Louie Luchini speaks at the Ellsworth High School Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony last year in Ellsworth. Luchini was named the Penobscot Valley Coach of the Year in girls’ cross-country Nov. 3. FILE PHOTO

Luchini’s Coach of the Year honor headlines 1st round of fall sports season awards



ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth’s Louie Luchini was named the Penobscot Valley Conference Coach of the Year for girls’ cross-country Saturday after leading the team to its first state championship in 40 years a week earlier.

On Oct. 27, the Eagles topped Yarmouth by three points to win the Class B title at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. The win was the first state title for any Ellsworth team in the sport since Luchini led the boys’ team to the crown as a senior in 1998.

Elsewhere, the conference announced its golf, soccer and volleyball selections. Ellsworth athletes were chosen to various teams in all three sports.

In golf, the Eagles’ Riley Grindle was named a first-team selection. Mount Desert Island’s Kyle Nicholson and Gabbie James were named Class B Male Golfer of the Year and Class B Female Golfer of the Year, respectively, after leading the Trojans to the PVC title and second place at the Class B championships last month.

In Class B soccer, Ellsworth freshman Addi Laslie was named to the girls’ first team along with MDI’s Lelia Weir. The Eagles’ Carter Frank and the Trojans’ Leao Nelson were first-team selections on the boys’ side.

On the second team in Class B, Ellsworth’s Sierra Andrews and MDI’s Sydney Kachmar were among the girls’ selections. Nick Duley of the Trojans was named to the boys’ second team.

In Class C, George Stevens Academy’s Bess MacArthur and Sumner’s Skylar Soule were first-team selections. GSA’s Julianna Allen and Mallory Charette were second-team choices with Sumner’s Emma Bunch and Bucksport’s Madison Cyr and Mikayla Tripp selected to the third team.

Class C also had a number of boys’ players selected with Sumner’s Damon Warren and GSA’s Chris Bennett and Jeremiah Scheff chosen for the first team. Sumner also had two second-team selections in Orlando Herrera and Silas Goldfarb. GSA’s Ricardo Sanchez was a second-team pick, and Bucksport’s Braison Capitano (second team) and Jakob Donnell (third team) were also selected.

Hancock County had athletes from a number of schools selected to the All-PVC volleyball squads with Olivia Robidoux of Ellsworth leading the way on the first team. The Eagles’ Olivia Dyer was chosen to the second team along with Lillie Maier of GSA and Blue Howard of Sumner.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]