Student athletes honored at VCMS

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Jun. 16, 2011
VCMS eighth-graders Brett Montminy and Morgan Skoly pose with their collective awards, which for each included the Outstanding Athlete Award, at the school's sports recognition program on June 15. Photos by Steve Smith.
VCMS eighth-graders Brett Montminy and Morgan Skoly pose with their collective awards, which for each included the Outstanding Athlete Award, at the school's sports recognition program on June 15. Photos by Steve Smith.

Vernon Center Middle School capped its students’ year of athletic achievements at the school’s 23rd annual sports awards ceremony on June 15.

All of the school's coaches presented their teams with certificates of participation, as well as Coach's Awards (for players demonstrating the most positive attitude) and MVP Awards (for athletic ability) for players of each team.

MVP Awards went to Brett Montminy for baseball, Haley Hasty for girls' soccer, Manane Adoyi for boys' soccer, Chelsea Chatterton and Danny Kupchunos for cross-country, Ashley Tierney for girls' basketball, Tyler Johnson for boys' basketball, and Morgan Skoly for both cheerleading and softball.

Coach's Awards went to Brenna Baran for softball, Mason St. Germain for baseball, Winona Scheff for girls' soccer, André Liseé for boys' soccer, Zach Polansky and Courtney Lavallee for cross-country, Tashai Price for girls' basketball, and Brett Montminy for boys' basketball.

The school also presented the Louis J. Bazzano Award to an eighth-grade boy and girl who demonstrate an enthusiastic love of sports and extend goodwill toward classmates.

Bazzano was a physical education teacher and baseball coach for Vernon public schools who passed away at a young age.

“Lou was a wonderful human being,” said Principal Beth Katz. “He touched so many people's hearts. He was a gentle soul, who just loved human beings, sportsmanship, and doing the right thing.”

Ashley Tierney and Sean Monihan received the honors.

The Outstanding Athlete Award goes to talented athletes who have also shown great citizenship and sportsmanship. This year's honorees were Morgan Skoly and Brett Montminy.

Skoly, Montminy, Brenna Baran, Sarah Silver, Sarah Kline and Logan Blaisdell were also honored for lettering in three sports.

Katz thanked her school's coaches, adding that, although they receive a small stipend, they really do it because they love helping children play sports.

“[They] care about your children,” Katz told the parents in the audience, “enough to spend the time to teach them a game that they love.”

Vernon Public Schools Athletic Director Steven Phelps took the opportunity to thank Katz, who is retiring at the end of the school year, after 22 years at VCMS.

“This basically started when she came on board,” Phelps said. “I can't thank her enough for all of the goodwill, effort and hard work that goes into running a school, but also maintaining a quality athletic program, as well.”


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