AUGUSTA – You could have predicted Kristen Felt would win the Miss Maine Field Hockey Award a long time ago.

And probably, somebody did.

“When she came to the field as a third-, fourth-grader, she was very close to being competitive with my varsity players,” former Cony coach Krista Chase said.

Felt, who played her first two high school seasons at Cony and the last two at Scarborough, was honored Sunday as the 13th Miss Maine Field Hockey, the award given annually to the top senior player in the state. The award was announced at the Maine Field Hockey Association’s annual banquet at the Augusta Civic Center.

Felt had 12 goals and 17 assists as Scarborough’s center midfielder this year. The other finalists for the award were York’s Hannah Keating, Mt. View’s Hayleigh Kein and Gardiner’s Becca Paradee.

“I would have happily lost to any of them,” said Felt, who will play next fall at Bucknell. “They’re all great players, great people.”

The MFHA also inducted former Dexter coach Jill Jones, former University of Maine coach Terry Kix, Orono graduate Jen Pelleriti and former South Portland coach Carol Petersen into its Hall of Fame. York’s Becka Sarson received the Steph Lunt 12th Player Award.

The coach of each finalist spoke for a few minutes about their player. Scarborough Coach Kerry Mariello went first, and talked about Felt’s abilities.

“Her palate of skills and her ability to use those skills makes her ultra-dangerous and powerful,” Mariello said.

Mariello then spoke about Felt as a person.

“Character is what completes people,” Mariello said. “No matter what, you always have that, whether it’s good character or not. She’s on a path to pure greatness, and it’s her character that’s taking her there. There’s not enough words I can say to tell you how special she is.”

Next was Barb Marois, Keating’s coach at York. Keating, who plays at UMaine next year, had four goals and 12 assists this fall in leading York to the Western B title.

“Heather has a competitive fire that burns when she puts on her uniform,” Marois said, “and she’s driven in the pursuit of her goals. She is the first one to lend a hand when someone needs help. She genuinely cares about all of her teammates.”

After Nokomis Coach and MFHA President Katie Thompson announced Felt as the winner, Felt spoke about how important field hockey was in her home, and then thanked her mother, Connie, for her support.

“You’ve always been my role model, and I hope I’ve made you proud,” Felt said. “You’ve always put us before your own needs, and someday I hope I’ll be able to repay you for everything you’ve done for me.”

Felt also thanked her father, Robert, for years of long drives to field hockey games without complaint, and playing field hockey with her in the yard. She then thanked her sister, her coaches, and McNally, for getting her started in field hockey.

“(Kristen’s) character is amazing,” Chase said. “Her outstanding ability in the classroom and on the field just make her the total package. There’s lots of us in Augusta celebrating with her as well.”