Thursday, April 24, 2014
On June 22, The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram will honor the state's best high school athletes at our annual banquet. A player of the year for each sport will be honored and we'll name our male and female Athletes of the Year. What makes this year so special is that it's the 25th year of honoring Maine's best, so we will be catching up with all our Athletes of the Year since the first banquet in 1988. Today, we honor the winners from 1992.
KRISTEN BRIGGS CARMICHAEL, York
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Captured state championships in basketball, soccer and softball at York High.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Played softball and soccer at the University of Vermont, where she was named Female Athlete of the Year in 1996. Played semipro soccer in Boston for two years and completed three marathons. Now married with three children, aged 5, 3 and 1. Works as the science development director for nutrition for a global biochemical profiling company.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: "Of course it was meaningful, but I think a lot of my success in high school was determined by players around me, on having a very supportive family and excellent coaches to help me achieve to my capabilities."
MIKE BRADY, Cape Elizabeth
IN HIGH SCHOOL: A three-sport standout at Cape Elizabeth, Brady won a pair of state titles in baseball and soccer. He was a four-year starter in both, as well as in basketball, where he set career records for steals, shooting percentage and 3-point field goals.
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL: Played baseball (for one year, until the program disbanded) and soccer (all four years) at the University of New Hampshire. Later played soccer professionally for the Cape Cod Crusaders. Currently works as vice president and portfolio manager of a Boston-area investment firm, Moody Lynn & Lieberson, Inc. Married with a 2-year-old daughter, Kidder Quinn Brady.
WHAT IT MEANT TO WIN: "I was lucky enough to receive the award on Father's Day 20 years ago, providing my dad with a gift that rivaled any future or preceding can of Simonize or bowling ball. ... I was honored and proud to represent my town, having been the beneficiary of many years of coaching, competition and excellence from those around me."