It was another thrilling season for Flyer varsity teams on the fields, on the trails and on the links. The golf team had its best season ever, field hockey and girls soccer made the play-offs, boys soccer won the WMC division championship and the cross country teams had terrific seasons, capped by the girls regional championship.
The golf team, under 9th year coach David Neilan, had its first winning season. The team finished with a record of four wins and three losses. Newcomer Will Nelligan ‘16 played number one and Stephen Epstein ‘15, Will Lewis ‘16, Tom Silk ‘15, and Chris Bergeron ‘15 rounded out the top 5. Nelligan was chosen to the WMC All-Star team and was awarded the team’s Most Valuable Player. Chris Bergeron ‘16 was selected as Most Improved and Stephen Epstein ‘15 was presented the Coaches Award. the first annual Faculty vs Golf team match was played at Nonesuch River Golf Club and was won by the golfers.
The field hockey team provided the fans with many exciting games. After winning no games in 2013, the team finished with a record of 4-10-1 and earned a trip to the state tournament. The Flyers fell in the first round to Telstar 3-0. Six of the team’s losses this year were by only one goal showing how competitive they were this season. First team All Conference honors went to seniors Chloe Williams, Maddy Pellow and Gavi King. Dana Peirce, Kiera MacWhinnie and Semhar Yehdego were also voted to the All-Conference team. Peirce was named to the MFHCA Academic All-State Team. Freshman defender Stella Lynch received the Rookie of the Year Award, sophomore Randall Seder the Coaches Award, and MacWhinnie and Lucy Weaver ‘15 received the Unsung Hero Awards. Chloe Williams and Dana Peirce were also selected to the All-State team.
Halloween was not such a treat for the Waynflete soccer teams as both the boys and girls fell in the Class C West Semi-finals. The girls dropped a 1-0 hard fought battle to the Sacopee Valley Hawks and finished an excellent season with a record of 10 wins, 2 losses and 5 ties, including two ties in the previous two meetings against Sacopee. Highights included a thrilling last second win against Class B Freeport, a final seconds overtime win over Gray, and a quarterfinal 2-0 win over the #3 seeded Mountain Valley Falcons. Captain Julianna Harwood, junior striker Arianna Giguere and sophomore back Isabel Canning were named to the WMC All-Conference First Team. Coaches awards sent to Harwood, helen Gray-Bauer ‘15 and Annarosa Whitman ‘15. Harwood received the Portland Forecaster Female Athlete of the Year Award.
The boys soccer team was hoping to upset the #1 seed Maranacook Black Bears in the semi-finals but the defending state champs were tough at home. After battling to a 1-1 tie at halftime, the Black Bears pulled away in the second half, handing the Flyers a 4-1 setback. The boys ended a fine season with a record of 12 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties, and captured the Western Maine Conference Division Title. Highlights of the season included a thrilling 2-2 tie with Class B Yarmouth, a 1-0 victory over class B Freeport in a deluge, and a 3-0 win over St Dominic Academy in the quarters. the team recorded ten shut-outs and did not lose to any class B opponents. All-Conference first team honors went to captains Harry Baker Connick and Clancy Mitchell, and juniors Willy Burdick, Milo Belleau and Aaron Lee. Ahmed Mohamed ‘16 was also named to the All-conference team. Harry Baker-Connick was awarded the team MVP and the Steven LaBrecque Memorial Award by the Western Maine Board of Officials for his outstanding sportsmanship, leadership and play. Baker-Connick and Burdick were named to the West Region All-Star team. Baker-Connick received the Portland Forecaster Male Athlete of the Year Award. Junior defender Abel Alemayo received a coaches award along with Mitchell.
The boys cross country team surpassed its goal of qualifying for the state meet. Powered by an 8th place finish by sophomore Willson Moore, the boys placed 4th in Class C at the Regionals. In Belfast the boys placed 7th at the Class C state meet and many of the boys had PRs (Personal Records) for the 5K course. Top seven runners were Moore, Sam Harbison, Peter Michalakes, Julian Ireland, PD Silk, Zander Martin and Josh Lodish. The Most Improved award went to junior Sam Harbison, the coaches award to senior Julian Ireland, and the team MVP to Moore.
The Western Maine Champion girls cross country team capped an outstanding season by capturing the State Class C Runner-up plaque. Orono was the team champion. At the regionals the girls placed an amazing four runners in the top ten as Ellie Chidsey was 3rd, Phoebe Colvin-Oehmig was 5th, Gail Johnson was 7th, Sophia Mayone was 9th and Abby Pipkin was 16th. At the state meet the Flyers placed all five runners in the top 25. Chidsey was 5th, Colvin-Oehmig was 6th, Mayone was 20th, Johnson was 22nd and Pipkin was 25th. Chidsey and Colvin-Oehmig earned spots on the WMC All-Conference team. Freshman Leeza Kopaeva received the Most Improved award, Mayone and Johnson received coaches awards, and Chidsey and Colvin-Oehmig were team MVPs.
Congratulations to the JV Girls soccer Team and first year coach Carrie Earls for their undefeated season. Ten wins, no losses and no ties! JV team members included: Annarosa Whitman, Alwyn Ecker, Nadia Aman, Anja Schwieterman, Sarah Daoudi, Annika Brooks, Izzy Burdick, Laura Baginski, Lindsay Ayre, Abby Pipkin, Ya Stockford, Claire Dubois, Elizabeth Lualdi, Ava Farrar and Molly McNutt.