Taking a look back: Athletes awarded, recognized over last year

Gloria Austin, Special to The County
11 years ago

Plenty has happened in the world of sports this last year and the Houlton Pioneer Times is playing back some of those highlights.
January — The Houlton-Hodgdon Alumni Basketball Games raised $4,000 for the Houlton-Hodgdon Dollars for Scholars. The games were held at Alumni Gymnasium, with more than 600 attending the fundraiser.
    The Houlton High School cheerleaders won the Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) title in Millinocket and were runners-up in the Aroostook County Championship in Caribou.
Greater Houlton Christian Academy guard Micah Wiley scored his 1,000th high school career point against Katahdin at Hodgdon High School. Wiley joined Emery Lincoln, Drew Farrar and Chad Duff in accomplishing the milestone.
February — The Houlton High School cheerleaders were fifth out of 12 teams in the Eastern Maine Regional competition. It was the 15th time in 16 years that the cheerleading team had reached the state final. At the state meet in Augusta, the Houlton cheerleaders placed fifth.
Matthew Crane hauled in a 6.5-pound, 27-inch togue from East Grand Lake, while fishing with his Dad, Darrin.
The Eastern Maine Basketball Tournament for Classes B-C-D began with a strong showing of County teams. In quarterfinal action, the Houlton boys defeated Sumner, 69-52; the Houlton girls knocked off Orono with Sam Keegan’s buzzer beater, 45-44; Hodgdon girls outlasted Southern Aroostook, 39-34; Central Aroostook rolled by GHCA, 88-62, while the Katahdin boys nipped Hodgdon, 49-48.
Southern Aroostook senior Olivia Raymond earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award. She volunteered her time at Mountain Heights Nursing Home in Patten, along with 60 hours at Massachusetts General Hospital.
In Eastern Maine semifinal action, Nick Guiod’s last-second 3-pointer lifted Houlton to a 40-39 win over Mattanawcook Academy, while the Hodgdon girls upset Central Aroostook, 42-37 and the Katahdin boys were tamed by Jonesport-Beals, 76-49.
In the finals, the Houlton boys were stopped by Lee Academy, 58-47 and the Hodgdon girls fell to eventual state champion Washburn, 68-44.
March — The Greater Houlton Christian Academy Eagles and the Houlton Lady Shires each brought home their respective class’ sportsmanship banners from the Eastern Maine Tournament in Bangor.
Houlton freshman Kyle Bouchard was named the Eastern Maine Class C co-Most Valuable Player recognition, the highest award from Eastern Maine Basketball, with Lee Academy senior D.J. Johnson.
Houlton’s Amanda Fogarty was selected to the McDonald’s Senior All-star game played at Husson College in Bangor. Katahdin’s Colton Bivighouse represented the North Region in the state free-throw shooting contest, as well.
Local athletes were also chosen for the All-star High School Basketball Classic played at Caribou High School.
Chris Rines of Houlton was the overall winner of the Wild  Katahdin Trust Snow Run, finishing the 5K course in a time of 17:31.
Football as a varsity sport was re-introduced to Houlton.
The Houlton Junior High girls and boys teams won the 39th annual Southern Aroostook Invitational Basketball Tournament. Chosen for girls all-stars were Houlton’s Katie Condon, who was named Most Valuable Player and Natalie Hill; Chloe Raymond, Southern Aroostook; Rylee Warman and Colby Walker, GHCA and Cassidy Quint, Hodgdon. The boys’ Most Valuable Player was Garrett Putnam of Houlton, joined on the all-star squad by teammate Garrett Ring; Dana Brown, GHCA; Jackson Mathers and Nolan Altvater, Southern Aroostook; and Katahdin’s Tyson Porter.
Nick Cowperthwaite and Payton Porter of Houlton were selected to represent Maine at the New England Hockey Festival in Burlington, Vt.
Ethan Holmes of GHCA was named to the All-Tournament team in the Aroostook League Volleyball Division II.
Mike Carlos was not re-hired as the Washburn girls basketball coach after guiding the Beavers to consecutive state championships.
April — The Houlton Lodge of Elks No. 835 Team One won the 90th annual Eastern Maine Bowling Tournament held in Houlton.
