AUGUSTA — The Big 11 Conference unveiled its high school football all-conference selections on Tuesday, Nov. 1, which resulted in good news for a bevy of Midcoast gridiron players and incredible news for a particular area player and coach.

Headlining the impressive list of more than two dozen players from Oceanside of Rockland, Belfast and Medomak Valley of Waldoboro was Mariner running back Aiden Sergent and first-year Mariner coach Sam Weiss, who were named player of the year and coach of the year.

Sergent, who was named first-team all-conference at running back and linebacker, rushed for 1,401 yards and 20 touchdowns during the regular season, along with three two-point conversions and one kick return for a touchdown. On defense, he registered 25 solo tackles, 33 assisted tackles and one interception, to go along with 3.5 quarterback sacks.

“Aiden is 100 percent deserving of this award,” said Weiss. “He’s definitely someone to be feared on the football field on both sides of the ball. When I took the job there was a ton of talk about how hard he’s been working in the offseason. It’s definitely paid off for him. He hasn’t missed a practice in or out of the season since I’ve been coach. Not to mention he’s a great person and student with A’s across the board. As a junior he has an extremely bright future ahead of him. I’m extremely proud of Aiden and can’t wait to see what he can do these next few weeks.”

Weiss added: “Getting coach of the year is great,” but he gave the credit to his players. “Their goal was to win a championship,” he said. “I’m only here trying to help them achieve that goal.”

The following is a breakdown of area student-athletes who nabbed first- and second-team or honorable mention selection:

First-team all-conference offense: Oceanside’s Cohen Galley (quarterback), Sergent (running back), Robert Blair (utility) and Jack Elwell (tackle); Medomak Valley’s Porter Gahagan (fullback), Marshall Addy (guard) and Isaac Simmons (center); and Belfast’s Kaden Bonin (wide receiver).

Second-team all-conference offense: Medomak Valley’s Hayden Staples (running back) and Jaiden Starr (kicker); Belfast’s Gabe Kelley (fullback) and Jackson LaPierre (tight end); and Oceanside’s Gavin Ripley (wide receiver).

First-team all-conference defense: Oceanside’s Nate Thompson (defensive end), Brady Proctor (defensive tackle), Sergent (linebacker); and Medomak Valley’s Isaac Simmons (linebacker) and Gatlin Bedenik (defensive back)

Second-team all-conference: Medomak Valley’s Marshall Addy (defensive end), Gahagan (defensive tackle) and Staples (linebacker); Oceanside’s Hale Morris (linebacker) and Zeb Foster (defensive back); and Belfast’s Bonin (defensive back) and LaPierre (punter).

Honorable mention: Oceanside’s Maddox Robishaw and Duncan Natale; Belfast’s Thomas Littlefield; and Medomak Valley’s Connor Light and Blake Morrison.

Player of year — Sergent, Oceanside.

Coach of year — Weiss, Oceanside.

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