Varsity Maine – Press Herald Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:15:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wrestling preview: Opportunities abound for a new wave of champions Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Maine high school wrestling’s Class of 2017 was probably the greatest collection of top-end talent the state has seen.

That graduated group included five wrestlers with over 200 career wins, two New England champions and one New England runner-up.

That means this season – especially in Class A – the mat is wide open for new champions to emerge, some of whom had been eclipsed by the 200-win wrestlers.

“That senior class was so loaded, the best we’ve seen in a long time, probably the best we’ve ever had,” said Erick Jensen, a veteran coach at Mt. Ararat/Brunswick. “It creates a lot of opportunities for these young kids. I just tell them it’s a tremendous opportunity that a lot of kids don’t get to have. It’s a fresh slate, and it comes down to who wants it most, who prepares most.”

Last season, there were four weight classes in Class A that were essentially decided as soon as the foursome of Cody Craig of Skowhegan, Bradley Beaulieu of Marshwood, Austin Shorey of Noble and Robert Hetherman of M. Ararat walked into the gym. Each rolled to regional, state and then all-state titles at 106, 138, 145 and 170 pounds, respectively.

Craig and Beaulieu were four-time state champs, Hetherman won three titles and Shorey won two. Beaulieu set the Maine wins record with 243. Shorey (225) and Craig (221) also passed the previous record of 217, set by 2015 Marshwood grad Cody Hughes.

Hetherman finished with 206 wins. Craig and Beaulieu won New England titles. Hetherman was the New England runner-up.

“For people to come in as freshmen and dominate the way they did is crazy,” said Sanford senior Sam Anderson, the Class A and all-state champ at 160 pounds. “I just started doing it last year and I feel amazing about myself. They had poise, they had the technique, they trained. They came in knowing they wanted to make an impact on Maine wrestling and they did.”

The impact will still be felt this year as wrestlers try to sort out who will take those vacant spots.

“There’s no Craig, no Hetherman and some of those other guys. Kids are coming in (to the season) with a lot more optimism,” said Westbrook/Gorham Coach Jon Nicholas. “There are a lot of kids who think they can get to the top of the podium this year.”

Sanford junior Issac Plante was one of several very good wrestlers at 170 pounds caught behind the double hammer of Hetherman and the Class B champ, Trent Goodman of Ellsworth – who was third at New Englands. Plante was impressive, winning the Class A South regional.

But when it came time to face Hetherman for the first time in the Class A final, it ended quickly. Hetherman pinned him in 26 seconds.

“I learned that I was definitely not quite where the best wrestlers are,” Plante said. “I realized that even though I was there, I still had these guys that are way ahead of me and it just made me want to work that much harder to be there.”

Wells senior Michael Wrigley, another former 170-pounder (he’s likely to wrestle at 195 this year), lost to Goodman in the Class B final the past two seasons, and a loss to Hetherman hurt his chances at the New England qualifier.

“Those two, they both placed at the New Englands, and those are the kids Michael lost to last year,” said Wells Coach Scott Lewis. “I think he wants to win a state championship. That’s his goal this year. That’s his No. 1 goal.”

For every wrestler who aspires to win a championship for the first time, there will be two or three more per weight class who see opportunities to advance. Instead of wrestling at the regionals, now they could make it to the state meet. Instead of merely qualifying for the state meet, the goal can be to place.

“It’s a lot more of a level playing field this year,” Plante said.

“You have to believe you can win, and there are a lot more people believing,” Anderson said.

Nolan Potter is back for his senior season at Wells High after going undefeated in Maine a year ago. He was 50-2 overall last year and is the wrestler to beat in the 220-pound division. Staff photo by Carl D. Walsh

There is top-tier talent returning. Ryan Fredette of Winslow went 50-1 last season, his only loss an 8-6 decision in the New England final at 182 pounds. Nolan Potter of Wells also didn’t lose until the New England championships in a 50-2 season at 195. Samson Sirois of Skowhegan and Ellsworth’s three-time champ, Peyton Cole, also were unbeaten in Maine and placed fourth at the New England. meet

“Other than that, everything is pretty wide open, and as good as those guys are, they’re still beatable, not like those guys were last year,” said Morse/Wiscasset Coach Mike Bennett.

It’s possible this year’s senior class will prove just as formidable. As underclassmen, some were playing second fiddle to the five 200-win wrestlers, a group that included Caleb Austin of Mountain Valley, the Class B and all-state champ at 126.

“As good as they were, they kind of did get overshadowed,” said Oceanside Coach Jason Yates. “They’ll get a chance to shine themselves this year.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Wrestling: Five teams to watch Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 1. Marshwood: The Hawks rolled to their fifth Class A state title in six years last season. With a smaller roster and key losses from last year, they won’t be as dominant but are still the favorites. Brothers James and Matthew Thompson are returning state champions. They are backed by runners-up Liam Coomey and David Spinney, and by Dylan Strong, a third-place finisher and the New England qualifier. Carson Goodwin and Sean Moriarty will be keys at the lighter weights.

2. Wells: A repeat Class B title is a strong possibility for the Warriors. They return 10 of the 12 wrestlers who went to the state meet last season and will be extremely tough in the three heaviest weights, with Michael Wrigley, state champion Nolan Potter and Sean McCormack-Kuhman. Ryan Norton and Drew Peters also placed last season at the state meet. Seven freshmen add depth. Wells probably will fill all 14 weight classes.

3. Noble: Kevin Gray replaces coaching legend Kip DeVoll and has talent to work with. Sophomore Sam Martel (state runner-up at 106 who will move up), senior tri-captains Jon Grenier, Joe Pilecki and Hil Keisker, and junior Duncan McGilvery give the Knights talent and experience in the middle weights. Noble expects to fill each weight class.

4. Sanford: The Spartans finished third in Class A South and sixth in the state last year, a marked improvement. The roster is a bit thinner, but Sam Anderson (Class A and all-state champ last year), Isaac Plante and heavyweight Nick Works are top contenders. The relatively inexperienced Sol Demers won the 220 class at the Westbrook Invitational. Sanford will likely battle Massabesic, Portland, and improving squads at Scarborough and Westbrook/Gorham for third in the South.

5. Morse/Wiscasset: Morse had four wrestlers place in the top four at last year’s Class A state meet. With the addition of new co-op partner Wiscasset, the team has another top-four finisher in Sam Strozier. Only Marshwood had more medal winners. Isaiah Cogswell, Donavin Rector and Jordan Douglass return for a squad that could challenge Class A North’s top teams – Skowhegan, Oxford Hills and Cony.

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Wrestling: 25 wrestlers to watch Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Sam Anderson, Sanford senior: One of the top returning wrestlers in southern Maine, Anderson was the Telegram’s All-State choice at 160 pounds after winning the Class A championship and New England qualifier in a 41-5 season.

Lincoln Andrews, Scarborough senior: Andrews is squarely in the mix in a deep 285-pound class. He won the Class A South title and was second in the state last season.

Isaiah Cogswell, Morse/Wiscasset senior: Cogswell is coming off a 44-9 season at 138 pounds, which included placing third in Class A North and fourth at states. He is likely to bump up a weight class or two.

Liam Coomey, Marshwood junior: Coomey finished second at 113 pounds at both the Class A championships and the New England qualifier. He opened this season with a win at 126 pounds at the Westbrook Invitational.

Zach Elowitch, Portland junior: A solid wrestler with good strength, Elowitch was third in Class A at 160 pounds last season and suffered several close losses to Sam Anderson during the course of a 38-6 season.

Alex Fogarty, Oceanside junior: Fogarty was the Maine Sunday Telegram’s 120-pound All-State wrestler after winning Class B North and the New England qualifier, then picking up two wins at the New England championships in a 41-8 season.

Josiah Garcia, Biddeford junior: He placed third in Class A South at 138 pounds to highlight a 28-6 season. Now a team captain, Garcia is expected to be a factor in the 145-pound class.

Jon Grenier, Noble senior: After being slowed by injuries the past two seasons, the tri-captain is looking to be on the podium at the state meet, probably at 152 pounds. He went 37-19 last season, mostly at 138.

Caden Kowalsky, Mt. Ararat/Brunswick sophomore: A regional runner-up at 113 pounds, Kowalsky will bump up to 132 or 138. He and classmate Ben Laurence are the top talents on the reigning Class A North champions.

Noah Lang, Camden Hills junior: Lang was runner-up in Class A to all-time Maine wins leader Bradley Beaulieu at 138 pounds as a sophomore and has started strong this season at 152.

Zebulun Leavitt, Cheverus senior: Leavitt is the defending Class A champion at 285 pounds and was the New England qualifier runner-up. He went 29-7 last season and is known for being a strong defensive wrestler.

Jaycob Lindgren, Fryeburg Academy freshman: After a two-year absence, Fryeburg returns to varsity action this winter. Lindgren (at 138) and classmate Eddie Plessinger (132) should be the Raiders’ top wrestlers.

Josh Mackaman, York/Traip Academy senior: Mackaman is expected to wrestle at 126 or 132 as one of York’s team captains. Last year, he was a Class A state qualifier at 120 pounds in a 27-6 season.

Sam Martel, Noble sophomore: Martel is coming off a 41-14 season at 106 pounds, where he placed second in Class A and at the New England qualifiers behind graduated Skowhegan standout Cody Craig. Martel has grown and will begin the season at 132 pounds.

Sean McCormack-Kuhman, Wells senior: After placing third in Class B at 220 pounds, McCormack-Kuhman will move up to heavyweight. He’ll be light but will present challenges with his athletic ability.

Isaac Plante, Sanford junior: In a breakout season, he won the Class A South title at 170 pounds and was runner-up at the state meet to Mt. Ararat standout Robert Hetherman. Plante will move up to 182 pounds.

Matthew Pooler, Massabesic sophomore: Pooler finished third in both the South regional and Class A state meet as a freshman 152-pounder, with a 25-4 record. He’s the Mustangs’ only returning state meet placer.

Nolan Potter, Wells senior: A returning Maine Sunday Telegram All-State choice, Potter was undefeated in Maine at 195 pounds, winning the Class B title and New England qualifier in a 50-2 season. He’s 116-33 in his career and will be a force at 220 this season.

Jeremy Sendrowski, Scarborough senior: After winning a Class A title as a freshman, Sendrowski has competed against some of Maine’s best. Last season, he was the Class A and New England qualifier runner-up at 145.

Ryan Shackley, Westbrook/Gorham senior: The three-time state meet qualifier is closing in on his 100th career victory. He was fourth in Class A North at 120 pounds last season. Shackley will bump up a weight class or two as Westbrook moves to Class A South.

Dylan Strong, Marshwood junior: Strong was third in Class A and third at the New England qualifier at 170 pounds, one of last season’s toughest weights. He opened this season placing second to Anderson at 170 pounds at the Westbrook Invitational.

Sam Strozier, Morse/Wiscasset senior: Strozier, who attends Wiscasset High, will join forces with Mt. Ararat in a new team co-op. He was 27-17, a regional runner-up and fourth in Class A at 152 last season.

James Thompson, Marshwood senior: Thompson will be the only senior for the defending Class A champions after winning the 195-pound title and finishing third in the New England qualifier. He may move up to 220.

Matthew Thompson, Marshwood sophomore: The younger brother of James Thompson, Matthew won the 120-pound Class A championship in February. He opened this season by winning the 132-pound division at the Westbrook Invitational.

Michael Wrigley, Wells senior: The technically proficient wrestler, he went 46-3 as a junior and placed second in Class B at 170 pounds to Trent Goodman, who was third at New Englands. Wrigley is likely to move up to 182.

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Thursday’s high school roundup: Gray-New Gloucester wins in girls’ basketball Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:53:06 +0000 YORK — Jordan Grant scored 17 points Thursday as Gray-New Gloucester came away with a 40-38 overtime victory against York in a Western Maine Conference girls’ basketball game.

Brianna Jordan added 13 points for the Patriots (1-1).

Nina Howe scored 19 points for York (1-1).

BOOTHBAY 65, MT. ABRAM 40: Page Brown scored 17 points, including her 1,000th career point in the final seconds of the third quarter, to lead the Seahawks (1-0) past the Roadrunners (1-1) at Salem.

SCARBOROUGH 46, FALMOUTH 33: Sophie Glidden scored 13 points for the Red Storm (2-0), who made nine 3-pointers against the Yachtsmen (0-2) at Scarborough.

Grace Dimick scored 14 points for Falmouth.

YARMOUTH 47, SACOPEE VALLEY 28: Clementine Blaschke had seven of her 18 points in the second half as Yarmouth (1-1) outscored the Hawks (0-2) 26-9 at South Hiram.

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 53, HYDE 30: Margaret Larson scored 22 points and Helen Hamblett added 11 for the Panthers (1-2) against the Phoenix (0-2) at Bath.


FOREST HILLS 85, PINE TREE ACADEMY 30: Jacob Rivas had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Forest Hills (4-0) at Jackman.

Evan Owen led Pine Tree (1-2) with 17 points.

YARMOUTH 69, SACOPEE VALLEY 19: Nolan Hagerty scored 18 points, and the Clippers (1-1) opened a 23-3 first-quarter lead in a win over the Hawks (0-2) at Yarmouth.

FALMOUTH 54, SCARBOROUGH 50: Nick Hester had 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks to lead the Yachtsmen (2-0) over the Red Storm (1-1) at Falmouth.

Nick Fiorillo paced Scarborough with 15 points.

A.R. GOULD 57, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 40: Lucas Rogers led a balanced attack with 14 points and A.R. Gould (1-0) overcame 22 points by Te’Andre King to beat NYA (0-3) in South Portland.


PORTLAND 4, SOUTH PORTLAND 3: Joe Pichette broke a 3-3 tie midway through the third period as Portland/Deering (1-1) defeated South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete (1-1) at Portland.

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Boys’ hockey: Cape Elizabeth downs St. Dominic, 4-2 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:07:57 +0000 Ryan Collins scored twice, including the winning goal on a power play, as Cape Elizabeth defeated St. Dominic 4-2 in a boys’ hockey game Thursday at Troubh Arena.

Cape Elizabeth, in a 2-2 game, went on a power play with 8:01 remaining. After an initial shot by Jackson Woods was saved by Gaston Fuksa, Collins found the loose puck and scored with 6:56 left.

“(Fuksa) was playing pretty aggressive so he was out of the net. (The puck) was sitting there on the post. I couldn’t whack it in, I had to toe-drag it around,” said Collins.

“Obviously it was the game-winning goal, but that was a huge turning point in that third period,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Matthew Buotte.

Collins gave the Capers (2-0) a 2-1 lead in the second period. Just over two minutes after the Saints (0-1) tied it early in the period, Collins delivered with a shot that found the top right corner of the net.

“It’s about fighting back. (They) never had a lead and that’s the position we want to be in, but also knowing they are right there, I think we handled that well mentally,” said Collins.

Cape Elizabeth added an empty-net goal by Alex Glidden – his second goal of the game – with 16.8 seconds left.

Cape Elizabeth took a 1-0 lead after 1:25. Off a faceoff, Philip Tarling, who finished with three assists, found himself with a one-on-one chance against Fuksa, but the shot was turned aside. Glidden backhanded in the rebound.

With 6:36 remaining in the first period, the Capers had a five-minute power play after St. Dom’s was called for boarding, but they were unable to capitalize despite two good chances.

“That first (power play) was abysmal,” said Buotte.

The Capers converted 1 of 2 power plays. The Saints came up empty on two opportunities.

St. Dom’s was playing its opening game after Saturday’s scheduled opener was postponed.

The Saints showed some first-game problems in the first period and were outshot 9-0, and were fortunate to escape with just a 1-0 deficit.

“That was our first game and it showed in that first period,” said Saints Coach Bob Parker.

St. Dom’s didn’t register its first shot on goal until three minutes had elapsed in the second period.

“(After the first period) we adjusted our breakout so that we weren’t so direct,” said Parker.

“We put a little more effort into getting the puck out of neutral ice (so that) we could create a few more scoring opportunities.”

St. Dom’s made it 1-1 with 9:18 left in the second period when Mack Pelletier scored on a rebound, assisted by Dominic Chasse.

Trailing 2-1 early in the third, the Saints tied the game again on a beautiful one-timer by Jacob Lewis assisted by Will Fletcher.

“Other than the one unfortunate break on (the Saints’) goal, we played a really clean third period. We closed it down in extremely mature fashion,” said Buotte.

Capers goalie Peter Haber made 12 saves.

“I told the guys to enjoy it tonight and we’ll have to get back to work for Saturday night against Greely,” said Buotte.

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Indoor track preview: What makes for a team dynasty? Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 CUMBERLAND — As Greely High track coach John Folan made his way outside the school amid a sea of runners, he stopped Chloe Waldrep on the way to her warmup run.

“Chloe, will you be high jumping this year?” asked Folan, whose girls’ team won the Class B indoor state title in February.

Greely’s top jumper is senior Lizzie Brown, who was fifth in the high jump at the indoor states and second outdoors. And Waldrep is a middle distance runner.

But after 25 years as head coach, Folan has learned that versatility is a key element in his team’s success.

Winning multiple state titles in track and field is a complicated puzzle that requires more than large rosters or individual state champions, although both are obvious advantages.

What makes a track and field dynasty in Maine? Coaches who have won multiple titles say it comes down to identifying talent, finding a different approach when needed and earning the athletes’ trust.

Folan, whose girls’ teams won 13 titles in 18 years from 1991 to 2008, believes school pride is more important than raw talent.

Last year Greely won the state meet by nine points without an individual champion. If the Rangers don’t win this season, Folan said they’ll be close.

“We always tell the kids: ‘As long as you gave it your best effort, as long as you’re proud of that,'” Folan said. “We talk about improvement, we talk about effort. We don’t talk about scores. We just don’t do it.”

Folan said Greely’s string of state titles was achieved largely by the coaches’ being patient and positive. He said he never puts pressure on his team.

Last year, Ron Kelly’s Scarborough girls’ team won the Class A indoor state title, its first since winning eight straight from 2005 to 2012.

Kelly said the key is moving athletes into different events they might not have considered. He talks openly and frequently to his athletes about this, and he said they buy into the approach.

“Sometimes they want to try it on their own,” he said. “We’ve always said if you’re a sprinter, you’re not going to just do the 55 and 200. You’ve got to try the 400.

“You’ve got to have a rapport with the kids. The kids have to want to work hard. I always look at the big picture, even years people didn’t think we could win.”

Scarborough boys’ coach Derek Veilleux – whose team won its seventh title in nine years last season in indoor track – said he adopted Kelly’s approach when he started coaching there in 2004.

“One thing he’s always done, he always gets the best out of his team,” Veilleux said of Kelly. “He’s not afraid to put people in events they might not have considered. He doesn’t put limits on them. He doesn’t pigeonhole a kid.”

Veilleux said his approach to success has included adding something new each year.

“It takes a little more time to learn something new or implement something new, but in the long run it helps the kids,” he said.

For example, before the Red Storm’s 2009 championship season, Veilleux introduced a more regimented routine in the weight room – a practice he has continued. Some years he added new stretches, or hurdle drills, or core-strength workouts.

This year, for the first time, he’s having his sprinters do less running. Instead they do a circuit-training drill once a week with different exercises.

“It takes pounding off their legs,” he said. “It’s the new movement in sprinting. The research shows less running is better.”

York Coach Ted Hutch, who founded the program in 1999, has won four Class B state championships since 2012. He said the key has been to create a culture of hard work – and fun – that helps recruit more athletes. York consistently has 90 to 110 students come out for track. This winter there are 120.

Each week a game substitutes for practice, such as dodgeball or capture the flag. Sometimes the team goes sledding. These are recovery days, but the running the team does during these games makes for a kind of cross-training.

Another Hutch mandate is to treat freshmen with respect.

“That’s kind of an old sports tradition, to do the freshman initiation. I found out real quick it’s stupid,” Hutch said. “We treat the freshmen like veterans. It’s amazing how many show up.”


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Indoor track: 10 teams to watch Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 GIRLS

1. Scarborough: The defending Class A champs bring back eight who scored at the state meet, including sophomore Emily Labbe (26 points). She’s joined by sophomore scorers Anna Gardner (pole vault) and Madison Marinko (long jump, hurdles). Add senior Bethany Sholl, who won the 2-mile (11:40.31), and the Red Storm should be tough to beat.

2. Cheverus: The defending outdoor state champion in Class A can’t be discounted. Sophomore Emma Gallant and junior Emma White combined for 42 of Cheverus’ 61 points in their individual events indoors last year. This year both could score more.

3. Greely: The defending Class B state champ won its first title since 2008, and returns three juniors who should make it a contender. Juniors Carolyn Todd (2-mile and mile), Skylar Cooney (hurdles and 400) and Maggie McCormick (pole vault) accounted for 18 points in 2017. One or more could win an individual title in 2018.

4. York: The Wildcats haven’t won a state title since 2010 and last year finished fourth in Class B, 26 points off the lead. But with sophomore Hayley Smith (55 hurdles), who finished third at the state meet last winter, York could be in the hunt.

5. Westbrook: Double-winner Nyagoa Bayak, one of the two returning scorers, could get points in a third event (long jump) this winter. And with sophomore Quincey Lyden, who took fourth in the 800 (2:24.18), Westbrook could move up the leaderboard this winter. It was fourth at the Class A meet last year.


1. Scarborough: The Red Storm won their seventh state title in nine years with 102.25 points – more than twice as many as the runner-up. The Red Storm graduated four individuals who totaled 54 points but return three legs of their winning 3,200-meter relay team and four athletes who accounted for 28.25 points.

2. Westbrook: With defending long jump champion Dominic Creenan, who scored in three events last year, the Class A runner-up should be high on the leaderboard this winter. The senior scored 17 of Westbrook’s 46 points last season. The Blazes also return senior Brandt Herbert, who took fourth in the long jump (20-6).

3. Deering: The Rams return three athletes who scored at the Class A meet, including senior Luc Harrison, who finished third in the 400 (53.18). Two other seniors finished just out of scoring in the 400 and senior Yahya Nure was fourth in the 2-mile (10:00.43). Expect the Rams to be in the mix.

4. Greely: The Rangers were 20 points shy of Class B champion Mt. Desert Island last year, their best performance since 2010. The Rangers return three juniors who scored at the state meet and senior Gavin Poperechny, who took fourth in the 55 hurdles (8.55). They could be in the hunt again.

5. York: The Wildcats bring back senior Zach Westman, who took second in the 55 hurdles (8.49) and the triple jump (40-5) to score 12 points at the Class B meet. Their fourth-place finish at the state meet marked the first time in six years the Wildcats didn’t finish first or second.

– Deirdre Fleming

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Indoor track: 20 athletes to watch Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 GIRLS

Nyagoa Bayak, Westbrook junior, jumps: Bayak won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and triple jump (37-0.75) at the Class A meet, and finished fifth at the New Englands in the high jump (5-3).

Darcy Cochran, Cape Elizabeth sophomore, hurdles/sprints: Cochran won the 55 hurdles at the Class B meet (8.73 seconds) and finished fourth in the 200 meters (27.29).

Emma Gallant, Cheverus sophomore, sprints: Gallant was first at the Class A meet in the 200 (26.48) and 400 (58.86), both in state-leading times, and was third in the 55 (7.48).

Emily Labbe, Scarborough sophomore, sprints/hurdles: Labbe won the 55 (7.47) and finished second in the 200 (26.98) and 55 hurdles (8.79) at the Class A meet, scoring 26 points.

Anneka Murrin, Yarmouth senior, distance: Murrin was second in the mile at the Class B meet (5:13.24) and third in the 800 (2:24.61). She is the top returnee in Class B in both events.

Malaika Pasch, Falmouth junior, distance: Pasch was the top miler at the Class A state meet (5:24.12) and finished third in the 800 (2:20.17).

Juliana Selser, South Portland senior, distance: Selser won the 800 at the Class A meet in a state-record time (2:16.82), and took fourth at the New Englands in the 1,000 (2:53.72).

Mia Taranko, Thornton Academy sophomore, jumps: Taranko won the long jump at the Class A meet (17-3.25) and placed seventh in the triple jump (33-4.25).

Carolyn Todd, Greely junior, distance: Todd was fourth in the 2-mile at the Class B meet (11:55.06) and in the mile (5:29.80). She is the top returning 2-miler in Class B.

Emma White, Cheverus junior, jumps: White placed second at the Class A meet in the long jump (17-2.25) and triple jump (36-5.5). She was third in the long jump at the New Englands (18-1).


Samuel Cenescar, Brunswick sophomore, jumps: Cenescar was second in the high jump at the Class A meet (5 feet, 10 inches) and is the top returning athlete in the event.

Longhao Chen, Thornton Academy senior, jumps: Chen placed second in the long jump at the Class A meet (21-0) after improving by over a foot on his fourth-place finish at the Southwesterns (19-9.25).

Matthew Concannon, Cape Elizabeth senior, sprints: Concannon was second in the 55 at the Class B meet (6.84) and is the top returning athlete in the event in Class B.

Dominic Creenan, Westbrook senior, hurdles/jumps: Creenan won the long jump at the Class A meet (21-6.75) and took third in the 55 hurdles (7.99). He is the top returning long jumper in Class A.

Jarett Flaker, Scarborough sophomore, sprints: Flaker was first in the 55 (6.68) and second in the 200 (22.99) at the Class A meet. He ran a state-leading time of 6.61 in the 55 earlier in the season.

Luke Laverdiere, Yarmouth senior, distance: Laverdiere won the mile (4:24.35) and 2-mile (9:49.73) at the Class B state meet, and finished fifth in the mile at the New Englands (4:19.04).

Jason Montano, Thornton Academy junior, throws: Montano came in second in the shot put (51-10) at the Class A meet and finished fourth at the New Englands (50-9.5).

Travis Snyder, Thornton Academy junior, jumps/hurdles: Synder was third in the pole vault (14-6) at the Class A meet and is the top returning athlete in the event.

Conner Piers, Falmouth senior, distance: The top returning 2-miler in the state in Class A, Piers finished second in the event at the Class A meet last year (9:55.97).

Zach Westman, York senior, jumps/hurdles: Westman placed third in the triple jump (40-5) and the 55 hurdles (8.49) at the Class B meet, and is the top returning triple jumper in Class B.

– Deirdre Fleming

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Boys’ hockey: York finds scoring touch after a slow start Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:30:28 +0000 YARMOUTH — It took a while for York to find its scoring touch, but once the Wildcats found it they couldn’t stop scoring Wednesday night.

Spencer Pickett had two goals and an assist to lead York to a 6-1 victory against Yarmouth in a Class B South boys’ hockey game at Travis Roy Arena.

After a scoreless first period, the Wildcats, the reigning regional champions, came through with four goals in the second period to put the game out of the Clippers’ reach early.

“We’ve struggled on offense,” York Coach Jim Powers said. “We had a scrimmage a week ago, full-ice, and we scored zero goals. Last week against Biddeford we had zero goals and we didn’t score a goal in the first period here.”

Biddeford skated to a 3-0 win in the Wildcats’ opener Saturday night at Dover, New Hampshire.

