The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » Varsity Maine Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:38:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Monday’s high school roundup: Morse boys’ soccer scores in OT to beat Oceanside Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:00:58 +0000 ROCKLAND — Declan Hall scored with 1:58 left in overtime to lift Morse to a 2-1 win over Oceanside in a boys’ soccer game Monday afternoon.

The Shipbuilders (5-3) took a 1-0 lead with 27 minutes remaining in the first half on a direct kick from Dakota Freeman.

The Mariners tied it on a goal by Sam Townsend with 10 minutes left in the second half.

Mariners goalie Colby Dorr recorded 13 saves. Alex Fernald stopped 11 shots for Morse.

A.R. GOULD 3, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2: Issak Aliyow scored twice to lead A.R. Gould (5-3) past the Lions (1-5-1) in South Portland.

A.R. Gould got out to a 2-0 advantage on goals by Aliyow and Tyrese Collins.

The Lions cut the lead to 2-1 before halftime on Christian Patterson’s goal from Jeremiah Hammond.

Aliyow added his second goal to open the second half, putting the Lions up 3-1.

Hammond added a goal for the Lions late in the second-half on a penalty kick.

GORHAM 8, MASSABESIC 0: Jackson Fotter scored four goals to lead the Rams (6-0-1) past the Mustangs (0-8) in Gorham.

Kyle King scored two goals for Gorham, and Andrew Rent and Kyle Patterson each added a goal. Tyler Richman and Ethan Orach each had two assists.

Mustangs goalie Xavier Lundrigan recorded 10 saves.

Alex York stopped three shots for Gorham.


YARMOUTH 3, CAPE ELIZABETH 0: Sophia McGrath had a goal and an assist in the first half to lead the Clippers (6-4) past the Capers (4-5) in Cape Elizabeth.

Molly Wilson added a goal to put the Capers up 3-0 in the second half.

Capers goalie Kinnon McGrath recorded 11 saves. Cate Ralph stopped three shots for the Clippers.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 6, GREELY 0: Grace Condon scored twice and added an assist to lead the Raiders (4-5-1) past the Rangers (4-5) in Fryeburg.

Condon scored twice in the first half, and Bridget Tweedie and Taylor Kruger also scored to give Fryeburg Academy a 4-0 lead at the half. Kruger finished with two goals.

Rangers goalie Kylie Rogers recorded 14 saves.

Kaleigh Rose stopped two shots for Fryeburg.

WELLS 4, MAINE GIRLS ACADEMY/WAYNFLETE 1: The Warriors (2-6-1) scored four second-half goals and beat the Flying Lions (0-7) in Portland.

Hannah Moody, Takara McDermott and Delaney O’Brien each scored in an eight-minute span in the second half to put the Warriors ahead 3-0. Marissa Mizzoni added a goal with two minutes remaining.

Gabby Eng assisted on a goal by Semhar Yehdego for the Flying Lions.

Goalie Kiera MacWhinnie recorded 19 saves.

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Saturday’s high school roundup: Falmouth gets field hockey victory Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:53:55 +0000 YARMOUTH — Isabelle Libby scored as time expired in double overtime Saturday to lift Falmouth to a 3-2 win over Yarmouth in a Western Maine Conference field hockey game.

Falmouth (9-1) took a 1-0 lead early in the game on an unassisted goal from Kate Kelley. Sophie McGrath of Yarmouth (4-4) tied it later in the first half off a rebound.

Falmouth regained the lead in the second half on a goal by Devin Sarazin, but Ally MacLeod answered with 15 minutes left in regulation.

WINDHAM 2, PORTLAND 1: Julia Libby and Paige LeFerriere scored less than two minutes apart late in the first half, and the Eagles (3-4-1) held on to edge the Bulldogs (2-7) at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Portland cut its deficit in half when Sophia Nolan scored with 15:20 remaining.

KENNEBUNK 3, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Christine Jarowicz scored all three Kennebunk goals in the first half as the Rams (7-2) cruised to a win over the Raiders (3-5-1) in Kennebunk.

Lindsey Gregoire and Katherine Koch each recorded an assist for Kennebunk.

Taylor Kruger put the Raiders on the board with an unassisted goal in the second half.

ST. DOMINIC 9, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 0: Hannah Trottier-Braun scored five goals as the Saints (6-2-1) routed the Seagulls (1-7-1) in Old Orchard Beach.

Callie Samson and Caroline Johnson each added two goals.


WESTBROOK 3, PORTLAND 3: Manny Ugu and Alex Frank scored in the final seven minutes of regulation as Portland (5-1-1) rallied for a tie against the Blue Blazes (4-3-1) in Portland.

Frank’s tying goal was a penalty kick with 25 seconds remaining in regulation.

Westbrook jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half on a pair of goals by Shammah Gahomera.

Portland cut the deficit to 2-1 prior to halftime on a goal by Quinn Clarke. Westbrook’s Jean Marc Lohomboli made it 3-1 in the second half.

CHEVERUS 3, BIDDEFORD 0: James Shimansky scored off a pass from Niklas Hase early in the first half and the Stags (4-4) went on to beat the Tigers (0-7) in Portland.

Cheverus extended its lead on a header from Owen Burke off a Luc Dionne corner kick early in the second half. Michael Nason added an unassisted goal with seven minutes left.

FALMOUTH 5, YARMOUTH 3: Michael Sanzari scored a pair of unassisted goals in the first half and the Yachtsmen (5-1-1) held off the Clippers (4-2) in Yarmouth.

Nate Arrants also scored twice, once in each half, and Hayden Farr added an unassisted goal in the second half.

Matt Dostie, Eric LaBrie and Gibson Harnett scored for Yarmouth.

CAPE ELIZABETH 2, GREELY 1: David Hare headed in a free kick from Owen Thoreck for the go-ahead goal with 10:19 remaining as the Capers (5-2-1) edged the Rangers (3-4) in Cape Elizabeth.

Greely jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Will Pidgeon with 2:29 left in the first half.

The Capers got the equalizer on a penalty kick by Quinn Hewitt with 25 minutes left.

YORK 2, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: Matt Graziano and Alex Nickerson each scored an unassisted goal, and the Wildcats (4-3) held off the host Patriots (5-1-1) in Gray.

Graziano broke a scoreless deadlock with three minutes left in the first half, and Nickerson made it 2-0 about five minutes into the second half.

Oliver Grant scored for Gray-New Gloucester midway through the second half, assisted by Josiah Carter.

A.R. GOULD 3, HIGHVIEW CHRISTIAN 1: Abdi Ibrahim scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Bears (4-3) past the Knights (0-4) at South Portland.

Isaak Aliyow also scored for A.R. Gould, and Justin Belanger had an assist.


PORTLAND 3, WESTBROOK 0: Annika Moore collected a goal and an assist as the Bulldogs (4-1-2) downed the Blue Blazes (0-6-1) at Portland.

Kate Johnson and Gracie LaGrange added a goal apiece, and Morgan Kierstead was credited with an assist.

GORHAM 3, DEERING 0: Hallie Shiers and Tiril Wiig each had a goal and an assist to lead Gorham (6-0-1) over visiting Deering (3-4).

Gorham, which also got a goal from Emma Forgues, led 1-0 at halftime.

MARSHWOOD 4, MASSABESIC 1: Casey Perry scored a pair of goals to lead the Hawks (5-1-1) past the Mustangs (1-6) in Waterboro.

Molly Ferguson and Taylor Tarr each added a goal for Marshwood.

YORK 3, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Maddie Amidon scored a pair of goals for the Wildcats (4-1-2) in a win over the Patriots (4-3) at Gray.

SACOPEE VALLEY 2, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Lexie Lajoie and Abby Mosson teamed up for both goals as the Hawks (3-6) beat the Panthers (5-2-2) in South Hiram.

Lajoie scored on a feed from Mosson at the 25-minute mark. Lajoie then set up Mosson 10 minutes into the second half.

GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 0, RANGELEY 0: Clairette Kirezi made three saves for Greater Portland Christian (1-5-1) and Amber Morrill recorded four saves for Rangeley (3-3-2) in a scoreless tie in Rangeley.


FALMOUTH 3, MT. DESERT ISLAND 1: Madison Tait had 11 aces, 10 kills and five digs as the Yachtsmen (6-2) beat the Trojans (6-2) in Falmouth.

Alston Armstrong contributed two aces and six kills, and Alaina Birkel had 26 assists for Falmouth, which won 25-15, 20-25, 25-12, 25-9.

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Saturday’s football roundup: Kennebunk remains undefeated Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:33:15 +0000 KENNEBUNK — Patrick Saunders and Nolan Ragnarsson each rushed for two touchdowns and unbeaten Kennebunk scored 35 straight points on its way to a 35-6 win over York in a Class B South football game Saturday afternoon.

Jacob Littlefield gave Kennebunk (4-0) a 7-0 with a 1-yard run in the second quarter. The Rams broke the game open in the third quarter with three touchdowns, two from Saunders, and a 10-yard scamper from Ragnarsson.

Ragnarsson completed Kennebunk’s scoring with a 12-yard run early in the fourth.

Jacob Nelson put York (2-2) on the board with a 34-yard catch from Trevor LaBonte.

PORTLAND 36, OXFORD HILLS/BUCKFIELD 7: Isaiah Bachelder threw a pair of touchdown passes and Quinn Clarke kicked two field goals as the Bulldogs (3-1) beat the visiting Vikings (1-3).

Bachelder’s first touchdown pass, a 12-yarder to Ethan Hoyt, gave Portland a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. The Bulldogs added a safety, an 11-yard TD run by Knop and a 27-yard field goal by Clarke to make it 19-7 at halftime.

The Vikings scored on Ryland VanDecker’s 90-yard kickoff return, following Jake Knop’s touchdown.

Clarke made a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter. Dylan Bolduc later added a 15-yard TD run, and Griffin Foley caught a 12-yard scoring pass.

MORSE 26, NOBLE 21: Raz Balthazar rushed for two touchdowns in the first half and returned the second-half kickoff 73 yards for another score as the Shipbuilders (2-2) beat the Knights (0-4) in Bath.

Morse also got a 34-yard touchdown pass from Connor Upham to Graydon Peterson in the second quarter and forced three turnovers while building a 20-0 halftime lead.

Noble scored all its touchdowns in the final six minutes.

TRAIP ACADEMY 41, MARANACOOK 16: Angelo Succi completed all eight of his pass attempts for 178 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown, and the Rangers (1-2) used a strong second half to pull away from the Black Bears (0-4) at Kittery.

Evan Porter added 71 yards on eight carries, including a 49-yard run in the third quarter that put Traip ahead 29-8.

Trailing 14-8 late in the first half, Maranacook drove deep into Traip territory, but the Rangers stopped Drew Davis at the 1 on the final play of the half.

Max Perrault’s 46-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter put Traip ahead for good.

Dalen Hubbard and Kevin McKinney also caught touchdown passes, and Evan Pledger rushed for a TD.

OAK HILL 21, MEDOMAK VALLEY 0: Matt Strout threw for 270 yards and rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Raiders (3-0) past the Panthers (1-2) in Wales.

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Football: Thornton survives challenge from Windham Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:09:32 +0000 SACO — Just a few plays into Saturday’s game against Windham, Thornton Academy got an indication that this one would be a bit different from its first three games.

Not that it really needed a reminder.

The two-time defending Class A state champions fell behind for the first time this season when Windham’s Tanner Bernier returned an interception for a touchdown, and though the Golden Trojans answered quickly, they never did pull away. They did enough, though, to improve to 4-0 with a 17-13 victory.

“To our kids’ credit, they overcame a lot (today),” said Thornton Coach Kevin Kezal. “They overcame not playing their best football. They overcame some turnovers. We gave up a score defensively and had some weird bounces. To our credit, we were resilient enough to come out with a win. I am really proud of that.”

Senior quarterback Michael Laverriere rushed for 174 yards on 26 carries, including touchdown runs of 1 and 14 yards.

“Whenever we play Windham we expect a good game,” Laverriere said. “These guys are tough. They beat us last year and we beat them in the (state final) two years ago. It’s kinda like the new rivalry for us.”

Neither team scored in the second half. However, Windham (2-2) had a chance to pull off the upset when it took possession at its own 26 with 8:22 remaining.

The Eagles put together their best drive of the second half, but a holding penalty on first-and-10 at midfield forced them to throw. After a pass from Desmond Leslie to Bernier put the ball at the Thornton 46, Cameron Houde broke up a pass on third down and was one of a group of Trojans to pressure Leslie on a fourth-down incompletion.

Thornton then ran out the final 3:52 with three first downs, none bigger than sophomore Anthony Bracamonte’s 8-yard sweep on third-and-7 with a little less than two minutes left.

“We had a chance to win at the end. That’s what you want,” said Windham Coach Matt Perkins. “We’ll learn from it and take the next step.”

Bernier opened the scoring with a 28-yard interception return on the third play from scrimmage. The extra-point attempt hit an upright.

Thornton was undeterred, marching 65 yards on eight plays. Laverriere began the drive with a 33-yard keeper and finished it with a 1-yard sneak.

Thornton stalled on its next two drives, missing a field goal and fumbling. But with 5:50 remaining in the first half, Laverriere again found the end zone for a 14-6 lead.

“Michael does a lot for us. We asked him to do a lot today,” Kezal said. “He had a great game.”

Windham trimmed the deficit to 14-13 when Blake Houser took a screen pass 21 yards for a touchdown.

Thornton’s Cameron Cadorette kicked a 25-yard field goal 13 seconds before intermission.

Kezal said a tight game should bode well for the Trojans later in the season.

“We (often) talk about adversity and success,” he said. “At some point during the season you are going to face adversity and you’re going to have to overcome it. Today, I am real proud of our kids; we learned a lot today. We have some things we have to improve upon, but we got a win today. That’s the bottom line.”

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Football: Biddeford beats Westbrook to remain unbeaten Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:22:56 +0000 WESTBROOK — Brian Curit was “mortally embarrassed” by his Biddeford High football team’s uninspired first-half effort Saturday.

The unbeaten Tigers responded in the second half, even if it wasn’t an error-free half, as both Biddeford and Westbrook were prone to mistakes and missed chances throughout the game. But Biddeford rose to hard-hitting Westbrook’s challenge and scored all its points in the second half for a 20-7 win.

“We knew what we were going to get from Westbrook. We knew it was going to be a street fight,” Curit said. “I have great respect for their coaching staff and their kids. Their kids are a lot like ours.

“I thought we were sleep-walking. We weren’t physical. We were missing tackles. That’s not us. Second half, you know what? They played a little more like Biddeford High School.”

Biddeford (4-0) put an exclamation point on the victory when, with 5.2 seconds to play, punter Tommy Bertrand was asked to keep the ball and run around long enough to kill the clock with the Tigers protecting a 14-7 lead. Bertrand ran all the way to the end zone for an 88-yard touchdown.

“Coach was like, ‘you’re athletic enough, just run around for five seconds,'” Bertrand said. “Then I saw two blockers and one of their guys and somebody hit him, and then I just took off as fast as I could.”

The Blue Blazes (2-2) had a chance to tie the game or take the lead moments earlier but failed to cash in after getting a first down at the Biddeford 14 with 1:45 to play. Westbrook foiled itself with consecutive false-start penalties (its fourth and fifth of the half) and two dropped passes, the latter on fourth down.

“They made some great adjustments in the second half and their kids eliminated their mistakes, and we weren’t as sound as we were hoping,” Westbrook Coach Jeff Guerette said.

Biddeford’s Brady Crepeau rushed for 105 of his 140 yards in the second half, with touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards. He set up each of his scores with long runs.

Crepeau popped a dive play for 47 yards on Biddeford’s first play of the second half, finally getting stopped at the Westbrook 8. He scored four plays later.

“We weren’t down on each other or down on ourselves at halftime, but we were just overall (mad) about how we were playing in the first half,” Crepeau said.

Biddeford kicker Mitchell Farley missed the extra point, leaving Westbrook ahead 7-6. The Tigers’ next two possessions ended with a missed 37-yard field goal by Caleb Ball and quarterback Joey Curit’s fumbled snap being recovered at the Westbrook 8 by Blazes lineman Jameson Marean.

Crepeau put the Tigers in front with 7:30 remaining, driving in from the 4 one play after he rumbled 40 yards with an option pitch. Joey Curit ran in for the 2-point conversion.

Westbrook had a 148-77 edge in first-half yardage and engineered a 95-yard drive that included a 21-yard run by Miece Loureiro on third-and-16.

Loureiro had 23 carries for 109 yards and a 2-yard touchdown and five catches for 80 yards.

“At first we showed we could come out and do what we do,” Loureiro said. “In the second half, that’s when we started to doubt ourselves and get a little (overconfident) at the same time.”

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Friday’s football roundup: Cheverus edges Edward Little Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:40:39 +0000 AUBURN — Chandler Hartigan kicked a tie-breaking 27-yard field goal late in the third quarter, and Cheverus held on for a 17-14 win over Edward Little in a Class A North football game Friday night.

Edward Little (2-2) drove inside the Cheverus 10 late in the game, but Kieran Conley intercepted a pass on third-and-goal with 1:44 remaining.

Cheverus (3-1) opened the scoring on a 63-yard pass from Jack Casale to Griffin Watson with 9:44 left in the second quarter.

Edward Little tied it on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Grant Hartley to Tyler Blanchard on the final play of the half.

The Stags regained the lead on their opening drive of the third quarter when Dominic Casale caught a 97-yard touchdown pass from Jack Casale on third-and-26.

Tyler Blanchard caught a screen pass from Hartley and scored an 82-yard touchdown later in the third quarter to tie the game at 14-14.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Red Eddies drove deep into Cheverus territory but fumbled near the goal line, and Cheverus recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

CAPE ELIZABETH 42, FREEPORT 6: Jeb Boeschenstein completed 11 of 12 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Capers (4-0) over the visiting Falcons (2-2) at Hannaford Field.

Peyton Weatherbie carried 10 times for 103 yards and the game’s first touchdown, a 33-yard run a little over a minute into the game.

Camden Turner (36 yards), Nat Spicer (21) and Marshall Peterson (6) each caught touchdown passes from Boeschenstein. Peterson also caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Hartel, and Spicer intercepted a pass for the game’s only turnover.

The Capers led 35-0 at the half. Brett McAlister scored from 3 yards out early in the fourth quarter. Peterson was 3 for 3 on PAT kicks and Alex Morin was 1 for 2.

Freeport averted the shutout with a 34-yard pass from Josh Burke to T.J. Morrill on the final play from scrimmage.

BONNY EAGLE 52, MASSABESIC 6: Alex Sprague rushed for 168 yards and five touchdowns, and the Scots (4-0) raced out to a 39-0 halftime lead against the Mustangs (0-4) at Waterboro.

Sprague scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the first quarter and added TD runs of 5, 2 and 43 yards in the second quarter.

Bonny Eagle’s other first-quarter TD was a 14-yard pass from Cam Day to Kordell Menard.

Jake Cook and Connor Sirois each added a rushing touchdown in the second half.

The lone Massabesic touchdown was a 1-yard run by Owen Roberts in the fourth quarter.

MARSHWOOD 31, LEAVITT 6: Kyle Glidden caught a touchdown pass and also ran for a score as the Hawks (2-2) defeated the Hornets (1-3) at Turner.

Glidden opened the scoring with a 3-yard run in the second quarter and Max Horton added a 30-yard field goal to make it 10-0 at halftime.

On Marshwood’s first possession of the second half, Glidden caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Cole McDaniel.

Leavitt cut the deficit to 17-6 on a 2-yard run by Hunter Sirois early in the fourth, but Chris Sarzynski answered with a 1-yard touchdown run with eight minutes remaining. The score was set up by a Glidden interception.

Sarzynski rushed for over 100 yards.

OCEANSIDE 27, WATERVILLE 0: Gage Robinson and Nate Ray each scored two touchdowns as the Mariners (3-1) cruised to a win over the Panthers (0-4).

Ray rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and blocked a punt in the end zone for a touchdown. Robinson opened the scoring with a 45-yard run in the first quarter and added a 1-yard run in the second quarter.

WINTHROP/MONMOUTH 39, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 8: Matt Ingram threw four touchdown passes – three of them to Nate Scott – as the Ramblers (4-0) beat the Seagulls (1-2) in Old Orchard Beach.

Ingram gave the Ramblers an early lead with a 40-yard pass to Bennett Brooks. A fumble recovery by Scott at the OOB 25 set up his first touchdown catch, a 22-yarder that made it 12-0 after one quarter.

Scott took a screen pass 70 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, then added a 27-yard TD reception in the third quarter.

SPRUCE MOUNTAIN 51, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 6: Austin Darling had first-half touchdown runs of 30 and 55 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Caulin Parker as the Phoenix (2-2) opened a 30-0 halftime lead and cruised past the Patriots (0-4) at Gray.

Parker opened the scoring with a 40-yard run. Dillon Webster, Brett Duvall and Kayle Stewart each added second-half rushing touchdowns.

Elijah Simmons got Gray-New Gloucester on the board with a 65-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

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Football: Fryeburg Academy routs Yarmouth Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:26:41 +0000 YARMOUTH — Fryeburg Academy knocked Yarmouth from the ranks of the undefeated with a 53-14 win in a Class C South football game Friday night.

Jason Chisari and Cory Gullikson ran wild as the Raiders recovered from losses to undefeated Cape Elizabeth and Wells to even their record at 2-2.

“This is a big win for us to get us back in the hunt,” Fryeburg Academy Coach David Turner said.

Chisari rushed for 202 yards on 16 carries and scored four touchdowns, and Gullikson rushed 125 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as Fryeburg churned out 475 yards of offense.

“We took over up front,” Turner said. “Our linemen are quick and they move guys around. We thought if we kept pounding we would wear (Yarmouth) down, and that’s what happened.”

