Waynflete Flyers Winter Athletes of the Year

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Male:

MILO BELLEAU, Senior-Basketball

  • Bob Butler Award winner

  • WMC all-star, Class C first-team

  • WMC Senior All-Star

  • Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star

  • Captain

If Belleau hadn’t made a single basket this winter, he would have graduated as a special player in Waynflete history. Suffice it to say, he made some baskets, some incredibly clutch and huge baskets, and as a result, he’ll depart as a legend.

Belleau started playing basketball in kindergarten at Waynflete and by high school, not only starred on the hardwood, but also as one of the finest soccer goalies in the state. This fall, Belleau’s heroics helped the Flyers get to the Class C boys’ soccer state final and he was named Waynflete’s Fall Male Athlete of the Year.

On the court, he made the varsity team as a freshman, was a starter and a key contributor to a regional champion as a sophomore. Last year, Belleau earned his first Winter Male Athlete of the Year nod, averaging 18 points per game and being named a first-team all-star.

This season, Belleau continued to dazzle and made some of the biggest shots in program history.

Belleau had 14 points and eight rebounds in an early season loss to Class B South power Yarmouth, scored 13 points in a victory over North Yarmouth Academy and closed the 2015 portion of the schedule with 21 points in a win over Wells.

The new year was even better to Belleau and his teammates as they emerged as a top contender in Class B South. Belleau had 18 points in a narrow victory at Old Orchard Beach, scored 21 points, including the game-winner late, at Fryeburg Academy and 13 in a win at NYA.

The night of Jan. 15 was Belleau’s finest hour. Waynflete hosted eventual Class A champion Falmouth and trailed by five late, but Belleau was fouled shooting a 3 and hit all three free throws to keep the Flyers alive and after the Yachtsmen missed a free throw, Belleau banked home an impossible 3 from the corner as time expired, giving him 19 points and Waynflete an improbable and signature victory.

After scoring 17 points in a loss to eventual Class B champion Lake Region, 15 in a win at Poland and 15 more in a victory at Traip Academy, Belleau produced one more late-game highlight in an overtime home win over Traip. Down three, Belleau buried a 3 while being fouled and he added the free throw for the rarely-seen four-point play to give him 18 points and his team a one-point victory. Belleau closed the regular season with 13 points in a win over Sacopee Valley.

Belleau finished 10th in scoring in the Western Maine Conference (which includes teams from Classes A, B and C) with 14.2 per game. 

He continued his excellence in the Flyers’ run to the state final. In a quarterfinal round win over Wiscasset, Belleau had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists. In a thrilling overtime win over Winthrop in the regional final, Belleau assisted on the go-ahead basket, made two clutch free throws and blocked a last-second shot to help Waynflete clinch the second regional title in program history. In the state game loss to George Stevens Academy, Belleau bowed out with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot. 

Belleau has spent time mentoring younger students at Reiche School. He hopes to play basketball in college and is weighing his options. 

Rest assured that more dramatics, glory and triumph await. Milo Belleau, Waynflete’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, was a human highlight reel who did whatever it took to lead the Flyers to greatness.

Coach Rich Henry’s comment: “Milo’s level of performance improved each year and he added a maturity in his approach to the game that puts him in rare company in the state. His sophomore year, he was a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky guy, His junior year, he was a little more serious. His transition to his senior year has been incredible. His maturity level on the court is superior. He never forces anything, which is the mark of a great player. He’s a tough matchup. When you think about what Milo did in soccer and in clutch situations in basketball, it’s unbelievable.”

Previous winners:

2014-15 Milo Belleau (basketball)

2013-14 Serge Nyirikamba (basketball)

2012-13 Serge Nyirikamba (basketball)

2011-12 Luke Jeton (swimming)

2010-11 Joe Veroneau (basketball)

2009-10 Nate Niles (Nordic skiing)

2008-09 Hassan Jeylani (basketball)

2007-08 Tom Reagan (Nordic skiing)

2006-07 Lucas Milliken (Nordic skiing)

2005-06 Lucas Milliken (Nordic skiing)

2004-05 David Wells (swimming)

2003-04 Jeff Bates (Nordic skiing)

Female:

KELLEY FRUMER, Junior—Alpine skiing

* Maine team 

Frumer not only enjoyed individual brilliance, she played a key role in helping the newly formed Falmouth/Waynflete squad win a Class A state championship this winter.

Frumer came to Waynflete in the third grade, but started skiing long before that, at the age of 18 months. She started racing in third grade and quickly made her mark at the high school level, even though the Flyers didn’t have a team her first two seasons.

Frumer impressed as a freshman, coming in sixth in the giant slalom and 12th in the slalom at the Class C state meet. As a sophomore, Frumer was ninth in the GS and 10th in the slalom and also placed fourth in the skimeister standings (which combined Alpine and Nordic events).

This year, Frumer’s points contributed to Falmouth’s team total and the Yachtsmen enjoyed a great year, eventually winning the Class A championship. At states, racing against the top skiers from the biggest schools in the state, Frumer placed 13th in the slalom and 21st in the GS.

“It was awesome to go to the Class A state meet,” Frumer said. “It was great to be part of a team and have people clapping for me. It was incredible to watch (Falmouth standouts) Krysia (Lesniak) and Alex (Shapiro). I loved the coaches.”

Frumer, who skis at Sugarloaf on the weekends and also trains two or three days a week at Shawnee Peak, capped her season by qualifying for the Maine team and placing 50th at the Eastern High School championships against top skiers from the Northeast. 

Frumer feels her love for the sport has driven her to the upper echelon.

“I love going fast,” Frumer said. “Skiing is such an individual sport. I love that I have no one but myself to thank or to blame.”

Frumer is also an avid sailor, is the coxswain on Waynflete’s crew team and belongs to the school’s Car Club, Outing Club and Raising Awareness. 

We haven’t heard the last of her. Kelley Frumer, Waynflete’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year, has a big senior season in store and will again impact two schools with her efforts.

Falmouth Coach Tip Kimball’s comment: “Aside from being a talented athlete and valuable team scorer, Kelley proved her leadership skills by assuming the role of Waynflete team leader and liaison. Kelley was a consistent contributor to her team’s score throughout our undefeated season, including securing the Western Maine Conference Championship and Class A State championship titles.”

Previous winners:

2014-15 Helen Gray-Bauer (basketball)

2013-14 Colby Harvey (swimming)

2012-13 Martha Veroneau (basketball)

2011-12 Martha Veroneau (basketball)

2010-11 Martha Veroneau (basketball)

2009-10 Morgan Woodhouse (basketball)

2008-09 Annie Cutler (basketball)

2007-08 Margaret Veroneau (basketball)

2006-07 Margaret Veroneau (basketball)

2005-06 Margaret Veroneau (basketball)

2004-05 Holly Whitney (Nordic skiing)

2003-04 Betsy Critchfield (Nordic skiing)

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

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