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.