High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Maine

Maine Boys Track AOY: Matt McClintock

June, 21, 2012
6/21/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Matt McClintock

THE BASICS

School: Madison Memorial Area (Madison, Maine)
Grade: Senior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: McClintock won the 1,600-meter run with a class-record time of 4:16.40 and the 3,200-meter run in a class-record 9:16.92 at the Class C state meet this spring. The state’s 2011-12 Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he also placed second in the 800-meter run in 2:01.67. He went on to win the 3,200 in 9:06.24 at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past season. McClintock’s 3,200 time at the New England championships ranked as the nation’s No. 65 performance among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of his selection.

Academic excellence: Also a cross country standout, McClintock has maintained an A average in the classroom and earned class valedictorian honors.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered on behalf of the Athens Craft Fair, the Madison Food Pantry and his school’s Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens, in addition to donating his time as a youth athletic instructor.

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Maine Girls Track AOY: Bethanie Brown

June, 20, 2012
6/20/12
5:31
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Bethanie Brown

THE BASICS

School: Waterville (Maine)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Distance
Height: 5-foot-3

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Brown won the 1,600-meter run with a class-record time of 4:55.23 and the 3,200-meter run in a class-record 10:34.79 at the Class B state meet this spring, leading the Purple Panthers to the state title as a team. She ran the second leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 4:06.77. Brown also swept the 1,600-meter run in a state-record 4:50.39 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:31.19 at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which ranked as the nation’s No. 30 and No. 39 performances, respectively, among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.

Academic excellence: Also a cross country standout and an avid writer of poetry, Brown has maintained a 4.31 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has received her school’s Renaissance Award, presented to students who excel in academics, service and character on behalf of the nationwide Renaissance Program. A Student Ambassador for incoming transfer classmates, Brown also donated her time to promoting science in local fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.

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Maine Softball POY: Julia Geaumont

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 48 fellow Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Julia Geaumont

THE BASICS

School: Thornton Academy (Saco, Maine)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-6

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Geaumont led the Trojans to a 14-2 record entering the Class A state quarterfinals, scheduled for Thursday. She posted a 14-2 record in the circle along with a 0.84 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Geaumont is batting .679 with 10 home runs and a 1.509 slugging percentage through 16 games.

Academic excellence: Geaumont has maintained a 4.09 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The vice president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a student tutor, a youth softball coach and on behalf of fundraiser walks to benefit cancer research.

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Eye on POY: Maine Softball

June, 2, 2012
6/02/12
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The window on the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Julia Geaumont
Senior RHP, Thornton Academy (Saco)

2012 Team record: 14-1
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class A quarterfinals on June 7

2012 W-L record:
14-2
2012 ERA: 0.84
2012 Strikeouts: 136
2012 Innings: 96

2012 Batting average: .679
2012 RBI: 35
2012 OPS: 2.251

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Bowdoin

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009 Second Team All-State

Alyssa Williamson
Sophomore RHP/first baseman, Scarborough (ME)

2012 Team record: 15-0
2012 Team standing: Will play in Class A quarterfinals on June 7

2012 Batting average: .577
2012 RBI: 28
2012 OPS: 1.619

2012 W-L record: 5-0
2012 ERA: 0.25
2012 Strikeouts: 35
2012 Innings: 28

Academics: B-plusaverage
Collegiate destination: HS Sophomore

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 All-Tournament selection

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Mo Hannon: Senior RHP/shortstop, Scarborough (ME)
Erin Bogdanovich: Junior RHP, South Portland (ME)
Maddie Pearson: Junior outfielder, Fryeburg Academy (Fryeburg)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Maine Baseball POY: Luke Fernandes

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Luke Fernandes

THE BASICS

School: Marshwood (South Berwick, Maine)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/SS
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 170 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Fernandes led the Hawks to a 13-2 record entering the regular-season finale against Sanford, scheduled for May 29. Through 15 games, he owned a 4-1 record and a 1.83 ERA on the mound along with a .404 batting average with 14 RBI at the plate. Fernandes recorded 47 strikeouts against just four walks in 30.2 innings pitched. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, he was also a Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-Region selection.

Academic excellence: Fernandes has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of his school’s wellness council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball and basketball programs.

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The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Luke Fernandes

Senior Pitcher/Shortstop, Marshwood High (South Berwick, ME)

2012 Team record: 10-2

2012 Team standing: First in Class A West

2012 Batting average: .421

2012 RBI: 10

2012 Runs: 12

2012 W-L record: 3-1

2012 ERA: 1.57

2012 Strikeouts: 41

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Boston College

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-Northeast.

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Maine Boys Hoop POY: Garet Beal

March, 22, 2012
3/22/12
5:31
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Garet Beal

THE BASICS

School: Jonesport-Beals (Jonesport, Maine)
Grade: Junior
Position: Guard/forward
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 200 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Beal led the Royals to a 19-2 record and the Class D state championship this past season. He recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 75-62, title-clinching victory against Forest Hills (Jackman, Maine), capturing First Team All-Tournament honors for the second consecutive season. The returning Third Team All-State selection as named by the Bangor Daily News averaged 22.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.6 assists and 1.6 blocks. He shot 61.5 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.2 percent from free throw line.

Academic excellence: Beal has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom and serves as a member of his school’s student council.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time on behalf of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered as a positive mentor to elementary school students and as part of both community fundraisers and cleanup efforts.

