The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » High School Sports Sat, 25 Jun 2016 14:30:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bangor’s DeLaite collects Winkin Award Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:02:21 +0000 WATERVILLE — Last week, Trevor DeLaite helped Bangor High win its third consecutive Class A baseball state championship. On Friday, DeLaite earned the state’s top individual high school baseball honor, winning the Dr. John Winkin Award as Maine’s top senior.

“I wanted to come out and have a good season and give my team a chance to win another state championship. Luckily, I’ve had great teammates who have helped me get this far, and great coaches,” DeLaite said after he received the award before the Class A/B all-star game at Colby College’s Coombs Field.

“I’ve played with great players, and they’ve made me better. I’ve played with great defenses who have given me the confidence to go at hitters. I can attack hitters and people will make plays. It’s been a privilege to play on such good teams and get those bigger spotlights.”

Other finalists were Ben Lambert of Thornton Academy, Connor Aube of Falmouth, Ryan Sinclair of Hall-Dale, Nick Mazurek of Oceanside, Cody Laweryson of Valley, Nick Guerrette of Hermon, Roderick Maynard of Sacopee Valley and Thomas Spencer of Penobscot Valley.

The award is named after John Winkin, who won more than 1,000 games coaching at Colby, Maine and Husson in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Winkin died in 2014.

“I never got the privilege of meeting (Winkin), but I’ve talked to so many people that just say he was a great baseball mind, a great coach. I definitely wish I’d gotten to meet him, but it’s a privilege to be nominated for something with his name,” DeLaite said.

A left-handed pitcher, DeLaite went 9-1 this season with a 0.30 ERA.

DeLaite is the second Winkin Award winner from Bangor, and the first since Matt Kinney in 1995.

DeLaite credited Bangor assistant coach Dave Morris as a pitching influence, along with former University of Maine assistant Jason Spaulding.

“Coach Morris has helped me. He gave me the confidence to go at hitters,” DeLaite said. “I know hitters better. I can look at hitters, see their stance, the way they’re holding the bat, and know different ways I can go about attacking them.”

DeLaite will attend UMaine.

“I’m really excited. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. I’m glad I’m not ending my baseball career,” DeLaite said.

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Hermon High player named Miss Maine Softball Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:22:51 +0000 AUGUSTA — Karli Theberge of Hermon High has been named Miss Maine Softball.

Theberge was among nine finalists for the award, which was presented between the Class C/D and Class A/B senior all-star games Thursday night at Cony High School.

The Maine Softball Coaches Association gives the award to the top senior softball player in the state.

Theberge, a left-handed pitcher, led Hermon to a 17-1 record and the Class B North semifinals, where the Hawks lost to eventual state champion Old Town. She batted .623 and led her team with 17 extra-base hits during the regular season.

The other finalists were Aly LeBlanc of Madison, Kirsten Pelletier of Messalonskee, Emily Gilmore of Bangor, Kirsten Lebreux and Erin Martin of Biddeford, Jen Jones of Sanford, Maggie Murphy of Scarborough and Stephanie Rundlett of York.

Lebreux received the MSCA’s $500 scholarship.

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Track and field: Falmouth’s Cooke named Gatorade athlete of year Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:07:39 +0000 Falmouth High junior Adelaide Cooke was chosen as Gatorade’s Maine girls’ track and field athlete of the year.

Cooke won the discus (131 feet) and shot put (39-11 1/2) and placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.14 seconds) at the Class A state championships, leading Falmouth to its first state title since 1991, when it was a Class C school. She finished second in the discus (117-4) at the New England high school championships.

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MPA: No decision on Class B hoop title site until October Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:30:01 +0000 The Maine Principals’ Association will wait until this fall to determine where it will hold the 2017 Class B boys’ and girls’ basketball state championship games.

“We won’t be making any decision on our end until October when our basketball committee meets,” said Dick Durost, the MPA’s executive director.

The site for the 2017 Class B championship games is unknown because of a scheduling conflict at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, where the games were originally slated to be played.

The Class B championship games are traditionally played on a Friday night, which would be March 3.

The arena has booked the America East women’s basketball tournament quarterfinals and semifinals for the weekend of March 3-5, with team practices scheduled for March 3 and games on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5.

Last week Matt Herpich, the arena’s general manager, notified the MPA that it would be in the athletic organization’s best interest to seek an alternative site for its championship games.

The scenario is likely to be repeated in 2018, when the America East women’s tournament is scheduled to return to Portland.

Durost said it will be important for the MPA to look at the scheduling of championship sites as a two-year situation.

Durost said he has talked with representatives from Augusta Civic Center and Cross Insurance Center in Bangor about shifting the Class B title games to their venue this winter.

“Right now neither one is booked for that Friday night and we have that night on a bit of a reserve,” Durost said.

The Class AA and A championship games are scheduled to be played in Augusta and the Class C and D games in Bangor, all on Saturday, March 4.

Durost said having two nights of championship games in either Augusta or Bangor is the most likely scenario, leaving Portland without a title game.

“Based upon what (arena) management is saying, they feel they’re locked in to the women’s tournament but if by October they are able to work things out and say then can get us in, then that’s where we’ll be,” Durost said.

South regional tournament games in Class AA, Class A and Class B will continue to be played at the Portland Expo and Cross Insurance Arena during the February school vacation week, which is Feb. 20-25 in 2017.

The arena announced in December it would be hosting the America East tournament in both 2017 and 2018.

Herpich said he began discussing scheduling with the MPA following the completion of the 2016 high school tournament.

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Flaherty hired as Greely girls’ basketball coach Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:57:09 +0000 Greely High has hired Todd Flaherty as its girls’ basketball coach.

Flaherty, 52, has 18 years of experience coaching boys’ high school basketball, including five seasons as the head coach at Morse High in Bath and three at St. Dominic in Lewiston. His teams made the state tournament five times, including all three seasons at St. Dom’s (2013-15). He did not coach last season.

“I actually started thinking about possibly switching to girls a couple years ago,” said Flaherty, who lives in Phippsburg. “I was looking for a K-12 program. Greely with its reputation athletically and academically is a tremendous opportunity.”

Flaherty replaces Joel Rogers who compiled a 67-17 record in four seasons and led the Rangers to the 2015 Class B state championship and a berth in the Class A regional final in 2016. Rogers resigned in May.

Flaherty, who was hired June 14, has had two days of gym time with his new team, which returns four key scorers including Maine Sunday Telegram all-state guard Anna DeWolfe.

“I wasn’t aware of the specifics of who they had coming back or their expectations when I applied but it didn’t take long to figure out expectations are high and they should be,” Flaherty said.

Greely Athletic Director David Shapiro said Flaherty distinguished himself from a field of 15 candidates.

“He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program,” Shapiro said.


YARMOUTH: After eight seasons as the head coach at Cheverus High, Amy Ashley will be the field hockey coach at Yarmouth in 2016. Ashley works in the Yarmouth athletic department and will continue to be the Clippers’ softball coach.

Ashley replaces Mandy Lewis, who recently took a job as an assistant principal in Wiscasset. Yarmouth announced it had hired Ashley to replace Lewis on Wednesday.

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

Twitter: SteveCCraig

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State title basketball games likely to move from Portland Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:37:53 +0000 Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena is unlikely to host state championship games in high school basketball next winter because of a scheduling conflict.

Matt Herpich, general manager of the arena, said he sent an email to the Maine Principals’ Association last week telling the organization it should seek another site to host its Class B boys’ and girls’ state title games in 2017.

Those games will be played either March 3 or March 4. The arena is hosting America East Conference women’s basketball tournament games on March 4-5 and the league has reserved the building for team practices on March 3, according to conference spokesman Matt Bourque.

It is uncertain where or when the Class B state title games will be played, said Mike Burnham, the MPA’s assistant executive director.

“That hasn’t been determined. We will have a championship but it won’t be at the Cross Insurance (Arena),” he said.

Herpich left open the possibility that the games could be squeezed in after America East practice time on March 3. But, he told MPA officials, “It may be in (your) best interest to start seeking other options.”

The MPA has been hosting its state championship games at the state’s three largest arenas: Cross Insurance Arena, Cross Insurance Center in Bangor and the Augusta Civic Center. Next winter, the Class AA and Class A state championships games are scheduled for Augusta; Class C and Class D will be played in Bangor.

South regional tournament games in Class AA, Class A and Class B will continue to be played at the Portland Expo and Cross Insurance Arena during the February school vacation week, which is Feb. 20-25 in 2017.

Herpich said he had discussions with the MPA about the 2017 high school basketball dates when the 2016 tournament ended.

The arena announced in December 2015 that it will host the America East women’s basketball quarterfinal and semifinal games during the first weekend in March in 2017 and 2018.

The conflict between high school and college basketball could happen again in 2018. If the MPA sticks to its traditional basketball tournament schedule, it will be holding state championships the same weekend as the America East games.

Last year the 6,800-seat CIA was packed to near capacity for the AA boys’ game between Portland and South Portland after a well-attended afternoon session for the Class A games.

That next winter’s championship games would be for smaller Class B schools did not impact arena scheduling, Herpich said.

“Oh no. The class (size) doesn’t matter. It’s a community building, you host whatever’s coming,” Herpich said.

Athletic directors expressed regret that the Class B state championships are likely to be displaced from Cross Insurance Arena.

“Obviously it’s disappointing because it’s a great venue for our kids to be able to play in and it’s historic,” said Wells Athletic Director Jack Molloy.

Molloy and Lake Region Athletic Director Paul True said they felt the 2,717-seat Portland Expo would be a viable alternative for the Class B championship games.

“I can see where parking is a bit of an issue but now they clear the arena between the boys’ and girls’ games. I don’t think seating would be an issue. It’s not like it’s a Portland or a Deering that would be playing in that game where you have thousands wanting to attend,” True said.

“I think it’s important that we try to keep it in Portland and if the Expo is available that would be an option,” Molloy said. “Selfishly for our fan bases, we’re going to get more people to see us play in Portland and in terms of state basketball we need to have at least one state championship played in Portland each year.”

The location of state championship games are rotated so one region does not annually get a home-court edge.

“Anyone who has been around the game knows that hosting a state championship game at a site where you’ve played at least three games is an advantage,” said True, who also is Lake Region’s girls’ basketball coach. “So that would be unfortunate for the B South teams.”

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Boys’ lacrosse: Scarborough returns to the top in Class A Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:36:02 +0000 Scarborough High fired shots early, often and from multiple angles Saturday, keeping pressure on Brunswick throughout while scoring an 18-10 victory in the Class A boys’ lacrosse state final at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Scarborough (12-3), making its first title-game appearance since 2013, when it won its fourth straight championship, got off 30 first-half shots against defending champion Brunswick (12-3), playing in the final for the third straight season.

“They have guys who can flat-out score and we knew we had to continue to push,” said Scarborough Coach Joe Hezlep. “Even at halftime (with a 10-5 lead) I didn’t feel great. I felt good but we knew we had to continue to go.”

The halftime margin easily could have been larger except for superior saves by Logan Ouellette (10 of his 16 saves in the first half).

After Jameson Cyr of Brunswick made it 2-2, the Red Storm scored four straight goals and seven of the next eight to go ahead 9-3.

Numerous Scarborough players showed they could beat their defender one-on-one. Cam Thibault scored three of his four goals in the first quarter. Sam Neugebauer and Marco Manfra each had two in the second quarter on their way to four-goal games.

“We knew that we had to really come out fast and strong, and if we came out quick we could possibly win,” Thibault said. “That was kind of the game plan. We just wanted to play like we can. We talked about wanting to get (shots) on frame as much as we could.”

Manfra was particularly effective setting up the offense from behind the net, helping to keep the ball moving crisply.

“I knew I would be getting a lot of looks, either to score or to assist on a teammate’s cut,” Manfra said. “Everybody was getting involved.”

Brunswick scored twice late in the second quarter, including a man-up score on a hard, low shot by long-stick midfielder Christian Glover, but the Storm closed the half with a fast-break rush by Cam Nigro that set up Neugebauer for the finish.

In the third quarter, Scarborough continued to beat players on dodges and get in tight for chances. Marc Guerette scored twice, Thibault got his fourth as he was falling after weaving through traffic, and freshman Andrew Granzier picked up a rebound and deposited it.

Scarborough led 15-7 after three quarters and had outshot Brunswick, 42-22. Only in the fourth quarter did the Red Storm occasionally slow the pace but they still had a huge edge in possession, finishing with a 53-26 shot advantage.

Camden Jepson, with occasional help from Cam Nigro, controlled the faceoffs for Scarborough.

“Faceoffs are key for transitions,” Jepson said. “It’s all about possession in the game of lacrosse, so if you get a lot of possessions you’re most likely going to score a lot of goals.”

Brunswick graduated 16 players from last year’s championship team and had 19 new players on its roster. Max Gramins scored three goals for Brunswick, and Cyr and Josh Dorr each scored twice.

“For us to be here today, we just took it as this is icing on the cake,” Brunswick Coach Don Glover said. “Joe (Hezlep) and Scarborough, they deserved it. They worked their butts off and they attacked and did a lot of really good stuff.”

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Softball: Biddeford outslugs Skowhegan for Class A title Sat, 18 Jun 2016 22:25:07 +0000 STANDISH — Biddeford’s softball team has suffered several close losses in big games the last couple years.

The Tigers obviously learned some valuable lessons in those games.

Biddeford used two six-run innings to defeat Skowhegan 12-7 Saturday afternoon for the Class A state championship at Bailey Field at St. Joseph’s College. But it wasn’t easy, as the Tigers had to turn back a couple Skowhegan rallies in the late innings.

“It couldn’t have been easy,” said Biddeford Coach Ray Magnant. “It hasn’t been that type of year.”

But that made the victory – giving Biddeford its second softball state championship – even sweeter. When shortstop Grace Martin made the throw to first baseman Alex Chase for the final out, pitcher Kirsten Lebreux jumped into the arms of catcher Brook Davis as their teammates swarmed them.

“It’s an amazing feeling, just awesome,” said Chase. “We’ve been waiting for this since last year. Well, forever, actually.”

The Tigers (16-4), whose only other state championship was in 2006, lost in last year’s regional semifinals by one run to Scarborough. Then they had to get through Scarborough again this year in the regional final, a game in which the Red Storm tied the game with five runs in the bottom of the sixth, only to have the Tigers win it with two runs in the seventh.

So when Skowhegan (12-8) carved a five-run deficit to one with four runs in the top of the fifth – a two-run single by Eliza Bedard and a two-run triple by Wylie Bedard – the Tigers didn’t panic. Instead, they scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to regain control.

“Like we’ve done all year, we stayed together and we fight, fight, fight,” said Magnant. “They don’t put their heads down.”

“They’re a very good hitting team,” said Lebreux. “So I think we just tried to stay calm and not let the pressure affect us.”

Skowhegan made two of its four errors in that fifth inning and the Tigers, who sent 11 batters to the plate, were helped by a two walks and a hit batter. They loaded the bases with no outs before Skowhegan Coach Lee Johnson replaced starter Sydney Ames with Ashley Alward.

Alward got the first out, but then Chase slapped a single to right field and two runs scored. Aibhlin O’Connor knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice and another run scored on a throwing error on the play. Erin Martin then hit an RBI triple. She scored two batters later on the Indians’ second error of the inning.

“We needed to come in and shut them down that next inning,” said Johnson. “And that’s not what we did. And that changed the game around the other way. But as I told my kids, we’re a young group, and the way they fought and the character they showed today, they should be proud.”

The Indians loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. One run came in on a fielder’s choice. After a lineout to Erin Martin at third, Sydney Reed walked to force in another run and make it 12-7, with the bases still loaded.

But Lebreux got the next out on a liner to center fielder Jocelyn Moody. Then she ended the threat with a strikeout.

Skowhegan got a runner on with one out in the seventh, but Lebreux recorded her ninth strikeout for the second out and then ended the game with a groundout.

“We’ve been thinking about this since we were nine years old, and to have it actually happen to us is the most uplifting thing,” said Chase. “I’m so proud of this team. We’ve come such a long way. It’s amazing.”

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Softball: Old Town rallies past York for Class B title, 6-3 Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:57:41 +0000 BREWER — York High was putting runners on base, while ace senior pitcher Stephanie Rundlett carried a perfect game through four innings.

