Cape Elizabeth Capers Winter Athletes of the Year

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Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald photo.

Male:

FINN BOWE, Senior-Basketball

* Bob Butler Award winner

* WMC Class A/B All-Conference, first-team

* WMC Senior All-Star

* Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star

* All-State, All-Academic

* Mr. Maine Basketball semifinalist

* Captain

Bowe cemented his place in Capers’ lore with a solid senior campaign and he was fittingly recognized as one of the state’s finest players.

Bowe grew up in a basketball-loving family (his older brothers, Alex and Theo and older sister, Maddie, all were previously named Athletes of the Year) and he’s long been an aficionado of the sport.

“I enjoy the team aspect (of basketball),” Bowe said. “It’s hard for one player to dominate. I feed off my teammates and Coach (Jim) Ray is a great motivator.”

Bowe made some key contributions his freshman year as Cape Elizabeth won its first Class B state title in 27 years. He became an even bigger factor as a sophomore and junior, demonstrating the ability to hit open shots and get himself free. Bowe averaged 12.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and made the All-Conference second-team as a sophomore and despite being limited by injury as a junior, Bowe still managed to average 16.4 points and 4.4 rebounds and hit 35 percent of his 3-point attempts.

This winter, Bowe was healthy and deadly to the opposition. Bowe averaged 18 points (good for third in the league), 7 rebounds, 4.4 assists (fourth in the conference) and 1.9 steals per game and hit nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Highlights included 25 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in a season-opening loss to Greely, 18 points in a win over Old Orchard Beach, 16 points and 10 rebounds in a victory at Waynflete, 20 points and 10 boards in a win over Falmouth, 24 points in a victory over Westbrook, 21 points in a loss to York, 20 points in a loss to Kennebunk, 27 points in a loss to Yarmouth, 21 points in a win over Freeport, a career-high 37 points in a loss to Wells and 29 points in a win over Gray-New Gloucester.

In a quarterfinal round victory over Mountain Valley, Bowe had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists. In a semifinal round win over Yarmouth, Bowe nearly had a triple-double, scoring 17 points, adding 11 rebounds and nine assists. Bowe’s dream of bookending his career with state titles ended with a loss to Wells in the Class B South Final. Bowe had 11 points in that game and wound up with 972 for his career.

“We had our ups and downs,” Bowe said. “It was disappointing not to get back to states after winning as a freshman. I’ll always remember that game.

“It meant a lot to me to keep the family name going. My brothers were star players and that motivated me. It felt good to write another chapter.”

The ever-modest Bowe received several postseason honors, including the Bob Butler Award as the Western Maine Conference’s top senior player and nomination as a semifinalist for the Mr. Maine Basketball Award.

Bowe also plays baseball and Unified basketball at Cape Elizabeth. He plans to attend the University of Wisconsin next year.

While the competitive phase of his basketball life might be over, the legacy he leaves behind is secure. Finn Bowe, Cape Elizabeth’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year, lived up to expectations and exceeded the hype.

Coach Jim Ray’s comment: “Finn was a tremendous talent and a true role model. He had many memorable moments during his high school career. He was a pleasure to coach. His shoes will be hard to fill. It’s cliche, but he’s a better person than he is a basketball player. He’s the whole package.”

Previous winners:

2016-17 Quinn Hewitt (basketball)

2015-16 Devon Lathrop (Alpine skiing)

2014-15 Ethan Murphy (basketball)

2013-14 Eddie Galvin (basketball)

2012-13 Evan Long (swimming)

2011-12 Nick Breed (hockey)

2010-11 Theo Bowe (basketball)

2009-10 Conor Maloney (basketball)

2008-09 Alex Bowe (basketball)

2007-08 Tommy Ray (basketball)

2006-07 Graham Egan (Nordic skiing)

2005-06 Kevin Harrison (track)

2004-05 Dan Rautenberg (hockey)

2003-04 Ben Weimont (track)

2002-03 Luke Holden (hockey)

2001-02 Tom Alberi (swimming)

Female:

