asamrov@benningtonbanner.com.

 


 

 

FOOTBALL

 

 

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Griffin Stalcup

Burr and Burton, Senior

 

Stalcup, the Bulldogs senior quarterback, has kept the Manchester program on the map in his four seasons under center. In 2015, Stalcup led the Bulldogs to their first state championship since 1947. This year, he threw for over 1,800 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also rushed for more than 500 yards and 11 touchdowns in getting BBA back to the Division II championship. For his efforts, Stalcup became only the second BBA player to win the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, following his older brother Jake, who won the award in 2011. Stalcup will attend Bowdoin College in the fall to continue his academic and athletic endeavors.

 

 

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Ryan McLenithan

Cambridge, Senior

The Indians senior was a key part of Cambridge’s first state title since 1999. McLenithan rushed for nearly 1,300 yards, averaging just under 100 yards a contest. He scored 20 touchdowns on the ground and in the state title game, McLenithan scored the opening touchdown to put the Indians ahead. In the semifinal blowout against Haldane, McLenithan led the way with 181 yards on only 11 carries, including a 62-yard touchdown jaunt on the first play from scrimmage. Cambridge out - scored their opponents 684-108 and scored at least 50 points in nine of their 13 games as McLenithan was one of three Cambridge players to be named to the New York state Class D first-team.


 

 


DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Jay McCoy

Burr and Burton, Junior

McCoy, a junior, was one of the top players in the state, garnering first-team honors on both offenses as a receiver and on defense as a linebacker, propelling the Bulldogs to a 9-1 record and an appearance in the Division II championship game. McCoy set a team mark in an open- ing win over Mount Mansfield when he caught a touchdown pass, ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass, all in the same game. In the state title matchup against Bellows Falls, McCoy caught the first touchdown pass to give BBA the early lead. McCoy also led the Bulldogs in tackles with almost 100 on the year.

 

 

 

 

 

COACH

Doug Luke

Cambridge

Only a handful of football coaches in New York state have won more than one state title in their careers and Luke, after November’s 22-21 double OT victory at the Carrier Dome over Maple Grove, became the most recent. His decision to go for a two-point conversion and the win in the state championship was one of the gutsiest in the history of the New York state tournament. Luke is creeping up the list of career victories, now with 191 between Cambridge and Hoosick Falls, 15th in the state for wins by active coaches. Luke also earned a USA Today American Family Insurance Coach of the Year honor, along with a Class D honor from the New York State High School Football Coaches Association.

 

 

 

TEAM OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

THE CAMBRIDGE CENTRAL SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.

Congratulations to the Cambridge Central School football team for being a Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal Regional All Stars team of the year nominee. The Indians, led by coach Doug Luke, went 13-0 and won their first championship since 1999 after a 22-21 double overtime victory over Maple Grove. They outscored their opponents 681-108 and scored more than 50 points in a game nine times. Several teams of the year will be nominated as we roll out the top athletes and coaches and the Regional All-Stars Team of the Year will be announced at the gala. Coach Doug Luke and two of his players are invited to attend the June 27 gala. They can claim their free tickets online at http://athleteoftheyear.eventbrite.com.

 

 

SOCCER

GIRLS TEAM

BOYS TEAM

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brooke Woodard

Burr and Burton Academy, Senior

In her only season with the Bulldogs, Woodard put together a season that coach Suzanne Mears said she will always remember. Woodard scored a team-high 17 goals and was a big factor in BBA winning its first-ever D-I title. In the quarterfinals against Burlington, Woodard scored the game-winning goal in double OT to help the Bulldogs advance to the semifinals. Her play this season earned her Marble Valley League honors and a first-team nod by the Vermont Soccer Coaches Association. “Brooke is a go-getter,” Mears said. “She has a strong skill set on the field and an eye for the back of the net. It was a great honor to coach her this season.”

