South Portland Red Riots Spring Athletes of the Year

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Spring 2011 Male Athlete of the Year:

ADRIAN REID Senior—Track

* Class A state champion, 200

* SMAA All-Star, first-team 100

* SMAA All-Star, first-team 200

* John Chapin Award winner

At a school with a long and storied track history, Adrian Reid has established himself as a champion.

Reid capped his superb high school career this spring by winning a state championship in the 200 and he wasn’t far off from taking the 100 as well. He’s devoted to his craft, always prepared and those attributes paid off with a perfect punctuation mark. He figures to continue turning heads in college.

In light of his dedication and triumph, The Forecaster is naming Adrian Reid as South Portland’s Spring 2011 Male Athlete of the Year.

Reid came to South Portland from Jamaica (where he first started running) just in time to start high school. He said it was easy to adapt and his athleticism must have played a big role. He sprinted for four years in both indoor and outdoor track and also played three years of soccer.

On the track, he’s only gotten better.

Reid was seventh in the 55 indoors as a junior and moved up to fifth in this past winter. He was also third in the 200. Outdoors, he was sixth in the 200 as a junior and was a member of a runner-up 400 relay team. This season, he really sparkled.

Reid won the 100 and 200 at the regular season-ending Cumberland County meet. At the SMAA championships, he again won both events, setting the stage for the state meet. There, Reid was first in the 200 (22.89 seconds) and a close second to Portland standout Imadhi Zagon in the 100 (finishing .03 of a second from the top spot).

“Imadhi had a better start in the 100, but I almost caught up,” said Reid. “I had it in the 200. We have a good, friendly rivalry.”

Reid also anchored the Red Riots’ first-place 400 relay team (which set a new school record). At New Englands, he was 18th in the 100 and 21st in the 200. After the season, he was given the John Chapin Award for, “Leadership inside and outside the arena of competition, a fierce competitive spirit, superior preparation and an inner source of pride and strength to overcome all obstacles.”

Reid runs and lifts year-round, plays the piano and guitar and was a member of the school’s Key and Interact clubs. He plans to attend Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., where he’ll run track and may try out for basketball (a sport he didn’t play in high school). Reid is interested in pursuing psychology or international business.

When he sets a goal, everyone else better watch out. Adrian Reid, South Portland’s Spring 2011 Male Athlete of the Year, leaves everyone in his dust when he’s at his best.

Coach David Kahill’s comment: “Adrian has been successful because of his work ethic, dedication to the team’s success, competitiveness, belief in himself, maturity and respect for other athletes. He respected and was motivated by performances by other top sprinters. He was an incredible athlete and leader and will be missed.”

* 2010 winner: Adam Burpee (Lacrosse)

* 2009 winner: Ben Linscott (Lacrosse)

* 2008 winner: Will Furbush (Baseball)

* 2007 winner: Eugene Arsenault (Lacrosse)

* 2006 winner: Thomas McCoubrey (Track)

* 2005 winner: Justin Collett (Baseball)

* 2004 winner: Scott Guillerault (Baseball)

* 2003 winner: Anthony Dambrie (Track)

* 2002 winner: Greg Norton (Baseball)

Spring 2011 Female Athlete of the Year:

ALEXIS BOGDANOVICH, Senior -Softball

* Maine Gatorade Player of the Year

* Miss Maine Softball

* SMAA Pitcher of the Year

* SMAA Player of the Year

* SMAA All-Star, first-team

* SMAA All-Academic team

Alexis Bogdanovich helped the South Portland softball team make history, then came back and had one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory.

A year after the Red Riots won a Class A state championship for the first time (with her on the mound), Bogdanovich confounded opposing hitters, making most of them look helpless, en route to a sensational campaign that didn’t end until an upset loss to rival Scarborough in the regional final.

As superb as Bogdanovich was on the mound, she was just as impressive at the plate, belting several clutch hits to help her team steamroll most of its foes.

For being such a standout pitcher and hitter and for living up to and exceeding the hype in a transcendent season, Alexis Bogdanovich gets The Forecaster’s nod as South Portland’s Spring 2011 Female Athlete of the Year.

Bogdanovich benefits from being part of a rich athletic heritage in her family and it didn’t take long for her to carve out her own niche. She excelled in Little League and quickly made her mark with the Red Riots.

After blanking Bangor to win the 2010 Class A title, Bogdanovich dazzled from start to finish in 2011.

In the opener, she blanked Sanford behind a season-high 17 strikeouts. A two-hitter with 10 strikeouts against Kennebunk followed. She also had two hits in that game. She fanned 12 in a two-hit win against Westbrook (belting two hits and driving in two runs in the process), drove in three runs versus Windham, blanked Noble on two hits with 12Ks (and had three hits, including a home run), had three hits, two runs scored, an RBI and earned the win in relief against Marshwood, struck out 14 hitters, had two triples and two RBI against Gorham, crushed a home run, drove in three runs and earned the win at Thornton Academy, pitched 12 innings and drove in the winning run at Biddeford, beat Scarborough with a seven-hitter (fanning nine) and had an RBI in the process, had three hits versus Cheverus, three hits and four RBI against Bonny Eagle and held McAuley to two hits and scored the only run in the regular season finale.

In the playoffs, Bogdanovich was just as strong. She threw a one-hitter with 10 Ks against Sanford in the quarterfinals, also ripping three hits and driving in two runs. She held McAuley to three hits in a semifinal round mauling, then only surrendered a first inning run and struck out 11 against Scarborough in the regional final, but South Portland’s run ended with an agonizing 1-0 loss.

Then, the accolades poured in, capped by Bogdanovich being selected Miss Maine Softball and Maine’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

Bogdanovich finished with a 12-1 record in 2011 with a miniscule 0.26 ERA and 139 strikeouts. If that wasn’t impressive enough, she hit .571, homered twice and drove in 23 runs. For her career, Bogdanovich finished with 41 wins on the hill.

She’ll matriculate at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire in the fall and figures to make an immediate impact on the softball program.

It’s difficult to convey just how special a season this was for Alexis Bogdanovich, South Portland’s Spring 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. Even her nonpareil statistics didn’t do her justice.

Coach Ralph Aceto’s comment: “Alexis has a great work ethic. She lives for this stuff. She was the rock. Not a boisterous leader, but she got her point across. Her college coach is extremely excited about her. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’ll thrive at the next level.”

* 2010 winner: Katlin Norton (Softball)

* 2009 winner: Danielle DiBiase (Softball)

* 2008 winner: Julie DiMatteo (Softball)

* 2007 winner: Christina Aceto (Softball)

* 2006 winner: Kristin Kill (Softball)

* 2005 winner: Krystal Shannon (Softball)

* 2004 winner: Lindsay Coit (Lacrosse)

* 2003 winner: Nichole Cousins (Softball)

* 2002 winner: Morgan O’Donnell (Softball)

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