The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram » High School Sports http://www.pressherald.com Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.4 The ultimate day for Ultimate http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/29/the-ultimate-day-for-ultimate/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/29/the-ultimate-day-for-ultimate/#comments Sun, 29 May 2016 08:00:46 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/28/the-ultimate-day-for-ultimate/ SOUTH PORTLAND — Ben Field’s first leaping attempt came up empty. But the thing about flying discs – Frisbees in common vernacular – is they can come to earth slowly. Field had time to go for a second try.

With a sprinting all-out swan dive and finger-tip snag, Field turned his second chance into a championship-winning catch for Falmouth Ultimate at Saturday’s Maine Ultimate High School spring league championship, held at Wainwright Fields.

“I wanted to catch it. I was like, ‘I can’t drop this disc. I can’t miss this,’ ” Field said. “My parents actually met playing Ultimate so I’ve been playing a while. I’ve been throwing Frisbees my whole life.”

Falmouth beat Cape, 13-4. Games are played to 13 points, with one point for each score, or to a 75-minute time limit. It was Falmouth’s third straight boys’ A Division title, all three decided with title game wins against Cape.

The Fryeburg Academy girls also completed a three-peat in convincing fashion, beating Cumberland Ultimate 13-2 despite having eight seniors working on scanty sleep due to attending Project Graduation festivities.

Ultimate isn’t sanctioned by the Maine Principals’ Association but the seven-on-seven game played by advancing the disc with throws and catches has caught on as a club option with passionate players, especially in Greater Portland.

Started in 2009 by the nonprofit Maine Ultimate organization with eight boys’ teams, this year the high school league had 45 teams representing 15 towns/schools across four divisions: Boys A, Boys B, Girls and Mixed. Northern teams from Dexter, Islesboro, Belfast and Bangor that were in the league in 2015 did not participate in the weekly sessions this spring, though Belfast (and Camden) did send teams to Saturday’s championship tournament. Also, Thornton Academy fielded teams for the first time.

Belfast beat Thornton 13-5 to win the Boys’ B division and end over five hours of competition played across 15 fields.

“Growth is really about increasing the total number of players and the total towns,” said Tom Stoughton, the high school league director and Cape Elizabeth boys’ coach. “I think this year we’ll see an increase in player participation of 10 to 20 percent.”

The sport also emphasizes good sportsmanship with foul calls and disagreements settled by players. There are no referees. The concept of Spirit of the Game is so central to the sport that USA Ultimate has trademarked the slogan.

But the athletes in Saturday’s championship games clearly wanted to win, evidenced by muddied knees and elbows, and their sweat-stained club shirts.

“We really wanted to win,” said Bridget Bailey, a Fryeburg Academy standout with her passing and deep defense. “I don’t think we’ve lost a game in three years in Maine. So we don’t accept losing. We make sure we win all the time. We always push really hard.”

Fryeburg Academy is the only program in the state considered a varsity team by its school. The Raiders practice five days a week and also travel to out-of-state tournaments, finishing third in Amherst, Massachusetts and second in Vermont.

Falmouth also has a commitment to win, beginning practice in February, spending significant money to rent indoor turf time and starting a middle school team.

“Our kids love to play, that’s the biggest thing,” Falmouth boys’ coach Dylan McPhetres said. “They play year-round and that’s what they love to do, and on top of that we have a pretty good program.”

So how does a team balance success with Spirit of the Game?

If you’re Fryeburg you do things like get together in a two-team joint huddle after your semifinal against Falmouth and discuss what you liked about the game. For the Falmouth boys it was participating in a handstand showdown with Cape’s team, which Cape won handily.

“You really have to focus on being a big person and having good sportsmanship because if you don’t it just ruins the game for everyone,” Bailey said.

“It becomes harder to draw the line, especially in high school games where there’s such tough competition,” Olin Rhoads of Falmouth said. “But there are times when there’s a foul called or something goes wrong and everyone steps back and takes a breath, and they engage in a discussion that resolves the conflict.”

The sportsmanship concept was also emphasized at the tournament with the Spirit Award, which went to the Scarborough boys and South Portland girls. After each game, teams rank their opponents’ spirit on a scale of 1-to-5.

Ultimate is still an alternative to traditional spring sports, which all boast significantly larger participation numbers. Ultimate’s participation level of 600-650 combined boys and girls most closely resembles rates for Alpine skiing (498 in 2014-15) and Nordic skiing (645).

McPhetres, the Falmouth coach, said what’s changing just as rapidly is how and when players turn to Ultimate.

“When I started playing (21 years ago) there were like three high school teams in the country,” McPhetres said. “The growth is tremendous and I think the coolest thing is as kids start to play in middle school and high school, people choose Ultimate over other sports. The difference is in the level of athletes and how dedicated people are at a young age.”

 

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Saturday’s high school roundup: Scarborough outduels Thornton http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/28/saturdays-high-school-roundup-scarborough-outduels-thornton/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/28/saturdays-high-school-roundup-scarborough-outduels-thornton/#comments Sun, 29 May 2016 01:01:19 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/28/saturdays-high-school-roundup-scarborough-outduels-thornton/ SCARBOROUGH — Morgan Pratt scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and Josh Reed pitched a three-hitter as Scarborough edged Thornton Academy 1-0 in an SMAA baseball game Saturday.

Pratt drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fifth, then stole second and advanced to third when Matt Caron lined a single for Scarborough’s first hit. Bayley Welch lofted a fly ball to right field that was deep enough for Pratt to score.

Reed (3-1) finished with five strikeouts and no walks and gave up only one hit after the first inning, helping Scarborough improve to 12-3.

Luke Chessie had two of the three singles for the Trojans (11-4).

Ben Lambert (5-1) suffered his first loss, allowing five hits – all singles – and two walks while striking out seven.

CHEVERUS 5, SANFORD 4: Logan McCarthy doubled home Tre Fletcher with the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Stags (9-6) defeated the Spartans (2-13) in Sanford.

Fletcher hit an RBI single in the first inning and Cam Dube added an RBI single in the second to put the Stags up 2-0. Sanford answered with four runs in the bottom of the second on two errors, an RBI single by Jesse Scott and a bases-loaded walk.

BONNY EAGLE 3, NOBLE 1: Noah Scribner pitched 31/3 innings of no-hit relief and the Scots (11-5) scored three runs in the third inning to defeat the Knights (2-14) in Standish.

Coby Johnson scored on Casey Rodgers’ single in the first inning to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. The Scots answered in the third with a sacrifice fly by Troy Bogdahn, an RBI single by Dana McKay and an RBI double by Drake Laughlin.

Scribner (1-0), who entered with two outs in the fourth, walked one and struck out three.

Matthew Chambers was charged with the loss despite allowing only five hits in a complete game.

SOUTH PORTLAND 3, WESTBROOK 0: Sam Troiano pitched one-hit ball into the sixth inning, scored twice and stole a pair of bases while leading the Red Riots (13-2) past Westbrook (2-13) in South Portland.

Troiano struck out seven before yielding to Griffin Kelley with one out in the sixth. Kelley held the Blue Blazes hitless the rest of the way.

Troiano scored the first run, beating the throw home on Drew Abramson’s grounder in the bottom of the fifth. Abramson eventually scored on Zach Johnson’s bases-loaded walk.

Abramson singled home Troiano in the sixth.

DEERING 4, BIDDEFORD 0: The Rams (8-7) scored four runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Tigers (3-12) in Biddeford.

Spencer Todd doubled home Patrick Viola with the tiebreaking run. Nathan Loranger added a two-run single.

