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The Telegraph’s High School Student-Athletes of the Year

MARCEL LAPLANTE

If you’re looking for the definition of a student athlete, look no further than recent Nashua High School North graduate Marcel Laplante. ...

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MARCEL LAPLANTE

If you’re looking for the definition of a student athlete, look no further than recent Nashua High School North graduate Marcel Laplante.

The awards he’s already received this year are almost too numerous to mention, but we’ll add one more to the list: 2014 Telegraph Male Student Athlete of the Year.

Academically, he finished with a 4.78 grade point average (out of a possible 5), and finished 19th in his class of 403, and it goes without saying Laplante was consistently an honor roll/high honor roll student. He took several Advanced Placement classes and is a member of the Math, Spanish, Science and Latin Honor Societies. Yes, Latin.

Laplante was a three sport athlete, running cross country in the fall and pole vaulting for the Titans outdoor track team in the spring. But of course he’s most known for his varsity wrestlng prowess. As the Titans’ captain, he wrestled his way to an undefeated 2013-14 season, and won the state title in the 113-pound weight class. In going undefeated, he won the highly competitive Lowell Holiday Tournament.

“Marcel is a truly outstanding young man that has been a team leader,” Nashua North wrestling coach Jeff Arbogast said. “He displays the epitome of sportsmanship at all times. He is very supportive of teammates.”

It’s no wonder that in March he was chosen as the NHIAA’s Student-Athlete of the Month as he wrapped up a 149-25 high school wrestling career.

In the spring, Laplante pole vaulted for the Titans outdoor track team and all he did was place second in the Division I meet, fifth in the Meet of Champions and qualified for the New Englands.

He also won the ESPN-New Hampshire Student-Athlete of the Year award and the $2500 scholarship that went with it. Where does an athlete like Marcel Laplante go from here? How about the United States Naval Academy. In fact, he is currently at Academy’s “Pebe Summer” training.

For a student-athlete like Laplante, the training never stops.

MOLLY McCABE

Student athletes always depend on their parents for support. But in the case of now graduated Bishop Guertin High School student athlete Molly McCabe, that support was as basic as it gets.

“We had no input in her career,” her mother, Joan McCabe, said in an email, “except to make sure she was loved, fed and rested.”

Well McCabe must have gotten a lot of all three, but that also means it enabled her to accomplish all her feats mainly on her own, feats that have earned her the honor of being named The Telegraph Female Student Athlete of the Year.

McCabe finished the year a success on the track and in the classroom. She had a 3.6 grade point average, was a Gold Honor Roll Student, member of the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, was an Advance Placement Scholar, and was a Thomas Sullivan Memorial Scholar Athlete. She also was an NHIAA Scholar Athlete, and in April earned WMUR-TV’s “Hometown Hero” award.

The list is endless, and over her career she earned 13 varsity letters at Guertin. It all started in the fall when she was the MVP and captain of the Cards’ Division I runner-up cross country team. Then in the winter, she won the New England title in the 600 meter run, and was on the Cards’ winning 800 meter relay team in the Dartmouth Relays. In the spring, she was an All-State selection in outdoor track, as well as the Cards’ team MVP for the fourth straight year, a key on the Division I winning 4x800 relay team. It’s no wonder she is headed to Boston College in the fall on a women’s track scholarship.

“Molly is a fierce competitor whose focus and determination is simply incredible,’’ BG athletic director Peter Paladino said back in March. “What impresses me more is the type of athlete she is.

“Beyond her ability, she works every day to become better on and off the track and is a great teammate. She will do whatever the coaches ask and put the team goals ahead of her personal success and accomplishments.”