BY STEVEN HEATON
LISBON - Success was judged in a lot of ways on Monday evening at the Lisbon Central School Winter Sports Awards night.
For many coaches, it was improvement. For the administration it was the student athlete.
Senior speakers Adam Felt, Emily Dishaw, and Megan Barney also spoke of their teams success in varsity basketball for boys and girls and varsity cheerleading.
Felt began the night taking about the many postgame talks with his coaches.
We might not have been the fastest team, the strongest, smartest or most skilled team but I cannot remember a single postgame speech when someone said we didnt work hard. That was one element of our team that never failed to show up, said Felt, a NAC First Team selection and the runner up in NAC West Division MVP balloting behind Edwards-Knoxs Kaden Dandrow.
Dishaw spoke of her teams desire to improve and about her coaches that made her senior season enjoyable.
Barney spoke about falling in love with the sport of cheerleading. She also spoke about the sport being fun but extremely hard work.
We all love cheerleading at basketball games. But we live to perform in our competitions. All year, we work hard though a lot of sweat, pain, tears and those dreaded warmups that we all love so much and for three weeks in March in which we performace and compete to be called Champions, said Barney.
Varsity coaches Beth Hooper, Dickie Marcellus, John Casserly and Sean Backus, junior varsity coaches John McBath and Bob Jordan, and Modified coaches Renee Robinson, Michelle Kelley, and Al Flack honored their respective teams with encouragement and occasionally a laugh and a tear.
Superintendent of Schools Erin Woods than spoke highly of the schools athletic program. Our school board raves about our success on the field and court and the track. But being a parent, Im most proud of the student athlete here at Lisbon. Tonight, Im honoring a lot of students with great academic success for which Im most proud of, said Woods who handed out 71 Academic All American certificates.
Boys Modified Basketball: Austin Cadrette 90.45, Hunter Forsythe 93.18, Hunter Gray 88.45, Jack Gray 85.64, Tucker Jordan 98.29, Jacob Kiah 91.36, Adam Robinson 85.75, Keegan Robinson 92.92, Noel Robinson 90.25, Carson Smith 94.43, Nicholas Spooner 88.27.
Girls Modified Basketball: Sierra Ashley 91.67, Hannah Beebie 93.45, Margaret Crowley 97.69, Claire Donaldson 97.75, Riley Green 94.54, Lorraine Hollis 95.67, Cheali Kench 94.73, Alexis LaFlair 86.17, Randi Legault 86.77, Dana Olmstead 90.55, Jessica Payne 85.27, Kailtyn Reynolds 88.00, Anna Robinson 90.27, TaShauna Schofell 89.33, Cheyenne White 87.33.
Boys JV Basketball: Donald Duprey 91.15, Connor Hammond 88.07, Kane Jordan 91.64, Koby Jordan 93.00, Adam Kelley 85.23, Jacob Pellerin 84.50, Evan Robinson 85.29, Coleman Smith 90.93, Devon Vallance 88.43, Tristan Vine 90.29; Girls JV Basketball: Kaitlyn Barney 96.08, Kailtyn Barse 86.00, Mercedee Bigelow 93.58, Madelin Caufield 85.69, Mikayla Deruchia 90.85, Sierra Dobbs 87.50, Rebekah Robinson 95.79, Jennifer Snyder 94.77, Kathryn Sovie 91.73, Maddison Vine 91.38, Fayeanne West 89.29.
Track through merger with Canton: Maeve Bowdish 94.20, Laura Pierce 96.29; Cheering: Morgan Baldock 96.77, Megan Barney 98.00, Shelby Dishaw 91.10, Chelsey Duprey 85.40, Kaela Erwin 96.00, Sierra Erwin 86.86, Rileigh Mee 86.93, Alyshia Murray 91.54, Nicole Neadom 93.69.
Boys Varsity Basketball: Erik Berstorff 92.92, Ryan Buckley 97.38, Adam Felt 86.50, James Robinson Jr. 88.31.
Girls Varsity Basketball: Alexandria Amo 86.79, Kristen Calkins 91.73, Bethany Crowley 94.77, Emily Dishaw 87.90, Samantha Gladle 87.30, Courtney Green 85.27, Hanna Richardson 89.38, Jacqueline Sovie 97.20, Gabrielle Walker 90.30.
Lisbon Winter Awards Ceremony
Varsity Girls Basketball: Coach Dickie Marcellus judged his team by improvement. We finished 8-11 but the record didnt match our success. We learned a lot of lessons that well use beyond basketball, said Marcellus who honored seniors Gabby Walker, Emily Dishaw, Sam Gladle; juniors Beth Crowley, Jackie Sovie, Kristen Calkins, Hanna Richardson; and sophomores Alex Amo and Courtney Green.
