Staples, Weston, top athletes named for 2009-10
It's hard to believe the 2009-10 high school sports year has come to an end. With the year being over, it's time to pick the top athletes for Staples High and Weston High and recognize all the stars who excelled.
In ways, I remember Sept. 11, 2009, vividly because it sometimes feels like yesterday when I was preparing to put together the fall sports preview and, in ways, it feels like an eternity ago. A lot has happened, both good and bad, since then.
A disclaimer: It's plausible that a name that belongs on this list won't appear, but this which would be an honest oversight with no slight intended.
Overall, there were many highlights, so without further ado, here are the top athletes for each season.
Top Staples Male Athletes: Soccer senior captain Jack Hennessy and football senior captain Brendan Rankowitz. All-Stater Hennessy anchored the defense and was the Team MVP for the FCIAC and Class LL champion. Rankowitz was the game-breaker who carried the football team to the FCIAC title, both with his plays and as a leader.
Other elite male athletes include senior captains Jake Santora, Devin Graber and Brandon Pacilio and classmates Matt Kelly, Santiago Cuartas, Connor Bohling and Cody Laszlo, football; senior captains Mike White, Alan Reiter and Drew McNair and classmates Mike McCarthy and Mikey Fitzgerald and juniors Greg Gudis and Brendan Lesch; soccer; and senior captains Jon Foster, Tagen Chase and Sam Zorfas and juniors Jack Roche and Ben Aldrich, cross-country.
Top Staples Female Athletes: Staples girls volleyball senior Maddie Kalb was a dominant All-Stater and Block S MVP and will be playing for North Texas State University this fall. Soccer junior Jaclyn Katz was a dominant offensive force who scored clutch goals.
Other elite female athletes include senior captain Jenny Johnston and classmate Zana Hrvacic, volleyball; senior captains Julia Byrne and Kate Burke, juniors Nikki Brill, Kelly Bohling and Shannon Moss and sophomore Abby Lake, soccer;, senior captains Helene Neuhaus, Natalie LeBlanc and Charlotte Katter, junior Molly Loftus and sophomore Gabby Wimer, swimmer; senior captain Kylie Gould and junior Ingrid Johnson, cross-country; and senior captains Kat Strage and Amanda Stewart and juniors Elizabeth Driscoll and Jen Hoets, field hockey.
Top Weston Female Athletes: Lady Trojan senior swimming captain Shelby Fortin continued her mastery in the pool in leading Weston to second place in Class S and volleyball senior captain All-Stater Anja Nickel pounded the ball with authority.
Other elite athletes were diving champion senior captain Christina Brasco and juniors Victoria Arel and Karen Bottger, swimming; senior Jessica Welsh and juniors Kara Bucaro and Casey Weiss, cross-country; senior captain Meg Sanborn, classmates Julia McDonald and Emily Ando, junior Callie Bowie and freshman Grace Mattison, soccer; senior captain Kim Bell, classmate Alison O'Toole and juniors Kiki Litvak and Karja Karwowski, field hockey; and senior captain Brittany Swanson, junior Christina Welsh and freshman Hannah Ashmore, volleyball.
Other elite athletes were senior captain Ryan Gilmore and junior Steve Vento, cross-country; senior captain Jake Richard, classmate Charlie Smith and juniors Eddie Hutchins and Jack Crowell, football; senior captain JD Thomson and juniors Zack Levine and Jack Steinharter, soccer.
Top Staples Female Athletes: Lady Wrecker gymnastics senior captain Emma Vaimberg carried the team during the season, competed at the National championships and leaves as the team's career leading scorer. basketball senior captain Suvi Puripattarapan was an All-FCIAC selection and won an unprecedented two Block S awards.
Elite female athletes include, junior Zoe Heller, gymnastics; senior captain Abby Beckoff and juniors Jen Hoets and Kate Shanahan, ice hockey; juniors Nikki Brill and Jaclyn Katz; basketball; juniors Melissa Sweeney and Jessica Russ, sophomore Kate Collins and freshman Carolyn Corbally, skiing; senior Joselyn Henry, juniors Ingrid Johnson, Emily Hanrahan, Kelley Hussey and Elizabeth Driscoll, sophomore Lexie Schachne and freshman Georgia Kursten, track.
Elite Male athletes include: senior captains Jack Hennessy, Sam Zorfas, Jack Foster and classmate Eliot Bass, juniors Rafi Ray, Jack Roche and Sean Gallagher and sophomore Jon Heil, track; juniors Luke Yeager, Frankie Bergonzi and Grant Fenon, basketball; senior captain Mac Mombello, juniors Cory Bacon and Zach Slater and freshman Nathaniel Boley, swimming; junior Luke Andriuk and sophomores Kyle Wemhoff, and Alex Skinner, hockey; senior captain Paul Lahiff, junior Mike Scott and sophomore Steve Thomson, skiing; and junior captains Julian Gendels, Chris Giunta and Mike Giunta, wrestling.
Other elite Weston male athletes include senior captains Steve Piscatelli, James Bloom and Ryan Gimore, juniors Paul Philpott and Steve Vento and freshman Dave Stankiewicz, track; senior captains Zane Randell, Mike McDonald and Billy Phillips, and freshman Jordan Berger, swimming; juniors Cole Roseman and Justin Mettel and sophomore Max Molinsky, basketball, senior captain Pat Fontaine and junior Ryan Vogel, skiing; senior captain Lucas Romaldini and junior captain Carmine Magnoli, wrestling.
Top Weston Female Athlete: Senior basketball captain Brittany Swanson led the Lady Trojans to their best season ever and scored her 1,000th career point.
