Boston High School: Cassidy Adams

New England Roundup: Maine

July, 21, 2013
With spring season behind us, it's a good chance to get the thoughts of two spectacular Maine athletes: Cassidy Adams, who pitched Bucksport to its second straight Class C state title, and Foxcroft's Ryan Rebar, the state's Mr. Baseball.

MaineAdams has not lost a game since her sophomore season. She pitched all 20 games for Bucksport this year, and walked a total of four batters. In one game she struck out 19, out of 21 possible outs. She finished off the spring by shutting out Madison, 7-0, for the state title less than 24 hours after graduating from Bucksport.

Q: Coming into this season, you and your teammates were coming off an undefeated state championship season. Did you feel there was any pressure on you to do the same thing again?

A: "There was definitely some pressure on the returning players and new players this year to keep our season undefeated again along with making it to the state championship. A lot of people around town and other schools said we wouldn't do as well this year and go as far because we lost six seniors. Out of those seniors, five started and were our power hitters last year so we really needed to prove ourselves offensively."

Q: The game where you struck out 19 this season – what do you remember about that game?

A: "We were playing Dexter and they are one of the best teams we face during regular season. I know I threw a lot of rise balls because they couldn't hit it. I didn't realize I had that many strikeouts until after the game when coach told me, since I was just doing what I usually do. I just throw what pitches my coach and my catcher, Alanna, tell me to and if they hit it, I'm not worried because I trust my defense and I know they'll get it."

Q: You graduated from Bucksport the night before the state championship game. Obviously, that’s a lot to do in 24 hours. What were you like the day of the state final? Had you gotten a lot of sleep?

A: "After graduation, I had gone to dinner but went straight home and went to bed. I had been sick though out playoffs and was still sick so I made sure I got plenty of sleep for the next day. It had been hard to get sleep those last few weeks of school because I had school, softball, marching practice, and speech practice for graduation. That week was really busy for me. I was still sick, which I have now found out is a sinus infection, but I got plenty of rest and medicine into me that when it was game time, it didn't bother me much."

Q: You’re going to the University of New England. What made you choose that school?

A: "I had looked at several of the pharmacy schools in New England but I really liked how small UNE was and it was a beautiful campus. Another reason I chose UNE was that it was far away from home, but it was also close enough to come home if I wanted to."

Q: Bucksport had been a very strong team in Class B before moving to Class C. Did you look at some of those teams in Class A and Class B and wonder how you’d compete with them?

A: "During preseason and post season, we always play other teams that are usually in class A or B so we always get to compete with them and we always do well. We played a couple A and B teams this year and lost to one A team and tied Oceanside [winners of the Class B state title]. Last year, we won all our preseason games and this year in post season, we scrimmaged Bangor and won. It's always fun to play the teams in higher classes because we get told we only do so well since we're in class C, so we all get to prove ourselves."

Q: Has it hit you that your high school career is really over? What are your favorite softball memories?

A: "It hasn't really hit me that my high school career is over. I don't think it will until the banquet. My favorite memories are obviously the past two seasons where we won states and had the undefeated season but I really enjoyed just spending time with the girls. This year, our team was very close and we always would have fun in practice or when we would have team bonding. We went kayaking one time, which was a blast. Being able to play with such great girls and becoming friends the past two years and being coached by some of the best people have always been the greatest part of playing."

Ryan Rebar was good enough to be a dominant player on a Foxcroft football team that won the Class C state championship this fall, and win the state's Mr. Baseball award. In between, he starred on the basketball court this winter. On the diamond this spring, Rebar was 6-1 with a 1.02 ERA, and hit .339 with 12 stolen bases.

Q: What made you want to play three sports in high school? Did anyone ever suggest that you just concentrate on one sport?

A: "Growing up in a small town there was a always a lot of free time. Thankfully I got involved with sports and spent a lot of time with friends and family playing just about everything. I wanted to stay busy entering high school and playing three sports a year was great and fun for me. My Father and Mother enjoyed watching me play so I wanted to give them plenty opportunities too! Both my parents encouraged me to play three sports."

Q: In an interview after you won Mr. Baseball, you mentioned that you struggled at the plate when you were younger. How would you compare yourself as a hitter then to yourself as a hitter now?

A: "My younger years I wanted to hit anything that my bat could reach. The biggest thing I've noticed since then is developing patience and having the right approach when about to hit. Knowing the pitcher and their tendencies and making sure you aren't going to help them out is where I improved the most."

Q: What made Husson the right place for you? Was it the chance to play football and baseball in college?

