July 22, 2018
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Messalonskee football standout heading to UMass to play baseball

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

Sam Dexter, a senior at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, garnered a lot of attention on the football field this fall, earning Pine Tree Conference Class A player of the year honors while leading the Eagles to the Eastern Maine Class A semifinals.

But it’s in baseball where he’ll continue his athletic career in college.

Dexter, a middle infielder for the Messalonskee baseball team who has started for the Eagles since his freshman season, recently made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Massachusetts beginning with the 2013 season.

Dexter has earned All-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A first-team honors each of the last two baseball seasons after gaining second-team status as a freshman for coach Ray Bernier’s Messalonskee club.

Jackson earns top PTC honor

Anthony Jackson, a senior wide receiver and defensive back for the Brewer High School football team, was named the Pine Tree Conference Class B defensive player of the year during the league’s season-ending awards banquet held Sunday.

Jackson, who previously had been named All-PTC first team on both offense and defense and a second-team kick returner, played a pivotal role as the Witches went 6-3 during their first season returning to Class B and earned a berth in the Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinals.

Jackson played a strong safety-rover position in Brewer’s 4-3 defensive alignment. He had 53 tackles this fall, including 18 assists and six solo quarterback sacks.

One of the team captains for the Witches, Jackson also was named Brewer’s most valuable player for the second straight year.

Other Brewer players honored during the conference banquet included Nate Morris, a first-team All-PTC tight end and second-team linebacker; and Shane McLaughlin, a second-team All-PTC offensive lineman.

Brewer coach Don Farnham also was named the league’s coach of the year by his peers.

Named PTC Class B offensive player of the year for the second straight season was quarterback Jordan Hersom of Leavitt Area High School of Turner Center. Hersom, like Jackson a first-team All-PTC choice on both offense and defense, led the Hornets to their third consecutive conference championship and a berth in the Class B state final, where they lost to Wells.

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