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Felix Kershaw

Burr and Burton Academy, Senior

The senior had a terrific year for the Bulldogs, leading the team in both goals and assists in his first season while dealing with injuries the entire year. Kershaw, who led BBA to its first playoff win in four years, was a wizard with the ball, showing off top-notch footwork and touch that made him a fit for opposing defenses. “He is the most skilled player I have ever coached,” said BBA boys soccer coach Peter Mull. “The way he [controlled] the ball and [took] it to the opposition was incredible to watch.” Kershaw received all-MVL and all-state honors and currently plays for the FC Stars and played for U.S. Olympic Development Program team last year.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Suzanne Mears

Burr and Burton Academy

Mears was named as the Vermont Socer Coaches Association large school coach of the year in 2016 as the Bulldogs went 16-1 and won the program’s first-ever Division I championship. It was the second title game appearance in a row for Mears, who in her three seasons at BBA has a record of 49-3. When the Bulldogs got to the playoffs, they routed Essex, but played an overtime game to beat Burlington, then went to penalty kicks in the semifinal against CVU before winning. In the final, freshman Grace Pinkus headed in the championship winner with two minutes left in overtime.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Todd Wilkins

Arlington Memorial High School

The Eagles and Wilkins started the season slowly at 1-3-1 but went 8-2-2 the rest of the season en route to a Division IV semifinal appearance. One turning point came in the John James Tournament when Arlington tied D-I Brattleboro. Another turn came in the annual John Werner tournament when they lost to Twin Valley, their last loss of the year until falling to Proctor in the semifinals. Wilkins was named the Marble Valley League Division C coach of the year and had three D-IV all-state players in Jared Lacoste, Alex Paustian and Bailey Cross.

 

 


 

 

FIELD HOCKEY

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 Liz Ryan

Hoosick Falls, Senior

Ryan became the Section II leading scorer after her fifth varsity season in 2016, where she scored 22 times. Overall, she ended her career with 113 tallies and has the most assists in program history. Ryan, who was named to the all-state first team, led the Panthers to a 19-1 record, undefeated in Section II and making it to the state tournament. Ryan scored the only goal in a 1-0 Class C semifinal victory, then scored two first-half goals as the Panthers beat Greenwich, 3-2 in the championship. Ryan, who competed with the ADK club team, will take her talents to play for the Division I Albany Great Danes in the fall.

 

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ally Burdick

Hoosick Falls, Senior

Burdick was the second-leading scorer for the Panthers with 13 tallies in 2016, finishing her five-year varsity career with 84 goals, second all-time in Hoosick Falls history. Burdick was named to the statewide first team for New York state. Burdick, who played with the ADK club team, will also continue her field hockey career at the next level, signing her letter of intent with Division I Bryant University in Rhode Island, where she’ll start school in the fall.

 

 

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Denise Campbell

Hoosick Falls

The long-time Panthers leader reached a career milestone in 2016, winning her 300th career game in her 19th year. She led the Panthers to a 19-1 mark this season and a Class C sectional championship title before her team bowed out in the state regional round. In her career, Campbell’s teams have won the sectional title in more than half her seasons and one of her goalies holds the New York state record for most career shutouts.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Cross-Country

GIRLS RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Sarah Umphlett

Mount Anthony, Freshman

Umphlett has been a name that the running community in Southern Vermont has known for at least the last few years, but 2016 was her first year running for the Patriots. She made sure the rest of New England knows who she is, finishing as the fourth-best freshman in the entire region, completing the 5K course in 19 minutes, 17 seconds. This year, she was fifth at states,20th out of almost 600 at the Woods Trail Run and was a Marble Valley League all-star after winning on her home course at the MVL championships.

 

BOYS RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Evan Page

Mount Anthony, Sophomore

Page was the top runner for the Patriots in his second season running cross-country. He was second overall on his home course at the Marble Valley League championships at Willow Park, 61st overall out of more than 800 runners at the prestigious Woods Trail Run and 37th overall at states, leading Mount Anthony at the event. Page, who also competes in indoor and outdoor track during the year, was an MVL all-star as well.

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jim Dulin

Mount Anthony

Dulin, who has coached the Patriots for the past 10 years, led MAU to podium finishes at the Marble Valley League championships and sent a runner to the New England regional in Rhode Island this season. At the Trail Woods Run, two of his runners finished in the top 50 out of a field of more than 600 runners. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

VOLLEYBALL

   

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Rhilynn Oglivie

Cambridge, Senior

Oglivie led the Indians this season, grabbing a place on the first-team Wasaren League squad. She was one of the statistical leaders as well, with highs in digs and kills. Oglivie is also a high achiever in the classroom, making the honor roll in each quarter this year.

 

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jordyn Burke

Mount Anthony, Senior

Burke has played for the Patriots for both seasons MAU has had a varsity volleyball team and was one of the leaders this season. Burke, who was the only MAU player named to the Berkshire League all-star team, did it all for the Patriots, having a hand on the offensive side with kills and using her 6-foot-tall frame as a stopper on the block. She even was strong in the service game for the Patriots as well. Burke is also strong in the classroom, making the honor roll this fall.

