High school sports

Hendrickson-Belloguet twins' athletic success mirrors one another

Medomak Valley High School student-athletes consistent standouts
By Mark Haskell | Nov 12, 2012
Photo by: Mark Haskell Siblings Amanda, left, and Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet, student-athletes at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.

Friendship — Amanda and Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet, seniors at Medomak Valley High School, are closer than most siblings.

Often to their surprise, people are shocked when they realize the two are fraternal twins.

"They'll say, 'You look alike, are you brother and sister?' or 'Who's older?' " said Amanda, a mere 19 minutes older than her brother. "And then we tell them we're twins. A lot of people don't realize it."

"Sometimes when [people] ask us, we deny it," said Jonathan. "Just to mess with them."

The two are notorious jokesters, which began at a young age, when they played pranks on fellow classmates.

"[One classmate] would say, 'Can you two read each other's minds?' And we'd look at each other and after a few seconds we'd say, 'Oh my goodness, yes!' or something and he'd freak out," said Amanda.

"We always like to have fun," said Jonathan.

But pulling people's legs is not all the Hendrickson-Belloguet twins are good at. The two are accomplished three-sport Panther athletes who have and hope to continue to bring a great deal of success to the Panthers in their final year.

Amanda has participated in soccer, basketball and softball each year for Medomak Valley, while Jonathan has competed in soccer, basketball and outdoor track and field.

And perhaps fitting, the twins' success has mirrored one another through the years.

Both have been consistent performers on all their respective squads and peaked last spring, when each earned first-team all-conference selections in their respective sports, Amanda in softball and Jonathan in track. Both also were named most valuable players on their soccer teams this fall and were selected league first-team all-conference.

Amanda was one of the Panthers' top performers both in the field (third base) and at the plate last season, helping her squad nab its second straight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title.

Hendrickson-Belloguet played outfield her freshman and sophomore years, but made a smooth transition to third base last season, having not committed an error all season at the hot corner, said Panther coach Richard Vannah.

"One of the biggest things with Amanda is every year she's grown a lot and she became a leader of the team last year," the coach said. "And I'm sure she'll be the leader of the team this year, vocally and mentally. She can play pretty much anywhere you put her. She's so athletically talented, and I don't even think she knows it."

Amanda was also a field player for soccer, but made the transition, as a sophomore, to goalie and has not missed a beat in net, including a superb effort in a 1-0 loss to Ellsworth in last year's regional preliminary playoff game.

"If she doesn't get KVAC first-team goalie, somebody's got their heads on backwards," said Panther girls soccer coach Larry Jensen. "She's kept us in every game."

"She's just one of those girls that has what you're looking for. An athlete that's versatile and has a good set of hands, jumping ability, has a sense of the game and a feel and a flow for the game," Jensen said.

Amanda helped lead the Panthers to an 8-5-2 overall mark and a berth in the regional playoffs again this fall.

Jonathan excelled in the triple jump in the spring, nabbing the KVAC Class B title in the event (42 feet, 9.25 inches) and finished second (42-0) in the state Class B championships, a performance that qualified him for the New England competition, where he finished 13th among 33 competitors.

He also finished seventh (11.63 seconds) in the 100 meters and was part of the Panther 4x100-meter relay team that finished fifth (46.60) at the state championships.

"He's just a great individual [and] a great athlete," said Panther cross-country and track coach George Gould. "Any team he's a part of he makes that team better just by his presence. He works so hard to improve and he shares that knowledge with the other members of the team."

Gould said that the high school and middle school teams often practice together and that Jonathan is "a great role model for them and certainly spends his time helping them whenever they ask for it."

Jonathan also is known, in soccer, for having an accurate, dangerous somersault sideline throw-in.

Both likely will become greater fixtures on their respective teams in the coming months as seniors.

While Jonathan prefers track to soccer and basketball, Amanda tends to "live in the moment."

"Right now I'm really into soccer but then when basketball starts that's kind of my favorite sport," she said. "I guess softball has a little bit more of an advantage."

Vannah said the University of Southern Maine has expressed interest in Amanda attending the college next year to play on the school's softball team.

Both credit half-brother Chris Jones, who graduated from Medomak Valley High School in 1998, with their heavy involvement in sports. Jones played many sports for the Panthers, including basketball, soccer, golf and track.

"For basketball he was a very big influence on us," said Amanda. "He was the one to teach us what a travel was."

While many twins experience their share of sibling rivalry and competition, both are supportive of one another and their endeavors, either sports or otherwise.

"I couldn't imagine a life without him," said Amanda. "I've always had him, he's always been next to me."

"Sometimes we get riled up with each other, but I can't live without her," said Jonathan.

Jonathan's personal information

Name: Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet.

Age: 17.

Grade: Senior at Medomak Valley High School.

Parent: Brenda Hendrickson of Friendship.

Town: Friendship

Favorite athlete: Usain Bolt.

Favorite personal moment in sports: Going to the New England track-and-field championships for the triple jump.

Favorite course in school: Spanish.

TV show you never miss: Person of Interest.

Favorite phone/computer app: Magic Piano.

What do you listen to on your iPod before competing: Jay-Z.

Favorite movie: I Am Legend.

Food you pig out on: Little Debbie Strawberry Shortcakes.

Favorite book: "Splinter Cell" by Tom Clancy.

Hobbies: Sports, listening to music and hanging out with friends.

Vehicle you wish you were driving: Mustang GT 500.

Person you most want to meet (dead or alive): Will Smith.

Most influential people in your life: Usain Bolt, Rajon Rondo, my older brother, Chris Jones, and my mother.

Future plans: Either going to the University of Maine in Orono and majoring in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement or going to the Coast Guard Academy and majoring in Aeronautics/aviation or Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement.

Amanda's personal information

Name: Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet.

Age: 17.

Grade: Senior at Medomak Valley High School.

Parent: Brenda Hendrickson of Friendship.

Town: Friendship.

Favorite athlete: Abby Wambach.

Favorite personal moment in sports: First time running onto the court at the Bangor Auditorium.

Favorite course in school: Anatomy.

Favorite phone/computer app: Instagram.

What do you listen to on your iPod before competing: Beyonce, Eminem and Awolnation.

Favorite movie: Scarface.

Food you pig out on: Oreos and orange juice.

Favorite book: "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.

Hobbies: Hanging out with my friends.

Vehicle you wish you were driving: Porsche.

Person you most want to meet (dead or alive): Billy Currington.

Most influential people in your life: My mother and brothers.

Future plans: To go to college and earn my masters degree.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Denise Leary | Nov 14, 2012 09:37

These two are incredible young adults! I couldnt think of ANY two athletes that deserve a little spot light more, they are both very humble. They are friends with my daughter, my middle daughter is a Freshman and she looks up to Amanda (I cant think a better role model) These two will always have a special place in my heart!!! Brenda deserves a medal for raising such respectful, loving individuals.

Posted by: N H | Nov 13, 2012 08:01

These two are amazing!  They are friends with my children and I love them.  Not only are they great in school or sports, they are all around wonderful teenagers.  Very respectful of adults and great people to be around.  They will definitely go far in life.  Good job, Jonathan and Amanda!!

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