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Regional All Stars Gala to celebrate county's best high school athletes 

 

Each week, we reveal our top athletes and coaches of the year, leading up to the Regional All Stars Gala on June 26 at Bennington College's Greenwall Auditorium, presented by sponsors Bennington Subaru,  Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.

 

The chosen top athletes and coaches receive a free ticket to the gala that must be redeemed at http://athleteoftheyear.eventbrite.com Tickets for the general public are also available for sale at that site.

The honors won’t stop at athletic achievement. The student athletes and coaches in attendance are also finalists for special awards for courage, perseverance and leadership.

In addition to athletes and coaches of the year, honors for boys’ and girls’ sports awards will be given for remarkable comeback stories, unsung heroes who made their teams’ success possible, and ambassadors whose effort and dedication promoted a positive reputation for their school and their teammates.

A team of the year also will be recognized for its 2017-18 athletic achievement.

 


8-time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland to headline Regional All Stars Gala

 

 


Nate Holland

 

 

 

Last year's Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars event was such a success, we're doing it again.

The Banner and Journal will host the second gala event this June honoring Bennington County's best high school athletes and coaches for the 2017-18 school year.

And we have invited another special guest to help honor our area's best student-athletes: three-time Team USA Olympic snowboarder Nate Holland.

"I am honored to join the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal's Regional Sports Awards," Holland said. "Youth are our future, and I'm excited to share some of my experiences in achieving athletic success through hard work and dedication while touching on failures within my Olympic and X Games Snowboard career."

Save the date: The gala is June 26 at Bennington College's Greenwall Auditorium. 

The gala celebrates and honors the top student-athletes and coaches from our region's high schools. 

"From the sports reporters to this newspaper's owners, everyone here at the Banner and Journal is excited and proud to place Bennington County's finest student-athletes and coaches in the spotlight on June 26," said Fredric D. Rutberg, publisher and president of the newspapers.  "This gala is one part — a very special part — of our efforts to highlight the extraordinary youth of the region."

Making the event possible, Bennington Subaru and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center have signed on as the Regional All-Stars title sponsors.

"Bennington Subaru is proud to sponsor the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal Regional All Star Gala again this year," said Bennington Subaru owner Abel Toll. "Highlighting the best of the best of our student-athletes, their accomplishments in sports and academics was astounding. At Bennington Subaru we believe in our community and hope that there will be more events like this one in the future."

Last June, the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars featured three-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas as the honored guest.

The event earned first place from the New England Newspaper and Press Association as the best of its kind the past year. 

In this Winter Olympic year, we will be joined by Holland, who represented the U.S. in men's boardercross at Turin in 2006, at Vancouver in 2010 and at Sochi in 2014. He's a two-time bronze medalist at the World Championships and has won seven Winter X Games gold medals, including five in a row.

In the coming months, top student-athletes and coaches in their respective sports from Arlington Memorial High School, Burr and Burton Academy, Cambridge High School, Hoosick Falls High School, Long Trail School, Mount Anthony Union High School and Stratton Mountain School will be announced and featured in the Banner and Journal. 

Athletes and coaches will be honored in 21 interscholastic sports sanctioned by the governing bodies of Vermont and New York state high school sports.

Those athletes and coaches get to attend the ticketed dinner event for free, get recognized on stage for their sporting achievements, and get to meet and greet the evening's honored guest. 

 

 


 

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FALL SPORTS

FOOTBALL   

BOYS SOCCER  GIRLS SOCCER

FIELD HOCKEY

  CROSS COUNTRY

VOLLEYBALL     GOLF


WINTER SPORTS

SWIMMING            SKIING

HOCKEY       WRESTLING       

GIRLS BASKETBALL  BOYS BASKETBALL

BOWLING        DANCE

CHEERING   SNOWBOARDING

 


SPRING SPORTS

TENNIS        LACROSSE

TRACK & FIELD

BASEBALL     SOFTBALL

 

 

 

 

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Three-time Team USA snowboarder Nate Holland to celebrate Bennington County's top high school athletes and coaches June 26 at the 2nd Regional All Star Gala. Here are details about the event.

Who: The top high school athletes in Bennington County will be honored on stage at the gala. Watch the newspaper and website as we announce who they are for each sport. The gala’s special awards for athletes will only be announced at the event.

Where: Bennington College's Greenwall Auditorium

When: Tuesday, June 26, 6-8 p.m.

