Worthington, McCoy earns top athlete honors

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BENNINGTON — Three-sport stars from Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton were named as the top female and male athlete on Tuesday night at the third annual Bennington Banner/Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars Gala.

Mount Anthony's Cat Worthington was named the top female athlete of the year, while Burr and Burton's Joey McCoy got the nod as the top male athlete of the year.

Worthington played soccer, basketball and softball for the Patriots and will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.

"I knew from the minute that Emily Altland won the first year [in 2017] that was the award I wanted to win more than anything," Worthington said. "I was honestly shocked to win, all the girls in this class are so competitive. It's a great way to cap off my career at MAU."

McCoy led the football team to a championship, came back to the ice for hockey and was the high scorer and was a top pitcher and hitter for the Bulldogs.

He also helped coach the new Unified basketball team at Burr and Burton as well.

"It means the world. It validates all that time you put into practice and in the weight room," McCoy said. "I've learned a lot from my coaches over the years. I feel like sports teaches leadership and that leadership can go a long way in life. Playing three sports gets me to take on life at all different angles."

The teams of the year were also revealed with the winners being the Arlington boys soccer team and the Cambridge girls basketball team.

The Arlington boys won its first championship since 1995 after a 1-0 overtime win, while Cambridge won its first girls state championship in school history.

The other nominees for the award included the Mount Anthony boys Nordic ski team, which won its first title in 10 years; Arlington girls soccer, which won its second straight Division IV with a win over Proctor, the Mount Anthony wrestling team, the Burr and Burton girls snowboarding team, and both Burr and Burton boys and girls lacrosse squads.

The Arlington maroon and white remained with the announcement of our boys coach of the year, soccer coach Todd Wilkins. Wilkins, who has coached the Eagles since 2004, led them to their first crown since 1995. Our girls coach of the year is basketball coach Bob Phillips. In his first year as varsity head coach, he led the Indians to a state title, finishing 25-1 and topping Watkins Glen, N.Y., in the final.

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Our Super Fan honoree, Dusty Sherman, is an Arlington supporter, always at the athletic events, helping out as a ball-guy during soccer and basketball. The crowd, which filled up the Greenwall Auditorium at Bennington College, cheered loudly when Sherman's name was called.

The courage award went to Mount Anthony's Keenan Taylor, who finished his wrestling career with more than 200 wins after suffering from a house fire back in January.

Our comeback player of the year was Mount Anthony's Carson Morgan, who dealt with a season-ending knee injury in the second game of the football season back in September, but returned in the spring to be a scoring threat in lacrosse for the Patriots.

Our third annual Helping Hands award winner is Burr and Burton boys hockey coach Mark Slade. Slade, a coach for the Bulldogs for the past couple of seasons, has served in the Vermont National Guard and served his country on tours to Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Slade was surprised to receive the honor, coming on stage to a big reaction from the crowd.

We've named a pair of unsung heroes in Arlington's Jack Lane and Mount Anthony's Sam White. White played soccer, basketball and lacrosse, as a defender in all three, she was a major part of the Patriots' success. Lane played soccer, winning a state title, leading the basketball team in scoring and an ace on the mound in baseball. He also played golf in the fall, firing an 82 at the state championships.

Lane couldn't be at the event, so his mom, Kate Bryan, accepted his award, getting laughs from the audience.

Our sixth man and sixth woman have also been a major part of all their teams' success.

Mount Anthony's Chris Mayer won a state title in the 220-pound class in wrestling, but also led the Patriots' football team and lacrosse team as a defender,

The sixth woman honor went to Hoosick Falls' Grace Wysocki, who played three sports as well — soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Not only did she excel at all three, she finished sixth in her class academically and was one of two representatives from Section II on the NYSPHSAA's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Nearly 100 athletes and coaches were honored in 21 sports from the seven local schools — Mount Anthony, Burr and Burton, Arlington, Hoosick Falls, Cambridge, Long Trail and Stratton Mountain.


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