From state championships to individual accomplishments and everything in between, 2009 was certainly a year to remember for many athletes and teams throughout Knox County and part of Lincoln County.

The following is a monthly recap of some of the more memorable sporting events throughout the past calendar year:


Camden Hills’ Jack Simpkins earned the 100th victory of his wrestling career at the Redskin Invitational Tournament in Sanford, besting Oxford Hills’ Thomas Hines 10-1. Simpkins achieved the milestone having only wrestled for the Windjammers for three seasons.

The Camden Hills boys basketball team defeated Oneonta, N.Y. in a much-anticipated exhibition game at Rockport 72-51. Camden Hills athletic director Bill Hughes and Oneonta athletic director Joe Hughes, who are brothers, facilitated the game.

The Maine Principals’ Association voted to reduce the number of varsity athletic teams to qualify for the postseason from 67 percent to 50 percent, while also reducing the number of non-countable or exhibition games teams can participate in per season to five. A two-year rate freeze for all game officials for game fees and travel costs was also implemented.

Former Georges Valley boys soccer coach Sam Pendleton was named as one of the nine new members to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He was named to the hall along with other notables throughout the Pine Tree State, such as Former University of Maine basketball star and current University of Maine women’s basketball coach Cindy Blodgett and radio and television personality George Hale, among others.


The Rockland District Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team earned the Busline League championship with a 44-40 win over Camden-Rockport Middle School. The Eagles went undefeated on the season en route to winning the championship.

The Camden-Rockport Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team won the Busline League championship with a 48-39 victory over Boothbay. The Schooners were also undefeated throughout the regular season and through the playoffs until securing the coveted league crown.

The Camden-Rockport Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams each clinched its respective Busline League championships, with the seventh-grade team earning a 54-48 win over Rockland District Middle School and the eighth-grade boys upended Medomak Middle School 54-52. Terry Fitzpatrick, who has coached at the middle school level at CRMS for 10 years, coached both Schooner teams.

Camden Hills Regional High School senior Gordon Fischer hit the 1,000-point mark during the Windjammers’ regular-season finale against Rockland District High School, earning 1,000 points for his high school basketball career. Fischer needed 18 points entering the game, and finished with 20 in a 64-55 victory. The win also gave the Windjammers their third undefeated regular season under coach Jeff Hart, finishing 18-0.

A Midcoast athlete and coach were both honored for their work on the court in Class B by the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference. Medomak Valley girls basketball coach Randy Hooper was named KVAC coach of the year, while player of the year honors went to Camden Hills senior Gordon Fischer.

The Medomak Valley girls basketball team earned a postseason trip to the Bangor Auditorium for the first time in 22 years. The Panthers, earning the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 11 Hermon 61-42 to advance to “The Mecca,” where Medomak Valley eventually fell to No. 3 Presque Isle.

The Thomaston Grammar School eighth-grade girls won their third straight Busline League Division I small school championship with a 44-34 win over Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta.

The Camden Hills Regional High School boys basketball team nabbed the KVAC championship with a 61-35 win over Rockland.

Camden Hills Regional High School’s Andrew Baxter finished first in skimeister at the state Class A skiing championships. The skimeister includes student-athletes who compete in all four of the skiing events — giant slalom, slalom, classical and freestyle.

The Camden Hills boys basketball team earned its fourth win in four tries over Rockland District High School — this time for the regional crown — with a 62-37 victory.

The Camden Hills boys basketball team defeated Cape Elizabeth 62-49 to clinch the state Class B championship and a perfect 23-0 season.


The South Hope girls volleyball team capped their fourth straight undefeated season by upending South Liberty in the Christian Education League volleyball championships. The Royals lost the first of the best-of-three set match before taking the next two to win the title.

Medomak Valley cheering coach Rachel Coor was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B coach of the year for her work with the Panther squad. MVHS finished second in the KVAC championships and eighth in the state competition. It was the best finish in the history of the program within the conference.

Medomak Valley’s Alex Goldrup and Camden Hills’ Kiefer Lammi both participated in the 29th annual Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games at Husson University. Former Georges Valley student-athlete and current Livermore Falls boys basketball coach Travis Magnusson, also coached the C/D West squad. Jason McElwain, an autistic boy who gained national acclaim by scoring 20 points in a high school basketball game in 2006, also attended the event, presenting the Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game award to Edward Little’s Josh Titus and Greely’s Patrick Thibodeau.

Rockland District High School football player David Searle was selected to compete in the 20th annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic. Searle was named first-team all-conference at tight end as a senior, hauling in 23 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown during his final high school campaign.

Camden Hills Regional High School senior Logan Rich finished first in the 116-pound weight class at the fifth annual New England United States Girls Wrestling Association championships in Nashua, N.H. Rich was also ranked fifth in the nation in her weight class and qualified for the USGWA national championships. Medomak Valley’s Cheyenne Augustine finished second in the 119-pound weight class.

