Varsity Maine – Press Herald Sun, 22 Oct 2017 14:39:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saturday’s high school girls’ roundup: South Portland advances in soccer Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:48:30 +0000 SOUTH PORTLAND — Sophie Chase broke a scoreless tie early in the second half and Hattie Tetzlaff converted a penalty kick for the eventual winning goal as seventh-seeded South Portland beat No. 10 Noble 2-1 in a Class A South girls’ soccer preliminary-round game Saturday.

The Red Riots (8-4-3) move on to face second-seeded Kennebunk in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Tetzlaff’s goal made it 2-0 with 10:56 remaining. Brenna Frye scored for Noble (6-7-2) with 7:31 left.

SACOPEE VALLEY 2, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 1: Gabbi Black scored 20 minutes into the first half and Breanna Humphrey got the eventual winner 30 seconds into the second half as the 11th-seeded Hawks (5-10) beat the sixth-seeded Seagulls (6-7-2) in a Class C prelim in Old Orchard Beach.

Sacopee moves on to play third-seeded Traip in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Emily Greenlee scored for OOB with eight minutes left.

WINSLOW 2, MEDOMAK VALLEY 0: Sarah Guimond scored in the 10th minute and third-seeded Winslow (12-2-1) allowed only one shot on goal in a Class B North prelim victory against No. 14 Medomak Valley (3-11-1) in Winslow.

Ashley Quirion clinched the victory with a goal in the 74th minute as the Black Raiders set up a quarterfinal Tuesday against archrival Waterville.


BIDDEFORD 3, PORTLAND 0: Grace Martin had 12 kills and four aces as the third-seeded Tigers (12-3) swept the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (8-7) in a Class A quarterfinal in Biddeford.

Grace Boisvert and Mia Martel each chipped in with five kills and combined for five aces as Biddeford won, 25-15, 25-10, 25-14.

Abby Krieckhause had six kills for Portland.

Biddeford moves on to the semifinals Wednesday against second-ranked Scarborough.

DEERING 3, BONNY EAGLE 0: Maddy Broda supplied multiple digs, Catherine Balzano sparked the top-ranked Rams with her serving and Avery Donovan contributed timely kills as Deering (14-1) defeated the ninth-seeded Scots (6-10) in Portland, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18.

Broda finished with four aces, 26 assists and 10 digs. Donovan tallied 13 kills and a block, Dianne Dervis collected two aces, two kills and 10 digs, Rachel Pardi had three blocks, and Divine M’Bambi chipped in with nine kills.

Bonny Eagle’s Mia Ferrante recorded four aces, two digs and six kills. Whitney Regan added 22 assists and two aces, and Jenna Litif had two blocks, four kills and an ace.

SOUTH PORTLAND 3, GORHAM 1: Molly Mawhinney had 18 kills and seven aces to lead the fifth-seeded Red Riots (9-6) past the fourth-seeded Rams (9-6) in a Class A quarterfinal in Gorham, 15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 28-26.

Ashlee Aceto recorded 32 assists and two aces for South Portland, which meets top-seeded Deering in the semifinals on Wednesday. Kaleisha Towle chipped in with seven kills and two blocks.

YARMOUTH 3, ELLSWORTH 0: Marie LeBlanc recorded six kills and six aces as the second-seeded Clippers (14-1) swept the seventh-seeded Eagles (7-8) in a Class B quarterfinal in Yarmouth.

The Clippers move on to host third-seeded Falmouth in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Kaitlyn Bennett contributed eight kills and Skylar Bennett had six aces for Yarmouth, which won 25-18, 25-15, 25-13.

Olivia Robidoux had 10 kills for Ellsworth, while Shelby Cote added two aces to go with eight digs.

GREELY 3, MT. DESERT ISLAND 0: Jane Grandchamp had nine digs and eight kills as the fifth-seeded Rangers (8-7) swept the fourth-seeded Trojans (9-6) in a Class B quarterfinal in Bar Harbor, 25-20, 25-17, 25-12.

Morgan Selby added six kills and seven digs for Greely, which moves on to face top-seeded Cape Elizabeth in the semifinals on Wednesday.

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Boys’ cross country: Yarmouth’s Luke Laverdiere easily wins Class B South title Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:46:19 +0000 CUMBERLAND — Luke Laverdiere, a senior at Yarmouth High, came into Saturday’s Class B South cross country meet at Twin Brook Recreation Area as a two-time regional champion, so nobody was shocked when he cruised to another victory in the fastest time of the day.

But Deering senior Alec Troxell and Waynflete junior Henry Spritz? They surprised themselves by emerging from packs of five and four, respectively, late in their races to become Class A and Class C champions for the first time.

“I never could have imagined this,” said Troxell, who out-kicked Greely junior Luke Marsanskis by two seconds to win in 16 minutes, 51.44 seconds. “Last year I had the worst race of my season here, so I really just wanted to redeem that.”

Four other runners in Class A broke 17 minutes, with senior Conner Piers (fourth) and junior John Auer (sixth) leading Falmouth to victory in Class A team competition. The other team champions were Lincoln Academy in Class B and Maine Coast Waldorf in Class C.

Spritz, who lost twice in the regular season to Sacopee Valley junior Troy Hendricks, surged to victory in Class C by nearly three seconds in 17:43.50, with Maranacook junior Luke Bartol (third) and Maine Coast senior Nick Neveu (fourth) not far behind.

“We were all so close, we could taste it,” Spritz said. “I didn’t know who I should pace myself against, because every five seconds it would change, who was in first place. That last 100 meters, I just felt it and went for it.”

Laverdiere said he went out easy for the first two miles of the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course, hillier than most in the state. Wells senior Mitch Libby wasn’t far behind, until Laverdiere dropped a five-minute third mile to finish in 16:11.34 and win by 41 seconds over Libby.

“I wasn’t planning on going that fast, but I was feeling good,” Laverdiere said. “I didn’t want to push all the way through because I have to run this course next week.”

Lincoln Academy junior Sam Russ, who finished third, wanted no part of Laverdiere’s early pace, even if it was slower than normal.

“He’s in his own class,” Russ said. “There’s not a lot of people in Maine who can keep up with him. I don’t do well starting out hard, so for me to try to go out with Luke in the first mile would have been ultimately bad for me.”

Lincoln packed six runners among the top 20 to easily outdistance Freeport, 41-88. Wells (108), Yarmouth (107), York (118), Cape Elizabeth (150) and Lake Region (211) also qualified for the state meet.

Class A proved the closest team meet, with Falmouth edging Greely by eight points, 48-56, on the strength of three runners among the top nine and five in the top 16. Seniors Alex Kinley (ninth), Charlie Henning (13th) and Jared Troubh (16th) all broke 17:50.

“Alex Kinley went nuts,” said Danny Paul, one of Falmouth’s two head coaches. “If he had been 15th or 16th, that would have been a very good day. What he did was lights out.”

“The rest of our team had a pretty good day, too,” Kinley said. “I just went in with the mentality that, I have to be ahead of every other team’s third runner.”

Deering was third at 96. Scarborough (130), Massabesic (147), Bonny Eagle (199), Gorham (216), Portland (229) and Kennebunk (237) all qualified for the state meet.

In Class C, Maine Coast Waldorf placed six runners among the top 30 to run away from Boothbay Region, 51-109.

Waynflete was third at 118 with four other schools advancing to states: Maranacook (127), Traip Academy (170), Saint Dominic (189) and North Yarmouth Academy (197).

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or

Twitter: GlennJordanPPH

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Girls’ cross country: Gorham takes its turn atop Class A South Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:46:17 +0000 CUMBERLAND — Gorham senior Anna Slager tries to make cross country, seemingly the most individual of sports, all about team.

So those fifth and sixth and seventh runners slogging their way with little fanfare through the middle of the pack?

“Treat ’em like they’re part of a the limelight,” Slager said. “All for one. A train is only as strong as its weakest link.”

Her metaphor might be slightly mixed, but Slager’s message was right on track Saturday as Gorham knocked off two-time defending state champion Bonny Eagle as well as defending regional champion Falmouth to win the Class A South title at Twin Brook Recreation Area.

Under sunny skies and temperatures approaching 70 degrees, the Rams qualified for the state meet for the first time in Slager’s high school career. They did so by packing five runners among the top 22 finishers of a race that included 122 girls.

Iris Kitchen (ninth), Kate Tugman (16th), Sarah Johnson (21st) and Meadow Fortier (22nd) gave Gorham a comfortable 72-101 victory over Falmouth with Greely (113) edging Bonny Eagle (117) for third. Deering was fifth at 124.

Slager, who won this race as a freshman and sophomore, finished fourth in 19 minutes, 58 seconds over the hilly 5-kilometer course.

“When you have people to lift you up, cheer you on and work together,” she said, “you realize you’re running for something greater than yourself. My team is tough. We can handle anything.”

Falmouth freshman Sofie Matson turned in the day’s fastest time of 19:03.58 to earn individual honors by nearly a minute.

Carolyn Todd of Greely nipped Karley Piers of Falmouth for second in 19:56.01. The top nine of 18 teams advanced to next weekend’s state championship.

In other races, Anneka Murrin led Yarmouth to the Class B South title and Maranacook won Class C South despite an individual victory by freshman Olivia Reynolds of runner-up Maine Coast Waldorf.

Matson quickly separated herself from the pack in Class A, and ran alone into and out of the woods and up the short but steep hill late in Mile 3 that runners lovingly call the Pain Cave. Saturday was the first time Matson had run the full course.

“In middle school we do the 2-mile course here, so I had done parts of it,” she said. “I had never done the Pain Cave before. It’s always nice to challenge yourself in a race.”

In Class B, Murrin and Lily Horne of Freeport ran together for much of the race until Murrin surged late to win by three seconds in 19:31.37.

“Coming out of the Pain Cave, I decided it was time to make a move,” Murrin said. “I knew that Lily was right behind me. I just sprinted as hard as I could.”

Sophia Laukli (fourth), Greta Elder (seventh), Sadie Cowles (11th) and Abi Thornton (29th) combined to push Yarmouth past York 52-66 with Cape Elizabeth (82) third. Fryeburg Academy (95), Freeport (162) and Morse (166) also qualified for the state meet.

“Sadie had a great race, just phenomenal,” said Yarmouth Coach John Rogers.

In Class C, the first race of the day, Maranacook crammed four girls among the top eight and Madelyn Dwyer completed the scoring at 14th for a 37-51 victory over Maine Coast Waldorf. Saint Dominic (93), Waynflete (102) and Monmouth Academy (144) also qualified for the state meet.

Reynolds and teammate Olivia Skillings ran side by side for half the race. But Molly McGrail of Maranacook surged to second, 25 seconds behind the winning time (20:26) of Reynolds, who had won only one other race this fall.

“I had a lot of pre-race nerves,” Reynolds said, “but I knew it was possible.”

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or

Twitter: GlennJordanPPH

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Saturday’s high school boys’ roundup: Deering shuts out Westbrook in soccer prelim Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:42:37 +0000 Caleb Delano tallied two goals and Bill Turahimbawe also scored as seventh-seeded Deering beat 10th-seeded Westbrook 3-0 in a Class A South boys’ soccer preliminary-round match Saturday.

Delano got both of his goals in the first half. He rolled a shot from the left side inside the far post just a few minutes into the match, then sent a high chip over keeper Jacob Brackett from nearly the same spot with less than four minutes remaining in the half.

Turahimbawe scored 16 seconds into the second half when he intercepted a pass near the goal line and sent a low shot inside the far post.

Deering’s Max Morrione stopped a penalty shot taken by Ryan Shackley with under eight minutes remaining and handled several hard outside shots by Westbrook’s Grayson Post when the Blue Blazes (5-10) increased the pressure late in the second half.

Deering (10-4-1) will play No. 2 Falmouth in the regional quarterfinals Wednesday.

CHEVERUS 4, BONNY EAGLE 2: Luc Dionne scored twice, including the go-ahead goal just before halftime, and the sixth-seeded Stags (9-5-1) beat the 11th-seeded Scots (5-10) in a Class A South prelim in Portland.

Cheverus moves on to face third-seeded Gorham in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The Stags opened the scoring 13 minutes into the match with a goal from Ian Shaines. Tayte Harris of Bonny Eagle and Michael Nason of Cheverus exchanged goals before Bonny Eagle’s Cameron MacDonald tied the game with an unassisted goal with six minutes remaining in the first half.

Dionne added his second goal midway through the second half.

FREEPORT 7, OAK HILL 0: Eriksen Shea set up the first goal and added two goals of his own as the eighth-seeded Falcons (8-7) defeated the No. 9 Raiders (5-8-5) in a Class B South prelim in Freeport.

Freeport dominated the first half, outshooting the Raiders 29-1 while building a 4-0 lead on goals by Caleb Arsenault, Shea and Jesse Bennell plus an own goal created by an Evan McKittrick free kick

The Falcons then added three goals in the first 5:20 of the second half – from Shea, Will Winter and Nate Thomas (penalty kick).

Freeport will face three-time defending state champion Yarmouth in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

GREELY 4, WELLS 1: Hazael Tshituka broke a 1-1 tie late in the first half with an assist from Matt Kramlich, and the sixth-seeded Rangers (9-5-1) beat the 11th-seeded Warriors (6-8-1) in a Class B South prelim in Cumberland.

Aiden Smith, Brendan Carrell and Jack Libby also scored for Greely, which moves on to play third-seeded Cape Elizabeth in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Liam Bell scored for Wells.

LEAVITT 2, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: The seventh-seeded Hornets (7-4-3) went to penalty kicks to eliminate the 10th-seeded Patriots in a Class B South prelim in Turner.

Leavitt had a 3-1 edge in penalty kicks after two scoreless overtimes.

Leavitt’s Connor Cyr scored the only goal of the first half with a 25-yard shot. Julius Rapp tied the game with seven minutes remaining in regulation, assisted by Cam Usher.


FRYEBURG ACADEMY 43, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Jared Chisari ran for two touchdowns and returned a blocked punt for a score as the Raiders (6-2) defeated the Patriots (0-8) at Fryeburg.

Oscar Saunders found Cody Gullikson for a 22-yard touchdown pass, then scored on a 14-yard run as Fryeburg raced to a 29-0 lead after one quarter.

Justin Daniels ran 20 yards for a touchdown that made it 43-0 in the second quarter.

Fryeburg finished third in Class C South and will host a quarterfinal next weekend against No. 6 York.

WINTHROP/MONMOUTH 41, MT. VIEW 6: Defensive lineman Trenton Wood returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game, and the Ramblers (4-4) added three more touchdowns in the first quarter on their way to a win over the Mustangs (2-6) in Winthrop.

Keegan Choate threw three TD passes – 68 yards to Cameron Gaghan on a screen pass on Winthrop’s first offensive play, 2 yards to Evan Burnell, and 33 yards to Greg Fay.

Kane Gould and Carson Camick each rushed for a touchdown.

Winthrop will be the No. 6 seed in the Class D South playoffs and will play at No. 3 Lisbon in the quarterfinals.

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Boys’ soccer: Scarborough starts fast, shuts out Kennebunk Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:57:56 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — Fifth-seeded Scarborough struck for two early goals and cruised to a 3-0 victory over No. 12 Kennebunk in the preliminary round of the Class A South boys’ soccer playoffs Saturday.

Scarborough (11-4) advances to the quarterfinals on Wednesday at fourth-seeded Portland.

Scarborough wasted little time in seizing control. Just 3:13 into the game, striker Noah Drapeau took a beautiful cross-field pass from the left side by Liam Bridgham and found the upper left corner of the net.

“We thought we might get some opportunities; we were fortunate to get a couple in early. That really settled us down,” said Scarborough Coach Mark Diaz.

The Red Storm made it 2-0 with 22:17 left in the first half when Brandon Wasser blasted a left-footed shot, off an assist from Marco Manfra.

“We worked really well together,” said Wasser. “The defense played fantastic, really held down the fort back there, and we capitalized on our opportunities. It was a great team win.”

Freshman keeper Quinn Battagliese was busy for the Rams (5-10), making seven saves.

“Quinn has been great. You have to give him a lot of credit. We had a senior goalkeeper, Will Kenneway, unfortunately (get) injured early in the season, and it was one of those situations where Quinn stepped up and really earned the job,” said Kennebunk Coach Greg Cavanaugh.

Kenneway suffered season-ending concussion but made his impact on the team by mentoring Battagliese.

“Will continued to tutor (Battagliese), continued to work with him as he transitioned into the field,” said Cavanaugh. “Quinn’s success this year is directly linked to the work that Will put in with him. You can’t talk about Quinn’s efforts without talking about Will, and that’s a great legacy for Will to pass off because we’re going to have a very strong goalkeeper for quite a few years now.”

The Rams had a couple opportunities to cut into the 2-0 deficit in the second half, but a header by Alvaro Huezo Coto was saved by Morgan Pratt and a free kick by Tristan Wirth sailed high over the net.

“They never quit. This group is built on a workmanlike attitude; they don’t quit, they don’t stop, they’re persistent. That was the case again tonight, it’s just plain and simple (we) lost to a better side,” said Cavanaugh.

“Today was a good, solid playoff win. I thought we defended pretty well today, too, which is critical,” said Diaz.

Elliott Dumais scored the final goal, assisted by Brigham, with 9:07 left.

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Girls’ soccer: Windham shuts out Falmouth Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:38:04 +0000 WINDHAM — Goalie Kaitlyn Roberts recognized there was no room for error when Windham faced Falmouth in a Class A South prelim game on Saturday, two weeks after the teams played to a tie.

Roberts, a senior, recorded her fourth shutout of the season and Julia McKenna scored as the eighth-ranked Eagles earned a 1-0 win over No. 9 Falmouth.

“All I was focused on was getting to the ball, making sure that people were staying on their man, and throwing myself on the ball before it could go over the line,” said Roberts.

The Eagles (8-5-2), who tied the Yachtsmen (6-8-1) 1-1 on Oct. 6, advance to play No. 1 Scarborough in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

A two-year starter, Roberts made 15 saves. She made two – the first on a diving stop, the second after quickly returning to her feet and stopping a would-be goal on a rebound attempt – to keep the game scoreless in the first half.

“Kaitlyn has done an amazing job this year,” said Windham Coach Deb Lebel. “She’s done a ton of work with one of our assistants to get better all year. She’s able to go high, to go low.

“Her reaction on that play was amazing. That chance there should’ve been a goal. We’ve taught her to get right back up because it’s the rebound that will go in. She’s kept us in a lot of games all season. Just super proud of her.”

Roberts continued her strong play in the second half, making nine saves, including several more diving stops.

“We’re young – we start six freshman and a few sophomores, and today was kind of the epitome of being young,” said Falmouth Coach Andrew Pelletier. “We just couldn’t finish our chances. We created six or seven right in front of the goal and just needed someone to put it in. (Roberts) was great. She’s a good goalkeeper. It’s frustrating to create those chances and see a goalkeeper come up with the saves she was making.”

McKenna, a freshman, finally got the Eagles on the board with 8:42 left in the game. McKenna scored her 10th goal of the season when she chipped in a shot on a crossing pass from Maggie Lloyd.

“Our freshmen have come up huge for us this season,” said Lebel. “She doesn’t try to do much fancy. She just has a nose for the net and knows where to place it. She’s been working on it – in and out of practice – and has a great foot.”

Falmouth goalie Claire Winkeler stopped 11 shots.

“Our defense was really strong today, and they play that flat back four that’s really hard to get through,” said Lebel. “But both goalies today really stepped up. (Winkeler) was huge for them in net today.”

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Football: South Portland tops Portland, 34-17 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:55:44 +0000 SOUTH PORTLAND — Playoff positions were already set, but there was still a lot on the line in Saturday’s 102nd Battle of the Bridge between visiting Portland and South Portland.

Just ask South Portland senior defensive tackle/offensive guard Nick Penney, who keyed an aggressive defensive front and helped quarterback Jack Poole account for 300 of the Red Riots’ 326 total yards in a 34-17 victory at Martin Memorial Field.

“It’s the Bridge game, man. It’s one of the biggest games of the season for us,” Penney said. “It’s our last (regular-season) game. It’s so big for us, and this win meant so much for every one of us on this team.”

South Portland’s win snapped a four-game losing streak to Portland. South Portland leads the all-time series, 55-44-3.

