High school girls soccer

BAHS nabs MPA's Good Sportsmanship Award

Belfast stays positive amidst two-win campaign
By Staff | Nov 07, 2012
Photo by: Mark Hasklell The 2012 Belfast Area High School girls varsity soccer squad. The Lions include, front from left, Kelci Dyer, Brogan Leppanen, Grace Davis, Hannah Nichols, Alexandra Sukeforth and Autumn Jackson; second row, Alexis Racioppi, Kasey Mcleod, Mariah Sturgis, Breann Cummings, Brianna Flagg, Rachel Kahn, Natalie Calligan, Meggie Simmons, Ashley Littlefield, Leah Taylor, Cassidy Hill and Harley Leino; and back, coach Chris LaValle.

Belfast — The Belfast Area High School girls soccer team did not experience the type of success, in terms of wins and losses, it would have liked this season; however, the Lions showed there is more to learn in the realm of athletics then the sweet taste of victory or bitter flavor of defeat.

Despite only collecting two victories and a tie during the fall campaign, the Lions (2-11-1) demonstrated plenty of class in all their games and were honored by the Maine Principals' Association Nov. 3 at Hampden Academy, in conjunction with the state Class A and Class D boys and girls soccer championships, as BAHS earned the MPA's Good Sportsmanship award for Class B girls.

"They really buy into what we're selling," said Belfast coach Chris Lavalle. "We're trying to teach then that sportsmanship matters."

Losing 11 games, it would be easy for frustration to settle in. But the Lions weathered that storm all season.

"They never [faltered]," he said. "They realized there are other things they can learn about other than soccer."

Team members for the Lions included Natalie Calligan, Rachel Kahn, Brianna Flagg Killyan Richards, Meggie Simmons, Grace Davis Ashley Littlefield, Autumn Jackson, Brogan Leppanen, Meghan Larrabee, Dany Wilson, Breann Cummings, Alexandra Sukeforth, Alexis Racioppi, Ashley Flanders, Mariah Sturgis, Lydia Violette, Tayler Nickerson, Cassidy Hill, Hannah Nichols, Leah Taylor, Kasey McLeod, Harley Leino and Kelci Dyer.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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