Colby Dame picked up the win, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out five.

CAPE ELIZABETH 5, WELLS 2: Nate Ingalls allowed just two hits and one earned run as the Capers (11-4) beat the Warriors (7-8) in Cape Elizabeth.

Pat McDonald hit a two-run single as Cape scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead.

Dylan Roberts lifted a sacrifice fly in the first and added an RBI single during a two-run third.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

MT. ARARAT 10, OXFORD HILLS 7: Ronni Pelletier and Erin Tome tallied three times each while leading Mt. Ararat (5-9) to a victory over the Vikings (1-10) in South Paris.

Isa Blessington added two goals, and Emily Welch and Shannan Harty got one each.

BIDDEFORD 14, PORTLAND 8: Paige Laverriere and Taylor Turgeon netted four goals each to lead the Tigers (8-5) past the Bulldogs (1-9) in Portland.

Merritt Ryan had three goals and two assists for Portland.

TENNIS

STATE SINGLES: The top four seeds in both the boys’ and girls’ draws advanced to the state singles semifinals by winning two matches apiece – all in straight sets – at Lewiston High.

Of the eight semifinalists, the only one who encountered any difficulty was No. 2 girls’ seed Bethany Hammond of St. Dom’s. Hammond, last year’s runner-up, didn’t lose a game in the Round of 16, but she was tested by No. 7 seed Caroline Ray of Falmouth in a 6-4, 7-5 quarterfinal victory.

Hammond will be joined in Monday’s semifinals by No. 1 seed Lana Mavor of Yarmouth, No. 3 seed Julia Brogan of Falmouth and No. 4 seed Rosemary Campanella of Wells. Campanella breezed through both of her matches without losing a game.

Hammond, Brogan and Campanella all reached the semifinals last year. Mavor is a freshman.

Mt. Ararat’s Nick Mathieu, a two-time runner-up, made it back to the semifinals by defeating Viktor Schwarz of Thornton Academy and Alex Klemperer of Falmouth. Mathieu, the No. 1 seed, next faces fourth-seeded Michael Mills of Cape Elizabeth.

The other boys’ semifinal will be No. 2 Nick Forester of Falmouth vs. No. 3 Dariy Vykhodtsev of Thornton Academy.

The semifinals are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Bates College, followed by the finals at 1:30 p.m.

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Baseball: Gorham edges Portland in seventh inning http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/28/baseball-gorham-edges-portland-in-seventh-inning/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/28/baseball-gorham-edges-portland-in-seventh-inning/#comments Sat, 28 May 2016 17:06:25 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/28/baseball-gorham-edges-portland-in-seventh-inning/ GORHAM — David Drew delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Gorham to a 1-0 win over Portland in an SMAA baseball game Saturday morning.

Gorham improved to 10-5, while Portland fell to 11-4.

“(Portland) is one of the top teams in the conference,” said Gorham Coach Chuck Nadeau. “You have to play cleanly to beat them and we did that today.”

Kyle King led off the bottom of the seventh inning with an infield single. Then, with two outs and King on second, Drew – the team’s No. 9 hitter – connected for a line drive up the middle that skipped into center field, sending King home with the winning run.

“We finally got a timely hit. We’ve been struggling with that, so it was nice to get a big hit when we needed it,” said Nadeau.

This game featured a great pitching duel between Logan Drouin of Gorham and Charles Barnard for Portland.

Barnard took a tough loss, throwing a complete game and allowing just four hits.

“(Barnard) pitched great. He lost an extra-inning game to Thornton Academy and lost a great game today. We pitched great and had great defense,” said Portland Coach Mike Rutherford.

Drouin did not factor into the decision, as he lasted 62/3 innings, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out six.

“Logan was great all day. We got the big outs when we needed them,” said Nadeau.

Drouin found himself in some trouble in the top of the seventh after allowing the first two batters to reach base, then uncorking a wild pitch that put runners on second and third with nobody out.

The next batter hit a comebacker that deflected off Drouin’s glove to second base. The runner on third held, but drifted off the bag and considered trying to score once he saw the ball kick to second base.

“He froze and it was just poor base running,” said Rutherford. “There were two guys on and we didn’t run the bases the right way, but give (Gorham) credit because they made the play.”

After the out was recorded at first base, the runner on third got caught in a rundown and was eventually tagged out for the double play.

“(Portland) gave us an opportunity to get out of that inning and I was happy with the way we handled that,” said Nadeau. “Early in the season, we hadn’t handled that situation as well.”

Then next batter walked, ending Drouin’s outing.

“I always feel like I could go one more (batter),” said Drouin.

Sam Kilborn came on in relief and fired four fastballs to get a strikeout and end the inning..

“There’s three ways to win a game: great pitching, great defense and timely hitting. We got two out of the three,” said Rutherford.

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Friday’s boys’ roundup: NYA wins in overtime in lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/fridays-boys-roundup-nya-wins-in-overtime-in-lacrosse/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/fridays-boys-roundup-nya-wins-in-overtime-in-lacrosse/#comments Sat, 28 May 2016 03:05:02 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/fridays-boys-roundup-nya-wins-in-overtime-in-lacrosse/ YARMOUTH — Trevor Lachance scored with a minute left in overtime Friday to give North Yarmouth Academy a 7-6 victory against Greely in a schoolboy lacrosse game.

Lachance had three goals and two assists, Sam Johnson added a pair of goals and an assist, and Jeremy Thelven and Ryan Baker also scored for NYA (3-8).

Ben Kennedy had two goals for Greely (5-6). Alex Wetmore and Tim Coyle each had a goal and an assist.

CHEVERUS 9, PORTLAND 5: Marco Giancotti and Finn Cawley had three goals each as the Stags (7-4) downed the visiting Bulldogs (4-7) at Portland.

Mackenzie Hoglund had a pair of goals for Cheverus, Alex Nason added a goal and Max Coffin finished with two assists.

Drake McGhie and Robert Nolan each had a pair of goals, and Sam Shaw also scored for Portland.

Sean Walsh stopped 11 shots for the Stags.

SOUTH PORTLAND 19, MASSABESIC 1: Jake Angell scored five goals for the Red Riots (6-5), who received goals from 10 players and handled the Mustangs (4-7) at Waterboro.

David Fiorini and Cooper Melhorn each had three goals and three assists for South Portland. Finn Zechman added a pair of goals.

Kevin Nguyen scored for Massabesic.

Quinn Watson had 10 saves for the Red Riots. Blake Foglio stopped 13 shots for the Mustangs.

MARSHWOOD 12, NOBLE 11: Henry Honkonen had five goals to lead the Hawks (1-10) over the Knights (1-10) at South Berwick.

Phil Butler added three goals and Nevan Collins scored twice for Marshwood. Logan Pomerleau scored five goals to lead Noble, Wyatt St. Pierre added three and Jordan Armenta saved 22 shots.

WESTBROOK 11, THORNTON ACADEMY 8: Curtis Knapton scored four goals to lead the Blue Blazes (8-3) over the Golden Trojans (8-3) at Saco.

Grayson Post of Westbrook recorded two goals and three assists. John Tibbetts added two goals and one assist. Alex LeBlanc had 15 saves.

Noah Edborg scored three goals for Thornton.

CAPE ELIZABETH 14, YARMOUTH 6: R.J. Sarka and Owen Thoreck each finished with four goals and one assist as the Capers (11-0) downed the Clippers (7-4) at Cape Elizabeth.

Riley Pillsbury added three goals and two assists for the Capers, Jay Bottomley had one goal and two assists.

