Camryn Ala named Class D Football Player of the Year

Camryn Ala was able to recall that before she could speak full sentences, her first word was “ball”.

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — Camryn Ala was able to recall that before she could speak full sentences, her first word was “ball”.

Fate has a funny way of presaging a few years fast forward, and Ala has become one of Fort Fairfield’s all-around athletes, excelling in softball, basketball, and soccer.

Ala of Fort Fairfield was selected as Class D Player of the Year by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association, an honor she never expected to receive despite her ability.

“It was so surreal,” Ala said. “I was shocked, but I was so honored and super excited to win it.”

Not only was Ala named Class D Player of the Year, but she was also named All-Aroostook and was named to the North Regional and National Class D teams.

Ala was involved in athletics long before she could walk and carried that passion for the sport with her through high school.

“Before I could walk, my dad would grab my hands and help me dribble the ball around the living room instead of walking,” Ala said.

Fort Fairfield’s Camryn Ala (left) runs for the ball against a Bangor Christian defender in October. Looking for her Tiger teammate, Sarah McShea. (Photo courtesy of Emily Ala)

Ala is also an all-season athlete. She plays basketball in the winter and has been a point guard for three years. In the spring, she plays softball and has been a starter on the team for the past three years as well as a pitcher and center player. She earned her spot as an All-Aroostook athlete in all three sports.

“Camryn has been a key player in our program for the past four years,” said John Ala, Fort Fairfield women’s varsity football coach (and Camryn’s father). “She’s a very calm player with the ball at her feet, looking to connect passes in a possession style game. Camryn was captain her junior and senior years, she tends to be a person who leads by example She took a long time to improve during the offseason, which allowed her to become an all-around player.

Looking ahead, Ala has her sights set on the University of Maine at Près Isle for her college education and also plans to play football there. When it comes to inspiration and thanks, Ala looks to her father and coach.

“My dad is the one who taught me the game since I was younger,” Ala said. “He motivates me every time I touch a football, and he is really the main reason why I won this award, I couldn’t have done it without him. I also want to thank my mother and my brother It also motivates me because it catches up with me.

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