In early December Marlborough Patch asked readers to nominate an Athlete of the Year. While we got an array of nominations, it seems there are just too many great athlete in Marlborough to choose just one. Here are the names you picked and why you picked them. As we did not obtain permissions to run names with the nominations, we are posting them here anonymously.
Post the names and accomplishments of other deserving athletes in the comments field.
Chelsea Campana: She is a Senior at Assabet Valley High School (Class of 2012) and plays both Varsity Softball and Volleyball. Last softball season the Aztecs made it to the Central Division 3 Championship for the first time in history of the school.
As a softball player Chelsea was named as the CAL (Colonial Athletic League) Most Improved Player and was named to CAL All Star team. She is the Aztec Catcher and she batted just under .500.
She was also Captain of the Aztec Volleyball team this year although, did miss part of the season due to an injury.
Ally Oram: While at Marlborough High, she was a league, district and state champion in the mile. She also raced to 8th in the Nation in the indoor 5k. She obtained a full athletic scholarship to attend Elon University (Division 1) in North Carolina.
As a freshman last year, she broke the school's 5k record. Won many races in both cross country and track.
This year, as a sophomore she broke the school record for the 5k in cross country. She also placed first for her school in four different meets. When she came home from college over the Thanksgiving break, she competed in the School Spirit 5k over at the Hudson Elks. This was the 3rd year that the race was held. The goal of this race is to raise money for scholarships at Marlborough and Hudson Highs. Ally ran and broke the course record by 20 seconds. As an alumni of Marlborough High, Ally raced incredibly well by setting the record, yet she did it right in the heart of our biggest rival Hudson.
Lou Vigent: of the 5th grade Marlborough Wildcats.
Taylor Fearing: Taylor's principal sport is volleyball, but she has also participated in other sports including soccer, basketball, and track. She is an extremely competitive and coachable athlete who always strives to do her best and thrives in a team environment. She is well liked by her teammates, is quick to encourage them to do their best, and compliments them on their successes as well as their strong efforts.
Taylor was the principal setter on the Marlborough High School volleyball team that won the Division 2 State Finals this past November. She led the team in serving percentage and assists. She ended her career with over 1,000 assists, and averaged 9.5 assists per game her senior season. In the 2011 season, she had the most assists in the state (690). She was unanimously voted the Mid-Wach A League MVP this past season, and was named to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as well as the MetroWest Daily News Super Teams. She was also selected to be on the Massachusetts Girls' Volleyball Coaches' Association Division 2. She was one of only two Marlborough athletes this fall season to receive an All-State nod.
Taylor has demonstrated leadership in all of her athletic endeavors including BAYS soccer, basketball, Junior Olympic volleyball, and high school track where she also qualified for the All-State championships in the javelin. Her wide range of athletic achievements and demonstrated leadership make Taylor eminently qualified for Marlborough's Athlete of the Year Award. I give her my strongest recommendation and hope you will consider her for this award.
Amanda Monfalcone: Not only is she a spectacular athlete, she takes time out of her busy schedule to encourage younger kids to play sports too.
Amanda is a junior at Marlborough High. She plays soccer and basketball. Always there with a smile or encouraging word, she makes the girls she talks to want to play harder, try more and excel. She deserves to be recognized. She is an inspiration to younger kids.
Austin Garvey: He started the season off as a two way player who carried the majority of the touches on offense as a running back, then when the starting quarterback got hurt and the backup got hurt, he played the rest of the year at quarterback and basically put the team on his back for a winning record and just one point out from the playoffs.