athletic awards

General Amherst honours top athletes at awards banquet

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The top athletes at General Amherst High School were honoured last week at the annual athletic awards banquet.

The banquet, held last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club, saw major sports awards handed out as well as awards in individual sports. Two of the big winners of the evening were Josh DiCarlo and Reese Jones, who were male and female athlete of the year respectively.

“I’m pretty excited,” said DiCarlo. “I knew I had a chance.”

DiCarlo acknowledged he is only in Grade 11 and said it was a bit of a surprise that he beat out the Grade 12 athletes.

“I worked hard for it and I’m glad I got it,” said DiCarlo.

DiCarlo, who played badminton, golf and hockey this past high school season, thanked his coaches and parents for getting him this far. Jones was also grateful, believing she had a chance at her award.

Jones thought it was be between her and teammate Brooklyn Prescott for the award, but Jones also thought Prescott had a chance at the top female student athlete award as well due to her intelligence.

“I was really excited,” said Jones, who played tennis, volleyball, badminton and slo-pitch this year. “I was hoping to win it.”

A full list of winners was as follows:

Josh DiCarlo and Reese Jones were named Top Male and Top Female Athletes of the Year.

TOP MALE ATHLETE – Josh DiCarlo.

TOP FEMALE ATHLETE – Reese Jones

TOP MALE STUDENT ATHLETE – Cole Zelle

TOP FEMALE STUDENT ATHLETE – Brooklyn Prescott

MOST DEDICATED AWARD – Payton Laing, Tyler Tofflemire

ATHLETE-PLUS AWARD – Tate Levesque, Linden Crain

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Carly Renaud, Spencer Hawkins

SPIRIT AWARD – Matt Belanger

TOP JUNIOR MALE ATHLETES — Matteo Palumbo, Max Jones, Nathan Maxey, Ty Queen, Emmitt Rosati

TOP JUNIOR FEMALE ATHLETES — Danielle Brindley, Lexi Dodds, Abby Orchard, Allison Dufour, Emma MacVoy

General Amherst High School’s top athletes were honoured last Thursday night including major award winners. Top row, from left: Max Jones, Emmitt Rosati, Matt Belanger, Matteo Palumbo, Nathan Maxey, Lexi Dodds, Allison Dufour, Abby Orchard, Linden Crain. Bottom row (from left): Sebastian Hebert, Reese Jones, Brooklyn Prescott, Payton Laing, Carly Renaud, Josh DiCarlo, Tyler Tofflemire, Spencer Hawkins and Tate Levesque.

INDIVIDUAL SPORT AWARD

GOLF – Josh DiCarlo (Lowest Scoring Average)

CROSS COUNTRY – Tyler Rowles (Top Performer), Tyler Tofflemire (Award of Excellence)

TENNIS – Reese Jones (MVP), Matteo Palumbo (Most Dedicated

FOOTBALL – Levi Reaume (Offensive Player of the Year), Spencer Hawkins (Defensive Player of the Year), Bryce Dougan (Lineman of the Year), Matt Belanger (Most Dedicated Player)

GIRLS BASKETBALL – Lexi Dodds (MVP), Brooklyn Prescott (Most Dedicated)

BOYS BASKETBALL – Sebastian Hebert (MVP)

BOYS HOCKEY – Josh DiCarlo (Offensive MVP), Jorden Meyer (Defensive MVP)

GIRLS HOCKEY – Carly Renaud (MVP), Emily Pontini (Corey Meloche Memorial Award)

CURLING – Kylie Parent (Sportsmanship Award)

WRESTLING – Tate Levesque (MVP)

DANCE – Alyssa Jones (Most Dedicated)

GYMNASTICS – Mackenzie Bauer (MVP), Chelsey Deslippe (Rookie of the Year)

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL – Reese Jones, Bryanna France (Awards of Excellence)

GIRLS SLO-PITCH – Brooklyn Prescott (MVP), Alexis DiCarlo (Rookie of the Year)

BADMINTON – Josh DiCarlo (Top Male Player), Jaycie Stanek (Top Female Player)

GIRLS SOCCER – Breana Farias (Coaches Award), Jenna Fiala (MVP)

BOYS SOCCER – Kieron Sweet (Offensive MVP), Griffin Muzzin (Defensive MVP)

BOYS BASEBALL – Sebastian Hebert (MVP), Colton Taylor (Coaches Award)

TRACK AND FIELD – Sydney Doyle (Coaches Award), Tyler Tofflemire (Award of Excellence)

 

Principal Melissa DeBruyne spoke about how students and young people in general can learn from sports. Growing from adversity and difficult times can help young people as they go through life.

