Margaretville Central School honors student-athletes, coaches at annual banquet

Margaretville Central School held its 17th annual athletic awards banquet Monday night to recognize the achievements of MCS student-athletes and to present a number of end-of-year awards.
In addition to recognizing the various accomplishments of Blue Devil sports teams, individual honors were bestowed with the Henry Dietrich Awards, the Nate Dougherty Memorial Awards and the Most Outstanding Senior Athlete Awards. In addition, the MCS athletic department presented the Distinguished Coaching Award to longtime modified softball coach Bill Fiedler.
The Henry Dietrich Award is named in honor of one of Margaretville’s late longtime athletic supporters. A good athlete in his own rite, Dietrich played multiple sports at MCS and later drove athletic teams to competitions and was a regular fixture in the bleachers at MCS sporting events. The award named in his honor is presented to the student-athletes who best understand their roles on the team, demonstrate a positive attitude, display determination, and show great sportsmanship. The 2009-2010 Henry Dietrich Award recipients were seniors Christine Kelly and Jacob Johnson.
The Nate Dougherty Memorial Awards are given each year in remembrance of former MCS student-athlete Nate Dougherty. Dougherty demonstrated a love of soccer, and the award is presented to the student-athletes who share the same passion for and commitment to the game. A family in Halcottsville sponsors the Nate Dougherty Memorial Award. The honorees named at Monday’s banquet were seniors Amanda Drizis, Erica Faulkner and Sam Mendoza.
The Most Outstanding Senior Athlete Awards are awarded to individuals who not only enjoyed exceptional athletic careers, but who boasted strong academic records as well. This year’s recipients were seniors Erica Faulkner and Mitch Vankeuren.
Also honored were the 2009-2010 recipients of the Delaware League Scholar-Athlete awards, which are presented to the male and female student-athletes who maintain the highest grade point average during each sports season. The recipients of this year’s Delaware League Scholar-Athlete awards were Raeann Bond and Sean Gauntt for the fall season and Olivia Todd and Patrick O’Connell for the winter season.
Also at Monday’s banquet, junior Eric Reed was presented with the trophy for his first-place finish at the Delaware League championship tennis tournament, and a number of student-athletes received certificates for league achievements.
Finally, veteran modified softball coach Bill Fiedler was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Coaching Award. Fiedler has been at the helm of the modified program for more than 20 years, and has been instrumental in building the foundation of success that carries on through the MCS varsity program.