The St. Marys Area Winter Sports Awards Program was held Tuesday evening in Carpin Auditorium.
Student Activities Director Terry Straub welcomed everyone to the awards portion of the evening in Carpin Auditorium.
The first order of business was presenting Michael Fox and Matt Hoffman with their Upper Allegheny Soccer League trophies, which they received for being named to the UAVSL all-star squad following the fall season.
The three co-op sports were the first to present their letter winners.
Head gymnastics coach Irene McCandless gave the usual thank-yous and acknowledged her assistant coach, Mary Lynne Bellotti.
McCandless said that her squad had a great season. They were 4-4 on the year, took third at the league meet and placed second at the state championships in the Bronze Division. The second-place trophy was presented to Straub from the team.
The coach said they had 13 state medal winners and two state champions in Michaela Sorg on the beam and Mackenzie Neureiter on the floor exercise. She thanked the team for all their hard work during the season and recognized lone senior, Michaela Sorg.
The following received varsity letters: Cheyenne Bothun, Nicole Florio, Mackenzie Neureiter, Madison Quesenberry, Michaela Sorg, Jessica Tettis and Abby Wittman.
Receiving junior varsity letters were Seana Bobenrieth, Ashley Krise, Katlyn McCandless, Marissa Pangallo and Allison Prokop.
Mark DeMuro, head swim coach, acknowledged his coaching staff, Mary Secco, Eric Wonderling and Travis Secco. DeMuro said that this has been an eventful and challenging year for the coaching staff.
He said he was proud of both the boys’ and the girls’ team. The girls finished with a 5-4 record and were third at the District 9 League meet. They were sixth at the 6/9 Regional and had two state qualifiers in Kylee Proudfit and Emma Daghir. The boys’ squad finished the dual-meet season undefeated, won the District 9 League meet and were second at the 6/9 Regional. Three divers, Jake Burns, Tim Mosebarger and Kyle Pistner, finished 1-2-3 at the 6/9 Regional and qualified for states. Six male swimmers, Andrew Cotter, Alex Renwick, Ryan Struble, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Moore and Corey Koss, qualified for states in seven events.
Varsity letters were presented to the following: Scott Barber, Megan Bridges, Stephanie Buerk, Jake Burns, Josh Burns, Wes Challingsworth, Andrew Cotter, Emma Daghir, Joey Ferragine, Alec Foster, Lexi Hanes, Matt Hoffman, Maura Keyes, Corey Koss, Nathan Koss, Alette Kraknes, Maranda Leidwinger, Saige Leidwinger, Lauren McAnany, Jeffrey Moore, Tim Mosebarger, Mikala O’Dwyer, Kyle Pistner, Kylee Proudfit, Josh Reed, Alex Renwick, Michaela Rupprecht, Melinda Stebich, Maxim Struble, Ryan Struble, Gideon Woelfel and Cassie Wonderling.
Certificates of participation were awarded to Rebeka Caretti, Krista Doran, Lena Hanes and Aubrey Wiesner.
DeMuro also recognized managers Shannon Bridges, Katelyn McFadden, Amy Orr and Gina Schneider.
Head wrestling coach Dominic Surra recognized his assistant coaches, Josh Meyer and Bill Meyer, as well as volunteer coaches Jesse Shirey, Steve Simchick and Jimmy Antonelli.
Surra recognized his statisticians Alicia Gerg, Mia Keener and Kristin McMackin.
Surra said that next year he wants to get back to the PIAA team tournament in Hershey. The coach noted that eight of the 14 starters this year were either freshmen or sophomores. At the District 9 individual tournament, his squad had a Distict champ in Joe McLaughlin, five District 9 semifinalists, placed third as a team and qualified seventh for the Regional tournament. His squad finished as the District 9-AAA team runner-up.
Varsity letters were presented to Josh Cameroni, Brian Carnahan, Ben Cheatle, Alex Coudriet, Ray Dent, Alex Feldbauer, Gary Fledderman, Bill Gabor, Willie McGonnell, Joe McLaughlin, Sam Miller, Dylan Smith, Evan Smith, Derek Taylor, Mike Wolfel and Tyler Yetzer.
Junior varsity letters were presented to Brandon Mackie, Dan Snelick, Kenny Stage and Josh Zelinski.
The co-op sports then presented their MVP awards.
The Most Valuable Wrestler Award was presented to Evan Smith.
In swimming, Kylee Proudfit and Emma Daghir received the co-MVP Female Swimmer Award. Andrew Cotter was presented the Male MVP Swimmer Award. The P. Denny Hetrick Memorial Award, which goes to the senior swimmer who shows leadership and dedication to the St. Marys Area swim team, was presented to Ryan Struble and Alex Renwick.
