WYATT BATES, Senior-Track

* WMC all-star, second-team, hurdles

* New England qualifier

Bates emerged as a top contender in multiple events while serving as a team leader this winter.

Bates started competing in track in middle school and in high school, he devoted himself to the sport even further. 

“I like the team atmosphere in track,” Bates said. “It’s very inclusive. We’re a tight-knit group.”

Competing in the hurdles, as well as the jumps this winter, Bates opened the season by coming in second in the high jump and third in the long jump. He was consistently strong in all of his events during the regular season and turned it up for the postseason.

At the Western Maine Conference meet, Bates was runner-up in the 55 hurdles, third in the high jump and fourth in the long jump. At the Class B state meet, Bates placed fifth in the 55 hurdles, helping Yarmouth place 11th as a team. 

“I was happy with placing fifth, but I was seeded one spot higher and wanted more,” Bates said. 

In addition to his strong showing as a competitor, Bates was hailed for his leadership as well.

“Leadership is important and I wanted to continue the previous seniors’ leadership,” Bates said.

Bates, who is the vice president of Yarmouth’s senior class, belongs to the math team and takes part in the school musical, is now competing in outdoor track, where he hopes to reach 6-feet in the high jump and win a state title before graduating. He’s weighing his college options and may continue to compete at the next level.

Wyatt Bates, Yarmouth’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year, was a coach’s dream and a steady contributor and his contributions won’t soon be forgotten.

Coach Sarah Carrigan’s comment: “Wyatt is obviously an incredibly talented and versatile athlete. Aside from his numerous accolades, Wyatt also leads by example. He helps to teach his teammates how to jump and can always be found cheering his teammates on in their races. It is a privilege to coach an athlete as hard-working and naturally talented as Wyatt and exciting to see him improve by leaps and bounds (literally) every season. Wyatt’s positive attitude and willingness to take risks compounded his success and I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes this spring.”

Previous winners:

2017-18 Sean Whynot (diving)

2016-17 Alek Medenica (basketball)

2015-16 Walter Conrad (hockey)

2014-15 John Lane (Nordic skiing)

2013-14 David Murphy (basketball)

2012-13 Braden Becker (skiing)

2011-12 Josh Britten (basketball)

2010-11 Luke Pierce (basketball)

2009-10 Ethan Gray (hockey)

2008-09 Cam Woodworth (skiing)

2007-08 Jack Gross (skiing)

2006-07 Lucas Denning (basketball)

2005-06 Jack Gross (skiing)

2004-05 Pat Delaney (hockey)

2003-04 Ben Swardlick (skiing)

2002-03 Gunnar Hagstrom (basketball)

2001-02 Jay Fletcher (hockey)


MADDIE MARSTON, Sophomore-Nordic skiing

* WMC all-star

Marston devoted herself to Nordic skiing this winter and it paid off, as she enjoyed a strong campaign, capped by a pair of solid state meet finishes to help Yarmouth win another state title.

Marston came to Yarmouth from Newport, Rhode Island in the sixth grade and took up skiing in middle school. She competed in both Alpine and Nordic skiing as a freshman, placing 12th in both the classical and freestyle at the state meet, but would move up the ladder this year after deciding to do the Nordic races exclusively.

“It was a great decision,” Marston said. “I enjoy the people in the sport. I learn new things every day. Other athletes motivate me. I want to get the best time.”

After running cross country this past fall, Marston emerged as one of the conference’s top skiers and was at her best in the biggest races. Marston was fifth in both the classical and skate at the conference meet and at the Class B state meet, she came in third in the skate and sixth in the classical.

Marston then qualified for Maine’s U-16 team and the New England high school championships.

“My goal was to qualify for both, so I was super-excited,” Marston said.

Marston is gearing up to play lacrosse this spring. She is a member of Yarmouth’s Green Voices Society and Global Action and also volunteers. She hopes to ski in college.

Before she gets there, she figures to help the Clippers continue to dominate in a sport they’ve owned for a long time. Maddie Marston, Yarmouth’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year, has even bigger and better things ahead.

Coach Jay Jones’ comment: “Maddie is a fierce and thoughtful competitor, but she takes the same pleasure in the success of her teammates as she does in her own. Nordic skiing is a physically demanding sport that requires intense focus and Maddie is able to bring that focus during competition, but not let it eat her up before or after the race. Her decision to focus only on Nordic skiing this season has allowed her to improve her technique and I anticipate she will continue to improve even more in the coming years.”

Previous winners:

2017-18 Sophia Laukli (skiing)

2016-17 Grace Cowles (skiing)

2015-16 Emma Egan (track)

2014-15 Emma Egan (track)

2013-14 Chapin Dorsett (skiing)

2012-13 Abby Belisle-Haley (swimming)

2011-12 Morgan Cahill (basketball)

2010-11 Becca Bell (skiing)

2009-10 Becca Bell (skiing)

2008-09 Lauren Stackhouse (skiing)

2007-08 Julianna Lord (skiing)

2006-07 Molly Hallweaver (skiing)

2005-06 Meredith Shaw (basketball)

2004-05 Aylie Baker (basketball)

2003-04 Kalie Dunn (skiing)

2002-03 Emily Poole (skiing)

2001-02 Emily Erickson (basketball)

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

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