Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame announces top athlete finalistsOrganization's 2016 male, female athletes of year chosen Oct. 15 at banquet
The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame board of directors have announced the five male and female finalists for the organization's 2016 high school athletes of the year.
The winners of the athletes of the year will be presented with their trophies at the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame 10th annual banquet on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Elks Club in Rockland.
The sponsors of the high school athletic awards are Charlie and Penny Crockett.
The five male finalists include Nicholas DePatsy, Nick Mazurek, Kyle Crans, Steven Thompson and Riley Sprague.
The female finalists include Melissa Kessel, Bailey Plourde, Cassie Dever, Kalyn Grover and Brianna Dugan.
The finalists were selected from nominations solicited from seven Midcoast high schools — Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Camden Hills of Rockport, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Vinalhaven, North Haven and Islesboro.
Each nominee had to complete an information form to be considered for selection.
These honors and selections are made by the Midcoast Hall of Fame and are different from the ones annually picked by Courier Publications/VillageSoup, which includes three additional Waldo County high schools, but not Lincoln Academy.
The Midcoast Hall of Fame athlete-of-year finalists include:
DePatsy is a 2016 Magna Cum Laude graduate at Medomak Valley High School, where he earned a varsity letter for three years in soccer and four years in baseball and basketball. DePatsy was an important part of the Panthers’ success in basketball in 2013 and 2015 when the team won the the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship, Eastern Class B championship and were state Class B runners-up both years. He is only the second boy in Medomak Valley history to score more than 1,000 career basketball points, which earned him numerous awards his senior year, including the US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, Mr. Maine Basketball semifinalist, McDonald’s Senior All-Star Basketball Team Class A and USA Today All-Maine Basketball Team, to name a few. DePatsy has been vice-president of his class, president of the National Honor Society, member of the student council and the math team, PAWS, and Dirigo Boys State. DePatsy attends Maine Maritime Academy, where he studies international business and logistics and plays on the basketball team.
Crans is a 2016 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School where he was an outstanding member of the Windjammer soccer, swimming and baseball teams. In swimming, Crans was a four-time state champion in the 200 freestyle relay, three-time state champion in the 400 free relay, individual state champion in the 100 free and the 200 free, three-year all-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B swimmer, state all-star team his senior year in the 200 frees, 200 FR and the 400 FR, as well as being on the all-academic team three years and captain of the swim team his senior year. In soccer, Crans was an important part of the 2012 and 2013 Windjammer Eastern Class B championship and state runner-up teams. In baseball, Crans was a key part of the 2015 Windjammer Eastern Class B championship team and state runner-up teams and was named first-team all-conference that year. Crans attends Bates College and is on the swim team and a member of the water polo club.
Mazurek is a 2016 graduate of Oceanside High School where he was an outstanding member of the varsity golf, basketball and baseball teams each year. As a junior, Mazurek was state Class A golf champion (he was state Class B golf champ as a senior), and was named the male athlete of the year in 2014 and 2015 by the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame and in 2014 and 2016 for Courier Publications/VillageSoup. Mazurek was inducted into the National Honor Society in 2015. As a senior, Mazurek was selected Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-conference for baseball and participated in the Maine Senior Baseball All-Star Game and in the Maine versus New Hampshire Baseball All-Star Game. In addition, Mazurek was a finalist for the John Winkin Mr. Baseball Award in 2016. Mazurek attends Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. and plays on that school's baseball team.
Sprague is a 2016 graduate of Oceanside High School where he was on the baseball, basketball, golf and football teams. As a senior, Sprague decided to play football, which he had not played since eighth grade. Sprague was named first-team all-conference as a wide receiver, was nominated as player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and was chosen to play in the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl. In varsity basketball, he was named most improved player in 2015 and 2016, and was most valuable player for varsity baseball in 2016. Sprague enjoys helping younger players on his mother’s teams and has volunteered at the local nursing home. Sprague has spent summers on North Haven Island lobstering the last few years with his uncle. Riley attends Husson College, majoring in criminal justice, and hopes to become a member of the Marine Patrol, which reflects his interest and love for being on the ocean.
Thompson is a senior at Medomak Valley High School where he is an outstanding athlete in football and wrestling. In the Class B regional championships, Thompson was third in his weight class in 2015 and regional champion in 2016. Thompson qualified for states twice and placed second in 2015 and third in 2016. In 2016, Thompson was Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference champion in his weight class, was named the Class B regional meet's most outstanding wrestler, and was first-team KVAC all-conference. Thompson is excited to see what his senior season has to offer and has set high expectations for himself.
