Winter Athletics Awards 2023: A Season of Dedication

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The New Hampton School community gathered Thursday, March 30, to celebrate all of our winter student-athletes and teams following competition season. The 2022-2023 schedule was highlighted by exceptional teamwork and focus, a full slate of games, and tremendous efforts in the NEPSAC tournament runs. Three teams finished their seasons as semi-finalists, and the women’s ice hockey team emerged as the champions of the NEPSAC Division I Dorothy Howard Small School Championship! Please join us in congratulating the students below for their leadership and skillful contributions this season.

Lakes Region All-Stars 2023

  • Women’s Varsity Basketball
    Mia Mancini ’23
    Cate MacDonald ’23
    Claire Finney ’23
    Elyse Ngenda ’26
  • Men’s Varsity Basketball
    Keyshuan Tillery ’25
    Mason Blackwood ’25
    Fallou Gueye ’23
  • Women’s Varsity Hockey
    Julia Pellerin ’23
    Kennedy Walker ’25
    Jansen Lucas ’23
    Lucie Legro ’23
  • Men’s Varsity Hockey
    Matt Babineau ’23
    Christian Day ’23

All-NEPSAC Players

  • Alpine Skiing
    Kaya Farnsworth ’26
    Asa Gilman ’26 – Honorable Mention
    Grant Hanowell ’26 – Honorable Mention
    Leo Hartman ’26 – Honorable Mention
  • Women’s AA Basketball
    Mia Mancini ’23
    Cate MacDonald ’23
    Claire Finney ’23 – Honorable Mention
    Elyse Ngenda ’26 – Honorable Mention
  • Men’s AAA Basketball
    Keyshuan Tillery ’25
    Mason Blackwood ’25 – Honorable Mention
  • Women’s Hockey
    Julia Pellerin ’23
    Lucie Legro ’23
    Jansen Lucas ’23 – Honorable Mention
    Kennedy Walker ’25 – Honorable Mention
    Brenna Young ’23 – Honorable Mention
  • Men’s Hockey
    Cameron Caron ’26 – Honorable Mention
    Christian Day ’23 – Honorable Mention

Winter Athletics Awards 2023

  • Women’s Varsity Basketball
    Coaches: Ms. Sherburne, Ms. DiBari ’08 & Ms. Corselli
    Coaches’ Award – Claire Finney ’23
    Most Valuable Player – Mia Mancini ’23
    Vazifdar Award – Cate MacDonald ’23
  • Women’s JV Basketball
    Coaches: Ms. Morrisette & Mr. Arkell
    Coaches’ Award – Aniyaha Perez ’25
    Most Improved Player Award – Josie Miyase ’26
  • Men’s Varsity A Basketball 
    Coaches: Mr. Gale, Mr. Daye & Mr. Feldman
    Coaches’ Award – Mason Blackwood ’25 
    Richardson Award – Keyshaun Tillery ’25
    Gnerre Basketball Award – Charlie Moore ’23
  • Men’s Varsity B Basketball
    Coaches: Mr. Walters ’18 & Mr. Little ’18
    Coaches’ Award – Van Buhrman ’23
    Most Valuable Player Award – Ryan Carey ’24
  • Men’s JV A Basketball
    Coaches: Mr. Kiley & Mr. Morel
    Coaches’ Award – Tim Dean ’23
    Most Improved Player Award – Nate Blanchard ’24
  • Men’s JV B Basketball
    Coaches: Mr. Frame ’10 & Mr. Lundgren
    Coaches’ Award – Ben Hamson ’26
    Most Improved Player Award – Zhaoyang Jerry Jiang ’26
  • Women’s Varsity Hockey
    Coaches: Mr. Churchill & Ms. Moore
    Coaches’ Award – Lucie Legro ’23 and Isa Healey ’23
    212 Award – Jansen Lucas ’23
    Paul Family Hockey Award – Julia Pellerin ’23
  • Women’s JV Hockey
    Coaches: Ms. Houseman & Ms. Sullivan
    Coaches’ Award – Eva Thirion ’24
    Most Improved Player Award – Estelle Jennings ’26
  • Men’s Varsity Hockey
    Coaches: Mr. Gorman ’11, Mr. Ellis, & Mr. Henry
    Coaches’ Award – Scott Lagos ’23
    Friends of Hockey – Matt Babineau ’23
    Ambassador Award – Josh Sacco ’23
    Gall Hockey Award – Christian Day ’23
  • Men’s Varsity B Hockey
    Coaches: Mr. Landino & Mr. Torsey ’06
    Coaches’ Award – Cal Dunstan ’23
    Most Valuable Player Award – Griffin Taylor ’26
  • Alpine Ski Team
    Coaches: Ms. Bozzi & Ms. McClure
    Coaches’ Award – Asa Gilman ’26
    Bixby Ski Award – Kaya Farnsworth ’26
  • Freeski Team
    Coaches: Mr. Carter
    Coaches’ Award – Aiden Suarez ’25
    Most Valuable Freeskier – Sydney Marcus ’23
  • Snowboarding Team
    Coaches: Mr. Tobin
    Coaches’ Award – Grady Moore ’25
    Most Valuable Snowboarder – Will Bradbury ’23

