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Penquis Valley's Megan Russell wins Player of the Year award

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 27, July 03, 2002

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

Patriot star takes in post-season honors

It has been three weeks since her senior softball season ended,and Megan Russell is still collecting post-season honors for her on-field accomplishments.

The Penquis of Milo star has in the past weeks been named to the PVC C/D All-Star team and the Softball Coaches

Association's Class C/D East Ail-Star team, played in the PVC All-Star game, and was most recently honored as the Eastern Maine Class C Player of the Year.

Russell, also a basketball star at Penquis, led a Patriot team that finished the season by beating No. 1 Madawaska and advancing to the Eastern Maine Class C semifinal before losing 5-1 to the Calais Blue Devils. Russell batted an amazing .545 in the playoffs.

Russell was a four-year softball standout for Penquis, using her wide array of skills to give the Patriots solid play at five positions. Over the course of her four years, she played shortstop, second base, first base, outfield and pitcher, garnering honors and attention at each spot.

As a freshman secondbaseman in 1999, Russell batted .472 and made 24 consecutive plays in the field without an error, earning her a position on the PVC All-Star team. The next year she went 12-3 as a pitcher and was once again named to the All-PVC squad. In 2001, she made honorable mention on the PVC team. She finished her career with a .375 batting average.

Penquis coach Dicky Martin said the honor was the result of Russell's four years of outstanding play regardless of where she was on the field. A National Honor Society member who was active in school, Russell was well-liked by teammates, umpires, and opposing coaches and players.

"Probably one the best kids you would ever want," said Martin.

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