Yarmouth Clippers Fall Athletes of the Year

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MALE:

ADAM LABRIE, Senior-Soccer

  • WMC Class A/B all-star, first-team

  • WMC All-Academic team

  • Western B all-regional team

  • Team Offensive Player of the Year

  • Lindsey Berguis Courage Award winner

  • Captain

No one scored goals this fall like LaBrie and they didn’t come in garbage time either, they came against the best teams in the state, which allowed the Clippers by season’s end to stand alone as Class B state champion.

LaBrie started playing soccer at a young age and was a four-year impact player for Yarmouth. He played defense as a freshman and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore, he moved to forward and scored five goals. In 2013, LaBrie scored 11 goals and had four assists and was named the Clippers’ Offensive Player of the Year.

This fall, LaBrie led all of Class B in scoring with 24 goals, a program record, which included hat tricks versus both Falmouth (in the regular season finale) and Greely (in the Western B Final). LaBrie also had five assists and was again named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year.

In addition to his heroics against Falmouth and Greely, LaBrie had two goals in a wild victory over Cape Elizabeth, scored twice in wins over Freeport and York, had a hat trick versus Kennebunk, scored twice in a quarterfinal round victory over Fryeburg and had the overtime winner against Gray-New Gloucester in the semifinals.

“Before the season, ‘Hags’ (Coach Mike Hagerty) told me that I’d be the finisher, but I didn’t think it would be that much,” LaBrie said. “Me, ‘Patty’ (Patrick Grant) and Henry Coolidge worked well together. I like getting after it every day. I’m very competitive.”

LaBrie was named to the all-conference and all-region teams and at press time, was under consideration for even higher honors.

LaBrie, who has played Premier soccer with Portland Phoenix for several years, is also a four-year basketball player and was part of Yarmouth’s first state champion in 44 years as a freshman. He hopes to bookend his hoops career with another title.

He has verbally committed to attending Thomas College, where he plans to play soccer, possibly basketball too, and study business.

His business this autumn was scoring goals and winning. Adam LaBrie, Yarmouth’s Fall Male Athlete of the Year, left his mark on a storied program and tickled the twine like no one else.

Coach Mike Hagerty’s comment: “Adam has left a permanent mark on the program’s history. He’s among the best forwards to ever play in Yarmouth and that’s really saying something. I’m not sure what is more impressive, his incredible talent and work ethic, or his genuine humility and kindness. He’s one of the top players I’ve ever coached and he acts as if he’s just happy to be on the team. He was quite simply the number one reason we’re state champions and he doesn’t act like it. I thank him for being the kind of player every coach must have if his team is to have the level of success we achieved this year and for being the type of young man I can point to and tell my middle school students to emulate.”

Prior winners:

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:

KALLIE HUTCHINSON, Senior-Field hockey

  • All-State

  • WMC Division II all-star, first-team

  • Captain

Hutchinson played field hockey at another level, as her grace, power, nonpareil skills, intelligence and hunger to excel helped the Clippers enjoy their most triumphant season this century.

Hutchinson came to field hockey naturally as her mother, Julie, coached the sport, but soccer and softball were her top choices as a youngster. By high school, however, it was clear that field hockey would be the sport at which she would excel.

“I practiced hitting at a young age and people commented on my hits,” said Hutchinson, who crushes the ball like no one else. “For me, athletics started as a family thing. I developed a passion for field hockey.”

Hutchinson joined the varsity team as a freshman. At that point, Yarmouth had won just four games combined in the previous three seasons. The Clippers would soon enjoy a resurgence which coincided with Hutchinson’s arrival.

Yarmouth enjoyed a .500 season and made the playoffs her freshman season. The next year, the Clippers produced a winning record for the first time in a dozen years and got to the quarterfinals. Hutchinson’s junior year (in which she was a captain) saw Yarmouth win 10 games and reach the semifinals.

The team was then hard hit by graduation and continued improvement wasn’t expected this fall, but Hutchinson, again as a captain, with help from some talented youngsters, made sure the Clippers remained a feel-good story.

She had a goal and two assists in a win over Waynflete, scored the winner as Yarmouth beat rival NYA for the first time this century, had a goal and an assist in wins over Wells and Traip, produced a hat trick in a victory over Old Orchard Beach, scored both goals in a pivotal win over Western B contender Cape Elizabeth and had one more goal (on a penalty stroke) in a regular season-ending win at Freeport.

Hutchinson then scored the final goal of her high school career in a quarterfinal round victory over Telstar. The Clippers’ run ended with a semifinal round loss to eventual regional champion Lisbon in the semifinals.

“I didn’t think we’d get to this level this year,” said Hutchinson, who addition to scoring and setting up so many goals, was always the focal point on penalty corners and took Yarmouth’s free hits.

Hutchinson finished with 19 goals, giving her 40 for her career (she had six as a sophomore, despite recovering from foot surgery, and 15 more as a junior).

Hutchinson is also a standout on the softball diamond as a catcher (her father, Trent, was a longtime coach at Brunswick). She has played travel field hockey and softball for several years. Hutchinson is a representative to the Yarmouth Class Council, is a student ambassador, a member of BOLD (Building Our Lives Drug and Alcohol Free) and serves as a big sister to middle schoolers.

Her next stop looks to be Colby College, where she plans to play field hockey.

Look for more greatness to come. That’s because Kallie Hutchinson, Yarmouth’s Fall Female Athlete of the Year, is one of a kind as a star player, leader and young lady.

Coach Mandy Lewis’ comment: “Kallie scored about 60 percent of our goals. Her number of assists increased dramatically over the past three seasons, showing growth in her ability to set up the attack. She helped change the perspective of our program. She saw the team go from many losing seasons to making serious playoff runs. She inspired younger athletes to play field hockey with passion and intensity, the only way Kallie knows how to play. She’s had an incredible impact on our program. Her roles as a two-year captain and the ignitor of our offensive attack will be hard to fill.”

Prior winners:

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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