North Dorch­ester names De­cem­ber Ath­letes of the Month

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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