WALDOBORO — For the 15th year, the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame has selected 10 finalists for the organization’s 2022 student-athlete-of-the-year awards.

The finalists are chosen from nominations — two boys and two girls from each school — from athletic directors at following Midcoast high schools: Camden Hills in Rockport, Oceanside of Rockland, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Islesboro, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Boothbay Region and Wiscasset.

The athletes must have had an outstanding year of accomplishments in their sport(s) and also shown the attributes of a person of high integrity, who demonstrates leadership and respected by their peers as well as their coaches and fans.

The nominees are requested to send in additional information to the committee about their athletic accomplishments, involvement in communities, and reflections on the importance of sports in their lives.

The finalists are invited to attend the annual MCSHOF awards banquet on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Rockland Elks Lodge, at which time, along with the adult inductees, they will receive their recognition and the two winners will be announced.

“It is important to remember these athletes’ lives were greatly impacted and interrupted by COVID-19 restrictions for more than two years of their [high school sports] careers,” said Charlie Crockett, who, along with his wife, Penny, sponsor the high school awards. “Yet, they prevailed and participated where they could and continued to be involved in the sports that they loved. Congratulations to them all.”

The five female finalists for 2022 are Oceanside’s Bailey Breen and Maddie Ripley, Medomak Valley’s Alyssa Creamer, Boothbay Region’s Jaelyn Crocker and Lincoln Academy’s Payson Kaler.

The five male finalists for 2022 are Boothbay Region’s Kayden Ames, Oceanside’s Austin Chilles and Gavin Ripley, Medomak Valley’s Connor Daigle and Camden Hills’ Hunter Norton.

The Ripleys are siblings.

The athletes have excelled in a variety of sports, including basketball, field hockey, softball, tennis, soccer, wrestling, football, cross country, track and field and baseball.

The following is summary of the finalists:

Breen will enter her sophomore year at Oceanside after an outstanding freshman campaign in which she helped lead the Mariners to Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, South regional and state Class B basketball championships. She was named the KVAC Class B player of the year. Breen enjoys weight training, lobstering and assisting younger athletes.

Creamer is a 2022 graduate of Medomak Valley where she was an outstanding athlete in soccer, basketball and softball. Creamer received the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference all-academic designation in three sports, as well as being chosen all-conference first team in basketball and softball. In her school and community, she is a member of National Honor Society, student government and has been involved in recycling, food pantry, as a camp counselor and enjoys to volunteer with youth basketball and soccer.

Crocker is a 2022 graduate of Boothbay Region where she was an outstanding athlete in field hockey, basketball, tennis and track and field. As a field hockey goalie, she made 534 saves and recorded seven shutouts over her four-year career. Crocker was named Mountain Valley Conference first-team all star her junior and senior years, McDonald’s Senior C/D South all star, team most valuable player and team captain. In basketball, she was a team member of the 2018-2019 squad that was the MVC Class C, Class C South and state Class C champions and the 2019-2020 team that was MVC and Class C South runners-up. In tennis 2022, she was team captain, and the team was MVC Class C runners-up. In 2022 in track, Crocker also qualified for the state Class C meet in shot put and discus. In her school and community, she has been active in National Honor Society, as class vice-president and student president. Crocker has enjoyed volunteering in her community by running the scoreboard or keeping the scorebook at YMCA youth games, videotaping for the football team and assisting at practices for youth field hockey and basketball. She will attend the University of New England to study applied exercise science.

Kaler is a 2022 graduate of Lincoln Academy where she was an outstanding athlete on the soccer, basketball and softball teams. As a senior, she was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team for soccer and softball, league all-academic in three sports, and Lincoln Academy player of the year both years. At graduation, she received the Lowell Simmons Award for excellence in athletics and citizenship. Kaler has dedicated much of her time to developing softball skills, playing three years as pitcher and shortstop for the Capital Mainiacs , which won the ASA/USA Maine championship three years in a row. In addition, she volunteers for Unified Sports, is a member of the community service sorority Sigma Sigma Chi, National Honor Society and Varsity L Club. She will attend Husson University in the fall to major in nursing and play softball.

Maddie Ripley is entering her junior year at Oceanside, where she will continue to compete in field hockey, wrestling and softball. As a sophomore, in wrestling at 113 pounds, she became the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B champion, Class B South titlist, was second in state Class B and fourth in the Maine all-class all-state championships. She was named to the KVAC first team in wrestling and outstanding wrestler at the meet. In addition, Ripley was Maine and New England girls wrestling champion. In softball, Ripley played varsity her freshman and sophomore years with batting averages of .630 and .702, and was named team most valuable player and received the coaches award. She has been involved in wrestling, softball, football and field hockey from an early age, and enjoys volunteering with the middle school wresting and peewee football teams.

