ROCKLAND, Maine — Two-time state singles tennis champion Jordan Friedland of Lincoln Academy in Newcastle and Kennadi Grover, a three-sport standout at Oceanside High School in Rockland, are among 10 finalists for the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame’s 2013 High School Athlete of the Year awards.
The finalists also include a set of twins in Jonathan and Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.
Winners will be named during the hall’s annual banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Rockland Elks Lodge.
Joining Friedland and Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet as schoolboy finalists are Alex Crans of Camden Hills of Rockport, Sam Meklin of Oceanside and Coleman Powers of Camden Hills.
Joining Grover and Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet as schoolgirl finalists are Kristina Alex and Jordan Knowlton of Camden Hills and Kara Mullin of Lincoln Academy.
High school officials from the midcoast region (Oceanside, Camden Hills, Medomak Valley, Lincoln Academy, Vinalhaven, North Haven and Islesboro) were asked to nominate two male and two female candidates. Finalists were selected by the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame’s board of directors.
Crans played football, basketball and baseball at Camden Hills, leading the football team in rushing as a senior while earning team MVP honors and a berth in the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl. He was also part of the Windjammers’ 2011 Class B state championship basketball team and was a three-sport KVAC All-Academic selection. Crans is attending the U.S. Naval Academy.
Friedland went undefeated during the 2012 and 2013 tennis seasons en route to winning the state singles titles each year. He was a four-time team MVP at Lincoln Academy and did not lose a regular-season match during his high school career. He is attending Stanford University.
Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet participated in soccer, basketball and track at Medomak Valley. He played on the Panthers’ 2012 Eastern Maine Class B championship basketball squad and was a four-year varsity soccer player who was named team MVP and first-team all-conference as a senior. Hendrickson-Belloguet also was first-team All-KVAC in the triple jump and second team in the 100 dash.
Meklin captained both the Oceanside football and basketball teams. He played quarterback and defensive end in football and was Oceanside’s representative in the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl. He was also a three-year varsity basketball player who led the Mariners in rebounding and ranked second in scoring during his senior year.
Powers competed in football, wrestling and baseball at Camden Hills. His greatest success came in wrestling where he was an individual state champion as a senior and placed sixth at the New England championships. He also placed third in the state in his weight class as a freshman and sophomore and second as a junior. Powers helped Camden Hills win three Class B state team championships.
Alex played soccer, basketball and lacrosse for Camden Hills, where she was a three-time All-KVAC first-team choice in soccer and KVAC Class B Player of the Year in 2012. Alex also was a three-year member of the basketball and lacrosse squads and was named to the KVAC All-Academic team in all three sports.
Grover was a key member of Oceanside’s 2013 Class B state championship softball team. As a freshman, she was the starting goalkeeper for the 2009 Class C soccer state championship team at Georges Valley of Thomaston. Last winter, Grover scored her 1,000th career point in basketball, becoming the first Oceanside player to achieve that mark.
Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet was named Medomak Valley’s team MVP in both soccer and basketball during her senior season, as well as being an All-KVAC and KVAC All-Academic team member in those sports as well as softball during 2012-13.
Knowlton set a Camden Hills record last winter with 1,532 career points. A four-year starter for the Windjammers, she was a three-time first-team All-KVAC selection, and during her senior season Knowlton was selected to play in the McDonald’s East-West Senior All Star game. She also was named to the Eastern Maine Class B All-Tournament team, was a Bangor Daily News second-team All-Maine choice and was a semifinalist for the state’s Miss Basketball award.
Mullin was a star swimmer at Lincoln Academy where she holds six school records after leading the Eagles to two KVAC championships. She was a four-time All-KVAC honoree who won nine individual conference titles and placed second and third in two relay events at the New England championships. Mullin also competed in tennis.
Tickets for the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame banquet are $25 each and are available by calling Dave Ames at 789-5118. More details may be found at www.midcoastsportshalloffame.org.
Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the induction beginning by 7.