All seemed good in the Wildcats’ world.

But York kept stranding runners and Old Town finally put together some offense. The Coyotes rallied from a three-run deficit to beat York 6-3 for the Class B softball state championship Saturday afternoon at Brewer High School.

It was the second state title in five years for Old Town (17-3). York (18-2) was making its first title game appearance in 25 years. The Wildcats have three state championships (1980, ’88 and ’89).

On Saturday, after Old Town’s first 12 batters were retired, the Coyotes began the fifth inning with four straight hits, including Kayla Hayward’s two-run double. Natalie St. Louis singled her home, and the Coyotes led 4-3.

“Just that one bad inning. One real bad, bad inning,” York Coach Mona Blais said. “I think there was a little letdown.”

Rundlett, who began the game with six strikeouts and finished with 11, could feel her pitches flattening out.

“My balls were not moving as much as they were in the first innings,” she said. “The rise wasn’t moving that well. (The balls) started coming in straight and they started hitting the ball better, and in the gaps.”

York had taken a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Terra Pepin and Elise Holly led off with singles and Kiley Blondin doubled them in with a blast to right center. She eventually scored on a groundout by Rundlett, who also had three hits.

With two outs, York was still threatening with runners on first and third after a Sophia Stephens double and a Maeve Campbell single. But they were stranded after a pop-up to second.

The Wildcats had 14 base runners – 12 hits, a walk and an error – but stranded nine. Another was caught stealing, and Old Town turned a double play, with shortstop Mikayla Richard ranging to the middle for a grounder, touching second and firing to first.

“We hit some really hard balls that they made some good plays on,” Blais said. “Their shortstop up the middle made a heck of a play … It is what it is. They’re a good team.”

Still, York had that 3-0 lead.

On the first pitch in the bottom of the fifth, Caitlyn King doubled to deep left.

“My pitch, right down the middle,” King said.

That pumped life into the Coyotes.

“There was a chain reaction,” Howard said. “Everyone was ready to hit. She was pitching faster than most pitchers, but we adjusted to it.”

After Old Town went up 4-3, York threatened in the sixth when Kelsey Cole and Pepin reached with no outs. But pitcher Olivia Albert got a strikeout, a soft lineout and a groundout to end the threat.

“My defense was phenomenal,” Albert said. “I could pitch to contact and they stop everything.”

In the bottom of the sixth, Albert gave herself insurance with a home run. Another run scored on a hit and a throwing error to make it 6-3.

Rundlett led off the seventh with a single, but Albert retired the next three batters, finishing with her sixth strikeout.

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Softball: Richmond captures fourth straight Class D crown Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:54:33 +0000 BREWER — Led by a relentless offense and a fearless junior pitcher, Richmond won its fourth consecutive Class D softball state championship with a 15-6 victory Saturday over Stearns at Brewer High.

The Bobcats (18-0), who have won 70 consecutive games, pounded out 15 hits, with Sydney Tilton and Kalah Patterson leading the way with three hits and three RBI apiece. Meranda Martin reached base four times in the leadoff spot, scored four runs and drove in two. Caitlin Kendrick also had three hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs.

Martin picked up the win against a potent Stearns lineup that collected 12 hits. But she made the Minutemen (17-3) put the ball in play, walking one and striking out three while fielding seven chances in the circle without an error.

Cassidy McLeod went 4 for 4 with a triple and two runs for Stearns.

It is the eighth softball state championship for Richmond, which matched Madison (1994-97) as the only schools to win four straight softball titles.

“It feels great,” said Martin, whose father, Tony, took over as head coach this year after longtime coach Rick Coughlin resigned because of health concerns. “We’ve had a tough season. We’ve had a couple of people pass away in our town, and not having Rick be our coach this year. We were planning to win this game for Rick. That’s what we did.”

Richmond scored three runs in the first inning off Jessica Girsa on RBI hits by Tilton, Patterson and Kendrick, and appeared poised to run away after pushing its lead to 9-1 in the top of the third.

“They put the bat on the ball really well. I have to give them credit,” said Girsa, who stemmed the onslaught by striking out the side. “I think that I threw decent. I think I was a little bit frustrated and I put that into my pitching.”

Stearns scored four runs in the third and one in the fourth to get back into the game.

“They can definitely hit the ball and they’re a good team. It was like playing ourselves,” junior second baseman Camryn Hurley said.

Girsa helped shift momentum in Stearns’ favor by striking out the side in the fourth. She retired the first two hitters of the fifth before Martin ripped a drive to right and legged out a triple. Martin scored on Cassidy Harriman’s bobbled grounder to short to make it 11-6. She then put momentum squarely back on Richmond’s side for good by tossing her lone 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fifth.

“When they came back and it was 9-6, I told the girls ‘You know, we’ve got to start hitting the ball again,’ ” Coach Martin said. “The girls got the bats going again.”

Tilton hit the first of her two doubles to lead off the sixth and scored on Patterson’s single to make it 12-6. The next inning the same duo clubbed back-to-back doubles, followed by Kendrick’s triple.

“We worked all season long on attacking the ball and going for that first pitch,” Tilton said. “If that first pitch is there because the pitcher is trying to get ahead, rip it.”

“We were just so prepared,” said Patterson, one of the three seniors with Kelsea Anair and Autumn Acord to end their high school softball careers with a 70-0 record. “Everyone said we had so much to lose but really we had nothing to lose. We were just relaxed. We love playing the game.”

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Baseball: Sacopee Valley wins Class C state title Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:54:16 +0000 STANDISH — No comebacks this time. Roderick Maynard made sure of it.

The Sacopee Valley senior struck out the side in the seventh inning to complete a 3-2 victory over George Stevens Academy in the Class C baseball state championship game Saturday afternoon at St. Joseph’s College.

Maynard’s final curveball stranded the potential tying run at second base and set off a celebration 23 years in the making.

“Best day of my life,” said Maynard, who struck out nine, yielded five hits and didn’t walk a batter. “To be under all my teammates that I’ve worked with for 10 years, that was the best feeling I’ve ever had.”

The title is the fourth in school history but the first since 1993. The score was identical to the 3-2 regional semifinal victory a week earlier over top-seeded Monmouth, a nine-inning affair in which Maynard fanned 17 and threw 138 pitches.

“I had a week off,” Maynard said. “I didn’t throw (again) until Friday. So I was feeling fresh and live and everything was strong.”

It certainly seemed so in the early going. Maynard faced the minimum 12 batters through four innings, picking off the only base runner after an infield single.

Meanwhile, the Hawks (17-3) built a 3-0 lead. Maynard drove in Sacopee’s first run with the third of three straight two-out singles in the first inning. Kyle Jordan (three hits) added an RBI single in the third to make it 2-0.

Brandon Burnell doubled to lead off the Sacopee fourth and was on third with one out when he took off for home on a ground ball with the infielders playing in to prevent a run.

” ‘No! No! No!’ sounds a lot like ‘Go! Go! Go!’ ” Burnell said. “It ends with O.”

Fortunately for Burnell, the throw sailed to the backstop and he was safe for a 3-0 lead that seemed insurmountable.

But George Stevens had scored twice in its final at-bat to beat Houlton 9-8 in the regional final, an ending similar to Sacopee Valley rallying from two down in the seventh for a 7-6 victory over Lisbon in the South final.

The Eagles (18-2) scratched out a run in the fifth on a Stefan Simmons triple, and another in the sixth on Tyler McKenney’s bloop double, a sacrifice bunt and a groundout. They lost a potential run when Simmons was hung out to dry on a failed suicide squeeze in the fifth.

“I’ve coached these guys all the way up through, from little kids in T-ball to this year here,” said Sacopee Valley Coach Eric Anderson. “So they’ve been together for a long time and played a ton of baseball. Their maturity and leadership, especially the last two weeks in the run through the playoffs, has just been tremendous.”


SEARSPORT 10, PENOBSCOT VALLEY 2: Kyle Moore scattered nine hits and singled home a pair of runs during a five-run sixth inning at Bangor’s Mansfield Stadium as the Vikings (17-3) pulled away from the Howlers (18-2) to repeat as state champions.

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Softball: Madison regains Class C title from Bucksport Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:48:22 +0000 STANDISH — In her first at-bat, Aly LeBlanc struck out. In her second trip to the plate, Madison’s senior catcher popped out to second base.

But LeBlanc’s third at-bat – in the sixth inning – will be remembered by everybody who saw the Class C state championship game Saturday at St. Joseph’s College.

After receiving a reprieve when Bucksport catcher Mackenzie Smith dropped a pop foul, LeBlanc drove an outside pitch to the right-field wall for a triple that drove in Madeline Wood, snapping a 1-1 tie as Madison earned its second title in three years with a 3-1 victory.

The victory capped a 20-0 season for the Bulldogs. Bucksport finished 19-2.

Wood walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Madison Coach Chris LeBlanc, Aly’s father, debated having Wood steal second, but with his cleanup hitter coming up decided to let the action play out.

“I just figured, if Aly’s going to hit the ball, (Wood’s) going to at least get to third, and we have the opportunity to do some bunting with her at third,” Coach LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc was unhappy with her first two plate appearances. When Smith dropped the pop-up that would have been the inning’s first out, LeBlanc knew she had been given the opportunity the Bulldogs needed.

“That was a huge sense of relief because that would have been very disappointing for me. I knew that I needed to make up for that,” she said. “I was very disappointed in myself and I knew I needed to do better for my team and just put the ball in play and move the runner around.”

LeBlanc drove an outside pitch down the line.

“I saw it go over (right fielder Kaylee Grindle) head so I was really pumped,” she said.

The play was reminiscent of the inside-the-park home run to right field hit by Wood to win the 2014 state championship.

“I just told (Aly) to relax, do what she needs to do and hit the ball. We talked to them outside before the game and just told them it doesn’t matter what you do the at-bats before. When you get up there, you’re 0-0 every time you get up to bat. It was great for her to hit that ball,” Coach LeBlanc said.

Added Bucksport Coach Michael Carrier: “Aly’s a great player and that pitch she hit was kind of sick. It was way outside and she went with it.”

LeBlanc scored easily on Erin Whalen’s sacrifice fly to left to make it 3-1. Wood, who had just commented to teammates in the dugout that a two-run cushion going into the top of the seventh would put her at ease, retired the Golden Bucks in order to set off Madison’s celebration.

“We just needed to get three quick outs. I was shaking. I was nervous,” Wood said.

Wood gave up four hits and one walk while striking out seven. Behind the plate, LeBlanc thought Wood’s best pitch was her change-up. Wood thought her fastball was the key.

“I hit my locations pretty good. My change-up was on but I think my (fastball) location is what did the job,” Wood said.

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Aishah Malloy led off with a triple and scored on a groundout to short by Kayla Bess. Malloy worked her way into the starting lineup during the season. Coach LeBlanc and his staff asked her to focus on playing strong defense in right field.

“When (Malloy) does it at the plate, it’s a bonus, and it was certainly a bonus today,” LeBlanc said.

Bucksport, the defending state champion, answered with a run in the top of the fourth. Eliza Hosford led off with an infield single and Darian Jellison followed with a bunt single. After getting two outs, Wood gave up an RBI single to Katelin Saunders. Bucksport had the go-ahead run at third base, but Wood picked up a strikeout to limit the damage to one run.

“I think her and Aly have a great rapport. As I’ve always said, you’ve got to be mentally tough to play that position, and Madeline Wood is. And we’ve got one more year with her,” Coach LeBlanc said.

Jellison had two of Bucksport’s four hits, both bunt singles. Saunders took the loss, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out five.

“(We were) a little excited. I don’t know why because of all them were here last year,” Carrier said.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Falmouth tops Yarmouth for Class B title Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:20:43 +0000 Falmouth took an early five-goal lead Saturday and went on to claim its first Class B boys’ lacrosse state championship in four seasons.

Louis Mainella, George Gilbert and Devin Russell each scored three goals as the Yachtsmen rolled to a 13-9 victory against Yarmouth at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

“We knew they were going to come out flying, so we knew we had to get out on them early,” said Jack Scribner, who had two goals and three assists for Falmouth. “We came out with a lot of heart, a lot of passion.”

The Yachtsmen (12-3) scored the first five goals in a four-minute span of the first quarter and Yarmouth never caught up.

The Clippers (11-5) closed within 7-5 with less than five minutes left in the first quarter but got no closer.

“We dug ourselves a hole in the first quarter,” Yarmouth Coach David Pearl said. “The game was even, after that but we just couldn’t overcome that five-goal deficit at the start.”

Falmouth, which held a 9-5 halftime lead, took a 13-6 advantage into the final quarter.

Falmouth held the Clippers scoreless for more than eight minutes at the start of the game and for a 14-minute segment of the second half.

“Ultimately we tried to take away their time and space by getting out on their hands and pressuring them,” said Falmouth defenseman Brendan Hickey.

“We know they have a very strong attack, as well as midfield. It was a challenge. (Yarmouth) played great, but we ended up prevailing in the end.”

“Our offense has been prolific, (and) you have to give (Falmouth) a lot of credit,” Pearl said.

During the Class B North tournament, the Clippers outscored their three opponents 57-9.

“I think their (long) poles played very well today,” said Pearl.

The Clippers won 20 of 26 draws but committed 24 turnovers, which enabled the Yachtsmen to regain possession following a lot of those draws.

“We focused on having fun, getting the job done and moving the ball around.” Scribner said. “We didn’t just fly into everything, but we had a patient offense and (waited) for the best look, and we scored a lot of goals.”

To advance to the state final, the Yachtsmen beat Kennebunk and previously undefeated Cape Elizabeth in the Class B South tournament. Both of those teams defeated Falmouth in the final week of the regular season.

“I called them out and they responded,” Falmouth Coach Mike Lebel said of his players. “I told them we needed to be tougher. We needed more guys to step up. We had to react differently in certain situations. They took that and they performed admirably from that point on. They have been working their tails off supporting one another and became closer as a team.”

“We got yelled at a little bit and it stuck with us,” Gilbert said.

“We knew if we bore down a little bit we could win it. We believed in our coach and we did what he said, and it worked out for us. He very much knows what he’s talking about.”

Nate Arrants scored two goals for Falmouth and Henry Norris had an assist.

Andrew Beatty scored five goals for the Clippers. Will Jacobs had a goal and an assist, Matt Beatty, Patrick Grant and Cole Buchanan also scored, and Anders Newberg had an assist.

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Baseball: Bangor wins third straight Class A title Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:09:11 +0000 STANDISH — In a state championship baseball game involving three of the state’s preeminent left-handed pitchers, Trevor DeLaite proved to be the portside authority.

The senior from Bangor held previously unbeaten Falmouth to three hits – all singles – as the Rams rolled to their third straight Class A title with a 5-0 win Saturday at St. Joseph’s College.

“Not many teams can say they’ve won three in a row,” said DeLaite, who committed to the University of Maine after his freshman season at Bangor. “It’s pretty cool.”

DeLaite struck out 10 and walked three as Bangor (19-1) pitched its third shutout in four playoff games. The only serious Falmouth threat came in the fourth when the Yachtsmen (19-1) loaded the bases with two outs and DeLaite fell behind in the count 3-1 before pumping two fastballs across the plate for his eighth strikeout.

“He keeps you off balance, mixes it up well, hits his spots,” said Reece Armitage, who singled in the fourth and was the only Falmouth runner to reach third.

“It’s tough not seeing him before, not seeing anyone like that this year who is similar to him, but you can’t win if you don’t score.”

Armitage pitched the first five innings for Falmouth before giving way to Cam Guarino in the sixth. Each had allowed only three earned runs all season coming into the game. Bangor managed three hits and three runs off Armitage, who walked four and struck out four, and two unearned runs and four hits off Guarino.

“I thought Reece pitched great and I thought Cam came in and pitched great,” Falmouth Coach Kevin Winship said. “We just didn’t get the big hit when we needed it.”

DeLaite collected the game’s first hit after a one-out walk in the third, a double to right-center. Derek Fournier singled home one runner, and a fielder’s choice allowed DeLaite to score.

“As soon as they scored a couple runs, I knew it was going to be tough,” Winship said. “We know that if we get either Cam or Reece a couple runs, it’s game over.”

DeLaite short-circuited a potential rally in the Falmouth third with the first of two successful pickoff throws to first. He also picked off a runner in the fifth.

