2018 individual champions

  • Easthampton coach Brian Miller talks to his team during practice at the school, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

  • BILL GRISE

  • Zack Ellis, of Amherst Regional, throws the javelin during the District F&G Division 1 Track Championships, Monday, May 21, 2018 at Holyoke High School. He took first place.

  • Frontier's Jack Vecellio competes in the pole vault during the Western Mass. Division II Track and Field Championships at Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland, Friday, May 18, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Olivia Vecellio competes in the javelin during the Western Mass. Division II Track and Field Championships at Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland, on Tuesday, May 18, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • SOPHIA JACOBS-TOWNSLEY

  • Belchertown's Mitch Medina, right, goes up for a shot under pressure from Smith Academy's Colin Ferrara Jan. 25, 2018 during a boys basketball game at the Hatfield school.

  • Wiktoria Kaczor, of Belchertown, swims to a first place in the 100-yard breaststroke during a meet against Northampton at JFK Middle School, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

  • Granby junior forward Nora Young, top, celebrates with coach Bob Weaver after the Rams won the Western Massachusetts Div. 4 championship against Lenox on penalty kicks, 6-5, at Westfield State University on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Behind her are, from left, junior goalkeeper Julia Gauvin, senior defender Madison Sexton, assistant coach Rachel Mick and junior midfielder Kaeleigh Croteau.

  • CHRIS VAYDA

  • ABBY BALDWIN

  • KATELYN PICKUNKA

  • JON MORRISON

  • QUINN NORTONSMITH

  • Brandon Daniels, top, of Gateway Regional, works toward a pin against Jenna Learned, of Granby, in the 113-pound class, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 in Granby. It was Daniels' 147th career win, which broke his school's record.

  • SAMANTHA JENKS

  • University of Massachusetts senior wide receiver Andy Isabella is pursued by Coastal Carolina on an 18-yard reception for a first down in the first quarter of the Minutemen's 24-13 loss to the Chanticleers at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

  • Walt Bell, who has been hired as the new UMass football head coach, speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 at the Martin Jacobson Football Performance Center at UMass.

  • UMass Mullins Center 11/24/18. UMass No.9 John Leonard, sets up to fire a shot on goal in the 1st period.photo by J. Anthony Roberts /// FYI,I have attached a photo from the UMass Hockey vs Princeton game. J. Anthony Roberts

  • Amherst College Head Coach G.P. Gromacki touches hands with his team during their win against Tufts University in the NESCAC championship, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at Amherst College.

  • JAMES IHEDIGBO

  • First-year Smith Voke coach Vinnie Guiel talks to his team during practice, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at the school.

  • GABBY THOMAS

  • South Hadley's Lindsay Marjanski competes in the high jump during the Western Mass. Division II Track and Field Championships at Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland, on Tuesday, May 18, 2018. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Franklin Tech's Spencer Telega, top, competes against Mahar's Todd Chiasson in the 152 weight class on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • EVAN SIMMONS

  • Calvin Bridges, center, of South Hadley, reaches for a rebound against Holyoke players Jacob Santos, left, and Edward Anderson during the Spalding Hoophall Classic, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at Springfield College.

  • Ruby Gottlieb, of Northampton, competes in the girls 100-yard butterfly during the Western Massachusetts Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at Springfield College.

  • Hampshire Regional head coach Amy Cyr huddles with her players starting the fourth quarter of their 47-41 win over Wahconah in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament championship at Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst on Saturday, March 10, 2018. As they got up all they all chanted, "eight more minutes, eight more minutes."

  • Isabela Shepard, of Amherst Regional, takes a first place in the 400-meter run during the District F&G Division 1 Track Championships, Monday, May 21, 2018 at Holyoke High School.

Published: 12/31/2018 9:01:48 PM
Amherst Regional

Elena Betke-Brunswick — Coached girls cross country team to PVIAC, Western Mass. Division 1 championships.

Luca Brashear — West/Central diving champ.

Orion Cable — Won gold medal with the United States under-20 national team at the World Junior Ultimate Championship.

Chris Ehorn Jr. — Coached football team to share of Intercounty South title.

Zack Ellis — Outdoor track District F&G, Central/West Division 1 javelin champ.

Aiden Foucault Etheridge — PVIAC indoor track 600, Division 4 indoor state 1,000 and District F&G Division 1 outdoor 800 champ.

Chris Gould — Coached boys cross country team to PVIAC and Western Mass. Division 1 championships.

Sophia Jacobs-Townsley — Titles include: PVIAC indoor track mile, 2-mile; Division 4 indoor state, All-State 2-mile; District F&G Division 1 outdoor track mile, 2-mile; Central/West Division 1 outdoor, All-State outdoor 2-mile; PVIAC, WMass Division 1 cross country.

