Kudos to the year's top athletes
The 2011-12 school year is over, and it's time to select the top athletes for Staples and Weston.
Below are the selections by season.
Top Staples Female Athlete: This is one of the toughest picks of the year, but in the end, volleyball's Joosje Grevers, who was First Team All-FCIAC and Second Team All-State, is the choice. Grevers, who plans on playing at Gettysburg College next year, earned it with her prowess in the front row, and she played well in the back row, which exceeded expectations considering she's a middle hitter.
Elite athletes: Although Grevers was chosen, it was the field hockey team who was the top fall team and it's well-represented in the elite athlete category, starting with Misha Strage, Callie Hiner, Emily Ashken and Christiane Lueb. All four committed to play collegiately. Teammates Caroline Kearney and Josie Fair join the quartet.
Jessie Ambrose, Abbey Lake, Abby Fagan, Alex Wiener, Colleen McCarthy, Siri Andrews and Turner Block led the soccer team to the Class LL semifinals. Grevers' teammates Anna Link, Dani Kosinski, Augie Gradoux-Matt and Kenzie Roof make the cut.
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Top Staples Male Athlete: Cross-country runner Henry Wynne earned the nod. Wynne won the FCIAC championship race, took third at Class LL and State Open and was seventh at New Englands to be the first Wrecker to earn All-New England in seven years.
Elite athletes: Wynne's teammates Mikolaj Kulis, Patrick Nolan and Marcus Russi make the next group. Football players Jack Gibson, Robbie Wolf, Jon Heil, Zach Mitchell, Joey Zelkowitz, James Frusciante, Nick Kelly, Greg Strauss, Kyle Vaughn, Kevin Kearney and Jack Massie, and soccer players Jake Malowitz, Taylor McNair, James Hickok, Alex Tonsberg, Steven Smith and Ben Root also made this category.
Top Weston Male Athlete: This pick was extremely difficult, but in the end, soccer defender Mike Certoma gets the nod for making his presence felt on defense.
Other elite male athletes include Certoma's teammates Jensen Frost, Josh Karpen, Ryan Major, Ethan Lee-Tyson and Danny Prorokovic. Football players Matt Keeney, J.D. Simons, Tyler Hassett, Grayson Keith, Justin Schaffer, Danny Rogers, Erik Dammen-Brower and Alex Crowell and cross-country runners David Stankiewcz, Noah Krassin and Matt Bolin were also among the top fall athletes.
Top Weston Female Athlete: Selecting volleyball's Savannah Carpenter was the easiest selection for the fall. Carpenter was a First Team All-SWC selection and her dominant play led the Lady Trojans to the SWC semifinals.
Field hockey players Erin Farber led the Lady Trojans to the Class M playoffs.
Top Staples Male Athletes: Boys basketball player Mike Argosh and wrestler Mikell Washington share top honors.
Argosh, who is hoping to make the Swarthmore College lineup next year, led the Wreckers to their fourth straight Class LL playoff berth and hit his share of clutch 3-pointers.
Washington was the first Staples grappler to qualify for the New England championships in 17 years. He was third at Class LL and State Open in the 195-pound weight class.
Track was the premier team of the winter by winning FCIACs, Class LL and State Open. The All-American sprint medley relay team of Wynne, Heil, Mitchell and Max Hoberman were instrumental throughout the championship run. Nolan, Brad Payne, Kulis, Kyle Hoberman, Dean Hefnawy, Walker Marsh, Dave Hoffman, Matt Mula and Giles Bonner were also athletes.
The swimming team took fourth at Class LL and Nathaniel Boley led the charge. Kyle Bacon, David Katter, Matt Wisher, Joss Abel, Jonathan Blansfield, Justin Krakoff, Chris Mombello and Danny Williams splashed their way to this rung.
Top Staples Female Athlete: Basketball player Jessica Coelho was an easy selection. Coelho came back from two knee surgeries to earn an All-FCIAC selection and berths in two all-star games. She hopes to play for Babson College next year.
Elite athletes: Coelho's teammates Sydney Houseworth, Remy Nolan, Erica Stein and Nikki Bukovsky were top athletes and a rung below their Babson-bound teammate.
The ski team won the State Open title and this predominantly young squad is represented by Kate Collins, Carolyn Howe, Caroline Corbally, Caitlin Hartman, Alex Collins, Jacqueline Chappo and Liz Cooperstone.
Top Weston Female Athlete: Basketball player Ellie Martin gets it hands-down. Martin was a dominant First Team All-SWC player and led the Lady Trojans to the playoffs.
Elite athletes: Martin's teammates Lianna Hursh, Moubayed, Swanson and Mahoney also did well.
