Sunday, April 20, 2014
To say field hockey runs through Nicole Sevey's bloodlines would be an understatement.
Nicole Sevey, left, led Skowhegan to its ninth state championship in 10 years. "She really is the whole package," said her coach, Paula Doughty. "A lot of kids as good as she is might have big heads. Not her."
John Ewing/Staff Photographer
Kristen Felt, Scarborough, senior center midfielder
Felt was the player who made Scarborough go. She had 12 goals and 17 assists for the Red Storm, who advanced to the Western Class A semifinals.
Hannah Keating, York, senior center midfielder
A finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, Keating has been the focal point of the Wildcats' success the last two years. As a senior, she had four goals and 12 assists to help York to the Class B state final.
Hailey Kein, Mt. View, senior center midfielder
A finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, Kein helped Mt. View earn the top ranking in Eastern Class B during the regular season. She ended up with five goals and eight assists.
Asia Le, Cony, senior goalie
A two-year starter for the Rams, Le was the primary reason they made it to the Eastern Class A quarterfinals. She had four shutouts and made 202 saves, averaging 13.5 per game.
Frances Leslie, North Yarmouth Academy, senior center back
While the Class C state champion Panthers were a high-scoring team, Leslie was the backbone of the defense. She had the ability to stop opposing rushes and transition the ball quickly to the offense.
Jordin McInnis, Nokomis, senior forward
A gifted scorer who excelled at one-on-one matchups, McInnis had the ability to dribble through the defense and break down a goalie. She had 24 goals and eight assists for the Class B state champions.
Becca Paradee, Gardiner, senior center midfielder
Paradee, a finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, finished the season with eight goals and 13 assists, giving her 33 goals and 29 assists for her career.
Emily Sawchuk, Cheverus, senior forward
Perhaps no one in the state had a harder shot than Sawchuck, who scored 18 goals this year, nearly all of them off penalty corners. She also had two assists and was an adept stickhandler who could carry the ball in from midfield.
Nicole Sevey, Skowhegan, junior center midfielder
Regarded by many as the best player on the best team in the state, she is the Maine Sunday Telegram Most Valuable Player. She is versatile enough to play any position and sets the flow of the games. Sevey had 11 goals and 14 assists this season, giving her 31 goals and 29 assists in her career.
Marissa Shaw, Nokomis, junior center midfielder
Shaw scored 16 goals for the Warriors, none bigger than her winner in the Eastern Class B final. She also had 10 assists. A starter since her freshman year, she is one of the team's top offensive and defensive players.
Jessie Skillings, Skowhegan, junior forward
When the Class A state champs needed a goal, Skillings usually got it. Tenacious in the circle, she had the ability to get her stick on the ball and get off a hard shot no matter where she was. She had 27 goals -- two in the state final -- and nine assists, giving her 43 goals and 20 assists in her career.
Coach of the Year
Katie Thompson, Nokomis
In her eighth season with the Warriors, Thompson has turned the program into one of the best in Eastern Class B. Nokomis won its first state title, in its second trip to the final in three years. Thompson played field hockey at Lisbon High and then for a year at St. Joseph's.
A junior center midfielder at Skowhegan High, Sevey comes from a long line of talented field hockey players for Paula Doughty's Indians. Sevey's sister, Erin, graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer. Cousins Beth Sevey, Megan Sevey and Heather Lyons all won three state championships with the Indians.
So it should come as no surprise that Nicole Sevey is pretty good. Better than that, actually.
She is considered by many to be the best player on the best team in the state. She is also the Maine Sunday Telegram's field hockey MVP.
"She's just got it all, that's all I can say," said Doughty, who has coached her share of All-Americans and future collegians. "She was born to play field hockey."
Sevey, 16, actually started playing soccer first, but soon after older sister Erin began playing field hockey, Nicole turned her attention to that sport. Doughty saw her play and knew she had a future star.
"I looked at her when she was eight or nine," said Doughty. "And she had all the moves then."
Sevey has since refined her skills. She plays field hockey year-round and has competed at the national level in the Futures program and Junior Olympics.
"She is a dominant player," said Cony High Coach Holly Daigle. "There are so many impact players on Skowhegan, but she was really dominant. She has great field control, she's a smart player. She involves her teammates. She knows how to showcase the talents of her teammates."
And that, said Doughty, is one of her greatest strengths.
"She really is the whole package," said Doughty. "A lot of kids as good as she is might have big heads. Not her. She is the most unassuming person I've ever met in my life."
For instance, before a big game this year, Doughty asked her who should take a penalty stroke if the Indians were awarded one. Without hesitation, Sevey, who has a great drive, told Doughty that Jessie Skillings was the best at it in practice all week and that she should take it.
"She is a natural leader," said Doughty. "The kids look to her. I look to her."
Sevey had 11 goals and 14 assists this year as the Indians reclaimed the Class A state championship they lost to Scarborough in 2009.
"(The championship) really meant a lot," said Sevey, who has 31 goals and 29 assists in her career. "We worked really hard for it this year. Preseason was very tough. And everyone thought we had a young team and might not make it this year. But we did and it was awesome.
"We were all just really close friends and that made it special."
She said that playing for Skowhegan, which won its ninth state title in 10 years, is an honor.
"Oh yeah, there's pressure," she said. "Especially as you get older and are a senior or elected a captain.
"Your freshman year, you don't feel any pressure. You go out and give it your best shot. But as a senior, you want to end it with a championship.
"We take a lot of pride in our program."
She started her career as a forward and has great versatility.
"She can play any position on the field," said Doughty. "I could put her in goal and I bet she could do that, too. She has such a head for the game. She controls the flow of the game for us."
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