June 17, 2013

Waynflete girl, Fryeburg boy named athletes of year

Martha Veroneau of Waynflete and Silas Eastman of Fryeburg Academy dominated multiple sports.

By Beth Quimby bquimby@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A top Waynflete girls’ lacrosse and basketball player and a Fryeburg Academy skiing and cross country star were named the state’s standout athletes by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram sports staff at an awards ceremony Sunday.

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Silas Eastman of Fryeburg and Martha Veroneau of Wayflete were voted Athletes of the Year at the 26th Annual All-Sports Awards Çeremony held at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Both Eastman and Veroneau are stars in multiple sports.

Jill Brady / Staff Photographer

THE WINNERS

Winners of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Athlete of the Year awards:

2013: Martha Veroneau, Waynflete, and Silas Eastman, Fryeburg Academy

2012: Abbey Leonardi, Kennebunk, and Sam Dexter, Messalonskee

2011: Mia Rapolla, Gorham, and Peter Gwilym, Cheverus

2010: Jenni Roberts, Sanford, and Will Geoghegan, Brunswick

2009: Stephanie Whitten, Waterville, and Nate Doehler, Bonny Eagle

2008: Becky O'Brien, Greely, and Kyle Stilphen, Gardiner

2007: Kelsey Wilson, Gorham, and Jared Turcotte, Lewiston

2006: Michelle Libby, Sacopee Valley, and Josh Pelletier, Foxcroft Academy

2005: Katie Rollins, Cony, and Skip Edwards, Portland

2004: Brittany Veazie, Dexter, and Mark Rogers, Mt. Ararat

2003: Erin Hatch, Thornton Academy, and Ben True, Greely

2002: Sarah Marshall, McAuley, and Jon Kane, Deering

2001: Lani Boardman, York, and Parker Adams, NYA

2000: Noel Beagle, Gorham, and Jeremy Shorey, Lisbon

1999: Jenn Moreau, Mt. Ararat, and Roger Levesque, Falmouth

1998: Katie Toye, Scarborough, and Tom Waterman, Bangor

1997: Kristi Knights, South Portland, and David Romilly, Wells

1996: Amy Vachon, Cony, and T.J. Caouette, Winthrop

1995: Nichole Motil, Thornton Academy, and T.J. Caouette, Winthrop

1994: Cindy Blodgett, Lawrence, and Jamie Cook, Kennebunk

1993: Sandi Carver, Jonesport-Beals, and Jamie Cook, Kennebunk

1992: Kristen Briggs, York, and Mike Brady, Cape Elizabeth

1991: Melissa Lockman, John Bapst, and Ryan Werner, Scarborough

1990: Christina Strong, Georges Valley, and Dan Ladd, Oxford Hills

1989: Stephanie Carter, Schenck, and Rob Pendergist, Ellsworth

1988: Missy Kelsen, Deering, and Tim Scott, Ellsworth

Martha Veroneau, a Waynflete senior heading to Boston College this fall, was named Female Athlete of the Year for her athletic feats in basketball and lacrosse. Veroneau led her basketball team to its first Class C championship and her lacrosse team to the Class B championship.

As Male Athlete of the Year, Silas Eastman, a senior headed to Colby College, was lauded for being named the newspaper’s cross country runner of the year in 2011 and skier of the year in 2012 and 2013.

“You all have so much in common. You are all accomplished athletes,” said Steve Solloway, Press Herald sports writer and award presenter.

The two were among athletes receiving recognition in the 28 sports sanctioned by the Maine

Principals’ Association at the 26th annual Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram All-Sports Awards Ceremony at the Italian Heritage Center.

Athletes were picked by a panel of sports writers and editors with help from high school  athletic administrators and coaches.

The athletes received Press Herald staff photographs of themselves in action. Sports writer Steve Solloway presented individual mini-profiles of each athlete.

Julia Clukey, a U.S. Olympic women’s luger, urged the athletes to work hard and set goals.

“It is important to take new chances and try new things,” she said.

Solloway said Veroneau’s lacrosse coach described her as a “game changer.”

Solloway said Eastman,  undefeated in Nordic skiing last winter, was described by his coach as a “rising tide that lifts all ships.”

Veroneau and Eastman said they were surprised by the recognition.

“Listening to what all the other guys had done I was very surprised,” said Eastman.

Eastman said he intends to continue with cross country and skiing at Colby, where he plans to pursue a self-designed major in furniture design. He said his long-term dream goal is to make the U.S.  Olympic ski team.

Veroneau said she is putting lacrosse and basketball behind her next year in order to concentrate on her studies for a nursing degree. She said athletics dominated her high school life and she wants to try new things.

“Maybe yoga or dance lessons might be the next big thing,” Veroneau said.

Beth Quimby can be contacted at 791-6363 or at:

bquimby@pressherald.com

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