Save the date: Third annual Varsity Maine Awards are June 26

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The Varsity Maine Awards is the premier event celebrating high school athletes across the State of Maine. Bringing together athletes, their families, coaches, administrators and communities, the VMEAs are a high-energy “ESPY-style” celebration recognizing the achievements of athletes beyond the scoreboard.

The 3rd annual VMEAs will be held on June 26th at Hannaford Hall of USM’s Portland Campus where winners will be announced.

Based on their coverage of thousands of games across the state, the Varsity Maine sports writers choose finalists for 12 award categories, including Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, Play of the Year and Beyond the Box Score. The show is truly a statewide event. Last year the range of finalists stretched from Fryeburg to Vinalhaven, and from York to Rangeley.

“It’s wonderful to see this sort of event to give credit to the athletes in Maine,” said Gorham High soccer standout Jackson Fotter, winner of the Clutch Player award in 2017.

Tickets to the 3rd annual Varsity Maine Awards go on sale May 1.

Finalists will be announced June 4 at Pressherald.com, Centralmaine.com, Theforecaster.net and Sunjournal.com.

Coaches and Athletic Directors

We need your help. Nominate your deserving athletes for these award categories:

The Academic Ace award: student-athletes who are exceptional achievers in the classroom

The Beyond the Box Score award: unsung student-athletes who play a vital role in the success of his or her team

The Play of the Year: videos that capture some of the most exciting moments and clutch plays (Send yours to varsitymaine@mainetoday.com)

Candidates for these awards are limited to the 2017-18 school year. Nominations due by May 1.

Here’s a video recap of last year’s event:

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Editor of The Forecaster; prior reporting/editing gigs at Automotive Age magazine, Daily News of Los Angeles, Biddeford Journal Tribune; Syracuse U. Orange-bleeder; lifelong NY Yankees fan, longtime resident of Red Sox Nation.