SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 2, 2008

Courtney Colantuno, Marblehead - 2008 Salem News Student-Athlete Awards

By Matt Jenkins

In her academic resume Courtney Colantuno writes that balancing school work and athletics is an ongoing challenge, something she has worked on since her days in junior high. The three-sport captain (field hockey, ice hockey, softball) makes no mention of how she fits volunteer work into that equation, however. Yet her list of extracurricular activities includes a Best Buddies Program for students with special needs, a Thanksgiving Food Drive at the Marblehead Food Pantry, a DVD drive for soldiers in Iraq and a Marblehead High School Peer Mentoring Program.

On top of the volunteer work, Colantuno has still been able to maintain a 3.74 GPA while playing a vital role on each of her three varsity teams. The Salem News Player of the Year in softball as a junior, Colantuno will continue her career on the diamond next year at Bowdoin College.

While her best sport is softball, it would be a mistake to overlook her other two sports. Colantuno was an NEC all-star in field hockey and will graduate as Marblehead's fourth all-time leading scorer in girls ice hockey.

"Courtney is no doubt the finest player that I have ever coached in my many years of being associated with the game of softball," Marblehead softball coach Johnny Gold said. "Not only will we miss her next year as a player and leader, but more importantly we will miss her as a person. She is a coach's dream."