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Yarmouth Winter Athletes of the Year

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Yarmouth Winter Athletes of the Year

2008-09 Winter Male Athlete of the Year:
CAM WOODWORTH, Junior-Skiing
* Class B state champion, Nordic freestyle
* Class B state champion, Nordic classic
* WMC Nordic All-Star

One of the most storied ski programs around continued to raise the bar this winter.

Whether it was downhill or cross-country, the Clippers set the tone and left the rest of the field in their wake.

One of the biggest reasons Yarmouth won the Western Maine Conference Nordic and the combined state championships was Cam Woodworth, who capped a stellar season with a pair of wins at the state meet.

Woodworth was rewarded for his hard work, willingness to take and give advice, and desire to improve by topping the podium for the first time.

Those attributes and accomplishments convinced The Forecaster to name Cam Woodworth Yarmouth's 2008-09 Winter Male Athlete of the Year.

Woodworth, like so many before (and after) him who grew up in Yarmouth, started skiing at a young age (in his case at a youth program at Sugarloaf) and set his sights on helping the Clippers once he got to high school.

He came a long way in a short time. Woodworth didn't even score at the state meet as a freshman, but moved up as a sophomore and was 15th at states in the freestyle.

Let's just say he was much, much better this season. Woodworth wouldn't pass up an opportunity to train and his hard work paid off. He had steady preformances throughout the regular season while the Clippers were beating all comers.

At the Western Maine Conference meet, where Yarmouth made a stunning statement by winning every race on both the boys' and girls' sides, Woodworth was second in the skate and fourth in the classic.

That set the stage for the Class B state meet, where Woodworth would have no peer. He won the freestyle in 13 minutes, 58.47 seconds and took first in the classic as well (15:00.34). In two short years, he had gone from out of the running to the top spot.

Topping his junior season might prove to be a challenge. Woodworth, who also plays goalie for the Clippers' perennial state championship-caliber boys' lacrosse team, will look to duplicate this year's success while deciding on where he wants to go to college.

If he opts to ski at the next level, look out, he'll likely continue to excel. Cam Woodworth, Yarmouth's 2008-09 Winter Male Athlete of the Year, has come a long way in a short time. His days of leading the pack aren't likely to end anytime soon.

Coach Bob Morse's comment: "Cam has made tremendous improvement from his freshman year. I think what has made him stand out is his ability to ski with conservation. He knows how to ski a 5K race and still have enough fuel in the tank to ski a strong last kilometer. He helped the boys' team improve all season long."

2007-08 winner: Jack Gross (Skiing)
2006-07 winner: Lucas Denning (Basketball)
2005-06 winner: Jack Gross (Skiing)
2004-05 winner: Pat Delaney (Hockey)
2003-04 winner: Ben Swardlick (Skiing)
2002-03 winner: Gunnar Hagstrom (Basketball)
2001-02 winner: Jay Fletcher (Hockey)

2008-09 Winter Female Athlete of the Year:
LAUREN STACKHOUSE, Senior-Skiing
* Class B state champion, Alpine slalom
* WMC Alpine All-Star

While fellow Winter Athlete of the Year Cam Woodworth progressed up the standings, Lauren Stackhouse has long been a star.

Another in a long line of Yarmouth girls' skiing greats, Stackhouse capped her career with an individual crown, while leading her Alpine team to an almost flawless season.

Stackhouse solidified her legend and in the process earned The Forecaster's selection as Yarmouth's 2008-09 Winter Female Athlete of the Year.

Stackhouse has been on skis as long as she can remember and it didn't take long for her to emerge as a top Alpine threat.

As a freshman, she was third in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom at the Class B state meet. She was a league all-star as a sophomore, swept the slalom and GS titles as a junior and continued to dominate this winter.

The Clippers ruled the slopes all season. Their biggest test came at the state meet where they had to battle Mt. Abram to the wire. Stackouse won the slalom crown with a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 26.75 seconds.

She was runner-up in the GS (by a second) and Yarmouth edged the Roadrunners by four points to take the crown.

Through it all, Stackhouse was a standout in the leadership category as well, helping pave the way for next year's success.

Stackhouse, who also played soccer at Yarmouth, took part in USSA races and in the Eastern High School championships as well. She says she loves the noise of the slalom and spends as much times as possible at Sunday River.

Stackhouse is considering Bowdoin, Tufts and the University of Vermont and is thinking about studying pre-Med. She's not sure she'll ski, but any program would be fortunate to have her.

Lauren Stackhouse, Yarmouth's 2008-09 Winter Female Athlete of the Year, ended her high school career the way it began, triumphantly, and leaves some mighty big boots to fill.

Alpine coach Bob Grout's comment: "Lauren is one of the most coachable athletes I've ever had the opportunity to work with. She's the ultimate team skier, smart as a whip, fast and consistent. Her work ethic, pride, team spirit and leadership qualities add up to place her in the exceptional athlete category."

2007-08 winner: Julianna Lord (Skiing)
2006-07 winner: Molly Hallweaver (Skiing)
2005-06 winner: Meredith Shaw (Basketball)
2004-05 winner: Aylie Baker (Basketball)
2003-04 winner: Kalie Dunn (Skiing)
2002-03 winner: Emily Poole (Skiing)
2001-02 winner: Emily Erickson (Basketball)

Photo:
Cam Woodworth

Photo:
Lauren Stackhouse