WCS athletes persevered in 2008-09 despite challenges

Most Valuable Offense for the team went to Brendan Frye, who coach Rich Schloss said was a "floor leader."

"Brendan penetrates to the hoop as good as anyone in the Adirondack League," he said.

Defensive Player of the Year went to Senior Tom Holmgren, who Schloss said had formidable skills.

"Tom shut down some of the biggest offensive threats in the League," he said. "His work ethic, attitude, dedication and leadership skills are impeccable."

Sportsmanship award went to Dakota Fuller for his work ethic and attitude.

A special Team MVP Coaches' Award went to Mike Perrone for ranking second both on offense and defense. Ryan Belden was honored as Most Improved Player. Assistant Coach Steve Schloss was recognized for his contributions.

On Junior Varsity Boys Basketball, Gabe MicGlire received the Sportsmanship award, John Joseph was honored as Most Improved Player/Offense, and Aaron Seeley, Most Improved Player/Defense.

For Modified Boys Basketball, Mike Springer and Royal Dawkins were recognized with the Sportsmanship award, and Adam Langworthy and Nick Perrone were named Most Valuable Players. The eighth grade team enjoyed a 8-5 record. These awards were determined by players' votes.

For Varsity Girls Basketball, Coach Scott Smith said the team had remarkable achievements despite a lack of height and a lack of depth in Varsity experience.

The team, he said, employed hard work and dedication to turn a string of early-season losses into a .500 season.

Smith recognized Jen Durkin with the Captain's Award, noting her leadership and love of the game.

"For years, Jen's been the hardest working and most dedicated player in our program," Smith said.

The Sportsmanship Award went to Mercedes Maltbie for being an outstanding post player, rebounding and scoring well despite her modest height of 5'5".

"Mercedes always gave 100 percent in game situations," Smith said.

Most Improved Player Award went to Carol White. Smith cited her vast improvement through the season, developing into a prolific scorer and scrappy defender, particularly in forcing turnovers. In the season's last two games, White scored 24 and 23 points respectively. White was selected for a regional All-star team, he noted, adding that Teagan Rafferty was honored as a Capital Region Basketball Scholar-Athlete representing Warrensburg.

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