Islanders shine at post season honors ceremony
Jamestown was well represented in the fall sports post season honors lineup.
Islander Brett Uttley, a senior at North Kingstown High School, received top honors as MVP of the boys' soccer team, and was named to the 1st team All-Division, 1st team All-State, 1st team All-Tournament, 1st team All- New England, and 1st team All- American. This was his second year as an All-American and he is the only player in NK history to win the honor twice in the same sport.
Uttley was very happy with his season and said, "Winning the state championship was the best way to end four years of hard work. There was no better way to go out after an undefeated season." Uttley attributes his success to his coaches and said, "Coach Kyle (Froberg), Coach Steve (Froberg) and Coach Dave (Murphy) are the best high school coaches in the state."
North Kingstown High School Athletic Director Keith Kenyon speaks highly of Uttley and said, "Arguably Brett is the most decorated male soccer player in NKHS history. He is one of the hardest working and most dedicated athletes I have encountered at this school."
Last weekend Uttley was back on the soccer field in Orlando, Fla. playing with the Region One Olympic Development Team. Uttley will continue to play through the spring with the Rhode Islandbased soccer club Bayside, and has not decided which university he will be playing for next fall.
Fellow NKHS soccer player Ben Nadeau was also named to the 1st team All-Division and 1st team All-State, while Leah Baines was named to the 2nd team All-Division tennis team and received the Coaches Sportsmanship award.
Sam Andreozzi was named MVP of the NKHS girls' volleyball team in addition to 1st team All-Division, 1st team All-State, the All-Tournament team, and she was chosen as the RI Gatorade Player of the Year. She was a Cox Communications finalist for volleyball player of the year. Kenyon praised Andreozzi and said, "Her accomplishments speak volumes about her performance. She is the last of long line of successful athletes from the Andreozzi family." She is heading to the University of Maine in the fall on volleyball scholarship.
Island varsity football player John Perotti was named North's MVP as well as 1st team All-Division. Other notable North gridiron players included Ryan Morris, 2nd team All-Division and All-Academic as well as Brian McDevitt, 3rd team All-Division.
The NKHS girls' cross country team MVP was Erin Brennan, who also received 1st team All- Division, 1st team All-Class, and 2nd team All-State honors. When asked if she was happy with her season Brennan said, "Oh, defi- nitely. The team did well, but we always want to do better." The team won their division and placed second at the State Championships in November. Brennan plans to attend college next fall although she is not sure where. She will be running cross country and both indoor and outdoor track at wherever she chooses.
Nate Wigton was named MVP of the NKHS boy's cross country team and earned 1st team All-Division, 1st team All-Class, and 1st team All-State honors. Wigton was happy and somewhat surprised with his success this season. "I am normally a track runner, but this year I stuck to it and trained all summer and it paid off," said Wigton. He was also trying to be a role model for the underclassmen and showed them that dedication and hard work can pay off. Wigton attributes all of his success to his coach, Paul Tetreault and said plainly, "He is the best coach."
According to Kenyon, Wigton "is noted for running his best times in the big meets." He is currently running indoor track and will be defending the outdoor track state championship this spring. Wigton is considering attending the University if Rhode Island next fall and plans to run indoor and outdoor track and cross country.
Island field hockey players were well also represented at the awards. Tory Dolce received 2nd team All-Division and 2nd team All-State honors. Haley Barber received honorable mention All- Division and she was the Coaches Sportsmanship award co-recipient. Megan Greene was named to the All-Tournament team. Tallie Pruell received All-Academic honors and was the Coaches Sportsmanship award co-recipient. Meaghan Farrelly was named to the rookie team, All-Division.
Kenyon spoke highly of all the athletes and commended them for their performance on and off the field.