“We went seven periods without scoring a goal,” Powers said. “I said we can’t have that. We just can’t have that and the kids responded.”

York started the second period with a power play that lasted nearly two minutes. The Wildcats didn’t score then but got off four shots, and that seemed to put them in the right frame of mind.

“I told them we had to finish,” Powers said. “We were playing all right, (but) we were not getting enough shots on net, and we had to finish our shots and go for rebounds.”

Mark Engholm opened the scoring 2:38 into the second on a shot from the right circle after a Yarmouth defender deflected the puck to Joey Graziano in the neutral zone to set up the breakout.

Five seconds later, Pickett made it 2-0 when he scored a short-handed goal.

At 6:36, Andrew Bertolini lifted in a shot from the slot and Jake Nelson made it 4-0 when he scored with less than five minutes left in the game.

“There was about a six-minute span in the second period where our defensive zone coverage really fell apart,” Yarmouth Coach David St. Pierre said. “We didn’t stay disciplined, and (York is) a team that has a lot of offense. They’re quick and they’ll expose you if you are not taking care of your responsibilities.”

From there it took the Clippers (0-1) quite a while to get untracked offensively. They didn’t take a shot on goal for the first five or six minutes of the third period.

“When you let up that many goals in that short a span it takes a little bit of time to recover,” St. Pierre said. “We came out in the third period and played a little bit. We took care of our zone coverage but we still have a lot of work to do.”

York moved into a 6-0 lead when Jacob Martin and Pickett scored less than five minutes into the third period.

With less than two minutes remaning, Kurt Heywood turned a feed from Cooper May into Yarmouth’s goal.

Keenan Gamache, York’s starting goalie, stopped each of the 13 shots he saw. With less than a minute left in the first period, Gamache, who was replaced with five minutes left in the first period, kept May, who was on a breakaway, from stuffing the puck into the right side of the goal.

“It’s tough for a goalie to sit there not seeing many shots to have to make a big save, but he’s a great athlete,” Powers said.

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Wednesday’s boys’ roundup: Biddeford wins in 5 overtimes Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:27:34 +0000 BIDDEFORD — The game that wouldn’t end finally did Wednesday night, and Biddeford was doing the celebrating after defeating Marshwood 82-80 in five overtimes.

Cody Saucier scored 18 of his game-high 32 points though the second half and overtimes for the Tigers (2-0) in the SMAA game.

Carter Edgerton had 18 points for Biddeford, while Jerome Criado contributed 14, including three 3-pointers.

Ian Bryant had 21 points to lead five players in double figures for Marshwood (0-2). Brandon Libby had 18 points, Key Williams tossed in 15, Ian Parmley had 12 and Sam Auguier 10.

BOOTHBAY REGION 84, MT. ABRAM 42: Kyle Alley had a game-high 26 points and eight assists as the Seahawks (1-1) rolled past the Roadrunners (0-3) at Boothbay Harbor.

Hunter Crocker added 18 points and Cameron Crocker chipped in with 13. Elijah Gudroe had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds for Boothbay, which led 42-19 at halftime.

Nathan Luce scored 16 points and Dawson Bate added 15 for Mt. Abram.

WESTBROOK 56, KENNEBUNK 47: Sabri Najar scored 17 points and the Blue Blazes (1-1) pulled away in the second half to defeat the Rams (0-2) at Kennebunk.

Deng Jany added 14 points for Westbrook, which outscored Kennebunk 31-21 in the second half after trailing 26-25 at halftime.

Cameron Lovejoy led Kennebunk with 17 points. Maxwell Murray scored 14.

YORK 73, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 58: Riley Linn scored 15 points and Brady Cummins added 13 for the Wildcats (2-0), who used a big third quarter to defeat the Patriots (1-1) at Gray.

Timothy MacDonald and and Riley Johnston each added nine points for York, which used a 20-11 scoring advantage in the third to take a 55-41 lead after leading just 35-30 at halftime.

Zach Brady scored 14 points to pace Gray-New Gloucester. Josiah Rottari added 10.

CAPE ELIZABETH 58, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 47: Andrew Hartel scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter as the Capers (1-1) opened a 19-6 lead and held off the Raiders (1-1) at Cape Elizabeth.

Tanner Carpenter added 13 points for Cape Elizabeth, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Joe LeBrun led Fryeburg with 13 points. Tucker Buzzell tossed in nine.

GREELY 64, WELLS 48: The Rangers (2-0) used a 15-9 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Warriors (1-1) at Cumberland.

Zach Brown scored a game-high 22 points for Greely, including three 3-pointers. Michael Coppersmith and Logan Bagshaw contributed 12 points each.

Cam Cousins paced Wells with 19 points.

SOUTH PORTLAND 69, CHEVERUS 59: Noah Malone scored 26 points to lead the Red Riots (1-0) over the Stags (0-2) at South Portland.

Malone connected on five 3-pointers and Ed Buckley added 18 points for South Portland, which led 42-30 at the half.

Pat Foster led Cheverus with 15 points, and Matt Duchaine and Owen Burke each scored 14.

GARDINER 54, LEAVITT 42: Connor McGuire scored 14 points to lead the Tigers (2-0) over the Hornets (0-2) at Augusta.

Cole Lawrence scored 12 points and Cole Heaberlin added 11 for Gardiner.

Wyatt Hathaway had 12 points for Leavitt.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 79, CONY 56: The Eagles went 27 of 28 from the foul line and pulled away with a 12-0 run to end the third quarter in a KVAC A win in Augusta.

Jack Jowett scored 29 points for Erskine (1-1), while Braden Soule added 20.

Jordan Roddy had 13 points to pace Cony (0-2).

FOREST HILLS 89, NORTH HAVEN 45: Parker Desjardins scored a game-high 21 points and Brandon Gilboe added 19 as the Tigers (3-0) rolled past North Haven (1-2) at Augusta.

Hunter Cuddy added 16 points for Forest Hills.

Gilboe also contributed eight rebounds and five assists, and Kenn Vito Cruz had 10 rebounds.

North Haven got 19 points from Tyrese Edwards.

VALLEY 70, RANGELEY 45: Josh Brown scored 20 points and Keegan Farnham added 15 for the Cavaliers (2-0) at Rangeley.

EDWARD LITTLE 72, LEWISTON 45: Darby Shea connected on four 3-pointers and scored 32 points to lead the Red Eddies (2-0) over the Blue Devils (0-2) at Lewiston.

Edward Little opened the game on a 20-8 run, and an off-the-backboard alley-oop from Shea to Wol Maiwen highlighted an 18-5 run to end the first half. Maiwen finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

Hunter Dickinson scored 11 points to lead Lewiston.


EDWARD LITTLE 4, GORHAM 1: Elisha Thibodeau scored twice for the Red Eddies (2-0), who pulled away from the Rams (0-2) in the third period at Auburn.

Colin Merritt and Aaron Perkins also scored for Edward Little, which led 2-1 through two periods, with Perkins and Ben Cassidy each recording two assists.

Lucas Roop scored for Gorham 6:55 into the third period.

Garrett Babineau stopped 27 shots for Gorham. Ben Feldman had 14 saves for the Eddies.

WINDHAM 2, MASSABESIC 1: Keegan Pock scored the winning goal 2:04 into the third period from Cam Morrison to lift Windham/Westbrook (1-1) past Massabesic/Bonny Eagle/Old Orchard Beach (0-2) at Gorham.

Tommy Lekousi put Windham ahead 14:35 into the first period from Derek Corbett, but Alex Demers made it 1-1 with an unassisted goal 6:40 into the second.

Sean White had 39 saves for Windham. Bryson Pomerleau finished with 12 for Massabesic.

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Wednesday’s girls’ roundup: Portland uses late run for basketball victory Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:00:12 +0000 Shayla Eubanks scored a game-high 18 points Wednesday night to lead Portland to a 49-40 victory against Windham in an SMAA girls’ basketball game at the Portland Expo.

Portland (2-0) led 36-34 after three quarters but went on a 13-6 run to finish the game.

Gemima Motema added eight points for the Bulldogs.

Tara Flanders scored 14 points and Hannah Talon had eight for Windham (1-1).

SOUTH PORTLAND 49, CHEVERUS 31: Meghan Graff had 16 points and Margaret Whitmore added 15 as the Red Riots (2-0) defeated the Stags (0-2) at South Portland.

Margaret Kelly scored eight points, and Emme Poulin and Abby Cavallaro each added six for Cheverus.

Eva Mazur finished with six points for South Portland, which led 17-15 at halftime.

GREELY 60, WELLS 48: Anna DeWolfe scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the third quarter as the Rangers (2-0) broke away from a halftime tie to open a 43-32 lead and down the Warriors (1-1) at Wells.

Julia Martel had 13 points for Greely, including three 3-pointers, and Camille Clement tossed in 12 points.

Franny Ramsdell led Wells with 22 points.

DEERING 47, SANFORD 34: Delaney Haines scored 26 points, and Mandy Mastropasqua added nine points and four assists to lead the Rams (1-0) past the Spartans (0-2) at Portland.

Paige Cote scored 14 points and Julia Allen had 10 for Sanford, which led 15-13 after the first quarter.

BRUNSWICK 73, MT. ARARAT 28: Marley Groat had 18 points, seven assists and four steals for the Dragons (2-0), who took a 30-5 lead in the first quarter and downed the Eagles (1-1) at Brunswick.

Sabrina Armstrong finished with 16 points, seven steals and two blocked shots, and Charlotte MacMillan added 14 points and 10 steals for the Dragons.

Lauren Sturgess led Mt. Ararat with six points.

BONNY EAGLE 54, MASSABESIC 29: Deirdre Sanborn scored 12 points and Samantha Averill added nine to lead the Scots (1-1) past the Mustangs (0-2) at Standish.

Marissa Holt had 13 points and McKenzy Ouelette scored 10 for Massabesic.

Mackenzie Emery and Mia Ferrante each had six points for Bonny Eagle, which had baskets from 10 players.

The Scots led 28-14 at halftime.

RANGELEY 69, VALLEY 25: Natasha Haley finished three steals shy of a triple-double as the Lakers (1-0) defeated Valley (1-1) at Rangeley.

Haley finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals. Brooke Egan added 14 points and 11 steals for Rangeley.

Kennedy Savoy paced Valley with eight points.

MADISON 62, TELSTAR 24: Sydney LeBlanc had 16 points and five assists to lead the Bulldogs (2-0) over Telstar (0-2) at Madison.

Ashley Emery scored 11 points for Madison. Lauren Hay and Katie Worthen added nine points apiece.

Luci Rothwell scored 16 for Telstar.

GARDINER 58, LEAVITT 45: Aimee Adams had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead Gardiner (1-1) past Leavitt (1-1) at Turner.

Jaycie Stevens added 10 points for Gardiner, and Logan Granholm had seven points and seven rebounds.

Sophia Gilbert of Leavitt scored a game-high 23 points.

LAWRENCE 58, MESSALONSKEE 43: Camryn Caldwell scored 15 points, one of the four players in double figures for the Bulldogs (2-0) against Messalonskee (0-2) at Fairfield.

Molly Folsom had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Lawrence. Brooklynn Lambert and Keagan Alley added 10 points each.

Gabrielle Wener scored a game-high 18 points for Messalonskee.

KENTS HILL 40, GOULD ACADEMY 36: Jarni Hewins finished with a game-high 17 points to lead the Huskies (3-0) over Gould Academy (0-1) at Bethel.

Tiffany McGhie added 15 points for Kents Hill.

Kayley Cadet scored 14 for Gould.


LEWISTON 3, CAPE ELIZABETH 0: Jordan Mynahan scored after 13:37 from Brianne Dube and Katie Lemieux, and Lewiston/Monmouth Academy/Oak Hill (5-0) went on to defeat Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland (3-2) at Portland.

Gemma Landry scored from Sara Roberts 1:44 into the second to make it 2-0, and Dube added an empty-net goal with just over a minute to play.

ST. DOMINIC 11, SCARBOROUGH 0: Avery Lutrzykowski had seven goals and three assists as the Saints (2-0) downed the Red Storm (2-4) at Lewiston.

Lutrzykowski scored four goals in the third period.

Emma Theriault added two goals, and Gigi Ouellette and Callie Samson also scored.

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Boys’ basketball: Moss leads Portland by Windham Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:57:42 +0000 WINDHAM — Whenever the defending champs from Portland High needed a big shot to stem Windham’s comeback momentum, they got it.

Many of those shots came from senior point guard Terion Moss, who scored 27 points in the Bulldogs’ 61-44 Class AA North win Tuesday night.

“That was the difference in the game,” said Portland Coach Joe Russo. “Windham battled and battled and were within striking distance it just seemed someone from our team happened to come up with the big shot.”

Like in the third quarter, after Windham had gotten consecutive second-chance 3-pointers to cut an 11-point halftime deficit quickly down to five, at 30-25.

Moss coolly lined up a wing 3-pointer, then went coast-to-coast for a layup. Snap. Lead back to 10.

Or, in the fourth quarter, after Nick Curtis (18 points) had drained a pair of free throws to keep the Eagles close, down 45-36 with 6:38 to play.

This time Moss hit two 3-pointers off set plays by playing off the ball.

“We work on that a lot in practice, so when it comes game time we can actually do it,” Moss said.

Moss was 5 of 8 from behind the arc.

“What we didn’t do a good job on was getting a hand up on his 3-point shot. He’s obviously improved that,” said Windham Coach Chad Pulkkinen.

But it’s not just shooting where Moss excelled. He quickly followed by ripping down a defensive rebound and finding Griffin Foley with a full-court pass for a layup. Another defensive rebound by Moss created an offensive set capped by a wide-open Simon Chadbourne baseline 3 to seal the game.

Portland improved to 2-0. Windham, a team seen as a legitimate challenger this season, dipped to 1-1.

Foley helped out with nine points, five coming late in the third quarter to keep Windham at bay.

“We knew it would be a good game. They’re a good team. We knew they’d give us a dogfight,” Foley said. “They were really bullying us on the boards there for a bit.”

Trey Ballew added six points and helped Portland gain some traction in the rebounding department, especially after Russo’s timeout following Windham’s consecutive 3s by Curtis and Cory Hutchison.

“After the timeout it was a reminder and then we got it,” Ballew said. “I think it’s experience. We just rely on our coaches to tell us.”

One reason Windham had so many offensive rebounds and second-chance points was that it shot poorly – as in 5 of 27 from the floor in the first half. Windham fell behind 13-1 to start the game.

Curtis’ ability to get to the rim on dribble drives, and six second-quarter points from Hunter Coffin helped stabilize the Eagles, but they were handcuffed by center Dierhow Bol’s early foul trouble (he scored 2 points) and Mike Gilman’s being held to nine points.

“Our guys know we can win but we have to play a really good game and I thought we played to probably 70 percent of our capabilities,” Pulkkinen said. “If Mike’s hitting shots early and we’re making layups it’s a different game.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Girls’ basketball: Marshwood wins on a late basket Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:46:38 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Casey Perry buried a jumper from the top of the key with five seconds left Wednesday to lift Marshwood over Biddeford 48-46 in an SMAA girls’ basketball game at Tiger Gym.

Perry led the Hawks (2-0) with 13 points to go with 10 rebounds – eight offensive – five assists, five steals and three blocks.

Early in the second quarter, Perry was called out by Coach Steve Freeman after deciding not to shoot and passing instead.

After that she finished with quarter with seven points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

“(Perry) is an excellent passer. Sometimes she’s a little too unselfish,” said Freeman. “She does a lot of things that don’t show up in the box score.”

Marshwood had the ball with about two minutes left in a tie game and kept possession until Perry’s game-winner.

“We have all the confidence in each other. Just knocking down that game-winning shot, it was such a great feeling,” said Perry.

Elora Montgomery (10 points) hit a pair of 3-pointers for the Hawks in the fourth quarter. The first, touching nothing but net from the right wing, came with just over five minutes left and Marshwood trailing, 38-36.

Her other 3-pointer came from the right corner with 2:12 remaining to make it 46-46.

“If (Montgomery) doesn’t hit those, it’s a different game,” said Freeman.

Grace Martin led Biddeford (0-2) with 28 points and 15 rebounds – four offensive – and added three blocks.

“(Martin) is a great player with a big body. I’m glad she plays for us,” said Biddeford Coach Katie Herbine.

“We had no answer for Martin tonight,” said Freeman.

Marshwood dominated the offensive glass and turnover statistics. The Hawks had 28 offensive rebounds that led to 26 second-chance points.

The Hawks used a full-court press for most of the game, putting immense pressure on the Biddeford backcourt. The Tigers committed 22 turnovers to 13 for the Hawks.

“(Marshwood) played their press very well. We broke it a few times, had some layups, which I’m proud of,” said Herbine.

Marshwood is able to press and be effective on both ends of the floor because of its depth. Freeman is able to send out his second unit with confidence, a luxury few teams enjoy.

“We can go really deep,” said Freeman.

“(Marshwood has) a really deep team. They probably go 12 (deep),” said Herbine.

Biddeford led 13-7 after one quarter but the Hawks rallied to make it 25-25 at halftime.

“We really started off pretty shaky. I think it was just nerves,” said Perry. “That second quarter everyone started coming together as a team.”

Biddeford led 36-34 after three quarters.

“I have to give credit to Biddeford. They played really well and took us out of a lot of things that we wanted to do,” said Freeman.

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Swimming: 20 athletes to watch Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 GIRLS

Caroline Arpin, Cheverus junior: As a freshman, Arpin won the Class A title in the 100-yard breast stroke. Last year she was runner-up in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the breast stroke.

Hope Campbell, Cape Elizabeth junior: Campbell placed third in backstroke and fourth in 100 freestyle to help the Capers run away with the Class B state title. As a freshman she was fifth in the 100 free and swam on two state championship relays.

Jane Greenberg, Scarborough junior: Greenberg was runner-up in the Class A 100 freestyle and placed third in the 50 free last winter. As a freshman she placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in those same events.

Isabel Harms, Kennebunk senior: Runner-up in the Class B 200 freestyle and third in the 500 free as a sophomore, Harms returns to high school competition after a year’s absence in which she swam club. She plans to continue career at Siena College.

Olivia Harper, Morse sophomore: The state record-holder in the 100 backstroke (56.25 seconds), Harper also placed fourth in the Class B 100 butterfly and contributed to a 200 free relay state record (1:37.62) to help the Shipbuilders finish second to Cape Elizabeth.

Alicia Lawrence, Cape Elizabeth sophomore: Runner-up in the Class B 50 freestyle and third in the 100 free, Lawrence also helped set state records in the 200 medley and 400 free relays for the defending state champion Capers.

Caroline Mahoney, Cape Elizabeth sophomore: Runner-up in the Class B 100 backstroke and fourth in the 50 free, Mahoney (who won the Southwesterns in both events) also swam on the record-setting 200 medley and 400 free relays to help Cape Elizabeth dominate the state meet.

Emma Patterson, Kennebunk junior: The two-time defending Class B state champion in diving, Patterson leads a strong contingent of four divers for the Rams, who move to Class A this winter. Ever consistent, Patterson scored 343.20 points as a sophomore and 344.55 as a junior.

Courtney Rog, Greely junior: As a freshman, Rog placed fifth in the Class B 100 breast, sixth in the 500 freestyle and swam on the 200 free relay state champions. Last winter she was third in the breast stroke and fourth in the 200 individual medley.

Olivia Tighe, Cape Elizabeth junior: A three-time individual state champion in Class B, Tighe was Performer of the Meet last February after winning the 100 butterfly and 100 free in back-to-back races. She also helped set state records in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.


Griffin Conley, Falmouth senior: A two-time Southwesterns diving champion, Conley placed third in Class A last season and recently signed a letter of intent to continue his career at Providence College, joining his former Falmouth teammate, Connor Perron.

Reed Foehl, Portland senior: Foehl is the defending South Southwesterns 100-yard breast stroke champion and runner-up in the 200 individual medley. In the Class A state meet, he placed third in the IM and fourth in the breast. He was fifth in Class A 500 free as a sophomore.

Brian Hess, Brunswick senior: Runner-up in the Class A 100 breast stroke, Hess also placed fourth in the 50 free. He’s also defending KVAC champ in both the breast and 200 IM. As a freshman, he helped Brunswick set a state record of 1:38.18 in the 200 medley relay.

Oliver Kraft, Cape Elizabeth junior: Runner-up in the Class B 100 backstroke, Kraft also placed fifth in the butterfly. He is the North Southwesterns champion in both strokes, which helped the Capers win the team title over Cheverus and Scarborough.

Sam Loring, Cape Elizabeth senior: Runner-up in the Class B 200 freestyle, Loring also placed fifth in the 100 breast stroke. As a sophomore he was third in both the 200 IM and 100 breast. In the North Southwesterns, he was second in the 100 free and third in the breast.

Brim Peabody, Cheverus freshman: At last weekend’s Bowdoin Open, Peabody recorded a 4:44 in the 500 freestyle and 1:46 in the 200 free. Both times are faster than those of last winter’s Class A champions. Peabody also went 49.45 in the 100 free and 1:02 in the 100 breast.

Joshua Roberts, Thornton Academy senior: The defending South Southwesterns 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke champion, Roberts placed third in the Class A 200 free, fifth in Class A backstroke and swam on the winning 400 free relay.

Eli Steward, Thornton Academy senior: The defending Class A state champion in the 100 butterfly and runner-up in the 500 free, Steward also anchored the winning 400 free relay and won the South Southwesterns 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Ben Willertz, Morse senior: The defending KVAC champion in the 500 freestyle, Willertz earned third in Class B in both the 200 and 500 free to help Morse place third overall. As a sophomore he placed third in Class B in the 500 free.

Matt Yost, Brunswick junior: The defending KVAC champion in the 100 and 200 freestyle, Yost also placed fourth in the Class A 100 butterfly and tied for sixth in the 50 free. As a freshman he was eighth in the butterfly and ninth in the 50 free.

– Glenn Jordan

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Swimming: 10 teams to watch Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 GIRLS

1. Cape Elizabeth: The defending Class B state champions suffered a few losses to club swimming (Emily Ecker, Jade Lindenau) so another 175-point margin of victory probably isn’t in the cards. But the return of juniors Olivia Tighe (Class B performer of the meet), Hope Campbell, Alicia Lawrence, Casey Concannon and Corinne Wight, and sophomores Caroline Mahoney and Bella Eremita – all of whom scored points at the state meet – mean the Capers have depth to go with top-shelf talent. An influx of seven freshmen will help.

2. Morse: Runners-up in Class B last February, the Shipbuilders lost Ann Tolan and Brittany Kaler to graduation, but return the stellar trio of junior Ella Martin and sophomore sisters Olivia and Haily Harper. Senior Leah Totman, junior Emma Warner and sophomore Emily Martin all contributed points in last winter’s state meet and will be important to holding off Greely for second place in Class B behind Cape Elizabeth.

3. Cheverus: Despite the departure to graduation of Abby Longstaff and Nina Greenwood, Cheverus again will be competitive in Class A and could challenge defending champ Cony. Juniors Caroline Arpin and Tholia Hallett finished among the top eight in two individual events last season, and classmates Patsy Ciampi and Rosie Train also scored. Sophomore Grace Shimansky leads a quartet of divers. Senior Sophia Kruse (sixth in 50 and 100 free as a sophomore) returns after a year off.

4. Greely: After consecutive Class B state titles (the school’s fourth in seven years), the Rangers dropped to third last February. Seniors Lily Black (distance free) and Maddy Rawnsley (200 free), and juniors Courtney Rog (breast, IM) and Julia Bisson (diving) each placed among the top five. Jaehee Park (1:57 200 free, 1:01 backstroke) leads a bountiful crop of 14 freshmen. Athletes switching from another sport to swimming bump up the roster to 46, so depth is a decided strength.

5. Kennebunk: Sixth in Class B last winter and winners of the South Southwesterns, the Rams are looking to make a splash in Class A this season. Seven point-scorers return in swimming events and Kennebunk has four divers, including seniors Emma Patterson (two-time state champion) and Maggie Nguyen (fourth). The addition of senior Isabel Harms (top three in two events as a sophomore) and junior Grace Soucy, a transfer from Thornton Academy, bolster the lineup.


1. Cheverus: A sixth consecutive Class A state title will be challenging, considering heavy graduation losses, and Bangor’s depth and talent. Still, the Stags are bolstered by impressive freshmen Brim Peabody and John Hight, sophomore transfer Jack Martin from Portland and senior Ben Adams from a two-year absence. Leading the return group are junior Phineas Underwood, and sophomores Chase Cameron and Quinton Hastings – each of whom placed among the top eight in individual events – and junior Jeremy Baker.

2. Cape Elizabeth: The Capers placed fourth in Class B last winter and second the year before. Senior Sam Loring, and juniors Oliver Kraft, Matthew Yim and Rohan Freedman are all top-six swimmers who lead a cast of 23. Senior Andrew Herrera, who scored in the state meet as a sophomore, is back after missing a year due to injury. Classmates Ben Carroll and Dan Howard are solid contributors from a senior class of 10. Rishi Yadav is tops among a contingent of six freshmen.

3. Morse: Third by two points in Class B last February, the Shipbuilders are looking to challenge Old Town and Ellsworth for supremacy this winter. Senior Ben Willertz, and juniors Dominic Marco and Brandon Johnson lead a solid returning group. All three placed among the top eight in individual events at the state meet. Freshman Evan Willertz will help. A dearth of divers will not. Depth (the roster stands at 14) could be an issue as well.

4. Brunswick: Senior Brian Hess and junior Matt Yost, both individual champions in the KVAC, lead the way for the Dragons, who finished a close (five points) third to runner-up Bangor in Class A last winter. Sophomore Nicco Bartone was fourth in the 200 IM and eighth in the 100 butterfly. A strong supporting cast includes state-meet qualifiers Sam Washington, Adam Thacker, Nolan Deck and Jeremy Vuong, all seniors.

5. Thornton Academy: The defending South Southwestern champion Trojans are coming off a fourth-place finish in Class A with a senior core of Eli Steward (bound for Wheaton College), Joshua Roberts, Nolan Eisenhaur and Joe Vail. Junior Felix Machacek is another veteran who scored at the state meet. Qualifier Andrew Cote, another junior, will help. With only 10 on the roster, depth could be a problem.

– Glenn Jordan

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Swimming preview: Scarborough’s Charlotte Pratt back in pool after lingering injury Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — In the course of a conversation inside a small office alongside the Donald Richards pool, a few of Charlotte Pratt’s teammates on the Scarborough High swim team wander through in search of this or that.

Each time, they hesitate, unsure of intruding.

“You’re good,” Pratt tells each swimmer, and adds a smile of reassurance.

For a long time – nearly 19 months – Pratt was not good.

More specifically, her left ankle, injured in a dryland training accident her freshman year, was not good. Doctors in Maine and doctors in Boston inspected the ankle and its torn ligaments. They tried physical therapy. They tried cortisone. After nine months they tried surgery.

The pain persisted.

