2011 High School Athlete of the Year Finalists

posted Sep 19, 2011, 7:43 PM by Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame   [ updated Jan 8, 2015, 3:06 PM by Jacob Newcomb ]
The five male finalists include Isaac Durkee of Medomak Valley, Kyle Durkee of
Medomak Valley, Bryant Matthews of Georges Valley, Tyler McFarland of Camden Hills
and Lucas Morrill of Rockland.

The five female finalists are Kasey Benner of Medomak Valley, Paige Bradshaw of
Rockland, Marnie Merrill of Camden Hills, Natasha Seavey from Rockland and Alanna
Vose from Medomak Valley.

Issac Durkee, who recently graduated from Medomak Valley, was a member of
the Panthers Soccer, Basketball and Baseball teams including a 4 year starter for
Medomak’s Baseball team and a 4 year member of the Panthers’ Basketball team that
played each year at the Bangor Auditorium. Durkee was KVAC All Academic for all 3
sports as well as being named a first team All Star in Basketball, Team MVP in Soccer
and Coaches Award winner for Baseball.

Kyle Durkee, Issac’s twin brother and also a June graduate from Medomak Valley, was
a two-year member of the Panthers’ Varsity Golf and Basketball teams and a 3-year
member of the Baseball squad. Durkee helped lead the Panthers golf to team to the
school’s first ever KVAC Championship in 2009 and was part of a pair of Basketball
teams that qualified for the Eastern Maine Tournament. Durkee won the Coaches
Award for both Golf and Basketball and twice was named Medomak’s “Most Improved”
Baseball player. This June, Kyle was named the winner of Medomak Valley’s “Senior
Sportsmanship Award”.

Matthews, who graduated this past June from Georges Valley, was a 4 year member
of the Buccaneer Varsity Soccer and Baseball teams. Matthews, who helped soccer
team to the 2009 playoffs, was named the team’s MVP, 1st team all Mountain Valley
Conference and played in the Maine Senior Bowl. For the Baseball squad, Matthews
was twice the team’s MVP, was a 2010 first team All Mountain Valley Conference team
member. An All Academic Conference selection as well, Matthews was named the
Georges Valley Male Student Athlete of the Year this past June.

McFarland, who in the spring graduated from Camden Hills, helped lead the
Windjammers to the 2009 and 2011 State Championship and was also a 2010 member
of Camden Hills’ Eastern Maine Championship squad, as the Windjammers finished
with a 63-3 record during that 3 year span. Tyler was named the KVAC Player of the
Year in 2010 and 11 as well as a First Team All State player both season as well as
named the 2011 Mr. Maine Basketball. During in 2011 McFarland was named the
Maine Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year, Rockland Elks Mid Coast Basketball
Player of the Year and Camden Hill Regional High School Athlete of the Year.

Morrill, who graduated in June from Rockland, played varsity of Soccer, Basketball and
Baseball for the Tigers. In Soccer, Morrill was twice named 2nd team All KVAC and
was awarded with the Coach’s Award his senior year. In Basketball , Morrill help lead
Rockland to 3 straight tournament appearances including helping the Tigers advance
to the 2009 Eastern Maine Finals. But it was in the baseball field where Morrill had his
greatest success, where the 4 year starter was named All KVAC 2nd team his freshman
year, and 1st team all conference the next 3 seasons and helped power the Tigers to the
2011 baseball playoffs. Morrill received a Baseball Scholarship from the University of
Maine and has begun his Division One career with the Black Bears.

Benner, who graduated this spring from Medomak Valley, was a member of the
Panthers Soccer, Basketball and Softball teams, was most successful on the Softball
field where she was a 1st team KVAC All Star twice and was named the team’s MVP
this past spring and the winner of the Coach’s Award in 2010. Benner also won the
Coach’s Award for Basketball her senior year and was named a member of the 2011
KVAC All Academic team.

Bradshaw attended Searsport High School for her Freshman and Sophomore years
and played Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Baseball for the Vikings before transferring
to Rockland for her Junior season, where she suffered a severe knee injury during the
soccer season. Bradshaw rehabbed her knee and was able to play Soccer and Softball
for Rockland her senior year, and was selected as the winner of the Coach’s Award for
the Soccer and was chosen the winner of the Holmes Athlete of the Year Award.

Merrill, who in the spring graduated from Camden Hills, was a member of the
Windjammers Soccer, Alpine Ski and Lacrosse teams, earning KVAC All-Academic
honors in all sports, and received the Charles and Ruth Stratton Memorial Scholarship
in recognition of her efforts and commitment to CHRHS Athletics. .

Seavey, a June graduate of Rockland, lettered 4-years as a member of the Tigers
Varsity Tennis team and was named the winner of the Coach’s Award her Junior
Season and this spring helped lead the Tigers to their first playoff appearance in 7
years. Seavey was also a member of the Rockland Cheering squad in 2008 that
finished second in the KVAC.

Vose, who just began her Senior year at Medomak Valley, is a member of the Soccer,
Basketball and Softball teams. Vose was named MVP of the Soccer team her junior
year as well as a KVAC 1st team All-Star. On the hardwood, Vose has helped the
Panthers to 3 straight Eastern Maine Tournaments, including advancing to the regional
Championship game this past February. Vose has twice been named a KVAC 2nd team
All Star and the team’s MVP her Sophomore year.