OLIVIA TIGHE, Junior-Swimming

* Female Swimmer of the Year

* Class B state champion, 100 freestyle

* Class B state champion, 500 freestyle

* Female Performer of the Class B state meet

* All-State, 100 freestyle

* All-State, 500 freestyle

* All-State, 200 free relay

* All-State, 400 free relay

* Southwestern Maine All-Conference, 100 free

* Southwestern Maine All-Conference, 500 free

* Southwestern Maine All-Conference, medley relay

* Southwestern Maine All-Conference, 400 free relay

* North Division Swimmer of the Year

* Captain

Tighe added another triumphant chapter to her legend this winter, dominating as an individual and leading her team to yet another state title and while the bar is set impossibly high, fans of the sport can’t wait to see what she does next year.

Tighe was also chosen Cape Elizabeth’s Female Athlete of the Year last winter.

Tighe started swimming in the second grade with the Coastal Maine Aquatics club team and despite being sidelined by injury in the sixth grade, she’s been turning heads in the pool ever since.

“That time off made me realize how much I enjoyed the sport,” Tighe said.

Tighe played soccer and lacrosse in middle school, but swimming is her main focus. As a freshman, Tighe debuted by winning the Class B state title in the 200 freestyle and coming in second in the 500 free. As a sophomore, she was named Female Athlete of the Class B state meet after winning the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and helping the 400 free relay team set a new state record.

Talk about a tough act to follow, but Tighe, whose maturity and confidence are as obvious as her talent, was up for the challenge this winter.

Tighe had no peer during the regular season, winning every single individual event at least once. She was sensational again in the postseason. At the North Division Southwesterns, Tighe won the 200 IM by over six seconds, the 100 fly by over six seconds and she swam the opening leg in a victory for the 400 free relay team. At states, where Cape Elizabeth held off a stern test from Greely, Tighe set a new state record of 50.23 seconds in winning the 100 free (her self-described favorite event), then took the 500 free as well in 5 minutes, 3.21 seconds, 26 seconds faster than the runner-up swimmer. Tighe then anchored a record-setting 200 free relay team and helped the 400 free relay squad to a first-place finish as well.

“I was amazed,” Tighe said. “I surprised myself. I wasn’t rested entering the meet, but I had a good feeling.”

Tighe, who swims year-round, plans to play tennis again this spring. She’s been part of another dynasty as well, taking part on Cape Elizabeth’s Mock Trial team, which just won its seventh consecutive championship. Tighe also keeps busy as a musician, actress and surfer. She’s already been contacted by over 50 colleges and hopes to swim at the Division I level.

First, there’s no telling what kind of triumph her senior year will entail. Olivia Tighe, Cape Elizabeth’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year, has dominated the competition and defied definition. She makes excellence look easy.

Coach Ben Raymond’s comment: “I’m sure (everyone) is impressed with (Olivia’s) swimming abilities and her willingness to take on huge challenges, but what impresses me even more is the leader she is on and off the deck each and every day. No matter what, she gives Cape Elizabeth High School the best she has. I’ve been extremely fortunate to coach some outstanding athletes and Olivia ranks up there with the best. Olivia is more than just an elite swimmer. She’s an elite leader, teammate and most importantly, young lady. She makes me a better coach each and every day.”

Previous winners:

2016-17 Olivia Tighe (swimming)

2015-16 Maddie Bowe (basketball)

2014-15 Hannah Sawyer (basketball)

2013-14 Sydney Wight (swimming)

2012-13 Marlo Dell’Aquila (basketball)

2011-12 Hannah Homans (swimming)

2010-11 Emily Donovan (basketball)

2009-10 Emily Attwood (Nordic skiing)

2008-09 Marita Stressenger (track)

2007-08 Nora Daly (swimming)

2006-07 Nora Daly (swimming)

2005-06 Kinsey Tarbell (swimming)

2004-05 Kate Barton (Nordic skiing)

2003-04 Taylor McFarlane (swimming)

2002-03 Taylor McFarlane (swimming)

2001-02 Whitney Rockwell (swimming)

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter:@foresports.

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