PEABODY— With hundreds of nominees and a dozen and a half monthly winners, two student athletes stood above the rest and were named the 2014 Moynihan Lumber North Shore Student Athletes of the Year.
For their work both in the classroom and on the athletic fields, Gloucester junior track star Everest Crawford and Beverly soccer and track star Caitlin Harty were presented their Student Athlete of the Year Awards and a scholarship on Wednesday at the 23rd Annual North Shore Student Athlete Luncheon at Salem Country Club in Peabody.
The North Shore Student Athlete of the Year Awards are chosen from a crop of monthly winners which are awarded throughout the high school sports year from September to May. The Sports Editors from the Gloucester Daily Times, the Salem News and the Lynn Daily Item choose the winners based on a combination of academic and athletic prowess after they are nominated by their respective high schools.
“What makes an award great is those who win it” said Gerard Moynihan of Moynihan Lumber, borrowing a line from the late Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier. “You are now in elite company.”
Crawford and Harty fit the bill perfectly with a blend of academic and athletic achievements, join former winners such as Olympian Shalane Flanagan, Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, and Major League Baseball official Peter Woodfork.
Harty, who will be attending Holy Cross this fall to play soccer, is the school’s all time leading scorer (180 points) and goal scorer (138), a record that was set in her sophomore season.
The senior led the Panthers to the Division 1 North crown as a junior in 2012, and led the team to a deep tournament run again in 2013 in the form of a trip to the sectional semifinals.
“I have been Caitlin’s soccer coach since she was 11 years old and since the first time I saw her play I said to myself, ‘This girl has so much potential,’” said Beverly soccer coach Kristin Simpson, who introduced Harty on Wednesday. “Not only has she become the great soccer player I knew she’d be, but an even better person. She’s the type of person you always want to be around and a person who motivates others by just being her competitive self.”