Oceanside Mariners experience many firsts on athletic frontInaugural year sees plenty of sports success
The 2011-12 high school sports season certainly will be one to remember, as it marked not only the inaugural academic year for Oceanside High School, but also its first of high school varsity competition.
With that, of course, came much hoopla, as many individual student-athletes have since gone down in the record books for significant accomplishments both on the fields, on the track and course and on the hardwood for the Mariners.
"It was a historical year," said Oceanside athletic director Jim Leonard. "There were a lot of people doing something for the first time ever in an Oceanside uniform and that included not just baskets, goals and hits, but wins and playoff wins [as well]. Nearly all of our varsity teams competed in the playoffs, so I think it was a very successful year."
Oceanside had a terrific first year on the athletic front, with the majority of its varsity programs — such as boys soccer, girls soccer, golf, field hockey, boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball, and softball — in addition to individual participants from the cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track-and-field teams qualifying for the postseason.
The girls soccer, boys basketball, field hockey and softball teams all registered tournament victories, with the girls soccer and softball teams each reaching their respective Eastern Class B semifinals and both earning berths in their respective Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship games.
The following is a list of individual firsts for Oceanside student-athletes from throughout the 2011-12 high school sports seasons:
In field hockey, Molly Mellor scored the first goal, on an assist from Allison Ward, in a 10-1 victory over host Erskine Academy of South China Sept. 1.
In boys soccer, Jordan Doutreluigne scored the first goal in a 3-1 loss to host Winslow Sept. 11.
In girls soccer, Jessie Veilleux scored the first goal off a direct kick in a 2-0 win over Maranacook at Readfield Sept. 4.
In football, Dan Stone plunged in for the first touchdown, from three yards out, in the second half of a 23-14 win over Nokomis at Newport Sept. 5. David Harrison kicked the first extra point.
In golf, Jordan Carter shot a 47 to defeat Gardiner's Zach Chaput (60) for the first individual match win in a 7-2 victory over the Tigers Aug. 30 at Norway Golf Club.
In cross country, Naomi Holzhauer was the first official Oceanside girls runner to cross the finish line, placing seventh with a time of 22:26.57 in an opening meet in Thomaston. Cole Chase was the first official boys runner to cross the finish line, finishing 16th with a time of 20:39.98. Both races were held Sept. 2 at Oceanside.
In boys basketball, Sam Meklin scored the first hoop, on an assist from Ben Wallace, in a 62-46 loss to Medomak Valley Dec. 2 in Waldoboro.
In girls basketball, Rachel Frye scored the first hoop in a 37-28 loss to Medomak Valley Dec. 2 in Waldoboro.
In indoor track, Ward earned a first-place finish in the shot put in a Dec. 23 track meet at Bowdoin College. It was the first first-place effort for that program.
In baseball, Seth Batty earned the first hit and stole the first base for the Mariners, while Drew Townsend hit the first double; Zac Roman, the first RBI; Billy Joyce, the first run; and Dylan Maloney, the first strikeout and first pitching win, in a 13-3 decision over Medomak Valley April 18 in Waldoboro. Batty also hit the first home run in a 12-8 win over Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield May 19 in Thomaston.
In softball, Kennadi Grover had the first hit, Jill Bradbury scored the first run and Rachel Frye recorded the first pitching strikeout, the first pitching victory and first RBI in a 6-0 win over Medomak Valley April 18 in Waldoboro. Veilleux also hit the first home run in a 15-1 win over Belfast April 25 in Thomaston.
In girls tennis, Ward earned the first win on the court with a victory over Maranacook's Adrienne Nel in a 5-0 win over the Black Bears April 25 in Readfield.
In boys tennis, Doutreluigne earned the first win on the court with a victory over Camden Hills' Evan Drinkwater in a 3-2 loss to the Windjammers April 24 in Rockland.
In outdoor track and field, Nick Mahar, Sam Johnson, Jacob Hyatt and Ian Mauricette combined for a first-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 10:56.66 April 12 in Bath. It was the first first-place effort for Oceanside track-and-field athletes.
Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.