Fall Sports Athletic Awards Night

By: Emily Donovan

On Tuesday, November 19, students who played a fall sport for Methuen High School gathered in the MHS Auditorium for the annual Fall Athletic Awards Night. Mr. Curran, Athletic Director, started off the night with a brief introduction and presented the major Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) awards. 

Kyra Donahue was named MVC 2 Swimmer of the Year and Claudia Crowe was named Field Hockey MVC 2 Player of the Year for the second year in a row. 

Coach Jason Smith was named Swim and Dive MVC 2 Coach of the Year, while Girls Volleyball Coach Matt Twomey received MVC 1 Coach of the Year. Field Hockey Coach Kristen Swales won MVC 2 Coach of the Year honors, as well. Methuen/Tewksbury Swimmer Caleb Canavan won State Champion honors and Lex Flores was a runner-up at the States meet. 

The Field Hockey team and Swim and Dive team picked up the MVC Champions title this season. The Volleyball team earned the Sportsmanship Award for the MVC after playing 16 straight away games, along with the Swim and Dive team who also received the Sportsmanship Award. Swimmer Samantha DeNaro was also recognized by the MIAA for her impressive sportsmanship. 

After the initial major MVC awards were presented, coaches began to take the stage to present their season recaps and individual awards. The awards were as follows:

VARSITY FOOTBALL

ANDREW HALDANE MEMORIAL: Connor Bryant and Matt Martino 

TEAM MVP: Kareem Coleman

GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY

BETTY BARRY COACHES AWARD: Piper Hugus

KATHY SZOSTAK MVP: Claudia Crowe

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Megan Melia

BOYS SOCCER

MVP: Ethan Donahue

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Oscar Arrivillaga

FRANCISCO NARGANES COACHES AWARD: Brady Collins

GIRLS SOCCER

MVP: Bella Keaney and Brooke Tardugno

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Nashary Lima

COACHES AWARD: Emily Donovan

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

MVP: Jillian McCoy

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Emily Spina

COACHES AWARD: Kate McDonnell

GIRLS SWIMMING

JANE CRONIN MEMORIAL MVP: Kyra Donahue

MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER: Emily Loan

COACHES AWARD: Samantha DeNaro

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

MVP: Xavier Metevier

MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER: Mitchell Crowe

COACHES AWARD: Colin Tibert

WHIRLAWAY AWARD: Freddy Coleman

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

MVP: Miana Caraballo

MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER: Alyssa Rosano

COACHES AWARD: Laura Abreu

WHIRLAWAY AWARD: Emily Charest

GOLF

MVP: Zachary Alfonso

MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER: Xavier Cordero

COACHES AWARD: Chester Brown and Grace McKinnon

CHEERLEADING

MVP: Carlos Aguirre

MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER: Angelina Aliano

DEIDRE DIDIO COACHES AWARD: Olivia Hebert

UNIFIED BASKETBALL

MVP: Jordaly Jerez

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Richie Tran

COACHES AWARD: Eva Tasker

The banquet ended in a brief closing, congratulating all award winners, coaches, and teams for their accomplishments.

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