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Deering Rams Fall Athletes of the Year

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Deering Rams Fall Athletes of the Year

MALE:

WILL BARLOCK, Senior-Golf

  • Individual state meet qualifier

  • SMAA Northern Division all-star, first-team

  • SMAA All-Academic

  • Team MVP

  • Captain

The only known quantity on a team expected to struggle, Barlock capped his high school career with another tremendous season and led the Rams to a surprising berth in the state match.

Barlock started playing golf not long after he learned to walk and quickly emerged as a talent, while also playing hockey and baseball.

Barlock qualified for states as a sophomore, then became one of the league's top players as a junior, qualifying for states and earning all-star status, but it was as a senior that he stood tallest, posting a nine-hole scoring average of 40.

Barlock set the tone for his great season when he beat Falmouth standout (and Fall Male Athlete of the Year) Joe Lesniak in the opener. He also defeated Cheverus' Chris Billings (who wound up sharing the Class A individual title) and Scarborough's Drew Kane and only failed to defeat Zack Luce of Portland (losing two close matches: 39-42 and 35-37). Deering lost its first three matches, but behind Barlock's play, went 4-3 the rest of the way, then qualified for states, thanks in large part to Barlock's round of 77.

At the team state match, where the Rams tied for ninth, Barlock shot a team-high 80. At the individual state match, Barlock tied for fifth with a 77.

“We surprised a lot of people this year,” Barlock said. “We had three seniors, no juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen and the expectation was one or two wins, if that. To quality for states was a huge accomplishment.

"Each year I improved. I set high standards."

Barlock, who feels his driving is the strongest part of his game, pushed himself hard and used his competitiveness to his advantage.

Barlock will play baseball this spring (he's a shortstop/third baseman) and if he plays a sport in college, it will be that one. He's considering Endicott and Springfield and plans to study physical therapy.

Will Barlock, Deering's Fall Male Athlete of the Year, had the kind of senior season dreams are made of and he led his team to heights considered impossible.

Coach Billy Goodman's comment: “In a day and age when everyone knows who's supposed to win, what he did was really cool. He got better each year and the scores he had at the end were really remarkable. He was extremely consistent. He worked on his short game everyday. He's very disciplined. The younger kids saw him work hard and his attitude and it rubbed off on them. He was very coachable.”

Prior winners:

2012: Kenny Sweet (Football)

2011: Joe Walp (Golf)

2010: Jamie Ross (Football)

2009: Charlie Dupee (Soccer)

2008: Jack Heary (Football)

2007: Tony Yeboah (Soccer)

2006: John Misener (Cross country)

2005: Sean Meehan (Soccer/Football)

2004: Ryan Flaherty (Football)

FEMALE:

ALEXIS ELOWITCH, Senior-Soccer

  • All-New England

  • All-State

  • SMAA Student-Athlete of the Year

  • Western A All-Regional team

  • SMAA All-Star, first team

  • SMAA All-Academic

  • Captain

One of the state's special offensive standouts, Elowitch not only was willing to take on a more defensive role this autumn, but managed to excel on that end of the field as well, leading Deering to another strong season while repeating as the winner of this award.

Elowitch started playing at a young age and was an all-star from her freshman year on. After scoring 30 times and adding 11 assists her first three years, Elowitch, prior to this season, was asked by coach Kevin Olson to move to defense and she quickly became a force on that side of the ball, while still managing to score 10 goals and assist eight others in the process.

Elowitch had two goals in a season opening win over Cheverus, helping avenge a playoff loss from 2012. She scored once each against Massabesic, Bonny Eagle, Westbrook, Scarborough, Thornton Academy, McAuley and Biddeford.

Defensively, Deering only allowed 16 goals in 11 games, shutting out seven foes, a marked improvement from 2012, when the Rams surrendered 21 goals in 15 outings.

“I knew the position because I played back with my Premier team, but it took awhile to get used to it,” Elowitch said. “Coach helped me improve my knowledge of the game. It was a close team this year. We played well and had some great wins. We came up big.”

Elowitch had such a great season that she was honored at the conference, region, state and even New England levels.

Elowitch's motor is always running and she was at her best in the biggest games. She runs and throws in indoor and outdoor track and belongs to Deering's Student Senate and National Honor Society. She plans to attend and play soccer at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. If that's not enough soccer, she also refs games and is getting her coaching license.

"I love all aspects of the game," Elowitch said.

Soccer success has long been a way of life for Alexis Elowitch, Deering's Fall Female Athlete of the Year. She showed just how special and diverse a game she possessed in her final high school season and has plenty more triumph awaiting her.

Coach Kevin Olson's comment: "Alexis has been an impact player since the day she arrived at Deering. She has incredible knowledge of the game, great vision on the field and such an explosive burst of speed. She's grown as a player and has developed into a great leader. She was completely dedicated to the program. She was very motivated, driven and was very competitive. She had a great four-year career here and made a name for herself. She was a great player to coach and fun to watch. She'll have continued success as she moves forward due to her work ethic and her love and passion for the sport."

Prior winners:

2012: Alexis Elowitch (Soccer)

2011: Alexis Sivovlos (Soccer)

2010: Amanda Masse (Soccer)

2009: Jami LeRoy (Field hockey)

2008: Jess Ruhlin (Field hockey)

2007: Jess Ruhlin (Field hockey)

2006: Chelsea Johnson (Soccer)

2005: Ashley Morgan (Cross country)

2004: Bronwyn Potthoff (Field hockey)

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