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Waynflete Flyers Fall Athletes of the Year

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Waynflete Flyers Fall Athletes of the Year

MALE:

PEABO KNOTH, Senior-Soccer

* All-State

* Western C all-regional team

* WMC all-star, first team

* WMC All-Academic team

A wizard with the ball on his foot and a deadly finisher, Knoth helped lead the Waynflete boys' team to yet another stellar season.

Knoth, a Portland resident, came to Waynflete not long after learning how to walk and began playing soccer at the age of 6. He was originally a tennis prodigy, but had an affinity for soccer and soon stood out on the pitch, playing all four years on the varsity. Knoth had many memorable moments for the 2011 Class C champions as a junior (highlighted by being named WMC Class C Player of the Year) and was even more prolific this autumn.

Knoth had two goals versus Wells, scored twice and added an assist versus Freeport, had a goal and two assists against Sacopee, three goals versus Traip and assisted on four goals against Lake Region. In a quarterfinal round playoff romp over rival North Yarmouth Academy, Knoth had a goal and an assist. In the semis, he assisted Clancy Mitchell's late game winner. In the regional final, Knoth converted his shot in penalty kicks, but the Flyers' reign ended with a gutwrenching loss to Hall-Dale.

Knoth has scored 26 goals and just as impressively, assisted on 16 goals, over the past two years.

Knoth has also played several years of Premier soccer and is a leader of Safe Passage. He wants to play soccer in college and is in the process of selecting a school.

Wherever he ends up, that team will instantly be much better and more dynamic. Peabo Knoth, Waynflete's Fall Male Athlete of the Year, had a jawdropping run of excellence and we haven't heard the last of him.

Coach Brandon Salway's comment: "Peabo has made everyone around him a better player, often accounting for two and three defenders. Fans of all schools have marveled at his skills. He's a great passer, very unselfish, a magician with the ball. He was the most exciting soccer player I have coached. Peabo has worked at his skills for as long as I can remember. That and his passion for the game made him a great high school player."

Prior winners:

2011: Daniel Weiner (Soccer)

2010: Tucker Geoffroy (Soccer)

2009: Chris Gillespie (Soccer)

2008: Josh Bloom (Soccer)

2007: Tristan Corriveau (Soccer)

2006: Tristan Corriveau (Soccer)

2005: Dan Black (Soccer)

2004: Matt Lacasse (Soccer)

FEMALE:

JO MOORE, Senior-Field hockey

* All-State

* MFHA All-Academic team

* WMC Class C Player of the Year

* WMC All-Star, first team

* WMC All-Academic team

* Captain

The best Waynflete team in nearly 40 years was led by a tremendous player whose commitment to the sport was evident to coaches not just in the conference but state-wide.

Moore lives in Freeport and took up field hockey at Freeport Middle School. She came to Waynflete her sophomore year and immediately made a mark on a squad that was primed to become a contender. Moore scored four goals and had three assists her sophomore season, earning an all-star selection in the process, and added four goals and five assists as a junior, during another all-star campaign.

This fall, the Flyers enjoyed their best season since the 1970s and earned a home playoff game for the first time. Moore was a huge reason why, controlling play all over the field and scoring five key goals, while adding four assists. Mo

ore assisted teammate Merrilla Michael's overtime game winner in the opener versus Old Orchard Beach, scored the winner against Sacopee and had a goal and an assist in a win over Poland.

Waynflete's hopes of a playoff run were dashed by Dirigo in the quarterfinals, but Moore's play earned her league all-star honors, as well as a mention to the all-state team, a first for a Flyer.

Moore, who plays year round, is a field hockey aficionado.

“I really love the sport,” said Moore, who had six goals and seven assists this fall and 15 goals, 24 assists and four defensive saves for her career. “I want to do my best for my teammates. I think my best skill is being able to collect the ball and work around people to make an effective feed to the forward line.”

Moore is also a cross country skier, played a key role on the girls' lacrosse team's title run last spring and is a member of Waynflete's chorus and the Gay Straight Transgender Alliance. She wants to play field hockey in college and is interested in focusing on the Classics, Latin and Greek.

She will certainly be missed next season and not just for her excellence on the field. Jo Moore, Waynflete's Fall Female Athlete of the Year, is an extremely well rounded student-athlete.

Coach Kelly Hoffman's comment: “Jo was a successful player because she never gave up and always continued to push herself. She drove herself to achieve consummate skill. For example, when I was testing her for Futures, she kept us on the turf until the sun went down to ensure that she tested her best. Jo was the rock of our team this past year. She led by example and constantly pushed the players around her to excel. Jo had a great attitude and her love of the game with her uplifting disposition made it clear to our team why we play or coach."

Prior winners:

2011: Becky Smith (Soccer)

2010: Lindsey Sinicki (Field hockey)

2009: Amy Allen (Cross country)

2008: Adele Espy (Cross country)

2007: Adele Espy (Cross country)

2006: Alex Woodhouse (Soccer)

2005: Tess Crain (Cross country)

2004: Anina Hewey (Soccer)