Walter Conrad scored twice for Yarmouth.

BASEBALL

TRAIP ACADEMY 3, WELLS 2: Alex Foye threw out the potential tying run at the plate to end the game as the Raiders (11-4) edged the Warriors (7-7) at Kittery.

Coleman Pelkey had a pair of hits, including a solo homer in the bottom of the second to start the scoring for Traip, and Henry Driscoll had a pair of singles and scored twice.

Driscoll scored to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning from third on a suicide squeeze from Foye.

Charlie Bell had two singles, scored a run and reached four times for Wells. Scott Ramsey added a pair of hits and an RBI.

Trevor Salema picked up the win with four innings of relief, allowing one unearned run and striking out two.

YARMOUTH 8, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: Conor O’Donnell hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning and the Clippers (9-5-1) broke the game open with a three-run fifth to beat the Patriots (3-12) at Yarmouth.

O’Donnell also doubled, and Joe DeFusco added two hits and an RBI. Tyler Waaler also tripled for the Clippers.

Andrew Kinsman allowed no earned runs on five hits and two walks, striking out two.

KENNEBUNK 4, YORK 3: The Rams (6-9) overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to rally past the Wildcats (11-5) at Kennebunk.

York scored three in the first inning off an infield error, and RBI singles by Forrest Kelley and Andrew Rodrigues.

Justin Wiggins of Kennebunk scored twice and bunted the winning run into scoring position in the sixth. It later scored on an error.

Eric Aiken picked up the win, pitching six innings, allowing six hits and striking out six.

OCEANSIDE 6, BELFAST 1: Nick Mazurek struck out 13 and the Mariners (12-3) scored five runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Lions (8-7) at Belfast.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Mazurek. The Lions tied it in the fourth when Lucien Smith doubled and later scored on an error.

With the bases loaded in the eighth, three Mariners scored after being hit by pitches, another on a walk and another on a squeeze.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 3, MORSE 0: Nate Howard and Zack Glidden combined on a two-hit shutout as the Eagles (12-3) beat Morse (4-11) at Bath.

Howard went five innings and gave up the two hits, striking out 10. Caleb Barden hit a two-run double for the Eagles.

LAKE REGION 2, SACOPEE VALLEY 1: Ryan Hodgdon singled in Mark Mayo in the eighth inning as the Lakers (2-13) defeated the Hawks (12-3) at South Hiram.

Tristen Chaine’s sacrifice fly in the fifth scored Chase Weese to put the Lakers up 1-0. Jared Jordan of Sacopee led off the seventh with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice to force extra innings.

Roderick Maynard of Sacopee allowed four hits and struck out 12 over seven innings. Nate Smith of Lake Region allowed five hits and struck out five over seven innings.

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Friday’s girls’ roundup: Yarmouth wins in softball http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/fridays-girls-roundup-yarmouth-wins-in-softball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/fridays-girls-roundup-yarmouth-wins-in-softball/#comments Sat, 28 May 2016 02:57:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/fridays-girls-roundup-yarmouth-wins-in-softball/ YARMOUTH — Eleanor O’Gorman hit a two-run double as part of a four-run fifth inning Friday as Yarmouth downed Gray-New Gloucester 7-2 in a Western Maine Conference softball game.

Mari Cooper added an RBI single in the inning, and also allowed one earned run on five hits, striking out three.

Hannah Merrill doubled twice for the Clippers (12-3), and Sydney St. Pierre and Colleen Sullivan added two hits apiece.

Skye Conley had two hits and an RBI for Gray-New Gloucester (10-5). Alison Martell allowed two earned runs and struck out three.

DEERING 5, MCAULEY 1: Sydney Giroux had three hits, including a triple, scored twice and drove in a run to lead the Rams (4-12) over the visiting Lions (3-13) at Portland.

Kaytlin DiBiase gave up one unearned in a four-hitter for the Rams, striking out five and walking three.

DiBiase and Abby Elowitch each hit two singles for the Rams. Cassidy Coyne and Maddy Broda drove in one run apiece.

Kim Fisher hit a pair of singles for McAuley.

TRAIP ACADEMY 9, POLAND 0: Reilly Eddy struck out eight and walked one in a five-hitter, and also drove in pair of runs for the Rangers (9-6) against the Knights (3-13) at Kittery.

Sierra O’Brien and Kiara Perez each hit a double and a single for the Rangers. O’Brien finished with two RBI and Perez had one.

Jess Segura also drove in two runs for the Rangers, who scored six runs in the second inning and three in the fourth.

NOBLE 9, WINDHAM 6: Kassidy Lessard drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double during a six-run sixth inning as the Knights (10-6) rallied past the Eagles (11-5) at North Berwick.

Kendra Silvers also hit a two-run double in the sixth, and Mackenzie Aleva and Kasey Poligni added RBI singles.

Shaughnessey Gower finished with three hits for the Knights.

Taylor Tibbetts had four hits for Windham, including a double.

OCEANSIDE 6, BELFAST 0: Kristina Ferguson threw a four-hitter, striking out six and walking none as the Mariners (15-0) shut out the Lions (4-11) at Belfast.

Freshman Hannah Moholland of Oceanside had three doubles and scored twice, and Ari Curtis added a double and a single.

Kelli Faulkingham had a pair of singles for Belfast.

SACOPEE VALLEY 13, LAKE REGION 1: The Hawks (7-9) scored four runs in the first inning on two-run singles by McKenzie Fox and Haiden Sawyer, and beat the Lakers (2-13) in five innings at South Hiram.

Maddie Day was 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run for Sacopee Valley. Grace Sanborn added a pair of singles.

Jacqueline Morse had a double and a single, and Haley Fernald homered in the fourth for the Lakers.

GREELY 4, CAPE ELIZABETH 2: Charlotte Benoit had two hits and two RBI to lead the Rangers (12-3) over the Capers (10-5) at Cumberland.

Greely scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

Anna Torre, Megan Nicholson and Kelly O’Sullivan each had two hits for Cape Elizabeth.

MARSHWOOD 11, MASSABESIC 2: Emily Robida pitched a one-hitter and had four RBI to lead the Hawks (8-8) over the Mustangs (9-7) at South Berwick.

Robida hit an RBI triple in the first inning, a two-run single in the third and an RBI single in the sixth.

Lacey Bean homered for the Mustangs in the sixth.

YORK 15, KENNEBUNK 1: Stephanie Rundlett hit a three-run homer in the first inning and struck out nine in a no-hitter as the Wildcats (15-1) downed the Rams (4-11) in five innings at Kennebunk.

Sophia Stephens added a two-run triple during a five-run second as the Wildcats extended their lead to 8-0.

Rundlett and Maeve Campbell finished with three hits apiece. Stephens, Wendy Donnell and Olivia Coughlin each had two for York.

Kennebunk scored in the third when Elizabeth Elkington walked and later came in on a groundout by Malori Cole.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 6, MORSE 3: Erskine (8-7) scored five runs in the seventh inning to rally past the Shipbuilders (7-8) at Bath.

Mackenzie Gayer went 2 for 3 with two walks, two RBI and a run for Erskine.

LACROSSE

GREELY 14, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 7: Kelsey Otley scored five goals and Maegan Dougherty added four to lead the Rangers (5-6) over the Panthers (3-8) at Cumberland.

Isabelle Coleman and Emily Taylor scored two goals apiece for NYA. MacKenzie Sangster added one goal and one assist.

MT. ARARAT 10, BRUNSWICK 7: Erin Tome scored four goals to lead the Eagles (4-6) over the Dragons (2-9) at Topsham.

