In Waldo County sporting world, 2012 provided plenty of success, fun
Whether it was a legendary coach stepping down, individual or team championships to be won or perfection on the diamond, 2012 had it all for many on the athletic front throughout Waldo County.
As teams and athletes begin to make their marks in 2013, the following is a recap of some, but not all, of the more notable achievements for local athletes and teams in a 2012 year in review:
• The Troy Howard Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball team pulled off a thrilling 60-57 win over Medomak Middle School to claim the Busline League championship.
• Emmett Shell of Montville won the state championship in the 12-13 age division at the Elks League Hoop Shoot at Cony High School in Augusta.
• The Belfast boys swim team collected its fifth straight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship and later finished second at the state Class B championship behind Greely of Cumberland.
• Mount View's James Blanchette and Belfast's Brent Waterman secured individual state Class B wrestling championships. Waterman also won Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern Class B titles.
• The Belfast/Northport/Swanville Little League officially changed its affiliation and became the Belfast/Northport/Swanville Cal Ripken League.
• Belfast's Brent Waterman won the championship in the 132-pound class at the 48th annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships. He also earned All-American status by virtue of his performance at the NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships.
• Longtime Belfast wrestling coach Ted Heroux was inducted into the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame.
• Troy Howard Middle School's Marlin Hansen won the 2012 Pine Tree Wrestling League championship in the 210-pound class.
• Searsport resident Dagan Bereyni won the 2012 Pine Tree Wrestling League championship in the 117-pound weight class.
• The 39th annual Passagassawakeag River Race was held.
• Searsport's Casey Ashey, a baseball player for the University of Maine at Farmington, earned honorable mention status for NCAA Division III pitcher of the week.
• Dean Grass, 11, a pitcher for Morrill in Waldo County Little League, tossed a perfect game in a 4-0 win over Winterport Green, striking out 15 of the 18 batters he faced, while the other three batters grounded out to Grass on the mound.
• The Belfast boys tennis team ended Camden Hills' 20-match regular-season unbeaten streak with a 3-2 win in Belfast.
• The Troy Howard softball team won the Northern Division championship over Camden-Rockport and advanced to the Busline League championship game, falling to Richmond.
Emmett Shell of Montville, who plays for Liberty in Waldo County Little League, tossed a perfect game in a 1-0 win over Morrill, striking out all 18 batters he faced.
• Belfast's Marcus Riley won the state Class B outdoor track-and-field championship in the long jump.
• Recent Belfast Area High School graduates Jake Campbell and Kyle Culbertson competed in the 23rd annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic.
• The Belfast field hockey team won the annual Coastal Play Day championships at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport.
• Belfast Area High School graduate Jake Campbell won Courier Publications schoolboy athlete of the year award.
• Unity Raceway closed for financial reasons.
• Belfast field hockey player Maddy Cummings tied a school record with four goals as the Lions roared to a 10-0 win over Lincoln Academy of Newcastle.
• The Mount View football team hosted its first high school football game at its school, falling to John Bapst of Bangor. The Mustangs have had football for several years, but used Larrabee Field in Knox as its home field.
• Searsport's Alex Carroll qualified for the state Class C schoolboy golf championships, while Rica Barloso qualified for the state Class C schoolgirl golf championships.
• The Troy Howard Middle School field hockey team won the Busline League championship over Oceanside.
• The Belfast field hockey team won its second straight Eastern Class B championship with a 2-1 win over Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft and later lost the state Class B championship to Leavitt of Turner.
• The Belfast football team pulled out a stunning 22-20 upset over three-time defending regional champion Leavitt of Turner in the Eastern Class B quarterfinals.
• The Belfast girls soccer team won the Maine Principals' Association sportsmanship award.
• Longtime Belfast field hockey coach Allen Holmes stepped down after 40 seasons of guiding the Lions to multiple conference, regional and state championships.
• Longtime Belfast wrestling coach Ted Heroux stepped down after 45 seasons of guiding the Lions to multiple conference, regional and state championships.
• Belfast's Madison Cummings, Julia Ward and Katrina Lapham, along with Mount View's Brittany Masessa, were named to the All-State field hockey team.
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