The Red Riots (4-4) finished fourth in Class A South and will host Sanford (4-4) in a regional quarterfinal, probably next Saturday. South Portland is 4-0 at home this season, including a 28-7 win against Sanford.

Saturday’s no-turnover effort – highlighted by two second-half scoring drives to immediately answer after Portland twice cut the lead to 10 – showed South Portland’s difficult 2-7 season in 2016 is in the rear-view mirror.

“For us to overcome some of the stuff we’ve had to overcome the last couple of years, to (be 4-4), to have a Bridge championship and a home playoff game and to be undefeated at home is just an amazing accomplishment,” said South Portland Coach Steve Stinson.

Poole completed 10 of 13 passes for 200 yards, with a 20-yard touchdown pass to running back Spencer Houlette (three catches, 94 yards) in the first half and a 17-yard strike to 6-foot-5, 220-pound sophomore tight end Hunter Owen (four catches, 45 yards) in the second half.

Poole also rushed for 100 yards, with touchdown runs of 6 and 3 yards.

South Portland’s win finalized the order for Class A South’s three 7-1 teams. Scarborough secured the top spot by beating Bonny Eagle on Friday. With South Portland’s win, Thornton finishes second. Bonny Eagle is third and will host Deering (1-7) in a regional quarterfinal.

Portland (2-6) finished sixth in Class A North. The Bulldogs will be at No. 3 Oxford Hills/Buckfield in quarterfinals.

Oxford Hills beat Portland 20-14 to open the season, but Terion Moss had yet to take over as Portland’s quarterback. Moss showed he’s a playmaker on Saturday, scrambling away from near constant pressure for 110 rushing yards and capping a pair of second-half drives with touchdown passes to tight end Nico Leavitt (four catches, 44 yards) and Vinnie Pasquali.

Each time, Poole and South Portland countered. After Zack Johnson returned a kickoff 59 yards, Poole gained 14 yards on a run and then connected with Owen for a 27-13 lead.

Keyed by a 29-yard Moss-to-Zach Elowitch pass, Portland put together a 77-yard drive, capped by Moss’ 8-yard pass to Pasquali with 6:37 to play.

South Portland grinded out the clock with a 68-yard drive, finished by Riley Campbell’s 1-yard run with 24 seconds left.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Volleyball: Falmouth sweeps Cony in Class B quarterfinal Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:21:09 +0000 FALMOUTH — The Falmouth volleyball team seems to have peaked at just the right time.

The third-seeded Yachtsmen dominated all phases of the game for a straight-sets victory Saturday over No. 6 Cony in a Class B quarterfinal.

Falmouth (11-4), which won 25-7, 25-13, 25-21, will play Yarmouth in a semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“We had some really strong practices this week and a lot of motivation going into the tournament,” Falmouth Coach Molly Northway said. “They really wanted it and they showed their stuff (today), and I’m really proud of them.

“I think the tournament motivates everyone, but I also think they are binding as a team and they’ve really found their groove. I think they’re ready to explode from here and show everything and not hold anything back.”

It took the Rams (6-7) some time to adjust to the pace set by the Yachtsmen.

“I called a timeout in the first set when we were down 18-5 and said we’ve got to get used to the speed,” said Cony Coach Dennis Dacus. “Obviously, we’re not going to have success in this game.”

Cony crept closer with each set, but they couldn’t catch up.

“The second game, we scored a few more points, and in the third game we got it into the 20s,” Dacus said. “It’s a different level down here, and we’re not used to that up our way, but (my) girls played the best game of the year right here. … We gave (them) as good a game as we could.”

The score was tied four times in the third set and the lead changed hands twice before Falmouth scored eight of 10 points to open up a 22-15 lead.

“We’ve got some really strong servers and we’ve been working a lot on getting the ball in consistently,” Northway said.

In the first set, the Yachtsmen scored eight consecutive points off Summer Spiegel’s serve, then 10 straight points off Lydia Abbott’s serve to open a 24-6 lead.

In all, the Yachtsmen scored 25 points when Spiegel was serving.

“I’ve really been practicing a lot and it’s paid off,” Spiegel said. “I hit it deep and then it drops.”

The Yachtsmen received strong play up front from Alison Noyes, who scored 10 points off kills, blocks or dink shots, and Annika Hester, who had six kills.

“When we’re serving well we get easier balls up front,” Noyes said. “We were a lot more amped up than we get sometimes, and that helps the whole team play better. Everybody gets competitive, and it’s fun.”

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Boys’ soccer: Thornton Academy fends off Marshwood to advance, 1-0 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:14:22 +0000 SACO — Thornton Academy and Marshwood entered their Class A South boys’ soccer preliminary-round game Saturday with similar records and resumes, so it wasn’t unexpected that one goal would determine which team advanced to the regional quarterfinals.

Brogan Searle-Belanger scored the game’s only goal with 14:34 remaining, and eighth-seeded Thornton earned a 1-0 win over No. 9 Marshwood.

Searle-Belanger’s goal, off a pass from Chase Pierce, sends the Golden Trojans (9-5-1) to the quarterfinals Wednesday against No. 1 South Portland (13-0-1).

“I just got the through ball through and played it back to Brogan, who has been there all year, and he put it away,” Pierce said. “Feels good, we’re going to move on and see what we can do next week … it’s going to be tough, but we’ve got nothing to lose.”

Marshwood finished 8-7. The Hawks had several scoring chances, especially in the second half, but couldn’t break through against Thornton keeper Travis Snyder and the Trojans’ defense.

“We just missed some looks that we had, looks that we’ve been able to finish this season,” Marshwood Coach Ben Deschene said. “That’s soccer. You get opportunities, and the winner is just who puts them away.”

Snyder finished with 11 saves, while Chase Gagnon had 10 saves for Marshwood.

“We were struggling all day to kind of find our rhythm,” Thornton Coach Andrew Carlson said. “Marshwood is a good team; we’re pretty evenly matched. In a game like that, it’s not surprising that it ended one-nil.”

The Hawks threatened throughout the second half, producing seven shots and seven corner kicks.

With less than four minutes remaining, a corner kick by Marshwood’s Jason Janetos curved toward the Golden Trojans’ goal, but Snyder dove to punch it away. With Snyder on the ground, the ball landed in the box at the feet of Marshwood’s Connor McCoomb, who fired a shot. Snyder, though, popped up in time to make the save.

“He has been one of the best corner kickers I’ve ever had, and he put a good delivery in there,” Deschene said. “The keeper just made a really good save. He was athletic enough, when we took our second shot, to get up off the ground to get it.”

“Just always get up after the first hit,” Snyder said. “It was pretty intense. We played with a lot of heart and didn’t give up.”

Moments later, Marshwood tested Snyder again when Nevan Collins booted a shot on target from nearly 30 yards. Snyder batted down the ball, which landed in front of Marshwood’s Henry Honkonen. But Honkonen slipped before he could capitalize on the opportunity, and Snyder collected the loose ball.

While those were the last of Marshwood’s chances, they certainly weren’t the only ones. Janetos had a breakaway three minutes into the second half, but Snyder charged out and made a diving save before Janetos could strike.

With 23 minutes left, following a string of passes in the Golden Trojans’ box, Marshwood’s Mike LaSelva got open and took a shot that slammed into the crossbar.

“They were coming at us hard, but Travis and our defense really stepped up today,” Pierce said.

“We didn’t play our best soccer, but we came out and we fought hard.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

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Field hockey: No. 6 Westbrook dethrones Massabesic in double OT Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:04:12 +0000 WATERBORO — In the eyes of many, Westbrook High began the season as the favorite in Class A South field hockey, a team loaded with talent and experience.

Now the Blazes have a chance to prove those predictions right.

Avery Tucker tipped in a shot by Maddison LeBeau with 5:09 left in the second sudden-death overtime to lift sixth-seeded Westbrook to a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Massabesic in a Class A South semifinal Saturday.

It was a stunning ending to a marvelously played game and sent Westbrook to the regional final for the first time since 2008. Westbrook (12-4) will play fourth-seeded Biddeford on Tuesday at Thornton Academy, at a time yet to be determined.

Biddeford defeated Westbrook 4-3 in overtime in the regular season.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for us,” said Tucker, who assisted on Westbrook’s other two goals. “We worked extremely hard to get here.”

Massabesic (13-3), the defending regional champion, led 2-1 at halftime on two Emma Rutledge goals just 75 seconds apart late in the half.

But Westbrook, which led 1-0 on a Morgan LeBeau goal, controlled most of the second half – getting the tying goal from Maddison LeBeau with 20:54 remaining off a penalty corner blast – and had the best chances in overtime.

“We lost our momentum in the second half,” said Massabesic Coach Michele Martin-Moore. “I wish we didn’t have to have the halftime. But hats off to the Westbrook kids and coaches. That was quite a game.”

The Blue Blazes could have cracked after Rutledge’s second goal, on a reverse swipe during a scramble with 4:24 left in the first half. But Theresa Hendrix, Westbrook’s co-head coach along with Beth Murphy, called a timeout.

“We saw some heads low, some shoulders low,” said Hendrix. “So we talked to them and told them if they wanted to beat a team like Massabesic, that couldn’t be happening. They had to fight back, play their game. And they did that the rest of the game.”

Massabesic, which defeated a favored Westbrook team in the quarterfinals a year ago, had nine shots in the first half, but only four the rest of the way. Westbrook’s defense, led by goalie Kim Goddard, was superb.

“I knew coming in this was going to be the hardest game of my life,” said Goddard, who made three huge saves in the game’s first four minutes. “I knew I would have to push it and give it everything.”

Westbrook had a chance to win it in regulation, getting a penalty corner with less than 30 seconds remaining. But Massabesic’s Morgan Pike and Logan Champlin combined to clear the ball, forcing overtime.

Massabesic goalie Madyson Pomerleau came charging out of the net twice to stop rushes by Mary Keef in overtime. Again, Westbrook had a corner in the final seconds but could not score, forcing a second eight-minute overtime.

With just under six minutes remaining, the Blue Blazes were awarded a free hit after the ball hit the foot of a Massabesic player. As she stepped to the ball, LeBeau, who takes most of the free hits and quite often passes, recalled something Murphy had said to her.

“Coach had been telling me, ‘Take it in, take it in, be a little selfish, if you have the chance,'” said LeBeau. “I was like, ‘I’ve got to get this to Avery.'”

So she dribbled around a Massabesic defender and unleashed a hard shot from just inside the circle. Tucker stuck her stick out – “I knew all I could do was stick my stick out there and do my best,” said Tucker – and tipped the ball inside the left post.

“We played with our heart the whole time,” said Massabesic’s Rutledge. “Neither team deserved to lose. Both teams could have won. It was just their turn.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Cross country: Falmouth boys, Gorham girls win Class A regional titles Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:48:45 +0000 CUMBERLAND — The following are results from the southern Maine regional cross country championships on Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Area.


The Falmouth boys scored 48 points to capture the regional title with Greely (56) close behind. Deering was thirs with 96. Alex Troxell of Deering placed first with a time of 16:51, followed by Luke Marsanskis of Greely and Yahya Nure of Deering.


Standout freshman Sofie Matson won the individual title by 53 seconds with a time of 19:03. Carolyn Todd of Greely was second and Karley Piers, another Falmouth freshman, was third. But it was the Gorham girls winning the team with 72 points followed by Falmouth (101) and Greely (113).


The Lincoln Academy boys dominated Class B, scoring 41 points to finish ahead of Freeport (88) and Wells (105) to secure the team title. In the individual race it was Luke Laverdiere of Yarmouth dominating with a time of 16:11. Mitch Libby of Wells was second and Sam Russ of Lincoln Academy third.


The Yarmouth girls prevailed in a tight race with 52 points with York (66) second and Cape Elizabeth (82) third. The top overall finisher was Anneka Murrin of Yarmouth on 19:31, followed by Lily Horne of Freeport and Lila Gaudrault of Cape Elizabeth third.


The Maranacook girls won the team title with 37 points, followed by Maine Coast Waldorf (51) and St. Dominic (91). The top individual was freshman Olivia Reynolds of Maine Coast Waldorf with a time of 20:26. Molly McGrail of Maranacook was second and Olivia Skillings of Maine Coast Waldorf was third.


The Maine Coast Waldorf boys won the team title with 51 points followed by Boothbay (109) and Waynflkete (118). Henry Spritz of Waynflete finished in 17:43, three seconds ahead of Troy Hendricks of Sacopee Valley. In third was Luke Bartol of Maranacook.

This story will be updated.

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Friday’s football roundup: Thornton foils Sanford’s upset bid Sat, 21 Oct 2017 03:29:36 +0000 SANFORD — Anthony Bracamonte scored the tiebreaking touchdown with a 22-yard run in the fourth quarter, then added a 37-yard TD run as Thornton Academy beat Sanford 21-7 on Friday night in the final high school football game at Cobb Stadium.

The game was scoreless until Will Mitchell’s 1-yard run put Thornton (7-1) up 7-0 early in the fourth. Sanford (4-4) tied it on a 56-yard pass from Ryan Connarton to Ethan Shain.

Thornton will be the No. 2 playoff seed in Class A South if South Portland defeat Portland on Saturday; otherwise, the Trojans will be the No. 3 seed.

Sanford will be the No. 5 seed and will travel to South Portland for a quarterfinal next weekend.

OXFORD HILLS 13, CHEVERUS 7: Colton Carson threw his second touchdown pass of the game early in the fourth quarter, and Jordan Silver intercepted a pass in the end zone on the final play to preserve a win for the Vikings (4-4) against the Stags (3-5) in South Paris.

Both teams were missing their top running back – Max Coffin of Cheverus and Dawson Stevens of Oxford Hills.

Cheverus took the lead in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Teigan Lindstedt.

The Vikings tied it with 56 seconds left in the first half when Carson connected with Cam Slicer for a 59-yard touchdown.

Slicer also got the winning TD pass – a 22-yard scoring play.

KENNEBUNK 35, BIDDEFORD 21: Derek Smith ran for 122 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Rams (7-1) defeated the Tigers (5-3) in Biddeford.

Tripp Bush connected with Smith for a 23-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring, but Carter Edgerton answered with two rushing touchdowns to give Biddeford a 14-7 lead after one quarter.

Kennebunk retook the lead with touchdown runs from Smith (23 yards) and Cameron Lovejoy (2 yards) in the second quarter. Smith added a 64-yard run in the third quarter, and Bush made it 35-14 with a 56-yard touchdown run.

WELLS 54, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 0: Nolan Potter, Tyler Bridge and Michael Wrigley each rushed for two touchdowns, and the Warriors (8-0) completed an undefeated regular season with a win over the Falcons (4-4) in Rumford.

Potter’s 4-yard TD run gave Wells a 6-0 lead after one quarter, and the Warriors broke it open in the second quarter as Bridge (51 and 3 yards) and Wrigley (13 and 5 yards) each scored twice.

Potter added a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Warriors also got second-half TD runs from Devin Chace (11 yards) and Brian Roberts (8 yards).

CAPE ELIZABETH 29, YORK 3: Ryan Weare got two of his three rushing touchdowns in the first half as the Capers (6-2) built a 20-3 lead on their way to a win over the Wildcats (4-4) in York.

Jack Glanville scored on a 3-yard run after a blocked punt, and Hajmil Carr kicked a 38-yard field goal.

Jake Martin made a 44-yard field goal for York just before halftime.

MASSABESIC 25, DEERING 22: Tomasso Mobiglia completed a 57-yard touchdown on a lateral from Ryan St. Laurent with 19 seconds remaining to lift the Mustangs (2-6) over the Rams (1-7) in Portland.

Massabesic took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 31-yard pass from Nick Roberge to Isaac DesVergnes. Roberge tossed four touchdown, three to DesVergnes.

Deering took a 22-19 lead late in the fourth quarter on a deflected 88-yard touchdown pass from Jack Lynch to Keegan Stanton. Lynch also rushed for two TDs.

OCEANSIDE 67, BELFAST 26: Michael Norton Jr. had 211 yards rushing on seven carries and scored four touchdowns in the first half as the Mariners (5-3) cruised past the Lions (0-8) in Rockland.

Ben Ripley added two touchdowns while gaining 116 yards on eight carries and topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Dustin Cote had a 62-yard TD run and an interception return for a touchdown.

Isaak Cunningham had a pair of second-half touchdowns for Belfast, including 55-yard run.

WINDHAM 48, BANGOR 6: Tanner Bernier threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score as the Eagles (4-4) defeated the Rams (0-8) in Windham.

Windham opened a 13-0 lead in the first quarter on a 4-yard run by Nathan Watson and an 11-yard pass from Bernier to Hunter Coffin. Treva Valliere rushed for two touchdowns in the second quarter, and Bernier ran 30 yards for a TD before connecting with Kaleb Cidre for a 24-yard touchdown to make it 39-0 at halftime.

The Eagles got a 3-yard touchdown run from Seth Wall and a 34-yard field goal from Liam McCusker in the second half.

Bangor’s Nick Canarr scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter.

LEWISTON 41, EDWARD LITTLE 16: Garrett Poussard rushed for two touchdowns and recovered a fumble for another TD, and the Blue Devils (4-4) upset the Red Eddies (7-1) in Lewiston.

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Friday’s high school roundup: Bonny Eagle advances in girls’ soccer Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:32:03 +0000 STANDISH — Emily Ginter and Madison Boothby scored late in the first half Friday as sixth-seeded Bonny Eagle overcame an early deficit and defeated 11th-ranked Thornton Academy 2-1 in a Class A South girls’ soccer prelim.

The Scots (10-4-1) will be at third-ranked Marshwood (11-2-1) in the quarterfinals Tuesday.

Sydney Gillingham made seven saves for Bonny Eagle. Dana Sirois stopped nine shots for Thornton (6-9).

CHEVERUS 4, SANFORD 0: Lauren Jordan had two goals and an assist as the fifth-seeded Stags (13-2) handled the 12th-ranked Spartans (7-8) in a Class A South prelim at Portland.

Jordan converted a cross from Emma Gallant just 3:45 into the match, then set up Gallant with a through ball in the 23rd minute. Kate Sessler made it 3-0 late in the first half, assisted by Sydney Michelson.

Jordan’s second goal came in the 45th minute, assisted by Gallant and Mackenzie Johnson.

Neve Cawley of Cheverus and Kayla Pierce of Sanford each made two saves.

Cheverus will visit fourth-seeded Gorham for a regional quarterfinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

WELLS 5, SPRUCE MOUNTAIN 0: The eighth-seeded Warriors (10-5) scored four goals in the second half to pull away from the ninth-ranked Phoenix (7-6-2) in a Class B South prelim at Wells.

Sydney Belanger got the only goal in the first half. Hannah Cottis converted a penalty kick early in the second, Kenzie Foss and Sarah Webb each scored to extend the lead, and Cottis made it 5-0 with 15 minutes remaining.

Wells advances to face top-seeded Yarmouth in the quarterfinals Tuesday.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: Prezli Piscopo scored twice in the first half and the seventh-seeded Capers (9-6) ousted the 10th-ranked Patriots (6-8-1) in a Class B South prelim at Cape Elizabeth.

Piscopo opened the scoring off an indirect kick, then made it 2-0 just three minutes before halftime. Karli Chapin struck a minute later to give the Capers a 3-0 lead.

Jordy Grant answered for the Patriots after 3:15 of the second half with an assist from Jaley Martin.

Cape advanced to face second-seeded Oak Hill in the quarterfinals Tuesday.


RANGELEY 2, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 1: Leonardo Perez and Connor Hall scored to lead the ninth-seeded Lakers (4-8-3) over the eighth-ranked Lions (4-10-1) in a Class D South prelim at South Portland.

Perez’s score came in the 26th minute and Hall added his goal 13:48 into the second half. Sebastien Irish scored for Greater Portland Christian at 20:05 of the second half.

Mason Jones had 10 saves for Greater Portland Christian. Hunter Lowell stopped six shots for Rangeley.

Rangeley will play Wednesday at fourth-seeded Greenville.

ISLESBORO 7, A.R. GOULD 1: Finnian O’Malia scored three of his four goals in the second half as the seventh-seeded Eagles (4-5-3) pulled away from the 10th-ranked Bears (1-9-1) in a Class D South prelim at Islesboro.

