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The Scene from the Diamonds; SeaWolves Baseball Win YSCC Champions

By the Beacon Sports Staff

 

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Amos Herrin in action against the Great Bay Herons in the semi-final game of the YSCC Championships. Photo by Cassie Marceau.

For the sixth time in the last seven years, the SeaWolves baseball team ended the Yankee Small College Conference postseason tournament rushing the mound in celebration of winning the championship.

This year’s tournament took place in Old Orchard Beach at the Ball Park, which was home to the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 2011 and the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in 2012-2014. Today it is home to the Old Orchard Beach Surge of the Independent Empire Professional Baseball League.

The SeaWolves path to the championship would start with a shutout of the Great Bay Herons on Thursday evening. SMCC’s Amos Herrin, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and the YSCC Most Valuable Pitcher, took to the mound throwing a two-hit complete game. Herrin would fan 12 batters over the course of sixth innings, bringing his season total to 108 batters struck out.

The ‘Wolves would face conference rival Central Maine Community College, who dismantled New Hampshire Technical Institute 20-2 behind the seven-hit pitching of Damien St. Pierre and Matthew Temple. The Mustangs would jump all over the Lynx from NHTI in the top of the first inning, plating 10 runs.

Herrin’s work on the mound would be complemented by his bat, as he would score the first run of the game when Evan Leveroni pushed him across the plate with a single to left field.

The third inning saw the SeaWolves expand on their one-run lead, as nine batters would come to the plate. Lead off batter Devon Butler would start the inning off singling to left field and advancing to second on a Herrin single to left also. Herrin and Butler would advance a base on a pass ball. Butler would score on the play; the third baseman was not able to handle a throw from the catcher trying to catch him at third as a 90-foot path to home plate was opened.

After Timothy Greenlaw and Leveroni flew out to center field, Nathaniel Cyr would drive across the third and fourth runs with a double to left field, padding the SeaWolves’ lead to 4.

The ‘Wolves would threaten to add more runs in the fifth inning, as they would load the bases with two outs, courtesy a fielder’s choice, and two walks. The ‘Wolves would have to settle for one run that came at the expense of a pass ball.

Leveroni would be the sole SeaWolf to travel the 360 feet around the bases, scoring an unearned run and topping the ‘Wolves’ scoring for the semifinal game.

First-year starter Dylan Francoeur would get the nod from Coach Jordan Yanni in the championship game against Central Maine. Francoeur would retire the first two Mustangs to come to the plate before allowing a single and hitting the next batter. With two outs and two runners on, Francoeur would entice the fifth batter of the opening inning to ground out to third base.

The bottom of the first inning saw the SeaWolves’ bats come alive: SMCC would plate four runs while leaving two runners on base. The scoring would start with a towering two-run homer to left field by Sean Adams. Adams homer pushed across Herrin, who earned his way onto base with a double to center field.

Timothy Greenlaw would next single to right field, after which he would score on a triple by Evan Leveroni, who would score on a single by Nathaniel Cyr.

With two outs, Ian Westphal at first base and Caleb Chambers at second, the ‘Wolves continued to apply as much offensive pressure as possible when they pulled off a double steal, advancing Chambers to third and Westphal to second. The ‘Wolves would not be able to push any more runs across, as Cody Bryant grounded out to third base.

The second and fourth inning would see the ‘Wolves plate five more runs, building a 9-to-nil lead that would never seriously be challenged by the Central Maine Mustangs.

The ‘Wolves would load the bases in the bottom of the second, as Butler would walk and Herrin would single to right field. After Sean Adams struck out swinging, Timothy Greenlaw would single to first base. Greenlaw would take second base on a passed ball; Herrin would advance to third, and Butler would score.

One batter later, a Nathaniel Cyr double to right field would push across Greenlaw and Herrin finishing off the scoring for the SeaWolves in the second inning.

The ‘Wolves would push their offensive output of the game to nine in the bottom of the fourth, as Greenlaw would grab another RBI with a double to center field, scoring Herrin from second base. The ‘Wolves’ final run of the game would be scored when Greenlaw crossed home plate courtesy an error by the Mustangs’ left fielder.