“It makes you a stronger person,” said DeBruyne.

Greg Scott, physical education department head, congratulated the Grade 12 players who are graduating and encouraged returning athletes such as the junior-aged players to seize the opportunities put before them.

“One of the things we pride ourselves on at General Amherst is providing opportunities,” said Scott.

Amherstburg Police Service, APSB recognize officers and civilians at awards night

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Police Service and the Amherstburg Police Services Board (APSB) took time out to recognize community members and some of their own.

The tenth annual recognition and service awards were held at Wolfhead Distillery last Tuesday night. There were two Chief’s Award of Excellence presentations, with one going to a long-time community volunteer and the other to an officer who helped save a woman’s life in the summer.

Award winners and presenters at the Amherstburg Police Service awards night included (top row, from left): Sr. Const. Viktor Burany, Special Const. Piero Amicone, Sr. Const. Nathan Harris, Sr. Const. B.J. Wiley, Sr. Const. Aaron Chambers and Chief Tim Berthiaume. Front row (from left): Const. Steve Owen, Lena Mangoff-Lazanja, Melissa Lywood, Michelle Donlon and Auxiliary Sgt. Ron Paquette.

Award winners and presenters at the Amherstburg Police Service awards night included (top row, from left): Sr. Const. Viktor Burany, Special Const. Piero Amicone, Sr. Const. Nathan Harris, Sr. Const. B.J. Wiley, Sr. Const. Aaron Chambers and Chief Tim Berthiaume. Front row (from left): Const. Steve Owen, Lena Mangoff-Lazanja, Melissa Lywood, Michelle Donlon and Auxiliary Sgt. Ron Paquette.

Sr. Const. B.J. Wiley was called to investigate a report of a missing person June 22. After collecting information on the person, Wiley decided to check her former residence. After finding nothing suspicious around the exterior of the residence, he entered the home with a key that had been provided to him by the complainant. He announced himself but received no response.

Wiley checked the home and located the woman in what was described as a “critical state” then requested an ambulance. The woman was taken to hospital where she was treated.

“Without B.J.’s actions that day, the outcome for the individual and their family would have been much different,” said Const. Steve Owen, the community services officer and master of ceremonies for the awards ceremony.

Wiley said the 78-year-old woman was in distress and his actions were to make sure he “checked off every box” in ensuring he could find the woman. He was very quick to share credit with his fellow officers including every person on his shift that day.

Nine people assisted him in helping the woman and bringing the situation to a successful conclusion.

“It’s not just about me,” said Wiley. “It’s about them too.”

Wiley said the day will be one that he will never forget.

Chief Tim Berthiaume (left) presents a Chief's Award of Excellence to Sr. Const. B.J. Wiley.

Chief Tim Berthiaume (left) presents a Chief’s Award of Excellence to Sr. Const. B.J. Wiley.

Chief Tim Berthiaume (left) presents a Chief's Award of Excellence to Lena Mangoff-Lazanja.

Chief Tim Berthiaume (left) presents a Chief’s Award of Excellence to Lena Mangoff-Lazanja.

“That is something that will stay with me for the rest of my career,” he said.

It is the second time in Wiley’s career that he has saved a life. In 2011, he went into the Detroit River during the winter to rescue a girl who had fallen through the ice.

The second Chief’s Award of Excellence went to Lena Mangoff-Lazanja. Mangoff-Lazanja “exemplifies community involvement” according to her award presentation with her involvement including positions with the Amherstburg Soccer Club, Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Amherstburg and Amherstburg Community Services.

Mangoff-Lazanja has also fundraised for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program, which gives kids from families in financial need the chance to participate in sports. She has also been heavily involved with the Amherstburg police bicycle rodeo, an event that is done in partnership with the Rotary Club.

Mangoff-Lazanja, who continues to work on her Ph.D. in education from the University of Windsor, also serves on the Police Chief’s Advisory Committee.

“I am very honoured to be recognized by the police chief and the Amherstburg Police Service,” said Mangoff-Lazanja. “We’ve had a great partnership over the last few years. It’s just continued to grow.”

Noting she can’t accomplish anything without the support of the people around her, Mangoff-Lazanja said she is willing to continue to help in any way she can. She compared the Amherstburg Police Service to the Rotary Club in that both organizations serve the community and also care about the town.

Sr. Const. Viktor Burany received the Police Exemplary Service Medal for his 20 years of service, all with Amherstburg police. During his career, Burany has spent time as a detective in the criminal investigations division where he training in sexual assaults, sexual offenses involving children, warrant writing, investigative interviewing and major case management. He is currently in general patrol and is a scenes of crime officer and a marine operator.

