North Yarmouth Academy Fall Athletes of the Year

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FALL 2011 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

CAM REGAN, Senior-Cross country

• WMC All-Star, first-team

• WMC All-Academic

• Team MVP

• Captain

Simply put, the NYA boys’ cross country team wouldn’t have repeated as Class C state champions were it not for the effort of Cam Regan.

Regan was the team’s lead runner most of the way and helped motivate his teammates, who came up big and picked him up in the season’s most pivotal race.

As a runner, he had few who could keep up with him on the trails. As a leader, he had a unique ability to make every teammate feel special. In light of those attributes, Cam Regan is The Forecaster’s choice for North Yarmouth Academy’s Fall 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, making him a repeat winner.

Regan came to NYA for his freshman year and didn’t even become a cross country stalwart until his sophomore season, when he was 10th at states. As a junior, he guided the Panthers to their first title in eight seasons with a fifth-place showing.

This fall, Regan once again produced plenty of memories.

He was second to Falmouth standout Tim Follo in the opening meet, won the next time out and placed third in Division II in the conference championship. At regionals, Regan had the sixth-best time, helping NYA place first.

The following week, at states, Regan wasn’t himself and didn’t score, but his teammates stepped up and captured another title, qualifying for New Englands in the process. There, Regan led the Panthers again, with a 77th-place showing.

Regan skis in the winter and is a runner in the spring. He’s a member of the school’s steel band, KIVA Club and volunteers. He’s still in the process of deciding on where he wants to go to college, but athletics will likely be a big part of his experience.

The Panthers were champions again this autumn thanks in large part to the heroics of Cam Regan, NYA’s Fall 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, who made sure his senior season was a special one.

Coach Peter Sillin’s comment: “Cam’s an ideal combination of friendly leader and fierce competitor. In short, he is the nicest alpha dog you will ever meet. Warm, self-deprecating and soft-spoken, Cam goes out of his way to mentor younger runners. I have had very few runners in recent years who were as intentional about bringing the freshmen along as Cam has been. At the same time, he defends his top position as the leader of the pack with incredible tenacity. Not only has he been our top guy in every race for three years, it’s a joke on the team that he wouldn’t let anyone run ahead of him on the practice runs either. He leads by example and the culture of team has benefited from it. I give Cam’s leadership a lot of credit for our team’s success in winning state championships the past two years.”

Previous winners:

• 2010 winner: Cam Regan (Cross country)

• 2009 winner: Tim Millett (Golf)

• 2008 winner: Henry Sterling (Soccer)

• 2007 winner: Taylor Gorman (Soccer)

• 2006 winner: James Sterling (Golf)

• 2005 winner: Sean Lynch (Soccer)

• 2004 winner: Nathaniel Bishop (Soccer)

• 2003 winner: Luke Welch (Soccer)

• 2002 winner: Sam Crocker (Cross Country)

• 2001 winner: Colin Minte (Soccer)

FALL 2011 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

KATHERINE MILLETT, Senior-Field hockey

• All-State

• WMC Class C all-star, first-team

The NYA field hockey team has produced the finest four-year stretch in its history and it’s no coincidence that Katherine Millett was along for the ride leading it to victory after victory.

After winning Class C her freshman and junior seasons, Millett found herself in the role of having to lead the Panthers back to the pinnacle this fall and while it wasn’t always easy, she came through brilliantly, just as she always had since donning the school colors.

Millett was nearly unstoppable on offense this year and scored clutch goal after clutch goal as NYA made it back to the state game. There, she came up with the biggest play of the day on defense of all things as the Panthers were able to exult over yet another crown.

For being such a prolific scorer, clutch producer and team leader, Katherine Millett is The Forecaster’s selection for NYA’s Fall 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, marking the second straight year she’s been selected.

Millett came to NYA in the sixth grade and began playing field hockey. It wasn’t long before her natural athleticism carried her to great things. As a freshman, she was part of the program’s first Class C title in 14 years. After the Panthers fell just short (losing to Dexter in the state final) her sophomore season, her excellence and consistency in rattling the cage (38 goals) helped them return to the top in 2010.

This fall, the highlights were plentiful.

She had a goal and two assists in a season-opening win over Sacopee, scored twice against Freeport, four times against Old Orchard Beach, twice in a second meeting against Old Orchard Beach, four times versus Poland, twice against Traip and had her team’s lone goals in an overtime loss to Falmouth and a 1-0 win at Waynflete.

The Panthers weren’t the top seed in the Western C playoff field this time and faced a tougher road, but Millett scored twice, including the winner in overtime, against Telsar in the quarterfinals, had the winner versus Lisbon in penalty corners of the semifinals, then set up both goals in a regional final victory over Sacopee.

She dominated play for much of the state final versus Winthrop, but she and her teammates couldn’t finish. Finally, in penalty corners, Millett inserted the game winner, then broke up the Ramblers’ last hope by intercepting a pass and dribbling the ball past the 25 to clinch the title as she fittingly punctuated her final game with the ball on her stick.

Millett finished with 96 goals for her NYA career and was an all-star mention, although she was slighted when it came to the conference’s top player and Miss Maine Field Hockey balloting. Regardless of the omissions, you could argue she was the state’s finest player.

Millett also plays ice hockey and lacrosse. She expects to play field hockey in college, but is still undecided as to where she’ll be next year.

She won’t soon be forgotten at the high school level. Katherine Millett, NYA’s Fall 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, was a scorer extraordinaire who was a step above the rest.

Coach Tracy Quimby’s comment: “Katherine scored 96 goals in her career. I was hoping she might make it to 100. I don’t think she even realized how close she got. I don’t know many other kids who had 96 goals in their career. She did a great job.”

Previous winners:

• 2010 winner; Katherine Millett (Field hockey)

• 2009 winner: Courtney Dumont (Soccer)

• 2008 winner: Nicole Fuller (Field hockey)

• 2007 winner: Allie Tocci (Field hockey)

• 2006 winner: Alex Mack (Soccer)

• 2005 winner: Zoe Filliter (Cross country)

• 2004 winner: Elizabeth Werley-Prieto (Field hockey)

• 2003 winner: Abby Hamilton (Field hockey)

• 2002 winner: Rachael Blanchard (Cross country)

• 2001 winner: Kelsey Wilcox (Soccer)

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