2000

      

                  The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to award scholarships to each of the outstanding men and women whose contributions to their school and community both on and off the field exemplify the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and citizenship taught for many years by Packy McFarland and Marie Noel.

    MARIE W. NOEL SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

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SUNSHINE ANDERS Richmond HS

 

 

 

With infectious enthusiasm and a personality befitting her name, Sunshine Anders set the standard of excellence for Richmond softball the past two years. “When Sunshine steps on the field, says her coach Rick Coughlin, “she makes our team competitive with anyone. She is always encouraging and positive to her teammates. 
Sunshine nearly surpassed last year s record-setting batting average of .591, compiling a stil! eye-popping mark of.568 this spring with 3 doubles, 4 triples and 6 home runs. She was named to the EastWest All-Star Game the past two years and was honored as Class D West Player of the Year this spring.
Sunshine capped a marvelous career by earning Maine Sunday Telegram All-State Softball Honorable Mention plaudits earlier this month.
The team-oriented Sunshine naturally pitched in with a variety of school and community volunteer efforts.
Sunshine will attend the University of Southern Maine this fall to study sports medicine and bring her positive outlook to the softball team.

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SHANNON SIROIS Stearns HS

 

 

 

So utterly dominant at her position — 12-3 in 2000 with a 1.26 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 88 innings —the job of “Pitcher -Stearns High School! Softball” has been capably entrusted to only one person the past 3 years — Shannon Sirois.
Shannon dedicated herself to learning the craft of pitching a softball at the start of her sophomore year. She traveled countless miles to pitching clinics in Orono and Brewer, faithfully completed her off-season gym and weight-room regimen and played for an ASA softball team in Bangor the past two summers to hone her considerable skills.
The dedication paid off for Shannon. A Penobscot Valley Conference All-Star for 3 years and an East-West All-Game participant this year, Shannon leaves an admirable legacy of commitment and discipline at Stearns.
Shannon willingly shares her winning attitude with her teammates and classmates. She loves to work with kids and contributes many hours working with aspiring pitchers at the Middle School. Shannon is a member of the National Honor Society and a Peer Counselor in the school system.

2000 LIZ WINSLOW Scarborough High School

 

 

 

‘Liz loves the game of softball more than any player I have ever coached,’ says Coach Tom Griffin of Liz Winslow a Maine Sunday lielegram First Team All-Star selection this year and the Telegram’s choice as Most Valuable Player in the state for 2OOO.
Liz’s 4 year regular season pitching record is 31-4 with an ERA of 1.23. She holds Scarborough career records in both categories as well as batting average .536 in 2000 with 32 RBI), runs batted in, hits, and home runs. It 1s no stretch to say Liz Winslow has set standards of excellence in softball that others will be striving to attain for many years to come.
Liz is a registered EMT and participates in the Scarborough Student Rescue Program.
Liz will pursue her lustrous softball! career and her dream of becoming a doctor at the University of Delaware this fall.

LIZ WINSLOW Scarborough HS

    EDWARD J. “PACKY” MCFARLAND BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS                               

 

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        JEFF YAEGER

Presque Isle HS

 

 

 

This power-hitting first baseman was a Maine Sunday Telegram All-State Honorable Mention selection this spring and follows his brother Mark (1995) as a Packy McFarland Scholarship winner.
‘“Because of his excellent work ethic Jeff leads by example,” notes Coach Tim Olore. “He is a perfect role model and team player.
A rare three-sport competitor (soccer, basKetball, baseball), Jeff adds participation in drama, All-State Band and All-State Chorus to his impressive resume. In addition, Jeff lends a welcome hand as peer tutor and mentor to his classmates and coaches youth baseball in the summer for the Presque Isle Rec. Department.
This final comment from Coach Olore says it all: “Watching him grow up since he was six years old, Jeff Yaeger is without a doubt the finest young man I have had the pleasure of coaching.
Jeff will attend St. Joseph's College in the fall. 

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Pursuing athletic and academic excellence with equal fervor, Scott Shirrell’s accomplishments on and off the field rank him as “one of the most outstanding scholar-athletes | have ever known,” says his coach Al Livingston. “Scott expects those around him to be the best they can and he has had a profound positive impact on the attitudes and character of many teammates and classmates,’ adds Livingston.
Scott was the starting shortstop for 4 years at Cheverus and won All-Telly and First team All-State recognition his junior and senior years.
Scott hit a lusty .383 this spring with 4 home runs, 4 triples and 5 doubles.
Perhaps even more remarkable is Scott's 4.0 grade point average while participating in 4 sports at Cheverus.
This exceptional young man is headed to Dartmouth College in the fall.

