Woodstock Academy Senior Athletics Awards Night held
The Woodstock Academy recently honored the senior athletes from the Class of 2022 at the annual Senior Athletics Awards Night at the Loos Center for the Arts.
The highlight of the evening is the naming of the Outstanding Senior Athletes from the class.
Football, basketball and baseball standout Ethan Davis and cross-country and track standout Linsey Arends received those awards in the finale to the program.
Davis guided the Centaurs football team to a 7-3 record in each of the last two seasons that were played. (Davis’ junior year consisted of a couple of intrasquad scrimmages due to the pandemic). This past season, Woodstock Academy accomplished a goal as it captured its first divisional title in the Eastern Connecticut Conference, winning the Division II title.
Davis threw for 1,526 yards with 18 touchdowns in the 2021 season and rushed for 961 more including 12 scores. He led the team in scoring with 86 points.
He will continue his football career at Southern Connecticut State University in the fall.
He was also recently named Class L All-State in baseball where he finished with a .392 batting average with 14 runs batted in, six doubles and three triples for the 16-10 Centaurs.
Davis’ senior year of basketball was limited to just three games due to a knee injury.
He led the team in rebounds in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Arends made a name for herself from the start on the trails throughout Eastern Connecticut.
She finished third in the ECC championship meet as a freshman, second as a sophomore and, after the event was not held in her junior season, finished climbing the ladder when she was the individual ECC girls cross-country champion this past fall.
She never finished out of the top 10 in the Class MM state cross-country championship races she ran. She was 10th as a freshman, second as a sophomore and seventh as a senior, qualifying for the State Open championship in each of three years it was run during her tenure.
She captured the Eastern Connecticut Conference 1600-meter championship in indoor track this past winter and was also a member of the winning 4x400 and 4x720-meter relay teams that helped the Centaurs finish second as a team.
On the outdoor track, Arends came out fast and finished third in the 1600-meter and 7th in the 3200-meter races as a freshman.
She switched to the 800-meter two years later and finished seventh in 800m while the 4x800m team finished sixth. She bettered those finishes this year, getting a fifth in both and qualifying for the State Open championship both individually in the 800 and in the relay event.
Keenan LaMontagne and Stella Brin were named the recipients of the Centaur Award which is given to those senior athletes who have shown heart and determination as well as compassion to others in the competitive venue and are also committed to their academic pursuits.
LaMontagne recently earned Class MM All-State honors in track after winning the discus competition. His throw of 175-feet, 8-inches at the Middletown Invitational was a Woodstock Academy record and also qualified him for the National High School Track and Field championships in Eugene, Ore. on June 18.
Brin was a standout for the Centaurs on both the soccer pitch and girls lacrosse field.
Four athletes received Woodstock Academy Athletic Department Awards for their contributions to the school and the athletic department.
Shawn Wallace, who played hockey and baseball in his one year at Woodstock Academy; Eliza Simpson who was an All-State skier and also played field hockey; Leah Castle who competed in cross-country and both indoor and outdoor track and Hamilton Barnes, a standout on the basketball court and baseball field, received those awards.
Zhi Joe Zhou was named the Woodstock Academy Comeback Athlete of the Year.
Zhou played tennis as a freshman for the Centaurs but his hoped for sophomore campaign never came about due to Covid. The native of China was not allowed to return to the U.S. as a junior but he continued his education remotely and was allowed back for his senior year where Zhou rejoined the tennis team and played third singles.
Woodstock Academy athletic director Sean Saucier was honored as Coach of the Year for guiding the Centaurs football program to an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II title.
Gerry LaMontagne was named Assistant Coach of the Year for his work with the throwers in both the indoor and outdoor track programs.
Two of his charges, his son Keenan and junior Magdalena Myslenski, will both compete in the discus in the National High School Championships.