“It’s a good move,” Winship said. “I don’t agree with it not being a balk … but there’s nothing you can do. It’s not our call.”

The Rams made it 3-0 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jesse Colford and scored twice more in the sixth on singles by Peter Kemble, George Payne and Kyle Stevenson.

“We were very confident coming in,” said Stevenson. “We always are, with whoever’s on the mound, but especially Trevor. He’s just a dominant pitcher. We trust our defense and we trust what we’re going to do at the plate.”

Garrett Aube got the first Falmouth hit with a one-out single to right in the third.

Colin Coyne had Falmouth’s other hit, a grounder past third base.

“He wasn’t perfect, but he was pretty damn good,” said Bangor Coach Jeff Fahey of DeLaite, who compiled a 24-2 high school record. “I think he was getting a little tired at the end. I think he ended up with 110 (pitches), which is the most he’s thrown all year, but it was his game. As long as he told me he felt all right, I was going to let him finish.”

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State champs crowned in high school sports Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:41:53 +0000 0, 18 Jun 2016 15:35:19 +0000 Girls’ lacrosse: Kennebunk caps perfect season with Class B title Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:29:55 +0000 A championship that was years in the making came to fruition for the Kennebunk High girls’ lacrosse team.

The Rams finished a 15-0 season with a 9-7 win Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium to earn the school’s first Class B girls’ lacrosse state title, beating a gritty Yarmouth squad that was vying for a third straight crown.

“We’ve been all working together for six or seven years, and to finish like this is the best feeling I’ve ever had,” said Olivia Sandford, one of 11 Kennebunk seniors.

Sandford, Kyra Schwartzman, Jenny Bush and Carly Sandler have powered the Rams’ offense since they were freshmen, and goalie Bella Kudas is another four-year varsity player. Fellow seniors Molly Parent and Cara Small led the defensive unit, and Kristen Koch scored Kennebunk’s first goal on a fast break off a Sandford interception.

“We’re really one big happy family and we’ve been playing together forever, the seniors. It definitely helps us to play as one unit instead of 12 individual units,” Bush said. “We didn’t want to go out any other way and we knew we had to get it done.”

Bush was taken out of Kennebunk’s set offense by the effective face guarding of Yarmouth defender Gretchen Barbera.

Schwartzman led the offense with five goals.

“I thought, we need to get this done. They’re face guarding Jenny, (so) what can we do as a team to do this?” Schwartzman said. “A couple of my goals were off of feeds. An assist is just as important as a goal. I was lucky enough for them to find me.”

Sandford and Bush each scored once and Sandler had two pretty assists. Kudas made four saves, including a point-blank stop with 52 seconds left to maintain a two-goal lead.

Kennebunk scored three goals in a span of 1:37 late in the first half to take a 5-2 lead, then pushed it to 8-3 with 11:33 remaining after Schwartzman’s fifth goal of the game.

Yarmouth responded. Eva Then (four goals) scored two man-advantage goals. A couple other calls also went against Kennebunk, preventing the Rams’ highly skilled offense from running time off.

When Clipper attack Sophia Harrison scored on a fast break after a ground-ball win and quick midfield advancement by Jessica Kirk, Yarmouth had pulled to within 8-6 with 1:12 left.

Kennebunk had lost its five previous championship games, including an overtime setback to Yarmouth last season.

“Obviously we were a little nervous, but we’ve been saying, when things don’t go our way, ‘So what? Just play the next play,” Sandford said. “We’ve been working on that a lot this year and I think that’s helped us a lot.”

Sandler scored off a free-position shot with 17 seconds left to ice the win.

Then scored the final goal as time expired.

Yarmouth Coach Dorothy Holt will return most of her core players, including Then, Kirk (goal and assist), midfielders Corey Langenbach (goal) and Eliza Lunt, Barbera and goalie Mary Kate Gunville (six saves).

“This team is a young team, but they played ‘veteran’ today,” Holt said. “I asked my youngsters to step up and they did, but Kennebunk is a good team. We knew what we were up against, but we worked hard to get here and we showed that we deserved to be here.”

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Baseball: Old Town tops Freeport for Class B title Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:46:17 +0000 BANGOR — When Freeport High scored two runs in the top of the first inning, it looked good for the overachieving, underdog Falcons against favored Old Town.

Freeport had allowed only three runs in its last three playoff games, and the Coyotes had not scored more than three runs in any playoff game.

But Old Town broke out the bats Saturday afternoon and romped past Freeport, 12-2 in five inings, for the Class B state baseball championship at Mansfield Stadium.

Austin Sheehan’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning ended the game, via the mercy rule.

Old Town (19-1), the top seed out of the North, won its first baseball championship. The Coyotes had finished runner-up twice in the 1990’s as a Class A school.

Freeport, seeded seventh out of the South, was making its first appearance in a state title game and finished 14-7.

“It was a heck of a ride,” Freeport Coach Bill Ridge said.

Colby Wagner’s RBI single and Josh Burke’s sacrifice fly gave the Falcons a 2-0 lead, firing up a large and loud Freeport contingent.

“That was real exciting,” Ridge said. “Good for our guys to have that moment. That’s what the past week has felt like.

“Then we went into the bottom of the first inning and that’s a heck of a team. That’s the best hitting team we’ve seen all year.”

Old Town put together five singles, a sacrifice fly and the first of two successful double steals, to take a 4-2 lead.

“We weren’t expecting it, to say the least,” Wagner said. “But no one was down. It just didn’t go our way.”

Old Town scored four unearned runs in the second inning, with two Freeport errors helping out, for an 8-2 lead.

The Coyotes finished with 13 hits – 12 singles and Sheehan’s double.

“We just had to re-group,” said Sheehan. “We got a couple of base hits. We capitalized on their mistakes and we went from there. We had struggled offensively (in the playoffs), but we just got the bats going.”

Sheehan finished with two hits and three RBI. Jacob Ketch also knocked in two runs. Junior pitcher Ethan Stoddard helped his cause with two RBI singles.

After giving up two walks (one intentional), a single and two runs in the first, Stoddard was rarely threatened after that.

“He didn’t look loose there in the beginning. He looked tight. He looked tense,” Old Town Coach Brad Goody said. “But he definitely settled down. He’s stepped up huge this year.”

In that first inning, Freeport’s Max Doughty worked a full-count walk to lead off. Joey Burke bunted him over to second. Jack Davenport was intentionally walked and Wagner followed with a RBI single to right. Davenport went to third, and scored on Burke’s sacrifice fly to center.

But then Old Town got going, with every player in the lineup getting a hit. Freeport used three pitchers – Josh Burke (11/3 innings), Austin Langley (11/3) and Josh Spaulding (12/3). The Falcons made four errors.

“They were spraying singles all over the place – hard-hit singles,” Ridge said. We didn’t really help ourselves, but they were hitting the ball hard.

“They were aggressive. When they got a pitch to hit, they took advantage of it.”

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Girls’ lacrosse: Messalonskee wins Class A title in overtime Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:51:11 +0000 Nathalie St. Pierre of Messalonskee took one shot in the Class A girls’ lacrosse championship game Saturday.

She made it count.

St. Pierre scored with 1:23 left in the first overtime, converting an alert pass from Ally Turner to beat Massabesic 7-6 at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

“I was just waiting and I didn’t want to force anything earlier in the game, and I saw the opportunity and I took it,” St. Pierre said. “I think they were honestly focusing on Ally. She was drawing them and we just made perfect eye contact at the right time.”

“I saw Nat right there and I knew she’d be there to finish. That’s her shot,” Turner said.

It was the first girls’ lacrosse state championship for Messalonskee (14-1). In 2015 the Eagles reached the state final for the first time but lost 13-5 to Marshwood after falling behind 8-1 in the first half.

Massabesic (14-2) opened with a four-goal spree in the opening minutes, with Maquila DiMastrantonio (two of her three goals), Josie Ring and Delia Sylvain scoring quickly in transition, and raising the notion of another blowout.

“It was just a tiny, fast, very fleeting second when I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, is this going to be like last year?’ ” said Messalonskee Coach Ashley Pullen, who is laving to take a job in the Falmouth district. “And then it was gone because this is a totally different team than last year. And even though we were down 4-0, it didn’t feel like 4-0. These girls never gave up. They never let down.”

Messalonskee also drew inspiration – as it has for two years – in remembering and honoring a former teammate, Cassidy Charette, who died in a hayride accident in the fall of 2014. Charette would have been a senior this year.

“We always play for Cass, shine on for Cass. She’s just always in our hearts and looking down on us,” Turner said.

Lauren Pickett scored for Messalonskee with 7:17 to play and Turner (two goals, three assists) converted a pass from Lydia Dexter (three goals, one assist) to cut the deficit to 4-2 at halftime.

Massabesic still led 6-3 with 12:09 to play after Skylar Renaud popped in a goal from Morgan Pike.

From there the Mustangs fell prey to forced offensive play that resulted in too many turnovers.

Dexter scored after catching a Turner pass that just got over Madison Drain’s outstretched stick with 8:55 remaining.

Possibly refreshed after serving a two-minute penalty, Turner rushed the ball the length of the field and scored with 4:11 left to cut the margin to 6-5. Dexter tied it with a free-position goal with 1:50 to play.

Massabesic (14-2) had three shots in the last 30 seconds of regulation, one by DiMastrantonio that hit the crossbar with a fraction of a second remaining.

“We had some opportunities,” Massabesic Coach Brooks Bowen said. “I think (DiMastrantonio’s shot) would have been in before the buzzer. I think it would have counted had it gone in.

“I think we’re going to look back and say there were a lot of woulda, coulda, shouldas that just didn’t seem to bounce our way.”

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Yarmouth ready for title game with rival Falmouth Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:32:15 +0000 YARMOUTH — They have flown under the radar this season all the way to a historic championship matchup.

The Yarmouth High boys’ lacrosse team (11-4) is making its fourth straight trip to the Class B championship game. After three straight state final losses to Cape Elizabeth, the Clippers will face their longtime rival, Falmouth (11-3), in a 3:30 p.m. game Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

It will be the first time Falmouth and Yarmouth have met in a state final in any sport.

“Going out against Falmouth has been kind of a dream of ours as seniors,” Yarmouth midfielder Walter Conrad said. “It’s one of the biggest rivalries in Maine sports and it’s something that’s so rare (to) see them in this game. That rivalry is going to make it so much more intense.”

Falmouth beat Cape Elizabeth 7-5 in the South final. In the process, Falmouth exorcised its own demons against the Capers. Falmouth lost three straight to Cape in regional finals.

“I knew we were skilled enough to win but the question was, can we get over that mental hurdle that has kind of been keeping us down the last three years?” Falmouth Coach Mike Lebel said. “I think this year we essentially had the same team as last year so the kids are familiar with the system and what we do, so there’s more confidence.”

Falmouth also had to battle in its regional semifinal, beating Kennebunk 10-9 after trailing 8-5 at the half. The Yachtsmen have allowed six goals in the last six quarters.

Yarmouth had an easier path through the North, beating sixth-seeded North Yarmouth Academy 19-4, 10th-ranked Gardiner 16-0 and fifth-seeded Maranacook/Winthrop, 22-5.

“The goal of our season was to get to this point,” said co-captain and rugged faceoff specialist Ricky Tillotson. “I think we all expected to be here. I don’t think anyone on our team is really surprised because of the way we work.”

The South (formerly West) winner has won six straight championships: Cape in 2010 and 2013-15, Falmouth in 2011-12. Yarmouth beat Cape Elizabeth in the 2009 game.

Earlier this season, Falmouth beat Yarmouth, 12-7.

“We’re happy to embrace the underdog role,” said Yarmouth Coach David Pearl. “Falmouth beat us on our home field. We own that but we’ve also always thought that we can win every time we step on the field.”

Yarmouth also lost early-season games to lacrosse heavyweights Cape Elizabeth and Brunswick among its first five games. The team had to overcome a number of injuries to key players. Attack Henry Venden was hurt (he’s since returned). Goalie Cameron Liddy went down and freshman Liam Harke stepped in.

“We have faced a little adversity,” said Conrad, who also played in Yarmouth’s state final appearances in the fall (a soccer win) and the winter (a hockey loss). “Losing to Cape and Falmouth in the regular season, those are defining points in a season. Our message all season has been to get back up and fight because we knew that this game might come.”

A day before another marquee game against Scarborough, Jack Venden, Henry’s brother and the team’s only returning defender, broke his foot and was lost for the season.

In that game, senior co-captain Matthew Beatty made his first start at attack. The former midfielder quickly became the fulcrum of the offense. Stationed behind the net during possessions – the “X” position in lacrosse parlance – Beatty has dished up assists to teammates such as Bill Jacobs, Patrick Grant and Cooper May, starting with his 10-assist, 3-goal game against Scarborough, a 16-11 win.

“That was a huge win for us, a turning point in our season, I think, and the coaches recognized it before the game,” Beatty said. “The emphasis was to come out hot in that game and we executed, and look where we are now.”

Before the season was finished, Beatty earned acclaim as one of the state’s All-American selections – a deserved individual honor but not what the senior co-captain wants most.

“I remember losing to Cape the last three years,” Beatty said. “Having a new opponent in the state game just really livens it up. To play Falmouth in a state game, which I don’t think has ever happened in any sport, is just huge. It’s just the Falmouth-Yarmouth rivalry. It’s friendly outside the (game) because everyone has friends from Falmouth, but on the playing field I wouldn’t say it’s very friendly.”

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Massabesic midfielder loves being a distraction Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:28:20 +0000 She may feature the best combination of skill and experience of any lacrosse player in the Class A state championship game Saturday.

It’s possible that senior midfielder Maquila Dimastrantonio of Massabesic won’t score a goal. But when the Mustangs play Messalonskee for the girls’ championship at 10 a.m. at Fitzpatrick Stadium, she’s likely to serve as a great distraction.

Massabesic (14-1), the second seed out of the South, is going for its third state title, its last coming two years ago. Messalonskee (13-1), the North’s top seed, is making its second straight title game appearance after losing to Marshwood 13-5 last year.

Massabesic beat top-seeded Marshwood 7-6 in the South title game Wednesday. Dimastrantonio scored the Mustangs’ first two goals and watched her teammates get the rest.

“You can’t give too much attention to one of their players,” said Marshwood Coach Bernie Marvin. “It’s like trying to take one leg out of the table. They’re 14-1. There’s a reason for that.”

Still, Marshwood did try to contain Dimastrantonio, only to see Madison Drain score four times and Josie Ring put in the winner.

“I think my job was to distract everybody and let my teammates go to work because they’re all talented,” Dimastrantonio said.

“I was surprised I had two goals. They had me marked up pretty well. … I try to pull traffic so when I cut, everyone is saying ‘She’s cutting, she’s cutting,’ and it draws (defenders) away.”

Indeed, Dimastrantonio was cutting – with defenders wary of her – when Ring saw an opening and crashed in with the winner.

“Maquila makes it possible for a lot of girls to score,” Coach Brooks Bowen said. “She has tremendous stick skills. She has good vision. When she moves her feet, she’s slippery.

“She creates opportunities for others.”

Dimastrantonio almost didn’t get an opportunity to play lacrosse. She thought about it in sixth grade but a stress fracture in her back prevented her. She gave up on the idea until high school.

After a freshman year on the junior varsity, Dimastrantonio has been a varsity player to watch. She will attend Division II St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and plans to play lacrosse and run cross country. In last fall’s state Class A cross country meet, she finished 25th in 21 minutes, 15.65 seconds over 3.1 miles.

Dimastrantonio handles the ball well and plays like a veteran. She has one more advantage: she’s 5-foot-8 and dominant on the draws.

She’s adept at getting the ball in the air and reaching it before her opponent, or knocking it to a teammate, usually Drain. Against Marshwood, Dimastrantonio won possession in all but two of the 15 draws.

“She’s excellent,” Marvin said. “We have to get it on the ground because we’re not going to win it against that kid.”

Dimastrantonio will look to dominate the draws again Saturday. She’ll try to score, but her most effective threat may simply be her presence. Defenders cannot ignore her but other Mustangs will be ready to pounce when given the chance.

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Falmouth baseball has a pair of aces Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:18:32 +0000 STANDISH — Craig Pendleton, an assistant baseball coach at Falmouth High, calls pitches from his perch inside the dugout.

