CONWAY — The Kennett High School Athletic Department held its annual Fall Sports Awards last Thursday (Nov. 14) before a good-sized crowd in the Loynd Auditorium.
Kennett High Athletic Director Neal Weaver served as master of ceremony for the evening, which kicked off with a terrific slide show by junior Reilly Murphy.
This year's athletic award winners were:
In cross-country running, Coach Bernie Livingston presented the Cross-Country Award to Chris Desmarais for the boys and Sierra Abrams for the girls.
The cross-country award "is presented each year to the member of each team who both on the field and in the school best demonstrates the qualities of loyalty to Kennett High School, citizenship and sportsmanship — both as a follower and as a leader."
The Kennett cross-country season came to an end at the prestigious 43rd annual New Hampshire Meet of Champions at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Nov. 2. The KHS girls, who qualified as a team after a top 6 finish at the Division II Championships the week before, finished 17th overall, while Kennett senior Chris Desmarais, who finished in the top 25 individuals at the Division II meet, was 44th overall.
The Eagles will lose four boys — Keith Badger, Julian Brochu, Chris Desmarais and Ben Klementovich, and four girls — Sierra Abrams, Grace Castonguay, Madelyn Marcotte and Sophie Stimpson — to graduation next June.
In field hockey, Coach Cassandra Daley presented the John Marsden Award to Natalie Shaw and the Deryl Fleming Award to Eva Drummond.
The Marsden Award "is presented to a senior, a player who demonstrates good sportsmanship and a positive attitude. This athlete is also very coachable, works hard, and is a committed member of the team."
The Deryl Fleming Award "is presented to the field hockey player that demonstrates true commitment, dedication, and love for the game of field hockey."
Kennett went 12-2 during the regular season to secure the No. 3 seed for the Division II playoff. In the quarterfinals, KHS fell 1-0 to visiting Merrimack Valley, the No, 6 seed, at Centola Field on Oct. 27.
No. 2 seed Hanover (14-1-1) beat No. 4 Souhegan (14-3) 2-0 to win the state championship at Bedford High School on Nov. 3.
The Eagles will lose seniors Eva Drummond, Natalie Shaw, Faith Downing, Josie Phaneuf, Glennys Chambers, C.J. MacDonald and goalie Hannah Frittenberg to graduation.
Kennett went 7-2 during the regular season with wins over three-time defending champs Plymouth and retained the prestigious Carroll County Trophy by beating rival Kingswood to clinch the No. 4 seed for the Division II payoffs.
The Sam Fuller Award is "given annually to a senior member of the football team, someone with great character and has displayed strong leadership skills, someone who has placed the needs of others and the team in front of their own, a truly unselfish player."
Kennett went 7-2 during the regular season with wins over three-time defending champs Plymouth and retained the prestigious Carroll County Trophy by beating rival Kingswood to clinch the No. 4 seed for the Division II playoffs.
KHS fell to No. 5 seed Hollis-Brookline 49-21 in the quarterfinals at Gary Millen Stadium on Nov. 9.
Hollis-Brookline, who beat No. 1 Bow 34-14 last Saturday, will play No. 6 seed Plymouth, who beat No. 7 Alvirne 14-7 in the semifinal, for the state championship at the University of New Hampshire in Durham this Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Eagles will lose seniors Braeden Bailey, Russell Chick, Will Eaton, Dom Jones, Trevor LaRusso, Malik Memia, Jackson Ogren, Justin Olson, Ethan Ouellette, Austin Parker and Jack Wheeler to graduation.
In golf, Ed Bradley announced Connor Tofflemoyer as the recipient of the Golf Award.
The golf award "is presented to that player who demonstrates those intangibles that are part of the game; honesty, integrity, and character. Also, that player who demonstrates that team comes before the individual in a sport where you usually play for yourself."
Kennett and Hollis-Brookline both went 22-3 during the regular season with the Eagles securing the top spot by virtue of wins against other playoff teams. The Division II Team Championships were scheduled to be held on Oct. 16 at Beaver Meadow Country Club in Concord, but the first nor'easter of the fall curtailed the championships.
According to the NHIAA’s policies and procedures, there wasn’t a provision to reschedule the team championships, thus Kennett was named champs, receiving the school’s first state championship in the sport.