Pratt, a 16-year-old junior, had been the Class A runner-up in two events as a freshman in 2016. She finished second to Brunswick’s Caitlin Tycz (now swimming for Southern Cal) in the 200-yard individual medley and did likewise (by .05 seconds) to Caroline Arpin of Cheverus in the 100 breast stroke.

She also led off two Scarborough relays, including the 400 freestyle that wound up second to Brunswick and clinched second place overall for the Red Storm, who edged Cheverus by five points.

A club swimmer since age 7, Pratt had dabbled in other sports but honed in on the pool by the time she reached middle school.

“It was almost all of me,” she said. “Anytime anyone would be like, ‘Tell us something interesting about yourself’ my go-to would just be like, ‘Oh, I’m a swimmer.’ ”

In May 2016, she stepped in a hole on a soccer field while running with her Portland Porpoise teammates and twisted her ankle. Throughout the summer she dutifully went through physical therapy and swam countless laps with a pull buoy held between her thighs, using only her arms to propel herself.

But the ankle didn’t improve. After seeing a few doctors in Maine, Pratt turned to Boston Children’s Hospital in the fall. Eventually, on the same February weekend that her old teammates at Scarborough were competing in the North Southwesterns meet, she underwent surgery to clean out scar tissue and tighten ligaments.

She was back on crutches, then in an air cast and finally back to physical therapy.

“And then,” she said, and paused, “it just started hurting again and no one knew why. It was really awful.”

Pratt stopped swimming. She took stock. If much of your identity is wrapped up in one activity, and that activity is taken away, what do you do? Where do you turn?

“It was a sad, scary time,” said Mackenzie Charest, a classmate, good friend and fellow swimmer for both school and club teams. “She had a very hard time with it because she had this injury that stopped her from doing the thing she loved the most.”

At 13, Charest broke her collarbone and missed an entire summer of swimming. Pratt made her a poster and collected signatures and well wishes from friends.

With swimming no longer an option, Pratt searched elsewhere for happiness. She surfed. She attended a summer writing camp at the Univerisity of Maine in Farmington. She enrolled in chorus and successfully auditioned for the District Honors Festival. She joined musical theater and performed in Scarborough High’s fall production of “Singin’ In The Rain.”

“It was really fun,” she said. “I was in the ensemble. I played a flirt in one scene. There was a lot of tap dancing and it all went great.”

A cortisone shot prior to rehearsals in September helped reduce inflammation and Pratt said learning the tap dancing steps probably turned out to be an effective form of therapy. She performed nine shows over two weekends in early October and experienced no pain.

With the winter sports season approaching, she went back to Scarborough High swim coach Eric French to ask about an offer he had made a year earlier.

“She came up to me,” French said, “and said, ‘Hey, listen, I’m done with the self-pity. I miss my teammates. Can I come back as the team manager?’ ”

So now Pratt is back on the pool deck, assisting French with workouts, organizing the distribution of suits and parkas, and doing various other administrative tasks.

“At first I would look at the kids in the pool and think, ‘That’s where I’m supposed to be. Why am I not in the pool?’ ” Pratt said. “You get that sense like, ‘Oh, man, I’m late for practice.’ But after a couple of days it was more about having them in the pool and me helping them, rather than me wanting to be in the pool with them.”

Late last week, after having only done a few open swims before Thanksgiving, Pratt received medical clearance to compete again. French entered her in Saturday’s opening meet. She swam the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke in between swimming the breast stroke leg of the 200 medley relay and leading off the 400 free relay. She won both individual events, in state-meet qualifying times (58.70 and 1:06.33), and Scarborough won both relays.

“I have no expectations,” French said. “We’re just happy to have her back, and at whatever capacity. Whether she’s swimming on the team, whether she’s a team manager.”

Pratt said she plans to continue as the team manager and if her ankle continues to heal, she plans to resume swimming as well.

“It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing,” she said. “If you want to compete sometimes, you can. It’s good to have that in-between.”

And as for that first meet, Pratt said the feeling was as if she had never left.

“It felt so natural, like everyting that I’d ever learned about swimming just came flooding back,” she said. “I felt like I was at home in the pool.”

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Tuesday’s high school sports postponements Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:08:12 +0000 Inclement weather has forced postponement of several high school sports events in southern Maine on Tuesday. Check back throughout the day for updates.


Bonny Eagle at Massabesic. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Camden Hills vs. Hampden Academy. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hampden.

Cheverus at South Portland. Rescheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Deering at Sanford. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday

Gorham at Noble. No make-up date yet.

Freeport at Yarmouth. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday (game site also switched)

Fryeburg Academy at Cape Elizabeth. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Lake Region at Sacopee Valley. No make-up date yet

Marshwood at Biddeford. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday (game site also switched)

Medomak Valley at Mt. View. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Oceanside at Maranacook. No make-up date yet.

Portland at Windham. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Scarborough at Falmouth. No make-up date yet

Traip at Old Orchard Beach. No make-up date yet.

Wells at Greely. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday

Westbrook at Kennebunk. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

York at Gray-New Gloucester. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday


Camden Hills at Hampden Academy. Rescheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Cape Elizabeth at Fryeburg Academy. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Cheverus at South Portland. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Falmouth at Scarborough. No make-up date yet.

Freeport at Yarmouth. Rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday (game site also switched)

Gray-New Gloucester at York. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Greely at Wells. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday

Kennebunk at Westbrook. Rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday

Maranacook at Oceanside. No make-up date yet.

Marshwood at Biddeford. Rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Massabesic at Bonny Eagle. Rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Mt. View at Medomak Valley. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Noble at Thornton Academy. No make-up date yet.

Old Orchard Beach at Traip. No make-up date yet.

Sacopee Valley at Lake Region. No make-up date yet.

Sanford at Deering. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday

St. Dominic at Poland. Rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Windham at Portland. Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Kennebunk/Wells at Greely. No make-up date yet.

South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete at Mt. Ararat/Morse. No make-up date yet.


Brunswick at Morse. Rescheuled for 7 p.m. Jan. 2.

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Boys’ basketball: Waynflete starts fast, cruises past NYA Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:50:35 +0000 YARMOUTH — Waynflete put together a nearly flawless first half and rolled to a 67-24 win against undermanned North Yarmouth Academy in a Western Maine Conference boys’ basketball game Monday night.

The Flyers went on a 25-0 run over an eight-minute span and ended the first half with a 43-9 lead.

“When our guards decide to share the ball and work for the good shot, we end up doing pretty well,” Waynflete Coach Rich Henry said.

The Flyers, who opened their season Friday night with a 50-47 loss at Wells, started this game with a 12-0 run.

After Chris Hamblett drove the right baseline for NYA’s first basket 3:30 into the game, Waynflete finished the first quarter with 14 straight points, then scored the first 11 points of the second quarter for a 37-2 lead.

Asker Hussein and Diraige Dahia each made three 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 11 points. Alex Saade added 10 points.

NYA’s Te’Andre King, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, led all scorers with 18 points – all but five of them in the second half.

The Panthers (0-2) dressed only eight players, then lost Connor Dillon, a 6-4 senior forward, to a sprained ankle. An injury to his right hand kept Miles Chapman, a 6-4 junior forward, out of the game.

“I have only nine guys and I’ve only had them all dressed and on the floor once during the past three weeks,” NYA Coach Jason Knight said. “It’s made practices and chemistry and schemes we want to do a bit challenging.”

NYA’s lack of depth was particularly noticeable against Waynflete, which is extremely deep for a Class C team. Henry plans to carry as many as 15 players on the varsity roster.

“We don’t have the depth and that showed tonight,” Knight said.

“I still think we could have played better in spots, handling the ball a little better.”

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Monday’s high school roundup: Morse boys’ basketball tops Lincoln Academy Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:39:55 +0000 BATH — Tom Warren scored 24 points, including 10 from the foul line, as Morse beat Lincoln Academy 65-50 in a Class A South boys’ basketball game Monday.

Parker Onorato added 15 points for Morse (1-1).

Joel Hatch had 14 and Bryce York 11 for Lincoln (0-2).

Morse took advantage of two technicals on Lincoln in the fourth quarter to surge to the 15-point victory.

LISBON 64, BOOTHBAY 52: Jonah Sautter scored eight of his 28 points in the third quarter as the Greyhounds (1-1) stretched their lead from eight to 17 in a win over the Seahawks (0-1) in Lisbon Falls.

D.J. Douglass added 15 points for Lisbon.

Kyle Alley scored 11 points and Cameron Crocker had 10 for Boothbay.

HALL-DALE 83, WISCASSET 32: Ashtyn Abbott scored 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (2-0) to a win over the Wolverines (0-2) in Wiscasset.

Alec Byron scored 11 points for Hall-Dale, and Owen Dupont added 10.

Dylan Orr led the Wolverines (0-2) with 11 points.

RICHMOND 69, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 65: Zach Small hit five 3-pointers en route to a 35-point night, leading the Bobcats (2-0) to a win over the Falcons (1-1) in Richmond.

Matt Rines added 17 points for Richmond, and Casey Gorman chipped in with 10.

Taylor Pelletier and Mike Pare finished with 17 points and 16 points for Mountain Valley.

WINTHROP 73, MT. ABRAM 32: Jared McLaughlin scored 20 points to lead the Ramblers (2-0) past the Roadrunners (0-2) in Salem.

McLaughlin added five steals and four assists for the Ramblers, and Lenny Hills had 15 points and five steals and Cam Wood had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Greg Fay added eight points for the Ramblers.

Nate Luce led the Roadrunners with nine points.


WAYNFLETE 37, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 24: Emi Boedeker scored 12 points and Lydia Giguere added 10 as the Flyers (1-1) beat the Panthers (0-2) in Yarmouth.

Waynflete opened a 17-7 advantage after one quarter and stayed comfortably in front.

Sydney Plummer paced NYA with eight points. Margaret Larson and Katherine Lawson each finished with seven points.

LINCOLN 39, MORSE 25: Eleanor Mathews scored 11 points to lead the Eagles (2-0) past Morse (0-2) in Newcastle.

Sierra Wallace scored nine points for the Shipbuilders.

Anna Hatch scored five of her seven points in the second quarter as Lincoln used full-court pressure to outscore Morse 14-3 and turn a two-point deficit into a nine-point lead at the half.


Scarborough High senior running back/linebacker Owen Garrard has been named the 2017-18 Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year. Garrard rushed for 1,204 yards and 24 touchdowns in the Red Storm’s 10-1 Class A championship season. He also caught two touchdown passes and made 76 tackles, 10 for losses. Garrard is eligible to be considered for the national Gatorade player of the year.

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Boys’ hockey: Five teams to watch Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 1. Falmouth: The defending Class A South champions (16-4-1 last season) are still “looking OK,” according to Coach Deron Barton, even with the graduation of the Armitage brothers (26 goals), and the transfers of two defensemen and goalie Spencer Pierce. Theo Hembre, Brendan Hickey, Marcus Cady, Louis Mainella and Jack Kidder combined for 40 goals, and former back-up Iyendae St. Louis steps in as the starting goalie. Garrett Tracy will be the top defenseman for the Yachtsmen, who look ready to contend again.

2. Cheverus: The Stags again could be Falmouth’s chief opponent in the South (losing to the Yachtsmen, 3-2, in last year’s regional title game). Cheverus returns the nucleus of a 15-6 team, including the state’s best goalie tandem of Jason Halverson and Colby Benway, and top defensemen Mike Hatch and Marco Giancotti. The Stags lost three of their top forwards to graduation or prep school, but return several regulars, including Colby Anton, Cam Dube, David Woodford and Luke Church.

3. Biddeford: With a recent history of early playoff losses, and the graduation of leading scorers Ricky Ruck and Brady Crepeau, there is reason to doubt the Tigers’ outlook. But Biddeford returns 11 experienced seniors and looks ready to contend again. Colin Lavigne, Logan Magnant, Colin Petit and Curtis Petit are all solid scorers. Defenseman Liam Turner is strong on both ends, and goalie Owen Sullivan had a 2.20 goals-against average and .900 save percentage last year.

4. York: The Wildcats return several standouts from their Class B South championship team (17-3-1), but York will find Class B South again full of parity. Leading scorers Tommy Carr (off to club hockey) and Julius Ludgren (graduated) are gone, but potent forwards Jake Martin, Spencer Pickett, Dalton McCann and Andrew Bertolini return, as do defensemen Joe Graziano, Mark Engholm, Marshall Ford and Max Pickett. Goalie Keenan Gamache had a 1.40 goals-against average and .921 save percentage last year.

5. Thornton Academy: The Trojans hope to bounce back after finishing 4-14 and missing the playoffs. The last time they had failed to make the playoffs (2015), they reached the regional semifinals the following season. The Trojans can get back to the postseason with some unexpected help. Not only does Thornton have stalwart forwards Luke Chessie and Chandler Bilodeau back, but two players are returning after being in juniors – Reagan Wintle and Owen Dubois. Plus, Adam Charbonneau is a senior transfer from Quebec.

– Kevin Thomas

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Boys’ hockey: 25 players to watch Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Mitchell Adams, South Portland/Waynflete/Old Orchard Beach junior defenseman: Adams is a leader, even as a sophomore when he played solid defense. He had six goals and five assists in 15 games last winter.

Noah Austin, Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse junior forward: Austin has already totaled 59 points in two seasons with the Eagles, including 36 goals. He was named to the coaches’ Class A All-State second team last season.

Chandler Bilodeau, Thornton Academy senior forward: One of the few bright spots last year (six goals/five assists in 12 games) for the Trojans, Bilodeau was chosen second team on the coaches’ Class A All-State selections.

Luke Chessie, Thornton Academy junior forward: Chessie led the Trojans with nine goals (almost a third of the team’s production), along with seven assists. He was named to the coaches’ Class A All-State first team,

Keenan Gamache, York senior goalie: Gamache was named the coaches’ Class B South Goaltender of the Year after posting a 1.40 goals-against average and .921 save percentage for the Wildcats.

Marco Giancotti, Cheverus senior defenseman: One of the reasons the Stags are expected to shine on defense, Giancotti brings plenty of experience. He was a coaches’ All-State Class A second-team selection.

Alex Glidden, Cape Elizabeth senior forward: A playmaker with 18 assists last year, Glidden was the Capers’ leading scorer (27 points) and was a coaches’ Class B South third-team selection.

Peter Haber, Cape Elizabeth senior goalie: The Capers may have their best team in years and Haber will be one of the reasons. A coaches’ Class B south third-team pick, Haber had four shutouts last year.

Jason Halverson, Cheverus senior goalie: The top returning goalie in Class A (and a coaches’ first-team pick), Halverson steps up in big games – including 60 saves in the Stags’ final two playoffs games last year.

Mike Hatch, Cheverus senior defenseman: A four-year regular who has played in two regional title games, Hatch (a coaches’ Class A All-State first-team pick) makes the Stags a leading contender this year.

Theo Hembre, Falmouth senior forward: Hembre could be the Yachtsmen’s best playmaker. He recorded eight goals and 14 assists last year. Hembre was a coaches’ All-State Class A second-team pick.

Brendan Hickey, Falmouth senior forward: A coaches’ All-State Class A second-team selection, Hickey was Falmouth’s second-leading scorer last year with 13 goals and nine assists.

Cam King, Portland/Deering forward: King is of the top returners from a team (11-8-1) that earned the fourth seed in the Class A South playoffs. He recorded 11 goals and 13 assists for the Bulldogs.

Matt Kramlich, Greely sophomore forward: The Rangers’ leading goal-scorer with 18 (along with 11 assists), Kramlich was part of a strong freshmen class that will keep Greely a consistent contender.

Dan Latham, Yarmouth senior goalie: Latham’s numbers slipped some from his superb sophomore year (1.92 GAA). But he still came up big at times, including 34 saves in a quarterfinal upset of Cape Elizabeth.

Colin Lavigne, Biddeford senior forward: Lavigne is a playmaker and special teams ace. A coaches’ second-team selection, Lavigne was second in assists for the Tigers last year (12) and added eight goals.

Ethan Marsh, Kennebunk/Wells senior defenseman: When the Wells’ merger with Noble ended after last season, the Warriors joined Kennebunk, meaning the Rams get a standout player in Marsh.

Jake Martin, York junior forward: Voted the coaches’ Class B South Forward of the Year, Martin totaled 41 points (23 goals and 18 assists) in leading the Wildcats to the state championship game.

Cooper May, Yarmouth senior forward: May followed a solid sophomore season (20 points) with a team-leading 32 points last year (16 goals/16 assists). He was a coaches’ Class B South first-team selection.

Andy Moore, Greely sophomore forward: Stellar on both ends of the ice, Moore is a speedy center who recorded 16 goals and 13 assists, helping lead the Rangers to the Class B South championship game.

Owen Sullivan, Biddeford senior goalie: Sullivan had five shutouts last year, on his way to a 2.20 GAA and .900 save percentage. He was chosen to the coaches’ All-State Class A second team.

Donato Tocci, Portland/Deering junior defenseman: Tocci is an offensive-minded defenseman with a team-leading 16 goals (and seven assists) last year. He was selected to the coaches’ All-State Class A first team.

Garrett Tracy, Falmouth junior defenseman: Tracy emerged last year as one of the Yachtsmen’s top defensemen, and will now lead the defensive effort for the defending Class A South champions.

Liam Turner, Biddeford senior defenseman: Another experienced player for the Tigers, Turner is an excellent skater and was selected to the coaches’ All-State Class A second team.

Brandon Wasser, Scarborough senior goalie: A two-year starter, Wasser had a 2.41 GAA and .904 save percentage last season. He will be tested. Scarborough lost many regulars, including all its defensemen.

– Kevin Thomas

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Boys’ hockey preview: Biddeford seeks return to past glory Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 BIDDEFORD — They return 11 seniors. That fact alone used to mean Biddeford High would be a sure favorite in boys’ hockey.

But these are different times. No longer are there 45 to 50 players in the Tigers’ program, but 24. And it’s been a while since they’ve been a force.

Biddeford, the school that won three Class A state titles in four years (2007, 2008 and 2010), has not been to the state title game since. The Tigers have been ousted in the regional quarterfinals each of the last six years.

Maybe 2017-18 will be different.

“I definitely see this being a lot more successful than the past couple of seasons,” said senior defenseman Liam Turner. “It’s not like we’ve had bad seasons. We just get to the playoffs and it doesn’t go our way.”

Turner and his teammates grew up watching Tigers hockey at Biddeford Ice Arena. “Always came to games whenever I could,” said Turner, who was on hand when Biddeford won the 2010 championship.

Those young fans are now Biddeford players. Repeating the success is not so easy.

“It’s been hard the past couple of years,” said senior forward Colin Lavigne. “We want to win. We’ve always wanted to win, watching (earlier Biddeford teams) win when we were younger.”

The 2011 Tigers were undefeated before being upset, 4-3, by rival Thornton Academy in the regional final.

Since then, it’s been quarterfinal losses, the past four particularly upsetting.

In 2014, the third-seeded Tigers were upset by No. 6 Thornton (it was hardly a case of home ice advantage since Thornton also uses the Biddeford Ice Arena).

The 2015 loss came in overtime to Scarborough, but the 2016 overtime loss was even tougher. Biddeford led Cheverus 4-0, only to lose, 6-5. The 2017 quarterfinals featured another one-goal loss, 3-2, to Scarborough.

Jason Tremblay took over as coach last season. It was a time to build toward, what he hopes, is a true contender this season.

“We have a solid nucleus coming back – 11 seniors, all who saw time last year and understand the coaching staff’s expectations,” said Tremblay, who coached Cape Elizabeth to two Class B state titles (2005-06) before becoming an assistant coach the University of New England.

Tremblay has another credential on his resume – he played hockey for Biddeford High, graduating in 1994. Back then, Tremblay remembers twice as many skaters in a Biddeford uniform. “It’s changed,” he said.

“But we believe we will be right in the mix, and we have a very difficult schedule.”

Biddeford never has shied away from powerhouses – and its tough scheduling has sometimes hurt the Tigers when it comes time to seed teams for the playoffs. This year, Biddeford plays all the top teams twice, including Lewiston, which is gunning for a third straight state championship.

And the two games against Thornton will be a challenge, because the Trojans look improved. That should have the Biddeford Ice Arena rocking, twice.

“That will be fun,” Lavigne said. “The energy level is always high for those games.”

Biddeford also has two Class B powers on its schedule. The Tigers beat the defending Class B South champs, York, 3-0 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.


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Field hockey: Maine Sunday Telegram All-State team Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Haley Carter, Skowhegan senior sweeper: A repeat All-State selection, Carter holds the school record for defensive saves with 69. She became involved in offensive penalty corners this year, and had five goals and nine assists, giving her six goals and 11 assists in her career. She will play at Hofstra University.

Maliea Kelso, Skowhegan junior center midfielder: A repeat All-State selection, Kelso had 22 goals and 10 assists for the Class A champions, often coming through with clutch plays. She possesses exceptional stickwork and field sense. Kelso has committed to play at Northeastern.

Maddison LeBeau, Westbrook senior center midfielder: The catalyst for Westbrook’s run to the Class A South championship, LeBeau finished with six goals and 16 assists this year, controlling everything the Blue Blazes did with her playmaking ability. She will play at Division II St. Anselm.

Autumn Littlefield, Messalonskee junior defense: A repeat All-State selection, Littlefield had 14 goals and five assists for the Eagles, bringing her career totals to 31 goals and 16 assists. She’s quick with the stick and has a hard drive. She has committed to play at Boston College.

Haley Lowell, Messalonskee senior center midfielder: Our Player of the Year and winner of the Miss Maine Field Hockey Award, Lowell had the ability to control a game with her stick skills and passing. She had 12 goals and four assists, giving her 36 goals and 22 assists in her career. She will play at Boston University.

Sydney Meader, Boothbay senior forward: A finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, Meader was one of the top scorers in the state over her career. This year she had 38 goals and three assists, giving her 86 goals and 18 assists in her career. She will play at the University of Maine.

Kelsey Mehuren, Belfast senior center midfielder: Mehuren controlled not only the center of the field but the entire game with her ability to defend and pass. She played the trailer on defensive corners and also was involved in offensive corners. She had 16 career goals, 14 assists and 12 defensive saves. She will play at UMaine.

Emma Rutledge, Massabesic senior forward: Rutledge finished her high school career in grand fashion, setting school records for goals in a season (22) and a career (68). She also had eight assists this year and 21 in her career. She is undecided on her college choice.

Leah Savage, Skowhegan senior goalie: Savage allowed only seven goals and had 13 shutouts for the Class A state champions, often coming up with a big save whenever an opponent got through the defense. She was a first-team all-KVAC selection. She is undecided on her college choice.

Hannah Trottier-Braun, St. Dominic senior forward: Trottier-Braun scored a state-record 59 goals this fall, including the overtime winner in the Class C final, to go with 17 assists. That gave her 111 career goals, also a state record. She has yet to make her college decision.

Addi Williams, MCI senior forward: Williams ended an incredible season by scoring three goals in MCI’s 5-0 win over York in the Class B state final. For the season she had 38 goals and three assists, giving her 86 career goals and 18 assists. She hopes to play at Endicott College.


Brian Kay and Jennifer Brown, St. Dominic: Kay, in his 18th year, and Brown, in her first, directed the state’s only undefeated team. St. Dom’s dominated with offensive pressure. “People say defense wins championships,” said Kay, “but putting the ball in the net wins championships, too.” St. Dominic scored 143 goals and gave up nine.


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Field hockey: Haley Lowell, Messalonskee Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Three years ago, Katie McLaughlin entered the Messalonskee High field hockey preseason almost in a panic.

The Eagles’ coach had no idea who would play center midfield, perhaps the most important position on the field.

Then she saw freshman Haley Lowell play.

“There was no doubt, after one practice, that the position was hers,” said McLaughlin. “She’s just so smart, composed, and has a natural ability for field hockey.”

It showed throughout her career for the Eagles, and now Lowell is being honored as the Maine Sunday Telegram’s Field Hockey Player of the Year. She also was named Miss Maine Field Hockey.

Not bad for someone who didn’t pick up the sport until the fifth grade.

“Up until then, I thought soccer was going to be my No. 1 sport,” said Lowell, a senior who also runs indoor track and plays lacrosse. “I wanted to play it in college. Then field hockey came along, and that all changed quickly. Once I started playing, I realized how much I loved it and just naturally picked it up quickly. It just took off from there.”

Messalonskee senior Haley Lowell. Staff photo by Andy Molloy

Lowell will play at Boston University. The Terriers went 14-8 this fall, losing to eventual national champion Connecticut 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Using superior stick skills, speed and an uncanny ability to see the whole field, Lowell had 12 goals and four assists this year. She finished with 36 goals and 22 assists in her career.

McLaughlin said she often marveled at how Lowell was able to gain control of the ball and then either stickhandle through opposing players or, in one swift motion, somehow find an open teammate with a pass.

“She was an absolute role model for her peers and youth players,” said McLaughlin. “I can’t say enough good things about her.

“She was incredibly coachable. She always maintained eye contact when you were talking to her and she took your words to heart. She really was an impeccable player.”

Stepping into the center midfield position as a freshman certainly gave Lowell a boost. “I was ready to play wherever I could get playing time,” said Lowell. “I was shocked at how much (McLaughlin) trusted me to be there as a freshman.”

Playing for the Maine Majestix club team in national tournaments from California to Florida helped develop her skills.

“I love to challenge myself,” she said. “Field hockey is a team sport, but there are a lot of individual opportunities.”

While the Eagles never won a state championship – losing to Skowhegan each of the last three years in the regional final – Lowell said she’ll always appreciate her high school career.

“I think what I’ll remember most, and I know it might sound a little cliche, is getting to play with some of my best friends,” she said. “There were like family to me. It makes everything that much better, getting to know them and play field hockey with them.”


Haley Carter, Skowhegan senior sweeper: A repeat All-State selection, Carter holds the school record for defensive saves with 69. She became involved in offensive penalty corners this year, and had five goals and nine assists, giving her six goals and 11 assists in her career. She will play at Hofstra University.

Maliea Kelso, Skowhegan junior center midfielder: A repeat All-State selection, Kelso had 22 goals and 10 assists for the Class A champions, often coming through with clutch plays. She possesses exceptional stickwork and field sense. Kelso has committed to play at Northeastern.

Maddison LeBeau, Westbrook senior center midfielder: The catalyst for Westbrook’s run to the Class A South championship, LeBeau finished with six goals and 16 assists this year, controlling everything the Blue Blazes did with her playmaking ability. She will play at Division II St. Anselm.

Autumn Littlefield, Messalonskee junior defense: A repeat All-State selection, Littlefield had 14 goals and five assists for the Eagles, bringing her career totals to 31 goals and 16 assists. She’s quick with the stick and has a hard drive. She has committed to play at Boston College.

Haley Lowell, Messalonskee senior center midfielder: Our Player of the Year and winner of the Miss Maine Field Hockey Award, Lowell had the ability to control a game with her stick skills and passing. She had 12 goals and four assists, giving her 36 goals and 22 assists in her career. She will play at Boston University.

Sydney Meader, Boothbay senior forward: A finalist for Miss Maine Field Hockey, Meader was one of the top scorers in the state over her career. This year she had 38 goals and three assists, giving her 86 goals and 18 assists in her career. She will play at the University of Maine.