The Mustangs would push a run across the plate in the top of the sixth inning turning over the goose egg on the big board that scored Central Maine’s St. Pierre, who had doubled earlier courtesy SMCC fielding errors.

One inning and three outs later, the SeaWolves rushed the mound and celebrated the latest championship in their storied history.

When the tournament award winners were announced, SMCC’s Dylan Francoeur would garner Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Amos Herrin would be named Most Valuable Player. Central Maine’s Alex Biron would be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player.

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Coach Yanni is the happy recipient of a championship Gatorade dousing. Photo by Cassie Marceau.
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Athletic Department Honors Student Athletes

By The Beacon Sports Staff

Last night the Southern Maine Community College’s Athletic Department honored the student athletes of SMCC at its annual student-athletes awards ceremony held at Purpoodock Country Club in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

After a social hour where students-athletes, family and friends gathered and relived the highlights of this past year, the award ceremony got under way. Awards were given out in a series that included: the Donald Ferrante Award for the Most Improved Athlete (male and female); the Carroll Rines Award for the Sports Person of the Year (male and female); the Timothy D. Hagerman Scholarship, which is given to a returning men’s basketball player who puts his team before himself and is a positive member of the school community; and the John Dakin Award, which is given to a non-student-athlete who gave of their time to promote SMCC Athletics — someone who volunteered or gave of their self above and beyond what the expectation might have been.

Jamal Durrani and Lauryn Fagan would take home the honors of being named the recipients of the Donald Ferrante Award. Durrani would be recognized for the improvement he has shown on the soccer pitch, while Fagan would be recognized for her work on the women’s basketball team and softball diamond.

Ally Ruth and Caleb Chambers were recognized as the Carroll Rines Award winners for their dedication to the basketball and baseball teams.

The Timothy D. Hagerman Award would be presented to Tyler Mickle for his efforts and energy with the men’s basketball team as well as being a positive member of the school community.

William Tiner and Matthew Wilcox-Anderson were recognized as the John Dakin Award recipients for the work they have done videotaping and compiling highlights of the SeaWolves sports teams in action and promoting the SMCC athletic teams and individual athletes.

The Quick Look Scoreboard

By The Beacon Sports Staff

Printed below are the scores for the SeaWolves softball and baseball teams since our last issue on April 10. With a little less than two weeks left in the spring season, the SeaWolves look to prepare for the Yankee Small College Conference Championships on May 3. SMCC will host the baseball tournament, and Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire will host the softball tournament. For more information about the games and your favorite players, visit the official SMCC Athletics website at http://www.gosmccseawolves.com/.

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4/13 UMPI L 4-1
4/13 UMPI L 7-5
4/14 NHTI L 14-0
4/14 NHTI L 7-6
4/17 NECC W 14-0
4/17 NECC W 9-0
4/18 CMCC W 7-1
4/18 CMCC W 9-1
4/20 CCRI W 14-7
4/20 CCRI L 9-1
4/21 GBCC W 11-1
4/21 GBCC W 16-1

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4/10 NECC L 9-3
4/12 CMCC W 12-2
4/13 NHTI W 15-4
4/14 NHTI W 6-0
4/14 NHTI W 11-1
4/20 GRCC W 8-2
4/21 GBCC W 7-0
4/21 GBCC W 6-5
4/22 CCRI    W 8-7
4/22 CCRI    L 10-8

The Scene on the Diamonds; Softball and Baseball Gear Up for YSCC Tournament

By The Beacon Sports Staff

With a little less than two weeks left in the spring season, the SeaWolves softball and baseball teams are preparing for postseason play in the Yankee Small College Conference playoffs.

The softball team takes a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s road game against Massasoit Community College before returning home for the last four games of the season. The SeaWolves will take on YSCC foe Central Maine Community College on the 25th in a late-afternoon/early-evening doubleheader and finish the season against University of Maine-Presque Isle on the 27th.

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Kristen Mackenzie is thrown out at first base in the later innings against University of Maine – Presque Isle. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff.

