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Decatur athletes earn Bayside Conf. and team awards

(Nov. 15, 2013) A number of Stephen Decatur High School athletes have been recognized for their performance during the fall sports season. Those Seahawks have been presented with Bayside Conference honors and/or team awards.


• Cross country:

Runners who placed top 15 in the boys’ and girls’ races during the Oct. 23 Bayside championship meet at Cambridge High School were named All-Conference athletes.

Sophomore Alison Alvarado crossed the finish line 15th overall in the girls’ race (21:24).

“This was Alison’s first season running cross country, so it took her a little while to get used to the distance, but by the end of the season she was clearly our No. 1 runner,” Coach Jody Stigler said. “We will look for her to be a leader on our team for the upcoming track seasons and for cross country next year.”

Senior Kevin Herbert placed 11th overall (17:30) in the boys’ competition.

“Kevin was our most consistent runner this year for the boys. Kevin has a great sense of determination,” Stigler said. “Kevin was our leader by example all year. He was our hardest worker at practice day in and day out.”

Junior Jake Gaddis followed two seconds behind Herbert at Baysides, to earn 12th place (17:32) and All-Conference honors.

“Jake ran really well this year,” Stigler said. “We will be looking for Jake to lead the team next year. He is a great leader for the younger runners that we have on the team.”

During the 3A South Regional championship, Oct. 31, at Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville, the top 15 boys’ and girls’ received All-Region honors.

Alvarado placed ninth overall (22:17.91) and senior Katie Collins completed the race in 22:53.06, good for 13th place. Both girls earned regional recognition.

“Katie was also in her first season of cross country after doing track for the past few years. She was consistently our No. 2 girl throughout the year,” Stigler said. “We will need her versatility this year for our track teams because she can basically do any event. She is an excellent pole vaulter and is an accomplished sprinter and jumper.”

Stigler presented team awards to the following boys: Herbert (MVP), Gaddis and seniors John Niedfeldt and Andrew Bradshaw (Coaches Awards), freshman Cameron James (Top Newcomer) and senior Kevin O’Connor (Sportsmanship).

Girls who won team awards were: Alvarado (MVP), Collins, FauntLeRoy and McKahan (Coaches Awards), freshman Peyton Dunham (Top Newcomer) and junior Meya Chilengi (Sportsmanship).


• Field hockey:

Senior Kacie Moore was named to the All-Conference Second Team.

“Kacie’s ability to see the field and distribute the ball was instrumental in transitioning from the defensive to offensive side of the field,” said Coach Michelle Fluty. “She always puts forth her full effort and her aggression on the field is hard to be matched and will be greatly missed next year.”

Honorable Mention accolades went to junior Mallory Rolleston and senior Cassidy Remmell.

Fluty said Rolleston was one of the most consistent players on the team. As a midfielder she had the skills to distribute the ball to the forwards or to carry it up herself when necessary, Fluty said.

“Her support of the forward line in front of her was instrumental in many goals scored this season,” she said.

Remmell was the Seahawks’ leading scorer with six goals. Fluty said her speed and vocal nature on the field helped to lead the forward line.

“Her aggressiveness on the field combined with her speed made her one of our most consistent players on the forward line. We will miss her in the middle next year,” Fluty said.

Fluty gave team awards to: freshman Sara Mitrecic (Rookie of the Year), junior Jennah Lupiwok (Most Improved), Rolleston (Unsung Hero), senior captain Valerie Petsche (Sportsmanship) and junior Brittany Wangel (Coaches Award).


• Girls’ soccer:

Senior captain Liz Rougcher and junior Jillian Petito earned First Team All-Conference distinction.

Rougcher scored two goals and had three assists this season. Coach Misty Bunting said Rougcher is “undoubtedly one of the most intense and dedicated soccer players I’ve coached.”

“Positioned defensively at center midfield, she was all over the field, shutting down the opposing teams’ top players,” Bunting added.

Petito logged 18 goals and had eight assists this year. She was the No. 2 goal scorer behind senior captain Rebecca Lederman (25). Petito led the team in assists. She started the season at the midfield position and after five games, Bunting moved her to striker.

“She was a scoring factor in 10 of our 13 games. She is an incredibly talented, composed player who has the ability to deliver the perfect ball behind the defense,” Bunting said. “In addition, she can place the ball in the goal like no other.”

Second Team honors went to junior Alexis McDonough and Lederman. Junior Allison Beck and senior captain Rebecca Haskell took home Honorable Mention awards.

