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McMinis Named ‘Athlete of the Month’ for April 2014

posted Jun 24, 2014, 7:57 AM by Fran Prentice

Wells High School senior Bennie McMinis has been selected Athlete of the Month for April 2014.   This award is in recognition of McMinis’s academics, sportsmanship, and participation on the WHS Warriors Boys Baseball Team.

“I was definitely surprised,” said McMinis about receiving this student-athlete award.  “It was nice to get some good news after last week (when) I tore my ACL,” McMinis said on May 28th.   The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is a major ligament of the knee.   Tearing the ACL is a common sports injury.

McMinis started on the WHS Boys Baseball Team during his sophomore year.  In his first two games this season he pitched to just one hit in 13 innings striking out 25 batters. 

This year the Wells team played in the Western Maine Conference Class B playoffs.  According to WHS Activities director Jack Molloy, McMinis became the winning pitcher in a preliminary round game with Freeport which ended in a score of 8 to 3.  McMinis “struck out 11, walked three and didn’t allow an earned run in a three-hitter,” commented Molloy.

Presenting McMinis with an Athlete of the Month plaque on May 28th was Jack Molloy, John C. Kreie of Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Pamela Moody-Maxon of Moody Maxon Real Estate.  

“Bennie McMinis is not just a great athlete on the baseball field but he also is a great person who leads by example,” commented Moody-Maxon.  “Even with a leg injury which would sideline most athletes, he continues to play and contribute to his team.  It is my pleasure to provide this award to Bennie.”   

The Athlete of the Month award at Wells High School is sponsored by Cole Harrison Insurance Agency and Moody Maxon Real Estate. Athletes picked to receive this honor are selected by WHS’s Activities Director Jack Molloy and Principal Jim Daly.

“He is passionate about not only baseball, but his academics and his community,” commented Kreie.  “He is the core of the Warriors pitching staff and I hope to see him play in college. He is simply one of the best well rounded kids I have met and I wish him luck with his future endeavors.”

In the fall, McMinnis plans to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Maine at Orono.

Caption:  From left to right is Jack Molloy, Bennie McMinis, John Kreie, and Pam Moody-Maxon

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