Sunday, December 8, 2013
By Mike Lowe email@example.com
Twenty-eight of the state's finest high school athletes will gather tonight, with two walking away with highest honors.
RECENT ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
2011: Peter Gwilym, Cheverus, and Mia Rapolla, Gorham
2010: Will Geoghegan, Brunswick, and Jenni Roberts, Sanford
2009: Nate Doehler, Bonny Eagle, and Stephanie Whitten, Waterville
2008: Kyle Stilphen, Gardiner, and Becky O'Brien, Greely
2007: Jared Turcotte, Lewiston, and Kelsey Wilson, Gorham
2006: Josh Pelletier, Foxcroft Academy, and Michelle Libby, Sacopee Valley
2005: Skip Edwards, Portland, and Katie Rollins, Cony
2004: Mark Rogers, Mt. Ararat, and Brittany Veazie, Dexter
2003: Ben True, Greely, and Erin Hatch, Thornton Academy
The 25th annual All-Sports Award Ceremony, sponsored by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, will be held at 6 p.m. today at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough.
At the end of the ceremony, a male and female Athlete of the Year will be announced.
The candidates include the Players of the Year in 28 sports sponsored by the Maine Principals' Association. Those athletes were selected by the newspaper staff at the end of each sports season.
The overall Athletes of the Year were determined earlier this week at a gathering of newspaper staff members, along with high school administrators, coaches and officials. The panel discussed the merits of each candidate, then voted.
"It was a real challenge because there were so many candidates that were so very good," said Kim Ballantyne, a field hockey official.
Panelist Maureen Curran, a coach at Cheverus High, said the candidates were eye-opening.
"You think you see a lot of athletes in the SMAA," she said, "then you see how talented the Western Maine Conference is, and the kids in Eastern Maine."
In recognition of the 25th year of the program, past Athlete of the Year winners have been invited to attend. Among those who will return are Katie Rollins (2005), Brittany McAllister (2004), Kate Blake (1998) and Amy Vachon (1996). Vachon, an assistant coach on the University of Maine women's basketball team, will be the guest speaker.
Here is a review of the Players of the Year for each sport, beginning with spring sports:
Dexter led the Eagles to the Class A state championship. A flawless fielder at shortstop, he batted .475 with two home runs, 16 RBI and 24 runs scored. He will attend the University of Southern Maine.
Boys' lacrosse: Mitch Tapley, Falmouth
A two-time All-American, Tapley had 53 goals and 29 assists to lead Falmouth to its second straight Class B state championship. He will attend Endicott College, a Division III school in Beverly, Mass.
Girls' lacrosse: Martha Veroneau, Waynflete
An honorable mention All-American, Veroneau had 46 goals and 43 assists to the lead the Flyers to their first Class B state championship since 2009. A junior, she is also a basketball and cross country standout.
Boys' outdoor track: Matt McClintock, Madison
He won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Class C state championships, setting records in both. He also won the 3,200 at the New England championships. McClintock will attend Purdue University.
Girls' outdoor track: Bethanie Brown, Waterville
A junior, Brown swept the 1,600 and 3,200 at both the Class B state championships and the New Englands. At the New England meet at Thornton Academy, Brown won the 1,600 in a photo finish with a time of 4 minutes, 50.39 seconds -- the fastest by a Maine schoolgirl.
Boys' tennis: Jordan Friedland, Lincoln Academy
A junior, Friedland came from the No. 5 seed to win the state singles tournament, defeating defending champ Patrick Ordway in the semifinals and two-time runner-up Justin Brogan in the finals.
Girls' tennis: Maisie Silverman, Brunswick
After finishing second in the state singles tournament as a freshman, Silverman won the title as a sophomore with three-set victories in the semifinals and final against Falmouth's Olivia Leavitt and Annie Criscione.
Softball: Julia Geaumont, Thornton Academy
As a pitcher, Geaumont went 14-2 with a 0.84 ERA. At the plate, she batted .679 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI. She had more hits as a batter (36) than she allowed as a pitcher (34). She will attend Bowdoin College.
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