Bay Roberts’ top athletes were honoured last month for their excellence.
In order to adhere to guidelines on social distancing, the Town presented its annual awards in blocks over a number of weeks, so as to allow award recipients to invite family members and maintain the safety of their respective social bubbles.
Hall of Fame inductions were postponed until at least next year.
In the first block of awards, the Junior Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards went to Jesse Harris and Molly Power, respectively.
Harris played as a goalie on the silver winning tier one division team in the local ball hockey tournament ‘Light the Lamp 2019.’
He also played for one of Amalgamated Academy’s softball teams, earning silver in the regional championship, and was selected to play for the Amalgamated Academy’s tier one hockey, soccer and the basketball teams. Unfortunately, the school championship tournaments for those sports were all cancelled due to COVID-19.
Harris also competed in table tennis and Bantam 2 Line hockey with Br8kaway. He registered with the Bay Roberts Minor Softball Association, but there were too few players in his age division to field a team, so he played with neighboring associations in Carbonear and Placentia when invited. He played in events for U14 and U16 including the Moss U14, FPU16 provincials, FPU14 provincials and various invitational events. A jack of all trades, Harris played in a variety of positions, including catcher, first base, short stop and third base.
Harris also played defense for the Bay Roberts Renegades in the 2019 Ball Hockey Provincials, as well as for a number of ice hockey teams at the local and provincial level. He was named captain of the Bay Arena Rover’s bantam A team, which won competitions in Clarenville, Harbour Grace, and Bay Roberts, and would have likely done well in the provincial tourney which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. Harris was also named assistant captain of the regional AAA TriPen Ice bantam team.
Harris was named to Blizzard Hockey’s AAA travel team and competed at the Montreal Meltdown in May against other AAA teams from across Canada, and again with the Tri Pen Ice team in Halifax in January.
He was named to the provincial team for the Atlantic Cup in Moncton in October, scoring a number of points and earning a bronze medal. In May, Harris played with the Team NL Selects U14 Fast- Pitch Softball team at the Fast- Pitch Nationals in Saskatoon, in July. He was also named to the National All Star Team as utility player, and earned himself a glowing recommendation from the president of Softball Canada and other officials.
Like her counterpart, Junior Female Athlete of the Year Molly Power also had a very busy year.
Power played with the Bay Arena Minor Hockey Association U15 team, a team that went undefeated during the regular season. She was also selected as a member of the Amalgamated Hockey team, the Amalgamated Academy Grade 8 female volleyball team, and played in the Light the Night street hockey tournament.
Additionally, she was recruited by the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association to play on the girls U13 squad in the Premier Youth League, which is the highest provincial competitiion for her age range, placing second in the provincial championships. She also played with the female AAA Bantam Tri-pen female hockey team in the 2019-2020 season in which she also won the provincial championships, and earned rookie of the year for the female AAA bantam league.
Power also laced up her soccer cleats for in the 2019 Atlantic Championship in Moncton in September 2019, and then laced her ice skates in October to play in the Atlantic Challenge Cup for Team NL, also in Moncton.
She also helps younger athletes in different organizations.
The Shoreline will feature Senior Athletes of the Year, Team of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year in the coming weeks.
Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News