Courier Publications/VillageSoup honor

Robertson-McIntire top Midcoast female athlete for 2018-19

Belfast Lion excels in three sports — basketball, track, soccer
By Mark Haskell | Nov 29, 2019
Courtesy of: Andy Dumas, Cross Street Photography Junne Robertson-McIntire.

Belfast — Whether creasing the net on the soccer field, coverting a drive to the basketball hoop, using her blinding speed in track — or any of the other sports she has encountered — Belfast Area High School’s Junne Robertson-McIntire proved a cut above during the 2018-19 high school sports seasons.

And those exploits led Roberston-McIntire to sprint past four worthy finalists and, at the finish line, saw her as the recepient of the 2018-19 Courier Publications/VillageSoup schoolgirl athlete-of-the-year honor.

Robertson-McIntire, who called earning the media company's honor “amazing,” beat out finalists Camden Hills’ Kristina Kelly and Kassie Krul, Oceanside’s Abby Veilleux and Mount View’s Shala Davis to earn the accolade.

Robertson-McIntire was a rare four-sport athlete for Belfast last year as she participated in soccer, basketball, indoor track and outdoor track. On the pitch, she was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-conference selection and finished the year with 10 goals and two assists. And, while an injury resulted in her missing more than half her basketball games, in the winter, she more than made up for that with sensational performances in indoor and outdoor track, where she again was a KVAC first-team all-conference selection.

In indoor track, she collected KVAC Class B titles in the 55 meters and 200 meters, while she finished second in 55 meters and third in the 200 meters at the state Class B championships. In outdoor track, she nabbed KVAC Class B titles in the 100 and 200 meters and went on to win three state Class B titles in the 100 and 200 meters, and as the fourth and finishing leg of the 4x100-meter relay team.

Her diversity in sports since she was a youngster certainly has been notable. Not only is she a four-sport athlete, but she also played field hockey through the Waldo County YMCA as a middle schooler and, in lieu of playing basketball this winter, plans to continue with indoor track and step outside her comfort zone and join the wrestling team.

Her senior athletic goals — and Robertson-McIntire always seems to amaze when focused — are to be state champion in the 55 and 200 meters for indoor track and in the girls 113-pound weight class in wrestling.

In addition, Robertson-McIntire also tried her hand in a demolition derby over the summer at the Union Fair.

She attributes some of that to “how adventurous and outgoing I am.”

“Since I can remember, I’ve been dirt biking, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, fishing and doing everything I can to have fun,” she said.

The following is a series of questions for Robertson-McIntire on a myriad of topics:

Name: Junne Robertson-McIntire

Age: 18

Grade: Senior at Belfast Area High School.

Parents: Jane Robertson and Gary McIntire.

Town: Belfast.

Favorite athlete: Kate Hall.

Favorite personal moment in sports: Being a four-time track state champion my sophomore year.

Favorite course in school: Strength and conditioning or math.

TV show you never miss: "Friends."

Favorite phone app: Snapchat.

What do you listen to on your iPod before competing: Something that will get me excited.

Favorite movie: "Forrest Gump."

Food you pig out on: Pasta.

Hobbies: Fishing, hiking and hanging out with friends.

Vehicle you wish you were driving: 2019 Volvo s60 or a Tesla.

Most influential person in your life: My parents.

Future plans: I am going to St. Joseph’s College and playing soccer and maybe track then doing something with dogs as a career.

Q - When you were younger, did you try other spots that you don't play now?

A - I played field hockey with all my friends from school but when I got older, I wanted to try soccer cause my brother did it.

Q - What was your injury in basketball last year? How severe was it, and, how difficult was it to juggle competing in two sports in the same season?

A - I had a severe ankle sprain after going up for a rebound and landing on another player's foot. I didn’t go to the hospital, so I might have fractured it, but we don’t know. I was out for eight weeks, but probably should’ve been more, but I wanted to play my sports again. It wasn’t that hard to juggle my sports because I had been doing it for two years. This year though, I’m not allowed to do my two winter sports, indoor track and basketball, so I’m trying wrestling.

Q - What are the differences in preparing to run an individual race/event, versus being part of a relay team. You've had great successes with both, but do you prefer one over the other and why?

A - There’s not many differences in the two. For my individual events I warm up with my teammates who are also in that race and for the relays I do the same. I don’t think I prefer one over the other. I get the best of both worlds. In my individual events I get to celebrate my own accomplishments and then in relays I get to celebrate the accomplishments with people I really care about.

Q - You participated in the demolition derby at the Union Fair in August. Tell me about the experience. Did you enjoy it, and will you do it again?

A - My boyfriend got me into it. I grew up doing things like this, so it wasn’t that far from things I’d do at home with my dad, brother and his friends. I got my first dirt bike when I was three and got a snowmobile not too long after that. Also when I was in middle school my grandfather gave me one of his old Jeeps, which was a standard. I’d drive my friends around my field, sometime even pulling sleds or old gymnastics mats with people on them. But it was my first time doing a demolition derby and I hated it. I got thrashed around pretty good since I’m so small. I was very nervous before we started. I told my brother to get in the car and do it for me right before we stared. I will not be doing it again.

Q - You are going to St. Joseph’s College next fall to play soccer, and maybe track. Were you recruited by both coaches?

A - Yes I was recruited by both coaches. I met with the soccer coach last spring and she offered me a roster spot on her team. The track coach came to watch states last spring and has been recruiting me since. On Monday, Nov. 11, I went to St. Joseph’s On The Spot Review Day and that’s when I was officially accepted. I was thinking about majoring in business but I think I might change it.

Q - You said you want to have a career with dogs. That’s a pretty specific goal. Any reason you feel so strongly about that path?

A - I’ve loved dogs my whole life, but never was able to have one. Last summer I stated a small business walking, feeding and taking care of dogs and I’d like to do something like that in the future.

Q - Were you encouraged to have such diverse tastes in sports? And, do you have any thoughts on the specialization of young people not being two-, three-, four-sport athletes and instead focusing on only one sport?

A - No, my parents gave me the choice to do whatever sports I wanted. For me, I love having a variety so I can learn different skills in different sports, and I think others should try other sports and experience new things. But if you love one sport and only want to do that, then go for it!

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