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The 2012 Fall Timmy Awards: Stars of the Season

  • mascenic field hockey v conant
  • ConVal football vs. Merrimack
  • Conant and Mascenic Golf<br/>2012 Season Opener at Shattuck
  • cross country, mascenic, conant
  • Conant and Mascenic Golf<br/>2012 Season Opener at Shattuck
  • The ConVal boys soccer team dropped its regular season finale 2-1 to John Stark on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012<br/><br/>(Staff Photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • ConVal football vs. Merrimack
  • Conant and Mascenic Golf<br/>2012 Season Opener at Shattuck
  • Conant and Mascenic Golf<br/>2012 Season Opener at Shattuck

If I had to choose a word to describe this fall season it would have to be unpredictable.

Every time I felt like I was getting a good read on how it was all going to play out, something would happen to change my thinking.

I kept waiting for that one team to rise to the top. Since I’ve been a sports writer/editor in this area, it seems as though there is always at least one standout team per season. There have been a lot of champions in my day.

Early on, it looked like the Mascenic golf team would once again carry that crown. The Vikings won last year’s Division III title and looked primed to do it again. And they had a very good season, finishing runner-up at the state tournament with just two regular-season losses.

But when it came time for the other team tournaments to commence, I was searching for that team that could make a deep playoff run. None of them stood out as a favorite. All nine had tough draws.

Mascenic girls volleyball had the most regular season wins, but were dropped in the second round by the top seed.

Seven of the other eight teams had to play their first-round games on the road and all eight ended up dropping the postseason openers.

So much for the year of the underdog.

But while the team success may not have been as prominent as years past, the individual accomplishments were off the chart.

The region is home to the girls individual golf champion and boys Division III winner and both — Jocelyn and Roman Ojala of Mascenic — come from the same family.

Mascenic runners Elizabeth McGurk and Tim Fafard each finished in the top four in Division III and qualified for the New England Championships. Fafard was also top 10 in the state. Numerous athletes have also earned their way on to their respective sports all-state teams.

And to be clear there has been no shortage of highlights to the season.

So here is a look at the performances, moments and victories that define the fall of 2012.

Timmy Awards: The Individual Awards

Male Athlete

Jeremy Doubleday
ConVal Football

Doubleday did a little bit of everything for the Cougars in 2012.

He began the season as a wide receiver, but by game five of the season, Doubleday had made the switch to running back and the impact was felt immediately. Over the final six games, he ran for 778 yards and finished his senior campaign with 827, good enough for second on the team.

His career-high of 195 yards came in a huge shut out win over Merrimack Valley, and he broke the century mark four times overall.

Doubleday ran for eight touchdowns, passed for another in his final game as a Cougar and also returned a fumble for a score in a win over Hollis/Brookline. For the year, he had 130 receiving yards to lead the team.

He led ConVal with nine sacks in 10 games from his outside linebacker position, including five against Hollis/Brookline. Doubleday had two interceptions, caused three fumbles and recovered one. He was third on the team with 63 tackles.

Doubleday kicked three field goals and had 14 extra points as the team’s place kicker. He was ConVal’s punter, as well at the punt and kick returner.

female athletE

Elizabeth McGurk
Mascenic Cross-Country

McGurk was primed for a big final cross-country season and did she ever go out and show it.

During the regular season, she posted three wins and had six top 10 finishes out of eight races. Her first victory came in dominating fashion at Mascenic’s homecoming on Sept. 15 when she cruised to an almost two minutes win and set a new personal best. McGurk also won a mid-September race at Bishop Brady and then went into the Division III meet coming off a victory at Derryfield, where she defeated last year’s D-III champion.

At Derryfield Park, McGurk was fourth overall in D-III in 20:20, but was quite disappointed with her finish as she tried to challenge for the divisional crown. Instead of letting the performance get her down, McGurk used that frustration to her advantage and she put together a spectacular race at Meet of Champions. She finished 23rd overall in 19:22.8 and was second from Division III, qualifying for the New England Championships last Saturday.

In her final cross-country race, McGurk finished 59th in a time of 20:38.28 She was the 12th ranked runner from New Hampshire. In 2011, McGurk was seventh in D-III and 71st in the state.

lunch pail AWARD

Ryan Shows
ConVal Boys Soccer

Shows is the kind of defender every coach would love to have. He is tough, a vocal leader and a player that will put everything on the line if it means stopping a potential goal.

He anchored a ConVal defense that had seven shutouts in 17 games and earned the eighth seed in Division II. The Cougars did not allow a single opponent to score more than two goals in any game this season.

The irreplaceable

Casey Thoel
Mascenic Girls Volleyball

Thoel is the type of player that is so hard to make up for because she did a bit of everything for the Vikings. That’s why she never came out of the lineup. She was Mascenic’s main setter and responsible for setting up the team’s offense.

She had become a consistent player at the net, with an arsenal of tips and hits, and had the ability to take control of a match from the service line.

rookie of the fall

Roman Ojala
Mascenic Golf

Ojala made the loss of four seniors from last year’s undefeated state title team a little easier to take. The freshman immediately became the Vikings’ top player and proved it by consistently shooting some of Mascenic’s low rounds.

During the team tournament, Ojala shot the bests score of the day as Mascenic finished runner-up in Division III. And in the individual portion of the event, Ojala shot a five-over to capture the D-III boys individual championship.

Heart of a champion

Jocelyn Ojala
Mascenic Golf

As one of only two returning golfers to play on the defending champion Vikings in 2011, Ojala was counted on to help Mascenic bring home another piece of hardware.

In the team tournament, she finished second on the team. But just a few days earlier is when Ojala’s passion shined through. After finishing fourth in each of her previous three trips to the girls individual tournament, Ojala was spectacular with an even par 71 to win her first individual title by two strokes.

Unsung hero

Frankie Cartee
Conant Field Hockey

Over the last three seasons, Cartee had played a wide range of positions for the Orioles. But in 2012, she was a mainstay on the forward line for the much improved Conant squad.

Cartee, who was Conant’s captain, went on to earn team MVP honors, as she helped the Orioles make the playoffs for the first time since 2009 . In her final season, Cartee led Conant with 10 assists and ranked second on the team with six goals. She also landed on the Division III second team all-state.

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