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Freeport Falcons Spring Athletes of the Year

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Freeport Falcons Spring Athletes of the Year

MALE

HARRISON STIVERS, Junior-Track

  • All-state, honorable mention

  • Class C state champion, 400

  • Class C state champion, 800

  • WMC Division II all-star, first-team, 800

Stivers cemented his reputation as a premier middle-distance runner with a sensational performance on the biggest stage.

Stivers, who also plays sweeper in soccer during the fall, began running as a freshman indoors and quickly worked his way up the ladder as one of the finest middle distance runners in the state. He scored in the 400 (seventh) as a freshman, was runner-up in that event (and was part of a state champion 3,200 relay team) as a sophomore and after finishing second in the 400 indoors, set about producing a dominant junior campaign this spring.

Stivers was the Division II champion of the 800 at the Western Maine Conference championship meet (2 minutes, 4.47 seconds), then turned it up a notch at the Class C state meet, capturing the 800 in 2:02.51 and the 400 in 50.74 seconds.

"I hoped to win one title," Stivers said. "The 800 was a surprise. It was a good day for me and not a great day for others."

Stivers accounted for all 20 of his team's points at states and only 13 teams had more.

At New Englands, Stivers was 22nd in the 400 (52.53) and 26th in the 800 (2:02.58).

"I like running a lot," Stivers said. "I'm very determined and I hate to lose. I love running with a group. It builds camaraderie."

Stivers is looking to break the 50 second mark in the 400 (50.7 is his best time) and the 2-minute mark in the 800 (2:02 is his current best). He runs in the summer to stay in shape and hopes to compete in college. At press time, Hobart/William Smith, Dickinson and Muhlenberg Colleges are his top three choices.

First, he has some unfinished business at the high school level. Considering what Harrison Stivers, Freeport's Spring Male Athlete of the Year, has accomplished so far, it wouldn't be wise to bet against him meeting all of his goals as a senior.

Coach Brian Berkemeyer's comment: “Harrison's a leader on the team. He's a really good all-around kid, athlete, student, person. His work ethic has helped quite a bit. He's focused a lot on distance. He's got natural ability and speed. I think he still has another gear to hit. I think he'll do that next year.”

Previous winners:

2012: Sawyer Williams (baseball)

2011: Hans Pope (lacrosse)

2010: Hans Pope (lacrosse)

2009: Greg Ordway (lacrosse)

2008: Parker Chipman (track)

2007: Luke Charest (lacrosse)

2006: Kelso Davis (lacrosse)

2005: Tim Gray (lacrosse)

2004: Kelso Davis (lacrosse)

2003: Tyler Allen (baseball)

2002: Ben Grant (baseball)

FEMALE

JOCELYN DAVEE, Senior-Lacrosse

  • Team MVP
  • WMC All-Conference, honorable mention
  • WMC All-Academic
  • US Lacrosse All-Academic
  • Senior All-Star
  • All Sports Boosters' Senior Athlete of the Year
  • Captain

Davee sparked Freeport to another strong season, leading the way with her offense, determination and leadership.

Davee, a three-sport athlete, who earned Fall Athlete of the Year recognition in soccer before helping basketball to its best record in a decade, started playing lacrosse in the fifth grade and spent four years as a starter on the Freeport varsity. After helping the Falcons to their first state game appearance as a junior, Davee had a senior season to remember.

Freeport entered the 2013 campaign on a mission to prove that lst year's run wasn't a fluke and it took Davee all of 77 seconds to score her first goal, sparking a win at North Yarmouth Academy. Davee had two goals and won 14 of 18 draws in that one. She scored three goals in a loss to Cape Elizabeth, had two goals against Windham, three versus Greely, the overtime game-winner against York, four goals against eventual champion Waynflete, a season-high seven in a win at South Portland, four against York and five versus Wells.

The Falcons' hopes of returning to the state final were dashed by Yarmouth in a close loss in the semifinals, but Davee bowed out with a stellar performance, scoring four goals, winning 15 of 24 draws and collecting six ground balls.

For the season she had 36 goals (first on the team), 36 draw wins (which was first on the team, despite her claim that she doesn't know what she's doing in the circle), 37 ground balls (second on the team) and 11 interceptions (tops on the squad).

People thought we were lucky (in 2012),” Davee said. “I thought this year went really well.”

Davee is every bit the accomplished student that she is an athlete, belonging to National Honor Society and qualifying for the conference and All-American All-Academic teams. She mentors younger players and plays premier soccer. Davee will attend the University of New England in the fall and plans to try out for soccer and perhaps lacrosse as well. She'll study exercise science.

For Jocelyn Davee, Freeport's Spring Female Athlete of the Year, the sky's the limit. Her place in Freeport lore is secure and her future is bright.

Coach Karin Kurry's comment: “Jocelyn is a solid athlete. She excels both on the field and in the classroom. She can play both offense and defense. As a middie, she helped transition the ball up the field. This year, her intensity on the field was contagious. She was the spark who got the team going. Her shot improved to the point where she could fire the ball from 12 yards out.”

Previous winners:

2012: Alexandra Mitch (lacrosse)

2011: Leigh Wyman (softball)

2010: Lucy Whitacre (lacrosse)

2009: Kristen Poulin (track)

2008: Andrea Goodrich (track)

2007: Molly Lincoln (lacrosse)

2006: Amber Klages (lacrosse)

2005: Cassandra Dyer (softball)

2004: Logan Crane (track)

2003: Molly Charest (lacrosse)

2002: Kerry Blenk (softball)

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