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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Dan Del Gallo of Gardiner continued his family's wrestling tradition. He won his third consecutive individual state title, this time at 138 pounds. He had a career record of 194-2, ending his career as the school's all-time winningest wrestler. His school's senior class president, he will attend the University of Southern Maine.


Ben Greenberg, a junior, was nearly unhittable as a pitcher and unstoppable as a batter for Scarborough. He went 6-0 with a 0.54 earned-run average, holding opponents to a .163 batting average, and hit .415 with five triples. His fastball has topped out at 88 mph.


Danica Gleason, a senior at South Portland, has been perhaps the best defensive shortstop in the state for years. This year she added an extremely potent bat. She hit .667 with six doubles, four triples, six home runs and 35 RBI. Gleason will try to play both basketball and softball at St. Joseph's College.


Charlie Fay, a senior at Falmouth, once again led the Yachtsmen in scoring, with 49 goals and 11 assists. At 6-foot-5, he is a dominant player at both ends of the field. He helped Falmouth win the Class B state championship in basketball and is hoping to play both basketball and lacrosse at Bates College.


Martha Veroneau of Waynflete continued her reputation as one of the most dynamic athletes in the state. A repeat selection as lacrosse Player of the Year, she scored 30 goals and 25 assists during the regular season. She led the Waynflete girls' basketball team to the Class C state championship. She plays to study nursing at Boston College.


Nick Danner, a senior at Waterville, set a Class B record in the javelin (breaking the old mark by 13 feet with a throw of 192 feet, 9 inches -- and would have won the Class A meet by 20 feet) and also won the shot put by three feet.


Teal Jackson, a senior at Brewer, achieved the rare feat of winning four individual events in the Class A state meet -- something done only one other time in the last 30 years. She set a state record of 57.00 seconds in the 400 and also won the 100, 200 and long jump.


Jordan Friedland, a senior at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, repeats as our Player of the Year after winning the boys' individual title for the second consecutive year. Last year he was the No. 5 seed. This year he was seeded first and won all his matches in straight sets. He will play club tennis when he attends Stanford.


Olivia Leavitt, a sophomore at Falmouth, won the girls' individual title by defeating defending champ Maisie Silverman of Brunswick, 6-1, 6-1. She has had two undefeated regular seasons (never dropping a set in a 14-0 freshman year) and was 8-0 in the regular season and 6-0 in the singles tournament this year.

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