 

 

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Katie Contrada and Stephanie Perna

Mount Anthony

After playing in the Berkshire League in Massachusetts, the second-year squad came into the Vermont playoffs as a No. 12 seed and upset Burlington in the first round, 3-1, before falling to Rice. While their record was only 2-12, the team was much improved from the beginning of the year to the end, beating St. Joseph and taking Mount Everett to five sets. They also won a set off of a Lenox team that was undefeated in league play.

 

 

 


 

 

 

BASKETBALL

BOYS TEAM

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Carter Vickers

Burr and Burton, Senior

After an injury to his teammate before the season, Vickers became the main threat for the Bulldogs. Despite defenses focusing on the senior, Vickers was the top scorer for the boys with 339 points, good for an average of 16.1 points per game. He scored in double figures in 18 of his team’s 21 games, averaged five rebounds and four steals and was named to the Marble Valley League first-team. “If [teams] could contain Carter we would struggle. But to still be able to put up the numbers and the games he did with that bullseye on his back speaks volumes,” said BBA coach Eric Green.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Matthew Anderson

Mount Anthony, Senior

Anderson was one of the most consistent players this season, finishing second in the area with 328 points, an average of 15.6 per game. Anderson scored at least eight points in all 21 games. Anderson filled up the stat sheet in other ways, too, leading Mount Anthony in a plethora of other categories, including rebounds — at nearly 10 per game — blocks and assists. Anderson was named as a Marble Valley League all-star.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Liam Sheldon

Long Trail, Junior

For a program that is only two years old, Sheldon led the Long Trail Mountain Lions this season. Playing a unique all-away schedule (LTS doesn’t have a home gym), Sheldon led the Mountain Lions to a 10-9 record in Division IV and the team’s first-ever playoff victory, a win over Websterville where he scored 30 points before LTS fell to eventual D4 champ Proctor. Sheldon was a Division D Marble Valley League all-star for the second year in a row.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Chris Taft

Arlington, boys coach

Taft led the Eagles to the No. 3 seed in Division IV, a semifinal appearance at Barre Auditorium for the first time since 2013 and a 16-7 overall record. Taft and the Eagles took special pride in protecting the Eagles’ Nest, going 8-2 in Arlington. In the past two seasons, Taft is 32-13, a winning percentage of 71 percent.


GIRLS TEAM

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Madison Little

Mount Anthony, Senior

Little was the second leading scorer in our area in the 2016-17 season, racking up 396 points for an average of 17.2 per game while leading the Patriots to an 18-5 record and its first Division I semifinal since 2014. Little was named to the all-state team as she scored more than 20 points in nine games, including 25 of her team’s 36 points in the semifinal against CVU at Patrick Gym. Little also became the eighth girls player in Mount Anthony history to reach 1,000 career points, finishing with 1,103 total, sixth all-time.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kelly Pine

Hoosick Falls, Senior

Pine finished her five-year varsity career leading the area in her senior season in scoring with 398 points, an average of 17.3 per contest. The Panthers reached the Section II semifinal, finishing 18-5 overall. Pine was also the top rebounder, ending most games with double-doubles. Pine earned fourth-team all-state honors and was named as the Wasaren League MVP. Pine reached the 1,000-point milestone, the fifth player in Hoosick Falls history to do so. Pine will attend Hartwick College this fall.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dan Sleeman

Mount Anthony, girls coach

After 15 years leading the Mount Anthony boys to more than 200 wins and seven semifinal appearances, Sleeman took on the challenge of leading the Patriot ladies in 2016-17. Sleeman never missed a beat, leading the Patriots to an 18-5 record and another Patrick Gym appearance, the Patriots’ first since 2014. MAU won the Marble Valley League title and Sleeman, who boasts a 65 percent career winning percentage, was named MVL coach of the year.

 

WRESTLING

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ashdin Schaefer

Mount Anthony, Senior

Schaefer finished out his career in style with the Patriots, racking up a 56-5 record this season. Schaefer was second at the prestigious Lowell Holidays tournament in December and won his third state championship in February, pinning all three of his opponents in the tournament. Schaefer finished his career with 215 total wins, tied for fourth all-time in Mount Anthony history.