Kelsey Mehuren, Belfast senior center midfielder: Mehuren controlled not only the center of the field but the entire game with her ability to defend and pass. She played the trailer on defensive corners and also was involved in offensive corners. She had 16 career goals, 14 assists and 12 defensive saves. She will play at UMaine.

Emma Rutledge, Massabesic senior forward: Rutledge finished her high school career in grand fashion, setting school records for goals in a season (22) and a career (68). She also had eight assists this year and 21 in her career. She is undecided on her college choice.

Leah Savage, Skowhegan senior goalie: Savage allowed only seven goals and had 13 shutouts for the Class A state champions, often coming up with a big save whenever an opponent got through the defense. She was a first-team all-KVAC selection. She is undecided on her college choice.

Hannah Trottier-Braun, St. Dominic senior forward: Trottier-Braun scored a state-record 59 goals this fall, including the overtime winner in the Class C final, to go with 17 assists. That gave her 111 career goals, also a state record. She has yet to make her college decision.

Addi Williams, MCI senior forward: Williams ended an incredible season by scoring three goals in MCI’s 5-0 win over York in the Class B state final. For the season she had 38 goals and three assists, giving her 86 career goals and 18 assists. She hopes to play at Endicott College.


Brian Kay and Jennifer Brown, St. Dominic: Kay, in his 18th year, and Brown, in her first, directed the state’s only undefeated team. St. Dom’s dominated with offensive pressure. “People say defense wins championships,” said Kay, “but putting the ball in the net wins championships, too.” St. Dominic scored 143 goals and gave up nine.


]]> 0 her first practice as a freshman to her final playoff game, this was no question that Haley Lowell, the Field Hockey Player of the Year, was a special center midfielder for Messalonskee High.Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:36:50 +0000
Saturday’s high school roundup: Biddeford posts shutout in boys’ hockey opener Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:02:54 +0000 DOVER, N.H. — Logan Magnant opened the scoring just 1:08 into the game and Biddeford started its boys’ hockey season with a 3-0 win Saturday over York at Dover Ice Arena.

Curtis Petit made it 2-0 midway through the first, and Nick McSorley added a second-period goal.

PORTLAND/DEERING 3, THORNTON ACADEMY 2: Portland/Deering erased a 1-0 deficit when Cam Clifford and Mikias Silva scored just eight seconds apart early in the second period, and Clifford made it 3-1 later in the period as the Bulldogs triumphed at Biddeford.

Owen Dubois and Chandler Bilodeau scored for Thornton.

LEWISTON 8, SCARBOROUGH 0: Alex Robert recorded two goals and two assists as the Blue Devils beat the Red Storm in Lewiston.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, GORHAM 1: Alex Glidden scored twice in the first period and Phil Tarling got a late power-play goal as the Capers defeated the Rams in Gorham.

SOUTH PORTLAND 4, BRUNSWICK 3: Gus Lappin, Aiden Schifano, Mitchell Adams and Devin Hannon scored for South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete in a victory at Troubh Ice Arena.

Brunswick got two goals from Michael Deveaux and one from Jared Hummer.

EDWARD LITTLE 6, WINDHAM 1: Aaron Perkins notched a hat trick to lead the Red Eddies to a win in Gorham.

Derek Corbett scored in the third period for the Eagles.

MARSHWOOD 8, MARANACOOK 0: Henry Honkonen had three goals and an assist, and Chase Stanley added two goals for Marshwood/Traip/Sanford in a win over Maranacook/Winthrop/Madison at Dover, New Hampshire.


GREELY 4, CAPE ELIZABETH 2: Courtney Sullivan scored twice and assisted on Madison Pelletier’s tiebreaking goal in the third period, leading Greely/Gray-New Gloucester (5-0) to a win over Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland (3-1) in Portland.

Nicoletta Coupe scored twice for the Capers in the third period.

CHEVERUS 6, PORTLAND 0: Abby Lamontagne had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Stags (4-0) past the Bulldogs (2-2) in Portland.

Lucia Pompeo also scored twice. Sophia Pompeo and Emma McCauley each added a goal.

BIDDEFORD 3, YARMOUTH 2: Paige Boudreau scored the tying goal in the third period and the winner in overtime to give Biddeford/Thornton Academy (3-2) a victory over Yarmouth/Freeport (0-5-1) at Biddeford.

Yarmouth took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Lilly Weinrich and Lily Caulfield. Katie Monson made it 2-1 later in the period.

FALMOUTH 4, YORK 2: Rachael Morse scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and assisted on an insurance goal by Samantha Means as Falmouth (1-3) edged York/Traip Academy (2-2) in Rochester, New Hampshire.

Second-period goals by Kyla Gallup and Stone Carmichael put Falmouth ahead 2-1 after York’s Grace Campbell scored in the first period.

Sophie Blanchard tied it in the third period.

LEWISTON 6, SCARBOROUGH 1: Gemma Landry and Brie Dube each scored twice, and Sara Robert contributed a goal and two assists as Lewiston/Monmouth/Oak Hill (4-0) defeated Scarborough (2-3) in Lewiston.

Taylor Veilleux scored for Scarborough.


WELLS 54, WAYNFLETE 30: Franny Ramsdell scored 17 points to lead the Warriors past the Flyers in Portland.

Lydia Giguere paced Waynflete with 14 points.


PINE TREE CHRISTIAN 58, SEACOAST CHRISTIAN 52: Jared Tamaleaa scored 31 points and Alex Schlisner added 14 as the Breakers defeated the Guardians in Freeport.

Jet Archer paced Seacoast with 28 points.


GREELY 85, CAPE ELIZABETH 44: Anna DeWolfe scored 31 points and freshman Camille Clement added 22 as the Rangers beat the Capers in Cumberland.

Brooke Harvey scored 15 points and Erin O’Rourke had 14 for the Capers.


FALMOUTH 9, MASSABESIC 0: Theo Hembre and Brendan Hickey each scored two goals as the Yachtsmen defeated Massabesic/Bonny Eagle/Old Orchard Beach in Gorham.

Hembre also assisted on two goals, and Hickey had one assist. Jack Kidder and Marcus Cady each added a goal and two assists, and Owen Drummey, Charlie Emple and Lou Mainella also scored.

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Girls’ basketball: Newcomers make big splash for Portland Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:02:25 +0000 SACO — Portland sophomore Gemima Motema made quite an impression in her first high school game.

Motema scored 11 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while adding five blocks, four assists and four steals to lead the Bulldogs to a 39-30 season-opening win over Thornton Academy in an SMAA girls’ basketball game Saturday afternoon.

Motema came to the United States from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Saturday was her first official game on American soil. She played with incredible aggressiveness and displayed elite athleticism with her speed and leaping ability.

“It was fun; (it was) a tough game. We kept going and we won,” said Motema. “The best part of (my game) is to make my shot and defense.”

Motema is joined by cousins Amanda and Davina Kabantu as newcomers not only to Portland, but to America. Amanda Kabantu scored nine points and Davina chipped in with six.

Motema has high expectations and a strong belief in her team, which is expected to be much improved after winning only three games last year. Motema’s arrival is a main reason for Portland’s optimism.

She certainly doesn’t lack confidence.

“I think we are going to win the championship,” said Motema.

Motema recognizes, though, that the Bulldogs have plenty of things to work on.

“(We need to improve on) defense and make our shots,” said Motema.

Portland Coach Gerry Corcoran sees a lot of room for improvement for his team and would rather not look too far ahead.

“We have a nice equation here for success. One game at a time. We talked about (what to clean up) in the locker room … practice on Monday,” said Corcoran.

Portland dominated the offensive glass in the first half, snatching 23 offensive rebounds compared to just five for Thornton Academy.

“We talked about (offensive rebounds) before the game and we definitely talked about it at halftime, that we felt like we were giving up too many second shots,” said Thornton Academy Coach Eric Marston.

Despite the large disparity in rebounds, Portland only led 21-15.

“The first thing we talked about at the half: we should be up 15, 16 points,” said Corcoran.

The Trojans made adjustments and held the Bulldogs to four offensive rebounds in the second half.

After falling behind by 10 with 2:37 left in the third quarter, Thornton cut the deficit to five with 2:59 remaining in the fourth.

“I’m very, very pleased with the effort. The effort was there,” said Marston.

Portland eventually put the game away with a 9-2 run.

“Basketball is nothing but a game of runs. Could we have been up 15 if we didn’t turn the ball over, ahead by 20 points? Maybe,” said Corcoran. “But we did turn it over. We missed a lot of layups, and those are the things we have to work on, but I was so impressed with our intensity on defense.

Free throws were an issue for both teams. Thornton Academy made just 11 of 20, while Portland shot 6 for 15.

Alex Hart led Thornton with 13 points.

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Friday’s girls’ roundup: Gorham extends basketball win streak Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:26:48 +0000 WATERBORO — Mackenzie Holmes had 19 points and 12 rebounds Friday night to lead Gorham, the two-time defending Class AA girls’ basketball state champion, to a 55-34 victory against Massabesic in an SMAA opener.

Friday was the opening night of high school basketball for most of Maine’s teams.

Adele Nadeau added 18 points for Gorham, which took a 31-19 halftime lead and extended its winning streak to 43 games.

McKenzy Ouellette led Massabesic with 14 points, Marissa Holt tossed in 12 and Maddie Drain grabbed a game-high 13 boards.

WINDHAM 46, CHEVERUS 43: Hannah Talon scored 22 points to lead the Eagles at Windham in Gary Fifield’s debut as the Cheverus coach.

Trailing 24-23 at halftime, Windham outscored Cheverus 13-8 in the third quarter and held off the Stags in the fourth.

Megan Hoffses scored nine points for Windham and Tara Flanders added eight.

Abby Cavallaro led Cheverus with 13 points. Fifield took over the program by coming out of retirement after a long, successful career at the University of Southern Maine.

MARSHWOOD 62, FALMOUTH 22: Miranda Montgomery had 16 points, and Casey Perry added five points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hawks at South Berwick.

Shannon Birks and Grace Soucy each scored five points for Falmouth, and Allison Cunningham added four.

Celine Lawrence finished with nine points and a team-high five assists for Marshwood.

MEDOMAK VALLEY 66, GARDINER 61: Gabby DePatsy scored 25 points and Hallie Kunesh added 13 as the Panthers won in overtime at Waldoboro.

Aimee Adams led Gardiner with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Mikayla Bourassa and Leslie Stevens also scored 13 points, and freshman Bailey Poore chipped in with 11.

SOUTH PORTLAND 61, BONNY EAGLE 41: Maggie Whitmore scored 13 points and Sarah Boles added 11 to lead the Red Riots at South Portland.

Mackenzie Emery and Mia Ferrante scored 10 each for the Scots.

South Portland took a 17-9 lead in the first period and expanded the difference to 19 in the third. The Scots got within nine points before South Portland pulled away again.

FREEPORT 55, SACOPEE VALLEY 30: Taylor Rinaldi scored seven points in the first quarter and Caroline Smith added six as Freeport opened a 17-4 lead at South Hiram.

The Falcons expanded the lead to 34-10 by the half.

Rinaldi finished with 17 points, Alexandra Goodman added 11 and Lindsay Routhier 10 for Freeport. Kylie Day led Sacopee with eight.

POLAND 66, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 25: Natalie Theriault and Jessica Seely combined for 15 points in the first quarter as the Knights opened a 22-2 lead at Poland.

Theriault finished with a game-high 22 points, Seely chipped in with 14 and Morgan Brousseau added nine.

Sierra Lyman and Kaylee Emery led Fryeburg Academy with six points each.

SCARBOROUGH 63, SANFORD 23: Julia Freeman had 17 points and Sophie Glidden added 12 for the Red Storm at Sanford.

Samaya Santiague led Sanford with 11 points. Julia Allen added four.

BRUNSWICK 88, MORSE 17: Marley Groat led the Dragons with 21 points, 10 assists and 10 steals at Bath.

Charlotte MacMillan contributed seven points, 10 rebounds, and four steals, and Sabrina Armstrong had 16 points and three steals for Brunswick, which had 39 steals as a team and led 46-7 at halftime.

Sierra Wallace scored seven points for Morse.

WATERVILLE 42, OCEANSIDE 39: Sadie Garling scored 11 points, and Maddie Martin had six points and nine rebounds to lead the Purple Panthers at Rockland.

Paige St. Pierre scored nine points and Hannah LeClair grabbed eight rebounds for Waterville.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 65, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 27: Emily Greenlee scored 22 points to lead the Seagulls at Old Orchard Beach.

Shari Plante added 11 points for Old Orchard and Sydney Plummer scored 13 for the Panthers.

Kaitlyn Cote and Brianna Plante, who finished with a combined nine steals, keyed an Old Orchard defense that held NYA to 15 points over the middle two periods while the Seagulls stretched a 13-9 lead to 52-24 entering the final quarter.

MAINE GIRLS’ ACADEMY 52, NOBLE 44: Jill Joyce scored 22 points to lead the Lions at North Berwick.

Amy Fleming led Noble with 13 points. Raegan Kelly added 11.

KENNEBUNK 45, BIDDEFORD 38: Jessica Dupler scored 11 points and Alaina Schatzabel had nine for the Rams, who held onto a 28-25 lead entering the fourth quarter before pulling away at Biddeford.

Grace Martin had 24 points for Biddeford.

Alana Schatzabel added nine points and Emily Archibald scored eight for Kennebunk.

LAWRENCE 63, CONY 34: The Bulldogs took a 20-4 lead in the first quarter and went on to win at Augusta.

Brooklyn Lambert scored 15 points to lead Lawrence, and Megan Curtis and Molly Folsom each scored 11.

Sarah Caron and Cari Hopkins each had 10 points for Cony.

SKOWHEGAN 54, MT. BLUE 24: Annie Cooke had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Indians, who took to a 27-8 halftime lead at Skowhegan.

Sydney Reed added six points and eight rebounds for Skowhegan. Sydney Ames finished with a game-high 12 points.

Lexi Mittelstadt led Mt. Blue with seven points.

VALLEY 28, BUCKFIELD 16: Jillian Miller and Kennedy Savoy each had eight points to lead the Cavaliers at Bingham.

Kendra Sweet added seven points for Valley. Seneca Jacobs scored six points to lead Buckfield.

MAINE CENTRAL INSTITUTE 65, BELFAST 29: April McAlpine scored 18 points for the Huskies at Belfast.

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Friday’s boys’ roundup: Falmouth rallies in basketball opener Sat, 09 Dec 2017 04:15:34 +0000 FALMOUTH — Sean Dilworth gave Falmouth the lead for good with a basket with about four minutes remaining, then Sam Manganello hit two late free throws to ice it Friday night as Falmouth opened its SMAA boys’ basketball season by coming from behind for a 42-39 victory against Marshwood.

Friday was the opening night of high school basketball for most of Maine’s teams.

Manganello finished with a team-high 13 points for Falmouth, which trailed 26-19 at halftime and 33-30 after three quarters. Sam Hester added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Sam Aiguier finished with 18 points for Marshwood on six 3-pointers.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 44, POLAND 28: Nate Knapp scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Raiders used a 24-15 run to pull away at Fryeburg.

Tucker Buzzell added 11 points for Fryeburg.

Peter Bolduc III scored 12 points and Zach Cote added six for Poland.

SCARBOROUGH 76, SANFORD 46: Nick Fiorillo scored 32 points – 21 in the first half – and Morgan Pratt added 10 to lift the Red Storm at Scarborough.

Leyton Bickford had 10 points, and Carson Bickford and Xavier Levine each scored nine for Sanford.

WELLS 50, WAYNFLETE 47: Matt Sherburne had 23 points, five rebounds and two steals, and Cam Cousins added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors at Wells.

Asker Hussein scored 13 points and Diriage Dahia added 12 for Waynflete.

CAMDEN HILLS 82, LINCOLN ACADEMY 52: Noah Heidorn scored 11 first-half points and John Curtin tossed in three 3-pointers while Camden Hills controlled the boards to create consistent second and third chances and open a 43-16 lead at Newcastle.

Curtin finished with 21 points on seven 3-pointers. Heidorn scored 15 and Daniel Peabody had 13 for the Windjammers.

Keyden Leeman scored 17 points and Nathan Simmons finished with 15 for Lincoln.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 53, LAKE REGION 42: John Martin scored 23 points, going 9 of 9 from the foul line for the Patriots, who used a 21-12 advantage in the fourth quarter to pull away at Naples.

Josiah Rottari and Zac Brady each chipped in eight points.

Tristan Chaine and Ethan Chadwick led Lake Region with eight points apiece.

YORK 44, YARMOUTH 42: Tim MacDonald scored 13 points as the Wildcats held on at York.

York outscored Yarmouth 14-6 in the first quarter and led 39-29 heading into the fourth.

Riley Linn added eight points for York, including two 3-pointers.

Nolan Hagerty scored 19 points for the Clippers.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 48, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 32: Ian Regan combined 24 points with 10 rebounds, five steals and five assists to lead the Seagulls at Old Orchard Beach.

Te’Andre King scored 16 points to lead NYA.

Old Orchard built a 10-5 lead in the opening quarter before outscoring the Panthers 20-11 in the second. Regan scored 11 points in the second quarter.

THORNTON ACADEMY 66, MASSABESIC 50: William Mitchell had 19 points and six assists to lead the Golden Trojans, who opened a 37-12 halftime lead at Saco.

Alexander Schepis scored 22 points for the Mustangs.

CJ LaBreck had nine points and seven rebounds, and Anthony Bracamonte added 10 points and five assists for Thornton.

BONNY EAGLE 42, WESTBROOK 35: Zachary Maturo scored 16 points and Connor Sirois added 14 to lead the Scots at Standish.

Zac Manoogian scored 19 points for Westbrook.

William Hendrix added eight points for Bonny Eagle, and Sabri Najar had seven for Westbrook.

The game was tied 17-17 at halftime.

CARRABEC 66, WISCASSET 44: Evan Holzworth and Alex Stafford combined for 48 points to lead the Cobras at North Anson.

Carrabec used a 20-8 run in the second quarter to take the lead.

Holzworth finished with 25 points and Stafford added 23.

GARDINER 51, MEDOMAK VALLEY 44: Connor Maguire scored 15 points to go with seven rebounds, five assists and five blocks for the Tigers at Gardiner.

Ben Shaw contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.

Gabe Allaire scored 14 points to lead Medomak.

WINDHAM 56, CHEVERUS 51: Mike Gilman and Nick Curtis scored 17 points each to lift the Eagles at Portland.

Owen Burke scored 14 points and Matt Duchaine added 13 for Cheverus.

Hunter Coffin made a 3-pointer to give Windham a 54-51 lead with under two minutes remaining.

LAWRENCE 58, CONY 50: Nick Robertson scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs at Fairfield.

Kobe Nadeau added 13 points for Lawrence.

Jordan Roddy led Cony with 21 points. Brian Stratton chipped in eight.

HAMPDEN ACADEMY 63, MESSALONSKEE 30: Tommy Raye and Kory Winch each had three of the Broncos’ 11 3-pointers at Hampden.

Ian McIntyre led Hampden with 14 points, Winch added 13 and Raye had nine.

Messalonskee, held to five points in the first and third quarters, was led by Chase Warren with 11 points.

MONMOUTH ACADEMY 60, OAK HILL 56: The Mustangs made their foul shots down the stretch to decide an overtime game at Wales.

Monmouth, led by 21 points from Gabe Martin, made 17 of 29 foul shots. Evan Burnell chipped in 11 points.

Darryn Bailey scored 22 points for Oak Hill, which finished 8 of 27 at the foul line.

WINSLOW 77, MT. VIEW 30: Jack Morneault scored 27 points to spark Winslow at home.

Mike Wildes added 13 points for Winslow.

Adam Reed scored eight points and Kyle Noble had six for Mt. View.

VALLEY 64, BUCKFIELD 52: Josh Brown scored 18 points and Dillon Brown added 13 as the Cavaliers cruised at Bingham.

Joey Thomas scored 12 points for Valley, which led by just two after the first quarter.

Ethan Jackson scored 18 points to lead Buckfield.

BREWER 46, NOKOMIS 43: Brandon Glidden scored 15 points to lead the Witches at Newport.

SKOWHEGAN 70, MT. BLUE 37: Marcus Christopher scored 32 points led the Indians to a win in Farmington.

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Boys’ basketball: Greely picks up where it left off Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:25:57 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — During Greely’s undefeated run to the Class A state championship last year, Zack Brown was a starter as a sophomore but took a back seat to the team’s senior leaders.

He was a jack-of-all-trades – contributing wherever he was needed – but certainly didn’t stand out.

In a season-opening 66-50 victory Friday night over Cape Elizabeth, Brown looked ready for a leadership role.

The 6-foot-3 forward finished with 19 points, a team-high seven rebounds, three assists and four steals.

“Zack is a guy who does a little bit of everything,” Greely Coach Travis Seaver said. “He does all the little things (and) scores and plays great defense, too.

“He’s so important to us. He’s our quiet leader.”

Brown was instrumental in the second quarter when Greely stretched a 19-14 lead to a 14-point margin at intermission.

Greely went on an 11-0 run over the opening 4:43 of the second quarter. Brown recorded back-to-back hoops for a 25-14 bulge, then capped the run with a three-point play after coming up with a steal on the defensive end. That followed a fast-break dunk by Andrew Storey after his steal at half court.

“Coach (Seaver) basically told us that for us to win this year, we (have) to play great defense,” Brown said. “After the first quarter, it was close, so knew we had to step it up. We had to communicate more on defense, and that is why we had so much success (in the quarter).”

Logan Bagshaw paced Greely’s offense with 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and also had three steals. Storey chipped in with 10 points, three steals and three assists.

Greely senior guard Shane DeWolfe did not play because of an injury.

Finn Bowe (25 points, seven rebounds) rallied Cape Elizabeth with 15 second-half points, including a pair of 3s in an 8-0 run to open the second half and make the score 36-30.

Bagshaw then quieted the home crowd with a 3-pointer from the left corner. After a block by Jack Kane, Bagshaw canned another deep shot off a Brown’s pass for a 44-30 lead with 5:00 left in the third quarter. Brown capped the run with a layup on a back-door cut off a Mike Coppersmith pass.

Andrew Hartel was the only other Caper in double figures, finishing with 11 points.

“We rely on Bowe a lot offensively and they clearly were keying on him,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Jim Ray. “We just had long talk (after the game) that we have to get contributions and more balance in what we do on both ends on the floor.

“They lost a couple very good players in (Jordan) Bagshaw and (Matt) McDevitt, but their backcourt (Logan Bagshaw and Coppersmith) is still a pretty good backcourt. (Greely) handled themselves pretty well and they were missing one of the best players in DeWolfe.”

Brown was happy to get the first game out of the way. It being against a rival made it much more difficult for the defending champs, who will have a target on their backs all season.

“Basically, the first game is the hardest (of the season) – we didn’t know what to expect,” Brown said. “We come out at the beginning of the year and everyone is nervous. For many players, this is their first varsity game.”

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Hampden girls basketball bounces reigning champ Messalonskee Sat, 09 Dec 2017 02:02:51 +0000 OAKLAND — Messalonskee’s defense of the program’s first Class A girls basketball state championship began, not with a bang, but with a thud Friday night.

The Eagles were held to just three third-quarter points and only two second-half field goals by a determined — if not surprised — visiting Hampden Academy squad, which parlayed a 23-3 third-quarter run into a 67-29 victory in the season opener for both.

Senior guard Marissa Gilpin led three Broncos in double figures with 17 points and seven rebounds, while junior center Bailey Donavan added 14 points and 12 rebounds in the kind of well-rounded outing last winter’s Eagles became accustomed to themselves.

“This is definitely a booster,” Gilpin said. “They have a lot of great players. We were pumped to start our season this way. We went into this game super nervous and we came out super confident.”

Hampden coach Nick Winchester admitted that he was surprised by how easily the Broncos were able to knock Messalonskee down.

“We did not see that coming at all,” Winchester said. “We’ve got a group of kids buying in and we’re very diverse in terms of being to play both in and out. … I’m telling you, I didn’t see this coming. I was very nervous about what the evening would bring. But the way these kids compete, anything is possible with this group.”

Neither team was especially proficient in any phase of the game in the first half, with Hampden nursing a 26-20 lead at the break. The game, to that point, had been a slog through poor shooting, early foul trouble and turnovers on both sides of the half-court stripe.

The third quarter, though, was a completely different story.

Hampden shot 8-of-13 in the third period (62 percent), forced Messalonskee into eight turnovers and limited the Eagles to just 1-of-9 shooting. Only once down the floor did Messalonskee grab an offensive rebound to keep a possession alive.

“Our main thing right now is defense,” Gilpin said. “We shut them down inside and took away the transition. In the first half, they had a couple of transition threes, and that was a nine-point swing. We tried to take that away.”

Gilpin and sophomore Alydia Brillant (11 points) made for a dangerous duo midway through the quarter, each knocking down a 3-pointer while Donavan provided a pair of inside buckets to build the Broncos’ largest lead to that point. By the time Gilpin hit from long distance with 2:35 remaining in the period, Hampden had itself a 42-23 advantage.

There were simply too many options for the Eagles to keep track of.

“They shot the lights out, they executed defensively and they held us to one shot per trip, which is what we try to do,” Messalonskee coach Keith Derosby said. “They will cause matchup problems for a lot of teams.”

“The energy, once it gets up we try to keep it up so the momentum keeps going offensively and defensively for us,” Gilpin said.”

Sophomore Gabrielle Wener led Messalonskee with 12 points, eight in the first half as the Eagles tried to keep the game close.

The Eagles finished the night with twice as many turnovers (20) as field goals (10). Despite being down just 11-9 after one quarter and 26-20 at the half, Messalonskee was outscored 41-9 in the second half.

Four of the Eagles’ second-half points came from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

Travis Barrett — 621-5621

Twitter: @TBarrettGWC

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Boys’ basketball: Biddeford shuts down Kennebunk Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:54:40 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Jackson Oloya, Biddeford High’s 6-foot senior defensive stopper, said he heard crowd members warning him that Kennebunk sharpshooter Cam Lovejoy was “going to drop 30 on me,” before the game.

That didn’t happen. In fact, Kennebunk’s entire team barely cracked 30, as Oloya and the Tigers shut down the Rams from beginning to end. With a strong offensive start and contributions from multiple players, Biddeford rolled to a 56-31 win Friday in a Class A South season opener.

“I told them I was going to lock him down,” Oloya said.

Lovejoy averaged 15.4 points as a sophomore and was a second-team all-Western Maine Conference pick, but he scored three points Friday. The rest of the Rams were ice-cold, too, making just two shots while falling behind 18-4 in the first quarter and going 5 for 28 in the first half. Kyle Pasieniuk was the high scorer for Kennebunk with seven points, and the Rams needed a banked-in 3-pointer in garbage time to crest the 30-point barrier.

Biddeford disrupted Kennebunk with a three-quarter zone trap that effectively morphed into a half-court man-to-man.