 SCOTT SHIRRELL

Cheverus HS

 

 

 

The personal honors (two time All- telly pitcher, two-time Telegram All-State selection, a career pitching record of 19-4) are certainly impressive enough for Wes Ridlon. But team honors nave always counted more for this accomplished Ram hurler — and back-to-back Class A titles in 1999 and 2000 represent the more cherished achievements.
Wes’ contribution extended beyond the pitcher’s mound as the Deering captain also played 3rd base and batted over .400 in each of the past 2 seasons. A National Honor Society member, Wes’ positive influence radiates throughout the community in his work at the Riverton Recreation Department.
Wes has been accepted at Bowdoin College and plans to attend this fall.

WES RIDLON Deering HS

A two-time All-SMAA first team selection.
Abbey's sparkling 11-2 record and 1.05 ERA vaulted Noble into Class A West prominence this spring with its first ever conference championship and No. 1 seed in the state tournament.
Abbey is a 3-sport standout who has captained the soccer, basketball and softball teams for two years at Noble, a lofty standard of versatility and leadership by any measure.
Throughout her career, she has also maintained a 3.94 grade point average and graduated 4th in her class.
Abbey heads to Boston College in the fall.

 ABBEY COFFIN

Noble HS

            2001

       

  MARIE W. NOEL SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

                                

 

 

 

Valedictorian and four-time president of her class, 4-sport standout (MVP in softball 4 consecutive years) and holder of a 4.0 grade point average, Kelly has established a enviable record of all-around excellence at Wisdom. Kelly won over 40 games during her career, earning All-Aroostook County honors 4 times.
This spring Kelly was named one of six finalists in the National High School Heisman Athlete of the Year competition sponsored by Wendy's Restaurant.
Kelly will attend St. Joseph's College this fall.

KELLY CYR Wisdom HS

 

 

 

Three Class D state championships in 4 years is the legacy established during Lisa’s career at Monmouth Academy.
One of the most dominant pitchers 1n the state, Lisa sports a 32-8 regular season record and this year held opponents to a .123 batting average while compiling a minuscule 0.87 ERA. In addition, Lisa slugged a hefty .455 at the plate this season.
Lisa has given freely of her time to numerous school and community organizations as well. She is actively involved with her church, the YMCA, MASH PALS (peer helper group) and helps as a teacher aide in two buildings.
Lisa will be attending Castleton State in Vermont this fall.

     LISA HASCH Monmouth Academy

EDWARD J. “PACKY” MCFARLAND BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 

 

 


JARED CUSHMAN Cony High School This sure-handed second baseman who specialized in turning the double play has been a 4year starter and an All-K VAC selection for the past three seasons. Jared's batting average during his Cony career has progressed from .290 (freshman) to .350 (sophomore) to .410 Junior) and over .400 again as a senior.
A gifted athlete in three sports (MVP awards in soccer and basketball as well), Jared remains unfailingly modest about his accomplishments, preferring to direct his competitive fire to whatever sport iS In season.
Jared overcame a serious eye injury (detached retina) last December with characteristic perseverance and not only joined the basketball team in time for the play-offs but went on to have a superb baseball season.
Jared also devotes valuable hours to Augusta's youth, volunteering at baseball camps and recreation department programs.
Jared will attend Colby College in the fall.

JARED CUSHMAN

Cony HS

 

 

 

Josh capped a stellar four-year varsity career at Bangor with an outstanding senior spring, hitting a lusty .453 in sixteen games with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, and incredibly, only one strike out.
Widely acknowledged by the faculty as one of the finest student-athletes to graduate from Bangor High School, Josh was salutatorian of his class and also served as class president. As testimony to his leadership and the respect accorded to him by his peers, Josh was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams this year.
This heady first baseman will attend Princeton University and plans to continue his baseball career.

