Galt Honours its Student Athletes and Bob Halsall
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.