High school field hockey

Lions Mehuren, Gaiero stick out as All-State

Belfast senior, junior honored Dec. 3 at Augusta Civic Center
By Staff | Nov 09, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Belfast's Kelsey Mehuren.

Augusta — The Maine Field Hockey Association unveiled its All-State recipients, which turns out to be positive news for a pair of talented student-athletes from Belfast Area High School.

Belfast’s Kelsey Mehuren and Amy Gaiero were tabbed with the coveted distinction of All-State. For Mehuren, it is the second straight year she has been All-State. The two are selected for the North region.

Each varsity coach nominates up to three players on their own team for the award. Nominees then are voted on by MFHA member varsity coaches in the state and can vote for up to 11 players, excluding their own.

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 Maine Field Hockey Association banquet on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.

Mehuren, a senior midfielder who will play at the University of Maine in Orono next year, finished with six goals, five assists and two defensive saves for the Lions this season.

Gaiero, a junior defender, had two assists and also made eight defensive saves this season for the Lions.

“They’re both great players [that] always gave 100 percent and helped the team be very successful,” said Belfast coach Jan Holmes-Jackson. “Kelsey will be very hard to replace and I’m glad to have Amy back next year."

The Lions finished 13-1 in the regular season and nabbed the number two seed in the Class B North playoffs. Belfast beat No. 10 Brewer in the quarterfinals and lost to No. 3 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield — which went on to win the state championship — in double-overtime in the semifinals.

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