Patrick Kehoe added a pair of goals and O’Malia converted a penalty kick for Islesboro before Garrett Cote scored from Tristin Chamberlain for A.R. Gould.

Jasper Louden also scored for the Eagles.

Alex Shoureas stopped 15 shots for A.R. Gould. Zander Howell had a pair of saves for Islesboro.


DEXTER 4, BOOTHBAY 2: Hayley Rossman scored three goals as the second-seeded Tigers (14-2) downed the third-seeded Seahawks (13-3) in a Class C North semifinal at Dexter.

Sydney Meader and Chloe Arsenault scored for Boothbay.

SPRUCE MOUNTAIN 3, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 1: Morgan Dalton, Erin McPherson and Emily Castonguay scored to lead the second-seeded Phoenix (12-4) over the sixth-seeded Falcons (7-8-1) in a Class C South semifinal at Jay.

Rylee Sevigny converted a penalty stroke for Mountain Valley to cut the lead to 2-1 heading into halftime.

Spruce Mountain advances to play top-seeded St. Dom’s on Tuesday at Thornton Academy.


NARRAGUAGUS 3, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 1: The fifth-seeded Knights (8-7) won 21-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-18 over the fourth-ranked Panthers (7-8) in a Class C quarterfinal at Yarmouth.

Narraguagus will play Wednesday in the semifinals against eighth-seeded Sumner or top-ranked Washington Academy, who meet Saturday.

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Sports Digest: Class AA and A basketball state games coming to Portland Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:59:45 +0000 HIGH SCHOOLS

Basketball title games coming to Portland’s CIA

The Maine Principals’ Association and America East have worked out an agreement that will allow the Class AA and Class A state championship games to be held at the Cross Insurance Arena this year.

America East will hold its tournament, including quarterfinal and semifinal games, at the CIA in Portland on March 3 and 4, with practices scheduled for March 1 and 2.

The MPA and America East agreed to have the practices end by 4 p.m. on March 1 and 2, allowing the Class AA and Class A title games to be played at the CIA later on those nights.

The Class A boys’ and girls’ title games will be held on Thursday, March 1, at CIA; the Class AA boys’ and girls’ title games will be held on Friday, March 2, at CIA with a split session.

“The concession that America East afforded us to that they decided to arrange all their practice sessions earlier in the day on Thursday and Friday, and they would give up the facility for the evening,” said Dick Durost, the executive director of the MPA. “This is something we’ve talked about for several months.

“This really is a win for everyone involved.”

The MPA was unable to hold any of its state championship games in Portland last year because of a conflict with the America East tournament schedule.

The Class B state championship games will be held in Bangor on Friday, March 2. The Class C and Class D state championship games will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, March 3.


GIRLS’ SOCCER: Aaliyah Farid and Brayden Reed each scored twice as host Berwick (10-2-1) defeated Waring 6-1. Kenza Farid and Rayne Zimmerman also scored for the Bulldogs.

BOYS’ SOCCER: Tucker Smith scored twice as host Berwick (7-5) edged Lexington Christian Academy 2-1.


NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. continued his winning ways at Kansas Speedway, capturing the pole for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff elimination race.

With that prize came the chance to have pit choice at Martinsville, Virginia. The paper clip-like geometry of that track makes stall selection arguably the biggest advantage of any track all season,

FORMULA ONE: Season championship points leader Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest laps in two practice sessions for the U.S. Grand Prix, putting more pressure on title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who spun into the gravel and completed just 11 laps in in Austin, Texas.


CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bernhard Langer birdied the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia, the first event in the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.

Seeking an unprecedented fifth Schwab Cup and fourth in a row, the 60-year-old Langer leads the season standings and has a tour-high five victories this season.

EUROPEAN TOUR: With the help of an albatross from 227 yards out, Joost Luiten shot a 1-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over tournament host Sergio Garcia and two others at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.


KREMLIN CUP: Julia Goerges will seek to end a six-year wait for a title when she faces Daria Kasatkina of Russia in Saturday’s final in Moscow.

Goerges beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

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Football: Falmouth cruises past Greely, 38-0 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:39:20 +0000 FALMOUTH — Putting up lots of points usually isn’t a problem for the Falmouth football team, which averages nearly 38 points per game.

Friday night against rival Greely, Falmouth’s offense got some help from its defense and special teams.

Riley Reed returned an interception for a touchdown, Garret Aube returned a kickoff 70 yards for one of his two TDs, and John Walker made his first field goal of the season and was 5 for 5 on extra points as the Yachtsmen ended their regular season on a high note with a 38-0 win in a Class B South game.

“It was great balance for us tonight, which is great to see going into the playoffs,” Falmouth Coach John Fitzsimmons said. “While we weren’t moving the ball as well because Greely was effectively stopping us, our defense came alive. From an interception to a kickoff (return), that momentum really carried us forward.”

Jack Bryant was 10 of 16 for 113 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a TD for the Yachtsmen (6-2), who will host a quarterfinal next weekend against Westbrook as the No. 3 seed.

For Greely (5-3), Nick Male was 5 of 16 for 102 yards. The Rangers suffered a key loss in the third quarter when wide receiver Shane DeWolfe was carted off the field with an injury. Greely also played without wide receiver Nick Gauvin and running back Tim Coyle.

The Rangers had a five-game winning streak snapped but will still be at home for the first round of the playoffs as the No. 4 seed, against No. 5 Biddeford.

Falmouth’s offense got off to a slow start, failing to make a first down in the opening quarter. But the Yachtsmen took the lead midway through the quarter when Reed intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.

“I was just rolling out into the flats, they sent two guys out, threw the ball, and the guy wasn’t looking,” Reed said.

“I think that gave our team a lot of momentum.”

“That was really the play of the game,” Bryant said. “Our defense did a great job all night, held them up on the run, forced them to throw and made some plays in the secondary.”

Falmouth’s offense finally got rolling in the second quarter. Bryant directed an 82-yard drive, rushing for 33 yards and three first downs before connecting with Brady Douglas in the corner of the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown.

“That was a collegiate-level throw,” Fitzsimmons said. “He was under heavy pressure, he was maneuvering, and then he throws it on a dime to somebody.”

Walker kicked a 26-yard field goal with 29.2 seconds left in the half to give Falmouth a 17-0 lead.

Aube then opened the second half with a 70-yard touchdown return.

“My teammates blocked well,” Aube said. “When you see the hole, you go.”

A penalty negated another Bryant-to-Douglas touchdown pass, but Bryant soon scored on a 1-yard run.

Aube added a 17-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Greely nearly got on the board in the final minutes after Falmouth failed to convert on a fake punt, but the Rangers couldn’t get into the end zone before time expired.

“With a small squad and a few stars being out, Greely played a terrific game,” Fitzsimmons said. “If some of those players were in the game, it could have been a different outcome.”

Taylor Vortherms can be contacted at 791-6417 or:

Twitter: TaylorVortherms

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Football: Scarborough snaps Bonny Eagle’s 18-game win streak, 35-14 Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:18:05 +0000 STANDISH — Scarborough High football coach Lance Johnson felt his team became forgotten after a Week 3 loss to Thornton Academy.

No more.

The Red Storm stunned Bonny Eagle with big play after big play Friday night and ended the Scots’ 18-game winning streak with a 35-14 victory.

They won it by scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the second half.

Scarborough, Bonny Eagle and Thornton all finished 7-1 in the regular season. Scarborough will be No. 1 in the Class A South Heal point standings, earning one of the two byes in the playoffs that begin next week.

The result of the South Portland-Portland game Saturday will determine the No. 2 seed. If Portland wins, Bonny Eagle will be No. 2; if South Portland wins, Thornton will get it.

To create this confusion, Scarborough had to come through, a daunting task considering Bonny Eagle routed each opponent, including Thornton, which beat Scarborough 32-28 in Week 3.

“We had a little slip-up and I think everyone kind of forgot about us,” Johnson said. “Our kids wanted to come out and prove a point.”

The Red Storm scored five touchdowns, none shorter than 40 yards.

Zoltan Panyi completed only three passes, all for touchdowns, of 74 and 86 yards to Reece Lagerquist, and 40 yards to Jarett Flaker, who also broke free for a 77-yard touchdown run. Owen Garrard scored on a 40-yard run.

“When they have 70- and 80-yard touchdown plays, it’s going to be tough to win,” Bonny Eagle coach Kevin Cooper said. “Tonight we were outcoached and outplayed by a better squad.”

Bonny Eagle was hobbled when its leading rusher, Alex Sprague, left after the first series with a leg injury, and flanker Christian Napolitano left with a shoulder injury early in the second half. They were the Scots’ two best outside running threats.

“Injuries happen in football and you have to be able to overcome them,” Cooper said.

Scots quarterback Connor Sirois accounted for more than two-thirds of the offense with 110 yards passing and 104 rushing.

But Bonny Eagle, which averaged 54 points a game, could do little against Scarborough’s swarming defense.

“We’re a really fast team and we just flew around and swarmed to the ball,” said Lagerquist, who also played linebacker alongside Garrard, behind a front of Anthony Griffin, Jared Nelson, Alex Bryer, Sean Shackford and Jake Piispanen.

Lagerquist scored on the third play, catching Panyi’s lob down the right sideline and not breaking stride for a 74-yard score. Zach Klein of the Scots blocked the extra point and the Red Storm led, 6-0.

Bonny Eagle quickly drove 61 yards in five plays, capped by Sirois’ 39-yard pass to Sprague. Napolitano kicked the extra point for a 7-6 lead, but Sprague came limping off.

The Scots committed the first of their three turnovers, fumbling a punt. On Scarborough’s first play, Panyi hit Flaker on a post pattern for a 13-7 lead.

Near the end of the half, the Scots drove 53 yards – Sirois scoring from the 5 – for a 14-13 halftime advantage.

Scarborough dominated the second half, scoring on its first two plays – Flaker’s run and another long pass to Lagerquist. Bonny Eagle’s first three possessions ended in two punts and a Lagerquist interception. Garrard’s 40-yard run gave the Red Storm a 35-14 lead with 10:45 left.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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Field hockey: Biddeford upsets top-seeded Scarborough, heads to Class A South final Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:48:05 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — The final seconds played out in slow motion. A pass, a shot, a block. And then elation.

Fourth-seeded Biddeford High took the lead early in the first half and held on in the frantic final seconds to defeat top-seeded Scarborough 2-1 in a Class A South field hockey semifinal Friday night at Mitchell Sports Complex.

“We’ve never made it this far, so this means everything to me,” said Biddeford senior forward Sarrah Marcotte, who scored the winning goal midway through the first half.

“I think everyone on the team wanted it as much as I did. The whole 60 minutes, there was just 100 percent effort the whole time.”

This will be Biddeford’s first trip to a regional final since 1995. Biddeford (14-2) will play Massabesic or Westbrook on Tuesday at Thornton Academy.

Scarborough finished 14-2.

“Hard-fought game and well-deserved by Biddeford,” said Scarborough Coach Kerry Mariello. “They’ve been knocking on the door the last couple of years, they’ve worked hard, and they deserved this game. I wish them luck.”

All the goals were scored in a dizzying three-minute span in the first half, each coming off a penalty corner.

First, Hailey Allen fired in a shot from the left side of the circle 12:11 into the game to give Biddeford a 1-0 lead. Lauren Topchik tied it for Scarborough with a rebound goal at 13:28, but Biddeford regained the lead at 15:03 when Marcotte took a precision pass from Allen at the right post and tipped it in.

From then on, Biddeford made it awfully difficult for Scarborough to get any scoring chances. The Tigers went hard to each ball and the defense swarmed around every Red Storm offensive player.

“We kept it really tight,” said Biddeford Coach Caitlin Albert, who played for Mariello at Scarborough. “We know that they work really well together and move as a unit and use their little passes accordingly, so we kept things tight to kind of counteract that movement.”

And then it came down the final seconds.

Scarborough got its first penalty corner of the second half with 35 seconds remaining. The Red Storm couldn’t get a shot off but were awarded another penalty corner. The clock ran out, but under field hockey rules, the game doesn’t end until the penalty corner is played out – ending either with a goal or when the defense clears the ball past the 25.

Lucy Malia inserted the ball from the right of the cage to Rachel Paradis at the top of the circle. As she shot, Biddeford flyer Abby Allen got her stick on the ball, deadening it. That left it for Biddeford’s Megan Mourmouras to sweep the ball out past the 25, ending the game and creating a wild celebration at the Biddeford net.

“We played really hard, we kept our heads up high,” said Hailey Allen. “We showed everyone what we’re about.”

“Someone has said, ‘Act like you’ve been there before,’ ” said Biddeford Coach Caitlin Albert. “And I have to remind them, these girls haven’t been here before.

“This is all very new to them. And the excitement is real.”

In the end, said Mariello, the Tigers executed at critical times.

“It’s all about executing,” she said. “They did on those couple of corners, those couple of goals, and we fell short.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Girls’ soccer: Freeport edges Lincoln Academy Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:35:01 +0000 FREEPORT — Fifth-seeded Freeport advanced to the Class B South girls’ soccer quarterfinals for the second straight year, holding on for a 2-1 win in a preliminary-round game Friday afternoon against No. 11 Lincoln Academy.

The Falcons (11-4) built a 2-0 lead before Chelsea Williams scored a sensational goal for the Eagles (6-7-2) with less than eight minutes remaining.

Freeport will play No. 3 Greely (11-3) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Cumberland.

The Falcons played without their head coach, Elayna Girardin. David Intraversato, who is listed on the roster as assistant coach, took her place.

When asked about Girardin’s absence, Athletic Director Craig Sickels said: “David Intraversato is coaching the team today in place of Elayna.” He declined to comment any further.

Intraversato said the team had a good week of practice.

“Everybody gets amped for the tournament, so we just had to keep them composed with all our touches, all our passing,” he said. “We just had to stay focused.”

“We were all business,” Freeport midfielder Jessie Driscoll said. “We needed to get it done and go to the next round, and we were able to come out with the win.”

Statistically, the Falcons had a huge edge, especially in the second half. Freeport had a 20-10 advantage in shots and an 8-3 advantage in corners.

“We had a tough time keeping up,” Lincoln Academy Coach Donovan York said. “We were trying to hold our back line as much as we could and tried not to play back too far so it wouldn’t turn into a shooting gallery.

“We tried to make them earn their shots by trying to control the middle of the field and get control of those through passes. They kind of wore us down. Our bench isn’t very deep. We’ve got some injuries we’re dealing with, but the girls played tough.”

Cat Gould opened the scoring in the 28th minute. After receiving the ball from Tara Migliaccio, Gould stepped past a defender and beat keeper Kortney McKenna from less than 10 yards.

Driscoll made it 2-0 about nine minutes into the second half when she blasted a shot from just beyond the bubble after intercepting a clearing pass.

“I just saw I had an open shot, so I thought, ‘take it’,” she said. “Actually, I didn’t even have time to think about it.”

Freeport maintained its two-goal lead until Williams launched a rocket from outside the box, after the ball was deflected back to her following her corner kick from the left side.

About four minutes earlier, Caroline Fowler tried to put the ball into an open net behind Freeport keeper Carly Intraversato, but defender Johanna Bogue Marlowe knocked the ball away.

“Our girls battled tough, but (Freeport) is a very good team,” York said. “We took a chance by playing four backs, four middies and two up front for quite a while. We were kind of cautious.”

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Field hockey: Defending state champs survive overtime scare Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:26:39 +0000 YORK — The path to the Class B South field hockey final turned out to be winding and difficult for York, the three-time defending state champion.

Still, thanks to deft stickwork from Sydney Bouchard, the top-seeded Wildcats made it for the 10th straight year.

Bouchard weaved around three defenders and scored 2:15 into the second overtime Friday to give York a 2-1 semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Lake Region.

The Wildcats advanced to Tuesday’s regional final against third-ranked Poland at Thornton Academy in Saco.

“It was just really exciting to have it go our way,” said Bouchard, bottled up much of the game by double teams. “I saw the goalie coming out at me. I don’t know why I shot it right at her but it went through (her pads), so that was pretty lucky.”

Winless a year ago, Lake Region (8-8) gave the perennially powerful Wildcats all they could handle. After giving up a disputed goal in the final minute of the first half, Lake Region tied it a little over two minutes into the second when Dessi Berry buried the rebound of an Olivia Deschenes shot.

Although York was on the attack for much of regulation and enjoyed a 13-2 advantage in penalty corners, the seven-on-seven overtime periods offered chances for both teams. York held a 3-2 edge in penalty corners in overtime.

“I’m really proud of how far we’ve come,” said Deschenes, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. “A lot of people didn’t think that we could do it. We put up a fight (Friday). We did everything we could and we just fell short.”

With time winding down in the first half, Jessa Smith of York crossed the ball from right to left in front of Lake Region goalie Maddie Nelson, who finished with 10 saves. The pass hopped over the stick of Bouchard but Barbara Conratd, a Belgian exchange student who hadn’t scored all season, rapped it inside the left post.

Lake Region defender Allie Vogel stopped the ball and teammate Victoria Ross cleared it away, but Bouchard had begun celebrating. After a moment of confusion, the officials signaled goal.

“Not a goal,” said Lake Region Coach Pauline Webb, who watched from the sideline nearest the net. “The whole ball must go over the line. That ball was not over the line. It’s very unfortunate to lose a game like that.”

Ross said the ball “was barely on the line. It didn’t go over.”

Bouchard said she empathized.

“If it was on our goal, I probably would have fought it, too, because it was a close call,” she said. “But it definitely went over the line.”

Friday’s game was the third of the season between York and Lake Region. All three wound up 2-1 York victories, the last two settled in overtime.

“It was pretty evenly matched,” York Coach Barb Marois said. “They work really hard. They’re very tenacious and very aggressive in how they play the game.”

“They’ve been working and improving every practice, every game,” Webb said of her Lakers.

“This is what we wanted. We were hoping for a different outcome but I’m really proud of them.”

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or

Twitter: GlennJordanPPH

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Cross-country teams head into championship season Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0000 There has been little doubt this fall about the identities of the two best cross-country runners in Maine high school competition.

Yarmouth senior Luke Laverdiere has not been seriously challenged, nor has Falmouth freshman Sofie Matson.

As for teams, however, that muddled picture should begin to clear Saturday at the regional championships. Southern Maine teams will gather at Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland – which is also the site of the state championships on Oct. 28 – and Northern Maine teams will race at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast – site of the New England championships on Nov. 11.

One of the best races involves a pair of defending boys’ state champions, Greely (Class B) and Falmouth (Class A). Greely moved up to Class A this fall and will face its former Western Maine Conference rival.

Falmouth freshman Sofie Matson goes into the South regional Saturday as the clear-cut favorite among Class A girls. Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Neither team was at full strength at the season’s two big invitationals last month, the Southern Maine Classic (Greely bested a field of 23) and the Festival of Champions (Falmouth was fourth, behind three out-of-state schools, among a field of 68).

“Falmouth didn’t have everybody at Gorham and we didn’t have everybody in Belfast,” said Greely Coach David Dowling. “So with everybody (running) their healthy times, it’s a pretty good matchup. It will be a good race.”

Deering attended neither invitational, adding further intrigue to Saturday’s race, scheduled for 12:45 p.m. as the fourth of six races at Twin Brook. The Class C girls kick things off at 11 a.m., and the Class B boys go off last at 1:55 p.m.

Deering beat Falmouth by eight points last weekend in South Portland, but Falmouth wasn’t at full strength.

“I wouldn’t put too much stock into the score,” Deering Coach Frank Myatt said. “But I thought we raced well.”

Scarborough, the state champion in 2014 and 2015, should also contend.

Winning a regional is not a prerequisite to a state title, but in each of the past two years, five of the six state championship teams were also regional champions.

The Bonny Eagle girls placed second to Falmouth in Class A South last fall, and the George Stevens Academy boys did likewise in 2015 against Orono in Class C North. Both went on to earn state championships.

“You’re not going to get a whole lot more fit,” said Jorma Kurry, one of two head coaches at Falmouth, of the week between regional and state meets. “You can change strategy, that’s about it, figure out where people’s strengths are and try to use yours the best you can.”

