A handful of St. Paul student-athletes will get to enter their Thanksgiving break with some extra good news as 16 Falcons received all-NVL honors for their performances in the abridged fall season.
Both St. Paul cross country teams finished their years as NVL Iron Division champions and each yielded three all-conference selections. The boys team was led by Colin Reilly, Alek Rencurrel, and James Melvin who used their four regular season races to prepare themselves for success at the NVL Iron Division championship race Nov. 11.
The girls team, which repeated as Iron Division winners despite only sporting a roster of nine runners, received its best running from Erin Downes, Charlotte Jennings, and Liz Speaker who each received the honor for the first time.
More than half of the girls swimming and diving team earned all-NVL honors and more after completing its first season without late coach Meegan Martin. Bryndle Kroll, Amelia Badzioch, Adrianna Raymond, Abigail MacAllister and Ainsley Tolland all made the most of their time in the pool as members of the eight-girl team entirely composed of juniors and freshmen.
Kroll and Tolland were the only two freshman on the Falcons’ roster and started off their high school swimming careers with all-conference recognition while Badzioch, a captain alongside MacAllister, additionally received the Meegan Martin Sportsmanship award, a fitting tribute in the Falcons’ first season without the impactful coach.
The girls soccer team saw some repeat members to the all-NVL team as three experienced players closed out their fall season on a high note.
Goalkeeper Nina Zwolinski will add one more accolade to her resume before joining the women’s soccer team at American University. The two-time All-State selection was a mainstay between the pipes for St. Paul over the last four years and put her Division I talents on display for one final run in a Falcons uniform.
A captain with Zwolinski, senior Sophia Gerst made the all-NVL Iron Division team after helping the Falcons to a 5-3-1 record in the regular season. Junior Reagan Davis built off of her success as the team’s leading scorer a year ago to return to the all-conference team this year.
After only playing eight matches in an already shortened season, Daniel Bond was the lone member of the boys soccer team to receive all-NVL honors. One of four seniors on the team, Bond was one of the key returning players coming into this season.
Greta Panke will close out her St. Paul volleyball career with an all-NVL Iron Division selection. A captain and lone senior on this team, Panke made the 4-8 Falcons competitive in a challenging season in which they won at least one set in all but two of their matches.
Matt Hornick can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or firstname.lastname@example.org