Celebrating Athletic Excellence at EMCC

Apr 22, 2012

This year’s 2011-2012 Winter Sports Banquet was nothing less than entertaining. With speakers like Athletic Director Kent Corey, Director of Student Life, Dan Belyea and President Lawrence Barrett, the evening was full of recognition and reflection on a great season. The event started with a delicious buffet provided by FLIK Dining Services. Kent Corey directed the banquet and introduced Dan Belyea for the first thoughts of the night. Dan touched base on how the athletic programs have come so far and that the student-athletes time and dedication was appreciated.

The podium was then handed over to the Women’s head coach, Gary Sinclair, who gave recognition to his Assistant Coach, Brian Thayer and also the men’s coaching staff, for the support and advice throughout the season. Gary made sure to recognize Athletic Director Kent Corey for all his hard work coordinating the team schedules, events, and for all the stress that comes along with being an athletic director. Gary awarded his team with certificates and handed out the Golden Eagle Coaches award to Ashley Thayer, Offensive Player of the Year Award to Emma Johnson and Most Improved Award to Carolyn Bess for her progress throughout the season. The Women’s team looks to have a strong returning group of girls for next year’s team. Coach Sinclair informed the team to be prepared to create a different atmosphere for next year and to increase their commitment to the program. The Lady Golden Eagles ended with a record of 7-15 in the YSCC and advanced to the Elite 8 in New Hampshire.

Gary Sinclair handed the podium over to Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Steve Rich. Coach Rich thanked his coaching staff of three: C.D. Harris, Sean Smith, and Jimmie Williams. Steve spoke on the motivation of his guys and how much they grew over the season, and how EMCC is now a force in the conference. Coach expressed his appreciation of the staff that works behind the scenes during the season to keep things running smoothly. Coach Rich awarded his players with certificates of participation and kept it entertaining with a quick intro about their personality that spectators don’t see on the court. Coach Rich awarded Co-MVP awards to Thelbert “T” Green and John “Slush” Caputo and a Most Improved Award to Brian Bolduc. The Men’s team finished first in the YSCC with a record of 19-7 and won a bid to the National Tournament in Uniontown, PA. The men’s team will be looking to rebuild next year losing senior John Knowles and Donald Downs, as well as the possibility of others to 4 years colleges to further their education.

President Barrett closed the banquet with inspirational words for all of the athletes and thanked them all for representing EMCC in a positive manner. Barrett let the players know that he had received e-mails from managers of restaurants and random people telling them that they were amazed how well our teams represented the school and treated all with respect when they encountered them. Barrett encouraged all of the athletes to set goals and work hard to reach them. He also encouraged the students to put just as much time into the classroom as they do on the court because an education is very important.

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