Waynflete Flyers Winter Athletes of the Year

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MILO BELLEAU, Junior-Basketball

  • WMC all-star, Class C first-team

In a season of dominance, Belleau defined consistency and excellence and left teammates and opponents alike impressed with his skills.

Belleau grew up in Portland and came to Waynflete for early education. He started playing basketball in kindergarten and it soon became a passion. Belleau, who is also a soccer standout, plays AAU ball for MBNation and he made the Flyers varsity as a freshman. As a sophomore, he was the starting shooting guard on a squad which got to the Class C Final for the first time in school history and dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Houlton. Belleau was a second-team Western Maine Conference all-star and averaged 11 points per game.

This winter, Belleau stepped up even more, teaming with senior Harry Baker-Connick to make up a dynamic and often unstoppable backcourt.

Belleau’s highlights included 22 points (all in the first half) of a win over Sacopee Valley, 18 in a victory over North Yarmouth Academy, 25 in a win over Traip,  23 in a victory over Old Orchard Beach, 17 points in a triumph over then-undefeated Western B power Yarmouth, 19 in a second win over NYA, 14 in a one-point loss at eventual Western B finalist Lake Region, 16 in a victory over defending Western B champion Poland, 22 in a narrow win at Old Orchard Beach, 20 in a victory over A.R. Gould, 21 in a second win over Sacopee Valley and 20 in a victory over Greater Portland Christian School.

In the quarterfinals of the Western C tournament, Belleau had 20 points in a victory over Hall-Dale and he added eight in a semifinal round loss to Dirigo.

In all, Belleau averaged 18 points (good for fourth in the conference) and four rebounds and he was named to the WMC all-star first-team.

“It was a good year,” Belleau said. “I worked hard in the offseason. I like playing team sports. I’m somewhat shy, but I get louder when I’m playing basketball or soccer.”

Belleau, who mentors younger students at Reiche School in Portland, hopes to win a Gold Ball and the reach the 1,000-point career scoring plateau as a senior. He’s looking to play at the Division III college level as well.

Don’t bet against him. Milo Belleau, Waynflete’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year, has shown he welcomes any challenge and he just keeps getting better and better.

Coach Rich Henry’s comment: “Milo was our primary scoring threat and it was a role he was expected to step into. This year, he was the focus of the other team. Milo was mentally and physically ready to assume that role. It was both a physical skill set as well as the mental approach to being a scorer. Milo needed to make sure he struck the right balance between asserting himself on the offensive end, but not forcing shots, while creating opportunities for others. He did and the other four guys on the court knew they’d get plenty of opportunities if they were open. The great thing about the success Milo has had is that it came within the framework of the team.”

Previous winners:

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)


HELEN GRAY-BAUER, Senior—Basketball

  • WMC all-star, first-team

  • WMC Senior All-Star

  • Maine McDonald’s Class C/D West Senior All-Star

Gray-Bauer is living proof that size doesn’t matter and that you can’t quantify heart and desire. One of the smallest players on the floor, she still helped her team make beautiful music and she’ll graduate having secured a special place in program and school lore.

Gray-Bauer grew up in Cape Elizabeth, came to Waynflete for early education and started playing basketball in the sixth grade.

“I didn’t start sports until middle school,” Gray-Bauer said. “The (basketball) team needed players and I wanted to be with my friends.”

Gray-Bauer added soccer and lacrosse in seventh grade and has been a three-sport stalwart throughout high school.

She was a key contributor to state champions in lacrosse her freshman year (serving as a secret weapon in the draw circle), soccer, basketball and lacrosse as a sophomore and soccer as a junior. If a key play was needed, it was frequently Gray-Bauer stepping up to make it happen. She also earned plenty of attention before games when she played the national anthem on her viola.

On the court, Gray-Bauer was a playoff revelation as a freshman, a champion as a sophomore and a first-team WMC all-star as a junior, a player capable of hitting clutch shots while creating numerous turnovers at the defensive end.

This winter, she and classmate Julianna Harwood took over leadership roles and Gray-Bauer produced plenty of highlights in another winning season.

She had 15 points in a season-opening victory over Greater Portland Christian School, had 15 more in a win over North Yarmouth Academy, torched Traip Academy to the tune of 22 points, seven steals and three rebounds, had 17 points and nine assists in a victory over Wells, 11 points apiece in wins over Hebron and Kents Hill, 18 in a win over Sacopee Valley, 14 points and seven steals in a second victory over GPCS and had a team-high 16 points in a loss to Madison in the Western C preliminary round.

In total, Gray-Bauer averaged 11.1 points, had just over 600 points for her career, hit 70 3-pointers over four seasons and finished with 77 steals this winter (good for second in the league).

“I enjoyed the season,” Gray-Bauer said. “I really enjoyed all four years. I wouldn’t have wanted to be on any other team. I liked the team, the coaches and the environment. I liked sharing our successes and failures.”

Gray-Bauer has played the viola since the second grade and played in the Portland Symphony for much of her life. She plans to study some combination of music and cognition, pre-health and pre-med beginning next year at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Gray-Bauer also works for the Portland Sea Dogs during the summer.

She was truly a one of a kind student-athlete. Helen Gray-Bauer, Waynflete’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year, demonstrated that for her, absolutely anything and everything was possible.

Coach Brandon Salway’s comment: “Helen worked at her game and really improved as a shooter. She was a difficult matchup for teams because of her quickness. She could drive or shoot the 3. She was a great finisher around the rim. Defensively, she helped us create tempo with her pressure and deflections. She had a pretty good career and leaves quite a legacy.

Previous winners:

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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