Sponsors: Bennington Subaru, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Bennington College

Tickets: Buy online at http://athleteoftheyear.eventbrite.com. Early-bird tickets for the public, family, and friends of the athletes are $35. Athletes selected for special honors can attend free but must claim their ticket online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOTBALL

 

 

McCoy

OFFENSIVE PLAYER 

Jay McCoy

Burr and Burton, Senior

McCoy was an offensive powerhouse and a threat to get into the end zone on any snap. McCoy threw for more than 1,794 yards and 20 touchdowns against six interceptions. On the ground, he rushed for 1,179 yards, an average of 7.6 yards per carry, and 14 more scores as he led Burr and Burton to the Division II semifinals and an 8-2 record. McCoy was named to the first-team all-state on both sides of the ball, as a quarterback and a linebacker.

Genevick

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Nathan Genevick

Cambridge, Senior

Genevick was one of the top defensive linemen, not only in Section II but throughout New York state. He had a team-high 112 tackles, including four for loss, while also getting a pair of sacks. He tied for the team-lead with four fumble recoveries as the Indians went 12-1 and won their second-straight state championship. Genevick was named to the first-team All-State, one of five underclassmen to receive that honor.

Hoffer

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Maxwell Hoffer

Cambridge, Senior

Hoffer was strong on both sides of the ball as a lineman for the state champion Indians. On offense, he led the line that helped Cambridge rush for almost 3,600 yards, an average of 276 per game and 70 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 85 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions — including one for a touchdown and two fumble recoveries. Hoffer was named as a first-team All-State player for the second straight season.

Luke

COACH

Doug Luke

Cambridge

Luke won his second-straight state championship this season, a 26-14 win over Maple Grove in a rematch of the 2016 championship game. The Indians were 12-1 in 2017 and finished as the No. 1 team in the New York State Sportswriters Association’s poll after outscoring opponents 655-151. With the 12 victories, Luke is now at 203 for his career, fifth in Section II for coaching wins. In the past two seasons, Luke and the Indians are 25-1.

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BOYS SOCCER

 

 

Lane

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Lane Nolan

Arlington, Senior

Nolan was the leader of the Arlington defensive back line that gave up just 14 goals in 16 games.

The Eagles finished the year at 9-6-1 and shut out their opponents on seven different occasions. Nolan was named a Marble Valley League all-star and to the Vermont all-state team for his efforts on defense throughout the season.

 

McCullough

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Will McCullough

Long Trail, Senior

McCullough scored the most goals by a boy in the seven schools the Banner covers with 28 goals. He was a major force on the Long Trail team that made its first-ever trip to the Division IV state finals, where the 14-3-1 Mountain Lions fell to Rivendell 1-0. McCullough also scored one of Long Trail's two goals in the semifinal game against South Royalton. He was named a Marble Valley League all-star and a member of the Vermont all-state team at the season's conclusion.

Smith

COACH

Tim Smith

Long Trail

Smith was the leader in a lot of firsts for the Long Trail boys soccer team in 2017. He led the Long Trail boys soccer team to its first Division IV state championship game in program history. The Mountain Lions compiled a 14-3-1 record and won the Marble Valley League for the first time.

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GIRLS SOCCER

 

 

Pinkus

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Grace Pinkus

Burr and Burton, Sophomore

Pinkus was the top offensive threat for Burr and Burton during the 2017 season with 19 goals, which ranks her sixth for girls in the coverage area. She was a major reason BBA finished 14-4-1 and made it to the Division I state championship game for the third straight season, where they fell to CVU 1-0 in a tightly-contested game in Burlington.Pinkus scored one of the Bulldogs' two goals in their state semifinals win. She was named to the Marble Valley League all-star team and a member of the Vermont all-state team for her play.

Tess

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Tess Belnap

Arlington, Sophomore

Belnap was the best offensive player in the area with 44 goals on the season. She was a top scoring option on an Arlington team that went undefeated at 18-0 and defeated Proctor 3-0 in the Division IV state championship game. Belnap was named a Marble Valley League all-star and a member of the all-state team after the season. Among her achievements with the Eagles, last summer Belnap was chosen for the Region I Olympic Development Program team, which includes a group of the top 30 sophomore soccer players in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states.

Staab

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Shaana Staab

Arlington, Junior

Staab was the goalkeeper for an Arlington team that allowed just six goals in 18 games. While she was in net, she allowed just four shots to get past. She helped lead the Eagles to an undefeated season and a Division IV state championship. Staab was named to the Marble Valley League all-star team and a member of the Vermont all-state team.

