Cheverus Stags Winter Athletes of the Year

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2010-11 Winter Male Athlete of the Year:

JACK TERWILLIGER, Senior-Indoor track

* Class A state champion, mile

* Class A state champion, two-mile

* SMAA all-star, first team, mile

* SMAA all-star, first team, two-mile

* Team captain

Jack Terwilliger entered the 2010-11 winter sports season battling the after-effects of injury and trying to get in shape.

But by season’s end, he was a champion.

Terwilliger didn’t truly hit his stride until February, when it mattered most, but he was at his best on the big stage, winning Class A championships in both the mile and two-mile.

Before he finishes his high school career this spring, then takes his dominant act to the next level, Terwilliger deserves some praise for what he accomplished.

In that light, Jack Terwilliger gets The Forecaster’s nod as Cheverus’ 2010-11 Winter Male Athlete of the Year.

Terwilliger, who was also named Fall 2008 Male Athlete of the Year for cross country, is from Biddeford and began running seriously in middle school. He’s been a three-season track standout at Cheverus, but this fall, he was largely ineffective, battling an IT band injury after admittedly not training enough over the summer. He did manage to place fourth at states, but was still far from par as the indoor track campaign began.

Despite his woes, Terwilliger was able to win in the 800, mile and two-mile at the Expo and by the time the postseason rolled around, he was really hitting his stride.

At the SMAA championship meet, Terwilliger won the mile in 4 minutes, 45.60 seconds, two seconds better than his seed time. At states, he captured the mile in 4:27.01 and the two-mile in 10 minutes, 00.43 seconds and also took part in the 3,200 relay.

At New Englands, Terwilliger had the eighth-best mile time in the region (4:25.69).

Terwilliger is now gearing up for outdoor track, where he hopes to set a new state mile record and win the mile at New Englands.

He plans to attend Dartmouth College next year and will compete in track.

Jack Terwilliger, Cheverus’ 2010-11 Winter Male Athlete of the Year, overcame adversity with a flourish. He’ll go down as the latest in a long line of Stags standouts.

Coach Steve Vergillio’s comment: “Jack is the type of kid that everyone wants on their team. He is the perfect teammate and a phenomenal talent. He is selfless, courageous and a model leader. He means so much to the program in so many ways. You couldn’t ask for a better role model that makes things easier and more effective as a coach and as someone who wants to develop the program and instill these qualities in the athletes and school community. He is invaluable. I have been blessed to coach Jack and he is certainly one of the all time bests that I have coached at any level: including youth, high school, collegiate and post-collegiate. We are looking forward to seeing what he will do this spring to cap off his high school career.”

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)

2010-11 Winter Female Athlete of the year:

CAROLINE SUMMA, Senior-Indoor track

* Class A state champion, high jump

* SMAA all-star, first team, high jump

* Most Valuable Team Athlete

* Maine Hall of Fame Scholarship recipient

Spend a few minutes with Caroline Summa and you can’t help but marvel.

And that has nothing to do with her transcendent athletic ability.

Summa, who has more interests and accomplishments than most adults, capped her Cheverus indoor track career with another stellar campaign this winter, highlighted by capturing the Class A state title in the high jump.

Competitors and individuals like this don’t come along often and deserve to be hailed when they do. For consistently raising the bar on and off the track, Caroline Summa is The Forecaster’s choice for Cheverus’ 2010-11 Winter Female Athlete of the Year.

Summa, who also won this recognition two winters ago, lives on Chebeague Island and has been a fixture at Cheverus since her freshman year, when she placed fourth in the indoor high jump. She was up to second as a sophomore and was second again her junior season.

Despite those results, Summa described that period as a “slump.”

This winter saw her completely return to form. She won the high jump in the season’s opening meet and didn’t look back, also competing very effectively in the sprints.

At the SMAA championship meet, Summa leaped 5 feet, 4 inches to win the crown. She almost cleared 5 feet, 6.5 inches and at that point, knew she was back at top form. She also placed runner-up in the 300 and fifth in the 40. At states, Summa took first place in the high jump at 5-2 and was seventh in the triple jump.

She capped her season at New Englands, placing 11th in the high jump (5-3).

Summa, who was part of Cheverus’ 2009 and 2010 cross country state championship teams, wants to continue to excel this spring in outdoor track and has her eye on (Cheverus’ 2004 Winter Female Athlete of the Year) Alana van Loenen’s school record high jump of 5 feet, 6.25 inches.

Summa is a member of the Outdoors and Haiti Solidarity Clubs. She’s been accepted at Oberlin College, but plans to defer for a year to travel. She’s not sure if she’ll continue to compete in track in college and is interested in Environmental Studies.

Whatever her future brings, it’s sure to be triumphant. Caroline Summa, Cheverus’ 2010-11 Winter Female Athlete of the Year, exemplifies the student-athlete ideal.

Coach Valerie Guillet’s comment: “Caroline is just a delight and part of a handful of athletes in the past 10 years who have had a great impact on my life. She is not just a great athlete with loads of talent. She is a wonderful human being, so interested in the world and others. She has always had the necessary maturity to enable her talent to flourish: She understands the concept of hard work and never shies away from it. She strives for excellence and always sets the bar higher. No pun intended. An astute learner, natural athlete, and role model for her teammates, she has nurtured both analytical and athletic capabilities required by a very challenging college preparatory institution to excel both on the field and off.”

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)

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