Megan Wismer

General Amherst High School recognizes top student athletes

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

General Amherst High School has paid tribute to its top athletes from the 2016-17 school year.

The school’s annual athletic banquet was held last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club in Oldcastle with athletes from their individual sports honoured as well as the top athletes overall.

The biggest two awards of the evening were the top female and top male athlete of the year awards. Megan Wismer was named General Amherst’s top female athlete and it was an award she was somewhat surprised to receive.

“I wasn’t really expecting it,” she admitted after the banquet.

That said, Wismer was happy to be named this year’s recipient.

“It feels really good to know all of the hard work that I’ve been putting in over the years has been noticed and has paid off,” she stated.

Brock Beaudoin was named the school’s top male athlete.

“I feel pretty good,” said Beaudoin. “I’m kind of surprised I got it.”

Beaudoin said he worked hard and was also pleased to receive his award.

“It’s an honour to be chosen top male athlete,” said Beaudoin. “I feel proud of my accomplishment.”

General Amherst High School held its 2016-17 athletic awards banquet last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club. Major award winners included (top row, from left): Shayne Purdy, Ruben Tar, Cole Zelle, Brock Beaudoin, Ethan Hamelin and Abby Orchard. Bottom row (from left): Danielle Brindley, Emma Blanchette, Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Vanessa Pidutti.

General Amherst High School held its 2016-17 athletic awards banquet last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club. Major award winners included (top row, from left): Shayne Purdy, Ruben Tar, Cole Zelle, Brock Beaudoin, Ethan Hamelin and Abby Orchard. Bottom row (from left): Danielle Brindley, Emma Blanchette, Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Vanessa Pidutti.

 

OTHER MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:

 

SPIRIT AWARD – Jackie Wismer

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Mitchell Wright

ATHLETE-PLUS AWARD – Ruben Tar

MOST DEDICATED ATHLETE – Shayne Purdy and Nia Holmes

TOP FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE – Emma Blanchette

TOP MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE – Cole Zelle

TOP MALE JUNIOR ATHLETES – Josh DiCarlo, Lee Sinasac, Brayden LeClerc, Tyler Bratt, Ethan Hamelin

TOP FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETES – Ramie Tytgat, Abbey Gibb, Vanessa Pidutti, Danielle Brindley, Abby Orchard

 

Megan Wismer was named top female athlete while Brock Beaudoin was named top male athlete at General Amherst’s athletic award banquet.

Megan Wismer was named top female athlete while Brock Beaudoin was named top male athlete at General Amherst’s athletic award banquet.

INDIVIDUAL SPORT AWARDS

GOLF

Lowest Scoring Average – Marcus Slipchuk

 

CROSS-COUNTRY

Most Dedicated Male – Tyler Tofflemire

Most Dedicated Female – Mya Palumbo

 

TENNIS

Most Valuable Player – Reese Jones

Rookie of the Year – Matteo Palumbo

 

BOYS FOOTBALL

Offensive Player of the Year – Mitchell Wright

Defensive Player of the Year – Spencer Hawkins

Coaches’ Award – Ellis Rosati

Most Valuable Player – Shayne Purdy

 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Award of Excellence – Ruben Tar

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player – Gracie Clifford

Most Improved – Nia Holmes

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player – Darius Wilson

Outstanding Leadership – Nate Lovell

 

BOYS HOCKEY

Rookie of the Year – Jacob Fields

Most Valuable Player – Reid Stieler

 

GIRLS HOCKEY

Most Valuable Player – Megan Wismer

Corey Meloche Leadership Award – Emily Hamelin

 

CURLING

Most Dedicated – Aliyah Allard

 

WRESTLING

Most Dedicated – Nathan Charron

Most Improved – Katie McEvoy

 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Award of Excellence – Jackie Wismer, Emma Blanchette

 

GIRLS SLO-PITCH

Most Valuable Player – Megan Wismer

Rookie of the Year – Danielle Brindley

 

BADMINTON

Top Male – Colton Renaud

Top Female – Reese Jones

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Coaches’ Award – Emma Blanchette

Most Valuable Player – Vanessa Pidutti

 

BOYS SOCCER

Offensive MVP – Michael Nasello

Defensive MVP – Nathan Salvati

 

BOYS BASEBALL

Most Valuable Player – Mitchell Wright

Rookie of the Year – Trent Kelly

 

TRACK & FIELD

Top Performer – Abbey Gibb

Award of Excellence – Nia Holmes

 

General Amherst principal Hazel Keefner thanked the coaches and teachers who helped guide the athletes through the years, noting there wouldn’t be sports teams without them. Parents were also thanked for driving players to practices and games and supporting their children.

Keefner also thanked the athletes themselves and said while some were recognized, all were winners for taking part in athletics.

