Carlos Baeza, the four-year manager of the Camden Hills of Rockport boys basketball team recently honored as a 2010 Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award recipient, was recognized by the Maine Legislature on Wednesday.
Baeza has overcome cerebral palsy and other health issues to become an important part of the Windjammers’ success in recent years.
His efforts were recognized in a special legislative sentiment sponsored by Rep. Joan Welsh of Rockport and co-sponsored by Sen. Christopher Rector of Thomaston.
Baeza was seated in the gallery of the legislative chamber accompanied by his mother, Inirida Baeza, and Mike Ortins, local McDonald’s owner-operator and board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Baeza was selected as a captain of the Camden Hills boys basketball team this winter, marking the first time a team manager has been so honored in school history.
Camden Hills went on to win its second straight Eastern Maine Class A title and third in the four years Baeza has attended the school.
Baeza also served as class president during the 2006-07 school year and was the recipient of the Principal’s Award. He participated on the debate team, was a member of Amnesty International and was named Homecoming King in 2009.
Sportsmanship awards presented
Winter sports teams from around the state have been recognized with Good Sportsmanship Awards by the Maine Principals’ Association.
Eastern Maine schoolgirl basketball teams honored were Morse of Bath in Class A, Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor in Class B, Houlton in Class C and Bangor Christian in Class D.
In boys basketball, Brewer (Class A), Presque Isle (Class B), Madawaska (Class C) and Washburn (Class D) were Eastern Maine award winners.
Eastern Maine wrestling teams receiving sportsmanship awards were Mt. Blue of Farmington (Class A), Old Town (Class B) and Fort Kent (Class C).
Also honored were the Cheverus of Portland boys and girls swimming teams in Class A, and the Greely of Cumberland Center girls and Old Town boys in Class B.
Western Maine basketball recipients were the Gorham girls and Thornton Academy of Saco boys in Class A, the Lake Region of Naples girls and Maranacook of Readfield boys in Class B, the Waynflete of Portland girls and Livermore Falls boys in Class C, and the Greater Portland Christian girls and Richmond boys in Class D.
Wrestling teams earning sportsmanship awards from Western Maine were Kennebunk (Class A), Fryeburg Academy (Class B) and Monmouth Academy (Class C).
Ice hockey recipients have not yet been announced.
Faithfull bound for prep school
Indiana Faithfull, who led Cheverus to the 2010 Class A boys basketball state championship and was named Maine’s Mr. Basketball, will continue his career in the prep school ranks next fall.
The 6-foot-4 senior guard will attend St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., according to Cheverus coach Bob Brown.
St. Thomas More competes in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class A ranks against the likes of Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Bridgton Academy.
The Chancellors reached the semifinals of both the NEPSAC Class A tournament and the national prep championship tournament before being ousted in both cases by Brewster Academy of Wolfeboro, N.H. — which went on to win both titles.
Faithfull, a native Australian, led Cheverus to a 13-0 start this winter before learning he had used up his eligibility under a Maine Principals’ Association rule that says a student has eight semesters to complete athletic eligibility once he starts his freshman year of high school.
Because the academic year starts at different times in Australia and America, Faithfull had used up three semesters of eligibility in Australia before transferring to Cheverus for the start of his sophomore year in the fall of 2007, leaving him just five semesters to play for the Stags under the MPA rule.
Faithfull missed his team’s final five regular-season games before being reinstated just hours before Cheverus’ Western A quarterfinal as the result of a court order.
He went on to lead the Stags to four straight postseason victories and their second state Class A title in three years — though the MPA has appealed the court order and no decision is expected until later this spring.
Faithfull averaged 12 points, five rebounds and six assists per game during the regular season, but he had 23 points in the Western Maine final and 22 points in the Stags’ 55-50 victory over Edward Little of Auburn in the state championship game.