February 4, 2013

It's the family of winners at Waynflete

The Veroneau family – all 10 members – have a past, present and future on a program of success.

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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This year there are three Veroneaus playing girls’ basketball for Waynflete – freshman Anne, left, and the senior twins, Martha, center, and Catherine. And a state title is possible.

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From keeping score to running the video to heading the athletic council – from playing in the past to playing in the present and future – the Veroneau family has made memories and is poised to make many more for the basketball programs at Waynflete.

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Anne plays with a calm assuredness and exhibits traits that appear gleaned from both Catherine and Martha. While a guard she excels at rebounding, and also has some of the flash of Martha's game.

"She's unflappable. Anne has a great attitude and a motor that never stops," Salway said. "I don't think she'd be fazed if she had to take the last shot."

Like her siblings, Anne's basketball experience is rooted on the family's slanted driveway court with a hoop a few inches shy of regulation height.

"Just playing in the driveway and not having so much focus on getting really good and just do it for the enjoyment. I feel that really helped," Anne said. "Having Catherine and Margaret and Martha there teaching, that was a really positive thing."

The Veroneaus' approach is old school, Vin Veroneau said. Margaret had a brief stint with an AAU-style travel team. None of the other children have. Instead they used Portland recreation programs and their siblings to hone their skills.

"We're not forced into athletics. It's just something we enjoy doing and if we stopped having fun, nobody would mind if we moved on to something else," Catherine said.

Next year, Catherine and Martha will be the ones moving on when they follow Andrew, Margaret and Joseph's steps, and enroll at Boston College. Like Margaret, they plan to study nursing. Martha did consider playing athletics in college but said she ultimately decided that "academics were the priority."

Before that, Anne is hoping she can help her sisters claim one more athletic memory.

"That they've been working for this for so long, and Catherine having her two injuries, and seeing her just stick with it, it would be really fun to win this year with them," Anne said.

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