October 28, 2013

High School Notebook: Sophia Canning on two Storm fronts

From Staff Reports

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Kristen Levesque reaches to steal the ball from Marshwood’s Lindsey Poirier during undefeated Scarborough’s 1-0 win in a Western Class A field hockey semifinal Saturday.

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“We’re fortunate in that we have depth,” said Coach Kevin Kezal. “We’re as healthy as we’re going to get in the line.”

Thornton (6-2) will face the winner of a regional quarterfinal between South Portland and Sanford.

BRUNSWICK COACH Dan Cooper walked off the field Friday night more disappointed with the 10 penalties his Dragons accrued against Kennebunk than the outcome, a 21-6 Kennebunk victory.

He felt his players lost their composure for the first time this season and it “really cost us the game.”

At one point, the Dragons were hit with two penalties on the same play: a block in the back and then a personal foul after the play ended. Instead of having the ball near midfield, they faced third-and-28 from their own 20.

The Dragons still finished first in Eastern Class B at 6-2 and will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Asked what he had to do to get his team back on track, Cooper said, “We watch this game and find a way to get better. The last month or so teams have played us tough. When you’re on top they come at you hard. We’ve got to find a way to make the plays that we need to make.”

KENNEBUNK FINISHED 8-0 and will play No. 8 Morse this weekend in the Western Class B quarterfinals.

Coach Joe Rafferty said his team showed great discipline in the win over Brunswick.

“It was one of those physical games, it got ugly at times, but that’s what happens when there’s a lot of emotions involved,” said Rafferty. “Football is certainly an emotional game. I’m just really proud of our kids for completing the first phase (of their preseason goal). We had a good night, we executed. We worked hard for it and it worked out.”

Nicco DeLorenzo, a hard-running back, said his team wanted to finish undefeated.

“It’s amazing, a dream come true,” he said. “We’ve worked so hard for this. Now we’ve got the playoffs.”

THERE WERE two coin flips to break ties in the final Crabtree standings that determine playoff seedings. In Western Class C, Spruce Mountain won a coin flip with Yarmouth for the No. 3 seed. In Eastern Class D, MCI and Mattanawcook tied for second place, and MCI won the flip, giving the Huskies a first-round bye.

Greely and Westbrook tied for fourth place in Western Class B, but Greely won the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Rangers will host Westbrook in the quarterfinals.

– Staff Writers Glenn Jordan, Steve Craig, Mike Lowe and Tom Chard contributed to this report

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