The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » High School Sports http://www.pressherald.com Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:04:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.3 Thursday’s high school roundup: McAuley wins girls’ lacrosse game http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/29/thursdays-high-school-roundup-mcauley-wins-girls-lacrosse-game/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/29/thursdays-high-school-roundup-mcauley-wins-girls-lacrosse-game/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:02:55 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/29/thursdays-high-school-roundup-mcauley-wins-girls-lacrosse-game/ Kaeli Leddy scored three goals, including the winner in the final minutes, as McAuley defeated Noble 8-7 in a schoolgirl lacrosse game Thursday.

Elizabeth Poulin added two goals, and Catherine Reid, Maggie Murray and Zoe Mazur also scored for McAuley (1-1).

Kerri Fleming and Meg Bataran had two goals each, and Britt Brown, Summer Smith and Delainy Blaisdell also scored for Noble (0-1).

SCARBOROUGH 21, PORTLAND 15: Emma Smith scored eight goals and Abby Corbin added five to lead the Red Storm (2-0) past the Bulldogs (0-1) at Scarborough.

Merritt Ryan scored seven goals and Isabel Stehli had four for Portland.

WINDHAM 10, CHEVERUS 8: Hannah Skvorak scored four goals to lead the Eagles in an opener at Windham.

Mya Mannette and Katie Herzig each added two goals.

Mackenzie Johnston scored three goals for the Stags.

MESSALONSKEE 14, MT. ARARAT 3: Five players scored multiple goals for Messalonskee (1-0) against Mt. Ararat (0-2) at Topsham.

Ally Turner scored four goals, Lauren Pickett added three, and Lydia Dexter, Riley Field and India Languet each had two for Messalonskee.

Emily Welch scored two goals and Shannon Harty had one for Mt. Ararat.

FREEPORT 15, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 7: Chloe Davidson scored three goals to help the Falcons (1-1) defeat the Raiders (0-2) at Freeport.

Courtney Broderick had two goals and eight assists for the Falcons.

McKenna Gerchman and Hannah Frye scored two goals each for the Raiders.

BONNY EAGLE 19, SANFORD 6: Catherine Biegel collected five goals and two assists to lead the Scots in an opener at Standish.

Natalie Bushey added three goals and four assists for Bonny Eagle.

Maddie Leigh and Julianna Penney scored two goals apiece for Sanford.

GORHAM 9, SOUTH PORTLAND 5: Marina Pappalardo scored five goals and Mary Cronin added two as the Rams (1-0) downed the Red Riots (0-2) at South Portland.

Allison Sinnett of Gorham finished with eight saves. Zoe Brown of South Portland had 12.

MORSE 7, OCEANSIDE 5: The Shipbuilders pulled away in the second half of an opener at Bath.

Madison Olsen, Isabelle Paulus and Amanda Gagne each scored twice for Morse, which broke away from a 3-3 halftime tie, and Sophie Wilson finished with five saves.

Abigail Lacasse and Sierra Beal each scored twice, and Samantha Berry had five saves for the Mariners.

FALMOUTH 17, WAYNFLETE 6: Olivia Stucker and Sydney Bell scored seven goals each, and Devon Sarazin added three to lead the Yachtsmen (2-0) past the Flyers (1-1) at Falmouth.

Christian Rowe led Waynflete with two goals and an assist.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

CHEVERUS 8, DEERING 6: Frank Curran and Max Coffin finished with two goals and one assist apiece for the visiting Stags (1-1), who held off the Rams (0-2) at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The Stags built a 5-2 halftime lead but Deering cut the deficit to 7-6. Curran then scored with 3:09 remaining.

Bryce Randall and Nick James each scored twice for the Rams.

WELLS 16, NOBLE 8: Ethan Marsh scored nine goals as the Warriors (2-0) downed the Knights (0-4) at Wells.

Evan Whitten added four goals and Chad Fitzpatrick scored three for Wells.

Matthew Burnham had three goals, and Jacob Ricker and Logan Pomerleau added two each for the Knights.

BRUNSWICK 8, LEWISTON 6: Aiden Glover had two goals and two assists, and Logan Ouellette made 12 saves for the Dragons (3-0), who held the Blue Devils (2-1) scoreless in the fourth quarter at Brunswick.

Christian Glover added two goals and one assist, and Max Gramins and Andrew Eno each scored twice for the Dragons, who led 7-6 after the third quarter.

Griffin Wade finished with two goals and two assists, and Bryan Wagg had 10 saves for the Blue Devils.

SOFTBALL

KENNEBUNK 21, LAKE REGION 10: Lindsey Gregoire’s fourth-inning grand slam helped the Rams (1-3) beat the Lakers (1-2) at Naples.

Brittney Gregoire went 4 for 5 with a double and three RBI, and Kylie DeFeo added a triple for Kennebunk.

Jackie Morse went 4 for 4, and Kaylyn Lorrain had two doubles and drove in five runs for Lake Region.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 4, YARMOUTH 3: Chloe Coen’s RBI single capped a four-run seventh inning and the Raiders (2-1) held off the Clippers (1-1) at Yarmouth.

Alexis L’Heureux-Carland added a sacrifice fly during the four-run seventh inning for the Raiders and finished with three hits.

The Clippers scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and had the bases loaded before the Raiders got the final out.

Mari Cooper and Cayte Tillotson had two hits apiece for Yarmouth.

BASEBALL

WINDHAM 2, MASSABESIC 0: Zach Skillings pitched a three-hitter and hit a two-out, two-run single in the first inning to lift the Eagles (3-2) over the Mustangs (1-2) at Windham.

Skillings struck out five with no walks.

Cam McCartney and Tim Greenlaw had two singles apiece for the Eagles.

Adam DeAngelis hit a double for Massabesic.

YARMOUTH 9, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 0: Luke Klenda took a perfect game through 52/3 innings and finished with a one-hitter to lead the Clippers (3-0) over the Raiders (0-4) at Yarmouth.

Klenda also hit an RBI single in the third. Jack Snyder drove in two runs.

BONNY EAGLE 2, NOBLE 0: Troy Bogdahn pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts as the Scots (3-1) beat the Knights (0-4) at North Berwick.

The Scots scored on a two-out single by Kyle Labrecque in the second inning and on an error in the fifth.

SOUTH PORTLAND 5, WESTBROOK 0: Griffin Kelley finished with six strikeouts and no walks while throwing a three-hitter for the Red Riots (3-0) against the Blue Blazes (0-2) at Westbrook.

Sam Troiano had a pair of hits, drove in a run and stole three bases for South Portland, which scored four runs over the first three innings.

SCARBOROUGH 4, MARSHWOOD 2: Late errors played a big role in a seventh-inning comeback victory for the Red Storm (3-0) against the Hawks (2-2) at South Berwick.

Marshwood made two errors in the final inning, allowing John Timpson to score the go-ahead run. A bases-loaded walk brought home the final run.

PORTLAND 14, GORHAM 8: Nick Archambault hit a bases-clearing triple to highlight a six-run fifth inning as the Bulldogs (3-0) defeated the Rams (0-2) at Portland.

Dan Marzilli picked up the victory, allowing 12 hits and striking out two in six innings. Joe Fusco finished with three hits and three RBI.

WAYNFLETE SWEEPS GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN: Huge fourth innings in both games helped the Flyers (2-2) sweep the Lions (0-2) in Portland, 13-3, 18-5.

In the opener, Ben Mallon had three hits and three runs for the Flyers, who scored nine times in the fourth.

In the second game, Waynflete trailed 5-4 before scoring 14 runs in the fourth.

DEERING 2, BIDDEFORD 1: Nathan Loranger’s walk-off single lifted the Rams (2-1) over the Tigers (0-3) at Portland.

Trailing 1-0, Deering tied it on a single by Riley Bartell in the seventh, followed by Loranger’s winner.

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Girls’ lacrosse: Marshwood rallies in final seconds http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/28/girls-lacrosse-marshwood-rallies-in-final-seconds/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/28/girls-lacrosse-marshwood-rallies-in-final-seconds/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:54:46 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/28/girls-lacrosse-marshwood-rallies-in-final-seconds/ WATERBORO — Marshwood High, the defending Class A champion, scored two goals in the final 19 seconds to defeat Massabesic 5-4 in a girls’ lacrosse game Wednesday.

Lucia Albers tied the game on a pass from Paige Singer with 18.9 seconds remaining. Marshwood won the ensuing draw and with 4.1 seconds left, Hannah Costin scored her fourth goal of the game after a pass from Albers.

“It was like the gate opened up for us, let’s (score) another one,” Costin said. “With their defense we just had to make passes to make them move and once we moved them, we just went right in.”

Marshwood improved to 3-0.

Sophomore goalie Skylar Amsden, a converted attacker, made 11 saves for the win.

The game was tied 1-1 at the half as both defenses were tenacious and routinely shut down attackers.

Massabesic, the 2014 Class A champion, built a 4-1 lead with 9:26 remaining in its season opener.

Josie Ring and Madison Drain both scored on quick transition attacks after Marshwood turnovers, and Maquila DiMastrantonio converted the final Massabesic goal. Delia Sylvain scored early in the game for the Mustangs.

Costin, who showed quick feet and the ability to get off a shot in tight confines, got one goal back with 8:02 left and cut the lead to 4-3 with 2:45 remaining.

Massabesic committed several turnovers down the stretch.

“We didn’t handle the ball well down the stretch, gave them extra opportunities and got them right back in the game,” Massabesic Coach Brooks Bowen said. “You’re not going to do that against good teams and come out on top very often.”

Albers’ tying goal came after a scrambling situation in front of Massabesic goalie Lydia Wasina resulted in a foul called. Singer had the free-position look from just a slight angle. She could have taken the shot but Albers, stationed near the crease to Wasina’s right, could tell Singer had other ideas.

“We had the eyes going. Paige and I had the eyes going,” Albers said. “I was open and I’ve been practicing crease rolls a lot.”

Seconds later, after Marshwood controlled the draw, it was Albers who had her eyes on Costin as the clock wound down.

“We know Hannah’s there for us. ‘Get it to Hannah,’ ” Albers said.

Costin took a short pass that went across Wasina’s line of vision, made one subtle shot fake and put away the winner in what has become a top rivalry.

“We are always a one-goal game. It’s typically overtime,” Marshwood Coach Bernie Marvin said. “We know our defenses are going to be stout and we know our goalies are going to be stout. It was a great test for us. Our kids, I think it was just determination and grit, and they came through.”

Bowen said it’s too early in the season for one close game to define either team.

“It’s not going to define us, for sure,” he said. “One game is one game. Did we want it? Of course we did. Are we disappointed we let it slip away? Of course we are. We’ll get better.”

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Wednesday’s boys’ roundup: Sacopee Valley collects baseball win http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/wednesdays-boys-roundup-sacopee-valley-collects-baseball-win/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/wednesdays-boys-roundup-sacopee-valley-collects-baseball-win/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:44:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/wednesdays-boys-roundup-sacopee-valley-collects-baseball-win/ SOUTH HIRAM — Brady Anderson gave up one run over six innings Wednesday as Sacopee Valley defeated North Yarmouth Academy 7-3 in a Western Maine Conference baseball game.

Roderick Maynard hit a two-run double in the third inning and Dana Shea finished with two hits for Sacopee (4-0) against the Panthers (2-1).

Anderson gave up five hits.

SCARBOROUGH 15, NOBLE 1: Morgan Pratt went 2 for 3 with four RBI and scored twice as the Red Storm (2-0) rolled past the Knights (0-3) in five innings at Scarborough.

Pratt had a two-run single in Scarborough’s seven-run second inning.

Connor Kelly added a double and a single for the Red Storm.

WELLS 8, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Andrew Skeats and Nick Cousins each went 3 for 3 to lead the Warriors (2-1) over the Patriots (2-3) at Wells.

Shawn Ramsey had an RBI single that started a four-run third inning, giving Wells a 5-0 lead.

Skeats and Liam Bell each drove in two runs, and winning pitcher Charlie Bell allowed two hits over five innings, striking out two. Cody Cousins added two hits and an RBI.

BONNY EAGLE 9, BIDDEFORD 2: Arlo Pike’s grand slam in the seventh inning capped a late surge by the Scots (2-1), who scored six times in the final two innings to pull away from the Tigers (0-2) at Biddeford.

Pike also had a single, a walk and scored twice. Kerry Crepeau had two singles and a run for Biddeford.

SOUTH PORTLAND 7, SANFORD 1: Sam Troiano pitched a two-hitter and also homered as the Red Riots (2-0) pulled away from Sanford (0-3) at South Portland.

Drew Abramson singled home two runs and then scored to give South Portland a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Red Riots added three in the third before Troiano homered in the sixth.

Troiano also struck out 10, and Nick Troiano had three hits and an RBI for the Riots.

MARSHWOOD 6, MASSABESIC 1: Nick Landis allowed one run on five hits to lead the Hawks (2-1) over the Mustangs (1-1) at South Berwick.

Landis struck out six and walked two, and Ryan O’Neil and Aidan Place each had two hits and one RBI for Marshwood.

Nate Curtis and Jeremy Jacques each had a hit and an RBI.

Simon Roberts had two hits and Jacob Gregoire drove in the Mustangs’ run in the seventh inning. Weston Bergeron struck out two over four innings.

THORNTON ACADEMY 3, CHEVERUS 2: Luke Chessey singled to tie the game in the seventh inning and the winning run scored when the ball was misplayed as the Trojans (2-0) defeated the Stags (1-1) at Saco.

Singles by Zach Ham and Josh LePauloue set the stage for Chessey.

Chessey finished 3 for 4 and drove in two runs, and Ham went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs. Ben Lambert allowed two runs and six hits, with six strikeouts and two walks.

Tre Fletcher went 2 for 4 with a run, and Josh Veroneau added two hits for Cheverus. Jack Casale allowed one run on six hits, striking out three in six innings.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 8, TRAIP ACADEMY 2: Dylan Creswell’s outstanding relief helped the Seagulls (3-0) down the Rangers (1-2) at Old Orchard Beach.

Creswell relieved with two runs in and two outs in the first inning, and allowed one hit and two walks, striking out seven.

Thomas Fregeau and Evan O’Donnell each had three hits for Old Orchard, and Nate Doody contributed a two-run single in the sixth.

DEERING 4, WINDHAM 1: Ian Westphal had a two-run single and Dom Bernard followed with an RBI single to highlight a three-run fourth inning as the Rams (1-1) defeated the Eagles (2-2) at Portland.

Bernard finished with three singles and Westphal added a double.

James Sinclair of the Rams struck out nine, including the side in the seventh.

Tim Greenlaw had a pair of hits for Windham.

PORTLAND 6, WESTBROOK 2: Joey Fusco singled home John Williams and Nick Archambault to give the Bulldogs (2-0) a 3-0 first-inning lead over Westbrook (0-1) at Portland.

Jake Knop, who scored the first run of the inning, led Portland with a single and triple, three runs and a pair of stolen bases.

LACROSSE

WAYNFLETE 12, YORK 11: Will Nelligan had four goals and a pair of assists, including the winner with three minutes left as the Flyers (1-1) beat the Wildcats (0-2) at Portland.

Miles Lipton added three goals, and Hank Duvall had two goals and three assists for Waynflete. Henry McCarddin led York with three goals and an assist. James Boksanski and Sam Sinclair each scored twice.

SOUTH PORTLAND 15, BIDDEFORD 2: Cooper Mehlhorn had six goals and an assist as the Red Riots (1-1) got past the Tigers (1-2) at Biddeford.

Jack Fiorini added four goals and two assists for South Portland. Cody Sevigny and John Gilliam scored for Biddeford.

GREELY 7, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 3: Samuel Peck scored three goals for Greely in an opener at Yarmouth.

Ben Kennedy, Alex Kroot, William Hall and Josh Lawless also scored for the Rangers. Thomas Pitts had two goals and Sam Johnson the other for NYA.

FALMOUTH 10, KENNEBUNK 5: Jack Scribner scored four goals to lead the Yachtsmen (2-0) past Kennebunk (1-1) at Falmouth.

Henry Norris added a pair of goals for Falmouth.

WELLS 14, LAKE REGION 3: Ethan Marsh scored six goals, and Chad Fitzpatrick and Evan Whitten added three each to carry the Warriors in an opener at Wells.

Sam Hazlett and Tyler Whitten also scored for Wells. Nicholas Lepage had two goals and Hunter Russo the other for the Lakers.

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Wednesday’s girls’ roundup: Wells triumphs in softball http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/wednesdays-girls-roundup-wells-triumphs-in-softball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/wednesdays-girls-roundup-wells-triumphs-in-softball/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:35:37 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/wednesdays-girls-roundup-wells-triumphs-in-softball/ WELLS — Anya Chase went 4 for 4 and scored five runs Wednesday as Wells sent Gray-New Gloucester to its first softball loss, scoring an 18-14 victory in a Western Maine Conference game.

Hannah Moody had a pair of doubles and drove in four runs, and Sam Bogue added three hits, including a double, triple and three RBI for Wells (2-1).

Skye Conley of Gray-New Gloucester (4-1) went 3 for 5 with five RBI, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

GORHAM 25, CHEVERUS 1: Lindsey Wilcox pitched a three-hitter as the Rams (3-0) defeated the Stags (0-3) in five innings at Portland.

The Rams scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning before the Stags scored in the bottom half.

Emily Murray, one of the seven players with multiple hits for Gorham, finished with five hits and seven RBI, including a home run in the fifth inning that completed the cycle.

Wilcox gave up three hits and two walks, striking out four.

CAPE ELIZABETH 5, FALMOUTH 4: Maggie Baker singled home Maddie Culkin in the seventh inning to lift the Capers (2-2) over Falmouth (2-1) at Cape Elizabeth.

The Yachtsmen had tied the game in the top of the seventh when Allison Murphy capped a three-run rally with an RBI single up the third-base line.

Tess Haller had two hits and scored twice, Culkin also had two hits and Megan Nicholson added two runs for Cape Elizabeth. Maddie Rouhana had a pair of hits and a run for Falmouth.

BIDDEFORD 12, MCAULEY 0: Kirsten Lebreux went 3 for 3 with three RBI and scored three runs, and struck out 10 as the Tigers (2-1) defeated the Lions (1-2) in five innings at Biddeford.

Biddeford scored four runs in the first inning, including a two-run homer by Brittany Roy, and added three in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Roy was 3 for 3 and scored twice, and Brook Davis added a pair of doubles for the Tigers.

Lillie Donovan had two hits for McAuley.

PORTLAND 11, WESTBROOK 2: Sydney Gilbert struck out seven and walked one as the Bulldogs (2-1) downed the Blue Blazes (1-2) at Westbrook.

Annie Twombly had a pair of hits for Portland.

Morgan Rice had two singles and Camryn LaPierre added a triple for Westbrook.

YORK 17, FREEPORT 0: Stephanie Rundlett struck out 12 while allowing one hit as York (2-1) shut out the Falcons (1-2) in five innings at Freeport.

Wendy Donnell led the Wildcats’ 17-hit offense with four hits. Rundlett added three, and Julia Babcock, Julia Harrod, Olivia Coughlin and Kiley Blondin had two hits each.

Lauren Briggs singled in the third for Freeport.

