Fall Athletes of the Year: Scarborough Red Storm
2009 FALL MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
TREVOR HOXSIE, Senior-Soccer
* SMAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year
* Western A regional all-star
* SMAA All-Star, first team
Every year, the Scarborough boys' soccer program loses sensational players to graduation. Then, the next autumn, the Red Storm find someone to fill the void and play the starring role during a championship run.
This season, that spot was filled by Trevor Hoxsie. After Scarborough suffered perhaps its harshest graduation hit, Hoxsie and his teammates simply bore down and led the Red Storm to another undefeated season and a second straight Class A championship.
Hoxsie was an offensive force all year, but saved his best for the playoffs. He scored the first goal in the Class A Final and has earned an abundance of well-deserved accolades for his play.
Here's another: Trevor Hoxsie is The Forecaster's choice for Scarborough's 2009 Fall Male Athlete of the Year.
Hoxsie grew up in Scarborough and like so many boys in town, started playing soccer in preschool. He played varsity for four seasons and rapidly improved. Hoxsie said he "wasn't that good" as a freshman, but got progressively better and became a starter as a junior. This fall, as one of the top scoring threats in the state, he sparkled.
Hoxsie scored three times in a season-opening win at Massabesic, had two goals against South Portland, scored three times against Marshwood, had the only goal in a win over Gorham, scored the first goal in a romp at Cheverus, the only goal in a home victory over Kennebunk, had three goals against Noble, two goals and two assists versus Deering, had the winner against Sanford and finished the regular year with three goals versus Thornton Academy.
In the playoffs, Hoxsie had a goal and an assist against South Portland in the quarterfinals, helped the Red Storm surge past Portland in the semis with a second half goal and put his team ahead to stay in the state game with a free kick goal.
Hoxsie finished with 28 goals and 14 assists, was named to the SMAA and regional all-star teams and is in consideration for All-New England and All-America honors. He plays with the Maine Coast United and Portland Phoenix premier teams, an experience he credits for his growth and improvement as a player.
Hoxsie plays hockey in the winter. He's considering Utica College. He wants to play college soccer and possibly study biology.
The Red Storm did it again in 2009. This latest title wouldn't have been possible were it not for the brilliance of Trevor Hoxsie, Scarborough's 2009 Fall Male Athlete of the Year.
Coach Mark Diaz's Comment: "Trevor played as hard as anyone I saw this year. He was double- or triple-teamed most nights. He played with the same passion in every game, regardless of the opponent. He'd play soccer all day if we let him. He spent many hours on his game and each year improved on a weakness. This year it was free kicks and he got one in the biggest game of the year. He was a role model to our younger players. It was a pleasure to work with him because he always gave me his best."
2008 winner: Ian Philbrick (Soccer)
2007 winner: Nate Gove (Soccer)
2006 winner: Jack Snyder (Golf)
2005 winner: Derek Poulin (Soccer)
2004 winner: Brad Carlson (Soccer)
2003 winner: Tim Waterhouse (Cross country)
2002 winner: Travis Hitchcock (Football)
2001 winner: Nial DeMena (Football)
2009 FALL FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
BRITTANY ROSS, Senior -Field Hockey
* Miss Maine Field Hockey finalist
* SMAA all-star, first team
* All-State team
Every once in awhile, stories have a fairy tale ending.
That was certainly the case for the Scarborough field hockey juggernaut and its star player, Brittany Ross, this season.
Not only did Ross and her teammates run roughshod over their foes this year, but they won a first-ever state title in dramatic fashion, tying the score on a late Ross goal before winning it overtime.
For being such a unique, transcendent star and for coming through when she absolutely had to, Brittany Ross gets The Forecaster's nod as Scarborough's 2009 Fall Female Athlete of the Year, marking the second straight year she's been honored.
Ross came to field hockey naturally. Her mother played at Orono. While she claims that basketball is her first passion, she certainly appears pretty comfortable with a stick in her hand. Ross is an absolute magician with the ball on her stick. She's more than just an offensive show, however, she can also play shutdown defense.
Ross played four years on the Scarborough varsity as the Red Storm got better each season. Last fall, the Red Storm lost in double-overtime to Skowhegan in the state game and this year's team wasn't about to settle for anything shy of the championship.
Ross played a huge role in the team's 14-0 regular season. She had six goals in the very first game, a 12-0 romp at Portland. Ross scored three times against Thornton Academy, twice against Bonny Eagle, three times versus Massabesic and Noble, twice in a first-ever win over Sanford, three times against Biddeford and South Portland and once against Cheverus in a victory that gave Scarborough the top seed for the playoffs.
After scoring and adding an assist in a quarterfinal-round win over Thornton Academy, Ross scored twice in the semis versus Bonny Eagle and capped her high school career with her biggest goal ever against Skowhegan with just minutes remaining in the Class A Final.
Ross finished with 31 goals and 12 assists this year. She graduates as the program's record-holder in season and career (82) goals. The Red Storm went 57-9 with her on the field.
Ross, who was all-conference and all-state each of her four seasons, is a finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, plays for the Katahdin U-19 premier team and recently took part in the National Field Hockey Festival in California.
She'll next look to lead the Red Storm's girls' basketball team to a first-ever championship. She's the point guard. Naturally. Ross plays lacrosse in the spring. She's also a member of National Honor Society, Key Club and is a Big Brothers, Big Sisters mentor.
Ross is deciding between playing at either the University of Maine and Providence College. She wants to study journalism.
She penned a memorable and magical story this season. Brittany Ross, Scarborough's 2008 and 2009 Fall Female Athlete of the Year, has left behind a legacy that will long be honored.
Coach Kerry Mariello's Comment: "Brittany has been an absolute pleasure to coach. She's one of the hardest working athletes I have ever coached. Her success stems from a combination of natural ability, pure love for the sport, and sheer gritty competitiveness. Brittany has contributed to the program in so many ways. Through the years, she broadened her game to not only being a flashy fundamentalist, but a terrific passer and defender as well. What I think sets her apart and makes her extra special, is her ability to handle pressure situations, to thrive on them, and excel tenfold when it comes to big games and big situations."
2008 winner: Brittany Ross (Field hockey)
2007 winner: Sarah Bonenfant (Field hockey)
2006 winner: Erica Jesseman (Cross country)
2005 winner: Liz Houle (Soccer)
2004 winner: Caitlin Albert (Field hockey)
2003 winner: Zaria Udeh (Soccer)
2002 winner: Caitlin Neelon (Field hockey)
2001 winner: Maureen McHugh (Soccer)