North Dorchester names December Athletes of the Month
SHILOH — North Dorchester High School honored four students as the school’s December Athletes of the Month.
The two varsity honorees were basketball players LaVonte Scott and Kendall Clough. The varsity awards were sponsored by Metal Arc in Cambridge.
The two underclassman honors went to wrestler Kaden Handte and cheerleader Alison Layton. The underclassman award was sponsored by Regal Cinemas in Cambridge.
Scott was nominated by boys’ varsity head coach Robert Smith.
“This is LaVonte’s second year playing varsity basketball,” Smith said. “He comes to practice on time and does anything I ask of him, never any excuses.
“His basketball knowledge is also as good as they come,” he said. “He also has the heart and competitive drive to go up against anyone, and that’s something that can’t be taught.”
Clough is the team captain for the girls’ varsity team.
“She has been a part of the team all four years of high school,” said head coach Tiffany Cephas. “Kendall shows great leadership, and is always willing to put in the extra work.
“She takes the time out to teach the newcomers basic drills and rules of the game,” she said. “The team looks up to her, and she never lets them down. Kendall is the glue of our team. She is amazing.”
Eagles wrestling coach Justin Hoffman nominated Handle for the underclassman award.
“Kaden Handte has worked hard throughout this early season to pick up two wins already this season,” Hoffman said. “He has been a pleasant surprise so far this season, and is an inspiration to others.”
Layton is a member of the cheer team, which performed earlier this year at a Naval Academy football game.
“We can always county on Alison to know her stuff,” said head coach Amber Aaron. “She was the first member of the team to learn the Navy game routine, and then assisted other in learning it.
“She always has a smile on her face, is very positive and will try her best at all she does,” she said. “She is willing to learn new places or parts, and will work hard wherever she is needed. She is a very valuable member of our team.”
From left, North Dorchester High School Athletic Director Dave Morrissette joins the December Athletes of the Month Kaden Handte, LaVonte Scott, Alison Layton and Kendall Clough.