Emily Welch added three goals, and Ana Knight, Ronni Pelletier and Isabella Blessington each had one for Mt. Ararat. Casi Perow recorded seven saves.

Jenna Brooks scored four goals, Amelia Hawley had two and Dina Murphy one for Brunswick. Mikaela Asachbrenner had 13 saves.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 10, LINCOLN ACADEMY 3: Christina Hodgkins scored three goals and Katlyn Hustus added two for the Eagles at South China.

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Baseball: Strong finish for Greely http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/baseball-strong-finish-for-greely/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/baseball-strong-finish-for-greely/#comments Sat, 28 May 2016 01:33:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/baseball-strong-finish-for-greely/ CUMBERLAND — Two-time defending Class B baseball state champion Greely completed its regular season on an upswing Friday.

The Rangers pounded 13 hits to cruise to an 8-4 win against Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference game.

“We got three good wins this week to hopefully build a little momentum heading into the playoffs,” Greely Coach Derek Soule said.

Earlier in the week, the Rangers (11-4-1) eked out a 2-1 win over Wells and then beat Lake Region 7-1.

Greely bested Marshall Peterson, who held the Rangers to one hit just two weeks ago in a 1-0 Cape Elizabeth win.

“(Peterson) shut us out this year and he shut us out the last game of the regular season last year,” Soule said. “It was a nice confidence boost.”

Left-hander Caleb Normandeau scattered seven hits in five innings to earn the win. Ryan Twitchell retired the last six batters in order to earn his second save of the season.

“The last time we played them, it was the same pitching matchup,” Soule said, “but when you’re at Cape Elizabeth and the wind’s blowing in, it’s a tough day to hit for both sides.”

Friday, the wind was blowing out.

“The ball was carrying today,” Soule said. “Total opposite of the environment the first time we met (this season).”

“They had already seen (Peterson) once, so they know how he pitches,” Cape Elizabeth Coach Andrew Wood said. “He was kind of up in the zone, and they were kind of fastball swingers, and he kind of had an off day.”

Eight of Greely’s nine batters hit safely.

“Our preparation was good,” Soule said. “We had a better idea of the approach to take. Our guys just need to be a little more aggressive when they have pitches (they can handle).”

The Rangers scored four unearned runs in the first inning. They loaded the bases on an error and singles by Normandeau and Matt Pisini. Brad Spoerri drove a two-out, bases-clearing double deep into the gap in left, then moved up on an overthrow to the plate and scored on Austin Nowinski’s infield hit.

The Capers (11-4) scored their first two runs in the second on a walk, a single by Jack O’Rourke and the only two errors committed by the Rangers.

Luke Miller led off the bottom of the second with a double, moved to third on the first of Justin Leeman’s three singles and scored on Cal Soule’s sacrifice fly.

The Rangers added two more runs in the third. Nowinski singled, Miller walked, and Leeman, Normandeau and Soule hit consecutive two-out singles to make it 7-2.

The Capers closed to within 7-4 in the fifth on singles by Nate Ingalls and Brendan Tinsman and a double by Dylan Roberts. But Normandeau avoided any more trouble by retiring the next three batters.

“Normandeau didn’t have his best stuff, but he gave us five gutsy innings,” Coach Soule said. “He did what he needed to do.”

Greely completed the scoring in the sixth on a single by Leeman and a double by Soule.

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Softball: Scarborough extends streak with comeback win http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/softball-scarborough-extends-streak-with-comeback-win/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/softball-scarborough-extends-streak-with-comeback-win/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 22:53:03 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/softball-scarborough-extends-streak-with-comeback-win/ SCARBOROUGH — When you think about it, it’s actually pretty simple: if you want to beat Scarborough High’s powerhouse softball team, all you have to do is play a perfect game.

Biddeford, as it has so often, came close Friday afternoon. But the Tigers blinked in the bottom of the seventh inning and Scarborough scored two runs with two outs to grab a stunning 4-3 victory. The Red Storm strung together four consecutive hits, with Chloe Griffin knocking in the tying run and Kaleigh Scoville the winner with a single to center.

It was Scarborough’s only lead of the game and capped a third straight 16-0 regular season for the Red Storm, who will go into the regional playoffs as the No. 1 seed in Class A South. Third-ranked Biddeford is 12-4.

“We come here, we play seven solid innings and … they find a way, they find a way,” said Biddeford Coach Ray Magnant. “I think this team can play with anybody in the league and we showed it today. Now we’ve just got to put together seven mistake-free innings, because that’s what it takes to beat this team.”

It was Scarborough’s 57th consecutive regular-season victory. Given that 11 of Scarborough’s wins this year have been by at least 10 runs, it was also a very satisfying win.

“You can’t get any better softball than that,” said Scoville. “Throughout the season, some of the games haven’t been that close. It’s just nice to be in that environment and see that we can still produce.”

Biddeford scored all its runs in the first inning on a towering three-run homer by sophomore catcher Brook Davis, perhaps the most dangerous hitter in the conference. But the Tigers were held in check the rest of the way, first by starter Abbie Murrell and then by Griffin, who came in to pitch in the fifth.

Biddeford starter Kirsten Lebreux was very effective as well. She gave up a run in the first, then had the Red Storm off balance. At one point, she produced eight outs on 12 pitches.

Then in the sixth, two infield errors led to a Scarborough run that cut it to 3-2. But freshman shortstop Grace Martin threw out the potential tying run at the plate.

In the seventh, Biddeford center fielder Jocelyn Moody made a spectacular backhanded diving catch in the left-center field gap for the first out. A grounder to third baseman Erin Martin produced the second out.

But Scarborough pinch-hitter Hunter Greenleaf reached on an infield single. Then Maggie Murphy lined a pitch off Lebreux’s leg, the ball ricocheting away, with Greenleaf going to third.

Up came Griffin. On a 1-1 pitch, she grounded a single up the middle to score Greenleaf with the tying run.

“Those are the moments we practice for, that we love,” said Griffin. “We live for those moments with the runner on third, bottom of the seventh.”

Three pitches later, Scoville lined a single to center and the speedy Murphy scored the winning run. “I just wanted to get a single,” said Scoville. “I have confidence in Maggie. She’s so fast, I knew if I hit anything in the outfield she was scoring.”

“They’re just confident hitters,” said Scarborough Coach Tom Griffin. “We got together and some of the kids said, ‘This was fun.’ This is what we’ve been waiting for. And they were nice and relaxed.”

And so Scarborough again is undefeated going into the playoffs.

“Obviously it’s special, but it’s not really what we’re going for,” said Scoville. “We’re not finished yet.”

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Cheverus hires Mike Vance as football coach http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/cheverus-hires-mike-vance-as-football-coach/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/cheverus-hires-mike-vance-as-football-coach/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 18:36:22 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/27/cheverus-hires-mike-vance-as-football-coach/ Mike Vance gets it. People are probably going to ask: Do you really want to be the guy who replaces legendary high school football coach John Wolfgram?

“He is a tough act to follow but I’m pretty good at being Mike Vance. I know how to do that and I think the kids feel good about that, too,” Vance said.

Vance, 46, was announced as Cheverus High’s new football coach Friday. Vance has been Cheverus’ junior varsity football coach and the varsity team’s defensive coordinator the past 10 seasons, coming to the school with Wolfgram in 2006.

Wolfgram, 67, who is staying at Cheverus as an English teacher, retired as football coach in April. In 40 seasons as a head coach at four schools, Wolfgram’s teams went 309-92-1 and won 10 state championships – the last two at Cheverus in 2010 and 2011.

