2012 Year in Review - Individuals
Casey White of Easthampton, right, gets a hug from his head coach, Brian Miller, after receiving the game ball from him for scoring his 1001st career point against Greenfield Thursday in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »
Frankie Weir works on a takedown during his win against Dalton Remy in the 152-pound class Wednesday in Granby. Purchase photo reprints »
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) catches a touchdown pass in front of New England Patriots safety James Ihedigbo during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David Duprey) Purchase photo reprints »
Meriza Werenski of Holyoke Catholic in the 500 yd Free style, during the Western Mass Swim Meet Sunday morning in Springfield. Purchase photo reprints »
Amanda Lucia of Easthampton, right, swims ahead of Hannah Nelson of South Hadley in the 200 meter medley relay Friday at Williston Northampton School. Lucia won the race. Purchase photo reprints »
Madison Granger of Belchertown runs in the 4x400-meter during the Western Mass. track and field finals Saturday at Westfield State University. She took a first place in the 1 mile. Purchase photo reprints »
Amherst No. 1 Tom Suchodolski returns during his win over Jonah Kudler-Flam of Northampton in Northampton on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Purchase photo reprints »
Joel Bierwert of Northampton dives during a meet against Amherst Tuesday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »
Northampton junior Adrienne Pascucci, center, wins the 55 hurdles at the PVIAC Indoor Track Championship held Friday at Smith College. Purchase photo reprints »
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) holds up the Stanley Cup after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Purchase photo reprints »
Tchuijo Nkamebo of Amherst runs the 200-meter during the Western Mass. track and field finals Saturday at Westfield State University. He finsihed first ahead of Ray Pelter of Chicopee Comp, background. Purchase photo reprints »
Jordan Page of South Hadley pitches to Plymouth North Saturday at Fitton Field in Worcester. Purchase photo reprints »
Kieran Presley of Amherst, center, runs for a gain before being brought down by Quinn Barbeito of Westfield, left, Saturday in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »
Natalie Mako of Frontier is 7-0 this season with five course records.
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Elizabeth Whitney of Easthampton, right, is congratulated by her teammates after she scored her 1000th career point Monday during a game against Turners Falls in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »
Jera Barrett of Hopkins Academy, left, and Cassidy Snyder of Smith Academy battle for the ball Wednesday at Smith Academy.
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Tyler Szymkowicz of Hopkins Academy, right, gets control of a pass near Easthampton defender Sam Godin, left, and teammates Brennan Mitrolka, from left, John Martinez and Sean Quill Thursday at Hopkins.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »
UMass Softball coach Elaine Sortino is surrounded by friends, family and former players before having the field dedicated to her name Saturday on the UMass campus.
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Keri Lambert competes Saturday in the NESCAC championship women's cross country race at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Lambert placed first overall. Purchase photo reprints »
Cassidy Stankowski of Frontier, center, shoots against Agawam defenders Danielle Stratton, left, and Alycia Rackliffle Monday at Frontier. Purchase photo reprints »
Danielle Duseau of Smith Academy, left, and Kesheal Henderson of Mohawk Regional battle for the ball Thursday during the Division 2 Western Mass. semi-final at Holyoke High School. Smith Academy lost 2-1 in overtime. Purchase photo reprints »
Mel Devoney — WMass Division 1 cross country champ.
Ciaran Dillon-Davidson — WMass 500 freestyle champ.
Audrey Gould — Division 2 state indoor track 2-mile champ.
Chris Gould — Coached boys outdoor track team to sectional championship. Coached cross country team to undefeated regular season and Valley North title.
Maya Hart — Defending state individual tennis champion lost sectional final to teammate Nicole McCann. Took resume of three WMass titles and a state crown to Williams College.
Michael Hixon — Won the bronze at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships. Competed at Olympic Trials.
Nicole McCann — WMass individual tennis champ.
Christal Murphy — Coached the girls basketball team to a share of the Suburban League title.
Eric Nazar — Coached girls cross country team to undefeated regular season, Valley North and WMass titles.
Tchuijo Nkamebo — Won the 200 and a fourth straight triple jump title at the WMass outdoor track championships. Placed second in triple jump at all-states.
Kieran Presley — Senior rushed for over 1,000 yards helping football team to first winning season since 2004.
Dr. Mulazimuddin Rasool — Former track coach was named to the MSTCA Hall of Fame.
Michael Rudd — Coached the boys soccer team to its first WMass Division 1 championship.