In gymnastics, the co-MVP Award winners were Michaela Sorg and Mackenzie Neureiter. The “Rookie of the Year” Award was presented to Nicole Florio.
Justina Cessa, head varsity cheerleading coach, noted that there were 38 girls on this year’s cheerleading squad. She said that SMA cheerleading is now a solid program.
Junior varsity letters were presented to Sarah Brouse, Kylee Ehrensberger, Sierra Ginther, Megan Henderson, Casey Johnston, Cassidy Lenox, Carly Mosier, Alli Orenak, Alyssa Salvaggio, Alana Stauffer and Paige Werner.
Varsity letters were presented to Karly Bish, Erin Gahn, Samantha Garner, Lacey Hanes, Jolene Herbstritt, Cheyenne Hoffman, Kelsey Kronenwetter, Allison McCurdy, Becca Miller, Tori Rooker, Emily Slaughenhaupt and Caylin Smith.
Members of the competition squad were: Karly Bish, Sarah Brouse, Kylee Ehrensberger, Erin Gahn, Samantha Garner, Sierra Ginther, Lacey Hanes, Megan Henderson, Jolene Herbstritt, Cheyenne Hoffman, Kelsey Kronenwetter, Cassidy Lenox, Allison McCurdy, Becca Miller, Alli Orenak, Tori Rooker, Alyssa Salvaggio, Emily Slaughenhaupt, Caylin Smith, Alana Stauffer and Paige Werner.
Head freshman boys’ basketball coach Seth Rhed recognized his assistant coach, Tom Werner. Rhed said his team had a great year, then the team presented the Elk County Holiday Tournament championship trophy to Mr. Straub.
Members of the freshmen team are: Zach Fox, Austin Frey, Jacob Fritz, Dillon Gallagher, Johnathon Kennepohl, Kirkland McClain, Austin McClintick, Zachary Reigel, Nick Reuscher, Ian Straub and Jordan Straub. Coach Rhed also recognized his statisticians, Hannah McKee and Mary Meyer.
Head coach boys’ basketball coach Mark Guido recognized his junior varsity coach Jason Schreiber and all the coaches throughout the Dutch system.
Guido said his season was “a tale of two seasons.” His squad was 9-3 in non-league play and 0-10 in league play for a 9-13 record. He felt his team progressed noticeably during the second half of league play, but just could not get the wins.
Junior varsity letters were presented to Conner DeMonte, Kyle Gaton, Rudy Gleixner, Lucas Lovenduski, Nathan McFadden, Ryan Miller, Mitchell O’vell, Owen Schreiber and Matt Kronenwetter.
Varsity letters were presented to Justin Beimel, Caleb Bennett, Shajuan Carrero, Quinn Cunningham, Philip Danz, Michael Fox, Sam Guido, Justin Quiggle, Brandon Vollmer and Jimmy Werner.
Guido also recognized statisticians Morgan Gleixner and Cassidy Sicheri.
Head girls’ basketball coach Leona Hoohuli acknowledged her assistant coaches, Dan Hoohuli, Missy Aul and Meghan Glenn. She also recognized her predecessor, Bob Swanson, for his assistance.
The coach noted that she had a young team with a lot of potential. They were runners-up in the Elk County Tournament, played for the District 9-AAA championship and entered the PIAA playoffs. They finished with an 11-4 record, with 10 of those losses by single digits.
Junior varsity letters were presented to Cassie Daniels, Caley Keister, Jackie Lenze and Courtney Luepkes.
Varsity letters were presented to Jenna Anderson, Abbey Cribbs, Sloan Foster, Adair Gennocro, Kiana Hoohuli, Rachel Krieg, Becky Krieg, Taylor Schutz and DeAnna Yost.
The coach also recognized statisticians Michelle Bauer, Rachel Bauer, Kristen Anderson and Ann Marie Vargas.
In boys’ basketball, co-MVPs were awarded to Jimmy Werner and Justin Quiggle.
In girls’ basketball, the “6th Player” Award was presented to Rachel Krieg. The MVP Defense Award was presented to Kiana Hoohuli. The MVP Offense Award was presented to Adair Gennocro.
Before closing the program, assistant high school principal Joe Schlimm, who presented all the major awards, said that on behalf of the school he wanted to thank all the players, parents and fans. He said that high school athletics is a huge part of education. Schlimm said that it is a disservice to measure success in wins and losses.
Schlimm said that coaches are the most underappreciated groups of people in education today, but they are some of the most unselfish people he knows. To the coaches, Schlimm said never underestimate the impact that you can have on a kid on your team.