“He has a knowledge of the system that has been effective here the past 10 years,” Athletic Director Gary Hoyt said.

“He has the enthusiasm of doing well in his first head coaching assignment. He brings a huge desire to learn and grow.”

A 1988 graduate of South Portland High and resident of Scarborough, Vance played high school football for Wolfgram. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, Vance’s first assistant coaching job was on Wolfgram’s staff at South Portland in the early 1990s.

He then was an assistant coach at Gorham under his father Jay Vance and at Scarborough as part of Jack Flynn’s staff.

Vance’s father and Wolfgram started side-by-side on the offensive line for three seasons at University of Maine, Wolfgram at center and Jay Vance at left guard.

Vance said he won’t hesitate to seek out Wolfgram for advice.

“Wouldn’t you?” Vance said. “He’s offered to help me in any way that I’d like and I told him I’ll probably be calling him twice a day for awhile. We have a very good relationship. He’s been a coach, a mentor and a family friend.”

Cheverus finished 6-4 last season, losing to Windham in the regional semifinal.

Cheverus will likely continue to employ the Wing-T offense and stress doing a few things very well. Most of the Stags’ previous coaching staff will remain, Vance said.

“I am who I am and I’m deeply rooted in the Wing-T principles, and I believe those principles allow you to compete with a variety of athletes,” Vance said.

Cheverus senior Dan Baker, a former two-way starter, said Vance has the support of the athletes.

“There was no one else we were rooting for to get the job,” Baker said.

Justin Johnson, a senior captain of the 2015 team, was another player who sought out Vance to extend congratulations after Friday’s announcement.

Vance quickly turned the conversation toward Johnson, asking detailed questions about Johnson’s future college football plans at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

“He’s very involved with each player specifically,” Johnson said.

“He knows everyone’s name and he makes it a point to get to know you on a personal level as much as you can get.”

This is the first time Vance has applied for a head coaching job.

“I didn’t want to leave what we had here and also, my family wasn’t ready,” Vance said. “Our kids are young and my wife travels a lot for business.”

Mike Vance is the stay-at-home father of daughters, Abigail, 7, and Grace, 5. His wife Mercedes Vance is a national executive search consultant who helps colleges and universities fill administrative positions.

For Vance, becoming the Cheverus football coach was the right fit at the right time.

“You try to think to yourself, ‘why do I want this,’ ” he said. “The answer for me was clear. The culture here is one of respect and support, and it may sound cliche but it’s like family here. It doesn’t take long before you feel like you belong.”

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Thursday’s girls roundup: Marshwood triumphs in lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/thursdays-girls-roundup-marshwood-triumphs-in-lacrosse/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/thursdays-girls-roundup-marshwood-triumphs-in-lacrosse/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 03:00:14 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/thursdays-girls-roundup-marshwood-triumphs-in-lacrosse/ SACO — Hannah Costin scored three goals Thursday night to lead Marshwood to a 4-2 victory against Thornton Academy in a schoolgirl lacrosse game.

Marin Smith added a goal and two assists, and Skyler Amsden stopped 12 shots for Marshwood (11-1), which led 3-1 at halftime.

Faith Sinclair and Paige LeBlanc each scored goals to lead the Trojans (8-3). Meaghan Stephenson had nine saves.

MASSABESIC 17, SOUTH PORTLAND 6: Maquila Dimastrantonio had six goals to lead the Mustangs (10-1) over the Red Riots (6-6) at South Portland.

Delia Sylvain added four goals, and Marissa Thyng, Madison Drain and Allison Irish each added a pair of goals. Keilly Lynch had one goal.

Jena Leckie and Mary Cronin each had two goals to lead South Portland. Maddie Hasson had a goal and two assists and Molly Walker added a goal and an assist.

WINDHAM 7, MCAULEY 1: Katie Skvorak had six goals to lead all scorers as the Eagles (9-2) led 2-1 at halftime and pulled away from the Lions (2-9) at Portland.

Mya Mannette added a goal for Windham. Zoe Mazur scored for McAuley.

Grace Sawyer made nine saves for the Eagles. Jordyn Carr stopped seven shots for the Lions.

YARMOUTH 14, CAPE ELIZABETH 4: Eliza Lunt had five goals for the Clippers (9-2) as they easily got past the Capers (3-8) at Yarmouth.

Molly Wilson, Lilly Watson and Cory Langenbach each contributed two goals and an assist for Yarmouth.

Chloe Chapin and Mariah Deschino each had a pair of goals for Cape Elizabeth.

Mary Kate Gunneville stopped seven shots for the Clippers.

MORSE 9, GARDINER 3: Amanda Gagne scored a hat trick to lead the way on Senior Night as the Shipbuilders (10-1) cruised past the Tigers (7-4) at Bath.

Isabella Paulus had two goals for Morse, and Madison Savary and Noa Sreden each added a goal and two assists.

Madelin Walker, Bryce Smith and Evelyn Hinkley scored for Gardiner.

Zenaide McCarthy had five saves for the Shipbuilders, and Kaylin Mansir stopped nine shots for the Tigers.

BIDDEFORD 16, NOBLE 5: Paige Laverriere scored seven goals to pace the offense as the Tigers (7-4) handled the Knights (2-9) at Biddeford.

Camryn Mckeown had four goals and two assists, Taylor Turgeon had two goals and dished out four assists and Hailey Allen added two goals and an assist.

Megan Bataran had three goals and an assist to lead Noble.

Rebekah Guay and Eliza Gilliam combined for eight saves for the Tigers.

SOFTBALL

SCARBOROUGH 2, WINDHAM 0: Katie Verreault broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run and the Red Storm (14-0) held on to beat the Eagles (11-4) at Windham.

Lilly Volk pitched a four-hitter for Scarborough, allowing one walk and striking out 12. The Red Storm added another run in the sixth: Maggie Murphy tripled and later scored on a single from Kaleigh Scoville.

Windham had its best opportunity to score with runners on first and third with one out in the fourth, but Volk struck out the next two batters to end the inning. Danielle Tardiff of the Eagles allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 6, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 1: Nicole Bennett went the distance, allowing one unearned run on two hits, striking out seven as the Raiders (10-5) cruised past the Seagulls (0-16) at Fryeburg.

Old Orchard scored in the top of the second on a throwing error. Fryeburg answered in the bottom of the third with three runs, highlighted by a Bennett two-run double.

The Raiders added three runs in the fourth when Mackenzie Buzzell lined a two-run double and she was driven home on an RBI single from Lexi L’Heureux-Carland.

CARRABEC 8, MT. ABRAM 3: Mickayla Willette had two singles and three RBI to pace the Cobras (10-5) over Mt. Abram (3-11) at Salem.

Baylee Atwood, Liberty Chestnut, Mel Clark and Sam LeBeau each chipped in two singles for Carrabec.

Kiley Holt had a double and a single for Mt. Abram and Meg Marble added a double.

WEDNESDAY’S SOFTBALL

PORTLAND 3, WINDHAM 2: Jessica Brown tripled with one out in the top of the eighth and Isabelle Dimillo drove her in with a double for the go-ahead run as the Bulldogs (8-7) outlasted the Eagles (11-3) at Windham.

Lauren Talbot lined a triple to score Katie Hunter to score the tying run with one out for Windham in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Thursday’s boys’ roundup: Deering rallies in baseball http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/thursdays-boys-roundup-deering-rallies-in-baseball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/thursdays-boys-roundup-deering-rallies-in-baseball/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 02:50:32 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/thursdays-boys-roundup-deering-rallies-in-baseball/ Deering scored three runs in the sixth inning Thursday night, rallying to a 4-3 victory against Bonny Eagle in an SMAA baseball game at Hadlock Field.

