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Spring Athletes of the Year: Falmouth Yachtsmen

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Spring Athletes of the Year: Falmouth Yachtsmen

Spring 2010 Male Athlete of the Year:

DAN HANLEY, Senior—Lacrosse

* All-American

* WMC All-Conference, first team

* Senior All-Star

* Team MVP

* Team captain

On the heels of the finest season in its history, the Falmouth boys' lacrosse team will have to say goodbye to the program's finest player.

Dan Hanley helped elevate the Yachtsmen to greatness not only with his myriad skills, but also with drive, passion for his sport and his capacity to lead.

He simply wanted the ball in the biggest spots and delivered most of the time.

For being a student-athlete worthy of emulation, Dan Hanley is The Forecaster's choice as Falmouth's Spring 2010 Male Athlete of the Year.

Hanley's ascendance was not a surprise. He's long worked hard as his craft and after a 23-goal, 15-assist junior campaign was considered one of the best players in the state coming into the season.

Hanley more than lived up to billing.

In a statement-making 11-4 romp at perennial powerhouse Cape Elizabeth in the opener, Hanley erupted for five goals as the Yachtsmen beat the Capers for the first time. He added four goals and two assists against Waynflete, four goals versus NYA, five against York and scored two clutch goals to break a tie in a 9-7 win over Cape Elizabeth in the second meeting.

Hanley capped his regular season with three-goal efforts against NYA and Freeport as the Yachtsmen finished with a program-best 10-2 record, marred only by two close losses to Yarmouth, good for the top spot in Western B.

In a semifinal round playoff blowout of Greely, Hanley had three goals and one assist. He and his teammates bowed out with an agonizing overtime loss to Cape Elizabeth in the regional final, but Hanley scored three more goals, giving him 38 for the season, to go along with nine assists.

Hanley was named team MVP for the third year in a row and was an easy choice for all-conference. The second consecutive year he was selected. He then joined teammate Mike Kane to become Falmouth's second and third All-Americans.

Hanley was also a hockey standout for the Yachtsmen and he plans to play both sports when he attends Bowdoin College in the fall.

The Polar Bears and their fans are in for a treat when they see how much talent and character is contained in the package that is Dan Hanley, Falmouth's Spring 2010 Male Athlete of the Year.

Coach Mike LeBel’s comment: “"I have yet to witness an athlete with combination of mental and physical toughness that Dan possesses. His intrinsic drive to be the best is second to none. He will do everything that a coach asks without hesitation. He understands the big picture and the team always comes first. His intelligence allows him quickly counter what his opponent is trying to accomplish. Athletes like Dan do not come along often. He is, by far, the biggest loss to this program."

2009 winner: Tommy Winger (Track)

2008 winner: Ethan Shaw (Track)

2007 winner: Ethan Shaw (Track)

2006 winner: Chris Morrison (Tennis)

2005 winner: Antonio Floridino (Track)

2004 winner: Aaron Paradis (Baseball)

2003 winner: Antonio Floridino (Track)

2002 winner: Matt Dissell (Track)

Spring 2010 Female Athlete of the Year

ANALISE KUMP, Sophomore—Tennis

* State singles finalist

* WMC All-Conference, singles first team

The Falmouth girls' tennis program continues to raise the bar for excellence. This season, the Yachtsmen were perfect.

Really.

They didn't lose a match point in a regular or postseason match and won their third consecutive Class B state championship.

While Falmouth featured an abundance of standouts, the one leading the way, facing the best player that the opposition had to offer day after day, was none other than a standout sophomore who was far from 100 percent physically.

Analise Kump was able to overcome back muscular pain, however, and beat every foe in team competition. She also made it to the state singles final and has a very bright future.

In light of her dominance and ability to deal with adversity, Analise Kump is The Forecaster's choice as Falmouth's Spring 2010 Female Athlete of the Year.

Kump started playing tennis in the fourth grade and soon emerged as a star. She stepped right in and played third singles as a freshman on last year's state champion and this spring moved into the top spot.

Kump went 10-0 in the regular season and is now 20-0 on her high school career. Before leading the Yachtsmen to another championship, she took time out to turn heads in the singles tournament, reaching the final before falling to Brunswick's Elena Mandhzukova, 4-6, 6-7 (4). Had she been healthy, Kump may have taken that crown as well.

In the state tournament, after sitting out the quarterfinals, Kump had no trouble defeating her counterparts from Yarmouth and Oak Hill before rallying to beat Caribou's Jenna Selander in three sets to wrap up the title.

Kump trains at the Woodlands and is competing in tournaments this summer. She plays almost every day and wants to play tennis in college. She's also a member of the Falmouth Key Club and Video Yearbook and above all else, is very modest about her achievements.

In truth, she has a lot to brag about. Analise Kump, Falmouth's Spring 2010 Female Athlete of the Year, already has established quite a legacy and isn't even close to penning her final chapter.

Coach Sandra Stone's comment: “Analise exudes the joy of tennis, but watch out if you're her opponent and make her mad. She's the most determined player to perform under physical and mental pressure. We are very proud of her successful progression through the singles tournament. She seems to know critical moments and how to rise to the occasion.”

2009 winner: Annie Criscione (Tennis)

2008 winner: Hallsey Leighton (Tennis)

2007 winner: Carly Applebaum (Track)

2006 winner: Kristen Meahl (Tennis)

2005 winner: Eileen Brandes (Softball)

2004 winner: Kristen Meahl (Tennis)

2003 winner: Beth Rubenstein (Track)

2002 winner: Beth Rubenstein (Track)