BONNY EAGLE 5, MARSHWOOD 4: Nell Spencer scored on a bases-loaded walk, Lauryn Fagan on a passed ball and Sarah Champagne on an error as the Scots (1-2) took advantage of mistakes to open a 3-0 lead over Marshwood (0-2) in the second inning at Standish.

Spencer singled home a run and also scored to extend the Bonny Eagle lead to 5-1 in the fourth.

Emersyn Colbath-Stevens and Maddie Eastman scored twice each for the Hawks.

SCARBOROUGH 34, DEERING 0: Chloe Gorey and Maggie Murphy each collected five hits as the Red Storm (3-0) beat the Rams (1-2) in five innings at Portland.

Leading 6-0, Scarborough scored 16 runs in the fourth.

Chloe Griffin and Emily Jefferds each had three of the Red Storm’s 28 hits.

THORNTON ACADEMY 19, MASSABESIC 2: The Golden Trojans (2-1) scored eight runs in the fourth, including a two-run homer to left-center by Hannah Collins, and beat the Mustangs (2-1) in five innings at Saco.

Jenica Botting hit a second-inning grand slam and a pair of singles, and Libby Pomerleau had two doubles and a solo homer in the first inning, finishing with two RBI.

SANFORD 11, NOBLE 5: Nicole Main hit a three-run homer, part of an eight-run sixth inning that helped the Spartans (2-1) beat the Knights (1-2) at Sanford.

Main’s three-run homer, an RBI single by Jen Jones, a two-run single by Morgan Coleman and a two-run single by Julia Allen highlighted the sixth.

Main finished with two hits and four RBI.

WINDHAM 7, SOUTH PORTLAND 0: Danielle Tardiff pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and three walks to lead the Eagles (1-1) over the Red Riots (1-2) at South Portland.

Tardiff also hit a two-run triple in the second inning. The Red Riots’ hit was a double by Taylor Bacheldor.

LACROSSE

KENNEBUNK 14, YORK 2: Jenny Bush scored six goals to lead the Rams (2-0) over the Wildcats (1-1) at York.

Isabella Kudas stopped 10 shots, Kyra Schwartzman added three goals and Gabby Fogg had two for Kennebunk. Alexandra Lawlor and Alana Lauersen answered for York.

MARSHWOOD 16, MCAULEY 4: Regan Nichols had five goals and a pair of assists for the Hawks (2-0), who took a 13-1 halftime lead and rolled past the Lions (0-1) at South Berwick.

Hannah Costin had four goals and an assist, and Luci Albers added three goals for Marshwood, which had nine players score.

Kaeli Leddy led McAuley with three goals, Zoe Mauer also scored.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Cape Elizabeth pulls away http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/boys-lacrosse-cape-elizabeth-pulls-away/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/boys-lacrosse-cape-elizabeth-pulls-away/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:20:05 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/boys-lacrosse-cape-elizabeth-pulls-away/ YARMOUTH — The defense remains a work in progress, but the Cape Elizabeth boys’ lacrosse team showed Wednesday night it still can score goals.

Six players scored as Cape rolled to an impressive 15-5 victory over Yarmouth.

It was only the second game of the season for both teams, who last met in the 2015 state final with the Capers winning 7-5 at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

This game was relatively close for three quarters before Cape scored eight goals in the fourth.

“They had to come out and pressure some more, and that’s when the slides are a little bit farther apart and we’re able to run by some guys,” Cape Elizabeth Coach Ben Raymond said. “We did a little bit better job of finishing in the fourth quarter.”

Three of last season’s top defenders graduated but the relatively inexperienced long sticks did a good job of keeping the Clippers on the periphery. Yarmouth was scoreless for nearly 16 minutes during a stretch that began in the second quarter and ended in the third.

“It’s the second real game of the year and we ran a bunch of people in and out of the game,” Raymond said. “They’re still trying to figure it out.”

Alex Narvaez made 11 saves for Cape.

Cape led 6-3 at halftime after Owen Thoreck and Joe Boeschenstein scored less than 20 seconds apart in the last minute.

“That was a momentum shift,” Yarmouth Coach David Pearl said.

Ricky Tillotson won 9 of 11 draws in the first half but the Clippers were unable to take advantage.

Yarmouth had possession for nearly five minutes at the start of the second quarter but was only able to score once, when Bill Jacobs put in a left-handed shot from 10 yards on the right side to make it 3-3. The Clippers got the ball right back when Tillotson won yet another draw but lost possession two minutes later.

The Capers led 3-2 after the first quarter and took the lead when Connor Thoreck put a wrap-around shot into the right side while Cape played with a two-man advantage.

“We played really competitive in the first half,” Pearl said. “Against a good team like Cape Elizabeth, it you don’t capitalize on those opportunities they don’t show up again.”

Connor Thoreck led Cape with four goals. Boeschenstein and Riley Pillsbury each scored three. R.J. Sarka and Owen Thoreck had two goals each.

Jacobs led Yarmouth with three goals. Matt Beatty and Silas Chappell also scored.

“I saw a lot of great things out of this team tonight, and I’m looking forward to playing (Cape Elizabeth) in a month,” Pearl said.

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Baseball: Falmouth shuts down Cape Elizabeth http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/baseball-falmouth-shuts-down-cape-elizabeth/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/baseball-falmouth-shuts-down-cape-elizabeth/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:22:55 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/baseball-falmouth-shuts-down-cape-elizabeth/ CAPE ELIZABETH — In pitching Falmouth to an 8-2 victory against Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Wednesday, Cam Guarino wasn’t able to match his opening-day no-hitter.

Still, he allowed just five hits and two unearned runs for the Yachtsmen (3-0).

“We know that every time Cam steps on the mound we have a good chance to win,” said Coach Kevin Winship. “I had a good feeling early on when we got the first couple runs, that’s all he needs. He just gets more confident as the game goes on, and he just gets better as the game goes on.

“He’s not going to be a big strikeout guy but he’s going to get guys out.”

Added Cape Elizabeth Coach Andrew Wood: “Cam’s a pretty good pitcher. Obviously he’s a (Division I) prospect and is a very smart kid. He’s probably one of the best, if not the best pitcher in the state. Just a smart guy; his preparation is there.”

Guarino, a junior, only struck out two, instead inducing weak contact and relying on stellar defense. In fact, his only mistake – which led to both runs for the Capers – was his throwing error in the sixth.

“(The defense) did their job today,” said Guarino. “I was painting my corners and trying to get ground balls, but they carried me this game. It was all them.”

Falmouth paired timely hitting with a rough defensive day for Cape (2-1). The Yachtsmen racked up 12 hits and took advantage of eight errors.

Falmouth scored at least once in each of the first five innings, and all eight runs came with two outs.

“We just battle,” said Connor Aube, who was on base four times and scored three runs for Falmouth. “Two outs doesn’t mean anything to us. We just wanted to get rallies going and that’s what we did. We all just wanted to take advantage if they messed up. That’s what you have to do in baseball, take advantage when you can.”

Colin Coyne went 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI, and Garrett Aube had two hits, including a double to kick-start the offense with two outs in the second, and two runs. Tyler Gee chipped in two hits and a run, and Chris Camelio added a run.

“We got things going today. Offensively, I thought we hit the ball really well, hit the ball really hard. We took advantage of some of their mistakes,” said Winship. “Early on, the double by Garrett Aube was a great momentum builder for us. That was a huge hit. It’s only his third varsity game; coming up with a big hit like that was huge.”

Jack O’Rourke had a pair of infield singles for Cape Elizabeth. The first, in the third inning, was the first hit against Guarino this year. Dylan Roberts also had two hits and a run, and Brendan Tinsman scored Cape’s other run.

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Posternak, Esposito take Athlete of the Year honors in first Varsity Maine Awards http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/2016-varsity-maine-awards/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/2016-varsity-maine-awards/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:14:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=855770 GORHAM — Joe Esposito of Portland and Lily Posternak of York won the Athlete of the Year awards Wednesday night at the first Varsity Maine Awards, hosted by the Maine Sunday Telegram.

The event won the respect of its intended audience – the 450 high school athletes, coaches and family in attendance.

“It’s super cool,” said Posternak, who helped York to unbeaten state title seasons in field hockey and basketball. “It’s a really nice event. They did a great job. It was fun.”

Held in front of a lively full house at the Costello Sports Complex on the University of Southern Maine campus, the Varsity Maine Awards – or VMEAs – were co-hosted by hip-hop artist, rapper and music producer Spose of Wells, and TV personality Erin Ovalle. The event featured twin video screens that highlighted each nominee in 12 award categories, most of whom sent in their own video clip through social media.

“This is a different awards ceremony than I’ve ever seen,” said Esposito, a star running back and key member of the Bulldogs’ Class AA boys’ basketball championship team. “It was great that they started this and hopefully they keep it going because it was a lot of fun.”

The trophies for the 12 category winners were specially-made Winterstick snowboards, each inscribed with the winner’s name.

“I love the snowboards. It’s the coolest award I’ve ever won,” Posternak said.

The Athletes of the Year were selected in a vote of the sports staffs of the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal in Augusta and Morning Sentinel in Waterville.

Esposito rushed for 1,606 yards, scored 28 touchdowns and made 126 tackles as Portland reached the Class A football final. He was previously named the Maine Sunday Telegram football player of the year.

Posternak is a two-time Telegram field hockey player of the year. This season she scored 27 goals with 14 assists as York won its second straight Class B title. Then she was the defensive specialist for the Wildcats’ 22-0 championship basketball team.

Posternak’s basketball coach, Rick Clark, was named Coach of the Year. Clark announced his retirement before starting his 34th year as York’s varsity coach. He finished with 508 wins and a fourth state title.

“This was fun,” Clark said. “It (honors) a lot of kids who wouldn’t normally get recognized for some of the special things they do. I liked the different categories.”

The winners in the Coach of the Year and nine other categories were selected by a panel of judges who decided among five finalists culled from reader nominations in each category. Those winners were:

Thornton Academy senior quarterback Austin McCrum as The Clutch Player.

Waterville High unified basketball player Lauren Anderson as The Unsung Hero.

Lewiston High senior and Telegram boys’ soccer Player of the Year Abdi Shariff-Hasson as The Wow Factor.

Yarmouth High, which claimed five state titles plus three regional crowns in the past 12 months, as The School that Rules.

Skowhegan High super fan Joyce Hill as The Loudest and Proudest.

The Vinalhaven High boys’ basketball team as The Comeback Kids.

Camden Hills senior Hilary Merrifield, who plays field hockey, softball and wrestles, as The Role Model.

Scarborough senior and state indoor mile champion Colin Tardiff for The Leap Year.

Ellsworth swim statistician Steve McEachern for The Critical Assist.

Before the awards show, athletes were feted with a red carpet walk into the field house, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

“I expected it to be just a small auditorium and a boring presentation, and it was pretty awesome to show up and to see that they had made such a big deal,” said Lewiston senior and two-sport athlete Alasia Branche. “It’s awesome that we’re being recognized in that way.”

Branche was one of the 12 representatives from Lewiston who made the trip to support Shariff-Hasson. Lewiston was also a finalist in the School that Rules category. Massabesic, South Portland, Waterville, York and Thornton Academy were among the other schools with large, vocal audience representation. Many wore their school colors.

Maine Today Media CEO Lisa DeSisto said the genesis for the VMEA came because “we know how passionate everyone is with high school sports in Maine, so let’s get together and celebrate it.”

The feel-good moment that summed up the evening came when Anderson, Waterville’s unified basketball player, took the stage for her acceptance speech and addressed the Waterville contingent.

“Thank you teammates. You’re my best friends,” she said.

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Photos: 2016 Varsity Maine Awards ceremony underway http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/2016-varsity-maine-awards-ceremony-underway/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/2016-varsity-maine-awards-ceremony-underway/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:59:54 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=855917 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/2016-varsity-maine-awards-ceremony-underway/feed/ 0 http://www.pressherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/20160427_VMA_1.jpgWed, 27 Apr 2016 19:06:12 +0000 It’s showtime: Varsity Maine Awards tonight at USM http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/its-showtime-varsity-maine-awards-to-be-held-wednesday-at-usm/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/27/its-showtime-varsity-maine-awards-to-be-held-wednesday-at-usm/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=854342 Nearly 400 people are expected Wednesday evening for the 2016 Varsity Maine Awards, honoring the best in high school sports from across the state.

The awards show, hosted by the Maine Sunday Telegram, will be held at the Costello Sports Complex on the University of Southern Maine campus in Gorham.

Award winners will be announced in 12 categories, including girls’ and boys’ athlete of the year.

Spose will be the emcee for the ceremony, which starts at 7 p.m. Erin Ovalle will greet finalists on the red carpet starting at 6 p.m.

Here are the finalists in each category:

THE CLUTCH PLAYER

Jocelyn Mitiguy, Greely soccer; Amir Moss, Portland basketball; Trever Gray, Waterville track; Austin McCrum, Thornton Academy football; Maddie Hasson, South Portland basketball.

THE SCHOOL THAT RULES

Ellsworth; Lewiston; Portland; Waterville; Yarmouth.

THE WOW FACTOR

Erin Holmes, Greely; Abdi Shariff-Hasson, Lewiston; Luke Fredette, Winslow; Emily Jefferds, Scarborough; Kate Ginder, Cape Elizabeth.

THE CRITICAL ASSIST

Steve McEachern, Ellsworth swimming; Josh and Tammy Ewing, Hampden unified basketball; Emily Vigue, MCI football; Thornton Academy pep band.

THE COMEBACK KIDS

Sanford cheerleaders; Cheverus boys’ hockey; Vinalhaven boys’ basketball; South Portland boys’ basketball; Madison boys’ basketball.

THE LEAP YEAR

Gray-New Gloucester football team; Christopher St. Pierre, Oxford Hills basketball; Kolbe Merfeld, Cony baseball; Charles Barnard, Portland baseball; Colin Tardiff, Scarborough track.

THE ROLE MODEL

Ryan Sinclair, Hall-Dale unified basketball; Nicole Budri, Falmouth lacrosse; Hilary Merrifield, Camden Hills wrestling; Curtis McLeod, MCI football; MacKenzie Hoglund, Cheverus soccer.

THE LOUDEST AND PROUDEST

Lake Region boosters; Al Garcia, Gorham superfan; Joyce Hill, Skowhegan superfan; Morse basketball fans; Medomak Valley basketball fans.

THE UNSUNG HERO

Lauren Anderson, Waterville basketball; Allyssa Hanley, Oxford Hills basketball; David Washburn, Skowhegan (multiple sports); Dillon Boutin, Biddeford basketball; Kate Walton, Ellsworth swimming.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Chris Binette, Massabesic boys’ basketball; Rick Clark, York girls’ basketball; Steve DeAngelis, Maranacook skiing; Stacen Doucette, Oak Hill football; Heather Strout-Thompson, Narraguagus girls’ basketball.

BOYS’ ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Connor Aube, Falmouth; Matt Caron, Scarborough; Trevor DeLaite, Bangor; Peter Del Gallo, Gardiner; Joe Esposito, Portland.

GIRLS’ ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Tess Haller, Cape Elizabeth; Nia Irving, Lawrence; Libby Pomerleau, Thornton Academy; Lily Posternak, York; Kaelyn Woods, Gray-New Gloucester.

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Monday’s boys’ roundup: Falmouth collects baseball victory http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/mondays-boys-roundup-falmouth-collects-baseball-victory/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/mondays-boys-roundup-falmouth-collects-baseball-victory/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 03:08:44 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/mondays-boys-roundup-falmouth-collects-baseball-victory/ KENNEBUNK — Reece Armitage allowed two hits over six innings and also singled in the go-ahead run Monday as Falmouth downed Kennebunk 5-3 in a Western Maine Conference baseball game.

The Yachtsmen (2-0) broke a 3-3 tie with a pair of fourth-inning runs against the Rams (1-2).

Tyler Gee reached on an error and moved to second when Robbie Armitage was hit by a pitch. Reece Armitage singled home Gee to give Falmouth a 4-3 lead and, after a passed ball, Robbie Armitage scored on Colin Coyne’s sacrifice fly.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 9, POLAND 3: Josiah Rottari went 4 for 4 with four RBI and a run to lead the Patriots (2-2) over the Knights (0-3) at Poland.

John Henry Villanueva struck out six and walked one, scattering 11 hits for Gray-New Gloucester. He also had two hits and scored twice.

Gawain Tibbetts, Ben Bernier and Gabe Crosby had two hits each for Poland.

WELLS 9, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Charlie Bell hit an RBI triple, and Andrew Skeats and Michael Wrigley each added RBI doubles as the Warriors (1-1) downed the Raiders (0-3) at Wells.

Nick Cousins and Skeats finished with two hits apiece for Wells, which combined for five runs in the third and fourth innings to build a 7-0 lead.

Cousins was also the winning pitcher, giving up one run on two hits, striking out five and walking three over six innings.

CAPE ELIZABETH 16, YORK 4: The Capers (2-0) used an eight-run fourth inning to roll past the Wildcats (2-1) at York.

Cape had five consecutive hits in the fourth, including home runs by Brendan Tinsman and Nate Ingalls.

Dylan Roberts also homered for the Capers.

Christopher Neilsen had a double and a pair of singles for York.

YARMOUTH 4, FREPORT 1: Jack Snyder went 2 for 3 with three runs and two stolen bases to lift the Clippers (2-0) over the Falcons (1-1) at Yarmouth.

Snyder scored on a single by Joe DeFusco that gave the Clippers a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Gibson Harnett gave up five hits and one walk, striking out five batters over 52/3 shutout innings to earn the win.

SACOPEE VALLEY 7, TRAIP ACADEMY 4: Brandon Burnell struck out seven in a five-hitter, had three hits and scored twice to lead Sacopee Valley (3-0) past the Rangers (1-2) at Kittery.

Roderick Maynard drove in two runs, and D.J. Shea and Cam Cyr scored twice each as Sacopee built a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Coleman Pelkey singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth to break up Burnell’s no-hitter. Traip went on to score three times before adding a final run on Alex Foye’s homer in the sixth.

BONNY EAGLE 6, MARSHWOOD 1: Dana McKay held the Hawks (1-1) to two hits as Bonny Eagle (1-1) won at South Berwick.

Arlo Pike of the Scots drove home four runs with a single and a double. Troy Bogdahn also had a pair of hits for Bonny Eagle.

Holden Jackman lined a double for Marshwood.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 9, WAYNFLETE 1: Pinch-hitter Jacob Maloney hit a two-out, two-run double and Dustin Brown added a pinch RBI single during a six-run seventh inning as the Seagulls (2-0) pulled away from the Flyers (0-2) at Portland.

Logan Melnick relieved in the first inning for Old Orchard with the bases loaded and no outs, down 1-0, and shut the inning down.

Melnick pitched six innings, allowing no runs, striking out nine and walking none.

Sam Cousteau had a double and a pair of singles for the Seagulls.

Ben Mallon finished with two hits for the Flyers.

GREELY 7, LAKE REGION 1: Ryan Twitchell struck out 11 with four hits and one walk over six innings as Greely (2-0) defeated the Lakers (0-2) in Naples.

The Rangers, leading 3-1 after four innings, broke the game open on Brad Spoerri’s three-run homer in the fifth.

Cal Soule had two hits, an RBI and two runs for Greely. Mark Mayo registered two of Lake Region’s hits and the sole RBI.