In five years of doing so, he can remember only one major disagreement with Coach Kevin Winship, who did not approve of a change-up thrown to the opposing team’s No. 9 hitter that resulted in a single.

The batter had fouled off multiple fastballs, Pendleton said, defending his decision. Still, Winship wasn’t buying it.

Of course, neither Cam Guarino nor Reece Armitage delivered that change-up. Falmouth’s junior lefties have a way of making Pendleton look good.

“They’ve saved a lot of arguments in the dugout,” Pendleton said with a laugh. “Even their mistake pitches are good.”

Falmouth (19-0) will meet two-time defending champion Bangor (18-1) at St. Joseph’s College at 1 p.m. Saturday for the Class A state title. It marks the first title game for Falmouth since moving up to Class A following the 2013 season. The Yachtsmen won the 2012 Class B state championship after previously winning Class C championships in 1985, 1996 and 1998.

Bangor has won 11 Class A crowns and has appeared in nine other state finals. The Rams feature senior left-hander Trevor DeLaite, the state’s Gatorade player of the year, who will pitch for the University of Maine.

“I don’t know a lot about him except that he’s good,” Winship said of DeLaite. “We’re going to have our hands full. He’s just as good as our guys.”

DeLaite (8-1) tossed a three-hitter to lead Bangor past Edward Little 8-0 Tuesday in the North regional final. Of course, three hits is the total number allowed by Guarino (10-0) and Armitage (7-0) in Falmouth’s three playoff victories over Deering, Portland and South Portland.

If Winship continues to alternate pitchers, as he has all spring, Armitage will start Saturday’s game. But Guarino, like DeLaite, is also eligible to pitch because three calendar days have elapsed since the regional finals. On Friday morning, Winship declined to name his starter.

“We have the luxury of that 1-2 punch,” he said. “To us, it really doesn’t matter who starts because they’re both available.”

Guarino and Armitage go about their business in different ways. Guarino is a nibbler, hitting his spots, changing speeds and pitching to contact.

Armitage, who also plays hockey, throws harder. He has 11 more strikeouts in 24 fewer innings than Guarino, and tops out at 85 miles per hour.

“Cam pounds his spots,” said sophomore catcher Garrett Aube. “Reece blows it by people.”

Both joined the Falmouth varsity team as freshman two years ago. Guarino was quieter, more deferential. Armitage, who was coming off a varsity hockey season, was more comfortable, more outgoing.

Both were effective immediately. Guarino went 5-0 with a 0.44 ERA. Armitage, with little run support, was 3-2 with a 1.57 ERA.

“I tell my friends that it’s coaching,” Pendleton said, “but the two of them as freshmen were just above and beyond anything I’ve seen as freshmen.”

As sophomores, Guarino was 7-2 with a 0.57 ERA, and Armitage, who pitched less because of elbow problems, was 3-1 with a 2.47 ERA.

With their continued success as juniors, both pitchers have attracted attention from college coaches.

“Every door is open to them,” Winship said. “They’re figuring what’s going to be the best fit for them at the next level.”

So who’s the better pitcher?

“Oh, that goes back to the beginning of Little League,” Guarino said. “We used to battle for the starting spot, for the No. 1 draft pick for pitching, all that stuff. But not anymore. We accept the fact that we switch off now.”

Armitage, whose twin brother, Robbie, plays shortstop, doesn’t even call it competition.

“It’s more like motivation,” he said. “It’s really helpful to have him there.”

Whoever doesn’t pitch plays right field. Having two lights-out starters, Armitage said, takes pressure off the rest of the team on defense and at the plate.

The dimensions at St. Joseph’s, which include 380 feet to dead center and 350 to right-center, make it hard for hitters to hit home runs, even if they weren’t already facing two – or three – of the state’s best pitchers.

“The disadvantage Saturday goes to hitters, for sure,” Winship said. “It’s going to come down to who plays good defense and who can get that timely, big hit and take advantage of the other team’s mistake, if they make one.”

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Softball: Long-time Biddeford teammates eye Class A title Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:51:42 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Many of the members of Biddeford High’s softball team have been playing together since they were nine years old. Most have been coached by Ray Magnant for that long.

They won Little League district championships. They won two Junior League state championships.

But Saturday will be a special day for them. They’ll be playing for a high school state championship. The Tigers (15-4) will play Skowhegan (12-7) for the Class A state title at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College.

“Some of us have T-ball pictures together, so we’ve been together for a long time,” said Brook Davis, Biddeford’s sophomore catcher, who was named player of the year in the SMAA. “It’s very special. We played Little League looking up to those high school girls hoping that would be us some day. And it’s kind of unbelievable thinking we’re at that point in our lives where we’re going to states.

“That’s where we’ve always dreamed to be when we were younger.”

“These girls are all great friends,” said Magnant, in his second year as Biddeford’s coach. “They love the game and they have fun together.”

Biddeford, which lost in the regional semifinals in each of the three previous seasons, got here by knocking off top-ranked and previously unbeaten Scarborough 9-7 in the Class A South championship game. That game highlighted the Tigers’ strengths: aggressive hitting (15 hits), clutch pitching by Kirsten Lebreux and steady defense.

The Tigers, who last won a state title in 2006, have always been able to hit but were also hindered by defensive breakdowns.

Not this year.

“We still make mistakes at times,” said Magnant. “But we stay up. We don’t get down.”

“I think a big thing this year is that throughout the season we learned to play with each other,” said Lebreux, who will attend Bentley University next fall and will run track. “We have confidence in each other.”

In Tuesday’s regional championship, Scarborough scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 7. But, said senior third baseman Erin Martin, the Tigers didn’t panic.

“We just moved on to the next play,” she said.

And scored twice in the top of the seventh to win the game.

Davis is Biddeford’s most feared hitter, with a .643 average, 11 home runs and 39 RBI. Martin, who will attend USM, is hitting .549 with 26 runs. Lebreux is hitting .493 and is 14-3 as a pitcher.

As well as the Tigers have played, they are also gaining inspiration from an outside source.

Donald “Joe” Colucci, the father of Thornton Academy sophomore Louisa Colucci, died on Monday. Louisa Colucci plays summer ball with many of the Tigers on Magnant’s team and Joe Colucci was always there with her, cheering her and her teammates on.

Before the regional championship with Scarborough, the Biddeford players requested that a moment of silence be held for him. And then they dedicated the game to him.

When the game ended, said Martin, Louisa Colucci joined the celebration.

“We’re just trying to support her,” said Martin. “And she’s supporting us.”

That support transcends the Tigers’ rivalry with Thornton Academy.

“We love her, we love her family,” said Davis. “It means a lot that we did something for them. I know she plays for Thornton and we have that rivalry with them but they’re like family to us.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Miss Maine Softball finalists announced Thu, 16 Jun 2016 02:18:18 +0000 Biddeford teammates Kirsten Lebreux and Erin Martin are among nine finalists for the Miss Maine Softball Award, which will be announced between the Class C-D and Class A-B Senior East-West games at Cony High School on June 23.

The other finalists are Emily Gilmore of Bangor, Aly LeBlanc of Madison, Karli Theberge of Hermon, Stephanie Rundlett of York, Maggie Murphy of Scarborough, Jen Jones of Sanford, and Kirsten Pelletier of Messalonskee.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Brunswick returns to state title game Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:27:46 +0000 BRUNSWICK — Top-seeded Brunswick overpowered No. 6 Windham and cruised to a 19-10 win Wednesday night in the Class A North boys’ lacrosse championship game.

It’s the third straight regional title for the Dragons, who will try to defend their state championship Saturday against Scarborough at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium.

“When we started off the season, we knew we had a good group of athletes, but having 19 new names on the roster for the varsity is a pretty daunting task to overcome,” Brunswick Coach Don Glover said. “This group of young men is incredible. Their focus, their desire to get better is fantastic.

“They want to make a name for themselves. “They didn’t want to be in the shadow of last year’s team, whose accomplishments were obviously noteworthy. This group of guys came out and said ‘Let’s get better and see how far we can go up the ladder.'”

Windham (10-5) had never advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs before this year.

“It is a group of guys who have just developed chemistry over the season, and I think that’s intangibles that gets a team far,” Windham Coach Peter Small said.

Brunswick (12-2) held a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, then reeled off five goals at the start of the second quarter to open a sizable lead.

Aiden Glover, a freshman, paced the Dragons with three goals and two assists. Ben Palizy, Christian Glover and Max Gramins also scored three goals apiece. Josh Dorr and Jameson Cyr each scored twice, and Josh Clark had a goal and an assist.

Ross Batchelder led the Eagles with three goals. Zack Callahan followed with two goals and four assists, Tyler Wollston had two goals and had an assist, and Zach Hough, Thomas Loukosi and Bryce Rolfe also scored.

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 11:15 a.m. on June 16 to show that Ross Batchelder led Windham with three goals.

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 5:45 p.m. on June 22 to show that Christian Glover scored three goals for Brunswick.

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Baseball: Freeport upsets No. 1 Capers in regional final Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:11:56 +0000 STANDISH — Jack Davenport said he and his Freeport High baseball teammates are treating every game they play these days as “just another game.”

But what the Falcons are doing is extraordinary.

Seventh-seeded Freeport won its first regional baseball championship Wednesday night, upending top-ranked Cape Elizabeth 3-1 for the Class B South title at St. Joseph’s College.

That completed a remarkable run through the playoffs, which also included wins over second-ranked York and third-seeded Greely.

“It’s special to be with these kids,” said Davenport, who drove in the first run and pitched a complete-game victory. “What we’ve done here, the crowd, the fans for Freeport, it’s just awesome. They know we can do big things and I think we know that too.”

Freeport (14-6) will play Old Town (18-1) for the state championship at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Cape Elizabeth finished 13-6.

Davenport allowed six hits and no walks, striking out three. He also jump-started the offense with an RBI double in the top of the first, driving in Joey Burke, who had reached on the first of four Cape Elizabeth errors.

“Coming in we knew they were planning on jumping on us early. That’s what they did the first time they played us (a 10-0 Cape win on May 4),” said Freeport Coach Bill Ridge. “We felt if we can get one in the top and put a zero in the bottom of the first, that might put them on their heels. And if we keep that lead, who knows?”

Freeport did put the Capers on their heels and took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Joshua Burke singled with one out, went to third on a throwing error on an attempted sacrifice by Caleb Rice, then scored on a two-out infield error.

The Capers came back with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth – Pat Macdonald scoring on an overthrow – but Freeport got that back in the top of the fifth. Max Doughty led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Joey Burke, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch.

“Baseball is a funny game,” said Cape Coach Andrew Wood. “Obviously we didn’t play as well as we could, but they deserve everything they got. Good luck to them. I hope they finish it off.”

Davenport wasn’t going to lose the lead. He retired the final six batters he faced – the biggest scare a long fly by Marshall Peterson with a man on in the sixth that left fielder Caiden Shea caught on the warning track.

Davenport, fittingly, put the final touch on the win, taking a throw from first baseman Austin Langley to make the last out at first, setting off a celebration that including a long line of high-fiving with the Freeport fans gathered along the first-base fence.

“That’s the whole town of Freeport there,” said Ridge. “That’s huge. Those fans have been remarkable. It’s been the difference for us.”

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Boys’ lacrosse: Falmouth knocks off rival Cape Elizabeth Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:55:27 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — The Falmouth High boys’ lacrosse team scored the final four goals and played shut-down defense to unseat top-seeded Cape Elizabeth, the three-time state champion, 7-5 in the Class B South regional final Wednesday night.

This was the eighth straight season Falmouth and Cape played in the regional final. Cape had won the last three en route to three state championships and had also beaten Falmouth twice this season, 11-9 and 13-5.

“I’ve come here since my freshman year in this game and every other time I’ve been on the other side,” Falmouth captain George Gilbert said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet but it’s special. We took pride in our defense. We were playing as a unit, not individuals. Everything was on point.”

Second-seeded Falmouth (11-4) returns to the Class B state final for the first time since back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012, and will play Yarmouth (11-4) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Falmouth won at Yarmouth 12-7 in the regular season.

Cape Elizabeth (13-1) entered the game averaging 13.7 goals. Falmouth’s hounding man-to-man defense forced 22 of Cape’s 36 shots to miss the target. Falmouth goalie Liam Tucker made nine saves.

“The goalie made some saves and we didn’t shoot all that well,” Cape Elizabeth Coach Ben Raymond said. “Their defense played really well and made it difficult for us, and their offense did enough to score enough goals to win.”

“It was an entire defense,” Falmouth Coach Mike Lebel said. “They communicated, they had each other’s back and they played as a unit finally. They’ve been working hard at it all season and it just never seemed to click, and tonight it did.”

R.J. Sarka of Cape Elizabeth scored the game’s first two goals. Jack Scribner got the next two to forge the first of three ties. Tate Perkins (3 goals) gave Cape a 3-2 lead at the half. Scribner tied it with 5:36 left in the third, converting a fast- break chance from Devin Russell after Tucker denied a Sarka bid.

Perkins scored two man-advantage goals in a 45-second span to give Cape a 5-3 lead. The goals came after a Falmouth player was called for a cross-check to the head, drawing a two-minute locked-in penalty.

Falmouth killed off the final 1:06 of the penalty and Norris blasted a rising shot just over Cape goalie Alex Narvaez’s stick with 1:17 left in the quarter.

“The kids reacted much better than I did (to the penalty),” Lebel said. “They kept their heads. I was amazed a call like that was made. I didn’t agree with the call but that was the call and my kids, they kept their heads and they worked hard.”

Nick Farnham tied the game with a hard shot through a screen early in the fourth quarter. Falmouth took the lead when Devin Russell converted on a fast-break after a Cape turnover in its offensive end and a good clear by defender Seth Masciangelo.

Farnham scored again with 4:17 left when Narvaez (10 saves) was caught out of his net after a failed attempt to intercept a pass.

Cape was assessed a pair of two-minute penalties in the final 3:37 and was unable to threaten Falmouth’s lead.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Scarborough wins Class A South title Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:12:58 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — At halftime of the Class A South boys’ lacrosse championship game, Scarborough Coach Joe Hezlep had a simple message for his attackers.

Work harder for shots. Don’t settle for the first open look. Not with Carter Landry guarding the Gorham net.

“If he gets a chance to see you when you’re shooting it,” Hezlep said, “you’re not going to score.”

The top-seeded Red Storm scored three times in the opening minutes of the third quarter to break open a one-goal game and went on to a 12-8 victory Wednesday night to reach the state title game for the first time since 2013. Scarborough (11-3) will face defending Class A champion Brunswick (12-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

No. 3 Gorham, which opened its season with a 9-8 victory in double overtime at Scarborough, finishes 12-3.

“It came down to their hustle,” said Gorham Coach Dan Soule. “They worked their butts off and covered the field real well with their speed and their athleticism.”

Scarborough never trailed. The teams alternated goals until it was 3-3 early in the second quarter. Sam Neugebauer scored twice in 28 seconds – the first goal set up by sophomore Marco Manfra – to give Scarborough the lead for good.

Neugebauer finished with four goals and an assist. Manfra had four assists and two goals.

“We weren’t able to get the shots we usually do and score on them,” Hezlep said. “We had to work for better shots, so it took us a lot longer to develop offense than it usually does.”

Landry, who finished with 26 saves, and a rugged Gorham defense combined to slow Scarborough, which led 5-4 at halftime after Tristan Brunet scored to pull Gorham within one.

A minute into the second half, Cam Thibault kicked off a three-goal flurry, and Neugebauer and Cam Nigro converted within 16 seconds of each other.

Nigro said Hezlep reminded the Red Storm during intermission to be a little more crisp, to make the extra pass.

“He said if we could just string a few passing combos together, it will end up in the goal,” Nigro said. “That’s what happened at the beginning of the third.”

Brunet scored again with two Scarborough players off the field because of slashing penalties to make it 8-5, but Gorham got no closer.

Nigro, Thibault and Marc Guerette each scored twice for Scarborough. Chris Tucker led Gorham with three goals, and Alex York had a goal and three assists. Cam Wright, Cam Tracy and Joe Gallant each scored once.

Scarborough played special attention to Wright, who was shadowed by sophomore Reece Lagerquist.

“He is a terrific player,” Hezlep said of Wright. “We felt like we did a good job of limiting his opportunities to go to the net. (Brunet and York) did a great job of taking the load, but we felt we were able to slow them down by making them go through their other options.”