 JOSH JOHNSON Bangor HS

 

 

 

An unwavering work ethic and commitment to excel are hallmarks of Greg Stacy's Fryeburg Academy career. The talented catcher has been All-League either first or second team since he was a freshman and was named captain his senior year.
Greg's sense of purposefulness in pursuing his baseball career is evidenced by his participation in AAU and American Legion baseball, as well as regular off-season sessions at the Four Seasons training facility.
"The level of commitment that Greg gives to the game of baseball exceeds that of any athlete that I have coached or observed in my 17 years as a coach and athletic administrator," says Fryeburg Athletic Administrator Charlie Tryder.
Greg's devotion to his hometown of Denmark is readily apparent in his volunteer coaching and officiating in the Big Buddy program. "Young kids look up to Greg for all the right reasons, and he sincerely enjoys working with these young boys and girls," notes Tryder.
Greg is considering USM, Brandeis and Wheaton among his college plans.

GREG STACY Fryeburg Academy.

           2002 

       

  MARIE W. NOEL SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

                                

 

 

 

A sure-handed shortstop and team spark plug, Angie Belanger is a “pure leader and a delight to coach” according to Susan Robbins, coach and athletic director at Poland.

A standout student-athlete, Angie won the Co-Curricula Award this year given to the student who best exemplifies the school’s mission and philosophy.

Angie has been instrumental in infusing school spirit within a new high school and is actively involved with school government and the Natural Helpers peer assistance program.

An outstanding role model for teammates and classmates, Angie will study communications at Curry College in Massachusetts.
 

 ANGIE BELANGER
Poland Regional HS

 

 

 

A fleet-footed outfielder, Megan hit .368 for the Scots this spring while stealing a team high 17 bases. Megan was recently named a second team SMAA All-Star.

Megan ranked third in her class at Bonny Eagle yet managed to devote many hours volunteering for the Special Olympics, her church youth group and the middle school indoor track team. Megan is a member of the National Honor Society, and serves as secretary for the Foreign Language National Honor Society. When not pursuing her academic interests, Megan works part-time at the Standish Hannaford Store.

Megan will be attending Bowdoin College this fall.

MEGAN WYMAN
Bonny Eagle HS

 

 

 

A four-year varsity starter, captain and unquestioned team leader, Nikki clubbed a hefty .431 this spring while handling all the catching duties for John Bapst.

Characterized as “the most polite young lady I have ever met” by her coach Mike Thomas, Nikki’s reputation for integrity in the classroom and on the playing field earned her the respect and admiration of classmates and faculty. “If there is something that needs to be done in the school, ask Nikki and it gets done,” notes Thomas.

Nikki will attend Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts this fall.
 

NIKKI NOVAK
 John Bapst Memorial HS

EDWARD J. “PACKY” MCFARLAND BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 

 

This slugging first baseman hit .371 for Presque Isle this spring, capping a stellar career as a three-year starter and team captain this year.

Aaron spreads his diversified talents throughout his community. Member of the Jazz Band, along with having his own band, math team participant, National Honor Society inductee, and a golf team member, Aaron also volunteers in the peer tutoring program when he’s not helping his dad run a large potato farm.

 Aaron scored a 1400 on his SAT, including a perfect score in math, and will take his considerable academic proficiency to study engineering at John Hopkins this fall.

AARON S. KEIRSTEAD
Presque Isle HS

 

 

 

A great natural leader and consummate teammate, Cole’s career batting average at Mt. Blue is a gaudy .396.

An All-KVAC Selection, Cole also won the Farmington Oil Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Harry Smith Award as the outstanding athlete at Mt. Blue this year.

Equally gifted on the gridiron, Cole was a finalist for the Fitzpatrick Trophy this past fall.

Cole served as an officer and state convention delegate with the Future Business Leaders of America Chapter at Mt. Blue. Cole has also been active as a Special Olympics volunteer and coach for several youth sports teams.

Cole will be attending Middlebury College this fall.

COLE PARLIN
Mt. Blue HS

 

 

 

Thomas (Tip) Fairchild leaves an unmatched legacy of pitching dominance (18-0 in 3 seasons), extraordinary hitting (a plus .500 career batting average), and numerous defensive web gems at Monmouth Academy.

Tip pitched a one hitter to lead Monmouth to a Class C Championship last year. Monmouth bowed to Jay in the Western final this spring.

Tip represented his school in the East-West Senior All-Star game in Bangor this year.

A highly respected role model, Tip volunteers in community youth sports, participates in the grade school reading program and is an active member of the Diversified Leaders team at Monmouth. His coach Keith Morang notes, “I have no doubt Tip will continue to improve the lives of others by exhibiting such exemplary personal qualities.”

Tip is planning to attend the University of Southern Maine this fall.

