Scarborough Red Storm Winter Athletes of the Year
JACK PILLSBURY, senior swimmer
* Class A State Champion, 200 individual medley
* Class A State Champion, 100m Breaststroke
* Class A interpreter of the encounter
* North Division Southwest Swimmer of the Year
* All states, 200 IM
* All states, 100 fathoms
* All conferences
* All Academic
The Scarborough boys’ swimming program went where it had never gone before, to first place in Class A, and Pillsbury led them there in a dominating season capped by sensational performances on the biggest scene.
Pillsbury announced in a season-opening encounter against South Portland that he intended to be the first distance swimmer by taking first place in both the 200m individual medley and the 500m free swim. He also triumphed in the 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke during the season.
At Southwesterns, Pillsbury won the IM in 1 minute 59.02 seconds and the 100m breaststroke (1:00.51) while helping the Red Storm medley relay team finish first.
Then, at the Class A state meet, where Scarborough reached the top for the first time, Pillsbury won the IM in 2:00.12 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.07. Additionally, Pillsbury was part of a champion 200m freestyle relay team, as well as a runner-up medley relay team. For his genius, Pillsbury was named a Class A State Meet Performer.
Everyone dreams of a senior season that includes individual greatness and team glory. Jack Pillsbury made that dream come true this winter in Scarborough.
Commentary by coach Eric French“Jack is a great boy who works very hard day in and day out. It’s a pleasure to have him on the team. He takes the younger ones and really helps them learn some of the basics, which helps the coaching staff because the kids can see a visual of what we’re talking to them about. He has helped us a lot this season by scoring big points. I can pretty much guarantee that whatever I make him do, he’ll have a very good chance of winning. He’s been a swimmer all year, meaning a young child, so all his hard work he’s put in he’s finally able to reap the rewards. A quote I got from an old coach years ago said, “No deposit, no return” and (Jack) is a great example of someone who put in the time and deposited those checks, then on the biggest stage in high school swimming, he was able to make the takedowns.
2020-21 Peter O’Brien (hockey)
2019-20 Jarett Flaker (track)
2018-19 Addison Boisvert (wrestling)
2017-18 Jarett Flaker (track)
2016-17 Sam Rusak (track)
2015-16 Matt Caron (hockey)
2014-15 Ben Bragg (hockey)
2014-15 Ben Bragg (hockey)
2013-14 Jake Gross (hockey)
2012-13 Jerry Gravel (swimming)
2011-12 Alec James (track)
2010-11 Mike Cyr (wrestling)
2009-10 Robby Gravel (swimming)
2008-09 Brad Nakanishi (track)
2007-08 Chris Hughes (basketball)
2006-07 Brent Mayo (hockey)
2005-06 Doug Endrizzi (swimming)
2004-05 Andrew Rogers (swimming)
2003-04 Mike Walker (basketball)
2002-03 Ryan Colpitts (basketball)
2001-02 Sean Flaherty (swimming)
ARIELLA (AJ) SWETT, senior hockey
* Becky Schaffer Award Finalist
* All States
* Senior All-Star
* All Academic
If there was ever any doubt that Swett was the best women’s hockey goaltender in the state, she dispelled them with a bang this winter, leading Scarborough through tough playoff terrain to the state finals, while becoming a finalist for the most prestigious award. .
Swett started playing goalie when he was 10 years old.
“I said I wanted to try (playing goalkeeper and) the first time I tried, I loved it,” Swett said. “I told my coach, I’m doing this for good.”
She’s been a star in a Red Storm uniform since her second year.
That season, she had a 0.49 goals-against average and a 96.4 save percentage. The Red Storm advanced to the Southern Region final before losing in extra time to Cape Elizabeth/South Portland/Waynflete. Swett’s junior campaign was derailed by COVID, but she managed to post three shutouts, stopping 94.5% of the shots she faced while being named Scarborough Athlete of the Year.
This winter, Swett posted a .950 regular-season save percentage and a 1.20 goals-against average, as well as five shutouts.
She was even better in the playoffs, as Scarborough went from the No. 3 seed to regional champion. In the regional tournament, Swett stopped 68 of 69 shots she faced as Red Storm beat Biddeford in the quarter-finals, outlasted Cheverus in an epic triple overtime in the semi-finals and then beat No. 1 Cape/SP/Waynflete in the regional final.
Swett would make 24 more saves in a state game loss to Lewiston and was a finalist for the Becky Schaffer Award, which is given to the state’s top senior female player.
Swett also excels in softball and she is about to embark on her final season as a central player for Red Storm. She will be attending and playing softball at Simmons College in Boston next year.
She will leave a great void when she leaves. AJ Swett was one of a kind in goal and she just got better the higher the stakes.
Coach Taylor Fowler’s Commentary“’AJ has been huge for us. She is our rock there. It makes it easy to take a deep breath to know if she’s on her angle and has sight of the puck, she’ll stop it. She keeps us in the games we need to win and without her we wouldn’t win those games. Some keepers crumble when they get tagged, but she bounces back and doesn’t let that bother her. She gave us a chance to win every game.
2020-21 AJ Swett (hockey)
2019-20 Morgan Porter (swimming)
2018-19 Josie Couture (basketball)
2017-18 Hannah Griffin (swimming)
2016-17 Sophie Glidden (basketball)
2015-16 Sami Shoebottom (hockey)
2014-15 Sami Shoebottom (hockey)
2013-14 Ashley Briggs (basketball)
2012-13 Devan Kane (hockey)
2011-12 Emily Tolman (track)
2010-11 Emilia Scheemaker (track)
2009-10 Laura Flewelling (swimming)
2008-09 Reegan Brackett (basketball)
2007-08 Nicole Harmon (swimming)
2006-07 Kaitlynn Saldanha (track)
2005-06 Erica Jesseman (track)
2004-05 Jenn Flaherty (swimming)
2003-04 Sarah Mills (hockey)
2002-03 Jenn Flaherty (swimming)
2001-02 Mandi Rapisardi (basketball)
Sportswriter Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter:@foresports.
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