Appleton Village School’s Coleman Powers captured his third straight Pine Tree League state championship. Powers won in the 96-pound weight class after capturing the 87-pound weight class last year.

The 30th annual St. George River Race took place with nearly 180 paddlers and more than 100 watercrafts. In the end, it was Fred Ludwig of Houlton who finished the six-mile race fastest with a time of 41 minutes and 12 seconds.


Underclassmen from the Camden Hills boys basketball team participated in – and won – the 17th annual Great Harbor House Shootout in Mount Desert Island.

Former Camden-Rockport High School graduate Mike MacDonald signs with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization and is assigned to the club’s AAA organization, the Salt Lake City Bees.

12-year-old Drew Long of Rockport earns his first career hole-in-one at the Rockland Golf Club. The youngster used a five-iron to card his ace on the 131-yard, par-3 fifth hole.

The Operators won the league championship in the Knox Industrial Bowling League. The Operators defeated the Oakland Raiders in the league final.

A handful of local runners competed in the 112th annual Boston Marathon, including Thomas Hedstrom and C. Douglas Johnstone of Camden; Ellen Spring of Thomaston; and Cynthia Battel of Union.

Camden Hills Regional High School graduate Willie Levine helped Castleton State College earn a perfect season and its fourth straight North Atlantic Conference championship in boys tennis. Levine was a stalwart for the Windjammers and continued in that role with the Spartans, playing both third singles and third doubles.

Georges Valley softball coach Rusty Worcester earns his 100th win in a 15-0, five-inning victory over Mountain Valley of Rumford. Buccaneer pitcher Danielle Frye also tossed her fifth career no-hitter in the win.

Boy Scout Troop 207 of Union finished their project of completing new dugouts and fencing at Hope Elementary School, which were christened when the Hope-Appleton Middle School baseball team took the diamond against Medomak Middle School April 28. The idea came from former player Chris Josselyn.


The Camden Hills boys basketball team were honored in a ceremony at Camden Hills Regional high School for being one of the top-10 nationally-ranked basketball teams in the country by MaxPreps, a CBS-owned, nationwide website that recognizes high school sports and athletes across the country.

Medomak Valley’s Joaquin Perez-Marsa and Camden Hills’ Emma Blakeley competed in the Round of 44 state singles tournament in boys and girls tennis, both hoping to distinguish themselves as the best players in the state. Blakeley advanced to the Round of 16, while Perez-Marsa advanced to the semifinal before falling to three-time state singles champion Mike Hill of Mount Ararat.

The eighth-annual MONEY Athletic Foundation Home Run Derby and raffle was held at Morrill Field in Rockland, with the winners being Drew Townsend (middle school division), David McGuire (high school division) and Jon Moro (adult/open division).

The defending Eastern Class B champion Camden Hills girls tennis team fell to Waterville 3-2 in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship.

The Rockland and Mount View baseball teams battled in a rain-soaked affair for 13 innings — nearly the equivalent of two full high school baseball games — only to have the Tigers finally pull out a 3-2 win in the bottom of the 13th inning.


The Georges Valley softball team finished the regular season an impressive 14-0, earning them the No. 1 seed in the Western Class C playoffs.

In their inaugural season on the baseball and softball diamonds, the Medomak Middle School baseball and softball teams each captured their respective Busline League championships. The Riverhawk baseball squad defeated Boothbay 10-5, while the Riverhawk softball team defeated Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta 4-3. Medomak Middle School opened in September of 2008, combining former schools A.D. Gray of Waldoboro and D.R. Gaul of Union.

Former Rockland District High School standout student-athlete Teel (Anderson) Foster is named the new varsity coach of the Tiger girls basketball team.

Georges Valley pitcher Danielle Frye was honored by the Mountain Valley Conference by earning player of the year honors.

Thomaston II wins the Knox Suburban Little League baseball championship with a thrilling 8-7 decision over Hope. The St. George softball teams also won their Knox Suburban title with an 11-5 win over Warren.

Medomak Valley’s Dale Winchenbach had a day to remember in a regular-season contest against Belfast, blasting two home runs, two triples, one single, seven RBIs and five runs scored in a 17-10 win over Belfast. He also pitched two innings, striking out six Lion batters.

The Medomak Valley softball team earned a berth in the state Class B championship game for the second straight year — once again against Western Class B titlist Fryeburg Academy. The Raiders upended the Panthers 2-1 in eight innings for their second straight state title.

Former Georges Valley boys soccer coach Sam Pendleton is enshrined into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

The Mountain Valley Conference adds St. Dominic of Lewiston, giving the conference 16 teams and thus splitting the conference into two regions. This means significantly less travel time for Georges Valley of Thomaston, which normally makes long road trips for athletic events.


