June 15, 2013

A day for honoring the best high school athletes in Maine

The top male and female athletes in the state will be named, and the top athlete in each sport will be honored.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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VOLLEYBALL

Mariah Hebert became the leader of a Biddeford team that advanced to the state championship match. A setter, she had 350 assists while also accruing 47 kills. She served at 96 percent and had 48 aces. She also had 56 digs. She is planning to attend St. Joseph's College.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Garet Beal of Jonesport-Beals was nearly unstoppable. He averaged 33.8 points per game as a senior on his way to finishing his career with a school-record 1,672 points. He also averaged 10.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks, earning the Mr. Basketball Award. Beal will attend the University of Maine.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Allie Clement of McAuley did not have the best statistics of any player in the state; all she did was win. A junior point guard, she led McAuley to a third consecutive Class A state championship, averaging 17 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.6 assists. She has verbally committed to attend Marist College.

BOYS' HOCKEY

Ted Hart, a junior at Greely High in Cumberland, led the state in scoring with 35 goals as he helped the Rangers to their second consecutive Class B state title. He also had 16 assists. Hart will play next year at Phillips Exeter Academy.

GIRLS' HOCKEY

Mary Morrison, a sophomore defenseman, shined in the biggest moments for Greely. She scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory over Scarborough in the state championship game. Solid defensively, she also had 19 goals and 16 assists for the Rangers. She was the leader of a defense that allowed only 22 goals all season.

BOYS' SKIING

A two-time Skier of the Year, Silas Eastman of Fryeburg Academy was a dominant performer in two sports: skiing and cross country running. For three years in a row he won both the classic and freestyle events at the Class A state championships, all by large margins. He plans to attend Colby College.

GIRLS' SKIING

Elise Luce, a junior, continued the tradition of outstanding skiers at Mt. Abram. She is a two-time slalom and giant slalom Class B state champion, and this year was the top Maine qualifier in the Eastern High School championships, finishing eighth in slalom.

BOYS' SWIMMING

A repeat selection as Swimmer of the Year, Trebor Lawton led Cheverus to the Class A state championship. A senior, he won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, and swam on two relays. He will continue his swimming career at Connecticut College, where he plans to major in biology.

GIRLS' SWIMMING

Sarah Easterling, a senior at Greely High, has dominated her sport like no other. This is the third time she was selected as Swimmer of the Year. Easterling finished her career by setting a state record in the 100 backstroke (56.51 seconds) and a Class B record in the 200 individual medley (2:04.85). She will continue her career at the University of Arkansas.

BOYS' INDOOR TRACK

Jared Bell, a senior at Deering High in Portland, was more than just a big-meet performer. He was a student of sport, trying to perfect the art of throwing a shot put, discus or javelin. He won the shot put in the Class A state meet and was third at the New England championships. Bell will continue his career at Princeton.

GIRLS' INDOOR TRACK

Kate Hall, a sophomore at Lake Region in Naples, can outrace and outjump just about anyone. She won the 55-meter dash and set state records in the 200 and long jump at the Class B state meet, then won the 55 in the New Englands. Outdoors, she was the New England champ in the 100 and set all-time state bests in the 100, 200 and long jump.

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