We will be keeping the 2016 Maine high school football information on this website until May 1st, 2017. At that time we will remove all 2016 standings, schedules, and stories as we prepare for the 2017 season. At that time we will update the class and conference alignments will begin the process of obtaining schedules for all 78 teams in the state.
Here is a list of dates to keep in mind as we count down the days to the 2017 high school football season.
April 27th & April 28th - MPA Spring Conference July 15th - Lobster Bowl IIXXX August 1st - Start of the fall season hands off period August 14th - Fall practices begin August 21st - Scrimmages allowed after 4 pm August 25th & August 26th - Exhibition games September 1st - Regular season games can begin after 3 pm October 27th - Week nine / Regional quarterfinals November 10th & November 11th - Regional finals November 17th - Class C State Championships at University of Maine in Orono November 18th - Class A, B, and D State Championships at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland November 23rd - 106th Maine Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl
Stay tuned for more updates...
Gaziano Lineman Award winners announced
January 28, 2017
AUGUSTA, Maine - Today, Jeff Kane, Frank J. Gaziano's son-in-law, announced the scholarship winners of the Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards during a ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center. Nicholas Bartholomew of Thornton Academy and Austin Lufkin of Brewer High School were named the top senior football offensive and defensive linemen in the state based on their hard work on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities. The two winners each received a trophy, a leather jacket and a $5,000 scholarship, the largest high school football scholarship of its kind in the country.
The runners-up for the Gaziano Awards were offensive linemen Parker Gammon from Bonny Eagle High School and Dylan Wike from Portland High School, and defensive linemen David Redmond of Westbrook High School and Raffaele Salamone from Deering High School. Each runner-up received a $1,000 scholarship, a trophy and a leather jacket with the Gaziano Awards logo. The video re-broadcast of the event can be found at www.munzingmediasports.com/gaziano-award.
The scholarship and awards program for Maine senior high school football linemen was created in memory of Frank J. Gaziano, founder of National Distributors and a former college All American and professional football player with a lifelong passion for local sports. Annual funding for the $14,000 in scholarships is provided by National Distributors in South Portland, the company founded by the late Gaziano. During the past seven years of the Gaziano Awards, $82,000 has been awarded by National Distributors to Maine students.
Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Award and Scholarship Recipients:
Nicholas Bartholomew, Thornton Academy Frank J. Gaziano Offensive Lineman of the Year
Bartholomew is a two-time state champion with the Trojans. He was named to the SMAA All-Conference team in 2015 and 2016. In the classroom, he was named to the SMAA All-Academic team in 2016 and has a 3.92 GPA while taking AP and honors courses. He has numerous academic honors in writing, US history, and graphic design. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Anglers' Society at Thornton Academy, and is involved with the Explorers Club with the Saco Police and Fire Departments. In the Biddeford-Saco area, he volunteers time at the food pantry and helps the local youth football program. He is also involved with the Mary's Walk, a fundraising event hosted by Thornton Academy to benefit The Maine Cancer Foundation.
"To represent the name Frank Gaziano; he was a tremendous person and to carry that weight with me, I can't explain it with words, it is the biggest honor of my life," said Bartholomew.
Austin Lufkin, Brewer High School Frank J. Gaziano Defensive Lineman of the Year
Lufkin was the team captain in his senior season and was named first-team all-conference on both sides of the ball. He was also named All-Academic in the Pine Tree Conference Class B. He has a cumulative 90.8 grade point average (GPA). He has been active in the community through coaching youth football and volunteering at his church, and has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America.
"The model of the man he (Frank Gaziano) was, is awesome. Anybody would want to be like him, I would want my kids to be like him; if I had them. He's just a great person, a great football player and great person to look up to; he's a great role model," said Lufkin.
The finalists considered for the annual Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards epitomize the character, leadership, and perseverance of Gaziano. The top recipients were selected by the awards committee based on their strong leadership on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. "I know Frank would be proud to see the contributions these young men have made on the field and in their communities. When you hear the stories from previous winners about what the scholarship did for them, it is clear that this event and scholarship has become about much more than football. This event has become a Maine tradition and he would be so proud of that," said Kane.
All eligible applicants must have been a high school senior in 2016, competed at the varsity level for a minimum of two years and have an exemplary record of positive athletic and non-athletic citizenship. As part of the selection process, the students submitted an essay and game film featuring each lineman against his toughest competition.
Applicants from all levels of Maine's high school football were eligible for the scholarship and able to be nominated by their coaches. For more information on the scholarship program application process, or to contribute to the scholarship fund, visit www.gazianolinemanawards.org.
Thornton Academy's Mike Laverriere named the 2016 James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy winner
November 30, 2016
Congratulations to Thornton Academy's Michael Laverriere on being named the 2016 James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy winner. He edged out fellow finalists Dylan Bolduc of Portland and Trey Wood of Brewer to become the 46th recipient of the award, dating back to 1971.
Michael was also named the 2016 Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year. He also joins fellow alumni Art Leveris (1991) and Bob Giroux (1986) as the Golden Trojans that have earned the award.
Thornton Academy's Mike Laverriere named the 2016 Gatorade Maine Player of the Year
December 12, 2016
CHICAGO (December 12, 2016) — In its 32nd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Mike Laverriere of Thornton Academy as its 2016-17 Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year. Laverriere is the third Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Thornton Academy.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Laverriere as Maine’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December, Mike joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Anquan Boldin (1998-99, Pahokee HS, Fla.), Greg Olsen (2002-03, Wayne Hills HS, N.J.), Matthew Stafford (2005-06 Highland Park HS, Texas), Harrison Smith (2006-07 Knoxville Catholic High School, Tenn.), Latavius Murray (2007- 08, Onondaga HS, N.Y.), Brock Osweiler (2008-09, Flathead High School, Mont.) and Leonard Fournette (2012-13, 2014-15, St. Augustine HS, La.)