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Spring sports all-stars named
RIVER VALLEY -- In every team sport, there is always a handful of players who create additional attention by standing out in one or more aspect on their respective playing surfaces.
Mountain Valley and Dirigo baseball and softball teams each competed throughout the spring and each coach had an opportunity to nominate players for respective Mountain Valley Conference all-star teams.
In baseball, Adam Volkernick of MV earned first-team honors. The outfielder was the Falcons leadoff batter and had numerous extra base hits. Volkernick also excelled as a pitcher. Izaak Mills was selected to the second team. Falcons Zack Radcliff and Kyle Gauvin each were Honorable Mention again.
Dirigo lost the season opener, but then won 19 straight, including the Class C state championship, their second in three years. Senior Ben Holmes was named to the first team and was also Player of the Year. Holmes was 12-1 and in his last four starts threw a no-hitter against Wiscasset, a one-hitter in eight innings against Telstar, a two-hitter in the Western Maine semifinals and went the distance again as the Cougars beat Calais 6-1 in the state game.
Shortstop Caleb Turner was first team and hit two doubles in the state game. Second teamers were Cody St. Germain, who three a three-hitter in the regional final and Chad Snowman, who was a homerun shy of a cycle. Honorable mention selections included catcher Jake Dowland and pitcher-outfielder Spencer Trenoweth.
Brooke Dolloff of MV was a softball first team selection. So. outfielder Shannon Laubauskas made the second team and honorable mention went to Falcons shortstop Hannah LaPointe and outfielder Kirstin Ridge. Dirigo, who won its first-ever regional championship by 2-1 over Sacopee Valley, had first teamers
Mariah Larson (two hits in state game) and Tasha DeRoche. Pitcher Alyssa Wade was second team, with honorable mention to second baseman Natalie Bolduc and first baseman Ambyr Wilson.
Academic All-Stars include MV softball players as they had the most individuals on the academic list.
There were no lacrosse selections because the MVC Falcons play in the KVAC.
In girls' tennis, Dirigo had every starter recognized. Betsy Noyes, and Addy Fuller of Dirigo made first team again. Ryanne Dailey was on the second team. The Cougars' honorable mention were doubles partners Coral Howe and Grace Hebert; Summer McCollough, and Michelle Morrison.
Dirigo tennis player Josh Turbide repeated on the first team, following another outstanding season at No. 1 singles. The Cougars advanced to the regional final, losing to eventual state champion Waynflete.