February 18, 2013

High School Notebook: Greely's victory with honor

From staff reports

After the girls' state hockey championship game Saturday night, which Greely won 1-0 in overtime, the Greely and Scarborough players shook hands and then stood on their respective blue lines to receive their awards.

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Thornton’s Jeff Gelinas hooks a shot over Deering’s Thiwat Thiwat during Saturday’s 49-40 overtime shocker in the Western Class A tournament in Portland. The Golden Trojans play Bonny Eagle Wednesday in the semifinals.

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Western Class A girls’ quarterfinals

#3-Cheverus (16-2) vs. #6-Sanford (13-6), 2 p.m.

#2-Deering (16-2) vs. #7-Thornton (12-7), 3:30 p.m.

#4-Scarborough (15-3) vs. #5-So. Portland (12-6), 7 p.m.

#1-McAuley (18-0) vs. #8-Gorham (12-7), 8:30 p.m.

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Western Class D girls’ quarterfinals

#3-Hyde (16-1) vs. #6-Valley (5-13), 10 a.m.

#2-Richmond (14-3) vs. #7-Greenville (6-12), 11:30 a.m.

Western Class C boys’ quarterfinals

#3-Dirigo (17-1) vs. #6-Old Orchard Beach (14-4), 2:30 p.m.

#2-Waynflete (15-1) vs. #10-Monmouth (7-12), 4 p.m.

#4-Madison (11-7) vs. #5-Hall-Dale (10-8), 7 p.m.

#1-Boothbay (17-1) vs. #8-Wiscasset (11-8), 8:30 p.m.

After Scarborough goalie Devan Kane was handed her medal, she made the gesture of skating over to the Greely players and shaking their hands again. Kane knew many of the players from youth hockey games. She heard a lot of compliments when they shook hands the first time.

"They were a good team to play against and I appreciated the nice things they said to me (after the game)," Kane said. "I just wanted to tell them great job."

When Greely received its medals, Paige Tuller made the same gesture, skating over to the Red Storm players.

"They had an amazing season," Tuller said. "They deserved (recognition), too." 

NOW THAT GREELY has won back-to-back titles, is a three-peat possible? That will be a challenge with eight seniors leaving this team. However, there is a foundation with junior forward Sarah Kurland and sophomores Mary Morrison (defense) and Maura Perry (goalie) among the leading underclassmen.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

In talking to girls' basketball coaches before the tournaments began, they all stressed the importance of limiting turnovers. That was never more evident that in Camden Hills' 55-39 upset of Oceanside in the Eastern Class B quarterfinals.

Oceanside, ranked second, had beaten Camden Hills twice in the regular season, the second time in the last game, 63-38, on Feb. 7. In that game, the Windjammers committed 22 turnovers.

Eight days later, Camden Hills committed only 12 turnovers -- a season-low, according to Coach Marty Messer.

While Jordan Knowlton had her usual standout game -- 23 points (10 for 11 at the foul line), 14 rebounds and four assists, Messer complimented the work of sophomore center Rachel Pease.

Pease had 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots while guarding Oceanside's leading scorer, Kennadi Grover.

"Rachel is five or six inches taller than Kennadi and she really limited her offensive chances," said Messer, noting Grover scored only two points in the second half.

Now the seventh-ranked Windjammers face No.3 Nokomis in Wednesday's semifinals. Nokomis beat Camden Hills 60-38 back on Jan. 5. "We're hoping to turn another one around," said Messer. 

BILL GOODMAN, the coach of top-ranked, unbeaten and two-time defending Class A state champ McAuley, said his team is taking nothing for granted. The Lions have dominated every opponent this year and have a great all-around game.

But Goodman knows anything can happen in a playoff.

"You're talking to the coach of the team (Greely) that went 0 for 17 in 3-pointers against York in the Western Maine finals one year," he said. "And then the next year had 11 turnovers in the first quarter to fall way behind. I'm speaking from experience." 

NO ONE in the Western Maine Conference was surprised that No.11 Wells upset No. 6 Gray-New Gloucester in the Western Class B preliminary round, earning a spot to play No. 3 Spruce Mountain (18-0) in the quarterfinals.

The Warriors, who don't have a senior on the team, were expected to be one of the contenders this year, but struggled with consistency. Now they're playing very well, led by forward Alison Furness.

"That team," said Chris Casterella, the coach at Cape Elizabeth, "that's the team that everyone expected to see all year."

BOYS' BASKETBALL

CHARLIE FAY and Grant Burfiend of Falmouth have teamed up several times this season for some crowd-pleasing plays.

They did it again Saturday in the Western Maine Class B quarterfinals against Maranacook at the Portland Expo. Late in the third quarter, Burfiend was just a little strong on a semi-breakaway layup, but not to worry. There was the 6-foot-5 Fay trailing to slam it down. The play provided some excitement in the one-sided game, won by the top-seeded Yachtsmen, 58-30.

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