Female elite athletes include juniors Christina Welsh and Hannah Hutchins and sophomore Ellie Martin, basketball; sophomore Alexis Gandal and freshman Andrea Janis, gymnastics; senior captains Emily Ando and Kathryn Bacher, juniors Callie Arlo, Kiki Litvak, Kara Bucaro and Casey Weiss, track; and senior captain Michelle Smith and junior Bonnie Guthrie, skiing.
Top Staples Female Athletes: Joselyn Henry led Staples girls track to its best season of the millennium with dominating performances in field events. Lacrosse senior captain Kat Krieger led the team to the Division II finals with her defensive prowess and is also deserving of top honors.
Other elite female athletes include senior captain Blair Barrone and Lexa Koenig; juniors Nikki Seo, Elizabeth Driscoll and sophomores Maeve Flaherty, Ali Crofts, Jessie Ambrose and Remy Nolan, lacrosse; senior captain Molly Laux, junior captain Farrel Levenson, classmates Molly Rudinger and Hannah Bjornson and sophomores Katie Reiner and Leigh Rubin, tennis; senior captain Jenny Johnston and juniors Alex Masiello, Sam Saccomano and Caitlin Kane, softball; senior captain Annie Parkinson, golf; and senior captain Kylie Gould, juniors Ingrid Johnson, Emily Hanrahan and Kristen Weiler, sophomores Lexie Schachne and Courtney Mullen, and freshman Georgia Kursten, track.
Top Staples Male Athletes: Boys volleyball senior captain Tom Prenderville was a dominant force but shares the award with boys tennis junior Danny Hirschberg, who had an undefeated season and was the Class LL singles champion.
Other elite male athletes include: senior captains Mikey Fitzgerald and Andrew Glenn, volleyball, senior captains Jack Hennessy, David Speer, Grant Moss and Jimmy Sikorski; juniors Brendan Bernstein, Tyler Jacobs, Ben Lipper, Ryan Burke, Rob Gau and Colin McCarthy, baseball; senior captains Paul Chandler and Jon Foster, classmates Eliot Bass, Devin Graber and Casey Colunsandro, juniors Rafi Ray, Jack Roche, Sean Gallagher and sophomore Jon Heil, track; senior captains Jack Ambrose, Nate Greenberg, Austin Waiter and classmates Jeff Kelly, Kyle Mendelson and Brandon Waiter, junior captain Kip Orban, classmates Matt Yeager, Charlie Ross and Nick Maki, lacrosse; senior captain Dylan Murray, junior captain Kirk Massie, classmate Connor Mahoney and sophomore Austin Alianello, golf; senior captains Kevin McDonald, Jordan Ratner, Alex Ratner and Sam Hickok, junior Jesse Heussner, sophomore Graham Hyman and freshmen Cam Marco and Jake Hirschberg, tennis; and senior captains Harry Rappaport and Charlie Stanley, rugby.
Top Weston Male Athlete: Boys lacrosse senior captain Morgan Faller led the Trojans to the Class S title and leaves the school as the all-time leading goal scorer.
Other elite athletes include senior Robbie Cordisco and Will Miller, classmates Tucker Drimal and Brian Rogers, juniors Alex Peyreigne, Kip McMahon and Eddie Hutchins, lacrosse; senior captain Jeremy Schwartz, classmate Harrison Lipsitz, juniors Josh Simon and Kyle Guerin, sophomore Cam Hagen and freshman Dave Freeman, tennis; senior captains Mike McDonald, Cody Nusbaum and Peter Krist and classmates Ben Jaffee and James Jepson baseball; senior captain Jeff Evanier and junior Joe D'Amato, golf;and senior captains James Bloom, Ryan Gilmore, Jackson Edelman and classmate Steve Piscatelli, junior Steve Vento, track.
Top Weston Female Athlete: Senior captain Emily Ando was dominant in jumping and was All-New England in the pole vault.
Other female elite athletes include: senior captain Marie Gargiulo, juniors Emma Samson, Zoe Valella, Caroline Toutoungi and Ally Ashmore and freshman Kimmy Guerin, tennis; senior captain Franci Litvak and junior Dylan Katz, golf; senior captains Brittany Swanson, Sam Seath and Sam Druks, juniors Hannah Hutchins, Alex Fumai Sara O'Brien and Cara Fleming, and sophomore Catie Ledwick, lacrosse; senior captain Kathryn Bacher, juniors Kiki Litvak, Carlie Arlo, Kara Bucaro and sophomore Ellie Martin track; and senior captains Biz Harrigan, Anja Nickel and Julia Roth and freshman Kat Fisher, softball.
Athletes of the Year
Choosing both athletes of the year for Staples are easy selections. Jack Hennessy was dominant in soccer, track and baseball and is the clear choice for Male Athlete of the Year. Hennessy will run track at Boston College but could conceivably be a Division I baseball and soccer player as well. Joselyn Henry carried the indoor and outdoor track teams and was especially dominant in outdoor track, which offers more field events than indoor track. The future Sacred Heart University track star mastered the discus and set records in it this year.
Picking Weston's Athlete of the Year is more difficult and people may disagree, but there's no right or wrong answer. Dennis Levene gets the nod as Male Athlete of the Year because of his dominance on the basketball court and his contributions in soccer and outdoor track. The top female athlete came down to two high-caliber girls but in the end, Brittany Swanson is the one because of her stellar play in basketball and lacrosse and steady play in volleyball. Swanson will be playing lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania but was highly recruited for basketball as well.
To all the senior athletes, congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors. To everyone else, let the journey continue.