AUGUSTA — After a unique spring due to the continued affects of the pandemic, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference has unveiled its modified all-conference selections for high school baseball, softball, track and field, tennis and lacrosse, a development that saw a boatload of Midcoast student-athletes spotlighted for strong performances in competition and work in the classroom.

“These lists look a little different than those of past springs due to scheduling unlike that of previous years,” said Doran Stout, league treasurer and athletic director at Erskine Academy in South China. “In some cases, KVAC schools played less than half of their contests against KVAC opponents due to an effort to keep travel local and to cross over with other leagues when possible. That necessitated creative methods of choosing all-conference teams. Also notable, in track, when the conference meets were scheduled, the state restrictions governing size of crowds were still in effect. In order to stay within these parameters, the league held four separate championship meets.”

Note: Information for this story comes directly from the league. Omissions should be addressed with a specific schools.

Baseball and softball

This season, the KVAC split its all-conference and player-of-year selections into five regions: Northeast, Central, Northwest, Southwest and Midcoast, the latter of which comprises teams from Belfast, Camden Hills of Rockport, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Mount View of Thorndike and Oceanside of Rockland.

That was because of the non-traditional, more localized play due to the pandemic.

Thus, the KVAC Midcoast player of the year for baseball is Medomak Valley’s Ethan Reed, while the player of the year for softball is Camden Hills’ Alyssa Bland.

This season, Reed sported a .400 batting average with 22 hits, 10 runs, 11 RBIs and only one defensive error.

“Ethan has been a staple in the Medomak Valley lineup since day one of his freshman year,” said Medomak Valley coach Greg Rice. “He is an extremely athletic and humble young man who, to some, could go unnoticed due to his quiet demeanor. I’ve always been impressed with how easy assigned tasks come to Ethan on the baseball diamond, not to mention the regularity in which he executes them. This is year 15 for me coaching high school and college baseball and Ethan knows the strike zone better than any player I’ve ever coached. I am proud Ethan has received this nod of recognition from the opposing coaches.”

This spring, Bland had a .491 batting average during the regular season, with 27 hits (19 singles, 2 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs), 20 RBIs, 18 runs, .517 on-base percentage, .800 slugging percentage and .943 fielding percentage.

Camden Hills coach Rowena Motylewski said Bland “dedicates her life to strengthening her skills and softball is truly a passion of hers.”

“Alyssa uses every opportunity to improve her physical abilities as well as her overall knowledge of the game,” Motylewski said. “Aside from her solid defense, smart offense and base running, she’s the best teammate anyone could ask for. She’s always supportive, helpful, kind, positive and really encourages her teammates to always do their best. What’s most valuable to me is that she leads not only with her words, but even more so by her example.”

The following are Midcoast student-athletes selected all-conference and all-academic:

Softball — Belfast’s Lexi Hopkins and Sarah Fuller; Camden Hills’ Bland, Lillia Stone and Olivia Brown; Medomak Valley’s Aly Creamer, Natalie Stewart and Madi Boynton; and Mount View’s Hannah Coolen and Kate Bourgeois.

All-academic — Belfast’s Sarah Fuller and Lindsey Goughnour; Camden Hills’ Maggie Blemaster; Medomak Valley’s Emma Kunesh, Isabella LaFrance, Hannah Lee, Eliza Nelson and Natalie Stewart; Mount View’s Kate Bourgeois, Emma Fonger, Morgan Fonger and Gabriella Hanks; Oceanside’s Lily Judecki, Jessica Watkinson and Grace Woodman.

Baseball — Belfast’s Tanner Veilleux, Tommy Walker and Jason Bartlett; Camden Hills’ Liam O’Neal, Obediah Miller and Matt Kremin; Medomak Valley’s Reed and Isaac McCollett; Mount View’s Declan Knowlton, Draedyn Furrow and Noah Hurd; and Oceanside’s Nathan Coombs and Finnegan Lynch.