JV Girls Basketball: Coach John McBath talked about why his team was so enjoyable to coach. These girls in one word were wonderful. We were young with nine freshman and two sophomores and if you were having a bad day they would make me laugh. We improved a lot during the season and matured, said McBath who honored sophomors Mikayla Deruchia, Brooke Oshier and freshman Katie Sovie, Madison Vine, Rebekah Robinson, Madelin Caufield, Fayeanne West, Sierra Dobbs, Kaitlyn Barse, Kati Barney, Jenny Snyder, Sadie Bigelow.
Girls Modified Basketball: Coach Renee Robinson talked about her seventh grade team of five players - two of whom had never picked up a basketball. We went 6-8 and Im extremely proud of the way this team worked and improved, said Robinson of Sierra Ashley, Clair Donaldson, Riley Green, Randi LeGault, and Kaitllyn Reynolds.
Everyone on this team scored and we had no MVPs.
Coach Michelle Kelley talked about the eighth grade team which battled through frustrations but never lacked effort. This team never quit and never complained. We just kept working hard to improve, said Kelley of Margret Crowley, Hannah Beebie, Ryleigh Burwell, Lorriane Hollis, Lexi LaFlair, Hunter Lovely, Dana Olmstead, Jessica Payne, Anna Robinson, Cheyenne White, and Brooke Wood.
Cheerleading: Coach Beth Hooper thanked the adminstration and other coaches for their flexability during the season, a campaign where Lisbon brought home five Varsity B titles, four overall championships from competitions at Lisbon, OFA, Edwards-Knox, Massena and Heuvelton.
It was heartbreaking not to compete at SUNY Potsdam but cheerleading is a team sport and every member has a role and without one person it changes the routine and we just didnt have the time to switch the routine up, said Hooper who applauded the season long efforts of seniors Megan Barney, Chelsey Duprey, Kaela Erwin, Shelby Dishaw, and Emily Rayburn; juniors Morgan Beldock, Alyshia Murray, Nicole Neadom, McKenzie Lynch, Holly Williams; sophomores Kali Martin, Rileigh Mee, and Aneissa Fields; freshman Sierra Erwin and Adrien Hyde, and eighth grader Bailey Dean.
Coach Hooper also thanked Section 10 for awarding All Academic awards to cheerleaders this winter season.
Track and Field: Canton coach John Casserly spoke highlighly of his two merger athletes in Maeve Bowdish and Laura Pierce.
Both of these girls were instrumental parts of our undefeated season at Canton. In Section 10 track, mergers work. This year, four sectional marks were broken because of mergers - two by South Jeff student and Beaver River standout Skylar Pastor and two by your own Laura Pierce. Laura did almost every event this season and was our teams leading point scorer and was first team in the 1500, 3000 and 1000 meters. Maeve competed very well in the 4x200 relay, the shot put and 55, said Casserly.
Varsity Boys Basketball: Coach Sean Backus spoke of his teams second half ride. We had a very good season. When we were good, we were real good. When we played bad, it was real bad. But we finished the season at 14-6 and won 12 of our last 13 games. Our success was because we paid attention to details, said Backus who honored seniors Adam Felt, James Darcy, David Turri and Matt Williard; juniors Jake Putney, Jimmy Robinson, Ryan Buckley, John Hunter, and Nick Snyder; and exchange student Erik Berstorff.
JV Boys Basketball: Coach Bob Jordan spoke of his team stepping up and improving while playing better competition. We worked hard and improved. And we played top notch teams in Potsdam and OFA. And we took Morristown, a team with several varsity caliber players to the final shot, said Jordan after awarding certificates to Evan Robinson, Tristen Vine, Donnie Duprey, Alex Gravelin and freshman Jordyn Carr, Connor Hammond, Adam Kelley, Logan Matthews, Jacob Pellerin, Donnie Seguin, Coleman Smith, Devon Vallance, and eight graders Kane Jordan and Koby Jordan.
Modified Boys Basketball: Coach Al Flack thanked his team for its dedication to improvement. Our seventh grade team competed in every game despite low numbers. We had hard work and this team has ability, said Flack of Tucker Jordan, Josh Lampett, John McGrath, Adam Robinson, Keegan Robinson, and Noel Robinson.
Coach Flack then spoke about why he coaches both teams.
I like to watch how much they improve together year to year and mature. Our eighth grade team has a bright future. They work hard all the time, said Flack of Austin Cadrette, Hunter Forsythe, Hunter Gray, Jack Gray, Jake Kiah, Braiden Martin, Ryan Mason, Allan Robinson and Nicholas Spooner.