Freeport Falcons Spring Athletes of the Year

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JACK DAVENPORT, Senior-Baseball

* WMC all-star, Class A/B first team

* USA Today Maine team, second team

* Captain

Davenport produced arguably the finest season in program history as he was the straw that stirred the drink for a squad which stole hearts and headlines and won a regional title for the first time.

Davenport, who was also Freeport’s 2015 Spring Male Athlete of the Year, started playing baseball in T-ball. It quickly became his top sport and even though he’s been very successful in soccer and basketball at the high school level, the diamond has been his best friend.

Davenport made the all-conference second-team as a freshman and was honored again after a sophomore campaign which saw him hit .391 with three home runs and 15 RBI and post a 1.77 earned run average on the hill. As a junior, he hit .510, won four games on the mound and had a 2.39 earned run average.

All of that was a mere appetizer for what was to come in 2016.

Davenport posted some amazing pitching numbers this spring: a 7-2 record, 0.51 earned run average, 27 hits, four earned runs, 10 walks and 85 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. He won two more games in the postseason.

Highlights included a one-hit, 16-strikeout gem in a season-opening win over Lake Region, a three-hitter in a victory over Kennebunk, a no-hit, 13-K masterpiece at Old Orchard Beach, a 10-strikeout shutout versus Gray-New Gloucester, 12 strikeouts in a win over Wells and a three-hit, eight-strikeout victory over Poland.

In the quarterfinals at York, Davenport threw a complete game and struck out eight in earning the win. Then, in the regional final, Davenport sent the Falcons somewhere they had never been before by scattering six hits and allowing just one unearned run.

His batting stats were just as impressive. Davenport hit .545 with 24 hits, 14 runs scored and seven RBI. Davenport had a .623 on-base percentage, a .773 slugging percentage and an on base plus slugging percentage of 1.396.

Highlights included two hits against Lake Region, two hits versus Fryeburg Academy, two hits and three RBI against Gray-New Gloucester, two hits and three runs scored in a second win over Lake Region, two hits and an RBI in an historic win over Greely, three hits and two runs scored against Poland, two hits against Wells, two hits and two RBI versus York and two hits and three runs scored in a second win over Poland. In one stretch, Davenport had multiple hits in eight consecutive games.

In the playoffs, Davenport had two hits and two RBI in the quarterfinals against York, drove in the only run in the semifinals as Freeport ended Greely’s two-year reign as state champion, then hit an RBI double to put the Falcons ahead to stay against Cape Elizabeth in the regional final. Davenport scored a run in the state final, but Freeport was finally vanquished by Old Town.

Regardless of the disappointing ending, Davenport and his teammates enjoyed a run for the ages.

“It was a really cool experience and it was awesome to be a part of it,” Davenport said. “I like to go out there and play hard. It’s nice to win, but you can’t always win. I’m glad we were able to prove ourselves.”

Davenport plans to attend Kennebec Valley Community College in the fall. He hopes to become a lineman. He’s likely played his last game of competitive baseball.

But his legacy will remain. Jack Davenport, Freeport’s Spring Male Athlete of the Year, came up big time and time again in a season that will never be forgotten.

Coach Bill Ridge’s comment: “Jack’s goal from the beginning of the season was to help the team have a more successful run, including a playoff win. He obviously helped lead us to even better than what we originally hoped. He has all the tools you can hope for in a player. He’s strong, fast and is an incredible athlete. His hands are his gifts, whether at the plate, or in the field. He consistently had big hits or huge games on the mound for us. If he wasn’t in our lineup, then we don’t make a deep run and honestly we may not have been a playoff team. He’s grown up tremendously as a person and watching how he carried himself, how humble he was, how appreciative he was of the support he got was as incredible to watch as any of his performances on the field.”

Previous winners:

2015 Jack Davenport (baseball)

2014 Sam Wogan (lacrosse)

2013 Harrison Stivers (track)

2012 Sawyer Williams (baseball)

2011 Hans Pope (lacrosse)

2010 Hans Pope (lacrosse)

2009 Greg Ordway (lacrosse)

2008 Parker Chipman (track)

2007 Luke Charest (lacrosse)

2006 Kelso Davis (lacrosse)

2005 Tim Gray (lacrosse)

2004 Kelso Davis (lacrosse)

2003 Tyler Allen (baseball)

2002 Ben Grant (baseball)

Female:

COURTNEY BRODERICK, Senior-Lacrosse

  • WMC all-star, second team

  • WMC All-Academic team

  • Senior All-Star

Broderick helped the Falcons win games this spring by any means necessary, scoring goals when needed and being unselfish and setting up teammates as well.

Broderick started playing lacrosse in the fifth grade and didn’t exactly fall in love with it.

“I almost quit at first because I was so bad,” Broderick said. “It took awhile before lacrosse became my top sport in middle school. I like the game and being with my friends.”

Broderick then followed in the footsteps of her older sister, Meredith (Freeport’s 2014 Spring Female Athlete of the Year), by becoming a standout with the high school team.

“Meredith was really good and I felt like I had to rise to her level,” Broderick said.

Broderick, who also played four years of soccer and ran indoor track for three years at Freeport, spent four years with the Falcons and as a junior, was named to the all-conference second team.

This spring, Broderick did less scoring and more setting up of her teammates and Freeport was once again in contention throughout. Broderick finished with 25 goals and a career high 31 assists.

Highlights included two goals and a whopping eight assists in a win over Fryeburg Academy, three goals and two assists in an overtime loss to Morse, three goals against Greely and three goals and three assists in a victory over Lake Region. Broderick scored one final goal in a quarterfinal round playoff loss to Yarmouth.

For her career, Broderick finished with 75 goals and 54 assists.

Broderick also spent time playing with 207Lacrosse, was the President of the Student Council and took part in Model UN and the Reducing Sexism and Violence Program. She plans to attend Villanova University in Philadelphia in the fall and study business.

Business was very good for the Falcons this season as long as the ball was on the stick of Courtney Broderick, Freeport’s Spring Female Athlete of the Year.

Coach Marcia Wood’s comment “Courtney has been great the two years I’ve gotten to coach her. This year, she took on more of a leadership role and found herself feeding the ball more. I told her she needed to challenge more and not just feed the ball, but be a threat too. She was a big part of our offense. Her speed, intensity and passion for the game will be irreplaceable.”

Previous winners:

2015 Emily Johnson (lacrosse)

2014 Meredith Broderick (lacrosse)

2013 Jocelyn Davee (lacrosse)

2012 Alexandra Mitch (lacrosse)

2011 Leigh Wyman (softball)

2010 Lucy Whitacre (lacrosse)

2009 Kristen Poulin (track)

2008 Andrea Goodrich (track)

2007 Molly Lincoln (lacrosse)

2006 Amber Klages (lacrosse)

2005 Cassandra Dyer (softball)

2004 Logan Crane (track)

2003 Molly Charest (lacrosse)

2002 Kerry Blenk (softball)

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached atmhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports

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