Josh Gray, who led Bucksport High School to its second Eastern Maine football championship in the last three years this fall, was honored as the Little Ten Conference player of the year during the league’s recent 27th annual all-star banquet.

Gray, a first-team All-LTC choice as a wide receiver, defensive back and placekicker, was one of 10 players nominated for the 2013 Art Greenlaw LTC player of the year award, named for the former Stearns of Millinocket and Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln coach.

Other nominees were Trevor Fogarty of Dexter, Keith Robinson of Ellsworth-Sumner, Austin Cyr of John Bapst of Bangor, Trysten Pelkey of Mattanawcook Academy, Briar Bussell of Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, Chris Spaulding of Mount View of Thorndike, Christian Mowrer of Orono, Marc Morneault of Stearns and Micah McBrine of Washington Academy of East Machias.

Tom Bertrand of MCI and Bill McCarthy of Mattanawcook Academy were named co-winners of the Dale Curry LTC coach of the year award, named after the academy’s late head coach and athletic administrator.

Bertrand guided a team that went winless in 2012 to a 7-1 regular-season record and the No. 2 seed in the LTC’s final regular-season standings this fall. McCarthy, MA’s first-year head coach, led a Lynx program that had won seven games in the previous three years combined to a 9-2 record and a berth in the LTC Class D championship game.

McBrine, a senior quarterback and defensive end from Washington Academy, was named recipient of the sixth annual Silvernail Academic Scholar Award, a $2,000 scholarship awarded to an LTC senior player based on academic merit involving such criteria as cumulative grade point average and classes taken, such as honor classes and advanced placement classes.

The award is named for Andy Silvernail, who played offensive guard and linebacker at Bucksport during the 1980s and went on to play at Dartmouth College until a back injury curtailed his career.

Silvernail is now chairman and CEO of Idex Corp., in Lake Forest, Il., and in 2012 was ranked by Forbes magazine as No. 4 on its list of most powerful CEOs under age 40.

Six years ago Silvernail and his wife Shelby established the football-related scholarship as an expression of gratitude for what playing the sport and in particular playing in the LTC meant in shaping his life.

HA’s McIntyre off to accurate start

Hampden Academy entered the new high school basketball season armed with a returning first-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine player in Zach Gilpin, two other key contributors from last winter’s undefeated run the to Class A state championship in sophomore guard Nick Gilpin and senior guard Cam Scott, and a first-team All-Maine transfer in senior wing Isaiah Bess.

But opponents quickly are learning that they can’t overlook the Broncos’ new fifth starter, Brendan McIntyre.

The sophomore forward has been a model of consistency in Hampden’s first two games, scoring 15 points in the Broncos’ 86-40 victory over Brewer and contributing 17 points to his team’s 84-59 win at Bangor on Tuesday night.

“Brendan’s started both games so far and I’ve been really impressed with him,” said Zach Gilpin, a senior forward who is averaging 27 points and 12.5 rebounds per game through the Broncos’ 2-0 start. “He seems mature beyond his years. He doesn’t make sophomore mistakes, and neither does Nick. He’s played great on-ball defense. He talks well. There’s not too much more you could ask from him.”

McIntyre, who came off the Hampden bench as a freshman for coach Russ Bartlett’s club, has been the Broncos’ most efficient shooter so far this season — making 13 of 19 field-goal attempts including 4 of 5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

And he’s achieved that marksmanship in two slightly different roles. Against Brewer he worked primarily close to the basket and made 6 of 8 shots before sitting out the fourth quarter in the one-sided contest. Against Bangor he worked more toward the perimeter as Hampden used Zach Gilpin more in the low post and responded with a 7-of-9 shooting night that included a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc.

“Brendan’s played really well,” said Nick Gilpin. “He’s a really good shooter, and when he has an open shot he knocks it down. He stretches the defense.”

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...