In Class A South girls, Falmouth and Bonny Eagle boast strong front-runners but could be vulnerable because of depth issues. Gorham, which has never won a girls’ state title, may not have anyone in the top 10 but could pack its top five among the top 25. Deering is another team with enviable depth.

“This week definitely has a bit more pressure with it than other weeks,” said Bonny Eagle Coach Andrea Johnson. “The girls need to trust their training, be confident, and run smart races.”

In Class A North, the Camden Hills girls appear dominant, while the boys of Brunswick, Hampden Academy and Bangor are more closely matched.

Greely’s ascension means Class B South will have two new regional champions. Yarmouth, York and Cape Elizabeth are the most likely girls’ contenders, although York won’t have top senior Kathryn Miller because of a shin issue.

“Stress fracture has not been ruled out, but things are improving daily, so we’re hopeful,” York Coach Candace Jaffe said. “We are exercising caution and hoping that she will be ready to compete at states.”

For Class B South boys, Lincoln Academy and Wells appear strongest, with Yarmouth and Freeport not far behind.

North schools have swept the Class C state titles the past two years, and Orono seems poised to continue that streak. The strongest South school may be Maine Coast Waldorf, although Maranacook and Waynflete will put up a fight.

“Our boys have been a pleasant surprise,” said Morgan Lake Adams, coach of Maine Coast Waldorf. “My girls are very young, a lot of freshmen and sophomores.”

Conditions for Saturday should be ideal. The course is dry and no rain is expected.

“It’s always nice to go first,” Adams said. “We’re hoping for a fast day.”

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or:

Twitter: GlennJordanPPH

]]> 0 Class B state champion Luke Laverdiere of Yarmouth is unbeaten this fall, including a win at the Festival of Champions.Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:02:04 +0000
Athletes of the Week: Oct. 20, 2017 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0000 GIRLS

Taylor Ouellette

Taylor Ouellette, Thornton Academy field hockey: The senior forward and captain became Thornton’s all-time leader in goals when she scored three times in the Golden Trojans’ 7-0 preliminary playoff victory against Sanford. Ouellette scored 26 goals this season and finished her high school career with 63 goals, two more than former teammate Libby Pomerleau.

Honorable mention

Elizabeth Lacognata, Scarborough golf: The senior won the Maine girls’ individual championship Saturday, shooting a 2-under 70 on Natanis Golf Course’s Arrowhead layout, winning the tournament by three strokes. The previous week she helped Scarborough win the Class A team title.

Karley Piers, Falmouth cross country: A freshman, Piers lopped 27 seconds off the course record set in 2015 to win a 2.7-mile SMAA race Friday at South Portland involving six schools. Piers topped the field of 67 with a time of 16:45 but Deering edged Falmouth, 27-29.

Emilie Martin, Yarmouth field hockey: The senior midfielder scored four goals Wednesday in the second-seeded Clippers’ 5-3 Class B South quarterfinal win against No. 7 Leavitt.


Nick Roberge

Nick Roberge, Massabesic football: The sophomore quarterback and defensive back led a comeback as the Mustangs (1-6) snapped a 15-game losing streak, beating Bangor (0-7), 21-14. Trailing 14-0, Roberge threw two touchdown passes, including the winning 51-yard score to Isaac DesVergnes with less than a minute remaining, and ran for another score. He also intercepted a pass to clinch the win.

Honorable mention

Austin Legge, Cape Elizabeth golf: A junior, Legge won the Class B boys’ individual title Saturday at Natanis Golf Course. He shot a 2-under 70 on the challenging Tomahawk layout to defeat teammate Ryan Collins by three strokes. Legge’s round matched the Class A co-winners Cole Anderson of Camden Hills and Anthony Burnham of Scarborough for the low round at Tomahawk.

Mitch Libby, Wells cross country: A senior, Libby was the only runner (of 108 in the field) to break 17 minutes at the Western Maine Conference title meet at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, turning in a time of 16:55 to lead Wells to the Division II team title over seven other schools. The Warriors beat runner-up Maine Coast Waldorf, 39-63.

Charlie Cronin, South Portland soccer: A senior, Cronin scored two first-half goals – both on Kyle Patterson assists – to lead the 13-0-1 Red Riots past Westbrook 2-0 on Monday night, ending their regular season undefeated for the first time. Cronin added a goal in South Portland’s 2-1 victory over Sanford on Thursday.

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High school football notebook: Last hurrah for Sanford’s Cobb Stadium Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0000 SANFORD — For 65 years, athletes and fans in Sanford have congregated at Cobb Stadium to be part of high school football.

Friday night’s game against Thornton Academy (6-1) will be the final Sanford High football contest at the field – unless the Spartans (4-3) pull a huge upset. Then, Sanford would get to host a playoff game, too.

“Absolutely, that’s been a topic of conversation this week,” said Sanford Coach Mike Fallon, the head coach for 22 years, with six more years as an assistant. “Obviously, Thornton is an outstanding team, but we’ve been working to get the kids to believe and, if nothing else, we owe it to the community and to honor our field to give it our absolutely best effort, and then maybe Cobb gets to live to tell one more week of its story.”

A new $100 million high school will open next fall, a little more than three miles away, with its own “amazing athletic facilities,” Fallon said. The field lights at the new site are already up and the artificial turf field will be installed before Thanksgiving.

Among the former Sanford players who have graced Cobb Stadium are, from left to right, Roland Cote, a quarterback for the 1959 state championship team; John Cochin Jr., a member of the 1952 team that played the first game at the stadium; 1979 teammates John W. Roux, Kevin Langlais and Tony Matoin (a Fitzpatrick Trophy winner); 1993 quarterback Scott Sheppard; and 2008 defensive end Nick Roux. Staff photo by Derek Davis

But Cobb has the history. Set in a natural bowl behind Memorial Gym, with bleacher seats built into the hill on the home side, it’s noted for top-notch concessions and the players’ descending walk from their cramped locker room, through a human tunnel of usually young fans, to get to the natural-grass field.

“It’s really been a crown jewel of Sanford,” said Gordie Salls, Sanford High’s athletic director since 1993. “I will miss the clank of the cleats walking down the hill on a Friday night. That sound, it’s odd, but it’s something I’ll never forget.

“It’s tough leaving, but we’re going to a beautiful new facility.”

Friday night, a tribute to the memories forged at Cobb will be held. The three state championship teams – 1956 and 1959 in Class B and 1998 in Class A – are sure to be mentioned. Sanford’s three Fitzpatrick Trophy winners – Paul Belanger (1976), Tony Matoin (1978) and Kevin Bougie (1999) – will get their just due. Most of all, the special connection between Cobb and Sanford will be celebrated.

“The memories made and the bonds formed at Cobb will last a lifetime,” said Bougie, 36, a Sanford resident. “There is always a great sense of pride and tradition to play for Sanford on that field.”

“I think it’s the best field in the state as far as spectators go,” said Matoin, 57, who lives in Springvale.

Matoin started playing on Cobb as a 7-year-old in the newly formed Sanford Springvale Youth Athletic Association. He’s since seen his son, Matthew, 27, play football and his daughter Kassey, 26, play lacrosse at Cobb.

“It’s sad seeing it go. Everyone is looking forward to the new school, but I’d still rather be staying at Cobb,” Matoin said.

One of the traditions of Sanford football games at Cobb Stadium – even during preseason games when crowds are smaller – is the players making their way to the field next to the bleachers on the home side of the field. The Spartans will make the trip one more time Friday night. Staff photo by Gordon Chibroski

Cobb Stadium has also been home for Sanford’s soccer, lacrosse and track and field teams. Graduation ceremonies and countless youth games have taken place there.

Cobb will continue to be used for middle school and community athletics, Salls said. At some point, the town will have to decide what to do about the decaying track.

The facility opened with a football doubleheader on Sept. 13, 1952. St. Ignatius High of Sanford faced Jay, followed by Sanford against Brewster Academy.

The field was dedicated to community leader and team physician Dr. Stephen A. Cobb in 1954.

The first night game, using temporary lights, was Sept. 8, 1972. The current lights came two years later, ushering in Friday night football, with crowds in the thousands.

Roland Cote, 75, will be one of the featured speakers Friday. He quarterbacked the 1959 championship team, taught in Sanford for 30 years, and coached numerous sports at multiple levels even longer, retiring from coaching in 2014.

For more than 40 years, Cote has been the ticket taker at Cobb’s back gate, a post he took over from his uncle, Emil Cote.

Chances are Cote will bring up one of his (and Fallon’s) favorite memories: the night in 1995 when Sanford snapped a 33-game losing streak with a 70-yard touchdown pass with five seconds to play. Tommy Little caught Zach Matthews’ pass after two defenders collided.

The team Sanford beat that night? Thornton Academy.

IT’S THE FINAL week of the regular season, and there’s a possibility for a three-way tie for first place in Class A South – if No. 3 Scarborough (6-1) beats No. 1 Bonny Eagle (7-0) and No. 2 Thornton (6-1) avoids an upset at Sanford.

Assuming Windham gets past winless Bangor, a three-way tie in the Heal points would happen if Cheverus wins at Oxford Hills/Buckfield on Friday and Portland wins at South Portland on Saturday. If that happens, a coin-flip tiebreaker would determine the seeds.

Scarborough finishes first if it beats Bonny Eagle and Oxford Hills wins. Thornton can finish first if Scarborough, South Portland and Cheverus all win.

Other than the coin-flip scenario, Bonny Eagle drops to third if it loses to Scarborough. Only the top two teams get a bye in the quarterfinals, and no team that has played in a quarterfinal has made it to the state championship game since Class A’s current alignment began in 2013.

“We want to win and make it a moot point,” said Scots Coach Kevin Cooper.

Bonny Eagle, the defending state champion, has had one challenge this season. The Scots trailed 14-13 at Thornton midway through the second quarter, then produced a flurry of big plays and 36 straight points in less than 20 minutes of game time, rolling to a 49-14 win.

“You just try to contain them and limit the big plays, make them drive the field,” said Scarborough Coach Lance Johnson. “And offensively, you just try to put pressure on them and make them cover the whole field.”

Scarborough does have an offense that can keep pace with the Scots, having averaged 56.5 points in four straight wins.

“They’ve only punted the ball three times all year, and they were all against Thornton,” Cooper said of Scarborough.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Board to review Wells mascot and logo in response to complaints that Native Americans were mocked Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:08:02 +0000 School officials may consider changing Wells High’s nickname and logo in the wake of complaints that Native Americans were mocked at a football game.

Amelia Tuplin, the mother of a Micmac Indian who plays quarterback at Lisbon High School, said the behavior of fans and players at Wells High last Friday was racially offensive. Wells’ nickname is the Warriors and its logo features a Native American wearing a feathered headdress. Tuplin charged that students wore face paint, pounded buckets as if they were drums, and performed mock dances and chants, including hand-over-mouth sounds.

In a special session of the Wells-Ogunquit school committee Wednesday night, Superintendent James P. Daly absolved fans and players of intentionally engaging in offensive behavior after an investigation that included several interviews and review of video surveillance, game film and photographs taken during the game.

“We do not believe that the fans or team members knowingly or intentionally engaged in conduct that was disrespectful of Native American culture,” Daly wrote in a letter sent to Tuplin after the committee meeting.

Tuplin, reached by phone on Thursday, called Daly’s response “a one-sided, biased, rushed investigation.” She said she plans to file a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission.

“It’s disturbing that he’s denying and downplaying this,” Tuplin said. “But that will be for him to deal with.”


Chairwoman Helena Ackerson said in an email that the “full School Board supports the statement that Jim made, and we also support the findings from the investigation.”

Daly also told Tuplin of plans by the school committee to review the Wells High mascot and logo.

“While I cannot share exactly what that process will be, please know it will be one that is thoughtful, deliberate and engages our two communities,” he said in the letter, which he shared with the Portland Press Herald.

Ackerson also said the committee’s review will include a community forum.

“Over the past few days, the district has heard from many, both pro and con, as well as from folks who have researched the impact of schools who use Native American nicknames and logos,” Daly wrote in his letter. The superintendent did not respond to a request to be interviewed for this story.

Daly also sent an email to district parents on Thursday explaining the situation.

“We do not believe that the fans or team members knowingly or intentionally engaged in conduct that was disrespectful of Native American culture.

“Having said that, we are open to further discussion about any measures that we could take to promote an environment in our school community that is respectful of people of all cultures, races and national origins.”

Since 2001, four Maine high schools have removed Native American nicknames.

Wells and Nokomis High of Newport both use the Warriors nickname, with Native American logos. Both Southern Aroostook and Fort Kent high schools use Warriors, but without Native American imagery.

Skowhegan High held several public forums on its nickname Indians in 2015, but its school board voted to keep the name. At the time, a complaint about the nickname was filed by a member of the Penobscot Nation with the state Human Rights Commission, but no action was taken.

Dan Lebowitz, executive director of The Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, said his center often deals with controversial mascots.

“A lot of time people say, ‘What’s the big deal?’ But a fan has not had the experience of degradation that people of color have experienced,” Lebowitz said. “To use a mascot of an indigenous population of the United States, you’re not seeing the world through the eyes of the Native American.

“It’s really important not to use those (types of) mascots.”


In his letter to Tuplin, Daly said Wells students did use five-gallon pails as drums during Friday’s game, but only as a noisemaker, along with cowbells and horns “to support the team.”

He said administrators and faculty “heard no chants or hand over mouth sounds that they would associate with negative stereotyping of Native American culture.”

Daly did not mention face paint, but said cheerleaders did have stickers with a red “W” on their cheeks.

Concerning Tuplin’s claim of mock dancing by players, Daly said the team does perform a “break-down” after wins, which is “a post-game tradition dating back to 1985.”

Tuplin reiterated Thursday that she saw students with “fabricated head dresses, and painting on their faces that were clearly not school colors, and used in a mocking way.” She also claimed the buckets were more than noisemakers, and were “used to mock native drumming.”

Tuplin said she expects to file her complaint with the Human Rights Commission within 10 days. disables reader comments on certain news stories, including those dealing with sexual assaults and other violent crimes, personal tragedy, racism and other forms of discrimination.

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Week 8: High school football predictions Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:58:33 +0000 0, 19 Oct 2017 21:58:54 +0000 Gray-New Gloucester coach resigns; allegedly told players to taunt opponent Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:35:12 +0000 The varsity football coach at Gray-New Gloucester High has resigned after allegations arose that he instructed his players to taunt a Yarmouth player about having two mothers as parents.

The parents, Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray, say Gray-New Gloucester coach Duane Greaton told his players to taunt their son every time he was tackled during a game last Friday by saying, “Who’s your daddy?”

The couple sent a letter to the superintendent of SAD 15 asking for a meeting to discuss the matter.

“He no longer works for SAD 15,” was all that Superintendent Craig King would say Thursday evening when asked if Greaton had resigned. King said Greaton’s last day of work in the district was Monday.

“MSAD 15 takes concerns about the safety and security of students very seriously and does not tolerate threatening or discriminating behavior,” King said in an email that he issued Thursday to WMTW.

Scott Walker, the athletic director at Gray-New Gloucester, said he could not comment on Greaton’s status, saying it was a personnel matter. “Our remaining staff will be in place on the sidelines Saturday,” Walker said.

Lynn Eckersley-Ray said Thursday that she and her wife were told by Gray-New Gloucester parents of the taunting order just before the teams played. Greaton coached his team during the game. No players were overheard taunting an opposing player.

“We found out because some Gray parents and players stepped forward and we are extremely thankful to them,” she said. “They did what they could about it and we are appreciative and thankful for that.”

In their letter to the superintendent, Lynn and Stephanie Eckersley-Ray said Greaton’s actions were discriminatory: “We are appalled by your coach’s behavior as it is not only the explicit targeting of a player, but it is also incredibly discriminatory and hate-laden in nature. It is our understanding that targeting is not acceptable per (Maine Principals’ Association, which governs Maine high school athletics) … rules and we certainly know that anti-discrimination, anti-bias, and hate-crime laws protect individuals in Maine.”

On Thursday, Lynn Eckersley-Ray said the incident has been “extremely difficult for our family … It has been a little overwhelming.”

Lynn Eckersley-Ray said her family has been appreciative of the support they have received from the Yarmouth administration and coaching staff.

She wants to meet with the Gray-New Gloucester administration to “have a conversation so this can be amicably resolved in a supportive and positive educational way.”

The Gray-New Gloucester football team is winless entering its final game of the season at Fryeburg Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Greaton did not return a phone call seeking comment. disables reader comments on certain news stories, including those dealing with sexual assaults and other violent crimes, personal tragedy, racism and other forms of discrimination.

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

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]]> now it's a large patch of grass. But by the time football season begins, the new-look Waterhouse Field will have temporary bleachers – yes, permanent ones have been ordered – new lights and a scoreboard with video replay capability. All that while retaining a feeling of intimacy.Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:12:43 +0000
Wednesday’s field hockey roundup: Poland eliminates Greely with comeback Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:19:02 +0000 POLAND — Before the season, Poland field hockey coach Kayla Royer told her team there would be a time when she would allow team members to call plays on corners, particularly in the second half.

With the season on the line Wednesday, she did just that, and it helped the third-seeded Knights overcome sixth-ranked Greely 3-2 in a Class B South quarterfinal.

Poland (11-4) scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to rally past the Rangers (7-7-1) and earn a semifinal at second-seeded Yarmouth (11-3-1) at 4 p.m. Friday.

Brianna Doucette scored both goals for the Knights in the second half on penalty corners.

“I figured they were seeing what Greely’s defense was doing and how they are reacting to it,” Royer said. “I thought they had a better idea. I mean, we practice having them call the corners in practice. It showed.”

Sydney Meredith-Pickett gave Greely a 2-1 lead with 18:25 left when her shot sneaked through bodies and legs into the cage – her second goal of the game. Hannah Perfetti picked up her second assist.

“They know where each other is and they play really well together,” said Greely Coach Becki Belmore. “They have a lot of experience together.”

Four minutes later, Morgan Broussard found Doucette, who made it 2-2. Her winner came with under five minutes to play.

After the goal, Greely couldn’t mount much pressure. Its best chance came with 2:35 remaining, coming out of a timeout.

“That was probably the last chance I had to do it,” Belmore said. “Just to rally them a little more and pump them up a bit, and pick up the intensity.”

Poland took a 1-0 lead when Autumn Willis scored after 12:46. Meredith-Pickett’s first goal came with 7:55 left in the half.

Ashton Sturtevant made two saves for Poland. Kylie Rogers stopped three shots for Greely.

BOOTHBAY REGION 2, MT. VIEW 1: Sydney Meaders scored twice, including the winner with 23:50 left as the third-seeded Seahawks (13-2) beat the sixth-ranked Mustangs (6-9) in a Class C North quarterfinal at Boothbay Harbor.

Boothbay will play at second-seeded Dexter (13-2) in the semifinals Friday.

Meader put Boothbay ahead 1-0 after 17:06 from Hali Goodwin, but Devon Burgess tied it with 26:07 remaining in the game.

Alexis Bowman had six saves for Mt. View.

MAINE CENTRAL INSTITUTE 7, HERMON 0: Addi Williams scored three goals, including the 85th of her career, to lead the third-seeded Huskies (11-3-1) over sixth-ranked Hermon (8-7) in a Class B North quarterfinal at Pittsfield.

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Field hockey: Offensive work pays off for Yarmouth Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:08:51 +0000 YARMOUTH — Yarmouth High field hockey coach Andrea Musante stressed offense in practice this week.

The second-seeded Clippers followed through Wednesday, pouring on the goals in a 5-3 victory against seventh-ranked Leavitt in a Class B South quarterfinal.

Yarmouth (11-3-1) will be at home against third-seeded Poland (11-4) in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday.

“Our game plan was offense,” Musante said. “We’ve been focusing on that a ton this week. We’ve had some letdowns in the regular season so we were entirely focused on scoring. To see that number out there for us was great.”

Most of the offense ran through Emilie Martin, who scored four goals, including the opener just nine minutes in.

Martin then fired another shot past Leavitt goalkeeper Hailey DeMascio three minutes later.

“They were absolutely huge. They set the tone and we needed (those goals) for insurance,” Musante said. “To see a playoff score like that, it’s exciting because it went back and forth.”

Yarmouth had eight shots in the first half and six penalty corners.

The Hornets (8-6-1) had five corners but were held to three first-half shots.

