Cape Elizabeth Capers Fall 2010 Athletes of the Year

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FALL 2010 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

JACK QUEENEY, Senior-Soccer

* Western A regional all-star

* WMC All-Star, first team

* WMC All-Academic team

* Senior All-Star

* Kevin Brady Spirit Award winner

Jack Queeney admits that he likes to build stuff. This fall, he helped create one of the best boys’ soccer teams that Cape Elizabeth has boasted this decade.

While Queeney played a subtle role (at least to outsiders) in his team’s success, he was the type of player coaches dream of, one who makes an enormous impact both on and off the pitch.

For being such a steady defensive presence who made life miserable for the opposition, being so well rounded, able to lead and to keep things light, Jack Queeney is The Forecaster’s choice for Cape Elizabeth’s Fall 2010 Male Athlete of the Year.

Queeney grew up in Cape Elizabeth, started playing soccer at a young age and made the varsity team as a sophomore. He played the unheralded role of defensive leader on a squad which won its first five games by shutout, only surrendered eight goals in 14 regular season games and added another (ninth in all) shutout in the quarterfinal round versus Marshwood. The Capers couldn’t hold a late lead and suffered an agonizing overtime defeat to Portland in the semifinals, but were just moments away from possibly going on a title run.

While Queeney played stifling defense, he did get involved with the scoring. He had an overtime game-winning goal versus York Sept. 20 and assisted on Cape Elizabeth’s goal against Portland in the playoff game.

“This was the most close-knit team,” Queeney said. “Hard working. We got better as the season went along.”

Queeney has played a couple seasons with the Maine Coast United premier team, sprints and long jumps in indoor track and will try lacrosse for the first time this spring (the Capers are the defending Class B state champions).

His off-the-pitch resume is pretty staggering. He’s a member of student government, the math and science teams and Natural Helpers. He’s considering some big name schools, where he hopes to continue playing soccer. He’s interested in studying mechanical engineering.

He certainly helped engineer a season to remember. Jack Queeney, Cape Elizabeth’s Fall 2010 Male Athlete of the Year, etched his place as a legendary member of a storied program.

Coach Ben Raymond’s Comment: “There are no stats that can give light to the importance of the role that Jack played this year. He was the leader of the team in every single way, on and off the field. He anchored a defense that gave up only 10 goals in 16 games. The qualities that Jack demonstrated so well this season were love of the game, dedication, insatiable desire to excel, being a fierce competitor and possessing a healthy sense of humor and leadership.”

2009 winner; Ezra Wolfinger (Football)

2008 winner: Nate Lavallee (Football)

2007 winner: Jim Bump (Football)

2006 winner: Graham Egan (Cross country)

2005 winner: Mike Kertes (Football)

2004 winner: Ron Kelton (Golf)

2003 winner: Elliot Cohen (Football)

2002 winner: David Croft (Soccer)

2001 winner: Jeff Hodge (Soccer)

FALL 2010 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

KARYN BARRETT, Senior-Soccer

* NSCAA Team Academic Award member

* NSCAA Scholar All-American nominee

* All-State

* WMC all-star, first team

* WMC All-Academic team

* Western A regional all-star

* Senior All-Star

While the Cape Elizabeth girls’ soccer program will greatly miss everything that Karyn Barrett brought to the table, rest assured that every other school is breathing a sigh of relief that her high school career is over.

While Barrett featured as potent and dangerous a shot as anyone, male or female, she was much more than a high scorer. She elevated the play of her teammates by her simple presence, made the opposition sweat every time she was near the ball and made sure the Capers returned to the playoffs after falling short a year ago.

One of the finest players to come our way in a long time is moving on to bigger and better things, but before she goes, she’s earned The Forecaster’s mention as Cape Elizabeth’s Fall 2010 Female Athlete of the Year, making her a repeat winner.

Barrett grew up in Cape Elizabeth and has been knocking a soccer ball around since the age of three. She became an immediate impact as a freshman, scored a playoff game-winning goal against Scarborough as a sophomore and as a junior, led her team in goals and assists.

As a senior, she had many highlights, finishing with 13 goals and 10 assists.

Barrett began the season with a flurry, scoring three times against Lake Region. She scored twice and added two assists versus North Yarmouth Academy, scored a goal and assisted on the winner against Greely, converted a penalty kick against defending Class B state champion York, had two goals versus Poland, assisted on the winner against Falmouth and assisted on a pair of goals against Freeport.

Cape Elizabeth got back to the postseason and edged Deering in the preliminary round. Barrett assisted on the only goal as the Capers advanced to the quarterfinals, where they were ousted by eventual Class A champion Scarborough.

Barrett has played with the Maine Coast United premier team for five years, sprints and throws the shot put in indoor track and plays attack in lacrosse. She’s a member of Cape Elizabeth’s Student Council, Leadership Council and math team.

While her college plans are still in flux, rest assured that she’ll soon be making a name for herself at the next level. That’s because Karyn Barrett, Cape Elizabeth’s Fall 2010 Female Athlete of the Year, is one of the most gifted, hard working and accomplished soccer players we’ve had the privilege of watching.

Coach Gary Newell’s Comment: “Karyn is basically everything a successful program needs. She means more to me and the program than she will ever know. She has a great left foot and is great on set pieces. She’s scored some huge goals for us. She’s the epitome of a player, friend and teammate. She is one of the greatest players Cape has ever had. She is the most dynamic, exciting player we have seen here in a very long time. She’ll be sorely missed.”

2009 winner; Karyn Barrett (Soccer)

2008 winner: Emily Attwood (Cross country)

2007 winner: Emily Attwood (Cross country)

2006 winner: Marla Houghton (Soccer)

2005 winner: Dana Riker (Soccer)

2004 winner: Elise Moody-Roberts (Cross country)

2003 winner: Elise Moody-Roberts (Cross country)

2002 winner: Clare Egan (Cross country)

2001 winner: Addie Rintel (Field hockey)

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