Ames is entering his senior year at Boothbay Region where he has been an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track and field. In football, he was rookie of the year for the Seahawks his freshman year, offensive player of the year his junior season as well as being named to the Campbell Conference all-conference team. He played quarterback, running back, linebacker and kicker. In basketball, Ames was part of the team that won the Mountain Valley Conference championship and, in his junior year, he received an all-conference honorable mention and was the Seahawks’ co-captain. In track and field, he excelled in discus, placing sixth in the state Class C meet as a freshman, and, as a junior, he was MVC champion, first-team all star and state Class C champion. In shot put, he placed third in the state as a freshman and was named MVC second-team all star. He is passionate about physical fitness and weight lifting. He works at Hodgdon’s Marina and volunteers at the Midcoast Animal Thrift Shop, as well as officiating youth league basketball games, youth basketball camps, youth football games, and middle school track meets.

Chilles is a 2022 graduate of Oceanside where he has been an outstanding athlete in golf, basketball and baseball, and was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference all-academic in three sports. He was the golf team’s most valuable player his final three years, as well as KVAC Class B all-conference his junior and senior season. Chilles was the fourth-place finisher at the 2020 Class B states, and qualified to the New England competition in 2021 (which was cancelled due to COVID-19). In basketball, Chilles was most improved player his senior year. In baseball, he was on the 2019 legion team, Rock Coast Rip Tide, that won the championship and won the state championship in 2021. In his community, Chilles was part of Trekkers, National Honor Society and Interactive Theatre as a peer mentor. He has volunteered by assisting peewee basketball games and Little League clinics as well as helping friends and family with their golf skills. Chilles’ work experience at Goose River Golf Course and Boothbay Harbor Country Club will serve as he attends Drew University in New Jersey to study business and play golf.

Daigle, a 2022 graduate of Medomak Valley, is a runner with outstanding performances in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, including two individual state championships. In 2020, he was Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B two-mile champion in indoor track, and in 2021, he was the 3,200-meter outdoor track state Class B champion. In 2021, in Class B cross country, he was KVAC champion, KVAC Class B runner of the year, Class B North champion and state B champion. He holds Medomak Valley school records in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track for the following: 5K, two miles (cross country and indoor track), 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Over his career, Daigle was KVAC Class B first team in cross country 2019 and 2021, for indoor track 2020 and 2022, and outdoor track 2021 and 2022, and was KVAC all-academic. He has been involved in his school and community in National Honor Society, PAWS, Interact Club, yearbook, student council, and volunteering at youth running events. He will attend the University of Maine in Orono to study physical therapy and compete in cross country and track and field.

Norton is a 2022 graduate of Camden Hills where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and baseball. In football, he played running back/linebacker and was recognized as a 5-Stars of Maine in 2019 and twice as a 6-Stars of Maine in 2021, Fitzpatrick Award semifinalist in 2021, Lobster Bowl selection 2021, All-Campbell Conference first team 2021 and Howard Vandersea Scholar-Athlete Award from the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation. In basketball, as a forward, Norton was a Midcoast high school all star and important part of the Windjammers winning the 2021 “COVID Cup.” In baseball, as a catcher and right fielder, he was named a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A senior all star and was a KVAC Class A second-team selection. He also was on the junior legion state champion team in 2021 and also was an all-star selection for the league. In his school and community, Norton was a member of National Honor Society and received the KVAC all-academic award for 2021 and 2022 in three sports. He has volunteered with peewee football, baseball, basketball, and at the food pantry, and has helped with fundraising for the football team. Norton will attend Bates College and play football.

Gavin Ripley will be a junior at Oceanside where he will continue to compete in football, baseball and wrestling. In football as a sophomore, Ripley was a versatile player at tailback, cornerback, wide receiver and linebacker. The 2021 season was cut short by the pandemic. In wrestling, in the 126-pound class, Ripley was the Class B South champion, state Class B champion, and Maine all-class all-state champion, and was third at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet. In baseball, he played center fielder and was a pitcher, as the Mariners made it to the regional semifinals. Ripley also played Babe Ruth baseball and was named to the all-star team in 2021.

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