Shepherd Hill's Taylor Daniels is awesome-- we can not tell a lie.
Text and photos by Steev Riccardo; more photos follow.
Greetings sports fans!
The high school fall sports season may have flown by this year but not before we witnessed some exciting action and some superb individual efforts and performances.
This week we take a look at some of the local female athletes who played at a premium level and earned our respect, and a nod for the View From The Sidelines fall all-star squad.
The girls’ soccer season was nothing less than spectacular this year. Oxford’s Emily "The Sweet Assassin" Dawidczyk led Central Mass in scoring. The Shepherd Hill girls played defense as well as anyone in Central Mass, and the Bartlett Indians look like they have a excellent group of underclassmen ready to turn their program around.
If you were going to start a team in these parts it would certainly begin with Emily D. on the front line, and Shepherd Hill’s Lauren Barton on the backline, and the talent doesn’t stop there.
Here is a look at some of our all-star choices:
Emily Dawidczyk, Oxford: The crème of the crop as far as Central Mass scoring goes and with her equal combination of speed and toughness, she’s a real force on the soccer field. She scored 32 goals enroute to breaking the all-time scoring record at Oxford. Next year she will be playing Division I soccer for Sacred Heart University where we have no doubt she will continue to star.
Lauren Barton, Shepherd Hill: The Shepherd Hill senior co-captain was the backbone of the Rams’ defense and an immovable force on defense, and she also has tremendous kicking ability, which make a double threat. Barton will be taking her talents to Manhattan College where she will be playing Division I soccer, quite a feat indeed.
Taylor Daniels, Shepherd Hill: One of our favorite players for her toughness and outstanding two-way play, Daniels covered a lot of ground for the Rams on both ends of the field and was instrumental in their successful season. Although hoop is her main sport, she proved to be dominant on the soccer field as well.
Gina Manzi, Oxford: One of the best defenders around, Manzi had an excellent career for the Pirates. As unselfish as it gets, she helped to make her teammates better.
Meghan Dunn, Shepherd Hill: When Dunn was called upon to take over in goal, she met the challenge and made the sacrifices for her team, and in turn became one of the best goalkeepers in Central Mass allowing less than a goal per game. Only a junior, she will be great next year at whatever position she plays.
Amanda Keovongmanysar, Shepherd Hill: Keovongmanysar led the high-powered Rams’ offense with 15 goals and 5 assists and was a force all season long. Like Barton and Daniels, Amanda K. played with grit all season.
Dani Stone, Bartlett: Stone is a hard-nose player with tremendous scoring ability and is on pace to have a record breaking senior season next year. She uses her speed to get open and used her blistering shot to lead her team with 10 goals. If she works hard in the off season, she could be a Central Mass all-star next year.
Anne Marie Markewicz, Bartlett: "Marksy" proved her value as a player when she did an outstanding job shadowing Emily Dawidczyk in a 4-2 loss to Bartlett this season. Only a freshman, she has tremendous upside.
Korra Joubert, Oxford: Only an eighth grader, Joubert scored 8 goals and added another 4 assists and along with fellow Rebecca Nguyen is part of the Pirates’ bright future.
Rams Volleyball: Despite a first round loss in the playoffs, it was a great season for the Rams who finished with an incredible 15-4 record. The team was led by their awesome senior class and co-captains Jen Green and Julie Preissler.
Girls Cross Country: Shepherd Hill was led all season by the outstanding trio of Stella Worters, Juleanna Schultz, and Brooke Packard. Bartlett found a new star in seventh grader Rachel Connor, who led them to their first winning record in eight years. Oxford received consistent contributions from Chloe Doyon.
- Friday, 23 November 2012
- Posted in Categories: : View from the Sidelines