When the 2010 Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Games are played on Saturday, March 13 in Newman Gymnasium at Husson University in Bangor, the Midcoast will be represented by two student-athletes, a coach and one very special young man.

It was announced Wednesday in a ceremony at the Bangor Civic Center that Medomak Valley’s Alex MacKenzie and Camden Hills’ Maddy Smeaton, along with Camden Hills boys coach Jeff Hart, will represent the Classes A/B East squads for the 22nd annual games.

Potential local West all stars, as well as other McDonald’s honors for Midcoast student-athletes, were to be announced on Thursday, Feb. 18.

While the selection of MacKenzie, Smeaton and Hart are remarkable achievements because they are being recognized for their wonderful on-court abilities, there was another selection of a Midcoast student Wednesday that truly captures the essence and “spirit” of high school sports.

Carlos Baeza, a longtime manager for the Camden Hills Regional High School boys squad, received the Spirit of the Game Award for the East Division. Baeza has overcome the challenges of cerebal palsy.

Gary Eckmann, local Maine McDonald’s owner/operator and board president of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Maine, announced the 2010 East Division recipient is Baeza, who will serve as the manager of the A/B East teams.

“The recipients of this award embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries, and support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff,” Eckmann said.

The Maine McDonald’s® Spirit of the Game Award was created in 2009 to honor two high school seniors — one from the East Division and one from the West — who embody the spirit of the sport, who exemplify sportsmanship, who support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff, and who show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries.

Baeza is a four-year team manager for Camden Hills and was selected as team captain this year. He is the only athletic team manager in the school’s history to be named as a team captain. In 2006-2007, Baeza served as class president and received the Principal’s Award. He was a member of the debate team and Amnesty International and was named Homecoming King in 2009.

Hart, Baeza’s coach, nominated him for the second annual award. “For me to be able to put into words what I think of Carlos Baeza … to be able to describe what he means to me, and what he means to this entire school and community … is like asking me to sail around the world in a day. Carlos has been, and still is, one of the most influential people in my life.”

The East rosters include:

Classes A/B girls — Smeaton of Camden Hills, Mackenzie Dufour of Cony, Kirsten Prue and Kayla Cummings of Edward Little, Hannah Dexter of Messalonskee, Sarah Fitzgerald of Morse, Hannah Fenwick of Mount Ararat, Kara Batchelder of Nokomis, Lindsay Fox of Oxford Hills, Mackenzie Smith of Skowhegan and Jennifer Nale of  Waterville. The coaches are Brenda Beckwith of Messalonskee and Ted Rioux of Waterville.

Classes A/B boys — MacKenzie of Medomak Valley, Clark Noonan of Bangor, Dom Drake of Brewer, Rashon Edgerton of Brunswick, Yusuf Iman and James Philbrook of Edward Little, Jacob Moore of Hampden Academy, Colton Gross of Hermon, Alonzo James of Morse and Paul Verville of Skowhegan. The coaches are Hart of Camden Hills and Mike Adams of Edward Little.

Classes C/D girls — Nicole Osborne or Calais, Taylor Boucher of Fort Kent,
Vanessa Lougee of Foxcroft Academy, India Frazier of George Stevens Academy, Vanessa Sanderson of Houlton, Ally Sherman of Orono, Rebecca Leavitt of Stearns, Elizabeth Goodall of Southern Aroostook Community, Andi Flannery of Washington Academy and Ariel Knights of Woodland. The coaches are Donald R. Allen of George Stevens Academy and Arnold Clark of Woodland.

Classes C/D boys —  Jeremy Carr of Calais, Josiah Richard of Foxcroft Academy
A.J. Coleman of Orono, Jared Waite of Schenck, Dakota Sleeper of Southern Aroostook Community, Garen Manzo of Stearns, Bryce Colbeth, Ben Teer and Noah von Rotz of Washington Academy and Elias Springer of George Stevens Academy. The coaches are Ed Leeman of Calais and Troy Cilley of Woodland.

Players representing 62 high schools from across the state have been honored with selection to the all-star teams. The all stars were selected based on ballot returns on a statewide high school basketball coaches’ vote conducted by the MABC in January.

While the West senior all stars will be annouced Thursday, Feb. 18, the coaches for that region will include: Michael Murphy of Deering and Rick Clark of York for the A/B West girls; Brandon Salway of Waynflete and Gordon Hartwell of Upper Kennebec Valley Memorial for the C/D West girls; David Halligan of Falmouth and Robert Davies of Thornton Academy for A/B West boys; and Dave Gerrish of Dirigo and Phil Houdlette of Richmond for C/D West boys.

The 2010 Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball Awards, presented to one outstanding male high school senior and one outstanding female high school senior basketball player in the state, also were announced for the East Division. They are:

Girls — Hannah Dexter of Messalonskee, Hannah Fenwick of Mount Ararat, Jennifer Nale of Waterville, Kirsten Prue of Edward Little and Vanessa Sanderson of Houlton.

Boys — Dom Drake of Brewer, Jacob Moore of Hampden Academy, Clark Noonan of Bangor and James Philbrook of Edward Little.

The Western Division semifinalists for the honor will be announced on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The all-star games’ schedule includes:

8:30 to 9:00 a.m. — State foul shooting championship
9:15 to 10:30 a.m. —  Girls C/D game
10:30 to 10:45 a.m. — Three-point shooting competition
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Girls A/B game
12:15 to 1:00 p.m. — Awards presentation and McDonald’s Melt-Down Halftime Show
1:15 to 2:30 p.m. — Boys A/B game
2:30 to 2:45 p.m. —  Slam dunk competition
3:00 to 4:15 p.m. — Boys C/D game

All-star players, coaches, members of the All-State Academic teams, regional foul shooting champions, the MABC Contributor Award honoree and Mr. and Miss Basketball will be recognized at an awards banquet on Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at Husson.

Game day tickets may be purchased at the door and are good for all four fames. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.

Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine. RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since its founding in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $1.5 million to local children’s programs that make a measurable impact in our communities. More information is available at rmhcmaine.org.

For more information about the games, go online to mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org.

VillageSoup Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.