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McAuley Lions Winter Athlete of the Year

Winter Athletes of the Year

McAuley Lions Winter Athlete of the Year

2011-12 Winter Female Athlete of the Year:

ALEXA COULOMBE, Senior-Basketball

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CITATIONS

* Miss Maine Basketball

* Class A state champion

* Edward “Red” McMann Award winner (MVP of Western A tournament)

* SMAA all-star, first-team

* SMAA All-Defensive team

* SMAA blocked shots leader

* SMAA Senior All-Star

* Maine McDonald's Senior All-Star

No one, male or female, altered a game quite like Coulombe during her four years in green and gold. The Falmouth resident was a four-year starter at McAuley, won this award as a sophomore and played a huge role as the Lions won the Class A state championship her junior season.

By the start of this campaign, every McAuley foe knew better than to try to shoot over her, meaning Coulombe was in their head before the game ever tipped. She regularly stuffed the stat sheet with unrivaled abandon.

Regular season highlights included 17 points in just one half of action versus Kennebunk, 17 more against Portland, 12 versus talented Marshwood, 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks versus Bonny Eagle, 17 points against Biddeford, 14 points and 11 rebounds against Massabesic, 10 points, seven boards, four steals and three blocks at Windham, 10 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks in a win over unbeaten Scarborough, 15 points against South Portland, 13 versus Westbrook and 10 points and nine boards in a victory over Cheverus.

Coulombe finished near the top of nearly every statistical category, averaging 12.1 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, 4 assists and 3 steals.

In the tournament, after being a non-factor in a quarterfinal round victory over Westbrook, Coulombe erupted for 20 points (and added 10 rebounds and three blocks) in an emphatic semifinal round win over Windham. In the regional final, she only scored eight points, but had seven steals, seven boards and a steal to help beat Scarborough and earn the Edward “Red “ McMann Award as the regional tournament's outstanding player for the second year in a row. Coulombe's final countable game resulted in a win against Cony in the state final. There, she had seven points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Six days later, Coulombe received the most prestigious award for a high school player, when she was named Miss Maine Basketball, becoming just the second in school history to receive the honor,.

Coulombe verbally committed to Boston College as a junior and made it official prior her senior season. Her athleticism, passion for the game and most of all, defensive acumen all but guarantees she'll be a success at the next level.

Whatever happens in Chestnut Hill, rest assured that her Lions' legacy will live on for generations to come.

Coach Billy Goodman’s comment: “"I felt Alexa was the best player all year. She's a champion. She could have scored more, but she chose to be a great teammate. She became a great passer and shooter. Her leadership and wanting to win and wanting to get every kid involved, I really haven't experienced that as a coach. She's very mature and she cares about everybody on the team. Her legacy is that she was a great captain and she was a great champion. Not too many players win two in a row. She's got that special something. She'd be my No. 1 draft pick.”

2010-11 winner: Rebecca Knight (Basketball)

2009-10 winner; Alexa Coulombe (Basketball)

2008-09 winner: Kristen Desrosiers (Swimming)

2007-08 winner: Kristen Desrosiers (Swimming)

2006-07 winner: Abby Wentworth (Basketball)

2005-06 winner: Ashley Cimino (Basketball)

2004-05 winner: Tara Beaulieu (Basketball)

2003-04 winner: Katie Donnelly (Indoor track)

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