Ledger-Transcript Winter Sports Awards

  • Rosie Crooker, ConVal alpine skiing Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Conant boys' basketball team won their record 12th Division III championship on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Scott LaBrecque and Garrett Cournoyer, Conant swimming Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal-Conant girls' hockey team hosted Manchester Central on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Landen Vaillancourt, Mascenic indoor track Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Annika Martel, Mascenic Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/28/2019 8:13:52 AM

It’s time once again to celebrate the best athletes of the winter season with the Ledger-Transcript Winter Sports Awards. We had a season with a team championship, some historic playoff runs, and a bevy of impressive individual accomplishments. Everyone on every team we cover contributed something this winter, and we can’t recognize them all, but we’ve done our best to give a shoutout to the best of the best with these winter awards. Take a last look at winter and then get outside and get ready for the spring season!

Female Athlete of the WinterRosie Crooker, ConVal alpine skiing

Crooker separated herself from the talented and successful ConVal pack of top finishers by excelling at the Meet of Champions and making it all the way to the Eastern High School Championships, where she finished 22nd out of over 100 racers from around New England in the giant slalom.

Male Athlete of the WinterLanden Vaillancourt, Mascenic indoor track

This winter, Vaillancourt built on his strong cross-country season with terrific performances in the indoor track arena. Vaillancourt was a beast in the 3,000M, and at the Division II championships, the sophomore took third in the event behind two runners from much larger schools than Mascenic.

Best TeamConant boys’ basketball

Several area teams had historically good seasons this winter, but the Orioles brought home the hardware. Conant’s balanced attack and dedicated defense led them to title No. 12, and their 23-point championship win over Somersworth was the biggest blowout of any Oriole state championship in history.

Rookie of the WinterAnnika Martel, Mascenic girls’ basketball

Martel’s post presence infused the Vikings with some exciting new energy as the freshman proved she can score on offense and disrupt on defense. She’s been on our radar since we saw her blocking every shot in sight during an AAU game; her arrival may help usher in a new era of Mascenic girls’ hoops.

Coach of the WinterChris Spingola, ConVal-Conant girls’ ice hockey

A lot of coaches won a lot more games than Spingola and the Griffins this winter. But no ConVal or ConVal-Conant girls’ ice hockey team had ever won three games in a season before, and Spingola honoring his word by doing a cartwheel at center ice after the Griffins’ record third win.

Each season, we like to give out our Best Duo award. Sometimes it’s a pair of rivals, sometimes it’s a pair of teammates. This time, we’ve got a pair of pairs with a revolutionary twist.

Two If By LandRyan Beal and Jackson Burnham, ConVal skiing

Burnham and Beal took the top two spots in Division II’s skimeister competition, awarded to skiers who excel in both the Nordic and alpine disciplines. Juggling both is tough, and the two Cougars not only made it work – they were the best in the state.

Two If By SeaScott LaBrecque and Garrett Cournoyer, Conant swimming

Cournoyer and LaBrecque are both star swimmers, and a big part of their success is due to each one pushing the other. If Cournoyer’s ahead, LaBrecque’s hot on his heels, and if LaBrecque’s out front, Cournoyer wants to catch him. That friendly rivalry got them both to the state meet, and bigger things may be on tap next winter.


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