Bello’s four awards leads RSCS sports night
Senior Kaitlin Bello received four awards, last Thursday, at the Richfield Springs Central School Athletic Awards Night. The event was sponsored by the sports booster club and held in the gymnasium at Richfield Springs Central School.
Bello took home the Bruce R. Stone Award, the Joseph A. Fischette Award, the Girls’ Athletic Association Award and a coach’s award for basketball. RSCS girls basketball head coach Stacey Mayne said Bello was the team’s quickest defender and an excellent three-point shooter, and that she enjoyed coaching her.
The Bruce R. Stone Award goes to two seniors, a boy and girl, who made athletics an integral part of their time at RSCS. The award is based on a point system, giving points for each sport played, from modified to varsity.
The other Bruce R. Stone Award went to Chad Stone. Like Bello, Stone was a three-sport athlete and a multiple award winner. Stone also won two coach’s awards for football. Stone took home the Iron Man Award, for his four years on the varsity squad, and the Outstanding Senior Lineman Award.
Senior Nick Sovocool also won three awards. Sovocool earned the Section III Scholar/Athlete Award, the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award and a coach’s award for football. The wide receiver was named the team’s top offensive player. “This award was tough,” said football coach Lenny Calkins. “We had a pretty good running back and a pretty good quarterback, but I had to go with (Sovocool). He was seventh in the area in receiving, and that’s pretty good because we didn’t throw the ball that much.”
Senior Dan Zurmuhlen took home three awards as well. Zurmuhlen’s honors were coach’s awards for soccer, track and field and wrestling, where he was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. “He’s a very gifted athlete,” boys soccer head coach Jerry Manning said. “And he’s very talented in many ways, from the soccer field to the stage.”
Senior Laura Weingates took home the Section III Scholar/Athlete Award and the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award.
Seniors Katie Baker and Luke Soposki won the U.S. Marine Corps Scholar/Athlete Award and a coach’s award.
Baker’s coach’s award was for soccer, where she was named the team’s MVP. “She was a major staple in my backfield,” girls soccer head coach Jen Moore said. “She’s got great character, and she’s very talented.”
Soposki’s coach’s award was for basketball. Boys basketball head coach Bill Stevens said Soposki is someone everyone would like to have the opportunity to coach.
Senior Amanda Gardner won the Pete Polo Sportsmanship Award and a coach’s award for volleyball. Volleyball head coach Mary Beth McMann, trying to fight back tears, said Gardner was her setter and she worked very hard. “She could’ve been my libero half the time because she really liked to sweep the floor clean in the back,” McMann said. “She’s just a really great all-around player.”
Senior Brian Bruce won the Joseph A. Fischette Award and a coach’s award for football. Bruce was named the football team’s best defensive player.
Senior Chelsea Kamp won the Girls Athletic Association Award for her commitment to excellence, and senior Joe Davis won the Pete Polo Sportsmanship Award.
Sophomore Amanda Beldon won the Coach’s Award for fall cheerleading, and senior Katie Chambers won the Coach’s Award for winter cheerleading.
Freshman Taylor Van Winkler was named the Rookie of the Year for varsity girls soccer, and Cory Boepple won a Coach’s Award for boys soccer. “He does everything I ask him to and plays everywhere I ask him to,” Manning said of Boepple. “He started as a sub, but through hard work, became a starter.”
Junior Kody Hribar never played on a volleyball team before this season, and she took home a Coach’s Award. “She started out unsure of herself, and she didn’t get a lot of playing time,” McMann said. “At the end of the season, I could put her anywhere on the floor.”
Junior Lauren Richards led the girls basketball team in assists and helped out with the modified team, and she won a Coach’s Award for her efforts.
Chad Gage’s selflessness earned him a coach’s award for varsity wrestling. “Every time I asked him to move up in weight class, he never hesitated,” wrestling head coach Marty Seamon said.
Also, the Hula Awards were brought back this year for wrestling. Winners were freshman Eric Ulinski, sophomore Jesse Bond, junior Cody Higgins and senior Ben Matteson.
Junior Shelby Seamon was named the softball team’s Player of the Year, and Tiffany Martin won the Most Improved Player Award.
Senior Dave Southard won the Go-To Guy Award for baseball, and David Mills took home the Most Coachable Award.
Seventh grader Hannah Starr and junior Monique Heckmann won Coach’s Awards for girls track and field, and the relay team of LaMont McNair, Derek Heckmann, Andy Zhang and Adam Swartout won for boys track and field.
Also, the sports booster club honored Barb Horwald for her years of dedicated service to athletics at RSCS and Mercury Editor Mike Root in appreciation for the Mercury’s coverage of RSCS high school sports.