North Dorchester honors April Athletes of the Month

Whitten Insurance representatives Sandy McCollister and Melissa Creighton help honor the North Dorchester April Athletes of the Month — Daizja Smith, Mackenzie Hughes, Connor Kimball, J.B. Lewis and Lillian McDonald (not pictured).

SHILOH — North Dorchester High School recently honored five students as the April Athletes of the Month.

Baseball player J.B. Lewis and Unified Bocce’s Daizja Smith were named the varsity Athletes of the month. Outdoor track member Lillian McDonald, softball player Mackenzie Hughes and boys’ tennis player Connor Kimball were named the underclassman Athletes of the Month.

“J.B. is a senior who plays all over the field,” ND baseball coach Steve Lieske said. “(He) is a number two starter, but picked up two of our wins. (He is) hitting over .509 with two home runs. He has been a four-year member of our varsity baseball team, and has been a starter all four years.”

According to the school, Smith shows up to every Bocce practice and match with a positive attitude and energy for the sport.

“She always has a smile and a willingness to play and have fun,” according to the school. “She did not allow her disabilities shadow her ability to play the sport.”

The varsity Athletes of the Month were sponsored by Whitten Insurance, and the students received a gift card.

The underclassman honorees were sponsored by Regal Cinemas in Cambridge.

McDonald joined the track team to run the 3200-meter slot. She then began running the 800-meter race, and later joined the four by 800-meter team.

“As a young and developing runner, Lillie is tenacious and always brings her A-game,” according to a press release from the school. “She comes to practice daily, has a great attitude and the spirit of a winner. Additionally, Lillie has made dramatic improvement in her 800-meter time since the beginning of the track season.”

Hughes, a freshman, plays third base on the JV softball team and made no errors the entire year. She also got called up the varsity by the end of the year.

“Mackenzie is a team player who is always willing to help with carry the equipment,” according to a school press release. “she is easy to coach and takes instruction extremely well. She is a versatile player in that she plays infield and outfield, and has at least eight RBIs, a double and several singles. She is one of our faster players, and has several stolen bases.”

Kimball earns good grades and shows respect on and off the tennis court, according to a school press release.

“Connor is a big help to the coach and his teammates,” according to the school. “He is getting more and more time on the court, and understands that his role is going to be much bigger in the coming years.”

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