Members of the state championship team coached by Bradley and assistant coach Steve Piotrow are seniors Jeremiah Brito, Gage Drew, Evan Eldridge, Riley Fletcher, Connor Glavin, Brady King, Gabe Mohla, Cole Rogers, Owen Strout, Connor Tofflemoyer and Mile Woodbury; juniors Matt Cormier, Mason Drew, John Egan, Colby Hall, Aidan Henderson, Sean Regnier, Brady Shaw and Bryson Wrobleski; sophomores Griffin McAuliffe, Henry Moneypenny, Spencer Ogren and Garrison Phaneuf; and freshmen Grant Barahona, Ben Dougherty, MacCary Kelsch, Thomas Roosenboom.
The Eagles will lose 11 seniors to graduation.
In mountain biking, Coach Chris Darling presented the Golden Spoke Award to Kylan Morneau.
The mountain bike award "goes to a deserving student-athlete who has participated in three or more seasons, has excellent character and attitude toward the sport and volunteer efforts to support the team in local events."
Kennett hosted its lone Northern New England Mountain Bike League race on Oct 22 on the campus atop of Eagles Way.
Kennett had two boys in the A race — Kylan Morneau and Kevin Faye — finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in 51:06 and 52:21.
Kennett’s top B finisher was Reed Karnopp, who was 10th in 34:07. Other Eagles were Parker Mustapha, 14th, 35:29; Aidan Hayes, 20th, 37:04; Sean Morgan, 26th, 38:47; Tyler Cicero, 29th, 40:29; Brody Jesseman, 32nd, 42:17; Taylor Rothen, 34th, 43:46; Sam Taylor, 38th, 47:34; and Brandon Nault, 39th, 47:40.
Kennett's top racer in the C race was Bridger Viger, who was 23rd in 24:51. He was followed by teammate Jett Cronin, who was 33rd in 29:32.
In boys soccer, Coach Dave Hart announced the Soccer Award winner is Santiago Ciro, who was unable to attend the awards as he was on a college visit in Minnesota, where he hopes to continue playing the beautiful game.
The Kennett Boys Soccer Award "is given to a player who from the first day of training to the last game has shown a consistent and always improving level of commitment to the team. He has proven to be a leader during training and during games."
Kennett went 3-13 (went 1-14-1 in 2018) to finish 15th overall in 18-team Division II standing. Under the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association, 70 percent of the teams in a division qualify for the playoffs. The top 12 teams this fall qualified for the tournament.
Top-seeded ConVal (16-1-2) won the Division II State Championship, beating No. 2 Lebanon (16-3) at Manchester Memorial on Nov. 9.
The Eagles will lose Cole Bradley, Santiago Ciro, Jackson Gordon, Calder Mazel, Jimmy McCarthy, Reilly Murphy, Snoden Schmitt, Matt Synnott and Ishaan Wenger to graduation
In girls soccer, Coach Jamie Killeen presented the Suzy Engler Award to Maggie Miller.
The Suzy Engler Award for girls' soccer "is given to a player who is dedicated to the team, shows a love of the game, enthusiasm for the sport, good sportsmanship both on and off the field and holds herself as a good leader."
Kennett went 5-10-1 (5-11 in 2018), but that doesn’t tell the story of the season. Injuries cost returning All-State player Sophie Killeen more than half of her senior season, while the team’s leading returning scorer Samantha Habert-Jaques and team Rookie of the Year Grace Murphy dealt with injuries during the campaign. Kennett, despite losing six matches by a goal, nearly grabbed the final playoff spot but lost out to Plymouth due to head-to-head results.
Top-seeded Hanover (19-0) beat No. 3 Bow (16-3) 1-0 in overtime to win the Division II State Championship at Manchester Memorial Field on No. 10.
The Eagles will lose Helen Badger, Sylvie Brustin, Liz Cote, Helen Hill, Sophie Killeen, Maggie Miller, Skylar Terry and Nadia VanDyne to graduation.
In volleyball, Coach Craig Bartolmei presented Audry Orsino with the Soaring Like an Eagle Volleyball Award.
The volleyball award "goes to an individual who shows great improvement and skill throughout the season. Has a positive spirit and ability to motivate her teammates and is an asset on and off the court."
Kennett went 2-14 in its second season in Division II. KHS won back-to-back matches in September beating Hillsboro-Deering (2-14) and Laconia (7-9 in Division II), while playing every opponent tough this fall.
No. 1 seed Inter-Lakes (19-0) beat No. 6 Mascenic (14-6) 3-1 to win the Division III State Championship at Plymouth State University on Nov. 8.
The Eagles will lose just two seniors — Shaley Camile and Audry Orsinio — to graduation next June.
The teams then went their separate ways for the awarding of certificates and other festivities.