TIP FAIRCHILD
Monmouth Academy

           2003 

       

  MARIE W. NOEL SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

                                

 

 

 

Splitting time between centerfield and shortstop, Michaella Bartley batted .340 in leading Greenville to an 8-4 record this spring. Michaella’s maturity and natural leadership ability earned her the role of “coach on the field.’
Michaella’s sparkling career was highlighted by her selection this spring as her school’s Jeanette Morrill Athlete of the Year Award. Michaella was also chosen for the MPA Award and the East-West All-Academic Team.
A testament to the enormous respect Michaella earned from her peers and coaches, she was named captain of all three varsity sports (soccer, basketball, softball) she played this YCar¥».
Michaella’s devoted countless hours to Greenville’s Key club and served as Lieutenant Governor of Division 2 for the New England District. Michaella was also active in Student Council, French Club and numerous community and fund-raising projects.
Michaella ranks fourth in her class and plans to attend the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy this fall.

MICHAELLA BARTLEY Greenville HS

 

 

 

With three stolen bases and 2 runs scored, Shaila Delea ignited the Hawks’ offense and led her team to a second straight Class C State Championship this spring over Houlton.
Shaila’s sparkling play at shortstop was the mainstay of Sacopee Valley’s defense which played errorless ball throughout all five play-off games this year.
A four-year starter and captain her last two years, Shaila was also actively involved in the Junior Classical League, Natural Helpers, and the National Honor Society. An electrifying performer on any stage, Shaila was also selected to Bruce Glasier’s Varsity Club and filled in for the lead in Sacopee’s drama production this year.
Shaila will attend Skidmore College this fall.

SHAILA DELEA Sacopee Valley HS

 

 

 

Despite a shoulder injury which hampered her progress this year, Brittany Tibbetts won over 30 games in a remarkable career at Noble High School, compiling an ERA of 1.46.
Brittany, who captained the team both her Junior and Senior year, pitched a 10-inning gem in the 2003 Class A state championship game versus Leavitt and was selected as the Maine Sunday telegram’s Most Valuable Player in softball for 2003. Brittany also copped Maine Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2003.
A committed role model, Brittany devoted many hours to Berwick’s Sunday softball clinics, providing instruction and inspiration to the community’s younger players.
Brittany will enter the University of Maine this fail where she hopes to continue her softball career with her sister Lindsay Tibbetts who is the starting catcher for the Black Bears.

BRITTANY TIBBETTS Noble HS

EDWARD J. “PACKY” MCFARLAND BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 

 

 

A four-year letterman at Oak Hill, Pat Duchette hit an eye-popping .537/ this spring with 27 RBI on his way to second straight All-KVAC and All-Kennebec Journal! selection. Pat was also named to the West squad in the Senior All-Star game at Mahany Diamond this spring.
Splitting time between first base and pitcher, Pat was a natural team leader and, in terms of character and leadership, “one of the finest young men I have ever coached, according to veteran Oak Hill coach Bill Fairchild.
Pursuing academic excellence with equal fervor, Pat won top honors at the Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference this spring, and was recognized by the Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers for an engineering project developed in collaboration with a team from the Lewiston Vocational Technical School.
Patrick will attend Bowdoin College this fall and plans to continue his baseball career.

PATRICK DUCHETTE Oak Hill HS

 

 

 

A Mr. Baseball finalist from Eastern Maine, Adam Vachon combined flawless play at shortstop and a lusty .3/77 average to lead the Cony Rams this spring.
off a brilliant career at Cony, Adam was named to the Kennebec Journal All-Star Team, the Lewiston Sun Journal All-State Second Team, the east-West Senior All-Star Team and won the Coaches Award for baseball this spring.
Adam was described by his coach, Rex Turner, as a “leader by example whether on the diamond or in the classroom. His toughness and competitiveness 1s surpassed only by his class. He is absolutely dedicated to doing things ‘the right way na
Adam was an active member of his school’s Key Club, National Honor Society and JCL.
The valedictorian of his class, Adam will enter Dartmouth College this fall.

ADAM VACHON

Cony HS

 

 

 

Josh Withee capped a prolific career at Foxcroft Academy with his second straight Penobscot Valley Conference Player of the Year Award this spring. Josh hit .448 and compiled a 4-1, 1.35 ERA pitching record while splitting time between the mound and the outfield. Josh represented the Fast squad in the Senior All Star Game this Spring.
Admired throughout the Dover-Foxcroft community for his work with area youth, Josh Spent many hours with the Dover-Foxcroft Youth Football League and helped raise community awareness of domestic abuse by participating in the Woman Care 5K Road Race.
A member of the National Honor Society with impressive academic credentials, Josh is headed to Springfield College in the fall.

