The Mt. Hope High School gymnasium was filled with cheers on Thursday, Dec. 6, but not for what was happening on the court, but what took place on courts and fields throughout the fall season.
One of the highlights of the evening was the unveiling of a state championship banner that was added to the collection high on the gymnasium wall. The girls’ tennis team gathered under the banner to reveal the words, “Girls Tennis Division III State Champions 2012” above.
While the bulk of the evening was dedicated to recognizing some of the outstanding student athletes who participate in the school’s sports program, the athletics department took a moment to honor a former varsity soccer player who died in November after battling cancer.
Timothy DaPonte’s jersey, bearing number 10, was officially retired at Mt. Hope. One jersey was framed and will be displayed inside the school. A second jersey was given to Timothy’s parents who tearfully accepted the honor for their son. Jonathon DaPonte, Timothy’s brother, is a member of the Huskies football team.
Recognized for their athletic performance and sportsmanship during the Fall 2012 season were:
Most Valuable Players
Football: Kyle Valenzuela
Soccer: Matthew Cabral
Girls soccer: Victoria Campo, Lexi Vieira
Tennis: Lauren Fletcher
Boys’ Cross-country: Zachary Minior
Girls’ Cross-country: Karina Tavares
Volleyball: Rhys Webb
Most Improved Players
Football: Bailey Ziobro
Soccer: Dylan Mitchell
Tennis: Simone Verria
Cross-country: Mae-Lin Lee
Soccer: Kellsie Mitchell
Volleyball: Lauren Deschenes
Cross-country: Michael Proietta
Fall 2012 Rookie of the Year
Spirit of the Husky Award