With about 12 minutes left, a deflected ball fell to Cate Ralph, whose long shot increased the Clippers’ lead to three.

Much of Yarmouth’s offense was generated off quick wingers conducting counter-attacks.

“A lot of our goals came on breakaways so they didn’t have a bunch of people clumped in the center of the circle,” Martin said. “I just saw the gap in the middle and I just shot.”

While Yarmouth dominated most of the first half, Samantha Martineau of Leavitt whipped a long shot off a redirected pass that got by goalkeeper Cayte Tillotson just before halftime. Musante told her team at the break to not let up the intensity.

“We talked about how it was the playoffs and we had given them a taste and that was all we wanted them to have,” Musante said.

Just 21/2 minutes into the second half, Martin scored again with a quick shot past DeMascio, who finished with six saves.

“In the playoffs you never know who’s going to come out stronger because no one wants their season to end,” Musante said.

“When we came out and scored again after the half, it was something we mentioned we needed because I said this wasn’t going to be the end score. They listened and acted on that. It made me very proud of them.”

Kayla Leclerc of Leavitt scored from Haylee Janosco to cut the deficit to two.

Martin scored her fourth goal with just under 18 minutes remaining on a shot from the top of the circle.

Kaitlyn Leclerc scored Leavitt’s third goal with six minutes left.

Yarmouth held on from there.

“After we put one in we didn’t let up either and kept hammering it,” Martin said. “That’s the intensity we need to keep throughout the playoffs because I want to go far.”

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Williams powers MCI field hockey past Hermon Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:01:05 +0000 PITTSFIELD — Senior Addi Williams scored a hat trick, including the 85th goal of her career, to lead No. 3 Maine Central Institute to a 7-0 win over No. 6 Hermon in a Class B North field hockey quarterfinal on Wednesday.

April McAlpine, Madisyn Hartley, Allysah Greene and Jillian Frost also scored goals for the Huskies (11-3-1).

Elspeth Taylor and Ashley Souliere combined for two saves and the shutout.

TXT.bodycopy: Hermon’s season ends at 8-7-0.

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Field hockey: Defense carries Westbrook to Class A South semifinals Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:58:02 +0000 Mary Keef scored with 17:31 remaining Wednesday to lead sixth-seeded Westbrook to a 1-0 victory against third-ranked Cheverus in a Class A South field hockey quarterfinal.

Keef delivered on the 14th of 18 corners for Westbrook (12-4), which completely dominated the game. The Blue Blazes outshot Cheverus 16-1 and the Stags (11-5) had no corners.

Westbrook will play Saturday at second-seeded Massabesic (13-2) in the semifinals.

“We just added that new corner (play) so it was great to see it work,” said Keef.

Maddison LeBeau assisted on the goal.

“The girls get together before the game to get fired up and they brought their energy right from the beginning,” said Westbrook Coach Theresa Hendrix. “We always talk about (how) you need to play a total 60 minutes, especially against good teams, and they did that today.”

Despite the seedings, the result wasn’t a total surprise. Westbrook defeated Cheverus 3-2 in their regular-season meeting Sept. 29 at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

“Since we lost to them last time we knew we really had to give it our (best) game,” said Cheverus goalie Kat Kane. “I’m really proud of my defense. I think we had a great game. Everyone has their day. It just wasn’t our day today.”

Cheverus didn’t register its only shot until 22:16 remained when freshman Lucia Pompeo took a backhander that was saved by Westbrook goalie Kimberly Goddard.

“We got outplayed. We just didn’t play well,” said Cheverus Coach Sally Cloutier. “(Westbrook) played a great game. They defended us well. It is what it is.”

The Stags struggled to get anything going against Westbrook’s tight defense that refused to allow any good chances.

“(Cheverus) has huge strengths in the middle, so we talked coming into this game (about) who their key players were, keying in on them, really trying to double-team everything,” said Hendrix.

“The girls came out and did just that. It wasn’t a solo defensive effort. Every single girl pitched in and did her job.”

The Blue Blazes appeared to have taken a 1-0 lead with 17:10 remaining in the first half when Keef sent a shot from outside the circle that was deflected in.

But it was determined that the shot was deflected by a Cheverus player and the goal was not allowed.

“Some of our top players just didn’t play that well and it’s OK,” said Cloutier. “They haven’t had a bad game all season.It’s just a bad time to have a bad game.”

Kane played a terrific game for Cheverus, making 15 saves, with few easy ones.

“Kat played awesome. (On defense) Anna Smith played awesome. Defensively we played well,” said Cloutier.

Now the Blazes must prepare for a tough semifinal.

“I think that’s the cool thing this year, that every team is really at (a high and equal) level, so we just have to keep that energy going,” said Hendrix.

“The past couple years we got shut down in the (quarterfinals) so it feels amazing to (advance) and see how far we can go,” said Keef.

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Field hockey: Massabesic tops Thornton Academy, 3-0 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:31:18 +0000 WATERBORO — This was the game that the Massabesic High field hockey players had been waiting for. And they weren’t going to let it get away.

The second-ranked Mustangs scored three late goals, two by Emma Rutledge, to defeat seventh-seeded Thornton Academy 3-0 in a Class A South field hockey quarterfinal Wednesay night.

The Trojans had defeated Massabesic 4-1 on Sept. 27. That loss clearly fueled the Mustangs in the rematch.

“They were way more aggressive than our first meeting,” said Thornton Coach Lori Smith. “They definitely challenged every ball when we had it, which we didn’t see last time. They were ready.”

Yes they were.

“We definitely came out as a team today, knowing what our goal was,” said Logan Champlin, a Massabesic forward. “We didn’t want this to be our last (game). On to the next.”

The Mustangs (13-2) will play sixth-ranked Westbrook in the regional semifinals Saturday, the time still to be determined. Massabesic defeated the Blazes 2-1 on Oct. 5.

The Trojans (10-6) had a couple of good opportunities in the first half – the best a shot by Cat Henaire that got behind Mustangs goalie Mady Pomerleau but was blocked by sweeper Lydia Wasina at the goal line – but were overwhelmed in the second half.

“That’s just field hockey,” said Smith. “You get one in and it changes the momentum of the game.”

The Trojans couldn’t.

Massabesic held Thornton without a shot in the second half and to just three penalty corners. The Mustangs, meanwhile, had seven shots and eight penalty corners in the second half.

“I think we just had to collect ourselves at halftime,” said Rutledge. “Coach (Michele Martin-Moore) brought us all in and told us we had to up our intensity and cut to the ball, and we just took those points to heart.”

But the Mustangs couldn’t beat Thornton’s freshman goalie Madi Vachon until just 13:21 remained.

The goal came at the end of a penalty corner. Logan Champlin got a pass from Morgan Pike on the right and fired the ball into a crowd. Camryn Champlin was there to deflect it in for a 1-0 lead.

Just over two minutes later, Rutledge made it 2-0, again off a corner.

This goal came on a tip-in at the goal mouth on a cross pass from Isabelle Hurlburt on the right.

Rutledge inserted the ball to start the play, then took her position at the left post.

“As the inserter I always go to the post after,” she said. “Being in the right position, don’t let it go out of bounds.”

Rutledge scored again with 28 seconds remaining, assisted by Camryn Champlin, again off a corner.

Each game, Martin-Moore hands out notes to her players emphasizing a specific goal. The notes Wednesday were in the shape of an oak leave.

“We read the poem about the mighty oak,” said Martin-Moore. “And the wind can blow and it can knock our leaves off and can bend our branches but our roots are thicker than that. And our roots are our tradition.

“We now have that tradition on our side that knows how to win tight games. And the girls took that to heart.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Tuesday’s boys’ soccer: York triumphs on late goal Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:42:11 +0000 YORK — Quenton Convery scored with five minutes remaining Tuesday to give York a 1-0 victory against Waynflete in a Western Maine Conference boys’ soccer regular-season finale.

James Peter assisted on the goal for the Wildcats (12-2), which came from a scrum in front and was enough to defeat the Flyers (9-3-2).

GREELY 1, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Quinn Malloy scored in the second overtime as the Rangers (8-5-1) defeated the Patriots (4-9-1) at Gray.

Brandon George made four saves for the shutout. Brannon Gilbert stopped nine shots for Gray-New Gloucester.

PINE TREE ACADEMY 9, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 1: Jahiesh Stewart scored four goals as the Breakers (12-1-1) downed the Lions (4-9-1) at Freeport.

Chris Amisi and Aidan Smestad each scored twice for Pine Tree, which led 4-1 at halftime. Josiah Eaton added a goal. Mason Jones scored from Caulin Patterson for Greater Portland Christian.

FALMOUTH 3, MASSABESIC 0: Nate Arrants scored 8:02 into the game off a rebound and the Yachtsmen (11-2) totaled all of their goals in the first half to beat the Mustangs (3-11) at Falmouth.

Ben Wuesthoff extended the lead to 2-0 after 28 minutes from Sam Winkeler. Josh LeFevre scored an unassisted goal less than three minutes later.

Joshua Castonguay had six saves for Falmouth.

SCARBOROUGH 5. SANFORD 0: Liam Bridgham and Wyatt Keller each scored twice as Scarborough (10-4) beat the Spartans (3-11) at Sanford.

Bridgham opened the scoring in the first half, one-timing Noah Drapeau’s cross from the right flank inside the near post. Keller upped the lead to 2-0 before the half, with Bridgham, Alex Dobecki and Keller adding second-half goals.

Morgan Pratt and Nate Taggart combined for four saves for the Red Storm. Gavin Moyer recorded eight saves for Sanford.

LAWRENCE 5, NOKOMIS 3: Izak Collins scored two goals to lead the Bulldogs (2-11-1) over Nokomis (0-14) at Fairfield.

GORHAM 5, BONNY EAGLE 0: Kyle King scored three goals to help the Rams (11-2-1) defeat the Scots (5-9) at Standish.

King scored twice in the first half, and Sam Burghardt and Nolan Brown added goals to give Gorham a 4-0 lead.

Trevor Gray and Clayton Bassingthwaite combined to make six saves for the shutout. Connor Redlon stopped 12 shots for Bonny Eagle.

YARMOUTH 7, WELLS 0: Max Coury and Adam LaBrie each recorded a goal and an assist for the Clippers (14-0), who completed a perfect regular season by holding Wells (5-8-1) without a shot on net at Yarmouth.

Tony Cleaves converted Coury’s assist 12 minutes into the game to ignite a four-goal first half. LaBrie doubled the lead six minutes later from Jack Jones. Silas Chappell and Tahj Garvey, from Labrie, added goals before the break.

Coury, Eric Loomis and Gavin Hamm added goals in the final 15 minutes. Liam Ireland and Aidan Hickey had assists.

Eric Sousa recorded 11 saves for the Warriors.

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Tuesday’s girls’ roundup: York advances in field hockey Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:42:11 +0000 YORK — Natalie Panteleos scored twice Tuesday to help top-ranked York defeat eighth-seeded Fryeburg Academy 3-0 in a Class B South field hockey quarterfinal.

York (12-2-1) will be home Friday against fifth-ranked Lake Region (8-7) in the semifinals.

Sydney Bouchard had two assists and added a goal with under seven minutes left.

Julianna Kiklis made three saves for the shutout. Bridget Fahey stopped eight shots for Fryeburg (5-10).

CONY 1, MT. ARARAT 0: Kami Lambert converted an overtime penalty corner to give the fourth-seeded Rams (8-6-1) a Class A North quarterfinal victory against fifth-ranked Mt. Ararat (9-6) at Augusta,.

Cony will be at top-ranked Skowhegan (14-1) in a semifinal at 3 p.m. Friday.

The Eagles had three shots on Cony keeper Jessica Lee, none in the second half.

Cony finished with eight shots on goal, none in the second half until hitting Mt Ararat goalie Lily Schenk with a five-shot flurry midway through, when she stopped two point-blank shots by Cari Hopkins.

The game reverted to defense until Lambert received a pass from Julia Reny and scored on a hard right-to-left shot from 10 yards with 4:47 left in the first overtime.

DIRIGO 3, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Sophie Jacques scored three goals in the first half as the fourth-seeded Cougars (10-5) powered past the fifth-ranked Panthers (6-8) in a Class C South quarterfinal at Dixfield.

Dirigo will face top-ranked St. Dominic (15-0) in the semifinals Friday at Auburn.

SKOWHEGAN 11, EDWARD LITTLE 0: Julia Steeves scored five goals to lead the top-ranked Indians (14-1) past eighth-seeded Edward Little (5-10) in a Class A North quarterfinal at Skowhegan.


GREELY 5, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 2: Courtney Sullivan, Brooke Obar and Skyler Cooney scored in the first half as the Rangers (11-3) defeated the Patriots (6-7-1) at Cumberland.

Katherine Steinberg and Katherine Clancy added second-half goals for Greely.

Camille Clement made six saves for Greely. Chelsea Davis stopped eight shots for Gray-New Gloucester.

PORTLAND 1, BIDDEFORD 0: Isabelle Moore scored on a breakaway with 1:26 to play in the second overtime as the Bulldogs (4-7-3) defeated the Tigers (2-12) at Biddeford.

Jillian Lewis turned back 16 shots for Biddeford. Lainey Legere had eight saves to record the shutout.

GORHAM 2, SANFORD 0: Emma Forgues scored twice, including breaking a scoreless tie with 22 minutes remaining as the Rams (10-2-2) beat the Spartans (7-7) at Gorham.

Forgues scored her second goal with a minute remaining from Alexis Fotter.

Kayla Pierce had 11 saves for Sanford. Michelle Rowe stopped six shots for Gorham.

CHEVERUS 1, NOBLE 0: Emma Gallant scored eight minutes in and Cheverus (12-2) went on to beat the Knights (6-6-2) at North Berwick.

Gallant dribbled the ball across the top of the 18, slipping past defenders while moving left to right before lining in a hard left-footed shot.

Raegan Kelly kept Noble in the game with 13 saves. Neve Cawley stopped both shots she faced for the Stags.

MORSE 1, OCEANSIDE 0: Emily Martin scored with 10 minutes remaining from Sierra Wallace as the Shipbuilders (9-3-2) beat the Mariners (8-5-1) at Rockland.

Marissa Parks had nine saves for Morse.

SOUTH PORTLAND 3, DEERING 2: Hattie Tetzlaff shot past a diving goalie, giving the Red Riots (7-4-3) a 3-0 second-half lead before Mia Sargent converted a pair of late penalty kicks for Deering (2-9-3) at South Portland.

South Portland opened the scoring when Sophie Chase lifted a penalty kick into the far upper corner midway through the opening half. Juliana Selser upped the lead to 2-0 before the break, receiving Bela Cloutier’s low pass between defender and releasing a low shot for the goal.

Jewels Ward finished with eight saves for the Riots and Gianna Charest had 15 for the Rams.

SCARBOROUGH 4, WINDHAM 1: The Red Storm (13-0-1) scored three second-half goals to pull away from a 1-1 halftime tie and complete an undefeated regular season, pulling away from the Eagles (7-5-2) at Windham.

Riley Beem scored from Meghan Hoffses after 6:21 to give Windham the lead but Molly Murnane answered from Josie Patten in the 15th minute.

Lauren Sabatino scored from Jess Rinaldi to give the Red Storm the lead for good at 4:18 of the second half, and Murnane and Ashley Sabatino added unassisted goals in a 1:40 span.

Kaitlyn Roberts stopped 19 saves for the Eagles. Emily Royce had eight saves for Scarborough.

CAPE ELIZABETH 4, POLAND 0: Prezli Piscopo and Karli Chapin each had a pair of goals for the Capers (8-6) against the Knights (2-11-1) at Cape Elizabeth.

ST. DOMINIC 5, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Avery Lutrzykowski and Rileigh Stebbins each scored twice as the Saints (7-6-1) cruised past the Panthers (2-12) at Yarmouth.

Madison Samson also scored.

Aisley Snell had 24 saves for NYA.

YORK 5, WAYNFLETE 0: Payton Humphrey scored twice, and Delaney LaBonte added a goal and two assists to lead York (8-5-1) against the Flyers (6-6-2) at Portland.

Humphrey scored from Ellie Bychok for an early 1-0 lead. LaBonte then set up Morgan Smith and Eliza Linn to up the margin to 3-0 at the break. Humphrey and LaBonte added second-half goals, with Nina Howe assisting on LaBonte’s goal.


DEERING 3, BRUNSWICK 0: Maddy Broda had 28 assists and six aces as the Rams (13-1) swept the Dragons (6-8) at Portland.

Janelle Ridge had 16 digs for Deering, Dianne Dervis added 11 kills and three aces, and Avery Donovan finished with seven kills and a pair of blocks as the Rams won, 25-10, 25-22 25-6.

Kathleen Trapp had seven kills and two digs for Brunswick. MacKenzie Burrows added four kills and two digs.

PORTLAND 3, CHEVERUS 0: Ashley Chadbourne recorded seven kills and Shayla Eubanks added five as the Bulldogs (8-6) downed visiting Cheverus (2-12) 25-16, 25-16, 25-18 to complete the regular season at Portland.

Sarah Bryan contributed 10 digs for Portland.

Julia Pomerleau had seven aces and 10 kills, and Mary Jerome added 12 digs for the Stags.

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Field hockey: Lake Region continues a turnaround Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:46:16 +0000 FREEPORT — Fifth-seeded Lake Region took early second-half momentum and rolled to a 4-0 victory against fourth-ranked Freeport in a Class B South field hockey quarterfinal Tuesday.

Lake Region (8-7) will play at top-ranked York (12-2-1) in the semifinals Friday.

“No matter who we play there’s no pressure on us,” Lake Region Coach Pauline Webb said. “The girls played relaxed and with confidence.”

The Falcons (9-5-1) were eliminated in the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season since moving to Class B in 2013, but Coach Marcia Wood said the Lakers deserved to win.

“Kudos to Lake Region outhustling us and beating us to every ball,” Wood said. “We tried to adjust to that but they just beat us to the ball. That’s the bottom line right there. When you get beat to the ball, there’s not much you can do. They were relentless.”

The Falcons beat Lake Region 1-0 on Sept. 8, but that was part of the Lakers’ 0-5 start, when they totaled just two goals.

In 10 games since, Lake Region has 21 goals and has been shut out just twice.

“At the beginning of the season we couldn’t get the ball in the goal,” Webb said. “(Today) we just wanted to get as many (goals) as we could in as many ways as we could because it’s playoff time.”

The Lakers held a decided edge in play during a scoreless first half, compiling a 3-1 advantage in shots and in penalty corners.

The Lakers opened the scoring five minutes into the second half when Olivia Deschenes converted a feed from Dessi Berry on the fourth of a series of penalty corners awarded to them at the start of the second half.

About five minutes later, Paige Davis made it 2-0 when she slammed a penalty stroke past goalie Katelyn Rouleau after a defender was caught trapping the ball in front of the Freeport cage.

Lake Region, which had a 7-1 edge in shots in the second half, stayed on the attack.

“I told the girls that Freeport is a great team and we were not going to settle for what the score was,” Webb said. “We were just going to keep playing (field) hockey and score as many goals as we could.”

With less than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Davis sent a long crossing pass toward the left side of the goal to Delaney Meserve, who promptly slammed a crossing shot inside the far post to extend the lead to 3-0.

Less than three minutes later, Deschenes completed the scoring by putting a crossing shot into the right side after a shot by Davis bounced off the left post.

It was the fifth shutout of the season for the Lakers.

“The defense has been recovering well,” Webb said, referring to her team’s ability to switch quickly from offense to defensive mode. We’ve been working on some new patterns making sure the spacing (and) the communication is there, and our backs got their sticks on some great shots today.”

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Field hockey: Scarborough eliminates Falmouth Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:22:18 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — They are the top seed. They took a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game and dominated the first half.

But nothing was ever comfortable for the Scarborough High Red Storm in a 1-0 win over ninth-seeded Falmouth in the Class A South field hockey quarterfinals Tuesday night at the Mitchell Complex.

Scarborough’s solid defense allowed Lucy Malia’s goal to hold up. The Red Storm (14-1) advanced to the semifinals, either Friday or Saturday, when they host No. 4 Biddeford (13-2). The two teams have not met this year.