The loss dropped the defending regional champions to 3-1. Last fall, the Clippers ran away with a 54-12 win over the Raiders in a regional semifinal.

“This year we’re completely different teams,” Yarmouth Coach Jason Veilleux said. “We’re a very young team made up mostly of sophomores.”

Fryeburg Academy held a 20-0 lead at halftime.

Chisari opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game on the Raiders’ first offensive play. He swept left, shook off a defender near the line of scrimmage and raced down the sideline 77 yards for a 6-0 lead.

The Raiders made it 12-0 midway through the second quarter when Chisari slanted right 13 yards for a touchdown that capped a 10-play, 56-yard drive following a Yarmouth punt.

With less than three minutes left in the first half, Chisari shook off several defenders while zigzagging back and forth across the field for a 47-yard touchdown. The score came just three plays after another Yarmouth punt.

Gullikson took over in the second half. He scored on runs of 25 and 5 yards as the Raiders stretched their lead to 33-0 lead in the third quarter.

Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Gullikson got behind the defense on the first play after a punt. Quarterback Oscar Saunders threw a strike, and Gullikson scored on a play that covered 96 yards.

Justin Daniels added to the lead with a 36-yard touchdown run on the first play following a Yarmouth fumble.

Yarmouth finally got on the board on its next possession, as Noah Eckersley-Ray threw a 69-yard scoring pass to Caden Middleton.

Chisari, though, returned the kickoff 84 yards to complete the scoring for the Raiders.

Eckersley-Ray threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Middleton for the final touchdown. The score was set up by a 28-yard punt return by Remi Leblanc.

“We need to grow from this,” Veilleux said. “We’re a young team and we can learn from something like this

“We’ll make some changes and we’ll move on.”

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Football: It’s Brunswick in a blowout Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:29:18 +0000 OAKLAND — Revenge sure felt sweet for the Dragons on Friday night at Veterans Field.

Hunter Garrett ran for 265 yards and three touchdowns, all on runs longer than 40 yards, and senior quarterback Christian Jensen ran for two scores and threw for another as Brunswick rolled to a 42-0 win over Messalonskee in a Class B North football game between two teams who were unbeaten heading into the night.

The victory marked the Dragons (4-0) as the favorites in the region at the season’s halfway mark and helped lessen memories of two painful defeats in the last three years to the Eagles.

“We’re going into every game as must-win for us. We want that No. 1 seed,” Brunswick Coach Dan Cooper said. “These kids, they were on those teams that lost to Messalonskee in the past, and they were really, really motivated to come out here and play well.”

Messalonskee had as many first downs in the first half as turnovers, twice killing short-lived drives with fumbles in its own half of the field. Not until late in the third quarter did the Eagles (3-1) even advance into Brunswick territory.

“We got beat by a better team but I still believe in our kids,” Messalonskee Coach Brad Bishop said. “We’ll work our tails off all next week and we’ll bounce back.

From the opening drives, it was clear it was going to be the Dragons’ night.

After a three-and-out for Messalonskee on the game’s first possession, which included a penalty and a fumbled snap, it took only three plays for Brunswick to put points on the board. Garrett ripped off a 69-yard touchdown run just over 31/2 minutes into the first quarter.

Brunswick started the second quarter right where it left off in the first.

A 26-yard Garrett run set up a first and 10 at the Messalonskee 17-yard line. Two plays later, on first-and-goal from the 1, Jensen dove into the end zone for a 14-0 advantage. It was an impressive, almost effortless, eight-play drive that covered 73 yards and ate up four minutes.

Jackson Gordon got the second of his two fumble recoveries just three plays later, jumping on another botched snap and setting up another Jensen 1-yard TD run.

Garrett took a reverse 42 yards for his second touchdown with 2:21 left in the half, and the rout was on.

“We practiced all week. We put in the hard work, and the progress shows,” said Garrett, who missed several days with an illness. “We came out, and we showed up.”

Garrett said he expected a tough battle between playoff-bound teams but felt things swung in Brunswick’s favor following his big run in the first quarter.

“I was expecting a tough battle from the first snap,” Garrett said. “I got a great run behind some good blocks, and we set the momentum right there. From then on, it just wasn’t the same from (Messalonskee).”

In the third quarter, Jensen found Corban Teel for a 27-yard pass over the middle that went for a score and Garrett capped his night with a 50-yard touchdown run.

Messalonskee running back Colby Dexter, who carried six times for just 9 yards, was already looking forward to a potential playoff meeting with Brunswick.

“It’s a wakeup call for us,” Dexter said. “We came in here thinking, ‘We’re going to be good.’ This just showed, we need to work harder.”

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Friday’s high school roundup: Sanford triumphs in girls’ soccer Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:09:07 +0000 STANDISH — Kristen O’Connell scored two goals, including the winner six minutes into the second half, to lead Sanford to a 2-1 victory against Bonny Eagle in an SMAA schoolgirl soccer game Friday night.

Maddy Johnson gave Bonny Eagle (4-3) a 1-0 lead with an assist from Madison Boothby 10 minutes into the game. O’Connell responded with her first goal of the game 20 minutes later to tie it going into halftime.

O’Connell put in her winner from a scramble early in the second half for the Spartans (5-1-1).

Maddie Cole made seven saves for Bonny Eagle. Nikita Perez stopped eight shots for Sanford.

CHEVERUS 2, THORNTON ACADEMY 0: Lauren Jordan scored from Emma Gallant 11:14 into the first half and the Stags (5-1-1) held off the Trojans (3-4) at Portland.

Katie Gordon, assisted by Gallant, extended the lead in the 85th minute.

Dana Sirois made nine saves for Thornton.

WINDHAM 5, NOBLE 0: Allison Kirby had two goals and an assist as the Eagles (4-0-3) cruised past the Knights (1-4-2) at Windham.

Kirby gave Windham a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute, assisted by Holly Spencer. Caitlin Drouin made it 2-0 three minutes later with an assist from Kirby. Kirby then scored from Spencer to make it 3-0 at halftime.

Jordan Lloyd and Meghan Hoffses added goals, both from Emily Kent. Raegan Kelly made 16 saves for Noble.

SCARBOROUGH 10, BIDDEFORD 0: Gaby Panagakos had three goals and six other players also scored for the Red Storm (4-1-2) against the Tigers (0-7) at Biddeford,

Susan Woodridge had a pair of goals, Ashley Perillo and Natalie Russell each had a goal and two assists, and Leah Dickman, Katie Farino and Jocelyn Couture also scored for Scarborough.

Jillian Lewis stopped 26 shots for Biddeford. Erin Ryan had four saves for the Red Storm.

MAINE GIRLS’ ACADEMY 1, SOUTH PORTLAND 1: Callie O’Brien of the Red Riots (2-4-1) scored at 22:37 of the first half, but Catherine Reid tied it from Zoe Mazur after 17:12 of the second half for the Lions (1-5-1) at Portland.

Carly Beaulieu had 13 saves for MGA. Zoe Brown and Maria Buck combined for 11 saves for South Portland.

SACOPEE VALLEY 2, TRAIP ACADEMY 0: Nette Humphrey scored on a nifty feed from McKenzie Murphy 5:36 into the game, and the Hawks (5-0-1) downed the Rangers (3-4) at South Hiram.

Murphy set up Natashia Silva to make it 2-0 with 17:55 to play.

Summer Huntress made 20 saves for Traip Academy. Madison Day stopped 10 shots for the Hawks.

BRUNSWICK 3, HAMPDEN ACADEMY 1: Maeve Arthur scored twice as Brunswick (5-2) beat the Broncos (3-3-1) at Hampden.

Kira Wolpow added a goal and two assists, and Dina Murphy also had an assist for the Dragons.


GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 3, CHOP POINT 2: Killian Patterson dribbled deep down the left side, stopping just short of the net and bending a shot inside the far post to give Greater Portland Christian (1-4-1) the victory with 15:25 left in overtime against the Blue Bears (2-3-1) at Woolwich.

Patterson also made it 2-2 with the only goal of the second half.

Chop Point led 2-1 at the half, sandwiching goals by Connor Leonard and Oriol Abad around Ethan Spaulding’s score for the Lions.

Christian Patterson had two assists and Mason Jones stopped eight shots for Greater Portland Christian. Nehemiah Brown had nine saves for the Blue Bears.


LAKE REGION 0, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Maddie Nelson of Lake Region (0-7-1) and Alicia Credit of Gray-New Gloucester (0-8-1) each made nine saves at Gray.

SCARBOROUGH 2, THORNTON ACADEMY 0: Lily Nygren scored unassisted with 2:30 to play in the first half and the Red Storm (6-2) went on to shut out the Golden Trojans (5-2-1) at Scarborough.

Ashley Levesque made it 2-0 from Lucy Malia with 35 seconds to go in the game.

Izzy Capozzi stopped 10 of the 12 shots she faced for Thornton. Sam Carriero turned aside all five shots she saw for the shutout.

MARSHWOOD 4, CHEVERUS 0: Leah Glidden had two goals and an assist as the Hawks (8-1) rolled past the Stags (6-3) at South Berwick.

Taylor Gilbert had a goal and an assist, Celine Lawrence also scored, and Elaine Bachelder and Mallory Nadeau had assists.

Shannon Giblin stopped five shots for Marshwood.

MASSABESIC 5, BONNY EAGLE 0: Emma Rutledge had two goals and an assist to lead the Mustangs (8-0-1) over Bonny Eagle (1-7) at Waterboro.

Logan Champlin added a goal and two assists, and Kaylee St. Laurent and Jackie Bearse also scored.

GORHAM 5, DEERING 0: Grace McGouldrick scored 10 minutes into the game, Erin Esty added a goal three minutes later and Gorham (5-2-2) went on to beat visiting Deering (1-8).

Isis Adams, Karen Stemm and Mercy Dunn also scored, and Grace DeWitt, Amary Adams, McGouldrick and Sarah Stevens had assists.

BIDDEFORD 3, SOUTH PORTLAND 1: Rebekah Guay, finding an empty spot as the defense left her unmarked, drove on net and beat the goalie with a ground shot to give Biddeford (3-5) a 2-1 lead over the Red Riots (3-5) at South Portland.

Abby Darling’s goal from Molly Walker had South Portland ahead 1-0 at the half. Hailey Allen tied it before Guay notched the go-ahead goal.

Paige Laverriere’s late goal completed the scoring.

Taylor Wildes of Biddeford made five saves. Maddie Drolet had 16 saves for the Riots.

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Football: Wells dominates Mountain Valley, 49-6 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:51:41 +0000 WELLS — After losing its past two Homecoming games, unbeaten Wells High rushed for 334 yards and seven touchdowns Friday night to score a 49-6 victory over Mountain Valley in a Class C South football game.

Mountain Valley (2-2) finished with 155 rushing yards. Neither team completed a pass.

“Homecoming week – everybody else likes it – most football coaches hate it,” Wells Coach Tim Roche said. “It’s distractions everywhere across the board. Your focus isn’t always on the football game.”

But Evan Whitten took care of business for the Warriors (4-0) with three first-half touchdowns and a total of 111 rushing yards.

“As a senior, it feels great to come out here and win this game,” Whitten said. “I’ve got to thank my line because they blocked great for me. I made the cuts when I had to and I just ran.”

The Warriors also capitalized on penalties that cost the Falcons 83 yards and a touchdown.

“We have a lot of talent but we dug ourselves in a hole with stupid penalties,” Mountain Valley Coach Patrick Mooney said. “We’re a young team and we kind of unraveled mentally. You can’t do that with Wells, who has 19 seniors. They’re the real deal.”

Riley Dempsey scored the game’s first points three minutes in with a 35-yard run, giving the Warriors a 6-0 lead following a failed 2-point conversion.

Deandre Woods added two points for Wells four minutes later when he tackled Kyle Farrar of Mountain Valley in the end zone for a safety.

Chad Fitzpatrick then scored his first of two touchdowns on a 17-yard run, giving the Warriors a 15-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“We have a lot of great running backs, so we can mix it up,” Roche said.

“Mountain Valley is a good football team. We came out really tough and focused, and we took it to them.”

In the second quarter, Mountain Valley held the Warriors scoreless for 71/2 minutes before Whitten ran 12 yards into the end zone with 4:35 left in the half.

He added another touchdown three minutes later with a 40-yard rush, extending Wells’ lead to 28-0.

Farrar answered for the Falcons when, on second and 19 with 54 seconds left in the half, he broke through for an 88-yard touchdown run.

Following a missed extra point, Mountain Valley looked poised to end the half on a high note despite trailing 28-6.

But Whitten didn’t allow that to happen.

He managed to score again, capping off Wells’ 27-second drive with a 34-yard touchdown run.

The Warriors entered halftime up 35-6.

“Evan Whitten, to me, is the best back in the league with the way he moves,” Roche said. “He’s also a hockey player, and he’s shifty.”

Wells didn’t let up. Tyler Bridge opened the third quarter with a 35-yard touchdown run to give the Warriors a 42-6 lead with just 1:20 elapsed.

Farrar answered with another 67-yard scoring run for the Falcons that was called back because of a Mountain Valley holding penalty.

“We know that as long as he’s on the field, he’s going to break one at some point,” Mooney said of Farrar. “He broke a couple of them but again, penalties killed us.”

Fitzpatrick scored Wells’ final points with a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“We know what we’re capable of,” Mooney said. “We just need to put it together for four quarters, and we haven’t done that yet.”

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Garrard powers Scarborough to 21-12 win at Sanford Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:26:15 +0000 SANFORD — After scoring all three of his team’s touchdowns and rushing for 169 yards, Scarborough High junior tailback Owen Garrard gave all the credit to his coaches and offensive line.

“Our game plan was just to play hard and I wound up getting the ball and it’s all up to the line. They did a great job,” said the 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior.

But others who were watching, playing or coaching in the game knew that Garrard was a key reason the Red Storm improved to 3-1 with Friday’s 21-12 Class A South victory at Sanford’s Stephen A. Cobb Stadium.

“We can block to an extent,” said center Ben Hughes, “but then when you have a running back who can make his own holes and just run people over it helps.”

Garrard scored on runs of 50, 20, and 4 yards. On the first touchdown, the only score in the first half, he burst around the left end and – aided by a downfield block from wide receiver Peter Mazzaro – won the race to the pylon.

Garrard’s two second-half touchdowns gave Scarborough leads of 14-0 and 21-6 with conversion kicks from Emmett Peoples. On both of those runs, he was able to avoid a blitzing Sanford linebacker before bursting through the hole.

“He’s a pretty special back so we’ve been working on some stuff in practice to get him the ball a little more,” Scarborough Coach Lance Johnson said. “He was only getting about 10 carries a game so we definitely wanted to get him more than that.”

The Red Storm also had a significant edge in special teams play.

In the first half punter Cody Dudley consistently pinned Sanford deep. Peoples’ four kickoffs were each high and deep and well covered. Scarborough’s final scoring drive was set up by a 31-yard punt return from Anthony Simoneau to the Sanford 38.

In contrast, Sanford’s punts were relatively short, its kickoffs were purposely squibbed, and kicker Matt Small came up short on his extra-point attempt after Sanford (2-2) had cut the lead to 14-6 on a 9-yard pass from Frankie Veino to Ethan Belanger with 1:17 left in the third quarter.

“I felt like we were fighting the field position battle all night long,” Sanford Coach Mike Fallon said. “They kept us pinned deep. We had some issues in our kicking game. Special teams-wise we weren’t as clean as we have been.”

Veino completed 17 of 26 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, with almost all the damage done in the second half.

On the first Sanford scoring drive he completed six passes, finding sure-handed wide receivers Belanger (5 catches, 53 yards) and Ethan Emard (6-46) along the sidelines and then connecting with tight end Michael Lunny (5-51) on underneath crossing patterns.

After Garrard’s third score with 2:41 left in the game, Veino orchestrated an 82-yard drive capped by a seam pass to a wide-open Lunny from the 11 with 19.4 seconds to play.

A two-point conversion screen pass to Sam Anderson was unsuccessful and Scarborough handled the onside-kick attempt to cinch up the game.

Johnson noted the win kept Scarborough alive for a top-two spot in Class A, which would mean a first-round playoff bye. The Red Storm will face league heavyweight Thornton Academy next Friday.

For Sanford the focus is on reducing mistakes and finishing strong to gain a top-four finish and home field in the first round.

“I don’t think all is lost because we lost a close one to Scarborough but we need to play better than that,” Fallon said. “And one reason we didn’t play better is because of Scarborough. That’s a good team.”

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Football: Deering rolls past South Portland Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:17:07 +0000 Deering High senior Nate Richards receives a shotgun hike and is ready to run.

But Richards can throw.

“Trying to, at least,” he laughed.

Richards could laugh Friday night after leading the Rams to a 42-14 rout of South Portland at Memorial Field.

Richards accounted for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Playing mostly quarterback in the first half, he scrambled well but also completed 6 of 7 passes for 113 yards and a score.

In the second half, Richards lined up at tailback with Joe Pelletier taking the snaps. Richards finished with 15 carries for 128 yards and three touchdowns.

By the time Richards sprinted 45 yards for a score with 10:15 left in the game, Deering led 35-0.

“We knew giving him any daylight, what he could do,” South Portland Coach Steve Stinson said. “He’s been one of the premier, impact players in the conference.

“He’s really explosive when he runs the ball. And to be able to get some looks in the air … “

Pelletier started the game at quarterback and Richards took over the next series.

“It depends on where we need a spark,” Deering Coach Jason Jackson said. “If we need an explosive spark, we kind of go with Nate. If we need a wise old soul who knows the offense in and out, we go Joe Pelletier.

“Whatever is working, we try to do it.”

Deering evened its record at 2-2. South Portland dropped to 1-3.

The Red Riots were led by quarterback Matt Crockett (10 of 16 for 140 yards). His 61-yard pass to Zack Johnson (five catches, 97 yards) put South Portland on the board with 8:38 left.

The Red Riots began with promise. On their second possession, they drove to the Deering 22. On fourth-and-9, Raffaele Salamone of Deering batted down Crockett’s pass.

The Rams took over and Richards slipped in at quarterback. Deering drove 78 yards – keyed by a 32-yard pass to Mason Kaserman, who was covered well but jumped up for the catch at the Red Riots’ 4.

“(Kaserman) makes me look good,” Richards said. “I kind of closed my eyes and threw it.”

Richards ran it in untouched from the 4. Amed Habibzai kicked his first of six extra points, for a 7-0 lead with 11:22 in the first half.

South Portland drove to the Deering 38 but on third down, Kabala Muka sacked Crockett, forcing the Riots to punt.

Deering drove in for another score with two big third-down passes by Richards – a 33-yard completion to Kaserman, then a 22-yard scoring toss to Robbie Dacey for a 14-0 halftime lead.

“It’s all new to me,” Richards said of taking shotgun snaps. “We put this offense in against (Thornton Academy, a 56-13 loss) last week and it was raw. Tonight showed that we could do it. It worked well.”

The Rams received the second-half kickoff and drove 59 yards for a 21-0 lead. With Pelletier behind center, Deering used a full-house backfield and pounded down the field. Ryan Walsh scored from the 6.

Deering will play at undefeated Bonny Eagle next Friday. South Portland visits winless Bangor.

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Athletes of the week Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 GIRLS

1072343_139000 mday.jpgMadison Day, Sacopee Valley soccer: Day had two shutouts this past week for the 4-0-1 Hawks. The goalkeeper has only allowed two goals in five games. Day made seven saves in Sacopee Valley’s 2-0 win over Waynflete on Sept. 15 and four saves in a 0-0 tie with Old Orchard Beach on Tuesday.


Kacey Foerster, Scarborough volleyball: The senior outside hitter lifted the Red Storm to their fifth-straight win Tuesday in a tightly contested match that went to four games. Foerster had eight kills, including four in the second game when she helped give Scarborough a 2-0 advantage in the match.

Emily Martin, Morse soccer: Martin broke a scoreless tie late in the first half in a 3-0 win over Leavitt on Tuesday. Martin also led Morse (5-1) with four goals in a 7-0 win over Belfast (0-6) on Sept. 15.

Mia Stamey, Westbrook cross country: The sophomore placed 14th in a four-school meet on Sept. 15 at Smiling Hill Farm and sixth on her team, finishing ahead of the Scarborough, Cheverus and Sanford No. 5 runners to break a tie with Class A runner-up Scarborough and give Westbrook a victory. On Wednesday she was sixth overall as Westbrook beat Bonny Eagle.


1072343_139000 P. Pearl.jpgPatrick Pearl, Biddeford football: The senior wide receiver/ defensive back scored two touchdowns and caught three passes for 76 yards to help Biddeford beat Falmouth 17-14. Pearl also intercepted three passes, including two inside the 10.


Bailey Sawyer, Westbrook football: The senior quarterback threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score as the Blue Blazes beat two-time Class B champ Marshwood.

Jackson Fotter, Gorham soccer: The senior forward led his 5-0 team to two wins this past week. Fotter had two goals and an assist in the a 4-0 win over Sanford (1-4-1) on Tuesday and three goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Bonny Eagle (1-4) on Sept. 15.


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High school football notebook: Road gets tougher for Brunswick Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Two-time Class B regional champion Brunswick High has pummeled its first three opponents by an average of 41.7 points per game, including last week’s 58-14 win over Cony.

“My kids haven’t played more than a half yet this year, whether it was a scrimmage or an exhibition or these first three games,” said Brunswick Coach Dan Cooper.

Easy Street has ended for the Dragons. Starting with Friday’s game at Messalonskee, Brunswick plays three straight games against fellow Class B North teams that are currently 3-0. Skowhegan and Brewer are up next.