“We were able to press, create some turnovers, kind of control the pace but not give up easy ones,” said Biddeford Coach Justin Tardif. “We did do a nice job on that slide from that zone to man.”

After scoring off the opening tip, Kennebunk made just one more basket over the next 10-plus minutes and trailed 25-4.

“I thought we got some looks, especially early – they just weren’t falling,” said Kennebunk Coach Barrett Belanger. “Defensively, they made it tough with that press. They took us out of our flow. That’s a credit to them.”

Carter Edgerton jump-started Biddeford’s offense with 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter, including three layups out of half-court sets.

“We like to try to get into the paint early on, and I was getting into the paint and they were just giving me the open looks in the paint. Hard to pass up a layup,” Edgerton said.

DeSean Cromwell heated up in the middle two quarters, scoring 10 of his game-high 14 points. Cody Saucier contributed hustle second-chance baskets for 10 points, and Oloya, scoreless through three quarters, finished off the win with three 3-pointers on consecutive shots.

“We just kept going and going. We played that press, and I think we tired them out,” Edgerton said. “Jackson locked down their (first option), and everyone else did a good job sprinting to other people.”

In the third quarter, Cromwell quickly reasserted Biddeford’s dominance with a nice hook shot in the paint and then a layup off a steal that increased the Tigers’ lead to 38-24.

The Rams didn’t get closer than 20 the rest of the way.

“It’s a wake-up call,” Belanger said. “They’re down, but we’ll get back to practice Monday and get ready for Westbrook (on) Tuesday.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

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Girls’ basketball: Lake Region rallies to beat Gray-New Gloucester Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:02:09 +0000 NAPLES — Gray-New Gloucester girls’ basketball coach Mike Andreasen knows all about senior leadership. He had it last year, when four seniors started on a Class B state championship team.

This year, however, the Patriots have no seniors on their roster. And in a season opener Friday night, Andreasen watched as Lake Region’s seniors stepped up to deliver a victory.

Chandler True scored 15 points and Lauren Jakobs had 13 as the Lakers rallied for a 38-34 win. Jakobs scored six points in the fourth quarter, and her 3-pointer with 4:41 remaining gave the Lakers the lead for good.

“They have two seniors who really stepped up,” said Andreasen. “You need your elder statesmen to make plays for you. And they did.”

Gray-New Gloucester led 29-27 entering the fourth quarter after Jordan Grant (12 points, 11 rebounds) hit two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining in the third. That the Patriots held the lead was impressive considering their best player, Bri Jordan, was in foul trouble and played only about nine minutes in the first three quarters. She finished with six points.

But Lake Region took control in the fourth, asserting itself on the defensive end with a 2-3 zone that took away the Patriots’ inside game and finally showing some confidence on offense.

“I think that we were just really nervous at the beginning,” said True. “They’re the defending champs and we had a lot on our shoulders. But we knew we had to step up and become the team that we can be to beat them.”

The Patriots led 31-29 after a fast-break layup by Abby Michaud. But then Jakobs took a pass from Isabella Russo on the right wing and swished a long 3-pointer to put Lake Region in front.

Jakobs, who didn’t score in the first half, said she had to overcome her own early game nerves.

“Knowing we could do it and had the potential, I just gained confidence in myself,” she said.

Lake Region Coach Paul True wasn’t surprised that Jakobs stepped up: “Lauren is a senior leader for us. She works hard. I’m proud of her effort, and that kid deserves every big moment she gets.”

After stopping Gray-New Gloucester twice defensively, the Lakers got a huge 3-pointer from freshman Shauna Hancock – her only basket of the game – with 3:04 remaining. Her hoop brought the Lake Region bench to its feet.

After that, said True, “our intensity went up, and the crowd, and we knew we could do it.”

Jakobs hit a free throw with 1:56 left, then True made two with 57 seconds remaining to stretch the lead to 38-33.

“They’re very quiet leaders,” True said of Jakobs and his daughter. “They lead by example, and they stuck with it and really provided some leadership for us tonight.”

This was a satisfying win for the Lakers, who have been eliminated from the regional tournament by Gray-New Gloucester each of the last two years.

“This was the outcome we wanted,” said Chandler True. “We’ve had a bad history with them.”

And Gray-New Gloucester? “We’ll learn,” said Andreasen. “We’ll learn from this.”

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Boys’ basketball: Team-by-team outlooks Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 CLASS AA NORTH


Coach: Ryan Soucie, third year

Last season: 11-8, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Tobias Ephron, sr., G; Will Shibles, sr., G; Matt Duchaine, jr., G; Patrick Foster, jr., G; Owen Burke, jr., F

Outlook: Replacing the 1-2 scoring punch of Jack Casale (graduated) and Jesse Mathews (in prep school at Kimball Union) will be the Stags’ biggest challenge. Ephron (5.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg) is a good defender and is experienced at the point. Soucie believes returning starters Shibles (4.1 ppg), Duchaine (a 6-foot-5 player who made 27 3-pointers as the sixth man) and Foster can score in double figures. Cheverus will look to apply defensive pressure and vie for a home playoff berth in a competitive division.

Ben Onek averaged 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for Deering last season. The 6-foot-6 forward is a threat on the fast break and can pull up and make 3-pointers. Staff photo by Ben McCanna


Coach: Todd Wing, fifth year

Last season: 12-7, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Ben Onek, jr., F; Darryl Germain, so., G; Junior Butera, sr., C; Ricky Despacho, sr., G; Caleb Delano, sr., G/F; Paul Nthinda, jr., F

Outlook: Onek, a 6-foot-6 inside-outside threat who averged 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds, is the only returning starter, but the Rams could go with a frontcourt of Onek, 6-5 Butera and 6-7 Nthinda, a transfer from Florida. Germain and Despacho saw significant varsity action last season. Steady and versatile Delano will have a bigger role. If Deering shoots better from outside, it will battle Windham and Edward Little for the role of Portland’s top challenger.


Coach: Joe Russo, 28th year

Last season: 19-2, won state championship

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Terion Moss, sr., G; Griffin Foley, sr., F; Manny Yugu, sr., G; Simon Chadbourne, jr., G; Pedro Fonseca, jr., F; Trey Ballew, jr., F

Outlook: The Bulldogs are favored to win a third straight state title. Moss, the 2017 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year, scores (17.6 ppg), rebounds, sets up his teammates, bedevils opposing guards (3.7 steals) and makes big plays. Foley (12.7 ppg) is another all-state caliber player and superior finisher on the break. High-energy Yugu, 3-point specialist Chadbourne, and multi-positional players Fonseca and Ballew combined to average 20.7 points in the regular season, then raised their games in the playoff run. About the only question is whether Lino Ben and Ben Fisher can combine to give the Bulldogs a paint presence.


Coach: Chad Pulkkinen, third year

Last season: 13-7, lost in regional semifinal

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Nick Curtis, sr., PG; Mike Gilman, sr., G; Dierhow Bol, jr., C; Hunter Coffin, sr., G; Nazari Henderson, sr., F; Cory Hutchison, sr., F

Outlook: Curtis and Gilman each averaged more than 17 points as juniors. Curtis is a penetrator who averaged 5.7 assists and gets to the foul line. Gilman is among the state’s purest 3-point shooters (58 made on 41 percent shooting). Bol gives the Eagles a 6-foot-6 shot blocker and top rebounder. Top defender Coffin, Henderson and emerging offensive threat Hutchison also return. Were it not for Portland, the Eagles would be favored to win their first regional title.



Coach: Mike Francoeur, third year

Last season: 6-13, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Zach Maturo, so., G; Will Hendrix, jr., F/C; Connor Siriois, sr., G; Nick Thorne, sr., G

Outlook: The Eagles return 13 of 14 players, including SMAA Rookie of the Year Maturo, a 6-foot-1 slasher. Seniors Sirois, three-year starter Thorne, returning starter Christian Napolitano and Casey Maturo are expected to lead a youthful bunch. At 6-4, Hendrix is a three-year varsity player who will provide points and rebounds. The Scots probably aren’t ready to challenge regional favorite South Portland, but they’re capable of a top-four finish.


Coach: Mark Karter, fifth year

Last season: 5-15, lost in regional semifinal

Returning starters: 0

Impact players: Sean Pocock, sr., F; Nick Strout, so., G; Tom Nelson, jr., F; Jordan Bretton, so., G; Ryan Reno, so., C

Outlook: Youth will be served in Gorham, at all positions. The Rams will look to use the 3-pointer more, with multiple players capable of scoring from long range. Gorham needs to play tough defense to create fast-break opportunities. Reno is 6-foot-6. Consistent improvement is Gorham’s focus.


Coach: Chris Binette, third year

Last season: 2-16

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Isaac Desvergnes, sr., G; Nick Amabile, sr., G; Alex Schepis, sr., G; Ethan Roy, so., F; Nick Roberge, so., F

Outlook: The Mustangs are young and not very big, but Binette loves their competitiveness and team speed. Senior captains Desvergnes, Amabile and Schepis are scoring threats. Roy was the sixth man last year. Junior center Bobby Woods (6-foot-4, 265 pounds) is a second-year basketball player with raw skills, though currently injured. If the young talent emerges quickly, Massabesic could challenge for a top-four spot.


Coach: Kevin Jackson, third year

Last season: 0-18

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Luke Carlock, sr., G/F; Garrett Brown, so., G/F; Bryce Cantin, jr., F; Tyler Oliver, jr., G

Outlook: Carlock is the returning starter from a second straight 0-18 season, but five other players, including Brown, have varsity experience. The Knights have limited size and must work diligently to rebound. Improved commitment to the summer program has Noble more prepared this season. Last winter, the Knights were 15th in scoring and last in defense in the 17-team SMAA.


Coach: Ryan Martin, first season

Last season: 8-11, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Matthew Romano, jr., F; Michael Lunny, sr., C; Ethan Emard, sr. G; Leyton Bickford, so., F

Outlook: Martin, the 2008 Mr. Maine Basketball at Maranacook, was hired last spring and worked with his team over the summer. Emard, the lone returning starter, is injured to start the season. Romano contributed (5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists) as a reserve. Bickford is a promising 6-foot-4 player, and Lunny is a strong 6-2. The Spartans pressure the ball well and can score in transition. Sanford should be able to go 10 or 11 players deep and has enough talent to surprise teams.


Coach: Phil Conley, second year

Last season: 7-13, lost in regional semifinal

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Morgan Pratt, sr., G; Reece Lagerquist, sr., C; Nick Fiorillo, jr., G/F; Jaquan Seme, sr., F

Outlook: Scarborough looks ready to improve. The 6-foot-7 Fiorillo (14.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 36 3-pointers) emerged last season as a top player in the SMAA and is faster and stronger. Scoring threat Pratt (7.7 points) and top defender Seme, the former sixth man, are complementary combo guards. Lagerquist is a strong athlete in the middle. Tyler Gobeil adds backcourt depth. State champion quarterback Zoltan Panyi can contribute in his first year of high school basketball.


Coach: Kevin Millington, third year

Last season: 17-4, lost in state final

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Riley Hasson, sr., F; Noah Malone, sr., G; Liam Coyne, sr., G; Connor Buckley, sr., G

Outlook: The two-time South champs will be looking to run, with Hasson, Malone, Coyne and Buckley all capable of playing point guard. Malone (10.1 points) and Buckley (8.0 points) are the leading returning scorers. The 6-foot-4 Hasson is an all-around contributor, and Coyne is among the top defensive players in the league. The Red Riots are considered the regional favorite, have size with juniors Shippen Savidge (6-7) and Scott Lewis (6-6), and incoming players with ample subvarsity success.

David Keohan helped Thornton Academy reach the Class AA South regional final last season when he averaged 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Staff photo by John Ewing


Coach: Bob Davies, 15th year

Last season: 17-3, lost in regional final

Returning starter: 1

Impact players: David Keohan, sr., F

Outlook: It’s essentially a brand new team, but All-Telegram pick Keohan (16.4 points, 7.9 rebounds) is back. Sophomore Will Mitchell averaged 3.1 points last season. Junior guards Anthony Bracamonte and CJ LaBreck are good athletes who excelled in football. Jack Webb (6-foot-5, 295 pounds), Will Chapman, Adam Lovejoy and Andre Hart saw limited varsity action last season. Thornton will continue to play tight man-to-man defense, and despite the roster overhaul, is seen by opposing coaches as a top-three team in the region.



Coach: Jeff Hart, 36th year

Last season: 5-13

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Noah Heidorn, sr. G/F; John Curtin, sr., F; Daniel Peabody, sr., C/F

Outlook: After a three-year absence from the playoffs, the Windjammers expect to continue to improve this season and make the playoffs. Three-year starter Heidorn is a good pull-up shooter. The 6-foot-7 Curtin and sturdy 6-5 Peabody are also returning varsity players who should give the team a solid paint presence.


Coach: Nick DePatsy, 11th year

Last season: 18-1, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 0

Impact players: Brent Stewart, sr., G; Gabe Allaire, so., F; Ryan Creamer, jr., G; Josh Goldrup, sr., G; Chris Bowman, jr., G; Ethan Spear, jr., F

Outlook: Stewart is the only returning varsity player from a team that went undefeated in the regular season, but DePatsy is optimistic, especially after a solid summer and preseason that featured scrimmages against quality Class AA teams. Stewart, Creamer and Goldrup will be the pacesetters, and the 6-foot-4 Allaire has a versatile offensive game. Bowman adds a hard-working element.



Coach: Justin Tardif, fifth year

Last season: 8-11, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Kyle Norton, sr., G; Carter Edgerton, jr., G; Cody Saucier, jr., F; Desean Cromwell, sr., C; Jackson Olaya, sr., G

Outlook: Norton (team-high 13.7 points per game) and Edgerton are the returning starters, and Saucier and Cromwell (6.4 points) played in every game. Norton is out until the first of the year because of an injury, but Tardif believes he has several players capable of scoring in double figures. Often one of the smallest teams, the Tigers have modest size with the 6-foot-3 Cromwell and 6-2 senior Zachary Reali. Biddeford improved by seven wins last season and looks to continue its upward climb.


Coach: Todd Hanson, 22nd year

Last season: 11-8, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 0

Impact players: Colby Bucknam, sr., C; Kyle Hanson, sr., G; Noah Cox, jr., G

Outlook: The Dragons don’t have a returning starter but do have eight varsity veterans with “a high basketball IQ,” who work well together, according to Coach Hanson. The 6-foot-6 Bucknam was the sixth man and a good post scorer. Kyle Hanson will play the point for his father. Cox is a good perimeter shooter. Despite the turnover, Brunswick figures to be a team that wins more than it loses.


Coach: Dave Halligan, 31st year

Last season: 15-6, lost in regional final

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Jack Bryant, sr., G/F; Nick Hester, jr., F

Outlook: Injuries have set Falmouth back. Sophomore Michael Simonds, regarded as the team’s top returner, broke his leg in the final football game, and co-captain Nikko DePatsy (knee) is also unlikely to return. That leaves Bryant, a good rebounder, as the only player with significant varsity experience. Hester is a promising 6-foot-7 player. Guards Sam Manganello and Alex Marcotte, junior forward Doug Cooke and sophomores Emmett Hamilton (6-4 center) and Brady Douglas will look to fill the gaps and keep Falmouth in the top tier. “We’re going to be competitive. Nobody needs to feel sorry for us,” Halligan said.


Coach: Sedge Saunders, 20th year

Last season: 8-11, lost in prelim

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Joe Lebrun, sr., F; Ryan Hewes, sr., G; Cody Gullikson, sr., F; Scott Parker, sr., G/F

Outlook: If the undersized Raiders can rebound well, they can take the next step and get past the preliminary round. Lebrun, Hewes, Gullikson and Parker are returning starters and captains. Nate Knapp, a junior guard, and junior forward/guard Tucker Buzzell are good athletes who have improved their basketball skills and looked good in preseason. With 12 upperclassmen on the roster, Fryeburg has depth and experience.


Coach: Travis Seaver, sixth year

Last season: 22-0, won Class A championship

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Zack Brown, jr., G; Shane DeWolfe, sr., G; Jack Kane, sr., F; Mike Coppersmith, jr., G; Drew Storey, jr., F; Logan Bagshaw, so., G

Outlook: After graduating Telegram Player of the Year Matt McDevitt, scoring guard Jordan Bagshaw and inside force Ryan Twitchell, a drop-off seems inevitable. But the Rangers are still seen as the team to beat in Class A South. Brown, an unsung scoring threat, and defensive thorn DeWolfe are an experienced backcourt. Kane is a rugged 6-foot-6 post player, and Coppersmith often provided scoring and intensity off the bench. Storey is another 6-6 player ready to contribute.


Coach: Barrett Belanger, fourth year

Last season: 8-12, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Cole Hoffman, sr., F; Cam Lovejoy, jr., G; Tripp Bush, jr., G; Zack Sullivan, jr., G; Max Murray, so., F; Kyle Pasieniuk, so., G

Outlook: The still-youthful Rams return as much scoring as any Class A team, with second-team WMC pick Lovejoy (15.4 points, 3.5 assists), Sullivan (11 points, 5.5 rebounds) and Pasieniuk (7.7 points). Lovejoy, Sullivan and Bush are three-year varsity players. The 6-foot-4 Murray is another promising player who was hurt early last season. The Rams should be a good defensive team. The key to rising above .500 will be sharing the ball effectively.


Coach: Ryan Ball, fourth year

Last season: 6-13, lost in Class B South quarterfinal

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Bryce York, jr., G; Keyden Leeman, sr., G; Nathan Masters, sr., F; Joel Hatch, jr., F

Outlook: Bumped up to Class A this season, Lincoln will rely on its backcourt. York will handle the majority of the ballhandling duties and Leeman is the top scoring threat. Masters is out because of a broken bone in his arm but is expected to return and add rebounding, scoring and leadership. The 6-foot-3 Hatch can rebound and finish inside.


Coach: Lewis Atkins, second year

Last season: 6-12

Returning starters: 0

Impact players: Brandon Libby, jr., C; Sam Aiguier, jr., PG; Ian Bryant, jr., G; Ian Parmley, sr., G; Jake Perry Sr., F

Outlook: The addition of Libby, a 6-foot-8 inside player who moved from New Hampshire and took part in summer workouts, is a definite plus. Bryant, the JV MVP last season, adds some scoring punch. Like many other Class A South teams, the Hawks have new players and a few veterans in bigger roles. Aiguier was in the regular rotation by the end of last season. He, Bryant and Parmley are good shooters.


Coach: Brian Bennett, third year

Last season: 4-14

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Parker Onorato, sr., PG; Tom Warren, jr., F; Josh Doughty, sr., F; Tyriek Foster, sr., G

Outlook: After consecutive down seasons, Morse expects improvement, led by consistent scorers Onorato and Warren. Four other players are varsity returners while two others swung between varsity and JV. There isn’t a lot of size, but there is a penchant for playing pressure defense, and young talent is coming up. Prone to giving up leads last season, Morse expects to turn more of those games into victories.


Coach: Jeff Hogan, first season

Last season: 4-14

Returning starters: N/A

Impact players: Tanner Greenleaf, sr., G; Nick Merrill, sr., G; Ryan Mello, sr., F; Max Spelke, jr., PG; Austin Damon, jr., F; Jared Balser, jr., F

Outlook: Hogan was Portland’s freshman coach the past two seasons. He inherits six seniors and six juniors who will be asked to increase tempo and shoot a bunch of 3s. Mt. Ararat averaged 44 points last season but should improve on that figure. Balser is a potential 6-foot-8 force, and senior captain Spelke will run the show. Three-year varsity players Merrill (a perimeter threat) and Mello, and slasher Greenleaf have the skills and desire to score. Hogan believes he has the depth to make his go-go style work.

Zac Manoogian is the leading returning scorer in the SMAA after averaging 18.4 points per game for Westbrook last season. Staff photo by Derek Davis


Coach: Dan LeGage, third year

Last season: 13-6, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Zac Manoogian, sr., G; Landon Sjoberg, sr., F; Kyle Champagne, jr., PG; Deng Jany, sr., F

Outlook: Manoogian (18.4 points) is the leading returning scorer in the SMAA and can shoot from distance and get to the line. Team leader Sjoberg (6.3 points), returning starter Champagne (4.9 points, 3.1 rebounds) and the 6-foot-3 Jany (5.8 rebounds) are also tested veterans. If the Blue Blazes develop some depth and make a higher percentage of their shots, they can challenge Greely for the top spot in Class A South. A lack of size could cause matchup problems.


Coach: Paul Marquis, first season

Last season: 12-8, lost in regional semifinal

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Alex Nickerson, sr., G; Alex Zinkevicz, sr., F; Chris Cummins, jr., G

Outlook: Overall, York is young, athletic, quick and quite inexperienced with four sophomores and a freshman on the varsity roster. Marquis, formerly a girls’ coach at Traip Academy and Noble, thinks his team has depth, can run the court, and will defend with pressure. Matt Talty, a junior, is the likely point guard, and 6-foot-5 Zinkevicz will man the middle.



Coach: Matt Breen, 14th year

Last season: 17-4, lost Class A North final

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Michael Norton Jr., sr., F; Cooper Wirkala, jr., G; Jack Lombardo, jr., G; Trevor Reed, jr., G; Josh Peaco, sr., C

Outlook: After advancing to the Class A state final in 2016 and the North final in 2017, the Mariners are now in Class B. Norton is an athletic all-around player, and the 6-foot-4 Wirkala is a skilled scorer. Lombardo and ball-hawking Reed should form a strong backcourt. Peaco, at 6-6, gives the team an inside presence. Breen believes Hermon and defending champ MDI are the teams to beat. Other coaches use the word “loaded” to describe Oceanside.



Coach: Jim Ray, 24th year

Last season: 12-8, lost in Class A South semifinal

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Finn Bowe, sr., G/F; Andrew Hartel, jr., C; David Hare, sr., G

Outlook: The 6-foot-4 Bowe, injured for the second half of last season, is one of the state’s most efficient scorers. In the six games prior to his injury, he averaged 21.5 points. Having improved 6-9 Hartel and point guard Hare back will help spread the floor. Junior forward Tanner Carpenter is another player expected to contribute as the Capers look to contend after moving from Class A to B.


Coach: Bill Ridge, third year

Last season: 5-13

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Ethan Sclar, sr., G; Toby Holt, jr., F; Nate Thomas, sr., F; Eriksen Shea, jr., G; Colby Wagner, sr., F; Gabe Wagner, so., G

Outlook: The guard-heavy team lacks size, but it does have depth to play up-tempo, which will be the Falcons’ preferred pace. The overall commitment to rebounding and defense will determine the team’s level of success.


Coach: Ryan Deschenes, sixth year

Last seaason: 10-10, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Josiah Rottari, sr., G; Zac Brady, sr., F/C; Oliver Grant, sr., G; John Martin, jr., G; Hunter Colby, jr., C; Ryan Lachance, jr., F; Josh Magno, jr., G

Outlook: The Patriots have 10 returning varsity players, so this will be a deep team with some interchangeable parts. Martin was first-team all-WMC Class B choice as a sophomore, when he averaged 17.5 points and led the league in 3-pointers. Rottari was fifth in the WMC in 3s while shooting 48 percent. Deschenes expects his team to slot into a tier behind regional favorites Cape Elizabeth and Yarmouth.


Coach: John Mayo, third year

Last season: 9-10, lost in preliminary round

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Tyler Bretton, sr., F; Ethan Chadwick, sr., F; Robbie Crockett, sr., F

Outlook: The Lakers have eight seniors, not including a couple players who are currently injured, and an abudance of players who got varsity experience last year. The Lakers should be a playoff contender again and could go deeper into the tournament.


Coach: Tyler Tracy, eighth year

Last season: 6-12

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Peter Bolduc, sr., G; Tyler Romano, sr., G; Tyler Tucci, jr., F

Outlook: With just one returning starter, the Knights are largely inexperienced. Tracy says his team’s emphasis needs to be on ball sureness and becoming great defensively, but believes the Knights have the potential to take a big step forward between now and February.


Coach: Ben Murphy, fifth year

Last season: 3-15

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Travis Weeks, sr., F; Tyler Weeks, sr., G; Josh Hart, sr., G; Tyler Fenderson, sr., G; Troy Hendricks, sr., G; Mike Murphy, jr., G/F

Outlook: Travis Weeks and his twin brother, Tyler, will be counted on for offensive impact. Three other senior guards – Hart, Fenderson and Hendricks – help form a balanced attack. Murphy will fill all portions of the stat sheet. The strength of the team should be a balanced scoring attack and unselfishness on the offensive end.


Coach: Troy Brown, 10th year

Last season: 16-6, lost in state final

Returning starters: 0

Impact players: Cam Cousins, sr., F; Matt Sherburne, jr., G; Tyler Bridge, jr., F; Liam Bell, sr., G; Dylan Mackay, sr., F; Christian Saulnier, sr., G

Outlook: While Wells technically doesn’t have a returning starter from the team that upset No. 1 Yarmouth to reach the state final, Cousins was the regional final star with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Sherburne, and the speedy and strong 6-foot-2 Bridge also played in that game, and Bell and Saulnier are varsity returners. Brown would like his team to play fast if it fits his revamped lineup. A return trip to the playoffs is likely.


Coach: Adam Smith, 14th year

Last season: 18-3, lost in regional final

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Nolan Hagerty, sr., F; Noah Eckersley-Ray, jr., G; Jonny Torres, jr., G; Ashanti Haywood, jr., G

Outlook: The 6-foot-7 Hagerty is one of the state’s top players – a threat to make a 3-pointer, a willing rebounder and effective close to the basket. Eckersley-Ray is a powerful rebounder and Torres has experience running the point. The Clippers are again a top threat in Class B, especially with 6-6 Jake Rogers and sophomore guard Aiden Hickey providing quality depth.



Coach: I.J. Pinkham, 41st year

Last season: 12-8, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Kyle Ames, sr., PG; Eli Gudroe, sr., C

Outlook: With returning starters Ames (15 ppg) and the 6-foot-4 Gudroe (8 ppg), Boothbay has a good outside-inside combination. Junior guard Steve Reny and sophomore forwards Hunter Crocker and Nick Morley have shown promise in the preseason. Pinkham thinks his athletic team can come together and be in a group with Madison, Winthrop and Dirigo chasing expected favorite Hall-Dale.


Coach: Jason Knight, sixth year

Last season: 14-6, lost in regional semifinal

Returning starters: 1

Impact Players: Te’Andre King, so., F; Connor Dillon, sr., F

Outlook: The Panthers only have nine players, but expectations remain high with King and Dillon, a pair of 6-foot-4 forwards, leading the way.


Coach: Michael Burke, third year

Last season: 8-11, lost in preliminary round

Returning starters: 3

Impact Players: Ian Regan, sr. G; Kyle Allen, sr., F; Cody Blanchette, sr., G

Outlook: The Seagulls return a proven scorer and defender in Regan, but they’ll need to find others to put points on the board. With a team that is a mix of veterans and youth, making progress through the season will be the focus, with the goal of getting past the preliminary round.


