PORTSMOUTH — After two years of digital celebrations, the very best highschool student-athletes within the Seacoast gathered in entrance of a crowd at The Music Corridor on Monday night time for the sixth annual Seacoast All-Star Sports activities Awards Present.
Haley Kavanagh,15, of the Oyster River Excessive College cross nation and out of doors observe groups was amongst these gathered outdoors earlier than the occasion.
“I’m excited to be right here,” she stated. “It is actually particular.”
Her coach, Nicole Toye stated Kavanagh is fairly spectacular.
“I do know she will not inform you that, however she is,” stated Toye. “On and off the observe; she is an incredible younger girl.”
Boston Bruins ahead Charlie Coyle, following within the footsteps of former particular visitor audio system reminiscent of Danny Amendola (2017 inaugural present, New England Patriots), Pedro Martinez (2018, Boston Purple Sox) and Paul Pierce (2019, Boston Celtics), engaged the group.
Coyle, who performed in all 82 video games for Boston this previous common season and had 16 objectives and 28 assists, talked about getting traded to his hometown crew in 2019, rising up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and reaching his childhood goals of enjoying within the NHL.
Requested to present recommendation to the aspiring athletes, Coyle instructed them to recollect why they play — for the love of the sport.
“The key is, there is no such thing as a secret,” Coyle stated. “Do the work, get higher and haven’t any regrets. Work arduous and be individual. Get pleasure from it and keep within the second.”
Native comic Juston McKinney, a Seacoast native, opened the present. McKinney, who has appeared on the “The Tonight Present,” Conan O’Brien and different nationwide tv reveals, will return to The Music Corridor in December for 4 reveals.
“I’ve finished this 3 times now and I like it,” McKinney stated. “It is a actually enjoyable setting and to see all these highschool athletes and their mother and father coming collectively like this, is nice.”
Group of the Yr
The St. Thomas Aquinas boys hockey crew, which beat Portsmouth/Newmarket, 7-1 within the Division II state championship in March, was named the Group of the Yr.
Colin Chrisom, co-captain of the crew credit the success to the entire crew.
“Everybody on the crew pushes one another, makes us work tougher,” he stated.
Coach Dan Strabone stated he’s blissful for the boys on the crew.
“They work actually arduous and it is a whole crew effort,” stated Strabone. “We have now an amazing group of youngsters and an amazing group of oldsters. I’m blissful for the athletes and that we’re popping out of COVID. These youngsters get one shot they usually work arduous for it.”
The 2 different finalists had been the Exeter Excessive College discipline hockey crew and the Marshwood Excessive College boys soccer crew. The Blue Hawks beat Windham, 2-1, within the Division I title recreation final fall, whereas the Hawks beat Brunswick Excessive College within the Class A title recreation, the primary championship in program historical past.
Boys Athlete of the Yr
Winnacunnet Excessive College senior Tucker McCann was named Boys Athlete of the Yr. The opposite two finalists had been York junior observe standout Matt Charpentier and Marshwood’s senior three-sport athlete Trevor Wozny.
Along with this honor, McCann additionally was chosen as Offensive Participant of the Yr for soccer.
“I used to be stunned, but it surely’s nice,” he stated. “I feel I’ll grasp it on my wall of plaques. I share a room with my brother, and he has a couple of of his personal, too.”
McCann, who will play soccer subsequent yr at Western New England, had an impressive senior season in three completely different sports activities. He led the Winnacunnet soccer crew to an 11-1 document and a berth within the Division I state championship recreation; a 24-14 loss to Londonderry. He rushed for a team-high 1,322 yards and scored 14 touchdowns whereas being named MaxPreps Participant of the Yr, Division I East Convention First Group and Seacoast Sports activities Awards Offensive Participant of the Yr. He had eight 100-yard dashing video games, together with 151 yards and a pair of TDs in a 21-14 semifinal win over rival Exeter.
In wrestling, he superior to the Division II championship match at 170 kilos and superior to the Meet of Champions.
Within the spring, McCann began for the Winnacunnet boys’ lacrosse crew that superior to the Division II quarterfinals.
Women Athlete of the Yr
York Excessive College sophomore Cary Drake was named Women Athlete of the Yr. The opposite two finalists had been Dover freshman golfer Carys Fennessy and St. Thomas Aquinas senior swimmer Megan Reich.
Earlier than successful this award, Drake had already gained two others, for cross nation and for winter observe.
“I used to be form of stalking the opposite athletes in line for this award,” she stated. “I knew there was some actually sturdy competitors. So, sure, I used to be blissful however stunned it was me.”
Drake had a breakout sophomore yr in each season, growing into one of many high distance runners in not solely Maine but additionally New England. She began the yr by climbing to the highest tier in cross nation. She was second at each the Maine Class B South and Class B state meet and was the fifth quickest lady in New England.
Drake capped an impressive winter season on the New England Championships by inserting second within the mile run in a photograph end – by 3/a thousandth of a second. Her time was 5 minutes, 1.515 seconds, bettering on her college document by 13 seconds. On the Class B state meet, she gained each the mile and the two-mile runs to guide York to Class B crew runners-up honors. She additionally ran a leg of the victorious 4×800-meter relay.
Within the spring, she participated on two sports activities groups, serving to the York women lacrosse crew to the Class B state championship recreation, whereas main the Wildcat observe and discipline crew to the Western Maine Convention and Class B championships. In each meets, she gained the mile and two-mile runs, whereas additionally working a leg of the successful 4×800-meter relay.
