Penquis Valley of Milo three-sport standout Trevor Lyford has been named to the National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American team in recognition of athletic and academic excellence during his four-year high school career.
Lyford was one of 127 student-athletes selected to the NHSCA Academic All-American team from around the country, including 27 states and an American school in Germany. He was the lone honoree from Maine.
Lyford, who played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Patriots, is valedictorian of his senior class with a final 100.56 academic average and was named his school’s recipient of the Maine Principals’ Association Principal’s Award. He will attend Brown University in the fall to study biology.
The son of John and Marilyn Lyford of LaGrange, Lyford helped Penquis win the 2013 Class C state title in boys basketball and advance to the regional semifinals in each of his four seasons as a starter in that sport.
The school’s career boys basketball scoring leader with 1,188 points, he averaged 29 points per game in the Patriots’ two postseason contests last winter and was an All-Eastern Maine Class C tournament choice for the second straight year as well as being named to the Bangor Daily News All-Maine third team and All-Penobscot Valley Conference first team. He also was a McDonald’s C/D East All-Star team honoree, McDonald’s All-Academic and a Mr. Basketball semifinalist.
Lyford was selected as PVC Class C boys soccer player of the year last fall and a first-team All-PVC choice in baseball this spring.
Lyford also was one of three Maine high school students to be presented recently with a $5,000 HP Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship.
Three student-athletes from each of the New England states received the awards in recognition of their integrity and sportsmanship on and off the field.
Other Maine recipients were Kevin Kingsbury of Augusta and Briana Goud of Wiscasset.
The scholarship recipients were honored during a ceremony at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, where former Boston Bruins player Gord Kluzak spoke about the importance of sportsmanship and Jeff Kanab, vice president of Hood, presented them with their scholarship awards.
The honorees also will be recognized in a special display inside the country’s only sportsmanship exhibit, which is housed at The Sports Museum at the TD Garden in Boston.
HP Hood received more than 3,400 entries for this year’s awards. Ten finalists in each state were determined by a general public vote, followed by in-person interviews by a panel of judges who identified the top three in each state.