Heuvelton Celebrates Strong Winter Season
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - Heuvelton Central recently celebrated a memorable winter sports season which showed promise of outstanding campaigns ahead in Boys and Girls Basketball and Cheerleading. The teams were honored by the school district at the Winter Sports Awards Ceremony.
The Boys and Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball teams both enjoyed strong seasons and the Competitive Cheerleading squad won the Section 10 Small Team Division title and performed well at the state championships.
Competitive Cheerleading: Coach Mandi McNamara thanked her Assistant Coach Frankie Jo Besio and the the Bulldogs' supporters and praised her girls for their dedication to improvement.
Before winning their division title at the Section 10 Championships the Bulldogs placed first at the OFA Competition andat the Section 10 Qualifying Competition and took second at Lisbon and Edwards-Knox Competitions.
"We had a great season and it came from lots of work and lots of dedication," said Coach McNamara. The girls were amazing at the states where they scored well."
Lindsey Barnett and Sydney Morley earned First Team All-Northern Conference selection and Sabrina Osuch earned a Second Team selection.
Team awards were presented to Adreannah Rishe - Most Improved Cheerleader, Megan Woodard - Coaches' Award, Kara Ashlaw - Most Valuable Cheerleader and Carley Simmons - Captains' Award.
Other contributions to an outstanding season came from: Ashleigh Calton, Deanna Bellinger, Kaitlyn Dietschweiler, Lanie Durham, Larissa Hays, Luna Kirby, Payton McDevitt, Lydia Vaughan and Emily Rybak.
Junior Varsity Boys Basketball: Coach Bryant Wentworth cited his young team which was composed of nine freshmen and one sophomore for having an outstanding season centered around a true love and dedication to the game.
"These guys can't get enough basketball. They are in the gym any chance they get," said Coach Wentworth.
"I can't wait to see how much these guys develop for next year.
Sophomore Hunter Venette was honored with the Bulldog Award, Brandon Pray was cited as the Outstanding Defensive Player and Chris Ashlaw was recognized as the Outstanding Offensive Player. Other members of the team are: Jake Venette, Jakob Ladouceur, Asa Douglass, Dylan Carpenter, Lucas Thornhill, Connor Phillips and Tristan Young.
Varsity Boys Basketball: Coach Josh McAllister thanked Assistant Coach Dave Bayne for his ongoing service to a Bulldog program which Coach McAllister feels is headed toward some outstanding seasons.
"These guys love basketball and they work hard and learn lessons in practice. We had no issues with this group," said Coach McAllister whose team reached the Section 10 Class D semi-finals where they lost to eventual Class D Champion and number one state-ranke Chateaugay.
"Basketball is a long season and we finished strong. The NAC West had five state ranked teams. We played Harrisville tough, we took Hermon-DeKalb to the brink and scored a big win over Lisbon at Maxcy Hall."
Junior Braiden Free and freshman Nate Mashaw earned Second Team All-NAC West Awards and senior Gavin Barney earned the Team's NAC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Team awards went Free as Most Valuable Player, senior Bryce Lake as the Bulldog Big Man Award recipient, Nate Mashaw as Rookie of the Year, Gavin Barney as the recipient of the Coaches' Award, Josh Wrobel as the Most Improved Player and Jed Crayford as the Outstanding Defensive Player.
Other members of the team are: Cole Rickett, Evan Felt, Matt Basford, Gavin Murray and Hayden Knauf.
JV Girls Basketball: Coach Austin Weakfall honored his eight-player team for posting an 18-2 season and sharing the NAC West Division title with Hammond at 11-1. The Bulldogs won rtrhe Heuvelton Cindy Brady Tournament, the Madrid-Waddington Jessie Chamberlain Tournament, the Saranac Central Tournament and the Coaches Vs Cancer Game at Lisbon.
"We had a small team which played big with great chemistry" said Coach Weakfall who presented team awards to Shaylyn Dixon - Outstanding Hustle Award, Rylin McAllister - 3-Point Sniper Award, Katie Cunningham - Outstanding Offensive Player and Ali Trathen - Outstanding Defensive Player.
Other members of the team are: Kadance Durrant, Marva Ford, Jayne Lovely and Lily Spooner. Brynn Eggleston served as the team's manager.
Varsity Girls Basketball: Coach Rob Powers recognized his team for a 17-6 season with a second place finish in the NAC West Division and a second place finish in the Section 10 Class D Tournament behind Hammond.
"One of major goals as a team was to reach in the Class D finals and we did that. We had injuries but we kept going," said Coach Powers who presented team awards to: Bella Doyle - Outstanding Offensive Player, Rayna Cameron - Outstanding Defensive Player, Kaitlin Sibley - Coaches' Award and Trista Ashley - Captains' Award.
Doyle earned Second Team All-NAC honors, Cameron, who will play basketball next season at Jefferson Community College, earned First Team honors and Sibley was the NAC West recipient of the Nicole Flurry Memorial Award which is presented by the NNY Officials Board.
Other members of the team are: Lara Martin, Grace Mills, Dakota West, Molly Williams, Jenna Lira, Dakota West, Emma LaFaver and Amber Cunningham. The team's managers were: Kerrigan Doyle and Natalie Mills.