No Losers Here
Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
THE MEMBERS OF the Monticello girls ski team happily pose for a photo with their scholar-athlete state championship banner. Kneeling are Alexis Brinkerhoff (left) and Heidi Kleister. Standing behind the banner, from left to right, are Erin Garry, Kristen Van Hage, Laura Ferranti, Racheal Huffman and Candice Sheerer. Standing in the back, from left to right, are Coaches John Maranzana, Jim Bates and Carolyn Walsh and NYSPHAA Assistant Director Joe Altieri. Missing from photo is Lauren Brinkerhoff.
Just a Lot of Winners
By Rob Potter
WHITE LAKE April 16, 2002 For the seventh consecutive year and eighth time overall, the Monticello girls ski team has been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) as a Scholar-Athlete State Champion.
The team members Alexis Brinkerhoff, Lauren Brinkerhoff, Laura Ferranti, Racheal Huffman, Erin Garry, Heidi Kleister, Candice Sheerer and Kristen Van Hage were honored during a luncheon last Friday at El Monacos in White Lake.
Monticello Central School board of education members, administrators, parents and Athletic Director Kenneth Garry joined together to recognize the scholar-athletes at the luncheon.
The combined grade point average of the team members is an outstanding 98.42. That mark is better than those posted by 16 other girls ski teams and is the second best winter g.p.a. in the state.
Before presenting the championship banner to the ski team (consisting of both alpine and cross country skiers) and coaches Jim Bates, John Maranzana and Carolyn Walsh, NYSPHSAA Assistant Director Joe Altieri explained how teams are chosen for the scholar-athlete designation. He noted that teams are declared scholar-athlete state champions when they earn a 90 percent or better academic average during their sport season. The team with the highest average in that sport is then declared the scholar-athlete state champion.
This scholar-athlete state championship for the girls skiing team also give Monticello High School its 27th overall scholar-athlete award, Altieri said. (That is) a remarkable achievement and a tribute to the hard work of the student-athletes in the Monticello High School athletic program.
Altieri also noted the contributions of four skiers in particular. Those four junior Lauren Brinkerhoff, senior Erin Garry, junior Heidi Kleister and senior Candice Sheerer have combined for 13 scholar-athlete state champion awards in girls skiing.
Monticello Central School Superintendent Eileen Casey noted that the skills learned by the scholar-athletes on the playing field will be beneficial to you always. She also thanked the dedicated parents for their guidance and support of the scholar-athletes. And, of course, Casey spoke to the scholar-athletes themselves.
We are all very proud of you, she said. And we encourage you to keep up the good work.
In addition to the ski team members, dozens of other Monticello Central School athletes were recognized and presented with school student athlete awards.
Casey Berson Girls Varsity Tennis
Christa Billias Girls Varsity Basketball
Timothy Billias Boys Varsity Cross Country and Boys Varsity Indoor Track
Ashley Bloom Girls Varsity Basketball
Alexis Brinkerhoff Girls Varsity Tennis
Lauren Brinkerhoff Girls Varsity Alpine Skiing
Devin Brust Boys Varsity Basketball
Jesse Campanaro Modified Wrestling
Daniel Catalano Junior Varsity Wrestling
Jenna Diaco Varsity Cheerleading
Shannon Dietrich Varsity Softball and Girls Varsity Indoor Track
Kim Donohue Varsity Softball
Amanda Drobysh Girls Varsity Soccer
Crystal Forget Varsity Volleyball and Junior Varsity Softball
Lisa Forget Modified Volleyball
Kristin Fried Varsity Volleyball
Kyle Fried Varsity Wrestling
Jeffrey Garfield Boys Varsity Indoor Track and Varsity Golf
Erin Garry Girls Varsity Cross Country, Girls Varsity Track and Field and Girls Varsity Cross Country Skiing
John Garry Boys Junior Varsity Cross Country Skiing
Matthew Gottlieb Junior Varsity Baseball
Todd Herfield Varsity Baseball
Eric Johnson Boys Varsity Basketball and Boys Varsity Soccer
Corey Kaplan Boys Varsity Alpine Skiing
Heidi Kleister Girls Varsity Cross Country Skiing
Anastasia Kurta Junior Varsity Cheerleading
Tyler Laufersweiler Boys Varsity Track and Field
Meredith Levine Girls Modified Basketball
Christopher Longano Varsity Baseball
Alyson Lounsbury Girls Junior Varsity Tennis
Katherine Mahan Modified Softball
Nicholas Morffi Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
Benjamin Morganstein Varsity Golf
Tara Mullen Junior Varsity Volleyball
Anthony Ng Boys Modified Track and Field
Christopher Ng Varsity Wrestling
John Pavese Boys Varsity Alpine Skiing
Corey Price Boys Modified Cross Country
Jacquelyn Randall Varsity Cheerleading
Erica Sanford Girls Modified Track and Field
Kathryn Schlichtman Girls Varsity Track and Field and Girls Varsity Indoor Track
Gabrielle Scott Girls Junior Varsity Soccer
Kenneth Shaw Boys Varsity Tennis
Candice Sheerer Girls Varsity Soccer and Girls Varsity Alpine Skiing
Andrew Simon Boys Varsity Tennis and Boys Varsity Soccer
Todd Sonnenschein Boys Modified Soccer
Sean Thompson Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
Kristen Van Hage Girls Modified Soccer
Michael Washington Boys Modified Basketball and Modified Baseball
Tiffany Washington Girls Junior Varsity Basketball.