Varsity Athletes Honored at M-Club
by Jacob Aronoff on Friday, June 6th, 2014
Traditionally held at the end of each sports season to honor Milton’s varsity athletes, M-Club underwent drastic changes this spring with a single, all-encompassing event last Wednesday night. On May 28th, hundreds of Milton’s finest athletes came together to celebrate a year of dedicated athleticism.
Milton Athletics had an extremely successful year, with many Varsity teams—Football, Girls’ and Boys’ Tennis, and Boys’ Swimming and Diving—winning ISL Championships. The Athletic Department honored ISL champions and senior tri-varsity athletes, concluding with Mr. Bland and Mr. Ball’s presentation of five annual awards to outstanding members of the athletic community.
The Marijke D. Alsback Coaching Award is given to “an outstanding coach who is dedicated to their program and their athletes. The coach is a model for their profession, leading by example, demonstrating knowledge and technical skills as well as commitment to the physical and social well being of the athletes.” This year, the award was given to Chris Kane, the coach of Boys’ Varsity Soccer, Girls’ Squash, and Golf. The Varsity Girls’ Squash team tallied 9 wins and 4 losses this year, finishing third in the ISL. Coach Kane said the team’s season was “overall fantastic,” and he is sad to see the senior captains, Marina Hartnick (I) and Haley Connor (I), leave. Although his team will be losing some great seniors, Coach Kane sees a bright future for Girls’ Squash. “We hope to take steps forward in order to improve our finish,” he commented.
The Dorothy J. Sullivan award is given to “a senior girl who demonstrates good sportsmanship, leadership, dedication, and commitment to athletics at Milton. Through her spirit, selflessness, and concern for the team, she serves as an incentive and model for others.” This year, Mr. Ball presented the award to Cameron Park (I), a tri-varsity athlete who competes in Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, and Lacrosse. Mr. Ball named her the “Quintessential Milton athlete” in his heartfelt speech, and he expressed his amazement at her ability to juggle all of her leadership commitments and sports.
The Alfred Elliot Memorial Athlete is awarded to “a senior boy for extraordinary self-sacrifice and unselfish devotion to the best interests of his teams; a boy who, regardless of skill, with inspiring example either in practice or in competition has given most unsparingly of himself for the good of all.” This year, Mr. Ball gave the award to the only male tri-varsity athlete, Mike Cronin (I). Mike, celebrated for his leadership and team spirit, is a football player, a wrestler, and a member of the Track and Field team. He also has an impressive record at Milton, having played every season of his Milton career.
The Priscilla Bailey Award is given to “a senior girl who has been a most valuable asset to Milton Academy athletics and to the Milton Academy community – an athlete who demonstrates exceptional individual skills and teamwork as well as sportsmanship.” This year, Mr. Bland presented Kaitlin Gately (I), a Varisty Soccer, Hockey, and Tennis player, with the Bailey Award. Anne Malloy (III), a teammate of Kaitlin’s on the hockey team, is incredibly impressed with Kaitlin’s work ethic. “Kaitlin is the hardest worker I know,” Anne said. “I have never seen anybody as dedicated and committed as she is.”
Finally, the Robert Saltonstall Medal is given to “a member of the graduating class who, during his years at Milton Academy, has made a distinguished record in all-around physical activity, with emphasis on leadership by example, conscientious training, good body mechanics, and observance of the code of the true sportsman.” Mr. Bland gave this award to Drew Jacobs, the captain of Varsity Football and Baseball. Drew is an All-New England, All-ISL, and ISL MVP athlete. “He is one of the most dedicated teammates I’ve ever had the pleasure to play with,” said Christian Williams (III), a fellow Varsity football player. “He really deserved this award.”
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