Orono’s Lin White and Scarborough’s Jim Harmon have been named the inaugural Maine high school cross-country coaches of the year as selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states were honored for their successes during the 2014 cross-country season, as chosen by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association High School Coach of the Year selection committee.
State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2014 season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (e.g., first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.)
White was selected as the state’s girls cross-country coach of the year after guiding Orono to its second straight Class C state championship. The Red Riots, led by individual state champion Hannah Steelman and runner-up Kassidy Dill, won that crown in impressive fashion as they posted the best team score of the meet when all times from Classes A, B and C were combined.
The Orono girls also won the Eastern Maine Class C and Penobscot Valley Conference Class C crowns, while White guided the Orono boys to Eastern C and PVC C championships.
Harmon was named the state’s boys cross-country coach of the year after leading Scarborugh to its third Class A state title in the last five years but first since 2011. The Red Storm edged second-place Falmouth 73-87 at the state meet, avenging a 49-52 loss to the Yachtsmen a week earlier at the Western Maine Class A championship meet.
Volleyball ranks to grow
The state’s high school volleyball ranks continue to grow, particularly in southern Maine.
At least three more schools plan to add varsity volleyball programs during the 2015-16 academic year, with the possibility of a fourth new team.
Bonny Eagle of Standish, Deering of Portland and Portland High School all have notified the Maine Principals’ Association of their intention to field varsity teams for the first time next fall.
Brunswick High School expects to bring a proposal to add the sport before its local school board in the spring, with plans to field a team next season if that proposal is approved.
Twenty-five schools fielded varsity volleyball programs statewide during the 2014 season, 12 in Class A and 13 in Class B. The 12 Class A programs all were based in central or southern Maine, while 10 of the Class B programs are in Down East schools, with the remaining three from southern Maine.
The three or four new schools that will join the varsity ranks next fall are all Class A schools by enrollment.
Marshwood hires baseball coach
Bryant Lausberg, a three-year baseball player at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, has been named varsity baseball coach at Marshwood High School in South Berwick.
Lausberg replaces Eric Fernandes, who stepped down after guiding the Hawks to the Western Maine Class A championship game for the second straight year last spring.
Lausberg inherits a team that did not graduate any starters from last year’s club and returns a veteran nucleus led by pitcher-shortstop and University of Maine commit Zack Quintal.
The 25-year-old Lausberg will be making his high school coaching debut, but he previously served as a graduate assistant coach at Plymouth State and has coached American Legion baseball in New Hampshire for three years.
A physical education teacher, he also serves as the head coach of the Somersworth (New Hampshire)/Coe-Brown cooperative ice hockey team.
Fernandes guided Marshwood to a 95-45 record over eight seasons.