Deering Rams Fall Athletes of the Year

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MAX CHABOT, Senior-Football

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Chabot was the straw that stirred the drink for the resurgent Rams and his steady play at the most important position on the field led his teammates to great things.

Chabot grew up in Portland, playing football, basketball and baseball. He started playing football in the fourth grade with the Portland Raiders youth team and came to Deering where he spent three years on the varsity playing for three different coaches.

While the program was in disarray during his sophomore season (when he threw for 550 yards and three touchdowns) and again his junior year (when he threw for 1,362 yards and 11 touchdowns and ran for 219 yards and four more scores), Chabot weathered the storm and this fall, he and his teammates benefited from the stability brought by new coach Jason Jackson and the Rams became one of the feel-good stories of the year.

Deering began the season with wins over Massabesic and Sanford, then played seemingly unbeatable Thornton Academy closer than many expected. A win at South Portland lifted the Rams to 3-1 at the midway point. Deering then lost decisively at home to Bonny Eagle and its season was at a crossroads, but Chabot and Company responded by defeating Oxford Hills, Edward Little and Scarborough to earn a spot in the playoffs and a quarterfinal round bye.

In the regular season, Chabot completed 67 of 113 passes for 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also ran 44 times for 275 yards with seven TDs. 

Chabot added two more rushing touchdowns against Bonny Eagle in the Class A South semifinals, but the Rams dropped a 20-19 heartbreaker.

“Winning was so much fun,” Chabot said. “It made the biggest difference. A lot of the seniors played since we were freshmen and sophomores and we wanted to win. We won a couple, played TA well and we knew we had to the talent to keeping doing well. The Bonny Eagle (playoff) loss was tough. I didn’t sleep the next night.”

Chabot capped his career by throwing for a touchdown and running for another in a Thanksgiving Day loss to Portland.

Chabot has a simple motivation whether he’s on the gridiron, court, or diamond.

“I always want to play well for my friends and family,” he said. “I’ve always just really liked sports.”

Chabot hopes to continue playing in college. He’s currently considering his options and plans to stay in the Northeast and possibly study sports management.

Max Chabot, Deering’s Fall Male Athlete of the Year, earned some long awaited accolades and got to enjoy a senior season to remember.

Coach Jason Jackson‘s comment: “Max is a great leader. He’s very cerebral. He’s a very good improviser. He makes smart decisions. He’s shifty and can think on his feet. He has a good arm. He’s unbelievably underrated in the league. In my opinion, he’s the second-best quarterback in the region behind (Thornton Academy’s Austin) McCrum.

Prior winners:

2014 Stephen Ochan (soccer)

2013 Will Barlock (golf)

2012 Kenny Sweet (football)

2011 Joe Walp (golf)

2010 Jamie Ross (football)

2009 Charlie Dupee (soccer)

2008 Jack Heary (football)

2007 Tony Yeboah (soccer)

2006 John Misener (cross country)

2005 Sean Meehan (soccer/football)

2004 Ryan Flaherty (football)



  • Class A South all-region

  • SMAA all-star, first-team

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Lauture was a very good player her first three seasons. As a senior, she was close to unstoppable and her ability to score and set up her teammates helped Deering produce another strong campaign.

Lauture started playing soccer at a very young age in Massachusetts. She came to Deering and played four years on the varsity team at forward and outside-midfielder, learning from standout Alexis Elowitch as a freshman, becoming an all-conference honorable mention selection as a sophomore, moving up to the second-team after scoring nine goals as a junior, then becoming one of the league’s most prolific threats this fall, scoring 13 times and demonstrating her myriad skills and unselfishness, adding six assists.

Lauture was always the focal point of the opposition, but they rarely stopped her, or even slowed her down. Lauture had two goals and two assists in a win over McAuley, had goals in a win over Biddeford and in a tie against Sanford and had the only goal, in overtime, in a victory over rival Cheverus.

In a preliminary round playoff win over Bonny Eagle, Lauture scored her final goal. Deering was then eliminated by Scarborough in the quarterfinals.

“I had high hopes for the season,” Lauture said. “I thought we might go a little farther, but we improved a lot.”

Lauture said a commitment to becoming better in the offseason paid dividends this fall.

“I put a lot of time in trying to better myself as a player,” Lauture said. “I was in the gym every day, improving my speed and strength. I’m very competitive and have a huge passion for soccer.”

Lauture also sprints in outdoor track, plays for the Seacoast U-18 premier soccer team and hopes play soccer in college, where she plans to study nursing.

Simone Lauture, Deering’s Fall Female Athlete of the Year, showed that hard work leads to great things and her contributions to the program won’t soon be forgotten.

Coach Kevin Olson‘s comment: “Simone was our leading goal-scorer and had the most assists as well. She was an offensive threat all year long. She’s very explosive and fast and has the ability to finish. She not only had the ability to make big shots, but she also showed her unselfishness with her great passing ability to set up her teammates. She was mentally tough and always focused, a great communicator and was also a leader by example. She trained a very high level both in the offseason and during the season. I’m very proud of her accomplishments this season and the program will miss her.”

Prior winners:

2014 Rylie Turner (field hockey)

2013 Alexis Elowitch (soccer)

2012 Alexis Elowitch (soccer)

2011 Alexis Sivovlos (soccer)

2010 Amanda Masse (soccer)

2009 Jami LeRoy (field hockey)

2008 Jess Ruhlin (field hockey)

2007 Jess Ruhlin (field hockey)

2006 Chelsea Johnson (soccer)

2005 Ashley Morgan (cross country)

2004 Bronwyn Potthoff (field hockey)

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