Coach: Jeremy Paul, 15th year

Last season: 7-11

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Charlie Driscoll, sr., G; Andrew Davis, sr., G; Dalan Hubbard, sr., G; Will Stuart, so., G

Outlook: As a team without much size, the Rangers will have to work hard to rebound so they can get out in transition and score easy baskets. Good communication and coming together as a team will be important for success.


Coach: Rich Henry, 14th year

Last season: 15-6, lost in regional semifinal

Returning starters: 3

Impact Players: Christian Brooks, sr., F; Abdi Mohamed, sr., G; John Veroneau, sr., F; Burr Rhoads, jr., F; Alex Saade, jr., G; Diraige Dahia, so., G; Askar Houssein, fr., G; Solomon Levy, so., F; Jared Johnson, fr., F; Dominick Campbell, fr., F

Outlook: Henry says his team is the deepest it’s been in a long time, and he’s been impressed with the improvement his players have shown individually. There’s plenty of leadership on the team, including from some of the younger players. The Flyers should be battle-tested for the playoffs with a schedule that includes Class B powers Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth.


Coach: Seth Farrington, first season

Last season: 10-10, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Zach Reed, sr., C; Kobe Carrier, sr., F; Matt Chapman, jr., F; Dylan Orr, fr., G

Outlook: Reed is the only returning varsity player, and he has a broken wrist and will be out until January. Farrington, who had been the girls’ coach at North Yarmouth Academy, likes his team’s effort and enthusiasm but knows it will take time for his players to adjust to the speed of varsity action.



Coach: Chad Sturgis, 10th season

Last season: 17-4, lost regional final

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Malakai Brimage, jr., G/F; Ernie Lorange, jr., F/G; Alex Shoureas, sr., C

Outlook: The Bears have four returning players, but many of their players are young and have never played together before. Sturgis says the team has quite a few 3-point shooters and lots of athleticism, but it lacks a true point guard. The defense will be tenacious.


Coach: John Willis, first year

Last season: 4-14

Returning starters: 1

Impact player: Mason Jones, sr., C

Outlook: Jones is the only veteran on a team stocked mostly with eighth- and ninth-graders. Willis says the focus this season is on development and rebuilding for the future.


Coach: Trevor Schlisner, fifth year

Last season: 8-12, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Jared Tamalea’a, jr., G; Evan Owen, jr., G; Billy Alcime, sr., F; Alex Schlisner, sr., G

Outlook: Pine Tree Academy will lean heavily on its defense, because there aren’t any pure scoring threats on the roster. The team has added some new players with no basketball experience but who are willing to work hard. Success will come down to how quickly the inexperienced members pick up the system and how well the short bench plays.


Coach: Skyler Archer, first season

Last season: 12-8, lost in regional semifinal

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Jetstar Archer, sr., G/F; Marlon Bernardo, jr., G/F; Jesse Towne, sr., G/F

Outlook: New coach Skyler Archer, 19, is one year removed from playing for the Guardians, who have won 26 games over the past two seasons. His brother, Jetstar, is a 6-foot-4 veteran of who can play any position. Bernardo and Towne are also returning starters. New student Ian Condon, a senior, is a 6-5 inside scorer. The schedule includes six games against Class C teams and two against Class B Sacopee Valley.

– Steve Craig, staff report

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Boys’ basketball: 10 players to watch Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Finn Bowe, Cape Elizabeth senior guard: The heady 6-foot-4 wing player was on a 21.5 ppg tear before having his junior season cut short by a serious ankle injury. He scores efficiently and when it matters, distributes the ball and rebounds.

Nick Fiorillo, Scarborough junior guard/forward: At 6-foot-7 and with an offseason spent improving his speed and strength, Fiorillo is ready to improve on his team-leading 14.8 points per game. He also averaged 4.9 rebounds and made 36 3-pointers.

Griffin Foley, Portland senior guard: Excellent at running the court and finishing on the break, Foley is a three-year starter who shot 51 percent from the floor and 43 percent from 3-point range while averaging 12.7 points for the AA champs.

Michael Gilman, Windham senior guard: Gilman teams with point guard Nick Curtis to form an explosive backcourt. With 10 pounds of added muscle, he’ll be more effective at the hoop and still a top shooter (58 3-pointers last season).

Nolan Hagerty, Yarmouth senior forward: A 6-foot-7 player with a guard’s ability to pass and shoot from 3-point range, he also can elevate inside to snare double-digit rebounds and alter shots. He’ll assume a bigger leadership and scoring role.

Riley Hasson, South Portland senior guard/forward: On a well-balanced team, Hasson contributes in multiple ways. The SMAA Defensive Player of the Year, he also scores when needed, rebounds (5.1 per game) and sets up teammates (3.3 assists).

David Keohan, Thornton Academy senior forward: At 6-foot-4, Keohan is an excellent inside scorer, using strength and good footwork to get to his spots and finish. The returning Telegram All-State pick averaged 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds.

Zac Manoogian, Westbrook senior guard: The leading returning scorer in the SMAA, Manoogian averaged 18.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.9 steals. He is also among the best in the state at creating contact and getting to the line.

Terion Moss, Portland senior guard: A returning All-State pick with superior court vision, Moss is strong enough to score in traffic and also made 42 percent of his 3-point attempts while averaging 17.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.7 steals.

Ben Onek, Deering junior forward: Offseason reports indicate the 6-foot-6 Onek is ready to improve on his sophomore season, when he averaged 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. He can run the court and dunk or pull up and make a 3-pointer.

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Boys’ basketball: 10 teams to watch Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 1. Portland: The Bulldogs return six key players from last year’s AA champions, led by all-state senior guard Terion Moss. “It’s still Terion’s state,” said Massabesic Coach Chris Binette. “Terion is the king of Candyland. He decides who gets candy and who doesn’t.” A three-peat is a good bet. Portland Coach Joe Russo, who won his 400th game last season, will work to replace graduated center Charlie Lyall, who he called his “anchor.”

2. Windham: The Eagles have never won a regional title. This year’s squad has the potential to challenge Portland in AA North. Senior guards Nick Curtis and Michael Gilman both averaged more than 17 points as juniors. Overall, nine players are back from a team that knocked off No. 3 Deering and was a few close calls shy of doing the same to No. 2 Edward Little. “They know they can beat anybody,” said Windham Coach Chad Pulkkinen.

3. South Portland: The Red Riots are the pick to win a third straight AA South title. Coach Kevin Millington’s team will get up and down the court, looking for 3-pointers from Noah Malone and Connor Buckley, and quick hits to the hoop by everyone else, including the tough defensive duo of Riley Hasson and Liam Coyne. It will be interesting to see who emerges as varsity contributors from last season’s unbeaten freshman and two-loss JV teams.

4. Greely: The Rangers graduated their three top players from a 22-0 Class A championship team. Time to worry? Maybe not. Coach Travis Seaver is confident his team will again contend. Greely has four key contributors back, more than any of the other Class A South teams except Kennebunk and Westbrook. Plus, rival Falmouth has been hit by significant injuries. And, in Jack Kane and Drew Storey, Greely has two 6-foot-6 matchup problems.

5. Scarborough: The Red Storm can be the top challenger to South Portland in Class AA South because it has its top two scorers back in Nick Fiorillo and Morgan Pratt, several other varsity returners with good size and athletic ability, and added depth. Second-year coach Phil Conley also knows his team is much further ahead this year compared to last when the Red Storm started 0-10, before finishing 7-3 with a playoff win at the Expo.

6. Westbrook: The Blue Blazes have nine players back from a 13-6 team, including SMAA leading returning scorer Zac Manoogian, team leader Landon Sjoberg and junior point guard Kyle Champagne. They also have some good size on the bench and rebound well as a team. Taking the next step will require more consistency, said Coach Dan LeGage, as well as avoiding in-game and in-season lulls that cropped up at times last season.

7. Kennebunk: The Rams could be the Class A South sleeper. With a lineup loaded with underclassmen, they went 8-12 and won a preliminary playoff game. Now, juniors Cam Lovejoy (15.4 ppg), Zack Sullivan and Tripp Bush – each a three-year starter – are known commodities, no longer able to sneak up on an unsuspecting foe. Overall, this is a team of shooters and sophomore Max Murray, hurt early last season, could be another top scoring threat.

8. Oceanside: The Mariners return nine players – seven who saw regular minutes – from their Class A North runner-up squad, and now the team is playing in Class B. Athletic 6-foot-2 senior slasher Michael Norton Jr., and 6-4 junior Cooper Wirkala were also contributors on the 2016 Class A North championship team. Oceanside should battle last year’s No. 1 seed, Hermon, and reigning state champ MDI for supremacy in the region.

9. Yarmouth: The Clippers went 18-3 and reached the regional final last season. Look for 6-foot-7 Nolan Hagerty, an all-around contributor, to expand his offensive game with the graduation of Alek Medenica, last season’s offensive focal point. In the backcourt, rebounding machine Noah Eckersley-Ray and speedy point guard Jonny Torres also return. Old rival Cape Elizabeth moves from A to B, so mark Jan. 9 (at Cape) and Jan. 23 as key dates.

10. Waynflete: Six games against quality Class B teams could dent the Flyers’ record and Heal point rankings but not their Class C contender credibility. Coach Rich Henry has unprecedented depth. Dynamic sophomore point guard Askar Houssein, 6-foot-3 senior captain Christian Brooks, and Alex Saade are returning starters and up to seven others will see significant time, including skilled, strong 6-4 freshmen Dominick Campbell and Jared Johnson.

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Boys’ basketball preview: Windham in search of that banner season Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 WINDHAM — Once you notice it, the boys’ basketball banner inside the Windham High gym keeps drawing your eye.

Unfortunately it’s for the wrong reason.

It’s completely blank in the spaces marked for regional and state championships.

“There’s nothing up there. Nothing,” said senior guard Mike Gilman.

That banner could get some celebratory alterations after this season. Windham has championship-caliber talent, seniors with multi-year experience and offensive balance.

“I really think this team is confident in their commitment and how they prepared for this year,” said third-year coach Chad Pulkkinen, a 2002 Windham graduate. “I think they have a big goal in mind. They want to go as far as they can and they believe they can go pretty far.”

“I don’t want to jinx us or anything,” said Nick Curtis, the point guard. “We just have to work hard and hopefully our goal will be accomplished.”

Class AA North is regarded as the toughest division in the state and two-time defending champion Portland, which returns its own star-studded lineup of veterans, is still the consensus favorite. But if the Bulldogs slip, Windham appears ready to ascend.

Gilman is a three-year starter who has proven he can drain 3-pointers at a prolific pace. He’s averaged over 17 points each of the past two seasons.

Curtis is another senior and three-year starter. A dervish driving to the hoop and pestering opponents, he’s led the SMAA in assists for two straight seasons while also scoring 17 points per game.

Dierhow Bol established himself as a rebounding force for Windham last season. The 6-foot-6 forward had his best games against his best competition and is a big reason why Windham should be a contender in Class AA North. Staff photo by Joel Page

Junior Dierhow Bol emerged last season as a 6-foot-6 rebounding force who had his best games against top teams: an 18-rebound, 12-point effort against his older brother Ruay and South Portland; a 19-rebound, 12-point, four-block game to help knock Edward Little from the unbeaten ranks; and 10 points with two key fourth-quarter baskets in a playoff win against No. 3 Deering.

“They have the three main ingredients covered. That automatically makes them a contender,” said Portland Coach Joe Russo.

“They’re definitely a threat. They have as good a chance as anybody,” said Cheverus Coach Ryan Soucie.

Last season Windham was a feel-good story. After going 7-11 and just missing the playoffs in Pulkkinen’s first season, the Eagles improved to 13-7 with an eight-game win streak and the aforementioned playoff upset.

Now the Eagles have nine players back, including defensive specialist and returning starter Hunter Coffin, senior forward Nazari Henderson and 6-5 senior Cory Hutchison who can be a complementary scorer from a variety of spots on the floor.

“They can’t fly under the radar anymore,” said Deering Coach Todd Wing. “They’re a senior-laden team and the expectation for them to be good will be right there from the get-go.”

The players understand that “nothing’s given to you,” as Gilman put it, especially in AA North where every team, with the possible exception of Lewiston, expects to win more than it loses.

“Every team is good,” Bol said. “In order to win, we’ve got to work hard. Every team is going to come out and fight every night and we’ve just got to fight, too.”

Mike Gilman looks at the banner for boys’ basketball at Windham High School and sees … nothing. No regional titles. No state titles. He hopes that changes this season. Staff photo by Joel Page

Last season, Windham had the fourth-best scoring offense among 17 SMAA teams, averaging 59.9 points a game. Defensively, they weren’t as strong, ranking 10th.

In contrast, Portland was first in offense and second in defense, while AA South champion South Portland ranked third in both categories.

Finally, Windham will need to prove it really has closed the gap against the perennial top teams. Beating Edward Little in the regular season and Deering in the playoffs “gave us a lot more confidence because no one was betting on us to (win) those,” Curtis said.

But the current Eagles have never beaten Cheverus. They open at Cheverus on Friday.

Then Portland comes to town on Tuesday.

Last season, two days after beating Edward Little, Windham was humbled by Portland, 96-48.

“That will be a big test. Portland is good. Really good. They’re the bar,” Pulkkinen said.

“We definitely have the pieces,” Gilman said. “We have skills in every position and we have the chemistry to do it, too.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Old vs. New: Waterville, Winslow team up on ice Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:33:49 +0000 WATERVILLE — They were once bitter cross-river rivals, separated by a mere handful of miles. They’ve won 33 state championships between them, including the first recognized state championship in Maine and the most Class B titles in state history.

Now they are joined together as one. The Waterville and Winslow high school hockey programs will play as a cooperative effort for the first time this season, rebranding themselves as the Kennebec RiverHawks for a run at the Class B North regional championship.

As the high school hockey landscape has changed, so has life in Waterville and Winslow.

“It already feels like we’re one team,” Waterville senior Chase Wheeler said.

Despite all of the nervousness, analysis and hand-wringing that came with the proposed co-op, the RiverHawks are coming together quite nicely. With many of the players having grown up playing in youth leagues together, it’s not as awkward as outsiders might imagine.

“They’ve been talking about merging Waterville and Winslow schools and teams for years. This one, when I really heard a legitimate thing come up, my feeling was ‘Well, they need to,'” said first-year head coach Jon Hart, a former standout player for Waterville. “I don’t see anything other than kids being kids. I don’t see any division, and that’s the way we’re preaching it. There is no division. That’s why we went with the new colors and the new name.”

Waterville teams won 22 state titles, including the first Class A championship in 1927 and the last two in Class B. Winslow’s 11 Class B championships, the last of which came in 2008, are the most recorded by any program.

While co-ops have become a way of life (nearly half of the state’s 36 varsity teams are co-ops), this situation is still rare. Waterville became Maine’s first program to win a state title and not field a standalone team the following season.

“I’m really excited for it,” Winslow senior Nick West said. “We have a lot of talent on this team, we have a lot of upperclassmen. I think we could go far, and we’re going to be really competitive.”

By joining forces, the team already has a leg up on a number of Class B teams. Thirty players tried out for the team, and the opening night roster will be littered with players who have won state championships and logged hundreds of varsity minutes.

Because of that, expectations are high.

“States,” Wheeler said. “We’re going for states, absolutely.”

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Class B girls basketball preview Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:26:27 +0000 Winslow has developed into a steady contender in Class B North the last few seasons and figures to contend again, despite the graduation of 1,000-point scorer Heather Kervin.

The Black Raiders return nine players from last year’s 16-2 squad. They all fit well into the team’s full-court defensive philosophy, led by the team’s five seniors: Maddy Roy, Broghan Gagnon, Alexa Petrovic, Sarah Guimond and Haley Ward.

“They all bring something to the table,” Winslow coach Lindsey Withee said. “I’m very confident with this group. Every night it will be somebody different.”

Point guard Weslee Littlefield, Maeghan Bernard, Silver Clukey and newcomer Bodhi Littlefield should all play meaningful minutes as well.

“We have to use our athleticism and shoot the ball well,” Withee said.

Maine Central Institute coach Jordan Larlee says his team will contend with good reason. The Huskies have size, skill and depth among their returning group and bring in a talented transfer from Calais in Sydney Farrar.

“This is the deepest team I’ve had coaching,” Larlee said. “It’s an extraordinarily talented group.”

Seniors April McAlpine and Sydney Morton are proven scorers while 6-foot junior Christa Carr gives the Huskies an inside presence.

“Our defense helps our offense,” Larlee said. “They love to run.”

Maranacook found replacing the core of 2014-15’s state finalist team to be a major challenge, resulting in back-to-back winless seasons. The positive is that young players had to jump into big roles, and now Maranacook is seeing the upside — four starters in Grace Despres, guards Kaylee Jones and Maggie-Anne Vigue and forward Amanda Goucher are back.

“The junior class has taken its lumps, but it’s definitely improved,” coach Jeannine Paradis said. “I think that we definitely can compete this year. We’re going to be in a lot more games this year. I think we’re going to come away with quite a few wins, and we’re just going to get stronger as the season progresses.”

A key to the mix will be Despres, who played point guard before this season but is switching to forward as Paradis looks to get her more scoring opportunities by giving the other guards a chance to handle the ball and distribute more.

“I’m looking to expand her game,” Paradis said. “She might become a 2 or 3 player.”

Injuries may slow Waterville. Senior and defensive specialist Sophie Webb is out for the season with a knee injury while four-year starter Mackenzie St. Pierre is battling a stress fracture. Sophomores Sadie Garling and Maddie Martin saw plenty of playing time last year, and there are several promising freshmen.

“The freshmen are good, they just need some seasoning,” Waterville coach Rob Rodrigue said.

Mount View has an inside weapon in 6-2 senior Andrea Crosby and a couple of good guards in Shala Davis and Kate Bennett. But the Mustangs need some continuity. Mark Cooper is their third coach in as many years and hopes to provide stability.

“We’re working hard stressing fundamentals,” he said. “It’s been awhile since they’ve had some success.”

Oak Hill has playoff aspirations after going 8-10 a season ago. There are only two starters back, but they’re solid pieces: Sophomore point guard Desirae Dumais was a second-team all-MVC selection, and junior forward Abby Nadeau was an honorable mention.

“I think we’re going to be playing a lot of kids and try to have a lot of energy at both ends of the floor,” coach Mike Labonte said. “We’re going to rely on our defensive pressure and some ball movement.”

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High school roundup: Portland controls from the start in girls’ hockey Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:08:27 +0000 YARMOUTH — Emily Demers scored in each period and added an assist during a five-goal first period Wednesday that propelled Portland/Deering to a 10-4 victory against Yarmouth/Freeport in a girls’ hockey game at Travis Roy Arena.

Kitiara Rosmus and Emma Merrill each scored twice and assisted once for the Bulldogs (2-2), and Lilly Weinrich notched a pair of goals for the Clippers (0-4).

CHEVERUS 7, SCARBOROUGH 2: Caitlin Wolff scored from center ice during a line change after seven minutes, the first of four goals in just under four minutes that gave Cheverus/Kennebunk (4-0) a 4-0 lead over the Red Storm (2-2) at Portland.

Wolff made it 2-0 a minute after her first goal, followed by scores from Sophia Pompeo and Abby Lamontagne.

Wolff, Pompeo and Lamontagne finished with two goals each, and Emma McCauley contributed a goal and two assists for the Stags.

LEWISTON 5, YORK 0: Gemma Landry twice converted Anna Dodge assists as Lewiston/Monmouth Academy/Oak Hill (3-0) pulled steadily away from York/Traip Academy/Marshwood (2-1) at Lewiston.

Grace Dumond also had a pair of goals, with Jordan Mynahan adding the other Blue Devils score.

Erin Gray was busy in the Wildcats’ net, stopping 34 of 39 Lewiston shots. Camree St. Hilaire blocked all five shots she faced for Lewiston, including a breakaway by Jessa Smith.

GREELY 11, MT. ARARAT 0: Courtney Sullivan scored 13 seconds into the game, followed by Danielle Holt 23 seconds later as Greely/Gray-New Gloucester (4-0) set the tone early with a 2-0 lead over Mt. Ararat/Morse (0-3) just 36 seconds into the game at Falmouth.

Sullivan finished with two goals and three assists for the Rangers. Nettie Cunningham paced the offense with three goals, Bridget Roberts had two goals and an assist, and Madison Pelletier added a pair of goals.

WINSLOW 5, BRUNSWICK 2: Anna Chadwick scored a pair of goals as part of an eight-point game for the top line, and Winslow/Gardiner (3-1) scored key goals in the first and final minutes of periods to defeat the Dragons (0-4) at Waterville.

Cassie Demers made 18 saves for Winslow.

Evelyn Hinkley had a goal and two assists, and Sarah Stevens added a goal and an assist on the Black Raiders’ top line.

Chadwick’s second goal came in the first minute of the third period.

Winslow grabbed a 1-0 lead on its first shot on goal – Stevens at 5:45 – but Emily Factor tied it for Brunswick only 42 seconds later.

The Raiders then added two goals before the first period was through, by Chadwick and Hinkley.

Hannah Wentworth finished with 32 saves for Brunswick.

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Semifinalists announced for 47th Fitzpatrick Trophy Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:40:57 +0000 Nolan Potter of Wells High didn’t think of himself as a candidate for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy when his senior season started.

“I probably only had about five or six carries as a junior,” he said. “My coaches believed in me and I was able to show them what I could do, and it paid off, I think.”

Potter was one of the 12 players named Wednesday as semifinalists for the Fitzpatrick Trophy, awarded to the top senior high school football player in Maine.

Already a proven linebacker, Potter became a nearly unstoppable force with the ball – rushing for 1,550 yards and 28 touchdowns – and made over 100 tackles on defense to lead Wells to an undefeated Class D championship.

“I personally always thought I was a better linebacker. That was the position I played through most of high school but I was very pleasantly surprised and ran my hardest,” Potter said.

Owen Garrard of Scarborough is another powerful running back/linebacker on the semifinal list. The best player on the state’s best team, Garrard rushed for 1,204 yards with 24 touchdowns and made 77 tackles (10 for loss) as the Red Storm won their first Class A state title. He scored five touchdowns in the 57-0 championship win against Windham.

Even when Garrard didn’t have the ball, he impacted plays.

“He was a great pass protector and a great lead blocker, especially on our sweeps,” said Coach Lance Johnson. “There were plays where he was knocking two guys down.”

Five of the 12 semifinalists are quarterbacks, including Jack Bryant of Falmouth. A three-year starter, Bryant became a dual threat this season, rushing for 1,036 yards and 18 touchdowns, and passing for another 1,509 yards with 17 scores. He also started at safety.

“It’s definitely a cool honor with so many good football players around the state to be named one of the top players,” Bryant said. “It really represents all the best players that have come through Maine, a bunch of great guys, and guys I remember watching in middle school and youth. To be mentioned with those guys is definitely a cool thing.”

The other semifinalists:

• Tim Albert, Leavitt quarterback: Rushed for 780 yards and 11 touchdowns, and completed 66 percent of his passes for another 1,254 yards and 12 TDs.

• Nick Clawson, Foxcroft Academy quarterback/safety: Topped 1,000 yards in rushing (1,083) and passing (1,178), accounting for 32 touchdowns.

• Grant Hartley, Edward Little quarterback/safety: Threw for 999 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 256 yards and six scores.

• Cameron Houde, Thornton Academy linebacker/running back: Had 111 total tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries, and rushed for six touchdowns.

• Colby Lee, Mt. Desert Island running back/safety: Rushed for 1,236 yards and 16 TDs, made 27 tackles and played on special teams.

• Jordan Roddy, Cony wide receiver/safety: Ran for two touchdowns, and caught 76 passes for 703 yards and eight scores.

• Connor Sirois, Bonny Eagle quarterback/safety: Set a school record with 22 touchdown passes and rushed for five scores. Was a first-team SMAA defensive back.

• Ryan Weare, Cape Elizabeth fullback/linebacker: Carried 228 times for 1,332 yards and 16 TDs, made 92 tackles, and played on special teams.

• Sean Whalen, Madison running back/linebacker: Rushed for 1,011 yards and 18 TDs on 98 carries; caught 20 passes for 470 yards and four TDs, and scored three times on returns, also making 47 tackles.

The semifinalists were selected by a committee that reviewed nominations from the state’s coaches.

A team can nominate only one player. Each nominee is judged for on-field performance, and academics and service within the school and community.

Football performance accounts for 70 percent of the total score.

The state’s head football coaches and media have until Dec. 15 to vote for their top three choices. The three finalists will be announced and then the winner will be named at the annual Fitzpatrick dinner, set for Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

The Fitzpatrick Trophy, named for former Portland High coach and educator James J. Fitzpatrick, began in 1971 and is supported through a trust that was established by Julius “Yudy” Elowitch.

The 2016 winner was Michael Laverriere of Thornton Academy.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Girls’ basketball: 10 Players to Watch Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:40:00 +0000 Sabrina Armstrong, Brunswick senior guard: Armstrong was key in the Dragons’ run to the Class A state title game last year, averaging 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.8 blocked shots. She’s not afraid to take a deep 3-pointer, and can drive to the hoop as well.

Page Brown, Boothbay senior forward: The Mountain Valley Conference player of the year, the 6-foot Brown averaged 21.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals in helping the Seahawks to the Class C South final.

Abby Cavallaro, Cheverus senior guard: Dangerous in the open court or settled in beyond the 3-point line, Cavallaro led the Stags last year in scoring (12.2 points), assists (3.5) and steals (2.8). She converted 75 percent of her foul shots.

Gabby DePatsy, Medomak Valley senior guard/forward: DePatsy had a strong year for the Panthers, averaging 15.9 points and 9.2 rebounds. She finished the 2016-17 season with nine consecutive double-doubles.

Anna DeWolfe, Greely junior guard: DeWolfe is one of the most dynamic players in Maine. She averaged 23.5 points, 4.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 steals a year ago. She’s a dead-eye 3-point shooter and an exceptional passer.

Sophie Glidden, Scarborough senior forward: Glidden, bound for Division II Stonehill College, averaged 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds last season. She’s capable of hitting the outside jumper or driving to the basket, and she’s an 81-percent free-throw shooter.

Meghan Graff, South Portland senior guard: One of the best all-around players in the SMAA, Graff averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assist and 2.3 steals last season and hit 76 percent of her free throws. She has an uncanny ability to create her own shot.

Mackenzie Holmes, Gorham junior center: The 6-foot-2 Holmes is one of the most dominating players in the state. Last season, she averaged 18.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.8 blocked shots. Look for her to face the basket a lot more this year and work on a mid-range game.

Bri Jordan, Gray-New Gloucester junior guard: The lone returning starter for the defending Class B champs will play a huge role for the Patriots after she averaging 10.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals last year.

Grace Martin, Biddeford junior forward: One of the most versatile players around, the 6-foot-1 Martin averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds last season. She has the ability to score inside or outside and has improved defensively every year.

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Girls’ basketball: 10 teams to watch Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:40:00 +0000 1. South Portland: After losing in the regional finals the last two years, the Red Riots are clear favorites in Class AA. They return four starters – guards Eva Mazur and Meghan Graff, and forwards Katie Whitmore and Maggie Whitmore – and have a deep bench. Coach Lynne Hasson can go 10 deep and she will, keeping the Riots fresh so they can push the tempo and apply pressure. They’re balanced offensively, aggressive defensively, experienced and well-coached.

