Brooke Harris ’08, of Fort Kent, was an exceptional four-sport athlete for the Pandas, leading the LA team in soccer, basketball, cross-country, and softball. She was a key contributor on thirteen Eastern Maine championship teams and seven State Championship teams. As a starter and outstanding defensive midfielder all four years on the soccer team, Brooke was a remarkable competitor on the 2005 and 2007 State Championship teams and 2007 and 2008 All-Conference teams. Her claim to fame was scoring the lone goal in the Pandas’ 2-1 loss to Waynflete in the 2004 State Championship.
On the LA women’s basketball team, Brooke established herself as an exceptional defender, master passer, and outstanding three-point shooter. In three of her four years on the team, she contributed to the Pandas’ victories in the Maine State Championships in 2005, 2007, and 2008. She received the honor of Bangor Daily News All-Tourney Honorable Mention in 2008.
In cross-country, Brooke was one of the top runners in Lee Academy history – a four-time first-team All-Conference runner. In 2004, as team MVP, she led LA to their first and only XC State Championship. She also won the Lee Invitational, setting what was then the course record. Brooke placed second in Regionals and fourth in the State Championship, her finishes bettered only by LA Hall of Fame Inductee and All-American Michelle Severance. In 2005, honored once again as team MVP, she again spurred the team to the Eastern Maine Championship.
Softball was hands-down Brooke’s best sport at Lee Academy. Without question, she was the best pitcher in school history. Her record-holding pitching totals include 59 career wins, 17 season wins, 11 playoff wins, 350 career strike-outs, 1.50 career ERA, 1.14 season ERA, and 400+ career innings pitched, including the acclaim of pitching EVERY inning of EVERY game in her sophomore, junior, and senior years! Season accolades include a 1-0 one-hit shutout vs. Richmond in 2006 and a one-hitter against Bucksfield in 2007, allowing only three unearned runs in the 3-0 State Championship loss. In 2008, after a stellar career, Brooke received the Marie W. Noel scholarship, presented annually for academic and softball excellence to only three high school softball players in the state of Maine.
Currently a nursing student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Brooke played two seasons of college soccer, boosting the Bengals to USCAA National Championship Runner-Up in 2013 and National Champions in 2014. She also contributed to two seasons of UMFK college basketball, starting on the 2013 team when the Bengals qualified for the USCAA National Tournament.
Brooke was inducted into the Lee Academy Hall of Fame in October 2014.