JOSH WITHEE

Foxcroft Academy

           2004 

       

  MARIE W. NOEL SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

                                

 

 

 

 ‘Monique Emerson is one of the most coachable, caring, genuine student-athletes I have ever known, says Jonesport-Beals softball coach Diane Clark.
A Conference All-Star this year, Monique led the Royals with a .492 average including 29 hits and 41 RBI while splitting time between center field and catching.
Monique was also the salutatorian and president of her class. She was actively engaged in school activities, organizing a food drive last winter and participating in Maine Youth Voices, a program dedicated to combating drug abuse.
Monique also served her community as a Red Cross Blood Drive Volunteer and nursing home visitor.
Monique plans to attend the University of Maine and begin a career in nursing this fall.

MONIQUE EMERSON Jonesport-Beals

 

 

 

Described by girls’ basketball coach Margaret Veazie as “a phenomenal kid who runs everything at school and does anything that needs to get done, Amanda Pullen leaves an enviable legacy of athletic and academic achievement and community service at Dexter Regional High School.
Amanda captained the softball team this year hitting .375 and leading Dexter to the Eastern Maine Class C finals with a 14-2 record. Amanda played on the basketball and 3-time state championship field hockey teams as well.
Amanda served as coordinator of Community Action Day, a school-wide campaign of community service and organized comfort and care packages for U.S. troops this spring.
The valedictorian of her class with a 3.79 GPA, Amanda will attend Colby College this fall and play field hockey.

AMANDA PULLEN Dexter Regional HS

 

 

 

Megan Rutherford enjoyed a softball season this spring that few can hope to achieve. Slugging a prodigious .588 average while driving in 24 runs and scoring 28, Megan capped a sparkling career at Portland High School with All-SMAA honors.
Megan also sports a 96 GPA and ranks 1n the top 10% of her class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and worked on Senator Susan Collins re-election campaign in 2002.
Megan will pursue her interest in political science at Providence College this fall.
Megan in the daughter of Portland Bulldogs baseball coach Mike Rutherford.

MEGAN RUTHERFORD Portland HS

EDWARD J. “PACKY” MCFARLAND BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 

 

 

 Another outstanding leader from one of the premier programs in the state, Scott Brown's prolific career at Deering High Schoo! was highlighted by a first-team All-Telegram League selection this spring.
Starting immediately as a freshman, Scott compiled a .428 career batting average while deftly handling first base duty.
A natural, as well as elected, captain Scott took his responsibilities as team leader seriously, treating teammates and opponents with respect and earning it in return in full measure. Coach Mike D’ Andrea remarks that Scott “is among the finest young men I have ever coached.
Scott was also named to the All-Academic team this year while maintaining a 95 average.

SCOTT BROWN Deering HS

 

 

 

David Chrisos was already well-known for his work ethic and determination, but his inspiring rehabilitation from a near-fatal car accident in February 2002 earned him enduring respect and admiration throughout the entire state.
David capped a sterling career at Bangor Christian Academy with first team All-Penobscot Valley Conference honors this spring.
His .421 career batting average, 2.86 ERA, 5/ career stolen bases, and sparkling defensive play, while splitting time between shortstop, center field, and the pitcher’s mound, certifies him as one of Bangor Christian’s best ever.
David maintained a 3.91 GPA while participating in a variety of extra-curricular activities including the Praize Puppet Ministry, Soup Kitchen Food Drive Coordinator, Academic Decathlon, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Vacation Bible School, and the Salvation Army.
David will be attending Eastern Nazarene College this fall.

DAVID CHRISOS

Bangor Christian Academy

 

 

 

A three-sport captain (soccer, basketball, and baseball) this year at Thornton Academy, Keil Martin led the Trojans with a .433 batting average, including 26 hits and 17 RBI, while capably patrolling the center field reaches.
A first-team All-Telegram League selection, Keil was also named to the All-Academic team this year with a 3.66 GPA.
Keil was actively involved in school affairs and served as a guidance aide for four years. Thornton Academy guidance Director Paul Mondor notes: “Keil is the most dependable and sincere kid that I have worked with in 20 years. °
Keil will attend St. Joseph’s College this fall and plans to continue his baseball career.

KEIL MARTIN

Thornton Academy