Wells High School selects two to receive “Athlete of the Month” for September

Earlier in October, the Athletic Department at Wells High School began honoring student-athletes with its Athlete of the Month Award once again. The presentation of these awards during the school year was interrupted for over two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On October 3rd, freshman, Ryan Woodward, and sophomore, Elana Vennard received certificates in recognition of their sportsmanship and academics. Present were Interim Athletics Director Jodie Lawlor, and coaches Shane Daly and Katelyn Rich.

Ryan Woodward was recognized for his performance this fall on the WHS’s golf team. “He had an impressive season all year long, especially for a freshman,” wrote team coach Shane Daly in an email. “Ryan is (also) a great teammate in practice.”

According to Coach Daly, Woodward finished 2nd with a score of 78 in the Western Maine Conference Qualifier. At the State meet held at the Natanis Golf Club he placed 12th missing the top 10 by one stroke. Woodward is one of 11 freshmen on the 14-member team. During the season Woodward had an average golf score of 39.

Elana Vennard was nominated for Athlete of the Month by WHS’s Field Hockey team coach Katelyn Rich. Rich commented that her team faced the start of the season without a goalie.

“Elana spoke up without hesitation and she has taken the new position by storm,” commented Coach Rich who added, “She has immersed herself in improving her performance every day; she stays after practice to learn and train, and her efforts have had a significant impact.”… “I'm proud and impressed by her commitment to her teammates and dedication to her position.” As of mid-October, Vennard has made 105 saves as a goalie.

Although it has had a couple of changes to its sponsorship over the years, the Athlete of the Month Award program at WHS has been recognizing student-athletes since early 2008.

From left to right are WHS Coach Katelyn Rich, Elana Vennard, Ryan Woodward, and Coach Shane Daly.

(Photo courtesy of WHS Athletics Director Jodie Lawlor)