 

 

Wood

COACH

Aaron Wood

Arlington

In his first season at the helm of the Arlington girls soccer team, after taking over for his father, Wood led the Eagles to a perfect 18-0 record and a Division IV state championship, which was the program's first in eight years. Under Wood's leadership, Arlington outscored opponents 104-6 for the season and had two of the best offensive players in state in Tess Belnap (44 goals) and Haley Mattison (32 goals).

 

 

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FIELD HOCKEY

 

 

Lane

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Mackenzie Sprague

Hoosick Falls

Sprague was one of the top players on defense for a Hoosick Falls team that went 16-2 and made it to the sectional championship game.

She came through in key moments on offense as well. She scored one of the Panthers' three goals in Hoosick Falls' win in the sectional semifinal game against Warrensburg.

At the season's conclusion, she was named as one of the team's four first-team Wasaren-Adirondack League all-stars.

 

Hickey

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Lillian Hickey

Hoosick Falls, Junior

Hickey was the top offensive threat on a Hoosick Falls team that went 16-2 and made it to the sectional championship game, where they fell to Schuylerville.

Hickey scored 22 goals in a season where she was named to the New York State field hockey team. Only two other players in the Wasaren-Adirondack League players made that team.

She was one of four players on her team to be named a Wasaren-Adirondack League first-team all-star after the season.

 

Campbell

COACH

Denise Campbell

Hoosick Falls

Campbell led the Hoosick Falls field hockey team to a 16-2 record and a trip to the sectional championship game, where they fell to Schuylerville. Campbell, in her 20th season leading the Panthers, has won 12 Section II, Class C championships. In 2017, Hoosick had four Wasaren-Adirondack League first team-all-stars and four second-team all-stars. Coming into the season, Hoosick Falls had lost a large group of seniors from the previous season, two of which played Division I field hockey, so the Panthers' success has a lot to do with her leadership.

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CROSS COUNTRY

 

 

Page

BOYS RUNNER

Evan Page

Mount Anthony, junior

Page was named a Marble Valley League all-star for his contributions to the MAU cross country team this season.

He finished in the top 200 of the boys 5k race at the New England XC championships in November and finished in the top 20 at the Woods Trail Run at Thetford Academy.

Page placed 10th in Division I at the Vermont state meet the week prior to the regional meet.

 

Umphlett

GIRLS RUNNER

Sarah Umphlett

Mount Anthony, sophomore

Umphlett was named a Marble Valley League all-star for her season with MAU cross country team. Umphlett qualified for the New England XC championships meet, where she placed 126th in the girls 5k race at the meet.

She was a top 20 finisher at the Woods Trail Run at Thetford Academy and placed 19th in Division I at the Vermont state meet the week prior to the regional meet.

Umphlett also helped MAU to a win with a third-place finish at Willow Park in September.

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GOLF

 

 

dapron

Golfer of the Year

Julia Dapron

Burr and Burton, junior

Dapron did something that was impossible up until 2017, winning a pair of state championships in the same year. She won her first championship in June and then won the state championship again in October when the sport was moved to the fall instead of the spring. Dapron won the state championship by two shots over North Country's Carly Giroux in October's competition. She has also competed at the New England championships the past two years. Dapron has played a major role in putting golf on the map at BBA with her success.

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VOLLEYBALL

 

 

Joanna

Volleyball Player of the Year

Jonna Loomis

Mount Anthony, senior

Loomis was one of the top players on the Mount Anthony volleyball team and has been with the program since its beginning. She had strong performances throughout the season, including in the Patriots' playoff matchup against Burlington and during a very tough Berkshire League schedule that boasted the Western Massachusetts finalists.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

 

 

Logan_Thayne

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Logan Thayne

Hoosick Falls

The top scorer for the girls' basketball season in our area comes from Hoosick Falls.

Logan Thayne, only a sophomore, scored 454 points in 23 games, an average of 20.6 points per game, No. 1 on the list.

Thayne — who was responsible for nearly half the points scored this season by the Panthers — scored more than 20 points in a game 15 times, including a high of 37 in a win over Greenwich.

She thrived offensively despite being the focus of other teams’ defense, making her presence felt in the low block as the Panthers reached the sectional semifinal.

Grace_Mahar

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Grace Mahar

Mount Anthony

Mahar moved seamlessly from being a role player as a freshman for the Patriots to being a leader as a sophomore in the 2017-18 campaign.

She led the Patriots with 338 points, an average of better than 16 points per game.

Mahar was responsible for 37 percent of the Mount Anthony scoring during a season in which the Patriots finished 13-8.

She scored in double figures in 17 of the team’s 21 games, while also filling up the scorebook with rebounds, steals and assists.

