On June 22, The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram will honor the state’s best high school athletes at our annual banquet. A player of the year for each sport will be honored and we’ll name our male and female Athletes of the Year. What makes this year so special is that it’s the 25th year of honoring Maine’s best, so we will be catching up with all our Athletes of the Year since the first banquet in 1988. Today, we honor the winners from 2001.
LANI BOARDMAN SILVERSIDES, York
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Became the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder in basketball with 1,413 points and 1,110 rebounds. Won both hurdle events at the Western Class B outdoor track and field meet in 2001. Served as goalkeeper for the soccer team for four years.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Following her graduation from the University of Vermont, where she played basketball four seasons, she became a math teacher and coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Mass.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: “What comes to mind is that it was a recognition for my having played multiple sports all the way through instead of becoming a sports specialist.”
PARKER ADAMS, NYA
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Had 49 goals and 46 assists as a senior to lead the Panthers to their first lacrosse state championship. Helped NYA capture its third consecutive Class C soccer championship in the fall of 2000 and scored more than 1,000 points as a four-year starter in basketball.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Played four seasons of lacrosse at Loyola College in Baltimore, graduating in 2005 with a business management degree. Owner of Thermal Solutions of Maine, a pest control company specializing in the heat remediation of bed bugs.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: “I was in awe. It was such an achievement and such an amazing honor to be considered to be the top male athlete in the state. I had the privilege of going to NYA and be the teammate of a lot of great athletes, and the award capped off my high school career.”