“I’m looking forward to find out if the kids are capable of getting better week to week and playing even harder against these better teams,” Cooper said.

Messalonskee is looking for similar answers.

“We haven’t had a real physical game yet,” said Eagles Coach Brad Bishop. “It’s just hard to tell how good we are.”

Through the first three weeks, Brunswick has a 159-34 cumulative scoring edge. Messalonskee’s advantage is 140-42, Brewer’s is 109-22 and Skowhegan’s 108-44. Skowhegan is the only team among the four to be in a competitive game, edging Lawrence 33-32 in the season opener.

Cooper says going to Oakland to face Messalonskee will be a true test.

“They beat us two of the last three years (2013 in Oakland, 2014 in Brunswick) and both times we were undefeated,” Cooper said. “It’s their homecoming. Not many schools choose us to be their homecoming game. Their kids won’t fear us at all.”

Brunswick has gotten big plays in bunches from running backs Jesse Devereaux and Ben Palizay, 6-foot-5 tight end Corban Teel and 6-foot-3 wide receiver Jackson Gordon. Running the show is senior quarterback Christian Jensen.

“He’s really played much better than I ever thought possible,” Cooper said. “He’s running and throwing the ball as good as anyone in the state. He’s a wrestler, too, so he doesn’t mind contact. It’s like I have two fullbacks with him and Devereaux.”

CLASS B NORTH is not the only division with an obvious divide between the haves and have-nots. Last weekend, five of 36 games played statewide were decided by 8 points or less. Twenty-four games had victory margins greater than 17 points. Twelve were decided by at least 30 points. Bonny Eagle’s 70-7 defeat of Bangor topped the blowout scale.

CHEVERUS SENIOR Jack Casale was prepared to earn the role of starting quarterback this fall. Perrin Conant, a junior, also wanted the spot.

“I knew (Coach Mike Vance) was going to give the other guy a shot but I felt like I knew the offense, I’ve been here, I’ve been doing this stuff, and just that I had the mental toughness and the skill to do it so I was ready,” said Casale, who backed up Isaac Dunn last season.

Casale’s plans were slowed when he was diagnosed with mononucleosis on Aug. 19. His spleen was not enlarged (a common and potentially dangerous side effect of mono) but he still missed two weeks of practice and did not play in the Stags’ first two games. Casale returned to action last Friday, throwing two touchdown passes to his younger brother, Dominic, in a 28-20 win at Lewiston.

“Just being back around them at practice was good and to get a big win in the first game back was obviously great,” Casale said.

Vance said Conant acquitted himself well, going 1-1 in his two games as the starter.

“If Jack Casale never came back we would have been in a great situation with Perrin Conant,” Vance said. “Really the difference between them is that year of experience. It’s hard to define but Jack has savvy. He has it in basketball, baseball and all the sports he plays. Not to mention that he has a very strong arm and an accurate arm.”

Cheverus (2-1) plays Edward Little (2-1) in Auburn on Friday and will get junior fullback/safety Max Coffin back in the lineup for the first time. Coffin also had mono. It’s a key game for the Stags, who still have Portland, Scarborough and Windham on tap.

“If we go in with the mindset that we have to play tough, we can go up there and get the win,” Casale said.

PORTLAND COACH Jim Hartman said standout linebacker/running back Nick Archambault’s availability for Saturday’s home game against Oxford Hills/Buckfield was uncertain as of Thursday. Archambault left last Thursday’s 42-21 win at Windham late in the first quarter after hurting his left knee. Portland will have running back Jake Knop, also bothered by a knee injury, back for the game.

After Portland had a 19:06-to-4:54 edge in time of possession during the second half at Windham, Hartman called his offensive line (tackles Charlie Egeland and Nick Giaquinto, guards Benjamin Levine and Richard “Koa” Farnsworth, center Dylan Wike, and tight ends Ethan Hoyt and Nathan Kapongo) “the best I’ve coached here at Portland.”

Levine, a 150-pound sophomore, is noticeable for his lack of size and his ability to drive block.

“He’s committed. He’s always in the weight room. He’s very, very strong and he’s a wrestler. That really helps him. And he’s bright,” Hartman said.

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Thursday’s high school girls’ roundup: York still perfect in field hockey Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:29:55 +0000 FRYEBURG — Lily Posternak scored a pair of early goals, and York went on to a 3-0 win over Fryeburg Academy in a Class B South field hockey game on Thursday, moving the Wildcats to 8-0.

Posternak opened the scoring 4:40 into the game off an assist from Emlyn Patry, then added her second goal less than two minutes later.

Izzy Bretz scored off an assist from Sydney Bouchard with five minutes left in the first half.

Julianna Kiklis needed just one save to shut out the Raiders (3-4-1).

FALMOUTH 6, POLAND 2: Devon Sarazin and Kate Kelley scored two goals each and the Yachtsmen (8-1) got out to a 6-0 lead against the Knights (4-3-1) at Falmouth.

Bella Libby and Sydney Bell also scored for Falmouth.

The Knights got goals from Desiree Menard and Hwida Nawass.

Ashton Sturtevant recorded 13 saves for Poland.

KENNEBUNK 4, GREELY 1: Britney Gregoire had two goals as the Rams (6-1) scored four times in the second half to rally past the Rangers (5-3) at Cumberland.

Wren Payne gave Greely a 1-0 first-half lead, scoring off a pass from Sydney Ranalletti.

Lindsey Gregoire tied it before Britney Gregoire put Kennebunk on top. Allie Gregoire extended the lead to 3-1 and Britney’s second goal completed the scoring.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, LAKE REGION 0: Taylor Young scored twice to help the Capers (4-3) beat the Lakers (0-5) at Cape Elizabeth.

Young started the scoring early in the first half, then extended the lead to on a penalty stroke with 22 minutes remaining in the game. Katie Zajkowski added a goal off a pass from Caroline Logue with 10 minutes left.

YARMOUTH 5, FREEPORT 0: Ally MacLeod scored twice to lead the Clippers (5-3) to a win over the Falcons (4-3-1) at Freeport.

Molly Wilson, Abby McDowell and Eliza Lunt added goals for the Clippers, who led 3-0 at halftime.

Freeport keeper Megan Seymour made nine saves.

ST. DOMINIC 1, SACOPEE VALLEY 0: Caroline Johnson scored the winning goal off a pass from Kylie Leavitt with 7:16 remaining, and the Saints (5-2-1) went on to beat the Hawks (2-6) in Hiram.

Abby Slonina stopped seven shots for St. Dominic. McKenzie Cormier made three saves for Sacopee Valley.

SPRUCE MOUNTAIN 2, MT. VIEW 1: Alex Messey scored with four minutes remaining in the first half and the Phoenix (6-2) went on to defeat the Mustangs (3-5) in Thorndike.

Trailing 2-0, Mt. View got a goal from Rachelle Ravin with 10:12 left in the match.

Sydney Shaffer stopped three shots for Spruce Mountain. Mustangs goalie Alexis Bowman recorded six saves.


WINDHAM 3, PORTLAND 2: Jamie Jannarone finished with 12 kills, 10 aces and 20 digs, Megan Fleck added 21 assists and three aces, and the Eagles (4-2) rallied to win the final two sets and top the Bulldogs (2-4) at Portland, 25-19, 23-25, 21-25, 25-9, 15-5.

Annie Twombly had 14 digs, Ashley Chadbourne added four kills and three blocks and Shayla Eubanks recorded five kills and six assists to lead the Bulldogs.

SOUTH PORTLAND 3, DEERING 1: Molly Mawhinney finished with 11 aces and 13 kills to lead the Red Riots (4-3) to a four-set victory, 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, over the Rams (5-2) at South Portland.

Kayla Brown recorded 18 assists and Amanda Bouchard added 33 digs for the Red Riots.

Maddy Broda had 26 assists for Deering.

GREELY 3, CAPE ELIZABETH 0: Kayley Cimino had three aces, four kills and 18 assists to lead the Rangers (6-0) to a sweep ofthe Capers (4-2) in Cape Elizabeth.

Steffi Johnson had three aces, and Molly Chapin had five kills for Greely, which won 25-7, 25-13, 25-9.

CHEVERUS 3, MARSHWOOD 0: Liz Jerome finished with six kills, three aces and three digs to lead the Stags (3-4) past the Hawks (3-4) at Portland.

Alexis Parsons added five kills for the Stags and Cassidy McCusker collected six aces and three digs.

Cheverus won 25-11, 25-18, 25-6.

FALMOUTH 3, THORNTON ACADEMY 0: Teagan McMahon had five aces and four kills as the Yachtsmen (4-2) swept the Trojans (0-7) at Falmouth.

Alaina Birkel had 11 assists and seven digs, while Amanda Watson had two aces, a kill, and 24 digs for Falmouth, which won 25-11, 25-12, 25-16.

WELLS 3, GARDINER 1: Kait Schott had four aces, 25 assists and two digs and Halee Ramsdell added four aces, 12 kills and two digs to lead the Warriors (4-3) to a win over the Tigers (2-5) at Gardiner.

Bella Zurlo finished with five aces for the Warriors, who rallied after losing the opening set 25-14 to take the final three, 25-18, 25-15, 25-15.

YARMOUTH 3, GORHAM 0: Alison Clark and Sydney St. Pierre each had six aces and Clark also had 12 kills to lead the Clippers (6-1) to a win over the Rams (4-3) at Yarmouth.

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Thursday’s high school soccer roundup: Thornton boys shut out Cheverus Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:18:54 +0000 SACO — Eric McCallum and Alvaro Saenz de Santa Maria scored first-half goals and that was enough to give Thornton Academy a 2-0 victory over Cheverus in a Class A South boys’ soccer game on Thursday.

McCallum scored off a corner kick to open the scoring. Saenz de Santa Maria’s goal was assisted by Noah Niles.

Colin Daly stopped three shots in the shutout as the Golden Trojans remained unbeaten (7-0-1).

Harrison Bell made four saves for the Stags (3-4).

SCARBOROUGH 9, BIDDEFORD 1: Garrett King scored two goals and Noah Stracqualursi had one goal and two assists for the Red Storm (4-2) as they cruised past the Tigers (0-6) at Scarborough.

Scarborough also got one goal apiece from Justin Perry, Marc Guerette, Spencer Pettingill, Jarred Greenleaf, Brandon Wasser and Cam Smith.

Cody Saucier scored Biddeford’s goal.

YARMOUTH 3, KENNEBUNK 0: Henry Coolidge scored off a pass from Eric Loomis three minutes into the game and the Clippers (4-1) cruised to a win over the Rams (4-3-1) in Yarmouth.

Eric LaBrie extended the lead with eight minutes left in the first half.

Jack Jones set up Gibson Harnett in the 76th minute to complete the scoring.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 4, FREEPORT 0: Nabile Ghadfa had two first-half goals to help the Raiders (3-4) beat the Falcons (3-3) at Fryeburg.

Ghadfa scored off a cross from Nicolas Bishton midway through the half, then scored on a penalty kick five minutes later.

Bishton scored unassisted later in the first, and Owen Sullivan completed the scoring with a goal off a pass from Max Kummer early in the second half.

NYA 1, WAYNFLETE 0: Xander Bartone headed in a free kick from Jeremy Thelven in the fifth minute to lift the Panthers (3-3) to a win over the Flyers (3-2-1) at Portland.

Connor Clock finished with seven saves to record the shutout for North Yarmouth Academy, which held on despite being outshot 17-7.

Waynflete keeper Luca Antolini made four saves.

MARSHWOOD 4, MASSABESIC 1: The Hawks (4-2) got goals from four players as they defeated the Mustangs (0-5) in South Berwick.

Hawks goals were scored by Lyle Carlson, Max Berman, Turner Goodenough and Henry Honkonen.

Noah Perry scored for Massabesic.

Sam Leathe recorded two saves for Marshwood.

NOBLE 1, WINDHAM 0: Duncan McGilvery scored on a one-timer off a throw-in one minute into the second half, and the Knights (2-4) held on to beat the Eagles (1-6) in North Berwick.

Noah Safford stopped eight shots, including a penalty kick late in the second half.

Alex Wilkins made nine saves for Windham.

SANFORD 3, BONNY EAGLE 2: Ryan McLeod headed in a cross from William Yath late in the second half to give the Spartans (2-4-1) a 3-1 lead, and they held on to edge the Scots (1-5) at Sanford.

Patrick Morris had a goal and an assist for Sanford, and Cole Randt also scored. Ryan Moody scored both Bonny Eagle goals.


OLD ORCHARD BEACH 4, ST. DOMINIC 0: Maegan Halle had two goals and two assists to lead the Seagulls (1-5-1) to a win over the Saints (1-5) at Old Orchard Beach.

Payje Leclerc and Brianna Plante each added a goal and Sammy Donnell and Joyce Doucette had assists for the Seagulls.

Old Orchard Beach keeper Tiffany Leclair made three saves to record the shutout. Abby Castonguay had five saves for the Saints.

WAYNFLETE 2, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Amelia Bertaska in overtime to lift the Flyers (4-2) over the Raiders (3-4) at Portland.

Kalie Eastman gave Fryeburg a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. Ava Farrar tied it up three minutes into the second half.

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Boys’ soccer: Gorham and Deering play to scoreless tie Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:01:35 +0000 The Gorham and Deering boys’ soccer teams both put unbeaten records on the line Thursday night at Deering High School.

Both team managed to remain unbeaten after a 0-0 tie in double-overtime. In an evenly matched game, Gorham (5-0-1) had seven shots, and Deering (6-0-1) finished with six.

“Both teams were solid defensively – it was tough to break through,” Gorham Coach Tim King said. “I think, overall it’s just two evenly matched teams that really went at it in a playoff atmosphere.”

Neither team created an abundance of dangerous scoring opportunities.

The first one didn’t come until 25 minutes into the game, when Gorham senior Jackson Fotter wove through Deering defenders and took a shot headed for the left corner of the net.

“Jackson Fotter is a great striker and amazing with the ball,” King said. “Any time the ball is at his feet, he’s really dangerous.”

Deering goalkeeper Mustafa Kadhim slid to deflect Fotter’s shot with his foot. With Kadhim on the ground and the goal open, Deering’s defense cleared the ball to keep Gorham off the board.

“We were organized, defensively, and I thought our goalkeeper played a great game,” Deering Coach Joel Costigan said Kadhim. “The game definitely shifted back and forth.”

Costigan said he thought his team played especially well in the first half, at which point he felt optimistic about pulling off a win.

Deering sophomore Iessa Ramadan give his coach more hope when he opened the second period with a breakaway and a shot that bounced off Gorham’s crossbar.

“They have some really good speed – Iessa is incredibly fast, so we were trying to focus on shutting him down,” King said. “I think, in the first half, we actually focused too much on that, which took us out of what we wanted to do. We played better in the second half.”

Gorham answered back five minutes later when freshman Andrew Rent launched a shot from 30 yards out that Kadhim punched up over the goal.

Gorham couldn’t capitalize on Deering penalties in the second half, which resulted in nine free kicks.

“It’s still early in the season, and there’s time to make adjustments if we need to,” King said. “We created some good chances, and we had a lot of the ball, especially toward the end.”

Costigan also said his Rams need to work on taking advantage of opportunities.

“One of our struggles today is that we held onto the ball too long,” Costigan said. “We didn’t attack as a unit as well as I’d like us to and as well as we have in other games.”

In all but two games, Deering has won by just one goal – including powerhouse squads such as defending Class A South champion Scarborough.

Gorham also beat Scarborough by just a goal, but outscored its other four opponents 20-4 entering Thursday’s game.

“That’s good to have this early in the season – to really see where your team is and put your kids to the test,” King said. “We’re coming out of here happy. We played a good game against a really good team. This was a fair result.”

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Week 4: High School football predictions Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:55:35 +0000 0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:55:35 +0000 Wednesday’s high school roundup: Westbrook wins in field hockey Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:45:13 +0000 WESTBROOK — Alexis Witham scored from a scramble with 4:56 remaining Wednesday to give Westbrook a 1-0 victory against Thornton Academy in an SMAA field hockey game.

Alex Phelps drew an assist on the play for the Blue Blazes (5-1-1).

Thornton (5-1-1) held a 9-1 advantage in penalty corners but Westbrook outshot the Trojans, 6-5.

Izzy Capozzi of Thornton and Kimmy Goddard of the Blue Blazes each recorded five saves.

DIRIGO 2, BOOTHBAY REGION 1: Sophia Jaques scored on a penalty kick to give the Cougars (4-4) the lead with 2:28 to play against the Seahawks (5-2-1) at Boothbay Harbor.

Ashley Perrault scored unassisted at 14:17 of the first half to give Dirigo the lead, but Hali Goodwin countered with 1:41 remaining before halftime.

Morgan Morrow recorded six saves for the Cougars. Erica Eames stopped three of the five shots she faced for the Seahawks.

MASSABESIC 2, GORHAM 2: Emma Rutledge scored the tying goal late in the second half as the Mustangs (6-0-1) rallied to tie the Rams (4-2-2) at Gorham.

Grace McGouldrick opened the scoring for Gorham unassisted after 10:39, but Logan Champlin answered with 15:46 remaining in the half.

Jamie Juskiewicz scored from Karen Stemm at 3:36 of the second half to put the Rams back into the lead.

Madyson Pomerleau had three saves for the Mustangs. Jessica Dusseault stopped 16 shots for Gorham.

SOUTH PORTLAND 5, WINDHAM 2: Amelia Papi scored twice in the second half as the Red Riots (3-5) used five unanswered goals to rally past the Eagles (2-4-1) at Windham.

Lauren Talbot of Windham scored the first two goals of the contest, the first from Paige Laferriere, but Lydia Henderson answered unassisted to cut the deficit to 2-1 at halftime.

Abby Darling and Sophia Cummings added second-half goals for the Red Riots.

Savannah Rice had four saves for the Eagles. Maddie Drolet stopped 12 shots for South Portland.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, WELLS 1: Emi Logue broke a 1-1 tie seven minutes into the second half, beating the goalie one-on-one with a deflected shot into the left side of the goal for the Capers (3-3) against Wells (1-6-1) at Cape Elizabeth.

Taylor Young scored from Julia Lennon for a 1-0 Cape Elizabeth lead at the half. After the Warriors tied it on a penalty corner, Lough got her unassisted goal before Young scored with 10 seconds to play, from Erika Miller.

MARSHWOOD 1, BIDDEFORD 0: Hannah Costin scored off a corner 16 minutes into the game as Marshwood (7-1) beat the Tigers (2-5) at Biddeford.


THORNTON ACADEMY 2, NOBLE 0: Natalia Profenno had a goal and an assist as the Golden Trojans (3-3) defeated the Knights (1-3-2) at Saco.

Profenno tapped in a cross from Kerrigan Goudreau to give Thornton Academy a 1-0 halftime lead. Alyanna Beaudoin made it 2-0 with 29 seconds remaining.

Regan Kelly stopped 10 shots for Noble. Abbi Cook had four saves for the Trojans.

SCARBOROUGH 5, MAINE GIRLS’ ACADEMY 0: Gaby Panagakos had three goals and an assist as the Red Storm (3-1-2) defeated the Lions (1-5) at Scarborough.

Leah Dickman added a pair of goals, and Ellie Patten and Lauren Sabatino had assists.

MARSHWOOD 6, WESTBROOK 0: Casey Perry and Marin Smith each had a goal and an assist for the Hawks (4-1-1), who built a 4-0 halftime lead and beat the Blue Blazes (0-5-1) at South Berwick.

Natalie Herbold and Katerine Page had first-half goals, and Zoe Janetos and Taylor Tarr scored in the second half.

SOUTH PORTLAND 6, BIDDEFORD 1: Five players scored in the second half as the Red Riots (2-4), ahead 1-0 at the half on a goal by Callie O’Brien, pulled away from Biddeford (0-6) at South Portland.

Meghan Graff, Juliana Selser, Sophie Chase, Julia Banks and Hattie Tetzlaff scored in the second for the Riots. Serena Speight answered for the Tigers. Jena Leckie assisted on two goals, and O’Brien and Brooklynn Ortiz one each.


A.R. GOULD 5, CHOP POINT 4: Tyrese Collins had three goals, two in the first half, as the Bears (3-3) built a 4-2 halftime lead and held off the Blue Bears (2-2-1) at South Portland.

Issak Allyow added a pair of goals for A.R. Gould.

This story was updated Thursday morning to correct a photo caption. Vanessa Berrill of Gorham was misidentified as Sarah Stevens.

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Girls’ soccer: Defending champion Gorham slips by Sanford, 2-1 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:28:45 +0000 SANFORD — The undefeated Gorham and Sanford girls’ soccer teams have had mirror starts to the season – each defeating Maine Girls’ Academy, South Portland and Biddeford, while tying powerful Scarborough.

On Wednesday night there was little to differentiate the likely playoff-bound squads in Gorham’s 2-1 victory, as the defending Class A South champions won despite being outplayed and trailing by a goal in the first half.

“They took it to us in the first half and we sort of regrouped at halftime,” said Gorham Coach Jeanne Zarrilli, “and I think we had a better, more organized second half.

“We were taking too much time (in the first half) and they were all over us. Kudos to them; they’re quick and punish you if you make a mistake or take an extra touch.”

The Rams’ adjusted approach paid off right away in the second half.

Following a near conversion off a corner kick by Sanford – the ball teetering on the goal line – Emma Forgues countered for Gorham. She beat two defenders after gathering the ball just past midfield and firing a left-footer to tie the game at 1-1 at 41:28.

Seven minutes later, the Rams (5-0-1) scored the winner off a one-timer by Courtney Cushing from just inside the box on the left side of the net.

“Coach (Zarrilli) had been saying we needed to one-touch or two-touch – that’s how we are going to break their defense. So I knew I had to one-touch it,” Cushing said.