OCEANSIDE 7, MAINE CENTRAL INSTITUTE 1: Thomas Curtis hit a two-run double and Logan Sheridan added a two-run triple to lead the Mariners (3-0) past the Huskies (1-2) at Pittsfield.

Jake Bartlett struck out three and walked one in a five-hitter for Oceanside.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 13, MEDOMAK VALLEY 2: Erskine Academy (1-1) had five extra-base hits and Luke Peabody hit three singles to lead a 13-hit offense against Medomak Valley (0-2) at Waldoboro.

Nate Howard, Caleb Barden and Cody Beaudoin doubled, and Dylan Presby and Noah Bonsant each hit a triple for Erskine. Howard picked up the win.

CONY 2, CAMDEN HILLS 0: Taylor Heath drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning to lift the Rams (1-2) over Camden Hills (1-2) at Rockport.

Kolbe Merfeld allowed three hits with five strikeouts and three walks for the win. Riley Boivin and Cam Dunlop each had two hits for Cony, including a double.

Jason Moores doubled for the Windjammers.

HALL-DALE 23, BOOTHBAY REGION 2: Ryan Sinclair drove in four runs to help the Bulldogs (2-0) cruise past the Seahawks (0-2) at Boothbay.

Tyler Dubois drove in three runs for Hall-Dale. Boothbay committed eight errors.

SEARSPORT 7, RICHMOND 0: Troy Reynolds struck out 14 and allowed two hits as Searsport (3-0) rolled past the Bobcats (0-2) at Richmond.

Barrett Grant and Ben Powell doubled for Searsport .

NOKOMIS 4, MARANACOOK 0: Cody Rice picked up the win, and also had two hits and two RBI for Nokomis (2-1) against the Black Bears (2-1) at Readfield.

Rice went six innings, and allowed three hits and a walk, striking out two. Brad Allen added a pair of singles for Nokomis.

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High school softball: Gorham gets runs late to beat Deering http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/high-school-softball-gorham-gets-runs-late-to-beat-deering/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/high-school-softball-gorham-gets-runs-late-to-beat-deering/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 02:31:56 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/high-school-softball-gorham-gets-runs-late-to-beat-deering/ GORHAM — Noelle DiBiase doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Michelle Rowe followed with an RBI single Monday to help Gorham to a 5-3 victory against Deering in an SMAA softball game.

DiBiase and Rowe finished with two hits apiece for Gorham (2-0), which erased a 3-0 first-inning deficit with two runs in the second, one run in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Grace McGouldrick of Gorham finished with 16 strikeouts and five walks in a two-hitter against Deering (1-1).

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 6, WELLS 3: Alexis L’Heureux-Carland and Makayla Cooper each drove in seventh-inning runs as the Raiders (1-1) pulled away from the Warriors (1-1) at Wells.

Faith Pelkie had three singles and an RBI, and L’Heureux-Carland and Cooper each added a pair of hits for Fryeburg.

Olivia Clay had three hits and an RBI, and Anya Chase added a triple and a double for Wells.

WESTBROOK 13, MCAULEY 2: Maddison LeBeau struck out 13 in a four-hitter as Westbrook (1-1) beat the Lions (1-1) in six innings at Portland.

The Blue Blazes opened a 4-0 lead over the first four innings, then scored six in a fifth inning highlighted by Camryn LaPierre’s two-run homer and three in the sixth on Kayla Horner’s bases-loaded triple.

LeBeau finished with three hits and LaPierre three. Elizabeth Kennedy had a single and a double for McAuley.

YARMOUTH 15, FREEPORT 2: Eleanor O’Gorman went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Clippers (1-0) cruised past the Falcons (1-1) in five innings at Yarmouth.

Freeport opened with two runs in the top of the first inning but Yarmouth countered with four in each of its first three at-bats.

Andrea St. Pierre, Colleen Sullivan and Cate Ralph each added a pair of hits for the Clippers.

MASSABESIC 1, BONNY EAGLE 0: Grace Tutt scored on a single by Kyra Cartwright in the first inning and the Mustangs (2-0) held off the Scots (0-2) at Waterboro.

Sarah Guimond gave up six hits, striking out three and walking three over six-plus innings to earn the win.

Sarah Howe relieved with a runner on first and no outs in the seventh, then retired the next three batters.

Melissa McDonald hit a pair of singles and Ashlyn Wintle pitched a two-hitter for Bonny Eagle.

THORNTON ACADEMY 13, NOBLE 0: Louisa Colucci pitched a no-hitter, striking out seven and walking one as the Golden Trojans (1-1) handled the Knights (1-1) in a five-inning game at North Berwick.

Abby Pomerleau had three doubles, Kaylee Burns had a double and a pair of singles, and Olivia Howe, Maizie Lee and Hannah Collins added two hits each.

BIDDEFORD 12, WINDHAM 6: Grace Martin’s two-run homer capped a five-run second inning as the Tigers (1-1) took a 9-1 lead against Windham (0-1) at Biddeford.

Martin also had an RBI single during a four-run first keyed by Brittany Roy’s two-run single.

Jocely Moody finished with three RBI and two runs, and Martin and Roy also had three RBI each for Biddeford. Olivia Mora had two hits and two RBI, and Christina Mooradian added two hits and two runs for Westbrook.

SOUTH PORTLAND 2, MARSHWOOD 1: Stephanie Aceto had five strikeouts and no walks while tossing a three-hitter to lift the Red Riots in an opener at South Berwick.

Marshwood took the lead in the third inning when Emersyn Stevens scored on a groundout by Meaghan Sandler.

South Portland scored twice in the seventh on an RBI double by Miranda Gleason and an RBI groundout by Maddie Houlette.

Emily Robida finished with a two-hitter for Marshwood, striking out seven batters and walking three.

PORTLAND 9, CHEVERUS 0: Jess Brown struck out 18 in a no-hitter as the Bulldogs (1-1) defeated visiting Cheverus (0-2) at Portland.

Brown also had two hits, two runs and a pair of RBI. Sydney Gilbert added two RBI and two runs.

LAKE REGION 9, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 6: Brooke Harriman went 3 for 4 with a triple and five RBI to lead the Lakers (1-1) over the Seagulls (0-2) at Naples.

Kaylyn Lorrain added an RBI single, and Liz Cole walked three times and scored three runs for Lake Region.

HALL-DALE 16, BOOTHBAY 0: Becca Ackerson struck out 10, walked two and pitched a no-hitter to lead the Bulldogs (1-1) over the Seahawks (0-2) at Boothbay Harbor.

MEDOMAK VALLEY 6, ERSKINE ACADEMY 3: Josie Jameson had a double and two RBI to lead the Panthers (1-1) over the Eagles (0-2) at Waldoboro.

CONY 10, CAMDEN HILLS 4: Delaney Keithley homered and doubled to lead Cony (3-0) over the Windjammers (0-3) at Rockport.

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After slow start, Scarborough pulls away from Sanford http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/softball-scarborough-pulls-away-from-sanford/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/softball-scarborough-pulls-away-from-sanford/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 02:27:03 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/25/softball-scarborough-pulls-away-from-sanford/ SCARBOROUGH — With her softball team struggling early and falling behind by three runs, sophomore Chloe Griffin’s first career home run couldn’t have come at a better time for Scarborough High.

Griffin unloaded a no-doubt two-run drive over the tall left-field fence and into the parking lot in the third inning Monday. The offense came to life from there, and the Red Storm came away with a 13-4 victory against Sanford.

It was the program’s 43rd straight regular-season win and its 27th consecutive victory at home.

“That was huge,” said leadoff hitter Maggie Murphy. “That was a momentum builder. It’s players and hits like that that get us going. When we’re down, things like that get us back on top.”

Griffin added a two-run double and walked twice, and was joined by Murphy (4 for 4, triple, three stolen bases, walk) in scoring three runs.

“That was the key to everything, going out there and getting that big hit,” said Scarborough Coach Tom Griffin. “You could see all of the energy come back. We know any of the girls can do the same thing so it just gave us confidence.”

The Red Storm pounded out 14 hits, and also got two-run homers from Chloe Gorey and Kaleigh Scoville (2 for 3, two walks).

“We worked hard all winter long and we knew we could come back if we just made adjustments each time through the lineup,” said Griffin. “Each time we went through the lineup we were saying to each other ‘OK, we can do this differently or that differently.'”

Sanford pitcher Jen Jones was able to hold Scarborough in check the first time through the order before its depth proved too much to handle as the game continued.

Scarborough sent a combined 22 hitters to the plate between the fifth and sixth innings, including an eight-run, 14-batter sixth.

“The thing that makes them very good is one through nine, they have great hitters,” said Sanford Coach Mike Bailey. “You really have to focus every single batter. There are no freebies in that lineup.”

Added Murphy: “It was just getting everyone to relax, but keep the excitement that we know we’re all good hitters and we know how to come back.

Lilly Volk earned the pitching win, tossing four innings of one-hit relief with four strikeouts, surrendering one unearned run. Abbie Murrell started for the Red Storm, allowing three runs, two earned, in three innings.

“We call it a three-headed monster here,” said Coach Griffin. “We have three outstanding pitchers and we’re going to use all of them.

“It was Lilly’s turn to come in in relief and she was warmed up for the game. She’s a competitor, the kids have a lot of confidence in her, and she comes in and throws a lot of strikes.”

Jones led Sanford, going 2 for 3, driving in two runs and scoring another. Nicole Main, Marli Wilson and Lauren Thompson also scored for Sanford.

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Former minor leaguer lends his experience as Fryeburg baseball coach http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/24/former-minor-leaguer-lends-his-experience-as-fryeburg-baseball-coach/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/24/former-minor-leaguer-lends-his-experience-as-fryeburg-baseball-coach/#comments Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=849407 FRYEBURG — Sometimes one applicant for a vacant high school coaching position is all you need.

Fryeburg Academy Athletic Director Sue Thurston believes that’s the case with her school’s new varsity baseball coach, Chris Kroski.

Kroski, 33, brings a combination of eight years of minor league playing experience from 2002-09 with the discipline and command of a police officer.

“Chris is high energy and it will be fun to see him work with the kids this season,” Thurston said.

Kroski, a former catcher in the Seattle and Cincinnati farm systems, moved to the area when he joined the Conway, New Hampshire, police department in May 2012.

Since then he’s worked as a travel team coach and personal instructor while looking for a more defined return to the diamond. Kroski said he now regrets retiring as a player when he was 28 after a major shoulder injury in 2009.

“I definitely should have stayed in it and that’s why I’m here, because I regret (retiring) so much,” Kroski said. “I’ve got to fill the void.”

Kroski’s baseball credentials are strong but he’s new to coaching.

He also had a lack of help at the start of the season.

Varsity assistant Stew Frost was hired after the first week of throwing-only practice. The JV coach was even harder to find, and Thurston ended up splitting the position. Blair Lynch handles the duties Wednesday through Saturday, and Charlie Tryder, a dean at Fryeburg Academy, has the job on Monday and Tuesday.

That meant Kroski was scrambling at the start of the season to instruct more than two dozen players who represented an extreme range of aptitude and experience.

“I wouldn’t think that I’m the only one in that situation,” Kroski said. “Because if you have a varsity guy leave, I’d assume that 90 percent of the time it’s the JV guy who goes for the varsity job and now you’re stuck back at, hey, who’s going to be the JV guy? Unfortunately it’s a domino effect.”

On the third day of full-team practice, Kroski split his squads. First, the varsity went through a fielding drill while the junior varsity was in the gym hitting with Frost. Then the groups switched.

Several JV players made novice fielding mistakes. Two or three players looked as if they were just learning how to throw a baseball. Kroski remained upbeat, offering firm, consistent and clear instructions that emphasized fundamentals.

Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2002 in the 19th round out of St. Petersburg (Florida) Junior College, Kroski was in the Cincinnati Reds’ system from 2004-09. He played in 300 minor league games and hit .244 in 937 at-bats. A series of injuries derailed his career, particularly a knee injury in 2008, shortly after he was promoted to Triple-A.

“His knowledge of baseball has definitely taught a lot to the younger kids and even the older kids, really,” senior pitcher/shortstop Hunter Day said. “Even having bunt defenses in. We didn’t have any last year, so that’s obviously going to help.”

Helping players stick with the game as long as possible is important to Kroski.

“My goal is (to) get at least one kid out of the varsity team to continue on to play in college,” Kroski said. “The best way is to let them know the dream is still alive. I’m one of them. I wasn’t blessed with it.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

scraig@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Saturday’s high school roundup: Cape Elizabeth wins in softball http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/23/saturdays-high-school-roundup-cape-elizabeth-wins-in-softball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/23/saturdays-high-school-roundup-cape-elizabeth-wins-in-softball/#comments Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:20:46 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/23/saturdays-high-school-roundup-cape-elizabeth-wins-in-softball/ CAPE ELIZABETH — Cape Elizabeth used a seven-run fourth inning to pull away Saturday and score a 15-4 victory against Kennebunk in a five-inning Western Maine Conference softball game.

Kelly O’Sullivan was 4 for 5 with a pair of RBI, Tess Haller went 3 for 3, and Maddie Culkin was 2 for 3 and drove in a pair for Cape Elizabeth (1-1).

Brittney Gregoire had a double, a single and an RBI for Kennebunk (0-2).

BASEBALL

TRAIP ACADEMY 11, BUCKFIELD 0: Alex Foye capped an eight-run fifth inning with a three-run double as the Rangers (1-1) rolled past the Bucks (0-2) at Buckfield.

Foye finished with a pair of hits, drove in four runs and stole three bases, Hunter Sawtelle added an RBI single with two stolen bases and threw out two would-be base stealers.

Jacob Kraske had a double and single for Buckfield.

Shane MacNeil of Traip threw a three-hitter, striking out seven and walking two.

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 25, TEMPLE 4: Galen Arnold and Caleb Cutko both drove in three runs to lead the Panthers (2-0) over the Bereans (0-2) in five innings at Yarmouth.

Arnold had two hits, including a triple. Josh Chapman led the Panthers with three hits and Andrew Keith added two.

Connor Dillon picked up the win, striking out three in three innings.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

MARANACOOK/WINTHROP 8, WINSLOW 5: Bailey Stockford and Kyle Morand scored three goals each as Maranacook/Winthrop (3-0) defeated the Black Raiders (0-1) at Waterville.

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Baseball: Cape Elizabeth opens with 6-1 win http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/23/baseball-cape-elizabeth-opens-with-6-1-win/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/23/baseball-cape-elizabeth-opens-with-6-1-win/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:03:10 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/23/baseball-cape-elizabeth-opens-with-6-1-win/ CAPE ELIZABTH — Small ball, solid pitching and a dose of timely hitting enabled Cape Elizabeth to earn a 6-1 victory over Kennebunk in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Saturday.

Cape Elizabeth, in its season opener, struck for two runs in the bottom of the first. Brendan Tinsman notched an RBI single on a grounder through the right side, then scored two batters later on a suicide squeeze.

Kennebunk right-hander Eric Aiken held Cape Elizabeth scoreless for the next four innings, but the Rams (1-1) couldn’t produce much offense against senior left-hander Nate Ingalls.

“(Aiken) was probably a little hyped up (in the first inning),” said Kennebunk Coach Brian Dill.

Ingalls was sharp, allowing just two hits through the first five innings.

“I pitched the past two opening days here and we lost both, so it felt really good to get one before I leave,” said Ingalls.

Ingalls didn’t find out he was starting until Friday. Cape’s No. 1 pitcher, Marshall Peterson, is dealing with tendinitis in his elbow.

“(Peterson) went to see the doctor and had a little tendinitis, so we shut him down for a week,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Andrew Wood. “We talked to Nate, he wanted the ball, and he threw as a senior should.”

Ingalls took a 2-0 lead into the sixth. After Aiken led off with a five-pitch walk, Ryan Coughlan, Kennebunk’s cleanup hitter, dropped a bunt down the third-base line but was thrown out at first on a barehanded play by third baseman Matt Riggle.

“(Coughlan) misread the sign there,” said Dill. “It wasn’t what we wanted.”

The next batter, Zander Kosmala, lined the first pitch to right field, just out of the diving reach of Sean Agrodnia. Kosmala dashed into third with an RBI triple, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

“I thought about taking (Ingalls) out the at-bat before (Kosmala) just because he was up there (in pitch count) and it’s early on in the year,” said Wood.

With the potential tying run at third, Tinsman relieved Ingalls and struck out the next two batters on six pitches – all fastballs.

“(Tinsman) is our go-to guy, especially with a guy at third and one out,” Wood said of the standout sophomore, who started the game at catcher. “That was a pretty key moment in the ballgame.”

Ingalls struck out five and issued two walks.

Dylan Roberts, who was hit by a pitch in his first two plate appearances, led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run over the center-field wall. The Capers added three more runs, capped by a safety squeeze by Agrodnia.

“The second it hit the bat, I kind of knew (it was gone),” Roberts said of his home run. “Even though it was a solo shot, the momentum of the team definitely carried from that and we put up a few more runs, so I think it was huge.”

Aiken finished with eight strikeouts while allowing five hits and two walks, along with three hit batters. Two of Cape’s runs were unearned.

Tinsman worked around a single in the seventh to record a save.

Kennebunk leadoff hitter Derek Smith had three of the Rams’ four hits.

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Friday’s boys’ roundup: South Portland wins baseball opener http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/fridays-boys-roundup-south-portland-wins-baseball-opener/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/fridays-boys-roundup-south-portland-wins-baseball-opener/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:44:11 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/fridays-boys-roundup-south-portland-wins-baseball-opener/ STANDISH — Griffin Kelley pitched a five-hit shutout Friday as South Portland opened defense of its regional baseball championship with a 3-0 victory against Bonny Eagle.

South Portland scored runs in the second, third and seventh innings.

Nick Troiano had three hits for the Red Riots, including a double. Dana McKay’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Scots, who also were playing their opener.

YORK 6, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 3: Sam Johnson had an RBI double during a five-run fifth inning and finished with a pair of hits as the Wildcats (2-0) downed the Raiders (0-2) at Fryeburg.

Forrest Kelley also had two hits and Trevor LaBonte pitched a three-hitter for York.

SACOPEE VALLEY 10, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Roderick Maynard struck out nine in a one-hitter as the Hawks (2-0) downed the Patriots (1-2) in five innings at Gray.

Brady Anderson had three hits and two RBI, and Devin Day added two hits and scored twice.

FALMOUTH 14, POLAND 0: Cam Guarino struck out nine with no walks while tossing a five-inning no-hitter for the Yachtsmen (1-0) against the Knights (0-2) at Falmouth.

The lone Poland baserunner came on an error on a dropped third strike. Guarino got the next batter to hit into a double play.

Connor Aube hit a home run and a double and drove in four runs to pace a 13-hit offense.

Reece Armitage added two hits, including a double and two RBI.

CHEVERUS 9, WINDHAM 1: Logan McCarthy hit a pair of singles and drove in two runs to lead the Stags (1-0) over the Eagles (2-1) at Windham.

Alex Jacobs finished with 11 strikeouts and no walks in a four-hitter for Cheverus.

Jensen LaPoint added a double and a single and drove in a run, and Jack Casale and Chris Vallee each hit a pair of singles for the Stags.

Dylan Koza had a pair of singles for Windham.