Track and field athlete Emily Savage was the second best athlete of the winter and showed she was a top jumper. Tess Fagan, Amanda Matluck, Goodman, Allon and Farber were also in the top group. Gymnasts Lexi Gandal and Natalie Hassett along with skier Shelby Merberg were also in this group.
Top Weston Male Athlete: Basketball point guard Max Molinsky led the Trojans to the playoffs and earned First Team All-SWC honors.
Swimmers Jordan Berger, Gabe Imber, Marty Imber and Adam Winikoff and hockey player Forrest Savage also performed at a high level. Wrestlers Matt Brooks and Remy Babson-Smith, Stankiewcz, Krassin and Larry Cass in track and skier Peter Robbins round out the list.
Top Staples Female Athletes: Lacrosse All-Stater Jessie Ambrose had a breakout year and she shares the honor with All-New England pole vaulter Lexie Schachne from track and field. Both earned the Block S Team MVP award from their respective squads with Ambrose earning All-American Honorable Mention and Schachne placed 14th at the national championships.
Tennis players Kate Collins, Nicole Marcante, Leigh Rubin, Melissa Beretta, Kelsey Shockey, Gabi Titlebaum and Avery Wallace, softball players Nikki Bukovsky, Shannon Connors and Crissy McCarthy and girls golfers Sarah Ressler, Kim Hynes and Stein also made the list.
Top Staples Male Athlete: Jonah Aelyon was dominant on the volleyball court in leading the Wreckers to an undefeated regular season.
The track team won FCIAC and Class LL with All-Americans Wynne, Heil, Mitchell and Hoffman. Max Hoberman, Kyle Hoberman, Aiden McConnell, Hefnawy, Mula, Kulis, Gibson and Marsh were among the top spring athletes as well.
Jimmy Kopack, Zach Levins and Bryan Terzian lifted the baseball team to two playoff victories. Golfers Austin Alianiello, Stephen Colodny and Ross Whelen made the cut. Washington was rugby's Block S MVP and was among the elite along with Chris Chu and Jackson Yang.
Top Weston Male Athlete: Lyle Mitchell led the lacrosse team to the SWC title. Mitchell was a First Team All-SWC and All-State selection.
Elite athletes: Mitchell's teammates Jack Scheufele, Brooks, Sean Fumai, Richie Miller, Grey Bradshaw-Mack, Mickey Smith and Grant Limone were also top players. Cam Hagen, David Freeman, Jon Lipshitz, Jack Lawless, Oscar Morris and Henry Morris led the tennis team to the SWC and Class S titles.
Other elite male athletes include track stars Brad DeMarco, Stankiewcz and Krassin, baseball players Molinsky, James Sanzone, Charlie Ameer, Ethan Lee-Tyson and Asher Lee-Tyson and golfers Max Catucci, Jared Kapel and Joey Klokus.
Top Weston Female Athlete: Kimmy Guerin won her third straight State Open singles title and repeats as Weston's No. 1 female athlete for the spring. Guerin was dominant on the court and is undefeated in her career.
Elite athletes: Guerin's teammates Gersh, Morgan Murray and Catherine Kravchenko also excelled.
Ledwick, Carolyn Figliola, Nicole DeCanio, Holmes, Mattison, Stefanie Buffa, Lindsay Koch, Stephanie Thomson and Alexa Werner led the lacrosse team to the Class S semifinals.
Martin, Fagan, Goodman, Savage, Sara Dietzman, Allon and Farber were instrumental in the track team winning its seventh straight SWC title. Softball player Kaidy Wollman was an All-Stater and golfer Carlye Rosen earned First Team All-SWC honors.
Athletes of the Year:
Picking both female athletes of the year were easier than picking their male counterparts.
Ellie Martin is the obvious choice for Weston Female Athlete of the Year because of her prowess on the court and strong performance on the track. Martin was the Team MVP for both of her teams.
Jessie Ambrose was a two-sport MVP and All-American Honorable Mention in lacrosse, which earned her Staples Female Athlete of the year. Misha Strage and Lexie Schachne were in the hunt, but Ambrose's overall performance trumps her two classmates.
In the previous 11 years, the top award was given to only seniors. For the first time ever since the awards started in 2000-01, a junior gets the award with Henry Wynne breaking new ground as Staples Male Athlete of the Year. Wynne is a special athlete and is arguably the best to matriculate on North Ave. and was heads and shoulders above all of his classmates.
Choosing Weston's Male Athlete of the Year was the toughest selection because the top two candidates were neck-and-neck. In the end, Lyle Mitchell is the pick, edging out basketball teammate Max Molinsky by a hair.
To all the graduating athletes, good luck in the future.
Eliot Schickler is the sports editor of the Westport News.