The Spartans (4-1-1) had many early chances as they controlled the tempo in the first 20 minutes of the first half.

Julia Allen hit the crossbar four minutes in, followed by two chances for Kristen O’Connell – a close-in shot to the far post that trickled just wide, and an attempt from 20 yards that popped over the net.

O’Connell finally cashed in when she converted a rebound with 5:43 left in the first half. Allen dribbled down the right wing, beating two defenders, and sent a cross to Vanessa Hodge in the middle of the box. Her shot was blocked but O’Connell collected the ball near the left post and buried the shot.

Sanford Coach Chris Coleman, whose team made the playoffs last season for the first time in two years, was pleased with the players’ preparation.

“We lost three-nil to (Gorham) last year and I think we came into this game more mentally … physically and tactically prepared,” he said. “It could have gone either way.”

Both goalies played strong games. Gorham’s Emma Smith made seven saves; Nikki Perez had 11 for Sanford.

Zarrilli said the Rams presented problems for them.

“You have to play a good 80 minutes or a good team like Sanford is going to punish you,” she explained. “They’re fast and they capitalize on your mistakes. We hadn’t seen that yet (this year).”

Coleman hopes to see Gorham again in the playoffs because he feels his team played toe to toe with them.

“I don’t think too many teams will give them the test we gave them tonight. We were outstanding tonight,” he said. “We got to see Gorham and Gorham got to see us. We know what we need to do next time to get the edge on them.”

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Girls’ soccer: Windham rallies to tie Cheverus Thu, 22 Sep 2016 01:52:21 +0000 It was supposed to be a breakout game for one of the teams, but it turned out to be just another tie for unbeaten Windham and a missed opportunity for Cheverus to register a big win in an SMAA girls’ soccer game Wednesday.

Windham rallied from a two-goal deficit to forge a 3-3 tie at Boulos Stadium.

“The girls were disappointed,” Cheverus Coach Craig Roberts said. “They want to win. They didn’t want just a tie. In the past a tie would have been good enough but I don’t think it is with this group. They want more.”

The tie left Cheverus with a 4-1-1 record.

It was the third tie for Windham, which opened with two victories: 7-0 against Westbrook and 8-0 over Massabesic.

“The schedule got much tougher after those first two games, and it’s going to continue to get tougher,” Windham Coach Deb Lebel said. “Now we’re getting into the thick of our schedule and we need to break away from some of these ties.”

The Eagles are 3-0-3.

Statistically, the game was nearly even. The Eagles held a 17-16 edge in shots and an 8-7 edge in corner kicks.

The Stags took a 2-0 lead less than 11 minutes into the game.

In the fifth minute, Emily Turner got loose on the right side and sent a hard shot from 25 yards into the far corner after receiving Katie Gordon’s pass from the middle of the field.

In the 10th minute, freshman Emma Gallant sent a penalty kick into the right side of the goal after she was pushed down well inside the area following the Stags’ second corner kick of the game.

“Cheverus came out really strong and they kind of owned that first 20 minutes,” Lebel said. “We came out flat.”

The Eagles gradually found their way back into the game.

With less than five minutes left in the first half, Maggie Lloyd got a foot on the ball during a melee in front of the Cheverus goal and rolled it from 10 yards. Hannah Kaplan assisted on the goal.

Cheverus took a 3-1 lead less than two minutes into the second half when Gordon intercepted a clearing pass and sent a high arcing shot from 30 yards toward the far corner. The ball went in off the top part of the left goal post as goalkeeper Kaitlyn Roberts was timing her leap to stop it.

The rest of the second half belonged to Windham.

During the 59th minute, Holly Spencer made it 3-2 when she scored following Emily Kent’s direct kick from above the bubble.

Five minutes later, Lloyd put in a penalty kick inside the right post to tie the score after she was pushed down inside the penalty area.

“You can’t lose a two-goal lead and let the other team in it,” Roberts said. “A team like Windham, you have to put away.”

Cheverus made another run at the Eagles during the 10 minutes of overtime. It held a 4-0 edge in shots but Roberts, who wound with 13 saves, stopped all of them.

Katie Boynton made 12 saves for Cheverus.

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Tuesday’s girls’ roundup: Kennebunk earns field hockey victory Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:21:15 +0000 KENNEBUNK — Brittney Gregoire scored from Grace Grenier in overtime Tuesday to give Kennebunk a 1-0 victory against Yarmouth in a Western Maine Conference field hockey game.

Olivia Kudas recorded seven saves for the Rams (5-2). Cate Ralph stopped five shots for Yarmouth (4-3).

MT. BLUE 12, LEWISTON 1: Adelle Foss collected six goals for the Cougars (7-0-1), who had six players score against the Blue Devils (1-6) at Farmington.

Hannah Minns had a pair of goals and an assist for Mt. Blue, Sam Ellis added a goal and four assists, and Ellie Pelletier, Kayleigh Fontaine and Brooke Bonnevie each chipped in a goal.

Hazy Dumas answered for Lewiston from Kasy Talarico.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 3, SACOPEE VALLEY 0: Joelle Buzzell scored two first-half goals as the Raiders (3-3-1) cruised past the Hawks (2-5) at South Hiram.

Bridget Tweedie added a goal for Fryeburg, which scored all of its goals in the first half. Kayleigh Rose made 12 saves for Sacopee Valley.

MT. VIEW 2, WATERVILLE 1: Devon Burgess scored the go-ahead goal from Summer Brown with 10:55 left and the Mustangs (3-4) held off the Purple Panthers (0-7) at Waterville.

Brianna Tripp started the scoring for Mt. View with the only goal of the first half from Reanna Boulay.

Malaya Austin tied it with 15:36 remaining from Jennasea Hubbard.

Alexis Bowman had four saves for the Mustangs. Coby Dangler stopped 14 of the 16 shots she faced for Waterville.

FALMOUTH 5, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 0: Bella Libby scored two of the four second-half goals for the Yachtsmen (7-1) against the Panthers (4-1-2) at Falmouth.

Sydney Bell’s goal with 11:14 remaining gave the Yachtsmen a 1-0 halftime lead. Kate Kelly and Brienn Douglas added second-half goals, and Bell assisted on both of Libby’s goals.

Panthers goalie Eliza Todd recorded 18 saves. Caitlyn Bull stopped one shot for Falmouth.

GREELY 3, LAKE REGION 2: Elizabeth Brown scored from Madeline Perfetti with 3:41 left in the first overtime to lift the Rangers (4-3) over the Lakers (0-6) at Naples.

After a scoreless first half, Kaitlyn Plummer opened the scoring for the Lakers from Paige Davis 4:50 into the second half. Greely tied it on a goal by Perfetti two minutes later.

Plummer added her second goal with 14:38 left in regulation to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead and Perfetti tied it again with 11:50 remaining.

CONY 7, HAMPDEN ACADEMY 0: Sophie Whitney scored three goals and Kami Lambert added a pair as the Rams (4-2-2) rolled past the Broncos (3-3-1) at Augusta.

Delaney Keithley and MacKenzie Lewis also scored, and Molly Silsby had two assists.

MAINE CENTRAL INSTITUTE 10, ERSKINE ACADEMY 1: Addie Williams, Madisyn Hartley, Keely Manzo and Ryleigh Bickford each scored two goals to lead the Huskies (6-1) over Erskine (3-4) at Pittsfield.


WELLS 3, MARSHWOOD 2: Kait Schott finished with 10 aces and 27 assists for the Warriors (3-3), who rallied from an 8-2 deficit in the fifth set to edge the Hawks (3-3) at South Berwick.

Alicia Bridges added one ace and 12 assists, and Alyssa Loukola collected nine kills for the Warriors, who won the second and third sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-17.

Marshwood won the first set 25-21 and the fourth set, 25-15.

SOUTH PORTLAND 3, PORTLAND 1: Amanda Bouchard had 23 digs to lead the way for the Red Riots (3-3) against the Bulldogs (2-4) at Portland.

Kayla Brown had 23 assists and Molly Mawhinney added 13 kills for South Portland, which took the first two sets 25-16, 25-11, fell in the third set, 25-20 and rebounded to take the fourth, 25-20.

Shayla Eubanks had 11 kills and five blocks for Portland.

GREELY 3, WINDHAM 0: Kayley Cimino had eight kills and 13 set assists as the Rangers (6-0) swept past the Eagles (1-5) at Cumberland.

Molly Chapin and Brinna Snow combined for 13 kills, and Sara Agren added six kills and a pair of aces as the Rangers won in consecutive sets, 25-13, 25-15, 25-15. Cassie Fleck had 10 kills and a block for Windham.

DEERING 3, CHEVERUS 0: Cindy Hoang had five blocks, Dianne Dervis recorded 11 kills and Maddy Broda collected 26 assists to lead the Rams (5-1) in straight sets against the visiting Stags (2-4) at Portland.

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Tuesday’s soccer roundup: Gray-New Gloucester boys top Freeport Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:12:09 +0000 FREEPORT — Jake Kackmeister scored with 12 minutes remaining in the first half Tuesday and Gray-New Gloucester went on to a 1-0 victory against Freeport in a Western Maine Conference schoolboy soccer game.

Joey Burke recorded five saves for the Falcons (3-2). John Villanueva stopped three shots for Gray-New Gloucester (5-0-1).

THORNTON ACADEMY 3, NOBLE 0: Ben Steva opened the scoring 15 minutes into the second half off a cross from Chase Pierce and the Trojans (6-0-1) pulled away from the Knights (1-4) at North Berwick.

Keegan Fowler and Ben Caras added one goal apiece, and Colin Daly finished with four saves to record the shutout.

Noah Safford made 12 saves for the Knights.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1, SACOPEE VALLEY 0: Owen Sullivan scored unassisted with five minutes left as the Raiders (2-4) beat the Hawks (2-2-1) at Fryeburg.

Cameron Cyr made seven saves for Sacopee Valley.

GORHAM 4, SANFORD 0: Jackson Fotter scored two goals as the Rams (5-0) beat the Spartans (1-4-1) at Gorham.

Kyle King and Kyle Patterson also scored, and Andrew Brown and Sam Burghardt each picked up an assist for Gorham, which led 3-0 at halftime. Garrett Gallant made six saves for Sanford.

VINALHAVEN/NORTH HAVEN 5, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 3: Keaton Lear scored his third goal of the game with 7:06 left to break a 3-3 tie and lift the Vikings (2-2) over the Lions (0-4-1) at Vinalhaven.

Trailing 3-2 at halftime, the Lions tied it when Ethan Spaulding scored from Mason Jones with 12:20 remaining.

Spaulding finished with two goals and one assist, and Jeremiah Hammond collected one goal and one assist for Greater Portland Christian.

Tim Farrelly and Andrew Moody scored, and Farrelly also had an assist for the Vikings.

DEERING 2, BONNY EAGLE 0: Iessa Ramadan and Pedro Lusogandio scored second-half goals as the Rams (6-0) defeated the Scots (1-4) at Standish.

Ramadan’s goal came with 22 minutes remaining. Lusogandio scored with 10 minutes left.

Brady Grass recorded 11 saves for the Scots. Mustafa Kadhim stopped nine shots for Deering.

CHEVERUS 4, WINDHAM 1: Luc Dionne had a first-half goal and added two assists for the Stags (3-3), who built a 2-0 halftime lead and cruised by the Eagles (1-5) at Windham.

James Shimanski had a first-half goal for Cheverus, Nolan Doherty extended the lead after 1:08 of the second half, and Chris St. John converted a late penalty kick for the Stags.

Trevor Rogers scored for Windham.

Harrison Bell stopped six shots for the Stags, Alex Wilkins made five saves for the Eagles.

PORTLAND 4, MASSABESIC 1: Peter Gribizis scored two goals for the Bulldogs (5-1), who got all of their goals in the first half against the Mustangs (0-6) at Waterboro.

Quinn Clark gave Portland a 1-0 lead from Pedro Fonseca. Gribizis’ first goal came from Sam Nkurunziza before he added his second goal from Manny Yugu, making it 3-0.

Wes Bryan completed the scoring for the Bulldogs from Zekariya Shaib. Cameron Goodrich scored for Massabesic off a corner kick, and Joshua Castonguay made eight saves.

GREELY 2, FALMOUTH 1: The Rangers (3-3) built a 2-0 halftime lead and held off the Yachtsmen (4-1-1) at Cumberland.

Will Pidgeon scored from Owen McIntyre in the 11th minute and Hunter Graham added an unassisted goal to extend Greely’s lead just before halftime.

Andrew Muscadin scored for Falmouth early in the second half.

A.J. Eisenhart stopped 11 shots for the Rangers. Nick Buckley had eight saves for Falmouth.

YARMOUTH 3, CAPE ELIZABETH 2: Henry Coolidge scored the winning goal for the Clippers (3-1) against the Capers (4-2-1) at Cape Elizabeth.

Matthew Dostie also scored for the Clippers, who also took advantage of an own goal.

Connor Thoreck and Quinn Hewitt answered for Cape Elizabeth.

Hewitt’s goal came on a penalty kick to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 8:43 remaining.


FREEPORT 1, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Kerry Lefebvre scored as the Falcons (4-2-1) edged the Patriots (0-8) at Gray.

Alicia Credit stopped 12 shots for Gray-New Gloucester. Megan Seymour made a pair of saves for the shutout.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 0, SACOPEE VALLEY 0: Madison Day had four saves for Sacopee Valley (4-0-1) and Tiffany Leclair stopped 12 shots for the Seagulls (0-5-1) at Old Orchard Beach.

VINALHAVEN/NORTH HAVEN 1, GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN 0: Deja Doughty scored off a free kick after 3:45 of the second half to lift the Vikings (3-1) over the Lions (1-5) at Vinalhaven.

Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes made two saves to record the shutout. Clairette Kirezi finished with four saves for the Lions.

LEWISTON 1, BRUNSWICK 0: Hannah Chaput scored from Christine Chase as the Blue Devils (3-2-1) edged the Dragons (4-2) at Brunswick.

Kallie Play finished with 18 saves to record the shutout. Beth Labbe made eight saves for Brunswick.

BANGOR 3, CAMDEN HILLS 2: Luci Clein scored for the Rams (6-0) with two minutes left to edge the Windjammers (5-1) at Rockport.

Camden Hills had tied it one minute earlier on a penalty kick by Charlotte Messer, her second goal of the game.

Katie Butler scored the first two goals for Bangor.

MORSE 3, LEAVITT 0: Emily Martin broke a scoreless tie late in the first half from Amanda Gagne and the Shipbuilders (5-1) went on to beat the Hornets (2-3-2) at Turner.

Gagne had two goals and an assist, and extended the lead to 2-0 from Micailah Abertson with 12 minutes remaining. She completed the scoring three minutes later from Noa Sreden.

MT. ARARAT 5, OXFORD HILLS 0: Isabel Burch scored twice as the Eagles (4-2) handled the Vikings (0-6) at Topsham.

Anna Manuel, Brennan Thibotot and Ryley Leech added goals.

BONNY EAGLE 2, DEERING 1: Avery Cochran scored with eight minutes remaining to lift the Scots (4-2) over the Rams (3-3) at Portland.

Mia Sargent scored on Ewa Varney’s corner kick to give the Rams a 1-0 lead five minutes in. The Scots tied it on a goal by Madison Boothby with five minutes remaining in the half.

YORK 8, POLAND 0: Maddy Amadon scored three goals for the Wildcats (2-1-2) against the Knights (1-5) at Poland.

Morgan Smith had a pair of goals, and Halee Bando, Renee Abruzzese and Morgan Chapman also scored. Maddy Cogger and Delaney Labonete had two assists each.

KENNEBUNK 6, WELLS 1: Sierra Tarte scored a pair of goals and Hallie Schwartzman collected four assists for the Rams (5-1-1), who scored four second-half goals to pull away from the Warriors (0-5) at Kennebunk.

Elizabeth Flynn, Lydia Corcoran, Sarah Thill and Caitlin Wolff also scored for the Rams, who led 2-1 at halftime.

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Volleyball: Red Storm make the right move to put away Yarmouth Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:35:29 +0000 YARMOUTH — Like a chef checking the cupboard for a new ingredient to improve a recipe, Scarborough High volleyball coach Jon Roberts looked down his fully stocked bench for someone who could spice things up Tuesday night after Yarmouth kept the Class A match alive with an emphatic win in the third game.

Enter outside hitter Marissa Edwards. Little used in the first three games, Edwards put down four kills with authority as Scarborough finished off a competitive 25-14, 25-21, 16-25, 25-17 win.

“She was a big spark,” Roberts said. “I don’t know how many kills she had but she came up with big swings at key times and got us to be aggressive again.”

Scarborough (5-1), the defending Class A champion, won its fifth straight match after being shut out in its opener by Greely. Yarmouth (5-1) had not lost a game in five previous matches.

In addition to the kills, Edwards had another batch of hard spikes that kept Yarmouth’s tough-to-penetrate back row on the defensive.

“Our back row is as good as anybody’s in the league,” Yarmouth Coach Jim Senecal said. “We were able to extend the rallies but we just didn’t have enough. When a team is more aggressive than you, it becomes this power game, free-ball back, kind of thing and you’re eventually going to lose that. You have to be the aggressor.”

At times Yarmouth was the forceful team, especially when it was able to get a set to outside hitter Alison Clark, who finished with a match-high 18 kills.

Clark isn’t as tall as multiple Scarborough middle hitters who were throwing two-person blocks in her way. Instead she used what Senecal called “a textbook approach” to generate quick, sharp hits that beat the block cleanly or were struck with enough force to send the ball caroming out of bounds for a Clipper point.

In the third game, Clark was at her best, putting down four straight kills to close out the game. Those points were set up in part by the low, top-spin serves from Dominique Moran.

Moran entered when Senecal was looking for a boost because of her serve, then helped run the offense as the setter.

Scarborough deployed three senior setters: starter Libby Chadbourne, Caroline Goodwin and Lilly Young. All three played in the fourth game.

“I have three good setters,” Roberts said. “Like today, one kid was cool and calm in one game and helped the other one out, and in the fourth game the other one was struggling and the other one came in and helped her out. It’s nice to be able to do that.”

Scarborough was also able to spread its attack. Kacey Foerster and middle hitter Jordyn Cowan led the effort with eight kills. Foerster took over in the second game, which Yarmouth at one point led 13-6. She had four kills, steady passing and one belly-sliding game-point dig during the Red Storm’s game-ending 19-8 run.

“When we need someone to step in, they step in and do it with heart,” Foerster said. “It’s really great to have such a deep bench and everybody trusts everyone. We’re like a big family.”

Edwards finished with five kills. Asia Mattress, a promising middle hitter, combined with Cowan to dominate the first game and finished with five kills. Natalie Simonton had three kills and a team-high three blocks.

For Yarmouth, outside hitter Rachel Chille had eight kills.

“Our offense is no secret. We work our two outside (hitters) as much we possibly can and when those kids are on they’re pretty unstoppable, but that’s a hard chore to do for a long match,” Senecal said. “They both did a fantastic job.”


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Trojans show offensive depth in field hockey win over Biddeford Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:08:00 +0000 SACO — A few days ago Thornton Academy field hockey coach Lori Smith asked who on her team had scored at least three goals this season. She said five or six girls raised their hands.

The response showed that only five games into the season, the Trojans could rely on a number of players on offense.

That continued Monday night when six players scored for Thornton in a 6-0 victory over Biddeford in an SMAA game.

The win pushed the Trojans to 5-0-1 this season. Biddeford is 2-4, with each game decided by a shutout.

“You can’t just mark one player on our team. We’re pretty balanced all the way across,” Smith said.

Thornton Academy forward Taylor Ouellette controls the ball in front of the Biddeford goal as Biddeford's Peyton McKeown, left, and Paige Boudreau defend. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

Thornton Academy forward Taylor Ouellette controls the ball in front of the Biddeford goal as Biddeford’s Peyton McKeown, left, and Paige Boudreau defend. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

Among the scorers Monday night were freshmen Lily Stark and Olivia Lambert – six minutes apart late in the second half.

“We have four freshmen and I’m trying to bring them along so anyone can step in,” Smith said. “They’re really coming along and the last few weeks I’ve seen a ton of improvement.”

Biddeford Coach Caitlin Albert, meanwhile, is forced to play numerous young players; nine of her starters are freshmen or sophomores.

“Our best bet (tonight) was to score first,” said Albert, who has two starters who never played field hockey before this season.

“Having such a young team … it’s all about momentum, especially for these girls, (and) to battle back from 2-0 or 3-0, I know that would be real tough for them.”

The Tigers were able to keep the Trojans scoreless for the first 17½ minutes of the game.

Biddeford goalie Taylor Wildes watches a penalty shot from Thornton Academy’s Grace Decker go past during Monday’s game in Saco on Monday. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

Biddeford goalie Taylor Wildes watches a penalty shot from Thornton Academy’s Grace Decker go past during Monday’s game in Saco on Monday. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

A scramble in front with 12:36 left in the half resulted in a penalty shot. Grace Decker whistled a shot to the goalie’s left that tucked inside the post for a 1-0 lead.

Despite being a defensive back, Decker regularly takes the free hit.

“I just cut the noise out and try to do it like I do in practice,” she said.

“I try not to put too much pressure on myself.”

A little more than three minutes later, Cat Henaire deflected an Abby Pomerleau shot past Biddeford goalie Taylor Wildes (11 saves).

The lead was pushed to 3-0 with 1:53 left in the half when Claire Decker took a pass from Bella Robinson and scored from about 20 yards.

From there the more experienced Trojans clamped down on defense and only allowed a few rushes.