Tom Suchodolski — Won second straight WMass individual tennis title.
David Thompson — First-year head coach led football team to first winning season since 2004. Also coached indoor and outdoor boys track team to WMass titles. Named MSTCA outdoor track coach of the year.
Brandon Vazquez — Boys soccer junior scored game-winner in state Division 1 semifinal.
Tony Almeida — Coached boys soccer team to second straight WMass Division 2 title.
Natalie Caney — Girls soccer forward earned All-New England honors.
Mike Cowles — Coached girls outdoor track team to undefeated regular season and Pioneer League title.
Madison Granger — Outdoor WMass and All-State mile champ.
Marilyn Higgins — Longtime educator and coach passed away at 57 on Jan. 31.
Dustin Hui — Coached girls swim team to undefeated regular season and Patriot League title.
Claude Humphry — Former boys basketball coach guided team to share of Bi-County North title.
John Mayo — Coached football team to Intercounty title, third straight Division 3 postseason and first Super Bowl appearance since 2003.
Chris Mogavero — Coached girls soccer team to fifth WMass Division 2 title and third in a row. Team advanced to first state title game since 2004.
Breanne Moreau — Girls soccer junior midfielder earned second straight All-New England honors.
James Ryan — Senior receiver/running back finished with over 1,400 yards of total offense in helping lead football team to Division 3 Super Bowl.
Jay Fortier — Coached girls basketball team to a share of the Franklin South title.
Jess Harper — WMass 100 backstroke (meet record) and 100 freestyle champ.
Amanda Lucia — WMass 100 fly (meet record) and Division 1 state champ.
Casey White — Boys basketball standout scored his 1,000th career point.
Elizabeth Whitney — Girls basketball standout scored her 1,000th career point.
Aaron Campbell — Coached baseball team to Hampshire League title.
Keegan Downie — Senior forward was leading scorer for Turners Falls hockey team which returned to postseason after three-year absence.
Sean Doyle — Placed second in PVIAC ski league and was second at individual championship.
Don Gordon — Longtime wrestling coach recorded the 300th win of his career.
Sean MacDonald — Coached the girls volleyball team to a third straight state Division 3 title.
Missy Mahar — Coached field hockey team to second straight WMass Division 2 title.
Natalie Mako — WMass Division 2 cross country champ.
Jordyn Roberts — Freshman field hockey player scored game winner in WMass final one year after older sister Kacey accomplished same feat.
Bob Smith — Coached outdoor track team to undefeated regular season, Suburban League title and 100th straight win. Named MSTCA coach of the year.
Cassidy Stankowski — Senior volleyball standout led her team to a third straight state Division 3 title and was honored with a second straight Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year Award.
Steve Estelle — Coached girls soccer team to WMass Division 3 championship game.
Elijah Robbins — Coached girls basketball team to its third straight Tri-County League title.
Nick Boorman — Coached girls soccer team to undefeated regular season and Pioneer League title.
Tom Burke — Coached golf team to Bi-County East title.
Spencer Nawrocki — Senior surpassed career 100-point plateau in helping lead South Hadley hockey team to fourth straight WMass Division 3A title.
Tim Sheehan — Boys basketball coach won the 200th game of his career. Guided team to share of Bi-County North title.
Shane Andrews — Senior rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Easthampton football team.
Lucius Burrell — Sophomore rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Easthampton football team.
Bob Dombkowski — Coached baseball team to Bi-County League title in first year.
Ben Galica — Placed second at the state Division 3 wrestling tournament at 220 pounds.
Nate Ghareeb — Wrestling standout recorded his 100th win of his career.
Cal Lachowicz — Placed second at the state Division 3 wrestling tournament at 195 pounds. Was sixth at the all-state meet.
Brian McGan — Coached softball team to WMass Division 2 title.
Tyler Phillips — Outdoor WMass track long jump champ.
Brendan Weir — Won the state Division 3 wrestling title at 106 pounds.
Frankie Weir — Wrestling standout recorded his 100th win of his career.
Gary Welch — Coached boys outdoor track team to undefeated regular season and Suburban League title.
Delaney Dyjak — WMass 50 freestyle champ.
John Goda — Coached girls cross country team to Pioneer South title.
Matt Iczkowski — Southwick resident won his second straight WMass Division 2 golf title for Granby.
Trevor Lewicki — State Division 4 indoor track high jump champ.