 

 

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Sam Wilkins

Mount Anthony, Freshman

Wilkins was a question mark coming into the season, but everyone had the answers by the end of the year. Wilkins, wrestling at 160 pounds, went 47-12 and had one of the best moments of the year when he upset Essex’s Jack Carney in the state championship final to score his first crown. After competing in regionals, Wilkins traveled to NHSCA Nationals in Virginia, where he went 4-2 and placed seventh even wrestling up a weight class at 170 pounds.

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Matt Laporte

Hoosick Falls, Sophomore

Laporte finished o! his third varsity season for the Panthers with a 30-7 season mark, including a second-place finish at the Section II, Class C tournament and a win in the Section II small school tournament, qualifying him automatically for the state tournament in Albany. In his first match, Laporte upset the top seed in his 113-pound weight class, then won a second match before being knocked out. In three years, Laporte sports an 86-25 record.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brian Coon

Mount Anthony coach

In his first year leading the Patriots, Coon led MAU to its 29th consecutive state title, continuing former coach Scott Legacy’s run of titles. Coon had 12 finalists at the state championships at Vergennes and five won championships. At the regional New England tournament, he piloted the Patriots to a third-place finish and had four wrestlers place overall. During the season, Coon’s MAU squad knocked o! the eventual regional champions, Danbury, in a dual in January.

SWIMMING

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Zach LaForest

Mount Anthony, Junior

LaForest earned a second-place in the 50 free and a fifth place in the 100 free at the Berkshire Individual meet, along with helping the 200 freestyle relay to a runner-up finish. LaForest, who has been one of the top male swimmers in the Berkshire League over the past couple of seasons, was named to the All-Berkshire League team for his prowess in the freestyle events.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jena Staab

Mount Anthony, Senior

Staab, an Arlington student, competed for Mount Anthony swimming for four years. Staab, a captain, filled in many di!erent spots during the season for MAU coach Ann Webster-Lang, including the individual medley and butterfly, setting personal bests in each. Staab is a three-sport athlete and was the valedictorian of the Arlington senior class. She’ll attend the University of Vermont in the fall to study mechanical engineering.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ann Webster-Lang

Mount Anthony coach 

The 2016-17 season was the first as the head coach for Webster-Lang, but not at MAU, as she had been an assistant for years with former coach Anna Swierad. Webster-Lang led two of her swimmers to all-Berkshire League honors in Zach LaForest and Shaana Staab and helped a vast number of her athletes to personal bests.

 

 

ALPINE SKIING

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Olivia Holm

Stratton Mountain School, Sophomore

Holm, who competes in the SMS Olympic training program, garnered a second-place finish in the Alpe Cimbra Children Cup in Folgaria, Italy. The event is one of the largest and premiere for U16 skiers in Europe, bringing in top athletes from all over the globe. Back on American soil, Holm won a pair of U16 championships in the slalom and giant slalom at Sugarloaf in Maine.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lydia Morgantini

Burr and Burton, Senior

Morgantini was the top female skier for the Bulldogs, racking up podium finishes throughout the season. Morgantini won an event at Bromley, the Bulldogs’ home course, by more than three seconds and scored a second-place run at Suicide Six. In the state meet, Morgantini was third overall in the giant slalom and 11th in slalom to help Burr and Burton to a sixth-place team finish.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Blake Greene

Burr and Burton, Sophomore

Greene was first in Division II and fourth overall in the state meet in the slalom, helping the BBA boys team finish runner-up in the slalom team competition. Greene was also ninth in the giant slalom, taking top 10 in both disciplines.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Trey Spencer

Burr and Burton, coach

Spencer led the Bulldogs boys to a third-place finish in the state championships, behind only Harwood and Rutland, and the girls to a fifth-place finish. He also helped his skiers win meets at Suicide Six, Pico and Bromley Mountain, among others this season, and propelled newer skiers to personal best runs.

NORDIC SKIING

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Natalie Jelley

Mount Anthony, Sophomore

Jelley was one of the most consistent skiers this season for the Patriots. A Marble Valley League all-star in both the freestyle and classic disciplines, Jelley was the top MAU skier at the state classic meet, 16th overall, in 19 minutes, 21 seconds. She also was the first MAU finisher in the freestyle, 15th overall, in 16:40.1. She anchored the classic relay and was the third leg of the freestyle relay as MAU finished fifth overall. Jelley also garners top honors in the class- room making the honor rolls for every grading period this year

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brennan Harris

Burr and Burton, Freshman

Harris had a strong first season, consistently near the top of the leaderboard. Harris was 19th overall in the classic discipline at the state meet in 21 minutes, 50.6 seconds. Harris was named as a Marble Valley League all-star in the classic. Harris finished 21st overall in the freestyle race, the top Burr and Burton skier in both state races.