All-academic — Belfast’s Jason Bartlett, Sawyer Carson, Chris Kelley, Matthew LeBlanc and Tommy Walker; Camden Hills’ Bryler Fisher, Obediah Miller, Samuel Moody, Logan Putansu and Aidan Schecter; Mount View’s  Joseph Grassi and Brady Moulton; and Oceanside’s Aidan Bonzagni, William Eaton and Finnegan Lynch.

Track and field

The following are Midcoast student-athletes selected all-conference and all-academic:

All-conference — Belfast’s Andrew Abelon, Pietro Baconni, Kaden Bonin, Miles Cannon, Ronin Deschamps, Westley Dyer, Robert Hicock, Daniel Joy, Gabe Kelley, Jonah Lovejoy, Cole Martin, Nick Ritchie,LaDerrick Roberts, Rico Washington, Savana Blood, Iris Carpenter, Juniper Fowler, Lia Frazee, Audrey Lagerbom, Lillie Mitchell, Ada Potter, Lily Robbins, Morgan Tolliver and Emma Waldron; and Oceanside’s Gavyn Tower and Maria Protheroe; and Camden Hills’ Addie Cortese, Kailin Fuller, Allison Gill, Amelia Johnson, Zoe O’Brien, Lily Stowe, Kathryn Thorn, Jenna VanRyn and Clair Wyman; and Medomak Valley’s Mackenzie Emerson, Abby Lash, Zaniah Puchalski and Annie Vannoy.

All-academic — Belfast’s Pietro Bacconi, Ella Ardizoni, Hailee Lindelof, Audrey Lagerbom, Jordan Kulbe and Lillie Mitchell; Camden Hills’ Julian Blohm, Jonathan McDevitt, Ian Orsmond, Elias Porter, William Thorn and Claire Wyman; Medomak Valley’s Gavin Readinger, Hayden Wilkie, Abigail Lash and Mackenzie Emerson; Oceanside’s James Weinand; and Mount View’s Sophia King and Gabrielle Ravin.

Lacrosse

The following are Camden Hills student-athletes selected all-conference and all-academic:

Boys all-conference — In the Central Zone for boys, Levi Guay (attack), Charlie Griebel (midfield) and Elias Libby (defense).

Boys all-academic — Camden Hills’ Eric Andrews, Nolan Delehey, Sylvan Eichenlaub, Charlie Griebel; and Luke Harrach.

Girls all-conference — In the Central Zone for girls, Caroline Contento (attack/midfield), Anya Babb-Brott (attack/midfield) and MaryKate Pons (defense).

Girls all-academic — Camden Hills’ Anya Babb-Brott, Ava Baeza, Madison Boetsch, Alexia Cazemajou, Paige Chester, Grace Cody, Caroline Contento, Sofia Mott, MaryKate Pons.

Tennis

The following are Midcoast student-athletes selected all-conference and all-academic:

Boys all-conference — In the Midcoast pod, Belfast’s Kyle Agbuya (first singles); Camden Hills’ Ezra LeMole (first singles), Owen Markowitz (second singles), Noah Thackeray (third singles), Lincoln Pierce (doubles) and Kyan Mohammadi (doubles); and Medomak Valley’s Ian Doughty and Zan Nguyen (doubles).

Boys all-Academic — Belfast’s Hezekiah Agbuya, Ethan Hall and Daniel Snider; Camden Hills’ Angus Carter, Lane Cortese, Owen Markowitz, Henry McGeady, Kyan Mohammadi, Tanner Robinson, Zach Cheesman, Ian Doughty and Coleman Swain.

Girls all-conference — In the Midcoast pod, Oceanside’s Emma Carpenter (first singles), Alexa Barstow (second singles), Alydia Hatch (first doubles) and Hazel Rogozzine (first doubles); Belfast’s Madison Farris (first singles); Camden Hills’ Eliza Nickleson (second singles) and Hannah Fiske (third singles), Julia Russell (first doubles), Mila Bonometti (first doubles), Amelie Wold (second doubles) and Charlotte Taylor (second doubles).

Girls all-academic — Camden Hills’ Hannah Fiske, Kaitlin Heintzman, Seanna Montgomery and Eden Zizza; and Oceanside’s Emma Carpenter and Jaska Malone.

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