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North Yarmouth Academy Spring Athletes of the Year

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North Yarmouth Academy Spring Athletes of the Year

Male:

BRYCE TETREAULT, Senior—Tennis

  • WMC all-star, first-team

Tetreault certainly made his mark this spring, especially considering that tennis isn't even his top sport. He made a great run in the singles tournament and helped the Panthers make it to the Western C Final.

Tetreault lives in Yarmouth, came to NYA for middle school and played tennis for four years of high school, but hockey is his passion.

You wouldn't have known that this spring, as Tetreault, who played third singles as a freshman and sophomore and number two singles as a junior, moved up to the top spot and had a senior season to remember.

Not much was expected of the Panthers this spring and that was understandable.

We had four hockey players, four foreign students and a musician,” said Tetreault, about his team's roster. “But we had a great run.”

Tetreault, who first gained confidence on the court as a sophomore after beating Waynflete standout Ben Shapiro, said that as the season wore on, tennis became his number one sport. He squared off against the best that the Western Maine Conference had to offer in the regular season and did quite respectfully. A victory over York's Jack Lawlor in the opener provided a boost. Tetreault went 6-6, but played the likes of Cape Elizabeth's Gabe Torres and Yarmouth's Braden Becker very tough.

Prior to the team playoffs, Tetreault embarked on a stunning run in the singles tournament, upsetting both the number eight and nine seeds to make it all the way to the quarterfinals before he was finally denied by Cape Elizabeth's Luke Gilman.

I was surprised to get that far,” Tetreault said.

In the playoffs, Tetreault helped NYA rise from the No. 7 seed to make it all the way to the Western C Final, where the Panthers were finally vanquished by now seven-time state champion Waynflete.

Tetreault, who is also an avid and accomplished weightlifter, is very self-driven.

I don't want to fall behind,” he said. “I want to keep pushing. I just don't want to lose.”

Tetreault, who also belonged to the NYA Robotics and Math teams and volunteered with Make-A-Wish, will attend Boston College next year, his first choice, where he plans to study biology.

This is a young man who gets things done. Bryce Tetreault, North Yarmouth Academy's Spring Male Athlete of the Year, grew to love tennis and it loved him back during a memorable senior season.

Coach Charlie Hudson's comment: "Bryce was crucial to this year's success. Bryce, although having great success due to his competitive desire and athletic ability, has only played in-season and has not really viewed tennis as his sport. I have mentioned to some of my fellow conference coaches that he is without doubt the best two-plus month player I have had in 37 years coaching. This season, Bryce not only stepped up to No. 1 singles, which in our conference is a huge challenge, but he also stepped up to the role of team leader. He filled that role with energy and enthusiasm, encouraging and working with his teammates in both practice and competitive play. Bryce's play and leadership both on and off the court clearly was key in the ultimate successful season which the team enjoyed."

Previous winners:

2013 Jacob Scammon (lacrosse)

2012 Jake Burns (track)

2011 Ryan Salerno (baseball)

2010 Henry Sterling (track)

2009 Sam Fear (track)

2008 Henry Gleason (lacrosse)

2007 Than Wellin (lacrosse)

2006 Michael Moody (track)

2005 Peter Gerrity (lacrosse)

2004 Brian Chin (track)

2003 Matt Curran (baseball)

2002 Matt Fortin (track)

Female:

OLIVIA MADORE, Senior—Lacrosse

  • WMC all-star, second-team

Madore capped her strong career by helping NYA return to contention this spring.

Madore, a Kennebunk native, who started playing lacrosse in the fourth grade, came to NYA for high school, turned heads with her strong play in field hockey and ice hockey and had a strong final campaign on the lacrosse field this spring, serving as a senior leader for a team climbing its way back up the ladder.

Madore scored 34 goals and had 11 assists and 49 ground balls this season and produced many highlights.

She had two goals in a loss to Freeport, scored twice more in a win at Fryeburg, had four goals in a loss to Kennebunk, three in a loss to Gould, four in a loss to Yarmouth, four, including the winner in a victory over Wells and four in a regular season ending-loss to Freeport.

The Panthers made the playoffs for the first time since Madore's freshman year and they would make things very interesting for teams seeded higher. After upsetting Gardiner in the Eastern B quarterfinals, NYA gave top-ranked, heavily favored and eventual state champion Yarmouth a might scare in the semifinals. Madore scored an early goal to help stake the Panthers to a halftime lead, but the Clippers came back to win, 9-7, bringing and end to NYA's resurgent campaign.

This year was a lot more fun,” Madore said. “I love (new coach) Lucy (Gerrity) and the whole coaching staff was incredible.”

Madore has plenty of motivators.

I hate losing,” she said. “I'm really competitive. I love hearing the crowd cheer. It gets my adrenaline pumping, My parents are my number one supporters. They always tell me that I can be the best. Before all my games, my Dad tells to me to show the power of 'You don't try, you do.' My favorite pregame words of advice of his are, 'Score, Madore, score one for your school!' That always puts a smile on my face. I don't think he realizes I much I love his pregame texts and talks. He and my Mom have been there every step of the way and I can't thank them enough.”

Madore will attend the University of New England, where she plans to play lacrosse and may go out for field hockey as well.

Olivia Madore, North Yarmouth Academy's Spring Female Athlete of the Year, was certainly one of the great big-game athletes in our midst. While the goals and assists were great, what she did to help bring a proud program back to competitiveness cannot be quantified.

Coach Lucy Gerrity comment: Olivia meant so much to this team. She brought experience, leadership, poise, speed, skill and so much more. Her drive and commitment to NYA lacrosse was evident to me from the first time I coached her (with the Maineiax premier team). When I met her, she barely said anything, but when I asked her where she played, she proudly said, 'NYA,' which was huge to a proud alum like me. She has always looked to make this team better and she has. With her experiences on the field hockey and ice hockey teams, she has grown as an athlete and leader. Her raw talent has gotten her so far and her ability to control it has pushed her to the next level. What's also great is that she is so consistent on the draw and with her on-off switch. When she needs to go, she goes and when she doesn't, she doesn't. What's made Olivia so successful is Olivia, to be perfectly honest. She's independent, strong, mature and talented.”

Previous winners:

2013 Muriel Adams (track)

2012 Sarah Jordan (tennis)

2011 Katie Cawley (lacrosse)

2010 Courtney Dumont (lacrosse)

2009 Thu-Trang Ho (tennis)

2008 Kayte Demont (track)

2007 Erin Lachance (lacrosse)

2006 Meghan Meintel (lacrosse)

2005 Molly Moss (lacrosse)

2004: Kristen Lothes (tennis)

2003 Jenny Kendall (tennis)

2002 Emma Harper (track)

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