3rd Annual Regional All-Stars Gala less than two weeks away
BENNINGTON — With the high school spring sports season wrapped up for all of the local teams, it's time to honor the best athletes and coaches the area has to offer.
The 3rd Annual Bennington Banner/Manchester Journal Regional All-Stars Gala is set for Tuesday, June 25 at the Greenwall Auditorium on the campus of Bennington College.
This year's Gala is set to honor almost 100 of the area's best athletes and coaches in 21 different sports from Mount Anthony, Burr and Burton, Arlington, Hoosick Falls, Cambridge, Long Trail School and Stratton Mountain.
Throughout the year, the Banner has announced the honorees for all of the fall and winter sports and is in the process of announcing all of the spring athlete honorees.
While all of these awards will have been announced before the night's festivities, there will be many other awards at the event.
The biggest prizes of the night are the Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Boys Coach of the Year, Girls Coach of the Year and Team of the Year.
Previous winners of the Male Athlete of the Year are Burr and Burton's Jay McCoy and Hoosick Falls' Guy Milliman.
Mount Anthony's Emily Altland and Cambridge's Helen Mooney took home the female award respectively in the first two galas.
The Cambridge football team was the Team of the Year in the first gala, while the Arlington girls soccer team won the award last year.
With many state championship-winning teams throughout the area, there will be plenty of competition to bring home that award this year.
Along with these top awards, other special awards will be announced.
The Unsung Hero and Sixth Man and Sixth Women awards will be given out to athletes who may not make all of the headlines for their respective teams, but are always the consummate competitor looking to help their team win in any way they can.
Athletes including Hoosick Falls' Sydney Miller, Cambridge's Brendan Holcomb and Mount Anthony's Kaity O'Brien, among others, are previous winners of these awards.
The Comeback Player of the Year award will honor an athlete who was away from their sport, whether it be by injury or other circumstances, and came back to compete and make a difference.
MAU's Carly Plaisance, BBA's Griff Stalcup and Paige Marion previously won this award.
The Helping Hands Award is awarded to an athlete or coach who has dedicated their time to sports, but also does work in the community to help those around them.
The John and Judy Werner Courage Award is given to someone who has gone through an extraordinary journey to either play or coach a sport. The award first honored the late John and Judy Werner for their fights with cancer. John passed away in March of 2018, while Judy passed in February 2019.
The Super Fan award is given to a student or community member who is always there to cheer on their local team in a friendly manner and lend a hand when need be. Community members synonymous with MAU, Frankie Harwood and Rosie Greene, were honored with this award during the previous galas.
A new addition to the gala this year is the Scholar-Athlete award, which is given to one male and one female senior student-athlete, who excels in the classroom and on the playing field.
Pick up the Banner on Saturday and next Wednesday and the Journal this Friday and next Friday for the final spring athlete and coach reveals.
Tickets for the event are $29 and can be purchased on www.benningtonbanner.com/regionalallstars2019. Honorees get a free ticket.
Adam Aucoin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.
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