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January 1, 2014

Year End Awards: Vonleh, Coughlin named Athletes of the Year

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Consequently, Lawrence wrestlers are among the most frequently highlighted in The Eagle-Tribune with feature stories, captains pictures, Unsung Heroes write-ups and Moynihan Scholar-Athlete winners.

Girls Team Coach of the Year

Clavette delivered for Timberlane

There was no denying Timberlane softball was in a major rut. The Owls were just 17-60 the previous four years.

Coach Jim Clavette and the Owls, though, delivered the goods last season.

The longtime mailman wasn’t predicting a monster season. In the preseason he allowed, “We should be above .500.”

Coming off a 6-13 season, that would be a nice achievement.

But the Owls did much more. They won their second Division 1 title in a decade. To do it they had to beat No. 1 Concord and its Katie Kennard, the N.H. Gatorade MVP.

Owls standout Christina Nye said Clavette, who was named N.H. Division 1 and Eagle-Tribune Softball Coach of the Year, was a key factor in the turnaround.

“He played a pretty important role,” said Nye, who clubbed a two-run double in the title game. “He always kept us focused and made sure we had our eye on the goal. Every chance he got he’d say, ‘This could be the season we win it all.’

“After the season got going and we started to realize we could do it, he was always very positive and said he believed in us.”

The Clavette family bleeds Timberlane sports. Jim’s wife, Jane, was a longtime Owls softball assistant and still is an assistant field hockey coach. Their daughter, Renee, was Eagle-Tribune softball MVP in 2004 and was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star field hockey goalie.

Boys Team of the Year

Resilient Salem kept dynasty going

Sometimes it’s just time.

The weight of a dynasty can be overwhelming. And few dynasties can match Salem boys volleyball. Heading into last spring, the Blue Devils had won the state title all eight years that it was offered as a varsity sport in the state. They had lost one match ... 148-1.

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