Sports teams shine at fall athletic banquet



Mount Desert Island High School Football Head Coach Mark Shields speaks at the annual fall sports banquet recently. Student athletes and teams from a variety of sports are honored at the event. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Mount Desert Island High School Football Head Coach Mark Shields speaks at the annual fall sports banquet recently. Student athletes and teams from a variety of sports are honored at the event.
PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

BAR HARBOR — Students, proud parents and coaches from Mount Desert Island High School fall sports teams gathered in the school’s gym Nov. 6 for an athletic awards banquet. It’s a chance for students to be recognized, congratulate each other and get together as teams with their coaches one last time.

Athletic Director Bunky Dow shared highlights and awards for each team before the group split into separate rooms for each sport.

The cheering squad works hard in the fall, Dow said, despite the lack of cheering competitions in that season. “They did an outstanding job on homecoming week, which is not an easy task,” he said. “Thank you very much for all your efforts.” Seniors Ashley McEachern, Geni Gobel and Robin Nicholson earned All-Academic honors in the Big Ten conference.

The golf team had a separate banquet earlier in the fall because their season ended several weeks ago, but two players were on hand to accept the banner for their PVC Sportsmanship Award. “This is voted on by the teams you play against,” Dow said. “You should be very proud.” Golfer Kyle Lamson was also named to the PVC first team.

For the girls’ soccer team, Dow announced that junior Opal Curless and sophomore Paige Mason were named to the PVC first team. Curless was voted PVC Co-Player of the Year. Molly Carroll was named to the second team. Carroll and Curless were also named to an All-State East Regional team. Carroll is set to represent MDI in the Senior All-Star game this weekend. PVC All-Academic honors went to Carroll, Maeve Geary and Ivy Wallace.

The volleyball program is part of a statewide conference. Seniors Sarah Phelps and Camilla Thomassen-Tai were named to the All-State second team by the coaches in the state. Seniors Helena Munson, Elise Robertson and Thomassen-Tai made the Academic All-State first team for seniors. Phelps and Kayla Ray were named Academic All-State second team. Thomassen-Tai was named MVP of the Senior Showcase game.

In boys’ soccer, junior Ryan Bender was named to the PVC second team. Seniors Bailey Moore, Will Greene and Jack Sasner were named PVC All-Academics.

The cross-country team this year earned a PVC large school runner-up banner for the boys’ team and PVC and Eastern Maine Champion banners for the girls. The banners will be presented later in the winter when they arrive, Dow said. Runners named to PVC All-Academic status were David Anderson, Ethan Craigo, Waylon Henggeler, Sara Norberg and Anita Wray. Senior Caroline Driscoll also qualified to represent the state and the school at the New England meet this past weekend.

The football team finished sixth seed in the Big Ten Conference, Dow said. “They had a great season all year long. I was really impressed with their work ethic and look forward to next year with them.”

Senior Sandy Henggeler was named second team defensive end by the Big Ten conference coaches, and junior Isaiah Keene was a second team defensive back. Jalique Keene and Dylan Collin were given honorable mention.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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