Student-athletes from the traditionally strong Shepaug Valley High School sports program earned plaudits June 7 during the school's annual athletic awards ceremony.

Highlighting the evening before a near-capacity crowd was the introduction of Logan Ross, Bridget McCarthy and Kate DeWitte as the recipients of Region 12's top individual sports awards.

Bridget and Kate share the Joseph Babcock Award as the most accomplished girl athlete over the past four years while Logan claimed the Charles McGinnis Award as the top boy athlete.

Jessica Dumas and Ellery Rourk took their bows in recognition of their CIAC state scholar-athlete laurels.

Among the team distinctions noted during the two-hour plus program were sportsmanship honors bestowed on the Spartan field hockey, boys' soccer, boys' basketball and ice hockey squads.

Spartan athletes earned a cumulative 132-113-5 record for their 16 varsity teams during the 2012-13 campaign, led by boys' tennis' 16-3 ledger, golf's 16-4 record and a 14-4 record for the swimmers and divers

Early in the evening, Shepaug graduate Jill Linder, a Washington resident, was honored as the school's 21st recipient of the Friend of Shepaug service award.

Among her contributions to the Region 12 community are service as a Washington ambulance volunteer and firefighter, as well as her long service as a bus driver.

Honored for their athletic accomplishments during the 2012-13 school year:

Academic All-American

Field hockey: Emily Deanne

Academic All-State

Field hockey: Jessica Dumas.

Athletic All-State

Boys' cross country: Logan Ross.

Girls' cross country: Clara Wolfe.

Girls' soccer: Sarah Stratton.

Track & field: Logan Ross.

Berkshire League scholar-athletes

Ninety-one Spartan athletes earned academic and athletic standing to be so recognized.

Berkshire League



Boys' cross country: Logan Ross.

Girls' cross country: Clara Wolfe.

Field hockey: Emily Deanne, Bridget McCarthy.

Boys' soccer: Lucas Guliano.

Girls' soccer: Sarah Stratton.


Swimming & diving: Ken Buell, Colin Decker, Jessica Dumas, Clayton Firmender, David Geyer, Mariah Hofmann, Nathan Ong, Haley Pesce, Freddie Pitcher, Colin Reilly, Margot Wilhelm, Clara Wolfe.


Baseball: Sam Jones.

Boys' tennis: Michael Korniewicz, Kellen Rikhoff.

Boys' track & field: Peyton Kay, Logan Ross.


Student-athletes and their level of achievement in Shepaug's point system:

800 points

(silver trophy)

Kate DeWitte, Adrienne Fedyna Dembeck, Lucas Guliano, Peyton Kay, Bridget McCarthy, Kellen Rikhoff, Logan Ross and Clara Wolfe.

600 points


Greg Alex, Emily Deanne, Jessica Dumas, Kelsey Hall, Emma Landegren, Hannah Landegren, Chris Lowe, Nathan Ong, Broke Parker, Ellery Rourk, Ben Steers, Kelly Sullivan, Kimberly Valentine, Clara Wolfe, Vanessa Wolfe, Spencer Ylagan.

450 points

(athletic vests)

Allison Drzal, Clayton Firmender, Gavin Hauspurg, Mariah Hofmann, R.J. Holman, Kelsey Johnson, Alex Kleisner, Sam Krebs, Mia Landegren, Robert McCarthy, Summer Mercier, Kailee Munson, Nathan Ong, Kirby Peters, Hannah Redstone, Colin Reilly, Josh Reutzel, Mairead Rosa, Greg Valentine, Kimberly Valentine, Hayley Virbickas, Margot Wilhelm and Rich Wilhelm.

Award pins & first-time letters

Many Shepaug student-athletes also earned letters and pins for their contributions to the program.

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