SKOWHEGAN 8, BRUNSWICK 3: Brendan Curran pitched six scoreless innings and went 2 for 3 with a double to lead the Indians (2-0) past the Dragons (0-2) in Skowhegan.

Curran allowed two hits and four walks, and Kameron Doucette added two hits, including a double. Isaac Witham also had two hits.

Sam Sharpe went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs for Brunswick. Will Bessey added an RBI single.

MT. ARARAT 6, CONY 0: The Eagles (1-1) scored all six runs in the first inning and beat Cony (0-2) at Augusta.

Nate Leslie had an RBI single for Mt. Ararat.

Zach Charest, Justin Rodrigue, Anthony Brunelle, Jake Dacus and Cam Dunlop singled for Cony.

MORSE 5, ERSKINE ACADEMY 0: Keegan McDonough had a double and a single to spark the Shipbuilders in an opener at South China.

Jacob Cressey earned the win.

Cody Taylor had a double and a single for Erskine, which committed seven errors.

MESSALONSKEE 3, CAMDEN HILLS 1: James Lathrop drove in a pair of runs to help the Eagles (2-0) defeat the Windjammers (1-0) at Oakland.

Sam Bell also drove in a run for Messalonskee with a sacrifice fly. Tyler Noonan got the win, allowing four hits in five innings.

YARMOUTH 4, WELLS 2: Jack Snyder drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning with a line single to right and Joe DeFusco followed with a suicide squeeze as the Clippers won an opener at Wells.

The game was scoreless until Tyler Waaler hit a two-run double for the Clippers in the sixth. Wells tied it on a two-run double by Cameren Cousins in the bottom of the sixth.

Chris Romano of the Clippers and Charlie Bell of Wells had three hits each.

HALL-DALE 5, OAK HILL 4: Ryan Sinclair pitched a four-hitter, striking out 12 and walking three, to lift the Bulldogs in an opener at Farmingdale.

LACROSSE

BONNY EAGLE 9, NOBLE 8: Tanner McClure had three goals and an assist, and Spencer Shield added two goals and an assist to lead the Scots in an opener at Standish.

Ben Steeves added two goals, and Josh Grant and Aaron Rae also scored for Bonny Eagle. Jared LeClure stopped 18 shots.

Logan Pomerleau and Matt Burnham each scored three goals, and Will Kelloway added two goals and an assist for Noble. Jordan Armenta had 15 saves.

WINDHAM 19, MASSABESIC 4: Zack Callahan scored seven goals, and Griffin Jacobson added six goals and five assists for the Eagles (1-0) against the Mustangs (0-2) at Waterboro.

Ethan Ouellette had two goals and an assist for the Mustangs, who scored the first three goals of the game.

Jacob Dionne made 20 saves and Jason Nielsen helped the Eagles control ground balls in the midfield.

WESTBROOK 16, DEERING 9: Curtis Knapton had five goals and two assists to lead the Blue Blazes in an opener at Portland.

Ryan Shackley added four goals and an assist for Westbrook.

Nate Richards led Deering with four goals, Andrew Johnson added two goals and an assist, and Bryce Randall also scored twice.

THORNTON ACADEMY 11, CHEVERUS 6: C.J. LeBreck had three goals and two assists to lead the Trojans in an opener at Saco.

Charlie Katz added two goals and two assists, and Jon Camire and T.J. Pike each added two goals for Thornton.

Freshman Ean Patry made eight saves for the Trojans in his high school debut.

GORHAM 16, BIDDEFORD 8: Cameron Wright and Alex York each scored six goals to lead the Rams (2-0) over the Tigers (0-2) at Gorham.

York also added three assists.

Cody Sevigny led Biddeford with four goals and an assist.

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Friday’s high school softball: Deering pulls away from Westbrook http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/fridays-high-school-softball-deering-pulls-away-from-westbrook/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/fridays-high-school-softball-deering-pulls-away-from-westbrook/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 02:33:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/fridays-high-school-softball-deering-pulls-away-from-westbrook/ Sydney Giroux hit a run-scoring single to start a four-run fifth inning Friday that helped Deering pull away to a 6-4 victory against Westbrook in an SMAA softball opener.

Cassidy Coyne added an RBI single and Kaytlin DiBiase picked up the win, striking out five. Kaylee Helmick and Giroux each added two hits.

Camryn LaPierre had a double and a triple, and Maddison LeBeau struck out 10 for Westbrook.

MASSABESIC 3, BIDDEFORD 2: Sarah Guimond allowed two runs and struck out six to lead the Mustangs in an opener at Biddeford.

Massabesic scored two runs in the third inning on RBI hits by Grace Tutt and Kate Shubert. Shubert drove in another run in the fourth.

Kirsten Lebreux of Biddeford allowed one earned run and struck out nine. Brittany Roy had an RBI single and Amber Magnant finished with two hits.

OCEANSIDE 12, BELFAST 0: Chloe Jones threw a no-hitter in a five-inning game to lead the Mariners (2-0) past the Lions (1-1) at Rockland.

Jones struck out nine and walked two, and Casey Pine went 3 for 3 and drove in four runs. Kali Grover added two hits and an RBI, and Kimmy Roman and Ari Curtis each had two hits.

Gia Davila struck out four and walked two for Belfast.

MCAULEY 15, CHEVERUS 2: Jill Joyce and Gabriel Begos each went 3 for 4 with a double to lead the visiting Lions (1-1) over the Stags (0-1) in six innings at Portland.

Madeline Beaulieu had a double and drove in three runs, and Ashley Littlefield of McAuley allowed two runs on two hits and three walks, striking out four.

FALMOUTH 15, POLAND 3: Madeline Rouhana drove in four runs as the Yachtsmen (1-0) defeated the Knights (0-2) in five innings at Falmouth.

Rouhana homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning and tie the game. Julia Treadwell of Falmouth finished with five strikeouts and two walks, allowing two earned runs.

Falmouth scored multiple runs in each inning, with five players finishing with at least two hits. Sarah Walton’s double was the only extra-base hit for Poland.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 6, SACOPEE VALLEY 2: Alie Martell hit a home run and Cara Waltz added an RBI double to lead the Patriots (3-0) over the Hawks (0-1) at Gray.

Martell’s homer was a first-inning blast to left-center. The Patriots took advantage of three errors to score three runs in the fifth and extend their lead to 5-0.

Madison Day and Brenna Humphrey had two hits apiece for Sacopee.

MESSALONSKEE 12, CAMDEN HILLS 0: Kirsten Pelletier pitched a two-hitter, and Sarah Labbe had three doubles, an RBI and two runs to spark the Eagles (2-0) over Camden Hills (0-2) at Oakland.

Madisyn Charest and Kelsey Dillon each had two singles for Messalonskee.

MORSE 8, ERSKINE ACADEMY 6: The Shipbuilders took advantage of seven errors to score six unearned runs and win an opener at South China.

Hope Faulkingham went 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and a run for Morse.

Mallory Chamberlain, Amber Grady and Lydia Boucher had hits for Erskine.

SCARBOROUGH 18, BONNY EAGLE 0: Lilly Volk allowed only one hit and belted a first-inning grand slam to lead the Red Storm to a five-inning victory in an opener at Standish.

The Red Storm extended their lead in the second inning on a three-run homer by Abbie Murrell. Scarborough finished with 18 hits, including five repeat hitters.

Volk pitched four innings, recording seven strikeouts and no walks.

CONY 12, MT. ARARAT 11: Freshman Alexis Couverette hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and had the winning hit in the ninth to lift Cony (2-0) over Mt. Ararat (0-2) in nine innings at Augusta.

The Rams trailed 11-8 in the seventh before Couverette homered. She was a triple short of the cycle.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Scarborough upends South Portland http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/boys-lacrosse-scarborough-upends-south-portland/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/boys-lacrosse-scarborough-upends-south-portland/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:24:56 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/boys-lacrosse-scarborough-upends-south-portland/ SCARBOROUGH — It took Cam Nigro a half to figure out where the open spaces were and how best to get there.

Then, Scarborough’s senior midfielder found another set of open spaces – in South Portland’s goal.

Nigro scored four of his five goals in the third quarter, including three straight to close the frame and open a three-goal lead as Scarborough (2-1) pulled away from South Portland for a 13-10 win in a Class A South boys’ lacrosse game Friday.

“I think in the first part of the game we just had to settle down and figure out their defense,” Nigro said. “Then we realized they were pretty much just playing man-on-man. So if we could beat our one man, we definitely got a good look inside.”

Nigro’s final tally came with 1.7 seconds left in the third quarter for a 10-7 lead. The transition opportunity started after Scarborough goalie Dom Joy made back-to-back stops on South Portland’s Jack Fiorini and Mitchell Adams.

Early in the game, Joy (12 saves) made three key saves on Fiorini to keep the South Portland offense in check. The 6-foot-5 Fiorini was well marked by Scarborough’s own big body, defenseman Reece Lagerquist, throughout the game.

“That was the best Dom has played this year,” Scarborough Coach Joe Hezlep said. “He played confident. He was helping out his defense and he was seeing the ball well. When he got a chance to see the ball – when our defense was doing what they were supposed to do – he played extremely well.”

Scarborough had a 41-19 edge in ground balls.

“They killed us on ground balls,” South Portland Coach Tom Fiorini said. “That clearly was a huge difference in the game.”

Scarborough pushed the lead to 13-7 in the fourth quarter on scores from Sam Neugebauer (two goals, one assist), Marc Guerette (two goals) and Marco Manfra (four goals, one assist).

It was South Portland’s first regular-season game, and the two-time defending regional champions, who start three freshmen at attack, looked a bit out of sorts at times. Defensive-zone clearance was an issue throughout the game and led directly to three of Scarborough’s first six goals.

“We had many opportunities to close the gap on them in the second half,” Coach Tom Fiorini said. “We have three freshmen on attack in a pretty high-pressure game, the first game of the year, and it’s (Scarborough’s) third game of the year. I think a little edge to them there. When we see them in the playoffs – and we will see them in the playoffs – I think we’ll have a different story.”

South Portland midfielder Jake Angell scored four goals and was efficient with his shot-making. Jack Fiorini finished with two goals and three assists.

 

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Outdoor track: 10 boys to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/outdoor-track-10-boys-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/outdoor-track-10-boys-to-watch/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:09 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/outdoor-track-10-boys-to-watch/ Jack Bouchard, York senior: Won the javelin at the Class B state meet last year with a state-record throw of 200-6, and staged an upset at this year’s indoor state meet, winning the long jump (20-10).

Paolo DeMarco, Deering senior: Won the 300 hurdles (40.27) at the Class A state meet and finished sixth in the 110 hurdles (16.10).

Ben Garcia, Gray-New Gloucester senior: Took fourth in the 1,600 at the Class B state meet (4:38.67).

Dan Guiliani, South Portland senior: Won the shot put with a state-record throw of 62-81/4 at the Class A state meet and finished second in the discus (159-6). He opened this season with a shot put throw of 65-5 – a foot shy of his all-time state best.

Zachery Haskell, Gray-New Gloucester senior: Finished second in the 100 (11.31) and was fifth in the 200 (23.16) at the Class B state meet.

Edwin Kayumba, Thornton Academy senior: Finished second in the 100 (11.54) at the Class A state meet.

Ryan Morrison, Greely senior: Was the runner-up in the 1,600 (4:34.83) at the Class B state meet.

Sam Rusak, Scarborough junior: Finished second in the pole vault (13-6) at the Class A state meet last year and was a double-winner at the indoor state meet in February – in the pole vault (15-6) and high jump (6-2).

Colt Santoro, York senior: Won the 110 hurdles (15.34) and finished third in the 300 hurdles (41.92) at the Class B state meet.

Kennan Welzel, Brunswick senior: Finished third in the 400 (51.37) and was third in the 800 (2:02.10) at the Class A state meet.

– Deirdre Fleming

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Outdoor track: Girls’ teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/outdoor-track-girls-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/outdoor-track-girls-teams-to-watch/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=847457 1 Thornton Academy: Last year’s Class A champion, Thornton Academy is led by junior Alex Hart, the defending champ in the 200 and 400, and junior Samantha Curran, who was third in the shot put at the state meet.

2 South Portland: Last year’s Class A runners-up, the Red Riots bring back top scorers Serena McKenzie in the distance events and Juliana Selser at middle distances.

3 York: The Wildcats return several scorers from a team that was the runner-up in Class B, including jumper Katherine Bullock and thrower Mary Freeman.

4 Falmouth: The Yachtsmen have several returnees from last year’s fifth-place team in Class A, including Lydia Farmer, who was third in the long jump, and Adelaide Cooke in the throws.

5 Bonny Eagle: The Scots will be led by Elisabeth Redwood in the sprint events and Kialeigh Marston in the distance events.

– Deirdre Fleming

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Outdoor track: Boys’ teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/outdoor-track-boys-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/outdoor-track-boys-teams-to-watch/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=847460 1 York: After winning the Class B indoor meet, the defending outdoor champion marches into the season with several returning scorers, including javelin state champ Jack Bouchard, and hurdlers Colt Santoro (110-meter champ) and Matt Arsenault.

2 Scarborough: Last year’s Class A runners-up, the Red Storm are led by multi-event athlete Sam Rusak and distance runner Colin Tardiff.

3 Falmouth: Finished fourth at the Class A state meet last year and returns sprinter Matt Polewaczyk, who was fifth in the 200, and Nigel Dunn, who was fourth in the 300 hurdles.

4 Thornton Academy: The Trojans return one top scorer, sprinter Edwin Kayumba, but after finishing in the top six the past three years can’t be discounted.

5 South Portland: Finished back of the pack in sixth, but return defending shot put champion Dan Guiliani, distance runner Jacob Maloney and racewalker Steven Smith.

– Deirdre Fleming

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High school track preview: York’s Bouchard keeps raising the bar http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/high-school-track-preview-yorks-bouchard-keeps-raising-the-bar/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/high-school-track-preview-yorks-bouchard-keeps-raising-the-bar/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=847325 YORK — Jack Bouchard is quietly confident and rarely talks about his accomplishments.

Those accomplishments, though, have been quite impressive. Bouchard, a York High senior, already is a two-time Class B state champion and three-time Western Maine Conference champion in the javelin. Last year he broke the Class B state record in the javelin with a throw of 200 feet, 6 inches. Then, during the recently completed indoor season, he won the long jump state title as a No. 8 seed.

After he graduates in June, Bouchard will compete at William & Mary on a partial track scholarship.

“It’s pretty legit,” Bouchard said of his track future. “I’m excited for next year, for college. But I’m excited for this year. I’m in way better condition. I plan to do some things.”

While Bouchard won’t speak of it, he isn’t far off the Maine all-time best javelin mark of 210-9 set by Rob Pendergist of Ellsworth in 1989. That throw is considered a retired record by the Maine Principals’ Association because the weight of the javelin has since been redistributed.

Bouchard is used to going after big goals.

At last year’s outdoor state meet, his winning throw topped the previous Class B record of 192-9 set by Nick Danner of Waterville in 2013. Bouchard won the state title by 30 feet.

More impressive has been Bouchard’s improvement since his freshman season, when he placed fifth at the state championships with a throw of 151-4. He improved to 186-8 as a sophomore, then broke the 200-foot mark last year.

Bouchard also showed his versatility during the indoor season, where there is no javelin event. Instead he tried the long jump and went into the state meet ranked eighth with a best mark of 18-7.

Three days before the meet, York jumps coach Al Taplin, knowing Bouchard’s natural strength and speed, took him to the University of Southern Maine field house in Gorham for a one-on-one practice. It was a two-hour round trip for an hour of jumping, but proved invaluable.

Taplin explained to Bouchard how to use his power and speed to propel himself forward. The technique began to click, and in short order Bouchard was flying farther across the sand pit.

“He’s so fast. I just showed him how to get his legs out in front of him and reach. He picked it up quickly,” Taplin said.

After two months of jumping in the 17- and 18-foot range, Bouchard jumped 19-3 at the state meet, then 19-101/4, then 20-1.

When Hunter Smith of Foxcroft Academy surpassed Bouchard’s best mark with a jump of 20-21/2, Bouchard achieved a personal best of 20-10 on his final attempt.

“I told him, ‘I’m going to be yelling at you to reach,’ ” Taplin said. “And Jack said, ‘You can yell all you want, I’ll be in the zone.’

“I’m not surprised he improved like that. He’s a pretty darn good athlete. And he’s just so strong.”

Bouchard said the idea of winning a long jump state title was “pretty ridiculous.”

“I was in the second flight. Then I went into the finals seeded first. It was pretty crazy. But it just all came together and I think it helped I was running full out,” Bouchard said.

He also said he realized the long jump is similar to the javelin: both require explosive movement and the use of the entire body, and the best athletes use speed and power.

For the Wildcats, who have won two outdoor state championships in four years and four indoor titles in five years, having an athlete of Bouchard’s ability helps in their quest for another state championship.

Coach Ted Hutch said what makes Bouchard the perfect team captain is he passes out compliments for everyone else before talking about his own accomplishments.

“He’s a nice kid, but he’s very quiet and very modest. He’s more likely to talk about his teammates than himself,” Hutch said.

“This spring he’ll do the javelin and long jump. And now he’s looking for two other events. He may do the 400 relay, the triple jump, who knows? He’s a natural athlete.”

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Outdoor track: 10 girls to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/outdoor-track-10-girls-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/22/outdoor-track-10-girls-to-watch/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=847448 Nyagoa Bayak, Westbrook freshman: Won the high jump indoors with a Class A record jump of 5-7, and also won the event at the New England championships (5-7).

Tessa Cassidy, Brunwick senior: Won the 3,200 (11:35.45) and finished third in the 1,600 (5:23.85) at the Class A state meet.

Siana Emery, Greely senior: Won the 1,600-meter racewalk (8:16.98) at the Class B state meet last year.

Alex Hart, Thornton Academy sophomore: Won the 200 (25.95) and 400 (56.87) at the Class A state meet, and set a Class A record in the 400. She also finished second in the 100 (13.00) and fourth in the long jump (15-10).

Anna Lastra, Fryeburg Academy senior: Won the 1,600 (5:27.83) and finished fourth in the 3,200 (12:10.35) at the Class B state meet last year.

Elisabeth Redwood, Bonny Eagle senior: Won the 200 (26.32) and took second in the 400 (58.74) at the Class A indoor championships. Set an all-time Maine best in the 400 (57.52) earlier in the indoor season.

Juliana Selser, South Portland sophomore: Won the 800 (2:21.11) at the Class A state meet last year.

Nina Tasker, Noble sophomore: Won the 100 hurdles (15.28) at the Class A state meet.

Emily Turner, Cheverus junior: Was the runner-up in the 400 (59.02) in the Class A state meet last year, and is coming off an indoor season in which she captured the 400 (58.47) and was runner-up in the 200 (26.64).

Alexis Wintle, Windham senior: Returns as the defending Class A high jump champion (5-4). Cleared 5-2 at the indoor state meet to take third place.

– Deirdre Fleming

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Thursday’s high school roundup: NYA captures baseball opener http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/thursdays-high-school-roundup-nya-captures-baseball-opener/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/thursdays-high-school-roundup-nya-captures-baseball-opener/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 02:26:07 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/thursdays-high-school-roundup-nya-captures-baseball-opener/ YARMOUTH — Xander Kostelnik walked, stole second and scored on Josh Chapman’s walk-off single in the eighth inning Thursday as North Yarmouth Academy defeated Richmond 3-2 in a season-opening high school baseball game.

