Athletic best at General Amherst honoured at conclusion of 2013-14 sports season

 

General Amherst recognized its athletic best last Tuesday night. They included (back row): Mitchell Wright, Jared Capaldi, T.J. Wilson, Joel Wilson, Max Reiner and Tyler Week'es. Front row: Maddie Turner, Aleah Marton, Kayla Daguerre, Olivia Starling, Maddy Drouillard, Sydney Emerson, Megan Wismer.

General Amherst recognized its athletic best last Tuesday night. They included (back row): Mitchell Wright, Jared Capaldi, T.J. Wilson, Joel Wilson, Max Reiner and Tyler Week’es. Front row: Maddie Turner, Aleah Marton, Kayla Daguerre, Olivia Starling, Maddy Drouillard, Sydney Emerson, Megan Wismer.

The top female athlete of 2013-14 was Kayla Daguerre while Joel Wilson was named top male athlete.

The top female athlete of 2013-14 was Kayla Daguerre while Joel Wilson was named top male athlete.

By Ron Giofu

 

The athletic best of General Amherst High School were recognized last Tuesday night as the school held its annual athletic banquet.

The best in each individual sport were recognized as were the top athletes overall at the banquet, held at the Verdi Club. Team accomplishments included an OFSAA bronze medal for the senior girls basketball team, a WECSSAA A/AA title for the junior girls track team and a strong showing for the track team at the OFSAA All-Ontario meet including Jaiden Mulder’s gold medal in the 300m hurdles and a silver medal in the 80m hurdles.

“This year, we’ve had many highs and lows with our athletic teams,” noted physical education department head/senior football head coach John Rudak.

General Amherst principal Hazel Keefner thanked the teaching staff for donating its time during the year to help coach. She also thanked the retired teachers and volunteers from within the community for stepping up as well to coach the Amherst sports teams.

“We are extremely lucky. Not only are we a strong academic school, we are a strong athletic school as well,” said Keefner. “It makes me very proud as the principal.”

 

MAJOR SPORTS WINNERS

Male Athlete of the Year – Joel Wilson

Female Athlete of the Year – Kayla Daguerre

 

Male Student-Athlete of the Year – Dylan Jaber

Female Student-Athlete of the Year – Aleah Marton

 

Most Dedicated Athlete – Max Reiner

 

Athlete-Plus Award – Eric Parker, Maria Goggin

 

Sportsmanship Award – T.J. Wilson

 

Spirit Award – Tyler Week’es

 

Top Junior Male Athletes – Mitchell Wright, Sam Girard, Macaul Reiner

 

Top Junior Female Athletes – Bailey Rigney, Gillian Sparling, Olivia Starling, Sydney Emerson, Maddie Turner, Maddy Drouillard

 

INDIVIDUAL SENIOR SPORT AWARDS

GOLF

Coach’s Award – Eric Parker

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Outstanding Achievement – Matt Pardo

Rookie of the Year – Keegan MacVoy

 

TENNIS

MVPs – Gillian and Trent Sparling

 

FOOTBALL

Defensive MVP – Jesse Prentice

Lineman of the Year – Jasey Young

 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Awards of Excellence – Dylan Jaber, Dean Meunier

 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Awards of Excellence – Kayla Daguerre, Aleah Marton

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

MVPs – Jaylin VandeBovenkamp, Aleah Marton

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Coach’s Award – Dylan Jaber

MVP – Max Reiner

 

BOYS HOCKEY

Offensive MVPs – Ryan Holzel, Zac Parlette

 

GIRLS HOCKEY

Rookie of the Year – Megan Wismer, Savannah Bouzide

“Time-Out Bench” award – Sam Morand

Corey Meloche Leadership Award – Olivia Gyori

 

CURLING

Team recognized with a tournament sportsmanship award earlier in season

 

GYMNASTICS

Outstanding Achievement – Jamie Pardo

 

FIGURE SKATING

Most Valuable Performance – Jillian Weaver

 

BADMINTON

MVPs – Chantel Charlton, Leah Crowder

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Coach’s Award – Morgan Tucker

MVP – Maddy Drouillard

 

BOYS SOCCER

Most Improved – Trevor “Gordie” Wynn

MVP – Sean Santarossa

 

GIRLS SLO-PITCH

Rookie of the Year – Kayla Daguerre

MVP – Olivia Gyori

 

BOYS BASEBALL

MVP – Matt Bondy

Coach’s Award – Ryan Gignac

 

TRACK AND FIELD

Most Dedicated – Gareth Mayville, Chelsea Thistle

Outstanding Performers – Jaiden Mulder, Jared Capaldi

 

Also recognized as part of the athletic banquet was Janine Robinson, a teacher and coach who is retiring at the end of this year after a 30-year career. Robinson told the students in attendance to consider themselves fortunate that so many people from both the school and community were willing to step up and coach.

“There’s rarely been a year where people haven’t stepped up to coach,” she said. “You students should count yourselves really lucky that you have dedicated people willing to coach for you.”

Robinson called her career “a wonderful ride” and indicated that General Amherst hadn’t seen the last of her.

“I will come and watch the games,” she said. “I enjoy watching you kids play.”

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