Dominic Joy made nine saves for Scarborough, which was called for 10 penalties to Gorham’s eight.

“We were playing aggressive and got a couple tough calls,” said Scarborough defender Eric Murray, “but our penalty kill did a great job.”

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Girls’ lacrosse: Yarmouth tops Morse in Class B North final Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:06:28 +0000 BATH — Third-seeded Yarmouth played an almost flawless first half and rolled to a 16-7 win against top-seeded Morse in the Class B North girls’ lacrosse championship game Wednesday.

Yarmouth, the two-time defending state champion, will play Kennebunk in the state final Saturday at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The Clippers (12-3) were in control throughout, opening an 8-0 lead by halftime.

“(We) came out strong (with) not a lot of turnovers, and that’s what it takes,” Yarmouth Coach Dorothy Holt said. “The girls took care of the ball.”

Yarmouth won seven of the game’s first eight draws and connected on eight of 10 shots in the first 25 minutes.

“If we could have made a save at the beginning and (gotten) a couple (goals), it could have been different,” Morse Coach Linda Levesque said, “but (Yarmouth) is a great team, and every mistake we made, every ball we dropped, they capitalized on.”

The Clippers have won four regional championships in a row.

“Every year is stressful,” Holt said. “You want it for the girls. This is what it’s about. This is what they want. It has nothing to do with me. They’ve worked really hard as a team, as a group.”

Play was more even during the second half, but Morse (12-3) could never move closer than nine goals.

“This is only the second time we’ve been (in a regional final), and I think that showed in the first five or six minutes,” Levesque said. “We did the best we could do and we fought as hard as we could fight.”

Eliza Lunt finished with six goals and five assists to lead the Clippers. Cory Langenbach, Meredith Lane, Eva Then and Jessica Kirk each scored two goals. Lilly Watson contributed a goal and two assists, Sophia Harrison and Molly Wilson also scored, and Ella Antolini had an assist.

Maddy Olsen scored three goals for the Shipbuilders. Emma Rossetti, Amanda Gagne, Noa Sreden and Madison Savory were the other goal scorers, Paige Daigle recorded two assists and Isabelle Paulus had one assist.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Yarmouth returning to Class B state final Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:02:59 +0000 YARMOUTH — The Yarmouth High boys’ lacrosse team is heading to the Class B state championship game for the fourth consecutive year after beating Maranacook/Winthrop 22-5 in the North regional final Wednesday afternoon.

The Clippers (11-4) will play for the state title at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium against Falmouth, which upset Cape Elizabeth in the South final, 7-5. Yarmouth lost to Cape Elizabeth in the previous three state championship games.

“We want to play the best team. (Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth) are the best, and we feel like given another opportunity, we are going to beat them,” said Yarmouth Coach David Pearl.

Yarmouth, the No. 3 seed, was led offensively by Matthew Beatty, who had eight assists.

“Matt Beatty is a playmaker. He’s an All-American. He plays like an All-American,” said Pearl. “The reason he is an All-American is because he has many more assists than goals. He’s very unselfish.”

Beatty often is stationed behind the opponent’s net, looking for cutters, and has a knack for passing the ball at the perfect time.

“I take pride in letting my teammates score,” said Beatty. “Teamwork is the key to winning. An assist is as good as a goal. A lot of people like to score, but it takes someone to initiate it and that’s my role on this team.”

Beatty also chipped in with two goals.

“I was happy to see (Beatty) get some goals later in the game,” said Pearl.

Fifth-seeded Maranacook/Winthrop (9-6) enjoyed a perfect start to the game, as Drew Davis won the opening draw, took the ball 30 yards and fired an accurate shot to notch the game’s first goal.

“That first goal kind of resembles how our season has gone,” said Beatty. “We started off really slow. I think that goal kind of inspired us.”

The Clippers went on a 12-1 run over the next 19 minutes, 14 seconds.

“One of the things we have talked about all year is that it’s a long game. It’s a long game if you’re ahead and it’s a long game if you’re behind. Lacrosse is a game of streaks,” said Pearl.

“I like how our guys responded (to the opening goal).”

Yarmouth held a 12-4 lead at halftime and never took its foot off the gas.

“I had full confidence that we were going to come in here and get it done,” said Beatty.

Maranacook/Winthrop scored the final two goals of the first half, but Yarmouth didn’t allow the Hawks to take that momentum into the second half.

“That was the emphasis of our halftime,” said Pearl. “We talked about giving up those two goals.”

The Clippers outscored Maranacook/Winthrop 7-1 in the third quarter and added the only three goals of the fourth.

Kyle Morand led the Hawks with a pair of goals.

“We put a ton of preparation into this game. We put our best foot forward; (Yarmouth) was just the better team,” said Maranacook/Winthrop Coach Zach Stewart.

The Clippers had 10 players score a goal, with seven getting multiple goals.

“We had a couple guys that really stepped up,” said Pearl.

Bill Jacobs led Yarmouth with four goals.

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Girls’ lacrosse: Massabesic dethrones Marshwood in Class A South Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:01:52 +0000 SOUTH BERWICK — When the Massabesic High girls’ lacrosse team needs to score, it often looks for Madison Drain or Maquila Dimastrantonio.

So when Josie Ring had the ball in the closing minutes of the Class A South final with the game tied, she was going to pass, right?

Wrong. Ring broke in from the left side and bounced in a shot with 1:27 remaining, giving the Mustangs a 7-6 win Wednesday against Marshwood, the defending state champion.

“I saw an opening and just went for it,” Ring said. “It was a rush of adrenaline and I just ripped it.”

Massabesic’s other goals came from Drain (four) and Dimastrantonio (two). Marshwood, the No. 1 seed, got two goals apiece from Hannah Costin and Reagan Nichols. Costin also had two assists. Marin Smith added a goal and an assist, and Abigail Rowe scored the other goal for the Hawks.

The second-seeded Mustangs (14-1) avenged their only loss and moved on to the Class A final Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium against the North’s top seed, Messalonskee (13-1).

This will be Massabesic’s fourth appearance in the state championship game. The Mustangs won titles in 2007 and 2014.

“It was a very tight game, a standard Marshwood-Massabesic type game,” Marshwood Coach Bernie Marvin said. “Our unforced turnovers obviously were our downfall … Other than that it was a fun game, an exciting game.”

In their previous meeting in April, Marshwood (13-2) scored two goals in the final 19 seconds for a 5-4 win.

“We gave up in that game and it cost us,” Massabesic Coach Brooks Bowen said. “We vowed that would never happen again.”

This time Marshwood jumped ahead 2-0. Costin fed Smith with 20:55 left in the first half, then Costin scored unassisted 50 seconds later.

“I thought we were a little tight in the early going,” Bowen said. “We had some balls slip through us … We had some adjustments to make defensively. You start out behind 2-0, you know you have a battle the rest of the game.”

Dimastrantonio, who drew the Hawks’ attention all game, got free for a low shot and scored to make it 2-1, then connected again for the tying goal. Marshwood never led again.

Dimastrantonio might have scored more, but Hawks goalie Skyler Amsden made some solid stops among her 11 saves. Massabesic goalie Lydia Wasina made five saves.

Drain bounced in a goal for a 3-2 halftime lead.

Massabesic kept up the attack, helped by Dimastrantonio winning nearly every draw after goals.

After Rowe made it 3-3, Drain bulled her way in and scored twice for a 5-3 lead.

“She brings a lot of intensity,” Dimastrantonio said. “She’s a powerhouse.”

Marshwood didn’t quit. Trailing 6-4, Costin and Nichols scored two minutes apart, tying the game with 3:13 left.

Massabesic got control after the tying goal, and helped by Delia Sylvain, the Mustangs worked the ball around. Then Ring got it.

“I just wanted to help the team,” she said.

After Ring’s goal, the Mustangs won the draw and then kept possession.

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Softball: York headed to state final after walk-off win Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:47:45 +0000 STANDISH — There’s a perception that York High’s softball success is based solely on the right arm and bat of pitcher Stephanie Rundlett.

The Wildcats proved otherwise Wednesday afternoon on a very big stage.

Senior catcher Maeve Campbell laced an RBI double with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning as top-ranked York defeated No. 3 Greely 4-3 in the Class B South championship game at St. Joseph’s College’s Bailey Field.

Greely tied the game in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch with two outs. But Campbell, playing softball for the first time in four years after Rundlett convinced her to try out, drove an 0-2 pitch deep into center field to lift the Wildcats to their 18th consecutive victory and first regional championship since 1991.

“The smile on their faces says it all,” said York Coach Mona Blais. “We have a heck of a team and they have never given up on each other. We have a saying, softball is not a one-woman team. It takes all of you to do it. And … right there.”

York (18-1) will play Old Town in the state championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Brewer High. Greely finished 15-4, with two of the losses to York – each by one run.

“They’ve improved a lot since early in the year,” said Greely Coach Rob Hale said of the Wildcats. “They give (Rundlett) a lot more support. Give them a lot of credit.”

Rundlett allowed four hits and struck out 14. She had to work out of several jams, as Greely stranded 10 batters.

“She didn’t have all her best stuff, but she’s still good enough that she can pull off a game and get outs when we need it,” said Blais.

Greely scored twice in the first inning, on a wild pitch and an infield error. York tied it with two in the third on an RBI double by Rundlett and a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Sophia Stephens.

Then the Wildcats went ahead in the fourth when Rundlett worked a bases-loaded walk.

Greely immediately threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. But Rundlett reared back and threw the next six pitches for strikes to end the threat.

“I knew I couldn’t let the team down,” said Rundlett.

In the seventh, Greely’s Sarah Felkel was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch with two outs. The Wildcats weren’t deterred.

“We had the drive, we had the motivation,” said Campbell. “We knew that inning was going to be ours, no matter what.”

Rundlett led off the bottom half with a single and went to second on a wild pitch, then was replaced by courtesy runner Alex York. After an out, Campbell fell behind 0-2 before driving the ball deep to center field to score York.

“I was really starting to feel the pressure inside,” said Campbell. “I was screaming a little bit. I just knew I had to go for it.”

And York is now headed to the state championship game.

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Girls’ lacrosse: Kennebunk heading back to state title game Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:36:47 +0000 KENNEBUNK — On a day that two Kennebunk High girls’ lacrosse standouts passed milestones, the defense took the spotlight Wednesday in an 8-3 victory against Falmouth to win the Class B South title.

Kennebunk (14-0) advanced to the state championship game against Yarmouth (12-3) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

The Rams limited the Yachtsmen (12-2) to eight shots and held midfielder Sydney Bell, who scored 71 goals this year, to one goal off a free position.

“Our defense is amazing,” said Kennebunk captain Jenny Bush. “They limited them to almost no shots today, which you never see in a lacrosse game. I really give it up to the defense for playing such an amazing game.”

Highlighting the effort were Elizabeth Cain and Molly Davis, who shared duties face-guarding Bell and never let her settle in.

“Both girls worked all week face-guarding, and we couldn’t be happier with how they played,” said Bush.

“It’s really impressive – as a goal scorer, I know how hard it is to shoot when someone marks me tight like that. What they were doing was really amazing.”

Added fellow senior captain Kyra Schwartzman: “I couldn’t be more proud. We’ve had a really strong defensive focus and it’s kept us going for so long this season – how hard the defense plays and how talented they are, and how they don’t want to get beat out for any balls.

“It makes it hard on a goal scorer. Our goal was to try and shut her down, and those girls did a great job at kind of making sure she couldn’t get open.”

A methodical offense by Kennebunk that was built on hanging onto the ball and not necessarily getting as many shots as possible also helped limit the chances for Falmouth.

“We wanted to possess the ball and wait for the good shots,” said Kennebunk Coach Annie Barker. “Just be patient.

“If we had the ball, they couldn’t do anything with it. If we just throw the ball at the cage and she makes a save, then they have possession and they’re dangerous if they have possession.”

Bush finished with three goals and Schwartzman had two. Both passed 200 career points.

“Considering we’ve had five, six, seven people scoring in a game, it’s a pretty amazing number,” said Barker.

“They all share. Nobody is a ball hog. They all work together really, really well.”

Carly Sandler added a goal and two assists, Gabby Fogg and Erin Gorton also scored, and Olivia Sandford registered a pair of assists for Kennebunk.

Isabelle Kudas turned away five shots to help send the Rams back to the state title game.

For Falmouth, Olivia Stucker, Christina Oaks and Bell scored, and London Bernier chipped in a pair of assists.

Kennebunk has played Yarmouth – which won the North championship Wednesday by beating Morse – on May 24 at home and came away with a 9-5 victory.

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Tuesday’s high school roundup: Skowhegan, Madison win in softball Wed, 15 Jun 2016 02:18:59 +0000 AUGUSTA — The only thing that could slow the Skowhegan High softball team Tuesday in the Class A North championship game was the weather.

A small thunderstorm hit just before the start of the seventh inning, but all that did was delay Skowhegan’s victory.

By beating fourth-seeded Edward Little 8-2, the Indians earned their second regional title in three years.

The No. 6 seed in the region, Skowhegan will face Biddeford in the Class A state championship game Saturday at St. Joseph’s College.

The victory was the ninth in 11 games for the Indians. Midway through the regular season, Skowhegan was 3-5.

“At the beginning of the season I thought we could make it (to the state game) but then I thought, maybe we won’t,” said third baseman Bonnie-Jane Aiken, who scored two runs and drove in another. “We picked it back up.”

“I tell the kids, the season’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” Coach Lee Johnson said. “Right now we’re a team that believes in each other.”

Skowhegan broke the game open with four runs in the top of the fourth. Wylie Bedard led off with a single and Ashley Alward followed with a bunt single. Aiken worked a walk after being down 0-2 in the count to load the bases, setting up Lindsey Warren, who hit a two-run double down the first- base line, giving the Indians a 4-1 lead.

With one out, Eliza Bedard hit a two-run single, chasing Edward Little starting pitcher Sarah Hammond and giving the Indians a 6-1 lead.

MADISON 12, LISBON 0: Sydney LeBlanc doubled three times and drove in a pair of runs as top-rankeded Madison (19-0) shut out Lisbon (12-7) in five innings in the Class C South championship game at Standish.

LeBlanc just missed a home run with a blast off the top of the wall in center field in the first inning. The two-out double scored Wood and gave the Bulldogs an early lead.

Madison broke it open with a three-run fourth that started with two outs. Singles by Whitney, Kayla Bess and Ashley Emery loaded the bases for Wood, who ripped a two-run single past the diving shortstop to make it 4-0. Back-to-back walks to Aly LeBlanc and Erin Whalen pushed Ashley Emery across to make it 5-0.

Whitney Bess added an RBI single in the fifth.

Sydney LeBlanc, Aishah Malloy and Whitney Bess had two hits apiece for Madison.

Madeline Wood allowed four hits, a walk, and hit a batter while striking out four in six innings for Madison.

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Baseball: Falmouth advances to state final Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:07:24 +0000 STANDISH — Three playoff games, three hits.

That’s all the Falmouth pitching staff has allowed.

Left-hander Cam Guarino tossed his second one-hitter in six days to lead top-seeded Falmouth to a 4-2 victory over second-ranked South Portland in the Class A South baseball championship game Tuesday night at St. Joseph’s College.

Falmouth (19-0) will face defending state champion Bangor (18-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s for the state title.

Falmouth actually fell behind Tuesday. South Portland (16-3) parlayed a catcher’s interference, two errors, a single by Ben Conti and an accidental hidden ball trick into a 2-1 lead in the top of the third.

Falmouth responded by scoring three unearned runs, aided by a two-out throwing error, to take the lead for good.

Guarino didn’t allow another baserunner. He retired the last 13 batters.

“He’s just an outstanding pitcher,” South Portland Coach Mike Owens said of Guarino. “We knew coming in that he was going to be all over the zone, and throw three pitches and compete. I thought we put some good swings on the ball. We just couldn’t get that timely hit or find a gap.”

As in previous playoff victories over No. 8 Deering (4-0) and No. 5 Portland (5-0), Falmouth jumped to a first-inning lead. Connor Aube doubled, Tyler Gee singled and Robbie Armitage made it 1-0 with a fielder’s-choice grounder.