Sr. Const. Viktor Burany (right) receives his Police Exemplary Service Medal from Chief Tim Berthiaume in recognition of his 20 years of service.

Sr. Const. Viktor Burany (right) receives his Police Exemplary Service Medal from Chief Tim Berthiaume in recognition of his 20 years of service.

Sr. Const. Fred Adair, Sr. Const. Nathan Harris, Wiley and Auxiliary Sgt. Ron Paquette were recognized with awards for 15 years of service. Both Adair and Harris were hired by the London Police Service in 2000 and came to Amherstburg in 2001.

Adair works in general patrol and serves as a forensic identification officer when called upon. He has worked in criminal investigations and has received specialized investigative training in the areas of fraud, fires, sexual assaults, and major case management.

Harris has worked in many roles including traffic enforcement, the Windsor Police Drug Unit, and is currently trained in the specialties of technical collision investigator, qualified breath technician, and coach officer. He has also received training in investigative interviewing, identifying and investigation child abuse, and warrant writing.

Wiley was hired by the OPP in 2001 before coming to Amherstburg. He currently works in general patrol and periodically serves as a use of force instructor. Wiley annually participates as an instructor for annual defense tactics, firearms, and conductive energy weapon training for all of the Amherstburg and Windsor Police officers. He is also a trained marine operator.

Paquette first began his volunteer policing career as auxiliary constable in 2001 and was promoted to auxiliary sergeant in 2010. He now is the liaison between the service and the auxiliary constables and works closely with administration to organize manpower at special events.

Receiving ten-year service awards were Sr. Const. Aaron Chambers and Michelle Donlon.

Chambers began his policing career with the Amherstburg Police Service in 2006 and has spent time in specialty units such as criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, and has spent time working with the Windsor Police Drug Unit. Chambers has several special training courses to his credit, including drug investigations, search warrant writing, sexual assault investigations, investigative interviewing, and mobile surveillance.

Donlon was described as “typically the first person to greet anyone attending the office” of the Amherstburg Police Service.

“She works at our front counter and is always friendly, courteous and welcoming,” said Owen. “Michelle will always provide you with the assistance you are looking for. Michelle has also had the pleasure to attend the Ontario Police College as a civilian for the CPIC operator’s course.”

Special Const. Piero Amicone was given a five-year service award. Since being hired in 2011, Amicone has been “the face of the Amherstburg Police Service in Windsor” as he works on a daily basis in the Windsor courtrooms and Windsor cells.

“He always brings a great attitude,” said Owen.

Chief Tim Berthiaume presents the Citizen Recognition Award to Melissa Lywood for her anti-bullying efforts at local schools.

Chief Tim Berthiaume presents the Citizen Recognition Award to Melissa Lywood for her anti-bullying efforts at local schools.

Melissa Lywood was presented with the Citizen Recognition Award. She travels to local high schools, sharing her personal experiences, with the focus of her talks being bullying and the lasting impacts bullying can have.

“She has reached out to thousands of students and created lasting memories for them to carry as they continue to mature,” said Owen. “She provides outlets to those looking for help and promotes a better school environment for students.”

Lywood explained that she grew up in Amherstburg and goes around spreading her story to people. Her sister took her own life in 2003, she said, and Lywood uses that as part of her anti-bullying message.

Chief Tim Berthiaume said the awards ceremony has grown over the years, but noted it was originally started as a way to bring businesses and residents together and recognize their accomplishments.

Berthiaume said Amherstburg is one of the safest communities in Canada.

“When you compare police services of similar size, we are one of the most cost-effective in the country,” he said.

The chief also thanked town staff, noting a strong relationship with CAO John Miceli, and said everyone from treasurer Justin Rousseau to mechanic Randy Riediger have helped make the police service better.

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General Amherst honours athletic finest at annual banquet

 

By Ron Giofu

It was a night where General Amherst honoured its athletic best.

General Amherst High School held its annual athletic banquet last Wednesday night at the Verdi Club with the school’s top athletes recognized. Also honoured were the parents and coaches who help support the student-athletes.

Without the teachers, volunteers, coaches and parents, Amherst would not be what it is, noted vice principal Elvira DiGesu. Parents deserve credit for helping support their children and driving them to and from practices and games with coaches thanked for volunteering their time.

“It’s not easy but we thank you for volunteering your time,” said DiGesu.

DiGesu also thanked the school’s physical education department as well as the students themselves.

“We are proud of you on how you represented our school,” she said.

The school’s top male athlete was Macaul Reiner while Maddie Turner received the honour as top female athlete.

“I was shocked,” said Turner. “I honestly didn’t expect it.”

