Legendary BAHS coach Holmes to be inducted into hall of fameCummings finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, Wood nabs All-State honors
Augusta — It will be a banner day for Belfast Area High School field hockey on Sunday, Dec. 8 with Lions past and present up for significant awards.
Longtime BAHS coach Allen Holmes will be inducted into the Maine Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame at a luncheon that day at the Augusta Civic Center.
Holmes guided the Lions 40 years before stepping down at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Holmes is one of two Maine high school field hockey coaches to amass more than 400 career coaching wins, ending his varsity career with a 433-162-43 record (.728 winning percentage). Belfast won 13 regional championships, seven state titles and five Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B crowns during his tenure.
“I'm very excited for him,” said Jan Holmes-Jackson, Lion field hockey coach and Allen's daughter. “Usually the board waits until someone has been no longer coaching for at least five years, but they decided to waive that because they really wanted to honor him this year. So that was pretty exciting that they did that. They didn't want to wait. He's very deserving. He's a great coach and a great dad.”
Holmes could not be reached for comment.
Holmes also will be in attendance Sunday to see one of his former players up for the state's highest honor.
Lion senior Madison Cummings is one of three finalists for Miss Maine Field Hockey, an honor bestowed on the top senior high school field hockey player in the state.
Skowhegan's Alli Lancaster and York's Taylor Simpson are the other two finalists.
Belfast senior Savana Wood and Cummings also are All-State selections.
Despite missing half the season due to a nagging shoulder and rotator cuff injury, Cummings compiled 15 goals and nine assists this season, which, in turn, helped the Lions roar to the No. 5 seed in Eastern Class B and a semifinal playoff berth. She also is the school's all-time career scorer with 49 goals. Cummings also earned All-State status last year.
By earning All-State status, Wood and Cummings will play in the East-West all-star game next summer.
Holmes-Jackson said Wood and Cummings, who were the team's co-captains, were instrumental in the Lions' success this year as Cummings “was a big role model and leader,” while Wood also was “a leader for us on the field and helped a lot with the defense.”
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