Kostelnik scored on a passed ball in the second before the Bobcats tied the game in the third when Matt Rimes raced home on Matt Holt’s sacrifice fly.

Damon Nichols doubled and came home on Andrew Keith’s single as the Panthers took the lead back in the bottom of the inning. Richmond forced extra innings with a run in the sixth when Nate Kendrick scored from third on Nate Vintinner’s groundout.

SCARBOROUGH 8, SANFORD 3: John Timpson’s bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning lifted Scarborough (1-0) to a 5-3 lead against the Spartans (0-2) at Sanford.

Timpson later scored as the Red Storm added three runs in the inning to make it 8-3.

Morgan Pratt had three hits for Scarborough, including a double. Tylar Burgess had a pair of singles and scored for Sanford.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 14, MT. ARARAT 7: Isabella Coleman scored six goals while leading North Yarmouth Academy in an opener at Topsham.

Amber Rose and Callie Sturgeon added three goals each for the Panthers, with Emily Taylor and Zelda Clegg also scoring. Ronni Pelletier had four goals, and Shannon Harty, Erin Tome and Jessica Clouder also scored for Mt. Ararat.

Jenna Block had 13 saves for NYA. Eleanor Skinner made seven for Mt. Ararat.

SOFTBALL

LEAVITT 6, GARDINER 1: Kaitlyn Deblois homered to lead Leavitt over Gardiner in an opener.

Angela Daigle and Ashley Kelly added two hits apiece for the Hornets.

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Baseball: Portland walks off with victory in opener http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/baseball-portland-walks-off-with-victory-in-opener/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/baseball-portland-walks-off-with-victory-in-opener/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 02:00:36 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/baseball-portland-walks-off-with-victory-in-opener/ Jake Knop, who has earned a reputation as a slick-fielding shortstop for Portland High, uncharacteristically made three errors Thursday in an opener against Biddeford at Hadlock Field.

So what happened? Knop relied on his bat instead, hitting the seventh-inning single that produced a 4-3 walk-off victory.

After Thomas Joyce led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to right-center, pinch-runner Cameron King took third on a wild pitch.

Following a fly to shallow center, Knop worked the count full before blistering a fastball deep into the left-center alley to win it.

“Obviously I had a pretty bad game to start but I was just trying to do something to contribute,” said Knop. “I just got up there and swung, I guess. I’ve never faced this kid before but I was watching him pitch and I was definitely looking fastball. Just looking for something to drive and get that runner in.”

Biddeford wasted no time getting to Bulldogs starter Dan Marzilli. Kerry Crepeau (2 for 4) laced the second pitch into left field for a single. Crepeau’s left-handed brother Brady – also the starting pitcher for the Tigers – then hit a line drive over third base into the left-field corner for an RBI double.

Two batters later, Joey Curit singled home Brady Crepeau with a bouncer into left field to make it 2-0.

From there Marzilli settled in, surrendering two more hits while working into the sixth inning.

“He did a great job,” said Knop. “If I was a pitcher and my field guys were making errors like I was, I’d be pretty angry. He did a great job keeping his head in it, and grinded it out himself.”

Added Portland Coach Mike Rutherford: “The first two innings, (Marzilli) was either 1-0 or 2-0 on every batter, and he needs to get ahead and throw his curveball. Once he gets ahead, he’s pretty good. It’s like any pitcher. Biddeford is a scrappy team and they put some good wood on the ball in the first two innings, but give him credit, after the first two innings he settled down.”

Crepeau was masterful on the mound early, keeping Portland hitless for the first three innings. John Williams (1 for 3, two stolen bases) finally registered the first Bulldogs hit with a smash through the box.

Nick Archambault followed by unloading a triple over the center fielder’s head, then scoring to tie the game when Marzilli singled to left.

The Tigers jumped back ahead in the top of the sixth. Colin Lavigne led off with a single to right, stole second, then advanced to third when Williams, Portland’s first baseman, made an over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory.

Lavigne scampered home on a wild pitch by reliever Charles Barnard to push Biddeford ahead 3-2. Barnard went on to retire all five hitters he faced, striking out two and earning the win.

In the bottom of the sixth, Archambault led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Joe Fusco singled to right-center to tie the game, setting up Knop’s walk-off winner in the seventh.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Brunswick wins again http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/boys-lacrosse-brunswick-wins-again/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/boys-lacrosse-brunswick-wins-again/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 01:46:43 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/boys-lacrosse-brunswick-wins-again/ TOPSHAM — After losing 16 players from last season’s unbeaten Class A state championship boys’ lacrosse team, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Brunswick.

Not necessarily.

The Dragons, who were 16-0 last season, could be ready to pick up where they left off.

Brunswick received goals from 10 players Thursday while rolling to a 17-7 victory against Mt. Ararat in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference game.

“When you graduate that many players, a lot of people say, ‘Well, you’re not going to be that great,’ ” Brunswick Coach Don Glover said. “The thing is this group of kids is very hard-working. … This is not going to be a flashy team. We’re sticking to basics (but) we’re deeper than people think.”

It was the opener for the Eagles, who lost 21-4 to the Dragons last June in the first round of the Eastern Class A tourney.

Brunswick opened its season April 13 with an 8-2 victory against Edward Little.

“I’d say we had more confidence than we did going into our first game,” said Jameson Cyr, a senior attackman who led the Dragons with four goals. “We were the underdogs because we had lost so many seniors, but I think we kind of proved ourselves against Edward Little and now we’re even more confident.”

Brunswick has 19 new players but seems to have the right attitude.

“We’re trying to continue the positivity we had last year because our seniors were just positive at all times,” Cyr said. “Even if we were (behind), our seniors maintained that good attitude, and that’s what we want to do this year, too.”

Grover said the coaching staff is trying to keep it simple.

“We had a calculus class last year, (and) we just needed to make sure they understood everything,” he said. “This year it’s Algebra 1 and basic concepts. It’s a good challenge for the coaching staff.”

After scoring the first seven goals, the Dragons held a 12-3 halftime lead.

The game was played on running time for more than four minutes early in the third quarter after Brunswick moved into a 12-goal lead, but the Eagles rallied.

Christian Glover, a long-stick midfielder, had three goals and two assists for the Dragons. Ben Palisy and Max Gramins each had two goals. Josh Clark added a goal and two assists. Henry Doherty, Andrew Eno and defender Nate Granholm each had a goal and an assist. Freshman Aiden Glover and defender Keenan Andrews each added a goal.

Elliot Pressman led Mt. Ararat with two goals. Andrew Waltz, Jake Steinman, Sawyer Watson, Hank Gilson and Parker Levy also scored.

Levy’s goal was a rare feat for a goalie.

“We changed our clear-out because we know that Brunswick likes for the goalie to be the ball handler,” said Mt. Ararat Coach Matt Haskell. “We gave him the safest route. We worked on it in practice. ‘Parker,’ we said, ‘if they don’t pick you up go ahead and shoot’ and he did.”

Levy, who carries a stick with a much larger pocket than other players on the field, put in a shot from about 10 yards for his team’s second goal of the game 5:25 into the second quarter.

The Dragons held a 29-12 edge in shots on goal.

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Boys’ tennis: Five teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/boys-tennis-five-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/boys-tennis-five-teams-to-watch/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=845711 1 Falmouth: The two-time defending Class A state champion lost only one player – Aidan McGrory – to graduation and replaced him at the top of the singles lineup with ambidextrous freshman Nick Forester. Sophomore Alex Klemperer and junior Peter Stegemann return at No. 2 and 3 singles. The doubles – juniors Jordan Bruce, Trey Fallon and Grayson Cohen, and sophomore Matt Adamowicz – remain intact.

2 Camden Hills: The Windjammers managed a point off Cape Elizabeth in the Class B state final last spring and return four of their top seven, including juniors Josiah Krul and Matt Morse in singles. Classmate Colby Aran and senior Alex Forcillo return at doubles. Mistakenly grouped in Class A by the MPA, Camden Hills will play a Class A KVAC schedule but return to the Class B tourney.

3 Thornton Academy: The Golden Trojans lost two excellent singles players but picked up two others in freshman Dariy Vykhodtsev and sophomore Viktor Scwartz, a residential student from the Czech Republic. Sophomore Jack Xiao from China fills out the singles lineups. Six quality players will compete for four doubles slots, with seniors Simon Belliveau and Dylan Gooch returning at No. 1.

4 Cape Elizabeth: The three-time defending Class B state champ has some rebuilding, or at least reloading, to do. Seniors Michael Mills (at No. 1 singles) and Jimmy Salerno (moves up from second doubles) are the only holdovers from the top seven last spring. Ted Hall fills out the singles lineup. Doubles is likely to be dominated by juniors new to varsity competition.

5 Waynflete: The eight-time defending Class C state champion Flyers lost singles state champ Isaac Salas and three other players to graduation. Junior Brandon Ameglio is the only singles veteran. Sophomore Jacob Green (another dual-hander) and senior Peter Michalakes are likely to join Ameglio. Senior Rowan May and junior John Van Dyke lead the doubles parade.

– Glenn Jordan

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Girls’ tennis: Five teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/girls-tennis-five-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/girls-tennis-five-teams-to-watch/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=845714 1 Falmouth: A winning streak of 125 matches and eight consecutive state titles shows no sign of slowing with five returning starters and Bill Goodspeed taking over the helm from Sandy Stone. Seniors Julia Brogan and Caroline Ray move up to the top singles spots and will be joined by one of a trio of juniors: Kate Kelley, Amanda Watson or Mary Hyland. Finding a second doubles team from among the other 27 girls on the roster won’t be difficult.

2 Brunswick: The Dragons return six of their top seven, including all three singles players from a squad that went 13-2 and reached the Eastern Class A final. Juniors Kira Wolpow and Cassie Ridge, and senior Elizabeth Day are back at singles. Senior Gillian Doehring, and juniors Katherine Kunhardt and Sabina Smith return at doubles.

3 Cape Elizabeth: With six of the top seven players back from a team that went 9-4 and reached the regional quarterfinals, the Capers are likely to go further this spring. Junior Liv Clifford, sophomore Katie Gilman and senior Erin Whitcomb return at singles. Seniors Maddie Bowe, Sarah O’Connor, Taylor Hansen and Carter Harvey make an athletic doubles contingent.

4 Greely: The two-time defending Class B state champion returns only three from its starting lineup, with junior Kathryn Pare moving up to No. 1 because sophomore Izzy Evans is abroad. Senior Alex Tebbs also returns to the singles lineup. Classmate Madelyn Day is the lone returning doubles player.

5 Scarborough: Senior Megan Nathanson returns at No. 1 singles for a Red Storm squad that went 13-2, reached the regional final and even got a point off Falmouth. Classmate Bryce Nitchman is the only other starter back, but Scarborough has plenty of depth.

– Glenn Jordan

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Boys’ tennis: 10 players to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/boys-tennis-10-players-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/boys-tennis-10-players-to-watch/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=845747 Thomas Brent, Gorham senior: Returns for third season at No. 1 singles. Went 12-2 in team competition last spring and reached Round of 32 in singles tournament. Played on 2013 Class A state championship team.

Conor Doane, Deering sophomore: Returns at No. 1 singles for a Rams squad that went 10-3 and reached the Class A regional quarterfinals. In state singles tournament, reached Round of 48.

Nick Forester, Falmouth freshman: Ambidextrous player reached fourth round of Blakeman tourney. Extended former champion Tyler Adams to three sets.

Matthew Jarmusz, Morse junior: Unbeaten at No. 3 singles (16-0) and earned only point in Morse’s 4-1 loss to Cape Elizabeth in Class B regional final. Advanced to Round of 16 in singles tourney.

Thomas Jarmusz, Morse junior: Went 15-1 at No. 1 singles to help Shipbuilders (13-2) earn top seed in Western Class B. Reached Round of 16 in singles tourney before falling to No. 3 seed.

Alex Klemperer, Falmouth sophomore: Returns at No. 2 singles for two-time defending Class A champion. Reached Round of 32 in singles tourney before falling to No. 8 seed.

Peter Mao, Mt. Ararat sophomore: Returns at No. 2 singles for Class A runner-up Eagles (14-2). Advanced to Round of 16 in state singles tournament before falling to eventual champ Isaac Salas of Waynflete.

Nick Mathieu, Mt. Ararat junior: Two-time finalist in the state singles tournament who went unbeaten in team competition to help the Eagles reach the Class A final for a second year in succession.

Michael Mills, Cape Elizabeth senior: Returns at No. 1 singles for three-time defending Class B state champion. Sixth seed in state singles tournament who fell in three-set quarterfinal match to 11th seed.

Dariy Vykhodtsev, Thornton Academy freshman: Ranked 34th in New England among 16-and-under boys with victories over Mathieu and Forester. Originally from Ukraine, moved to Saco from North Conway, New Hampshire.

– Glenn Jordan

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Girls’ tennis: 10 players to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/girls-tennis-10-players-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/21/girls-tennis-10-players-to-watch/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=845750 Julia Brogan, Falmouth senior: Singles semifinalist who helped Falmouth continue its 125-match unbeaten streak. Never lost in team competition. Reigning Blakeman Memorial champion who will continue career at Trinity.

Rosemary Campanella, Wells sophomore: Reached state singles semifinals last spring without benefit of a team. One of the four girls from Wells on a cooperative team at Kennebunk. Blakeman runner-up.

Liv Clifford, Cape Elizabeth junior: Seventh seed in state singles tournament who reached the Round of 16 before dropping tight match to Caroline Ray. Went 10-2 at No. 1 singles last spring for Capers squad that finished 9-4.

Lexi Epstein, Waynflete junior: Returns at No. 1 singles for a team that reached the regional final as a No. 7 seed. Reached Round of 32 in singles tournament before falling in three sets to Megan Nathanson.

Katie Gilman, Cape Elizabeth sophomore: Compiled an 8-2 mark at No. 2 singles last spring and reached the Round of 32 in state singles tournament before falling in three sets to the ninth seed.

Lana Mavor, Yarmouth freshman: Reached semifinals of Blakeman tournament as a 12-year-old in 2014 before losing to a Bowdoin College player. Ranked 33rd nationally among girls 14 and under, and No. 1 in New England.

Megan Nathanson, Scarborough senior: Enters third year at No. 1 singles for Class A regional finalist Red Storm. Went 16-3 last spring, including advancing to the Round of 16 of the state singles tournament before losing to No. 4 Julia Brogan.

Caroline Ray, Falmouth senior: Unbeaten at No. 3 singles in team competition. Reached quarterfinals of state singles tournament as a 10th seed, knocking off No. 7 Liv Clifford in the Round of 16.

Lena Rich, North Yarmouth Academy senior: Two-time quarterfinalist and eighth seed in state singles tournament who helped NYA to Class C state championship over previously unbeaten Van Buren.

Kara Wolpow, Brunswick junior: Went 11-3 at No. 1 singles for a Brunswick team that lost only once in the regular season. Did not play in the state singles tournament.

– Glenn Jordan

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Wednesday’s high school roundup: Windham rallies in baseball http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/wednesdays-high-school-roundup-windham-rallies-in-baseball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/wednesdays-high-school-roundup-windham-rallies-in-baseball/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 02:31:13 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/wednesdays-high-school-roundup-windham-rallies-in-baseball/ WINDHAM — Windham scored three runs in the seventh inning, including a walk-off sacrifice fly by Dylan Koza, to overcome Noble for a 7-6 victory Wednesday in an SMAA baseball game.

Trailing 6-4 entering the bottom of the seventh, Mitchell Eskilson singled home Tanner Bernier and pinch-runner Cole Sheets tied it on a balk by Owen Bick. Eskilson then scored on the sacrifice fly.

Eskilson recorded three singles, and Tim Greenlaw added two singles and a double for Windham (2-0).

Bryce Afthim pitched the seventh inning and picked up the win against the Knights (0-2).

OCEANSIDE 7, MEDOMAK VALLEY 3: The Mariners put together five straight hits for a four-run second inning and won an opener at Waldoboro.

Jacob Bartlett had three singles with a pair of RBI and scored twice for Oceanside, which scored in its first three at-bats. Titus Kaewthong added a pair of hits.

Isaac Eutsler had a pair of singles and two RBI for Medomak Valley.

Logan Sheridan of the Mariners allowed six hits and struck out eight.

KENNEBUNK 7, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 5: Ryan Coughlin and Eric Aiken lined back-to-back RBI singles with two outs in the fourth inning as the Rams (1-0) grabbed the lead for good against the Patriots (1-1) at Gray.

Coughlin and Derek Smith had a pair of hits each for Kennebunk.

Daulton Cortell had two singles for Gray-New Gloucester.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

PORTLAND 18, NOBLE 2: Five players had three goals each for the Bulldogs (2-0), who took a 12-1 halftime lead and defeated the Knights (0-1) at Portland.

Drake McGhie, Robert Nolan, Charlie Kovarik, Wes Bryan and Reilly O’Brien scored three goals apiece for Portland.

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High school softball: Gray-New Gloucester rolls to victory http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/high-school-softball-gray-new-gloucester-rolls-to-victory/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/high-school-softball-gray-new-gloucester-rolls-to-victory/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 01:45:39 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/high-school-softball-gray-new-gloucester-rolls-to-victory/ GRAY — Winning pitcher Alie Martell used her bat to set the tone Wednesday and Gray-New Gloucester went on to a 15-5 victory against Kennebunk in a Western Maine Conference softball game.

Martel, the No. 2 hitter for the Patriots (2-0), hit a solo home run as part of a five-run first inning.

“I kind of looked at it as a reality check right there,” said Kennebunk Coach Kortney Nedeau, whose team was playing its opener. “This is how it’s going to be. People can hit. This is varsity softball.

“We have three freshmen and five sophomores, one junior and a couple seniors. I think we did gear up for the challenge after that, but we were still nervous and the jitters were real.”

Gray-New Gloucester used three hits and a walk, and took advantage of a pair of errors to send nine hitters to the plate in the first.

The Patriots then sent 10 more hitters to the plate in the second, again taking advantage of a pair of errors to extend their advantage to 11-0.

“We’ve just been continuing to work on hitting in practice,” said Gray-New Gloucester Coach Amanda Harmon. “Just putting the confidence in there that in any situation that comes up, no matter who is in the box, they have to be able to produce and advance the runner.”

Gray-New Gloucester produced throughout the lineup. Martell also added an RBI triple, and Haley True, Grace Kariotis and Kaelyn Woods each scored twice.

Also, Hannah Dixon went 3 for 4 and scored three times for the Patriots.

Martell didn’t allow a hit until the third, and kept Kennebunk scoreless for the first four innings.

“She threw pretty well and they just made more plays than we did today,” said Nedeau. “They deserved to win this one.”

Control issues, coupled with a defensive mistake by Gray-New Gloucester, allowed Kennebunk to score four times in the fifth before adding its final run in the sixth inning.

Martell finished with nine strikeouts, five hits allowed and two earned runs.

“I praise them,” said Harmon. “Getting down pretty quickly, it’s easy to lose that desire or focus, but they came back and had some spunk in them.

“Our pitcher dueled a little bit with herself today, but she made the pitches she needed and we made plays behind her. I give them a lot of credit.”