The Yachtsmen (7-9) were a dangerous No. 9 seed, having won 4 of 5. They had not played Scarborough since Sept. 1 (a 3-1 Red Storm win).

“Falmouth has never really been blown out. They’re always in it,” Scarborough Coach Kerry Marriello said. “This is a playoff game. There’s no such thing as standings and rankings. Everyone is equal.”

Scarborough played nearly the whole first half in Falmouth’s end with six shooting attempts (to none by Falmouth) and with a 5-0 edge in penalty corners.

“We were just nervous going into this game,” Falmouth Coach Robin Haley said. “Scarborough has such an incredible team and such a rich history in field hockey.”

On Scarborough’s fifth corner, Malia sent the ball to her teammates. It came out. Rachel Paradis got control, sent the ball back in, near the left post, where Malia tipped it in with 19:05 left in the half.

“We really executed that one well,” Paradis said. “It was a great team play. I touched it, and Lucy had a wide-open shot.”

Other shots were just off, and the Red Storm kept up the pressure.

“We were really passing well all over the field,” Paradis said. “That passing got us all those shots.”

A lot of shots, but one goal. Falmouth was still in it. That was Haley’s point to her team at halftime.

“I said, ‘Now let’s settle down and play the way we know we are capable of playing.’ And they did,” Haley said. “We just couldn’t put it in the net.”

In the second half, Falmouth began getting chances, but few shot attempts. Lucy Bogdanovich and Hannah Dobecki anchored the Red Storm defense, with help on the wings from Caitlyn Tyrrell and Anna Walker.

“Defense played great,” goalie Sam Carriero said. “They were all over the place. It’s always great when I think the ball is coming, and they stop it.”

Still, Marriello did not like Falmouth grabbing the momentum. She called timeout with 20:21 remaining and told her team to “wake up.”

“We started strong,” Marriello said. But in the second half, “when they’re not going to the ball, getting beat to the ball, losing possession because of laziness, it’s frustrating. Those are things we can control, so I tried to motivate them a little bit.”

Scarborough pressured again, but Falmouth did not give up, earning a penalty corner with two minutes left. The Yachtsmen got off their only shot on goal, from Grace Soucy, but Carriero was there.

The Red Storm move on, but nothing is safe in Class A South.

“It will be a battle every game,” said Scarborough senior co-captain Cat Taylor.

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: @KevinThomasPPH

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Field hockey: Biddeford scores in OT to beat Kennebunk Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:16:50 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Yes, said Biddeford High field hockey coach Caitlin Albert, it was nerve-wracking.

Just like many other games for the Tigers this year.

Peyton McKeown’s goal with 16.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime Tuesday gave fourth-ranked Biddeford a 4-3 victory over fifth-seeded Kennebunk in a Class A South quarterfinal at Doran Field.

The goal came off a scramble during a penalty corner and gave the Tigers their ninth consecutive win.

Biddeford (13-2) will play in the semifinals for the first time this century, at top-ranked Scarborough (14-1).

“We’re happy because we know we’ve accomplished a lot this year,” said Albert, adding that this was the first time since 1995 that the Tigers won 12-plus games. “But the girls are itching for so much more.”

The Tigers certainly were pushed by the Rams, who finished 11-5 with two losses to Biddeford.

Kennebunk led 2-0 early in the second half and had the first good opportunity in overtime, when its leading scorer, Britney Gregoire, dribbled through two defenders into the circle, only to have Biddeford goalie Taylor Wildes slide out to smother her shot.

“I was a little scared when I saw no one else was in the circle,” said Wildes. “But this summer I really worked on doing slide tackles like that. When I came through all the stress came off.”

Then the Tigers struck. After Haley Moody of Kennebunk made a point-blank stop on Paige Laverriere of Biddeford, the Tigers were awarded their eighth penalty corner.

McKeown inserted the ball from the left of the goal to Hailey Allen, who pushed it back to McKeown. After a couple of whacks, McKeown was able to get a reverse scoop that slowly rolled inside the left post.

“Honestly, it was pretty slow, it wasn’t my hardest shot,” said McKeown, who also scored an overtime winner against Westbrook. “Then I thought, ‘Oh my God, we just won.’ “

Kennebunk led 1-0 at the half (a Britney Gregoire reverse hit) and 2-0 just 55 seconds into the second half (a tap-in at the right post by Kaylee Gregoire). But the Tigers weren’t deflated.

“The entire year we’ve been a second-half team so we knew we could come back,” said McKeown.

Freshman Abby Allen started the comeback with 22:41 left in regulation with the first of her two goals. Hailey Allen tied it with 12:19 remaining on a penalty stroke, awarded after a defender blocked a shot heading into the goal with her body.

Then Abby Allen put the Tigers ahead 3-2 with 6:56 left, her reverse scoop flying high past Moody into the right corner.

Kennebunk forced overtime with 52.7 seconds left in regulation. Britney Gregoire went through the defense and was stopped twice by Wildes, the second rebound rolling to the left where an uncovered Christine Jarowicz tucked it in.

“Our goal going into the game was we were not going to stop playing until that last whistle blew,” said Rams Coach Kayla Billings. “We were ready for that moment.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Monday’s high school roundup: South Portland finishes unbeaten regular season Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:19:41 +0000 WESTBROOK — Kyle Patterson set up both of Charlie Cronin’s first-half goals and South Portland shut out Westbrook 2-0 in a Class A South boys’ soccer game Monday night to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time ever.

Riley Hasson stopped five shots to preserve the shutout. The Red Riots will take a 13-0-1 record into the regional tournament as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

Jacob Brackett made nine saves for Westbrook (5-9).

DEERING 2, MARSHWOOD 1: Keto Tchiputo converted a penalty kick in the first half and Bill Turahimbawe made it 2-0 early in the second half as the Rams (9-4-1) defeated the Hawks (8-6) in South Berwick.

Jason Janetos scored late in the game for Marshwood, assisted by Turner Goodenough.

Deering keeper Max Morrione and Marshwood’s Chase Gagnon each recorded five saves.

WINDHAM 6, NOBLE 1: Jake Conley and Nick Rose each scored twice in the first half as the Eagles (4-10) cruised past the Knights (1-13) in Windham.

Tyler Woolston and Andrew Sawyer also scored for Windham. Noah McGilvery got a first-half goal for Noble.

MT. ARARAT 2, BRUNSWICK 2: Ethan Rac scored twice as Mt. Ararat (7-4-2) rallied for a draw against the Dragons (7-6-1) in Brunswick.

Mats Rasch opened the scoring just 33 seconds into the game for Brunswick, and Everett Horch extended the lead in the sixth minute before Rac scored his first goal midway through the first half.

Rac got the tying goal midway through the second half.

FREEPORT 4, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Eriksen Shea broke a 1-1 tie early in the second half as the Falcons (8-6) defeated the Raiders (5-9) in Freeport.

Jessie Bennell opened the scoring for Freeport early in the first half, before Noah Hart answered for Fryeburg.

Evan McKittrick and Shea Wagner added second-half goals for Freeport.

MESSALONSKEE 1, OXFORD HILLS 1: Christian Alley scored for Messalonskee as the Eagles (5-6-3) rallied to earn a draw against Oxford Hills (2-10-2) in Oakland.

Chase Warren assisted on Alley’s goal.

Will Dieterich scored for Oxford Hills.


WELLS 7, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 2: Hannah Cottis got three of her four goals in the first half as the Warriors (9-5) built a 5-0 lead and handled the Seagulls (6-6-2) in Wells.

Sydney Belanger, Franny Ramsdell and Katie Ready also scored for Wells.

Emily Greenlee and Shani Plante were the goal scorers for Old Orchard Beach.

CAMDEN HILLS 7, SKOWHEGAN 0: Kristina Kelley’s three goals lifted the Windjammers (13-0-1) over the Indians (0-13) in Rockport.

Ella Pierce and Eliza Roy added two goals apiece, and Alexandra Southworth made four saves for the shutout.

MESSALONSKEE 4, OXFORD HILLS 1: Brianne Benecke scored a pair of goals to help the Eagles (9-1-4) beat the Vikings (8-6) in South Paris.

Olivia Swift scored for the Vikings, while Jillian Douglass made 15 saves.


CHEVERUS 3, CONY 2: Julia Pomerleau had 21 kills to help the Stags (2-11) rally after losing the first two sets against the Rams (7-7), in Portland.

Maddie Geiger contributed 18 assists, Mary Jerome had 13 kills and Emily Haley recorded nine aces as Cheverus took the final three sets – 25-21, 25-18, 16-14. Cony won the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-22.

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Boys’ soccer: Strong finish pushes Portland past Thornton Academy Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:42:50 +0000 Portland found its scoring touch at just the right time Monday night to pull out a 2-1 win against Thornton Academy in an SMAA boys’ soccer game at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Zekariya Shaib and Alex Millones scored in the last six minutes as the Bulldogs won their regular-season finale, snapping a two-game losing streak. Portland (10-3-1) will get a bye in the first round of the Class A South tournament as one of the top four seeds.

“We just needed to find a scoring touch, and that was what I was looking for,” Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli said. “I was pulling my hair out, what little I have left, looking for the right combination. The coaching staff saw something and ran it by me. We moved (sweeper) Quinn (Clarke) up to defensive mid, and it gave us a little bit more energy up top.”

Shaib tied the score in the 74th minute when he redirected a rebound into the goal after Thornton keeper Travis Snyder stopped Millones’ hard shot from just inside the penalty area.

Then, with less than a minute remaining, Millones intercepted a clearing pass and sent a shot from 25 yards on the right side of the field into the upper left corner.

The Bulldogs were coming off a pair of 1-0 losses last week against South Portland and Scarborough.

“I’ve got to give our kids a lot of credit,” Frenzilli said. “They really responded.”

Until the final 15 minutes, it looked like the Trojans (8-5-1) were going to earn their most significant win so far this season, but Coach Andrew Carlson wasn’t surprised to see Portland rally.

“(Portland) had the better of the play for the last 20 or 25 minutes. They’re big, strong and physical, and they’re deeper than us, and they can be more dynamic than us at the end of the match,” said Carlson.

The Trojans opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Zachary Thyng took a feed from Eric McCallum during a two-on-one break and beat keeper Rowan Daligan from 10 yards.

“If you’re going to beat a team like that, you have to play the last 10 minutes of the match like you played the first 10 minutes, and we didn’t do that – physically and mentally,” Carlson said.

Portland held a 19-9 edge in shots, with most of that advantage coming during the second half.

“When you score, you’ve had a string of right things that happened, and when you get scored on, it’s because of a number of things you did, and that’s what happened late in the match,” Carlson said. “We didn’t play a complete game against those guys.”

Still Thornton Academy had chances to add to its lead.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Daligan stopped Frantisek Vondrak’s blast from 10 yards. Then he used his foot to deflect a shot by Brogan Searle-Belanger away from the goal.

“He’s been doing that all year, and the defense has been strong,” said Frenzilli, whose team hasn’t allowed more than one goal in any game this season.

“The way this league is now, it’s tough top to bottom. The tournament is going to be interesting. It’s going to be fun.”

]]> 0 Fonseca of Portland tries to hold the ball against Thornton Academy's Jake Nason during their SMAA game Monday at Fitzpatrick Stadium. Portland won, 2-1, and will take a 10-3-1 record into the Class A South playoffs.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:13:43 +0000
Field hockey: Freeport primed for postseason breakthrough Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:11:49 +0000 FREEPORT — Maya Bradbury has always seen the potential in Freeport High’s field hockey team.

Now, as a senior link, she’s seeing it fulfilled.

“It’s pretty amazing,” she said at a recent practice. “Last year, we did pretty well. But this year, we have a ton of new freshmen and it’s really been pretty cool to see the team grow. We’ve had a lot of potential for, basically my whole time here, but to really see that and act on it has been really great.”

The Falcons are seeded fourth in Class B South with a 9-4-1 record – their best season in about a decade. Freeport will play No. 5 Lake Region in a quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Tuesday, seeking to advance to a regional semifinal for the first time since 2002, when the Falcons were in Class C.

Freeport moved to Class B in 2013 and has been eliminated in the quarterfinals each year.

“This playoff run is going to be interesting,” said Marcia Wood, who became Freeport’s coach in 2013. “Nobody is untouchable.”

While three-time defending Class B state champion York is the No. 1 seed, the Wildcats aren’t huge favorites like they’ve been in the past. York lost to sixth-seeded Greely and had two one-goal wins over Lake Region and two tough games with No. 8 Fryeburg Academy. No. 2 Yarmouth split with No. 3 Poland, lost once to York and tied the Wildcats, and also lost to Freeport, which lost to Greely and Poland in overtime.

Freeport’s other losses were against York and Class C powerhouse St. Dominic Academy.

Wood said the win over Yarmouth was the signature victory her team needed.

“One thing I preached to the girls all year is that we needed that big win, the game we should win if we played well against a good team,” she said. “That was Yarmouth. It gave them the confidence to keep playing.”

Junior link Alexa Koenig, generally regarded as Freeport’s best player, said that victory showed the Falcons they could be contenders.

“In the preseason, I was a little nervous, because we scrimmaged a couple of teams and we weren’t really together yet,” said Koenig. “But two or three games into the season, I thought that we had something to build on. After that Yarmouth win, that was a crucial point, I said, ‘OK, this is serious. We know we can do this.’ It was amazing.”

The Falcons have been boosted by a strong group of five freshmen who have not only added talent but depth.

“I knew our upperclassmen had been participating in offseason things, getting better, working more and working out more,” said Wood. “And we had that big freshman class that was also dedicated to improving their skills. This was one of the first years I’ve felt that we not only had a lineup, but a bench that could go in as well. We wanted fresh legs in the game, but we didn’t want to change the intensity of the game when we put them in.”

Natalie Anderson, a junior, leads the Falcons with 13 goals, and freshmen Hannah Groves and Ally Randall each have six goals. Koenig has five goals and seven assists.

“She’s the one getting the ball up the field, playing good defense and taking the ball away from the other team,” said Wood. “She’s the playmaker.”

Both Koenig and Bradbury said there is a positive vibe to this team.

“Our team has grown closer,” said Koenig. “We’ve not only learned to tune our skills, but to play as individuals and play as a team. I think the team dynamic has been very important. We know how to work together.”

“This is a very close group of girls,” said Wood. “There’s a lot of unity and they all complement each other. And I think they all have the same goal.”

Winning at least one playoff game would added toward building a foundation for the future.

“We know that feeling of being lower on the chain among teams,” said Koenig. “With our momentum, we’re getting to the point where we know we’re up there and we’re good. It’s meant a lot not only to our team, but our program. When people hear Freeport field hockey, they know now that we are competitive.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

]]> 0, ME - OCTOBER 16: Alexa Koenig, center, carries the ball as Kelsey Williams moves in during a Freeport High School field hockey practice. (Staff photo by Jill Brady/Staff Photographer)Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:19:01 +0000
Drums, whoops and war paint: Team spirit, or racial mockery? Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:05:27 +0000 The mother of a Micmac Indian who plays football for Lisbon High School says Wells fans and players mocked Native Americans with offensive stereotypes throughout Friday’s game at Wells High School.

Wells fans – both students and adults – were “running around with hands over their mouths,” making whooping sounds, and banging on drums and 5-gallon buckets while making offensive chants, said Amelia Tuplin, whose 16-year-old son, Lucas Francis, is Lisbon’s quarterback.

Some fans had painted their faces with “war paint,” she said. At the end of the game, the Wells football team gathered and did what Tuplin termed “a mock dance, putting their helmets up and down, and doing a mock chant.”

Tuplin’s allegations come at a time when school districts across Maine have wrestled over whether to keep Native American mascots and school nicknames.

The press box at Memorial Field, where the Wells Warriors play, has a logo of a Native American wearing a feathered headdress.

Wells High uses Warriors as its nickname. The press box at Memorial Field, where the football team plays its games, features a logo of a Native American wearing a feathered headdress.

“When I went down to Wells I didn’t find the logo distasteful, it’s how they represented it,” Tuplin said. “They just made a mockery of my culture and my heritage.”

Tuplin, 35, and her husband are parents of five children ranging in age from 8 to 18.

“I have never seen anything like the magnitude of this and for it to be encouraged by the staff, the coaches and the superintendent,” Tuplin said. “At what point, Mr. Superintendent, did you not think this was wrong? He is the highest educator and basically he is endorsing it.”

Tuplin sent a letter Monday to Wells Superintendent James P. Daly, asking for a public apology.

Daly said he and his staff are investigating Tuplin’s complaint.

“Allegations were made toward the Wells community and fan base,” Daly said. “That’s a lot of people. It’s going to be a very thoughtful and prudent investigation. There’s no quick answer to this. We want to make sure we’re doing due diligence and taking time.”

Several Maine high schools have eliminated Native American nicknames, including Scarborough (2001), Old Town (2006), Wiscasset (2011) and Sanford (2012). Husson University in Bangor changed its nickname from Braves to Eagles in 2004.

Wells and Nokomis of Newport are the two Maine high schools that use the Warriors nickname with Indian imagery.

Skowhegan High has come under fire for its use of Indians as its nickname. In 2015, its school board decided to keep the nickname after public forums with the four tribes of the Wabanaki confederation and residents who supported and opposed changing the name.

Wells is known as a town that exuberantly supports its high school athletic teams, particularly its football program.

Daly said it is common for students to bang drums at football games.

“Banging on 5-gallon drums, yes,” he said. “Is it racial? I do not believe so, but we are in the middle of investigating that.”

Friday’s game pitted two unbeaten teams. Wells beat Lisbon, 36-6.

“I think the banging on the drums and stuff just shows spirit we have for our school because we’re honoring them,” said Jade Petrie, a senior at Wells High.

“I just feel like it’s the culture of high school football and something that comes along with football,” said Delaney O’Brien, a Wells junior. “I don’t associate it with Native Americans.”

But even portrayals of Indians perceived as positive still can have a negative impact, said Jordan LaBouff, an assistant professor of psychology and honors at the University of Maine.

LaBouff said several studies have shown that Native American students perform worse academically and imagine fewer future possibilities for themselves in schools that use Native American imagery.

“I don’t think anyone in that community is explicitly trying to harm, but the fact is, they are, and the data demonstrates that,” LaBouff said.

Tuplin said she initially felt the fans’ behavior and mock chants were targeted specifically toward her son, the only Native American on the Lisbon team. She expressed those feelings on her Twitter account Friday night.

Over the weekend, Tuplin said she was told that what she witnessed Friday is typical at a Wells’ football game. She now believes her son was not specifically targeted for abuse, “which made it worse, made it hurt more,” because it showed a disregard toward Native American culture.

“If you do this all the time, if that’s the response I’m going to get from somebody, then we have a bigger issue,” Tuplin said. “If you’re allowing this to happen and instilling these values, if this is how you’re teaching your students how Indians act and behave, (that is) instilling racism in your kids for a long time.”

Daly said Wells’ use of the Warriors nickname will be addressed.

“The first issue is there were allegations of inappropriate behavior, and the second issue is the mascot, and that is an issue that will be brought to the School Committee and the community,” Daly said. “Those two issues are very different in the way we deal with them.”

Wells senior Megan Schneider thinks it is time for the Native American imagery to be removed from the Wells High logo.

“The name is OK, that we go by Warriors,” said Schneider, a three-sport athlete. “That’s like we’re hard fighters. But I think it’s not hard to just get rid of that mascot because that’s not needed. That is just exploitation. The mascot part is just unnecessary.

“We don’t have black people’s heads as a mascot. Should we have the Indian head as our mascot?”

Tuplin emphasized that Wells’ students aren’t to blame.

“I hold the superintendent accountable for all of this,” she said.

Daly said he wants have a dialog with Tuplin.

“I’ll definitely reach out,” he said. “I plan on emailing her and inviting her to have an open discussion about what happened, and how we can all move forward from this.”

Lisbon Superintendent Richard Green said he made sure Wells school officials were aware of Tuplin’s complaint.

“I don’t believe (Tuplin) is overreacting,” Green said. “She’s upset and she’s going through the process and making people aware, and I think that’s what people do nowadays.”

Green noted that Sugg Middle School in Lisbon had an Indian mascot that was changed “16 or 17 years ago” to Huskies. Now all Lisbon school teams are called Greyhounds. The Lisbon town seal bears the likeness of a Native American leader.

