Receiving post-season honors for achievements in this past fall’s sport season were 32 student-athletes from Coventry High School.
The list included five All-State performers, four of which played on the volleyball team.
Dan Clarkin made Third Team All-State in cross country. The senior placed 17th at the state championship and was the 24th Rhode Islander to cross the finish line at the New England championship.
Leading the girls’ cross country team was captain Meghan Paquet. Named First Team All-Division, Paquet was undefeated in dual meets in September.
Three-sport star Alex Zannella captured First Team All-Division honors in football. Also a standout in hockey and baseball, he was recognized for his stellar play as a defensive back on the gridiron. Click here to view Zannella’s YouTube interview.
The Coventry girls’ volleyball team won its first-ever state championship this fall. The Oakers were led by a talented group of seniors, including All-Staters Samantha Clark, Vanessa Equitani, Quincie Varin and Alexis Ruest.
Besides making First Team All-State, Clark earned the state finals’ MVP honors after collecting 10 kills and four aces against Ponaganset. The middle hitter had 121 kills and 39 blocks during the season.
Here is the complete list of varsity athletes who were acknowledged for their accomplishments this past fall.
Boys Cross Country
Third Team All-State: Dan Clarkin
Third Team All-Class: Clarkin
Second Team All-Division: Clarkin
Third Team All-Division: Mark Rini, Zack Szymkowicz, Pat Ryan
Coaches’ Award: Alex Bolcon
All-Academic Team: Rini, Ryan, Bolcon
First Team All-Division: Alex Caron
Second Team All-Division: Daniel Coutu, Rob Gallucci
Third Team All-Division: Joe Corcelli
All-Academic Team: Shane Kirkland
First Team All-Division, Defense: Alex Zannella
Second Team All-Division, Offense: Stryker Blue, Matt Wexler
Honorable Mention: Brandon Parenteau, Aaron Means
Girls Cross Country
First Team All-Division: Meghan Paquet
Second Team All-Division: Jenn Haley, Autumn English
Team MVP: Paquet
Coaches’ Award: Gianna Rocchio
All-Academic Team: Paquet, Jennifer Green, Jamie Pratt, Samantha Wagner
First Team All-Division: Gianna Palermo, Amanda Hoskins
Sportsmanship Award: Melissa Richards
Sportsmanship Award: Ashley Ginda
First Team All-State: Samantha Clark
Second Team All-State: Vanessa Equitani, Quincie Varin
Third Team All-State: Alexis Ruest
Finals MVP: Clark
All-Tournament: Equitani, Ruest
First Team All-Division: Clark, Equitani, Varin
Second Team All-Division: Ruest, Lyndsey Sweeney
Third Team All-Division: Alyssa Nahigian