Athletic hardware handed out at ARHS

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Senior Athletes of the Year Stephen Belyea and Danielle Young.

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Junior Athletes of the Year Ryanne Belyea and Mackenzie LeBlanc.

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MacKenzie LeBlanc received the Bill Hiltz Physical Education Excellence Award.

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Stephen Belyea and Ashley MacEachern were presented with the NSSAF Exemplary Participation Award.

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Stephen Belyea and Daniell Young received the Ron O'Flaherty Scholar Athlete Award.

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Chris Hill and Mia Furlong received the Cross Country Running Male and Female MVP Awards.

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Baseball awards were presented to Logan Dowe and MacKenzie LeBlanc.

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Matt McCrossin received the Golf MVP Award.

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Soccer Coaches Josh Coleman (left), and Mark Harris (right) presented soccer awards to Kirk Jessome, Stephen Belyea and Wilie Legere.

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Girl soccer players receiving awards were Lauren Chitty (left), Maddie Bacon, Megan Proctor and Taylor Chitty.

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JV Vikettes basketball players receiving awards are: Andrea Comeau (left), Miah Tooley and Emma Taylor.

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JV boys Vikings basketball players receiving awards included: Keaton Mapplebeck (left) and Tristan MacEachern.

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Kailey Kane received the JV Vikettes Soccer Coaches Award.

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Cheerleading award winners include Tyler Buchanan and Kathleen Hawkes.

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Coach Thomas Skabar (left) presented Senior Vikings basketball awards to Jason Morse, Adrian VanVulpen and Willie Legere.

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Senior Vikettes basketball players receiving awards are Lauren MacEachern (left) Danielle Young and Ashley MacEachern.

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Vikings hockey award recipients are Stephen Belyea (left), Ryan Ackles and Alex VanSnick.

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Badminton award recipients include: Kam Thitharoranan (left) and Rebecca McGraw.

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Softball award winners include: Alex VanSnick (left), and MacKenzie LeBlanc.

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Grils softball award recipients are: Lauren MacEachern (left), Taylor Hoeg and Danielle Young.

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Table Tennis Male MVP Willie Legere.

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Track and Field award recipients are Jason Morse (left) Kayla Surette and Chris Hill.

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Chris Hill poses with his track coaches Shawn McManaman (left) and Thomas Skabar.

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Willie Legere gets a photo taken with his track coach Shawn McManaman

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Reg Caulfield refereeing a game at ARHS, while Jason Morse looks to make a pass.

AMHERST – Anybody who ever had the opportunity to witnessed Reg Caulfield coach the Amherst Regional High School senior boys basketball team knows he attacks life with a no-nonsense intensity.

“Don’t live life like it’s a rehearsal,” said Caulfield, guest speaker at the 2014 ARHS Award Banquet Wednesday night at the ARHS cafeteria.

Caulfield grew up in Springhill.

“My experience growing up in a Springhill was that people were committed to whatever they did,” said the 60-year-old. “My dad was a miner…he shovelled the snow off our sidewalk and when he finished it was immaculate.

“Whatever you do in life do it well, and do it with passion and commitment,” he added. “That will lead you to be successful in life.”

Caulfield coached the ARHS Vikings basketball team to three provincial championships, 218 wins, and over 23 tournament wins during his tenure as coach from 2004 to the end of the 2010-2011 season.

People who have seen him work the sideline know he is passionate about the game.

During his journey through life Caulfield says people have sometimes asked him why he is the way he is.

Which means he is genuine and natural, a man not given to putting on airs.

He says growing up in a small town and playing sports in a small town made him who he is.

“Playing sports made me feel good in my skin, it’s made me comfortable with who I am.”

He says playing high school sports in Springhill not only provided him with some of the most memorable moments of his life, and created some of his greatest friendships, but it also taught him about leadership.

“Leadership is based on good listening skills and being able to provide good feedback,” said Caulfield.

But more than anything Caulfield said leaders lead by example.

“Leaders are forthright and honest,” he said.

Caulfield's credits his parents and his Springhill high school coach for helping keep him honest.

“That coach also kept me motivated,” said Caulfield.

He then pointed to Senior Vikettes coach Gillian Ellis and said, “I admire the way Gillian looks after her flock. Remember to always thank your coach for their hard work and leadership.”

Leaders also take initiative to make improvements and maintain the team’s self esteem.

Caulfield then pointed to JV Vikettes coach Charlie Chambers and said, “Charlie is the best at maintaining self esteem.”

