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2024 Senior Athletics Awards Night

It was a busy couple of weeks for the seniors at Woodstock Academy leading up to Saturday’s graduation ceremonies.

One of the activities was the annual Senior Athletic Awards Night held recently at the Loos Center.

The highlight of the event was the announcement of the 2024 Senior Athletes of the Year.

Lucas Theriaque and Reegan Reynolds were the recipients of the Senior Cup.

“It’s so special to me,” Reynolds said. “Coming into Woodstock Academy, I knew I wanted to do athletics but I didn’t realize how deeply I would get into it. It’s my family. Everybody on my teams, I really loved.”

Reynolds participated in volleyball, basketball and outdoor track.

Theriaque was a football player, wrestler and a member of the lacrosse team.

“I’m so happy that I was able to have an impact on Woodstock Academy in my senior year and over my four years of playing sports,” Theriaque said.

Theriaque was a team captain for the football team where he was also the leading receiver with 29 catches for 504 yards and six touchdowns. He was second on the team in scoring with 40 points and made 34 tackles, forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass defensively. He was named an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I All-Star.

Theriaque was a key to bringing back the wrestling team after a five-year hiatus.

He then put the exclamation on it when he finished second in the 165-pound weight class at the Class M state championship.

He went on to add 18 goals and 4 assists including five goals in a key win over Norwich Free Academy that vaulted the boys lacrosse team into the Class M state tournament.

“Probably my favorite season was football,” Theriaque said. “That’s what I’m going to do after high school. I’m going to play at Putnam Science Academy for a post-grad year and see where it takes me after that.”

Reynolds contributed 113 kills, 17 blocks, 74 digs and 39 aces for a volleyball team that advanced to the Class L quarterfinals last season.

She was also a captain and mentor for a youthful Centaurs basketball team and, in the spring, was the ECC Division I and II champion in the triple jump, was a member of the 4x400m relay team that placed second and was fourth in the long jump.

She also placed sixth in the Class MM state championship meet.

“Being named captain of the basketball and track teams,” Reynolds said when asked what her highlight was. “That means a lot to me and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead others and being an example to the younger kids on the team.”

Reynolds will be headed to UConn in the fall.

A man who is stepping back from the sidelines was named Woodstock Academy’s Coach of the Year for 2024.

Boys hockey assistant coach Bob Donahue was honored as such.

“Speechless and for me, that’s unusual,” Donahue said with a smile after receiving the award. “It was a total surprise and I have been very honored to be a part of this program. I’ve done this for 45 years and doing this for the last 11 with this athletic department and the school has just been tremendous.”

Will he miss coaching?

“Very much,” Donahue said. “But I told them they can’t get rid of me and I told (Coach Mark) Smolak that if he needs me – I will be there,” Donahue said.

The awards and those who received them on Senior Athletic Night are listed below:

Class of 2024 Senior Athletes of the Year: Reegan Reynolds, Lucas Theriaque

Centaur Awards: Eric Mathewson, Julia Coyle

Coach of the Year Award: Bob Donahue

Assistant Coach of the Year Award: Todd D’Alessandro

Centaur Nation Person of the Year Award: Cahan Quinn

Unified Sports Awards: Unified Athlete-Christopher Kirkconnell; Unified Partner- Tim O’Sullivan

Bertrand Golf Awards: Isabella Siwko, Blake Hudock

Clifford Spelman Tennis Sportsmanship Award: Ethan Staples

Alfred Warren Soccer Sportsmanship Awards: Addison Tyimok, Rebecca Nazer

12-season Athletes: Julia Coyle, Joel Koleszar, Reegan Reynolds, Noah Sampson, Donny Sousa, Talia Tremblay

National Federation of State High School Associations Award of Excellence: Noah Sampson, Talia Tremblay

Connecticut High School Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Awards: Jared Nielsen, Emma Massey

Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Awards: Hunter Larson, Julia Coyle

Hannah Green Memorial Award: Leah Danis

Marvin M. Sherman Award: Donny Sousa

Evelyn and Arthur Weinmann Awards: Gavin Grant, Aiden Finch

John Suleski Jr. Most Improved Senior Golfer: Nick Sivertsen

John Suleski Jr. Most Valuable Senior Golfer: Donny Sousa

Athletic Department Awards: Delaney Anderson, Riley O’Brien, Lilly Verraneault, Peyton Bentley