While the 2019-20 high school athletic seasons were to be remembered — for reasons positive and otherwise — individual and team athletic accomplishments were, as usual, off the charts.

Now, the question becomes: Which of those individuals proved a cut above the rest?

The Courier Publications/VillageSoup sports department — Ken Waltz, director; Mark Haskell, associate director; and Zack Miller, sports reporter — will answer that question as they sort out the 2019-20 Courier Publications/VillageSoup schoolgirl athlete of the year.

Courier Publications publishes three weekly newspapers, The Courier-Gazette in Rockland, Camden Herald and The Republican Journal in Belfast. The company also has two websites: knox.villagesoup.com and waldo.villagesoup.com.

A lengthy list of potential athlete-of-year candidates was whittled to 10 female semifinalists — and, ultimately, five finalists — by Waltz, Haskell and Miller.

This year’s selection process is an unprecedented one as, for the first time since the honors began in 1991-92 (Waldo County athletes became eligible in the 2009-10 season), only two high school sports seasons (fall and winter) will be part of the overall judging process after the spring sports season was canceled due to COVID-19.

Students from Oceanside High School of Rockland, Camden Hills Regional High School of Rockport, Mount View High School of Thorndike, Belfast Area High School, Medomak Valley High School of Waldoboro, Vinalhaven School, North Haven Community School, Searsport District High School and Islesboro Central School are eligible for athlete-of-year honors.

The 2019-20 schoolgirl athlete-of-the-year finalists are: Camden Hills’ Kaylyn Krul and Kristina Kelly; Mount View’s Hannah Coolen; Belfast’s Junne Robertson-McIntire; and Medomak Valley’s Sadie Cohen.

The finalists were whittled from 10 semifinalists, five of whom included: Medomak Valley’s Serena Blasius, Abby Lash, Kayla Donlin, Olivia Parent and Mackenzie Emerson.

There were many other student-athletes considered for the top 10, but, ultimately, did not make the final lists.

As is the case with any list where one determines a top all-around athlete for a full school year (or, in this case, three-quarters of a school year), the process is subjective. However, the final decision lies with the Courier Publications' sports staff on the schoolboy athlete of the year.

Athletes who excelled in two sports, particularly who were given all-conference awards, receive additional consideration given the fact their overall ability in a variety of sports makes the case for them being more well-rounded “athletes."

In rare cases, athletes who participate in a single sport are considered, since one could argue the athlete who focuses solely on perfection in one sport and outshines the competition in that sport should not be excluded.

A story on the winner will appear in the future.

The 2019-20 athlete-of-the-year finalists and semifinalists, with a recap of notable accomplishments during the school year, follows, with athletes listed in alphabetical order and their grades in 2019-20 from which they are being considered listed:

Finalists

Cohen, a senior, was a two-sport athlete for Medomak Valley as a member of the school’s soccer and basketball teams. On the pitch, Cohen was a steady, consistent scorer as she pumped in 11 goals and added five assists and was instrumental in the Panthers’ Class B South playoff run. On the court, Cohen averaged 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists through 18 games and also was third on the team in minutes played (26.8). She was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A all-conference selection and helped lead the Panthers to a regional quarterfinal playoff berth.

Coolen, a sophomore, was a two-sport athlete for Mount View as she played soccer and basketball for the Mustangs. On the pitch, Coolen netted 10 goals and added four assists and helped the Mustangs gallop to the regional semifinals in the school’s first year in Class C North, losing a tough 1-0 decision on the road against higher-ranked Houlton. She was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference all-conference selection and was called “the total package” by coach David Page for her ability to thrive at multiple positions. On the court, the dynamic 5-foot 3-inch guard averaged 21 points and added six rebounds per contest. She scored more than 25 points in eight games and more than 30 in three others. She was a KVAC first-team all-conference selection.

Kelly, a senior, was a two-sport athlete for Camden Hills as she was a member of the school’s soccer and wrestling teams. On the mats, Kelly overcame a thumb injury and sported a 12-5 record, finished second in the 120-pound weight class in the girls state championships.

