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Cape Elizabeth Capers Winter Athletes of the Year

Winter Athletes of the Year

Cape Elizabeth Capers Winter Athletes of the Year

2011-12 Winter Male Athlete of the Year:

NICK BREED, Senior-Hockey

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CITATIONS

* Western Class B all-star, first-team

* Western B Senior All-Star

* Team captain

Breed was one of the state's most prolific scorers this winter, scoring big goals from beginning to end.

The Cape Elizabeth native started playing hockey at a young age and joined the varsity team as a freshman. He was a first-team all-star as a junior and tickled the twine 34 times this winter for a team which reached the Western Class B semifinals.

Highlights included clutch goals in early ties versus Scarborough and defending Class B state champion York. Breed had a goal and four assists against Leavitt, three goals and an assist versus Cheverus, two goals against Kennebunk, three against South Portland, two goals and two assists versus Camden Hills, three goals against Marshwood and the tying goal against Gardiner.

The Capers had high hopes entering the playoffs, but the end came quickly at the hands of York in the semis. Breed finished his high school career with a goal in that one.

Breed, who also plays soccer and has played for the Casco Bay travel team, was once again named to the all-star team and took part in the Senior All-Star game. He also took part in drama and the Young Investors Club at Cape Elizabeth and has volunteered with Goodwill and at a soup kitchen. He's considering his college options. He wants to play hockey and study finance. He may play junior hockey for a year first.

Wherever Breed winds up, success is sure to follow. He wore a bulls-eye all season, but scored big goal after big goal.

Coach Bill LeBlond’s comment: “Nick had an outstanding year. He scored 40 percent of our goals. He plays the game of hockey with a lot of intensity which rubs off on his teammates. As captain, he led by example, whether working hard in practice or being vocal on game days..Scoring 34 goals in one year is a feat I don't believe we'll see again for awhile. He's certainly one of the best players to ever put on a Cape Elizabeth hockey jersey.”

2010-11 winner: Theo Bowe (Basketball)

2009-10 winner: Conor Maloney (Basketball)

2008-09 winner: Alex Bowe (Basketball)

2007-08 winner: Tommy Ray (Basketball)

2006-07 winner: Graham Egan (Nordic skiing)

2005-06 winner: Kevin Harrison (Indoor track)

2004-05 winner: Dan Rautenberg (Hockey)

2003-04 winner: Ben Weimont (Indoor track)

2002-03 winner: Luke Holden (Hockey)

2001-02 winner: Tom Alberi (Swimming)

2011-12 Winter Female Athlete of the Year

HANNAH HOMANS, Sophomore-Swimming

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CITATIONS

* Southern Maine Swim League all-star, first-team, 200 medley relay

* SMSL all-star, first-team, 200 freestyle relay

* SMSL all-star, second-team, 50 freestyle

* SMSL all-star, second-team, 100 backstroke

Homans was a gift that kept on giving for the Cape Elizabeth girls' swim team this winter.

Homans, who's father swam at North Carolina, has been swimming competitively for five years. She came to Cape Elizabeth from Camden this school year and made an immediate mark.

Homans turned heads as an individual and as part of relay teams and was at her best when the biggest meets arrived.

Homans helped Cape Elizabeth upset Greely and win Southwesterns by capturing the 100 backstroke and helping the 200 medley relay team to a first-place finish. At states, Homans was runner-up in the backstroke and finished fifth in the 500 free. She was also part of a runner-up medley relay and a third-place 200 free relay squad as the Capers placed third overall.

Following the season, Homans earned a pair of first- and two second-team all-star mentions.

Homans swims almost every day, competes with the Coastal Maine Aquatics club team and is an avid sailor (even teaching the sport in the summer). She'd like to win a state title in the backstroke and help the Capers win a team championship. She also has her eye on swimming in college.

There are a lot of exciting things in Homans' future, but the good news in Cape Elizabeth is that she'll be helping the Capers achieve great things over the next two years. If she keeps getting better, watch out.

Coach Ben Raymond's comment: “Hannah was an unbelievable addition to our team this season. Not only is she an outstanding swimmer, but she's also a great leader and manages to have a good time in the pool as well. She brings an outstanding attitude with her and it surely paid off with some excellent swims during the year. I look forward to having her for two more years and the great things that are to come for her.”

2010-11 winner: Emily Donovan (Basketball)

2009-10 winner: Emily Attwood (Nordic skiing)

2008-09 winner: Marita Stressenger (Track)

2007-08 winner: Nora Daly (Swimming)

2006-07 winner: Nora Daly (Swimming)

2005-06 winner: Kinsey Tarbell (Swimming)

2004-05 winner: Kate Barton (Nordic skiing)

2003-04 winner: Taylor McFarlane (Swimming)

2002-03 winner: Taylor McFarlane (Swimming)

2001-02 winner: Whitney Rockwell (Swimming)

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