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Mount Mercy Announces Winter Athletic Award Winners



Mount Mercy Athletic Director Doug Webster presented the award winners from the winter athletic seasons at a recent honors assembly.  Athletes from the JV and varsity bowling and basketball as well as the Monsignor Martin Hockey and cheerleading teams were honored. Webster presented special awards to the Most Valuable Athletes, the athlete that the coach felt the team contributed the most to the team’s success, the Coach’s award which is given to the athlete who exhibits the best effort, attitude, dedication and team spirit and the Most Improved Athlete is given to the girl whose skills progress the most throughout the course of the season.

    Coach Tina Webster honored three seniors from the cheerleading team.  Julia Jaworski (Lackawanna) was named the Most Valuable Cheerleader, Lauren Vogel (West Seneca) earned the Coach’s Award and Lauren Zimmer (Hamburg) was selected as the Most Improved.

    First Team All-Catholic and the All-Catholic Championship MVP senior Samantha Batchev (Lackawanna) was tabbed as the Most Valuable Varsity Bowler by Coach Fred Kirisits. Senior Allison Mazurkiewicz (Blasdell) claimed the Coach’s Award and freshman Olivia Coleman (Lackawanna) was the Most Improved.  Both Mazurkiewicz and Coleman were also First Team All-Catholics and members of the All-Catholic Bowling Championship team.

    Senior Alesia Hamm (Buffalo), a First Team All-Catholic pick, was awarded the Most Valuable Player on the varsity basketball team.  Senior Josslynn Strang (Westfield) was given the Coach’s Award by Coach John Glose and senior Angelina Pacholczak (Orchard Park) was named the Most Improved.

    Senior Grace Willert (West Seneca) earned the Coach’s Award in JV Bowling and freshman Dominique Khoury (Buffalo) was chosen as the Most Improved by Kirisits.

    Coach Peter Krug named freshman Mya Wood (Blasdell) as the recipient of the Coach’s Award and sophomore Zoe Gray (West Seneca) was chosen as the Most Improved.

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Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

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Class of 2022

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