(Nov. 21, 2014) 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.
Earning awards in cross country, field hockey and golf are:
• Cross country:
Runners who placed top 15 in the boys’ and girls’ races during the Oct. 29 Bayside championship meet at Cambridge High School were named All-Conference athletes. Four runners took home accolades.
Senior Jenna Reimer, who transferred to Decatur from North Penn High School in Pennsylvania at the beginning of the school year, finished third at Baysides (19:50).
“Jenna was our best girls runner throughout the duration of the season. She really led by example and has a great work ethic,” Decatur Coach Jody Stigler said.
Juniors Rachel Savage and Alison Alvarado placed 12th (21:20) and 13th (21:29), respectively.
“Rachel was new to cross country this year and really helped our team. She was our No. 2 runner for the majority of the season,” Stigler said. “Alison was our top runner last year and she really started dropping her times in the championship meets.”
Parker Harrington, a senior, crossed the finish line 11th overall in the boys’ Bayside race (17:19).
“Parker was our top boys runner for the latter half of the season,” Stigler said. “He is really more of a middle distance type runner and I think he is going to have a great deal of success during the upcoming track seasons.”
During the 3A South Regional championship, Oct. 30, at Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville, the top 15 boys and girls received All-Region honors.
Reimer placed fourth overall (21:04.97) and Alvarado completed the race in (22:09.46), good for 13th place. Both girls earned regional recognition. Harrington also received All-Region honors for his seventh-place finish. His time of 17:12.91 was Harrington’s fastest of the season.
Stigler presented team awards to the following boys: Harrington (MVP), freshman Jack Reimer (Top Newcomer), senior Max Pyles (Sportsmanship) and seniors Jake Gaddis, Nathan Mitchell and Chris Kotsifakis (Coaches Awards).
Girls who won team awards were: Reimer (MVP), Savage (Top Newcomer), senior Jordan Klebe (Sportsmanship), senior Hannah Wilson (Russo Award) and senior Meya Chilengi, sophomore Peyton Dunham and junior Katie Hofman (Coaches Awards).
• Field hockey:
Sophomore midfielder Sara Mitrecic was named to the All-Conference Second Team. First-year Coach Amy Matthews presented Mitrecic with the team MVP award.
“She was the core of our team. She gave 100 percent every game,” Matthews said.
Junior Reagan Dunham (defense) received Bayside Honorable Mention distinction.
“She really improved her stick skills and sense of the game,” said Matthews, which is why she gave her the Most Improved team award.
Junior goalie Sophia Clemente logged 192 saves this season. She scored a spot on the Honorable Mention list and Matthews presented her with the Coaches Award.
“She really gave it her all even through some rough games. She never backed down,” Matthews said.
Junior Hannah FauntLeRoy (offense), who Matthews said was always able to get the ball up the field, also earned Honorable Mention honors.
Junior Olivia Kurtz (offense) received the team Sportsmanship Award.
Seniors Danny Parker and Brooks Holloway and sophomore Matt Kristick earned All-Conference First Team honors.
Parker, who missed the first five matches because of a broken wrist, was the top golfer in the Bayside with a 38.43 average. He was also named Conference Player of the Year.
“[Parker] returned to play after the removal of the cast in excellent form, like he never missed a beat,” said Decatur Coach Jim Krall. “ He went on to earn co-champion in the District VIII tournament, made it to the final round of the state tournament where he placed tied for 31st, and finished the season ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the Bayside Conference made up of 18 high schools on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.”
Parker was given the team MVP award and Krall said “he will be greatly missed next year.”
Kristick was close behind Parker with a 38.75 average.
Krall said Kristick was the most dedicated player on the team. Finishing just .32 strokes behind Parker, Kristick was ranked the No. 2 player in the conference.
“When Matt’s on fire he’s hard to beat as witnessed at the Bay Club match when he shot a 3 under 33,” Krall said. “Matt was the medalist in three of our regular season matches, more than any other player on the team. He shot the lowest score (76) on the first day of the state tournament and made it to the final round placing tied for 31st with Parker.”
Holloway finished ranked fifth in the conference with a 40.25 average. Krall said Holloway was the most consistent player all season, and one of the best ball strikers on the team.
“We never had to worry about how Brooks was playing, because he always came in with a low score,” Krall said. “Brooks was the Bayside championship co-medalist at GlenRiddle. Brooks made it to the final round of the state tournament where he placed in the top half of all the qualifiers (tie 69th) in Maryland. He will be greatly missed next year.”
Senior Delaney Iacona and freshman Matt Kinsey received Second Team accolades. Both helped lead Decatur to a 10-0 regular-season record and Bayside Conference and District VIII championship titles for the third consecutive year.
Iacona’s 41.67 average landed her in the seventh-place spot. Krall said Iacona out-drives all the boys by a mile. She competed for Decatur for four years, each season qualifying for the state tournament.
“[Iacona] shot an impressive 78 at the Hyatt to win the District VIII female champion title, earned co-medalist in the Bayside championship and made it to the final round of the state tournament where she finished 14th among all the girls (44) in the state. Delaney is the No. 1 female golfer in the Bayside Conference, and finished ranked seventh overall in the Bayside South Conference, which includes the male golfers as well. Delaney earned the [team’s] coveted Sportsmanship Award for the fourth straight season. She’s truly going to be missed next year.”
Kinsey had a stellar freshman season. He was ranked ninth overall in the Bayside South with a 41.83 average.
“Matt Kinsey, the cheerleader on the team, commanding everyone’s shots to either check up, spin, get left, go in the hole, get down, etc.,” Krall said. “Matt’s got a bright future in high school golf and the drive and tenacious honey badger attitude to win.”
Krall was again named Coach of the Year.
“Coach of the Year is an honor to receive for any sport, however, for Coach [Don] Furbay and I it’s all about the kids,” he said. “Several years in the future no one will look back and remember that Coach Krall earned Coach of the Year for 2014, they will however remember the talented players I was blessed to have this past season.”
Next week: Decatur boys’ and girls’ soccer, volleyball and football awards.