Greely Rangers Winter Athletes of the Year

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KYLE KRAMLICH, Senior—Hockey

* Western Class B Goaltender of the Year

* Western Class B Evans Spear Award (Outstanding Player) winner

* Western Class B first-team, goalie

Kramlich truly did it all, from making acrobatic saves to attempting to fix a Zamboni during a challenging season and bows out as one of the special goalies in the history of a proud program.

Kramlich started skating not long after learning to walk and became a goalie in the sixth grade. As a freshman, he stepped in between the pipes and helped Greely win a state championship as he was named to the All-Rookie team. As a sophomore, he backstopped another championship team and was named Co-Goaltender of the Year. Last season, the Rangers fell short, but still got to the Western B Final, as Kramlich had a 90 percent save percentage and a goals against average of 3.00.

This season, Greely wasn’t its usual dominant self, but Kramlich kept his team in games time after time and ultimately helped the Rangers stretch their postseason streak to 15 years. He had a .905 save percentage and a 3.16 goals against average.

Highlights included 46 saves versus Kennebunk, a mindboggling 65 saves in a Dudley Cup loss to two-time defending Class A champion Falmouth, 41 saves in an overtime loss to St. Dom’s and 35 against Biddeford. Kramlich’s finest hour came Jan. 31, when Kramlich made 21 saves in a 0-0 tie against Kennebunk, then gave it his best shot when the Zamboni broke, spending a long time trying to fix it, before the game was called.

“I’m proud of myself for learning how to control my emotions and be a leader,” said Kramlich, who also played Casco Bay travel hockey. “Coming in, I knew I had to put the team on my shoulders and try to teach the younger kids how to work hard no matter what. I worked hard and rolled with the punches. I was committed and focused and tried not to get too high or too low.”

Kramlich races cars for fun at Beech Ridge and will attend Ferris State University in Michigan, where he plans to study automotive engineering (future Zambonis will have no chance!) and play club hockey.

He stood tall for four years and won a couple titles, but this might have been his finest season. Kyle Kramlich, Greely’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year, rose to every challenge and was a superb role model for his teammates.

Coach Barry Mothes’ comment: “Kyle immediately established himself as a tough competitor. He played all but two periods of 19 games this season. He certainly gave us a chance to win. I never heard him say anything negative. He just loves to play hockey and compete. He always had a great attitude and had great ambition. We’ll miss him dearly.”

Previous winners:

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)


ASHLEY STOREY, Senior—Basketball

* Maine Maine Basketball

* Maine McDonald’s Class A/B West Senior All-Star

* Mike DiRenzo Award winner

* WMC All-Conference, first-team

* WMC Senior-All-Star

* WMC Bob Butler Award finalist

* Captain

Storey had a magical season as the state’s finest girls’ basketball player, but she was much more than that. She was also a champion, a true teammate and a superstar totally devoid of ego.

Storey’s basketball roots run deep and it was no surprise to see her emerge as a star her freshman season, as she joined her older sister, Jaclyn, on a playoff team. That year, Storey made the all-conference second-team. As a sophomore, she made the third-team after averaging 10.2 rebounds per game (third in the league). She overcame an offseason shoulder injury prior to her junior season, then became a first-team all-star after averaging 16 points a game (sixth in the league) and 10 rebounds (third) in just 15 games.

Each of those seasons, however, Greely fell short in the tournament, courtesy Lake Region.

This year, Storey and her teammates wouldn’t be denied and Storey had an abundance of transcendent games.

Even though the Rangers lost their opener to Gray-New Gloucester, Storey set the tone by scoring 16 points. She had 23 in a win over Freeport, 25 points and 14 rebounds versus Kennebunk, 22 points in a win over Yarmouth, 24 points, 12 boards, four steals and two blocked shots in a decisive victory over Falmouth, 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks against Fryeburg Academy, 19 points in what proved to be Greely’s final loss of the season, at York, 17 in a second win over Falmouth, 22 in a second win over Freeport, 14 in a second victory over Yarmouth, 19 points and 10 boards in a statement-making win over Lake Region, 18 in a second win over Fryeburg Academy, 26 in a win over Cape Elizabeth (in which she became the first Ranger to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau), 21 against Wells, 19 in a second win over Cape Elizabeth and finally 19 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal in a romp over York in the regular season finale.

Storey led the Western Maine Conference in scoring with 20 points a game and in rebounds with 12. Just as impressively, she was sixth in assists (4.0 per game) and seventh in steals (3.5).

Greely then embarked on one of the most emphatic playoff runs you’ll ever see, crushing Lake Region, Gray-New Gloucester and Cape Elizabeth to win the regional crown, then taking apart Presque Isle in the state game to win its first Gold Ball in a decade. Against the Lakers, Storey had 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. She added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the pummeling of the Patriots and had 14 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two assists against the Capers, as she locked up the Mike DiRenzo Award as the regional tournament’s outstanding player-sportsman. Storey then capped her Rangers career with a stat line of 13 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

“This year is what every athlete wants, to finish on top,” Storey said. “It was so exciting to do that this year. I liked playing with my teammates. I don’t care about individual stats.”

Storey finished her time at Greely with a program-record 1,123 points and 743 rebounds.

Storey, who also had a storied AAU career with the Maine Firecrackers, will play at the University of New Hampshire and has the ability to make a big name for herself at the next level.

She’s already a legend in Maine High School basketball. Ashley Storey, Greely’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year, was a superstar in her own orbit and always came up huge when her teammates needed her.

Coach Joel Rogers’ comment: “The most impressive part of Ashley was her demeanor. Sometimes kids get recognition through AAU, but the real thing of importance to her was her teammates, community and the goal of winning. Winning a Gold Ball meant more to her than anything. She was willing to do the heavy lifting. She believed in what I believed in. She trusted her teammates and met all the challenges. She made herself a better player both mentally and physically. I think she can be in the conversation of best college players at the Division I level to ever come out of Maine.”

Previous winners:

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)

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