Malori Cole, Brittney Gregoire, Lindsey Gregoire, Allie Gregoire and Emily Moore scored for the Rams. Pitcher Sydney Waitt surrendered three earned runs and struck out five.

“(Sydney) was doing her job,” said Nedeau. “It was just early jitters, really. The defense is the biggest thing.

“She was throwing the ball over the plate and they were putting it in play, but we only gave up three earned runs. When you look at it, it’s really just tightening the defense, but I was happy and proud of them to stay up and keep playing with their heads held high.”

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High school tennis preview: Mavor, Forester lead strong freshman class http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/high-school-tennis-mavor-forester-lead-strong-freshman-class/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/high-school-tennis-mavor-forester-lead-strong-freshman-class/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=845690 Nick Forester swings a tennis racket with either hand. Lana Mavor does well with just one.

Together they represent a new chapter in Maine high school tennis.

“We’ve never had anybody who’s been this good,” said 20-year Yarmouth coach Ann Harradon of Mavor, a freshman with a national ranking of 33 among 14-and-under girls. “I think having Lana on the team is boosting everyone’s morale. The singles players are thrilled because now they don’t have to play at No. 1.”

A few miles south of Yarmouth on a recent sunny afternoon, the ambidextrous Forester bounced on the balls of his feet at the baseline, winging forehands from both sides of his body.

Graduation claimed only one starting player off the two-time defending Class A state champion Falmouth boys, and Forester ably fills the gap left by Aidan McGrory at No. 1 singles.

“He really loves the game and he works hard at it,” said 45-year head coach Bob McCully, noting  Forester carries on a tradition of top-flight freshmen at Falmouth’s top singles spot that started with Brian Patterson, and included Chris Morrison and Justin Brogan.

Only once has the MPA state singles tournament been won by a pair of freshmen, in 1987, when Eric Blakeman of North Yarmouth Academy won the first of four straight titles and Lauren Rioux of Kennebunk won the first of two. She also won as a junior in ’89, lost in the semis as a sophomore and final as a senior.

Plenty of significant hurdles remain before such history could be made, of course. Falmouth senior Julia Brogan, St. Dominic junior Bethany Hammond and Wells sophomore Rosemary Campanella all reached the final four last spring. Two-time singles finalist Nick Mathieu of Mt. Ararat is rated higher than Forester on the United States Tennis Association New England U16 rankings.

At No. 33, however, Forester isn’t far behind Mathieu’s 26th and has one victory in four USTA matches against the junior from Topsham. Another freshman threat is 34th-ranked Dariy Vykhodtsev of Thornton Academy, who beat Forester earlier this month after losing to him twice earlier this year.

All three played in last year’s Betty Blakeman tournament, the biggest event on the state’s summer schedule, with Mathieu eliminating Vykhodtsev in the third round, and Forester falling to eventual finalist and second seed Tyler Adams of USM in three sets in the fourth round. Adams proceeded to dispatch No. 7 Mathieu in the quarterfinals.

Forester isn’t even the only ambidextrous threat on his team. Junior Peter Stegemann, at No. 3 singles, not only hits forehands from both sides but serves with either hand.

Forester and Stegemann train under Woodlands pro Harvey McCartney, who also taught the dual-handed approach to Waynflete sophomore Jacob Greene.

“You basically have two weapons, two strong sides,” said Forester, a natural left-hander who writes with his right hand and eats with his left. “For most people, their backhand is their weaker side.”

Until a little over a year ago, Forester also switched hands on his serve. Rather than have two average serves, he opted to concentrate on his left-handed approach.

“A lefty serve is tougher to return,” he said, “because it’s rare.”

Forester took up tennis at age 4 and started working with McCartney at 6. They went with an all-forehand approach when Forester was 9.

“He’s very steady,” McCully said of the 5-foot-91/2 freshman. “He’s not going to beat himself. You’ve got to have the shots to beat him.”

Mavor, the daughter of former collegiate players Brian Mavor (North Carolina State) and Lesya Stasiv (USM), also trains with McCartney as well as her grandfather, Roman Stasiv, like his daughter a native of Ukraine.

“I always loved tennis,” said Lana, who started playing tournaments at 12 and broke onto the national scene at 13. She missed practice time earlier this month while competing at the prestigious Easter Bowl junior tournament in Indian Wells, California, the one waiver she was allowed under the MPA bona fide team rule.

“She’ll be at practice every day,” Harradon said, “and she’ll be at all the matches.”

Although Mavor attended Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth along with taking some online classes to facilitate her tennis training, she’s doing all her academic work this year with Maine Virtual Academy, the state’s newest charter school.

Although many of her matches are likely to be lopsided, Mavor said she can always work on different aspects of her game.

“I mostly stay back but I’ll probably try to serve and volley a lot for the practice,” she said. “It’s the people who just get it back who are the hardest to play.”

Although she occasionally trains with Forester, Mavor said she’s happy hitting both forehands and backhands instead of sporting the dual-hand look.

“I don’t think I’ll ever do that,” she said with a laugh. “That’s like starting over at the beginning.”

For high school tennis in Maine, a new beginning arrives this spring.

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Boys’ lacrosse preview: For South Portland’s Fiorini, lacrosse is a family affair http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/for-south-portlands-fiorini-lacrosse-is-a-family-affair/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/for-south-portlands-fiorini-lacrosse-is-a-family-affair/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=843665 SOUTH PORTLAND — How does a lacrosse player from South Portland High get recruited by Syracuse University – one of the most storied men’s lacrosse programs in the nation?

Well, in Jack Fiorini’s case, his name helped.

“It definitely did,” said the South Portland senior midfielder. “Fiorini is pretty well known in lacrosse circles.”

In the late 1960s and 1970s, four Fiorini brothers from Baldwinsville, New York, went on to play college lacrosse. John, the eldest, at SUNY Cortland; Pete and David at SUNY Geneseo; and Tom, the youngest and Jack’s father, at Herkimer County Community College.

Tom Fiorini notes with pride that when his brothers played together, Geneseo beat Syracuse.

Pete Fiorini went on to win 405 games in 35 seasons as a high school lacrosse coach at C.W. Baker High in Baldwinsville, located less than 15 miles from the Carrier Dome where Syracuse plays its home games.

His son, Peter, a high school sophomore, already has verbally committed to Syracuse.

“People know the name and when I showed up at their camps that first time, I’m sure it got the coaches to turn their heads and had their eyes on me a little more,” Jack Fiorini said.

What they saw was a sturdy 6-foot-5 athlete with a natural left-handed shot and strong stick skills. Fiorini was coming off a 50-goal sophomore season that ended with South Portland winning the Class A state championship.

But Syracuse’s 2016 recruiting class was already full.

“They were very honest with Jack,” said Tom Fiorini, who is South Portland’s coach. “They said, ‘We like you but our class is full. Maybe something will happen. You’re in our system. We’ll keep you in mind.'”

Jack Fiorini has been a Syracuse sports fan for as long as he can remember. He has harbored a “life-long dream” to play for the Orange. For a year he heard nothing from the Syracuse coaches.

“You start thinking in reality that’s probably not going to happen and I accept it. I’m OK with it,” he said. “I had a bunch of recruiting trips and a bunch of other schools lined up that I really liked.”

He talked with UMass. He had a trip planned to Sienna. Four-time Division II national champion Le Moyne in Syracuse was becoming a front-runner. Fiorini liked Le Moyne’s winning tradition and its proximity to his extended family.

“Then all of a sudden Syracuse calls back,” Jack Fiorini said.

There had been some movement on the recruiting board. A spot had opened. Jack Fiorini had first dibs.

“I thought about it. I slept on it and I felt, it’s my dream,” he said.

Fiorini will join the 11-time NCAA champs as a preferred walk-on.

That’s not unusual. NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse programs are allowed 12.6 scholarships per team. This season Syracuse has 51 players on its roster. Fiorini said from what he understands, about six players from each class split roughly three scholarships.

“There’s about 12 to 15 kids in each class so that means the rest are preferred walk-ons. You’re going to make the team but you’re not getting athletic aid,” Fiorini said.

In Maine high school ranks, Fiorini is a dominant force. He’s scored 92 goals with 68 assists the past two seasons. He was the only non-senior among Maine’s nine 2015 All-America selections. He enters his senior season as the state’s consensus top player.

“Jack’s not afraid to own that at all,” Scarborough Coach Joe Hezlep said. “Jack’s not afraid to be flashy. Last year he got an 18-yard behind-the-back assist against us that was as pretty as could be. He was on the run and passed it from one hash mark to the other. The pass was perfect.”

But can Fiorini actually contribute at Syracuse?

“He’ll have work to do but you can’t teach 6-5, 215 (pounds),” Tom Fiorini said. “Yes. I think he can play there.”

More importantly, Jack Fiorini believes he can.

“Will I ever play there? I think about that a lot,” Fiorini said. “I think since I’ve been recruited there, I’ve worked a lot harder than I ever did before. The hardest worker is going to become the best. That’s what I want to do. I want to be an impact player. I mean, countless guys have done it before me, so why can’t I?”

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Girls’ lacrosse: 15 players to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/girls-lacrosse-15-players-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/girls-lacrosse-15-players-to-watch/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=843569 Sydney Bell, junior midfield, Falmouth: Returning All-Telegram choice, the midfielder led Falmouth in goals (48) and tied for the team lead with 16 assists.

Kelsey Brooks, junior midfield, Oceanside: She pairs with her twin sister, Jillian, to form a strong unit in midfield for a team that went 10-2 in 2015.

Jenny Bush, senior attack, Kennebunk: Coming off a 55-goal, 17-assist season, Bush is one of the top draw control specialists in the state. A two-time All-Telegram choice, the tall midfielder was Maine’s lone 2015 all-American pick.

Lindsey Cole, senior defense/midfield, York: Primarily a defender, Cole is likely to bring her leadership, stick skills, speed and communication at times to the midfield. She intends to play at Sacred Heart.

Hannah Costin, junior midfield, Marshwood: A smooth scorer (31 goals, 13 assists) who will run the offense, Costin is also a tough defender and was a consistent contributor as sophomore for the Class A champions.

Maquila Dimastrantonio, senior midfield, Massabesic: She led the Mustangs in scoring by a wide margin in 2015 and should benefit from improved play of athletic sophomore Madison Drain as a midfield partner.

Jenna Kashmer, senior defense, Marshwood: A four-year starter at low defense, she’ll again run the Hawks’ defense with fellow senior Gabrielle Bazemore.

Mary Kate Gunville, junior goalie, Yarmouth: One of key returners for Class B champs, she was particularly adept against free-position shots, allowing only 11 goals in 32 attempts.

Allie Lawlor, junior midfield, York: Speedy and tough all over the field, Lawlor scored more than 35 goals. She led the Wildcats in draw controls and caused turnovers, and was a second-team WMC as a sophomore.

Maddie Leigh, junior midfield, Sanford: Coming off a 40-goal season in a 6-7 season, Leigh will be a tri-captain with seniors Liz Helmreich and Kyla Bragg.

Camryn McKeown, senior midfield, Biddeford: A returning first-team All-SMAA pick, McKeown scored 26 goals and is among best in the league at draw control. She and attack Taylor Turgeon lead a team on the rise.

Merritt Ryan, senior midfield, Portland: Ryan has 103 career goals and led the Bulldogs to the Class A regional title game last season. She is a hard worker who plays with poise.

Olivia Sandford, senior midfield, Kennebunk: A returning All-Telegram selection, Sandford is a strong two-way player who scored 31 goals with 10 assists and was a key defensive player.

Kyra Schwartzman, senior attack, Kennebunk: An All-Telegram choice as a junior, Schwartzman tied Bush for the Rams’ scoring title with 49 goals and 23 assists. A precise shooter and a key to the Rams’ possession offense.

Faith Sinclair, senior attack, Thornton Academy: Led the Western A runner-ups’ deliberate offense with 26 goals. She is one of seven returning starters back for a team that figures to contend.

– Steve Craig

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Girls’ lacrosse: Five teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/girls-lacrosse-five-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/girls-lacrosse-five-teams-to-watch/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=843587 1. Kennebunk: The Rams were a goal shy of winning their first state championship, falling to Yarmouth 11-10 in overtime. Now Coach Annie Barker brings back all of her top scorers, including Jenny Bush (the state’s lone 2015 All-American), Kyra Schwartzman, younger sister Hallie Schwartzman, powerful Olivia Sandford and Carly Sandler. Bush, Kyra Schwartzman, Sandford, Sandler and top-flight goalie Bella Kudas are all four-year varsity players.

2. Falmouth: Coming off a program-best 12-win season, Falmouth is another strong team looking for its first title. Junior All-State midfielder Sydney Bell scored 48 goals as a sophomore and has offensive help in London Bernier, Devon Sarazin and Olivia Stucker. Senior captain Nicole Budri heads the defense. Falmouth was the top seed a year ago and lost at home to Kennebunk 9-7 in the regional final.

3. Marshwood: The defending Class A champs graduated player of the year Lindsay Poirier, four-year starter Korinne Bohunsky and goalie Emily Kahler. The Hawks could still fly high. Junior Hannah Costin is a strong two-way player who is ready to assume leadership of the offense. Midfielders Reagan Nichols and Marin Smith are very athletic on the wings and Jenna Kashmer and Gabrielle Bazemore head one of the league’s better defensive groups.

4. Massabesic: The Mustangs finished first in Western A last year and return one of the SMAA’s more dynamic scorers in Maquila Dimastrantonio. She and sophomore Madison Drain form a top midfield combo. Veteran Coach Brooks Bowen said he expects the league to be tightly bunched and thinks his defensive quartet of Madi Russell, Keilly Lynch, Emma Desrochers and Morgan Pike will be a strong unit.

5. Yarmouth: Yes, the Clippers lost their first game of the season 8-7 to a strong York squad. But it would be foolish not to pay attention to Coach Dorothy Holt’s team. Yarmouth has won the past two Class B titles and will again be favored to come out of Northern B on top. Goalie Mary Kate Gunville is a strong leader and backbone. Lilly Watson is a scorer and distributor and defender Lauren Bartlett is a top player.

– Steve Craig

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Boys’ lacrosse: Five teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/boys-lacrosse-five-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/boys-lacrosse-five-teams-to-watch/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=843614 1. Cape Elizabeth: The 2015 Class B champs return a strong core of top players across the field. Senior goalie Alex Narvaez will make it hard for teams to finish possessions, while Cape boasts plenty of scoring threats. Senior midfielder RJ Sarka is a dominant force. Twins Owen Thoreck (A) and Connor Thoreck (MF) are proven threats. Lefty Riley Pillsbury is hard to stop at the net. Ben Ekedahl leads the defense.

2. Falmouth: Like the Capers, Falmouth is a traditional power with powerful players and plenty of depth despite having a relatively young team. Senior midfielder George Gilbert is a key two-way cog. The junior class is led by the attack combo of Jack Scribner and Devin Russell, while sophomores Brendan Hickey (D), Lou Mainella (A), and Nick Farnham (MF) are vital pieces. Falmouth will look to improve defensively around the goalie combo of injured incumbent Liam Tucker and Ethan Chapman.

3. South Portland: The regional Class A champs graduated several key pieces including goalie and 2015 player of the year T-Moe Hellier – but they have the state’s only returning All-American in 6-foot-5, Syracuse-bound Jack Fiorini. Freshman Quinn Watson looks like a keeper in goal and has veterans Brian Ellsmore and Benedetto Nappi leading a good defense. Jack Bose-Kimball, Brendan Gagne and standout long-stick middie Nick Mezzanotte are also key performers.

4. Yarmouth: The defending regional Class B champs must replace all three defenders so it will be imperative for faceoff specialist Ricky Tillotson to gain possession. The Clippers’ offense, led by junior attack Bill Jacobs and senior middie Matt Beatty can compete at a high level. Long-stick middie Jack Venden was a first-team Western Maine Conference selection as a junior.

5. Thornton Academy: After an 11-4 season that included a trip to the Western A final, Thornton graduated six all-conference players but can still battle with the likes of Scarborough and Cheverus as South Portland’s top challengers. Coach Ryan Hersey will look to attacks Charlie Katz and Jon Camire and returning midfielders Wyatt LeBlanc and Greg Ruff to lead a balanced offense. Isaac Patry and Tyler Lynn lead a revamped defense.

– Steve Craig

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Boys’ lacrosse: 15 players to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/boys-lacrosse-15-players-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/20/boys-lacrosse-15-players-to-watch/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=843647 Cooper Chap, senior midfield, Waynflete: The Flyers’ faceoff man is an all-around midfielder. He scored 19 goals with 19 assists last season.

Jack Fiorini, senior midfield, South Portland: The All-American scored 42 goals with 31 assists and 56 ground balls for the Western Class A champs. He plans to play at Syracuse.

George Gilbert, senior midfield, Falmouth: The Yachtsmen’s senior captain is a strong two-way player who can finish when needed and will lead a talented but still young contender.

Christian Glover, junior defense/LSM, Brunswick: A fierce, two-way player who can wield his long stick with an attackman’s skill, he’ll be leader for the defending Class A champs who graduated 16 players.

Bill Jacobs, junior attack, Yarmouth: The second-leading scorer for Yarmouth last season will need to step into a bigger role with the graduation of All-American Joe Oliva.

Griffin Jacobson, senior attack, Windham: A first-team SMAA pick in 2015. Strong and skilled, he has anchored Eagles’ offense. He has a strong outside shot and can drive the crease.

Carter Landry, junior goalie, Gorham: A three-year starter and team leader, Landry figures to be the top returning goalie in the SMAA this season for a team expected to improve.

Nick Mezzanotte, senior long stick midfielder, South Portland senior: Coach Tom Fiorini believes his returning All-SMAA senior and Brunswick’s Glover are the two best long-stick middies in the state.

Sam Neugebauer, junior attack, Scarborough: A three-year starter with a strong lefty finish who will be the key finisher for a team looking to contend in Class A.

Noah Oliver, senior midfield, Westbrook: A top faceoff specialist who also scored 25 goals with 25 assists in an all-conference junior season.

R.J. Sarka, senior midfield, Cape Elizabeth: Part of a strong core of returning players, the powerful Sarka sets the pace for the defending Western B champs.

Jack Scribner, junior attack, Falmouth: As good as he is at scoring, Scribner may be better at setting up others. He and Devin Russell form a dynamic duo at attack.

Owen Thoreck, junior attack, Cape Elizabeth: Strong and physical with plenty of skill, he’ll be one of several top-level finishers for the defending Class B champs.

Jack Venden, senior long stick midfielder, Yarmouth: Returning as a first-team all-WMC pick, the three-year varsity player will be key to an overhauled defense for the defending Class B champs.

Zac Wogan, senior goalie, Freeport: A team captain, he stopped 65 percent of opponents’ shots as a junior, making 232 saves. He’ll backbone a Falcons squad that expects to make the playoffs.

– Steve Craig

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Windham baseball edges Sanford in eight innings, 4-2 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/18/windham-baseball-edges-sanford-in-eight-innings-4-2/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/18/windham-baseball-edges-sanford-in-eight-innings-4-2/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:29:55 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/18/windham-baseball-edges-sanford-in-eight-innings-4-2/ SANFORD — Dylan Koza singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning Monday to help Windham to a 4-2 victory against Sanford in an SMAA baseball opener at Goodall Park.

