February 17

High School Notebook: Rangers respond to Wildcats’ wakeup call

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No. 1 Greely was staring at a quick exit in the Western Class B boys’ basketball tournament Saturday against No. 8 York at the Portland Expo, which would have followed an Eastern Class B trend of the top seeds losing.

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Scarborough’s Samantha Shoebottom and Madison O’Reilly embrace after the Red Storm defeated Lewiston 3-1 in the girls’ hockey championship in Lewiston on Saturday.

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Morse’s Ethan Winglass puts up a short jumper during Saturday’s double-OT victory over Lake Region in the Western Class B quarterfinals.

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The Rangers (18-1) being the veteran team they are, found a way to pull out a 41-38 win to keep alive their hopes of a state title.

The Rangers knew they had escaped and will need to play a lot better in the next round and beyond should they get there.

“It was definitely a wakeup call,” said Mike McDevitt, Greely’s 6-foot-7 senior center.

“Just because we beat teams by a lot of points in the regular season doesn’t mean we can expect to do it again. We have to play better and be prepared. Hopefully, we will be on Thursday,” he said.

Greely and No. 4 Yarmouth (15-4) will play in the regional semifinals at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

The Rangers beat the Clippers twice in the regular season, 57-49 on Dec. 17 and 65-48 on Jan. 17.

After their quarterfinal experience, the Rangers won’t be taking anyone lightly anymore, certainly not Yarmouth which has the size to match Greely.

“We can certainly learn from this game,” said Greely Coach Travis Seaver.

“We didn’t play well until halfway through the fourth quarter. We’re not going to be able to get away with that in our next game. We have to be better prepared and hopefully we will be on Thursday,” he said.

McDevitt said he was frustrated with being in foul trouble. He collected his fourth with 4:06 left in the third quarter and didn’t return until 7:37 remained in the game. Connor Hanley, the team’s other big gun, got his fourth foul with 37 seconds left in the third.

“It’s always frustrating when you have four fouls called on you,” said McDevitt.

“Tournament officiating is always going to be real tight and close. I should have been able to figure it out after my first two fouls. My fourth foul was just a dumb foul. In the heat of the moment, you just do dumb things sometimes,” he said.

McDevitt was smart enough to avoid fouling out while not changing his style of play in the fourth quarter when Greely outscored York 16-5 after trailing by eight points at the start of the final stanza.

“I was a little scared when York made that run in the third quarter and we had gotten into a big hole,” said McDevitt.

“We have a senior team and we’ve been in situations like this before. I knew we would come back and make a run at it,” he said.

Seaver knew his senior leadership would kick in.

“That’s the luxury we have. We have a lot of seniors who are smart,” he said.


SCARBOROUGH SENIOR forward Rachael Wallace has seen her team fall short in the playoffs before. But everything looked good Saturday, with the Red Storm leading Lewiston 2-0 in the state championship game at the Colisee.

Then the Blue Devils scored on a power play in the third period and Lewiston, spurred by a large home crowd, began creating more chances.

“I had a flashback to other games when we’ve come close,” Wallace said. “I just hoped we would play our game and not fall apart – and we didn’t. We kept our composure.”

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Yarmouth’s Nate Shields-Auble, right, goes above Cape Elizabeth’s Justin Guerette, center, and Ethan Murphy, left, during the Clippers’ 45-43 victory Saturday in the Western Class B quarterfinals.

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Marshwood fans celebrate during the Class A state wrestling tournament at Noble High School in North Berwick on Saturday.

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