Boothbay Blows Out the 2016 Fall Sports Banquet

           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.”

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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.”

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         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.

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       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.

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        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.”

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            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

Seahawks Run Away With Mountain Valley Conference Championship

The Seahawks ran away with the Mountain Valley Conference Championship race on Saturday, October 15th, at the University of Maine at Augusta. Junior Kyle Ames and sophomore Blake Erhard led the Seahawks to their fourth consecutive MVC title. Amesimage finished first for BRHS and second overall at 18:21 and Erhard, second for BRHS and third overall, at 18:31. The Lady Seahawks finished second overall, led by sophomore Faith Blethen who won the girls title with a time of 20:57, and was named MVC runner of the year. The man, the myth, the legend, coach Scott, was again named MVC Boys Coach of the Year.

(Picture by Sue Mello of The Boothbay Register)

Boothbay’s Soccer Team Scores a Place in the Playoffs with an Impressive Win Versus Lisbon Greyhounds

This past week Boothbay launched their way into the playoffs with two clutch wins at home. Head Coach Ben Powell, and Assistant Coach Joey Paolillo led their team to victory against Dirigo 3-1, and the day after the Seahawks faced possibly one of their most important games of the season.
They matched up against the Lisbon Greyhounds, under the lights, Wednesday night Honoring seniors Colette Bertin, Angie Perkins, and Chyanne Rodgers before their last homecoming game. Coach Paolillo is quoted saying that there’s a “huge (positive) effect” on the team when the team plays under the lights with larger crowds, “the bigger the crowd the better.” Boothbay had played the Greyhounds earlier in the year suffering a 0-2 loss. “Lisbon is a tough matchup for most teams,” says Coach Powell, “They are a big team with some very strong, athletic forwards and a quick defense.” Nevertheless, in a game they needed to win in order to have a chance to have a spot in this year’s class D playoffs, Boothbay came out strong defeating Lisbon 4-0. The first goal was scored by forward Hannah Cola, pushing the ball through the defense, and beating the Greyhound goalie in the bottom corner. Later in the first half Hanah Cola again scored off a beautiful assist by Angie Perkins. Followed up by midfielder Reagan Cola’s goal that she was able to take by herself all the way from midfield to goal, making it 3-0 Boothbay before the second half. Angie Perkins tilted the score in the Seahawk’s favor even more when she scored an incredibly difficult goal from a tough angle on the sideline, putting it over the keeper’s head, for the final score of the game. Boothbay’s defenders Colette Bertin, Chyanne Rogers, Maddy Guadette, and Tori Morin, shut down Lisbon’s attack, and goalkeeper Jackie Mcloon led the Seahawks to a shutout, with the final score being 4-0.
With two wins in the past week Boothbay moves into playoff position and will be playing Mt. Abrams in the first round of the playoffs next week, a team Boothbay lost to earlier in the season, which Coach Paolillo called, “a very winnable game,” and is confident in the team’s ability going into their playoff game. Let’s wish our Lady Seahawks good luck in their upcoming game!

Impressive Performance by Boothbay on Homecoming Week

Under head coach, Bryan Dionne the Boothbay Region football team has shifted into a new independent league this year away from class D football. This change has proved successful in the season so far, with the Seahawks currently holding a 4-1 record. Last Friday night, under the lights, BRHS participated in the homecoming and senior night game against Telstar. With recent success against this team in past years, this game was no different for the Seahawks, demolishing Telstar 41-6. Boothbay bounced back after a previous defeat last week at the hands of Sacopee Valley, holding Telsar to only 88 total yards on offense compared to the Hawk’s 353 total yards.

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Seniors honored homecoming night (left to right) Draco Peaslee, Carter Babcock, Michael Ripley, Duncan Drapeau (not pictured), Jeremy Holbrook, Brian Otero, Zach Blackman, Nick Labonte, Brandon Andrews, and Grant Giles. Both images credited to Bill Pearson/Boothbay Register

A major part of the Boothbay’s success was senior captain Carter Babcock’s 143 rushing yards, 10 yards receiving, and a total of three touchdowns at fullback. He had another score coming on an interception returned for a touchdown, as well as leading the team with 10 tackles on the defensive side playing linebacker. At quarterback, another senior captain, Duncan Drapeau was the second leading rusher with 76 yards and had the team’s other two touchdowns. And again another senior Bryan Otero was the team’s third leading rusher with 61 yards. Alex Smith and Mitchell Andrews also scored for Boothbay, with Smith pulling in a tough catch to score on a two point conversion after a touchdown, and Andrews successfully kicking 3 out of 5 extra points. On the defensive side, senior Michael Ripley was the team’s second leading tackler, with 9. Zach Blackman, Cameron Crocker, and Jeremy Holbrook were the third leading tacklers with 7. Cam Crocker and Jacob Wilson both also recorded a sack in this game. Overall Boothbay hung tough after last weeks loss and was able to be resilient and perform exceedingly well in a game I’m sure the seniors on the team will not forget. If you are interested in learning about more stats, or watching footage from this previous game you can check out highlights here- https://www.hudl.com/v/sFVZ2

Field Hockey Homecoming

The Boothbay Region Seahawk field hockey team honored its senior members this past Wednesday before their final home game. Seniors honored were co-captains Nicole Clarke and Alexis Welch, Erica Eames, Molly Thibault, Elisabeth Wright, and Madison Stahle. The team had a fantastic homecoming performance beating the Telstar Rebels 9-0. The Seahawks jumped out to a fast start with junior Sydney Meader image.jpegdribbling up the field and scoring within the first twelve seconds of the game. Meader added to her team leading scoring with three goals, while freshman Chloe Arsenault and sophomore Lexi Lane added two additional goals. Junior Page Brown and freshman Maddie Faulkingham also scored a goal, helping the Seahawks improve to 8-5-1. As of now, the Seahawks are in fifth place and will be traveling to Central high school for the upcoming playoffs.

(Picture by Sue Mello of The Boothbay Register)