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 2004.
BRITTANY (VEAZIE) MCALLISTER, Dexter
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Veazie helped Dexter High win four consecutive Class C state championships in field hockey. She won the Miss Maine Field Hockey award as a senior when she had 26 goals and 33 assists. She also helped the Tigers win the Class C state basketball championship, then played softball and ran sprints in the spring. Was awarded 16 varsity letters in her career.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Went on to play at Springfield College, where she still holds school records for points (148) and winning goals (22). Graduated with a degree in applied exercise science and recently earned her master’s degree in sports and business administration through an on-line program of the University of Central Missouri. Married and living in Wilmington, N.C.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: “It was such an honor when I won it. At that time, just being from a small high school in northern Maine, for the southern Maine area to recognize what I had done, it meant a lot to me It’s nice to have that recognition. It makes you feel good about all the hard work you put in.”
MARK ROGERS, Mt. Ararat
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Rogers helped Mt. Ararat of Topsham to the Class A state soccer title as a senior, then was a finalist for the Travis Roy Award, given to the state’s top senior hockey player. Then he pitched. Rogers was the Gatorade national baseball player of the year after going 9-1 with 166 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings as the Eagles won the Eastern Class A title.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Was selected fifth overall in the baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004. Rogers made his major league debut on Sept. 10, 2010, a scoreless inning of relief against the Chicago Cubs. Injuries have slowed him. He is pitching for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: Rogers is in midseason for the Sounds and was unavailable for comment.