The Red Riots ended Falmouth’s 14-inning postseason scoreless streak in the third.

Riley Hasson was awarded first base when his swing at an 0-2 pitch clipped the mitt of Falmouth catcher Garrett Aube before tipping the baseball. Sam Troiano reached on an error and Conti singled up the middle to load the bases.

Drew Abramson followed with a slow grounder to shortstop Robbie Armitage, whose throw to first skipped just before Abramson arrived in a headfirst slide. While first baseman Jesse Melchiskey frantically searched for the ball, Troiano followed Hasson across for a 2-1 lead.

“It was utter confusion,” Melchiskey said. “I had no idea where it was. It actually ended up under the baserunner. When he got up, he kicked it out and that’s when I saw it.”

In the bottom of the third, it was South Portland’s turn to stumble in the field. Pitcher Griffin Kelley appeared to escape from a two-on, none-out jam by inducing a shallow fly, a strikeout and a slow grounder to short, but Abramson’s wild throw allowed Colin Coyne to reach as Connor Aube scored the tying run from second.

Chris Camelio (three hits) and Melchiskey followed with sharply hit run-scoring singles to make it 4-2.

“We can hit all the way through the lineup,’ Melchiskey said. “That takes a lot of teams by surprise. We’ll see a lot of fastballs down in the order and we look to capitalize on that.”

Guarino took over from there, with defensive help from Connor Aube in center and Robbie Armitage at short.

“After that third inning, I just wanted to get everyone out,” Guarino said. “I was a little mad that they started getting some runs off me. I tried my best to outsmart them and keep them off balance.”

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Softball: Biddeford knocks off undefeated Scarborough Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:39:23 +0000 STANDISH — Biddeford High’s softball team has come so close so many times against Scarborough only to lose in the final inning.

Tuesday afternoon, the Tigers made up for all those missed opportunities.

Erin Martin singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning as third-ranked Biddeford turned back top-ranked and previously-unbeaten Scarborough 9-7 in a wild Class A South championship game at Bailey Field at St. Joseph’s College.

The Tigers saw a 7-2 lead evaporate in mere minutes as Scarborough struck for five runs in the bottom of the sixth. But Biddeford pulled together and scored twice in the seventh to win its first regional championship since 2008.

“Honestly, I don’t even feel this is real,” said Kirsten Lebreux, the winning pitcher. “It feels so great.”

Biddeford (15-4) will play Skowhegan in the Class A state championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Joe’s. Scarborough finished 18-1.

“We’re fearless,” said Brook Davis, Biddeford’s outstanding sophomore catcher. “We came to this game with nothing to lose.”

This was a stunning slugfest from the very first pitch, which was slammed into center field by Martin for an out. Biddeford got 15 hits off Lilly Volk and Abbie Murrell and scored almost as many runs in this game as Scarborough had given up all year (11).

“The game plan was to stay aggressive,” said Biddeford Coach Ray Magnant. “Lilly Volk doesn’t walk many batters, Scarborough’s pitchers don’t walk many batters. We need to stay aggressive, attack the ball. And they listened. We’re a great hitting team. And when we stay aggressive, we’re even better.”

Biddeford appeared to pull away with four runs in the top of the fifth to lead 7-2. Alex Chase drove in two for the Tigers with a single and Amber Magnant also had an RBI single. The fourth run scored on an overthrow.

But Scarborough didn’t get this far without a potent offense. And with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the thunder struck. Maggie Murphy laced a two-run double to make it 7-4. After a single by Chloe Gorey, sophomore Chloe Griffin hammered a long home run off the roof of the equipment shack behind the left-field fence to tie it.

“I wish we could have played a couple more innings,” said Scarborough Coach Tom Griffin. “It just wasn’t in the bag. The kids battled all year and give them credit, they battled to the end.”

But Biddeford didn’t fold. Chase led off with a single to left. After an out, Amber Magnant reached on a dribbler down the third-base line. Martin followed with a ground single into left and Chase scored to make it 8-7.

“I just stayed calm,” said Martin. “But everyone hit today. I’m so proud of them.”

Martin said no one got down after the Red Storm tied it.

“We’re teammates,” she said. “We all helped each other calm down. Next play. Next play, that’s what we talked about.”

Murrell led off the bottom of the seventh with a double. But Lebreux got a strikeout and two foul pops to Davis to end the game and set up a wild celebration at home plate.

“I grew up with this team,” said Chase. “This entire game, I had chills going through my body and I’m just so proud to be part of this team. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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Baseball: Sacopee Valley rallies for walk-off win Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:15:24 +0000 STANDISH — Like his team, Sacopee Valley catcher D.J. Shea had an up-and-down game Tuesday in the Class C South baseball final against Lisbon.

But when he came up with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, his team had already scored twice to tie the game. Shea told himself not to try too hard.

“I was just thinking, ‘get it in the outfield.’ A pop fly to the outfield was all we needed,” Shea said.

Shea drove a line drive over the Lisbon center fielder’s head to bring home the winning run in third-seeded Sacopee Valley’s 7-6 come-from-behind victory at Saint Joseph’s College.

“It’s just Hawks baseball. We always come back and win. It’s the seventh inning and we always know to play as a team and that’s what we did,” Shea said. “The bottom of the order did it for us.”

Sacopee Valley (16-3) will face George Stevens Academy (18-1) in the state championship game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Saint Joseph’s College.

Roderick Maynard, who struck out 17 in the regional semifinal, will get the start, said Coach Eric Anderson.

Sacopee Valley, now 50-6 over the past three seasons, reached the Class C final in 2014 before losing to Washington Academy, 7-1. The Hawks capured state championships in 1977, 1992 and 1993.

Through six innings Sacopee trailed 6-4 and had three soft singles against Lisbon left-hander Tyler Halls (10 strikeouts, 8 walks), but Halls had thrown 134 pitches.

Maynard, the No. 5 batter, started the seventh with a single up the middle. Sacopee pitcher Brandon Burnell – who had done his own battling through adversity – followed with a sharp opposite-field single to right to put runners at the corners. Burnell promptly stole second. Designated hitter Peter Cates hit a grounder to third that was misplayed, allowing Maynard to score.

Halls struck out Pat Westberry for the fourth time but on his 150th pitch, No. 9 hitter Cam Cyr singled to right to tie the game.

“Unfortunately they never really gave us opportunities to get the outs (in the seventh inning),” Lisbon Coach Randy Ridley said. “They executed like they were supposed to. Not real hard-hit balls but they got the bat on the ball and got men on. That’s what great teams do.”

In the regional semifinal, Sacopee beat top-ranked Monmouth Academy in nine innings. Two years ago in their unexpected run to the regional title “we were behind almost every single game and we came back,” Anderson said.

Sixth-seeded Lisbon (14-6) scored five runs in the top of the first on an RBI double by Austin Fournier and a soft two-run single by Chris Normand, two walks, and a hit batsman off Burnell, and throwing errors by Shea and Burnell.

“We got some unlucky plays in there, a couple errors, some mental things, a couple blooper hits, but after that we just had to bear down and play ball,” said Burnell.

Halls walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, and a two-out Burnell chopper was thrown up the line by Lisbon third baseman Lucas Francis, scoring all three runners.

“Fortunately they made a big mistake in the bottom of the (first) and that kind of got us going,” Anderson said.

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Brunswick boys’ lacrosse back in title hunt Tue, 14 Jun 2016 02:20:07 +0000 The Brunswick High boys’ lacrosse team heard the preseason rumblings.

Sixteen players graduated from last year’s unbeaten Class A state championship squad. Only one starter was coming back. Therefore, Brunswick would struggle.

“We saw the top 10 teams to watch and we were nowhere near it,” said junior Christian Glover, the lone returning starter.

Instead, Brunswick (11-2) is one win away from its third straight state-title game appearance. The top-seeded Dragons host No. 6 Windham (10-4) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Class A North regional final, the winner advancing to Saturday’s state championship game at Fitzpatrick Stadium against Scarborough (10-3) or Gorham (12-2).

Unlike the 2015 squad, this spring’s team has had setbacks. The Dragons lost at Kennebunk 16-6 on a day Christian Glover was sick. They also lost twice to Messalonskee, once in the regular season and once in the KVAC championship (an exhibition game that doesn’t factor into team records).

“Last year’s team, lacrosse was the main sport for most of them,” senior attack Jameson Cyr said. “This year we have a lot more three-sport athletes so we needed to just focus on the basics more, like passing and ground balls.”

Coach Don Glover, a math teacher at Brunswick, uses an academic analogy to describe the difference between the 2015 and 2016 squads.

“Last year’s team, I was handed a calculus class. I just needed to make sure everything went perfectly fine and they would have taken care of themselves,” he said. “This year – nothing against the kids – I was back at Algebra I and we were needing to teach a lot of basic concepts.”

But Brunswick did have some foundational pieces, namely 10 varsity backups who were ready to step forward.

“If you think about it, all these backup players that we had they were playing every single day against those 16 seniors,” Christian Glover said. “It’s not like these kids weren’t getting good reps in practice. They were playing against the best players in the state at the time. So now when they come up this year it’s just another day.”

Glover is the rare long-stick midfielder who is a two-way threat. Most are defensive-centric players. Glover moves his hands up and down the stick shaft with a honky-tonk piano player’s dexterity. He’ll choke up on it to dodge around defenders and then deftly telescopes it to its full length to catapult dangerous, accurate shots at wary goalies.

Glover scored twice in Saturday’s 10-9 regional semifinal win against Cheverus.

Brunswick also benefits from the lacrosse tradition in town.

“We just know each other from growing up together and playing lax in the backyard,” said sophomore attack Max Gramins, who scored three goals in the regional semifinal. “We grew up watching all the varsity games and that just helps your IQ.”

“Many of us throughout the summer have definitely been working with wall ball,” defender Andrew Cilea said. “And we are definitely trying to improve every practice with our stick skills.”

The team is also well balanced.

Cilea, Jack Hladky and Nate Granholm – along with goalie Logan Ouellette – have formed a solid all-senior defensive unit that is adept at clearing the ball and starting transition opportunities.

“Instead of having to give it only to one certain guy who can clear the ball we have three defenders who are perfectly fine with carrying the ball,” Christian Glover said. “It helps a lot, definitely.”

Offensively, former backups Cyr and Josh Dorr have mixed with varsity newcomers Gramins, Ben Palizay and Aiden Glover to create a balanced offense that can score in a variety of ways.

Palizay displayed an extremely hard shot and scored two goals in the Cheverus win. Aiden Glover, a freshman and the youngest of Don Glover’s three sons, flashed high-level playmaking and finishing skills.

The coach also deserves some credit.

“Don (Glover) did a tremendous job preparing that team for this season,” said Cheverus Coach Bill Bodwell, who is also the Brunswick ice hockey coach. “They have a bunch of seniors and juniors who haven’t been able to play because they had those very good players ahead of them. They don’t have as much experience but they also are a very deep program so these kids waiting in the wings are very good athletes.”

Don Glover says the team’s collective effort has allowed the Dragons to exceed expectations.

“So many people around the state didn’t think we’d be playing (in the regional final) Wednesday and I, as a veteran coach, I wasn’t sure if we would be either,” he said. “But these guys, as a group of young men, young athletes, have just basically astounded me with what they wanted to achieve and their faith in each other.”


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Saturday’s girls’ roundup: York’s Rundlett dominates again Sun, 12 Jun 2016 01:00:53 +0000 YORK — Stephanie Rundlett struck out 19 and allowed only one hit, and top-seeded York advanced to the Class B South softball final with a 2-0 win Saturday against fourth-seeded Oak Hill.

It was the fifth one-hitter this season for Rundlett, who allowed only one ball out of the infield – a single to left by Charlotte Waterman leading off the fourth inning.

York (17-1) will play third-seeded Greely for the regional title Wednesday at St. Joseph’s College.

The Wildcats took the lead in the third inning when Sophia Stephens singled home Elise Holly.

Wendy Donnell scored in the fourth on a ground ball to the pitcher with the bases loaded.

SCARBOROUGH 2, WINDHAM 0: A home run by Kaleigh Scoville and a sacrifice fly from Lindsey Kelley in the fourth inning provided all the runs necessary as the top-seeded Red Storm (18-0) blanked the fifth-seeded Eagles (13-6) in a Class A South semifinal at Scarborough.

Maggie Murphy had a pair of hits, including a double, for Scarborough, which will face No. 3 Biddeford in the regional final on Tuesday.

Taylor Tibbetts had a pair of singles for Windham, while Katelyn Troiano added a double.

Lilly Volk picked up the win, allowing four hits while striking out 12 and walking one.

WINSLOW 5, MEDOMAK VALLEY 2: Hillary Libby pitched a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and belted a two-run homer as the third-seeded Black Raiders (17-1) beat the seventh-seeded Panthers (13-6) in a Class B North semifinal in Winslow.

SKOWHEGAN 8, OXFORD HILLS 3: Annie Worthen had two singles and an RBI to spark the No. 6 Indians (11-7) to a Class A North semifinal win in South Paris.

Sydney Ames scattered seven hits while striking out 12 and not issuing a walk for Skowhegan. Julia Steeves added two RBI, and Wylie Bedard and Eliza Bedard each drove in a run.

Kenzie Kahkonen hit a triple and a single for second-seeded Oxford Hills (12-5-1). Erin Morton added a double and a single, and Madison Starbird had two singles.


MARSHWOOD 14, SOUTH PORTLAND 3: Hannah Costin scored five goals to lead the No. 1 Hawks (13-1) to a Class A South semifinal victory against fifth-seeded South Portland (8-6) in South Berwick.

Luci Albers added three goals and two assists, and Marin Smith also scored three goals. Abby Rowe contributed two goals and Zoe Janetos scored once.

Mary Cronin, Molly Walker and Jena Leckie scored for the Red Riots.

The Hawks opened a 9-1 lead by halftime. Marshwood goalie Skyler Amsden had to make only six saves behind the defensive curtain of Jenna Kashmer, Chloe Shields, Gabby Bazemore and Kathryn Fagan.

KENNEBUNK 10, WAYNFLETE 2: Jenny Bush netted six goals for the No. 1 Rams (13-0), and Maran Oakman keyed a defense that held fifth-seeded Waynflete (9-5) scoreless over the final 27 minutes of a Class B South semifinal victory in Kennebunk.

Olivia Sandford, Carly Sandler, Oakman and Kyra Schwartzman each added a goal for Kennebunk, with Sandler assisting on five goals and Sandford three goals.

Lydia Giguere and Nina Moore scored for Waynflete.

Kennebunk’s Isabella Kudas stopped five shots. Charlotte Majercik had 10 saves for Waynflete.

YARMOUTH 13, ST. DOMINIC 6: Jessica Kirk scored three of her four goals in the first half as the third-seeded Clippers (11-3) built an 8-1 halftime lead on the way to a win over No. 2 St. Dom’s (13-1) in a Class B North semifinal in Auburn.

Kirk also had two assists. Eliza Lunt added three goals and an assist, and Cory Langenbach and Meredith Lane each finished with two goals.

MASSABESIC 9, THORNTON ACADEMY 5: Maquila Dimastrantonio had five goals and an assist to lead the second-seeded Mustangs (13-1) past the third-seeded Golden Trojans (10-4) in a Class A South semifinal in Waterboro.

Josie Ring added a pair of goals for Massabesic.

Faith Sinclair and Jules Grondin each scored twice for Thornton Academy.

MESSALONSKEE 12, MT. ARARAT 1: Top-seeded Messalonskee (13-1) scored five goals in the first six minutes and cruised to a win over No. 3 Mt. Ararat (6-8) in an Class A North semifinal in Waterville.

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Tennis: Falmouth girls, Thornton boys win Class A Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:10:55 +0000 LEWISTON — They waited on a hillside at Lewiston High, adjacent to the tennis courts, knees tucked under identical black T-shirts to ward off a light sprinkle on a cool Saturday evening.

When it was over, and their first doubles team finally prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker, the Falmouth High girls rushed the court to envelop Mary Hyland and Amanda Watson, and celebrate yet another state title, their ninth straight overall and third straight in Class A.

“It was so fun to be able to enjoy that moment with them one last time,” said senior Julia Brogan, who made quick work of her No. 1 singles match and had plenty of time to join her teammates on the hill. “It’s always a more enjoyable bus ride home when we all win.”