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ben Doucette

Mount Anthony, Senior

Doucette was a Marble Valley League all-star in both freestyle and classic disciplines, finishing 12th overall in the classic in 16 minutes, 22 seconds. Doucette also propelled Mount Anthony to a fourth-place finish in the classic relay, running the first 2.5-kilometer leg in 8:43, and led off in the freestyle relay, as well. Doucette is strong in the classroom too as a Tri-Honor athlete

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bruce Smith

Mount Anthony, coach

Smith led the Patriot girls to a fifth-place finish and the boys to a sixth-place finish at the state meet in March. In his 11 seasons leading Mount Anthony, Smith’s boys teams have won three state titles and finished first or second in eight of those years. His girls teams have been just as good in that time, with three state titles in his tenure

SNOWBOARDING

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Allie Nowicki

Burr and Burton, Junior

Nowicki’s performance this season helped the Bulldogs win a state championship back in March. Nowicki was first at states in both the halfpipe and slopestyle events and she won in a big way — 16 points better than second in slopestyle and 37 better in the halfpipe. Along the way, Nowicki was first at Okemo in halfpipe, first at Mount Snow in slopestyle and second at Killington in slopestyle.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jason Thomas

Burr and Burton

Thomas led the BBA girls to the state championship overall title, topping BFA by four points. They won the halfpipe discipline, tying with BFA for the top spot and they won slopestyle by a whopping 13 points. A third-place finish in the third discipline, giant slalom, made the Bulldogs champions.

ICE HOCKEY

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Molly Dingley

Burr and Burton, Senior

Dingley was the backstop for a Burr and Burton team that struggled mightily in Division I this season. Dingley had more than 50 saves in a game a handful of times this season, and kept the Bulldogs in most games against a range of bigger schools and teams. The three-year starter, who also played field hockey, was a captain for the Bulldogs.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Egan Schmitt

Burr and Burton, Sophomore

Schmitt led Burr and Burton this season with 29 goals and 10 assists as BBA went 15-5-2. Schmitt was strong on the power play, scoring seven goals, and Schmitt was named to the all-state team after leading Burr and Burton to the Division II semifinal for the second straight season.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Sam Cottrell

Burr and Burton, Junior

Cottrell led the Bulldogs in assists and points with 22 and 40, respectively, as BBA reached the semifinal in Division II. He was second overall with 18 goals as well and was strong on the power play, scoring seven goals with the man advantage. Cottrell was a first-team forward in the Lake Division and on the all-state squad.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mark Slade

Burr and Burton

In Slade's first year as the head coach after being an assistant in the past, the Bulldogs went 15-5-2, losing in the semifinal to Harwood. The No. 3 ranking and record was the best for the BBA boys team since 2013. Slade also coached the Vermont Rotary All-Star hockey game this season.

BOWLING

 

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

AJ Hurlburt

Hoosick Falls, Junior

The junior co-captain averaged around 210 pins, the highest total for the Panthers. Hurlburt shot better than 700 series twice during the season, once against Saratoga Catholic and the other against Waterford. Hurlburt, an Adirondack League all-star the past two seasons, led the Panthers to a 57-7 mark and a runner-up finish in the Adirondack League tournament.

CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jon Bossoni

Hoosick Falls, Senior

Bossoni, a senior co-captain, had the second highest average on the team at 207 pins and fired a perfect 300 game at the Adirondack League championship match against Fort Edward. That day, Bossoni fired a 300-255-236 for a series of 791, the best by a Panther all season. Bossoni also hit the 700 mark twice during the year, doing it against Stillwater with a 269-753 series.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

James Lynch

Hoosick Falls

In Lynch's first season leading the Hoosick bowlers, the team went 57-7 and won the Southern Division of the Adirondack League. Two of his bowlers, AJ Hurlburt and Jon Bossoni, had averages over 200 and he got contributions up and down the lineup during a run to the Adirondack League title. Lynch's Panthers were second at the Adirondack League tournament in February.

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