Greely Rangers Winter Athletes of the Year

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Male:

AXEL LINDSAY, Junior—Alpine skiing

* WMC all-star

* Co-captain

Lindsay not only excelled as an individual this winter, but he also helped grow the program, setting the stage for future success.

Lindsay started skiing at a young age and while he also took part in Nordic events prior to high school, once he came to Greely, he focused on Alpine and quickly made an impact.

As a freshman, Lindsay came in 25th in the slalom and 41st in the giant slalom at states. He moved up to fifth in the slalom and 13th in the GS as a sophomore.

Heading into this winter, Greely’s numbers were precariously low, but Lindsay made a point of recruiting several of his teammates to take part and as a result, the Rangers were competitive throughout the regular season and postseason.

Lindsay, who skis every weekend at Gould Academy, was solid throughout and really turned heads in February. He was runner-up in the slalom and third in the GS at the Western Maine Conference meet and at the Class A state meet, Lindsay placed second in the GS (a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 38.84 seconds) and was also runner-up in the slalom (1:09.32). 

Lindsay capped his season by posting the best GS time of any Mainer at the Eastern High School championships.

“I’m very happy with my season,” Lindsay said. “Skiing is a great way to spend winter and stay active. I love the mental aspect of skiing. When I want to do well, I’ll do whatever I can to reach my goal.”

Lindsay, who plays lacrosse in the spring, also enjoys hunting and fishing and is looking into his college options, where he hopes to continue skiing.

Don’t be surprised if you see him racing down the slopes at blazing speeds at the next level. Before he moves on, look for Axel Lindsay, Greely’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year, to write another triumphant chapter.

Coach Mark Ouellette’s comment: “Axel is the go-to guy. He was a diamond in the rough the last couple years. You could see his determination and commitment to ski racing and this season he put it all together. Axel was an excellent leader. He was the main component in recruiting many male athletes to the ski team. We only had three returning male athletes and he individually increased the number to 16. He should have an exceptional senior year.”

Previous winners:

2014-15 Kyle Kramlich (hockey)

2013-14 Jonathan Dunnett (swimming)

2012-13 Nick Vogel (wrestling)

2011-12 Dan Spencer (swimming)

2010-11 Dan Spencer (swimming)

2009-10 Mark McCauley (track)

2008-09 Kevin Hart (hockey)

2007-08 Nathan Mecray (swimming)

2006-07 Nathan Mecray (swimming)

2005-06 Drew Bowden (hockey)

2004-05 Ben Knowles (skiing)

2003-04 Kerry Burke (track)

2002-03 John Loren (track)

2001-02 Tim Apuzzo (basketball)

Female:

DANITA STOREY, Senior—Hockey

* North Region all-star, second-team

* 100 career goals

* Captain

Storey was a four-year standout for one of the state’s premier programs and bowed out with a high-scoring campaign as her team was nearly perfect.

Storey started playing hockey at the age of eight and it’s long been her top sport. She played four years of varsity hockey for Greely and was a key member of a Junior Pirates premier team that won a national title.

Storey, who also played field hockey for Greely, was a second-team all-star as a freshman, as the Rangers won the state title. She made the second-team again as a sophomore, then was a first-team selection as a junior, as she scored 33 goals and added 19 assists. This winter, Storey had 23 goals (including the 100th of her career) and added 20 assists as she capped her high school career in style.

Highlights included a goal and three assists in a season-opening win over Biddeford, two goals versus Brunswick, four goals (including a natural first period hat trick) in a win over Winslow, another hat trick against Mt. Ararat/Morse, two goals in a victory over Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland, a goal and an assist in a Dudley Cup win over rival Falmouth, two key assists in a home victory over St. Dom’s, two goals in a win over Yarmouth/Freeport/GNG, a goal in a victory at St. Dom’s and a goal and two assists in a regular season-ending win over Scarborough, which capped an 18-0 campaign.

In the playoffs, Storey had a goal and an assist as the Rangers beat Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland in the North Region semifinals and had two goals to give Greely an early lead against St. Dom’s in the regional final, but the Saints rallied to stun the Rangers in the final seconds, ending their undefeated season and Storey’s high school career.

“The season went well except for the last game,” Storey said. “St. Dom’s played unreal.”

Storey was again honored by the league’s coaches as an all-star.

“I’ve had great coaches throughout high school and with the Junior Pirates,” Storey said. 

Storey will play sports in college, but it will be field hockey, not ice hockey, that she will participate in at Thomas College next fall.

She was a hockey standout during her high school years. Danita Storey, Greely’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year, scored goals in abundance, was a great teammate and was at her best in the biggest games.

Coach Nate Guerin’s comment: “Danita has been invaluable to our program for four solid years. In a league full of girls who play hockey, Danita is a hockey player who happens to be a girl. It’s more than a hobby for her. It’s a way of life. It shows up in her play on the ice and her passion for the game year-round. She’s a four-year varsity player and a two-year captain. She’s served as an inspiring leader with her play on the ice and as a great teammate with her attitude and inclusion in the locker room. Her stats tell part of the story, but leave out all the intangibles she brings. She’s the type of player that simply can’t be replaced and she’ll be missed for many years to come.”

Previous winners:

2014-15 Ashley Storey (basketball)

2013-14 Elyse Dinan (skiing)

2012-13 Sarah Easterling (swimming)

2011-12 Emma Seymour (hockey)

2010-11 Sarah Easterling (swimming)

2009-10 Sarah Easterling (swimming)

2008-09 Sara Schad (swimming)

2007-08 Becky O’Brien (track)

2006-07 Dani Cyr (hockey)

2005-06 Becky O’Brien (track)

2004-05 Rebecca Furey (track)

2003-04 Steph Ginn (basketball)

2002-03 Abby Chapman (track)

2001-02 Mandy Bowden (skiing)

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

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