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AW Boys Lacrosse Celebrates Successes On Awards Night

The AW boys lacrosse team was led by eight seniors. The team included (from left) Alex Keckler, Brad Montion, Garrett Sterling, coach Ross Mellgren, J.T. Kidd, Colten McDonald, Brady Peterson, Nick Palmer and Cooper Heck. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEANETTE MATTHEWS

BY JOEL SENSING | MIRROR SPORTS — The Anthony Wayne boys lacrosse team wrapped up a record-breaking season with its picnic and awards night on June 7. Led by eight seniors, the Generals finished the season with a school-record 11 wins, ended up in second place in the inaugural season of the Northern Lakes League and advanced to the regional semifinals in the state tournament. The junior varsity A and B teams finished with a combined 7-3-1 record. “This year was a great success,” said varsity coach Ross Mellgren. “As individuals, as a team and as a program, we have continued to improve ourselves by working hard and dedicating the time necessary to become successful. “I believe everyone involved with the program, and even outside the program, is starting to see the results of our continued efforts to improve. I couldn’t be more proud of the way our players performed this year. “They fought hard when faced with adversity and, despite the outcome, never gave up and fought to the very end of each game.” The team had three players make the first-team NLL squad: freshman Jacob Walters and juniors Tanner Wixey and Nathan Aranyosi. Seniors Brad Montion and Cooper Heck earned second-team league honors, while junior Myles Leeds, sophomore Nolan Bishop and freshman Mason Alberts received third-team recognition. Wixey and senior Alex Keckler earned honorable mention all-region nods, while Wixey was named the team’s offensive player of the year and Keckler the defensive player of the year. Aranyosi received the team’s most valuable player title, while Heck and senior J.T. Kidd earned the coaches awards. Senior Garrett Sterling was named the most improved player. Mellgren said he’s looking forward to seeing what heights the program can reach going forward. “I’m also very excited about what the future holds for this program,” he said. “As long as we all continue to put in work during the off-season to prepare for next year, we will be successful. “The questions each player coming back next year should ask (himself) are: ‘How successful do I want my team to be next year?’ and ‘What can I do to become better to help my team be as successful as I want us to be?’”

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