Terry Murphy — Coached girls basketball team to Bi-County West title.
Nate Powers — Boys basketball standout scored his 1,000th career point.
Meriza Werenski — Girls swimming star won two sectional titles (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle), two state crowns (200 free and 100 breast) and earned All-American status. Competed at Olympic Trials.
Justin Campbell — Coached boys soccer team to WMass Division 3 title.
Fred Ciaglo — Coached girls basketball team to a share of the Franklin South title.
Tyler Szymkowicz — Boys soccer standout surpassed 100-point mark.
Joel Bierwert — WMass 1-meter diving champ.
Jim Casagrande — Coached golf team to Valley League title.
Sam Coates-Finke — WMass indoor track 2-mile champ.
Michael Dean — Coached field hockey team to a second straight Central Division title and a trip to the WMass Division 1 finals.
Rey Harp — Coached boys basketball team to Suburban League title.
Colin Machat — WMass 50 freestyle champ.
Adrienne Pascucci — WMass indoor track 55-meter hurdles and high jump champ. Placed second in the high jump at the state Division 2 indoor track championship.
Khaila Ramirez — WMass outdoor track 400 champ.
John Ruyffelaert — Coached girls soccer team to first-ever outright Central League title.
Avi Sheldon — WMass indoor track 300 champ.
Alex Sullivan — WMass indoor track 1,000 champ. Placed second in the 1,000 at the state Division 2 indoor meet. WMass outdoor 800 champ.
Leah Tompkins — State Division 2 indoor track high jump champ.
Danielle Duseau — Field hockey standout made the U.S. Women’s Junior National Under-17 team.
Alyssa Klepacki — Girls basketball standout scored her 1,000th career point.
Matt McCloghry — Coached girls soccer to undefeated Franklin League title in just second season in the league.
Cassidy Snyder — Soccer standout recorded the 100th point of her career.
Mat Sulda — Boys basketball standout scored his 1,000th career point.
Matt Zerneri — Coached boys basketball team Hampshire West league title.
Akara Holder — Coached boys basketball team to Tri-County title.
Matt Foley — Coached baseball team to first state Division 2 championship.
John Houle — Coached hockey team to fourth consecutive WMass Division 3A championship.
Chris Menard — Boys lacrosse senior earned second straight All-American selection. Also had 60-plus point hockey season to help lead Tigers to fourth straight WMass Division 3A crown.
Jordan Page — Senior pitcher threw complete-game shutout to beat Plymouth North in Division 2 state title game.
Nick Rojas — Wrestling standout recorded his 100th win of his career.
Doug Sattler — Senior forward finished season with WMass-best 70 points in leading hockey team to fourth straight sectional title. Surpassed the career 100-point mark in only two high school seasons.
Eric Scammons — Coached football team to share of Suburban League title and reached Division 2 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.
Sabree Thomas — Division 2 state 100 butterfly champ.
Natalie Aquadro — Northampton resident was NEPSAC Division 2 200 freestyle champ.
Katie Cavanaugh — Girls lacrosse standout named academic All-American for second time.
David Fay — South Hadley resident finished runner-up in his flight at the NEPSAC Class B squash championship.
Devon Greenwood — Easthampton resident earned fourth All-New England cross country honor.
Joey Halloran — NEPSAC outdoor track javelin champ.
Bridget Instrum — Became school’s first two-time girls lacrosse All-American. Also named New Prep All-Star for third time.
Andy Pierce — Earned All-New England cross country honors.
Corey Palumbo — Earned All-New England cross country honors.
Mark Richards — Boys soccer player named All-New England. Will play at UConn.
Daniel Rowe — NEPSAC outdoor track 100 dash champ.
Andrew Spruck — NEPSAC Division 2 1-meter diving champ.
Gabby Thomas — Florence resident won her second straight 100-meter dash at the New England Class B Track and Field Championship. Also won the long jump. Set school record in the triple jump during season.
Kathryn Tomaselli — Surpassed 100 career points in her ice hockey career.
DonQuale Williams — Football star was named offensive MVP at the NUC North-South Senior All-American game in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Eric Yarrows — Easthampton resident signs National Letter of Intent to play golf at Florida Southern.
Julien Aoyama — Men’s soccer standout was named D3soccer.com Defensive Player of the Year, first-team all-NESCAC.
Jack Arena — Men’s hockey coach was named AHCA National Coach of the Year.
Austin Chafetz and Luis Rattenhuber — Men’s tennis pair won national doubles championship.
