Sydney Gallop was surprised to learn that she was receiving one of five $5,000 scholarships given to high school students by the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
High school football forward Hermon – who set the school record for goals with 112 during her career – was joined by two-way lineman Thomas Horton of Buxton’s Bonny Eagle, the Scarborough volleyball star Madeline Strouse, Mt. Farmington skier Emma Charles and Marshwood High of Eliot three-sport standout Trevor Wozny.
The scholarships will be awarded at the Maine Sports Hall of Fame Scholars Brunch on Sunday morning at the Sunday River Resort in Newry.
“It means so much to me,” said Gallop, who was also a starting guard on the basketball team. “There were so many good candidates.”
Gallop, 17, will bring her talents to St. Joseph’s College in Standish.
The Hermon girls’ football coach, MJ Ball, said Gallop certainly deserved the scholarship.
“She’s a class act,” Ball said. “She works extremely hard and she is so humble. She is ready to help anyone.
He added that she was an outstanding student and football player “and an even better person”.
Ball said that despite teaming up in doubles and triples on the football field, she “never got frustrated and kept working hard”.
Gallop led the Hawks to two North Class B regional titles, and the basketball team also won two regional titles.
Gallop said she will always remember her teammates and all the bus trips they took together. One of the highlights of his career was breaking the school record while playing with his younger sister Brooke.
She was SSC Player of the Year, United States Player of the Year in Maine, and a two-time All-New England and All-American.
Horton, who will attend the University of Maine, won the Frank Gaziano Award as the state’s top offensive lineman and he also won the Gerry Raymond Outstanding Lineman Award. He was a finalist for the Fitzpatrick Trophy as the state’s top senior player.
He led Bonny Eagle to the Class A state title in 2019.
Charles was a three-time state champion and never lost after her first season.
She was twice selected to the New England Junior National Team. She will attend the University of New Hampshire.
Strouse led Scarborough to the state championship last season and was named to the All-Regional and All-Zone Teams Nominated by USA Volleyball Coaches and the New England Volleyball Association.
Strouse will attend the University of Virginia.
Wozny played football and basketball and also ran track at Marshwood.
He led Marshwood to its first-ever Class A football championship last fall and was All-Conference, All-State and All-New England. He raced on the state championship 4×400 relay team two years ago and also ran a leg for the 4×100 team that finished third that year.
He also captained the basketball team for two years and goes to Northeastern University.