Boothbay brought home the W Friday night feeding a big ol’ L to the Mountain Valley Falcons. In the first game of the Lady Seahawks’ season, the team ventured up to the beautiful town of Rumford, and even though they had to shake off the rust in the beginning of the game, they put a smackin’ on the Falcons, beating them with a crazy high score of 43-23. In the first quarter of the game, the ladies were trailing 9-4, but in a time-out, Junior captains, Kate Clarke and Nicole Friant, put a fire under the team saying, “This is our time! We will not lose like this!!!” Apparently, this rousing speech worked, encouraging Boothbay to score the next 22 points and take the lead by the fourth quarter 31-17. Senior, Page Brown, was the team’s leading scorer racking up a prodigious 17 points. After this seraphic game, Boothbay made the long trip home and later took on Madison Stahle December 12.
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
Some of the best highlights from the 2016 season!
Thanks to Brian Dionne, Dave Drapeau, and all of the Seahawk’s staff for putting this video together.
First time wrestler Cameron Crocker qualified for the Class B State meet. He placed in fourth in the 182-pound division. Boothbay Region finished last in the 11-team meet with nine points. Dirigo of Dixfield won the Class B South Regional qualifying tournament with 200 points defeating runner-up Mountain Valley of Rumford (147.5) and third place Wells (131.5).
Boothbay Region wrestlers Nick Labonte and Dylan Peters also competed in the tournament.
Seahawks Emma Pearce and Evy Case both qualified and swam at the state championship meet. Pearce qualified in two, the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle. Case qualified for seven out of eight events and placed 16th in the 200 IM at the state meet.
The boys nordic team placed seventh overall in states. Despite the lack of snow the boys powered through. Joey Paolillo placed thirteen in the classic race in a 20:05 time and Blake Erhard placed thirty-first in both races. Captain Liam Conlin came in twenty-eigth in the classic race. “I can’t emphasize enough how impressed I was with each athlete and the gains that we made this season despite our lack of practice time on snow,” Scott said. From the Boothbay Registers article by Sue Mello.
The girls Nordic team had a good run at states this year, having the best results since Coach Scott has started up the team. “Summer Chamberlin had an outstanding couple of days as well, placing 31st and 35th in the classic and skate races, respectively. The only two female skiers to turn in better results were Sophia Thayer and Nell Anthony.” Quoted Coach Scott when asked about her turn out to writer of the Boothbay Register Sue Mello. Even though the girls were a relatively new team they came out 11th out of the 14 teams that competed at Black Mountain for states.
The boys team made it to Class C South Boys’ basketball this year. They finished their season with at 12-8 record. Coming in the boys were up against number two team Winthrop, who had a strong man-to-man defense leading to Boothbay struggling the entire game. Which made it difficult for the boys to play an effective offense. Nick Gorey and Abel Bryer were the leading scorers with eleven points each. Their defeat against Winthrop ended their season.
The Boothbay girls basketball team battled Narraguagus High School for Class C State Basketball Championship. Boothbay started strong against their opponent, hitting two of their first three shots and having a 7-2 first quarter. Yet Narraguagus caught up quickly. Boothbay coach Tanner Grover said the game came down to missing too many open shots.
“In all honesty, the ball didn’t bounce our way,” he said. “We had some good shots against their zone that just didn’t go down. It probably was one of our worst shooting nights, and it definitely came on the wrong night.” When interview by Bill Pearson of the Boothbay Register. Faith Blethen was Boothbay’s top scorer having nine, then Hannah Morley six will two three pointers. This was the girls second time appearing at a state final. Boothbay won its only state championship in 1984.