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Fall Sports at Northwest Catholic Surpass Expectations; Athletes Honored

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West Hartford’s Northwest Catholic High School recognizes its senior student-athletes as well as those who have received special honors and All-Academic recognition.

Submitted by Maureen Scudder, Northwest Catholic High School

The summer of uncertainty, when much of the country wondered whether campuses would come to life, seems a distant memory.

Most educators have adjusted so well to feeling uncertain that these emotions have lost some of their potency. But if we spend a moment remembering what August felt like, and we think back on the worries of our fall athletes, wondering if they would be able to hit the fields, courts, pools, and tracks, it’s easy to feel deeply grateful for a fruitful high school fall sports season.   

At Northwest Catholic, the triumph of every one of its fall sports teams thriving through the pandemic throughout the fall is impossible to ignore. The school’s volleyball, soccer, field hockey, cross country, cheerleading, and football teams rallied, practiced, competed, and surpassed expectations.  

Not only did every NWC team complete their season, but over 50% of the school’s fall athletes were named Conference All-Academic, which means they earned both a varsity letter and 1st or 2nd honors in their coursework. 

In addition, seven NWC athletes made All-State and one, Kymani Campbell, made All-American (cheerleading)! The NWC girls soccer program took down the top Class L and LL schools to win the Conference Championship. 

In sum, Northwest Catholic Athletic Director Ashley Mara had this to say: “There is no doubt that our student-athletes and coaches stepped up to the challenge of fall 2020!”  

Mara also had this to say: “It would be easy to talk about what was lost this fall, but Northwest Catholic’s athletes and coaches focused on their blessings. Every team came together in community to have a full season that included practices, competitions, and post-season play. Every day the athletes looked out for one another and were diligent about protecting themselves and their teammates.” Mara concluded, “It’s amazing how resilient and fearless young people can be when the rest of the world is uncertain.” 

Northwest Catholic is proud to publicly honor its senior-athletes for their four years of dedication and is excited to announce its fall sports award winners.  

Northwest Catholic senior-athletes include:

  • Boys Soccer: Declan Ferrell, Justin Asberry, Myles John, Timothy Gage, Giovan Cuevas, Aidan Deneen, Matthew Deneen, Evan Sautters, Justin Tavares
  • Girls Soccer: Hayley Troy, Julia Nicholas, Maureen VonHassel, Olivia Yopchick, Ejalam Bravo, Olivia Schaub; (Field Hockey)Maeve Mullen, Charlene Lam, Nicole Chen, Sarah Lamberty, Jordyn Desrosiers, Brooke Duarte, Jessica Akin
  • Girls Cross Country: Ester Paw, Ava-Louise Griffin, Mary Alice Schuck, Katherine DeVito
  • Boys Cross Country: Ben Flower
  • Football: Colby Lancaster, Aidan Wlochowski, Caiden Stewart, Kevon Mair, Joshua Sidoti, Mateo Moran, Brendan Keefrider, Harry Waterbury, Luke Discenza, Logan Green
  • Cheerleading: Emily Drain, Lauren Roy, Kymani Campbell, Luciante Dulaire, Vanessa Pereira
  • Volleyball: Audrey Bonk, Madelyn Zordan, Virginia Machon, Madison Mayo, Sarah Hicks, Maeve Dabney, Jamirah Honaker, and Emily McKenna. 

The following awards recognize special achievements by Northwest Catholic’s fall athletes. 

  • NWC Volleyball Coach’s Award goes to Virginia Machon; Most Valuable Player is Madelyn Zordan; and Audrey Bonk is All-State.
  • Girls Soccer Coachs Award goes to Riley Esposito, MVP is Shannon Fitzsimmons; and Julia Nicholas, Emily Nicholas, and Mayson Massaro are All-State.
  • Boys Soccer Coachs Award goes to Cameron Barone; MVP is Declan Ferrell; and Myles John is All-State
  • Cross Country Coachs Awards go to Elizabeth Leblanc and Benjamin Flower; MVPs are Avery Mooney and Oliver Roy.
  • Field Hockey Coachs Award goes to Charlene Lam; MVP is Maeve Mullen; and Maeve Mullen and Sarah Lamberty are All-State.
  • Football Coachs Award goes to Harrison Waterbury, and MVP is Josh Sidoti.
  • Cheerleading Coachs Award goes to Sejmora Thomas; MVP is Emily Drain; Kymani Campbell is All-American. 

The following include Northwest Catholic All-Academic Athletes: Krystian OConnor, William Bannon IV, Grant Barnhart, Eben Mathew, Toby Beaudin, Michael Kalinowski, Aidan Mahoney, James Millerick, Cian Houton, Jakub Kepa, Timothy Gage, Aidan Deneen, Matthew Deneen,Declan Ferrell, Evan Sautters, Justin Asberry, Chase Lewis, Cameron Barone, Myles John, Eva Klemyk, Sejmora Thomas, Emily Drain, Lauren Roy, Kymani Campbell, Luciante Dulaire, Joseph Kalamarides, Sean O’Meara, Alex Coushaine, Elliott Halpern, Avery Mooney, Gilbert Cole,Natalie Reilly, Mackenzie Dunn, Oliver Roy, Julia Burkacki, Hannah Kalamarides, Elizabeth LeBlanc, Ava-Louise Griffin, Mary Schuck, Benjamin Flower, Katherine DeVito, Megan Shanley, James Bowie, Jack Frioni, Sophia Cote, Deirdre Earley, Lauren Armstrong, Julia Dugan, Nicole Chen, Maeve Mullen, Charlene Lam, Sarah Lambert, Jessica Akin, Jordyn Desrosiers,  Brooke Duarte, Luke Rice, Caiden Stewart, Colby Lancaster, Luke Discenza, Harrison Waterbury, John Staunton, Brendan Keefrider, Mateo Moran, Emily LeBlanc, Kennedy Mitchell, Alina Cote, Mary Catherine Gage, Anna Montoney, Katherine Wilkos, Brianna Lebrun, Alison Lau, Ashleigh Liu, Riley Esposito, Mayson Massaro, Maureen VonHassel, Julia Nicholas, Hayley Troy, Abigail Yopchick, Taylor Benaitis, Emily LaMorey, Avery Polking, Siobhan Rushin, Lauren VonHassel, Sydney Clark, Sarah Hicks, Madison Mayo, Emily McKenna, Maeve Dabney, Madelyn Zordan, Audrey Bonk, Virginia Machon, Alexis Conde. 

Northwest Catholic congratulations all of its fall 2020 student-athletes.

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