2. Scarborough: The Red Storm have one of the best all-around players in the region in senior forward Sophie Glidden, who can contribute in so many ways. But they have more than that: a nice balance offensively, a disruptive defense and a deep bench. Josie Couture is an underrated inside player and Madison Blanche is a good point guard. They all gained experience in last year’s playoff run and loom as a contending team yet again.

3. Gorham: Don’t worry about the two-time defending Class AA champions, who bring a 42-game winning streak into the season. They’re going to be fine despite graduation losses. In 6-foot-2 junior center Mackenzie Holmes, they have one of the top three players in the state, capable of controlling a game at both ends of the court. Last year’s role players will need to become playmakers, but by the end of the season this could be a very dangerous team.

4: Cheverus: In Emme Poulin and Abby Cavallaro, the Stags might have the most dangerous backcourt in Class AA. Throw in first-year coach Gary Fifield, who won 660 games at the college level, and you can see why Cheverus is considered a contender. The Stags need to find some other scoring options, though, and they’re going to have to run and play pressure defense because they’re not big. But when this team gets going, it will be tough to stop.

5. Portland: The Bulldogs look to make the leap from a three-win team to a title contender. Coach Gerry Corcoran had some nice players returning and, he said, “I’m blessed with three new players.” That would be Gemima Pimbu, Amanda Kabantu and Davina Kabantu, all from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Corcoran said “they bring a level of intensity and athleticism” to the Bulldogs, and coaches who have seen them play concur.

6. Greely: The Rangers only return two starters from a team that lost in the Class A South final, but you couldn’t ask for a better two. Junior guard Anna DeWolfe may be the most dynamic player in the state, a scoring threat from anywhere on the court, and sophomore guard Brooke Obar isn’t that far behind. Their ability to find open teammates will make the Rangers a very difficult team to defend. Once the younger players adjust to new roles, watch this team go.

7. Marshwood: The Hawks made great strides last year and should continue to get better. They return four starters from last year’s Class A South semifinal team and look to have a nice inside-outside balance on offense. Natalie Herbold is starting her third year at guard and should be the leader, but this team has experience at almost every spot and is deep. Marshwood will be a dangerous team come tournament time.

8. Freeport: The Falcons were already going to be a very talented team, then senior guard Alex Goodman transferred in from Pine Tree Academy. She already has more than 1,400 points in her career and gives Freeport a go-to player. The Falcons have four starters returning, including last year’s leading scorer, Taylor Rinaldi. They can go deep, and seniors such as Taylor Dostie, Megan Cormier and Joanna Bouge-Marlowe will play key roles.

9. Brunswick: The defending Class A South champ lost a lot from last year, but the Dragons are an intriguing team. They’ll play at a faster pace this year, looking to take advantage of their quickness and athletic ability. They may not be as tall inside as last year, but have tall guards, and that will be a factor in their defensive pressure on the perimeter.

10. Boothbay: The Seahawks have two of the best players in Class C in senior forward Page Brown (21.5 points, 9.6 rebounds last year) and junior forward Faith Blethen (14.1 points, 7.1 rebounds). Those two alone could carry Boothbay to a tournament berth, but this is an experienced crew overall.

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Girls’ basketball: Team-by-team outlooks Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:40:00 +0000 CHEVERUS

Coach: Gary Fifield, first year

Last season: 11-8, lost in regional quarterfinal

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Emme Poulin, sr., G; Abby Cavallaro, sr., PG; Michaela Jordan, sr., G; Kat Kane, sr., F; Sara Taylor, sr., F; Meg Kelly, jr., G; Lauren Jordan, so., G

Outlook: In Poulin, who is bound next for Division II Assumption College, and Cavallaro, headed to the University of New England, the Stags may have the best backcourt in the SMAA. Both are capable of breaking down opposing defenses with their jumpers or drives to the basket. But Cheverus needs to develop another scoring threat. Since the Stags aren’t very tall, they’ll play an up-tempo game, looking to create offense off defense – much like Fifield’s successful teams at USM. This could be a dangerous team come playoff time.


Coach: Mike Murphy, 13th year

Last season: 13-8, lost in regional final

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Delaney Haines, jr., G; Victoria Garand, jr., C/F; Mandy Mastropasqua, jr., G; Ashleigh Mathisen, jr., G; Aviyonna Kim, so., G

Outlook: The Rams lost three key starters from last year’s team but return some nice experience in Haines, who is developing into one of the SMAA’s best players, and Garand, who is a huge presence inside. Kim, a transfer from South Portland, will be a big addition. And Mastropasqua is capable of big games. There are no seniors on the roster, and the Rams don’t have as much depth as last year. Still, if last year’s role players slip comfortably into their new responsibilities, this will be a team to contend with on most nights.


Coach: Gerry Corcoran, second year

Last season: 3-15

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Shayla Eubanks, sr., F; Grace Stacey, jr., G; Nettie Walsh, jr., PG; Regan Brown, jr. C; Gemima Pimbu, so., G/F; Amanda Kabantu, fr., G; Davina Kabantu, jr., PG

Outlook: The Bulldogs could be one of the state’s most improved teams – and a title contender. Corcoran, who took over halfway through last year, has a strong returning cast and three new players – Pimbu and the Kabantu sisters – who moved in from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their athleticism immediately improves the Bulldogs’ talent. This is a team that’s going to get out on the fast break and press as much as possible. “We’re going to spread the floor and have some fun,” said Corcoran. The team is still adjusting to all the new faces but once the Bulldogs come around, they’re going to be tough to beat.


Coach: Brody Artes, sixth year

Last season: 5-13

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Hannah Talon, so., G; Meghan Hoffses, jr., G; Tara Flanders, jr., G/F; Emily Drummond, so., F; Mikayla Baiguy, jr., F

Outlook: The Eagles should be much improved from last year, when the majority of playing time went to sophomores and freshmen. They’re all back, looking to use the experience they gained last year to their advantage. They should be much better at the end of the season and could make a nice playoff run.



Coach: Scott Regan, fourth year

Last season: 8-10

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Mackenzie Emery, jr., PG; Deirdre Sanborn, sr., G/F; Mia Ferrante sr., F

Outlook: The Scots have one of the best point guards in the SMAA in Emery, who led the league in assists (4.9), and averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2.6 steals. She’s joined by a deeper roster, giving the Scots a good chance to get back into the playoffs. Ferrante has a nice outside shot and Sanborn can be tough inside. The Scots will find out early where they stand, facing South Portland, Scarborough and Cheverus in their first four games. But they could surprise some people.


Coach: Laughn Berthiaume, 11th year

Last season: 21-0, won state championship

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Mackenzie Holmes, jr., C; Michelle Rowe, sr., F; Jacqui Hamilton, so., F; Courtney Brent, jr., G; Brittany Desjardin, jr., G

Outlook: Yes, the Rams graduated a lot from the two-time state championship team with a 42-game winning streak. But the returning players are pretty good. The 6-foot-2 Holmes is one of the top three players in the state, and she’ll expand her game even more. Rowe is one of the top clutch players around, the 6-foot Hamilton provides power inside, and Brent and Desjardin gained experience last year. The key for the Rams is how the returning players settle into their new roles of scorers and playmakers. “They’re going to have to develop an identity,” said Berthiaume. Expect the Rams to be playing late into February.


Coach: Bill Goodman, seventh year

Last season: 8-12, lost in regional semifinals

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Serena Mower, so., G; Jill Joyce, jr., C; Catherine Reid, jr., G; Hope Olson, so., F; Emily Weisser, sr., G/F; Katie Fitzpatrick, so., G/F; Madison Legassey, sr., G.

Outlook: The Lions won’t sneak up on anyone like last winter, but they should be much better anyway. Last year’s young starters gained valuable experience. Joyce is one of the top post players in the league, with a nice shooting touch, and she’s surrounded by a lot of good offensive players. Weisser’s return from a knee injury will help in settling the team down in tight situations, as will the addition of Fitzpatrick, a transfer from Greely. The Lions should be a team to watch later in the season.


Coach: Chris Aube, first year

Last season: 3-15

Returning starters: NA

Impact players: McKenzy Ouellette, jr., G; Skylar Renaud, jr., PG; Madison Drain, sr., F; Zoey DeAngelis, jr., G; Madelyn Broussard, jr., G; Marissa Holt, fr., PG; Emily Stinson, jr., F/C; Noelle DesVergnes, fr., G/F

Outlook: The Mustangs will be without Renaud for much of the season after she suffered a fractured foot in the fall. She’ll be missed. But Ouellette is one of the top returning scorers in the SMAA, coming off 15.6 points per game last year. Aube, who is back coaching in the SMAA after a year removed from Westbrook, will play four freshmen regularly. Drain and Stinson will provide inside balance, while Ouellette and Broussard handle the perimeter. This is a team that should get better as the season progresses.


Coach: Matthew Reid, first year

Last season: 1-17

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Amy Fleming, so., G; Raegan Kelly, so., PG; Lexi Morrill, jr., G; Maddie Howard, so., G; Tori Exel, fr., F

Outlook: The Knights are still a very young team, with three sophomores and a freshman in their top five, but they’re looking to take steps forward. “To achieve this, we will need to be disciplined, constantly focused on the task at hand, and learn how to play together as one unit,” said Reid, a 2004 Cape Elizabeth graduate. Fleming, Morrill and Exel are decent outside shooters, and Kelly gained experience last year at the point.


Coach: Rossie Lontine-Kearson, first year

Last season: 9-10, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: NA

Impact players: Julia Allen, jr., G; Megan O’Connell, jr., G; Molly Boissonneault, sr., G; Paige Cote, so., C/F

Outlook: Lontine-Kearson, who was involved with the boys’ and girls’ programs at Marshwood for 18 years, has a young squad in his first season, with just four returning varsity players. But he has much to build on. He has a good post player in Cote, who goes about 6-2, and stellar leadership from Allen, O’Connell and Boissonneault. Look for the Spartans to push the tempo both offensively and defensively as much as possible, hoping to get some transition scoring.


Coach: Mike Giordano, fifth year

Last season: 16-4, lost in regional semifinals

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Sophie Glidden, sr., F; Emily Jefferds sr., G; Lindsey Kelley, sr., G; Josie Couture, jr., F/C; Bella Dickinson, so., G; Julia Freeman, so., G

Outlook: The Red Storm should be one of the top teams in Class AA. In Glidden, who is bound for Division II Stonehill College on scholarship, Giordano has one of the top players around, capable of scoring inside or out and also playing exceptional defense. She’s surrounded by a lot of quality players who gained experience last year and are capable of stepping up in big moments. Defense, as always, will be the key for the Red Storm. They will harass teams into mistakes and look to capitalize.


Coach: Lynne Hasson, fifth year

Last season: 17-3, lost in regional finals

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Meghan Graff, sr., G; Eva Mazur, sr., G; Katie Whitmore, jr., F; Maggie Whitmore, so., F; Sarah Boles, sr., G/F; Jena Leckie, jr., F/C; Kaleisha Towle, so., F/C

Outlook: This is the team to beat in Class AA. The Riots return four starters from a team that was one basket away from advancing to the state final, and they have all the parts needed to win a championship. Graff, bound for Bates, and Mazur, headed to Division II Saint Anselm, form an exceptional backcourt, and the Whitmores are highly capable inside players. But South Portland’s success will ride on its defense, which traditionally can be overpowering. If the Riots stay healthy, they have the talent and depth to win it all.


Coach: Eric Marston, 12th year

Last season: 9-10, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Alex Hart, sr., PG; Amanda Bogardus, so., G; Alexis Sanders, so., F/C; Elise Hebert, jr., C; Alana Pettaway, sr., G; Adeline Paradis, sr., G; Grace Mears, fr., F; Destiny Keohan, so., F/G

Outlook: The Trojans don’t have a lot of returning experience but do have some good young talent. Hart, bound for Bryant College, is one of the best point guards in the SMAA (10.5 points, 3.2 assists, 4.3 steals last year) and will be counted on to increase her scoring, as will Bogardus. Thornton will need other players to step up and join the offense. Defensively, Thornton always will be tough. The Trojans should be in the mix for a home playoff game.



Coach: Kim Kuhn, second year

Last season: 11-8, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Lauren Miller, sr., G; Miae DeWaard, sr., C; Laticia Billings, sr., PG; Audrey Bowman, so., G; Mya Wylie, sr., G

Outlook: The Windjammers should be in the playoff hunt again. They’re not tall but exceedingly quick and athletic, and have some good offensive players who are capable of scoring inside or out. There are seven seniors on the roster and their leadership will be vital. Defense again will be a key as the Windjammers look to convert some easy baskets off of pressure defense.


Coach: Ryan McNelly, second year

Last season: 7-11

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Gabby DePatsy, sr., G/F; Hallie Kunesh, sr., G/F; Sadie Cohen, so., F; Lydia Simmons, jr., F; Maddy White, jr., G; Aubrey Schaeffer, jr., G; Talia Willis, jr., G; Hattie Watmough, jr., G

Outlook: DePatsy and Kunesh will have a big hand in any success for the Panthers. But for this team to be really successful, it’s going to need contributions from others. The Panthers want to run and play aggressive defense, requiring a lot of people to rotate into the game. They have some experience, which could mean a nice playoff run.



Coach: Katie Herbine, second year

Last season: 3-15

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Grace Martin, jr., F; Taylor Wildes, jr., F; Charli Yoho, so., PG; Megan Mourmouras, so., G

Outlook: The Tigers are an intriguing team, one to watch as the season progresses. In the 6-foot-1 Martin, they have one of the state’s rising stars. She averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds last year, but needs someone to step up and share the offensive burden. The Tigers tend to get stagnant on offense in a half-court game. They’re pretty good defensively, so if they can pick up a spark offensively, this could be a dangerous team.


Coach: Sam Farrell, eighth year

Last season: 18-4, lost in state final

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Sabrina Armstrong, sr., F/G; Charlotte MacMillan, jr., G; Marley Groat, jr., PG

Outlook: The Dragons lost some valuable players from last year’s state runner-up but still should be one of the contending teams in Class A South. Armstrong and MacMillan return with their 19 points per game. But the big addition is Groat, whose family moved back to Brunswick from Texas. She will play the point, allowing Armstrong and MacMillan some offensive freedom. The Dragons will run and try to make opponents scramble on defense. This could be a fun team to watch.


Coach: Dawn Armandi, second year

Last season: 7-12, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Grace Soucy, sr., G; Candice Powers, sr., PG; Shannon Birks, sr., G; Grace Dimick, sr., C; Katie Rogers, sr., F

Outlook: The numbers are low at Falmouth, with only 14 players in the program. But the Yachtsmen have five seniors who should be key factors. Dimick, at 6-2, and Rogers, at 6-0, give a strong inside presence, while Soucy will provide much of the outside game. Falmouth’s guards will be pressured by their new SMAA opponents, who like to push the tempo all the time. If they can handle the pace, Falmouth should be in good shape.


Coach: Coreen Eccleston, first year

Last season: 9-10, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Kaylee Emery, so., PG; Tina LeBlanc, jr., C; Kalie Eastman, sr., G; Zoe Bodwell, sr., G

Outlook: The Raiders are going to be young and inexperienced – and Eccleston, who graduated from Fryeburg in 2008 (as Coreen Hennessy), likes it that way. “It’s a good time to come in,” she said. Emery is a solid player and looks to be the leader. LeBlanc is an exceptional defensive player and Bodwell is good offensively. Ecceleston will focus on defense and fundamentals, and look to play a fast-paced style.


Coach: Todd Flaherty, second year

Last season: 19-2, lost in regional final

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Anna DeWolfe, jr., G; Brooke Obar, so., G; Emma Spoerri, jr., C; Madi Scott, jr., G; Camille Clement, fr., G; Julia Martel, jr., G/F

Outlook: The Rangers lost a lot from last year but return two of the very best players around in DeWolfe, a dynamic do-everything scorer, and Obar, who was a first-team all-WMC pick as a freshman. Everything the Rangers do will revolve around DeWolfe and Obar, who have the ability and temperment to make everyone else better. Martel transferred in from Westbrook and provides an immediate boost. Look for another long run into the playoffs. “We have a lot to learn but a lot to work with,” said Flaherty.


Coach: Rob Sullivan, 22nd year

Last season: 8-12, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Jessica Dupler, jr., G; Alaina Schatzabel, so., F; Emily Archibald, fr., F; Isabelle Okwuosa, so., C

Outlook: After making the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, the Rams have a young, inexperienced team. But Sullivan likes what he sees so far, saying “we will surprise teams as the season goes on.” Dupler will do a lot for the Rams at both ends of the court. Newcomers Archibald and Okwuosa will play key roles, as will Schatzabel inside.


Coach: Kevin Feltis, sixth year

Last season: 15-6, lost in regional final

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Kortney McKenna, sr., F; Kaitlyn Feltis, sr., C; Anna Hatch, sr., G/F; Katie Moore, jr., G; Khloe Poland, sr., G; Chelsea Williams, so., PG

Outlook: Even though the Eagles lost some key players and are moving up from Class B, they could make a playoff run. They get the 6-foot Feltis back from a knee injury and should be strong overall if the backcourt plays to its potential. They’ll run at times, play a half-court game at others. They should be strong defensively. “I like our chances,” said Feltis. “I feel we can compete most nights.”


Coach: Steve Freeman, second year

Last season: 15-5, lost in regional semifinals

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Elora Montgomery, sr., G; Miranda Montgomery, sr., F; Natalie Herbold, sr., G; Angelina Bisson, so., PG; Casey Perry, so., F/C; Celine Lawrence, jr., G/F; Jordyn Beers, jr., F

Outlook: The Hawks loom as one of the teams to beat in Class A South. They still have several young players, but they all gained experience in last year’s playoff run. “I think we’re expecting big things as a staff,” said Freeman. “And the girls expect a lot of themselves.” A big plus is the return of Perry, who started the first five games last year before suffering a knee injury. She stabilizes the inside game. The Hawks will play up-tempo as much as possible.


Coach: Jan Veinot, first year

Last season: 5-13

Returning starters: NA

Impact players: Sierra Wallace, sr., G; Emma Gould, sr., G; Mattie Mitchell, sr., G; Marissa Parks, sr., F; Marija Medenica, jr., C; Dory Kulis, so., G; Sydney Hollingsworth, jr,. C

Outlook: Veinot returns to the coaching ranks after a two-year absence. She’s taking over a team that could surprise. She’s working on improving individual skills because this is a group that knows how to play together, boosted by the addition of Medenica (an exchange student from Serbia) and Hollingsworth (a transfer from California). The Shipbuilders will press and run – exactly like Veinot’s successful teams at Waynflete and Portland did.


Coach: Andy Morris, fourth year

Last season: 3-15

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Kyla Greenleaf, so., G; Lauren Sturgess, sr., PG; Caitlyn Smith, sr., F; Grace Liedman, jr., F; Ainsley Bryant, jr., G; Theresa Breed, so., C

Outlook: The Eagles have only two seniors and not a lot of varsity experience. But the return of Sturgess, who missed last year because of an injury, will be a boost. She was the team’s leading scorer as a sophomore and allows Greenleaf, last year’s leading scorer, to move to the wing. “We look to compete and get better each game we play,” said Morris. A playoff spot is certainly a possibility.


Coach: Diana Manduca, first year

Last season: 4-14

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Mikayla VanZandt, jr., F; Quincey Lyden, so., PG; Logan Tibbetts, sr., G /F; Abby Symbol, jr., G; Michaela Russell, jr., PG; Libby Cole, so., F

Outlook: Manduca, the former Deering High and Colby College star, begins her head coaching career with a team that includes 11 returning players and could be a factor in the tournament. Leading the way is VanZandt, who averaged 10 points and an SMAA-high 12.2 rebounds last year. The Blazes have several players around 5-10 so they figure to be strong inside. “We shouldn’t get pushed around too much,” said Manduca. Even so, the Blazes will look to run whenever possible and score in transition.


Coach: Steve Freeman, second year

Last season: 13-7, lost in regional semifinals

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Nina Howe, so., G; Delaney LaBonte, so., G; Taylor Parker, sr., G/F; Anna Baker, sr., G/F; Hannah Gennaro, jr., F/C; Julia Babcock, sr., G

Outlook: The Wildcats return only five players from last year and Howe is coming back from a knee injury suffered in the postseason. But she’s a talent and should be the leader. LaBonte is a good outside shooter and Babcock figures to get a lot of playing time at the point, allowing Howe some offensive freedom. This team will certainly be better later in the season and could be primed for a nice tournament run.



Coach: Samantha Bragg, fourth year

Last season: 8-12, lost in Class A North quarterfinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact Players: Gabby Simmons, sr., G; Sara Dorr, jr., C; Kassidy Robinson, jr., F/C; Hope Butler, jr., PG; Abby Veilleux, jr., F

Outlook: The Mariners have an exceptional offensive talent in Simmons, who can score inside or outside, and they have some size, which should help on the defensive end. Dorr and Robinson are both 6-1 and go to the boards hard. Oceanside will look to run as much as possible and get some easy transition points. This team has the potential to go a little deeper into the playoffs.



Coach: Chris Casterella, 11th year

Last season: 1-17 in Class A South

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Erin O’Rourke, sr., G; Brooke Harvey, jr., PG; Allison Ingalls, jr., F; Isabel Berman, so., G; Karli Chapin, so., G

Outlook: The Capers make the move down from Class A to Class B, but Casterella doesn’t think that matters. “The competition in Class B is really good,” she said. The Capers gained a lot of experience last year, playing in several close games. They look to make a jump this year with everyone returning. O’Rourke is the only senior and will be counted on for leadership. They’re not tall so they’ll look to play fast.


Coach: Mike Hart, fourth year

Last season: 12-8, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Alex Goodman, sr., G/F; Taylor Rinaldi, sr., G; Caroline Smith, so., PG; Jessie Driscoll, sr., F

Outlook: The Falcons loom as one of the top teams in this region. They were going to be really good even before Goodman, who has more than 1,400 career points, transferred from Class D Pine Tree Academy. She brings an offensive presence along with Rinaldi (11.7 ppg last season) and Driscoll (8.8 ppg). Hart said he senses a new attitude among his players and that this is a very deep team. “The kids are amped up,” he said.


Coach: Mike Andreasen, seventh year

Last season: 21-1, won state championship

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Bri Jordan, jr., G/F; Jordan Grant, so., F; Alexa Thayer, jr., G; Mikaela Ryan, jr., G; Eliza Hotham, so. F; Madysen West, so., G

Outlook: The defending state champs lost an awful lot but should still be among the top contenders in the region. Jordan is an exceptional talent, a 5-11 point guard who now needs to pick up her scoring. The Patriots need to not only replace points but rebounds. They have some young players ready to step in and Andreasen said the Patriots will rely heavily on the sophomores. “We just have to look at things differently,” he said.


Coach: Paul True, 14th year

Last season: 13-7, lost in regional semifinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Brooke Harriman, jr., F; Chandler True, sr., G; Lauren Jakobs, sr., F; Melissa Bonenfant, sr., F; Rachel Shanks, sr., G; Aisley Sturk, sr., G/F; Shauna Hancock, fr., G

Outlook: The Lakers came close last year and have five seniors returning. This is a group that truly plays together, with different players capable of stepping up in each game. The Lakers’ strength is probably on the outside, where they have some dangerous shooters. They’re athletic, so look for them to run and play a helter-skelter pressure defense, looking to force turnovers and create easy baskets.


Coach: Tim Dolley, first year

Last season: 12-8, lost in regional semifinals

Returning starters: 5

Impact players: Nathalie Theriault, sr., G; Morgan Brousseau, sr., F; Jessica Seeley, sr., F; Lexy Grondin, sr., G; Sarah Moody, sr., G; Sophie Vallee, so., F; Ally Gagne, so., G

Outlook: With seven seniors, the Knights loom as one of the top teams in Class B South. They have experience and outstanding talent, led by Theriault, who averaged 10.6 points and 4.4 assists last season. These seniors have been playing together for a long time and, Dolley said, “leadership and accountability is the strength of this group.” The Knights aren’t tall but are fast and athletic. Look for them to run as much as possible.


Coach: Laura Landry, first year

Last season: 5-13

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Haiden Sawyer, sr., F; Brynn Hink, sr., G/F

Outlook: This is a fairly young group, but Landry sees a team that “is hard-working and is looking to improve every day.” Look for steady improvement as the season progresses. The Hawks face a challenging schedule.


Coach: Don Abbott, 12th year

Last season: 13-6, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Meg Schneider, sr., C; Leah Tufts, sr., F; Anya Chase, sr., G; Mackenzie Foss, jr., G; Franny Ramsdell, so., G; Olivia Durfee, sr., F

Outlook: The Warriors lost a lot from last year but still have a talented squad, with a mix of veteran leadership and new players. Schneider, at 6-1, could be one of the league’s top inside players. Wells will look to play its traditional tough defense and get some transition offense. This is a team that could be dangerous entering the tournament.


Coach: Christina Strong, fifth year

Last season: 12-7, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Sara D’Appolonia, sr., PG; Clementine Blaschke, jr., F; Ceanne Lyons, jr., F; Avery May, so., F; Ella Caruso, so., G; Adriana Whitlock, so., G

Outlook: The Clippers graduated their top two offensive players, so finding scorers is their biggest task. D’Appolonia is one of the top point guards in the conference and will go a long way in leading this team. They’re young, with four freshmen, but have some nice size inside with Blaschke, May and Lyons. They’re also speedy at the guards, so this team will try to play at a face pace whenever possible.



Coach: Brian Blethen, first year

Last season: 18-2, lost in regional semifinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Page Brown, sr., F; Sydney Meader, sr., G; Faith Blethen, jr., F; Chloe Arsenault, so., G; Glory Blethen, fr., F

Outlook: The Seahawks should be one of the best teams in Class C. They have gained experience the last two years, winning a regional championship two years ago. In Brown and Faith Blethen, they have two of the most skilled players around. And they have great size: Brown is 6-0 and the Blethens are 6-1. But don’t expect them to play a half-court game; the Seahawks are going to run as much as possible. “I want them to play and have some fun,” said Brian Blethen. Watch for another long playoff run.


Coach: Elizabeth Henderson, first year

Last season: 3-15

Returning starters: 1

Impact players: Maeve Dunn, jr., PG/F; Jada Holford, so., F/C; Madison Hughes, so., G

Outlook: Henderson, who last year coached at a charter school in Denver, likes what she sees in the Phoenix. They may be young and inexperienced – several players have never played basketball before – but they show a knack for fundamentals and are learning quickly. The additions of Dunn, a 5-10 point guard from Pennsylvania, and Holford, from Rhode Island, will boost the talent level.