Named Award Descriptions


The Gall Hockey Award honors brothers Peter ’49 and Bill ’50 Gall. Although the pair never took to the New Hampton ice during the same season (a broken arm sidelined one of the Gall boys), each made a significant contribution in the early years of New Hampton Hockey. Later, in collegiate action, the pair went on to set the record for the highest-scoring line at Princeton University. The Gall Hockey Award recognizes that outstanding player who has contributed, not only to the team but also to the legacy of the New Hampton School’s hockey program.


In 1976 the parents of that year’s hockey team established this award to honor the player who contributed the most to the success of the team but was not necessarily the most talented skater on the ice. It is intended to go to that player—through sportsmanship, leadership, and work ethic—who sets the standard by which the rest of the team must compete.


This award is presented to that player whose love of hockey, respect for the game and their opponents, and determination to play with pride, dignity, and through adversity have distinguished them as a person of excellent character and as a goodwill ambassador for the sport of hockey and New Hampton School. It is established to honor the efforts and sportsmanship of the 2003-04 Men’s Varsity Hockey Team, players, and coaches.


During New Hampton’s first season of women’s ice hockey competition, Alison Paul emerged as the star of the team. Like her fellow teammates, Paul relied on her competitive spirit and love of the sport to override her lack of experience in the face of more seasoned opponents. The Paul Family Women’s Ice Hockey Award recognizes that female hockey player whose competitive spirit and good sportsmanship have contributed to furthering the success of New Hampton’s Women’s Ice Hockey team.


This award for the outstanding member of New Hampton’s Varsity Ski Team was established by former math department chairman and head ski coach, Peter Bixby. Bixby, who was responsible for the development of New Hampton School’s ski area on Burleigh Mountain, was committed to the skiers he coached and demanded the same dedication for his team. This award recognizes that skier whose performance was the result of a strong commitment to the team and him/herself.


In 1986, New Hampton School won its first New England Prep School Class “A” Basketball Championship. This achievement became a reality due to Head Master Lou Gnerre’s efforts to develop a national-caliber program. Gnerre’s enthusiasm and commitment to New Hampton basketball helped create a program that became second to none. In acknowledging Gnerre’s vision and giving thanks for his efforts, this award was established to recognize that player who best exemplifies that competitive spirit and class, on and off the court, which Gnerre envisioned as the foundation for a winning program.


The Richardson Basketball Trophy was established by the family of alumnus and former trustee, Don Richardson, who distinguished himself as a great athlete during both his New Hampton and collegiate basketball careers. As an alumnus, he continued his interest in the New Hampton basketball program as a loyal fan. The Richardson Basketball Trophy is awarded to a basketball player who exhibits both superior athletic skills and a dedication to the team.


This award was established by Dr. J. Vazifdar, stepfather of Carrie Richard ’81. Carrie attended New Hampton for three years and was a major contributor to the women’s basketball program. Besides being a starter on an exceptional basketball team her senior year, Carrie also received the Valedictorian Medal as the top student in her graduating class. Carrie continued her basketball and academic excellence at Ohio Wesleyan University. Dr. Vazifdar established this award to recognize a student-athlete that exemplifies everything Carrie strived for while playing basketball at New Hampton: leadership, improvement, and dedication.

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