Saturday, March 8, 2014
By TRAVIS LAZARCZYK Morning Sentinel
ORONO - After a season in which he was named the Penobscot Valley Conference pitcher and player of the year, Foxcroft Academy's Ryan Rebar had one more award to claim.
On Friday, Rebar was named the winner of the Dr. John Winkin Award, presented to the top high school senior baseball player in Maine.
Rebar accepted the award prior to the Larry Mahaney Senior Baseball Classic, featuring the top senior players from Eastern Maine against their counterparts from the West.
"Wow. It's such an honor to win that award for Mr. Winkin. It's such a blessing," Rebar said. "I think every finalist thinks they have a shot at winning it. To be nominated for the award is something special in itself. To win it is something different, and I'm just blessed. It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life."
Rebar went 6-1 this season with a 1.02 ERA in 41 innings. But it was at the plate where Rebar felt he improved the most over his four-year career.
"My younger years, I kind of struggled at the plate. I've gotten better in that regard," said Rebar, who hit .339 with 12 stolen bases.
Rebar helped the Ponies win the Eastern Class B title in 2012, and was a member of Foxcroft's Class C state championship football team last fall. He will play football and baseball at Husson University.
"I'm looking to take what I learned at the high school level and work on more in college," Rebar said.
The West won the all-star game, 7-3, taking control with four runs in the top of the third inning.
After the West scored the first run on an error, South Portland's Nick Whitten drove in a run with a single.
Alex McLean of Marshwood hit a two-run single to push the lead to 4-0.
McLean drove in three runs, while Whitten drove in a pair.
Down 6-0, the East scored a pair of runs in the fifth. Hampden's Cooper Antone scored on a passed ball, and Zach LaChance of Cony scored on a wild pitch.
Each team used wooden bats, donated and made by Winslow Coach Jesse LaCasse.
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