Caleb Seamon — Won gold medal with the United States under-20 national team at the World Junior Ultimate Championship.

Isabela Shepard — PVIAC indoor track 600, District F&G Division 1 outdoor 400 champ.

Pepe Torras — Coached girls alpine ski team to PVIAC South title.

Jack Yanko — District F&G Division 1 outdoor track 2-mile, WMass Division 1 cross country champ.

Belchertown

Wiktoria Kaczor — West/Central swimming 100-yard breaststroke champ.

Ben Laclair — West/Central, Division 2 state swimming 200-yard freestyle and 500 free champ. Earned All-American consideration in 200.

Mitch Medina — Surpassed 1,000 career points for the boys basketball team.

Patrick Nee — Coached boys lacrosse team to Suburban League title

Zach Siano — Coached boys soccer team to Churchill and Western Mass. Division 3 titles. Coached boys tennis team to Valley Wheel title.

Lindsay Wright — Coached field hockey team to Tri-County title.

Easthampton

Homar Gomez — Coached softball team to Suburban League title.

Bill Grise — Coached hockey team to Wright League and Western Mass. Division 3A championships. State runners-up.

Brian Miller — Coached boys basketball team to Bi-County East and Western Mass Division 3 championships. State runners-up.

Mike Soucy — Coached boys soccer team to Schmid League title.

Carla Soutra — Coached girls swimming and diving team to Patriot League championship.

Ed Zuchowski — Coached baseball team to Hampshire East title.

Frontier Regional

Brian Bagdon — Wrestling coach earned 100th career win.

Ben Barshefsky — Coached boys basketball team to Hampshire West championship.

Bill Fitzpatrick — Coached golf to Suburban West title.

Sean MacDonald — Coached girls volleyball team to Eastern League and Western Mass. Division 3 titles.

Bob Smith & Walt Flynn — Coached boys cross country to Pioneer North title.

Brandyn Robinson — District F&G Division 2 outdoor track 400 champ.

Jack Vecellio — Central/West Division 2 outdoor track pole vault champ.

Olivia Vecellio — District F&G Division 2 outdoor track discus and javelin champ.

Chris Williams — Coached baseball team to Hampshire West title.

Gateway Regional

Matt Bonenfant — Coached softball team to league title.

Brandon Daniels — Set school record for career wrestling wins. WMass Division 3 champ at 113 pounds.

Steve Estelle — Coached girls soccer to Pioneer North title.

Eli Robbins — Coached girls basketball to Tri-County South title.

Granby

Mallory Beauregard — Collected 100th hit of softball career.

Tom Burke — Coached girls basketball team to Central League title.

Summer Molin — Collected 100th point of soccer career.

Bob Weaver — Coached girls soccer to Western Mass. Division 4 title. State runners-up.

Hampshire Regional

Amy Cyr — Coached girls basketball team to Suburban League and Western Mass. Division 3 championships. State runners-up.

Dan Korpita — Coached baseball to Bi-County League title.

Katelyn Pickunka — Surpassed 1,000 career points for the girls basketball team.

Lovisa Swedenborg — District F&G Division 2 outdoor track 100 champ.

Sue Tracy — Coached boys & cross country teams to Pioneer South titles.

Gary Welch — Coached girls indoor track to Valley South title.

DJ Willard — WMass and state Division 3 wrestling champ at 160 pounds.

Christopher Vayda — District F&G Division 2 outdoor 2-mile, WMass Division 2 cross country champ.

Hopkins Academy

John Earle — Scored 1,000th point of basketball career.

Samantha Jenks — Scored 1,000th point of basketball career.

Jon Morrison — Scored 1,000th point of basketball career.

Angelo Thomas — Coached boys basketball team to Hampshire South championship.

Dan Vreeland — Coached baseball team to Western Mass. Division 4 title.

Northampton

Abby Baldwin — Finished lacrosse career with school records for goals (246) and assists (110).

Mark Baldwin — Won 200th baseball game and was elected to state coaches hall of fame.

Benjamin Gordon Sniffen — PVIAC indoor track 1,000 champ.

Ruby Gottlieb — West/Central swimming champ in 100-yard butterfly.

Christian Hodgson — District F&G Division 1 outdoor track 200 champ.

Devin Kellogg — Collected 100th hit of baseball career.

Cole Lavalle — District F&G Division 1 outdoor track 400 hurdles champ.

Perry Messer — Coached girls basketball to Western Mass. Division 2 championship.

Quinn Nortonsmith — West/Central swimming champ in 50-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Brando Palmer — Coached Northampton boys indoor track and field to PVIAC and Division 4 state indoor championships. Coached team to District F&G Division 1 outdoor title.

Abby Pelis — Collected 100th hit of softball career.

Andy Pelis — Coached softball team Valley Wheel title.

Nick Peterson — Central/West Division 1 outdoor track mile champ.

