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Athletes of the Year: Greely Rangers

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Athletes of the Year: Greely Rangers

2009 FALL MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

LOGAN PRICE, Senior-Cross country

* Foot Locker qualifier

* WMC all-star, first team

* WMC Senior Scholar-Athlete

The Greely boys' cross country team won its third straight Class B state championship this fall, thanks to a true team effort, but leading the way from start to finish was senior Logan Price, who impressed during the regular year, then was at his best in the postseason, even qualifying for the Foot Locker Northeast championship race.

Price is a running aficionado, keeps getting better and helped keep his team atop the heap, all of which convinced The Forecaster to select Logan Price as Greely's 2009 Fall Male Athlete of the Year.

Price grew up in Cumberland, has enjoyed running since a young age and was (and is) a four-year stalwart with the Greely cross country and track programs. As a freshman, Price finished 27th at the cross country state meet. The next year, he was eighth as the Rangers came in first as a team. In 2008, Price came in sixth as Greely did it again.

The fun continued this fall as Price made a major move by coming in second at the Manchester (N.H.) Invitational. He was third at the Western Maine Conference championship meet, sixth at regionals, then came in fifth at states as the Rangers three-peated.

Price, who trains with great devotion, finished his season Saturday at the Foot Locker race, posting the 125th-best time out of 146 of the top runners in the Northeast.

Price, a member of National Honor Society, the Spanish and Latin clubs, and a Boy Scout (soon to become an Eagle Scout), will continue to run during the indoor and outdoor seasons, then hopes to compete in college. He's currently looking at the likes of Rice, the University of Texas and Washington University. He's interested in pursuing a biology-related degree.

Price and his teammates did it again this season, a fitting coda to a superb four-year stint. The Rangers will remain a cross country power, but won't soon forget the contributions of Logan Price, Greely's 2009 Fall Male Athlete of the Year.

Coach David Dowling's Comment: "Logan's training started in the summer where he put in 50-mile weeks. This prepared him for a very successful season. Without saying much, Logan's dedication to training and willingness to push himself has made him successful and has made him a role model for his teammates."

2008 winner: Steven Chase (Soccer)

2007 winner: James LePage (Cross country)

2006 winner: Oliver Blum (Soccer)

2005 winner: Greg Frost (Soccer)

2004 winner: Casey Diehl (Cross country)

2003 winner: Will Robinson (Golf)

2002 winner: Ben True (Cross country)

2001 winner: Ben True (Cross country)

2009 FALL FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

ERIN CADIGAN, Senior-Volleyball

* All State, second team

* WMC all-star, first team

The Greely volleyball team was able to win a seventh successive state championship this fall, but for the first time, the Rangers were seriously pushed.

Luckily for Greely, with the season on the line, senior Erin Cadigan stepped up big time and again. Each of the first two games of the state final against talented upstart Falmouth hung on a razor's edge, but each time, the Rangers managed to eke out a victory, thanks in large part to clutch plays from Cadigan. Then, Greely put the finishing touches on its latest title with a relatively easy third game win.

The Rangers are without question the premier program in the state and have produced some stellar talent over the years, but it's likely that Cadigan made some of the biggest plays to date on the biggest stage.

In light of her strong play throughout and for her ability to turn it up a notch with a championship on the line, Erin Cadigan is The Forecaster's choice for Greely's 2009 Fall Female Athlete of the Year.

Cadigan, a Cumberland native, started playing volleyball in the sixth grade, right around the time the Greely varsity was taking over the scene. She played in middle school, but missed her freshman year after injuring her knee. Cadigan was part of a state champion in 2007 and 2008, then, this fall, as an outside hitter after playing opposite as a junior, she and her teammates were given a stern test.

Greely lost for just the fourth time in its varsity history on Oct. 5 at Falmouth, but avenged that loss with a win over the Yachtsmen in the regular season finale. The teams met again in the state match Halloween morning.

Falmouth appeared en route to a first game win, but Cadigan's dominance at the net led the way to a 26-24 Rangers' win. In the second game, Greely rallied for the game's final five points (capped by a Cadigan kill) to win again, 26-24. That broke the Yachtsmen's will and the Rangers won the third game, 25-17, to put the finishing touches on another championship. Cadigan had 21 kills on the day.

She finished the season with 173 kills, 202 digs, 24 blocks, 8 assists and 41 aces on 152-of-174 serves.

Cadigan skis in the winter and competes in outdoor track (jumping and throwing the discus) in the spring. She also plays with the 18-Gold Junior Olympic volleyball team, in addition to playing her share of beach volleyball.

Cadigan, who takes part in Bigs and Littles and is helping put together Greely's yearbook, wants to play in college, but it still deciding on where she wants to go and what she wants to study.

Greely will likely go on to win more championships in the years to come, but this one was so tightly contested, making it more memorable. It wouldn't have been possible if not for the big game contributions of Erin Cadigan, Greely's 2009 Fall Female Athlete of the Year.

Coach Kelvin Hasch's Comment: "Erin was a big contributor to the team throughout the year. She was hurt most of the year with wrist and hamstring problems, but always managed to play hard when needed most. Her hitting was fantastic. She was always listening and positive to coach. Her shoes will be hard to fill next year. She is probably the only high school girl in Maine that can hit over the block. This is because of her 24-inch vertical leap."

2008 winner: Hillary Cederna (Volleyball)

2007 winner: Mackenzie Ross (Field hockey)

2006 winner: Aly Robinson (Soccer)

2005 winner: Amanda Gray (Volleyball)

2004 winner: Rachelle Doucette (Soccer)

2003 winner: Hayly Ross (Field hockey)

2002 winner: Kim Alexander (Soccer)

2001 winner: Amanda Chase (Field hockey)