Reiner said his track and field season didn’t go as planned and figured that would impact his chances.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said of earning the award. “It was between a few guys my age.”

Major award winners at the June 8 General Amherst athletic awards included (back row, from left): Abbey Gibb,  Sam Girard,   Colton Taylor, Sebastian Hebert, Macaul Reiner, Lucas Renaud. Kayla Fiala, Michael Nasello, Lance Tofflemire. Front row (from left): Reese Jones, Brooklyn Prescott, Payton Laing, Olivia Starling, Maddie Turner, Dani Leroux, Sydney Emerson, Ramie Tytgat, Vanessa Pidutti.

Major award winners at the June 8 General Amherst athletic awards included (back row, from left): Abbey Gibb, Sam Girard, Colton Taylor, Sebastian Hebert, Macaul Reiner, Lucas Renaud. Kayla Fiala, Michael Nasello, Lance Tofflemire. Front row (from left): Reese Jones, Brooklyn Prescott, Payton Laing, Olivia Starling, Maddie Turner, Dani Leroux, Sydney Emerson, Ramie Tytgat, Vanessa Pidutti.

Other major award winners were won by:

 

SPIRIT AWARD — Kayla Fiala

ATHLETE-PLUS AWARD — Dani Leroux

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD — Bailey Rigney, Sydney Emerson

MOST DEDICATED ATHLETE AWARD — Lance Tofflemire

TOP MALE STUDENT ATHLETE — Sam Girard

TOP FEMALE STUDENT ATHLETE — Olivia Starling

TOP MALE JUNIOR ATHLETES — Michael Nasello, Colton Taylor, Lucas Renaud, Sebastian Hebert, Reid Steiler

TOP FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETES — Ramie Tytgat, Payton Laing, Brooklyn Prescott, Reese Jones, Abbey Gibb, Vanessa Pidutti

Macaul Reiner and Maddie Turner were recognized as top male and top female athletes of the year respectively.

Macaul Reiner and Maddie Turner were recognized as top male and top female athletes of the year respectively.

 

The school maintained its tradition of handing out awards in individual sports as well:

 

SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL — Olivia Starling (MVP), Sydney Emerson (Award of Excellence)

SENIOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL — Ruben Tar, Hunter Dufour (Coaches Awards)

SENIOR FOOTBALL — Eric Wismer (Offensive Player of the Year), Jarrod Manherz (Defensive Player of the Year), Sam Girard (Coaches Award), T.J. Laframboise (Most Improved Player)

CROSS COUNTRY — Michael Nasello (Top Performer), Lance Tofflemire (Award of Excellence)

TENNIS — Reese Jones, Gillian Sparling (MVPs)

GOLF — Owen Coughlin (Lowest Scoring Average)

SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL — Macaul Reiner (MVP), Sam Girard (Award of Excellence)

SENIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL — Bailey Rigney, Sydney Emerson (Awards of Excellence)

WRESTLING — Mark Rosati (MVP), Katie McEvoy (Rookie of the Year)

FIGURE SKATING — Lexi Newhook (Best Overall Score)

GYMNASTICS — Molly Dean (Rookie of the Year)

CURLING — Josh Neufeld, Lauren Fujimoto-Cassidy, Mac Dean (Most Dedicated)

GIRLS HOCKEY — Megan Wismer, Savannah Bouzide (MVPs), Kayla Fiala, Mackenzie Neal (Corey Meloche Memorial Awards)

BOYS HOCKEY — Stefan Dobrich (Rookie of the Year), Justin Veldhuis (MVP)

BOYS SOCCER — Garret Blunt (MVP), Reid Thrasher (Coaches Award)

GIRLS SOCCER — Kristen Allen (Coaches Award), Vanessa Pidutti (Rookie of the Year)

BADMINTON — Keegan MacVoy (Top Male Player), Maddy Drouillard (Top Female Player)

TRACK & FIELD — Lance Tofflemire (Top Male Performance), Abbey Gibb (Top Female Performance), Tyler Tofflemire (Most Dedicated)

GIRLS SLO-PITCH — Maddie Turner (MVP), Ramie Tytgat (Rookie of the Year)

BOYS BASEBALL — Chris Garbutt (MVP), Eric Wismer (Coaches Award)

DANCE — Rachel Parker (Most Dedicated Senior), Vanessa Labrada Perez (Most Dedicated Junior)

 

Greg Scott, head of the physical education department, thanked administration for their support this past school year as well as the students. To the parents, he said “your support has been tremendous this year and every year.”

Scott also paid tribute to the teachers and coaches, adding that 11 former Amherst athletes came back this year to coach.