With the score 2-2 entering the eighth, Sanford called on its third pitcher of the game, James Roche, to face the 5-6-7 spots in the Eagles’ order.

Mitch Eskilson led off with a single, followed by a six-pitch walk to Blake Houser.

With no outs, Koza delivered a single to left that scored Eskilson.

“(The contact) could have been cleaner but a hit’s a hit,” said Koza.

The Eagles added a run on a single by Evan Coughlin.

Koza went 3 for 3 with a walk and two RBI.

“(I was) just … trying to make contact and drive in the runs,” he said.

The 5-6-7 spots in the order came up big for Windham, going a combined 5 for 10 with two walks and four runs.

“Koza was big out of that seven-hole today with three hits and Eskilson to lead off that eighth inning with the base hit to right field really sparked us,” said Windham Coach Brody Artes.

The game was scoreless until the Eagles broke through for two runs in the fourth.

Koza delivered the first run with a single. He scored later in the inning on an error.

Windham right-hander Tanner Bernier was brilliant, earning the win with seven innings of one-hit ball.

Bernier allowed two runs (one earned), walking one and striking out three.

Bernier allowed his only hit in the fifth, a double by Brad Bouchard.

“(Bernier) kind of had a bit of a mental lapse in that one inning,” said Artes. “And a lot of that was due to the fact he had just given up his first hit.”

Bouchard advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk.

Later in the inning, Keith Kerrigan of Sanford hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-2.

“(Bernier) did a really good job of battling back and settling down after that inning. He got ahead a lot and let the defense do the work behind him,” said Artes.

Frankie Veino drew the opening-day start for Sanford. He threw 89 pitches while grinding through four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked three and struck out two.

“(Veino) wasn’t on. He was missing high. I don’t know if it was opening-game jitters … but he was up high,” said Sanford Coach Mark Boissonneault.

Bouchard relieved in the fifth and threw three shutout innings, allowing three hits without issuing a walk. He also struck out two.

“I know we lost,” said Boissonneault, “but I’m pleased with our effort.”

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Falmouth gets plenty from boys’ lacrosse opener http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/falmouth-gets-plenty-from-boys-lacrosse-opener/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/falmouth-gets-plenty-from-boys-lacrosse-opener/#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:39:01 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/falmouth-gets-plenty-from-boys-lacrosse-opener/ FALMOUTH — The Falmouth High boys’ lacrosse team got about everything it could want Friday in a 19-6 season-opening victory against Freeport.

Falmouth had on-target snipers in attackers Jack Scribner and Devin Russell, each scoring six goals.

The offense also had plenty of support. Rangy midfielder Nick Farnham rifled three goals past beleaguered Freeport keeper Zac Wogan. Andrew Langdon, Lou Mainella, George Gilbert, and George Fitzgerald each had a single goal.

Falmouth’s 13 assists were evidence of crisp ball movement.

“I was really pleased coming out here the first game and getting the ball moving around,” said Scribner, who had a game-high four assists. “We have prided ourselves on working hard and we’ve done a lot of ball movement stuff.”

Defenders like Brendan Hickey and long-stick midfielder Riley Reed, a promising freshman, forced Freeport to score on tough shots under pressure.

Sophomore goalie Ethan Chapman stepped up with several early saves in just his second career start.

“Our offense really helped us out and Ethan, our sophomore goalie, played tremendous, and hopefully we can come out and get better every single game,” Hickey said.

The Yachtsmen even got an unexpected home game because Freeport’s field was deemed too wet for play.

About the only thing missing was Coach Mike Lebel. He was serving a one-game suspension for drawing two yellow cards in Falmouth’s first scrimmage, according to Athletic Director Cooper Higgins.

Falmouth assistant coach Kris Dambach took over the lead coaching responsibilities.

“We have a lot of returners from last year who got a lot of playing time, so they’re comfortable playing with each other,” Dambach said. “We were real young last year, but they got a lot of experience.”

Another strong aspect of Falmouth’s game was its ability to apply pressure after Wogan made a save or Freeport forced a rare turnover. Many Freeport possessions ended before the Falcons could clear the ball, especially in Falmouth’s 7-1 third quarter that stretched its lead to 18-5.

“It’s just applying a lot of pressure and making sure they have to make the long throws,” Russell said.

Freeport also was worn down by Falmouth’s depth.

“Several of our starters are already on vacation,” Freeport Coach Geoff Arris said. “We were running 17 against 30 (Falmouth players), I believe.”

Freeport was playing outside for just the third time this season and has yet to get on its own field, Arris said.

“We put in more goals than we have in years past, so that’s a positive,” Arris said. “Their transition against us gave us trouble. Three crisp passes and they’re in on Zac (Wogan) all of a sudden.”

Conner Dostie scored three goals for Freeport. Brady Lafrance, Eli Fox and Nate Thomas each had one. Midfielder Perrin Davidson displayed some good toughness, winning ground balls and being able to absorb checks without losing the ball.

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Portland-based team expanding its wrestling world http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/expanding-their-wrestling-world/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/expanding-their-wrestling-world/#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:38:36 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/expanding-their-wrestling-world/ Traveling to find worthy competition is nothing new for Maine’s top high school and middle school wrestlers. During the course of a year they’re apt to travel all around the Northeast, and as far south as Virginia and west as North Dakota.

On Sunday, eight adventurous wrestlers and five coaches from the Portland-based wrestling club Casco Bay Elite will stretch their wrestling travels to new distances.

They are headed to Bulgaria – an Eastern European country with a rich wrestling history – to spend more than a week refining freestyle and Greco-Roman techniques at five clubs.

“I grew up in Pennsylvania so I’m used to going a long way to wrestle,” said Scarborough High sophomore Jeremy Sendrowski. “But this is my first time going to Europe. Both in the wrestling room and outside of the wrestling room, this is going to be a great learning opportunity.”

Sendrowski and Portland High freshmen Zack Elowitch and Ben Levine are members of Casco Bay Elite. They’ll be joined by two of the state’s best high school wrestlers – four-time state champ and two-time New England champ Peter Del Gallo of Gardiner and three-time state champ Cody Craig, a Skowhegan junior.

Anthony Napolitano, Tyler Brown and Michael Delev, who are middle school wrestlers in South Portland, also will make the trip.

They’ll be joined by coaches Tony Napolitano, Dave Elowitch, and Petko (Peter) Delev. University of Southern Maine coaches Mike Morin and Jonathan Deupree are going to train as wrestlers.

Portland High wrestling coach Tony Napolitano came up with the idea for the trip. He and Dave Elowitch are Casco Bay Elite’s co-owners and head coaches.

“We’re always looking for unique and interesting wrestling opportunities for the kids,” Napolitano said. “We thought this was not only a cool opportunity to experience some great wrestling and to meet other wrestlers from around the world, but just to see a really interesting part of the world.”

Petko Delev was born and raised in Bulgaria. He attended the state-sponsored Vassil Levski Sports School, a wrestling school for students from fifth to 12th grade.

Delev said he won national youth championships in 1992 in the 62-kilogram weight class (about 137 pounds) and again in 1994 when he was 18 and wrestling at 66 kilos.

Delev has maintained his wrestling connections in Bulgaria and did most of the logistical legwork for the trip.

“For the kids, this is (a chance) to have better wrestling,” Delev said. “To teach some different moves. Here, they wrestle folkstyle. There is all freestyle and Greco.”

Delev was asked what he thinks will surprise the Americans.

“How old is my country,” he said. “They see how many old, really old buildings. We stay in Plovdiv, the second-biggest city in my country, and they say the most beautiful city in whole of Europe.”

Plovdiv is ancient. Archaeological evidence dates to the 6th century B.C. Alexander the Great’s father conquered the city. The Romans built an ampitheatre that still exists in the center of the old town. Byzantines, Bulgarians and Ottoman Turks all held the city in different eras.

Delev’s son, Michael, will be able to help with translation for the group. He has spent several summers with grandparents and other relatives, and speaks Bulgarian.

“But I haven’t seen all the places, so I’m looking forward to that,” Michael Delev said.

He also expects he and the other wrestlers will be in for a culture shock on the mat.

“We’ll learn more about Greco and freestyle and how other teams around the world wrestle,” Delev said. “They throw (opponents) and stuff a lot more.”

Del Gallo has competed in – and won – freestyle tournaments in Canada. He said he expects to hold his own but also will be looking to learn as much as he can.

“It’s all about drilling and learning technique,” Del Gallo said. “I definitely plan on videotaping everything their coaches say.”

The 15-person contingent (two parents are also going) leaves Sunday and returns April 26. The plan is to train at five wrestling schools.

Casco Bay Elite plans to have a travel blog about its trip on its website and Facebook page.

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Friday’s high school roundup: Portland captures boys’ lacrosse opener http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/fridays-high-school-roundup-portland-captures-boys-lacrosse-opener/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/fridays-high-school-roundup-portland-captures-boys-lacrosse-opener/#comments Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:34:48 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/15/fridays-high-school-roundup-portland-captures-boys-lacrosse-opener/ Wes Bryan finished with five goals and two assists Friday to lead Portland to a 16-5 victory against Marshwood in an SMAA schoolboy lacrosse opener at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Marshwood went up 2-0 to start the game, but Drake McGhie and Charlie Kovarik each added three goals to help the Bulldogs pull away. McGhie also had two assists.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

KENNEBUNK 17, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Jenny Bush had five goals and an assist to lead the Rams (1-0) against the Raiders (0-1) at Kennebunk.

Kyra Schwartzman added three goals and three assists, and Olivia Sandford finished with three goals and one assist for Kennebunk.

Kiyanna Monydet scored for Fryeburg.

SOFTBALL

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 8, POLAND 2: Amanda Thayer had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs to lead the Patriots (1-0) over the Knights (0-1) at Gray.

Alison Martell picked up the win, striking out five and allowing one walk in four innings of relief.

Sydney Hudson of Poland collected three hits and drove in a run, and Morgan Brousseau had an RBI double in the first.

Shelby Lafrinea added two hits for Poland.

BASEBALL

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 5, POLAND 4: John Villanueva scored on a single by Nick McCann in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Patriots (1-0) over the Knights (0-1) at Gray.

Josiah Rottari pitched two perfect innings of relief to earn the win.

Evan Gallagher, Austin Love, Quinn Callahan and Deryk Belanger had two hits apiece for Poland.

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Thursday’s high school roundup: Waynflete wins in girls’ lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/14/thursdays-high-school-roundup-waynflete-wins-in-girls-lacrosse/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/14/thursdays-high-school-roundup-waynflete-wins-in-girls-lacrosse/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:47:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/14/thursdays-high-school-roundup-waynflete-wins-in-girls-lacrosse/ CAPE ELIZABETH — Isabel Canning scored with a minute left in overtime Thursday to give Waynflete an 8-7 victory against Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference girls’ lacrosse opener.

Thursday was the opening day for spring sports in Maine.

Canning had two goals, as did Laura Baginski and Christian Rowe for Waynflete.

Mariah Deschino and Caroline Coburn scored three goals each for Cape Elizabeth.

MARSHWOOD 15, SOUTH PORTLAND 3: Hannah Costin had five goals and an assist to lead the Hawks over the Red Riots at South Berwick.

Reagan Nichols, Lucy Albers and Marin Smith each added three goals for Marshwood, which led 12-1 at halftime. Nichols also had two assists.

Madison Cyr led the Red Riots with two goals. Molly Walker had the other.

BASEBALL

YORK 11, TRAIP ACADEMY 0: Forrest Kelley drove home four runs and Trevor LaBonte pitched a one-hitter as the Wildcats won in five innings at York.

Kelley’s three-run homer gave York a 3-0 lead in the first. The Wildcats added three in the second before Kelley hit an RBI double during a two-run third.

LaBonte struck out eight, allowing a lone single to Shane MacNeill.

GREELY 15, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 2: Justin Leeman and Calvin Soule each had two hits and three RBI to lead the Rangers to a five-inning win at Cumberland.

Leeman finished 2 for 3 with a double, Soule went 2 for 4 and Caleb Normandeau scored thee runs for the Rangers.

Ryan Twitchell allowed two runs on four hits, striking out seven in four innings of work to earn the win.

Hunter Day collected a pair of hits for the Raiders.

SACOPEE VALLEY 27, WAYNFLETE 0: Brandon Burnell struck out 12 in a no-hitter as Sacopee Valley won a five-inning game at Portland.

Patrick Westberry had a three-run homer, Devin Day added three hits and scored four times, and Brady Anderson finished with two hits and four runs.

MARSHWOOD 7, NOBLE 2: Zach Doyon’s two-run single capped a four-run second inning as Marshwood took command at North Berwick.

Nate Curtis struck out five, holding Noble to four hits and an unearned run. Keith Dorr finished for the Hawks, and gave up an unearned run and one hit.

Doyon and Nick Landis had two hits apiece for Marshwood. Matt Chambers had a pair of hits for Noble.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 17, BUCKFIELD 6: Every player in the lineup scored for Old Orchard Beach in a five-inning game at Buckfield.

Joey McCullum went 2 for 4 with three RBI and three runs, Kyle Allen scored four times, and Dustin Brown and Jon Gillis each added two hits for Old Orchard.

Allen also got the win, striking out four and walking two in four innings.

Jacob Kraske had two hits and two RBI for Buckfield.

SOFTBALL

WELLS 12, CAPE ELIZABETH 4: Anya Chase and Olivia Clay each went 5 for 5 and combined for four runs to lead the Warriors at Cape Elizabeth.

Clay had one RBI, and Chase drove in two runs and also pitched a complete game, allowing five walks and striking out eight.

Megan Nicholson had a pair of hits with a double, and Tess Haller and Kelly O’Sullivan each had two hits for Cape Elizabeth. Jessica Robicheaw struck out nine and walked six in six innings.

FREEPORT 8, LAKE REGION 7: Kasey Erlebach scored on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a four-run rally for the Falcons at Naples.

Freeport, trailing 7-4, had six straight hits to start the seventh. Alexa Koenig drove in Erlebach to end the game.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

CAPE ELIZABETH 17, WAYNFLETE 8: Connor Thoreck scored four goals to lead Cape Elizabeth at home.

Owen Thoreck, Jay Bottomley, Tate Perkins and R.J. Sarka scored three goals each for Cape Elizabeth, with Owen Thoreck adding five assists, Bottomley three and Perkins two.

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Softball: Greely walks off with a first-day victory http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/14/softball-greely-walks-off-with-a-first-day-victory/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/14/softball-greely-walks-off-with-a-first-day-victory/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:26:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/14/softball-greely-walks-off-with-a-first-day-victory/ CUMBERLAND — Kelsey Currier raced home from second base with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday to lift Greely to a 2-1 victory against Fryeburg Academy in a season-opening Western Maine Conference softball game.

Currier started the rally when her fly to right fell just inside the foul line for a double. She then scored when a fly to right by Kayley Cimino, the next batter, was mishandled.

“We blinked,” Fryeburg Coach Fred Apt said. “All it took was one mistake.”

The mistakes were few by both teams.

“It was a pretty clean game,” Greely Coach Rob Hale said. “We played them last year in the season opener and they went up on us 10-0 and we beat them 15-14 or something. It was ugly. They hit the first pitch out of the park.”

This time both pitchers did enough to win.

Currier, a sophomore making her second varsity start, limited the Raiders to three hits. She struck out seven and walked six.

Nicole Bennett, a junior who did most of the pitching for Fryeburg’s tourney team last season, allowed four hits. She struck out seven and walked none.

“She pitched well enough to win and until the last inning, we played defense well enough,” said Apt, who has guided the Raiders to three Class B state championships in the past 15 years. “We just didn’t hit the ball. We scored one run and we’ve got to score more than that.”

Hale also was unhappy with his team’s offense.

“We’re a better hitting team than that,” he said, “but (Bennett) went outside on us and we didn’t make adjustments. She has some experience and (Apt) knows what he’s doing.”

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Lexi Faietta, a speedy shortstop, led off with an infield hit, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored when Evan Carrell lined a two-out single to center.

After threatening to score in the third and fifth innings, Fryeburg finally broke through in the sixth.

With two outs, Tina LeBlanc walked and stole second. She scored on Lexi L’Heureux-Carland’s opposite-field double deep into the gap in left.

The Raiders had runners in scoring position in four innings, but Currier managed to get of out of jams in three of them.

“One good thing about her is she competes,” Hale said. “If she gives up a hit, she forgets about it. She has a very short memory and that’s rare for a young lady.”

In the third, Currier, who saw some playing time in the outfield last spring, assisted on all three putouts.

With runners on first and second, she dived to snare Bennett’s hard-hit grounder up the middle and threw to first for the inning-ending out while on both knees.

“I work on (my fielding) to do the best I can for my team,” she said.

Despite the outcome, Apt remained optimistic about his team.

“It was a good opening game but it was a tough one to lose,” he said. “It was the best game we’ve played this spring (including exhibitions) so I’m happy with that. (Greely) is a good team and if our hitting comes around, we’ll be fine.”

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Baseball preview: 25 players to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/baseball-preview-25-players-to-watch-2/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/baseball-preview-25-players-to-watch-2/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=833688 Brady Anderson, Sacopee Valley senior, shortstop: Anderson was the WMC Class C/D player of the year as a junior.

Connor Aube, Falmouth senior, center fielder: One of only two juniors on last year’s Maine Sunday Telegram all-state team, Aube hit .412 with 13 steals and 20 runs.

Charles Barnard, Portland senior, pitcher: Went 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA and two shutouts last year.

Charlie Bell, Wells senior, center fielder/pitcher: A four-year starter in center field, he led the Warriors with 20 RBI last season and also had four wins as a pitcher.

Dom Bernard, Deering senior, center fielder: Won the SMAA batting title last year with a .457 average, and had a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Brady Crepeau, Biddeford junior, pitcher/first baseman: Crepeau had a 3.38 ERA and hit .265 with two homers last year after earning all-SMAA honors as both a pitcher and outfielder in 2014.

Jack Davenport, Freeport senior, shortstop/pitcher: Had a 4-3 record with a 2.39 ERA and hit .510 with three homers.

Luke Glenda, Yarmouth senior, pitcher/first baseman: Struck out 44 in just 292/3 innings, going 4-2 with a 2.12 ERA, and also hit .351.

Cam Guarino, Falmouth junior, pitcher: A left-hander, Guarino is 12-2 and has allowed only six earned runs (0.47 ERA) in his first two varsity seasons.

Elias Henze, Brunswick senior, shortstop/pitcher: An excellent defensive shortstop who hit .315 last season.

Sam Kilborn, Gorham senior, pitcher: Was 4-2 with a 1.91 ERA last year after missing his sophomore year because of a knee injury.

Jensen LaPoint, Cheverus senior, first baseman/catcher: A starter since his freshman season, LaPoint was the SMAA batting champ in 2014 but struggled as a junior, hitting just .275.

Ben Lambert, Thornton Academy senior, pitcher/utility: The SMAA MVP as a junior, he batted .393 with a .601 slugging percentage, and was 5-3 on the mound with a 0.86 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 57 innings.

Nick Lorello, Scarborough senior, shortstop: Hit .313 last season and led the team in runs, RBI, total bases and stolen bases.

Roderick Maynard, Sacopee Valley senior, pitcher: A left-hander, Maynard was 8-1 last season.