Falmouth beat Lewiston 5-0 to cap a ninth straight 16-0 season and extend its winning streak to 141 matches. The Blue Devils finished 15-1.

In the Class A boys’ final, Thornton Academy claimed its first state title with a 5-0 victory over Lewiston that was closer than the score indicated. Both doubles reached a first-set tiebreaker.

“We had a rocky start,” said Dylan Gooch, who teamed with Jared Waterhouse for a 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 victory at first doubles. “Then we won some crucial points and it kind of snowballed from there.”

Gooch and Waterhouse played their tiebreaker concurrently with Jackson Dohse and Adam Lovejoy on an adjacent court at second doubles. Dohse and Lovejoy won 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 for the clinching point of the match.

A year ago, Thornton lost 3-2 to Falmouth in the regional final. On Thursday, the Trojans (16-0) avenged that loss with a rain-delayed 3-2 victory.

“To be the first team in school history to get this far and to get the results we wanted,” Gooch said, “makes it that much better.”

Lewiston (12-4) rallied to beat Mt. Blue in the regional final after losing every opening set, but couldn’t force a third set against Thornton Academy. Freshman Dariy Vykhodtsev completed the sweep with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles after Viktor Schwarz (6-4, 6-2) and Junxi Xiao (6-2, 6-3) won at No. 2 and 3 singles.

“We’re really fortunate,” said Thornton Coach Andy Carlson. “We’ve got kids from all different backgrounds, different grade levels and with different levels of experience.”

The Falmouth girls jumped to a 2-0 lead with singles victories from Caroline Ray (6-0, 6-1) and Kate Kelley (6-1, 6-1). The clincher came from Annie Gott and Mia Cooney at second doubles, 6-3, 6-1.

It was a poignant match for Gott, who came straight to Lewiston from her grandfather’s funeral service earlier Saturday afternoon in Brunswick.

“He was a huge tennis player,” Gott said of Harold “Bud” Edwards, who died last month at age 92. “So it meant a lot for me to be able to play in his memory.”

Thursday’s regional final went poorly for Gott, who twice needed an inhaler for her exercise-induced asthma in a loss to Scarborough completed indoors because of rain. On Saturday, she joined the group hug after Hyland and Watson capped the season with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory that took 2 hours, 10 minutes.

“It was a bittersweet day,” Gott said, “but really, really nice.”

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Saturday’s boys’ roundup: Sacopee Valley advances to Class C South baseball final Sat, 11 Jun 2016 22:28:47 +0000 MONMOUTH — After splitting two playoff confrontations the last two years, Monmouth Academy and Sacopee Valley met again Saturday in the Class C South semifinals. And it was a classic.

Brady Anderson’s single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning drove in the winning run, and Sacopee Valley pitcher Roderick Maynard escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to give the fourth-seeded Hawks a 3-2 win over top-seeded and previously unbeaten Monmouth.

Anderson had three hits and a walk, and drove in the game’s first run with a double in the fifth inning, finally breaking the ice after both teams squandered good scoring chances.

Anderson drove in the winning run against Monmouth pitcher Hunter Richardson after an error and a two-out walk to D.J. Shea put runners at first and second. Down 0-1 in the count, he ripped a single to right field to easily drive home Cam Cyr.

“The three times before that, I got a few good cuts off him,” said Anderson, who doubled, singled and walked in his previous plate appearances. “I knew then all I needed to do was get a base hit to knock in the run, so I wanted to shorten up, get a ball to the outfield and hope for the best.”

Monmouth (17-1) got back-to-back singles from Travis Hartford and Mat Foulke with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Devon Poisson sacrificed them to second and third and brought up the top of the Mustangs’ order – Gage Cote.

After reaching a 1-1 count, the Hawks elected to intentionally walk Cote. The next hitter, Nick Dovinsky, grounded out to end the game.

Maynard struck out 17, walked two, hit a batter and allowed eight hits in 138 pitches. Richardson went 82/3 innings and allowed one earned run, seven hits, four walks and a hit batsman. He did not have a strikeout.

“We pressed last year when we played these guys and even against Traip (in the quarterfinals) we were pressing, myself included,” Sacopee Valley Coach Eric Anderson said. “We had a very relaxed practice (Friday), and the kids came here today and seemed to be relaxed. They were hitting the ball hard, it was just at people. I thought it would be just a matter of time before we broke through.”

Monmouth tied the game 2-2 in the sixth on RBI singles by Richardson and Chandler Harris.

Sacopee (15-3) will face sixth-seeded Lisbon in the regional final at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s College.

FREEPORT 1, GREELY 0: Jack Davenport singled home Max Doughty for the only run as seventh-seeded Freeport (13-6) upset No. 3 Greely (12-5-1) in a Class B South semifinal in Cumberland.

Doughty was hit by a pitch and stole second before Davenport singled with two outs in the third.

Joshua Burke shut out Greely over the first five innings, striking out two and walking two while giving up a pair of singles. Austin Langley pitched a perfect sixth and Josh Spaulding recorded the last three outs after hitting the leadoff batter in the seventh.

Caleb Normandeau struck out 12 while allowing no walks and five hits for Greely, which was seeking a third straight state championship.

CAPE ELIZABETH 7, MARANACOOK 1: Nate Ingalls threw a five-hitter to lead the top-seeded Capers (13-5) over the fourth-seeded Black Bears (11-7) in a Class B North semifinal at Cape Elizabeth.

Dylan Roberts was 2 for 4 with an RBI for Cape Elizabeth. Matthew Riggle added a pair of hits.

Mark Buzzell had two hits for Maranacook.

Cape Elizabeth will play for the regional title against No. 7 Freeport at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s College.


YARMOUTH 16, GARDINER 0: Andrew Beatty had three goals and three assists as the third-seeded Clippers (10-4) rolled past the 10th-seeded Tigers (7-8) in a Class B North semifinal at Yarmouth.

Matthew Beatty finished with two goals and six assists, and Patrick Grant also scored twice.

Yarmouth will host the regional final Wednesday against fifth-seeded Maranacook/Winthrop.

CAPE ELIZABETH 15, WAYNFLETE 8: R.J. Sarka’s five goals paced the top-ranked Capers (13-0) to a Class B South semifinal victory over No. 4 Waynflete (9-5) in Cape Elizabeth.

Connor Thoreck finished with four goals and an assist for the Capers, while Perkins and Owen Thoreck each had a goal and an assist. Hans Croft and David Hare also scored, and Alex Navarez and Drew Mitchell combined for 10 saves.

Cooper Chap scored three goals for the Flyers, Will Nelligan tallied twice, and Miles Lipton, Hank Duvall and Will Lewis got one apiece.

WINDHAM 15, MESSALONSKEE 11: Jacob Dionne made 25 saves and Zach Hough scored five goals as sixth-seeded Windham (10-4) beat No. 2 Messalonskee (10-4) in a Class A North semifinal in Waterville.

Windham also got three goals and three assists from Zach Callahan.

Austin Pelletier, Dylan Jones and Connor Smith scored three goals apiece for Messalonskee.

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Softball: Currier sparks Greely past Yarmouth Sat, 11 Jun 2016 21:16:05 +0000 YARMOUTH — With one swing of the bat, Kelsey Currier gave Greely – and herself – all the momentum it would need Saturday afternoon.

Currier’s second-inning grand slam gave the Rangers an early five-run lead and Currier made it stand, pitching second-ranked Greely to an 8-1 victory over Yarmouth in a Class B South softball semifinal.

“Obviously, give so much credit to Kelsey,” said Moira Train, Greely’s junior shortstop. “She has saved our butts every game this year.”

Currier allowed six hits – escaping a first-inning jam – and struck out seven to lift the Rangers to the regional championship game for the first time in three years. Greely (15-3) will play top-ranked York in the Class B South championship game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s College.

Yarmouth, the defending Class B champion, finished 14-4. The Clippers had eliminated Greely from the tournament each of the last two years.

“It feels really good, but we’re not done,” said Currier, a sophomore. “We want to make it to the end.”

Greely played as complete a game as it has all season. The Rangers had 10 hits, fielded flawlessly (no errors, led by Train) and received a strong performance from Currier.

“I don’t think they could have played a better game than they did before (a 7-1 Greely win over Yarmouth on May 2),” said Amy Ashley, the Yarmouth coach. “But they did.”

Yarmouth threatened first, putting runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the first. But Currier struck out the next two batters and got the third out on a soft liner to Train at shortstop.

Then the Rangers broke through in the top of the second against Mari Cooper, who took a line drive off her left knee cap in the third inning but stayed in the game after a slight delay.

With one out, Kayley Cimino walked. She broke for second and came all the way around to score as Miranda Eisenhart lashed a long drive to the right-center field gap.

After an out, Jennie Smith walked and Lexie Faietta reached on a bunt, loading the bases. Currier turned on a 1-1 pitch on the inside half of the plate and hit it far over the left-field fence, and it was suddenly 5-0.

“She did something like that in the previous Fryeburg game,” said Greely Coach Rob Hale. “She set the tone in that game; she set the tone in this game; she set the tone getting out of that jam.”

But the Rangers knew they couldn’t let up. “Going in, we were really confident in ourselves and each other and it really showed in the field and in the dugout,” said Currier.

Cimino doubled in a run in the third to make it 6-0 before Yarmouth got one back in the bottom of the inning when Colleen Sullivan tripled and scored on a groundout. But a two-run home run by Greely’s Evan Carrell made it 8-1 in the fifth.

“We worked well the entire game,” said Train. “We kept our energy up. There was no letdown.”

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Baseball: South Portland hangs on to reach final Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:54:40 +0000 SOUTH PORTLAND — Reliever Drew Abramson pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning Saturday to help South Portland earn an 8-5 victory against Scarborough in a Class A South baseball semifinal.

Second-seeded South Portland (16-2) advanced to the regional final against top-ranked Falmouth (18-0) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph’s College.

Trailing 8-4 heading to the seventh, third-ranked Scarborough (14-4) loaded the bases with two outs on a walk, a single by Bayley Welsh and an error.

Matt Caron followed with a single to make it 8-5, but Abramson got Nick Lorello, who reached in his previous four plate appearances, to ground out.

“I was a little tired but I got it done,” said Abramson, who pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits, walking one and striking out two.

“I wasn’t trying to do too much. I knew if I just threw strikes our team would do the work.”

Sam Troiano started for the Red Riots and allowed four earned runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

He also doubled, tripled, stole two bases, scored two runs and drove in another.

“I felt good today, in batting practice, too,” Troiano said. “It felt good all the way around. Everyone did very, very well today with the bat.”

Josh Reed of Scarborough pitched 51/3 innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits.

“I thought Reed did an excellent job of keeping (Scarborough) in the game and giving them a chance,” said South Portland Coach Mike Owens.

Reed struck out four with no walks

South Portland made a key defensive play in the second inning with the score 1-1. Tim Carion singled to center with runners on second and third and two outs. Jack Hughes scored from third, but center fielder Riley Hasson threw out Lorello at the plate to end the inning.

“That was a big play,” said Owens. “That kept the game at 2-1 instead of 3-1 and got us out of that inning. You could feel the energy in the dugout after that play.”

The Red Riots responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-2 lead.

Five players had two hits for South Portland – Troiano, Abramson, Matt Crockett, Zack Johnson and Hasson.

“This year we’ve probably had one of our best lineups,” said Troiano. “Everyone today contributed in some way.”

Hasson scored two runs and had an RBI.

Hughes led Scarborough with two doubles, two RBI and a run.

Now comes the final against Falmouth, as South Portland seeks to repeat as the regional champion.

“We know we’re going to have to come with our ‘A’ game and play a clean game in order to make that a game,” said Owens.

“(Tuesday) will be our biggest challenge this year,” said Troiano.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Brunswick gets past Cheverus, 10-9 Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:48:51 +0000 BRUNSWICK — The Cheverus High boys’ lacrosse team traveled to Brunswick for a playoff game for the fifth straight season Saturday, and for the fourth time the game was decided by one goal.

Top-ranked Brunswick needed to win the final faceoff to secure its 10-9 victory in a Class A North semifinal.

Fourth-seeded Cheverus (9-5) had several good chances to score in the final two minutes prior to Michael Hatch cutting the Brunswick lead to one with a low-angle shot past Logan Ouellette (five saves) with 7.1 seconds to play.

“It’s always a good battle,” Brunswick Coach Don Glover said. “The Cheverus players are always good athletes and work hard. I knew it would be a good test.”

Cheverus also had two shots ring off the goal cage in the fourth quarter.

Brunswick (11-2) has eliminated Cheverus for three straight seasons, winning 18-8 in 2015 and by a goal in 2014. Cheverus won one-goal games in 2012 and 2013.

“We responded really well this year,” Hatch said. “Last year we didn’t do that well, but we responded well this year.”

The Stags got the early jump, with Max Coffin, Mackenzie Hoglund and Finn Cawley scoring for a 3-0 lead, while Cheverus’ tightly packed zone defense limited Brunswick to only outside shots on keeper Sean Walsh (eight saves).

Christian Glover – the lone starter back from last year’s title team – ripped home a shot with his long-stick pole from about 20 yards with 9.6 seconds left in the first quarter.

“That was a momentum changer,” Cheverus Coach Bill Bodwell said.

Hatch got the first goal of the second quarter on a nice curl move, but Brunswick responded with the most dominant stretch by either team, scoring six straight goals to take a 7-4 lead to the half.

Ben Palizay (twice), Christian Glover and Josh Dorr each scored from distance on precise shots. Aiden Glover, a freshman, scored on a fast break after defenseman Nate Granholm adeptly used his feet to clear the ball and create the opportunity.

Aiden Glover capped the spree with a behind-the-head shot off a crisp pass from Max Gramins in transition.

In the second half, Gramins scored all three Brunswick goals – each from in close after taking a pass from Jameson Cyr.

“By shooting from afar we opened them up in the middle,” Gramins said. “That gave me some opportunities to move around and find some space, and luckily they fed me in there and I finished.”

Gramins’ first goal pushed the Dragons’ lead to 8-4, but Cheverus responded with a combination of patient offensive sets and opportunism after grabbing ground balls near the cage. Alexander Nason scored once, and Hatch and Jesse Pierce scored twice in the second half for Cheverus.

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Baseball: One-hitter sparks Falmouth by Portland Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:50:23 +0000 FALMOUTH — Falmouth continued to live up to its top billing in the Class A South baseball tournament Saturday.

For the second straight game, a Falmouth pitcher shut out a team from the SMAA and allowed just one hit.

This time, Reece Armitage, a junior left-hander, yielded only an infield hit, and helped himself with two RBI in a 5-0 win over Portland.

The top-ranked Yachtsmen advanced to a regional final for the first time since moving up to Class A in 2014 and will play No. 2 South Portland on Tuesday at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.

The outstanding performance from Armitage came two days after Cam Guarino, another left-hander, allowed one hit and struck out seven in a 4-0 win against No. 8 Deering.

“We build off each other,” said Armitage, who struck out 12, walked two and hit a batter. “Having someone like (Guarino), who as good as he is, helps. It really pushes you.”

“Guarino and Armitage are two of the best (pitchers) around,” Falmouth Coach Kevin Winship said.

“When you back up one with the other, good things can happen.”

Portland Coach Mike Rutherford was quite impressed with Armitage.

“His fastball was electric today,” Rutherford said. “He had real good curveball, a nice little change-up. He kept us off balance.”

Armitage allowed fourth-seeded Portland (13-5) to hit just one ball out of the infield.

“We’re a nice hitting team, and we didn’t hit one ball hard, not one,” Rutherford said.

The Yachtsmen (18-0) scored three runs in the first inning.

Connor Aube led off with an infield hit and went to third when Tyler Gee pulled a hit-and-run single through the right side. After Gee stole second, Aube scored on a wild pitch. Armitage slammed a single up the middle to make it 2-0 and scored from first when Colin Coyne doubled deep into the gap in left.

“Once we get Reece a few runs early, it kind of loosens him up and he can just attack, and that’s what he did,” Winship said.

Armitage ran into a jam when he walked Joe Fusco to start the second and John Williams reached on an infield hit. Armitage struck out the next three hitters to end the threat.

“He kept his composure,” Winship said.

“When he was getting up with the fastball, we went with the curve and he was throwing that for strikes. When he’s throwing his curve for strikes, he’s tough to beat.”

