Family, food and awards made for a celebratory evening at CHS’s Fall Athletics Awards. Indeed there was much to be celebrated as coaches shared personal and team victories. Following years of quiet soccer seasons both the CHS boys and girls teams made the playoffs. In other athletics, members of the girl’s field hockey demonstrated individual and team growth while several cross-country runners achieved personal records and sent runners to the Meet of Champions. The golf team, comprised of many young players, finished a competitive season with strong prospects for the future. For more photos of the event please visit: https://www.facebook.com/JaffreyRindgeSchools.
Coach Carlos Fuertes states, “I am very proud of the girls. We ended up with a record of 9-7 and it looks like it has been a long, long time since these girls have had a winning record. I am looking forward to next year because most of the core team will be back.” He discussed encouraging players to try their skills in a game without worrying about making mistakes. Toward the middle of the season, “These girls started to play some great soccer, not only the passing but the dribbling. I had 10 different players scoring goals. I had 14 players that were player of the game. We averaged over three goals per game.” Fuertes emphasized team and individual play. Jordan Banish scored 20 goals during the season. Next year, with seven returning juniors, the stage is set for another strong season.
The Heart of Conant: Kristyn Simoneau
The Golden Ball: Megan Wheeler
Coach Daniel Bemis described the growth in his players over the last couple of years, “Players are really starting to grasp the fundamentals of the game. […] I really loved how inclusive the seniors were of younger players. It made for a fun season.” Co-captain Cole Patton explained, “It was the first time that we have made the play-offs in over 10 years.” Co-captain James Record added “This year was a reflection of the program building up.” Patton went on, “We have been playing together since we were in middle school.” Record commented “Making the playoffs was a huge step.” The captains reflected further that their coach was behind them 100 percent and that they hope more people will join the team next year.
Rookie of the Year: Garret Cournoyer
Coaches Award: James Record
Coach Laurel Maack shared the improvement progressions the girls made throughout the season including a comment from referees, “Each of the team members stepped it up each game. Each game our referees would comment that compared to our previous games we had stepped it up.
Most Improved: Carly LeBrecque
Leadership Award: Mariah Chamberlain
Coach Erin Kelly described her season, “We had an awesome season. We had the biggest boys team that we have ever had. We had eighteen boys which was amazing.” At the state meet two of the eight girls qualified to compete at the Meet of Champions while six out of seven boys finished the five-kilometer race in under twenty minutes. Continuing the season, senior Claire Van Houten and sophomore Isabella Mormando gave a strong showing at the Meet of Champions. Coach Kelly is looking forward to working with this talented group in the upcoming indoor and spring track seasons.
Most Improved: Josh Barnwell
Most Valuable Player: Caleb Olson
Coaches Award: Bailey Despres
Most Improved: Lilly Bennett
Coach Tom Borden “We had two freshmen that were very talented and helped our team do well. One freshman was a beginner.” The highlight of the season came when the team golfed a 178 at Bretwood. “At least five of our guys broke fifty and two of those being our freshmen Connor Heart as well as Tate Nemela.” There were seventeen teams in division three and Conant finished eleventh. Coach Borden is predicting strong future seasons in part due to his six out of eight returning players and strong community golf programs.
Most Improved: Connor Heart
Coaches Award: Nick Germano