WARRENSBURG - A variety of achievements, both on the hardwood and wrestling mats, were recognized Thursday at the Warrensburg High School Winter Sports Banquet.
Whether a team struggled to have a break-even record or an athlete set new records during the season, students gained valuable character-building experience, Principal Doug Duell said.
"Hard work is not always enjoyable - and the athletes we honor here tonight have paid their dues," he said. "What you have learned as athletes will stay with you for a lifetime."
Wrestling Coach Mark Trapasso said his 2008-09 team was a "tough group" that had proven themselves.
"Most Outstanding Wrestler" award on Varsity went to Logan Rock, who was the the overall Section II champion for the 215-pound weight class. Rock is the fifth Sectional champion ever for the school. He also competed in the State championship tourney, in which he placed last year. Rock graduates this year after tallying over 100 wins.
Most Improved went to Colin Campbell, who in his first year in the sport fought his way to the runner-up heavyweight title in the Section II Class D championships and fourth in the Sectionals overall, a remarkable achievement for someone in their first year competing, Trapasso said.
The Wrestling Sportsmanship Award went to Senior Noah Davis for his hard work, and a Coaches' Award went to backup wrestler Cole Mosher for grappling with Rock and Campbell in practice, helping them become better, Trapasso said.
The coach also praised Donovan Santisteban, Cole Tennant, Abby Roth, Jon Vaisey Logan Winter and Charlie Giknis for their achievements and season records.
For Modified wrestling, the Sportsmanship trophy went to Will Yarmowich and Most Improved to Beecher Baker.
For Varsity Boys Basketball, Coach Rich Schloss said the team's 8-14 record hid the team's substantial accomplishments, which included defeating Adirondack League Champion Fort Ann. Also, he said, the team advanced to the Sectional semifinals, the first time a Warrensburg basketball team has done so in 11 years.
Most Valuable Offense for the team went to Brendan Frye, who coach Rich Schloss said was a "floor leader."
"Brendan penetrates to the hoop as good as anyone in the Adirondack League," he said.
Defensive Player of the Year went to Senior Tom Holmgren, who Schloss said had formidable skills.
"Tom shut down some of the biggest offensive threats in the League," he said. "His work ethic, attitude, dedication and leadership skills are impeccable."
Sportsmanship award went to Dakota Fuller for his work ethic and attitude.
A special Team MVP Coaches' Award went to Mike Perrone for ranking second both on offense and defense. Ryan Belden was honored as Most Improved Player. Assistant Coach Steve Schloss was recognized for his contributions.
On Junior Varsity Boys Basketball, Gabe MicGlire received the Sportsmanship award, John Joseph was honored as Most Improved Player/Offense, and Aaron Seeley, Most Improved Player/Defense.
For Modified Boys Basketball, Mike Springer and Royal Dawkins were recognized with the Sportsmanship award, and Adam Langworthy and Nick Perrone were named Most Valuable Players. The eighth grade team enjoyed a 8-5 record. These awards were determined by players' votes.
For Varsity Girls Basketball, Coach Scott Smith said the team had remarkable achievements despite a lack of height and a lack of depth in Varsity experience.
The team, he said, employed hard work and dedication to turn a string of early-season losses into a .500 season.
Smith recognized Jen Durkin with the Captain's Award, noting her leadership and love of the game.
"For years, Jen's been the hardest working and most dedicated player in our program," Smith said.
The Sportsmanship Award went to Mercedes Maltbie for being an outstanding post player, rebounding and scoring well despite her modest height of 5'5".
"Mercedes always gave 100 percent in game situations," Smith said.
Most Improved Player Award went to Carol White. Smith cited her vast improvement through the season, developing into a prolific scorer and scrappy defender, particularly in forcing turnovers. In the season's last two games, White scored 24 and 23 points respectively. White was selected for a regional All-star team, he noted, adding that Teagan Rafferty was honored as a Capital Region Basketball Scholar-Athlete representing Warrensburg.
For Junior Varsity, Jaci O'Brien received the Most Valuable Player Award, Kate Kuklinski received the Sportsmanship Award, and Isabella Szabo, the Most Improved honors. Coach Christene Baker noted that the team played with pride, winning 70 percent of their home games, and that a season highlight was when against Salem, Kuklinski had hit a shot at the final buzzer for a come-from-behind victory.
For the Cheerleaders, Varsity MVP went to Emma Corlew, Demi Iverson was named Most Improved, and Ashley Trapasso received the Sportsmanship Award.
For Junior Varsity Cheerleading, Alysia Griswold was named Most Spirited, and Lindsay Wood received the Sportsmanship honor.