Besides growing up playing sports in Springhill and coaching the ARHS basketball team, Caulfield has refereed more than 5,000 basketball games, including championship games in Canadian Interuniversity Sport and games in the Canadian National Basketball League.

Along the way he has met many people and made many lasting friendships.

He told the young athletes at ARHS that the best way to maintain good friendships and to enjoy life was to respect others and not to underestimate others.

“Over the year’s I have underestimated people,” said Caulfield. “I don’t know why I did that.”

He then reminisced about his repeat championship basketball team from the 2009-2010 season, and the 2010-2011 season.

He wasn’t very impressed with the JV players he was inheriting for his team.

“I said, ‘Fred (ARHS athletic director Fred Gould), cancel the basketball program I’m going on vacation.’”

That team included eventual all-stars such as Sammy Mohamad and Richard Hope.

“I said those guys couldn’t play, but after four year’s we won a couple provincial championships,” said Caulfield. “The reason they could play was because they had passion and commitment, and they had a goal and they had a plan.”

Caulfield also said during their journey through life the athletes should pay their bills, respect their elders, and don’t take where they come from for granted.

Caulfield attended the university in Maine and was encouraged by a doctor there to remain in the U.S.

Caulfield said, ‘No, I’m going back to Cumberland County.’

He says decsions have consequences and his decision to return to Cumberland County was one of the best decisions he ever made.

“I look back and I’m really happy I came back to Cumberland County because I love the life I’ve lived here,” he said.


Award Recipients at the 2014 Athletic Awards Banquet are as follows:

– Senior Male Athlete of the Year – Stephen Belyea

– Senior Female Athlete of the Year – Danielle Young

– Junior Male Athlete of the Year – MacKenzie LeBlanc

– Junior Female Athlete of the Year – Ryanne Belyea

– Bill Hiltz Physical Education Excellence Award – MacKenzie LeBlanc

– NSSAF Athletes Award – Ashley McEachern, Stephen Belyea

– NSSAF Coach Award – Marcie LeBlanc

– NSSAF Ron O’Flaherty Scholar Athlete Award – Danielle Young, Stephen Belyea

– Ann Harrison Memorial Award – Caroline Milner

– Mark Pitman Memorial Award – Chelsea Brownell

– Cross Country Running

Most Valuable Male – Chris Hill

Most Valuable Female – Mia Furlong

– Baseball

3D Award – Matt Hunter

Coaches Award – MacKenzie LeBlanc

MVP – Logan Dowe

– Golf

MVP – Matt McCrossin

– Senior Boys Soccer

MVP – Stephen Belyea

Most Dedicated Player – Willie Legere

Most Sportsman – Kirk Jessome

– Senior Girls Soccer

Rookie of the Year – Maddie Bacon

3D Award – Megan Proctor

Coaches Award – Lauren and Taylor Chitty

– JV Girls Soccer

Most Improved – Katelyn Carter

3D award – Brianne Beale

Coaches Award – Kailey Kane

– Cheerleading

Most Dedicated Award – Kathleen Hawkes

MVP – Samantha Parker

Rookie of the Year – Tyler Buchanan

– Senior Boys Basketball

Viking Award – Adrian VanVulpen

Most Improved – Willie Legere

MVP – Jason Morse

– Senior Girls Basketball

MVP – Lauren MacEachern

United Award – Ashley MacEachern

Hustle Award – Danielle Young

– Junior Boys Basketball

Offensive Player Award – Jordan Dyke

Defensive Player Award – Tristan MacEachern

MVP – Keaton Mapplebeck

– JV Girls Basketball

Most Improved – Emma Taylor

Heart & Hustle Award – Andrea Comeau

MVP – Miah Tooley

– Hockey

Most Dedicated – Ryan Ackles

Coaches Award – Alex VanSnick

MVP – Stephen Belyea

– Badminton

Most Improved – Rebecca McGraw

Female MVP – Kam Thitharoranan

Male MVP – Noah Jacobs-Peters

– Curling

MVP – Michael Hicks

– Table Tennis

Female MVP – Alexa Thompson

Male MVP – Willie Legere

– Boys Softball

Coaches Award – Alex VanSnick

3D Award – Matt Hunter

MVP – MacKenzie LeBlanc

– Girls Softball

Coaches Award – Taylor Hoeg

Rookie Award – Danielle Young

MVP – Lauren MacEachern

– Track and Field

Doug McBrien Memorial Award – Chris Hill

Female MVP – Kayla Surette

Male MVP – Jason Morse

Rock-It Award – Desmond Oliver



Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, Canadian National Basketball League, Cross Country

Geographic location: Springhill, Cumberland County, Maine U.S. Jordan

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