Friday, November 5, 2004

Cheers and tears for the Cutthroats

School stages annual awards banquet

Express Staff Writer

For the first time ever, Community School soccer coach Kelly Feldman got to go last.

And that is a good thing. Typically, the team that has the best season brings up the rear at the Community School?s Fall Sports Banquet.

The annual fete, staged at Sun Valley?s Limelight Room on Wednesday, honored its fall student-athletes from four sports: soccer, volleyball, swimming and cross country.

Athletic Director John Remington opened the evening by paying tribute to the to female sports participants, noting The Community School is the only 1A school in the state which offers girls? varsity soccer, and is the rare school which fields three varsity sports in which players excel.

?Mali Noyes is the top 1A runner in the state. Our girls? soccer team is the top 1A team,? Remington said.

Remington went on to recognize three Cutthroat swimmers, Anja Sundali, Amanda Harris and Rachel Becker, who race on the SV5B team, and are a huge part of the team?s recent success. He also lauded the volleyball squad for such marked improvement throughout the season.

?Congratulations to all those young ladies,? he summed up.

Volleyball coaches Reamy Goodwin and Jennifer King presented awards to the following players for their accomplishments: Most Improved?Jen Tormey; Rookie of the Year?Khrystyne Inman; Most Inspirational?Simone Weisz; Most Valuable Player?Ashley Alfs; Coaches? Award?Jackie Goddard.

Goodwin called this past season, ?One of the most rewarding I have had in 22 years of coaching volleyball.?

Coach Doug Fenn recognized the three runners on the cross country team, Mali Noyes, who finished second in the 2A state meet, Mikey Matteson and Nick Stevenson.

?All these guys are very impressive athletes,? Fenn said.

Coach Phil Huss gave junior varsity soccer awards to Cody Edison for Most Inspirational, Christian Dallago for Most Improved, and John Cortese for Most Valuable Player.

Varsity soccer coaches Richard Whitelaw an Bob Brock started off by commending co-captains Reed Boeger and Bobby Flanigan for an ?excellent job,? and it was duly noted by their teammates as well, as Boeger was voted Most Inspirational by his teammates. Boeger and goalie Regan O?Reilly played every minute of all 15 games this season.

Boeger graciously noted, ?I was proud to be part of the team and it was a privilege to be your captain.?

Flanigan was named Most Valuable Player and Top Scorer with 14 goals on the season for a career total of 37.

The Factor Award for the player who epitomized ?Cutthroat soccer? was given to Connor Wade.

Wes Flanigan?s crushing left-footed shot against Buhl was named Goal of the Year and he shared the Most Improved honor with Ross Campbell.

Feldman and assistant coach Carolina Stevens guided the girls? soccer squad to a 9-5 season and an appearance in the 3A state tournament.

Playing a big part in the team?s success was leading scorer and MVP Cassidy Doucette. The senior co-captain set a new school single-season scoring record with 24 goals for a career 45.

Another senior captain, Lexie Pragasstis, was named Most Inspirational.

?She never gave up on the field and is a natural leader,? Feldman noted.

Freshman goalie Jean Montgomery earned Most Improved. The Coaches? Award went to Corinna Pidgeon.

?She tried every day to do her best,? Feldman said.

Caitlin Enright and Devon Parnes were named team captains for the 2005 season.

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