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Leaders Banquet, Feb. 11

Giving a thumbs-up at the New Hampshire Union Leader's "The Leaders: A Celebration of New Hampshire Sports Champions" banquet Sunday are Carl Lundholm Award winner Steve Dichard, right, and "Mr. Baseball," Duane Erickson, a longtime coach in Nashua.  (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Coaches Joe Scascitelli, left, and Jeff Holmes, who worked closely with Jackie Gaughan of Exeter, accepted her Female Athlete of the Year. She also was Athlete of the month for November. She was injured on Sunday morning before the event and couldn't attend the event. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Recipients of the John R. Clark Officials Award are: From left: Sally Buchanan, Stu Dedopoulos, John Donovan, Michael Henderson and Brian Troupe. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Recipients of the Walter A. Smith Coaches Award are, from left: Keith Boucher, Charles Hunnewell, Kelly Monahan Owen, Ed Poisson and Ron Auffant. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Recipients of the Walter A. Smith Coaches Award are, from left: Keith Boucher, Charles Hunnewell, Kelly Monahan Owen, Ed Poisson and Ron Auffant. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
The Carl Lundholm Award winner is Steve Dichard, center.  (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
The Carl Lundholm Award winner is Steve Dichard, center. He is with his family. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
The new James Desmarais Award was given to James Desmarais. He is with his family. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Dallas Kastens, left, is the William Loeb Scholar-Athlete Award winner. He is with Brendan McQuaid, President of the Union Leader. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Maria Soraghan of East Hampstead, left, was Athlete of the month of December and Natalie Giraldi of Bedford was Athlete of the month for January. They are both swimmers at Simmons College. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
The new James Desmarais Award was given to James Desmarais. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
The new James Desmarais Award was given to James Desmarais. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
The Carl Lundholm Award winner is Steve Dichard. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Rob Hart was athlete of the month for April. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Chelsea Sedlar was athlete of the month for August. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Cody Morissette was athlete of the month for June. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Natalie Giraldo of Bedford was Athlete of the month for January. She is now at Simmons College (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Brennen Oxford of Durham was not only Athlete of the month for May, but also named Male Athlete of the Year. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Rob Hart was athlete of the month for April. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
One of the recipients of the Walter A. Smith Coaches Award is Kelly Monahan Owen. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Maria Soraghan of East Hampstead was Athlete of the month for December. She is now at Simmons College (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Brennen Oxford of Durham was not only Athlete of the month for May, but also named Male Athlete of the Year. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
One of the recipients of the Walter A. Smith Coaches Award is Keith Boucher. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
One of the recipients of the John R. Clark Officials Award is Michael Henderson. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Micayla Gilligan, sister of Devin Gilligan, athlete of the month for February, accepted his award for him. He is playing basketball in Sweden. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Natalie Giraldo of Bedford was Athlete of the month for January. She is now at Simmons College (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
One of the recipients of the Walter A. Smith Coaches Award is Charles Hunnewell. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
Kayleigh LeTourneau is Athlete of the month for October. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
One of the recipients of the Walter A. Smith Coaches Award is Ron Auffant. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
The Carl Lundholm Award winner is Steve Dichard. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)