North Yarmouth Academy Panthers Winter Athletes of the Year

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TE’ANDRE KING, Junior—Basketball

* WMC Class C all-star, first-team

* Captain  

King remained one of the state’s unstoppable forces as he continued his assault on the NYA record books, helping the Panthers make a run to the postseason.

King grew up in New York City and didn’t get seriously involved with basketball until he came to NYA as a freshman. 

“I really love basketball,” King said. “It helps me clear my mind. I like the camaraderie. It’s all about five guys working together.”

King made an immediate impact on the Western Maine Conference as a freshman, dominating in the post while showing a nice shooting touch, averaging 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest in an all-star season. As a sophomore, King was even better, averaging 23 points and 13 boards.

This winter, King continued to light it up as he helped the Panthers make it to the playoffs after a year away. King averaged a league-leading 24.2 points and 14.2 rebounds per contest, placed second in steals (3.0 per game) and also dished out 2.6 assists per game.

Highlights included 29 points in a loss to Old Orchard Beach, a rarely-seen triple-double (24 points, 15 rebounds, 10 steals) in a win over Seacoast Christian, 39 points in a win over Buckfield, 36 points and 12 boards in a loss to Traip Academy, 35 points in a win over Sacopee Valley, 23 points in a win over St. Dom’s, 23 points and 17 rebounds in a loss to Traip Academy, 22 points and 23 boards in a second win over Buckfield, reaching the 1,000 career point plateau in a second loss to Old Orchard Beach, 28 points in a victory over Pine Tree Academy, 27 points and 13 boards in a second win over St. Dom’s and 30 points and 13 boards in a second victory over Sacopee Valley. King then had 19 points in the preliminary round of the Class C South tournament, but NYA lost to Dirigo.

King has 1,122 career points and is closing in on the program record of 1,402 (set by Tim DeLuca).

King, who also plays soccer and is a jumper in track for NYA, belongs to Make-A-Wish and plays the piano. He hopes to set the new program scoring mark and win a Gold Ball in his final high school season, then he’ll look to play at the next level.

Te’Andre King, North Yarmouth Academy’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year, has one season left to excel on the basketball court. That’s a show you won’t want to miss.

Coach Jason Knight’s comment: “Te’Andre’s combination of size, skill and athleticism made him a primary focus of our team strategy again this year, offensively and defensively. That also naturally made him the focus of opposing defenses, which routinely had him double- or even triple-teamed. Considering that level of attention he received, it makes his individual achievements all the more impressive and well-earned. He very much appreciates that any success of the team will not be about his contributions alone. With with our younger team this year, he often got out of his comfort zone in learning to expand his leadership skills, pushing his teammates forward to meeting goals. His willingness to challenge himself and receive and act on feedback, is what makes Te’Andre stand out not only as a basketball player, but a leader for his teammates and his school community.”

Previous winners:

2017-18 Brent Rickett (hockey)

2016-17 Jake Malcom (basketball)

2015-16 Bobby Murray (hockey)

2014-15 Brad Potter (hockey)

2013-14 Michael McIntosh (track)

2012-13 T.J. Daigler (hockey)

2011-12 Asad Dahia (basketball)

2010-11 Ian Moore (skiing)

2009-10 Henry Sterling (track)

2008-09 Henry Sterling (track)

2007-08 Ian Nichols (swimming)

2006-07 Chris Engel (swimming)

2005-06 Rob Carpenter (track)

2004-05 Tim DeLuca (basketball)

2003-04 Dan Bartlett (hockey)

2002-03 Steve Lawrence (hockey)

2001-02 Matt Smith (hockey)

Female:

CATHERINE REID, Senior—Basketball

* Team MVP

* WMC Class C All-Conference, first-team

* WMC Senior All-Star

* WMC All-Academic

* Captain

Reid brought big-game experience, poise and leadership to a program on the brink and with her ability to do a little of everything, she helped the Panthers enjoy their best season in two decades.

Reid, who lives in Harpswell, started playing basketball in the second grade and it quickly became her favorite sport.

“I like the fast pace,” Reid said. “Unlike other sports with more players, you’re always in the middle of the action on offense and defense.”

Reid went to Maine Girls’ Academy for three years, where she soon emerged as a tenacious defender who wasn’t shy about taking big shots.

This summer, preparing for her senior season, Reid was heartbroken when MGA closed, but like many of her classmates, she made the move to NYA and this fall, was a part of a state champion girls’ soccer team.

This winter, Reid sparkled in her new setting, leading the Panthers to their best record in 20 years, leading NYA in scoring in 17 of 21 games, finishing in double figures on 19 occasions and breaking the 20-point plateau again and again.

Highlights included 21 points in a season-opening win at Old Orchard Beach, 13 points and eight assists in a victory over defending Class B South champion Lake Region, 23 points in a win over Traip Academy, 20 in a victory over Sacopee Valley, 24 in a win at Fryeburg Academy, 19 in a second victory over Traip Academy, 19 in a win over Kents Hill, 22 in a win over Cape Elizabeth, 21 in a victory over Old Orchard Beach, 24 in a win over St. Dom’s, 22 in a win over Sacopee Valley and 22 in a season-ending victory over Waynflete. 

Reid continued her scoring onslaught in the playoffs, scoring 27 points to lead NYA to a win over Monmouth, its first quarterfinal round victory this century, then producing a 14-point, 11-rebound, nine-steal, six-assist tour de force in a semifinal round win over Winthrop. The Panthers’ title dream was dashed with a loss to eventual state champion Boothbay in the Class C South Final, but Reid had 10 points, which tied for a team high, in her swan song.

Reid finished the season with 368 points (a 17.5 per game average), 93 rebounds (4.4), 90 steals (4.2) and 79 assists (3.7).

“The season didn’t end exactly the way we wanted, but it was good to get to the regional final,” said Reid. “Playing a tough schedule was good for us. I wanted to bring intensity.”

Reid’s lack of size never prevented her from excelling on the court.

“People are surprised because I’m short, but I’m aggressive,” Reid said. “I like being the underdog.”

Reid also takes part in Mock Trial at NYA. She’s undecided on her college destination, but expects that her basketball career has run its course.

She certainly made the most of her time on the hardwood, regardless of which school she represented. Catherine Reid, North Yarmouth Academy’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year, came up clutch time and again.

Coach Tom Robinson’s comment: “Catherine is a complete basketball player with a high skill set. She has an ability to score many ways. She has a high basketball IQ. While she is often the smallest player on the court, her competitiveness and will to win are unmatched. What separated her from many players was her consistency. She was a pleasure to coach and a fantastic kid to get to know. It was a pleasure watching her play every night.”

Previous winners:

2017-18 Maggie Larson (basketball)

2016-17 Isabelle See (track)

2015-16 Sonia Lin (swimming)

2014-15 Alex Barnes (hockey)

2013-14 Sonia Lin (swimming)

2012-13 Sonia Lin (swimming)

2011-12 Morgan Scully (basketball)

2010-11 Blair Haggett (basketball)

2009-10 Emily McKinnon (swimming)

2008-09 Courtney Dumont (hockey)

2007-08 Courtney Dumont (hockey)

2006-07 Ingrid Knowles (Nordic skiing)

2005-06 Ingrid Knowles (Nordic skiing)

2004-05 Kathryn Engel (swimming)

2003-04 Teddy Fortin (hockey)

2002-03 Bobbi Dennison (basketball)

2001-02 Ashley Spicer (basketball)

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

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