On January 31st the Waynflete Basketball program welcomed 2013 graduate Martha Veroneau back to campus to unveil the Miss Maine Basketball banner. Martha was chosen by the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches as the recipient of the prestigious Miss Maine Basketball Award. The award goes to one girl and one boy in Maine each year. “The Mister and Miss Maine Basketball Award is presented each year to the senior player who has exhibited outstanding skills throughout his/her career, has made a significant impact on his/her team, has demonstrated respect for the game through leadership on and off the court, has epitomized the values of sportsmanship and has been a positive school and community citizen.”
In the twenty-six year history of the award, Martha became only the fourth winner from a class C size school and the first in the last eleven years. Currently there are 140 basketball teams in the state. One player is selected among three finalists. The three finalists come from all regions and classes. For a Waynflete player to be recognized in basketball at the state level is an astonishing feat.
Accompanying Martha at the banner ceremony were her sisters Catherine ‘13 and Anne who played with her on the 2013 Class C State Championship Team. Also joining Martha on this night were her mother Nancy, her father Vin, and her siblings Margaret, Joe, John and Michael.
Before the girls varsity game vs Sacopee Valley, Martha was brought to center court while current team captains Leigh Fernandez and Julianna Harwood unveiled the banner. After the ceremony, the girls varsity basketball team defeated Sacopee Valley 50-30 to move to 10-6 on the season. This was also the Second Annual Think Pink Night for the team, and they raised $500 for the maine Cancer Society through a raffle and sales of Coaches vs Cancer Awareness cards which circled the wall of the gym.
Coach Brandon Salway’s comment: “Martha was an elite competitor. She was the rare athlete that always played better when the stage and significance of the game were the biggest. She made everyone better. Martha earned this award because of her outstanding ability and performances but also through her relentless effort, leadership and sportsmanship. Her character and determination set her apart. “