The highlights of the sixth for the Rams (10-6) were a triple by James Sinclair, and run-scoring singles by Ben Jones and Orey Dutton.

Dutton finished with three hits to lead Deering, and Sinclair and Nate Loranger each added a pair of hits.

Sinclair, the winning pitcher, went the distance, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out nine and walking one against the Scots (8-8).

THORNTON ACADEMY 9, SANFORD 4: Brandon Hall went 4 for 4 with an RBI and scored a run as the Golden Trojans (11-3) defeated the Spartans (2-12) at Saco.

Trailing 1-0, Thornton Academy scored five runs in the third inning, including run-scoring singles by Brady Lambert, Adam Gibbons and Hall.

Brad Bouchard and Keith Kerrigan each had a pair of singles for Sanford.

PORTLAND 8, MASSABESIC 1: Jake Knop capped a five-run third inning with an RBI triple and the Bulldogs (11-3) beat the Mustangs (5-8) at Portland.

Thomas Joyce and Zack Fortin each had RBI singles during the outburst. Portland scored three runs in the first inning. Knop led off with a triple and later scored on a single from Dominic Tocci. Nick Archambault hit another triple scoring two and giving Portland a 3-0 lead.

Massabesic responded with a run in the top of the third. Josh Daigle led off with a single and later scored on an error.

Daniel Marzilli pitched a strong game for Portland, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five. Knop tripled twice, Archambault had two hits and John Williams and Joe Fusco each added a pair of hits.

NOBLE 8, WESTBROOK 4: The Knights (2-12) scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead for good as they got past the Blue Blazes (2-11) at North Berwick.

Noble took advantange of a pair of Westbrook errors to load the bases, and got sacrifice flies from Tyler Merrill and Kasey Rogers.

Derek Corbett and Dylan Francoeur each had a pair of hits for the Blue Blazes.

CHEVERUS 12, BIDDEFORD 5: Alex Jacobs went 3 for 3 with four runs scored and also pitched a complete game to lead the Stags (8-6) over the Tigers (3-11) at Portland.

Jacobs gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out three and Jared Brooks went 2 for 5 with three RBI, including a run-scoring double during a four-run fourth to help break the game open for Cheverus.

Joey Curit went 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs, and also hit a two-run single as part of a four-run fifth inning for Biddeford. Jason Vadnais added two hits.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 4, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 3: Tucker Buzzell had a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to help the Raiders (4-11) beat the Seagulls (8-7) at Fryeburg.

The Raiders trailed 3-2 going into the seventh but three straight walks loaded the bases, and Hunter Day scored on a fielder’s choice from Jones to tie the game 3-3. Day also hit a two-run triple in the fifth to give Fryeburg a 2-1 lead.

Old Orchard responded with two runs in the sixth. Evan O’Donnell doubled in Thomas Fregeau, who led off the inning with a single. O’Donnell later scored on a single from Brown.

Keegan Jones picked up the win for Fryeburg, allowing three runs on 10 hits and striking out four in a complete-game effort. Dylan Creswell went 3 for 4 with a run scored for Old Orchard.

SCARBOROUGH 3, WINDHAM 1: Mitch Wedge went the distance, allowing one run on eight hits, fanning six and walking one as the Red Storm (11-3) downed the Eagles (4-10) at Windham.

Scarborough scored a run in the third on a wild pitch, added a run in the fourth as Bayley Welsh scored on a Connor Kelly single, and Cam Seymour drove in Tim Carion with a single in the fifth to round out the scoring.

Windham scored its lone run in the sixth inning as Tyler Johnson scored on a Kobe Lauzier single. Josh Reed had a pair of hits, including a triple, for the Red Storm.

MARSHWOOD 3, GORHAM 2: Aidan Place drove in the go-ahead run with a single as part of a three-run fifth inning and the Hawks (9-5) held on to beat the Rams (9-7) at Gorham.

Nick Landis hit a sacrifice fly to score Clint Knowles, and Cole McDaniel, who scored on Place’s single, drove in the second run to make it 2-2. Gorham scored its runs in the first on fielder’s choices from Cameron Smith and Gerek Brown.

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Girls’ lacrosse: Waynflete beats York http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/girls-lacrosse-waynflete-beats-york/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/girls-lacrosse-waynflete-beats-york/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 00:44:16 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/girls-lacrosse-waynflete-beats-york/ At halftime of their Senior Day game against visiting York, the graduating players on the Waynflete girls’ lacrosse team dug deep to find some added motivation for the second half.

It paid off for the Flyers, who came together on the offensive end after the break to beat the Wildcats 5-3 on Thursday.

“Us seniors, we were kind of like, ‘This can’t be our last home game,’ ” said Nina Moore. “We want home-field advantage in the playoffs. We just kind of built off each other’s energy.”

Fellow seniors Anne Veroneau, Charlotte Majercik, Christian Rowe and Meredith Smith helped spark the comeback win, and were honored for their contributions to the program before the game.

“This has been a transition year for us because we have a lot of young players,” said Waynflete Coach Cathie Connors. “The seniors are just wonderful role models and wonderful leaders. They just play and set the tone.”

Moore scored a pair of goals in the second half for the Flyers (8-3) to help catapult her team to a win that can only solidify their postseason standing.

“She’s a senior. She’s fully in control,” said Connors. “She loves the games and loves to play hard. When the stakes get higher, she gets better.”

Moore was able to cash in twice because of Waynflete’s improved offense after the break, which was kick-started right from the opening play of the second half when Veroneau, who also had two assists, won the faceoff.

“Getting the first draw of the half was really important for us,” Moore said. “Just getting the possession and we went from there. We needed something to trigger us, to strike that match. That first possession kind of set us on fire.”

Sophomore Laura Baginski took a pass from Veroneau just under four minutes into the second half and buried a game-tying score.

Just over a minute later, Moore put Waynflete on top for the first time, and it held a lead the rest of the way.

The Flyers tacked on a fourth goal on an Izzy Burdick finish 59 seconds after Moore’s first goal. Moore rounded out the scoring with 11:36 with Veroneau getting her second assist of the day.

On the other end of the field, a solid defensive effort was anchored by Majercik – who made an impressive 12 saves at goalkeeper in the win.

“She did a great job,” said York Coach Jodie Lawlor. “She really did a nice job in goal. We had our opportunities. We just couldn’t convert today. This league has a lot of good goalies and if you don’t move them, they don’t have to do much, but she saved a ton of low shots. We thought it was a very bouncy field around the goal but just did a great job today. We certainly tested her.”

Added Moore: “Char is phenomenal. Every game she gets better. We’re doing a really good job communicating. What really helped today was that communication and trusting each other, because we couldn’t have done it if we didn’t know another person was going to pick up a cutting player or something like that.”

The Wildcats (7-3) got two goals from Allie Lawlor and one from Emma Ford. Martha McCaddin chipped in a pair of assists while Mackenzie Mallett added one.

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Girls’ lacrosse: Kennebunk needs overtime to edge Falmouth, 7-6 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/girls-lacrosse-kennebunk-needs-overtime-to-edge-falmouth-7-6/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/girls-lacrosse-kennebunk-needs-overtime-to-edge-falmouth-7-6/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/26/girls-lacrosse-kennebunk-needs-overtime-to-edge-falmouth-7-6/ FALMOUTH — With regulation time running down, Kennebunk High girls’ lacrosse scoring standout Kyra Schwartzman cut toward goal, raised her stick, saw a pass come her way – and missed the ball.