A: "I loved the what Coach [Gabby] Price and Coach [Jason] Harvey were about. I really wanted to keep the same mentality of when I was going into high school. I want to stay as busy as I can and ultimately work hard and have fun. I'm very excited to play both football and baseball for Husson."

Q: Your baseball team had that game against Hermon where Caleb Richard got beaned and the Hermon coach ended up being replaced late in the season. What was your team’s feeling on that whole situation?

A: "It was something that you hope won't happen again to any team out there. The overall feeling of the team initially was to see if Caleb was OK because he got drilled pretty good. But after that we wanted to move on from the situation and focus on our goal of getting to a state championship."

Q: Dover-Foxcroft is a small town, and it seems like sports are really big there. Does that make it kind of special to play at Foxcroft?

A: "Dover-Foxcroft is made up of great supporting people that love to come cheer on athletics. It's always great to see fans in the bleachers cheering and clearly into the game. Foxcroft is a special place to play and I'll never forget the countless memories made on the football field, baseball field, and basketball court."

Q: How do you feel about your high school career across all three sports? Do you have any regrets?

A: "I've experienced a lot during my career that a lot of high school players never experienced. I'm blessed and forever grateful to my coaches and teammates for always doing their best. We've won a state championship in football, made a terrific run in basketball to make it to the semifinals in the final year of the Bangor Auditorium, and won an Eastern Maine championship in baseball. I've had a very successful career at Foxcroft and am hopeful to keep experiencing success entering college."

New England Roundup: Maine

June, 25, 2012
Longtime Bangor High School boys' basketball coach Roger Reed reluctantly resigned recently after being informed by the administration to make a choice between coaching and serving in the legislature.

MaineLeonardi Reed, 73, submitted his resignation a day before winning the Republican primary to represent House District 23 in the Maine Legislature. Reed will face Democrat Richard Thomas in the Nov. 6 general election for the right to fill the seat formerly held by Rep. David E. Richardson, who is also a Republican.

Reed, who retired this spring after a 47-year career as a teacher, hoped to continue coaching the Rams. In 27 seasons he led them to eight Class A state championships. In a career than began at Bangor Christian Academy, Reed has a career record of 571-201, a .740 winning percentage. After going 7-11 in his first year at Bangor, Reed’s teams posted 26 straight winning season including a 14-6 mark last winter. The Rams won their eighth state title under Reed in 2011.

Reed wanted to continue coaching next season but was told Bangor principal Paul Butler that demands of time and travel to Augusta would be too great to do both jobs. The Legislature is in regular session during the winter months.

“Somewhere and sometime ago, it was decided that I wouldn’t be allowed to do both,” Red told the Bangor Daily News. “I really don’t think that it has anything to do with logistics. I was assured by all who encouraged me to run that I would have no reason to give up coaching.”

Butler, who played for Reed in the late 1980s, said he asked several people if someone could serve in both capacities and do justice to both jobs. He determined than it wasn’t “It was an honest, good-faith decision. I think Bangor High School athletes and our program deserve 100 percent of a person’s attention, and I just felt that it was untenable for somebody to do both,” he told the BDN.

“Once I made the decision, I waited until after the season and asked Roger to choose us,” Butler said. “I wanted, and offered, to have Roger back as coach and gave him until June to make that decision. I told him the only time I ever rooted against him was going into the primary.”

Scarborough High School senior Ben Wessel won the Dr. John Winkin Award, presented annually to the state’s top baseball player at the senior all-star game. Wessel sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament which prevented him from pitching the Red Storm in the second half of the season but he returned to the lineup as a designated hitter and helped the team to the Western Maine Class A title.

Wessel led the Southern Maine Activities Association in batting average (.486), slugging (.943), on-base percentage (.600), RBI (21), triples (4) and home runs (2). As a pitcher the right-hander went 6-0 with a 0.62 earned run average and struck out 45 batters in 34 innings.

He expects to undergo Tommy John surgery in July and will attend the University of Rhode Island this fall.

Thornton Academy senior Julia Geaumont could have won the Miss Maine Softball Award as a pitcher or a hitter. She excelled at both. Geaumont got the good news at last week’s senior all-star games. The award is presented annually by the Maine High School Softball Coaches Association.

This season Geaumont went 14-2 on the mound with an 0.84 earned run average and 136 strikeouts. At the plate, she batted .679 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI. Geaumont, who will attend Bowdoin College next fall, was also named Gatorade and Southern Maine Activities Association player of the year.

Soon after its boys track and field team won the Class A state championship, Sanford High School announced its new mascot.