Laura Danzig and Gabby Devlin — Women’s tennis pair won national doubles championship.
Jen Hughes — Women’s soccer coach recorded her 100th career win.
Keri Lambert — Amherst native won the outdoor national championship in the steeplechase, while earning All-America honors in the 5K. Won the NESCAC cross country title and finished third at the national NCAA meet.
Jonathan La Rose — Men’s hockey goalie was named National Player of the Year, and NESCAC Player of the Year.
Katie McMahon — Field hockey star named first-team All-American. Program’s all-time leader in points (150), goals (56) and assists (38).
Kathryn Nathan — Women’s soccer standout named D3soccer.com and NSCAA All-American. Set single-season record for assists (11).
Spencer Noon — Men’s soccer standout was named first-team NSCAA All-America, became first player in program history with 100 points.
Ben Scheetz — Named National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season, broke 25-year-old school record in the 1,000-meter run and ran the fastest 800 (1:47.43) in Division III history.
Caroline Stedman — Women’s basketball standout was named WBCA/State Farm National Player of the Year and NESCAC Player of the Year.
Aaron Toomey — Men’s basketball standout was named first-team All-NESCAC and scored the 1,000 point of his career.
Willy Workman — Northampton native was named NESCAC Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year.
Shara Robertson — Field hockey senior named first-team All-American.
Kirsten Silfvenius — Finished fifth in NCAA 400-meter hurdles.
Allie Stein — Field hockey standout recorded a program-record 18 assists during the season. Her 24 goals were third highest in school history. Became second all-time leading scorer.
Lauren Allymohamed — Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year, NFHCA First-Team All-Region
Emily Boucher — Rower won singles race at Dad Vail Regatta
Rachelle Bourque — Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track javelin champ.
Michaela Butler — Atlantic 10 Diver of the Year after winning the 1-meter and 3-meter conference titles.
Toot Cahoon — Longtime ice hockey coach retired.
Greg Cannella — CAA Men’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
Victor Cruz — Alumnus helped lead the N.Y. Giants to a Super Bowl victory.
Quianna Diaz-Patterson — Amherst native was the Atlantic 10 Softball Rookie of the Year.
Judy Dixon — Atlantic 10 Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year.
Katie Ferris — All-American set UMass and Atlantic 10 women’s lacrosse single-season scoring record with 98 points.
Emil Igwenagu — Ex-Minuteman was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles.
James Ihedigbo — Amherst native and former UMass football standout played in the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots.
Mandy Hixon — Atlantic 10 Diving Coach of the Year.
Chris Inglis — Atlantic 10 200-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle champion.
Zachary Koncki — Northampton native broke UMass’ outdoor long jump record with a jump of 24 feet, 1∕4 inch.
Hao Luong — Atlantic 10 200-yard backstroke champion.
Will Manny — Junior attackman was named CAA & New England Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year and was a finalist for Tewaaraton Award, lacrosse’s national player of the year.
Cyndil Matthew — Softball center fielder named to Easton All-America team.
Angela McMahon — Atlantic 10 Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
John Micheletto — Hired as the new coach of the ice hockey program.
Whitney Mollica-Goldstein — Former softball player hired as the head coach at Amherst College.
Wes Piermarini — Alumnus rowed for Team USA in London Olympics.
Sara Plourde — Senior Atlantic 10 Pitcher and Player of the Year was NCAA strikeout leader en route to earning All-American status.
Joe Popielarczyk — Northampton native was the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year.
Jonathan Quick — Former Minuteman goalie earned the Conn Smythe trophy while leading Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup.
Karen Roa — Atlantic 10 3,000-meter steeplechase champ.
Josh Samuda — Former offensive lineman made Miami Dolphins roster.
Elaine Sortino — Atlantic 10 Softball Coach of the Year. UMass named softball complex after her.
Carla Tagliente — Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Coach of the Year.
Tamara and Aisha Tatham — Played basketball for Team Canada in the London Olympics.
Shannon Taylor — Assistant field hockey coach scored a goal while representing the USA in the London Olympics.
Dennis Torres — Junior pitcher was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.
Jasmine Watson — Became the 18th player in Minutewoman basketball history to score 1,000 career points.
Chaz Williams — Men’s basketball point guard earned all-conference and all-district honors.
Thando Zono — Senior field hockey player named NFHCA First-Team All-American and the Atlantic 10 tournament most outstanding player.