Biddeford’s Paige Laverriere watches Thornton Academy forward Emma Dutremble’s pass go by. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

Biddeford’s Paige Laverriere watches Thornton Academy forward Emma Dutremble’s pass go by with the ball. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

“I think we did really well as a team today,” said Grace Decker, who formed a strong wall with Pomerleau and Sidney Hurst to keep any Biddeford shot from reaching goalie Isabella Capozzi.

“We made good passes and decisions. We read every play really well and backed each other up.”

Taylor Ouellette also collected a goal for the Trojans after taking a pass from Robinson midway through the second half.

The Tigers got strong offensive play from Paige Laverriere, Amber Magnant and Hailey Allen.

With all of the young player, Albert knows there’s a bright future for Biddeford.

“We held them 0-0 (until there was )12 minutes left (in the first half),” Albert said.

“In two years when the bulk of our team are seniors and juniors we will have the experience to come back. But it’s about building the program right now.”

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Monday’s high school roundup: Marshwood wins in field hockey Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:54:00 +0000 SOUTH BERWICK — Hannah Costin and Leah Glidden each scored two goals as Marshwood defeated Gorham 6-0 in an SMAA field hockey game Monday.

Celine Lawrence and Mallory Nadeau also scored for Marshwood (6-1) against the Rams (4-2-1).

Shannon Giblin of the Hawks stopped one shot.

BONNY EAGLE 3, PORTLAND 2: Nicole Poirier scored three first-half goals to lead the Scots (1-5) over the Bulldogs (2-5) at Portland.

Trailing 3-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs responded with goals from Jenni Nguyen and Nettie Walsh.

Madeline Pettengill and Jada McIlwain combined for eight saves for the Bulldogs. Chloe Owen stopped eight shots for Bonny Eagle.

SCARBOROUGH 6, WINDHAM 0: Lily Nygren scored two goals to lead the Red Storm (4-2) past the Eagles (2-3-1) at Scarborough.

Ashley Levesque, Kristen Levesque, Annika Batista and Julia Booth-Howe also scored for the Red Storm.

Savannah Rice recorded 13 saves for Windham. Sam Carriero of Scarborough stopped one shot.

CHEVERUS 5, NOBLE 1: Hannah Abbott scored three goals to lead the Stags (5-2) past the Knights (0-7) at North Berwick.

Isabella Booth and Sophia Pompeo also scored for Cheverus.

Kassidy Lessard answered for Noble from Aspen Dyer.

Mia Colantuoni finished with 25 saves for the Knights. Kathryn Kane stopped four shots for Cheverus.

MASSABESIC 9, DEERING 0: Emma Rutledge scored three goals as the Mustangs (7-0) cruised past the Rams (1-6) at Waterboro.

Logan Champlin assisted on first-half goals by Jackie Bearse and Rutledge as Massabesic opened a 4-0 lead. Bearse finished with two goals.

Lillian Frager recorded 17 saves for Deering.

WESTBROOK 1, SOUTH PORTLAND 0: Lizzy Barlow scored from Mary Keef with eight minutes remaining to lift the Blue Blazes (4-1-1) over the Red Riots (2-4) at South Portland.

Madelynn Drolet recorded five saves for South Portland. Kimberly Goddard stopped four shots for Westbrook.

MOUNTAIN VALLEY 3, HALL-DALE 1: Kassie Thibodeau, Breanna Burgess and Chelsea Allison scored to lift the Falcons (3-4) over Hall-Dale (1-6) at Rumford.

Alyssa Athers made eight saves for Mountain Valley.

Jill Whynot scored an unassisted goal for Hall-Dale. Kaylee Magee finished the game with nine saves.


MARSHWOOD 2, WESTBROOK 1: Eyob Bosse scored with three minutes remaining to lift the Hawks (3-2) over the Blue Blazes (4-3) at Westbrook.

After Shammah Gahomera scored in the 25th minute for Westbrook, Lyle Carson tied it with five minutes left in the first half.

Jacob Brackett of Westbrook and Sam Leathe of Marshwood each recorded eight saves.

TEMPLE 5, ISLESBORO 4: Will Paradis scored three goals, including the winner three minutes into the second overtime, to lift Temple (4-0) over Islesboro (2-3) at Waterville.

Bradley Smith added two goals and an assist for Temple. Tim Larson made 10 saves.

Juan Lasa, Finn Gibson, Finnian O’Mallia and Sage Kelly scored the goals for Islesboro.

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Trouble downfield: Can football survive at Maine’s smallest high schools? Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 Duncan Drapeau was looking forward to his senior year of varsity football at Boothbay Region High School. A quarterback and team captain, he started playing in fifth grade and grew up with a group of buddies who played together through youth football and their first three years of high school.

But something happened this summer. A basketball injury to one player. A dirt-bike injury to another. Summer jobs that pay well in a tourist town. The tight-knit group began to unravel.

Other boys expected to play dropped out, a total of seven upperclassmen. Boothbay opened practice in August with barely two dozen players, down from a roster of at least 40 in each of the previous three years. Within a week, school officials decided to forgo varsity football for the first time since the school opened in 1955.

Boothbay principal Dan Welch cited player safety as a major concern.

“There could be situations where we were going to be overmatched by larger, more physically mature students,” he said.

Boothbay became the fifth Maine school in the past four years to pull the plug on varsity football. Telstar High of Bethel and Camden Hills did so last fall, as did Sacopee Valley of Hiram in 2013 and Calais-Woodland in 2012. All four, like Boothbay, played in the state’s smallest enrollment classification.

Such casualties raise questions about the viability of high school football in Maine, particularly at smaller schools. Over the past decade, participation in high school football dropped by 9.6 percent – a steeper decline than for boys’ fall sports such as soccer (8 percent) and cross country (7.1 percent), according to data from the Maine Principals’ Association. The state’s high school population declined by 12.9 percent between 2006 and 2015.

Decreasing overall enrollment is the biggest factor for the decline in football participation in Maine, said Dr. William Heinz, a Portland-based orthopedist who has served as a medical adviser to the MPA and its national counterpart.

“Especially when you look at Florida, Georgia and Texas, places where football is religion,” he said. “They’re continuing to play at the same level.” Nationally, there was a 1.8 percent decline in high school football participation from 2006 to 2015.

Others attribute the decline to heightened awareness about the dangers of head injuries. Football players were injured more frequently than kids playing any other high school sport in the 2014-15 school year, according to the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Survey. Concussions accounted for about a quarter of the injuries among all high school athletes, the survey found.

“The thing I’m constantly talking about is that we need, as a group, to educate people on this concussion thing,” said Greely High coach Dave Higgins, who started the season with 27 players – about 10 fewer than last year. “Parents are worried.”

Dave Higgins, head coach of the Greely High School football squad in Cumberland, sets up a special teams drill at a recent practice. Decreasing overall enrollment is the biggest factor behind the decline in football participation in Maine, though others attribute the diminished participation to heightened awareness about the dangers of head injuries.

Dave Higgins, head coach of the Greely High School football squad in Cumberland, sets up a special teams drill at a recent practice. Decreasing overall enrollment is the biggest factor behind the decline in football participation in Maine, though others attribute the diminished participation to heightened awareness about the dangers of head injuries. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer


The trend in Maine isn’t confined to the smallest schools. South Portland, Massabesic and Greely high schools all decided to eliminate junior varsity competition this year because of fewer players. Windham and Cheverus dropped their freshman football schedules.

“I think Maine football remains strong,” said Michael Burnham, an assistant executive director of the MPA. “There are some schools, particularly smaller schools, that have struggled with numbers but we also saw a number of new programs and we expanded to four classes.”

Indeed, in 2006, Maine high schools fielded 67 teams competing in three different classifications. Today there are 72 varsity programs eligible for postseason play in four classifications. In all, 3,663 boys played varsity football last fall – 409 fewer than a decade earlier.

The five schools that dropped varsity football did so for varied reasons. All five continue to field teams, albeit at the club or junior varsity level.

Woodland-Calais, Telstar and Sacopee Valley all had fledgling programs, only to have difficulty competing with more established programs – typically suffering lopsided defeats.

Boothbay, by contrast, is a five-time state champion that played in a state title game as recently as 2007.

“It’s difficult for us,” said Drapeau, the quarterback, “because we’re one of the smaller schools in Maine to have a varsity program.”

In fact, Boothbay was the state’s smallest school, in terms of enrollment (215), to field a varsity football team.

Camden Hills, with an enrollment three times that of Boothbay, has a vibrant soccer program as well as fall sporting options of golf, cross country, sailing and mountain biking.

“We’re not a long-term football culture,” said Steve Alex, athletic director at Camden Hills, which, like Boothbay, will continue its JV schedule. “A lot of it is that parents are concerned about injuries. That holds some things back. But the kids we have are working hard. I’m very much encouraged by the direction this is heading.”

Alex said the school won’t begin any game without a roster of at least 20 active players. The program has 27 this fall.

Freshman Naveen Caron gets set to receive a kick during a special-teams drill at Greely High School football practice. Greely joined South Portland and Massabesic in eliminating junior varsity teams this year; Windham and Cheverus dropped their freshman football schedules.

Freshman Naveen Caron gets set to receive a kick during a special-teams drill at Greely High School football practice. Greely joined South Portland and Massabesic in eliminating junior varsity teams this year; Windham and Cheverus dropped their freshman football schedules. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer


The MPA’s Burnham said there are no roster minimums required for varsity football programs in Maine. Informally, the bar for most schools is 20, he said.

“Obviously, when you get below 20 you can’t hold a practice of 11 on 11,” Burnham said.

Traip Academy in Kittery is a Class D program that has teetered on the cusp of viability for several years, enduring one stretch of 51 games without a victory. Head coach Ron Ross said Traip has competed with as few as 13 available players. When the Rangers reached a regional championship game in 2011, their roster stood at 19.

Now, after three seasons of rosters in the low 20s, Traip has 28 players.

“It’s actually been strange,” said Ross, in his 16th season. “Coaches don’t have to hop in on (our) scout team to play quarterback or wide receiver anymore.”

Ross said the surge can be explained by large freshman (11) and senior (10) classes. He believes the program will rebound in the long run, thanks to a reinstated youth football program in Kittery that had been dormant for the previous three years.

On the other end of the spectrum is Thornton Academy in Saco, which boasts a thriving youth football system. Thornton has won three of the past four Class A state titles with a program that had at least 80 boys each year and currently stands at 93. Other Class A schools with large rosters this fall include Scarborough (80), Sanford (78), Deering (62) and Portland (52).

Gorham dropped down in classification from A to B in 2013 when the MPA expanded to four classes. Athletic Director Tim Spear said that move was critical.

“I think if we had stayed in Class A, we wouldn’t have football anymore,” Spear said. “Our 30 kids certainly were not going to compete with the Class A programs that have 60 kids.”

After hovering just above 30 players in two of the past three years, Gorham is up to 45 this fall, thanks to an influx of freshmen, and is playing full varsity and JV schedules.


Heightened awareness about head injuries has led coaches to spend more time teaching proper tackling techniques, manufacturers to design safer equipment and organizers to tweak rules that, for example, limit contact in preseason practice and allow for running time in the second half of lopsided games. Protocols have been put in place to detect concussions and prevent concussed players from returning to action too early.

“We very rarely go live in practice,” said Jim Walsh, assistant principal and football coach at Sacopee Valley in Hiram. “We do a lot of teaching and a lot less hitting and I think that’s a concession to safety.”

Some physicians, however, wonder if parental concerns about concussions are keeping too many kids on the sidelines.

“Concussions are a life injury,” said Dr. Paul Berkner, director of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative at Colby College, an effort he co-founded with Heinz in 2009 to better diagnose and prevent head injuries. “They happen in a broad array of both organized activity as well as unorganized activity.”

“Football has a role in the development of young men specifically. I believe it has a value in terms of participation, in terms of physical activity, in terms of organization and structure in these young men’s lives.” Berkner cautions that there isn’t reliable data on how many concussions are occurring in a wide range of sporting activities.

“Parents are making decisions without good information,” he said. “The problem is, there isn’t good information available yet.”

This is where his MCMI colleague, trainer Hannah Willihan, comes in. As administrator of the Head Injury Tracker, or HIT, project, Willihan visited 141 Maine high schools over the past year to ask for assistance in tracking concussions. She said about 80 schools agreed to take part.

“We’re essentially taking a survey about each individual concussion,” said Willihan, who stressed that no information identifying specific students or even specific schools will be gathered. “Activity in which they injured themselves, birth year, gender and then we’re also interested in things from their medical history that may indicate a longer recovery.”

Berkner said the HIT project needs three to five years of good data from a broad cross-section of schools to be able to draw reliable conclusions.


Xavier Mills, a senior at South Portland High, isn’t playing football this fall after suffering a third concussion last season. At 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, he had played on offense and defense as a lineman.

“We told him that we just did not want him participating anymore,” said Meryl Mills, Xavier’s grandmother and legal guardian. “You only have one brain. He knew how serious it was.”

Xavier had been playing football since elementary school. His closest friends still play. Walking away has not been easy.

“He’d always identified with football,” she said. “That was his group. I think he felt like an outcast, but he’s learning how to hold his head up in spite of not being able to do his favorite sport.”

Nate Ingalls walked away from football after playing quarterback in junior high, in large part because he and his parents thought his frame wasn’t big enough to compete against more physically mature high schoolers. Ingalls continued to play other sports before returning to football as a senior last fall at Cape Elizabeth High.

At 5-foot-11, 145 pounds, Ingalls played an injury-free season at wide receiver and free safety.

“That football season was his most enjoyable season at Cape,” said his father, Andrew Ingalls. “He loved it. In football, there’s just that special camaraderie, an all-for-one attitude that you don’t find in any other sport. He must have said a hundred times, ‘I’m so glad I did this.'”


One idea floated by the MPA five years ago was for smaller schools to consider eight-player football. In the eight-player version, two interior linemen (usually the tackles) and one back or flanker are removed from the offense. Defenses also drop to eight players from 11. The field is often shortened and scores generally run higher.

It’s a version of the sport popular in the Midwest and tried in Aroostook County, whose independent teams in Madawaska, Houlton and Presque Isle transitioned to traditional football three years ago. Vermont dabbled with it but discontinued the experiment after the 2004 season.

“We did away with it because it never grew,” said Bob Johnson, associate executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association. “What it came down to is that schools were going to play 11-man football or they weren’t going to have a team.”

Johnson said Vermont has two cooperative teams but also allows schools to accept up to 20 students from another school that doesn’t offer football.

“I would say at least 50 percent of our teams participate in the member-to-member program,” Johnson said. “No one else has that in New England.”

Maine has four cooperative teams, including an Ellsworth-Sumner squad likely in its final year as partners. That’s because the combined enrollments of the two schools would place the team in Class B, but in order to be competitive the team plays in Class D and is thus ineligible for playoffs.

This year’s roster of 32 includes only two Sumner students. After stumbling through an 0-25 stretch, Ellsworth-Sumner went 5-3 last season. The team opened this season with a freshman at quarterback and two lopsided losses.

“That’s what you get when you’re in Class D,” said Josh Frost, Ellsworth athletic director. “We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores going against seniors. While it can be scary, that’s what you have to do.”

Boothbay had planned to be a fifth coop team, inviting students from Wiscasset to join the football program, but none came out for the team.

The door remains open, said Boothbay athletic director Allan Crocker.

“I fully anticipate we’re going to be back to varsity,” Crocker said of the future. “I think Boothbay needs football. We may have to look at this trend and maybe get a fifth (classification) or maybe look at eight-man football. I know a lot of people are attached to the idea of traditional football, so that might not be an easy sell, but for us smaller schools, maybe that makes sense.”

Drapeau, the Boothbay quarterback, knows the Seahawks won’t be taking part in any playoff games this fall. Then again, Boothbay was out in the first round the previous three seasons.

“One of the reasons we’ve come together,” he said of this season, is that players “haven’t been discouraged by the whole club-team deal. It’s nearly exactly what we’ve been doing. We still have our Friday night games under the lights. The school has been sticking by us. They’re still going to fund us and do all the events of the past.”

Boothbay opened its club season with a 39-6 victory at Camden Hills. Other opponents include Telstar, Lincoln Academy’s club team and a developmental team from Berlin, New Hampshire.

“The only difference is the teams that we’re playing,” Drapeau said. “Those teams are going to be closer to our level and more competitive for us.”

Staff Writer Steve Craig contributed to this story.


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Saturday’s high school roundup: Thornton, Sanford tie in boys’ soccer Sun, 18 Sep 2016 01:08:36 +0000 SANFORD — Chase Pierce scored the tying goal with less than four minutes left in regulation as Thornton Academy salvaged a 1-1 draw against Sanford in an SMAA boys’ soccer game Saturday.

Patrick Morris got Sanford (1-3-1) on the board midway through the first half, scoring on a header off a corner kick by Cole Randt.

Thornton is 5-0-1.

FREEPORT 2, WELLS 1: Joe Ashby scored the go-ahead goal on a setup from Jesse Bennell with 15 minutes remaining as the Falcons (3-1) edged the Warriors (2-3-1) in Freeport.

Eriksen Shea staked Freeport to a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the contest. Liam Bell tied it with an unassisted goal 11 minutes into the second half.

Joe Burke had eight saves for the Falcons. Cameron Cousins stopped 11 shots for Wells.

FALMOUTH 5, WAYNFLETE 0: Hayden Farr scored off a corner kick just over a minute into the game and the Yachtsmen (4-0-1) cruised to a win over the Flyers (3-1-1) in Falmouth.

Jonas Spiegel scored off a pass from Farr two minutes later. Spiegel added another goal in the second half, and Michael Sanzari and Thomas Fitzgerald also scored after halftime.

CAPE ELIZABETH 6, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: The Capers (3-1-1) received goals from six players as they cruised past the Raiders (1-3) in Cape Elizabeth.

Nicolai Sabbatini, Elliott McGinn, David Hare, Matt Concannon, Quinn Hewitt and Finn Raymond each found the back of the net for Cape Elizabeth.

Noah Hart scored for Fryeburg.

TEMPLE ACADEMY 4, A.R. GOULD 1: Noah Shepard scored two goals to lead the Bereans (3-0) past the Bears (2-3) in South Portland.

Brad Smith and Will Paradis also scored for Temple.

Abdi Ibrahim recorded a goal for the Bears.

GARDINER 1, MT. VIEW 0: Casey Bourque scored in the first half to lift the Tigers (2-3) to a win at Thomas College.

Garrett Lunt assisted on the goal. Cam Bell, making his first start in goal, had eight saves.

Kevin Richards stopped three shots for Mt. View (1-4).


GORHAM 6, BONNY EAGLE 2: Alexis Fotter recorded two goals and an assist for the Rams (4-0-1) in a win over the Scots (3-2) in Standish.

Hallie Shiers and Emma Forgues each added a pair of goals for Gorham, which led 3-1 at halftime.

Cassidy Koons assisted on both Bonny Eagle goals, by Emily Byrne and Emily Ginter.

FREEPORT 2, WELLS 0: Catriona Gould scored two goals to lead the Falcons (3-1) over the Warriors (0-4) in Freeport.

Gould gave Freeport a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the game, then added an insurance goal with 3:30 remaining in the second half.

YARMOUTH 4, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: The Clippers (4-0-1) scored three second-half goals to pull away from the Patriots (3-2) in Yarmouth.

Katie Clemmer had a goal and an assist, and Olivia Feeley, Cory Langenback and Eva Then also scored.

Emma Woods scored in the second half for Gray-New Gloucester.

SCARBOROUGH 4, SOUTH PORTLAND 0: Gaby Panagakos scored three goals, including two in the first half on assists from Ashley Perriello, as the Red Storm (2-1-2) beat the Red Riots (1-4) in South Portland.

Leah Dickman also scored, while Emily Royce and Erin Ryan shared time in goal for Scarborough, combining for seven saves.

South Portland keepers Zoe Brown and Maria Buck made a total of nine saves.

MT. VIEW 1, GARDINER 0: Katelin Bennett sent a free kick into the upper corner of the net to give the Mustangs a win in Thorndike.

Shala Davis made six saves for Mt. View (1-4-1), while Tabytha Hembree stopped 10 shots for Gardiner (1-4).

MARANACOOK 0, LEAVITT 0: Skyeler Webb made 12 saves for Maranacook (2-1-2) and Allie Roux of Leavitt (2-2-2) had 17 saves in a draw in Turner.

MONMOUTH ACADEMY 7, WISCASSET 1: Haley Fletcher and Tia Day each scored twice to lift the Mustangs (7-0) to a win at home.

Audrey Fletcher, Emily Grandahl and Abby Allen also scored for Monmouth.

Anna Mills got the only goal for Wiscasset (3-3).


POLAND 2, FREEPORT 1: Brianna Doucette had a goal and an assist for the Knights (3-2-1) as they edged the Falcons (3-2-1) in Freeport.

Doucette scored in the first half and set up a second-half goal by Olivia Bell that extended the lead to 2-0.

Natalie Anderson scored for Freeport.

KENNEBUNK 8, CAPE ELIZABETH 1: Brittney Gregoire scored three goals to lead the Rams (4-2) past the Capers (2-3) in Cape Elizabeth.

Christine Jarowicz added two goals, and Katherine Koch finished with a goal and two assists.

Julia Lennon of Cape Elizabeth scored with three minutes remaining.

LAWRENCE 11, LINCOLN ACADEMY 0: Nora Buck and Macie Larouche each notched a hat trick to pace the Bulldogs (4-2) to a win over the Eagles (1-5) in Newcastle.

Katelyn Gerow added two goals, and Lexi Lewis, Miranda Lambert and Hunter Mercier had one apiece. Goalie Marian Zawtowski didn’t have to make a save.

SKOWHEGAN 9, BANGOR 0: Julia Steeves scored three goals and Maliea Kelso finished with two goals and an assist as the Indians (5-1-1) rolled past the Rams (0-7) in Bangor.

