2017 Mainers receiving athletics scholarships on the rise

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2017 Mainers receiving athletics scholarships on the rise

Postby PPH » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:41 am

Maine fields quite an NCAA dream team
The Class of 2017 includes a 'phenomenal' number of student-athletes competing at Division I and II schools, the only institutions that can offer sports scholarships

...The 97 student-athletes come from 39 different high schools, ranging from York to Old Town. Topping the list of Mainers who’ll compete at Division I or II schools are 26 track and field athletes, at least 16 baseball players and 10 field hockey players, according to Telegram research.

Thornton Academy athletic director Gary Stevens, who has been involved in high school sports since 1983, said the advent of club-sport travel teams – which bring Maine athletes to big-time tournaments all over the country – has helped open the state’s borders to college recruiting.

“It’s given (the athletes) exposure,” he said. “At one time the high school coach was the key contact, maybe the only contact, to be seen by the university. Now there are multiple contacts, like the club coaches for all the different activities. The more exposure they get, the more contacts they have, the more likely you might be able to have a high-profile coach see you play and take an interest in you.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/10/v ... ncaa-team/
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