In Midcoast sporting world, 2012 provided plenty of success, fun
Whether it was state championships, 1,000-point scorers, coaching changes or impressive awards, 2012 was a memorable year for many on the athletic front throughout Knox and part of Lincoln County.
As teams and athletes begin to make their marks in 2013, the following is a recap of some, but not all, of the more notable achievements for local athletes and teams in a 2012 year in review:
• The Camden Hills girls basketball team ended Leavitt of Turner's 30-game winning streak with a 68-60 victory in Rockport. The Hornets had won the state Class B title the previous season.
• Oceanside High School added wrestling as a club sport to its varsity winter athletic programs.
• The Troy Howard seventh-grade boys and the Great Salt Bay seventh-grade girls, along with the Oceanside Blue boys and girls eighth-grade squads won their respective Busline League middle school large school division championships.
• The Vinalhaven boys and Woolwich girls won their respective Busline League middle school small school division championships.
• The Medomak Valley cheering squad nabbed the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B and Western Class B championships.
• Camden Hills junior Jordan Knowlton notched her 1,000th career point in a victory over rival Oceanside in Rockport.
• The Camden Hills wrestling team won Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, Eastern Class B and the state Class B titles, completing the championship trifecta.
• Former Georges Valley High School graduate Ashley Geel nets her 1,000th career point for St. Joseph's College of Standish in a win over Pine Manor College.
• Medomak Valley senior Alanna Vose was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B girls basketball player of the year, while later notching her 1,000th career point in her final game, a loss to Nokomis of Newport, at the Bangor Auditorium.
• The Camden Hills Alpine ski team won the state Class B championship.
• Camden Hills sophomore Crockett Lalor won the skimeister title for his effort in all four Alpine and Nordic events.
• Former Georges Valley High School athletic standout Travis Magnusson, now the boys varsity basketball coach at Dirigo High School in Dixfield, helped lead the Cougars to the state Class C championship.
• Former Rockland District High School graduate Luke Morrill earned his first collegiate pitching victory for the University of Maine in a 13-7 decision over Western Michigan.
• The Medomak Valley boys soccer team won its second straight Phil Marcoux Sportsmanship Award.
• Fourteen-year-old Eli Smith of Hope won the Pine Tree Wrestling League state title in the 138-pound weight class.
• Rockland District Middle School's Connor McGonagle won the Pine Tree Wrestling League state title in the 82-pound weight class.
• Medomak Middle School's Travis Reed and Owen Gilbert each won Pine Tree Wrestling League state championships, Reed in the 240-pound class and Gilbert in the 190-pound class.
• Camden Hills Regional High School wrestlers Rhett Chase, Brandon Graffam, Ryan Graffam, Anthony Batty and Neal Harrison-Billiat competed in the NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
• Camden Hills Regional High School athletic director Bill Hughes announced his resignation effective at the end of the school year.
• The Oceanside powerlifting team competed at the Maine Games State Powerlifting Championships, with three members, Woody Moore, Preston Spear and Seth Batty, breaking state records.
• Nicholas Wheeler of Rockland finished 35th among more than 20,000 competitors in the 116th running of the Boston Marathon. He also was the top Maine finisher.
• Camden Hills sophomore Aaron Daniello, along with recent Camden Hills graduate Josh Stanclift, were drafted by the Lefroy Wave, a Junior A Hockey Club in the GMHL entry draft.
• Camden Hills senior Caleb Pease nabbed three first-place finishes (100, 200 and 400 meters) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B outdoor track-and-field championships. Senior teammate Ben Trapani nabbed two (1,600 and 3,200 meters) conference titles, while Medomak Valley junior Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet (triple jump) and Panther senior Yannick Price-Prevot (discus) also won awards.
• The Camden-Rockport boys and girls outdoor track-and-field teams collected their respective Busline League championships.
• Medomak Valley senior Yannick Price-Prevot won the state Class B outdoor track-and-field championship in the discus.