The Lady SeaWolves take more than a two-game winning streak into the last set of games, as they have also won seven of their last eight after dropping four in a row. The Lady ‘Wolves would be swept in back-to-back doubleheaders to UMPI on the 13th (4-1, 7-5) and New Hampshire Technical College on the 14th (14-0, 7-6).

SMCC would win their next four, taking two against Northern Essex Community College (14-0, 9-0), beating CMCC twice (7-1, 9-1) and taking the opener of a doubleheader against CCRI (14-7).

On the men’s diamond, the baseball team put together a seven-game winning streak between the 12th and 21st. They would start the streak against the Mustangs from CMCC (12-2), take three against NHTI on the 13th and 14th (15-4, 6-0 and 11-1) and sweep Great Bay Community College on the 20th and 21st (8-2, 7-0 and 6-5).

This past Sunday, the ‘Wolves took to the diamond to battle it out against the Community College of Rhode Island in a doubleheader. The ‘Wolves would spot CCRI three runs over the course of the first three innings before plating two runs that removed the goose egg from the big board.

After five innings CCRI would plate five runs only allowing the SeaWolves to plate one. The bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference in the game, as SMCC would strike for four runs. With the aid of timely walks, errors and wild pitches the Wolves would grab a one-run lead by pushing across four runs.

The inning started with Cody Bryant flying out to left field. Devin Butler would reach first on an error by the CCRI second baseman and take second when Amos Herrin drew a walk. A wild pitch would allow Butler and Herrin to advance bases, moving them 90 feet closer to home plate. A single by Sean Adams to left field would drive across Butler and Herrin, cutting CCRI’s lead to two: 5-3.

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Shortstop Amos Herrin readies his throw to first completing a game ending double play. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff.

SMCC would continue to rally as Timothy Greenlaw’s single to right field would allow Adam’s to advance to third. Nathaniel Cyr would also draw a walk loading the bases and setting the stage for a big inning.

The ‘Wolves’ next batter, Dylan Francoeur, would single to third base but be called safe on an errant throw which also allowed him to take second base while collecting two runs-batted-in, as Adams and Greenlaw would score.

The ‘Wolves would tack on two more runs in the sixth inning, again aided by errors and wild pitches. Again Butler would reach first safely on an error by the right-fielder. The next batter, Herrin, would single, advancing Butler to second; both would advance a base on a wild pitch.

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Spring Sports Active After Spring Training Travel. Baseball opens spring home season against CMCC; softball against Massasoit CC

By The Beacon Sports Staff

The SeaWolves softball and baseball teams returned to action on the South Portland Campus after traveling to Florida to open their spring seasons with the SeaWolves baseball team, taking to the diamond to battle it out against the Mustangs on March 31 in a nine-inning game.

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Emma Burns rounds third to score as Madison Eastman crosses the plate on a double by Kahli Philibotte. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

The Lady SeaWolves opened their home spring season against Massasoit Community College this past Saturday. The ‘Wolves would grab both games of the double header (11-0 and 8-0) in what some might consider not necessarily the best softball weather.
Kristen Mackenzie would take to the pitcher’s circle in the opener as Sarah Guimond would in the second game. Both pitchers would need only five innings of work in order to get the win, as the SeaWolves’ bats manufactured runs galore.

The ‘Wolves would score runs in every inning, posting three to open the game followed by one in the second inning, five in the third and two in the fourth inning, at which point the game was called.

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Amos Herrin breaks for first after hitting a grounder to shortstop. Herrin was called safe as the Massasoit shortstop misplayed the ball. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

Kahli Philibotte would get the Lady ‘Wolves going with a two-run homer in the first inning and follow later with a triple, driving in Sara Ring in the third inning. Ring would earn two runs batted in (RBIs) in the fourth inning when she pounded a triple to center field. Ring would also complete the first game going three for three from the plate.
Mackenzie would earn her fourth win of the season, striking out four while facing 16 batters. She would also allow one base runner, a double to center field for her day’s work.

In the second game of the double header the scoring would wait for two innings before the ‘Wolves plated four runs in the third inning and then four more in the fourth inning.
Again it would be Philibotte starting the scoring with a double, scoring two, after which Guimond would double also, scoring another two. Guimond would also earn the win from the pitcher’s circle, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out two.