Bunting presented team awards to: Haskell (Unsung Hero), Petito (MVP midfield), Beck (MVP defense), Lederman (MVP offense), Rougcher (Team MVP), junior Jenna Leitgeb (Sportsmanship) and McDonough and junior Payton VanKirk (Coaches Awards).


• Boys’ soccer: 

Senior captain Jared King and Nick White, also a senior, scored spots on the First Team list.

This was White’s second year named to the First Team. Coach Jamie Greenwood said White has come a long way since his freshman year.

“He has gone from being a great defender (freshman and sophomore year) to a great forward (junior and senior year),” Greenwood said. “Nick loves to have the ball on his foot. He loves to have the opportunity to score the game-winning goal. This season Nick either scored or assisted  22 of our 44 goals.”

King has made an impact since he walked onto the field two seasons ago, Greenwood said. He was rock solid in the backfield, Greenwood said, and very few players got by him.

“He plays very hard, but under control,” he said. “This season he was the lone captain and did an outstanding job, both at practice and on the field (during games). He played every minute of every game. His work ethic is second to none.”

Players earning Honorable Mention were: seniors Tyler Angelo, David Bernal-Clark, Zak Hoshino, Danny Beck and goalie Logan Thumma, juniors Corey Gwin and Evan Heim and freshman Alton Walker.

For the third consecutive year, Greenwood was named Coach of the Year. Greenwood said he was honored that his fellow coaches think he is worthy of the title three years in a row.

He said all of the credit goes to his players.

“We (the coaching staff) give them the tools in practice and we merely put them on the field. They are the ones scoring the goals and winning the games,” Greenwood said. “SDHS has a long and proud tradition of winning and being one of the best in the Bayside Conference for almost 25 years now and players know that and want to contribute in any manner they can.”

Greenwood said without Assistant Coach Mike Cericola (SDHS Class of 2007) and JV Coach Josh Horsman, the program would not be as successful.

Greenwood has not yet announced his team’s award recipients.


• Golf:

Senior captain Andrew Urban, freshman Matt Kristick and junior Danny Parker earned First Team honors.

Out of 18 Bayside Conference schools and more than 100 golfers, Urban finished No. 1 with a 38.5-nine hole average. He is also the top golfer on this side of the Bay Bridge.

“Andrew was our rock all season, consistently shooting right around par every match…Andrew was instrumental in all nine of our regular season first-place finishes,” Coach Jim Krall said. “He was also greatly responsible for our victories at the Bayside championship and district tournament, by once again leading by example shooting his characteristic low rounds. He earned his third trip in a row to the state tournament this year and made his way to the final championship round by shooting an impressive 81 on what I consider one of the toughest conditions the University of Maryland golf course could dish out.”

Kristick finished the season ranked as the third-best golfer in the Bayside South (39-stroke average). He earned medalist honors in five matches this year, including the Bayside championship and the district tournament. Kristick made his state championship debut, where he finished tied for 14th place overall in the 3A/4A.

“You all are looking at the most accomplished freshman I have ever had in my 16 years of coaching. This kid is the real deal,” Krall said.

Parker finished in the No. 5 spot in the conference (40.33 average). He made his first state tournament appearance this season.

Krall said because of his dedication and passion for the sport, Parker took seven strokes off his nine-hole average in just one year.

“He’s always been a great short game player, but this year he added length off the tee to make him a complete player,” Krall said.

Juniors Delaney Iacona and Brooks Holloway received Second Team accolades. They finished No. 7 and No. 8 respectively in the conference according to their averages (40.83 and 41.56)

“Delaney Iacona seemed to take sportsmanship to the next level. You would be hard pressed to find a kinder, sweeter, more positive person out of 100-plus golfers in the Bayside Conference,” Krall said. “Every coach in the conference praised Delaney on her attitude and personality.”

Iacona made her third trip to the state tournament this year, while it was Holloway’s first time competing.

“In the past, the Decatur golf team has been missing a strong fifth player to help us win matches, and this year Brooks really stepped up his game and became that solid player,” Krall said.

Krall was named Coach of the Year.

“It’s an honor to be selected Coach of the Year by fellow coaches in the Bayside Conference. It’s a shot in the arm that everyone enjoys receiving. However, my Assistant Coach, Don Furbay, should be recognized as well,” Krall said. “Together we’ve built a program of competitive golf at Decatur and have the utmost respect for our players, who are committed and embrace our philosophies.”

Team accolades were awarded to: Urban (MVP), Iacona (Sportsmanship), Parker (Most Improved), Kristick (Rookie of the Year) and Holloway (Coaches Award).


• Volleyball and Football:

Recipients of Bayside Conference and team awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

Stephen Decatur junior Jillian Petito.
Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography. Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.

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