Thursday, December 12, 2013
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.
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
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.
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