Annapolis Valley high school girls' hockey awards handed out

John Decoste
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Published on April 15, 2014

Valley High School Hockey League girls’ division director Tammy Belanger presents the Leading Scorer award for 2013-2014 to Rachael Banks of Middleton. Banks finished the regular season with 41 points on 27 goals and 14 assists in 13 games.

Published on April 15, 2014

Avon View had the distinction of being the least penalized team in the Valley High School Hockey League  girls’ division this year. Receiving the award from league statistician Claude Belanger are team captains Olivia Lynch, left, and Amanda LaPierre.

Published on April 15, 2014

Valley High School Hockey League  girls’ division director Jen Osmond, left, presents the Peter Connell Memorial Trophy for the league’s top team to Horton captains, from left, Kathleen Newcombe, Abby Friars, Gisele Rudderham and Mariah Carey.

Published on April 15, 2014

Avon View head coach Jeff Burgess receives the Valley High School Hockey League  girls’ division coach of the year award from league secretary Ann Dort.

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Horton’s Morgan Benjamin, the Valley High School Hockey League  girls’ division top goalie, receives her award from league  treasurer and referee-in-chief Scott Russell.

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Steve Avery of Avery’s Farm Markets presents the Valley High School Hockey League  girls’ division top defence award to Natasha Wotton of Middleton.

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Craig Newcombe of Cornwallis Farms presents the Valley High School Hockey League  girls’ division top rookie award to Natalie Rippey of Avon View. The rookie award, donated by Cornwallis Farms, is new this year.

Published on April 15, 2014

Valley High School Hockey League  treasurer and referee-in-chief Scott Russell presents Hillary Dort of Central Kings with the Becky Cleveland Award of Excellence, the division’s top award.

O’Brien, Dort major award winners at VHSHL

Corey O’Brien of West Kings and Hillary Dort of Central Kings were the big winners when the Valley High School Hockey League’s girls’ division handed out its year-end awards April 7 in Port Williams.

O’Brien was chosen from among three nominees as the VHSHL girls’ division player of the year for 2013-2014.

In 12 league games this season, O’Brien - who also plays for the Valley Wild midget AA team - had 32 goals, tops in the league, and was second to Middleton’s Rachael Banks with 40 points.

Banks (27-14-41 in 13 games) and Mariah Carey of Horton (14-11-25 in 14 games) were the other nominees.

Dort, meanwhile, received the Becky Cleveland Award, presented to the student-athlete who best combines community involvement, athletic ability, sportsmanship and high academic achievement.

Dort has played three years for the Gators and has been a great leader on and off the ice throughout her career. She also played for the Valley Wild midget AA team and also played senior girls’ soccer at CK. She maintains a 90+ academic average and has received numerous scholastic awards. In her spare time, she is involved in student government and volunteers at a local seniors’ residence.

Other nominees for the Cleveland award included Olivia Corkum from Park View, Olivia Lynch from Avon View, Kathleen Newcombe from Horton, Natasha Wotton from Middleton and Jillian Lamb and Shay Lyn Mahar from Central Kings.

VHSHL girls’ division vice-president Geneve Newcombe said she “had the privilege of reading the nominations. I can tell you, we have some young ladies who are great student-athletes and ambassadors.”

Other major awards went to Horton’s Morgan Benjamin as top goalie; Natasha Wotton of Middleton as top defence; Natalie Rippey of Avon View as top rookie; and Jeff Burgess of Avon View as coach of the year.

Rachael Banks received the award as top scorer. Avon View took the award for the least penalized team, and Horton, with a regular season record of 12 wins and two ties, received the Peter Connell Memorial award as the league winner.

Newcombe said the VHSHL girls’ division had “a very successful year” in 2013-2014, with eight teams participating.

The playoffs had both a D-1 and a D-2 format. In the D-1 regional final, Horton lost 1-0 to King’s-Edgehill (not in the VHSHL). King’s-Edgehill went on to win provincials.

Middleton and West Kings both qualified for the D-2 provincials hosted by Middleton, which ended up with the silver medal.

Team awards included:

Central Kings – MVP: Hillary Dort; coach’s award: Jillian Lamb.

Park View – MVP: Jerilyn Nowe; coach’s award: Sarah Taylor.

West Kings – MVP: Corey O’Brien; coach’s award: Courtney Bell.

Avon View – MVP: Sam Lake; coach’s award: Zoe Miller.

Barrington – MVP: Kenzie Nickerson; coach’s award: Taylor Smith.

NKEC – MVP: Sarah Borden; coach’s award: Meaghan Vaughan.

Horton – MVP: Gisele Rudderham; coach’s award: Kathleen Newcombe.

Middleton – MVP: Maddie Reeves; coach’s award: Samara Bagnell.

Organizations: Valley High School Hockey League, Rachael Banks

Geographic location: Annapolis Valley, Port Williams, Park View Cleveland

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  • Albert Johnson
    April 16, 2014 - 10:41

    Great picture of Rachael and Tammy ! Congratulations Rachael !

  • Tammy Belanger
    April 16, 2014 - 07:15

    It was actually Middleton Regional High School who won the silver medal at the D2 division not West Kings, Their goalie Maddie Reeves went into the medal rounds without being scored on. Having 3 shutouts during provincial play was pretty remarkable!

  • Tammy Belanger
    April 16, 2014 - 07:14

    It was actually Middleton Regional High School who won the silver medal at the D2 division not West Kings, Their goalie Maddie Reeves went into the medal rounds without being scored on. Having 3 shutouts during provincial play was pretty remarkable!