On the 15th of November the Boothbay sports teams congregated for a night of jubilation and glee. Boothbay held their 409th seasonal sports banquet honoring all of the fall sports athletes. More specifically each team selected three of their student athletes for MVP, most improved, and coaches award. Teams, including field hockey, soccer, cross country, and football, first gathered individually to mingle and discuss their long and prosperous seasons. Success was a common theme throughout the wide variety of America’s favorite pastimes played this fall season. Field hockey won their first playoff games in the history of the school and soccer won their first playoff game in fourteen years. The football team participated in their first ever independent league season and finished with five wins and one loss. And finally, for the fourth year in a row, the boy’s cross country team won the Mountain Valley Conference, as well as finishing first in the southern Maine Class C championship meet.
The 2016 Seahawk field hockey team had an outstanding season winning eight games and finishing fifth in Class C North. The Seahawks earned a tournament berth and upset No. 4 Central in Corinth. The team also set the team scoring record with 53 goals and was the only MVC team to score in every contest. Sydney Meader led the conference in goals and received MVP for the Seahawks. The team’s Most Improved Player Award went to Hali Goodwin, who demonstrated skill at multiple positions. Page Brown received the Coach’s Award. Jordan described her as “a player who works hard, digs deep and is involved in the play no matter where the ball is.”
Coach Dionne commended the Seahawk’s football team for pushing through the adversity, and overcoming the challenge that changing leagues presented, as well as their improvement over the season, eventually beating a team in Class D, that they lost to the prior season, 28-6 in the last game of the season. Carter Babcock, a senior and team captain was named MVP, with Coach Dionne crediting his hustle, determination, and leadership on and off the field. Not only that, but he was the team leader in tackles, rushing yards and scores overall. Next due to a tie in the football team’s voting, there were two co-most improved players. Nick Simpson and Cameron Crocker were both awarded for their hard work and desire for improvement throughout their seasons. Coach Dionne praised them on their ability to go from a small role on the varsity team in the prior year, to key players and for the majority of games being being varsity starters on both sides of the ball. Finally another senior and team captain, Duncan Drapeau was awarded with the coaches award. Again leadership and a strong work ethic were brought up by Coach Dionne, along with the quality of being extremely “coachable.”
The successful boys cross country team, which not only won their conference and the southern regional meets in class C, but also the conference sportsmanship award for the fourth year in a row, were up next. Kyle Ames was named MVP of the 2016 season, Coach Nick Scott praised him for his constant hard work and “grit.” Senior Sam Betts was awarded with the team’s most improved after his fourth year on the team. Coach Scott offered an anecdote mentioning Sam’s battle to beat a sub 20 minute race time in the past three season, but through hard work and determination he was able to post multiple sub 20 minute race times this season. Last, but not least, the Coach’s Award went to Blake Erhard, who as only a sophomore, is already competing at a high level, and through hard work and dedication, Coach Scott says he has potential to be one of the best runners in the conference.
On the girl’s side of the cross country team there was another very successful season. The Lady Seahawks took home the second place in the conference championship meet for the fourth season in a row. Coach Scott, understandably, named Faith Blethen the team MVP, as she, in only her second year in highschool battled through injury and came in first place individually for not only the conference championships, but the regional ones as well. Most improved went to Delly Clarkson who Coach Scott credited for from the beginning of the season to the end finished eight minutes faster than when she started. Senior, Kate Friant after her fourth year on the team, finished strong with her best season to date, with not only her times, but also with even higher levels of determination and leadership.
The Boothbay soccer team not only made the playoffs for the second consecutive season under Coach Ben Powell, but they even made team history, winning their first preliminary game victory in fourteen years over Mount Abram! Boothbay captured the 10th and final Class D South playoff spot in the last regular season game, beating Lisbon 4-0. Boothbay ended the season with a solid record of 5 wins and 11 losses. The most improved player went to Olivia Paolilo who managed to score in the Seahawks playoff berth. The team’s MVP award went to the Seahawk Sophomore Reagan Cola, who has two bright seasons ahead of her. Powell selected Angie Perkins for the coaches award, calling her, “the most coachable player I’ve ever had.”
Overall Boothbay made it’s community proud this fall season, and the rest is history.
All photos credited to Bill Pearson at the Boothbay Register