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Cape Elizabeth Capers Fall Athletes of the Year

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Cape Elizabeth Capers Fall Athletes of the Year

MALE:

REESE MCFARLANE, Sophomore-Golf

  • Class B individual state champion

  • WMC all-star, first-team

  • William Cheverie Award (lowest stroke average in WMC)

Only a sophomore, McFarlane displayed the maturity and skill to emerge as the finest individual golfer in Class B this season.

McFarlane, 15, started competing in golf at age 9, following in his footsteps of his brother, Alex, who helped the Capers win the 2007 Class B state championship. The younger McFarlane won his first state title at the age of 11, the following year took the 13-14 age division at the Maine Junior Golf championship and stepped on to the Capers varsity team as a freshman, shooting a 79 at the Class B individual meet and earning a mention to All-Conference team.

After a growth spurt, this fall was even better for McFarlane, who plays from April through November at Purpoodock, his home course, and at tournaments throughout New England.

McFarlane opened the season with back to back 31s (over nine holes) in wins over Poland and Fryeburg. He more than held his own against the best golfers in the conference, shot a 79 in the conference qualifier, then delivered a sensational score of 69 in the team state match (where Cape Elizabeth came in fifth). McFarlane then capped the season by winning the individual championship by three strokes with a 74.

“I've always loved golf,” said McFarlane. “I knew I had a chance to win it this year. I'm pretty competitive. The team motivates me.”

McFarlane, like his older sister Taylor (a Forecaster Winter Female Athlete of the Year back in 2003 and 2004) swims (breaststroke and freestyle) and hopes to golf in college, but first has the goal of repeating as individual champion, while helping the Capers capture the team crown.

Don't best against this standout who figures to only get better. Reese McFarlane, Cape Elizabeth's Fall Male Athlete of the Year, is already the best and will continue to set the bar.

Coach Tim Desmarais' comment: "As my first year as the head coach, I was anticipating another good year for Reese. He had grown a few inches and his game seems only to get better. This year, I tried to have him play a bigger role on the team by helping the younger guys and acting like a leader. He was a great resource with helping the younger, less experienced players and provided great feedback on their performance and areas where they need work. His game speaks for itself with the second consecutive year with a scoring average of .03 relative to par and winning the individual title by a few shots on a day that was extremely difficult to score. I'm very proud of his accomplishments and he is still young and a little underdeveloped with regards to maturity, but he has a couple years to develop before he enters into college. He is by far one of my favorite players."

Prior winners:
2011: Tim Lavallee (Soccer)

2010: Jack Queeney (Soccer)

2009; Ezra Wolfinger (Football)

2008: Nate Lavallee (Football)

2007: Jim Bump (Football)

2006: Graham Egan (Cross country)

2005: Mike Kertes (Football)

2004: Ron Kelton (Golf)

2003: Elliot Cohen (Football)

2002: David Croft (Soccer)

2001: Jeff Hodge (Soccer)

FEMALE:

KATHRYN CLARK, Sophomore-Soccer

  • WMC all-star, first-team

A speedy, tenacious and determined forward, Clark put on a show this fall in leading the Capers to their best season this century.

Clark grew up in Cape Elizabeth and has long loved soccer. She's played premier soccer for five years and joined the Capers varsity as a freshman. After a solid first season, Clark burst on to the scene this fall, scoring numerous clutch goals.

Clark had two goals in a win over Fryeburg, two more against Yarmouth, Wells and Freeport, had a goal and an assist in a victory at Falmouth, delivered the winning goal against Gray-New Gloucester and capped the regular season with three goals in a victory over eventual Class C champion Waynflete.

In the Capers' run to the Western A Final, Clark scored winner in a preliminary round victory over South Portland and had two goals in a quarterfinal round win over Greely. Cape Elizabeth then upset top-ranked Windham in the semifinals before finally falling, 1-0, at Scarborough, in the regional final.

For the year, Clark, who was named to the All-Conference team and frankly was worthy of regional and even state honors, had 18 goals and six assists.

“Teams underestimated us this year and we wanted to prove them wrong,” Clark said. “Being considered an underdog drove us.”

Clark also plays center on the girls' ice hockey team and mentors elementary school students. She'll likely have several colleges vying her services, but first has two seasons to shine on the pitch.

Watching her do so will be a treat. Kathryn Clark, Cape Elizabeth's Fall Female Athlete of the Year, is coming off a sensational campaign which now has her viewed as one of the top players around. Rightly so.

Coach Luke Krawcyzk's comment:  "Kathryn is very much a team-based player who just loves to play. Her energy on and off the field was a contributing factor to her success and the team's. Whether she was playing in a scrimmage in practice or in a playoff game, you always got the same effort from her. She's a very competitive young lady, who's fun to coach. It's been a pleasure to have been able to work with her over the last two years and I hope her success continues into next year."

Prior winners:

2011: Melanie Vangel (Soccer)

2010: Karyn Bartett (Soccer)

2009; Karyn Barrett (Soccer)

2008: Emily Attwood (Cross country)

2007: Emily Attwood (Cross country)

2006: Marla Houghton (Soccer)

2005: Dana Riker (Soccer)

2004: Elise Moody-Roberts (Cross country)

2003: Elise Moody-Roberts (Cross country)

2002: Clare Egan (Cross country)

2001: Addie Rintel (Field hockey)