Bombers sports concludes with awards dinner
PINE PLAINS â€” Students, coaches, teachers and family associated with Stissing Mountain Middle/High Schoolsâ€™ athletic programs traveled to the Carvel Country Club for the schoolâ€™s annual sports awards dinner.
Held last Friday, June 18, the dinner encompassed an entire year in Bomber athletics and was an opportunity for coaches to rehash their seasons and to honor student athletes for their impressive work.
Guest speaker Myndi Hill was head coach of the womenâ€™s basketball program at both St. Francis University and Manhattan College. She spoke about the important qualities to find in an athlete.
â€œResiliency and confidence,â€ she stressed. â€œIf you have those two things you will have the courage to go after your dreams.â€
Here are just some of the accomplishments of the Pine Plains athletic program over the 2009-2010 school year:
â€¢The boys cross country team placed second at Section 9 championships.
â€¢The field hockey team was both divisional and sectional champions.
â€¢Boys soccer won its division.
â€¢Volleyball placed first in the Mid-Hudson Athletic League and second in sectionals.
â€¢Boys basketball tied for first in MHAL.
â€¢Boys indoor track was first in its division.
â€¢The boys outdoor track team were Section 9 champions for the first time in more than 60 years.
â€¢Bomberâ€™s baseball won its sectional title for the second consecutive year, losing in regionals to the eventual Class C state champion.
But some teams didnâ€™t have stellar showings this year. Varsity football Coach Jim Jackson, whose team was 1-8 this season, summed it up best for teams in the oft-used â€œrebuilding season.â€
â€œWe are getting right back up,â€ he said. â€œI can promise you one thing, we will fight until the end, and we will not give up.â€
The following is a list of the individual awards distributed to athletes:
Outstanding Performance: Casey Austin, Amber Conforti
Top Newcomer: Devin Dejoode
Ms. Field Hockey: Jessica Meiller, Nicole Killmer
Ms. Heart: Lauren Cole and Skyler Nuccio
Most Valuable Player: Mikala McCauley, Cassandra Inserillo
Lowest Average: Mike Kirschenheiter
Most Improved: Dave Steward
Most Dedicated: Alex Delfino
Most Improved: Sara Patricola
Sportsmanship: John McQuade
Les Barton Memorial Award: Brandon Reuter
Leadership: Amanda Buckner
Team Spirit: Kara Porell
Defensive Award: Dylan Proper
Most Valuable Player: Marquis VanDeWater
Ms. Basketball: Jordyn Funk
Most Valuable Player: Deanna Strang
Most Valuable Players: Skyler Nuccio, Trevor Barr
Most Improved: Tania Gomez, Devin Dejoode
Outstanding Performance: Lauren Cole, Julia Mizutani, Besnik Palushi, Casey Austin
Most Dedicated: Sam Mason,
Outstanding Player: Brandon Meccariello
Most Valuable Player & Lowest Average: Jessica Stapf
Most Improved: April Dugan
Co-Players of the Year: Skyler Nuccio, Sarah Lima
Outstanding Defense: Corey Weaver
Outstanding Offense: Grayson Wheeler
Co-Pitchers of the Year: Seth Knickerbocker, Dylan Evans