High school sports

MCSHOF announces 10 athlete-of-year finalists

Five boys, five girls up for top high school honors from organization
By Staff | Sep 11, 2017

Rockland — The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame has announced the five male and female finalists for the hall’s 2016-17 high school athletes of the year.

The winners will be announced at the the organization's annual banquet on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Rockland Elks Lodge on upper Rankin Street.

The finalists were selected by the hall's board of directors after they considered a number of student-athletes for the honor.

The five male finalists include Camden Hills' Josiah Krul, Oceanside's Michael Norton Jr., Lincoln Academy's Samuel Russ and Medomak Valley's Brent Stewart and Steven Thompson III.

The female finalists include Vinalhaven's Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes, Medomak Valley's Gabby DePatsy, Camden Hills' Charlotte Messer and Lincoln Academy's Tahlia Mullen and Gabrielle Wajer.

Eight Midcoast high schools — Oceanside, Camden Hills, Medomak Valley, Lincoln Academy, Vinalhaven, Islesboro, Boothbay Region and Wiscasset — were asked to nominate two male and female students for athlete-of-year consideration.

Those candidates then were asked to complete a questionnaire and return it to the board to be considered for the honor. A andidate who did not return the questionnaire was not considered.

The boys finalists include:

Krul, a 2017 graduate of Camden Hills, received varsity letters in soccer, basketball and tennis. In soccer, Krul was named All-State four years, Kennebec Valley Athletic all-conference three years and All-New England his senior year, and was a key member of the Windjammers' success as Eastern Maine champions and state runners-up in 2013 and Northern Maine runners-up in 2016. In tennis, he played third singles and helped the Windjammers to four years of Eastern/Northern Maine championship titles and state championships in 2016 and 2017. Krul attends Bates College in Lewiston and plays soccer for the Bobcats.

Norton, a senior at Oceanside, has received letters in football, basketball and baseball, and plans to continue those sports this year. Norton played defensive back on the football team, which qualified for the Class C quarterfinals in 2015, and the Class C semifinals in 2016. In basketball, Norton's Mariner team was Class A North champions and state runners-up in 2016, and Class A North runners-up in 2017. As a sophomore, he was named to the Class A all-rookie team, and his junior year was named first-team Class A for all-conference, all-tourney and all-defense, and was selected team most valuable player for the Mariners.

Russ, a junior at Lincoln Academy, has received varsity letters in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He holds two school records — indoor one mile and two miles. As a sophomore, Russ was an important part of the 2016 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B cross-country championship team, in indoor track, he was the individual league champion for two miles, and in outdoor track, he was the individual league champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

Stewart, a senior at Medomak Valley, plays golf, basketball and baseball. In his junior year, he received the team's most valuable player award for golf and baseball, was Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B first-team all-conference for golf, and qualified for the state tournament, as he placed 11th in Class B. In basketball, Stewart was an important member of the Panthers, who were Class A North runners-up in 2016 and league champions in 2017.

Thompson, a 2017 graduate of Medomak Valley, attends the University of Maine in Orono in the medical science program. While at Medomak Valley, Thompson was on the football team and outstanding, dedicated wrestler, named team most valuable his final three years and held the school record for the most wins, pins and points each year. Thompson was named the league's outstanding wrestler during his final two years, and was league champion both years in his weight class. In the Class B North regional, he was champion in 2016 and runner-up in 2017. He qualified for the state championship three years and was second in 2015 and third in 2016 and 2017.

The girls finalists include:

Davis-Oakes, a senior at Vinalhaven, has been a standout in soccer, basketball and softball. She has been an East-West Conference all star in three sports. In soccer, she was named all-star keeper in 2015-2016, but in 2016 broke her leg going for a save, which took her out for the season, but she was determined to heal in time for basketball. Davis-Oakes was an outstanding team leader for the Vikings hoop team and led the islanders regional runners-up squad in 2016 and the 2017 Class D regional and state championships — the first state athletic title in the school's history. As an individual, Davis-Oakes was awarded the Patricia Gallagher Award for the outstanding player in the Class D South tournament, and other awards. In softball, she was a top pitcher and holds records for the most home runs and triples.

DePatsy, a senior at Medomak Valley, earned letters in soccer (2 years), basketball (3 years) and softball (3 years). In basketball, she was named to the 2016-2017 league all-conference second-team. In softball, DePatsy received recognition from the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference each year — first-team all-conference in 2015 and 2017, second-team all-conference in 2016 and Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B player of the year 2017. She was named team most valuable player in 2015 and 2017 and was presented the athletic director’s Tri-Athlete Award at Medomak Valley.

Messer, a 2017 graduate of Camden Hills and current student-athlete (Division I soccer) at the University of Maine in Orono, was a letter winner in soccer (4 years), basketball (4 years), softball (2 years) and tennis (2 years) for the Windjammers. In soccer, she concluded her career by scoring the state championship-winning goal in overtime for the Windjammers, tying the school record for career goals (67), and by being named the Maine State All-American soccer player. In her four-year pitch career, Messer was named to the league first-team four years, All-Northern Class B two years, All-Northern Class A two years, All-State three years, KVAC Class A player of the year in 2016, Class A player of the year 2016 and state player of the year in 2016. Messer was a key player in the success of the Windjammer soccer team, including KVAC runners-up in 2014 and 2015 and KVAC champions in 2016, Northern Maine regional runners-up in 2015, Northern Maine champions in 2016 and Class A state champions in 2016. She was named the team's most valuable player in 2016, and was the school's 2016-17 female athlete of the year. In basketball, Messer received a number of league awards, and in tennis she helped the Windjammers win the Class A regional championship and Class A state runners-up in 2016 and Class A Northern regional runners-up in 2017.

Mullen, a senior at Lincoln Academy, is an outstanding runner who has lettered in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She has captured Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships in many events, including 2016 in indoor and outdoor 400 meters, indoor and outdoor 200 meters, indoor 4x800-meter relay and outdoor 4x400-meter relay runner-up. In 2017, Mullen was the league champion in the indoor 400 meters, indoor 200 meters and the outdoor 400 meters. She was the 2016 individual state champion in indoor 400 meters, outdoor 400 meters, outdoor 200 meters, as well as state runner-up in indoor 200 meters. In 2017, she was the state champion in the indoor and outdoor 400 meters. She holds six Lincoln Academy indoor and five outdoor records. Mullen was named to the all-conference indoor and outdoor track teams for 2016 and 2017, and was named to the Portland Press Herald 2016 All-State outdoor track team.

Wajer, a 2017 graduate of Lincoln Academy, was a letter winner in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She attends Wingate University in North Carolina on a basketball scholarship, and studies sports broadcasting and communication. At Lincoln Academy, Wajer was captain of the soccer team four years and basketball squad two years. She received many league awards in basketball, including all-rookie and all-defensive in  2014, first-team and all-defensive in 2015, co-player of the year in 2016 and first-team in 2017. She was the recipient of the outstanding sportsmanship award in 2016 for the Class B South tournament and was a McDonald’s senior all star in 2017. She ended her basketball career at Lincoln Academy as a 1,000 point scorer.

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