The Dalton High School boys and girls lacrosse teams celebrated their season during their end-of-the-year awards banquet on May 2.
This season marked the fourth year for the boys program, which started in the spring of 2015 with coach Brian Maskarinec. It was the third year for the girls program led by coach Jamie Penney.
Both teams took the banquet as an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the players and coaches for their commitment and dedication throughout the season. Each team recognized its Most Valuable Player at the end of the evening. For the boys, junior DJ Hutchison received the award, while senior Laken Land took home the honor for the girls.
The evening also marked the departure of 19 seniors, nine from the girls team and 10 from the boys, who will be graduating this spring.
"As both a coach and parent I couldn't be more proud of this group of seniors," boys assistant coach Mike Sanderson said. "Several of these seniors started with us from the very beginning. They committed themselves to lacrosse and to each other. They are going to be missed."
It was another learning year for the Lady Catamounts as they made the jump from a club team to the Georgia High School Association. Along with various other awards, the Lady Catamounts had six players voted to Area 5-6A/7A teams this season. On the first team was goalie Chloe Swaney. Second team members were midfielders Mimi Young and Land, attacker Ainsleigh Phelan and defenders Maria Martinez and Abby O'Ferrall.
Although the season did not play out as had been hoped, the group of seniors leaving Dalton have paved the way for success in the future.
"I am beyond proud of this group of seniors, especially the four that have been here from day one building this program," Penney said. "Looking back at the season, we have a good core group returning next year that have learned everything they need to know from these seniors. I am excited to see where we go from here."