Year in review

In Midcoast sporting world, 2012 provided plenty of success, fun

By Staff | Feb 26, 2013

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:

January

• 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.

February

• 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.

March

• 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.

April

• 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.

May

• 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.

June

• 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.

July

• 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.

August

• 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.

September

• 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.

October

• 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.

November

• 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.

December

• 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.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: james dana millay | Mar 05, 2013 17:59

I just wanted to say, Congratulations to Kennadi Grover for scoring her 1000th point!!! She was the first women in Oceanside Mariners program to do it!! Im just completely surprised she wasn't mentioned in the 2012-2013 season, for her accomplishments... Great job Kennadi Grover for all your dedication to the sport!! To your family as well!! Sincerely, the Millay family...



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