On Friday, 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: 2010
WILL GEOGHEGAN, BRUNSWICK
IN HIGH SCHOOL: He was named Maine Sunday Telegram MVP in three sports his senior year – cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He captured state titles in the 800, mile and 2-mile in both indoor and outdoor track his senior year in helping Brunswick win state indoor and outdoor track titles.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Geoghegan is a sophomore at Dartmouth College, where he is running track and cross country. He has lowered his time in the mile and 800 to 4:09 and 1:52. He is majoring in computer science with a minor in economics. This summer he will be running 80 to 100 miles a week.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: “Some of the other guys who won MVP awards that year did some great things. It meant a lot to win. It was pretty special.”
JENNI ROBERTS, SANFORD
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Roberts was the girls’ swimming MVP. She set four state swimming records and three New England records. Roberts was named the top swimmer three years in a row at the Class A state championships.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Roberts got a swimming scholarship to the University of Maryland, where she has competed for two years. Because of budget cuts, the school is dropping the men’s and women’s swimming programs. Roberts is transferring to the University of New Hampshire, where she plans on swimming. She is training for the Olympic trials.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: “It was a big honor. Swimming isn’t a sport that’s talked a lot about in Maine. Winning the award helped to give the sport recognition. It was also recognition for all the hard work I put in.”