2011-2012 High School
Players of the Year
The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram names a player of the year in each high school sport throughout the school year. Each of these players of the year is invited to an All-Sports Awards Ceremony to be honored for their achievements, and to be on hand when we announce our male and female Athletes of the Year. This year marked the 25th year of the event, and this year’s Athletes of the Year were announced at the banquet on June 22.
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Baseball: Sam Dexter, Messalonskee
A three-sport star, but baseball’s No. 1 on his list
Sam Dexter, the Telegram Athlete of the Year, will give up football and hockey in college
Boys’ lacrosse: Mitch Tapley, Falmouth
A repeat selection after a repeat state title
Mitch Tapley of Falmouth did everything that was needed to become an outstanding player.
Girls’ lacrosse: Martha Veroneau, Waynflete
Coming through in pressure situations
Martha Veroneau was at her best during the playoffs, leading Waynflete to a state title.
Boys’ track and field: Matt McClintock, Madison
Nothing too steep for McClintock to master
Matt McClintock of Madison will take his state and regional talent to Purdue in the fall.
Girls’ outdoor track and field: Bethanie Brown, Waterville
Brown keeps it fun as success comes her way
Bethanie Brown of Waterville not only dominated in Maine, but in the New England meet.
Softball: Julia Geaumont, Thornton Academy
A terror at the plate and dominant on the mound
Julia Geaumont put up amazing numbers as a pitcher and a hitter for Thornton Academy.
Boys’ tennis: Jordan Friedland, Lincoln Academy
A great role model, and a champion player
It’s fair to say Friedland stormed through the state singles tennis tournament last month.
Girls’ tennis: Maisie Silverman, Brunswick
One bad experience set stage for a good one
What Maisie Silverman needed in her quest for the state singles tennis title was oxygen.
Boys’ basketball: Josh Britten, Yarmouth
A player with leadership helped end Clippers’ drought
Josh Britten led the way and got teammates involved in Yarmouth’s first state title since 1968.
Girls’ basketball: Alexa Coulombe, McAuley
It’s more than statistics for McAuley’s two-time champt
Alexa Coulombe was intent on getting all her teammates involved, and did it masterfully.
Football: Louis DiTomasso, Wells
A man for the team, and a man for a title
Louis DiTomasso was the force behind Wells’ state championship, but he’s quick to share the credit.
Field hockey: Nicole Sevey, Skowhegan
Instant star who worked to be a leader
Nicole Sevey was a star from the moment she stepped onto the field as a freshman to play field hockey at Skowhegan.
Girls’ soccer: Ashley Robinson, Bangor
In a sport of passion, Robinson has plenty
After a string of preseason exhibitions, Bangor girls’ soccer coach Joe Johnson knew he had a special player.
Boys’ soccer: Robby Lentine, Windham
A change in positions, and Lentine thrived
Robby Lentine, always a strong defender for Windham, showed he’s just as good at midfield.
Girls’ cross country: Abbey Leonardi, Kennebunk
Following a routine has served Leonardi well
Preparation has been an important part of Abbey Leonardi’s unprecedented success.
Boys’ cross country: Matt McClintock, Madison
McClintock fueled by his drive for perfection
“He’s one of those kids who comes along every 20-25 years.”
Girls’ golf: Ali Prescott, Fort Kent
Despite knee injury, Prescott earns repeat selection
Fort Kent’s Ali Prescott was limited by a skiing injury but still won her second straight state title.
Boys’ golf: Joe Walp, Deering
Consistency was his hallmark
Joe Walp’s steady play for Deering resulted in a highly successful season, including a share of the Class A title.
Volleyball: Maggie Bradley, Greely
Choice was tough, but so was the Greely leader
Bradley is not only strong in so many areas, she’s strong when she needs to be.
Girls’ hockey: Megan Fortier, Falmouth
A defenseman by title, but quite an offensive threat
Megan Fortier scored 48 goals while leading Falmouth to the Western Maine championship.
Boys’ hockey: C.J. Maksut, Thornton
Maksut’s decision to stay worked out great for Thornton
C.J. Maksut passed up junior hockey for one more year in high school, and won another title.
Girls’ indoor track: Sarah Perkins, Gorham
The wins and the times set Gorham’s Perkins apart
Sarah Perkins of Gorham stood out for her consistency, dominance and ability to turn in three outstanding performances at crunch time.
Boys’ indoor track: Harlow Ladd, Messalonskee
Ladd goes the distance and leaves the others behind
Harlow Ladd’s sudden takeover of the Maine distance scene this winter track season was a bit surprising.
Girls’ swimming: Sarah Easterling, Greely
Greely’s Easterling a twin who stands out as an individual
With Sarah Easterling, it could be genetics, or style, or competitiveness, or a willingness to practice three times a day.
Boys’ swimming: Trebor Lawton, Cheverus
Stags thankful to have Lawton back in their program
After a year away from the team, Trebor Lawton rejoined the Cheverus squad and prospered.
Girls’ skiing: Abby Mace, Maranacook
A runner turns to skiing, and turns into the state’s best
Abby Mace of Maranacook made the transition, but will be back running for UConn.
Boys’ skiing: Silas Eastman, Fryeburg
One late starting time, and otherwise simply perfect
Silas Eastman, a junior at Fryeburg Academy, left little doubt that he was the best skier in the state.
Wrestling: Rhett Chase, Camden Hills
Chase learned all the right moves
Rhett Chase learned there was more to wrestling than just throwing your weight around.