Winter all-star teams full of familiar names-Northern edition
The much heralded winter of 2010-11 gave local sports fans memories galore. As a result, many of the coverage area's top athletes earned all-star mention.
Here's a glimpse:
Forecaster Country boys' basketball teams produced several all-stars.
The Western Maine Conference Class B first team included Greely senior Sam Johnston and Yarmouth junior Josh Britten.
Greely senior Tanner Storey and Yarmouth senior Luke Pierce made the second team.
Falmouth juniors Jack Cooleen and Matt Packard were third teamers.
In Class C, North Yarmouth Academy senior Andrew Esancy made the first team.
The WMC All-Academic team included Falmouth's Connor Burfiend, Ben Goffin, Michael LaFond and Brendan McDonnell, NYA's Matt Kibler and Yarmouth's Campbell Belisle-Haley, Connor Ertz and Luke Pierce.
Greely's Johnston and Storey, NYA's Esancy and Yarmouth's Pierce and Matt Murphy made the Senior All-Star team. Murphy had 22 points, Esancy 10 and Pierce six as the "Blue" team beat the "White" team, 118-73, despite 17 points from Johnston and 10 from Storey.
Pierce was a finalist for the Bob Butler Award.
At the state level, Greely's Johnston and Yarmouth's Pierce played for the Class A/B West team in the Maine McDonald's Senior All-Star Game. Falmouth's Dave Halligan served as one of the team's coaches.
NYA's Esancy played for the Class C/D West team.
Greely won the Maine Principals' Association Sportsmanship Award.
On the girls' side, the Class B second team included Falmouth senior Jess DiPhillippo, Greely senior Megan Coale and Yarmouth freshman Olivia Smith.
Falmouth junior Jenna Serunian and Freeport sophomore Leigh Wyman made the second team.
In Class C, NYA senior Blair Haggett made the first team.
NYA junior Morgan Scully was a second teamer.
The WMC All-Academic team featured Falmouth's Caitlin Costello and Jess DiPhillippo, Freeport's Allyson Fuehrer and Katee Poulin, Greely's Chelsea Bridges, Megan Coale and Sara Warnock, NYA's Eliza Gendron and Blair Haggett and Yarmouth's Danielle Torres.
Falmouth's DiPhillippo, Freeport's Poulin, Greely's Coale and Warnock and NYA's Haggett took part in the Senior All-Star Game. Warnock had a game-high 18 points to lead the "White" team to an 82-51 victory over "Blue." Coale had seven points and Poulin four in the win. DiPhillippo and Haggett had nine points apiece in the setback.
Once again, there was plenty of success on the ice this year.
The Western Class A Senior All-Star team included Falmouth defenseman Matt MacDowell and goalie Jay Hurdman.
In Western Class B, the first team included Greely senior goalie Matt Labbe.
Greely senior forward John Downey and sophomore defenseman Tim Storey, along with Yarmouth junior forward Eamon Costello, made the second team.
Greely senior forward Justin Murphy and sophomore defenseman Erik Rost and Yarmouth junior forward Alex Kurtz, senior defenseman Ben Nickerson and sophomore goalie Red DeSmith were third teamers.
Greely senior forward Devyn Rogers was an honorable mention.
The Western B All-Rookie team included Greely freshman forward Ted Hart and Yarmouth freshman forward Max Watson and senior defenseman Cotter Jackson.
Greely's Downey, Labbe, Murphy and Rogers and Yarmouth's Jackson, Nickerson and Joey King played for the Western B team in the Senior All-Star Game. Greely's Barry Mothes was a coach. The West lost, 5-2, to the East. Downey (from Rogers) scored the first goal. Murphy assisted on the other. Labbe made 21 saves.
On the girls' side, the All-East Region first team included Greely senior forward Michaela Finnegan and senior defender Casey Benner and Yarmouth senior defender Courtney Barker.
The second team featured Greely junior goalie Emma Seymour and sophomore forward Paige Tuller and Yarmouth freshman forward Ariel Potter and junior defender Suzanne Driscoll.
Greely junior forward CeCi Hodgkins, sophomore forward Meg Finley and sophomore defender Chelsea Andrews, along with Yarmouth sophomore defender Caelainn Costello, were honorable mentions.
In the West Region, Falmouth senior goalie Jen Greene and junior defender Monica Aaskov made the first team.
Falmouth sophomore forward Abby Payson was a second teamer.
Falmouth sophomore forward Gabby St. Angelo was an honorable mention.
Yarmouth won the MPA Sportsmanship Award.
The WMC indoor track boys' first team was dominated by Falmouth and Greely athletes.
