The St. Marys Area Fall Sports Awards Program was held Wednesday evening at the school. The evening started with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards portion of the evening in Carpin Auditorium.
Activities Director Terry Straub welcomed everyone to the affair and acted as master of ceremonies for the evening. He noted that Adair Gennocro had placed third in the PIAA Class AA cross country meet on Saturday. Gideon Woelfel was the District 9-AAA cross country runner-up and led the Dutch cross country team to the District 9-AAA team championship. Amy Orr won the District 9-AA tennis singles champ and Michael Fox and Matt Hoffman were named to the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League all star team.
Head golf coach Dan Vollmer said that his squad finished the year with a 3-9 record, although he noted that they practiced smart and hard and had a lot of fun at it. He said that his team represented the school very well wherever they were.
Vollmer also recognized his assistant coach, Travis Wendel.
Varsity letters were presented to Justin Beimel, D.J. Challingsworth, Quinn Cunningham, Philip Danz, Dillon Gallagher, Rudy Gleixner, Sam Miller, Owen Schreiber, Robert Watts and Garret Wendel. Junior varsity letter winners were presented to Aaron Gallagher and Jordan Wehler.
Sue Lepovetsky, head girlsâ€™ tennis coach, was the next speaker. She said that she was very proud of her team. They finished the season with a 10-2 record. They started the season with only seven players and ended with 11. She recognized sophomore Amy Orr for winning the District 9-AA tennis singles crown.
Varsity letters were presented to Chelsea Agosti, Steph Buerk, Emily Challingsworth, Tonya Copello, Rachel Ehrensberger, Becky Hanes, Danielle McCoy, Megan McCoy, Amy Orr, Mary Rosman, Marta Vega and Aubrey Wiesner.
Junior varsity volleyball coach Ken Vogt Jr. acknowledged his assistant coaches Rachel Schreiber and Jessica Schutz. He gave a brief rundown of his season, noting that his team finished with a 12-4 record.
Junior varsity letters were presented to Tiffany Beck, Morgan Gleixner, Alexis Hanes, Kristen Huff, Katie Huggler, Jacqueline Lenze, Courtney Luepkes, Katelyn McFadden, Sierra Pryor and Brittney Tarle.
Head volleyball coach Erica Vogt said that from the inside it was an extraordinary season and was successful and positive because of the girls involved. She said all six seniors stood out this year and were driven to a high degree, and it is now up to the underclassmen to maintain the tradition for the program.
Varsity letters were presented to Kristen Anderson, Courtney Bankovich, Taylor Bellina, Abbey Cribbs, Lauren Dalessandro, Chelsie Gaton, Chelsea Gregori, Helena Hanes, Sami Hanes, Kiana Hoohuli, Kayla Nussbaum, Taylor Schutz, DeAnna Yost and Jolene Young. Vogt also recognized Abagail Dobson, statistician.
Straub took a moment to recognize the St. Marys Area High School Marching Band on their eighth Chapter XI T.O.B. championship. He also noted that the Dutch football team will be playing for the District 9-AAA championship Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Mansell Stadium in DuBois against the Clearfield Bisons and that the drama classes at St. Marys Area will be presenting â€śOur Townâ€ť Nov. 17, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in Carpin Auditorium.
Next up to the podium was Dr. Bob Schmidt, girlsâ€™ head soccer coach. He acknowledged his assistant coaches, Johanna Schmidt, Chelsea Mulcahy and Danielle Micale. He noted that it had been seven years since he last coached at SMA. In fact, there was no texting in those days. He said that coaching soccer is a challenge and people donâ€™t realize what it takes to be an accomplished soccer player.
Schmidt said his team played their way into condition and with the small team, the younger players were the beneficiaries. While they finished 4-13-1, it was a difficult season that ended well.
Receiving varsity letters were Megan Bridges, Shannon Bridges, Samantha Candalor, Lauren Challingsworth, Liza Geyer, Mia Keener, Caley Keister, Becky Krieg, Sam McCabe, Hayley McGowan, Mackenzie Schatz, Holly Shields and Aspyn Wolff. Receiving certificates of participation were Rebekah Caretti, Lauren McAnany and Kiana Schatz.
Russ Micale, head boysâ€™ soccer coach, acknowledged his assistant coach Jim Pistner. He said that they had a successful season. They had five shutouts and were shut out five times. St. Marys scored 33 goals and had 33 goals scored against them and they finished with a 9-9 record. It was the first time in a while they did not have a tie during the season.
Micale gave a brief summary of the season before presenting letters.
Varsity letters were presented to Scott Barber, Josh Burns, Weston Challingsworth, Michael Fox, Dalton Gennocro, Matt Hoffman, Brett Lanzel, Evan Lepovetsky, Jarrod Lipsey, Deric Luvaas, Ethan Michelini, Tim Mosebarger, Damien Wensel, Clancy Wiesner and Gideon Woelfel. Also recognized were statisticians Marissa Neubert and Mickayla Poland.
Junior varsity letters were presented to Diego Araujo, Zach Fox, Jon Kennepohl, Mitchell Knecht and Cyrus Mecca.
Stan Foster, head cross country coach, acknowledged his assistants David Fordoski and Rob Meyer.
He noted that academics come first. The boysâ€™ cumulative average was 98.3, while the girlsâ€™ cumulative average was 98.7. The girlsâ€™ team finished with a 12-2 record and were fourth at Districts. Adair Gennocro has the fastest time in school history, while Sloan Foster has the fourth fastest time and Kaley Williams is in the top 10 in school history.
The boys finished with a 13-2 record and won the District 9-AAA team title. Gideon Woelfel and Alec Foster presented the District 9 team championship plaque to Straub.
Foster presented varsity letters to Konstantin (K.O.) Deyev, Alec Foster, Sloan Foster, Austin Frey, Adair Gennocro, Alexis Hanes, Nathan McFadden, Mitchell Oâ€™vell, Dylan Shields, Gina Schneider, Kaley Williams and Gideon Woelfel.
Junior varsity letters were presented to Jordan Agosti, Nick Bush, Casey Kline, Ashley Mertz, Rachel Schreiber and Cassie Wonderling.
Foster presented Sloan Foster with the Leader Award.
In cross country, the Female Most Valuable Runner Award was presented to Adair Gennocro. The Male Most Valuable Runner Award was presented to Gideon Woelfel.
In boysâ€™ soccer, co-MVPs were presented to Michael Fox and Matt Hoffman.
In girlsâ€™ soccer, the MVP Award was presented to Shannon Bridges.
In volleyball, Chelsie Gaton was presented the MVP Offense Award, Chelsea Gregori the MVP Defense Award, Sami Hanes the overall MVP Award and Abbey Cribbs received the Coaches Award.
In girlsâ€™ tennis, Mary Rosman received the Coaches Award, while Amy Orr received the MVP Award.
In golf, the co-MVP Awards were presented to Rudy Gleixner and Sam Miller.