Thornton Academy Athletic Director Gary Stevens is one of nine recipients of this year’s Distinguished Service Awards, given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Stevens and the other recipients will be honored Dec. 19 in Orlando, Fla., during the National Athletic Directors Conference, conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the NIAAA.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to NIAAA members in recognition of their length of service, special accomplishments and contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels.

Stevens became athletic director at Thornton in 2007 after 17 years at Bonny Eagle. In a career dating back to 1983, he also has coached basketball, volleyball, softball, cross country, baseball and soccer.

He is the assistant executive director of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and previously was a member of the MIAAA Board of Directors, on which he served as first vice president and held positions on other committees. Stevens is also chair of the Maine Principals’ Association’s cheerleading and lacrosse committees.

 

Freeport High’s Craig Sickles will be one of eight recipients of a National Federation of State High School Associations Citation at the National Athletic Directors Conference, which will be held Dec. 18 in Orlando, Fla.

NFHS Citations are presented to outstanding athletic directors in recognition of contributions to interscholastic athletics at the local, state and national levels.

Sickles has been an athletic administrator for 27 years, first at Buckfield, and then at Freeport since 1994. He is the current president of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and has served as chair of the Maine Principals’ Association lacrosse committee. He also has been president of both the East-West Conference and the Western Maine Conference.

Sickles coached boys’ basketball for 22 years, winning a total of 291 games. He guided Buckfield to a Class D state championship in 1992.

 

Scarborough’s Michael Farley has been selected as New England Girls’ High School “Large School” Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Farley is one of eight finalists for national Coach of the Year, which will be announced at the NSCAA national convention in Baltimore on Jan. 14. Farley’s team compiled a 17-0 record and allowed one goal en route to the Class A state championship.

 

Tom Cloutier aced the 11th hole at Falmouth Country Club during an MSGA event on Nov. 13. Cloutier used a 7-iron for the 155-yard shot, which was witnessed by Paul Cloutier, Mike White and Andy Cloutier.

 

The Maine Renegades squirts hockey team tied for second with a 2-1 record at the Turkey Tournament in Exeter, N.H., over Thanksgiving weekend. The Renegades earned a 3-2 win over the New England Predators and a 10-0 win over the Junior Pirates, but lost 8-1 to the Bay State Breakers.