“When I came off the field I was pretty mad at myself but it doesn’t matter because we still had the chance to go to overtime,” Schwartzman said.

Schwartzman got another chance 32 seconds into the second three-minute overtime period. This time she caught Olivia Sandford’s pass cleanly and rattled a shot off both sides of the cage before it bounced behind Falmouth goalie Mary Budri for the 7-6 Kennebunk victory.

“Kyra made an awesome cut inside and I had the lane to feed her,” Sandford said.

Both teams entered the game with 10-0 records. Both rallied from multi-goal deficits.

Kennebunk in all likelihood has clinched the top seed in Class B South with one regular-season game against North Yarmouth Academy remaining. Falmouth (10-1) probably will be the No. 2 seed.

That means a rematch of last year’s regional championship won by Kennebunk could be in the offing.

“Honestly I’m so pumped that we don’t have that weight of having a perfect season, that undefeated season, on our shoulders going into playoffs,” Falmouth Coach Kait Johnson said. “I definitely see us contending for the (regional) and states this year so we’ll get them on the flip side.”

Falmouth, which starts four freshmen, was the first team to lead senior-dominated Kennebunk. It led 3-1 when Sydney Bell converted on a fast-break chance with 4:08 left in the first half. Bell earlier assisted on goals by Devon Sarazin and Olivia Stucker.

“We learned a lot about ourselves today,” Kennebunk Coach Annie Barker said. “We had not been down before and we now know we can come back.”

Kennebunk tied the game by halftime on goals from Schwartzman and Jenny Bush, then opened up a 6-3 lead in the second half on one goal by Schwartzman and two from Carly Sandler

Then the Rams learned that other top teams – like Falmouth – can also rally.

Sarazin threaded an assist to London Bernier, who converted on a quick shot with 5:19 to play.

Then Sarazin dodged by defenders in a rush through the midfield that eventually drew a shooting space violation on the recovering Kennebunk defense. Sarazin converted with 4:01 left.

Olivia Stucker tied the game 15 seconds later after Bell negated Bush’s draw control and Falmouth came up with a scrambling 50-50 ball.

“When the pressure got tough, we kind of, some of us, started to unravel,” Barker said. “So we’ll work on a lot of composure things because we’ve never been tested that way mentally.”

Barker dismissed the notion that being undefeated adds pressure to her team. What could be a real factor in a potential rematch is Falmouth’s team speed, which played a role in slowing Kennebunk’s lethal transition game.

“Our ride is pretty tough and we’re a very fast team so we mark up well and we stop ball,” Johnson said. “We turn people with our feet and we body up with our forearm, not our stick.”

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Boys’ lacrosse: Westbrook beats Cheverus http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/boys-lacrosse-westbrook-beats-cheverus/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/boys-lacrosse-westbrook-beats-cheverus/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 03:16:22 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/boys-lacrosse-westbrook-beats-cheverus/ WESTBROOK — The plan for the Westbrook High boys’ lacrosse team Wednesday night was to score against Cheverus, then trust faceoff specialist Noah Oliver to get the ball back and build momentum.

Oliver did his part and the Blue Blazes went on to a 9-7 victory against the Stags.

The Blue Blazes (7-3) scored two goals in less than a minute four times, largely due to Oliver’s prowess at midfield.

“Noah Oliver is one of the best faceoff guys in the state,” said Curtis Knapton, the Westbrook captain. “We’ve been saying that all year. We know if we score a goal, we know we can get it back. He really gets us rolling.”

Oliver won 13 of a possible 17 faceoffs to allow the Blazes to control the ball in the Stags’ end for a large portion of the game.

“Winning the faceoffs, which Noah always does, is really helpful,” said Westbrook Coach Pete Lyons. “It leads to transition goals. We had a couple man-up opportunities where we were able to finish, too.”

Added Cheverus Coach Bill Bodwell: “Their faceoff guy is very good and we were in the box a ton. We had some penalties that were unreleasable. That was one of (the situations that Westbrook scored twice in a minute). We just can’t take that many penalities.”

With Oliver taking care of the faceoff duties, it was Knapton who shouldered the bulk of the offense for Westbrook. He finished with a game-high four goals and also contributed an assist against the Stags (6-4).

After a scoreless first quarter, Knapton pushed the Blazes to a 1-0 lead in the opening minute of the second. His final goal put Westbrook ahead for good with just 3:15 remaining to break a 7-7 tie.

“He’s the man out there,” said Lyons.

“He makes great decisions, he controls tempo, he controls pace and he’s able to finish. He’s finishing with his left, with his right. He’s a great player.”

Added Bodwell: “Not many high school teams have a crease guy like him. He can really catch and finish. You just don’t see guys at this level who can catch in traffic like him. Catch, turn, shoot. Tough to stop.”

The Blue Blazes also got three goals from Tommy Kostopoulos, and a goal apiece from Grayson Post and John Tibbetts.

Goalie Alex LeBlanc made 10 saves in the win, marking the second impressive victory for Westbrook in the last week against one of the top teams in the state.

“These are the teams we want to compete with, and today we did,” said Lyons. “This is a very good Cheverus team. They’re athletic, they get up and down the field, and they have finishers. It’s a really great win for us.”

Added Knapton: “We’ve known we were capable of doing something like this all year, and we’ve been working and working, and never really turned that corner. These last two games, Gorham and Cheverus, two of the top teams in Class A in the state, we just did everything we could and we played hard for 48 minutes. This is what can happen when we play our best lacrosse.”

Mackenzie Hoglund, Max Coffin, Jesse Pierce, Frank Curran and Marco Giancotti each scored goals in the loss for the Stags.

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Wednesday’s girls’ roundup: Thornton holds on for softball victory http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/wednesdays-girls-roundup-thornton-holds-on-for-softball-victory/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/wednesdays-girls-roundup-thornton-holds-on-for-softball-victory/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 03:01:43 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/wednesdays-girls-roundup-thornton-holds-on-for-softball-victory/ SACO — Kaylee Burns hit a two-run homer during a four-run second inning Wednesday and Thornton Academy held on for a 6-4 victory against Sanford in an SMAA softball game.

The Trojans (11-4) scored five runs in the first two innings to defeat the Spartans (12-3).

Hayden Campbell and Maizie Lee each had two hits, an RBI and a run for the Trojans, and Hannah Collins singled, drove in one run and scored once.

Nicole Main hit an RBI triple and scored a run for Sanford.

FALMOUTH 1, KENNEBUNK 0: Jessica Treadwell struck out eight and Allison Murphy drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning as the Yachtsmen (6-9) defeated the Rams (4-10) at Falmouth.

Jessica Collins of Kennebunk drew a walk in the fourth inning, advanced on a fielder’s choice, then scored on Murphy’s double.

Brittney Gregoire had both hits for the Rams.

Kylie DeFeo of Kennebunk struck out two, walked two and allowed two hits.

Treadwell also walked two and allowed two hits.

BIDDEFORD 12, WESTBROOK 2: Brook Davis hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and the Tigers (12-3) added five runs in the fifth to beat the Blue Blazes (3-12) at Westbrook.

Erin Martin had three hits, including a two-run triple in the five-run fifth inning. Kristin Lebreux and Jocelyn Moody added RBI singles. Lebreux allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out four.

Kayla Horner of Westbrook hit a two-run, two-out single in the first.

OCEANSIDE 4, MEDOMAK VALLEY 3: Brianna Dugan drove in a pair of runs with a two-out line single up the middle in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners (14-0) to a walk-off win over the Panthers (9-5) at Rockland.

