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Locals named MVC all-stars
RIVER VALLEY -- In every team sport, there are always a handful of players who create additional attention by standing out in one or more aspect on the playing surface.
Mountain Valley competed throughout the spring and each coach had an opportunity to nominate players for respective Mountain Valley Conference all-star teams.
In girls' tennis, Betsy Noyes and Addy Fuller of Dirigo made first team MVC North Division. The Cougars honorable mention were doubles partners Coral Howe and Grace Hebert.
MV senior Aylssa Greene earned all-star selection.
Dirigo’s Josh Turbide was a first team and player of the year honor. The Cougars won 11 of 12 regular season meets and made the playoffs.
Dirigo had a trio receive coach of the year honors. Bruce Thompson for boys' tennis and girls' tennis coach Art Chamberlain.
First-year baseball coach Ryan Palmer guided the Cougars to 14 straight wins to start the season, two playoff wins and a return to the regional finals.
In baseball, Cameron Kaubris and Izaak Mills of MV each repeated first-team honors. Kaubris, who graduated, got to more balls than most shortstops through his anticipation and quickness. His throws were very strong and on target.
Mills, a junior, was effective as the Falcons' number three batter. He was a starting pitcher, who was also used as a closer. The hard-working catcher was recognized for working with a young staff.
Dirigo had seniors Spencer Ross and Arik Fenstermacher, along with TJ Frost on the first team. Ross utilized his speed as a leadoff batter. Fensty, a left hander, was a top pitcher and was the Northern Division player of the year. Frost, who batted ninth, had been averaging over .500 midway through the season.
Honorable mention selections included Falcons' Zac Radcliff and Kyle Gauvin, along with Cougars Ben Holmes and Justin Conant.
Courtney Carlson of MV was a softball first-team selection. Honorable mention went to Falcons Lindsey Gallant and Jessie Kane, with cougars Alyssa Wade and Tasha DeRoche.
Academic all-stars included MV softball players Lynsie Dupuis, Lacey Gallant, McKenzie Paterson, Carlson, Kane, Breana Roberts and Lauren White. The Falcons had the most individuals on the academic list. Deanna Dolloff excelled in the classroom also.
Kaubris was joined by Conant, Fenstermacher and Ross.