Plenty of positive sports news in past 12 months
The following are some of the more significant sporting events from 2013 that occurred in Courier Publications'/VillageSoup coverage area, which includes the newspapers The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal.
These lists do not try to recap every important event or individual accomplishment that happened in 2013, but some of the more significant happenings. Any list of important events from a particular year is subjective, and this is ours, separated by newspaper and month:
• Former Oceanside High School girls basketball player Kennadi Grover became the first player in Mariner history to amass 1,000 career points in a Jan. 11 home game against Nokomis of Newport.
• The Medomak Valley cheering squad collected both the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship Jan. 21 and the Western Class B championships Jan. 26.
• The Camden Hills and Medomak Valley boys basketball teams competed in an epic high school basketball game Jan, 31, with the Panthers eventually prevailing 95-91 in four overtimes.
• The Oceanside girls basketball team won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship. The Mariners won the title by default by virtue of their record. The game was not played due to inclement weather.
• Former Medomak Valley High School basketball player John Murray was named a finalist for Mr. Maine Basketball, the state's highest honor for a high school senior.
• The Medomak Valley boys basketball team won the Eastern Class B championship for the first time in 33 years with a 56-50 win over Mount Desert Island Feb. 23 at the Bangor Auditorium.
• Eleven runners from the Midcoast were involved in the 117th running of the Boston Marathon April 15. The marathon was bombed by terrorists and three people were killed and 150 injured. All 11 Midcoast runners were uninjured.
• The Oceanside softball team collected the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference state Class B championship May 31 with a 4-0 win over Gardiner.
• Ricky Jones of Thomaston won the 49th annual Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament June 2. It is the fifth time Jones has won the statewide event. He later won the USGA Amateur Public Links Qualifier June 13 in Brunswick and the 94th annual Maine Amateur Championship July 11 in Augusta.
• Phil Bickford, son of 1980 Rockland District High School graduate David Bickford, was selected 10th overall in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays June 5.
• The Oceanside softball team won the school's first state championship with an 8-1 win over Greely of Cumberland June 15 at St. Joseph's College in Standish.
• Ground breaks on The PITCH (PenBay Indoor Turf & Community Hub), an all-purpose indoor sports complex on Route 90 in Rockport July 23. The complex is eyeing a Feb. 2014 opening.
• The Free Press Redwings won the Camden Adult Coed League championship for the second straight year over the Knox County Benchwarmers Aug. 22.
• Aflac won the Rockland Elks Men's Softball League championship with a 13-4 win over Mid-Knight Auto Sept. 7.
• The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members — Jill Young (Booth), Deane Deshon, Gary Heald, Ricky Jones and Tracie Littlefield (Martin) Oct. 26.
• The Knox County Benchwarmers won the Waldoboro Adult Coed Softball League championship over Hervochon Construction Oct. 6.
• Oceanside's Abby Hersom won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B cross-country championship, completing the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 49 seconds Oct. 19.
The Camden Herald
• Camden Hills Regional High School graduate Kiefer Lammi, now a student at the University of Connecticut, hit the court as a member of the Division I UConn men's basketball team. He logged one steal in the team's win over DePaul Jan. 8.
• The Camden Hills and Medomak Valley boys basketball teams competed in an epic high school basketball game Jan. 31, with the Panthers eventually prevailing 95-91 in four overtimes.
• Camden Hills Regional High School Jordan Knowlton scored 18 points in a game at Mount View of Thorndike Feb. 2, making her the school's all-time leading scorer, breaking Tyler McFarland's record of 1,403 points. She ended her high school career with 1,532 points.
• Camden native Scott Smith competed in the 2013 Yukon Quest, a mid-distance dogsled race in Alaska. Smith finished the race in nine days, 16 hours, 40 minutes.
• The Camden Hills girls swim team won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B swim championship Feb. 12 at the Bath Family YMCA. Anabel Carter was named swimmer-of-the-meet, while she and sisters Eliza and Helen finished first through third in the 50-yard freestyle event.
• Camden Hills Regional High School boys swimmers Eddie McCluskey, Peter Gimlewicz, Kyle Crans and Mark McCluskey won the state Class B championship Feb. 18 in the 200 freestyle relay at the University of Maine in Orono.
• The Camden Hills ice hockey team won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship with a 5-4 win over Messalonskee of Oakland in double-overtime Feb. 23.
• The Camden Hills wrestling team won the Eastern Class B championship Feb. 2 and state Class B title Feb. 16.
The Camden Hills girls Alpine ski team won the state Class B championship Feb. 22.
• Camden resident Bea Grant won a radio contest on 100.3 WKIT-FM Sept. 30, earning her lifetime Boston Red Sox fan Stephen King's tickets for all of the Red Sox's home playoff games. The Boston Red Sox went on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2013 World Series.
• The Camden Hills golf team won both the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship Oct. 8 and the state Class B championship Oct. 12.
• The Camden Hills mountain biking team won its 15th straight state Class B championship Oct. 26.
• The Camden Hills boys soccer team won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title with a 3-1 win over Maranacook of Readfield Oct. 24.
• Camden Hills' Ben Trapani won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B cross-country championship Oct. 19, completing the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 17 seconds.
• The Camden Hills boys soccer team won the Eastern Class B championship for the third straight season, besting Ellsworth 1-0 Nov. 6.
The Republican Journal
• Jan Holmes-Jackson, daughter of legendary Belfast field hockey coach Allen Holmes, succeeds her father as the school's field hockey coach. Holmes had guided the Lions four 40 years.
• The Belfast boys swim team won their sixth straight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship Feb. 12.
• Belfast Area High School swimmer Jonathan Clapp wins the state Class B title in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.64 seconds Feb. 18.
• Cole Frey of Frankfort won the Candlepin For Kids Tournament of Champions in Division I (ages 11 and younger) March 3 at Pilgrim Lanes in Haverhill, Mass.
• Mount View Middle School eighth grader Kevin Richards won a hot shot state shooting competition for 13-15-year-old age group March 10 at the Portland Expo. The event was sponsored by the Maine Red Claws and the Maine Parks and Recreation Association.
• It becomes official that Searsport District High School, after being in Eastern Class C for much of the school's history, will be moved to Western Class D in the fall.
• Ray Wirth of Belfast won the 34th annual St. George River Race March 30 with a time of 41 minutes, 44 seconds.
• Ray Wirth of Belfast won the 40th annual Passagassawakeag River Race April 6 in Waldo.
• The Searsport baseball team ends five-year postseason drought, defeats No. 9 Houlton 3-0 June 4 in an Eastern Class C preliminary playoff game.
• The new snack shack at Belfast Area High School's Dennis “Bear” Bryant field is erected.
• Searsport District High School golfer Rica Warren and Mount View High School golfer Cassidy Gerrish each qualified for the individual schoolgirl state championships.
• Former Belfast Area High School field hockey coach Allen Holmes was inducted into the Maine Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame Dec. 8.