Coach of the Yr
Ben Deschenes, who led the Marshwood Excessive College boys soccer crew to its first Class A championship in program historical past, was named Coach of the Yr. The opposite two finalists had been Dan Strabone, who led St Thomas Aquinas to its hockey championship, and Kristen Morissette, who led the Exeter Excessive College softball crew to its second Division I title in 4 years, beating Harmony, 1-0 in eight innings.
Deschenes attributed his success to a crew effort.
“You do not win an award like this by your self,” he stated. “You want actually good individuals round you and I’ve that. I feel this can be a shared award.”
Deschene spent 10 years constructing the Marshwood program up, and in 2021 the Hawks, because the No. 4 seed, lastly broke by. They went 16-2-1 final fall, successful the ultimate 10 video games of the season.
Marshwood capped off its historic season with a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind win over Brunswick within the waning moments of the state ultimate.
In his 10 years with the Hawks, the crew had 9 successful seasons and made the playoffs eight occasions (there was no event in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic).
‘I’m Sport Award’
York senior Joe Neal acquired the The Piscataqua Financial institution Accomplice “I Am Sport Award.”
“I examine this award within the brochure, however I wasn’t anticipating to get it,” stated Neal. “I really like enjoying sports activities, however I additionally love to do extra, to do extra for different individuals. I feel that is essential.”
Neal ran cross nation within the fall, inserting sixteenth within the Class B state meet. Within the winter, Neal acquired the inexperienced mild from his athletic director and coaches to compete in each wrestling and hockey.
What did he do? Neal gained the Maine Class B wrestling state championship at 160 kilos, after which went 3-0 within the Maine New England Qualifier to advance to the New England Championships. He suffered a knee damage enjoying hockey the day earlier than he was scheduled to compete within the New England Wrestling championship and couldn’t compete.
For hockey, Neal, a crew captain, had 12 objectives and 23 assists for a team-high 39 factors, main York to the Class B South quarterfinals. This March Neal acquired the 18th annual Evans Spear Award. This award is given every year to probably the most excellent senior boys’ hockey participant in Class B South, not solely by way of vital on-ice success on the varsity hockey degree of their highschool profession, however equally by way of character, ardour, and spirit within the reminiscence of Evans Spear. Spear, a 2000 graduate of Yarmouth Excessive College, died in Could 2004 after a battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Neal was additionally a two-year varsity catcher on York’s baseball crew. He batted .383 with seven doubles and 15 RBIs this season.
Neal, who has served as his class president for the final three years, graduates with a GPA of 4.0. He has been concerned in 19 completely different fund-raisers throughout his time at York Excessive College and helped increase greater than $25,000 for varied initiatives.
Neal will attend the U.S. Air Power Academy within the fall.
Newmarket Excessive College junior Lena Nicholson acquired the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Accomplice “Braveness Award.”
“It is thrilling,” stated Nicholson. “I used to be stunned however I prefer it.”
Nicholson was 10 kilos, 7 ounces and 26.6 inches at start, and was identified with Sotos syndrome, a genetic dysfunction characterised by extreme progress earlier than and after start.
By the point she was 9 years previous, Nicholson was 6 ft tall, and reached 6-foot-5 when she was 14. Nicholson, as a consequence of her dimension, was typically bullied. When she was in second grade, a gaggle of boys backed her right into a nook and had been making enjoyable of her due to her dimension and her speech. Lena, somebody who was at all times conscious of her variations, was attempting to look away, ignore them, and faux they weren’t there, however she could not get away. A member of the cafeteria workers noticed it taking place and stepped in to assist.
Nicholson, based on her mother, at all times wished to be goofy and humorous and play like most children did however was at all times conscious that individuals noticed her in another way. Over time she would attempt to “shrink” so individuals would not discover her. It is just when she began basketball in seventh grade that she noticed her dimension as a optimistic.
Nicholson performs varsity basketball and throws the discus and shot put in spring observe for Newmarket. She was a Division IV honorable point out basketball choice this yr, scoring a profession excessive 27 factors in a first-round event win over Hinsdale. She averaged 10 factors and seven.8 rebounds this previous season.
Nicholson positioned fifth within the shot put on this yr’s Division III state observe meet with a throw of 30 ft.
Fall gamers of the yr
Gamers of the yr are Dover senior Tyler Sheedy (boys cross nation), York sophomore Cary Drake (women cross nation), Exeter junior Addison MacNeill (discipline hockey), Marshwood senior Andrew Goodwin (soccer, protection), McCann (soccer, offense), Exeter senior Will Ducharme (boys golf), Dover freshman Carys Fennessy (women golf), Marshwood senior Trevor Wozny (boys soccer), Exeter senior Maggie Corridor (women soccer) and Oyster River junior Emma Hampton (volleyball).
Winter gamers of the yr
Gamers of the yr are Marshwood senior Aiden Sullivan (boys basketball), York senior Emily Rainforth (women basketball), Portsmouth senior Luke Suhesky (boys hockey), St. Thomas Aquinas junior Diana Pivirotto (women hockey), Charpentier (boys indoor observe and discipline), Drake (women indoor observe and discipline), Dover senior Noah Kurr (boys swimming and diving), Reich (women swimming and diving) and York senior Will Orso (wrestling).
Spring gamers of the yr
Gamers of the yearare Winnacunnet senior Joe Allen (baseball), Exeter sophomore Annie Christiana (softball), Exeter senior Aiden Drunsic (boys lacrosse), Portsmouth senior Mia Smith (women lacrosse), Portsmouth senior Nate Fletcher (boys observe and discipline), Exeter senior Sydney Lavelle (women observe and discipline), Dover senior Griffin Leach (boys tennis), and Winnacunnet sophomore Stella Sebeny (women tennis).
This text initially appeared on Portsmouth Herald: 2022 Seacoast All-Star Sports activities Awards: Listed here are all of the winners