The field hockey season may be over but that does not mean the accomplishments of those who played or coached the game have gone unrecognized.

On Dec. 5, Belfast Area High School student-athlete Kasey Laveway and her coach, Allen Holmes, attended the Maine Field Hockey Association awards banquet at the Augusta Civic Center, where they earned honors for their season.

Laveway, a senior, was named to the MFHA All-State team and was nominated for the MFHA All-Academic team.

Holmes was honored for reaching his 400th career win this season, in a game against Hampden Academy.

The banquet is held to recognize the accomplishments of top athletes in all grade levels in Classes A, B, and C.

“I was really excited,” Laveway said about when she found about two weeks ago that she made the state team. “Field hockey is definitely my favorite sport that I participate in in high school so I was really glad and really honored to be selected and be a part of that team.”

Laveway also swims in the winter and participates in outdoor track and field in the spring.

At the banquet, each player has their top accolades announced to the crowd, which Laveway enjoyed. She said it was fun to be there and “hear about the achievements of other girls that I’ve played with all through high school and seen on the field.”

Of course, the Lion also had her own moment in the spotlight.

“It was nice,” she said. “I felt really honored to be recognized because some of the girls had some really amazing achievements they accomplished so to be able to stand up with them was quite an honor.”

Laveway, a senior, played center mid for Belfast this season and was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-conference and all-academic selection for her play on the field.

She was voted most valuable player by her teammates and also thrived at distributing the ball to teammates. She had 22 defensive clears inside the 25-yard line this season according to coach Holmes, and was a vocal leader on the field for the Lions.

Now, Laveway looks ahead to college, where she is pursuing an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. She would like to play field hockey for the academy and hopes to possibly major in political science or history.

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at