Many Seahawks honored with All-Conference awards for their performances this fall
LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor
Rebecca Lederman, First Team All-ConferenceOCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI(Nov. 16, 2012) A number of Stephen Decatur High School athletes have been recognized for their performance during the fall sports season.
Runners who placed top 15 in the boys’ and girls’ races during the Oct. 24 Bayside championship meet at Cambridge High School were named All-Conference athletes.
Decatur seniors Nick Molitor placed 14th overall (17:16.2) and Dan Winters finished 15th (17:34.98).
“Dan was consistently our hardest worker at practice this year. He never took a day off,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. “He was struggling to hit his goal times at the beginning of the year, but all of his work paid off when he really started to drop his times toward the end of the season.
“Nick was consistently one of our top runners all year,” he continued. “He is very competitive and one of the most talented runners on the cross country team.”
Junior Erin Florek was named to the All-Conference Second Team.
“As a center midfielder, Erin helped to control the ball going up the field. Her ability to know when to dribble and when to distribute the ball were an irreplaceable asset to the team,” said Seahawk Coach Michelle Fluty.
Senior Amber Robinson earned Honorable Mention accolades.
“Amber was an asset on both the midfield and the defense [lines] this year. Her heart and aggression was unmatched,” Fluty said. “As a captain, she also held a leadership role, helping to motivate the team and lead by example.”
Junior Nick White and senior Kaelan Patterson were named to the All-Conference First Team.
“Nick had a knack for scoring goals. After moving him from his defensive position to forward after the fourth game of the season he scored 14 goals, which was almost 25 percent of the team’s output. [He has a] great sense of where the goal is,” said Coach Jamie Greenwood.
Greenwood said Patterson was a solid defender. He worked hard during practice and played with “every ounce of effort he had in his body, every game.”
“He was the leader of a defense that let in just 12 goals in 12 regular season games. He played through an ankle injury most of the season, but you would never have known it,” Greenwood said.
Senior Sunny Aroh earned a Second Team award.
“Sunny ran the midfield and contributed six goals. He really came into his own in the second half of the season,” Greenwood said.
“Logan started the season playing midfield, but when I needed a solid defender, he was willing to do what ever was needed to help the team. He was a major part of the strong defensive effort that we put forth this year,” Greenwood said.
Decatur players presented with Honorable Mention accomplishments were seniors Andrew Ternahan (midfield), Karim Olguin (forward) and Bobby Thompson (defense) and juniors Jared King (defense), Zak Hoshino (midfield) and goalie Logan Thumma.
Greenwood said he was pleasantly surprised to be named Coach of the Year. He is honored that fellow coaches felt he was deserving two consecutive years.
But, he said, the players and coaching staff are the ones who deserve the credit.
Joe Iacona, top golfer on the Eastern ShoreOCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI“The players go out and execute what we worked on in practice. I was thrilled to have the season that we had. To have 10-plus wins two seasons in a row was great,” Greenwood said. “I credit a lot of my and the team’s success this season to the coaches that I have on staff with me. Josh Horsman does a great job with the JV program. Also, Mike Cericola, a 2007 SDHS graduate, former All-State player and Towson University player, was a huge addition to the program. He brought a lot of insight along with new drills and tactics that we implemented and were successful with.”
Juniors Liz Rougcher and Rebecca Lederman scored spots on the First Team list.
Rougcher was a scoring contributor (with a goal or assist) in more than half of Decatur’s games, Coach Misty Bunting said. A versatile player, she started the season as a forward, then finished the second half at defensive midfield. Rougcher recorded four goals and five assists this season.
“She is a consistent, hard-working player who never gives up, setting the example on the field in both practices and games,” Bunting said. “She is a smart player who knows the game very well and is exceptional when delivering the ball to the strikers.”
Lederman is a solid and fast soccer player, Bunting said, who has proven to be the team’s “rock” in the backfield.
“Yet, when we needed a fresh face and some extra speed up top, she could deliver there as well,” Bunting said. “She had five goals and two assists on the season as a defender — pretty impressive. She is a very composed player who could not only clear the ball out of the back, but deliver it up top with great accuracy.”
Senior Tori Whigham, Brittney Calandra and freshman Lexi McDonough took home Second Team honors.
Bunting said Whigham was “simply the rock of our team this season.” The seniors was a leader on and off the field, vocally and by example, Bunting said. She started the season at the center midfield position and about half way through, she moved to striker. She had 14 goals and seven assists.
“Tori was a key factor in our win against Parkside, scoring and assisting, and she scored all three goals in our playoff win over Annapolis,” Bunting said. “She is an unselfish player and was definitely our leader and playmaker this season.”
Calandra, a transfer from Snow Hill, was a welcomed addition to the team, Bunting said. She had 25 goals and three assists this season, was a scoring factor in 11 of the Seahawks’ 14 games, and tallied the first goal in six matches.
“She was a hustler up top with a beautiful touch on the ball,” Bunting said. “We knew that Brittney would be marked up tight, but with her tenacity and aggressiveness she was often able to lose her mark and net the goal right when we needed it.”
Bunting said that although McDonough is a freshman, she has the grace, skills and composure of a veteran. She is aggressive and skilled and could keep up with any player that came her way, Bunting said.
“She also had a beautiful corner kick and it was off those kicks that Lexi had one goal and five assists this season. Another solid player in our backfield who always stayed focused and trained the way she played, 100 percent,” the coach said.
Honorable Mention recognition went to sophomores Jillian Petito (midfield) and Allison Beck (defense) and seniors Alex Pinto (midfield) and Ashley Calandra (midfield/defense).
Joe Iacona, the team’s lone senior led the group all season. For the second consecutive year, Iacona had the best average on the Eastern Shore (38.55).
“Joe has been an awesome leader and role model for the rest of the team to follow,” Coach Jim Krall said. “He has been steady with his play all season and deserving of being the No. 1 player in the Bayside South. He will be greatly missed next year.”
Based in averages, junior Andrew Urban (38.83), sophomore Delaney Iacona (41) and junior Matt Ruggiere (41.58) made the First Team roster.
Krall said Urban stepped up his game this year, earning the second spot on the First Team All-Conference, just a fraction of a stroke behind J. Iacona.
“He’s got the best swing on the team right now and should be a force to be reckoned with next year. I look for Andrew to be at the top of the South next year, his senior year,” Krall said.
Krall describes Delaney Iacona as athletic, smart and friendly, with a great personality.
“She has accomplished more her sophomore year than any of the other top females I’ve been blessed to coach,” he said. “If she stays committed and dedicated to the sport she could be extremely successful at the collegiate level.”
Ruggiere, Krall said, provided comic relief this season, serving as the team comedian.
“However, when it’s time to compete, he’s all business and focused. He is a very talented golfer who should definitely give Andrew and Delaney a challenge for next year’s top spot,” Krall said.
Sophomore Brooks Holloway, Krall said, “is our baseball player turned golfer in the fall.”
“His hand-eye coordination is awesome and responsible for his success,” he said. “His ball striking skills propelled him into the top 10 in the South Conference. Coach [Don] Furbay and I are counting on him to be one of our top players next year.”
FOOTBALL AND VOLLEYBALL:
The recipients of Bayside Conference awards for football will be announced in the coming weeks.