Dever is a 2016 graduate of Medomak Valley High School where she was awarded nine varsity letters for participation on fall cheering, winter cheering and track and field. Dever was a leader on the Medomak Valley winter cheering teams that were three-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B champions, four-time regional champions, three-time state runners-up and that competed at the New Englands in 2013-2014. Dever was named team captain her junior and senior years on the winter cheering squads, most valuable player for the winter cheering team, team captain for the 2015 fall cheering team and received the coach’s award in 2014-2015. Dever was recognized by the KVAC by being named first-team all-conference four years and also received the KVAC all-academic award four years. Dever was involved in many activities at Medomak Valley, including Class of 2016 fundraising, MVHS spring car show and P.A.W. (helping freshmen). Dever was selected to represent Medomak Vallety at the KVAC school leadership conference, the Good Shepard Food Bank school spirit week and gave a keynote presentation at the MOFGA seed showroom in Unity. Dever is active in the community with youth programs for cheering and tumbling, as well being a counselor at Camp Washington and being involved with many community service projects through church. Dever currently attends college.
Dugan is a 2016 graduate from Oceanside High School where she was a four-year member of the varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams, including the 2013 softball state championship team, the 2016 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B softball championship team, the 2015 soccer KVAC championship team and 2015 Eastern Maine championship soccer team. Individually, Dugan was named Oceanside's rookie of the year for soccer and softball her freshman year. As a junior, Brianna was named most improved for soccer, and as a senior she received the coach’s award in all three sports. In 2016, Brianna was selected to play in the All-Star Senior Basketball Game at Colby College and the Midcoast Senior Basketball Showcase at Oceanside, and she was named KVAC second-team in softball. As a junior, Dugan chose to attend the Mid-Coast School of Technology, taking the emergency medical technician class and the medical science class. She participated in the SkillsUSA conference where her team won a gold medal and moved on to national competition, placing seventh among 33 teams. Dugan became a SkillsUSA state officer and was a two-year member of the National Technical Honor Society. While at Oceanside, Dugan was a part of school plays, yearbook committee, prom committee and was a life skills peer helper. Dugan's future plans are to join the US Navy in February and she will be on active duty for five years, during which time she also will study to become a nurse. This fall, Brianna is a volunteer coach for the fifth- and sixth-grade girls soccer team for the St. George Recreation Department.
Grover is a 2016 graduate of Oceanside High School where she was a four-year member of the soccer, basketball and softball teams and was co-captain in all three sports her senior year. As soccer goalie, she was on the Oceanside team that won the 2015 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B soccer championship, and she was named KVAC second-team all-conference as goalie. In basketball, Grover was chosen for the first annual Courier Publications/VillageSoup Senior Basketball Showcase. In softball, she was a member of the Oceanside 2013 state Class B championship softball team, was named one of the Portland Press Herald's “25 players to watch” in 2015 and 2016, was named 2016 KVAC first-team all-conference and selected to play in the East versus West Senior All-Star Game at St. Joseph’s College. During her four years at Oceanside, Grover was an active member of the theatre program as director of lights and sounds and was lead set and prop director in 2016 when Oceanside won the Class B one-act state championship. Grover enjoys volunteering in the community and mentoring younger students. She attends the University of Maine in Farmington, wants to continue her sports careers in basketball and softball, and majors in rehabilitation/occupational therapy.
Kessel is a 2016 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School where she was an outstanding member of the track-and-field team and in 2016 became the individual state champion in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. Kessel holds Windjammer school records in the 55 meters and 55-meter hurdles for indoor track and 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles for outdoor track. Kessel won eight varsity letters in indoor and outdoor track and was indoor track's most valuable player twice and outdoor track MVP three times. Kessel's work and dedication in four years of track and field resulted in finishing state Class B runner-up in 2014 in the 300-meter hurdles, state Class B runner-up in 2015 in the 100-meter hurdles and in 2016 she became the state champion in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and was third in the 55-meter hurdles. Kessel challenged herself academically, taking honors and AP classes, as she graduated among the top 10 in her class. She also was involved with the prom committee, math team, senior slideshow project, PALs, assisted the junior high cross-country team, and joined the Megunticook Rowing Club. Kessel is a freshman at Providence College where she studies biology (pre-med) and has returned to her first love — distance running — and is training for the Providence half-marathon in the spring.
Plourde is a senior at Lincoln Academy who has been a member of the golf, basketball and softball teams, and has complied a outstanding record playing on the golf team and as an individual in the Maine schoolgirl state championships. Plourde has qualified four years for the Maine schoolgirl state individual championships and was the state champion in 2013 and 2015, and state runner-up in 2014. This month, Bailey again qualified for the schoolgirl state individual championships, shooting 75 at Natanis. Plourde has been named to the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference all-conference golf team for her first three years and was Lincoln Academy’s golf team most valuable player in 2014 and 2015. She has had a successful career in many spring and summer golf tournaments in New England and the nation, this summer representing Maine women in the Tri-State Championship as the top player, she was the Maine State Junior Amateur Champion, and was the runner-up for junior champion in the Women’s Maine State Amateur Championship. As a senior at Lincoln Academy, Plourde is a member of Sigma Sigma Chi, National Honor Society, Lincoln Academy Community Fundraising Association and the Freshman Mentor Program, as well as volunteering at her church. After graduation, Plourde plans to attend a four-year college to major in business or economics/finance and play on the golf team. She would like to become an event manager at a resort, probably in the south, where she would plan events, including those for golf.
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