Falmouth H.S. Girls Team (left to right): Front: Liina Paavonpera, Julia Brogan, Dayna Vasconcelos, (C) Emma Powers, Alaina Birkel, Abby Ryan. Back: Maya Spiegel, Shannon Page, Ally Hickey, Kayla Walsh, Jessica Burton, Adelaide Cooke, Head Coach Mari Warner
Easton H.S. Boys Team (left to right): Front: Cameron Young, Hunter Brown, Colby Pangburn, Ian Sotomayor, Logan Halvorson, Jake Flewelling. Back: Assistant Coach Dan Warren, Cody Halvorson, Connor Burtt, Hunter Turner, Drew Sotomayor, Nick Clark, Head Coach Dillon Kingsbury. Absent from the photo: Assistant Coach Adam Kingsbury, Mangers: Trevor Hathaway, Zach Lamoreau, Jason Gurley
Portland, Maine (March 7, 2014) –The two 2014 Maine Red Claws/Maine McDonald’s Team of the Year Award recipients were unveiled this evening at the Maine McDonald’s® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Awards Banquet. The Easton High School Boys Team and the Falmouth High School Girls Team each received $1,000 for their schools’ basketball programs.
“We are excited and honored to announce that the Easton High School Boys led by Coach Dillon Kingsbury and the Falmouth High School Girls, led by Coach Mari Warner, are our 2014 Team of the Year Award honorees. Both of these programs are shining examples of what it means to be named Team of the Year - excellence on the court and in the community,” stated Marty Eckmann, local McDonald’s Operator. “We are proud to partner with the Maine Red Claws in offering this award that will benefit these two outstanding high school basketball programs.”
Nominations for the 2014 Team of the Year award were submitted to the selection committee for review. The committee is comprised of representatives from Maine McDonald’s, Maine Red Claws, and the MABC.
TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD CRITERIA:
The Maine McDonald's and Maine Red Claws Team of the Year Award honors two Maine high school varsity basketball teams – one boys and one girls – that have made an exceptional impact on Maine High School Basketball and in the lives of others through:
- Contribution to Community
- Exemplifying Sportsmanship
- Team Competitiveness and Spirit
- Commitment to Academic Excellence
Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games
The 2014 All-Star Games scheduled for March 7 and 8 mark McDonald’s 26th consecutive year as lead sponsor of this hallmark sporting event that honors more than 100 Maine high school student athletes and coaches. Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine. Last year, the 2-day event raised more than $26,500.00 for the Charities. RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since it was founded in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $2 million to local children’s programs that have made a measurable impact in our community. To learn more visit www.rmhcmaine.org
About McDonald’s of Maine and Eastern New Hampshire
The Maine McDonald's Owner/Operator Association is a collaboration of 16 local McDonald's franchisees with 63 restaurant locations throughout Maine and eastern New Hampshire, many with drive-thru service, extended hours, and Wi-Fi. The Maine McDonald's Owner Operator Association provides support to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Maine, the two Ronald McDonald Houses in Bangor and Portland, and the Ronald McDonald Family Room® at Maine Medical Center in Portland. For more information about McDonald's in Maine, visit www.mcmaine.com.
2014 Maine McDonald’s/Maine Red Claws Team of the Year Award Honorees:
Team of the Year: Easton High School Boys Basketball Team and Coach Dillon Kingsbury
The 2013/2014 Easton High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team has earned a reputation for determination and sportsmanship on the court, academic achievement and service to their communities. Having just set a school record with an undefeated season (18-0) shows great dedication to practice, teamwork, competitiveness and team spirit. They are role models who have connected their small community together.
The Easton High School Boy's Basketball Team has volunteered their time with the Aroostook County Special Olympics Basketball Program coaching, supporting and practicing skills with the athletes. They have also volunteered their time to help coach, referee and run the clock for with the Easton Recreation Little Bears Basketball Program. Just recently, after a very busy week of basketball, the team offered two basketball clinics with over 40 children participating in the program. The players, who exemplify sportsmanship, leadership and strong values, are role models to these young children.
The Easton team was instrumental in helping to organize a benefit dinner for two separate families whose homes were completely destroyed by fire. The players helped prepare, cook and serve food, as well as clean up after the event. Also, the team organizes its own bottle drive fundraisers that help support their summer basketball program.
Out of 11 team members, 6 are National Honor Society members (one holds the regional office of president) and 3 additional players were recently invited to apply for membership. This honor roll team has a cumulative GPA of 93.2 and most players have earned High Honors or Highest Honors. In addition, team members are also involved in a record-breaking soccer team, volleyball, Math Team, Key Club, Varsity Club, student government, band and play productions.
According to a community member who nominated the Easton Boys for this award, “These players have displayed outstanding character, integrity, sportsmanship, and teamwork throughout the season. The members of the Easton Boys Basketball team are true leaders within the school and Community.”
Team of the Year: Falmouth High School Girls Basketball Team and Coach Mari Warner
The Falmouth Girls Basketball Team is an outstanding example of leadership in the community. Along with the hustle, determination and class they display on the court, they also take time to serve those around them.
Five years ago, seven Falmouth players were impacted when an AAU Team teammate lost both of her parents to domestic violence. After great thought, the Falmouth players started a memorial tip-off tournament to help financially support their teammate and her sister – The Taylor Tip-Off.
Each fall, the Falmouth JV and Varsity girls donate their time and effort to help raise funds for this important fundraiser. At the tournament, Falmouth players keep the score and the clock for all the games, sell tickets at the door, work at the concession stand and manage 50/50 raffles. Players who have graduated come to help with the tournament because they understand how important this event is to Falmouth and to ensure that it is passed along to the younger players.
What started five years ago at two gyms in Falmouth has expanded to venues across central Maine: Falmouth, Gray-New Gloucester, Pineland Farms YMCA and Thomas College. In 2013, more than 100 teams participated raising more than $30,000 – and increase of $12,000 from the previous year. In addition, the Falmouth Girls Basketball program raised nearly $2,000.00 separately to help this cause.
Since 2011, at the request of the Taylor sisters, fundraising monies have gone to Maine children affected by domestic violence. This year nine children across the state received financial assistance. In addition, a generous donation was given to support a pilot program to develop an electronic monitoring system in hopes of reducing domestic violence.
"My pride for this team and the Taylor Tip-Off is immeasurable. The commitment these players and their families make towards this cause is phenomenal. Falmouth alumni had the vision to start this memorial tournament and they can be proud that it continues with the same passion and dedication," said Falmouth Girls Coach Mari Warner.