In Sunday’s action against Yankee Small College Conference opponent Saint Joseph’s of Vermont, the Lady ‘Wolves would drop the opener 9-5 and take the second game 6-4. For more information on these games, check out the Official SMCC SeaWolves website.

The men ‘Wolves opened their spring home season against YSCC rival CMCC and dropped a hard fought game in 10 innings the last weekend of March. The Mustangs would plate three runs in the top of the 10th inning, stealing a win in South Portland.

SMCC would get onto the big board first with a line-drive home run off of the bat of Sean Adams to dead-center field. It wouldn’t take CMCC long to answer, as they scored twice in the top of the third inning, pulling ahead two to one. In the top of the fourth inning CM would pad their lead to two runs (3-1).

The SeaWolves would not be able push any runners across home plate until the fifth inning, when designated hitter Lucas Watson scored on a throwing error by the CM pitcher to first base. Watson was able to draw a walk, enabling him to get on base, advancing to second on a sacrifice — which led to him scoring.

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Emma Burns slides in safely under the throw from the catcher to the pitcher on a wild pitch. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

SMCC would even the score in the eighth inning when Amos Herrin drew a lead off walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Mustang third baseman. A few pitches later Herrin was able to cross the plate on a pass, knotting the score at three.
Two innings later the Mustangs would plate three runs with two outs as key hits pushed runners across the plate. The Mustangs would plate three runners on three hits while leaving one runner on base.

Dylan Francoeur took to the mound to pitch for the ‘Wolves, lasting five complete innings allowing two earned runs on three hits. Devin Sawyer would take the loss for the record books.

In this past Sunday’s games against Massasoit Community College, the ‘Wolves would get out of the gate in the first inning, plating 11 runs. The ‘Wolves would plate four more runs in the second inning and two more in the third.

Massasoit was able to score twice in the top of the third; however, the game was called after Massasoit could not score any more runs after the top of the fifth inning.

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Sean Adams is thrown out at the plate, ending an 11-run inning by the SeaWolves. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

The second game of the day proved to be more competitive, as the teams would take a 7-7 tie into the bottom of the eighth inning.

Massasoit would score twice in the first and then plate one more run in the third, taking a three-to-nil lead into the bottom of the third inning. The SeaWolves would cut into the lead, trimming it to one run with two in the bottom of the third and evening the score in the bottom of the fourth.

After two innings of scoreless ball, both teams would plate four runs in the seventh inning, setting up late-inning dramatics.

Leadoff hitter Cody Bryant was able to reach first base on an error by the Massasoit shortstop, after which Devon Butler singled to left field, advancing Bryant to third base.
With runners at first and third, Evan Leveroni hit a grounder to the shortstop, who fielded the ball cleanly and threw home trying to throw out Bryant, who broke towards home on contact. The Massasoit catcher saw Bryant stranded between third and home, overthrowing the third baseman in an attempt to pick Bryant off; this allowed Bryant to score, securing a double-header sweep for the SeaWolves.

The SeaWolves baseball team return home on Thursday the 12th to play CMCC at 3:30 and then have a three-game home stand against New Hampshire Technical Institute on Friday at 4:00, and Saturday at 12:00 and 2:00.

The Lady SeaWolves return to the South Portland campus on Friday the 13th, to take on the University of Maine-Presque Isle at 3:30 and 5:30; and Saturday the 14th, to battle it out against New Hampshire Technical Institute at 12:00 and 2:00.

On the Diamonds With the SeaWolves; Squads Open Spring Season in Florida

By the Beacon Sports Staff

While the softball and baseball diamonds were covered in snow and the Southern Maine region was suffering through a few winter “bomb cyclones” over spring break, the SMCC softball and baseball teams where in Florida taking to the diamonds.

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Emma Burns and
Madison Eastman. Photo Courtesy of Jodi Kenna.

The SeaWolves softball team returned to Florida after a three-year hiatus from traveling during spring break, while the baseball squad made it to Florida after making it to South Carolina two seasons.