Sports Illustrated named Camden Hills Regional High School as Maine’s top high school in sports for the 2008-09 season.

The fourth annual Hope Sprint Triathlon went off without a hitch despite heavy rain, with Camden’s Tom Hedstrom taking first place, making him a multi-time winner of the event.

Rockport earned a 9-5 win over Georges Valley to win the Midcoast Babe Ruth championship.

Georges Valley’s Ryan Hanc is named the Mountain Valley Conference player of the year in boys tennis.

Among the teams earning District 2 Little League and Babe Ruth championships for their respective baseball and softball all-star teams were: Camden-Rockport 11-12 girls, Rockland 11-12 boys, Midcoast North 13-15 boys and the Midcoast South 14 boys. Midcoast South advanced the farthest of the four district champions, earning state runner-up honors before falling to Portland 6-0.


The Camden Hills varsity football team faced Rockland in the first game between the two varsity programs in 76 years. The Windjammers prevailed 28-22.

Putters Misfits won their sixth straight Camden Adult Coed Softball League championship with in 8-3 win over Lord Camden Inn.

12-year-old Daulton Wickenden won the 2009 Maine State Golf Association Junior Amateur championship after an impressive performance at the Val Halla Municipal Country Club in Cumberland.

The annual Great International William Atwood Lobster Crate Race took place during the Maine Lobster Festival, with Jonathan Robishaw of Cushing finishing first overall with 289 crates.

The Rockland junior league softball team won its second straight state championship with a thrilling 9-8 victory over Falmouth. Rockland advanced to the Eastern Regional Tournament in West Haven, Conn., where they finished 1-5 in pool play.


Boothbay Yacht Refinishing pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Emery’s Construction 6-5 and win the Rockland Elk’s League men’s softball championship.

In its first official varsity contest in 76 years, the Camden Hills football dropped a 27-12 decision to host Nokomis at Newport.

Camden Hills Regional High School boys basketball coach Jeff Hart is enshrined in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lincolnville native Cam Lewis was part of a team that won the 10-Boat Modern Division at the 2009 Metre World Cup in Rhode Island. The crew won the event on their boat, named “Sophie II.”

The Islesboro Central School coed soccer team won the Blue Bear Invitational soccer tournament at Chop Point in Woolwich, defeating Greater Portland Christian and Chop Point en route to the title.


Rockland District High School graduate Dave Mazzeo was inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame.

Camden Hills’ John Vannorsdall and Mike Crockett each qualified for the state Class B individual high school golf championships. Vannorsdall shot a 92, while Crockett shot a 95.

The Camden-Rockport Middle School girls soccer team capped its second straight undefeated season and earned a 6-2 win over Jefferson, giving the Schooners the Busline League championship. St. George also defeated Lincolnville for the coed title and Wiscasset and Camden-Rockport were declared co-champions after a flu outbreak at Wiscasset Middle School called off the boys game.

The Camden-Rockport Middle School girls ran away from the rest of the pack and won the Busline League cross-country championship.

74-year-old Art Warren of Rockport qualified for the Boston Marathon.

The 2009 Class of the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame was inducted, which included Roger Sorrent, Art Dyer, Don Palmer, Rich Mazurek, Roy Bennett, Beryl Leach, Charlie Crockett and Don Bowman.

The Medomak Valley girls cross-country team ran away from the competition and secured the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship at the University of Maine at Augusta.

The Rockland District Middle School and Troy Howard Middle School field hockey teams were named co-champions of the Busline League after the two squads battled to a scoreless, double-overtime tie.

The Camden-Rockport Middle School golf team won the Busline League championship.


Stonescape defeated Coast Guard 20-12 to win the Camden-Rockport Flag Football League championship.

The Georges Valley girls soccer team earned its second regional championship with a 2-1 win over Waynflete of Portland.

The Georges Valley girls soccer team ran the Class C gauntlet and came out on the other side, winning their first state title with a 1-0 win over Orono at Hampden Academy. The Buccaneers only loss came during the Mountain Valley Conference championship game to St. Dominic of Lewiston.

The Camden Hills mountain biking team won its 11th straight state championship at the Camden Snow Bowl, beating a field of three other teams to earn the crown.

Hope native Carl Merrill competes for the World Cup in sailing.

Seven-year-old Kayla Donlin of Warren won her third straight New England Elks Soccer Shootout championship for her age division in St. Albans, Vt.

15-year-old Devin Fletcher of Rockland qualifies to compete in the Junior World Championship fencing tournament in Sweden.


Camden Hills boys basketball coach Jeff Hart earns his 400th career victory in a game at home against Medomak Valley of Waldoboro. The Windjammers defeated the Panthers 54-43.

Former Medomak Valley High School graduate and current Husson University student Matt MacKenzie netted his 1,000th career collegiate point in a game against Bates College.