Published: 11/23/2022 13:28:56
Modified: 11/23/2022 13:28:45
The fall 2022 high school athletic season didn’t produce any local team state champions, but there was still much to celebrate. Mascenic field hockey, ConVal boys soccer, and the undefeated Mascenic girls volleyball team all made the last four in their respective tournaments, and Conant and Mascenic sent cross-country teams to meet the champions.
There was a singles champion, Mascenic golfer Josiah Hakala, and there were many All-State caliber players across the various sports. There were many talents to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top local athletes in each sport and apologize to the other deserving student-athletes who would have made this list.
Wyatt Beaulieu, Sr., ConVal
Beaulieu had 11 shutouts for the Final Four-bound ConVal boys — and made game of the year with his dive stop on a quarter-final overtime penalty.
Bri Fish, Sr., WLC
Bri Fish has played from goaltender to forward for WLC this fall, and her aggressive play and knack for clutch goals has been instrumental in the Warriors’ three wins.
Cross-country skiing for girls
Kylie Aho, Senior, Conant
Aho was Conant’s top senior runner that fall when the Orioles placed third in DIII, and she finished her cross-country career with a 31st place finish at the Meet of Champions.
Cross-country skiing for boys
Drew Traffie, senior, masks
Traffie has been an impressive runner in Division III this season in the fifth-placed Mascenic team, which is part of the Meet of Champions.
Lyla Buxton, senior, masker
Buxton was a killing machine for the undefeated Vikings as they advanced to the semi-finals and were named Division III Player of the Year by the Coaches’ Association.
Lexis Vautour, senior, masker
Vautour’s fire and panache helped propel the star-studded Vikings to their first Final Four spot in decades, and even after losing, she still clinched a few goals.
Everett Benham, Sr. ConVal
Both Benham and senior co-captain Caleb Cloutier gave everything they had to their ConVal team this fall, putting their bodies on the line to give Cougar fans something to cheer about.
Josiah Hakala, sophomore, Mascenic
As the only state champion in Ledger Transcript coverage this fall, Hakala won its second straight individual golf state championship with even greater probability on the horizon.