March 2, 2013

For Scarborough seniors, the last game's bittersweet

It's a moment many high school athletes face - stepping onto the court one final time.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Six seniors on the Scarborough girls basketball team – from left, Marisa O’Toole, Grace Farnkoff, Maria Philbrick, Taylor LeBorgne, Courtney Alofs and Mary Redmond – walk onto the court for their semifinal game against Catherine McAuley High School at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland on Feb. 22. Because Scarborough lost, it would turn out to be their last game together, “but we gave everything we had,” Farnkoff said.

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Scarborough senior Mary Redmond maneuvers around Jaclyn Welch of McAuley during their semifinal game last month. Redmond, who transferred to Scarborough before her junior year, became the team’s leading scorer.

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“I know they’ll be sad at their last game, but they have a lot to look forward to,” Susan LeBorgne said. “I told (Taylor), don’t cry, but be proud of yourself. A lot of kids never get here.”

After the game, there were few tears from the players. They changed out of their uniforms, hugged and high-fived their fans, then settled down in the stands to watch the next tournament game with their coaches.

“I think we played our hearts out,” Marisa O’Toole said. “If it was going to be our last game, we had to give it all we had.”

‘A TREMENDOUS YEAR’

On Wednesday afternoon, five days after the last game, the team gathered in the locker room for its final team meeting. The players handed in their uniforms, took down the paper streamers left over from Senior Night, and reflected on the season with their coach. They’ll get together officially as a team just one more time, for a special dinner with Cote to celebrate the season.

“I think we did what we were supposed to do,” Cote told his team. “I think we had a tremendous year.”

Farnkoff, who is headed to Colby next year to study biology and play softball, said she is having trouble believing the basketball season is over. It didn’t really start to sink in until she had nothing to do after school.

“It’s sad it’s over, but we gave everything we had, “ she said. “After the game it was emotional. All of the team was realizing it was our last time together.”

Though the girls all said they are sad to put their basketball days behind them, they are excited for the start of the spring sports season in about a month. Redmond, O’Toole and Farnkoff play softball; Philbrick plays tennis; LeBorgne is on the lacrosse team; and Alofs is the lone female thrower on the outdoor track team.

They’re looking forward to graduation, they said, and in the meantime will continue to hang out, challenge each other to Ping-Pong matches and visit their favorite waitress at Applebee’s.

“It’s kind of emotional, but we’ll still see each other all throughout school,” Alofs said, her eyes filling with tears. “This is not the end.”

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Members of the Scarborough team bring gear to a storage room at the school after handing in their uniforms Feb. 27, the date of their last team meeting. “We had a tremendous year,” Coach Ron Cote said.

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Senior Courtney Alofs is comforted by her mother, Carlene, far right, after the Scarborough High School girls basketball team played its final game Feb. 22. At left, senior Maria Philbrick talks with her family members.

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From left, seniors Maria Philbrick, Taylor LeBorgne and Mary Redmond return to the court after halftime in their semifinal Feb. 22 against McAuley. McAuley won, 47-38, ending Scarborough’s season and its quest for the gold ball. But senior Marisa O’Toole said, “I think we played our hearts out.”

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