Cape Elizabeth Capers Winter Athletes of the Year

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2010-11 Winter Male Athlete of the Year:

THEO BOWE, Senior-Basketball

* Bob Butler Award winner

* WMC All-Star, first team

* WMC All-Academic team

* WMC Senior All-Star

* Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star

* South Region foul shooting champion

If there was any lingering doubt just how special Theo Bowe was, he dispelled it the night of March 4.

Bringing his three-year varsity career to a close in near-storybook fashion, Bowe made life miserable for the eventual champion Camden Hills Windjammers in the Class B state final, scoring a career-high 36 points on an array of moves, jumpers and drives. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough as Cape Elizabeth went down to a 68-59 defeat, but did he ever cement his legend with one of the most memorable state game performances we’ve seen.

It’s too bad that many observers hadn’t had an opportunity to enjoy Bowe prior to that night, but fortunately for Capers’ fans, he’s been special since his sophomore year. Combine his myriad skills with great leadership, top-notch academics and a willingness to be a team player and it’s clear why The Forecaster is naming Theo Bowe Cape Elizabeth’s 2010-11 Winter Male Athlete of the Year.

Bowe came to Cape Elizabeth in the fifth grade and took naturally to basketball. Both parents played the game and older brother Alex (2009 Male Athlete of the Year) was a Capers standout.

Bowe joined the varsity team as a sophomore and played a pivotal supporting role as they made it to the state final, where they lost to Camden Hills. After a stellar junior season, which saw him named to the conference all-star team, Bowe simply put, was the best player in the Western Maine Conference this season and among the very best in the all of the state.

Highlights included 26 points versus Poland, 28 against Lake Region, 27 versus Fryeburg, a dazzling 34 in a big win at Greely, 25 versus Gray-New Gloucester, 35 in a loss to York and 24 against Lake Region.

Bowe missed two midseason games with illness and his team missed him dearly, losing at home to Greely and barely downing Waynflete. Bowe returned and capped his regular season with 26 points against Gray-New Gloucester, 23 versus Wells, 31 in another loss to York and 26 points in the finale versus Falmouth.

Bowe finished as the league’s leading scorer (25.2 points per game).

He would win regional tournament MVP honors (just as Alex had two years before) by scoring 19 points as Cape Elizabeth rallied to beat Wells in overtime in the quarterfinals, 24 as the Capers avenged two regular season losses with a win over York in the semis and 19 (to go along with six rebounds and six steals) in a regional final victory over Yarmouth.

That set the stage for his state game piece de resistance. After the season, Bowe was given the Bob Butler Award, named all-conference and all-state and played in the Maine McDonald’s Senior Game. He also competed for state free throw shooting honors, but had to settle for being the South region champion.

Bowe is an honors student, the vice president of the senior class, vice president of Central Africa Vision, which raises money for an orphanage in Rwanda, a member of National Honor Society and volunteers in the community and with younger kids.

He will attend Northeastern University in Boston next year, where he plans to study medicine. He doesn’t plan to play basketball at the next level, but said he might try out.

If he does, that would mean we haven’t heard the last of him yet. Theo Bowe, Cape Elizabeth’s 2010-11 Winter Male Athlete of the Year, was an absolute treat to watch.

Coach Jim Ray’s comment: “We have a lot of good kids and Theo’s as good as they get..He has a built-in competitiveness and a willingness to succeed. He’s mature for his age. Pretty special. He’s well-respected by his peers both socially and academically. He is confident, yet humble in all aspects of his life. He was our savviest player and was at or near the top in each statistical category.”

2009-10 winner: Conor Maloney (Basketball)

2008-09 winner: Alex Bowe (Basketball)

2007-08 winner: Tommy Ray (Basketball)

2006-07 winner: Graham Egan (Nordic skiing)

2005-06 winner: Kevin Harrison (Indoor track)

2004-05 winner: Dan Rautenberg (Hockey)

2003-04 winner: Ben Weimont (Indoor track)

2002-03 winner: Luke Holden (Hockey)

2001-02 winner: Tom Alberi (Swimming)

2010-11 Winter Female Athlete of the Year

EMILY DONOVAN, Senior-Basketball

* WMC All-Star, first team

* WMC Senior All-Star

Little was expected from the Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ basketball team this winter. After coming agonizingly close to reaching the Portland Expo and the quarterfinals a year ago, the Capers graduated most of their key players, leaving only one senior on the roster.

That lone senior, Emily Donovan, rose to the occasion and led her team much farther than anyone outside of the team could have dreamed.

When the dust settled, Cape Elizabeth managed to do something that hadn’t been done this century, 15 years to be precise, and the leadership, poise and talent of that singular senior convinced The Forecaster to name Emily Donovan as Cape Elizabeth’s 2010-11 Winter Female Athlete of the Year.

Donovan grew up in Cape Elizabeth and basketball has been her No. 1 sport from a young age. She’s been a three-sport athlete in high school, also playing soccer and softball. She joined the girls’ basketball varsity team as a sophomore, just as coach Chris Roberts restored them to respectability. After playing a solid supporting role as a sophomore and junior, Donovan led the way this winter, returning to the point guard position where she had played as a sophomore.

Highlights included 13 points in a season-opening win over Wells, seven clutch fourth quarter points in a narrow win over Poland, 11 points versus Fryeburg, 17 against Yarmouth and 11 points as the Capers avenged their preliminary round playoff loss from last year versus Falmouth and improved their record to 6-2.

Donovan also had 14 points versus Freeport and York, 18 in a shocking upset win over Lake Region and scored 24 points (and added 10 rebounds) in the team’s final victory of the season, over Yarmouth.

Cape Elizabeth wound up 9-9 and earned the No. 7 seed for the playoffs, sending the team directly to the Expo for the quarterfinals, the Capers’ first quarterfinal round game since 1996. There, they lost to eventual state champion Leavitt, 67-39. Donovan bowed out with four points.

Donovan finished 10th in the Western Maine Conference in scoring (10.8 points per game), was eighth in steals (3.7) and had the sixth-most made 3-pointers (25). She earned mention on the WMC all-star team and played in the Senior All-Star Game.

Donovan, who said her biggest high school goal was to make it to the Expo, credited hard work by the team in the summer and the development of several sophomores for the team’s success.

Donovan is a member of the school’s math team and is in the process of selecting a college.

She will certainly be missed next year when the rest of the team returns. Whatever success the future brings, you can be sure that Emily Donovan, Cape Elizabeth’s 2010-11 Winter Female Athlete of the Year, helped lay the foundation.

Coach Chris Roberts’ comment: “Em has been a lot of fun to coach. Talk about a silent leader. She set the example. The last two years soaked in. She wants to play and compete. She plays with heart. No fear. She’s a really great kid.”

2009-10 winner: Emily Attwood (Nordic skiing)

2008-09 winner: Marita Stressenger (Track)

2007-08 winner: Nora Daly (Swimming)

2006-07 winner: Nora Daly (Swimming)

2005-06 winner: Kinsey Tarbell (Swimming)

2004-05 winner: Kate Barton (Nordic skiing)

2003-04 winner: Taylor McFarlane (Swimming)

2002-03 winner: Taylor McFarlane (Swimming)

2001-02 winner: Whitney Rockwell (Swimming)

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