Anthony Burnham

Molly Murnane



  • SMAA Northern Division all-star, first-team

  • SMAA All-Academic

Burnham completed his memorable high school career with another superb season this fall, cementing his status as one of the finest players to represent one of the state’s best programs.

Burnham started playing golf at the age of six and started competing in the eighth grade.

“I’ve always loved golf,” Burnham said. “It’s a natural game. I like seeing the different courses and nature and meeting a lot of wise people.”

Burnham was Scarborough’s No. 2 man as a freshman and he shot an 18-hole round of 77 at the team state match and finished 12th at the individual meet with a score of 80. He moved up to the top spot as a sophomore and he tied for third individually with a score of 75 and shot 76 at the team state match. As a junior, Burnham won the Class A individual crown with a score of 70 and he also shot a 72 at the team championships, helping the Red Storm win the Class A title.

This season was more of the same, as Burnham had a 36.6 scoring average, leading Scarborough to a perfect 10-0 regular season mark. The Red Storm placed second at the team match, where Burnham led the way with a round of 71. Burnham then shot a 73 at the individual state match, leaving him third behind Mt. Ararat’s Caleb Manuel and Camden Hills’ Cole Anderson.

“It was a very good year,” Burnham said. “Once I got into high school, I realized how much hard work paid off. I worked every day on putting, my short game, then I played 18 holes. My swing coach, Shawn Warren, really helped me and (Scarborough) Coach (Mike) Murphy really helped my mental game. You have to be able to focus for 18 holes.”

Burnham plans to play golf in college and is weighing his options.

Anthony Burnham, Scarborough’s Fall Male Athlete of the Year, left his mark on the Maine high school golf scene and his ability to play his best rounds in the biggest matches will be his legacy.

Coach Mike Murphy’s comment: “Anthony has been the backbone to our team’s success. Anthony is fundamentally sound and mentally tough. He is the epitome of a true competitor. He never backed down from a challenge and has earned his merits through hard work.”

Prior winners:

2017 Owen Garrard (football)

2016 Dakota Joy (football)

2015 Matt Caron (soccer)

2014 Drew Kane (golf)

2013 Ben Greenberg (football)

2012 Dillon Russo (football)

2011 Nick Morris (cross country)

2010 Mike Cyr (football)

2009 Trevor Hoxsie (soccer)

2008 Ian Philbrick (soccer)

2007 Nate Gove (soccer)

2006 Jack Snyder (golf)

2005 Derek Poulin (soccer)

2004 Brad Carlson (soccer)

2003 Tim Waterhouse (cross country)

2002 Travis Hitchcock (football)

2001 Nial DeMena (football)


MOLLY MURNANE, Senior -Soccer

  • All-New England

  • All-state

  • Class A South regional all-star

  • SMAA Offensive Player of the Year

  • SMAA all-star, first-team

  • SMAA All-Academic team

  • Captain

Murnane only spent two years with the Red Storm, but did she ever make a powerful impact, leading them to the state final two years running, scoring many highlight reel goals along the way.

Murnane has been playing soccer nearly as long as she’s been able to walk and it’s remained her top sport.

“As long as I can remember, soccer has been it for me,” Murnane said. “I’ve moved around so much and soccer has always been the constant everywhere I go.”

Murnane and her family moved to Scarborough from Maryland in time for her junior year and she quickly emerged as a star, scoring 16 goals and helping the Red Storm go undefeated until they dropped a one-goal decision to Camden Hills in the state final. Murnane was named a regional all-star and continued her stellar play this fall, scoring 11 more goals and assisting on six others.

Highlights included the game-winner in a victory at Falmouth in the opener, two goals in a win over Thornton Academy, the lone goal in a victory over Bonny Eagle, the overtime game-winner against Noble, two goals in a win at Marshwood and an assist on the lone goal in a victory over Gorham.

In the playoffs, Murnane had an assist in a quarterfinal round win over Noble, assisted Madison Blanche’s overtime game-winner against Windham in the semifinals and scored the winner (and added an assist) in a regional final round victory over Cheverus. Scarborough again suffered its lone loss, 1-0, to Camden Hills in the state game, but Murnane departs with a record of 33-2-1 with the Red Storm.

“I was really happy with our season,” Murnane said. “We really gave our all.”

Murnane also runs track and is the president of National Honor Society. She recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and play soccer at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where she will study civil engineering.

Molly Murnane, Scarborough’s Fall Female Athlete of the Year, didn’t spend long in a Red Storm uniform, but she made the most of every minute and her contributions will certainly be missed.

Coach Mike Farley’s comment: “Molly is an amazing soccer player. She’s very technically gifted and can play and score with both feet. She was our most dangerous offensive player this year and she scored or assisted on big goals all season. She scored highlight reel goals I haven’t seen very often in high school soccer. Not only is she a great player, but she’s also a great teammate. She is well-liked by players and coaches alike. She made a big impact on our program and was a big reason why we’ve had the success we’ve had the past two seasons.”

Prior winners:

2017 Natalie Simonton (volleyball)

2016 Lily Nygren (field hockey)

2015 Emily Hanson (volleyball)

2014 Kristen Murray (field hockey)

2013 Abby Mills (volleyball)

2012 Sarah Martens (soccer)

2011 Brittany Bona (volleyball)

2010 Cortney Hughes (soccer)

2009 Brittany Ross (field hockey)

2008 Brittany Ross (field hockey)

2007 Sarah Bonenfant (field hockey)

2006 Erica Jesseman (cross country)

2005 Liz Houle (soccer)

2004 Caitlin Albert (field hockey)

2003 Zaria Udeh (soccer)

2002 Caitlin Neelon (field hockey)

2001 Maureen McHugh (soccer)

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.