Mohonasen seniors and twin siblings Hailey Deguire and Jake Deguire gave their all to the sports they played and to the community they live in during their high school careers.
Both 17-year-olds were multi-sport athletes at Mohonasen, setting records and participating as members of the school’s student athletic council.
Hailey Deguire is a Mohonasen record holder in volleyball with 699 digs, as well as in outdoor track as part of 3,200-meter and sprint medley relay squads. This year, she also competed in high school tennis for the first time.
Jake Deguire holds the Mohonasen wrestling wins record with 156, most pins with 110, most wins in a season with 44 and most pins in a single season with 32. He also starred in football for Mohonasen during this year’s “Fall II” season, which was created to house competitions for school sports teams unable to compete last fall because of concerns related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Both were members, too, of the school’s athletic council created last fall by athletic director Dave Bertram.
“It is a community-based group designed to serve the Mohonasen community and beyond,” Bertram said. “This year, I invited one athlete from each team to participate and draw on their own experiences helping others.”
Participating in the Mighty Warriors’ athletic council was an extension of teamwork that the Deguires have been a part of with each team.
“We love all kinds of sports, and a lot of our friends are on that council,” Hailey Deguire said.
This year, the Deguires were also part of the high school’s annual food and clothing drive, along with its first-ever Toys for Tots charity drive.
“Helping kids that are struggling is always good,” Jake Deguire said. “I love helping kids, especially when they don’t have the same stuff as other people. They may not be in a good situation and it’s about helping them.”
Hailey Deguire took part in the Mohonasen readings program during the winter with other student athletic council members, reading Christmas stories to elementary school children.
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The Deguires competed in different sports throughout the school year, but both could be found in gymnasiums across the state during the wrestling season; Jake on the mat wrestling, and Hailey nearby at the scorer’s table as one of the team’s managers.
“I just figured I was going to be there, I might as well help out,” Hailey Deguire said. “I’m there all the time, anyway, even since we were younger. I was doing that every weekend.”
After graduation, the Deguires will continue to share a similar address — the Springfield College campus.
Hailey Deguire made the commitment first, while Jake knew his choice was Springfield, but kept it to himself until sharing it with his family and friends. The twins’ older brother Ryan is also a student at the school.
The Deguires’ parents don’t mind having all three at one place.
“Our parents love it,” Hailey Deguire said. “They love going out there. We’ve loved going out there to see our [older] brother.”
In his first year at Mohonasen, Bertram appreciated the positive role Hailey Deguire and Jake Deguire played at the school, both on the playing surfaces and off of them.
“Our perspective is it’s really important to see people who are student-athletes that are at the top of their game that are giving back to the community,” Bertram said. “It’s incredible the amount they give back.”