Galt Honours its Stu­dent Ath­letes and Bob Hal­sall

Stanstead Journal - - HISTORY - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Galt Me­dia Class Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Alexan­derGalt High School cel­e­brated and hon­oured its stu­dent ath­letes and coaches at its 45th An­nual Ath­letic Awards Ban­quet this past Fri­day night in the au­di­to­rium.

The evening be­gan with an emo­tional set­ting as the ban­quet was ded­i­cated to Bob Hal­sall as he will re­tire from Galt af­ter 38 years of de­voted ser­vice to the school as the stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties co-or­di­na­tor and 24 as the ath­letic co-or­di­na­tor. Cur­rent co-or­di­na­tor of Ath­let­ics, Rob­bie Fisk had sev­eral kind words for Hal­sall stat­ing, «stu­dents, teach­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tion, and the com­mu­nity will no­tice his ab­sence.» Hal­sall coached an in­cred­i­ble 81 teams dur­ing his ten­ure at Galt which in­cluded three sports; hockey, soc­cer and base­ball. Fisk then sur­prised Hal­sall when he an­nounced the Ath­letic Com­mit­tee had de­cided to name the foot­ball field «Hal­sall Field» with a huge sign that will be dis­played on top of the score board. Fisk then pre­sented Hal­sall with a Piper Hockey jersey with #21 on the back that will of­fi­cially be re­tired and mounted on the wall in the gym­na­sium.

Jacki Lumely and Alex Ther­rien Mckin­ney won the two most high pro­file tro­phies on the evening. Lum­ley won the Ella Hoy tro­phy for the best fe­male that com­bines aca­demics and ath­let­ics while Mckin­ney won the Reg New­ton tro­phy for the same honours in the male cat­e­gory. Both stu­dent ath­letes ex­celled in the class­room with 90% plus av­er­ages and demon­strated a high level of ath­letic abil­ity, lead­er­ship and sports­man­ship through­out their five-year ca­reers at Galt. Lum­ley played soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and flag foot­ball at a high level while Mckin­ney did the same in soc­cer, bad­minton and rugby. Lum­ley was named the MVP for bas­ket­ball while Mckin­ney was named the soc­cer MVP. They also re­ceived ath­letic bur­saries from the Piper Clas­sic Golf Tour­na­ment in hon­our of John Haller who was a long time teacher and coach at Galt.

Lind­say Moore and Clau­dia Gagnon were named cowin­ners as the fe­male ath­lete of the year for their ath­letic achieve­ments. Moore was cap­tain and de­fen­sive MVP of the soc­cer team, was a start­ing 5 for the bas­ket­ball team and has re­cently helped the flag foot­ball team with the RSEQ league cham­pi­onship. Gagnon was the start­ing point guard and MVP of the bas­ket­ball team that won the ETIAC league and play off cham­pi­onships and won the sil­ver medal in the tough RSEQ AA league. She was also the driv­ing of­fen­sive force for the flag foot­ball team that won the RSEQ cham­pi­onship. Moore will look to take her soc­cer skills to the CEGEP level next year while Gagnon has com­mit­ted to AAA bas­ket­ball with John Ab­bott. Both ladies re­ceived ath­letic bur­saries from the John Haller fund.

Liam Dougherty was named the male ath­lete of the year for his out­stand­ing ath­letic per­for­mances while man­ning the crease for the Piper hockey team in which he was named the MVP. Dougherty stole sev­eral games the Pipers should not have won had it not been for the count­less saves he made time and time again. His pres­ence gave the Pipers a chance to win ev­ery time they stepped onto the ice. He is also a solid de­fender in field lacrosse with good body po­si­tion, an­gles and long pole. Al­though young, Dougherty will try out for the Cham­plain Cougars in Ju­nior AAA league.

Chelsea Moore won the cy­cle one fe­male ath­lete of the year award. She was awarded the most ded­i­cated tro­phy for the Ju­nior girls soc­cer team, she was given the award for the best de­fen­sive player on the Ban­tam girls bas­ket­ball team. Moore also played on the Ju­nior girls rugby team.

Jared Stone was the unan­i­mous win­ner as the male ath­lete of the year. Stone was the hands down fa­vorite as he won MVP awards in Ban­tam foot­ball, Ju­nior bas­ket­ball and Ju­nior Spring foot­ball. His size, strength and speed al­lowed him to dom­i­nate foot­ball games and play a level higher in bas­ket­ball and still take con­trol of games.

Cort­ney Burn­ham and Sab­rina Messier Dorey won the «G» of Ex­cel­lence award as they played three sports for all five years at Galt. Their ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment, ath­letic abil­ity and work ethic to Piper Ath­let­ics were clearly noted by re­ceiv­ing such an award.

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