“You are smart for figuring out that participating in sports are a wonderful thing, not just for physical well-being but for mental well-being,” said Keefner.

Greg Scott, head of General Amherst’s athletic department, also thanked the coaches, parents and teachers.

“It’s because of these people that you have these sports teams,” Scott told the audience.

Girls slo-pitch team now 4-2 on season after splitting games last week

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens girls slo-pitch team now has four wins and two losses on the 2017 season after going 2-2 last week.

Payton Laing gets a hit during General Amherst's May 9 win over the Kingsville Cavaliers at Wigle Park.

Payton Laing gets a hit during General Amherst’s May 9 win over the Kingsville Cavaliers at Wigle Park.

The Lady Gens started the week strong with a 16-8 victory over Kingsville at Wigle Park. Megan Wismer said after the game that the team keeps improving, but noted they only had three games to that point due to the weather.

“Our defense wasn’t the greatest but our bats came alive,” she said. “It helped us win the game.”

Wismer, who was also a member of last year’s Lady Gens slo-pitch team, believed they can win the league title again this year if they play to their capabilities.

“I think we can win WECSSAA again if we play as a team and get our bats going,” she said.

The Lady Gens were in McGregor Wednesday for two games that had previously been postponed due to rain. They won the first one 16-2 over UMEI but lost the second one 15-7 to the Belle River Nobles.

Ramie Tytgat delivers a pitch for General Amherst during the Lady Gens' 16-8 victory over Kingsville May 9 in Amherstburg.

Ramie Tytgat delivers a pitch for General Amherst during the Lady Gens’ 16-8 victory over Kingsville May 9 in Amherstburg.

The week concluded for General Amherst back at Wigle Park Thursday against the visiting Leamington Lions. It was not a good afternoon for the home team as Leamington came away with a 16-2 victory.

The Lady Gens conclude the regular season Thursday against Sandwich.

Lady Gens slo-pitch season starts on winning note

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It has been a good start to the season for the General Amherst Lady Gens slo-pitch team.

The girls team played a pair of games last Thursday afternoon at Co-An Park in McGregor and won them both. Their first game was a 10-7 victory over the Cardinal Carter Cougars with the second being a 28-4 rout of the St. Anne Saints.

Megan Wismer gets a hit during the first inning of last Thursday’s General Amherst girls slo-pitch game against St. Anne.

Megan Wismer gets a hit during the first inning of last Thursday’s General Amherst girls slo-pitch game against St. Anne.

Assistant coach Mike Prescott said after the first game that “there’s room for improvement” but noted every team has the “winter bugs” to shake off.

“It’s a young season for everyone,” said Prescott. “Everyone gets better as the season goes on.”
Prescott said hitting is the team’s strength this season and that was evident in the second game of the afternoon.

“We’re very excited for the season,” said Prescott. “We’ve got a good veteran presence.”

The Lady Gens have 14 players on the roster, with nine of them returning from last year’s WECSSAA championship squad. Four of the five new players are Grade 9 additions.

Jackie Wismer scores a run during General Amherst’s 28-4 victory over St. Anne last Thursday. The game was played at Co-An Park in McGregor.

Jackie Wismer scores a run during General Amherst’s 28-4 victory over St. Anne last Thursday. The game was played at Co-An Park in McGregor.

“We’re looking to repeat,” said Prescott.

The Lady Gens were on the road at Villanova Tuesday afternoon after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. They are scheduled to play Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Belle River back at Co-An Park.

Their first game at Wigle Park is scheduled for May 9 at 3:30 p.m. against Kingsville.

All-Stars aplenty on the diamond for General Amherst

By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst boys baseball and girls slo-pitch team each boasted a pair of all-stars for the past season.

Colton Taylor, a pitcher and outfielder with the Bulldogs baseball team, made the boys team while Josh Neufeld was an honorable mention. On the girls side, Maddie Turner won league MVP while Megan Wismer was also an all-star.

Boys baseball all-stars Colton Taylor (left) and Josh Neufeld.

Boys baseball all-stars Colton Taylor (left) and Josh Neufeld.

Girls slo-pitch all-stars Megan Wismer (left) and league MVP Maddie Turner.

Girls slo-pitch all-stars Megan Wismer (left) and league MVP Maddie Turner.

“I didn’t really expect it,” said Taylor. “I was proud, I guess.”

Neufeld said he was honoured to be named an honorable mention.

Turner said she didn’t really expect the girls MVP award.

“It’s pretty cool,” she said. “It did catch me out of the blue. I didn’t expect it. When (teacher/coach Nicole) Maxey told me about it, it was nice to hear.”

Wismer said her all-star designation also caught her by surprise.

“It feels good,” she added.