Nick Whitcomb — West/Central and Division 2 state swimming champ in 200-yard IM and 100 backstroke.

Smith Academy

Fran LeFond — Coached girls basketball team to share of Franklin West title.

Evan Simmons — Collected 100th point in hockey career for Greenfield High School.

Smith Vocational

Vinny Guiel — Coached wrestling team to Tri-County League title. Coached football team to program’s first .500 or better season with single-season record for wins.

South Hadley

Dave Blanchette — Coached golf team to Suburban East title.

Calvin Bridges — Scored 1,000th point in basketball career.

Eric Cestero — Coached girls tennis to Valley Wheel title.

Nick Davis — Coached girls indoor track and field to Valley North and PVIAC championships. Coached girls outdoor track to Suburban League title.

Dan Dubuc — Coached boys tennis to WMass Division 3 title.

Nicholas Lajoie — District F&G Division 2 outdoor track 110 hurdles champ.

Lindsay Marjanski — PVIAC indoor track high jump, District F&G Division 2 outdoor track 200 and high jump, Central/West Division 2 outdoor high jump champion. Central/West Division 2 outdoor pentathlon champ.

Rick Marjanski — Coached girls soccer to Grieve League and Western Mass. Division 3 titles. State runners-up.

Jocelyne Rondeau — PVIAC indoor track 1,000 champ.

Savannah Sudyka — PVIAC indoor shot put, District F&G Division 2 outdoor track shot put champ.

Scott Taylor — Coached football team to Suburban North title.

MacDuffie School

Jocelyn St. Onge — Scored 1,000th point of basketball career.

Williston Northampton

Aboud Abuissa — NEPSAC outdoor track champion in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Mason Balch — USA Lacrosse All-American.

Sophie Carellas — NEPSAC Class B slalom champ.

Abbie Cosica — Set school record for points in a water polo season and career.

Dylan Fulcher-Melendy — Broke single-season water polo school records for saves, steals and assists.

Sam Haddad — NEPSAC swimming 200 IM and 100 breaststroke champ.

Andikan Ntia-James — Won heavyweight title at Eastern League Independent wrestling championships.

Jersey Strum — Picked up career strikeout 500. Threw no-hitter against Stoneleigh Burnham.

Sarah Sullivan — Scored 1,000th points in basketball career.

Xavier Thibault — Received Frank L. Boyden Award as the top prep school football scholar-athlete in western Massachusetts.

Amherst College

Koby Altman — Former men’s basketball assistant coach helped the Cleveland Cavaliers reach a fourth straight NBA Finals during first season as general manager.

Sue Everden — Women’s volleyball coach won 700th career match. Earned 1,000th win spanning multiple sports at Amherst.

Cassie Funke-Harris — NESCAC Cross Country Coach of the Year.

German Giammattei — NESCAC Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Year.

Danielle Griffin — NESCAC Outdoor Track & Field 800 champion.

G.P. Gromacki — Coached women’s basketball to a second straight undefeated national championship.

Brian Hamm — NESCAC Baseball Coach of the Year.

Dave Hixon — Men’s basketball coach won 800th game.

Alexa Juarez — NESCAC Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Year.

Sean Mebust — NESCAC 200-yard breaststroke champion.

Stephanie Moriarty — NESCAC 200-yard backstroke champion.

Maia Noyes — NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Year.

Christine Paradis — NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

Matt Patricia — Former defensive line coach was named head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Harry Roberson — Baseball player set program record for career hits.

Kai Robinson — NESCAC Diving Coach of the year.

Lindsey Ruderman — NESCAC Diver of the Year. Won 1-meter and 3-meter conference titles.

Kristian Sogaard — NESCAC outdoor track 800 champion.

Sabrina Solow — NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year.

Elijah Spiro — NESCAC 50-yard breaststroke and 100 breast champion.

Rubii Tamen — NESCAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Year.

Bill Thurston — Former baseball coached inducted into New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Hall of Fame.

Evan Wolf — Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Offensive Player of the Year.

Andrew Yamin —NESCAC Defensive Football Player of the Year.

Mount Holyoke

Kaitlin Braz — Reached 200 ground balls in lacrosse career.

Leila Kouakou — Leeds native notched 100th career lacrosse point.

Smith College

Lauren Bondi — Scored 1,000th point of basketball career.

Beatrice Chaudoin — NEWMAC field hockey tournament most outstanding player.

Kennedy Guest-Pritchett — Scored 1,000th point of basketball career. NEWMAC Co-Player of the Year.

Lynn Hersey — NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

Katy McClellan — NEWMAC, Open New England javelin champion.

Zoe Rubinstein — NEWMAC, NCAA Division III New England pole vault champion.

UMass

Walt Bell — Named football coach.

Jason Dowiak — Named women’s soccer coach.

