Lance reardon graduated in 1989 and was part of the 89 championship season for football. Lance also excelled in other sports such as Basketball and Baseball. Lance made both all defense and offense teams as the tackle in 1988. Since graduating from Dexter Regional High School, Lance graduated from UMF with a BS in Community Health Education and spent 14 years in the health and wellness field. He has spent the last 12 years working for Enterprise rent a car. He is the branch manager at the Ellsworth and Bar Harbor locations. Lance is currently married and has 3 children. Thank you to lance for taking time out of his day to answer my questions.
Mark Haines graduated from Dexter high in 1986. He played running back for the Dexter football team and was part of the championship team for the 1986 season. He excelled in football, but enjoyed playing basketball as well. In fact he was part of the 1986 class B champions in basketball. In his senior year of school, for football, he had around 1600 yards and had about 20 touchdowns to go along with the yardage. Since graduating, Mark attended The University of Maryland college park with a B.A in criminology and a M.S in community mental health from Trinity college of Burlington, Vermont. Mark also got married and has 3 children. Mark works for child protection services.
Zachary White graduated in 2017 and played basketball, football, baseball, and track. When asked what sport he thought he was best in he said, “ football both individually and as a team.” In his senior year, Zach played WR and safety for football, In basketball he played point guard, and in baseball he played center field. His stats for his senior season in football, he had around 20 catches for 500 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, he had 2 interceptions and around 60 tackles. In track, Zach was on the 4x4 relay team and that team placed at the PVCs and went to states. Since graduating from Dexter, he’s been at the University of Maine pursuing a degree in communications. He would like to become a sports broadcaster.
Megan Peach was a star player for Dexter girls basketball team. She lead them to a 16-6 record coming fresh off a 35-23 win over GSA that got them to the North C title game. The 6’2” Peach finished the with 19 points along with 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. In the state finals, they lost against Monmouth Academy with a score of 46-35. Megan Peach scored 20 in the losing effort. That June, Peach graduated and in the fall began attending Husson University. She is majoring in Psychology and playing basketball for the Eagles. So far this season, in 29 games, Peach is averaging 6.0 PPG and 5.2 RPG to go along with 66.7% 3P%.
The six foot peach
Megan Peach is a three sport athlete. In basketball, and softball she made varsity every year. In Field Hockey she suffered an injury to her achilles. She didn’t play as much her Freshman or Sophomore year, her Junior year she was able to play a little more and by her senior season she started goalie. Through the years playing field hockey she made it to the Northern Maine Championship multiple times, but never got the chance at the State game. In basketball, Megan started every year Freshman-Senior year. Her sophomore year she made it to the Northern Maine Championship game. She recently scored her 1,000 points in basketball against the number one seed Stearns. They had been undefeated until that game. She also defeated them again in the in the Semi-finals and went on to beat GSA in the Northern Maine Championship game. She ended her high school basketball career as a Northern Maine Champion and State runner up. Megan Peach ended her four year high school varsity basketball career with 1,125 points , 798 rebounds, 57 assists.
One More Time
By: David Kirshkaln
Being invited to the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic is a huge accomplishment and It takes hard work, dedication, and hot pre-season practices all four years. The Lobster Bowl brings over 150 student athletes and coaches across Maine to face each other on an East vs. West Matchup. The student athletes who are selected are high school seniors who are about to end their senior year. They are nominated to play this game by their coaches and the Maine athletics association. One lucky senior got nominated to represent Dexter Regional High School at this game. That Lucky senior is Zachary White. This year was a phenomenal year for Zachary White, he had 20 catches for 519 yards, 2-14 rushing yards, one 99 yard interception for a touchdown, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble, and he also had 47 tackles. Also this year at the Little Ten Conference (LTC) Zachary got 1st team offense, 1st team defense, All academic, Player of the week for week eight, and Zachary got Player of the year nominee and he took 3rd. Zachary is playing as a defensive back for this game.
During the interview I had with Zachary I asked him what challenges would he be facing during the game and the week of practices. Zachary’s said “ I’ll be playing against people who are classes above me and have really good talent. I’m just looking to have some fun and I know there will be some rust because I haven’t played in a while.” After Zachary told me that, I asked him how much playing time do you think you will get ? Zachary responded saying “I think it will be spread out even cause there’s 150 players and I’ll have a decent amount of playing time”. As of right now the Lobster Bowl will be held on July 15,2017. We are closing in on that date fast and for Zachary he will have to be prepared mentally and physically. Also during the interview Zachary said “Physically I will be fine but at this point coming out of my senior year i will be ready”. At this game the competitiveness during the game will be roughty and everyone will be giving it their all because it could be their last game, and everyone wants to win. So for Zach he is going to have to be ready.
As Zachary closes in on his senior year he will start his spring sport baseball, But during baseball season he will be thinking about this game and working hard to perform better on the field. When baseball is over for Zachary he will have one more time to represent Dexter Regional High School in one more sporting event, and Zach is glad that it is football.
The Forgotten Athlete
The names that are synonymous within the Dexter sports world are: the Haines brothers in football, Ames sisters in girls basketball, the Veazie sisters in field hockey, the Day brothers in baseball, Patterson and Guiski in boys basketball, Chapman in softball, and Parola in soccer. They have won state championships, and player of the year awards, earned division 1 scholarships, and have earned countless team and personal accolades. All of these athletes are undoubtedly worthy of the recognition that they received. One sport that is conspicuously missing from this list is wrestling. One of the names most prominently associated with Dexter wrestling is Barkac.
Wrestling is one of the most physically demanding sports. At Dexter, it is the only sport in which athletes compete in class B. This presents an uphill battle for the wrestling team as our number of participants does not compare to that of bigger schools.. But, within that lies the beauty of wrestling. Each individual athlete controls his own destiny within his weight class. Countless wrestlers have had great success while attending Dexter.
Arguably, the best wrestler to ever come through this high school is a name that isn’t talked about nearly as much as the previous people mentioned.
Over his four year career he never lost a match while winning over 160 total matches, which is a school record. He is Dexter’s forgotten athlete, Jeremiah Barkac
Jeremiah attended Dexter Regional High school from 2003-07 without a regular season loss. Stephan Bell, the athletic director at that time, stated, “He may have dabbled with football, but primarily wrestled year round across the state. He was very elite when it came to wrestling, he was one of the strongest kids. He could probably get on a chin up bar and do 100. He was phenomenally strong, but small in stature while wrestling around the 100 weight class.. He probably finished in the 112 lbs. weight class. Just a phenomenal athlete.” Bell said in the same interview.
Jeremiah was clearly dominate in the wrestling world in the state of Maine.
When asked if Barkac received the recognition he deserved from the community, Bell said, “He was definitely well respected in the wrestling community in the state.” Although he is well respected in the wrestling community in Maine, his name is seldom heard in the halls of DRHS.
He was a 4 time state champ, 4 time PVC champ, 4 time regional champ. He placed 6th, 5th 3rd, and 2nd in New England's in his 4 year high school career. He never lost a match in the state of Maine. His accomplishments speak for his ability as a wrestler. None of the athletes whose names are synonymous in Dexter sports can say they never lost in their careers. It is time we recognize one of the greatest athletes to walk through these halls. His dominance and skill level in wrestling are beyond reproach. Including the name Jeremiah Barkac among those synonymous with Dexter sports is long overdue.
Written By Zachary White
DRHS Sports Academy Class