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: 2005.
KATIE ROLLINS, Cony
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Rollins was the state’s best inside girls’ basketball player as a senior, averaging 22.4 points and 10.2 rebounds in leading Cony High of Augusta to the Class A state championship. She was also an outstanding field hockey player and javelin thrower, winning the Class A title as a senior.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Harvard University, where she played basketball for four seasons before graduating in 2009 with a degree in psychology. She was an all-Ivy League rookie team selection, then made the All-Ivy second team as a junior and senior. Played professionally in Germany for one year. Currently lives in Watertown, Mass., and works for Coca-Cola in Boston as a category advisory analyst, supporting marketing and advertising.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: “This award was a flattering way to end my athletic career at Cony. There’s nothing like being a high school athlete in Maine. The support for athletics from the community is truly special and an experience that I’ve yet to feel again, even at the collegiate and professional level. While it was, and still is, humbling to receive Athlete of the Year, I share it with the Augusta community, my coaches and teammates, and my supportive parents.”
SKIP EDWARDS, Portland
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Edwards played football at Portland High, but was more well known for his exploits in track and field. His senior year, he helped the Bulldogs to their first Class A indoor state championship in 26 years by winning the 400 meters, long jump and triple jump. He later won those same events outdoors, leading Portland to another title.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Attended the University of Maine, where he competed in sprints, jumps and relays. Graduated in 2010 with a degree in social work. Lives in Portland and works for the Department of Health and Human Services as a child protective case worker. Is also an assistant coach for the Portland track teams.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: “It was a very humbling experience. It let me know that people were acknowledging the hard work I put out there. And I think it definitely let me be more confident. I always had that newspaper clipping up (in college), and every time I looked at it, it helped keep me on the straight and narrow. I was not going to mess it up.”