Justin Pelletier of the Sun Journal and Bill Stewart of Central Maine Newspapers contributed to this report.

Steve Craig can be contacted at 791-6413 or at:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

]]>, ME - OCTOBER 16: Lucas Francis, quarterback for Lisbon High School and mother Amelia Tuplin are full-blooded Mi'kmaq natives. Tuplin charges that Wells' fans exhibited racist behavior at Friday's football game against Lisbon. (Staff photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer)Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:10:29 +0000
Scoreboard-watching can be painful at high school football games Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0000 Weekend after weekend, Maine’s high school football schedule offers the same alarming results: the majority of the games are one-sided.

“Oh God, it’s brutal,” said Randy Ouellette, 37, of Lebanon. “Football is a passion of mine and it just seems the wheels have been flattened.”

The quarterback for Noble High’s 1997 state championship team, Ouellette has seen his share of blowout losses while watching his son Blake, a sophomore two-way starter. Noble has lost games this year by scores of 61-7 and 32-0.

But competitive disparity is not just a problem for a handful of schools. Nor is it a new phenomenon.

Since 2012, more than 60 percent of games have been decided by a margin of at least 20 points. Nearly 30 percent have reached the 35-point threshold, which prompts “running time” in the second half of games to speed up mismatches.

On Friday, five of the 27 varsity games on the schedule were decided by less than a touchdown – on a night featuring scores such as 41-3, 48-6, 49-0, 51-0 and 56-6.

“As a coach you know when you’re taking a beating but it’s shocking when you hear those numbers,” Yarmouth Coach Jason Veilleux said.

The Maine Principals’ Association, which oversees high school sports in the state, has taken significant steps over the past five years to address the issue. But so far there has been little effect.

“I don’t see the big-score games leaving anytime soon,” said Gene Keene, a longtime athletic administrator and coach in his second year as head football coach at Poland Regional. “As hard as the coaches and the athletic directors work at it, it’s a tough, tough situation.”


In 2013, after four years of discussions with school officials, the MPA expanded football from three enrollment classes to four. The move was made to develop greater competitive balance with the hope that smaller programs, encouraged by more positive results, could attract more students to play.

Instead, 35-point margins became more frequent, going from 25 percent of games in 2012 to 30 percent the next two seasons. Five schools halted their varsity programs between 2012 and 2016.

In 2015, the MPA instituted a rule requiring the game clock to keep ticking in the second half of runaway games. But the blowouts kept coming. Last year was worse than ever: One-third of all games were decided by at least 35 points.

This fall, the MPA has added a fifth class – the developmental Class E – that allows programs struggling to maintain adequate roster sizes to compete largely against each other. The six members of Class E include four of the five schools that had dropped their varsity programs in recent years.

The move has helped some of those schools find a competitive footing. Nine of the 14 games pitting Class E teams have been decided by less than 20 points, through Friday. But Class E member Traip Academy of Kittery suspended its varsity schedule after the third week of the season because it lacked enough players.

Also this fall, crossover games have been added in classes B, C and D with the expressed intent of creating more evenly matched contests.

The frequency of lopsided games decreased slightly through the first six weeks of the 2017 season compared with the five-year average from 2012-2016.

A Deering player grabs his helmet after Bonny Eagle scored a touchdown Friday. “Even though we have the most high schools playing football in Maine that we’ve ever had, not all are very well-populated,” said Mike Haley of the Maine Football Coaches Association. Staff photos by Brianna Soukup

Still, fewer than a quarter of the games were decided by less than 10 points and 28 percent have hit the running-time threshold.

“I’m not sure what can be done at this point,” said Gordie Salls, the athletic director at Sanford High. “The MPA, the coaches and the leagues are all on board with trying to eliminate some of this.”


For roughly 20 years, from the first Class A playoff in 1967 until the mid-1980s, the number of schools playing football in Maine hovered around 60. Over the next decade, a handful of schools dropped the sport.

By the late 1990s, the trend reversed. Traditional soccer towns in Greater Portland started high school football programs and new consolidated schools across the state also joined the ranks. Bonny Eagle, now a Class A power, got a jump on the competition, beginning varsity play in 1994 and moving to Class A in 1996. Scarborough, Windham and Mt. Ararat soon followed, with Falmouth, Greely, Cape Elizabeth and Maranacook beginning varsity play in 2003.

By 2011, the number of teams in Maine had reached the high 70s, as several smaller schools also started programs, including Yarmouth in 2007; Freeport, Camden Hills and Sacopee Valley in 2009; and Hermon, Washington Academy and Telstar in 2011.

But within five years, Camden Hills, Sacopee Valley and Telstar (along with longtime football program Boothbay Region) had shelved their varsity programs.

“Even though we have the most high schools playing football in Maine that we’ve ever had, not all are very well-populated,” said Mike Haley, executive secretary of the Maine Football Coaches Association. “That’s one reason we’re having some of the lopsided scores we’re having. They’re trying to establish a program.”

While the number of football programs grew, enrollment at Maine high schools declined sharply, particularly north of Portland. Statewide high school enrollment has decreased by nearly 11,000 students – or 16.2 percent – since the 2006-07 school year.

In 1999, 3,624 students from 65 schools played football. Last season 3,631 football players represented 82 schools, including those involved in co-op programs.

“When you look at the number of kids in programs, across the state, those have been diminishing,” Salls said. “When the numbers are diminishing, and you’re struggling, and not winning, it’s hard to attract kids.”

Roster size – or more accurately “roster depth,” as Fryeburg Coach David Turner put it – is the surest way of judging a mismatch. An undermanned team may compete well for a quarter or two but more times than not it becomes a tired, defeated outfit.

“Then all of a sudden the other team hits a big play and one score turns into two scores and then it comes down to, ‘OK, here we go,’ ” Turner said.


With the exception of football’s Class E, teams in Maine high school sports compete in divisions that are grouped by student enrollment. Every two years, the MPA reclassifies schools based on latest enrollment figures.

Reclassification, while intended to help level the field, can put some football teams at a competitive disadvantage. This year four former Class B teams moved into Class C and five former Class C teams moved into D. The shifts have proven beneficial for teams that moved down, but not for holdovers like Yarmouth. The Clippers, regional Class C champs in 2015, won their first game Friday night after a starting the season with six losses. Yarmouth has lost games this fall by scores of 44-0 and 53-7.

“Last year we struggled, and then the conferences changed and boy did that make a difference for us,” Veilleux said. “The three teams we beat last year are now in Class D. As a Class C team stuck in the middle, we knew it would be a challenge for us.”

Rather than grouping teams strictly by enrollment, another option would be to look at factors such as past success, roster size, and the ability to field sub-varsity teams.

“In order to make things as competitive as possible, there has to be other factors than simply (enrollment),” said Fryeburg’s Turner. “Looking at records over the past ‘X’ number of years, that should play into it.”

But even that alternative could be problematic.

“Outside of enrollment, which is a very clear number, everything else is very subjective and there hasn’t been any agreement on what to use as other factors,” said Mike Burnham, assistant executive director of the MPA. “It’s just very difficult because you’re basing it on athletes that may have left your program.”

Burnham pointed to Brunswick as an example of how past success does not always accurately predict the future. The Dragons played in three straight Class B championship games from 2014-16 and won the state title last fall. This season they started 0-6 before earning their first win Friday night.

Coaching is another factor in the disparity between haves and have-nots. Perennial powers have long-tenured head coaches, usually supported by experienced assistant coaches. Teams that struggle annually tend to replace coaches often.

“There aren’t enough good coaches and there aren’t enough guys who come into the coaching ranks with the background that is needed to coach,” said Haley of the coaches’ association. “That doesn’t mean they can’t learn it and that they don’t learn it, but initially it’s a lot tougher for those guys.”

Yarmouth senior captain Hunter Harrington, a defensive tackle and offensive guard, said players are keenly aware of competitive disparity in Maine football.

“We’ve been talking about it the last four years. Everyone talks about this,” he said. “I don’t think (a team’s strength) is based off school population. I don’t have the right way of fixing everything. I don’t have a solution. But I know that if you’re basing it solely off (enrollment) and that’s how you’re pairing teams against each other, it doesn’t always work out.

“Here at Yarmouth, we have a great football program, we have amazing coaches, but we don’t have the personnel in that way because our school is more focused toward soccer. You go against a team like Wells, which is Class D right now, and they have 60-plus kids on their roster. Same with Winslow, where our coach came from. Their school is focused on football.”

Teams can petition to move down to a smaller enrollment class, but are then ineligible for playoffs.

“So no one wants to go down and be ineligible for playoffs,” said Yarmouth’s Veilleux. “I’m hoping down the road that (rule) would change if you had something like two-thirds agreement from the coaches in a league.”

Ultimately, any change still depends on the players, coaches and administrators of struggling programs working hard to improve. But that task gets harder when lopsided losses keep mounting.

“I always say to my son, if you guys stick together you’ll definitely get better,” said Ouellette, “but unfortunately they’re probably going to lose some kids because of the losing record and getting beat up all the time.”

Steve Craig can be contacted at 791-6413 or at:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

]]> 0 Bonny Eagle Scots, left, beat the Deering High School Rams on Friday, 51-0. The Maine Principals' Association has tried to make high school football more competitive, with little success.Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:36:24 +0000
Saturday’s boys’ soccer: Waynflete shuts out Wells Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:12:39 +0000 Ilyas Abdi had a goal and two assists Saturday to lead Waynflete to a 5-0 victory against Wells in a Western Maine Conference boys’ soccer game.

Abdi opened the scoring six minutes into the game, then set up Oliver Burdick 13 minutes later as Waynflete (9-2-2) moved into a 2-0 halftime lead.

Thorne Keiffer scored from Abdi early in the second half, and Aidan Kieffer and Abdi Mohamed added goals.

Eric Sousa stopped 15 shots for Wells (6-6-1). Max Winson had four saves for the Flyers.

GREELY 7, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 1: Hazael Tshituka had a pair of first-half goals to propel the Rangers (7-5-1) to a 3-0 halftime lead against the Panthers (3-9-1) at Yarmouth.

Evan Wyman led Greely with three goals. Brendan Carrell and Andy Moore also scored.

Xander Kostlnik converted a free kick for NYA in the second half.

YARMOUTH 2, CAPE ELIZABETH 1: Luke Groothoff scored his second goal of the game off a corner kick by Jason Lainey with five minutes remaining, lifting the Clippers (13-0) over the Capers (8-4-1) at Cape Elizabeth.

Groothoff opened the scoring midway through the first half, with an assist from Eric LaBrie. John O’Connor tied it with a penalty kick early in the second half after a handball in the penalty box.

SACOPEE VALLEY 3, ST. DOMINIC 1: Michael Murphy scored the tying and go-ahead goals as the Hawks (3-10-1) rose above a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat St. Dominic (3-10) at South Hiram.

Kris Fossum added the final goal off Macaleb Reinhard’s second assist. Jake Adams also had an assist for Sacopee.

Alex Roy scored for the Saints.

Matt Day finished with seven saves for Sacopee. Bryton Kieltyka and Matt Gosselin combined for six saves for St. Dom’s.

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Football roundup: Thornton Academy cruises past South Portland, 49-7 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:56:22 +0000 SACO — CJ LaBreck caught a touchdown pass and returned a kickoff for a touchdown as Thornton Academy rolled to a 49-7 win over South Portland in a Class A South football game Saturday afternoon at Hill Stadium.

Thornton (6-1) jumped out to a 12-0 lead on two touchdown runs from Jason Montano in the first quarter. Will Mitchell connected with LaBreck for a 7-yard TD pass to make it 19-0 in the second quarter.

LaBreck then returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, but South Portland’s Spencer Houllete answered with his own kickoff return touchdown.

Anthony Bracamonte, Mitchell and Isaac Ofielu added touchdown runs in the second half.

Grant Dow rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries for the Trojans.

South Portland dropped to 3-4.

GARDINER 33, FREEPORT 20: Collin Foye rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers (2-5) over the Falcons (1-6) at Freeport.

Foye had TD runs of 1 and 38 yards in the third quarter as Gardiner broke a 7-7 halftime tie. The Tigers also got two touchdown runs from Cole Heaberlin and finished with 393 yards on the ground.

Jacob Tomm had two long TD runs for Freeport – 56 yards in the second quarter and 62 yards in the fourth. Adam Ulrickson added a 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

MASSABESIC 21, BANGOR 14: Nick Roberge threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Isaac DesVergnes with less than a minute remaining, and the Mustangs (1-6) overcame a 14-0 deficit to beat the Rams (0-7) in Bangor.

Roberge finished with two touchdown passes and a TD run. His 26-yard pass to Noah McGrath late in the first half cut Bangor’s lead to 14-7, and he tied the game with a 9-yard run in the third quarter.

Roberge also intercepted a pass to clinch the win.

WINSLOW 35, OCEANSIDE 21: Ryan Fredette ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as the Black Raiders (6-1) defeated the Mariners (4-3) in Winslow.

Fredette’s final touchdown came in the fourth quarter and gave the Black Raiders a 14-point cushion. Ryan Gagnon and Ben Dorval also scored for Winslow.

Michael Norton, Ben Ripley and Titus Kaewthong scored for Oceanside.

“They moved the ball very well,” Winslow Coach Mike Siviski said. “We didn’t really stop them.”

OAK HILL 28, WINTHROP/MONMOUTH ACADEMY 26: Cruz Poirier rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Raiders (3-4) edged the Ramblers (3-4) in Wales.

Poirier’s 7-yard run and a conversion pass from Gavin Rawstron to Darryn Bailey gave Oak Hill a 22-19 lead.

Winthrop answered with a 55-yard touchdown pass from Keegan Choate to Greg Fay, but Poirier scored the winning touchdown on a 21-yard run.

Caleb Treadwell’s interception at the goal line with 7 seconds remaining clinched the victory.

The win vaulted Oak Hill into the eighth and final playoff spot in Class D South with one game remaining in the regular season.

NOKOMIS 43, BELFAST 33: The Warriors (6-1) continued the best season in team history with a Class C North win over the Lions (0-7) in Newport.

Nokomis led 43-9 in the third quarter before putting in its reserves.

“We didn’t play great. We can play better,” Nokomis Coach Jake Rogers said.

John Haliburton returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter and also returned a punt for a TD. Colby Pinette caught a touchdown pass from Andrew Haining, and Carter Shaw kicked a 30-yard field goal.

WATERVILLE 41, OLD TOWN 13: Nick Wildhaber rushed for two touchdowns and the Purple Panthers (3-4) snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Coyotes (2-5) in Waterville.

Needing a win to solidify its playoff hopes in Class C North, Waterville built a 21-6 halftime lead, then tacked on two touchdowns in the third quarter to make it 34-6.

“The kids knew the deal,” Waterville Coach Matt Gilley said. “At the beginning of the season, the whole talk in the locker room was momentum. We lost that a little bit playing some tough teams and doing some self-destructive things a little bit in a few of the middle games.

“That was the theme, to get the momentum back. “They knew the season was on the line.”

Ahead 14-6 with 40.3 seconds left in the second quarter, Waterville took over on its own 20. Chase Wheeler ran for 20 yards, Nick Wildhaber went 60 yards on the next play to give the Panthers a 21-6 halftime lead.

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Saturday’s girls’ roundup: Falmouth ousts Marshwood from field hockey playoffs Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:13:03 +0000 SOUTH BERWICK — Grace Soucy scored in the second overtime as ninth-seeded Falmouth earned a 2-1 victory over No. 8 Marshwood in a Class A South field hockey prelim Saturday.

Falmouth (7-8) led 1-0 at halftime after a goal by Stone Carmichael about seven minutes into the game. Carmichael also assisted on the winning goal.

Madison Person tied it for Marshwood (7-8) midway through the second half.

Caitlin Bull made eight saves for Falmouth, who will visit top-ranked Scarborough for a quarterfinal Tuesday.

KENNEBUNK 1, GORHAM 0: Christine Jarowicz scored midway through the second half as fifth-seeded Kennebunk (11-4) edged 12th-seeded Gorham (6-9) in a Class A South prelim at Kennebunk.

Haley Moody made five saves for the shutout. Gorham’s Jessica Dusseault stopped 12 shots.

Kennebunk will face fourth-seeded Biddeford in the quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

WESTBROOK 8, BONNY EAGLE 0: Avery Tucker had three goals and an assist to lead the sixth-seeded Blue Blazes (11-4) past the 11th-seeded Scots (5-9-1) in a Class A South prelim in Standish.

Jaclyn Hazelwood added a pair of goals, Morgan LeBeau had a goal and an assist, and Mary Keef and Katie Champagne also scored.

Sydney Owen stopped 14 shots for Bonny Eagle, while Kimmy Goddard had three saves for the Blue Blazes, who will face No. 3 Cheverus in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

LISBON 2, TRAIP ACADEMY 1: Sydney Plourde scored twice in the second half to rally the eighth-seeded Greyhounds (3-10-2) past the ninth-seeded Rangers (4-10-1) in a Class C South prelim in Lisbon Falls.

Reilly Eddy’s goal with five minutes left in the first half gave Traip a 1-0 lead.

Plourde tied it about six minutes into the second half and got the winner with 3:33 left.

Lisbon will face top-seeded St. Dominic in the quarterfinals Tuesday.


GREELY 5, WAYNFLETE 1: Courtney Sullivan and Brooke Obar each tallied a pair of goals, and the Rangers (10-3) pulled away in the second half to beat the Flyers (6-5-2) in Cumberland.

Molly Hale also scored for Greely, which led 2-1 at halftime. Waynflete got a goal from Ava Farrar.

Camille Clemente made three saves for the Rangers, while Ya Stockford stopped eight shots for the Flyers.

YARMOUTH 1, CAPE ELIZABETH 0: Sara D’Appolonia reached the 30-goal mark for the season with a goal in the ninth minute, and the Clippers (13-0) shut out the Capers (7-6) in Cape Elizabeth.

WINDHAM 8, WESTBROOK 1: Meghan Hoffses and Jordan Lloyd each scored twice for the Eagles (7-4-2) in a victory over the Blue Blazes (3-11) in Westbrook.

Julia McKenna, Alana Joyce, Hanna Kaplan and Riley Beem also scored for Windham.

Angelica Johns got a late goal for Westbrook.

YORK 6, TRAIP ACADEMY 0: Nina Howe scored three goals and Halee Bando added two as the Wildcats (7-5-1) beat the Rangers (9-3-2) in Kittery.

Eliza Linn got the other goal.

VINALHAVEN/NORTH HAVEN 1, VALLEY 0: Deja Doughty scored an unassisted goal to lift the Vikings (7-5-2) over the Cavaliers (0-13) in Bingham.

Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes made four saves for Vinalhaven. Kendra Sweet, Lexi Davis and Jada Ward combined to make 18 saves for Valley.


NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY SPLITS: Sydney Plummer had 14 kills, eight aces and six digs to lead NYA (7-7) to a 3-1 win over Machias (2-11) in Yarmouth.

The Panthers took the final two sets to complete a 25-19, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22 victory.

Grace Preston recorded 12 kills for Machias.

Earlier, NYA dropped a five-set match against Washington Academy (8-5), 25-21, 13-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12.

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Field hockey: Ouellette breaks record as Thornton Academy wins playoff opener Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:26:07 +0000 SACO — All season long, the Thornton Academy field hockey team has looked to senior captain Taylor Ouellette to be a leader on the field.

Saturday, she became a leader in the record books as she led the seventh-seeded Golden Trojans to a 7-0 win over No. 10 Sanford in the preliminary round of the Class A South playoffs.

Ouellette scored three times to raise her career total to 63 – two more than former teammate Libby Pomerleau’s previous school record. Ouellette has 26 goals this season.

“Her offensive production is obviously huge for us,” said Thornton Academy Coach Lori Smith. “She’s been pretty impressive. She’s a sniper in front of the net.”

The Trojans advance to a Wednesday quarterfinal against No. 2 Massabesic, the reigning regional champion. Late in September, Thornton Academy handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season, 4-1.

Ouellette got the Trojans (10-5) rolling early against Sanford, opening the scoring less than 10 minutes into the game off a pass from sophomore Lily Stark.

