Pendriss Exemplifies Foxcroft Wrestling, Earns All-New England Honors
Michael Pendriss made his first trip to the New England High School Wrestling Championships in Providence, Rhode Island, on the weekend of March 5.
Now a senior, Pendriss began wrestling in first grade as a member of the Foxcroft Youth Wrestling team. Throughout SeDoMoCha Middle School and Foxcroft Academy, he continued to wrestle, perfecting technique and building muscle.
12 years after he began wrestling, Pendriss had reached the pinnacle of the sport by winning PVCs, Regionals, States, All-States, and by qualifying for the New England Championships.
12 years of hard work had led him to the ultimate tournament, and after a storybook senior year, he lost. Attempting to wrangle his opponent, he gave up an escape, and it cost him. But 12 years of Foxcroft Wrestling has taught him that Foxcroft Wrestling is about hard work, about never giving up.
So he didn’t.
In his next match he threw a “Fireman’s Carry” to take down his opponent 3-2. In the following match, trailing 4-5, he hit a switch with seconds remaining to win 6-5. Then, after an injury default sent him on, he over-hooked his next opponent with 20 seconds left to win his fourth consecutive match and to earn All-New England honors.
“For Michael to get to the podium at this level is amazing,” said Coach Luis Ayala. “It says a lot about the work he has put in to achieve this. The countless hours at practice, the summer wrestling camps, the wrestling tournaments, the hard work in the weight room, the conditioning to build his endurance, and so much more to get to this point. We always tell our wrestlers with HARD WORK anything is POSSIBLE. Michael has proven this!”
Also competing at the New England Wrestling Championships were seniors Zachary Caron and Brandon Brock. Caron punched his third ticket to the Championships by winning the All-State Tournament, and Brock earned his first trip to New Englands by finishing second. Both Caron and Brock, like Pendriss, tallied wins at the tournament, making it the most collectively successful New Englands for Foxcroft Academy wrestlers ever.
“It has been an amazing year,” said Coach Ayala. “And the New England High School Wrestling Championships was no exception.”
Basketball Teams Rake in Awards at Big East Banquet, Smith Excels in McDonald’s All-Star Game
The Foxcroft Academy Ponies were well represented at the 2015-16 Big East Conference Award Banquet, earning three All-Conference selections and six other awards.
Hunter Smith led the Ponies with First-Team All-Conference recognition and selection to the Senior All-Star game. Grace Bickford and Abby Simpson were also awarded Third-Team All-Conference for the Ponies.
Also receiving awards were Dylan Harmon-Weeks (Defense and Scholar Athlete Awards), Kendra Ewer (Defense Award), Josh Reed (Paul Soucy Spirit Award), Cailin Seavey (Paul Soucy Spirit Award), and Avery Nelson (Scholar Athlete Award).
In other postseason honors, Smith was also selected to the statewide Maine McDonald’s All-Star game, playing in the North vs. South Boys Class AA/A/B game on March 12. Representing the North, Smith scored 19 points to lead his team to a 97-91 victory over the South.
Carroll Receives Maine YMCA Citizen Award
At the YMCA Maine State Championship Swim Meet, held March 4-6, senior Avery Carroll, who will graduate FA’s school record holder in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay, expected to close her competitive high school swim career with one last dive into the pool with Maine’s best. What she did not expect was to be singled out.
Unbeknownst to Carroll, her coach, Jessica Inch, had nominated her for the YMCA Citizen Award, which is presented annually to one male and one female swimmer who demonstrates the highest degree of “attitude, team spirit, and dedication to their team, community, and YMCA.”
With strong consideration given to an athlete who provides encouragement, inspiration, and guidance, Avery Carroll was chosen from all girl swimmers in Maine for the award she was presented at the State Championship in front of her family, teammates, and peers.