The teams would combine winning five games and dropping 12 (the Lady Seawolves would post a 2-6 record, as the men would go 3-6); regardless, both head coaches Magnant and Yanni agreed that the trip was well worth the time and energy making it happen.

Head Softball Coach Magnant reflected upon the trip as, “a great opportunity to expose our players/ladies and compete against some very talented teams. Our trip was a bonding experience and we are ready and confident to take on the rest of our Spring Season.” Baseball Head Coach Yanni stated that the trip was, “a learning experience that I feel will go a long way when we get into our games here in the Northeast and in the YSCC.”

When asked what made this trip special, Meranda Martin shared, “I think what made this trip so special was being able to play softball outside in warm weather instead of being in a gym,” as Sara Ring added, “There were a lot of laughs on and off the field.”

The baseball squad started their spring-break games with a double header against Waubonsee from Illinois, splitting a double header. They would lose the opener 4-2 and win the second game 5-0. The win would come courtesy of the arm of junior pitcher Amos Herrin, who opened his spring season by pitching a complete game, having to throw 90 pitches while striking out 11.   

A day later, the Lady SeaWolves started their spring-break games, also splitting a double header. The Ladies’ double header was a non-traditional one, as they would beat Northland Community & Technical College from Minnesota in the opener, 11-0, and drop the second game against Spoon River College from Illinois, 0-9.

Planning for the trip started last summer for the softball team and last fall season for the baseball team. The goal for both teams was to do as much fundraising as possible in order to keep the out-of-pocket cost for the student athletes as low as possible.

According to Coach Magnant, “The team did a great job fundraising,” as the main goal Magnat had was to make sure all of his players had a chance to go “without breaking the bank.”

Fundraising events included “fall/spring softball clinics, selling DD Booklets, a Fundraiser Night at Buffalo Wild Wings and sending out sponsor letters to their families and friends.” “The team did such a great job fundraising,” Magnant said, “not only did they pay for the spring pre-season in Cocoa Beach and tickets to Universal Studios Park. They only had to pay $100 out of pocket for whole trip. They did a super job!”

While the planning part of the process for the baseball team started a little bit later than the softball, the details that needed to be taken care of were highlighted when Coach Yanni shared that, “Securing flights, lodging, transportation for 21 people (16 players, 3 coaches, and 2 helping hands) for 5 days is a task in itself.”

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Caleb Chambers. Photo Courtesy of Mackenzie Smith.

Coach Yanni also shared the same sentiments that Coach Magnant had with keeping the trip as cost effective as possible for the student athletes, stating that, “The biggest obstacle was trying to do this trip and keep it affordable for the players but at the same time allowing them to get the work in and the experience. We held a bowling fundraiser that raised a few bucks and the kids also sent out sponsor me letters to help, in the end it only cost each kid $400 for the trip.”

In terms of play, both teams maintained a schedule that didn’t leave them with much down time. The baseball team played nine games in five days, four days on which they played double headers. The softball team played eight games over the course of five days, as the first two days and last two days of play saw the Lady SeaWolves playing double headers.

Both squads faced teams that are well outside of the New England region, as they took to the diamonds against teams from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.

When asked how he felt his squad did against the teams they played, Coach Yanni stated, “In general, I guess the athleticism may have been better but in the game of baseball I believe it is more about your mental fortitude. Being able to make adjustments and turn the tide when a game is not going your way is what we struggle with. We could of beat every team we played down there, we have the skill to do it, what we lacked was a little bit of mental toughness. I am not saying we aren’t mentally tough because we battled all week and ended up 3-6 but we should of been 4-5 and some of the games that got out of hand I don’t think the score reflected the team we are.”

Meranda Martin spoke of how the level of competition affected her and her teammates: “…the most challenging part of the trip was staying up when we were down. I think a lot of people got down on themselves when they were not playing their best game. Which then carried over to the entire team, then after we were losing by a few runs it was harder for us to refocus. I will say I think everyone learned that even if we are down we still need to stay up and be focused.”

Sara Ring reflected on how the team responded when they found themselves not playing well. “I really thought we did a good job of laughing things off when we did something that seemed silly,” she said. “I was also extremely proud of how everyone gave it their all when they went in. No one went into the games giving only 70%.”

