Editor’s Note: Photos were not received from Westport in time for press.
Minerva/Newcomb, Crown Point and Keene had a strong battle all season long for rights to the top of the Division III standings in girls’ Northern Soccer League.
In the end, it was the Beavers who edged out the other two to lay claim to the Division III crown.
The Mountaineers finished a superb season with a record of 11-2-1 and a trip to the Section VII Class D semifinals. The Panthers had a 10-4 record on the season.
Schroon Lake was awarded the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
The all-star teams and awards were selected by the NSL coaches.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Makenzie Winslow (Minerva/Newcomb)- Winslow, a junior, played center striker for the Mountaineers. She is a strong leader on the offense and always a threat to put one in the back of the net. Winslow showed strong foot work, and despite being heavily marked was able to lead the league in scoring. She finished with 34 goals and two assists.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Candice Gereau (Minerva/Newcomb)- Gereau, in her fourth year as the Mountaineer coach, led her team to an 11-2-1 record on the season. Minerva/Newcomb took down Crown Point in the Section VII Class D playoffs, before falling to Chazy in the semifinals.
Brendee Russell (Westport)- Russell, a senior, finished the season with six goals and an assist to lead the way for the Eagles.
Gabrielle McNally (Minerva/Newcomb)- McNally, a senior, played sweeper for the Mountaineers this season. She has consistent defensive skills and was constantly reliable. McNally showed great communication skills to lead the way for the defense.
Hanna Whitney (Keene)- Whitney, a freshman, played midfield for the Beavers this season. She had a great year in the scoring department to help her team capture the division. Whitney finished with 15 goals and four assists.
Amanda Wolf (Crown Point)- Wolf, a senior, is selected to her second straight first-team all-star team as a goalie. She accumulated 94 saves on the season and helped the Panthers to a 10-4 record. She finished the year with seven shutouts.
Brittany Foote (Crown Point)- Foote, a sophomore, played center forward for the Panthers this season. She made the second team a season ago. Foote finished the season with 14 goals and two assists.
Shannon Farrell (Indian Lake/Long Lake)- Farrell, a senior, has the ability to play any position on the field for the Orange. She has great speed and great ball control. Farrell has a hard shot that can be taken from outside the 18. She finished the season with seven goals and four assists.
Mary LaBar (Minerva/Newcomb)- LaBar, a junior, started the season on defense, but was moved to midfield midway through the season. She is an aggressive player with a power foot. LaBar has consistent footwork and is able to anticipate ball movement. She finished the year with a goal and two assists after moving positions.
Ranya Hamdan (Indian Lake/Long Lake)- Hamdan, a senior, played sweeper this year for the Orange. She shows great knowledge for the game, and has great anticipation. Hamdan portrayed great leadership this season to help lead Indian Lake/Long Lake’s defense.
Ellie Schwoebel (Westport)- Schwoebel, a junior, was second on the team in scoring with three goals and two assists for the Eagles.
Astasia Myler (Minerva/Newcomb)- Myler, a junior, moved to goalkeeper this season for the Mountaineers and had an outstanding season. She finished the season with 11 victories, while allowing only nine goals total. Myler had 8.5 shutouts on the year.
Tucker Geiger (Keene)- Geiger, a senior, patrolled the goal for the Beavers on the season. She finished with a record of 10-2-1 and helped Keene to the division title. Geiger finished with eight shutouts on the year.
Northern Soccer League
Div. III Girls’ All-Stars
Brendee Russell (Westport), Gabrielle McNally (Minerva/Newcomb), Hanna Whitney (Keene), Amanda Wolf (Crown Point), Brittany Foote (Crown Point), Shannon Farrell (Indian Lake/Long Lake), Mary LaBar (Minerva/Newcomb), Ranya Hamdan (Indian Lake/Long Lake), Ellie Schwoebel (Westport), Astasia Myler (Minerva/Newcomb), Tucker Geiger (Keene)
Sarah Looby (Westport), Bailey VanNess (Keene), Nicole Rubertone (Minerva/Newcomb), Victoria Moore (Indian Lake/Long Lake), Hunter Spaulding (Crown Point), Molly Wisser (Schroon Lake), Logan Harrington (Crown Point), Juliana Finnerty (Schroon Lake), Dakota Bennett (Minerva/Newcomb), Christy McGuinness (Crown Point), Caitlin Yandon (Minerva/Newcomb)
Most Valuable Player: Makenzie Winslow (Minerva/Newcomb)
Coach of the Year: Candice Gereau (Minerva/Newcomb)
Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: Schroon Lake