Sunday, March 9, 2014
A No. 11 team beating a No. 3 team, as Wells did to previously unbeaten Spruce Mountain in the Western Class B girls' quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon, may seem like a huge upset. But it's not so much of upset when you look at the respective leagues.
Spruce Mountain plays in the Mountain Valley Conference and faces mostly Class C teams during the regular season, while Wells (9-11) plays in the tough Western Maine Conference.
"We go against the likes of Lake Region, York and Greely two times each during the regular season," said Wells Coach Don Abbott. "It's like a war in the conference night in and night out.
"Spruce Mountain was known as a pressing team, but we faced pressing teams all season."
Wells advanced with a 43-42 win and will play a familiar foe, York, in the semifinals Thursday at the Cumberland County Civic Center.Tweet
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Tom Chard is a Portland native who has covered high school sports and golf for the Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram for 38 years. A three-sport athlete at Deering High, Tom's chief athletic pursuit is chasing the little white ball. He played in his 20th Maine Amateur Golf Championship in July.
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