Yarmouth Clippers Winter Athletes of the Year

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Ed. Note: This article will appear in our April 10 print edition.


DAVID MURPHY, Senior-Basketball

  • WMC all-star, first-team

  • WMC All-Academic

  • WMC Senior All-Star

  • Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star

  • Captain

Murphy was a tremendous scorer, but he did so much more for a Yarmouth team which enjoyed another strong campaign this winter.

Murphy grew up in Yarmouth, learning his craft from older brothers Johnny and Matt.

My brothers were good to me,” Murphy said.

While Murphy’s top sport has been soccer, he played on the varsity basketball team as a freshman and as a sophomore, played a supporting role on the Clippers first Class B championship since 1968. As a junior, he made the all-conference second-team after averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 steals and 3.5 assists per game.

This winter, Murphy set the tone by scoring 35 points in a win over Kennebunk Opening Night. He would finish fourth in the Western Maine Conference with an average of 18.4 points per game. He also placed third in 3-pointers and 10th in steals.

Murphy helped lead Yarmouth to 14 wins and the No. 4 seed in Western B. In the quarterfinals, the Clippers edged Cape Elizabeth behind Murphy’s 16 points. The run ended with a semifinal round loss to Greely, as Murphy bowed out with 15 points, including the 1,000th of his career.

Murphy ended with 1,010 points, was named a first-team all-star, played in the Western Maine Conference’s Senior All-Star Game and took part in the Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star Game (scoring four points) in the West’s victory.

From start to finish this winter, Murphy was loathe to accept praise, instead crediting his teammates for his and the team’s success.

“My teammates were very unselfish with the ball and our coaches make us the best we can be,” said Murphy.

Murphy was part of Interact and the Clipper Buddies. He will attend Gettysburg (Penn.) College, where he hopes to play soccer.

Basketball might not have been his number one sport, but David Murphy, Yarmouth’s Winter Male Athlete of the Year, left an indelible impression on the sport and on his teammates. He was an all-time Clippers great.

Coach Adam Smith‘s comment: “David’s importance to our team was all in his attitude and effort. His attitude was to prepare every night, in practice and games, the same way. His effort is what you hope you get from every athlete, relentless. He never took an opponent lightly. As much as I wanted him to be more vocal, he did not need to be, as he’s an athlete whose actions speak louder than words. His quiet expectations for himself seemed to speak loudly to his teammates, who never wanted to let him down. His athletic consistency and leadership will be sorely missed.”

Previous winners:

2012-13: Braden Becker (Skiing)

2011-12: Josh Britten (Basketball)

2010-11: Luke Pierce (Basketball)

2009-10: Ethan Gray (Hockey)

2008-09: Cam Woodworth (Skiing)

2007-08: Jack Gross (Skiing)

2006-07: Lucas Denning (Basketball)

2005-06: Jack Gross (Skiing)

2004-05: Pat Delaney (Hockey)

2003-04: Ben Swardlick (Skiing)

2002-03: Gunnar Hagstrom (Basketball)

2001-02: Jay Fletcher (Hockey)


CHAPIN DORSETT, Senior-Alpine skiing

* WMC Alpine all-star

* Yarmouth Ski Hall of Fame inductee

* Captain

A terrific skier on an always top-tier program, Dorsett cemented her legend with a series of stellar results this winter.

Dorsett came to Yarmouth via a circuitous route. She was born in Rye, N.Y., then lived in London before coming to Maine in the fourth grade. She started skiing at a young age. While she also spent time competing in track, crew and sailing in high school, skiing was her dominant sport and she made quite an impression.

As part of a Class B state champion as a freshman, Dorsett came in 19th in the slalom. She was away her sophomore year, but as a junior, Dorsett placed third in the giant slalom and fourth in the slalom as the Clippers won another title.

This winter, Dorsett, along with classmate and good friend Julia Primeau, led Yarmouth to another great season. Dorsett was in the top five in nine out of 10 races during the season, winning the giant slalom on a couple of occasions.

At the Western Maine Conference meet, Dorsett finished third in both the slalom and GS. Then, at states, as the Clippers were runners-up to Cape Elizabeth, Dorsett came in second in the GS and third in the slalom (which Yarmouth won).

Dorsett, who is now a member of Yarmouth’s Ski Hall of Fame, felt that many people led her to her success.

I had a lot of support,” she said. “I come from a skiing family and ski every weekend. I was really lucky to have a teammate/co-captain like Julia. Throughout our seven years racing together, she was always there to challenge and support me and most importantly, make me laugh.

Also, there were great leaders and phenomenal skiers like Smythe Eddy, (2010 and 2011 Winter Female Athlete of the Year) Becca Bell, Claudia Lockwood and Taylor Hornney, who inspired me to follow in their footsteps. It was fun to be part of the Yarmouth ski program. It’s a huge legacy. I was honored to be a part of it.”

Dorsett also belongs to Book Club and the school newspaper. She surfs, boxes and lobsters for fun.

Dorsett said that she’s done as a competitive skier. She plans to take a gap year next year and travel.

Wherever she winds up, her legacy is secure. Chapin Dorsett, Yarmouth’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year, had a marvelous skiing career and saved her best for last.

Coach Sam Eddy’s comment:“Chapin had a tremendous season. She’s an inspiration to a lot of kids on the team, both guys and girls. She was our go-to skier all season, consistent as ever. She earned a spot in the Yarmouth ski team’s Hall of Fame. Well deserved.”

Previous winners:

2012-13: Abby Belisle-Haley (Swimming)

2011-12: Morgan Cahill (Basketball)

2010-11: Becca Bell (Skiing)

2009-10: Becca Bell (Skiing)

2008-09: Lauren Stackhouse (Skiing)

2007-08: Julianna Lord (Skiing)

2006-07: Molly Hallweaver (Skiing)

2005-06: Meredith Shaw (Basketball)

2004-05: Aylie Baker (Basketball)

2003-04: Kalie Dunn (Skiing)

2002-03: Emily Poole (Skiing)

2001-02: Emily Erickson (Basketball)

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

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