Armitage, who struck out eight of the nine batters in the Portland lineup at least once, also struck out the side in the third inning.

Falmouth added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Reece Armitage. Garret Aube hit an RBI single in the sixth to round out the scoring.

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Tennis: Cape girls, Camden Hills boys win Class B Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:39:09 +0000 LEWISTON — It wasn’t simply that nine years had passed since the Cape Elizabeth girls won a state title in tennis.

For a program that reigned supreme in Class B from 1990-98, it was that the Capers had not even reached a state final since 2007.

“Going into the land of the unknown was a little scary,” said sophomore Katie Gilman, “but we had confidence in each other.”

Gilman provided the clinching point at No. 2 singles to give Cape Elizabeth a 4-1 victory over Camden Hills in the Class B state final Saturday at Lewiston High.

“The journey is what counts,” Gilman said, “but it’s still exciting that we ended up winning.”

The Camden Hills boys ended an even longer championship drought, dating to 2005. They edged three-time defending champ Cape Elizabeth 3-2 after losing in the final the previous two springs.

“This was potentially the last competitive tennis match I’ll ever play,” said Camden Hills senior Luke Burnstein, whose 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles set the stage. “So to win a championship against Cape in the same place where we’ve lost in the past was just amazing. I am so happy.”

After Burnstein won, Shawn Albertson and Josh Pitcairn made it 2-0 for Camden Hills with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at second doubles.

Knowing that Michael Mills was likely to win at No. 1 singles for Cape Elizabeth (which he did, 6-2, 6-1), the Windjammers (14-2) knew that they needed a clincher at either No. 3 singles or at first doubles.

In each match, they won the first set and struggled in the second. Wyatt Newhall and Declan McCormick of Cape Elizabeth forced a third set at first doubles and wound up winning, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

It was too late. Josiah Krul of Camden Hills survived two set points to force a tiebreaker and prevailed against Jimmy Salerno at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 7-6 (2).

“My only thought was to get the ball back and keep grinding,” Krul said. “It was more a matter of who would collapse first than who would win the point.”

“He just outrallied me,” Salerno said. “On those set points, I think I was trying to overhit in order to save energy for a third set.”

Camden Hills shut out Cape Elizabeth (13-3) in a preseason scrimmage, but the Capers had been without Mills, a semifinalist in the state singles tournament.

“So we knew those scores weren’t accurate,” Krul said. “They’re a great team, a great program, but so are we. To be on the winning side is unreal.”

None of the girls’ matches went three sets. Gilman won 6-3, 6-2, Liv Clifford won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 and Erin Whitcomb won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.

“It’s incredible,” Whitcomb said. “We haven’t been that good in the playoffs in the past. So to finally win it is pretty nice.”

Sarah O’Connor and Maddie Bowe were first off the courts with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at first doubles. Vivian Priestly and Charlotte Messer of Camden Hills avoided the shutout by winning 7-6 (3), 6-4 at second doubles.

Both teams finished 13-3.

“These girls deserve this,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Sarah Boeckel. “They worked really, really hard all year and I think their play today showed that.”

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Softball: Biddeford knocks off Sanford, 7-2 Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:19:02 +0000 SANFORD — Ray Magnant had a simple message for his Biddeford High hitters Saturday: stay aggressive.

Brook Davis obviously paid attention. Davis hit a double, triple and home run to back the pitching of Kirsten Lebreux as the third-ranked Tigers beat second-seeded Sanford 7-2 in a Class A South softball semifinal.

Davis scored three runs and drove in three to lead Biddeford to its first regional championship game since 2008.

“We told them if they saw (a pitch) they liked, go get it,” said Magnant. “And that’s what we did.”

The Tigers (14-4) will play top-ranked Scarborough (18-0) at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Class A South final at St. Joseph’s College. The Red Storm beat Biddeford 4-3 on May 27.

This was as complete a game as the Tigers played all season, getting clutch hits, steady defense and outstanding pitching from Lebreux.

“We flat-out played today,” said Magnant. “We came in focused. There’s no negative at all. I thought everyone did a nice job.”

Using her change-up effectively, Lebreux gave up six hits and only one walk – only three hits after the first inning.

“We wanted to change speeds, throw them off, keep them guessing,” said Davis, the catcher. “I’d say it worked.”

“She kept us off-balance,” said Sanford Coach Mike Bailey. “Everything was inside, tying us up. And that change-up kept us guessing a little bit. We were never truly comfortable in the batter’s box.”

Biddeford got two runs in the first. With Lebreux on second and two outs, Davis hit a fly to right that fell in. Lebreux scored and Davis made it to third for a triple. She scored on an error.

Sanford, which committed five errors, got one back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Lauren Thompson, but left runners at second and third.

It was 4-2 Biddeford into the fifth. With one out and a runner on first, Davis hit a high, towering home run over the left-field fence to make it 6-1. It was her 11th home run of the season.

“You can’t say enough about Brooksie,” said Magnant. “In my eyes she’s the best player in the league. She’s got great ability and comes to play. She’s a kid who loves to play the game. It’s great to have a player like that.”

Her home run took some pressure off Lebreux. “I’ve never seen anyone hit it over that fence,” she said.

The Tigers are looking forward to the next step.

“It’s an amazing feeling to reach that level,” said Lebreux. “We’ve had that goal since the beginning of the season so it means a lot to our program.”

“We’ve got the program in a good spot,” said Magnant. “It’s another step in what we’re trying to do.”

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Boys’ lacrosse: Gorham beats Westbrook, 14-4 Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:38:35 +0000 WESTBROOK — All indicators suggested Saturday’s boys’ lacrosse regional semifinal between No. 3 Gorham at No. 2 Westbrook would be a game-long battle.

Instead, Gorham – and in particular junior attack Alex York – proved a double-overtime regular-season loss to the Blue Blazes, and the teams’ similar records and seedings, were moot points. York scored nine goals to bring his season total to 61 (with 39 assists) and the Rams controlled play throughout in a 14-4 win.

“We were just all fired up and they weren’t as fired up as us,” York said. “You could just tell that we wanted it more than them in the beginning. We got off to a great start. The defense played incredible. Everyone just played incredible and it was a whole team effort.”

Gorham (12-2) will be at No. 1 Scarborough (10-3) for the regional title game. Gorham beat the host Red Storm, 9-8, in overtime to open the regular season.

Westbrook, coming off the program’s first playoff win, finished at 10-4.

York scored three goals and assisted on one by Cam Wright to put the Rams ahead 4-0 with 4:40 left in the first quarter while Gorham goalie Carter Landry was making the first five of his 15 saves.

Wright (35 goals on season) finished with two goals and two assists.

“Me and Cam always work well together. We just know how we play,” York said. “No matter where (the ball) is, we’re so used to each other we just work well. I personally think we’re the best duo in the state because we work so well together.”

“Gorham played very aggressively and they came in sharp and their big guns, (York and Wright), they rose to the occasion,” Westbrook Coach Peter Lyons said.

Westbrook got on the board when Curtis Knapton curled around the cage and, while falling, got a shot past Landry with 36 seconds left in the quarter. Gorham long-stick midfielder Taylor Perkins was called for a tripping penalty on the play and Knapton was slow to get up.

During the quarter break, Knapton was tested for concussion symptoms. Goals by Wright and York in the first 83 seconds of the second quarter pushed the lead to 6-1 as Knapton – the first Westbrook player to earn All-America recognition – got the word that he would not be allowed to return.

“Obviously we lose our best guy and that’s going to affect us,” Lyons said. “He’s our offense, our leading scorer.”

Gorham stretched the lead to 11-1 before the first of John Tibbets’ two man-up goals just before halftime.

York scored Gorham’s three goals in the second half.

Westbrook’s Noah Oliver won 17 of 18 faceoffs. Normally that stat goes a long way toward determining the winning team but Gorham focused on negating the advantage. Many of the extra possessions were short-lived and nearly all were unproductive.

“Basically we were neutralizing their fast breaks so they had to play us in settled offense,” Gorham Coach Dan Soule said.

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Sports Digest: Finalists set for John Winkin Mr. Baseball award Sat, 11 Jun 2016 03:27:34 +0000 HIGH SCHOOLS

Finalists set for Winkin Mr. Baseball award

Nine finalists have been announced for the John Winkin Mr. Baseball Award, given to the top senior player in Maine. The winner will be announced June 24 at Colby College.

The finalists are:

Trevor Delaite, Bangor pitcher; Ben Lambert, Thornton Academy pitcher/outfielder; Connor Aube, Falmouth outfielder; Ryan Sinclair, Hall-Dale infielder; Nick Mazurek, Oceanside pitcher/third baseman; Cody Lawyerson, Valley pitcher; Nick Guerette, Hermon pitcher/infielder; Roderick Maynard, Sacopee Valley pitcher; Thomas Spencer, Penobscot Valley pitcher/infielder.

The winner will be announced between the senior all-star games. The Class C/D North vs. South all-star game will start at 3 p.m. and the Class A/B North vs. South all-star game will begin after the presentation.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE: Paige Daigle scored three goals and Amanda Gagne added a pair as the No. 1 Morse girls’ lacrosse team edged No. 4 Gardiner (8-6) 8-4 in a Class B North girls lacrosse semifinal.

The Shipbuilders (13-1) will play the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 3 Yarmouth and No. 2 St. Dominic, in the regular final.


MERCEDES CUP: Top-seeded Roger Federer cruised in the tiebreakers to beat German qualifier Florian Mayer 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1) for a place in the semifinals at Stuttgart, Germany.

His next opponent will be rising star and third-seeded Dominic Thiem, of Austria, who rallied to beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Philipp Kohlschreiber beat qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-5 and will face Juan Martin del Potro in the other semifinal.


OLYMPICS: Russell Westbrook said he won’t play in the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without another of its best players.

Westbrook, a first-team All-NBA selection, won gold medals with the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics and 2010 world basketball championship.

OBITUARY: Brooks Thompson, a first-round NBA draft pick and former Texas-San Antonio men’s basketball coach, has died. He was 45.


TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Tom Fortier had two hits and four RBI to lead Edge Academy to an 11-7 win over On Target Utility Services at Southern Maine Community College.

Devin Butler hit a two-run single as part of a four-run fifth inning to lead On Target.

NECBL: Ako Thomas went 2 for 3 with two RBI and the Sanford Mainers (1-1) scored four runs in the fifth for a 5-1 win over the Ocean State Waves (1-1) at Old Mountain Field in South Kingston, Rhode Island,

Shaine Hughes and Nelson Mompierre each hit RBI singles in the four-run outburst.

Jordan Carr picked up the win for Sanford allowing one run on four hits in five innings.

EMPIRE LEAGUE: Joshua Martinez went 2 for 3 with three RBI to lead the Surge (5-3) over the Wild (1-6) in a 14-11 win in Old Orchard Beach.

Chris Allen added three hits, including two doubles, for Old Orchard.


BASEBALL: Johnny Ruiz hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the eighth inning, to lead Miami to a 12-7 victory over Boston College in the first game of their best-of-three series at Coral Gables, Florida.

Scarborough graduate Joe Cronin was 1 for 4 with an RBI double for Boston College.

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Biddeford High hires head coaches in two sports Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20:23:15 +0000 Dennis Walton, the athletic director at Biddeford High, had two major coaching vacancies to fill this spring. After completing the searches, he said the Tigers “feel very fortunate” in their new hires.

Katie Herbine, a former University of Maine standout who coached Bangor to the Class A state final in 2013, will be the girls’ basketball coach.

Jason Tremblay, who led Cape Elizabeth to two Class B state championships and later served as an assistant at the University of New England, will be the boys’ hockey coach.

Walton said it was clear in the search process that both were the leading candidates.

“Katie has an impressive resume, which in itself doesn’t always separate the candidates,” he said. “But she brings the right combination of experience, maturity and absolutely a lot of energy, which for our program is an absolute necessity.”

Of Tremblay, who graduated from Biddeford in 1994, Walton said, “He has a great deal of experience, and is familiar with the community and the program. He’s a no-nonsense coach who is liked and respected.”

Herbine and Tremblay are taking over programs at different ends of the spectrum.

Biddeford’s hockey program, which won Class A state titles in 2007, ’08 and ’10, is a perennial playoff contender. The girls’ basketball program hasn’t made the playoffs since 2010 and won only five games over the last two years, 16 over the last five.

Herbine, who lives in Saco, is looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m not setting any goals in terms of numbers or wins and losses,” she said. “I want to evaluate the girls over the summer. I’ve heard they’re all hard-working kids, which is what I want.”

Herbine, who is a fitness coach for marathoners and triathletes, was a star at Bangor High and played at the University of Maine. She was the coach at Bangor for four seasons, leading the Rams to a 43-36 record.

“I love to be around the kids,” said Herbine, 37. “I feel I’ve been given a lot in my lifetime and I want to give something back to the community. I’m excited about the opportunity. This seems to be a great fit for me.”

She said that she learned much, especially about managing the players, in her time at Bangor.

“Not everyone is there to play basketball 100 hours a week,” she said. “I learned how to make (basketball) fun without it being everything. It should be fun.”

Tremblay, 40, is also looking forward to getting back to his high school roots. He led Cape Elizabeth to back-to-back Class B state championships in 2005 and ’06. Then he left after the 2009 season to become an assistant at UNE. After leaving UNE, he and Eric Wirsing established Atlantic Coast Hockey, which puts on clinics and camps for local players.

The lure to return to Biddeford was too much to pass up.

“I missed being behind the bench,” he said. “They’ve built a proud tradition there in the last 10 years. Taking over a program this rich in tradition is exciting.

“I love to coach. Having played at Biddeford, this was sort of the perfect storm. I want to do this. Going to the college ranks, I learned so much from when I left the high school ranks. I want to bring back what I’ve learned.”

Tremblay is an economics teacher and assistant girls’ lacrosse coach at Massabesic High.

“I loved the college ranks but there’s something special about high school,” he said. “You have to mold a team every year and I enjoy doing that.”

Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

Twitter: MikeLowePPH

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Softball: Scarborough pitcher is perfect Fri, 10 Jun 2016 02:04:44 +0000 SCARBOROUGH — Lilly Volk pitched a perfect game Thursday, striking out 10 in a six-inning game as top-ranked Scarborough defeated eighth-seeded Portland 12-0 in a Class A South softball quarterfinal.

The Red Storm (17-0) will be home against fifth-seeded Windham (13-5) in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“They’re a very talented offensive team and they’ve got a very good pitcher who will keep the ball in the strike zone,” said Scarborough Coach Tom Griffin. “She’s pretty challenging to hit against and can do some really good things with the ball. We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us.”

Volk, a senior headed to the University of Maine, said a perfect game is always her goal.

“It’s any pitcher’s goal,” she said. “They want to throw perfect and that doesn’t happen a lot. I’ve been going all season, throwing one-hitters, throwing two-hitters. To finally hit my goal, I know my coach would be proud and that feels good.”

Added Griffin: “It’s what we expect of Lilly and I think it’s what she expects out of herself. She works very hard and is a very talented kid. It’s pretty rare to have a perfect game.”

Volk only fell behind in the count against one hitter and never allowed the ball to reach the outfield.

“She’s a really talented kid,” Griffin said. “She’s not just physically talented but she’s really talented mentally, too. She established the change-up early in the game. They came out swinging pretty aggressively right from the first inning and I think she recognized that. You need to show that change-up early to keep them off balance. Once she established the change-up, she was real difficult for them.”

The Red Storm scored three runs in the second on four straight singles, including a two-run single by Hannah Ricker that drove in Laura Powell and Lindsey Kelley (2 for 4, double), and Katie Verreault’s steal of home.

Scarborough capitalized on three errors to score twice in the fifth. Chloe Griffin (2 for 4, double, two runs, two RBI) scored on a throwing error and Kaleigh Scoville (two runs) on a groundout by Abbie Murrell.

In the sixth, the Red Storm added six runs against the Bulldogs (10-8), sending 11 hitters to the plate while recording just one out to end it.

Maggie Murphy (2 for 3, walk), Griffin, Scoville, Murrell, Courtney Brochu, Powell, Hunter Greenleaf and Sam Carreiro scored in the inning.

“Even our girls that come off the bench, we don’t have a hole,” Volk said. “Everyone can hit.”

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