Yarmouth Clippers Fall Athletes of the Year

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Eric LaBrie

Dominique Moran

MALE:

ERIC LABRIE, Senior-Soccer

  • All-New England

  • All-state

  • Class B Player of the Year

  • WMC Class B all-star, first-team

  • Class B South regional all-star

  • Western Maine Board of Approved Soccer Officials award winner

  • Lindsey T. Berghuis Courage Award winner

  • Yarmouth High Offensive Player of the Year

  • Captain

LaBrie was a finisher without peer, a matchup nightmare and a player who was always at his best in the biggest games and he will graduate as one of the finest players in the history of one of the state’s most accomplished programs.

LaBrie, a forward, followed in the footsteps of his talented older brother, Adam, and started playing soccer at a young age. He joined Adam on the Yarmouth varsity his freshman year and made an immediate impact, scoring an overtime goal to beat Maranacook in the regional final. As a sophomore, LaBrie scored 15 goals and made the all-conference team. In 2017, LaBrie set a new program record with 26 goals, despite rarely playing all 80 minutes, and made the all-state and All-New England teams. In each of those seasons, the Clippers won the Class B state title.

While Yarmouth fell short of the championship this fall, LaBrie once again excelled as he was the focal point of the opposition every single time out.

Highlights included two goals in a win over Cape Elizabeth, three goals in a victory over Fryeburg Academy, three goals in a win over Poland, a hat trick in a victory over York, the winning tally late in a hotly contested game at Freeport and three more goals in a victory over Gray-New Gloucester.

LaBrie scored one final goal in a quarterfinal round win over York, but the Clippers were upset by Cape Elizabeth in the semifinals.

LaBrie finished the season with 20 goals and nine assists and his career with 65 goals and 29 assists.

“Trying to follow in Adam’s footsteps motivates me,” said LaBrie, who had a dazzling high school record of 62 wins, four losses and four ties. “He admitted I was better than he was in high school. Soccer has always been my top sport. My speed is a big strength and I’m pretty technical.”

LaBrie, who will play ultimate frisbee this spring, will play soccer in college and plans to study business.

Eric LaBrie, Yarmouth’s Fall Male Athlete of the Year, made scoring goals and winning games his business in high school. He’ll be impossible to replace and his name figures to reside in the program’s record book for years.

Coach Mike Hagerty’s comment: “Eric is a wonderful role model for the younger players in town. He has a rare combination of amazing talent and incredible humility. He’s one of the best pure strikers I’ve ever seen in Maine and is also the most humble superstar we’ve had. He’s one of the best forwards in our proud history. I have known Eric well for a dozen years and I have never heard him complain, about anything. We’ll miss him more than we can say, both on and off the field.”

Prior winners:

2017 Luke Groothoff (soccer)

2016 Luke Laverdiere (cross country)

2015 Jack Snyder (football)

2014 Adam LaBrie (soccer)

2013 Chandler Smith (soccer)

2012 Red DeSmith (golf)

2011 Chris Knaub (soccer)

2010 Luke Pierce (soccer)

2009 Eric Estabrook (football)

2008 Johnny Murphy (soccer)

2007 Johnny Murphy (soccer)

2006 Cody Lapointe (soccer)

2005 Tim Murphy (soccer)

2004 Justin Morrill (soccer)

2003 Pat Gildart (soccer)

2002 Greg Abbot (soccer)

2001 Eoin Lynch (soccer)

FEMALE:

DOMINIQUE MORAN, Senior-Volleyball

  • WMC all-star, first-team

  • Captain

Moran made the most of her senior season, serving and setting the Clippers to an inspirational Class B state title.

Moran started playing volleyball in the fifth grade.

“My favorite TV character played volleyball, so I wanted to play it too,” Moran said. “It was hard at first, but I’m super-competitive and I like how fast volleyball can be.”

Moran, a setter, joined the Yarmouth varsity as a sophomore and immediately led the league in assists with 304. As a junior, Moran had 271 assists, 51 aces and made the all-star team. The Clippers’ season ended with an agonizing five-set loss to Falmouth in the semifinals, in a match which saw Yarmouth win the first two games.

This fall, Moran and her teammates did even better, going 12-2 in the regular season.

Moran’s highlights included 24 assists in a win over South Portland, 22 service points and 29 assists in a victory over Greely, nine aces in a win over Cony, 20 assists in a loss to eventual Class A champion Falmouth, nine aces in a win over North Yarmouth Academy, 23 assists and nine aces in a victory over Cheverus, eight aces in a win over Gardiner and 21 assists in a win over Windham.

Moran remained transcendent in the playoffs, as she registered 24 assists and 11 service points in a quarterfinal round victory over Greely, 14 assists in a semifinal round win over Brewer and a sensational 36 assists in a dramatic five-set state match victory over Cape Elizabeth.

“Our team was so much closer than other teams,” Moran said. “I knew we’d be good coming in and I knew we’d get to states.”

Moran finished with 330 assists (giving her 905 for her career) and 78 aces (giving her 141 for her career), along with 111 career digs, 39 career kills and a 94 percent serving percentage.

Moran, who also plays tennis and club volleyball, coaches younger players and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Yarmouth’s Green Group, which promotes the awareness of mental health issues. She hopes to play volleyball in college and at press time, was weighing her options.

Dominique Moran, Yarmouth’s Fall Female Athlete of the Year, had the will and the skill to lead the Clippers to the mountaintop this season and she gets to graduate knowing she played an integral role in securing a Gold Ball.

Coach Jim Senecal’s comment: “Dominique has been a key part of our success and I’m so happy she was able to finish her career with a state championship. For three seasons, Dominique has delivered consistent sets to our hitters and has been our most effective player at the service line. She’s a very hard worker. She never took plays off in practice and her work ethic rubbed off on the other kids. More than anything, Dominique wanted the team to be great, even if that meant less of a role for her personally. As she looks to continue playing in college, she’ll be able to look back knowing she played a big role in helping our program remain strong.”

Prior winners:

2017 Sara D’Appolonia (soccer)

2016 Cory Langenbach (soccer)

2015 Tori Messina (field hockey)

2014 Kallie Hutchinson (field hockey)

2013 Grace Mallett (volleyball)

2012 Monica Austin (golf)

2011 Suzanne Driscoll (volleyball)

2010 Natalie Salmon (soccer)

2009 Kate Darrell (volleyball)

2008 Mariah Martin (field hockey)

2007 Anna Makaretz (cross country)

2006 Nicole Simmonds (soccer)

2005 Shannon Gildart (soccer)

2004 Melissa Moylan (soccer)

2003 Stephanie Whittaker (soccer)

2002 Karen Thorp (cross country)

2001 Danielle McGee (field hockey)

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

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