Considering that the Yankee Small Conference softball and baseball spring seasons are quite short, having a spring-break trip scheduled is quite the marketing component for recruiting. Softball coach Magnant stated, “The Florida Trip is a great recruiting tool! Not only will recruits save a lot of money at SMCC, but it also shows recruits that we are serious about our softball program and we run our program like a Division 3 program with trips to Florida to compete and face talented teams to get ready for the spring season. It also shows Recruits we’re willing to play a tough/busy schedule like Division 3 colleges.”   

Baseball coach Yanni reflected upon the trip as a recruiting aspect with these thoughts, “going to Florida is a commitment to the program and hopefully showing kids we are serious about our program thus pulling some recruits and growing our team. We will undoubtedly need to grow the team especially in the pitching staff department. Currently a lot of my position players are also my pitchers, this puts a lot of stress on arms and the players when we are playing in so many games. Every team except one that we played had a full bullpen, fatigue for them was not in play as much as it was for us.”

The Beacon would like to thank Jody Kenna and Mackenzie Smith for sharing the photos they took of the SeaWolves softball and baseball teams in action with the paper. If you are interested in viewing the softball and baseball portfolios you can find the photos in the Photo Galleries under the dropdown menu in the Fan Zone on the homepage of the SMCC Athletics website. Hit the 2017-18 season prompts for either team. For the softball team you’ll find the softball album labeled as March 11-16, 2018 Cocoa Beach Spring Training (Titusville, Fl).

You should also find the baseball photos under the baseball 2017-18 season prompt with March 10-16, 2018 Russmatt Central Florida Invitational.

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Amos Herrin. Photo Courtesy of Jody Kenna.
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Meranda Martin. Photo Courtesy of Mackenzie Smith.
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Kristen Mackenzie. Photo Courtesy of Mackenzie Smith.
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Amos Herrin. Photo Courtesy of Jody Kenna.

SeaWolves Place 4 on YSCC All-Conference Teams

By The Beacon Sports Staff

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Abigail Ramirez. Photo by Jacob Clowes

Last Friday the Yankee Small College Conference announced its All-Conference First and Second teams.

The teams are generated by all of the head coaches, who each nominate up to four players per team from their squads. The players who are nominated are then ranked in a voting process by the coaches. Coaches cannot vote for their players. After all of the votes are cast, the top five vote receivers are named to the First Team, as the second five are named to the Second Team. The top vote receivers are named Player of the Year.

The sole SeaWolf to receive enough votes to earn YSCC All-Conference First Team on either squad was Abigail Ramirez. Ramirez joined New Hampshire Technical Institute’s Riselly Deoleo, University of Maine-Augusta’s Caitlin LaFountain and Dominique Lewis, and the Community College of Central Maine’s Brooke Reynolds.

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Dylan Silvestri. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

Ramirez ended the season averaging 11.3 points per game over 26 games played.
SeaWolf freshman center Amanda Brett was voted onto the All-Conference Second Team, joining CMCC’s Natalie Thurber and Kristina Blais, NHTI’s Michaella Biron and UMA’s Carmen Bragg. Brett averaged 10.5 points per game over the course of playing in 28 games.
On the men’s side of the court, SeaWolves Dylan Silvestri and Ryan Cloutier, the “Pelham Connection,” earned All-Conference Second Team standing, joining Vermont Tech’s Cameron Carter and Daniel Gill and University of Maine-Machias’s Darius Clark.

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Ryan Cloutier. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff

Cloutier maintained a 30 percent 3-point shooting average, draining 44 of 145 shots launched, while averaging 13.1 points per game throughout 28 games played. SeaWolf teammate Dylan Silvestri, who is the sole player leaving the program, grabbed 275 rebounds while averaging 15.2 points per game on a 55.0 shooting percentage over 27 games.

The Beacon would like to extend hearty congratulations to all four players. We wish all of you the best in your academic pursuits for the remainder of the semester and look forward to seeing the returning SeaWolves on the court next season.

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Amanda Brett. Photo by The Beacon Sports Staff