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Heuvelton championship winter seasons noted, sportsmanship honored

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HEUVELTON - Two championships and one very sportsman-like team were honored Thursday evening by the Heuvelton Central School District at its Winter Sports Girls Basketball and Cheerleading Awards presentation.

“One of the biggest compliments I get from area schools are how well behaved and sportsman-like our teams are.” said Athletic Director Dave Steele. “But also I’m very pleased with our academics too.”

Several players of the Varsity Girls Basketball team were honored with New York State Scholar Athlete Team honors with a 95 average.

“Our varsity girls basketball team earned that honor by New York State and our cheerleading would have qualified too.”

Cheerleading Coach Mandi McNamara and assistant, Amanda Klossner, were first to present their awards.

“This team was very dedicated and a pleasure to coach. We practice five times a week and also carried out our cheering duties for the boys and girls basketball teams. Though, we haven’t placed in our first two competitions this team has shown great improvement and utmost respect to our competition. They’ve been great sports. We have four more competitions left including our own on Saturday at Noon. This team has worked very hard,” said coach McNamara.

Honored with participation letters and certificates were: Derek Fenton, Katie Bates, Shelby Williams, Rachael Sharlow, Tiffany Bogardus, Ashlyn Foster, Kirsten Wiegandt, Shayanne Willard, Alexis Sawyer, Eliza Hamilton, Alyx Scalone, Natalie Chambers, Marie McDonnell, Amanda Smith and Leslie teRielle.

Shelby Williams won the Outstanding Team Player Award. Shayanne Willard was honored as the Most Improved Cheerleader. Alyx Scalone received the Team’s Most Energetic Award.

Tiffany Bogardus was the recipient of the Team’s Most Adaptable Cheerleader Award.

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Austin Weakfall congratulated his team for their second straight JV West title and Cindy Brady Memorial Tournament Championship.

“We finished 13-4 and everyone on this team was great to coach and fun to watch in school academically. We had some toughness but we also could have shown more,” said Weakfall as he honored Natalie Barr, Alex Steele, Miranda Donnelly, Paige McCormick, Rachael Cougler, Jaelin Calkins, Gabrielle Johnson, Shelby Mack, Karina Warren, Paige Weston. Tori Peck and Taylor Dawley with participation pins and letters.

Paige McCormick, who moved up to varsity for the final two varsity games of the season and appeared in two sectional games at the varsity level averaging nine points in those games earned the Team MVP Award.

Natalie Barr and Rachael Cougler received Coach’s Awards while Jaelin Calkins took home Most Improved Player honors.

Varsity Girls Coach Rob Powers congratulated his Bulldogs on their Section 10 Class D1 Championship victory over Madrid-Waddington and spoke about his team’s 15-7 season.

“We had six more wins this season and academically we had 10 of 12 qualify for New York State Scholar Athlete Team honors and 9-of-12 for Section 10 honors. Our community involvement has helped us raise good citizens and I believe this team’s players are very good citizens,” said Powers who honored Renee Breault, Rachel Carmany, Ashlyn Piercey, Kylie Piercey, Macy Richardson, Maddie St.Pierre, Olivia St. Pierre, Logan Tallman, Hannah Thornhill, Rachel Thornhill, Madison Simmons, Alexis Weidner with participation certificates and letters.

Ashlyn Piercey won the Coaches Award. Olivia St. Pierre earned the team’s Captains’ Award. Logan Tallman, who hit 33 three-pointers, was cited as the team’s Offensive MVP. Alexis Weidner was selected the team’s Defensive MVP. Rachael Thornhill brought home the team’s Most Improved Player Award and Maddie St. Pierre, who played all five positions during the season, was named Overall Team MVP.

“We’ve got most of this team back next season and with the addition of several JV players we have the ability to bring home another banner or two. But we’ve got to start working for it now,” said Powers.

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