The squad included Falmouth's Will Wegener (55 and 400), Jacob Buhelt (200), Reid Pryzant (55 hurdles) and the Yachtsmen's 800 and 3,200 relay teams and Greely's Liam Campbell (mile), Michael Burgess (shot put), Sam Mason (long jump), Austin Spencer (triple jump) and Matt Davis (pole vault).
The second team featured Falmouth's Jimmy Polewaczyk (200), Brian Prescott (400), Thomas Edmonds (mile) and Henry Briggs (two-mile), Greely's Jack Fellows (shot put), NYA's Alex Coffin (800) and Yarmouth's Asa Arden (long jump) and Lucas Davis (high jump).
Greely's Burgess was the Most Valuable Athlete in the field events.
Falmouth's Wegener was the Most Valuable Athlete in the track events.
On the girls' side, the first team included Falmouth's Kate Sparks (shot put), Greely's Kirstin Sandreuter (two-mile), Meaghan Crowley (triple jump) and the Rangers' 800 and 3,200 relay teams.
Among the second teamers were Falmouth's Amy Webster (pole vault) and Greely's Jessica Wilson (400 and 800) and Katherine Harrington (shot put).
The Southern Maine Swim League All-Conference boys' team was similarly full of local names.
Repeat state champion Greely placed Ian Mecray (50 freestyle, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay) and Dan Spencer (100 free, 200 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay). Falmouth's Ryan Conley (diving) and Shaun Lamoureux (400 free relay) also qualified.
At the state level, Greely's Mecray (200 free relay and 400 free relay) and Spencer (400 free relay) made the first team.
Mecray was on the second team for the 50 free and 200 medley relay. He was joined by Falmouth's Lamoureux in the latter event.
Conley (diving) and Spencer (100 and 200 free) made the third team.
On the girls' side, the SMSL squad featured Falmouth's Nicola Mancini (diving) and Evie Perry (diving) and Greely's Sarah Easterling (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay), Sara Schad (50 free, 100 free, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay) and Megan Stroud (100 free, 200 free and 400 free relay).
The All-State first team included Falmouth's Mancini (diving) and Greely's Easterling (IM, 200 medley and 400 free relays), Schad (200 and 400 free relays) and Stroud (400 free relay).
Schad (100 free) and Yarmouth's Abby Belisle-Haley (100 butterfly) qualified for the second team.
Schad also made the third team in the 50 free.
Conley (male) and Mancini (female) were named Class B Divers of the Year.
Easterling was chosen the girls' Class B Swimmer of the Year.
Greely's Rob Hale was named the Class B boys' Coach of the Year.
The SMSL All-Academic team included Falmouth's Melina Bergkamp, Lynne Cooney and Sean Lannon, Greely's Sara Howard, Peter Pacent and Michelle Pride, NYA's Alicia Hoffman, Nico Kaminow and Alison Znamierowski and Yarmouth's Adrian Copeland.
It was a glorious year for local skiers, Alpine and Nordic.
The WMC Alpine boys' all-star team included Falmouth's Alex Gowen, Joe Lesniak and Francesco Montanari, Freeport's Griffin Breer and Ryan Collet and Yarmouth's Drew Grout and Matt Highland.
On the girls' side, Falmouth's Leika Scott, Freeport's Elly Bengtsson, Taylor Enrico and Elli Pier, Greely's Jill Booth, Elyse Dinan and Madeleine Whittier and Yarmouth's Taylor Hornney, Claudia Lockwood and Smythe Eddy.
The WMC Nordic boys' team featured Falmouth's Jackson Bloch, Freeport's Scott Ross, Greely's Connor Regan, Merriconeag's Jack Pierce, NYA's Evan Kendall, Ian Moore and Cam Regan and Yarmouth's Jack Elder and Thomas Sullivan.
The girls' team included Falmouth's Sarah Abramson, Merriconeag's Emelie Chace-Donahue and Zoe Chace-Donahue and Yarmouth's Sarah Becker, Becca Bell, Olivia Conrad, Caitlin Crawford, Alex Lucas and Alison Totta.
The All-Academic team featured Falmouth's Sarah Abramson, Jackson Bloch, Matthew Goldstein, Maxim Irving, Zoe Kitchel, Jacob Merson and Khaled Moumhneh, Freeport's Matt Creasy, Brina Dillon, Spencer Egan, Ben Forster, Max Jennings, Scott Ross and Bennett Wade, Greely's Jeff Alberg, Emily Hill and Julia Isaacson and Yarmouth's Andrew Beckmann, Becca Bell, Dan Connor, Andrew DiMarco, Benjamin Jones, Sam Kapner, Alison Totta, Jack Walsh and Ben Woodbury.
Congratulations to all of this winter's all-stars for a job well done!