As is historically the case, some of the top high school field hockey teams in the state reside in the confines of Waldo County, a fact reaffirmed as three student-athletes — two from Belfast Area High School and another from Mount View High School — have been tabbed All-State.

For the Lions, Amy Gaiero and Maya Cunningham were selected, as was Mustang Rachelle Ravin. All three are seniors.

The criteria for All-State consideration are to perform consistently at a high skill level, to possess leadership on and off the field, exhibit excellent sportsmanship and be dedicated to the game of field hockey, stated a release from the MFHA.

All-State recipients — along with the Miss Maine Field Hockey winner — will be honored at the MFHA banquet on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.

Gaiero, who is an All-State selection for the second year in a row, had two goals, three assists and five defensive saves this year for Belfast. For her career, she amassed three goals, seven assists and 23 defensive saves.

“Amy has played at left back all three years [starting varsity],” said Belfast coach Jan Holmes-Jackson. “She’s defending people that are coming strong side, so her block tackles are amazing and it’s tough for opponents to get by her [and] she’s marking key opponents.

The coach added Gaiero plays post on defensive penalty corners and that “she’s one of my toughest players.”

“She takes a beating and just keeps going. She’s very positive with her teammates and she’s a great leader on and off the field. She’s all about perfection. She’s hard on herself and just works 100 percent all the time trying to improve.”

Cunningham is a first year All-State selection and had five goals, four assists and two defensive saves for Belfast. In her career as a four-year starter, she logged 11 goals, eight assists and 24 defensive saves.

“She’s one of the best flyers on defensive corners in the state,” said Holmes-Jackson of Cunningham. “She’s broken up countless corners. Not too many people score on corners off us. She’s fearless. Very good leader, very confident and takes charge on the field.”

The coach said Cunningham also is in the circle on offensive penalty corners because “she’s got a great hit.”

“If the ball is in her area, she’s getting it,” said the veteran coach.

Ravin is a first-year All-State selection for the Mustangs and ended her high school career with five goals and seven assists. She played right mid as a freshman and sophomore and center mid the last two years with Mount View.

"Rachelle is an all-around, outstanding athlete and person,” said Mount View coach Gloria Hewett. “Rachelle controls the center of the field and is strong both offensively and defensively. Rachelle is crucial in all our offensive corner plays and she is the fly on defensive corners. She is skilled with her stick and she has an incredibly hard, fast hit.  Rachelle has been a positive force on the team since she was a freshmen. She always asks how to improve her game and she works hard every minute of every practice and every game. She epitomizes what a great person and athlete looks like at Mount View High School.”

During the regular season, the Lions finished 13-1 in Class B North and Mustangs 9-5 in Class C North. Mount View finished 1-1 in the regional playoffs and Belfast 0-1.

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