Many athletes excelled during a great year in sports

Swimmer Darby Rae of Duncan Christian School is one of many honourable mentions on the top 112 Valley Youth Athlete of the Year list for 2012. - Don Bodger/file
Swimmer Darby Rae of Duncan Christian School is one of many honourable mentions on the top 112 Valley Youth Athlete of the Year list for 2012.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

One hundred and 12 spaces is nowhere near enough to acknowledge all the superb youth athletes in the valley.

There are so many great high-school-aged athletes competing in several different sports, it’s difficult to narrow the list down to that number.

The good news is there will 113 athletes in 2013 and 114 for 2014 so a couple of extras are going to be recognized.

With so much young talent around on the fields and rinks and in the gyms, it seemed a shame not to mention more.

There are especially numerous younger boys and girls in the lower grades who are going to be climbing the charts in the years ahead. So this is their starting point.

And for those who are graduating in June, it’s one last chance to salute them for their efforts.

So, without further adieu, here are some honourable mentions among the girls at valley high schools who made great contributions to sports in 2012: Ciel Boehme, Kristina Tams, Brooke Dillabaugh, Natasha Pegg, Tasha Reed, Courtney Jones, Kathleen Whittome, Rayne Hankins, Cate Broere, Alyssa McKinlay, Kaitlyn Lee, Mariah Fontana, Beth Corish, Shylayne Davidson, Rayce Shoemaker, Abby Wadsworth, Olivia Austin, Olivia Poirier, Casey Heyd, Sophie Paisley, Lauren King-Nyberg, Chantal Adams, Kelsey Goodman, Emily Jackson, Annelise McNish, Darby Rae, Sabrina McDonald, Nao Tada, Sara Thompson, Sarah St. Cyr, Carly Dirom, Perri Reid, Paige Chowen, Alexis Lauzon, Mikaela Fitz-George, Kristin Paddle, Alison Franks, Naseeb Cheema, Hannah Avenant, Jordyn Court and Marina Cunningham.

Boys on the honourable mention list include: Jace Kenny, Riley Godkin, Kaelan Colbourne, Sam Gillman, Tyler Murchie, Gregg Hansen, Sion Griffiths, Reech Fowler, Torr Dahlgren, Ben Berard, Ben Leech, Nick Kapteyn, Jonathan Lukas, George Barton, Jon Climie, Mackey Singh, Seth Davis, Aiden Carr, Joey Vaesen, Todd Heard, Riley Heard, Matt Tanton, Tiernan Murray, Cam Hall, Mike Needham, Mathieu Jung, James Taylor, Tyler Glanfield, Chris Branting, Nick McLean, Dave Whitney-Brown, Tristin Gait, Lynden Eddy and Jordy Frost.

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