The Portland area Maine Firecrackers eighth-grade AAU basketball team will represent Maine at the national tournament in Orlando, Fla., July 2 to 7.

The team won the state championship in its age division May 1, then captured an AAU state championship in the ninth-grade division the following weekend.

The Firecrackers also recently won the Connecticut Shamrocks East Coast Championship and the girls’ team won the Best of the Best New England Tournament at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.

 

The U12 Southern Maine Flame softball team won the Firecracker Fury PONY national qualifier in Nashua, N.H. Its 6-0 win over the Rhode Island Thunder Gold qualified the Flame for the PONY National Championship Tournament in Cary, N.C. this summer.

Members of the team include Brittany Roy, Lilly Volk, Charlotte White, Tess Haller, Brennan Cain, Jami Carson, Chloe Gorey, Erin Martin, Kirsten Lebreux, Ally Tillotson, Tori Hale, Miranda Gleason and coaches Derek Volk, Al Lebreux, Steve Gorey and Mike Gleason.

 

Cape Elizabeth freshman swimmer Sydney Wright received the Jamie Higgins Sportsmanship Award from Coastal Maine Aquatics.

Coastal Maine Aquatics also awarded Jamie Higgins Memorial Scholarships to seniors Kip Gravel of Scarborough and Katherine Moreshead of Cheverus.

The award and scholarships recognize a swimmer’s positive contributions to the sport, dedication to teammates and outstanding sportsmanship.

 

Katie Paige of Brunswick and Tess Wiggins of Cape Elizabeth helped the William Smith College varsity rowing team capture the Liberty League championship and its Crew of the Year award.

Christine Reighly of South Freeport was a member of William Smith’s novice team, which won the league’s Novice Crew of the Year award.

 

The Seacoast United Maine U12 girls’ soccer team, coached by Josh Needle, won the State Cup Championship. It defeated Blackbear United for the title. The team will travel to Lancaster, Pa., to compete in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series for Region I later this month.

The team also had a notable spring season, taking the title at the New England Futbol Club Tournament held in Lancaster, Mass., and competing in the finals at the New England Soccer Classic, finishing second behind Seacoast New Hampshire.

 

The Portland Sea Dogs hosted their inaugural Little League Hit, Run and Throw Competition prior to their game on June 7 at Hadlock Field.

Bode Meader from Gorham Little League won the 7-to-8-year-old group,

William Snyder from Portland Little League was the champion in the 9-to-10-year-old group and Zach LaComb was the winner of the 11-to-12-year-old category.

University of Maine junior runner Corey Conner was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine District I All-Academic First Team. Conner is majoring in nursing and earned a 3.82 GPA this year.

She was a second-team All-American with her 11th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and placed 42nd at the NCAA Cross Country Championship.

 

Jack Owens of Sanford aced the second hole at Nonesuch River Golf Club in Scarborough on May 30. Owens used an 8-iron for the 143-yard shot.

 

Ginny Pemberton of Scarborough aced the fourth hole at Nonesuch River Golf Club in Scarborough on May 29. Pemberton used a 7-iron for the 112-yard shot.

 

Dana Gordon aced the sixth hole at Gorham Country Club on June 11. Gordon used a pitching wedge for the 113-yard shot, which was witnessed by Kevin Nickerson, Mike Arsenault and Phil Leconte.

 

Joe Jala of Windham recorded his third career hole-in-one May 31 at Naples Country Club. Jala, 62, used a 6-iron to ace the 138-yard 11th hole during a weekly scramble. His playing partners were Ted Jala, Jim Pratt and Wayne Pratt.

 

Tim Moody of Windham hit a hole-in-one on the 13th hole at Dunegrass Country Club on June 5. He used a 3-hybrid for the 174-yard shot, which was witnessed by Chan Bearce, Tom Greene and Tracy Rappleyea.

 

Sandy Tukey used a 9-iron to ace the 89-yard, 5th hole at Fox Ridge Golf Club on May 31. The shot was witnessed by Peg Bauer, Michelle Westcott and Rachel Therrian.

 

Dave Labbe hit a hole-in-one on the 16th hole at Spring Meadow Golf Course in Gray on June 5 during the Windham Little League Golf Tournament. Mark Delcourt, Mike Coffin and Peter Brown witnessed the feat.

 

Carol Calcagni used a 5-wood to ace the 121-yard 17th hole at The Woodlands Club on Wednesday, June 8. The shot was witnessed by Lois Lengyel and Lucy Ellis.

 

Brian Angis aced the eighth hole at Biddeford-Saco Country Club on June 10. Angis used a 5-iron for the 185-yard shot. It was witnessed by Joe Hamilton, Ron Dery and Scott Dewitt.

 

Neal Doucette hit a hole-in-one on the 145-yard fourth hole at Gorham Country Club on June 10. Doucette made his shot with a 5-wood. He was playing with Al Belisle and Rudy Zaharis.