• The Medomak Valley softball team nabbed its second straight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship with a 4-2 win over rival Oceanside, avenging its only regular-season loss of the season.
• Nick Brown of Rockport competed in the Northeast regional of the Crossfit Games and was named 26th fittest in the region.
• Oceanside junior Rachel Frye was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B softball player of the year.
• Vinalhaven senior Steven Osgood was named the East-West Conference athlete of the year.
• Camden-Rockport Little League pitcher Lucas Boetsch tossed a perfect game in an exhibition victory over Knox Suburban.
• The Medomak Middle School baseball team won the Busline League championship 14-3 over Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta.
• Former Camden-Rockport Middle School baseball player Mike MacDonald signs with the Portland Sea Dogs, becoming the first Maine-born player to play for the team. The Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
• Twelve-year-old Connor McGonagle of Owls Head set a new record at the Maine Lobster Festival's crate race, crossing 6,000 wooden crates to break the previous record of 4,501 set by Andrew Bachiochi of Stafford Springs, Conn. in 2008.
• The Camden Herald Redwings won the Camden Adult Coed Softball League crown with an 18-8 victory over the Knox County Benchwarmers.
• Three former Windjammers wrestlers — Rhett Chase, Levi Rollins and Tim Boetsch — were honored by the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance. Chase was named senior wrestler of the year, Rollins coach of the year and Boetsch, who is a competitor in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships), was inducted into the organization's hall of fame.
• Medomak Valley High School graduate Alanna Vose earns the Courier Publications 2011-12 schoolgirl athlete of the year award.
• Oceanside High School graduate Bethany Berry received a gold medal for passing the Senior Moves In the field test, in conjunction with United States Figure Skating, the most prestigious honor the USFS awards.
• Simmons Lobster Wharf defeated Port Clyde Lobster 6-4 to win the Elks League Men's Softball championship.
• George Gould, James Lombardo, Andrew Williamson III and the late Albert "Foggy" Bennett were selected to be inducted into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame, being enshrined in October.
• The Camden Hills golf team won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B shootout at the Rockland Golf Course, with Windjammer Daulton Wickenden (37) earning co-medalist honors.
• Former Windjammer baseball player Mike MacDonald is promoted from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket.
• The Medomak Youth Football team won their first game on homecoming weekend at Medomak Valley High School — a 31-25 triumph over the Kenduskeag Knights.
• Former Rockland District High School graduate Susan (Ware) Page was inducted into the University of Southern Maine's Husky Hall of Fame.
• South of the Border defeated Hervochon Construction 8-7 to win the Waldoboro Adult Coed Softball League championship.
• Former Camden Hills coach Pat Kelly, after a seven-year hiatus, returns to coach the wrestling team.
• The Oceanside boys soccer team ended rival Camden Hills' 41-game regular-season unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory in Thomaston.
• The Camden Hills girls soccer team won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship with a 1-0 win over Morse of Bath.
• The Camden Hills cross-country team won its second straight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern Class B championships.
• The Medomak Middle School boys and the Camden-Rockport Middle School girls won their respective Busline League soccer championships, while in the coed division championship, Appleton Village School and Lincolnville Central School were declared co-champions after battling to a 2-2 tie.
• Coastal Christian School won its second straight Maine Christian School Sports League soccer title with a 2-1 win in double-overtime over Temple Academy of Waterville.
• The Camden Hills mountain biking team collected its 14th straight state championship.
• The Rockland Tigers, a fifth- and sixth-grade football team, competed in the Maine Youth Football League state championship, falling to the Portland Steelers 6-0.
• The Camden Hills boys soccer team won its second straight Eastern Class B title — a 2-1 win over Ellsworth. The Windjammers went on to fall in the state Class B championship game, also for the second straight year.
• After 17 years guiding the program, Camden Hills coach Jan Holmes-Jackson resigned as the school's field hockey coach.
• Nate Raye, an eighth-grade basketball player for Camden-Rockport Middle School, scored 23 points in a victory for his team over Oceanside White, coached by his father, Chris Raye.
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