March 26, 2009

Hockey hands out hardware

Though the jerseys have long been turned in and the skates packed away for the season, hockey was honored one final time March 8 with the awards banquet at the Hazen Un-commons. In a special joint boys and girls banquet, Novas head coach Jeff Dietz took the stage first with a replay of the season. Finishing the year 8-13-0 didn’t make State as a team but has several individual moments of excellence over the winter months.

But Dietz was also quick to mention that all these accomplishments are not due to one person or one aspect but a true statement to the team and everyone involved in the sport, including the often overlooked statisticians.

When he was tense and focusing on the upcoming game, coach Dietz joked that the statisticians "babysat me more than you know." With constant reminders, "do you have this or here is that. Thank you for all your great work."

All-West Region Team honors were announced with forward Kara Dietz, defense Payton Borud and goalie Paige Bruce receiving the nod.

Bruce, Dietz and Sara Silverthorn were chosen for the Ice Time North Dakota Hockey Magazine’s N.D. High School Girls All-Senior team.

Dietz also took home first of three statistical awards with the points leader. She scored 19 goals this season and added 11 assists for a tally of 30 points, currently 13th on the state scoring leaderboard.

Borud was close behind her teammate with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points, 20th in the state scoring leaderboard. Borud was also named the Plus/Minus winner with a final rating of plus 32.

On the defensive side of the game, Bruce was given the Achievement award. Stopping 641 shots on goal this season it’s not hard to see why the senior was an automatic choice. Bruce has been between the pipes for the Novas since her seventh grade season, in which she has seen 3,600 shots come her direction.

Silverthorn was honored for her many years of dedication to the sport as well, taking home the Hardest Worker award.

"I base a lot of my decision on what are they doing when we’re not looking," coach Dietz said.

But Sara wasn’t the only Silverthorn player added to the family trophy case, as her younger sister Mary was given the Most Improved plaque.

Sharing the top honor of the night was the indispensable pair of Dietz and Borud, being named Co-Most Valuable Player.

"I really like to pick out all the little things … all the little things for her just added up," coach Dietz explained.

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