Cheverus Stags Winter Athletes of the Year

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2011-12 Winter Male Athlete of the Year:

TREBOR LAWTON, Junior-Swimming

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CITATIONS

* New England champion, 200 individual medley

* New England champion, 100 backstroke

* Class A Performer of the State Meet

* Class A state champion, 100 backstroke

* Class A state champion, 200 IM

* Class A state champion, medley relay

* School record holder, 100 backstroke

* Southern Maine Swim League all-star, first-team, 100 butterfly

* SMSL all-star, first-team, 100 backstroke

* SMSL all-star, first-team, 200 medley relay

* SMSL all-star, second-team, 400 freestyle relay

To say Lawton had a year to remember would be a monstrous understatement. He exscelled from start to finish and even made the rest of New England sit up and take notice.

Lawton, a Gorham resident, started swimming at age 4. He swam with the Stags a freshman, finishing second in the 100 butterfly, while also scoring in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays at states before going on to a fifth-place finish in the fly at New Englands. After competing with the Coastal Maine Aquatics club team exclusively as a sophomore, Lawton returned to high school competition this winter and did he ever make a mark.

While Cheverus was one of the strongest teams in the region and the state, Lawton was impressing in the fly, backstroke and individual medley. At Southwesterns, Lawton set a new meet record in the fly and also won the 200 free. Then, at the state meet, where Cheverus was runner-up to Bangor, Lawton won the 100 backstroke, setting a new school record in the process, and the 200 IM. He also sparked the medley relay team to a first-place finish and was part of a runner-up 400 freestyle relay squad. Lawton capped his year at New Englands, winning the IM and the backstroke, while helping the medley and 400 free relay teams to second-place finishes.

Lawton, who trains year-round, also belongs to National Honor Society and the Latin Club at Cheverus. He hopes to set the record in the IM and bring home a few more state titles as a senior, then plans to swim at the college level, somewhere on the east coast.

Bear witness to his excellence while you still can.

Coach Kevin Haley’s comment: “Whats made Trebor so successful is that he works hard every day. He trains very hard. He is the hardest worker I know and is well balanced. Trebor has a lot of fun at what he does. He competes very hard and he’s very driven, however, he always has a smile on his face. Trebor is very easy to coach. He’s a great listener with no ego. Trebor is no doubt one of the state’s best in Class A or B, yet you wouldn’t know it around the deck. He’s very shy, humble and yet fantastic. Trebor takes time to teach younger athletes strokes, turns, drills and has a blast watching them progress. It’s great coaching him because he’s always upbeat and determined.”

2010-11 winner: Jack Terwilliger (Track)

2009-10 winner: Indiana Faithfull (Basketball)

2008-09 winner: Zander Markellos (Skiing)

2007-08 winner: Matt Libby (Swimming)

2006-07 winner: Matt Libby (Swimming)

2005-06 winner: Alex Arthur (Hockey)

2004-05 winner: Adam Horgan (Hockey)

2003-04 winner: Kevin Marchesi (Hockey)

2011-12 Winter Female Athlete of the year:

FIONA HENDRY, Senior-Indoor track

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CITATIONS

* Class A state champion, mile

* Class A state champion, two-mile

* SMAA Outstanding Distance Runner of the Year

* SMAA all-star, first-team, mile

* SMAA all-star, first-team, 3,200 relay

* SMAA all-star, second-team, 800

* SMAA all-star, third-team, 600

* Cheverus Most Valuable Athlete

Hendry’s enjoyed a most triumphant return to indoor track this winter, finishing the season off in perfect style.

Hendry, a South Portland resident, started running in the sixth grade, has turned heads as a cross country runner as well as a distance standout in indoor and outdoor track throughout her four years at Cheverus.

As a freshman, she announced her presence indoors by winning the mile and two-mile. She didn’t run indoors as a junior, but after placing runner-up to help the cross country team win its third straight state title this fall, returned with a flourish this winter.

Hendry was ranked first in the mile, second in the two-mile and senior 800 and third in the 600. She won the mile at the SMAA championship meet, then took the mile and two-mile titles at states, where she also anchored the 3,200 relay champions. Hendry was a big part of the Stags’ fourth-place team finish, helping produce 30 of the team’s 45 points.

Hendry is also a great student, sporting a 3.92 GPA. She belongs to the National Honor Society, volunteers with younger runners and works at the Children’s Museum of Maine. She plans to compete in track in college. She’s hoping to run somewhere in New England. Prior to going off to the next level, she’ll compete in road races, such as the Beach to Beacon.

She still has one high school season remaining. She’s never won an outdoor state title, but don’t bet against her. It’s quite likely she’ll save her best for last.

Coach Valerie Guillet’s comment: “Fiona has been an outstanding student-athlete for the past four seasons..When I met her the summer before her first high school cross country season, I knew my coaching would never be the same. I knew she’d raise the bar of my expectations and would also inspire her teammates to train harder and be more successful. She proved me right all the way. I will miss her dearly.”

2010-11 winner: Caroline Summa (Indoor track)

2009-10 winner: Saundrine Lanouette (Hockey)

2008-09 winner: Caroline Summa (Indoor track)

2007-08 winner: Jessica Groth (Indoor track)

2006-07 winner: Jessica Groth (Indoor track)

2005-06 winner: Caitlin Barber (Alpine skiing)

2004-05 winner: Jill Horan (Swimming)

2003-04 winner: Alana Van Loenen (Indoor track)

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

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