Windsor High School athletes celebrate spring season

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Jun. 6, 2013
Senior Sydney Over turned in Class L wins in the 400-meter and 800-meter races.
Senior Sydney Over turned in Class L wins in the 400-meter and 800-meter races.

The spring sports season has ended, and many Windsor High School students have multiple accomplishments of which to be proud. On June 4, athletes assembled in the school auditorium to receive accolades from their peers and coaches.

“Tonight we are here to recognize our student athletes and their accomplishments,” said WHS athletic director Steve Risser, immediately calling to the front both the boys’ and girls’ track teams. Both teams earned Class L titles in their sport. But in addition to the track teams, other spring sports were also to be praised.

Risser handed out the awards for Outstanding CIAC Student-Athletes of the Year to Melissa Orzechowski and Nicholas Chapman, who are both swimmers.

Baseball coach Joe Surface presented the Coach’s Award (MVP) to senior Casey Johnson, a pitcher who will be playing at Lasalle next year.

Softball coach Bill Alexander called this season a “banner year” for his team. “This is probably the most united group I have had,” he said. “They had a persistent commitment that they were going to have a good season.” He presented the Coach’s Award to LaRessa Tessier, who led the team in RBIs.

The golf team, which almost began its season with nowhere to play due to the closure of Traditions Golf Course, played a good season in the hands of coach Gary Hannan. Sophomore Isaiah Snipes was given the Tomahawk Award and was announced as being the new team captain for the 2013-2014 season.

The track teams received much praise. This is the fourth consecutive Class L championship win for the girls and third for the boys.

“These two teams are family,” said girls coach Ron Wilson. “One of the things I am most proud of, and I stress to all the girls, is their academics,” he said. There were 21 girls on the All-Academic Team. Wilson spent ample time talking about his four senior captains, saying, “In true captain fashion, they are leading by example.”

Sydney Over, a senior who has obtained a full track scholarship to Florida State University, obtained the Class L title in the 400 meters and the 800 meters.

Samantha Blake was named to the All-Academic and All-Conference teams.

Melissa Wolliston, a senior, took the Class L title in the 100-meter hurdles.

Courtney Kearse, a senior, was given the Tomahawk Award for being the “backbone and right hand” of the team. “Even injured, she is as tough as nails,” said Wilson.

Members of both the 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams also took the Class L titles this year.

For the boys’ track team, coach Kelvan Kearse sung the praises of 12 All-Academic team members and said that, “the real reason for our success is our athletes themselves. We have a tremendous group of student athletes,” said Kearse. “This is a result of all their hard work, and that hard work starts in the classroom.”

Although Kearse said that this was a rebuilding year for his team, they were still able to turn in Class L wins by the team as a whole and individually by Brian Sappleton (200m, 400m), Sherrod Peay (long jump), and both the 4x800 and 4x100 relay teams.

Kearse gave the Coach’s Award to Brian Sappleton for the performances he turned in during the 200m and 400m races. The Most Improved Award went to Nathaniel Williams.

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