 

 

 
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Sophie_Phillips

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Sophie Phillips

Cambridge

Phillips, only a ninth-grader, was a leader for the Indians, on offense and defense for a team that reached the Class C state semifinals and finished the year 25-2.

Phillips led the team in scoring with 390 points, 14.4 points per game.

On defense, Phillips was one of the top on the team in steals, creating opportunities in transition for the Indians.

 

Bochette

COACH

Tony Bochette

Cambridge

In his fourth year leading the Indians, Bochette took his team from 8-14 in 2016-17 to a 25-2 mark in 2017-18 — their best season since 1999.

He did that with three freshmen in the starting lineup, twins Sophie and Lilly Phillips and Fiona Mooney. After finishing the regular season 19-1, the Indians rolled through the Section II playoffs, finishing it off with an overtime win over Mekeel Christian.

Two regional blowouts sent the Indians to the state semifinal, where they lost to eventual champion Millbrook.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

 

 

Jon Kempf

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Jon Kempf

Hoosick Falls

Kempf led the Panthers in scoring with 443 total points, an average of 18.4 points a contest.

Only a sophomore, he was responsible for more than 27 percent of the team’s scoring. He scored in double figures in 20 of the team’s 23 games and at least 18 points in 15 of those.

His best individual performance of the year came in a five-point loss to eventual Class C state champions Lake George, where he dropped 29 to lead all scorers.

Overall, he was in the top 20 in the entire Section II in scoring.

 

Guy Milliman

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Guy Milliman

Hoosick Falls

Milliman was the senior leader for the Panthers in a campaign in which they went 18-5 and reached the Section II, Class C final.

He scored 365 points, an average of 15.2 points per game — second overall for Hoosick Falls.

But some of his best work happened on the defensive end as he got the task of taking on some of the section and state’s best players, including Glens Falls’ Joe Girard III.

Milliman was also the Most Valuable Player in the Wasaren League after first team selections the past couple of seasons.

 

Ashley_Hoyt

COACH

Ashley Hoyt

Arlington

Hoyt took on the job of coaching the Eagles late in the offseason when they couldn’t find a different coach for the boys' team.

In January, Hoyt, who is also the Arlington athletic director, faced more adversity after the Arlington gym was damaged by a broken water pipe, forcing Hoyt and her team to play the rest of their games away from their home court.

In the middle of all that, the Eagles were the No. 4 seed in the Division IV playoffs and reached the Barre Auditorium and the state semifinal as part of a 14-9 record.

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WRESTLING

 

 

Coon

LOWER WEIGHT WRESTLER

Keegan Coon

Mount Anthony

Coon, wrestling at 145 pounds for the Patriots, went 52-9 this season. He won the state championship, beating Spaulding’s Hunter Quero in the title match.

Then at the New England tournament, Coon was 3-3 and finished in fifth place. In his first two years, he’s won over 100 matches, finishing third as a freshman in the state tournament as well.

 

Burgess

MIDDLEWEIGHT WRESTLER

Tyler Burgess

Mount Anthony

Burgess, a senior, finished his career with the Patriots after going 41-7 and winning his second straight individual championship in 2017-18.

Burgess started the season with an injury, missing a handful of matches in the first few weeks of the season, but came back for a Vermont title and a fourth-place finish at the New England tournament — his second straight year placing in the top six. Burgess finished his career with more than 150 victories.

 

Hayford

UPPER WEIGHT WRESTLER

Calvin Hayford

Mount Anthony

Hayford finished his career with MAU with a state title at 285 pounds, avenging a championship loss as a junior to St. Johnsbury’s Hunter Ladd.

Hayford was 57-6 this year, with only a single loss before the state tournament in February. After winning the state championship, Hayford ended up fifth, pinning his opponent in the fifth-place match.

Sarah Barker

COACH

Sarah Barker

Burr and Burton

After working as an assistant for Zach Monforte in the first couple of years for the new Burr and Burton wrestling program, Barker took over in 2017-18 when Monforte stepped away for family reasons.

Barker, who wrestled at Mill River, led the Bulldogs to some of their best records to date. Under her tutelage this season, senior Nick Williams became the first BBA wrestler to reach 100 career victories.

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BOWLING

 

 

AJ Hurlbut

BOWLER OF THE YEAR

AJ Hurlburt

Hoosick Falls

Hurlburt led the Panthers to the Section II, Class C-D championship, edging out Mechanicville and Saratoga Central Catholic to win the title.

Hurlburt, who also plays football for the Panthers, had the high series at the championships, racking up 1,289 pins, an average of 214.83 per game. The senior also led Hoosick Falls to a Southern Division championship and an Adirondack League championship.

 
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