Jena Cozza — Atlantic 10 softball Player of the Year and All-American third baseman.

Bridget Deveau — Atlantic 10 outdoor heptathlon champ.

Jada Harris — Atlantic 10 outdoor 100 hurdles champ.

James Ihedigbo — Amherst native and UMass alum officially retired after 10 seasons in the NFL. Inducted into UMass Athletics Hall of Fame.

Andy Isabella — Consensus All-American wide receiver.

Hailey Leidel — Scored 1,000th point in basketball career.

John Leonard — Amherst native was drafted in the sixth round by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks after leading UMass in scoring as a freshman.

Heather MacLean — Atlantic 10 outdoor track 800 and 1,500 champ.

Cale Makar — Hockey player won gold medal with Team Canada at world junior championships.

Isaac Paparo — CAA Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year and All-American as a close defender.

Luwane Pipkins — Scored 44 points vs. La Salle to set single-game scoring record. Also reached 1,000 career points.

Other

Kimiko Akimoto — Williamsburg resident made two holes-in-one during same round at 2018 Ladies Invitational in New York.

Karen Bierwert — Northampton resident won 200-yard breaststroke and 400 individual medley in the 65-69 age division at U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course Yard National Championships.

Ryan Dinger — Amherst Regional alum won a gold medal with the United State under-20 national team at the World Junior Ultimate Championship.

Stephen Hyde — Easthampton resident won 2018 USA Cyclocross National Championship in January and 2018 USA Cyclocross National Championship V2 in December.

Bob Mitrowski — Holyoke resident recorded two holes-in-one in same round at The Ledges.

Erik Ostberg — Florence native was named New York-Penn League All-Star with Hudson Valley Renegades.

Jake Ross — Scored 1,000th career point faster than any pervious men’s basketball player at Springfield College.

Spencer Telega — Franklin Tech wrestler and South Deerfield resident was WMass Division 3 champ at 152 pounds.

Gabby Thomas — Florence native won five Ivy League Outdoor Track titles for Harvard. Turned professional over the summer.

Russell Wallack — Amherst Regional alum won gold medal as an assistant coach for the United State under-20 national team at the World Junior Ultimate Championship.

Richy Werenski — South Hadley native surpassed $1 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.

In memoriam

Ronald Bohonowicz — Smith Vocational graduate led the youth baseball and softball leagues in Deerfield and was also a youth coach for baseball, softball, basketball and football.

Leon Chartier — Granby resident was a racing mechanic who won over 100 races, including New Hampshire State Championship. Was part of the only father/son team to win two different divisions on the same track in the same year at Monadnock Speedway.

Dick Clark — Florence native coached Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball for over 20 years, including the 1975 Northampton Babe Ruth All-Star team that won the state championship.

Larry Fisher — 1959 Athol High graduate coached in Easthampton Little League system, the Easthampton Legion 224 and the Easthampton High School baseball team. He also coached hockey for one year for Easthampton High School as well as the Easthampton midgets hockey.

Edward Fondakowski — Easthampton High graduate coached in the Easthampton Basketball and Little Leagues, once coaching a Senior All-Star Baseball team to the State Finals in Lynn.

Christopher Humphrey — 2008 Easthampton High graduate was member of 2005 Super Bowl championship football team.

Maj. Gen. George W. Keefe — 1956 Northampton High graduate coached youth baseball and basketball, and was the president of both the Northampton High School boys soccer and lacrosse boosters. Assisted with Ray Ellerbrook Athletic Fields project.

State Rep. Peter Kocot — Played football at Northampton High and Brown University. Assisted with Ray Ellerbrook Athletic Fields project.

Edwin Kolodzinski — 1967 Northampton High graduate was multi-sport athlete. Won state Jaycee Mile championship senior year and competed at national championships.

C. Bradley McGrath — 1947 St. Michael’s High graduate spent career as teacher, coach and administrator at Smith Vocational. Smith Voke named its gym “The C. Bradley McGrath Gymnasium” in 1992.

Kristin Moyer — Belchertown resident was a head swim coach over the years for both the Belchertown Stingrays and the Amherst Tritons, as well as for YMCAs in Westfield, South Carolina and North Carolina. Attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, where her volleyball and softball teams won the New England Prep School Championships. She also set several individual school swim records and received a Thompson Blanket Award as the outstanding female athlete of her class.

Tom Styspeck — Hadley resident coached the Amherst Regional boys basketball team, leading them to several league championships and earning the Coach of the Year Award. In retirement, he worked on the line crew at UMass football games and worked for the MIAA tournaments.

Stanley Wasilauski — Amherst High graduate pitched in the minor leagues for Phillies organization.

Kenneth Wood — Westhampton native was a 1960 Northampton High graduate. Played slow-pitch softball in Easthampton and Northampton for over 40 years. Longtime umpire.




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