North Yarmouth Academy Panthers Fall 2010 Athletes of the Year

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FALL 2010 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

CAM REGAN, Junior-Cross country

* WMC All-Star, first team

North Yarmouth Academy’s boys’ cross country team won the Class C championship this fall for the first time since 2002. Leading the way at the front of the pack was junior Cam Regan, who displayed consistency throughout, was devoted to the sport and keeps getting better. He was certainly at his best with the title on the line.

With that in mind, Cam Regan is The Forecaster’s selection for North Yarmouth Academy’s Fall 2010 Male Athlete of the Year.

Regan lives in Cumberland and came to NYA for his freshman year. He was a soccer player growing up and first tried cross country as a sophomore (his brother, Connor, runs for Greely).

“I was not into running at all as a kid,” Regan said. “I really liked racing in Nordic skiing and I thought I’d like cross country. I put in a lot of summer miles and improved a lot.”

It didn’t take long for him to emerge as a talent. Regan was his team’s top scorer (10th) at the Class C state meet in 2009. This fall. Regan helped anchor a state champion.

Racing against top Class B powers Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth in the season opener, Regan came in fifth. He moved up to first the next time out. Regan came in sixth at the Southwest Classic, 28th at the Festival of Champions and 10th at the Western Maine Conference meet.

NYA won the Western C title as Regan came in sixth. Then, at states, the Panthers won it all as Regan had the eighth-best time and fifth-highest score. At New Englands, Regan was 81st as NYA scored as a team.

Regan will ski this winter and run distance and do the pole vault in outdoor track this spring. He hopes to keep getting faster and to lead the Panthers to another championship in the fall of 2011. As far as college goes, he’s leaning toward skiing over running, but is admittedly torn and still has time to figure it out.

Cam Regan, NYA’s Fall 2010 Male Athlete of the Year, figured it out all season and made the most of his talents. We haven’t heard the last of him yet.

Coach Peter Sillin’s Comment: “Cam is a coach’s dream. He’s talented, of course, but more than that, he has an incredible work ethic and drive to develop his talent. He trained all summer to come back this fall a quantum leap ahead of where he was last year. For all his drive and talent, he’s humble, easy-going and very coachable. He listens intently, concentrates hard in practice and analyzes his races carefully. He’s a great, funny teammate and an integral part of a great group of guys and once they step on the course, he’s our leader. It’s a great boost of confidence for the rest of the guys to know Cam is up front flying the NYA colors and doing battle with the top runners from the other teams.”

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 2010 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

KATHERINE MILLETT, Junior-Field hockey

* All-State

* WMC Class C all-star, first team

* Coaches’ Award winner

It isn’t just the bright orange headband that made Katherine Millett stand out on the field this fall.

In fact, Millett’s play spoke for itself as she rattled the cage with regularity and helped her team enjoy yet another special campaign.

She scored early, scored often and scored with games and the season on the line. She stood alone not only because of her talent, but also for her infectious enthusiasm and all of that together convinced The Forecaster to name Katherine Millett as North Yarmouth Academy’s Fall 2010 Female Athlete of the Year.

Millett lives in Auburn and came to NYA as a sixth grader, which is when she took up field hockey. She came to varsity as a freshman and was part of a state champion. Last year, the Panthers dominated, but lost to Dexter in the state final. This year, Millett made sure they wouldn’t fall short.

In all, she had 38 goals and seven assists. The sight of her running back to midfield with the ball in her hand (traditional for the goal scorer) was enough to give the opposition nightmares. Highlights included four goals in a season opening win over Freeport, four more versus Traip, a goal and an assist in a pair of rare, close victories against Sacopee, four goals versus Poland, two against Waynflete, four goals each against Old Orchard and Traip and two against Western B contender Falmouth.

She kept the good times rolling in the playoffs.

Against Waynflete in the quarterfinals, Millett scored four times. She came up huge in the semis, scoring the winner in overtime to beat host Livermore Falls. In the regional final, Millett had two goals to help NYA edge Telstar. Then, in the state final versus Foxcroft Academy, she assisted on Kylie Dalbec’s goal in penalty corners. The Panthers had to go to one more round to finally win it.

Millett, who admittedly always tries to have fun when she plays, then received an abundance of postseason honors.

She’s currently playing ice hockey and is a member of the state championship lacrosse team in the spring. She volunteers at a day care and has taken part in camps. She is weighing her college options and hopes to play field hockey or lacrosse at the next level.

First, she figures to enjoy a prolific senior campaign. Katherine Millett, NYA’s Fall 2010 Female Athlete of the Year, had all eyes on her this season and came up big time after time.

Coach Julia Sterling’s Comment: “Katherine brought so much spirit to the team from preseason right to the final game. During any timeout or halftime break, she would be the one to pick up every player, even if she was feeling uncomfortable with her play. Even then, she kept a positive attitude. She practiced her stick skills before practice and was shooting on goal after practice. She loves field hockey and is very dedicated to the team which showed throughout the season.”

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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