“We had people that went unmarked and she was one of them a couple times,” said Sanford Coach Diana Walker. “If you’re unmarked and you’re a good player, you’re going to hit the goal.”

Henaire, a junior, put home an unassisted goal less than five minutes later.

“I was pleased,” said Smith. “We’ve now gone further than last year’s team, and that was a veteran team. This is a young team, but they played well. Getting those two early goals definitely helped.”

Ouellette tacked on her second goal late in the first half. Freshman Aliyah Bureau assisted.

“Typically, a lot of her goals have come from getting passes from Libby when we had her, or (Catherine Henaire),” Smith said of Ouellette. “She’s great on the left post and had kind of mastered that. This year, her goals have also come on a lot of breakaways, and she’s really worked on her one-on-one skills.”

A flurry of offense just over 10 minutes into the second half resulted in three goals in six minutes. Sophomore Olivia Lambert notched an unassisted goal, Ouellette got her third of the day with an assist from fellow senior captain Claire Decker, and sophomore Madison Skillings got unassisted goal to make it 6-0.

Ouellette’s final goal was a back-handed shot – a new wrinkle in an already impressive repertoire.

“I was happy because I’ve been trying to get her to shoot reverse, and she did that today,” said Smith. “She’s working on those skills all the time. She plays in the offseason and is always trying to add to her game.”

Bureau scored the final goal, as Decker picked up another assist.

“They followed their shots, they had backups, they kept their sticks down through transition, and our transition game wasn’t very good,” said Walker.

“We clicked at different times and had some really nice passing sequences, but we’ve played much better than this. It wasn’t a total team effort. They outplayed us. It was that simple.”


This article was updated at 9:10 p.m. on 10/14 to correct Thornton Academy’s previous scoring record, and the score of its win over Massabesic earlier this season.

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High school golf: Anderson, Thompson continue their reigns Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:22:38 +0000 VASSALBORO — Cole Anderson had company atop the leaderboard Saturday at Natanis Golf Course. A little too much for comfort, in fact.

The Camden Hills junior shared a piece of his third consecutive Class A individual golf state championship, tying Scarborough’s Anthony Burnham with a 2-under 70 on the Tomahawk layout as the two golfers finished as co-champions.

“I think because Anthony and I are both super-competitive people, we’d both love to go out and play a playoff right now,” Anderson said. “If there’s anyone I’d be happy to share it with, it’s Anthony. He’s a good kid and I like him a lot, and he played well today.”

Anderson became just the third golfer in Class A history to win three straight state championships – joining Ryan Gay of Gardiner (2006-08) and Kevin MacDonald of Morse (1990-92). Gay tied for all three of his titles, while Anderson won his first two outright.

“We’ll come back next year and try and complete the streak,” Anderson said. “I wasn’t thinking about it. I just wanted to win today.”

Elizabeth Lacognata of Scarborough was the girls’ champion, Cape Elizabeth’s Austin Legge won Class B boys, and Logan Thompson of Mattanawcook won Class C boys for the fourth consecutive season.

Thompson posted the day’s low round, carding a 6-under 66 on the Arrowhead course. His round contained three eagles, all on Arrowhead’s front nine, which were the final nine holes he played after starting on No. 10.

“After the front nine I had, it definitely surprised me,” Thompson said. “On No. 4, I threw a close one in on my second shot and made an eagle putt. That got my round going.”

Anderson, who birdied four of his first seven holes, played in a group with Lucas Roop of Gorham, the 2016 runner-up, Thornton’s Amand Ouellette and Mt. Ararat’s Caleb Manuel. Every member of the foursome wound up in the top five, as Roop placed third with a 72, followed by Ouellette (73) and Manuel (74).

The emergence of Burnham came as a bit of a surprise, though Anderson felt as though his 70 wasn’t going to be enough to win the Class A title.

“That’s the downside to a one-day tournament, is that you can’t tell who’s going to be in it and who isn’t going to be,” Anderson said. “You’ve just got to go out and try and go as low as possible.

“I did that well for the first seven, and then I faltered. I sort of knew – I had a gut feeling – that it wasn’t going to be enough.”

Burnham said playing in a different group from Anderson helped his game.

“I played pretty steady with pars and birdies,” he said. “I really focus on one shot at a time and keeping present-moment focus. As long as I do that, I can play my game.”

Legge, a junior, beat Cape Elizabeth teammate Ryan Collins by three strokes, joining Anderson and Burnham as the only golfers to play Tomahawk under par.

Sam Smestad of Nokomis finished third in Class B, five shots off the lead.

Kents Hill’s Mitchell Tarrio was the Class C runner-up, five shots behind Thompson. Carson Veilleux of Forest Hills and Jacob Gaudin of Dirigo tied for third at 77.

Lacognata, a senior, ran away with the girls’ title as she blitzed through her front nine in 6 under. She was 4 over for her last nine holes, but still finished three shots better than Jordan Laplume of Thornton Academy. Rachel Smith of Greely was third with an 80.

“The back was definitely a haul,” said Lacognata. “I knew once I hit the back nine, it was a game of everything I’ve been practicing and battling through the nerves. I was just trying to keep my standing in the position I knew I was in.”

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Football: Marshwood slips past Kennebunk, 15-12 Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:34:50 +0000 KENNEBUNK — In what may have been a dress rehearsal for the Class B South championship game, the defenses took the spotlight Saturday and Marshwood High cornerback Ian Parmley closed the show.

Parmley outjumped Kennebunk’s standout receiver Zack Sullivan in the end zone with three seconds left to snare the Hawks’ fourth interception and seal a 15-12 victory in a game between unbeaten teams.

Kennebunk had moved the ball 51 yards in 1:22 with no timeouts prior to Parmley’s pick.

“After (they) completed a couple it kind of got tough but we got it together and made a play,” Parmley said.

Marshwood improved to 7-0. Each member of the secondary – Parmley, Kyle Glidden, Joe Taran and Sam Cartmill – intercepted a pass thrown by Tripp Bush (9 of 23, 124 yards, one touchdown).

“The defense played great,” said Marshwood Coach Alex Rotsko. “The kids played hard right from the first whistle to the last.”

Kennebunk (6-1), the defending regional champ, was forced to throw because Marshwood’s front seven held the Rams to 122 rushing yards on 39 carries. Defensive tackles Ian Dures and Mike Cruz stuffed the middle, and the Hawks repeatedly flew to the ball in a swarm when the Rams tried to get outside with a triple-option offense.

“They couldn’t run it up the middle. That wasn’t even an option,” said Dures.

“If we’re not running the football it’s going to impact us because a lot of what we do is play-action. If you’re not running well, there is no play action (passing),” said Kennebunk Coach Joe Rafferty.

Kennebunk shut down Marshwood’s pass game but left a key opening at the wrong time.

The Hawks, trailing 12-7, had just come up big on defense when Taran beat Sullivan to the ball in the end zone in one-on-one coverage for the Hawks’ second interception.

On first down from the 20, Tommy Springer executed a deft fake to backup fullback Matt Goodwin, who entered the game because starter Justin Bryant suffered an ankle injury in the first half.

Springer kept the ball and got around the right end, going 80 yards for the winning points on the final play of the third quarter.

“We noticed they were cracking down and keying the (fullback) as he ran the ball so we decided to just do a keep off that play and I came out for a big one,” Springer said.

Taran ran in the 2-point conversion for a 15-12 advantage.

Marshwood opened the scoring on a 3-yard sneak by Springer. The 84-yard drive included a 43-yard Bryant run.

Kennebunk answered on its next possession. Sullivan (6 catches, 101 yards) went high to snare a 26-yard gain, a Bush-to-Derek Smith pass over the middle was good for 10 yards on fourth-and-4, and on the next play, Bush caught a halfback pass from Smith for 11 yards.

Dante DeLorenzo (17 carries, 58 yards) scored from the 2 but the extra point was blocked.

Kennebunk went ahead after an exchange of punts netted the Rams 40 yards. Smith boomed a 60-yarder that rolled out at the Marshwood 2.

Kennebunk got the ball back at the Hawks’ 22. A 17-yard pass to Sullivan set up Sullivan’s 5-yard touchdown catch.

Kennebunk’s attempt to convert a 2-point pass was unsuccessful.

Based on results with one week left in the regular season, Marshwood and Kennebunk appear headed toward a regional final rematch.

“I hope so. At least I hope we’re in,” said Rotsko. “I’m sure there’s a pretty good chance but there’s a couple other good teams we have to get through, Biddeford and Falmouth, and Greely’s been playing well, too.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Football roundup: Edward Little stops Windham Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:25:29 +0000 AUBURN — Quarterback Grant Hartley passed for two touchdowns and ran for another Friday night to lead unbeaten Edward Little to a 21-13 victory against Windham in a Class A North football game at Walton Field.

Hartley had a touchdown pass to Terrell Thomas in the first quarter and to Leighton Girardin in the second for Edward Little (7-0) before Treva Valliere ran in from 5 yards out to cut Windham’s deficit to 14-6 at halftime.

The teams traded possessions in the third quarter, but Hartley added a rushing touchdown with 3:27 to play in the game to extend the lead to 21-6.

Nathan Watson found the end zone for the Eagles (3-4) with 1:07 left, but the Red Eddies recovered the onside kick.

BRUNSWICK 38, MT. BLUE 22: Dalton Dickey had four rushing touchdowns for the Dragons (1-6), including a 67-yard run early in the third quarter to help defeat the Cougars (1-6) at Brunswick.

Nate Girardin added a 13-yard scoring run early in the third quarter for Brunswick.

BONNY EAGLE 51, DEERING 0: Connor Sirois had a pair of touchdown passes to Christian Napolitano and added a 7-yard scoring run, all in the first quarter, as the Scots (7-0) rolled to a 30-0 lead and dominated the Rams (1-6) in Portland.

Alex Sprague had a 42-yard TD catch from Sirois in the second quarter and added a 53-yard punt return for a score, and Nick Thorne went in from 31 yards.

WESTBROOK 38, MT. ARARAT 0: Kyle Champagne scored three touchdowns and Demante Loureiro rushed for 106 yards on 17 carries as the Blue Blazes (4-3) beat Mt. Ararat (2-8) at Westbrook.

Loureiro opened the scoring on a 21-yard run following Jared Grant’s first-quarter interception. Champagne rushed for the 2-point conversion, then stretched the lead to 22-0 in the second quarter on a 5-yard run and an 8-yard reception from Eli Higgins.

Higgins, who also passed for a pair of conversions, added a second scoring toss in the fourth quarter on a 46-yard play to Dimitri Reid. Champagne returned an interception 80 yards for his final touchdown.

SCARBOROUGH 49, OXFORD HILLS 0: Zoltan Panyi found Cody Dudley for a score early in the first quarter for the Red Storm (6-1), who took a 35-0 halftime lead and beat the Vikings (3-4) at Scarborough.

Owen Garrand ran for a touchdown with five minutes remaining in the third to give Scarborough a 42-0 lead.

MARANACOOK 40, SACOPEE VALLEY: Skyler Boucher rushed for 34 points and threw for the other six to account for all the scoring by the Black Bears (5-2) against Sacopee Valley (2-5) at Readfield.

Sacopee led 12-0 after one quarter thanks to a pair of scoring runs by Bailey Desjardins, but Boucher rushed for two TDs in the second quarter and added the 2-point conversions for a 16-12 halftime lead.

Boucher threw to Joey Boucher to increase the lead to 24-12 in the third quarter before Sacopee closed the quarter with a 65-yard scoring pass from Brandon Capano to Travis Weeks.

Boucher sandwiched a pair of short scoring runs in the fourth quarter around Isaac Brooks’ 6-yard touchdown for the Hawks.

FALMOUTH 48, GORHAM 6: Jack Bryant found Brady Douglas for a 37-yard score midway through the first quarter and the Yachtsmen (5-2) opened a 41-0 halftime lead to beat the Rams (2-5) at Falmouth.

Garret Aube ran for a touchdown on Falmouth’s first possession to make it 6-0. After Bryant found Douglas, Bryant ran for a 19-yard score with 1:15 left in the quarter to make it 20-0.

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Football: Greely tops York for fifth straight win Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:22:08 +0000 CUMBERLAND — Greely turned York mistakes into three second-quarter touchdowns and held off the Wildcats for a 20-7 win in a crossover football game between playoff-bound teams Friday night.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the Rangers, who opened the season with lopsided losses to Class B South powers Kennebunk (26-0) and Marshwood (47-14).

“After those two games, we told the kids we know where we are and we know where we need to be,” Greely Coach David Higgins said. “The kids have worked hard all year long and they’ve improved.”

The Rangers came into the game ranked fifth in Class B South in the Heal point standings. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

The loss snapped the Wildcats’ four-game winning streak but shouldn’t keep them from qualifying for a postseason berth. York has a solid grasp on one of the top eight spots in the Class C South standings.

“I scheduled a crossover game (with Greely) because these guys play physical,” York Coach Randy Small said. “We came up here and played a real physical game before the playoffs, and this will help us.”

All of the scoring took place in the first half, as both defenses stiffened in the second half.

York scored on its first possession, marching 43 yards in 15 plays following a punt. The Wildcats twice converted on fourth down to keep the drive alive. Quarterback Payton Small sneaked in from the 1 on a fourth-down play to finish it off.

After punting on their first two possessions, the Rangers turned two turnovers into a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

With more than eight minutes left in the first half, Joey Casella ran right 27 yards for a tying touchdown, just three plays after he returned an interception 30 yards to the York 40.

The Rangers moved into the lead two minutes later when fullback Tim Coyle ran 23 yards off right tackle for a score. That came three plays after linebacker Will Schumacher recovered a fumble at the York 44. On first down, quarterback Nick Male hooked up with tight end Shane DeWolfe for an 18-yard gain.

“We had a bad second quarter,” Small said.

With less than three minutes left in the half, Casella went 10 yards up the middle for a touchdown to cap a three-play, 34-yard drive after DeWolfe returned a punt 36 yards down the left sideline.

“We were very fortunate,” Higgins said. “We got a couple of good breaks and we took advantage of them.”

Statistically, Greely held a large edge in play.

The Rangers made 10 first downs while compiling 230 yards of offense. Casella rushed for a game-high 89 yards on 14 carries, and Coyle rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries.

The Rangers limited the Wildcats, who turned the ball over four times, to seven first downs and 83 total yards. Small completed seven of his 10 passes, but most of them came on screens that were turned into negative yardage by Greely’s hard-nosed defense.

“The second half was just a fist fight, and we have to learn how to get into one (of those),” Small said. “We’re going to learn some things from this (game). There’s no question about it.”

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Friday’s high school roundup: Scarborough held to tie in girls’ soccer Sat, 14 Oct 2017 02:12:27 +0000 GORHAM — Gorham’s Michelle Rowe totaled 11 saves Friday night as the Rams held undefeated Scarborough to a 0-0 tie in an SMAA girls’ soccer game.

Scarborough, the top-ranked team in Class A South, had won its first 12 games and has one game remaining before the playoffs.

Gorham, which is fourth in the region, has a 9-2-2 record heading into its finale.

Emily Royce registered eight saves for the Red Storm.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 5, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 0: Emma Woods scored first, followed by a goal by Brianna Jordan to give Gray-New Gloucester (6-6-1) a 2-0 halftime lead against the Seagulls (6-5-2) at Old Orchard Beach.

Alexa Thayer, Jaley Martin and Laural Thomas added second-half goals.

Ivy Abrams of the Patriots stopped the only shot she faced. Kaitlyn Cote had five saves for Old Orchard.

CHEVERUS 5, MAINE GIRLS’ ACADEMY 0: Mackenzie Johnston’s two first-half goals jumpstarted the Stags (11-2), who added three second-half goals to beat visiting Maine Girls’ Academy (0-13) at Portland.

Emma Gallant added a goal early in the second half, then set up Lauren Jordan for another.

Neve Cawley and Katie Boynton combined for three saves for Cheverus. Hope Olson stopped 20 shots for the Lions.

WELLS 6, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Hannah Cottis had two goals and an assist for the Warriors (8-5), who scored three times in each half to defeat the Panthers (2-11) at Yarmouth.

Sarah Webb also scored twice, and Mallory Aromando and Madison Szczygiel added goals.

Aisley Snell turned back 19 shots for NYA. Lauren Bartlett and Meredith Bogue each had one save for Wells.

BONNY EAGLE 1, SOUTH PORTLAND 0: Emily Byrne’s header finished off a corner kick from Cassidy Koon after nine minutes of the second half and the Scots (8-4-1) went on to defeat the Red Riots (6-4-3) at Standish.

Maria Buck turned back 17 shots for South Portland. Sydney Gillingham had four saves for Bonny Eagle.

NOBLE 3, MASSABESIC 0: Amy Fleming scored from Grace Jordan with 6:29 remaining in the first half, starting the Knights (6-5-2) to a victory against the Mustangs (2-11) at Waterboro.

Noble extended its lead with 29 minutes remaining on a goal by Samantha Couture, assisted by Maddie Howard. Emma McLaughlin made it 3-0 with 10:53 left.

Raegan Kelly made eight saves for Noble. Julia Blackington had six saves for Massabesic.

MARSHWOOD 5, SANFORD 2: Five players scored for the Hawks (10-2-1), who took a 4-1 halftime lead and beat the Spartans (8-5) at Sanford.

Nathalie Clavette had four saves for the Hawks.

FALMOUTH 3, THORNTON ACADEMY 2: Caroline Cohen scored the winning goal 10 minutes into the second half as the Yachtsmen (6-6-1) rallied past the Trojans (5-8) at Saco.

Madison Wolfe scored two first-half goals for Falmouth, which trailed 1-0 after 18:24 when Mia Taranko scored for Thornton.

Wolfe got her goals in a span of seven minutes to give Falmouth a 2-1 lead. Alyanna Beaudoin tied it on a penalty kick in the 36th minute.

MADISON 10, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 0: Ashley Emery scored three goals to spark the Bulldogs (13-1) over the Falcons (1-13) in Rumford.

Jillian Holden added two goals for Madison, and Whitney Bess, Sydney LeBlanc, Emily Edgerly, Trista Giroux and Lauren Hay also scored. Hay and Katie Worthen combined to make five saves.

Lauren Sterling stopped 14 shots for the Falcons.

OAK HILL 5, SPRUCE MOUNTAIN 0: Sydney Drew scored twice to lift the Raiders (13-1) over Spruce Mountain (7-5-2) at Wales.

Julia Noel, Lydia Therrien and Rylea-Mae Swan also scored. Anna Dodge and Grace Woodard combined to make eight saves for Oak Hill.

Annabelle Collins and Allison Acritelli combined to stop eight shots for the Phoenix.

CARRABEC 8, TELSTAR 1: Katrina Mason scored four goals to power the Cobras (6-4-3) over the Rebels (1-9-2) at North Anson.

Olivia Fortier, Annika Carey, Mikayla Vicneire and Lindsey Lesperence also scored for Carrabec. Ashley Cates made four saves.

Calla Orino scored for the Rebels.


CAPE ELIZABETH 2, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Alec Riggle scored midway through the first half and Oliver Moon scored with an assist from John O’Connor early in the second as the Capers (8-3-1) beat the Patriots (3-8-1) at Gray.

Brannon Gilbert had six saves for Gray-New Gloucester. Sean Agrondia finished with four saves for Cape.

MT. VIEW 5, LAWRENCE 2: Elijah Allen scored three goals to lead the Mustangs (13-1) over Lawrence (1-11-1) at Fairfield.

Sean Raven and Matt Overlock also scored for the Mustangs. Sam Craig got both goals for Lawrence.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 5, WATERVILLE 2: Alex Cleaves had two goals and two assists to spark the Eagles (9-4-1) over the Purple Panthers (2-11-1) at Waterville.

Seth Reed, Michael Sprague and Travis Dow also scored for Erskine. David McGraw made four saves.

Conrad Ayers and Adam Livshits got the goals for Waterville. Ethan Nurick and Declan Green combined to make eight saves.

]]> 0 Hendricks of Sacopee Valley jumps to the lead at the start of the Western Maine Conference cross country championships Friday at St. Joseph's College. Hendricks finished third in 17 minutes, 33 seconds over 3.1 miles. The winner was Mitch Libby of Wells in 16:55, followed by Jack Bassett of Cape Elizabeth in 17:30.Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:24:01 +0000