On the soccer pitch, Kelly’s talents, frankly, were unmatched.

She scored 49 goals during her senior year — 14 of which came in the postseason — as she led Camden Hills to its fourth straight state Class A soccer championship. She was Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-conference (as well as conference player of the year), All-State, All-American and capped off a flawless season by being named 2019 High School Girls National Player of the Year.

Kelly capped her illustrious four-year high school pitch career with 159 goals, 64 assists and 37 hat tricks.

Krul, a senior, was a two-sport athlete for Camden Hills in soccer and basketball. On the pitch, Krul was one of the Windjammers’ most versatile players as she was instrumental in leading Camden Hills to its fourth straight state Class A soccer championship. In only nine games (she missed several due to injury), she scored five goals, added eight assists and was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A second-team all-conference selection. On the court, Krul averaged seven points, nine rebounds and seven steals.

Robertson-McIntire, a senior, was a three-sport athlete for Belfast in soccer, indoor track and wrestling. On the pitch, Robertson-McIntire was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-conference selection as she collected 16 goals and added two assists on the campaign. In indoor track, Robertson-McIntire continued to impress as she collected KVAC Class B championships in the 55 meters (7.46) and 200 meters (26.71) and won the state Class B championship (in addition to setting a school record) in the 55 meters (7.36). In wrestling, she proved competitive in most matches and placed third at 106 pounds in the girls state championship meet.

Semifinalists

Blasius, a senior, was a two-sport athlete for Medomak Valley in cross country and indoor track. Blasius was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team selection in those sports. In cross country, Blasius was one of the team’s top runners as she finished fourth in the KVAC Class B championship in 22:23.7, 16th in the regional championships in 21:44.44 and 35th in the state Class B championships in 22:17.24. In indoor track, Blasius was a member of the 4×800-meter relay team and also ran the mile and two miles. Blasius was part of the group to collect a conference championship in the 4×800 (10:32.40) and went on to win the state Class B championship in the same event — along with Mackenzie Emerson, Alexis Parent and Olivia Parent — with a time of 10:20.4. That group also broke their school record in a strong New England championship performance.

Donlin, a senior, was a two-sport athlete for Medomak Valley in soccer and basketball. On the court, Donlin averaged eight points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. On the soccer pitch, Donlin, the team’s keeper, was sensational as she helped lead the Panthers on a strong playoff run, which eventually stalled in the semifinals on the road against seasoned, experienced Yarmouth. She made 116 saves and preserved seven shutouts in net.

Emerson, a junior, was a two-sport athlete for Medomak Valley in cross country and indoor track. Emerson was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team selection in both sports. In cross country, Emerson finished sixth in the KVAC Class B championship race in 22:44.4, 11th in the regional championships in 21:17.93 and 40th in the state Class B championship in 22:28.93. In indoor track, Emerson was a member of the 4×800-meter relay team and also ran the mile. Emerson was part of the crew to collect a conference championship in the 4×800 (10:32.40) and went on to win the state Class B championship in the same event — along with Serena Blasius, Alexis Parent and Olivia Parent — with a time of 10:20.4. That group also broke their school record in a strong New England championship performance.

Lash, a junior, was a two-sport athlete for Medomak Valley in soccer and basketball. On the court, Lash averaged eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. On the pitch, Lash was one of the team’s top goals scorers, netting 13 goals and assisting on eight.

Parent, a junior, was a two-sport athlete for Medomak Valley in cross country and indoor track. She was a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first-team all-conference selection in those sports. In indoor track, Parent finished fifth in the KVAC Class B championship race with a time of 22:26, 12th in the regional championships in 21:18.46 and 31st in the state Class B championships in 21:58.79. In indoor track, Parent was a two-time KVAC Class B champion as she was not only on the 4×800-meter relay group that won the conference title with a time of 10:32.40, but she won the 800 meters in 2:25.69. She also was a member of the 4×800-meter team that won the state Class B championship — along with Serena Blasius, Mackenzie Emerson and Alexis Parent — with a time of 10:20.4. That group also broke their school record in a strong New England championship performance.