The Mount View field hockey team made it farther in the regional playoffs this year then it had in a long time. The squad ended on top of the Eastern Class B regular-season standings with a 12-1 record and had a solid shot at the state title. While they narrowly missed winning the regional crown, the Mustangs still received recognition for their stellar performances.

On Dec. 5, Mount View students and coach Gloria Hewett attended the Maine Field Hockey Association awards banquet at the Augusta Civic Center, where they earned honors for their season.

There, Maggie Clark and Katie Cloutier received MFHA all-academic honors and Chrissy Larrabee and Hayleigh Kein received MFHA All-State recognition. Kein also was one of four nominees for Miss Maine Field Hockey, the top high school field hockey honor in the state.

“They are all really excited and they are all really excited for each other,” said Hewett about the banquet. “It’s pretty exciting to have one person on the All-State list, it’s really an honor to have two.”

Hewett said the All-Academic honor is significant as well. Mount View has not had an All-Academic player for at least four years, even though a valedictorian was on the team in that time. This year, no student-athlete with a below 98-grade point average was considered.

The banquet was a good time to recognize the hard work the young players have put in all season.

“I think that it’s a really good thing to recognize the girls that work hard and do well,” Kein said. “It was a lot of fun this year to go with three of my teammates.”

“We had a lot of fun together and we thought it was a really special thing to be there, it was a really big honor.”

Hewett said the evening was filled with excitement. She especially enjoyed being able to speak in front of the crowd about Kein before the presentation of the Miss Maine Field Hockey award.

“[It was] one of those days I get to say the things I always want to say to my player because she doesn’t like to here these kinds of things, but I get to say it out loud in front of all kinds of people,” Hewett said.

Although Kein didn’t receive the top honor, she was still happy.

“I think it was a big honor just to be nominated for it,” Kein said. “If I won that would have been great, but I think that the girl who did win really did put a lot more into field hockey than I do.”

In the end, Hewett was proud of her team, their season, and the school.

“It’s really pretty cool to have all your players walk up there and all their parents there, that kind of support for your players and your school,” she said. “It says good things about our school; we have kids who excel academically and who excel as athletes.”

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.