Spring Athletes of the Year: Cape Elizabeth Capers

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2009 Spring Male Athlete of the Year:

ANDREW GUAY, Senior-Baseball

* WMC All-Conference first team, pitcher

While the Cape Elizabeth baseball team wasn’t able to achieve its ultimate goal of winning a state championship this spring, one player had a season to remember.

Senior Andrew Guay excelled both on the mound and at the plate, came up big in the most pivotal games and served as a team leader.

Those attributes and accomplishments convinced The Forecaster to select Andrew Guay as Cape Elizabeth’s 2009 Spring Male Athlete of the Year.

Guay moved to Cape Elizabeth from Scarborough in the first grade, started pitching a year later and played four years of varsity for the Capers, playing leftfield when he wasn’t on the mound.

As a junior, Guay played a big role as Cape Elizabeth won a surprise regional title, throwing a two-hitter in the Western B Final. This spring, the Capers were viewed as the favorite and lived up to the hype in the regular season as Guay excelled.

He threw a three-hitter at Falmouth in the opener, blanked Gray-New Gloucester his next time out, earned a win and hit a two-run double in a victory over Lake Region, held Greely to four-hits in a road victory May 11, homered in a loss at Yarmouth and had the game-winning RBI versus St. Dom’s.

In the playoffs, Guay threw a three-hit shutout, striking out nine, in a quarterfinal win over Lake Region.

Guay finished with a 7-0 mark and a 2.92 earned run average, beating eventual Class B champion Greely and eventual Class C champion St. Dom’s along the way. Guay also hit over .300. He wound up finishing runner-up to Greely’s Nate Martin in the voting for Western Maine Conference Most Valuable Player.

He credited his command and fewer walks for his success, along with the experience of pitching in big games in 2008.

Guay also played three years of soccer and was part of two regional champion boys’ basketball teams at Cape Elizabeth. He is currently competing in American Legion ball and will attend St. Joseph’s College in the fall, where he plans to study business and play baseball.

He’ll have a hard time building on his high school act. Andrew Guay, Cape Elizabeth’s 2009 Spring Male Athlete of the Year, was one of the steadiest players in the state and always seemed to be at his best when it mattered most.

Coach Chris Hayward’s comment: “Andrew has proven time and again that he is a big-game pitcher. He led by example, by how he carried himself on and off the field.”

2008 winner; Zach Belden (Lacrosse)

2007 winner: Pat Murphy (Baseball)

2006 winner: Evan Bagley (Lacrosse)

2005 winner: Brett Brown (Lacrosse)

2004 winner: Garret Currier (Tennis)

2003 winner: Alex Weaver (Lacrosse)

2002 winner: Mike DiFusco (Lacrosse)

2009 Spring Female Athlete of the Year

COLLEEN MARTIN, Senior-Softball

* WMC All-Conference first team

* Senior All-Star

Colleen Martin was one of the most fearsome hitters in the state and was also a catcher that few dared run on during her four years. She teamed with Trish Thibodeau to make up one of the finest batteries in recent memory and even helped the Capers win their first and only Class B championship in 2006.

But she was a hero long before she ever set foot at Cape Elizabeth High School.

Martin was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of three, was the original “Slugger’s Kid,” as part of the Portland Sea Dogs´ Strike Out Cancer in Kids
program, and was diagnosed with diabetes at age eight.

Those obstacles proved to have as much chance as a slow baserunner or a meatball down the middle as Martin won her fight against leukemia (she’s been cancer-free for more than a decade) and has served as living proof that anything is possible.

In light of her inspirational story and her absolute brilliance on the diamond, Colleen Martin is The Forecaster’s selection as Cape Elizabeth’s 2009 Spring Female Athlete of the Year.

Martin grew up in Cape Elizabeth and with four older siblings, had no choice but to become an athlete. She learned how to hit lefty from her Dad, started catching in the fifth grade, was part of a core of players who would make history in high school and embarked on an athletic odyssey that will be tough to duplicate.

Martin became a regular as a freshman, playing in every one of her team’s 134 innings, homering twice, hitting .451, driving in 24 runs and scoring 12 times. As a sophomore, Martin was a huge cog in the Capers first-ever state title, hitting four homers and scoring 17 times. She also drew 15 walks. In her junior year, Martin hit .435, had 27 hits, including six triples and four dingers, and drove in 21 runs.

Martin finished the 2009 campaign with a .410 average, 25 hits, four triples, five home runs and 22 RBI. Highlights included four hits and three runs scored versus Poland, a three-run triple versus Gray-New Gloucester standout Laura Getchell, a two-run homer against Greely, a four RBI game (including a longball) against Lake Region, three hits and three RBI versus Falmouth and a home run against Wells.

In the playoffs, Martin had a pair of hits, including an RBI triple in a quarterfinal win against Oak Hill. The Capers were then eliminated by nemesis Fryeburg in the semis.

For her high school career, Martn hit .420, finished with 70 runs, 15 homers, 14 triples and 82 RBI. Perhaps most impressively, she caught over 500 innings.

But more dazzling than her sensational stats was her leadership and infectious attitude. Martin is respected and admired by friend and foe alike.

Martin, who also played field hockey and basketball and was involved with the Volunteer Club and Central African Vision at Cape Elizabeth, is playing for the Southern Maine Flame ASA team this summer and will go to Endicott next fall, where she plans to catch and study athletic training.

There, she figures to continue to hit the cover off the ball and gain a new following. Colleen Martin, Cape Elizabeth’s 2009 Spring Female Athlete of the Year, is truly a unique star.

Coach Joe Henrikson’s comment: “Colleen is a tremendous kid. She’s the only catcher I’ve ever let call the whole game. She’s steady defensively and offensively. A solid leader. She’s a story in herself. In my opinion, she could play Division I if she wanted to. She’ll be a force.”

2008 winner: Trish Thibodeau (Softball)

2007 winner: Maureen Kertes (Softball)

2006 winner: Clare Egan (Track)

2005 winner: Elise Moody-Roberts (Track)

2004 winner: Dana Riker (Track)

2003 winner: Leslie Harrison (Track)

2002 winner: Anna Lombard (Lacrosse)