Nick Mazurek, Oceanside senior, pitcher/shortstop: Mazurek, who will play next year for Southern New Hampshire University, dominated as both a pitcher and a hitter last season. He hit .338 with six homers, 22 RBI and a .556 on-base percentage, and was 6-1 with a 0.48 ERA, 59 strikeouts and three walks in 44 innings.

Dana McKay, Bonny Eagle senior, pitcher/infielder: Hit .347 with 15 steals and had a 1.91 ERA in 18 innings.

Marshall Peterson, Cape Elizabeth junior, pitcher: Went 8-1 with a 0.63 ERA in 48 innings.

Bailey Ryan, Westbrook senior, outfielder/pitcher: Led the Blue Blazes last year with a .375 batting average and .583 slugging percentage, and was also the team’s top pitcher (2-2, 2.19 ERA).

Thomas Silk, Waynflete senior, shortstop/pitcher: Silk hit .545 with three homers, 18 RBI and 15 steals last season.

Calvin Soule, Greely senior, shortstop: Hit .379 with 16 RBI and 21 runs for the two-time defending Class B state champion.

Brendan Tinsman, Cape Elizabeth sophomore, catcher: Had a strong freshman season and has already given a verbal commitment to play for Wake Forest.

Sam Troiano, South Portland junior, outfielder/pitcher: Was named to the SMAA second team as both a pitcher and outfielder after hitting .313, and going 3-1 with a 0.72 ERA.

Ryan Twitchell, Greely junior, pitcher: Threw a no-hitter in the Class B state championship game, capping a season in which he went 6-2 with a 1.27 ERA.

John Williams, Portland senior, first baseman: An all-SMAA selection in 2015, he hit .424 with 15 RBI and 19 steals.

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Baseball preview: 10 teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/baseball-preview-10-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/baseball-preview-10-teams-to-watch/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=833701 1. Portland: Last year’s runner-up in Western Class A (now Class A South) returns its top two pitchers – Dan Marzilli and Charles Barnard – and starters at every position except catcher. First baseman John Williams and shortstop Jake Knop lead an experienced lineup that should be especially strong in the field.

2. Falmouth: Center fielder Connor Aube and shortstop Robbie Armitage head a solid lineup, and junior lefty Cam Guarino is one of the state’s top pitchers. The Yachtsmen play mostly a Class B schedule but should contend for the Class A South title.

3. Cheverus: The Stags are counting on bounce-back seasons from catcher/first baseman Jensen LaPoint and pitcher Alex Jacobs. Third baseman Chris Vallee, an SMAA second-team all-star in 2015, is another veteran in a lineup that will include two sophomores and a freshman.

4. South Portland: The 2015 Western Class A champ lost 11 seniors but still has pitcher/outfielder Sam Troiano, a two-time all-SMAA selection, and his brother Nick, a catcher. Ben Conti, Griffin Kelley and Drew Abramson are other key returnees.

5. Greely: The Rangers have won two straight Class B state championships and return six regulars, including pitcher Ryan Twitchell and the senior double-play combo of Calvin Soule (shortstop) and Justin Leeman (second base).

6. Cape Elizabeth: The Capers have almost everyone back from a team that lost in extra innings to Greely in the Western Class B final, including pitchers Marshall Peterson, Nate Ingalls and Bryce Hewitt, and sophomore catcher Brendan Tinsman.

7. Thornton Academy: Senior pitcher Ben Lambert – the SMAA’s most valuable player in 2015 – and all-SMAA catcher Brandon Hall lead a team that went 11-6 last season but was upset in the first round of the playoffs.

8. Deering: Center fielder Dom Bernard, the reigning SMAA batting champion, is the focal point of the offense for a team that went 11-7 last year. Junior pitchers James Sinclair and Colby Dame were regulars in the rotation as sophomores.

9. Yarmouth: The Clippers were just 8-8 last season but lost only two regulars and have four of their top five pitchers back. Left fielder C.J. Cawley, catcher Jack Snyder and second baseman Andrew Kinsman are third-year starters, and first baseman Chris O’Donnell was an all-WMC selection.

10. Sacopee Valley: The Hawks lost only three games combined in 2014 and 2015, and have seven returning starters – four of whom were WMC Class C/D first-team all-stars. Shortstop Brady Anderson and catcher Kyle Jordan are the catalysts on offense, and left-hander Roderick Maynard went 8-1 last year.

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Softball preview: 10 teams to watch http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/softball-teams-to-watch/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/softball-teams-to-watch/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=833704 1. Scarborough: Yes, it’s an even-numbered year and the Red Storm never win in even-numbered years, right? But they are the best team in Class A South. They have an abundance of pitching, strong hitters up and down the lineup and a deep, deep bench. Lilly Volk (verbally committed to UMaine), Abbie Murrell and Chloe Griffin will share the pitching. Maggie Murphy and Kaleigh Scoville are returning all-staters. Chloe Gorey and Laura Powell return as starters. Hannah Ricker is back at catcher. This is a power lineup and stellar defensive group.

2. Biddeford: The Tigers lost only one starter from last year’s regional semifinalists and loom as a strong threat. Kirsten Lebreaux (5-1, 1.99 ERA) returns as the No. 1 pitcher. Sophomore Brook Davis may be the best catcher in the state, a powerful hitter (.577, seven home runs) with great defensive skills. Strong infield defense will be bolstered by freshman Grace Martin, who can also pitch.

3. Greely: The Rangers are experienced and deep and determined to wash out the bitter taste of last year’s regional semifinal loss. They return their entire infield – Miranda Eisenhart at first, Lexi Faietta at second, Moira Train at shortstop and Sarah Felkel at third – as well as sophomore pitcher Kelsey Currier, who pitched well last year. Kayley Cimino is a top outfielder. And the Rangers can hit the ball hard.

4. Sanford: Start with the return of Jen Jones, last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year who is a dominant strikeout pitcher, then add center fielder Nicole Main, one of the best leadoff batters in the state with a .517 average, and you have the makings of a good team. The Spartans lost only one starter from last year, but it was a big loss – catcher Emily Begin. If they can replace her, this is a dangerous team again.

5. Yarmouth: The defending Class B state champs should be among the best teams again. Pitcher Mari Cooper (15-1) is back, along with most of the cast that made a great run through the playoffs. The Clippers are aggressive at the plate and in the field, and that gives them an edge. They need to replace their catcher, turning to either sophomore Cate Ralph or freshman Cayte Tillotson. This team could go a long way again.

6. Thornton Academy: The Trojans are going to be able to hit the ball, no question about that. They have a powerful batting order led by Libby Pomerleau, Kaylee Burns, Maizie Lee, Kaya O’Connor and Shelby Ross. They’ll be young (four freshmen on the roster) and need to replace their top pitcher, Bailey Tremblay. Sophomores Louisa Colluci and Journey Barnes and freshman Olivia Howe will be in the rotation.

7. Massabesic: The Mustangs return five starters from last year’s quarterfinalists and look to be strong again. Senior pitcher Sarah Guimond and juniors Sarah Howe (second base) and Kyra Cartwright (catcher) are the lead veterans, joined by freshman Grace Tutt and Lacey Bean. The Mustangs open with four tough games, which will tell a lot about them.

8. York: Softball is still a pitcher’s game and the Wildcats have one of the state’s most dominating strikeout pitchers in senior Stephanie Rundlett, who set down 246 batters in 117 innings last year. She also hit .571, and is heading to Division I Fordham next year. The Wildcats have other solid players in the field and at the plate, led by first baseman Sophie Stephens and second baseman Olivia Coughlin. They’ll be in the mix again.

9. Windham: The Eagles can hit the ball, no question about that. Catcher Sadie Nelson (.392) and first baseman Olivia Mora (.447) combined for nine home runs last year and drive the ball all over the field. Danielle Tardiff returns as the No. 1 pitcher and can be tough to hit. If this team plays well defensively, it can make a run in the playoffs.

10. Mt. Ararat: The Eagles return eight starters from last year’s quarterfinal team and hope to make a longer playoff run. The entire infield returns: catcher Kayleigh Temple, first baseman Kate Guerin, second baseman Sara Lamb, shortstop Katelyn Cox and third baseman Zoe Stilphen. Pitcher Alana Weaver is also back, as is center fielder Belle Benner. This is a pretty good defensive team.

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High School Baseball Preview: Greely looks to add to its rich history http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/greelys-baseball-team-looking-to-add-to-its-rich-history/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/greelys-baseball-team-looking-to-add-to-its-rich-history/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=833724 CUMBERLAND — There is a rhythm to the drills, even though the Greely High baseball team is inside the gym on a cold April afternoon.

Players run to their positions. The ball is put in play. And the players react.

Derek Soule, in his 17th season as the Rangers’ head coach, stands back and watches, as does assistant Bob Anthoine. Pitching coach Miles Hunt gives instructions on pickoff plays. The action is sometimes stopped so corrections can be made. The players reset and the action begins again.

It may seem boring but this is how championships are made. And the Rangers have one of Maine’s best Class B baseball programs.

Greely enters this spring as the two-time defending state champion. The Rangers also won state titles in 2007 and 2009, and have a regional title from 2011. No other Class B team has appeared in more than two state title games over the same stretch.

With six positional players and standout pitcher Ryan Twitchell returning, the Rangers figure to contend again. Asked why this program has enjoyed such great success, Soule points to its deep roots.

“I think part of the success has to do with a community that supports extracurricular activities,” he said. “A lot of the extracurricular activities at Greely have had success, whether it’s the baseball team, the girls’ soccer team, our jazz band or our math team. This community really sees the benefits of sports and extracurricular activities.

“And I think we may have a little more success, in part, due to a tradition that’s been built here. We’ve built a sense of history with our Greely baseball tradition.”

It started with Anthoine, who coached Greely from 1986-99, and won 171 games, and state championships in 1997 and 1999. It continued with Soule, who played for Anthoine and now is the school’s all-time wins leader with a career record of 234-66. It includes Mort Soule, Derek’s father, who won a Class A state championship with Deering in 1993 and is the junior varsity coach. It seeps to the lower levels, where many former Rangers coach.

The players understand what it takes to add to that history.

“We all support each other and are willing to do things that we need to do, whether it’s to bunt or steal, hit-and-run, or warm up the pitcher,” said senior shortstop Calvin Soule – Derek’s son, who’s been hanging around the Greely dugout the last 12 years, starting as a batboy. “It’s all about sacrificing for the common goal, and that creates a very strong bond for many of us.”

You can see that bond in practice, where the players joke with each other one moment, then offer encouragement or advice in the next.

“We’re just a bunch of guys who love the sport and we’re just coming out to play our brand of ball,” said senior center fielder Matt Pisini, who is returning from a knee injury that forced him to miss football season. “There’s a sense of camaraderie on this team and we just have fun.”

Many of them have played together for years, from Little League through AAU, middle school and high school. Derek Soule has been their coach for many of those years.

“He knows what we’re capable of,” said Pisini. “And when he talks, you listen. You know what’s coming out of his mouth is going to be right.”

The Rangers have some talent, too. Twitchell threw a no-hitter in last year’s 10-0 state championship game victory over Camden Hills and is being recruited by several Division I schools. Soule is a three-year starter at shortstop who hit .379. Senior second baseman Justin Leeman hit .359 with a team-high 17 RBI. Catcher Dylan Fried, first baseman Caleb Normandeau and left fielder Austin Nowinski return as well.

“With a combination of the intelligence, athleticism and experience these guys have, you can do things with this team that we may not have been able to do with others,” said Derek Soule. “We can be more aggressive offensively, even defensively. Down the stretch last year, these guys made some pretty extraordinary defensive plays that were the difference between ending our season and continuing on.

“I want these guys to be aggressive offensively and defensively, and play without fear of making mistakes. That’s a big thing. It’s not a good feeling for a player to be worried if you make a mistake.

“I think this group is really strong.”

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High School Softball Preview: Yarmouth ready for new role – defending champ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/softball-yarmouth-ready-for-a-new-role-defending-state-champion/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/13/softball-yarmouth-ready-for-a-new-role-defending-state-champion/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=833763 YARMOUTH — Amy Ashley’s goal for every team she has coached has been to be better than the year before.

That’s going to be difficult for Yarmouth High’s softball team this year. The Clippers won the Class B state championship last spring, the school’s first softball title.

So Ashley’s goal for the Clippers is simple: “I want to make sure we play our hearts out and put ourselves in good position to go as far as we can in the playoffs.”

That could be pretty far.

The Clippers lost just three starters from last year’s championship squad, return ace pitcher Mari Cooper, and have a championship glow that has extended throughout the community’s softball program.

For the first time in at least four years, Yarmouth will have a full junior varsity squad, which Ashley says is directly related to the championship.

“The championship was great for the program, awesome for the players and coaches,” said Ashley, “but it was mostly for the softball community.”

Cooper, who went 15-1 and threw three shutouts in the regional tournament, said the younger players want to be part of the program now.

“I think that’s exactly what we needed for this program,” she said. “When the younger girls see these results, they say, ‘I want to be part of that.’ I know I would.”

That’s all well and good. But the coaches and players know they have to move past the glorious memories of last year and buckle down for a hard season ahead.

“We know we have a target on our back, and that’s never happened with Yarmouth softball before,” said senior center fielder Colleen Sullivan, who hit .431 last year. “So we’re going to have to really work as hard as we can and dedicate ourselves to softball. We have to live and breathe softball.”

Cooper, who had a 1.93 earned-run average and 120 strikeouts in 1122/3 innings, likes the pressure the championship has put on the team.

“It’s more exciting knowing that all eyes are on us and that we have no room for error,” she said. “That kind of pressure can bring out greatness in a team. I’m excited.”

Ashley likes that attitude.

“Whether we have a target on our back or not, it doesn’t matter,” she said. “The No. 1 team didn’t win last year. The regional final had a four and a seven (seed). You’ve got to make the routine plays.

“That’s what it comes down to and that’s what last year’s team did. It goes to show you that it’s not about just one player, it’s about the team.”

That’s why Yarmouth practices are spent going over game situations – again and again and again.

Ashley and her assistants want the Clippers to learn how to handle pressure situations before they occur in a game.

“To excel in pressure, you need to be put in pressure-packed situations,” she said.

Ashley and her husband, assistant coach Richie Ashley, will stop and explain what each player should be doing on every play. At a recent practice, they stressed cut-off throws, positioning feet on a base, moving on each pitch – “If you’re standing still, you’re doing something wrong,” said Amy Ashley – and communication.

Cooper said the team is ahead of last year’s championship squad.

“Everyone has that determination and energy,” she said. “We started (voluntary) workouts three weeks before (tryouts) and the majority of the team came to those. That’s where it all starts. I think it will carry us far.”

There are holes to fill: catcher, third base and left field. But Ashley is confident players will step up.

The Clippers have great experience in center field and in the middle of the infield, which is handled by junior twins Andrea (shortstop) and Sydney (second base) St. Pierre. Senior Eleanor O’Gorman is an exceptional defensive first baseman and hit .323 last year. Sophomore Sophia McGrath is a strong defensive outfielder.

Sophomore Cate Ralph, the designated player last year, hit .310, and freshman Cayte Tillotson are vying for the catcher’s position.

“We just need to have the same mindset we had last year,” said Sullivan. “We worked hard every day. We didn’t expect the championship. We just took it day by day.”

 

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Morgan Boyle, Portland junior, shortstop: An honorable-mention SMAA selection last year, Boyle batted .386 and committed only four errors.

Mckenzie Buzzell, Fryeburg Academy junior, outfielder: Batted .508 last year while driving in 10 runs and scoring 27. Strong defensive player as well.

Kyra Cartwright, Massabesic junior, catcher: Strong defensive catcher who handles the pitches well, she also batted .521 last year with one home run.

Mari Cooper, Yarmouth senior, pitcher: Cooper became a dominant pitcher to lead the Clippers to the Class B state title with a 15-1 record, 1.93 ERA and 120 strikeouts. She also hit .359.

Katelyn Cox, Mt. Ararat junior, shortstop: A second-team KVAC selection last year, she batted .373 with a .500 on-base percentage and .644 slugging percentage.

Brook Davis, Biddeford sophomore, catcher: A first-team all-SMAA pick last year, she batted .577 with seven home runs and 27 RBI. She also scored 28 runs and handled the pitchers expertly.

Gabby DePatsy, Medomak Valley sophomore, pitcher: Came on strong as a pitcher last year and finished with 81 strikeouts. Also batted .404 with six doubles, two triples and a home run.

Reilly Eddy, Traip Academy sophomore, pitcher: She struck out 106 batters in 91 innings last year and also batted .581.

Hope Faulkingham, Morse junior, shortstop: Second on the Shipbuilders with a .365 batting average last year. Led the team with a .478 average as a freshman.

Sarah Felkel, Greely senior, third baseman: A very strong defensive player, Felkel batted .382 with 10 RBI and a team-high 20 runs scored last year.

Kalyn Grover, Oceanside senior, left fielder: Batted .373 last year with a team-high 24 RBI. She also scored 17 runs batting fourth.

Tess Haller, Cape Elizabeth senior, shortstop: A Maine Sunday Telegram all-state selection last year, Haller batted .465 with five home runs, 18 RBI and 30 runs scored. She is a three-year captain for the Capers.

Shay Harris, Gorham sophomore, catcher/third baseman: Switching between the two positions, Harris made only one error last year while batting .358.

Jen Jones, Sanford senior, pitcher: The Gatorade Player of the Year a year ago and a Telegram all-state selection, she went 14-3 with 225 strikeouts in 121 innings and a 1.56 ERA. She also hit .448 with 23 RBI.

Bailey Karnes, Freeport senior, pitcher: Took over the No. 1 pitching job midway through last year and pitched very well. Also hit about .400.

Camryn LaPierre, Westbrook sophomore, shortstop: Led the Blazes with a .444 batting average last year while hitting two home runs with 13 RBI. Strong leader for a young team.

Kaylyn Lorrain, Lake Region sophomore, pitcher: Takes over pitching duties after playing shortstop last year and hitting .345.

Nicole Main, Sanford senior, center fielder: The leadoff batter for the Spartans, Main is one of the top two-way players in the SMAA. She batted .517 last year with two home runs and 22 runs scored.

Oliva Mora, Windham junior, first baseman: One of the strongest hitters in the SMAA, she hit six home runs last year along with four doubles and a triple, and had a .447 batting average.

Maggie Murphy, Scarborough senior, third baseman: A Telegram all-state selection a year ago, Murphy played exceptional defense while hitting .378 with two home runs, 14 RBI and 22 runs.

Libby Pomerleau, Thornton Academy senior, second baseman: A strong defensive player who committed only three errors last year, she also batted .480 with two home runs, 16 RBI and 23 runs scored.

Stephanie Rundlett, York senior, pitcher: Perhaps the state’s dominant strikeout pitcher, she had 246 Ks in 117 innings as a Telegram all-state selection last year. Also batted .561 with three home runs and 27 RBI.

Kaleigh Scoville, Scarborough senior, first baseman: Scoville made only one error last year and was a Telegram all-state selection. She also hit .514 with 25 RBI and 30 runs scored.

Julia Treadwell, Falmouth senior, pitcher: Won nine games with a 2.31 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 103 innings. Also batted .446 with two home runs and 20 RBI.

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