Superintendent David Theoharides reported the new mascot will be the Spartans. Students in grades seven through 12 voted on four new nicknames — Spartans, Pride, Stampede and Cardinals. The Spartans claimed 587 votes to 423 for Pride, 202 for Stampede and 113 for Cardinals. The new mascot will go into effect starting with the 2012-2013 school year.

Sanford’s school committee voted 4-1 last month to retire the Redskins mascot, the last high school in the state with such a nickname.

Baseball and softball championships in four classes were decided on June 16 at venues in Bangor and Windham. Eastern Maine teams swept the softball championships while East and West split for the baseball titles.

Class A Baseball
Messalonskee 6, Scarborough 3: The Eagles took advantage of seven errors by the Red Storm to win their first Class A title. All six of Messalonskee’s runs were unearned. The Eagles turned two double plays including a memorable one in the bottom of the fifth when shortstop Sam Dexter dove for a ball in the hole, relayed it to second to younger brother Jake who threw to first. Messalonskee finished at 15-5, winning its last 10 games.

Class B Baseball
Falmouth 2, Foxcroft 0: Ninth-place hitter Ryan Conley ripped a two-run double in the second inning to lead the Yachtsmen to their first state title since 1998 and their first in Class B. Starter Thomas Fortier pitched a complete game, holding the Ponies to two hits while striking out six. Falmouth finished at 17-3.

Class C Baseball
Dirigo 6, Calais 1: The Cougars took an early lead and senior Ben Holmes preserved it to give the Cougars their second title in three years. Dirigo took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second, the big hit a two-run double from Caleb Turner. Holmes finished with eight strikeouts in running his season record to 12-1. Dirigo finished at 19-1 overall while three-time reigning Eastern champion Calais closed at 18-2.

Class D Baseball
Bangor Christian 7, Buckfield 3: Sophomore Cody Collins drove in four runs on a pair of singles and a double to lead the Patriots to their first baseball title. The Eastern Maine champs scored five runs in the first inning en route to the win. They finished at 19-2 while Buckfield closed at 17-2.

Class A Softball
Cony 2, South Portland 0: Junior Sonja Morse pitched a one hitter and struck out 10 to lead the Rams to their first state title since 1983. Morse lost her no-hitter with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. She also issued a walk but both runners were picked off as she faced the minimum number of batters. Cecelia Fuller singled home both Cony runs in the fifth inning.

Erin Bogdanovich allowed three hits and struck out 13 for South Portland (17-3). Cony finished at 20-0.

Class B Softball
Old Town 4, Fryeburg 1: Junior Kendra Hayward struck out 15 and contributed a two-run double to lead the Coyotes to their first state championship. Hayward allowed three runs in four Eastern Maine games while striking out 38 batters in 28 innings for fifth-seeded Old Town. The Coyotes finished at 17-4 while defending Class B champion Fryeburg closed at 18-2.

Class C Softball
Bucksport 2, Dirigo 0: Cassidy Adams pitched a two-hitter to lead the Golden Bucks to their first Class C title. The Bucks, who dropped down a class this season, reached the Class B title game last year before losing to Fryeburg. They last won a Class B title in 2006 and have gone five for eight in championship games. The win completed a perfect season at 20-0.

Class D Softball
Penobscot Valley 4, Richmond 2: Jenna Hope’s two-run single in the third inning capped a three-run rally to lead the Howlers to their first state championship. Winning pitcher Kayla Dube allowed four hits, including three bunt singles, while striking out 14. Penobscot Valley finished at 19-1, while Richmond, playing in its third straight state title game, finished at 16-2.

Class A Boys
Scarborough 9, Cheverus 4: Ryan Pallotta scored five goals as the Red Storm rolled to its third straight state championship. Scarborough finished at 14-1.

Class B Boys
Falmouth 7, North Yarmouth 4: Charlie Fay scored three goals to lead the yachtsmen to their second straight state championship. It was Falmouth’s third win this season against North Yarmouth and also the second straight time the Yachtsmen have beaten the Panthers in the state final.

Class A Girls
Scarborough 11, Brunswick 9: Mary Scott scored four goals to lead the Red Storm to their third consecutive state championship. Scarborough (15-1) also defeated Brunswick (14-2) in last year’s state final by a score of 13-11.

Waynflete 16, Freeport 5: Martha Veroneau had four goals and five assists to lead the Flyers, who were playing in their fourth straight championship game. Sadie Cole added five goals and Walker Foehl scored four for Waynflete (14-1) which rallied for wins against Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth in the regional tournament.