Another school year has come and gone and we have plenty of high school performances worthy of recognition.
But who will be chosen as the 2013-2014 male and female New Haven Register Athletes of the Year? They will be unveiled Thursday evening in a banquet honoring the Register Area Most Valuable Players at Amarante’s Sea Cliff.
For those moments that are still fresh in our mind: John Amendola putting Notre Dame-West Haven on his back and leading the Green Knights’ baseball team to the Class L state tournament title. Not to be outdone, Amity as the No. 17 seed winning the Class LL baseball division – again.
Is the Class LL softball game still going on?
Southington won in 15 innings, but Amity put up a good fight in that sport as well. Raeanne Geffert dominated during Seymour’s run to the Class M state crown.
Christian Alvarado, a three-sport MVP, ended his brilliant career by winning the mile at the New Balance Outdoor National Championships in a personal-best time. We next see him at Georgetown.
There’s also Rasmey Kong earning medalist laurels in the Division II state tournament for the second straight year and Rich Ciamarra, just a freshman, winning both the Class LL and State Open tennis titles and split this season with our MVP, Jason Seidman of Amity.
But only two people can be named our Athletes of the Year. And we have only discussed a third of the school year.
Shea Connors was a pretty good track athlete herself, joining Rivers on the Governors’ SMR juggernaut. But she also was a very good soccer player for Cross and will play at St. John’s this fall. Tanya Altrui put Branford on her back and led them to both the SCC and Class L state tournament finals.
Lindsay Smalec joined a long line of prominent swimmers earning MVP honors at Cheshire.
Speaking of the Rams, Michelle Federico helped lead them to their third straight state final and earned her second straight MVP honor. So did Stefani Taschner, leading Hand to its 15th state gymnastics title.
Federico and Taschner will be going to Quinnipiac and Towson, respectively.
Arkeel Newsome also won two MVPs, just not in consecutive years. Now he holds the state’s all-time rushing record and led Ansonia to the Class S state championship. He will play at UConn.
Temple gets another two-time Area MVP, Career’s Tanaya Atkinson, who was simply a dominating force for the Panthers.
Providence gets Fairfield Prep’s Paschal Chukwu, who impacted a game defensively like no one we have seen in some time. And to be a part of a team that beat Hillhouse four times – when was the last time you heard that statement? Probably never.
Xavier’s Will Chowanec dominated the state at 138 pounds in wrestling. Now he moves on to the Marine Corps.
So which two athletes will earn this prestigious honor?
Note: The Register staff votes exclusively to decide the winners. But that doesn’t mean you can’t weigh in on who you think they should be.
Who do you think they should be? Vote for your choices through 8 p.m. Thursday.
Register 2013-14 All-Area MVPs
- Football: Arkeel Newsome, Ansonia
- Boys soccer: Pablo Perez, West Haven
- Girls soccer: Tanya Altrui, Branford
- Field hockey: Michelle Federico, Cheshire
- Girls volleyball: Allison Denny, Amity
- Girls swimming: Lindsay Smalec, Cheshire
- Boys cross country: Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep
- Girls cross country: Kaleigh Roberts, Mercy
- Boys basketball: Paschal Chukwu, Fairfield Prep
- Girls basketball: Tanaya Atkinson, Career
- Ice hockey: Christian La Croix, Notre Dame-Fairfield
- Wrestling: Will Chowanec, Xavier
- Boys indoor track: Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep
- Girls indoor track: Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross
- Boys swimming: Bryce Keblish, Fairfield Prep
- Gymnastics: Stefani Taschner, Hand
- Baseball: John Amendola, Notre Dame-West Haven
- Softball: Raeanne Geffert, Seymour
- Boys lacrosse: Joe Choiniere, Amity
- Girls lacrosse: Lauren Cole, Hand
- Boys outdoor track: Christian Alvarado, Fairfield Prep
- Girls outdoor track: Danae Rivers, Wilbur Cross
- Boys tennis: Jason Seidman, Amity
- Girls tennis: Emily Migliorini, North Haven
- Golf: Rasmey Kong, North Haven
- Boys volleyball: Ted Li, Cheshire
New Haven Register Athletes of the Year
Pierre Venditti (Law)
Diane Potkay (Derby)
Steve Coughlin (Ansonia)
Lisa Barbaro (Morgan)
Mike O’Keefe (Notre Dame-WH)
Lisa Barbaro (Morgan)
Peter Fink (Haddam-Killingworth)
Sarah Katinger (Bunnell)
Adam Greenberg (Guilford)
Nicholette Chambers (Hillhouse)
Chris Tracz (North Branford)
Megan Miller (Law)
Glenn McFadden (Hillhouse)
Jenn Piazza (Lyman Hall)
Brian Mariano (Naugatuck)
Emily Hardy (Westbrook)
Randy Gress (Notre Dame-Fairfield)
Melissa McGow (Branford)
Mike Tamsin (Branford)
Brittney Carfora (Branford)
Craig Kenney (Branford)
Natasha Harvey (Career)
James Nixon (Hyde)
Kristen Frost (Hand)
Terrell Wilks (Hillhouse)
Katie Yanagisawa (Amity)
Rob Moir (Seymour)
Ann-Marie Clarke (Hillhouse)
Jeremy Moore (Hillhouse)
Allison Barwise (Amity)
Conor Keniry (Notre Dame-WH)
Courtney Schissler (Branford)
Pat Gillen (Shelton)
Sage Esposito (Foran)
Jake Scinto (Cheshire)
Bria Holmes (Hillhouse)
Andre Anderson (Hillhouse)
Precious Holmes (Hillhouse)