Mercier, Pierce sail in as Windjammer athletes of year
Rockport — Camden Hills Regional High School has a rich history of athletic tradition, with many talented student-athletes passing through its halls over the years.
Each year, one male and female student-athlete are selected to be the school's athletes of the year, an honor recently bestowed on a pair of worthy senior class recipients.
Max Mercier and Erin Pierce were named the school's 2011-12 boys and girls athletes of the year, given annually to the top athletic performers for the school year.
Mercier and Pierce are 2012 graduates.
"It is a great honor to be named male athlete of the year, especially coming from a class with so many great athletes," said Mercier. "I have had four great years playing soccer, ice hockey, and lacrosse with some of the greatest teammates anyone could ask for."
"I was so shocked and excited to be named athlete of the year," said Pierce. "I honestly didn't see myself as a notable athlete, but reflecting on my years in high school made me realize just how much time was spent on the field, the court, or the trails. It was exciting to be recognized not for my skill but for the days and seasons I spent as an athlete."
Mercier was a three-sport athlete, participating on the soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse teams. He was a captain and four-year starter for the ice hockey and lacrosse teams, while also a key defender for the soccer team that advanced to the state Class B championship game.
On the lacrosse field, Mercier had 32 points (21 goals, 11 assists) and was 38th in the state in points, ninth in Class B. He also led the defensive unit in assists on the ice for the hockey team last winter.
Mercier hopes to continue to excel on the lacrosse field for Division III Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass., a school he will enroll in as a freshman studying management and economics.
Pierce also was a three-sport athlete for the Windjammers, participating in soccer, Nordic skiing and tennis. She was a captain on all three teams this year, while she was named the Nordic ski team's most valuable athlete all four years.
Pierce not only was named to the KVAC all-academic teams for both soccer and Nordic skiing, but she also was an honor graduate and class secretary. She will attend Colby College in Waterville in the fall and plans to study foreign languages.
While she will not play sports for Colby, she plans to play plenty of soccer "casually" as well as enjoying Nordic skiing "recreationally" throughout college.
Both standout athletes feel the time they spent at Camden Hills academically and athletically will help prepare them for the next steps in their lives.
"Sports have been a very important part of my life," said Mercier. "They have taught me dedication, commitment and leadership skills that I will continue to use in my future on and off the field."
"All of these sports taught me confidence, teamwork, and to grasp at every opportunity," said Pierce. "[These are all] qualities that I can use in the future."
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