Six different schools, including newly crowned state champions Greely of Cumberland Center and Yarmouth, are represented on the Maine Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-Maine first team.
Greely, which won its eighth state championship in nine years by defeating Scarborough 3-1, is represented by senior outside hitter Maggie Bradley, while Yarmouth, which topped Bucksport 3-0 to win its first Class B crown, is represented by senior outside hitter Morgan Cahill.
Other members of the first team are senior outside hitter Brittany Bona of Scarborough, senior setter/outside hitter Renee Trottier of Biddeford, senior outside hitter/middle hitter Nicole Rogers of Falmouth and senior outside hitter/setter India Ross of Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor.
Second-team honorees are senior middle hitter Hannah Tardif of MDI, senior setter Laney Evers of Falmouth, junior outside hitter/setter Tori Huntly of Ellsworth, junior setter Haleigh Roach of Greely, senior setter Emily Robbins of Scarborough and junior libero Kara Graham of Washington Academy of East Machias.
Earning honorable mention status are junior outside hitter Emily Sampson of Greely, junior middle hitter/outside hitter Lindsay Chapman of Gorham and junior middle hitter Phyllis Sabattis of Calais.
Bradley had 144 kills during the regular season, along with 25 aces, five assists, 14 blocks, 134 serve receptions and 114 digs for Greely coach Kevin Hasch’s Class A state champions. Bona finished the regular season with 186 kills, 48 aces, 98 serve receptions, 10 blocks and 104 digs.
Cahill had 131 kills, 43 aces, 96 blocks, 155 serve receptions and 60 digs. Trottier had 87 kills, 122 assists, 15 blocks and 137 digs. Rogers had 112 kills, 135 serve receptions, 29 blocks and 130 digs, while Ross had 89 kills, 114 assists, 57 aces, 10 blocks and 50 digs.
ERICKSON TAKES GREENVILLE JOB
Tyler Erickson, a former basketball standout at Piscataquis Community High School of Guilford, has been named the boys varsity basketball coach at Greenville.
Erickson replaces Paul Breton, who coached the Lakers for the last five years but stepped down during the offseason largely to devote more time to his family business, Breton’s Store in Greenville Junction.
“He’s a good young coach looking for an opportunity,” said Greenville athletic administrator Jeff Stafford. “He came highly recommended by his former coach (Jamie Russell, now the head coach at Penobscot Valley of Howland).”
Erickson, a 2004 PCHS graduate, played guard for the Pirates under Russell, then went on to play for two seasons at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor.
He has served as a volunteer varsity assistant basketball coach at PCHS the last two seasons, two years ago under Bill Reynolds and last winter under Dave Pepin. Erickson also was the Piscataquis Community Middle School boys “A” team coach last season.
“I’ve wanted to coach ever since I played, even in high school,” said Erickson, who is employed by the Guilford-based Knowlescape Seasonal Services.
Greenville went 13-7 last season, reaching the Western Maine Class D semifinals before being eliminated by Richmond.
A RIVALRY RENEWED
When Bangor travels to Keyes Field on Friday night to face the Lawrence Bulldogs for the Pine Tree Conference Class A football championship, it will mark the 15th time the two teams have met since the start of the 2000 season.
Top-ranked Lawrence (10-0) holds an 8-6 edge on second-seeded Bangor (8-2) in the rivalry during that span, having won eight of the last nine meetings, including a 32-25 victory at Cameron Stadium in Bangor during their regular-season meeting this season on Sept. 9.
This marks the third time Bangor and Lawrence have met for the regional title in the last six years — with Lawrence winning the previous two matchups on its home field, 19-5 in 2006 and 27-13 in 2007.
Lawrence went on to defeat Gorham 14-13 in the 2006 state final, but lost to Bonny Eagle of Standish 34-14 in the 2007 title game.
Bangor’s most recent victory over the Bulldogs came in 2009, when the Rams’ 28-21 victory ended Lawrence’s 35-game regular-season winning streak.
Lawrence will be playing in the PTC Class A championship game for the first time since defeating Bangor in 2007.
Bangor, the two-time defending PTC champion, will be playing in its fifth conference championship game in the last six years and ninth in the last 12 years. During that span Bangor has advanced to the state final in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2010, winning the gold ball in 2001.
PATRIOTS POISED TO RELOAD
The Bangor Christian boys soccer team capped off a record-setting season by defeating Greenville 4-2 in the Class D state championship match.
Not only did senior striker Brad Wilcox score his 107th career goal to establish the state record in that category, but coach Aaron Wilcox’s Patriots became the first Class D boys soccer team to win three consecutive titles in that division since a fourth class of high school soccer was added in 1989.
Just four seniors — including two starters in Wilcox and sweeper Matt Swanson — will graduate from the team next spring, leaving behind a veteran nucleus poised to expand upon the Patriots’ current 24-match winning streak since a loss at Penquis of Milo on Oct. 12, 2010.
Bangor Christian finished 18-0 this season and is 34-1-1 over the last two years.
“The main thing about it (going undefeated) is it keeps our school record for a win streak going into next season,” said Brad Wilcox. “They’re going to be so strong next year.”