Alexis Michonski, Brooklyn Hubbard, Hannah Genness and Haley Theberge each added a goal for Skowhegan, which outshot the Rams 35-0.

MT. BLUE 7, CONY 1: Hannah LeClair, Sam Ellis and Adelle Foss each scored two goals to lift the Cougars (6-0-1) to a win in Farmington.

Hannah Minns had the other goal for Mt. Blue. Molly Harmon chipped in with two assists.

Molly Silsby scored for Cony (3-2-2).


MT. ARARAT 4, SKOWHEGAN 2: Nikki Bradstreet scored twice to lift the Eagles (3-2) to a win in Topsham.

Rylee Leech and Reese Turcotte also scored for Mt. Ararat. Sabrina Paetow made six saves.

Sydney Ames and Josie Parker scored for Skowhegan (0-5).

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Saturday’s football roundup: Wells stays unbeaten Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:44:22 +0000 FRYEBURG — Nick Hansen and Evan Whitten each rushed for two touchdowns and Wells pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 35-18 win over Fryeburg Academy in a Class C South football game Saturday afternoon.

Hansen scored the only touchdown of the first half – a 10-yard run in the second quarter.

Wells (3-0) extended its lead to 14-0 in the third quarter on a 33-yard pass from Michael Wrigley to Deandre Woods, but Jared Chisari returned a kickoff 82 yards for Fryeburg’s first touchdown.

The teams combined for five touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including TD runs of 3 and 43 yards by Whitten. Oscar Saunders of Fryeburg (1-2) threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Cobey Johnson, and Chisari returned another kickoff 75 yards for the game’s final points.

“They’re a very good football team,” Fryeburg Coach David Turner said of Wells. “We actually played pretty well, but when you make a mistake they make you pay for it.”

FREEPORT 27, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Josh Burke rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another as the Falcons (2-1) celebrated their Homecoming Day with a shutout victory against the Patriots (0-3).

The game was scoreless until late in the first half, when a blocked punt by Connor Dostie gave Freeport possession at the Gray-New Gloucester 12. Burke scored on a 4-yard run with 1:57 left in the half.

A fumble set up Burke’s second TD, a 3-yard run in the third. The Falcons then made it 21-0 when Dostie recovered a fumble in the end zone, one play after Dostie lost a fumble at the 1.

WINSLOW 40, MDI 20: Kenny Rickard’s 1-yard run capped a 17-play, 87-yard drive in the fourth quarter that lasted almost nine minutes and clinched the Black Raiders’ win over the Trojans (2-1) in Winslow.

It was the 25th straight win for Winslow (3-0), the two-time defending Class C state champion.

The teams combined for 602 rushing yards – 289 for MDI and 313 for Winslow. Each team had a pair of backs run for more than 100 yards – Colby Lee (142) and Croix Albee (103) for MDI, and Nate St. Amand (142) and Rickard (120) for Winslow.

The Trojans trailed only 27-20 at halftime but turned the ball over four times. A third-quarter fumble at midfield led to a 11-yard touchdown run by Rickard that made it 33-20.

Rickard also had an 8-yard run for the game’s first touchdown.

Albee rushed for two touchdowns for MDI.

MT. VIEW 41, MATTANAWCOOK 14: Devan Davis ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, helping the Mustangs (2-1) beat the Lynx (1-2) in Thorndike.

Colby Furrow added 87 rushing yards and a touchdown for Mt. View (2-1). He also returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown and had an interception.

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Girls’ soccer: Greely blanks Waynflete Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:20:54 +0000 CUMBERLAND — In a duel between girls’ soccer teams that won championships last fall, Greely came out on top Saturday morning in a Western Maine Conference game against Waynflete.

Brooke Obar, a freshman, scored twice and the defending Class B state champions also got goals from Riley Soule and Courtney Sullivan in a 4-0 victory.

The Rangers (4-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat Thursday night at Cape Elizabeth.

“We’ve been struggling in the first half (of games) and then have picked it up in the second half,” said Obar, one of seven freshmen on Greely’s varsity roster. “Today, we started it in the first half and kept it all the way through.”

All of the goals came in the first half.

“If we played the first half like we played the second half, we probably would have been in the game much more,” Waynflete Coach Todd Dominski said. “We had some major lapses on marking up and things like that (in the first half). Playing against a good team that moves the ball and moves you out of space shows up those things.”

Obar opened the scoring in the sixth minute when she beat the defense to Katie Steinberg’s through ball and put a shot inside the near post from the left side of the penalty area.

Six minutes later, Soule, one of three Greely seniors, turned Caroline Swaney’s crossing pass from the right corner into a goal to make it 2-0.

Sullivan converted Skylar Cooney’s corner kick from the right side, scoring with a shot just outside the goal box in the 22nd minute.

Obar completed the scoring about four minutes before halftime when her blast from just outside the penalty area went inside the left post, beyond the reach of Waynflete goalie Ali Pope, who made 12 saves.

“We’re starting to jell more as a team, and that is really important for us,” Obar said. “We have to continue to communicate, work hard in practice and keep the energy up in both halves of the game.”

Coach Josh Muscadin indicated the Rangers are still a work in progress.

“We’ve been working on some stuff, and some of those things are beginning to show up, but I’d like to see a little bit more of that,” he said. “We need more communication, more touches and (more) making decisions that are going to help the team.

“It’s a very young team, so we have a lot to look forward to.”

Despite the lopsided loss, Dominski said the Flyers, the reigning Class C South champions, benefited from playing a team of Greely’s caliber.

“We play these teams so we can get better, and you definitely saw that we got better in the second half,” he said. “I’d much rather come in and play a game like this then go out and trounce somebody. This helps us tremendously.”

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Friday’s football roundup: York gets late TD to beat Leavitt Sat, 17 Sep 2016 03:59:15 +0000 YORK — Andrew Rodrigues scored the tiebreaking touchdown on a 6-yard run with 47.7 left as York earned a 21-14 win over Leavitt in a Class B South football game Friday night.

York (2-1) trailed 14-0 at halftime but opened the second half with a 12-play, 67-yard drive, capped by Trevor LaBonte’s 2-yard run. The Wildcats then pulled even late in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by Rodrigues.

Leavitt is 1-2.

CAPE ELIZABETH 55, SPRUCE MOUNTAIN 12: Ryan Weare ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Capers (3-0) past the Phoenix (1-2) in Cape Elizabeth.

Cape Elizabeth opened a 14-0 lead five minutes into the game with help from a 32-yard pass play on fourth down from punt formation, with Marshall Peterson finding Brett McAlister. That set up a 1-yard run by Weare.

After a fumble recovery, the Capers scored again when Max Woods recovered Peyton Weatherbie’s fumble in the end zone. A 5-yard run by Weare put Cape Elizabeth up 21-0 after one quarter.

McAlister finished with 81 yards rushing and caught four passes for 68 yards. He scored on a 1-yard run and a 5-yard reception from Jeb Boeschenstein (5 of 9, 60 yards).

Weatherbie scored on a 13-yard run and gained 55 yards on nine carries. M.J. Convey had TD runs of 1 and 4 yards.

Peterson was 7 for 7 on PAT kicks.

Spruce Mountain scored on a 36-yard interception return by Devon Pomeroy to make it 28-6 and, in the final minute of the half, on an 8-yard reception by Brett Frey from Caulin Parker.

Parker completed 7 of 13 passes for 64 yards. He also ran for 45 yards on four carries.

SANFORD 33, SOUTH PORTLAND 7: Frank Veino rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another in the first half to lead the Spartans (2-1) past the Red Riots (1-2) in South Portland.

Veino’s first two touchdown runs gave Sanford a 12-0 lead after one quarter. He scored again just 31 seconds into the second quarter, then throw a TD pass to Ethan Belanger to make it 26-0.

Sam Anderson scored Sanford’s final touchdown in the second half.

South Portland avoided a shutout when Artimus Stilley scored on a 43-yard run with about three minutes remaining.

YARMOUTH 45, POLAND 18: Remi LeBlanc plunged in for three short scoring runs and a conversion as the Clippers (3-0) beat the Knights (0-2) in Yarmouth.

Noah Eckersley-Ray and Ben Gleason also had rushing touchdowns for Yarmouth, which gained 281 yards on the ground. John Thoma added a 27-yard scoring pass to Jack True, and Michael Hagerty kicked five PATs and a 36-yard field goal.

BONNY EAGLE 70, BANGOR 7: Cam Day had 6 carries for 49 yards and three rushing touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to Kordell Menards in a 56-point first half as the Scots (3-0) rolled over the Rams (0-3) in Standish.

Alex Sprague ran for 128 yards on 13 carries, and the Bonny Eagle defense dominated, recording three interceptions, including a 21-yard touchdown return by Jake Cook.

Zach Maturo completed the scoring for the Scots with a 90-yard kickoff return late in the fourth quarter.

CHEVERUS 28, LEWISTON 20: Jack Casale threw two touchdown passes to Dominic Casale and rushed for a touchdown to lead the Stags (2-1) past the Blue Devils (1-2).

Rylan Benedict rushed for 126 yards for Cheverus.

KENNEBUNK 26, MORSE 14: Jacob Littlefield scored three touchdowns to lead the Rams (3-0) over the Shipbuilders (1-2) in Kennebunk.

Littlefield finished with 162 yards on 18 carries. He scored on runs of 4, 15 and 35 yards. Patrick Saunders added a 1-yard touchdown run.

BRUNSWICK 58, CONY 14: Hunter Garrett rushed for two touchdowns, and Jesse Devereaux had a TD run and a touchdown pass on a halfback option as the Dragons (3-0) overpowered the Rams (1-2) in Brunswick.

Brunswick struck quickly, as Devereaux connected with Jackson Gordon for a 57-yard scoring pass. Garrett’s first touchdown, from 12 yards, made it 12-0, and Christian Jensen threw a 70-yard pass to Corban Teel to extend the lead to 20-0 after one quarter.

Devereaux (2 yards), Garrett (10 yards) and Ben Palizay (6 yards) added touchdown runs in the second quarter as the lead grew to 42-7.

OCEANSIDE 40, JOHN BAPST 12: Nate Raye had 197 total yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Brandon Debrosky rushed for two touchdowns as the Mariners (2-1) cruised to a win over the Crusaders (0-3) in Rockland.

Raye rushed for 138 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass, while Debrosky had 12 carriers for 110 yards and threw for 96 yards.

Zach Lakeman had two interceptions for John Bapst and returned one 55 yards for a touchdown that made it 12-12 just before halftime.

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Football: Old Orchard Beach shuts out Traip Sat, 17 Sep 2016 03:43:07 +0000 OLD ORCHARD BEACH — In its season opener last weekend, Old Orchard Beach couldn’t come up with enough big plays, resulting in a hard-fought loss to three-time defending Class D state champion Oak Hill.

Friday night, the Seagulls were the team that made the biggest plays on the way to a 20-0 shutout of Traip Academy.

OOB Coach Dean Plante knew an 0-2 start would have been damaging to his teams hopes of earning home-field advantage in the Class D South playoffs.

“We felt this was a must-win game for us in order to get off the schneid,” Plante said. “It is important since we play everyone in our conference, so it will determine seeds and home field.”

The big plays started right off the bat for the Seagulls (1-1), courtesy of the defense. Traip’s first four possessions ended with the home team clamping down: a fourth-and-1 stop; a strip-sack by Josh Dumont that was recovered by Levi Day; a quarterback hit by Dumont on fourth-and-9; and a pass breakup by Cody Blanchette on fourth down at the OOB 25.

The Seagulls’ offense didn’t have a great first half. But it produced the only score it needed with less than a minute to play.

Versatile quarterback Dylan Boudreau (91 yards rushing, 97 passing) started to call his own number more often as the game went on.

He carried four times during a six-play, 65-yard drive, capping it with a 30-yard TD as he deked a defender at the 20 and went in untouched.

Boudreau also found the end zone on a 9-yard keeper early in the third quarter when he ran behind left tackle Tyler Tozier and left guard Jon Gillis.

“It was all my line (my touchdowns),” said Boudreau, who also had center Jake Malone, right guard Nik Willette and right tackle Andrew Houle opening holes for him. “I trust them and I will follow them wherever they go.”

The Seagulls iced the victory with 5:05 left, following a fumble recovery by Brian Davis. The 63-yard drive included a 21-yard scamper by Boudreau on third-and-13 and a 20-yard rumble by fullback Thomas Fregeau (12 carries, 64 yards), who finished the drive with a 9-yard run.

“We came into the second half a different team,” Willette said. “We looked at the game like there was a blank score. We wanted to pound it.

“I think we came off slow in the first half. I think we really played our game (in the second half).”

Traip (0-2) committed two turnovers and 50 yards in penalties, and was 0 of 4 on fourth downs. The Rangers were held to 119 yards, 94 in the first half.

“It’s same thing that happened in our first game (a 19-7 loss to Winthrop/Monmouth) – we’re not good enough to shoot ourselves in the foot,” said Traip Coach Ron Ross. “And we don’t run an offense that can recover from penalties, fumbled snaps.”

Traip quarterback Angelo Succi was 6 of 11 for 61 yards. Evan Porter had 37 yards rushing.

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Football: Westbrook answers the doubters Sat, 17 Sep 2016 03:20:01 +0000 WESTBROOK — Westbrook quarterback Bailey Sawyer said his football team entered Friday night’s game against Marshwood motivated by doubt.

“Everyone predicted that we’d lose,” said Sawyer. “I heard all over Twitter and other websites that Marshwood was predicted to win.”

Westbrook used that as fuel in a 34-7 win over Marshwood. Sawyer led the team with 176 passing yards, including three touchdowns, and a rushing score.

“Bailey made some great throws for us. He had some great reads and he played confidently,” Westbrook Coach Jeff Guerette said. “He certainly adds that run-pass dimension that we’re looking for.”

Sawyer said the Blue Blazes (2-1) posted a negative comment from social media in the locker room in the week leading to the game.

“I looked at it every day before and after practice,” Sawyer said. “That was motivation. I’ve never seen us come together that way.”

Westbrook came out strong, forcing a fumble on Marshwood’s opening drive. Ytbarek Hailegiorgis recovered on the Hawks’ 16.

“We didn’t do a whole lot right, starting with the first play of the game,” Marshwood Coach Alex Rotsko said. “The first half, defensively, we didn’t play badly. Offensively, we didn’t generate anything the entire game.”

But the Blue Blazes couldn’t capitalize and turned the ball over on downs on the Marshwood 7.

Sawyer scored Westbrook’s first points six minutes into the second quarter with a 6-yard scamper following Timyka Adams’ 60-yard run into Marshwood’s red zone.

Nicolas Batchelder created another opportunity for the Blue Blazes with less than a minute left in the first half when he intercepted a batted Cole McDaniel pass. Sawyer and Nemieceo Loureiro connected on a 33-yard pass to put the Blue Blazes at Marshwood’s 18 with 17 seconds left, but Jayke Longarini of Marshwood (1-2) blocked a field-goal attempt as time expired.

“Our defense made plenty of stops for us tonight but our offense couldn’t capitalize in the first half,” Sawyer said.

“I told the guys that we needed to treat it like a 0-0 game.”

Tommy Springer of Marshwood opened the second half with an interception, giving the Hawks the ball on their 29. Hamza Hanifi answered back with an interception three minutes into the third quarter. Sawyer and Hanifi then connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass. Longarini blocked the extra-point kick, holding the Blue Blazes to a 13-0 lead.

On the following drive, Kyle Glidden of Marshwood ran 32 yards to the Westbrook 8, but the Blue Blazes made the stop and quickly marched back down the field.

Loureiro started the drive with a 31-yard run and Hanifi added 32 on a pass from Sawyer. Batchelder caught the 7-yard touchdown pass – his first of two. After a failed 2-point conversion, the Blue Blazes held a 19-0 lead.

Glidden followed Westbrook’s scoring drive with a 39-yard kickoff return. The Hawks got to Westbrook’s 6 before a McDaniel sack and fumble out of bounds resulted in a 15-yard loss.

But Glidden canceled that out on the following play with a 16-yard rush to end the quarter, and he opened the final period with a 5-yard touchdown catch to cut Westbrook’s lead to 19-7.

The Hawks’ failed onside kick then gave Westbrook the ball at the 50. Batchelder eventually scored on the drive with a 16-yard receptionh from Sawyer.

Sawyer and Hanifi connected for the successful 2-point conversion to provide a 27-7 lead.

Loureiro added another touchdown for the Blue Blazes, returning an interception 53 yards.

“Our defense as a unit played great,” Guerette said. “I didn’t really think it was one person. I thought it was everyone working together.”

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Friday’s high school roundup: Unbeaten NYA routs Wells 6-0 in field hockey Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:48:11 +0000 YARMOUTH — Kiersten Marr scored three goals and undefeated North Yarmouth Academy rolled to a 6-0 victory against Wells in a Western Maine Conference field hockey game Friday.

The Panthers (4-0-2) built a 4-0 halftime lead against the Warriors (1-4-1).

Amber Rose converted a first-half penalty stroke and added a pair of assists for NYA, and Katie Larson and Savannah Shaw also scored.

Mary Hebden stopped 10 shots for Wells. Eliza Todd made three saves for the Panthers.

YORK 9, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Lily Posternak recorded three goals and three assists as the Wildcats (7-0) cruised past the Patriots (0-7) at York.

Julia Harrod scored three goals to lead the Wildcats to a 4-0 halftime advantage. Jessa Smith, Alexandra Lawlor and Brigitte Spencer also scored in the game.

Patriots goalie Alicia Credit recorded 18 saves. Julianna Kiklis of York stopped one shot.

BOOTHBAY REGION 4, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 2: Sydney Meader and Chloe Arsenault each had a goal and an assist to lead the Seahawks (4-1-1) past the Falcons (2-4) at Boothbay Harbor.

Boothbay scored three goals in a five-minute span in the first half to build a 3-0 lead; Kayla Lewis, Meader and Arsenault scored. The Falcons pulled within 3-2 before halftime on goals by Marissa Crosby and Kassie Thibodeau.

Page Brown of Boothbay scored in the second half.

Alyssa Akers and Audra Bean of the Falcons combined to finish with 12 saves. Erica Eames of Boothbay stopped seven shots.

HALL-DALE 2, TELSTAR 1: Helaena Holmes scored with one minute remaining in overtime to lift Hall-Dale (1-5) past Telstar (0-6) at Bethel.

Lauren Hendrickson assisted on the winning goal. Leah Allen scored five minutes into the second half to tie it for the Bulldogs. Kaylee Magee made 10 saves.

Natasha Hart scored in the first half for Telstar. Perry Morton made 15 saves.

OAK HILL 3, LISBON 0: Three players scored to lead the Raiders (6-0) over Lisbon (4-2) at Wales.

Mercedes Pease had a goal and an assist, and Lexi Fuller and Kiera Young also scored. Mackenzie Thibeault made seven saves.

Mikaylia Harnden stopped six shots for Lisbon.

FALMOUTH 2, LAKE REGION 0: Liberty Ladd scored the go-ahead goal from Maddy Reuhana early in the second half as the Yachtsmen (6-1) pulled away from the Lakers (0-5) at Naples.

Reuhana helped extend Falmouth’s lead, assisting on a goal by Cindy Bell with 12 minutes left. Maddie Nelson made 10 saves for Lake Region.

YARMOUTH 2, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Abby McDowell and Molly Wilson scored first-half goals for the Clippers (4-2) against Fryeburg Academy (2-3-1) at Yarmouth.


MARSHWOOD 2, PORTLAND 1: Casey Perry scored in overtime to lead the Hawks (3-1-1) past the Bulldogs (2-1-2) at South Berwick.

The Hawks took the lead in the second half on a goal by Marin Smith from Reagan Nichols. The Bulldogs tied it with 8:31 remaining in the half.

Nichols also assisted on Perry’s overtime goal with 1:07 remaining.

MASSABESIC 5, WESTBROOK 0: Skylar Renaud had three goals, two off free kicks, as the Mustangs (1-4) shut out the Blue Blazes (0-3-1) at Waterboro.

Brooke Cox and Alexis Kidder also scored.

TRAIP ACADEMY 2, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 1: Emma Auclair had a goal and an assist as the Rangers (3-3) edged the Seagulls (3-3) at Kittery.

Sydney Auclair also scored for Traip.

Emily Greenleaf answered for Old Orchard Beach.

Sommer Huntress had seven saves for the Rangers. Tiffany Éclair stopped 15 shots for the Seagulls.

RICHMOND 8, VALLEY 0: Meranda Martin scored three goals to spark the Bobcats (5-0) over Valley (1-3-1) at Bingham.

Bryanne Lancaster and Caitlin Kendrick had two goals apiece, and Cassidy Harriman also scored.

Sydney Tilton made six saves for Richmond. Samantha West stopped 19 shots for Valley.


FALMOUTH 5, YARMOUTH 0: Nate Arrants scored three goals, including a pair in the second half, as the Yachtsmen (3-0-1) cruised past the Clippers (2-1) at Falmouth.

Andrew Muscadin and Sam Winkeler also scored.

Cal Owens stopped nine of the 14 shots he faced for Yarmouth. Jack Scribner had five saves for the Yachtsmen.

RICHMOND 2, VALLEY 0: Cody Tribbet and Brendan Emmons scored a goal to lift the Bobcats (4-0) over Valley (1-2-1) at Bingham.

Nick Adams added an assist, and Zach Small and Matt Holt combined to make seven saves for Richmond.

Donovan Beane stopped 15 shots for Valley.

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Football: Portland overcomes key injury to beat Windham Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:07:02 +0000 WINDHAM — Dylan Bolduc and his Portland High teammates knew they had to adapt to different roles when standout two-way player Nick Archambault was hurt in the first quarter Friday night at Windham.

