MCS honors players, coaches at athletic banquet

By Julia Green
Margaretville Central School held its 15th annual athletic awards banquet Monday evening to honor the achievements of MCS student-athletes.
Individual honors were bestowed in the form of the Henry Dietrich Awards, the Nate Dougherty Memorial Awards and the Most Outstanding Athlete Awards. In addition, the MCS athletic department handed out the first-ever Distinguished Coaching Award to veteran ski coach George Redden.
The Henry Dietrich Award is named in honor of one of Margaretville’s longtime athletic supporters. A good athlete in his own rite, Henry played multiple sports at MCS and later drove athletic teams to competitions. The award named in his honor is given to the student-athletes who best understand their roles on the team, have a positive attitude, display determination, and show great sportsmanship. The 2007-2008 Henry Dietrich Award recipients were junior Brandi Balcom and sophomore Mitch VanKeuren.
The Nate Dougherty Memorial Awards are given in remembrance of former MCS student-athlete Nate Dougherty. Dougherty demonstrated a love of soccer, and the award is presented to 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 Aleska McCumber and Ryan Pesa.
The Most Outstanding Athlete Awards were awarded to individuals who not only had exceptional athletic careers, but who boasted strong academic records as well. This year’s recipients were seniors Jessica Srp and Shane Delameter.
Monday evening marked the first time that the MCS athletic department elected to honor a particular coach with an award. Redden has spent over 30 years in the coaching ranks at Margaretville, 31 years alone as the ski coach. He was responsible not only for the ski program at MCS, but for high school skiing at the state level.
He served as the Section IV representative and the state coordinator. On the slopes, Redden coached six individual league champions, one team champion, three sectional slalom champions, five sectional giant slalom champions, one state slalom champion, one state giant slalom champion, one state overall combined champion, and five state Section IV slalom team champions.