Coach: Nick Stacey, first year

Last season: 7-12, lost in regional preliminary round

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Sydney Plummer, jr., C/F; Lincoln Hamblett, sr., C/F; Helen Hamblett, jr., F/C; Maggie Larson, jr., G; Katie Larson, so., G

Outlook: The Panthers have an interesting mix and should be in for another playoff run. In Larson, they have one of the top 3-point shooters around. She led the WMC with 39 3-pointers last season while averaging 14.4 points. NYA has some height so the Panthers can play an inside-out game. With four 6-footers on the roster, NYA is going to cause some matchup problems.


Coach: Dean Plante, 15th year (not consecutive)

Last season: 13-9, lost in regional final

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Brianna Plante, sr., G; Kaitlyn Cote, sr., G; Emily Greenlee, jr. F; Maggie Strohm, so., C; Meghan LaPlante, sr., F

Outlook: The Seagulls have a lot of players back from a team that made a nice playoff run, so expectations are high. Of course the schedule isn’t easy, with eight Class B schools. But the Seagulls have a good backcourt in Plante and Cote, an inside presence in the 6-2 Strohm, and a do-it-all player in Greenlee. This team has balance, with any of six players capable of being the leading scorer on a given night.


Coach: Scott Blake, fifth year

Last season: 6-13, lost in regional preliminary round

Returning starters: 2

Impact players: Cassidy Delano, sr., F; Reilly Eddy, sr., F; Kiley Chambers, sr., G; Addy Hale, fr., G; Tezeta Haizea Aldaz Zufiaurre, so., G; Kiki Huntress, fr. G; Jennifer McCluskey, fr., G

Outlook: The Rangers could be a vastly improved team, combining some experience from last year – Delano and Eddy in particular – with incoming freshmen Huntress and McCluskey. Look for Traip to run a little more, with a quicker, more athletic team. Much of the success will depend on how quickly the incoming players adjust to varsity pressure.


Coach: Mike Jefferds, third year

Last season: 11-9, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Izzy Burdick, sr., G; Lydia Giguere, sr., F/C; LZ Olney, sr., F; Emi Boedecker, jr., F; Anna Wildes, so., G/F

Outlook: The Flyers have some nice players returning in Giguere (12.9 per game last season) and Burdick (2.9 assists). They’ll be counted on for leadership. Waynflete is always tough defensively. If the offense comes around, with more players contributing, the Flyers could make another playoff run.


Coach: Ben Clark, third year

Last season: 1-17

Returning starters: 4

Impact players: Grace Webber, sr., G; Maeve Blodgett, sr., G; Lindsey Gordon, sr., F; Sydnie Thayer, jr., F

Outlook: It’s been a struggle for the Wolverines the last couple of seasons, with just four wins total. But Clark sees much improvement in his players. Wiscasset has four three-year starters, led by the backcourt of Webber and Blodgett. A big key will be how they handle the constant defensive pressure that opposing teams use against them. The Wolverines are still developing depth so they’ll likely play a slower pace. Defensively they’re very aggressive, especially in a half-court game.



Coach: Josh Dayen, fifth year

Last season: 13-6, lost in regional quarterfinals

Returning starters: 3

Impact players: Adrianna DePalma, sr., G; Agnes Miongo, sr., F; Renee Pickard, jr., G.

Outlook: The Breakers lost one of the most prolific scorers in Class D when Alex Goodman transferred to Freeport, but should remain a competitive team. The key to their success will be how well other players step into new roles as scorers and playmakers. “We are pretty positive heading into this season,” said Dayen. The schedule is a little tougher, but Dayen believes the Breakers can play with most opponents.


Coach: Charlie Johnson, 15th year

Last season: 3-15

Returning starters: 5

Impact players: Courtney Williams, sr., C; Katie Pilkington, jr., G

Outlook: With everyone returning, the Guardians should be an improved team. They’re still relatively young, with just one senior, but have shown a much better flow offensively in the preseason. Williams, at 5-11, gives them an inside presence, and averages in double figures in both scoring and rebounding. Pilkington is a pretty good outside shooter.

]]> 0 Cavallaro, with Emme Poulin, form what may be the best backcourt in the SMAA for Cheverus, a team that figures to challenge for the regional championship this season.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:18:45 +0000
Girls’ basketball preview: Red Riots have Gold ball dreams Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:40:00 +0000 SOUTH PORTLAND — In each of the last two years, the South Portland girls’ basketball team has sat and watched as Gorham cut down the nets in the Class AA South championship game. Last year the Red Riots lost to Gorham by two points in the regional final, a game decided in the final seconds.

“We’ve been right there,” said Lynne Hasson, in her fifth year as the South Portland coach. “It’s hard. You have these Gold Ball dreams and you’re so close and you end up watching the other team cut down the net. And you think, ‘When is it going to be our turn?’ ”

Well, maybe this year.

The Riots come into the season as the favorite in Class AA. They have talent, they have experience, they have depth. They have size to play big, outside shooting to break a zone, speed and athleticism to play fast. They always play a pressure defense that harasses opponents all over the court.

They are, in just about every opposing coach’s opinion, the team to beat.

“I just think they have really good basketball players, kids who know how to play the game,” said Deering Coach Mike Murphy. “I think the pressure is on them.”

The Riots know this. And they’re not worried.

“We’re not thinking about the pressure,” said senior guard Eva Mazur, who has accepted a scholarship to play at Division II Saint Anselm College. “We’re not thinking about that at all. We’re thinking about what we have to do. We know we have to work hard.

“We’re not going in thinking we’re at the top of anything. We’re going in thinking we’re at the bottom.”

Mazur is one of the four returning starters, with guard Meghan Graff, and forwards Katie Whitmore and Maggie Whitmore. Senior Sarah Boles is likely to be the fifth starter but the Riots have five other players capable of starting and contributing. They are Jena Lecki, Bella Cloutier, Kaleisha Towle, Libby Cloutier and Ashlee Aceto. They each have their own talents – be it shooting, rebounding or defensive – that make the Riots so tough to beat.

“With playing time, nothing is handed to you,” said Graff, who averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals. “Everyone is fighting for minutes. Everyone wants to be in the starting five. Everyone wants to be the sixth man coming off the bench. That means every practice we have to give everything we have. You take one practice off and someone replaces you.”

With such a deep bench, the Riots will be able to rotate players in and out of the lineup without losing much.

“That’s exciting,” said Hasson. “But it’s also challenging. As coaches you’ve got to make sure your best players get quality minutes. The nice thing is they can get a break and we’re not nervous about putting someone else in.”

Hasson has addressed the team’s preseason ranking with her players. She wants them to know “we’re not head and shoulders above anyone.”

In fact, after a recent scrimmage, she let them know how far they have to go.

“We looked really good at times,” she said, “but at times we were not playing with intensity and you can’t do that. That’s what will hurt us the most, if we think we can just walk on the court and win. We’re not that good.”

She then lists a number of teams that can give the Riots a challenge: two-time champ Gorham, Scarborough, Cheverus, Portland and Oxford Hills. “This is certainly not going to be a cakewalk for us,” she said.

Hasson pushes the team at practice, sometimes going a little late when something important needs to be covered. And the players like it.

“She is super passionate about this sport,” said Mazur. “It makes it so much fun for us.”

“She’s one of the most competitive people I know,” said Graff. “And I think it rubs off on us. It makes us work harder because we want to be great.”

Boles, who has one of the better outside shots on the team, likes the role the Riots are in this year. She likes the pressure.

And she and her teammates are driven by the memory of the last two years.

“We take that to heart,” said Boles. “It’s always in the back of our minds. It reminds us how hard we have to work.”

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Girls’ hockey: St. Dominic ices another victory Wed, 06 Dec 2017 03:54:12 +0000 FALMOUTH — Don’t let the near-empty bench lull you into thinking the St. Dominic girls’ hockey team is struggling with barely enough players to play.

What the Saints lack in numbers they more than make up for it in talent.

St. Dom’s, the two-time defending state champion, had 11 players suit up Tuesday night, traveled to Falmouth – the team it beat in last year’s final – and totally dominated in a 6-0 victory at Family Ice.

The victory was the 28th straight for the team from Auburn, which is 2-0 this season. The Yachtsmen dropped to 0-3.

Avery Lutrzykowski led St. Dom’s with five goals, including the first five. Madison Samson also scored, Emma Theriault chipped in with two assists and Katya Fons had one.

Falmouth Coach Rob Carrier places Lutrzykowski in a small class of players that you have to keep your eyes on at all times.

“I put (Lutrzykowski) and Courtney Sullivan (of Greely) in that shifty, elusive type player,” Carrier said.

“She’s going 90 miles per hour in one direction, and somehow she’s able to turn 45 degrees and cut behind a player all without that defenseman moving. She’s that quick and that shifty. Any time you give her three feet of space you are asking for trouble.”

The Yachtsmen played even with the Saints for the first half of the first period, but Lutrzykowski came up with three goals in a 1:48 span to give her team all it needed.

First, with 6:14 left in the period, she poked in a rebound of a Theriault shot. Fifty-six seconds later she converted a breakaway from center ice when she deked right and slid the puck in the open net. She then completed the hat trick when she won a faceoff in the offensive zone and placed a quick shot in the far top corner.

“It was definitely important to come out strong and score a couple goals so when in the third (period) when it matters most we don’t have to worry (as much),” said Lutrzykowski, who has nine goals in the first two games. “Once one goal goes in, (then) two go in, three go in, and then they start falling.

“Scoring a goal gets your adrenaline up, and you want to score another and another.”

Lutrzykowski added two in the third period, the first between the goaltender’s leg, with her fifth of the game following a little more than 21/2 minutes later when she picked up the puck at center ice and scored from between the faceoff circles with two defenders on her.

“This game was made to order for (Lutrzykowski),” St. Dom’s Coach Paul Gosselin said. “She has excellent puck control. Even though this type of game called for a passing game (her) individual moves worked as well. She a did good job.”

Callie Samson capped the scoring with 3:55 left in the second period when she jumped on a loose puck inside the blue line and scored from the right faceoff circle.

Payton Winslow stopped 10 shots for the shutout.

The Yachtsmen received strong games from defensemen Abi Lebel, who had a few scoring opportunities, and Kayla Sarazin, who constantly thwarted scoring chances with timely poke checks.

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St. Dominic to drop boys’ varsity basketball this season Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:48:13 +0000 AUBURN — St. Dominic Academy has canceled its 2017-18 varsity boys’ basketball schedule days before the start of the season because its roster has dropped to just seven players.

J.P. Yorkey, St. Dom’s athletic director, said Tuesday the Saints will play a junior varisity schedule this winter.

The regular season for most teams in Maine begins on Friday. Teams scheduled to play St. Dominic, which would have been in Class C South, are working to fill the gaps in their schedule.

“J.P. did a real good job with an initial proposal for all the schools to fill the holes, the void, left by St. Dom’s and looking at the emails from the affected schools, it looks like most are open to the changes,” said Jack Hardy, athletic director at North Yarmouth Academy. St. Dom’s and NYA were scheduled to play twice.

Hardy said NYA, a Class C school, will pick up a second game against Buckfield and will add Class B Poland Regional to its schedule.

Other teams that had been scheduled to play St. Dom’s twice this season are: Sacopee Valley in Class B; Old Orchard Beach, Waynflete and Traip Academy in Class C; and Pine Tree Academy and A.R. Gould in Class D. St. Dom’s had also scheduled single games against Lake Region, Poland and Noble.

“I’m sure St. Dom’s is as frustrated as anybody else but we’re pretty flexible in terms of scheduling now because we’re allowed to play out of class and there’s some options,” said Dean Plante, athletic director at Old Orchard Beach. “Obviously we’re trying to fill dates and change transportation logs but in the long run it will be fine.”

Old Orchard expects to pick up St. Dom’s single game against Class D Pine Tree Academy and play a third game against Sacopee Valley.

Traip Academy was supposed to open its season Friday hosting St. Dom’s. Instead, the Rangers will host A.R. Gould, according to Yorkey.

St. Dom’s becomes at least the third Maine high school to drop varsity basketball this season.

Greater Portland Christian Academy, a Class D school in South Portland, decided Monday to cancel its girls’ basketball season because of a lack of participating players. Last week, Islesboro cancelled its boys’ varsity basketball season, again because of a lack of players.

At St. Dom’s, first-year coach Kenny Poulin started the season with 12 students registered at tryouts but was down to seven as of Monday.

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Big leap: High school basketball player last year, head coach now Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000

Seacoast Christian boys’ basketball coach Skyler Archer watches his team in a preseason scrimmage. Archer is just 19, one year removed from playing for the team. Among his players are a cousin and his brother, Jet Archer, seen next to him. Staff photo by Ben McCanna

SOUTH BERWICK — Last February, Skyler Archer scored 21 points to lead the Seacoast Christian boys’ basketball team to a Class D South quarterfinal victory at the Augusta Civic Center.

This winter, Archer intends to be back in the playoffs – but his role will be vastly different. At age 19, he is Seacoast Christian’s varsity basketball coach.

Skyler Archer talks to his team at halftime during a recent preseason scrimmage at Seacoast Christian in South Berwick. Archer is serving as an unpaid volunteer coach. Staff photo by Ben McCanna

“Coaching is something I’ve always dreamed about. I did not think it was going to happen this fast,” said Archer, who graduated last spring. “The way things happened, it was meant to be.”

The Archer family has a long connection to Seacoast Christian, a pre-K-to-12 private school with about 50 high school students.

Nikki Winship, the eldest of Tony and the late Deborah Archer’s six children, is the school’s athletic director. Jetstar Archer, the youngest sibling, is a senior and the leading returning scorer from the 2016-17 squad that finished 12-8. Stephen Winship, Nikki’s husband, will be Skyler’s assistant coach.

“I honestly wasn’t concerned,” about hiring Skyler, Nikki Winship said. “He’s done a great job laying down the rules. It is a family dynamic. We all sat down, we all talked about what it would look like. We have time when we talk work and then we have time when we can just talk basketball.”

Finding someone to coach can be challenging at Seacoast Christian. While most high school coaches in Maine receive stipends, Skyler Archer and the school’s other coaches are volunteers. A candidate also must fit within the school’s faith-based framework.

Last season, Jaylan Archer, 25, filled in as the boys’ coach with the understanding he would not be a long-term coach.

“I’m hoping that Skyler is my coach (long-term),” Nikki Winship said. “I would like him to be the coach for many years to come.”

Those who know Skyler Archer say he is a mature, disciplined person. “I don’t think we see age. I think we just see basketball IQ,” said Ian Condon, one of his players. Staff photo by Ben McCanna

According to the Maine Principals’ Association’s coaching eligibility guidelines, a coach must be at least 20 years old or a high school graduate. Like every coach in the state, Skyler Archer has had to meet other requirements. Before the season, a coach must sign a statement agreeing to abide by all MPA bylaws, policies and ethics codes, and view three safety-related videos pertaining to concussions, heat illness and sudden cardiac arrest. Coaches have 12 months after being hired to also complete courses in coaching principles, sport first aid and basic CPR.

“It’s very rare for someone that young to be appointed a head coach for a team, that’s for sure. Boy, that’s amazing,” said Marty Ryan, executive director of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

“It is unusual but not unprecedented,” said Dick Durost, executive director of the Maine Principals’ Association, noting the example of Dillon Kingsbury.

Kingsbury was a 19-year-old college sophomore when he became Easton High’s boys’ varsity coach in 2011. Kingsbury compiled a 67-15 record in four seasons before taking the varsity job at Houlton. He is now the girls’ varsity coach at Central Aroostook.

Those who know Skyler Archer say he is a mature, disciplined person with a passion for basketball.

“I don’t think we see age. I think we just see basketball IQ, and he’s a lot higher than most 19-year-olds,” said Ian Condon, a senior forward/center in his first year at the school.

“I would say he’s a natural-born leader,” said Stephen Winship. “There was no doubt in my mind he was up for the challenge.”

Archer lives in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, with his father in a converted barn. Skylar is studying business at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth. He also works for a concrete company in Dover, New Hampshire.

“I’m actually doing the easy stuff, the office work,” Archer said of his job.

Last Friday, Archer coached his first game, a scrimmage against Tri-City Christian Academy of Somersworth, New Hampshire, held at the school’s small on-campus gym. Decorated Christmas trees adorned two corners of the gym and a full crowd jammed into the limited seating.

Wearing dress pants, a light-blue collared shirt and a pull-over sweater in a darker shade of blue, Archer looked the part of a coach. His instructions were simple and direct during timeouts.

“Hands up on defense. Talking. Remember?” he told his squad after the first quarter.

During the scrimmage, Archer appeared calm. He alternated between standing and kneeling, and did not yell. Instead he issued clear directions for defensive alignments and reminders to increase offensive efficiency while working all 16 players who dressed into the game.

“He was our leader last year on the floor, so now he’s our leader off the floor,” Jetstar Archer said. “He understands our offenses a lot better because he ran them. He understands what it’s like to be a player better. The dynamic is definitely interesting, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Jetstar Archer, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward with good ball-handling skills, said he has to remind himself that his older brother is the head coach.

“That goes for all of us who played for him,” said junior guard Marlon Bernardo. “We have to treat him like a coach now, not as a player. He’s adjusted very well.”

After the scrimmage, which ended with Seacoast winning, 39-36, Skyler Archer admitted to having a bit of anxiety.

“At the beginning it was definitely nerve-wracking,” he said, “but I’ll get the hang of it, just like (the players) will get the hang of it, too. It’s a team effort.”

Steve Craig can be contacted at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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Girls’ cross country: Maine Sunday Telegram All-State team Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Ami Beaumier, Bonny Eagle junior: Beaumier finished in the top 10 in Class A for a third straight year, placing sixth. She won four SMAA meets and finished sixth at the Festival of Champions (in a season-best 18:47) before snagging fifth in Class A South. She was 70th at the New Englands, ninth among Mainers.

Lily Horne, Freeport junior: After placing second in the Class B South regional, Horne won the state title by more than half a minute, dropping 24 seconds from her regional time. She went on to place 29th at the New Englands – third among Mainers – and 45th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional.

Grace Iltis, Camden Hills sophomore: Along with Augusta Stockman, Iltis formed the state’s best 1-2 punch. Iltis placed fourth at the Festival of Champions, won the KVAC title, was runner-up at the Class A North regional and took third at the state meet. She earned all-New England honors by placing 23rd, second among Maine runners, in a season-low 18:43.

Sophia Laukli, Yarmouth senior: Running cross country for the first time to keep in shape for Nordic skiing, Laukli led Yarmouth to its second Class B title in three years. She finished a surprising second at the Festival of Champions in Belfast in a season-best time of 18:36, then placed fourth in Class B South and cut 16 seconds off her regional time to take second in the state meet.

Sofie Matson, Falmouth freshman: In her first high school season, Matson ran in a class by herself. In addition to dominant performances in the Class A South regional and state meets, she posted the fastest times at the Southern Maine Classic and Festival of Champions. She wrapped up her season by placing 10th in New England and 14th in the Foot Locker Northeast Regional, both as the second freshman girl to finish. Her time of 18:17 at the New England meet was the fastest in the state this year.

Anneka Murrin, Yarmouth senior: Murrin opened with a win in the Southern Maine Classic junior/senior race with a time of 18:28 – second best this fall among Maine girls. Her results see-sawed from there, ninth at the Festival of Champions, regional champion in Class B South, and then fourth in the state meet, where she helped Yarmouth win the team title. She finished 61st at the New Englands, fifth among Mainers.

Malaika Pasch, Falmouth junior: After spending much of her early season rehabilitating from injury, Pasch came on strong toward the end. The defending Class A state champion missed all of September before placing seventh in the South regional and fifth in the state meet. At the New England meet in Belfast, Pasch placed 62nd and was the sixth Mainer to cross the line.

Karley Piers, Falmouth freshman: After a runner-up finish in the Southern Maine Classic freshman/sophomore division, Piers won the Festival of Champions freshman race at Belfast in a season-low time of 18:57. She was third in the Class A South regional and seventh in the state meet. At the New Englands, Piers was 72nd, the 10th Mainer to finish.

Olivia Reynolds, Maine Coast Waldorf freshman: As a Cumberland resident, Reynolds could have played soccer for Greely. Instead she chose to return to distance running for the first time since elementary school. She was sixth among freshman at the Festival of Champions, but steady improvement led to titles at the Class C South regional and the state meet.

Augusta Stockman, Camden Hills junior: After two seasons cut short by injury, Stockman finally remained healthy throughout the fall and led her team to a Class A championship. She was second in the KVAC championships before winning the Class A North regional in a season-best time of 18:35, fastest of the day regardless of class. She finished second in the state and 58th at the New Englands, fifth among Maine runners, despite an early tumble that left her temporarily in last place.

Carolyn Todd, Greely junior: An important member of the 2016 Class B state championship squad, Todd made a smooth transition to Class A and helped the Rangers climb from third in the South regional to second at the state meet. She finished second at the regional meet and fourth at the state meet. Earlier in the season, she was second at the Southern Maine Classic and third at the Festival of Champions.

Coach of the Year

Helen Bonzi, Camden Hills: Bonzi wasn’t sure what to expect with the young Windjammers moving up to Class A, but after a strong start to the season, it was a matter of keeping a young team healthy. “That was the real key to our success this year,” Bonzi said. “We had a very, very low injury rate. We kept everybody healthy and having fun.” At the state meet, junior Augusta Stockman and sophomore Grace Iltis finished 2-3, and sophomore Miranda Dunton (14th), freshman Claire Wyman (24th) and freshman Rose O’Brien (42nd) completed the 34-point victory over runner-up Greely.

– Glenn Jordan

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Boys’ cross country: Maine Sunday Telegram All-State team Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 John Auer, Falmouth junior: Auer placed seventh in the Southern Maine Classic, the Festival of Champions and the Class A state meet, helping Falmouth successfully defend its Class A team title. His best time (16:02) came in Belfast at the Festival of Champions, where he was second among Maine runners. He was sixth in the Class A South regional, within seven seconds of the winner.

Lisandro Berry-Gaviria, Mt. Ararat sophomore: Berry-Gaviria capped an unbeaten regular season with a KVAC championship. At the North regional in Belfast, he was the only runner in any class to break 16 minutes (15:53). He followed that by winning the Class A state championship at hillier Twin Brook Recreation Area in a time (16:31) faster than anyone except Class B champion Luke Laverdiere. He finished 26th at the New England meet in Belfast, the second Maine runner across the line.

Gabe Coffey, Bangor junior: Coffey placed 12th at the Festival of Champions, and was runner-up in both the KVAC and Class A North meets. His time in the latter race was a season-best 16:05. At the Class A state championship at Twin Brook, he finished fifth in a time (16:40) that was sixth-best of the day, regardless of class. He placed fifth among Maine runners at the New Englands, 34th overall.

Connor Coffin, Scarborough sophomore: After winning one SMAA meet during the regular season and placing 21st at the Festival of Champions, Coffin came on strong in late October. He placed fifth at the Class A South regional, then cut 18 seconds off his time to take fourth in the state in 16:39. Only four runners in any of the three classes ran faster.

Tristram Coffin, Scarborough sophomore: Coffin kicked off his season with a 12-second victory in the freshman/sophomore section of the Southern Maine Classic in Gorham and was 34th at the Festival of Champions in Belfast. He placed seventh in the Class A South regional before lopping 30 seconds off his time at Twin Brook to place eighth in Class A and help Scarborough rise from fourth at the regionals to runner-up in the state.

Luke Laverdiere, Yarmouth senior: Laverdiere won every race up to the New England championships, including breaking 15:20 at both the Southern Maine Classic and the Festival of Champions. He came within a half-second of breaking the state-meet record at Twin Brook (no one else was within 47 seconds of his 15:43 time), then earned regional honors by placing eighth in New England and 17th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional.

Mitch Libby, Wells senior: Unbeaten in the Western Maine Conference, Libby was one of the three runners in Maine to break 16 minutes over a 5K course this fall when he went 15:59 in Freeport in late September. He was third at the Southern Maine Classic, and runner-up at both the Class B South regional and the state meet.

Wyatt Lord, Hampden Academy junior: After placing third in both the KVAC Championships and the Class A North regional, Lord peaked at the Class A state meet with a runner-up performance, only four seconds behind Lisandro Berry-Gaviria. Lord’s time of 16:35 was third-fastest of the day, regardless of class. At the Festival of Champions, Lord placed seventh among Maine runners, 15th overall.

Yahya Nure, Deering senior: A late-comer to cross country, Nure didn’t begin running competitively until his sophomore year. After a slow start this fall, he came on strong at season’s end, placing third in the Class A South regional and cutting 17 more seconds to place third in the state meet in 16:37. He earned all-New England honors by placing 10th at Belfast (16:01).

Henry Spritz, Waynflete junior: Spritz started his season slowly and by late October had one regular-season victory under his belt. At both the Class C South regional and the state championship races, he had powerful finishing kicks – winning the regional in 17:43 and the state title in 17:01 after reeling in Deer Isle-Stonington senior Brendan Penfold.

Alex Troxell, Deering junior: Troxell became the Class A South champion with an impressive kick that erased memories of “the worst race of my (2016) season.” Despite running faster the following week he dropped to sixth at the state meet, but rebounded two weeks later to earn all-New England honors (18th overall, third among Maine runners) in a season-best 16:05.

Coach of the Year

Garrett Martin, Lincoln Academy: When Martin took over the program in Newcastle three years ago, the Eagles had 22 boys and girls running cross country. This fall there were 51, and the boys earned the Class B state title in convincing fashion with a 58-point gap over Freeport. It was the school’s first state championship since 1945.

– Glenn Jordan

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Saturday’s girls’ hockey roundup: York rallies, upends Portland/Deering in overtime Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:49:48 +0000 ROCHESTER, N.H. — Jessa Smith scored 3:31 into overtime as York/Traip Academy pulled out a 7-6 win over Portland/Deering in a girls’ hockey game Saturday afternoon at Rochester Ice Arena.

York (2-0) overcame a 4-2 deficit and forced overtime when Sydney Bouchard scored an unassisted goal with 11 seconds left in regulation.

Margaret Smith and Emily Demers each scored twice for Portland/Deering (1-2), which led 4-2 after Demers’ first goal 7:34 into the second period.

York scored three straight goals in the third period, taking the lead on a Wendy Donnell goal with 5:27 left, but Margaret Smith and Demers scored just over a minute apart to Portland/Deering back on top.

Erin Gray made 25 saves for York. Adrianna Bodge had 21 saves for the Bulldogs.

CAPE ELIZABETH 5, BIDDEFORD 1: Sophia Venditti had three goals and an assist to pace Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland (3-0) to a win over Biddeford/Thornton/Wells (1-2) at Troubh Ice Arena.

Laura Baginski and Koto Yamada each contributed a goal and two assists.

Ainsley Wescott scored in the third period for Biddeford.

Abby Joy stopped 24 shots for the Capers, while Trinity Atwater had 18 saves for the Tigers.

LEWISTON 8, YARMOUTH 0: Gemma Landry scored three goals and Brie Dube had three assists as Lewiston/Monmouth/Oak Hill (3-0) rolled past Yarmouth/Freeport (0-4) at Travis Roy Arena.

Veda Leclerc added a goal and an assist.

Jordan Mynahan, Sara Robert, Grace Dumond and Kaite Poland also scored.

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