“We had some injuries, and we knew people had to step up and fill the spots,” Bolduc said. “We’re just taught to run hard, never give up, and keep your legs going. That’s how we do it.”

Bolduc had 24 of his 26 carries in the second half to finish with 105 yards as Portland ground out two drives of over seven minutes to take a three-touchdown lead, then came away with a 42-21 victory in a Class A North game.

Both teams are 2-1. Windham’s two wins had come against weaker opponents (Lewiston and Bangor), while Portland had played a very tough preseason schedule, then lost its opener to Scarborough before winning at Edward Little.

Portland built a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind the running of Archambault (59 yards, one touchdown) and a shut-down defense. But on his 12th carry of the quarter, Archambault injured his left knee and didn’t return. The Bulldogs already were without Jake Knop, another top back. But Coach Jim Hartman said he wasn’t worried.

“You can’t be. You’ve got a game to win. That’s what we teach the boys,” Hartman said. “I’m upset for (Archambault). He’s the best football player I’ve ever coached. He’s having a hell of a night against an archrival and he went down, and I really just felt more bad for him. But we have to get into what we do.”

Windham cut the lead to 14-7 at the half with an 11-yard run by Nate Watson with 1:40 left in the second quarter.

Portland forced a three-and-out to start the second half before Bolduc took over.

With tight end Ethan Hoyt shifting to fullback and the 6-5, 239-pound Nathan Kapongo moving into the blocking tight end role, Portland ground out a 14-play, 50-yard drive that took 7:19 off the clock.

Heady quarterback Issiah Bachelder then snuck it in from the 1.

The sequence was repeated. A three-and-out highlighted by Nick Giaquinto’s sack of Desmond Leslie was followed by an 11-play, 52-yard, 7:14 drive.

The Bulldogs converted twice on fourth down, the second time when a Windham lineman jumped offside on fourth-and-4. Bolduc powered in from the 5 and Quinn Clarke added the fourth of his six extra points for a 28-7 lead.

Several Portland players flapped their arms – a la Eagles – after Bolduc’s touchdown run. Suprisingly no penalty was called but Blake Houser of Windham responded to the taunt appropriately, breaking five tackles on a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Windham struck again three minutes later after stopping Portland on downs. A very short punt from the Portland 15 was caught at the 21 by Cameron Hoffses, who returned it to the 1. Two plays later Leslie snuck in and with 3:19 left in the game, Windham was within a touchdown.

Portland answered with another scoring drive, which featured a 40-yard pass from Bachelder to Griffin Foley. Bachelder faked a pitch to Bolduc, a play Portland had run with brutal efficiency, and found Foley alone behind the defense.

“I knew the way our backs were running and how aggressive their linebackers were that sometime during the game that was going to be open and Coach picked the right call, and it was a great decision and got us a big play,” Bachelder said.

On fourth-and-goal from the 4, Portland eschewed a field-goal attempt and Bachelder turned another play action pass to Foley into six points.

Portland’s final TD came on a 60- yard fumble return by Ethan Hoyt.

Windham hurt itself with numerous penalties.

“They had the field tilted and it was hard for us to get in a rhythm,” Windham Coach Matt Perkins said. “That really put us in a bad spot. We have to grow up. This is one of those games that you painfully go through and you realize that, you know what, you have to be disciplined when you play this game.”

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Football: Biddeford holds on to edge Falmouth Sat, 17 Sep 2016 01:47:57 +0000 BIDDEFORD — Patrick Pearl couldn’t remember what he had to eat Friday before Biddeford High’s Class B South football showdown with Falmouth. His coach, Brian Curit, hopes he can eventually recall it.

“Whatever he had for breakfast,” said Curit, “he better eat it for the rest of the year.”

Pearl, a senior wide receiver and defensive back, scored on two touchdown passes in the first half and intercepted three passes as the Tigers held off Falmouth 17-14 at Waterhouse Field.

He scored on a 30-yard pass from Joey Curit on Biddeford’s first drive of the game and then on a 25-yard pass from Carter Edgarton on the Tigers’ final drive of the first half to give his team a 17-7 halftime advantage.

“This is huge,” said Pearl. “They said Falmouth is the team to beat in our division. This was a huge week of practice for us.”

The Tigers, who intercepted four passes overall, are now 3-0, atop Class B South. Falmouth dropped to 2-1.

Biddeford received a huge offensive effort from senior fullback Brady Crepeau, who rushed 36 times for 153 yards, battering the Yachtsmen between the tackles all night.

But the Tigers needed a big defensive stand late in the fourth quarter, followed by a trick play, to secure the win.

Falmouth, behind the play of junior quarterback Jack Bryant, had pulled within 17-14 on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 14-yard run by Bryant on fourth-and-1.

An interception and 56-yard return by Brock Welch gave Falmouth the ball at Biddeford’s 35 with 7:27 remaining. Bryant moved the Yachtsmen to a first down at the Biddeford 9. On fourth down from the 6, Bryant threw to Welch in the left corner. But defensive back Curtis Forcier, a senior who hadn’t played the last two years, reached up and tipped the ball away.

“I actually felt for sure we were going to go in and score at that point, I felt really strong about that,” said John Fitzsimmons, the Falmouth coach. “But football is a two-way street and the defender said, ‘I’m not going to let that happen.’ ”

The Falmouth defense then held Crepeau to eight yards on three carries, setting up a fourth down at the Biddeford 14 with 2:01 left. The Tigers stunned Falmouth with a fake punt as Cam Lantagne gained 12 yards for the first down that secured the win.

“The kids called it,” said Brian Curit. “At the last second I chickened out and yelled for them to punt, but they snapped the ball and they got the first down.”

Biddeford could have had a big lead in the first half. But Falmouth’s defense three times in the first half stopped the Tigers on fourth down deep in Yachtsmen territory. Biddeford finally got a 30-yard field goal by Caleb Bell – set up by Pearl’s first interception – to lead 10-7. Then Edgerton – the backup quarterback – hit Pearl with a 25-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option with 62 seconds left in the first half to make it 17-7.

Fitzsimmons said his team responded well in the second half. “I think we became a stronger team,” he said.

But Biddeford held on and gained a big advantage early in the season.

“This is another step for us to the end goal,” said Crepeau. “We just take every team as the best competition we’ll face and try to beat them.”

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Girls’ soccer: Windham wins to remain undefeated Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:28:34 +0000 SACO — Kaitlyn Roberts delivered a 10-save shutout Friday to lead Windham past Thornton Academy 2-0 in an SMAA girls’ soccer game.

Roberts made it look easy most of the game but did make a couple difficult saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season.

“(Roberts) is coming into her own,” said Coach Deb Lebel.

“She’s done a lot of training with our coach, Jim Stewart. I think her confidence is getting there.”

Just under 15 minutes into the game, Kerrigan Goudreau of Thornton (2-3)made a nice move on the right side and fired a low shot that Roberts turned away.

With 31/2 minutes left in the first half, Roberts made a great diving save to her left on a shot that looked like it was going to be a goal by Hannah Niles.

“(Roberts) has made some amazing saves the last two games to keep us in it,” said Lebel.

The teams were scoreless until 13:30 remained in the first half before Maggie Lloyd of the Eagles (3-0-2) popped a shot from the left that was deflected by goalkeeper Abi Cook. A putback shot was tremendously saved by defender Abbey Carignan, who then tried to clear the ball out of the zone.

But Alanna Joyce took control and buried the third shot of the sequence into the bottom left of the net to give Windham a 1-0 lead.

“Alanna is very composed and she can find the back of the net,” said Lebel.

Caitlin Drouin then made it 2-0 off a beautiful pass from Sara Barrett with 19:22 left.

“(Drouin) typically plays defense but she has an awesome shot,” said Lebel.

“That was really nice to see her score.”

Windham held a 1-0 halftime lead despite Thornton Academy dominating possession and outshooting the Eagles, 10-5.

“The first half was probably one of the better ones we’ve played all season,” said Thornton Coach Chris Kohl.

In the second half, Windham continued its momentum built from the end of the first half and outshot the Trojans, 8-5.

“Our intensity dropped a little (in the second half),” said Kohl.

The coaches agreed that the SMAA is tight this season.

“This year the league is a lot closer in terms of talent,” said Lebel. “We said, ‘whoever wants most of these games is going to take (them).’ “

“This is my 11th year and this is probably the most competitive I have seen the league, top to bottom,” said Kohl.

After winning its first two games, Thornton has lost three straight and has been shut out in back-to-back games.

“It’s one game at a time. We’re going to take the things we need to work on from this game and incorporate them into our next two practices,” said Kohl.

“Our next game is Noble and that’s what we need to focus on.”

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High school football notebook: Top teams in Class A North look a lot alike Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 When Windham High football coach Matt Perkins assesses this week’s opponent, he sees a familiar image.

“It’s almost like holding up a mirror,” Perkins said of Portland High. “Not in terms of our schemes but it’s very similar in that we both have a lot of very good skill guys.”

“He’s right,” said Portland Coach Jim Hartman. “Our strengths are pretty much his and his weaknesses are pretty much ours.”

Portland (1-1) travels to Windham (2-0) for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday. It’s a rematch of last season’s Class A North final won by Portland, 24-7. With Cheverus limping due to illness and injury, the Portland-Windham winner will have a significant edge in the race for the division’s top seed.

Windham has outscored opponents 78-8, including a 37-0 win at Bangor last Friday. The Eagles opened at home with a 41-8 win over Lewiston.

Portland has had the tougher schedule. The Bulldogs lost their opener at home to Scarborough, 14-13, before bouncing back with a 40-14 win at Edward Little last Friday.

Portland also scrimmaged top Class A South contender Bonny Eagle and perennial Eastern Massachusetts power Everett in the preseason.

“We’ve been hit and we’ve learned to play at that intense level,” Hartman said.

Perkins acknowledged Windham has yet to face a team of Portland’s caliber but downplayed the significance of the schedule disparity.

“We played Scarborough in the preseason and they’re a very good team,” Perkins said. “With Lewiston, they gave us a bunch of crazy looks defensively and that was good for us. And Bangor was a big, physical team.”

Portland has multiple options on offense and added another with the return of running back/wide receiver Terion Moss, who has been out due to illness. Quarterback Issiah Bachelder also can look to favored receivers Jake Knop, Griffin Foley and Ethan Hoyt, his 6-foot-3, 252-pound tight end. Backs Nick Archambault and Dylan Bolduc are also threats.

Windham also has an experienced senior quarterback in Desmond Leslie.

“He’s done a really good job spreading the ball around,” Perkins said. “Last week it was Nazari Henderson and Griffin Hebert, and Week 1 it was Hebert and Grant Jacobson, the tight end.”

The Eagles are mixing in five running backs – including senior Kyle Houser and his brother, Blake, a sophomore – behind a new offensive line.

THE TOP GAME in Class B South on Friday sends high-scoring Falmouth (2-0) to Biddeford (2-0). The Tigers knocked off last year’s state champ, Marshwood, in their home opener. Falmouth was the top seed in the South last season, reaching the regional final. The Yachtsmen totaled 93 points in their two wins this fall.

“It’s been awhile since we’ve been in games that have really meant a lot and let’s be honest, this is a big one,” Biddeford Coach Brian Curit said.

BONNY EAGLE will be without a key two-way starter for the immediate future. Nick Thorne, a powerful 5-10, 220-pound junior running back/outside linebacker, injured his left elbow in Friday’s 21-7 win at Scarborough while fighting for extra yardage.

“Nick will be out for a couple of weeks but fortunately we do expect to get him back before the end of the season,” said Coach Kevin Cooper.

Thorne’s injury increased the workload for junior Alex Sprague, who burst on the scene in Week 1 with three kickoff return touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in limited touches against South Portland. Against Scarborough, Sprague had 22 carries (17 after Thorne’s injury) for 157 yards with a score and one lost fumble. Sprague’s speed and quick cuts gives him big-play potential. Cooper liked the way Sprague attacked a strong, fast Scarborough defense.

“I thought he ran really hard, which is different for Alex,” Cooper said. “Coming up, especially last year (at the junior varsity level), he had a lot of open holes. He didn’t really have to be rugged running the ball. I thought he was pretty rugged and then he always has that chance to go at any time, which is pretty exciting.”

OLD ORCHARD BEACH senior running back/defensive back Dylan Creswell will return Friday after a scary incident last weekend.

In the second half of a 26-14 loss at three-time Class D champ Oak Hill on Saturday, Creswell suffered an apparent back injury while making a tackle. He was taken from the field on a backboard and transported to a hospital. After a full battery of tests, Creswell was cleared completely, said Coach Dean Plante.

“We err on the side of caution now. It was handled well,” Plante said.

The Seagulls (0-1) will host Traip (0-1) in a Class D South matchup at 7 p.m.

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Athletes of the Week, Sept. 16 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 GIRLS

1061593_388352 Taylor Young CE.jpgTaylor Young, Cape Elizabeth field hockey: Young, a senior, scored two overtime goals this week as Cape Elizabeth snapped a 17-game losing streak that began in 2014. On Monday, Young scored twice in a 2-1 victory at Gray-New Gloucester. On Wednesday, Young struck again to give Cape Elizabeth a 3-2 victory over Greely.

Honorable mention

Abby Hamilton, Yarmouth cross country: A senior, Hamilton was the only girl to break 19 minutes in a five-school Western Maine Conference meet Friday, clocking 18:50 over three miles to lead the Clippers to victory by 16 points over host York and 36 over Falmouth.

McKenzie Murphy, Sacopee Valley soccer: A senior, Murphy had two goals and two assists for the Hawks (3-0) in a 6-0 victory over St. Dominic (1-3) on Tuesday. Murphy also scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Poland.

Lily Posternak, York field hockey: A senior center midfielder, Posternak notched three goals and an assist in two victories for the unbeaten Wildcats. She scored a tying goal late in the second half and the winner in overtime of a 2-1 victory over Kennebunk.


1061593_388352 John Henry Villanuev.jpgJohn Henry Villanueva, Gray-New Gloucester soccer: A senior goalie, Villanueva made 10 saves – including one on a corner kick in the second overtime – to register his third shutout of the season in a 0-0 tie with Kennebunk on Tuesday. The Patriots (2-0-1) beat York 1-0 and Wells 2-0 to open the year. Villanueva has 24 total saves, one on a penalty kick against York. He had six shutouts last season.

Honorable mention

Hunter Graham, Greely soccer: A senior midfielder, Graham scored three goals to lead Greely over Fryeburg Academy 7-0 on Tuesday. Graham also broke a scoreless tie in a 2-0 victory over Kennebunk.

Michael Laverriere, Thornton Academy football: A senior quarterback, Laverriere directed nine straight scoring drives in Saturday’s 65-0 victory over Cheverus. Laverriere rushed for 149 yards on 10 carries with touchdown runs of 42 and 26 yards, and completed 7 of 11 passes for 94 yards and a score.

Jeremiah Sands, Falmouth cross country: A senior, Sands was the only boy in a field of 99 to break 17 minutes in a five-school Western Maine Conference meet at York, clocking 16:53 over three miles to lead Falmouth past Yarmouth by 34 points.

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Bryants have Falmouth’s offense flying Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:00:00 +0000 FALMOUTH — Falmouth High junior Jack Bryant already has become a prolific quarterback, passing for nearly 2,000 career yards.

Talented teammates have been a key to his success. Falmouth’s switch this season to a high-speed, spread offense also has helped.

And then there’s his dad, Tim Bryant, in his fourth season coaching Falmouth’s quarterbacks and offensive line. Tim Bryant played quarterback at the University of Massachusetts from 1986-88, earning Yankee Conference rookie of the year in 1986 when the Minutemen tied for the league title.

“What a gift for us to have a former college quarterback teaching our quarterbacks,” said Falmouth Coach John Fitzsimmons. “It boils down to three things: He knows the game at a high level, he can teach the game and he has a sensitivity about the complexity of what we’re doing,”

An assistant at Deering in the 1990s and early 2000s, Tim Bryant worked privately with the 2011 Fitzpatrick Trophy finalist, Jamie Ross, at Deering, then coached Noah Nelson, now a sophomore quarterback at Bowdoin College, at Falmouth High.

Now it’s Jack Bryant benefiting from his father’s tutelage.

“We do a lot of work together, just getting the basics down, so it’s not something I have to think about when I’m playing,” Jack Bryant said. “He knows the type of stuff you need to do to be a good quarterback.”

Jack Bryant set a Falmouth single-season record with 1,528 passing yards as a sophomore, completing 106 of 186 passes (57 percent) as the Yachtsmen advanced to the Class B South final.

Falmouth is 2-0 this fall, scoring a league-leading 93 points. Bryant, a team captain, has thrown for 421 yards and five touchdowns – to five receivers.

“He has a tremendous team orientation,” said Fitzsimmons. “We have two units of receivers and he can throw it to any of them.”

On Friday, Falmouth will face another father-son, coach-quarterback combo when it plays at Biddeford (2-0).

Biddeford head coach Brian Curit also serves as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator. Joey Curit plays quarterback and safety, often relaying his father’s defensive instructions to teammates.

“Obviously (Falmouth is) a really good team and a very good offense so we’ve been thinking about a couple different things,” Joey Curit said. “The coaching staff put some great things together and if we execute it, we feel pretty good.”

Both Jack Bryant and Joey Curit have the advantage of learning the game at an early age from experienced coaches.

“From day one I’ve always tried to get him to understand the cerebral approach to the game: Are we up by 14? Are we up by seven? I think Joey has done a good job with that,” Brian Curit said.

Nelson, the former Falmouth quarterback, said he often went to the Bryants’ house for extra football study and Jack Bryant would be in the room.

“We would draw stuff on the white board and watch film. (Tim Bryant) really took it to the next step,” Nelson said. “Jack was going into sixth grade and he was already doing that stuff with us.”

When Nelson was a senior at Falmouth, Jack Bryant was a freshman on the sideline. Wearing a headset, he listened to all of the play calls and communication with Nelson.

“We do it with the younger quarterbacks now. Jack got the benefit of that his freshman year,” Tim Bryant said. “He listened to every single thing I said to Noah.”

During Monday’s practice, Falmouth raced through its offensive session, routinely getting plays off in less than 20 seconds.

Each player used a wrist band to quickly translate the formation and play calls, while Jack Bryant deciphered the defense, called out the “Mike” (middle linebacker) and made pre-snap reads.

Tim Bryant spent nearly all of the practice session instructing Falmouth’s deep receiving corps.

“We have a lot of time to discuss that sort of stuff at home,” Jack Bryant said. “He tries to spend time coaching everybody else and then he can coach me at home if there’s something that he’d like to see me do better.”

Tim Bryant, 50, is a partner with the law firm Preti Flaherty. He said he never pushed either of his sons to play football. Sean Bryant, a 2016 Falmouth grad, is playing this season at Holderness Academy in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Jack Bryant said that he’s never had to be talked into playing.

“I’ve always been excited to go to practice. I love practice. I love playing,” he said.

Now 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Jack Bryant is taller, stronger and faster than a year ago. He’s already thrown for more yardage in 13 games at Falmouth (1,949) than his father did in three seasons at UMass (1,673).

“I mean, I do have a little bit of an advantage. He was playing in the triple option,” Jack said. “It’s a little bit easier for me.”

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Thursday’s boys’ roundup: Thornton Academy reaches 5-0 in soccer Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:18:54 +0000 WINDHAM — Noah Goren had two goals and an assist, helping Thornton Academy remain undefeated with a 5-2 victory over Windham in a Class A South boys’ soccer game Thursday night.

Goren scored the only goal of the first half off a corner kick with 19:46 remaining.

Noah Niles added two goals for Thornton Academy (5-0), while Alec McAlary had one.

Felix Lang and Tyler Thornton scored for Windham (1-3) in the final six minutes of the second half.

Colin Daly had four saves for the Trojans. Cam Brown stopped 14 shots for the Eagles.

GORHAM 5, BONNY EAGLE 1: Jackson Fotter had three goals and an assist to lead the Rams (4-0) over the Scots (1-3) in Standish.

Kyle King and Kyle Patterson each added a goal for Gorham, which led 4-0 at halftime.

Ryan Moody scored on a penalty kick for Bonny Eagle, while Brady Grass made five saves.

Alex York stopped five shots for Gorham.

WESTBROOK 5, MASSABESIC 3: Grayson Post had two goals and an assist to lead the Blue Blazes (4-1) over the Mustangs (0-5) in Westbrook.

Jean Marc Lohomboli, Sam Mugisha and Caleb Barlow also scored for Westbrook.

Ethan Ouellette scored all three Massabesic goals.

Jacob Brackett of Westbrook stopped nine shots. Xavier Lundrigan and Joshua Castonguay combined for 13 saves for Massabesic.

BRUNSWICK 7, OXFORD HILLS 0: Carlyle Boyle scored three second-half goals to lead the Dragons (1-2-2) past the Vikings (1-4) in Brunswick.

Thomas Madigan put Brunswick ahead with a goal in the 10th minute. Noah Greene added two goals in the second half and Henry Doherty scored one. Emmet Taub recorded two assists.

Jared Hummer of Brunswick recorded 10 saves. Wyatt Ryder stopped 16 shots for the Vikings.

CHEVERUS 5, NOBLE 0: Luc Dionne scored three goals and recorded two assists to lead the Stags (2-3) past the Knights (1-3) in Portland.

Cheverus exploded for four goals in a 13-minute span in the second half. During the stretch, Dionne scored twice, and assisted on goals by Michael Nason and Chris St. John.

Dionne had opened the scoring with an assist by Tanner LaFlamme with 26:02 left in the first half.

Harrison Bell recorded five saves in the shutout.

