Mt. Hope High School honors its fall athletes

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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

Karina Tavares

Tevin Jones

Spirit of the Husky Award

Michael Tyler

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