Others who received Senior Athletic Awards included:
Unified Sports Athletes of the Year: Ian Palmerino; Lauren Medeiros
William M. Bertrand Golf Awards: Adam Thompson; Jillian Marcotte
Clifford Spelman Tennis Sportsmanship Award: Jai Abrams
Alfred C. Warren Soccer Sportsmanship Awards: Zach Roethlein; Adeline Smith
NFSHA Awards of Excellence: Sofia Murray; Jason Ofcarcik
Hannah Green Memorial Award: Sydney Haskins
Marvin M. Sherman Sportsmanship Award: Ian Hoffman
Evelyn and Arthur Weinmann Award (Did most for Athletic Department): Mia Dang
John Suleski Jr. Memorial Golf Awards: Most Valuable Senior: Kyle Brennan; Most Improved Senior: Chris Thibault
Centaur Nation Media Award: Mike Brunetti, sports director, WINY Radio
Centaur Nation Persons of the Year: Woodstock Academy athletic trainers Tyler McCarthy and Jill Grant.
CIAC Scholar-Athlete Awards: Adeline Smith; Keenan LaMontagne
Connecticut High School Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Awards: Linsey Arends, John Pokorny
12-season commitment Awards (those who played a sport in all of the 12 seasons they attended Woodstock Academy): Jackson Goetz (football, soccer, basketball, baseball); Everett Michalski (football, indoor track, basketball, baseball); Sydney Schuler (soccer, unified sports; tennis)
8-season commitment Awards: Parker Anderson (basketball, football); Linsey Arends (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track); John Armstrong (football, ice hockey, golf); Hamilton Barnes (cross-country, basketball, golf); Aurissa Boardman (volleyball, basketball, lacrosse); Kyle Brennan (ice hockey, golf); Stella Brin (lacrosse, soccer); Leah Castle (cross-country, indoor and outdoor track); William Chambers (football, lacrosse); Ava Coutu (soccer, indoor track); Mia Dang (ice hockey, golf); Ethan Davis (football, basketball); Margaret Ebberling (cheerleading); River Favreau (football, basketball, indoor and outdoor track); Scout Favreau (football, basketball, indoor and outdoor track); Zach Girard (lacrosse, ice hockey); Tyler Green (football, lacrosse, ice hockey, skiing); Evan Haskins (ice hockey, tennis); Sydney Haskins (ice hockey, lacrosse, volleyball); Ian Hoffman (soccer, indoor and outdoor track, cross-country); Keenan LaMontagne (football, indoor and outdoor track); Jonah Libby (football, lacrosse, indoor track); Seamus Lippy (cross-country, indoor ands outdoor track, soccer); Hailey MacDonald (cross-country, indoor and outdoor track); Brigid McNerney (field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse); Sofia Murray (field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse); Marissa O’Sullivan (field hockey, basketball, unified sports, lacrosse); Ian Palmerino (unified sports); Tegan Perry (field hockey, lacrosse); John Pokorny (football, lacrosse); Julia Powell (field hockey, lacrosse); Logan Reynolds (tennis, volleyball, basketball, unified); Zach Roethlein (baseball, soccer, ice hockey); Eliza Simpson (field hockey, lacrosse, skiing); Adeline Smith (soccer, tennis); Silas Strandson (football, indoor and outdoor track); Shawn Wallace (baseball, ice hockey).
4-season commitment Awards: Jai Abrams (tennis); Claire Anderson (lacrosse); Annarose Avery (volleyball); Jenna Bankowski (softball); Morgan Bentley (tennis); Brennon Blow (baseball); Elaina Borski (field hockey); Neil William Camara (football); Jamine Charles (basketball); Annabella Chaves (ice hockey); Hannah Clark (ice hockey); Mario De La Cruz De La Fuente (soccer); Henry Driscoll (soccer); Bernardo Alves Fernandes (soccer); Alexa Fernandez (tennis); Eddie Fisher (basketball); Sean Fitzpatrick (football); Huck Flanagan (basketball); Shannon Gagnon (lacrosse); Lindsey Gillies (gymnastics); Brendan Hill (ice hockey); Corey Jones (basketball); Elizabeth Lovrien (volleyball); Collin Manuilow (soccer); Jillian Marcotte (golf); Ricardo Mora (soccer); Ty Morgan (soccer); Madison Nichols (softball); Ryan Odorski (soccer); Jason Ofcarcik (basketball); Chaneek Park (soccer); Mike Pelletier (basketball); David Ramos (soccer); Kadin Shepherd (ice hockey); Jon Smith (baseball); Chris Thibault (ice hockey); Jackie Trudeau (tennis); Pablo Vazquez (soccer); Zach White (football); Chase Young (outdoor track and field); Damian Young (soccer); Zhi Joe Zhou (tennis).