New Milford High School lowered the curtain June 8 on the spring sports season with its annual awards ceremony.

Hundreds of Green Wave athletes, their parents and friends were on hand as NMHS athletic director Keith Lipinsky hosted a 90-minute event.

Honored for their athletic and academic efforts were student-athletes from Green Wave baseball, softball, golf, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ tennis, and boys’ and girls’ track.

Lipinsky opened the ceremony by addressing the responsibility each teen athlete takes on by competing in interscholastic sports, and thanking the coaches, athletes and parents for their contributions to the school’s athletic program.

He praised the coaching staff for its “passion to teach, the examples they set for the students athletes, and the amount of time they commit.”

Lipinsky lauded the student-athletes “for their commitment and dedication they give as students and athletes and for the great job they do representing this town.”

Finally, he took a moment to thank the parents “for their sacrifice of time and rides and late night dinners, and helping our student athletes understand commitment.”

The Green Wave AD noted 420 student-athletes participated in spring sports, including 196 girls and 224 boys.

Of that total, 35 student-athletes earned all-South-West Conference academic laurels.

Lipinsky then welcomed the various varsity coaches to the stage to recount his or her respective season.

The Green Wave AD and coaches climaxed the evening by delivering awards to numerous outstanding athletes.

Seven of the nine varsity teams qualified for the post season this spring, uncuding a state class ‘LL’ quarterfinal performance by the Green Wave boys’ lacrosse side.

Five NMHS athletes earned first-team all-South-West Conference in their respective sports - Jackson Olson in baseball, Avery Kelly in softball, John Ceconi and Justin Lourenco in boys’ lacrosse, Madison Romandi in girls’ lacrosse.

An additional 26 were accorded either SWC all-Colonial, second-team all-SWC or honorable mention.

Lipinsky summed up the evening’s sentiment.

“I am very proud to be working in this school community,” he said, “where so many parents and coaches I speak with have the same vision of not only demanding excellence and sportsmanship on the playing field, but who also understand the importance of making sure their student athletes are receiving the many beneficial life lessons and experiences that athletics can provide.”

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