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Eye on POY: Maine boys basketball

March, 14, 2012
3/14/12
10:55
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The window on the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Garet Beal
Junior guard/forward, Jonesport-Beals (Jonesport, Maine)

2011-12 Team record: 19-2 (Class D)
2011-12 Team standing: Class D state champions

2011-12 Points per game: 22.3
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.7
2011-12 Assists per game: 3.6
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.8

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in four Class D state tournament victories. Recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 58-35 win over Forest Hills in the state championship game. Shot 61.5 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range and 81.2 percent from free throw line. 2012 Class D Eastern Maine Tournament Most Valuable Player. 2011 and 2012 First Team All-Tournament selection. 2011 Third Team All-State selection as named by the Bangor Daily News.

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Maine Girls Hoop POY: Meghan Gribbin

March, 8, 2012
3/08/12
5:20
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 50 fellow Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Meghan Gribbin

THE BASICS

School: Windham (Maine)
Grade: Senior
Position: Point guard
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Gribbin averaged 20.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.5 steals this past season, leading the Eagles to the Class A Western Conference semifinals. The 2012 Southern Maine Athletic Association Player of the Year, she is a 2012 Maine Miss Basketball finalist.

Academic excellence: Gribbin has maintained a 95 average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school tutor and as a youth soccer and basketball coach.

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Eye on POY: Maine girls basketball

February, 24, 2012
2/24/12
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Alexa Coulombe
Senior center/forward, McAuley (Portland, Maine)

2011-12 Team record: 20-0 (Class A)
2011-12 Team standing: Class A Western final on Saturday

2011-12 Points per game: 13
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 7
2011-12 Assists per game: 3
2011-12 Blocks per game: 3
2011-12 Steals per game: 3

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Boston College

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Maine Miss Basketball semifinalist; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2011 Bangor Daily News All-Conference Team; 2011 Portland Press Herald First Team All-State; 2011 and 2012 Team Captain .

Meghan Gribbin
Senior point guard, Windham (Maine)

2011-12 Team record: 15-5 (Class A)
2011-12 Team standing: Lost Class A Western semifinals

2011-12 Points per game: 20.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 5.3
2011-12 Assists per game: 4.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.3
2011-12 Steals per game: 2.5

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Maine Miss Basketball semifinalist; 2009-2012 Team MVP; 2011 Portland Press Herald First Team All-State.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Kristen Anderson: Junior point guard, Leavitt Area (Turner, Maine)
Morgan Cahill: Senior center, Yarmouth (Maine)
Tiana-Jo Carter: Sophomore Center, Lake Region (Naples, Maine)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Maine Boys Soccer POY: Robby Lentine

February, 22, 2012
2/22/12
5:20
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Robby Lentine

THE BASICS

School: Windham (Maine)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lentine scored 21 goals and passed for 10 assists this past season, leading the Eagles (16-2) to the Class A state championship. An All-New England selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was also named First Team All-State and the Maine Telegram Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Lentine has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A Spanish tutor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer programs and a summer camp for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Eye on POY: Maine boys soccer

February, 16, 2012
2/16/12
2:55
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Robby Lentine
Senior Midfielder, Windham High (Windham, ME)

2011 Team record: 16-2
2011 Team standing: Won Class A state title

2011 Goals: 21
2011 Assists: 10
2011 Points per game: 1.72
Career goals: 35
Career assists: 25

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Roanoke College

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Maine Telegram Player of the Year; NSCAA All-New England; Four-time First-Team All-Conference.

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Maine Girls Soccer POY: Caitlin Bucksbaum

February, 9, 2012
2/09/12
5:16
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Caitlin Bucksbaum

THE BASICS

School: Falmouth (Maine)
Grade: Junior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bucksbaum led the Yachtsmen to a 13-4-1 record and the Class B state championship this past season. She scored 10 goals and passed for 11 assists. In her first year at Falmouth High, Bucksbaum was a Maine Sunday Telegram First Team All-State selection and earned First Team All-Western Maine Conference recognition. As a sophomore in 2010, she started for Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.), which reached the Class 4A state final.

Academic excellence: Bucksbaum has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of Falmouth High’s Environmental Action Committee, she has volunteered locally as a peer math tutor, a youth soccer coach and with the Ronald McDonald House.

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Eye on POY: Maine girls soccer

February, 4, 2012
2/04/12
12:37
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Caitlin Bucksbaum
Junior midfielder, Falmouth (Falmouth, Maine)

2011 Team record: 13-4-1 (Class B)
2011 Team standing: Class B state champions

2011 Goals: 10
2011 Assists: 11
2011 Points per game: 1.17
Career goals: 15
Career assists: 21

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Tallied one point in all four Class B postseason games, including the assist on the game-winner in a 1-0 state final win over Presque Isle (Maine). Had a direct hand in four of Falmouth’s nine postseason goals (44.4 percent). 2011 First Team All-State selection as named by the Maine Sunday Telegram. 2011 First Team All-Western Maine Conference selection.

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Maine Boys XC ROY: Matt McClintock

January, 23, 2012
1/23/12
5:31
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Matt McClintock

THE BASICS

School: Madison Area Memorial (Madison, Maine)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: McClintock raced to a third consecutive Class C individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:00. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he placed sixth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 15:51.2 and 15th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:31.3. He earned third at the New England Cross Country Championships in 15:39.

Academic excellence: Also a track standout, McClintock has maintained an A average in the classroom and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered on behalf of the Athens Craft Fair, the Madison Food Pantry and his school’s Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens, in addition to donating his time as a youth athletic instructor.

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