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Vinalhaven-North Haven soccer teams grab MPA sportsmanship banners

Island boys, girls pitch athletes earn notoriety for positive field play
By Staff | Nov 06, 2017

Hampden — The blue-collar islands of Vinalhaven and North Haven have many hard-working student-athletes who give their all in the classroom and out of school, many as members of the fishing communities or other walks of island working life.

Vinalhaven School and North Haven Community School also have many talented good sports as well, not just in terms of wins and losses, but by playing the right way inside the lines on the soccer field.

And for their efforts, the islanders now have two new banners to support how well they perform and act on the pitch.

The Vinalhaven-North Haven soccer teams were honored on Saturday, Nov. 4 with their respective Class D South sportsmanship banners, given annually by the Maine Principals’ Association.

The islanders received their banners on Saturday at the state Class C and D soccer championship games at Hampden Academy.

The island teams are made up mostly of Vinalhaven student-athletes, with a few North Haven teenagers taking advantage of the opportunity to play soccer for the combined programs.

"I'm pretty excited for teams,” said girls coach Susan Philbrook. “As far as the girls go we try really hard to focus on staying positive and learning from each experience/game and I think this translates into good sportsmanship. It's exciting for both teams to receive them together this year. It says a lot about the kids. We're really proud of them.”

Boys coach Richard Carlsen, who could not attend Saturday’s state championship games, echoed that sentiment, adding “it really says a lot about our community.”

“I have a great bunch of boys,” he said. “I think they knew they weren’t one of the top teams and made it about having fun and trying to get better. When you’re losing 9-1 against Richmond and some of the guys are cracking jokes on the field, it goes to show that their hearts are in it, but it is also OK to lose with a smile and a laugh.”

The island girls finished the regular season 7-5-2 and fifth in Class D South. They lost to No. 4 Rangeley 3-0 in a quarterfinal playoff game.

The island boys finished the regular season 6-5-2 and sixth in Class D South. They fell to No. 11 Searsport 2-0 in a prelim playoff match.

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Vinalhaven-North Haven girls soccer team members include, front from left holding the banner, assistant coach Jenn Guptill, Ashlyn Littlefield, Hannah Newton, Gilley Davis-Oakes, Justice Grant, Cheyenne Bickford, head coach Susan Philbrook, Kaylee Grant and Paige Dennison; and back, Carolyn Hopkins, Déja Doughty, Dreyenn Osgood and Jazmyn Robishaw. Additional team members and coaches are not pictured. (Courtesy of: Susan Philbrook)
Vinalhaven-North Haven boys soccer team members include, front from left holding the banner, Andrew Moody, Hunter Ames, Jack Day, Keaton Lear (in sling), M.J. Augusto, Tim Farrelly and Colby Beverage; and back, Mikael Stone, Keon Arey, Joe Hopkins, Mitch Hopkins and assistant coach Bryan Feezor. Additional team members and coaches are not pictured. (Courtesy of: Susan Philbrook)
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