Harlem Superstars held a fundraiser in Houlton for the senior class. The Superstars not only brought basketball to the Shiretown, but a message of saying ‘No’ to drugs and bullying.
The Houlton Junior High School cheerleaders came in second at the state competition held in Bangor.
Wayne Hartford was to be inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame during a banquet in Portland to be held Aug. 5.
Houlton’s Bouchard was recognized as Honorable Mention for the 57th Bangor Daily News All-Maine schoolboy basketball team.
May — Ty Thurlow and Nicole Green were the top finishers in the 2012 Breaking the Silence of Sexual Violence walk/run. Thurlow was done the five-mile course in a time of 30 minutes, 19 seconds, while Green came across the finish line in a time of 36:39. Hunter McLaughlin was the first to finish the two-mile walk.
Houlton’s Fred Ludwig was the overall winner of the annual Meduxnekeag River Canoe Race with a time of 1:17:06.
The first Merrill canoe race was planned, starting at Millstream Park, with 30 paddlers competing in a variety of categories.
Houlton tennis players, Zach Harvey and Lucas Anderson, qualified for the state round of 48 at Colby College in Waterville.
Jessi Tracy and Payton Porter were co-winners of the G. Ivan Wilson Commissioner’s Award for the Southern Aroostook Minor Hockey Association.
Local winners of the East Grand Adventure Race were Neil Noble and Logan Crone, second, East Grand in the high school boys’ division; Chelsea Winiaraski and Kim Stoddard, East Grand, were second in the high school girls’ category and the Apgar family (David, Peter and Billy) were first in the open division and second overall in the race. Tammi Matula of Weston and Lauren Jacobs of Presque Isle were first in the women’s division, while Dana Morrison and Eric Young of Weston finished first in the men’s division.
Fred and  Beth Ludwig of Houlton had the fastest time of the fifth annual Aroostook Fun Run Canoe and Kayak Race, finishing in a little over 52 minutes. The course runs from Washburn to Presque Isle.
Tina Libby caught a brook trout, which weighed more than two pounds and was 17 inches long.
Longtime Southern Aroostook baseball coach Murray Putnam was put on administrative leave from RSU 50 following an alledged incident happening on the team’s annual Boston spring training trip in April.
June — The Houlton High School boys tennis team ended their season in Blue Hill falling to George Stevens Academy, 5-0, in the Class C semifinals. The boys beat Penobscot Valley in the quarterfinals and Lee Academy in a home playoff match.
The Houlton Football Association got the OK to begin an 11-man varsity football program at Houlton High School. The team will play a predominately junior varsity schedule its first year prior to moving to the Maine Principal’s Association varsity football schedule in 2013.
The Eastern Maine softball and baseball playoffs began with the Southern Aroostook Warriors advancing to the Class D finals against Bangor Christian at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. The Warriors toppled Hodgdon in the semifinals, 10-2, as the Hawks defeated Shead 6-5 in the quarterfinals on a Nick Lunn two-run single; and the Warriors had overtaken Woodland, 12-3 in the quarterfinals.
The Houlton boys fell to Mattanawcook Academy, 2-0, in the quarterfinals after having defeated the Lynx a week before as Dan Howe drove in the winning run for a 4-3 victory.
The East Grand girls softball team won its first postseason game against Shead, 11-2, advancing to the Class D semifinals where they fell to Deer-Isle Stonington, 1-0, after a pitching duel between Sydney Ouzts and East Grand’s Katelyn Beaudoin.
The Southern Aroostook Warriors were defeated 8-3 by Bangor Christian in the Eastern Maine Class D final.
Savings Bank of Maine overtook Machias Savings Bank, 10-0 to claim their second Houlton Little League majors title, while Houlton Rotary edged the Houlton Elks, 8-7 for the Houlton LL minors championship. In softball, the Katahdin Valley Health Care team overtook F.A. Peabody, 14-10 for its second consecutive town title.
Local athletes competed in the Hershey Track and Field Regional Meet, with the top finishers heading to the state meet in Brewer.
Seth Rand of Ludlow won the Stock Division of the Northern Maine Soap Box Derby, while Rebecca Bullock of Bangor took the Super Stock title.
Next week the second half of last year’s athletic achievements will be published.