SCARBOROUGH 1, SOUTH PORTLAND 0: Noah Stracqualursi scored with seven minutes remaining in the first half to send the Red Storm (3-2) past the Red Riots (2-3) in South Portland.

Scarborough goalie Chris Franklin recorded four saves. Riley Hasson stopped six shots for the Red Riots.

NYA 2, ST. DOMINIC 0: Finn Murray and Xander Bartone scored first-half goals to lead North Yarmouth Academy (2-2) past the Saints (0-3) at Yarmouth.

CAPE ELIZABETH 1, GREELY 0: Connor Thoreck scored off a pass from Nicolai Sabbatini midway through the first half and the Capers (3-1-1) held on to beat the Rangers (2-3) in Cumberland.

A.J. Eisenhart made eight saves for Greely, while Sean Agrodnia stopped six for Cape.

KENNEBUNK 2, FREEPORT 1: Brendan Whitten scored a pair of first-half goals and the Rams (3-1-1) held off the visiting Falcons (2-1).

Whitten scored a minute in off a throw-in from Simon Butterfield, then scored 10 minutes later off a rebound of an Eli Richardson shot.

Eriksen Shea scored for Freeport just before halftime.

Wil Kenneway stopped six shots for the Rams. Joe Burke made eight saves for the Falcons.

WAYNFLETE 1, SACOPEE VALLEY 0: Asker Hussein scored in the first half and the Flyers (3-0-1) defeated the Hawks (1-1-1) in South Hiram.

Ilyas Abdi assisted on Hussein’s goal.

Luca Antonlini of Waynflete stopped seven shots. Hawks goalie Cam Cyr recorded 10 saves.

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Thursday’s girls’ roundup: Capers score late goal to win in soccer Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:07:44 +0000 CAPE ELIZABETH — Tori McGrath scored with six minutes remaining Thursday to give Cape Elizabeth a 2-1 victory against Greely in a Western Maine Conference schoolgirl soccer game.

Grace Gillian gave Cape Elizabeth (3-2) a 1-0 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half before Skylar Cooney responded for the Rangers (3-1) early in the second.

KENNEBUNK 2, FREEPORT 0: Hallie Schwartzman scored from Sarah Trill with 11 minutes left in the half and the Rams (4-1) went on to beat the Falcons (2-1) at Freeport.

Mia Murray completed the scoring from Miranda Durcan with five minutes to play. Jordan Randall made 11 saves for Freeport.

MADISON 3, WISCASSET 0: The Bulldogs (5-1) scored three second-half goals and defeated the Wolverines (3-2) at Wiscasset.

Madeline Wood scored on a penalty kick and assisted on both other goals.

Lindsey Gordon made 15 saves for Wiscasset on 32 shots.

LAKE REGION 5, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 3: Neva Leavitt scored four goals and the Lakers (2-4) held off the Raiders (3-3) as Naples.

Kalen Jordan added a goal and Lauren Jacobs had three assists for Lake Region, which led 2-1 at halftime.

Sophie Trephol had two goals and Makayla Cooper made eight saves for Fryeburg.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 4, POLAND 0: Four players scored as the Patriots (3-1) beat the Raiders (1-4) at Gray.

Emma Woods, Jordan Grant, Alexa Thayer and Mady West scored for the Patriots, who led 2-0 at halftime. Jaley Martin had two assists. Madison Simard made 14 saves for Poland.

MORSE 7, BELFAST 0: Emily Martin scored four goals to lead the Shipbuilders (3-1) past the Lions (0-4) at Belfast.

Martin scored two goals in the first half, both from Amanda Gagne. Martin added two second-half goals, and Aubrey Martin, Sierra Wallace and Noa Sreden also scored.

Marissa Parks finished with one save for Morse.

WINTHROP 2, BOOTHBAY REGION 1: Brianna Miller and Jillian Schmelzer scored a goal to lift the Ramblers (2-2-1) over the Seahawks (1-6-1) at Winthrop.

Shie Smith made six saves for Winthrop.

Tori Morin scored with 40 seconds left for Boothbay.

SACOPEE VALLEY 2, WAYNFLETE 0: Brenna Humphries’ unassisted goal broke a scoreless tie with 11:19 left in the second half, and the Hawks (4-0) held off the Flyers (2-1) at Portland.

McKenzie Murphy made it 2-0 from Hannah Manchester with 1:20 left. Ali Pope made nine saves for Waynflete and Madison Day stopped seven shots for Sacopee Valley.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 1, OCEANSIDE 1: Kaylee Porter scored from Alana York in the first half for Erskine Academy (4-0-1) against the Mariners (3-0-2) at Rockland.

Abby Veilleux scored with four minutes remaining to tie it. Rachel Joyce made 11 saves.

Caitlin Labbe stopped four shots for Erskine.

WATERVILLE 7, MEDOMAK VALLEY 0: Anika Elias and Sophie Webb each had two goals and two assists to lead the Purple Panthers (5-0) against Medomak Valley (2-3) at Waterville.

Sammi Saulter added two goals and Jordan Jabar had two assists. Sadie Garling also scored.

T.T. Brandon made seven saves for the shutout. Chelsea Ripley had 23 stops for Medomak.

BRUNSWICK 6, OXFORD HILLS 0: Kira Wolpow scored three goals to lead the Dragons (4-1) over the Vikings (0-5) at South Paris.

Lea Scrapchansky, Maeve Arthur and Emily Larochelle also scored.

Cecilia Dieterich scored for Oxford Hills from Lauren Merrill.

Krystin Payne of Oxford Hills and Beth Labbe of Brunswick each recorded 16 saves.


WESTBROOK 0, WINDHAM 0: Kimberly Goddard made four saves for Westbrook (3-0-1) and Savannah Rice stopped six shots for the Eagles (2-2-1) at Windham.

MARSHWOOD 4, NOBLE 0: Hannah Costin and Leah Glidden each had a goal and an assist to lead the Hawks (4-1) over the Knights (0-6) at South Berwick.

Mallory Nadeau and Taylor Gilbert also scored.

GORHAM 7, PORTLAND 0: Jamie Juskiewicz scored three goals and the Rams (4-1-1) cruised past the Bulldogs (2-4) at Gorham.

Grace McGouldrick added a pair of goals and Mary Adams had two assists for Gorham, which led 3-0 at halftime.

BELFAST 1, MT. VIEW 0: Kylie Nelson scored with 18:59 remaining in the first half as the Lions (5-0) defeated the Mustangs (2-3) at Thorndike.

Alexis Bowman recorded 11 saves for Mt. View. Morgan Fernald stopped five shots for Belfast.

SKOWHEGAN 5, BRUNSWICK 0: Five players scored as the Indians (4-1-1) shut out Brunswick (2-4) at Skowhegan.

Alexis Michonski, Haley Thebarge and Maliea Kelso each had a goal and an assist.


SCARBOROUGH 3, GORHAM 0: Hayley Nelson had 12 service points, six kills and four aces as the Red Storm (4-1) swept the Rams (3-2) at Scarborough.

Jordyn Cowan finished with nine service points and seven kills for Scarborough, which won, 25-14, 25-20, 25-11.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, MARSHWOOD 0: Jen Gray had 12 digs, four kills and one ace as the Capers (4-1) swept the Hawks (3-2) at Cape Elizabeth.

Marissa Sewell had seven digs and three kills, and Sarah MacDonald added eight assists and two digs for Cape in a 25-14, 25-16 and 25-12 victory.

SOUTH PORTLAND 3, THORNTON ACADEMY 0: Mollie Mawhinney had 13 kills and five aces to lead the Red Riots (2-3) at South Portland.

Laura Fortier had four kills for Thornton Academy.

Kayla Brown added 20 assists, and Kaleisha Towle had three kills and three blocks as South Portland swept the match, 25-19, 25-22, 25-12.

DEERING 3, LAKE REGION 0: Maddy Broda had 15 aces and 21 assists as the Rams (4-1) swept the Lakers (0-4) at Naples.

Kaylee Helmick added 18 aces and Dianne Dervis had seven kills for Deering, which won, 25-8, 25-12 and 25-19.

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Girls’ soccer: Adjustment pays off for Yarmouth Fri, 16 Sep 2016 02:52:46 +0000 FALMOUTH — Unbeaten Yarmouth made changes in its formation at halftime and it paid off handsomely Thursday night.

The Clippers scored three goals in the second half to beat Falmouth 4-1 in a Western Maine Conference girls’ soccer game.

“We just made a few changes in the way we tried to go forward,” said Coach Josh Thornton, in his first season with the Clippers after coaching the North Yarmouth Academy girls for three years.

The Clippers (3-0-1) placed a back striker behind forwards Sara D’Appolonia and Katie Clemmer, and that created gaps in Falmouth’s defensive back.

“Once we switched formations, we found there were really big gaps in the corners,” said Clemmer, who put the Clippers ahead for good three minutes into the second half when she took the ball from a defender with her right foot and put in a shot with her left to snap a 1-1 tie.

“Having three (attackers) up top with one dropping back a little, we found Sara and I could switch much better.”

The score was 1-1 at halftime.

D’Appolonia opened the scoring 14 minutes into the game when she intercepted a clearing pass and slammed a shot from just outside the penalty area to the left of the bubble inside the near post.

A little more than 10 minutes later, Madison Wolf tied it for the Yachtsmen (1-3) when her crossing shot from inside the penalty area bounded past goalie Meredith Lane. Lucy Mahoney drew an assist.

The Clippers held a 12-4 edge in shots in the first half but most of them came from well outside the penalty area.

“I thought if we emulated what we did in the first half against them for the full 80 minutes, we could play with them,” Falmouth Coach Andrew Pelletier said, “but you can’t let down for a minute against them.”

D’Appolonia, who also had an assist, added another goal in the 56th minute, and Cailie Decker scored with less than nine minutes left.

Thornton took over the Yarmouth program from Rich Smith, who coached the team for nearly three decades.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Thornton said. “I came into a phenomenal group and I came in with a fantastic group of freshmen.”

“They’re the best team in the state,” Pelletier said. “They played us out of the park, especially in the second half. At the same time, every goal we gave up was off silly mistakes by us. Kudos to them for finishing (their chances), but at the same time we can’t keep making mistakes playing a team as good as them.”

“Credit to the girls,” Thornton said. “They worked so hard. They never stopped and that relentlessness is dangerous. We have such a deep bench we knew we probably wouldn’t tire as quickly as they did.”

With the loss, the Yachtsmen fell to 1-3.

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Week 3: High School football predictions Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:32:31 +0000 0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:32:31 +0000 Boys’ soccer: Portland edges Marshwood 1-0 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:37:36 +0000 Zekariya Shaib scored the only goal Portland would need to defeat Marshwood 1-0 in an SMAA boys’ soccer game Thursday at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

The game remained scoreless until the final 14 minutes, when Shaib launched a shot from 25 yards that dipped under the crossbar into the back of Marshwood’s net.

“I thought it was that type of game where it went back and forth,” Portland Coach Rocco Frenzilli said.

“It was going to hinge on one team getting a break and getting the ball through.”

Portland (4-1) controlled possession for most of the game, outshooting Marshwood, 18-6. But Marshwood’s defense kept the Bulldogs scoreless until late in the second half .

Goalkeeper Sam Leathe fell to the ground while punching a Portland shot out of the box.

Unfortunately for Marshwood (2-2), Shaib was there to capitalize on the open goal.

“The goalkeeper punched at the ball and the ball came out,” Shaib recalled, “and I just shot.”

Marshwood Coach Ben Deschene credited Leathe, a senior, with keeping the Hawks in the game.

“Like normal, he’s solid. He can keep us in games even if we’re not playing where we should be,” Deschene said of Leathe. “He was talking and communicating better today, and I thought that made our defense play better.”

Leathe notched eight saves. Rowan Daligan had four for Portland.

“Their goalkeeper is the real deal,” Frenzilli said of Leathe. “Zekariya just hit a rocket from up top that dipped under the bar and in. It took something like that to beat him.”

Portland also nearly scored 16 minutes into the game when Emmanuel Yugu’s shot from 20 yards out bounced off the crossbar.

The Hawks stepped it up in the second half and created several opportunities, one in the final three minutes.

Turner Goodenough of Marshwood took one too many touches on a breakaway and fired the ball out of bounds into the side of Portland’s goal.

That was as close as the Hawks would get to taking the game to overtime.

“We need to work on generating more scoring opportunities, but I felt like we got better as the game wore on,” Deschene said. “Portland is good – they’re physical and athletic. We’re just looking to move on.”

Portland and Marshwood have had similar results this season. Both have beaten Cheverus and Windham, and lost to Thornton.

“Both teams had chances,” Frenzilli said. “Ben’s players always come prepared. They’re always ready to play, and they played very well.

“It ended up being decided by a shot that a kid made.”

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Wednesday’s high school roundup: South Portland earns girls’ soccer victory Thu, 15 Sep 2016 03:22:38 +0000 STANDISH — Julia Banks scored on a 20-yard shot to break a tie with 12 minutes remaining Wednesday night, and South Portland went on to a 3-1 victory against Bonny Eagle in an SMAA schoolgirl soccer game.

Banks’ shot broke a 1-1 tie. Victoria Nixon added a goal for the Red Riots (3-1) in the final two minutes.

Juliana Selser of the Red Riots and Cassidy Koons of Bonny Eagle (1-3) scored on direct kicks to forge the 1-1 tie.

Zoe Brown and Maria Buck alternated for five saves for South Portland. Maddie Cole saved eight shots for Bonny Eagle.

DEERING 6, BIDDEFORD 1: Mia Sargent scored the first of her two goals to ignite a five-goal first half as Deering (3-1) took command against the Tigers (0-3) at Biddeford.

Annah Rossvall, Sophie Silva, Maggie Healy and Sahar Habibzai followed with goals before Chantel Gagnon converted a penalty kick just before the half for Biddeford.

SANFORD 8, MAINE GIRLS’ ACADEMY 0: Vanessa Hodge and Julia Allen each scored twice, and Marli Wilson had a goal and an assist as Sanford (3-0) raced past the Lions (0-4) at Portland.

Molly Boissonneault, Nicole LeBlanc and Summer Camire also scored, and Nicky Perez made seven saves for the Spartans. Carly Beaulieu and Hope Olson combined for 15 saves for MGA.

TRAIP ACADEMY 9, BUCKFIELD 0: Sadie Humiston scored twice off direct kicks and converted a penalty kick to lead the Rangers (2-3) over Buckfield (2-1) at Kittery.

Emma Auclair, who also had an assist, and Yaya Dunn scored twice for Traip. Olivia Lawrence and Beti Stevens also had goals.

CHEVERUS 3, WESTBROOK 0: Lauren Jordan scored twice to lead the Stags (3-1) past the Blue Blazes (0-3-1) at Westbrook.

Emma Gallant assisted on both of Jordan’s goals. Gallant also scored with five minutes remaining.

WINDHAM 0, MARSHWOOD 0: Kaitlyn Roberts stopped seven shots for the Eagles (2-0-2) and Nathalie Clavette made four saves for Marshwood (2-1-1) at Windham.

Marshwood outshot Windham 17-12 in a match dominated by a strong wind.


NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 7, MAINE GIRLS’ ACADEMY/WAYNFETE 0: Olivia Juve, Amber Rose and Kiersten Marr led North Yarmouth Academy (3-0-2) over the Lions (0-2) at Portland.

TRAIP ACADEMY 3, SACOPEE VALLEY 2: Amelia Sullivan lifted in a shot with less than two minutes remaining, giving Traip Academy (4-1) a win against the Hawks (1-4) at South Hiram.

Sierra O’Brien’s goal staked the Rangers to a 1-0 halftime lead. Savanna Marlowe, from Haiden Sawyer, and Abby Mosson scored in the opening seven minutes of the second half to put Sacopee ahead 2-1, but Claudia Serna tied it seconds late.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, GREELY 2: Taylor Young scored in overtime to lift the Capers (2-2) past the Rangers (3-3) at Cape Elizabeth.

Julia Lennon of Cape Elizabeth scored with 46 seconds remaining in regulation to make it 2-2. Sydney Meredith-Pickett and Elizabeth Brown scored for the Rangers.

POLAND 1, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: After Jade Fox gave the Raiders (2-2-1) a 1-0 lead with 7:07 remaining in the first half, Brianna Doucette tied it for Poland (2-2-1) with 16 minutes left in regulation at Fryeburg. Ashton Sturtevant recorded 13 saves for the Knights. Bridget Fahey stopped four shots for Fryeburg.


A.R. GOULD 2, SEACOAST CHRISTIAN 1: Tyrese Collins, off a pass from Issak Aliyow, broke away for the winning goal, breaking a 1-1 with 13 minutes left as A.R. Gould (2-2) beat Seacoast Christian (1-1) at South Portland.

Abdi Ibrahim scored for Gould in the first half before Ethan Bowker tied it in the second.

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Field hockey: Freeport wins with an 8-minute surge Thu, 15 Sep 2016 01:35:49 +0000 FREEPORT — Freeport recovered from a slow start to roll to a 3-0 victory against winless Lake Region in a Class B South field hockey game Wednesday.

All the goals came in an eight-minute span that began in the first half and ended in the second.

“We (plan for the game) and we make sure we’re ready, and we then come out slow,” said Freeport Coach Marcia Wood. “It happens in nearly every game.”

The Falcons (3-1-1) were coming off Monday’s 7-2 loss to Kennebunk.

Natalie Anderson opened the scoring with less than four minutes left in the half by sending a wide-angled shot from just inside the crease into the far corner of the cage.

Two minutes into the second half, Chloe Davidson lifted a shot from the left side inside the far post following Freeport’s second penalty corner of the game.

Less than two minutes later, Maya Bradbury stuck in a rebound during a scrum in front following another corner.

“One of our goals was to limit their (penalty) corners,” Lake Region Coach Pauline Webb said. “They only had three penalty corners but unfortunately they scored on two of them.”

“We’ve been working on corners,” said Wood, in her fourth season as coach of the Falcons. “You just have to take a shot. It doesn’t have to be pretty.”

The Lakers (0-4) were awarded nine penalty corners but were unable to convert.

“We weren’t hungry enough and some of the girls just kind of froze in place,” said Webb, in her fourth season as coach of the Lakers. “We haven’t found that person who is going to finish.”

Freeport goalie Meaghan Seymour, starting for the varsity for the first time this season as a senior, came up big in the first half, when the Lakers enjoyed a slight edge in time of possession.

“She’s been waiting three years as a backup goalie and she’s really excited about playing,” Wood said. “She’s living up to her expectations.”

Seymour made four of her five saves in the first 30 minutes and posted her second shutout.

Last season, Gray-New Gloucester beat the Falcons 3-2 in the Class B South quarterfinals. This fall Freeport has its sights slightly higher.

“We’re trying to be at home (for the tournament) and avoid a prelim,” Wood said. “That’s our goal.”

Lake Region has four freshmen starters and most of its substitutes are playing on the varsity for the first time.

“The score of our games don’t show how well we’ve played,” Webb said. “We just haven’t put the ball in the cage.”

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Girls’ soccer: Red Storm, Rams finish in a scoreless tie Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:39:47 +0000 GORHAM — While the Gorham girls’ soccer team entered Wednesday’s matchup having outscored its first three opponents 22-1, Scarborough goalkeeper Emily Royce managed to keep the Rams off the board.

In a game dominated by defense, Royce notched 11 saves for Scarborough in a 0-0 tie.

“The team has worked so hard, and I knew I needed to do my part,” said Royce. “It honestly felt like a playoff game. Gorham is always a good, tough team. No matter what our record is, it’s always a good game.”

The teams were as evenly matched as the score, with Scarborough finishing with 14 shots and Gorham recording 13.

Scarborough (1-1-2) hasn’t won since topping Deering 3-1 in its opener. Since then the Red Storm tied Sanford 2-2 and fell to Bonny Eagle 1-0.

Gorham, the defending Class A South champion, is 3-0-1 but hadn’t been tested, with decisive victories against Maine Girls’ Academy, Biddeford and South Portland – all 0-3 teams.

“It’s always a game like this with Scarborough,” Gorham Coach Jeanne Zarrilli said. “Although I saw some sloppy field play, I thought we stepped up and played really hard with a lot of intensity in the end when the game was on the line.”

Both teams created a handful of opportunities in the first half, though Gorham dominated possession.

While Zarrilli said she thought her team controlled the first half, the first 20 minutes of the second half was “all theirs.”

“We were on our heels,” Zarrilli said. “It could have been 2-0 at that point.”

Scarborough opened the second half with four near goals in the first 10 minutes.

“Playing against probably the best team in the league, I thought we showed ourselves really, really well,” Scarborough Coach Mike Farley said. “The kids put everything they had out there.”

Farley said his team’s improvement stemmed more from the “passion they were playing with” rather than specific halftime adjustments.

“We just have to bear down a little bit more on the attacking end of the field and finish some of those goals,” Farley said. “I was really proud and impressed with the way they played. I haven’t seen that yet this year. It was fun to watch.”

Leah Dickman nearly scored for the Red Storm in the first minute of the second half, launching the ball from midfield on a direct kick. Gorham keeper Emma Smith couldn’t gather the shot but defender Maddie Hincher managed to sprint back and scoop the ball away from the goal with her foot.

Smith finished with 13 saves.

“We talked for a long time about covering your goalie,” Zarrilli said. “(Hincher) had a great game. I think it was a very defensive game with both defenses holding on. Their goalie made two fabulous saves.”

One of them came in the last 12 minutes of the second half on a Gorham shot headed for the far right corner of the net. Royce leaped to punch it out of bounds. Ten minutes later she had another diving save on a Hincher shot.

“Both defenses were solid,” said Gaby Panagakos of Scarborough, who just barely overshot a penalty kick early in the second half.

“We had so many opportunities but we played great. Everyone stepped up.”

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