Chloe Jones struck out 14 and walked two in a six-hitter for Oceanside, which also got an RBI double from Casey Pine.

Jones and Abby Veilleux scored on Dugan’s single after reaching on a hit batter and a walk. They advanced on a double steal prior to Dugan’s single.

Aubrey Schaeffer had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run for the Panthers.

NOBLE 19, MCAULEY 1: Shaughnessy Gower had nine strikeouts and one walk in a three-hitter, and also collected three hits as the Knights (9-6) cruised past the Lions (3-12) at Portland.

The Knights scored six runs in the first inning, including Kassidy Lessard’s three-run triple. Kayla Lessard hit a two-run homer during an eight-run seventh.

Lillie Donovan homered for the Lions in the fifth.

YARMOUTH 5, WELLS 2: Hannah Merrill had an RBI single in the fifth inning and the Clippers (11-3) added four runs in the sixth to beat the Warriors (9-6) at Wells.

Cate Ralph had two hits and Sophia McGrath doubled for Yarmouth. Mari Cooper allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out five.

Anya Chase went 3 for 4 for Wells.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 3, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 2: Skye Conley hit a walk-off single in the eighth inning to lift the Patriots (10-4) over the Raiders (9-5) at Gray.

Mackenzie Buzzell homered and Nicole Bennett singled in Julia Quinn to give Fryeburg a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Gray-New Gloucester responded in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Conley, who then scored on Emily Brewer’s single.

Conley had two hits and two RBI, and Alison Martell allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out nine. Bennett struck out eight, giving up eight hits and a walk.

CONY 17, CAMDEN HILLS 5: Autumn Sudsbury had a home run, two doubles and a single to lead the Rams (11-4) over Camden Hills (0-15) in six innings at Augusta.

Skyler Watson pitched a four-hitter, and added two doubles and a single. Allee Cloutier chipped in with two singles and a double for Cony, which had 20 hits.

SCARBOROUGH 12, MASSABESIC 0: Abbie Murrell threw a two-hitter and struck out 11 to lead the Red Storm (13-0) over the Mustangs (9-5) at Waterboro.

Murrell tripled and drove in two runs, and Kaleigh Scoville drove in five runs and hit a double for the Red Storm. Lindsey Kelley added two hits and scored twice.

Grace Tutt and Morgan Houk had the hits for Massabesic.

MARSHWOOD 4, GORHAM 3: Kaylah Abdul hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning to help the Hawks (7-8) beat the Rams (6-9) at Gorham.

Marshwood made it 4-2 in the eighth on a groundout by Madison Eastman that scored Emerson Stevens.

Abdul broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth, leading off with a single and scoring on a Stevens single.

The Rams responded with a run in the bottom of the inning on a single by Noelle Dibiase that scored Grace McGouldrick.

Lindsey Wilcox had two hits and scored in the bottom of the eighth for Gorham on a fielding error.

Emily Robida of Marshwood allowed six hits and two walks, striking out nine.

YORK 15, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 7: Stephanie Rundlett had a triple and two home runs to help the Wildcats (14-1) rally past the Seagulls (0-15) at Old Orchard Beach.

The Seagulls, who had one hit in the game, led 6-4 entering the fifth inning, helped by nine walks.

Rundlett pitched the sixth and seventh, striking out five. She hit a two-run homer in the fifth, a two-run triple in the sixth and a solo homer in the seventh.

DEERING 8, BONNY EAGLE 6: Abby Elowitch went 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI to pace an 11-hit offense for the Rams (3-12) against the Scots (6-9) at Standish.

Sydney Giroux added a pair of singles and drove in two runs for the Rams, who led 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Deering also got two singles each from Kaylee Helmick and Siobhan Densmore, and Cassidy Coyne finished with two RBI.

Ashlyn Wintle hit a triple and a single, scored a run and drove in one for the Scots.

LACROSSE

MCAULEY 11, DEERING 10: Zoe Mazur scored three minutes into overtime to lift the visiting Lions (2-8) over the Rams (4-6) at Portland.

Catherine Reid scored four goals, Elizabeth Poulin added three and Mazur had two for McAuley.

Megan Violette had five goals and Mia Thurston scored twice for Deering.

GORHAM 11, NOBLE 0: Four players scored multiple goals as the Rams (6-4) defeated the Knights (2-8) at Gorham.

Kaylin Apt, Jennifer Darasz, Hailey Morrill and Emma Smith each scored twice, and Allison Sinnett recorded eight saves.

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Wednesday’s boys’ roundup: York tops Cape Elizabeth in baseball http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/wednesdays-boys-roundup-york-tops-cape-elizabeth-in-baseball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/wednesdays-boys-roundup-york-tops-cape-elizabeth-in-baseball/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 02:47:03 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/wednesdays-boys-roundup-york-tops-cape-elizabeth-in-baseball/ CAPE ELIZABETH — Sam Johnson hit a two-run double during a three-run seventh inning Wednesday as York broke a tie and went on to a 6-3 victory against Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference baseball game.

Cape (10-3) scored three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead: Brendan Tinsman and Marshall Peterson had RBI groundouts, and Matthew Riggle singled in Dylan Roberts.

York (11-4) responded with two in the fourth on an RBI single from Johnson and a sacrifice fly from Matt Trainor that scored Jack Kelley, and tied it in the fifth.

Johnson had three hits and three RBI. Jack O’Rourke had two hits for Cape.

NOBLE 9, DEERING 1: The Knights (1-13) scored all of their runs in the second inning and defeated the Rams (6-7) at Portland.

The Knights totaled eight singles in the second. For the game, the teams combined for 20 hits, all singles.

Ian Westphal had two hits for the Rams.

Jacob Lacroix of Noble pitched six innings, giving up seven hits, walking two and striking out six. He also had three hits.

FALMOUTH 2, KENNEBUNK 1: Jesse Melchiskey hit a walkoff sacrifice fly as the Yachtsmen (15-0) defeated the Rams (6-9) at Falmouth.

Ryan Coughlan had an RBI double in the third inning to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Christopher Camelio hit a triple to score Colin Coyne to tie it, then scored on Melchiskey’s sacrifice fly.

Cam Guarino of Falmouth allowed five hits, striking out one and walking none.

GREELY 7, LAKE REGION 1: Austin Nowinski hit a two-run triple during a three-run third inning as the Rangers (10-4-1) beat the Lakers (0-13) at Cumberland.

Nowinski scored on a wild pitch to give Greely a 3-1 lead. Lake Region had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning on a groundout by Jordan Williams that scored Andrew Douglass. The Rangers added three runs in the fourth, including a two-run single by Calvin Soule.

Justin Leeman of Greely allowed a run on three hits, striking out three in six innings.

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 8, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 2: Haven Cutko hit a pair of singles, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Panthers (6-9) beat the Seagulls (8-6) at Old Orchard Beach.

Galen Arnold added two hits and two RBI for the Panthers, who broke open their 2-1 lead with a six- run sixth inning.

Phineas Murray added two hits and a run for the Panthers, and Andrew Keith tripled and scored twice.

Mason Beaudoin hit a pair of singles for Old Orchard Beach.

YARMOUTH 9, POLAND 1: Tyler Waaler struck out seven and allowed three hits as the Clippers (8-5) defeated the Knights (2-13) at Poland.

Conor O’Donnell led the Clippers with three hits, two RBI and two runs.

Waaler allowed one earned run and walked none.

Ben Bernier of Poland allowed three earned runs in 42/3 innings, striking out six and walking four. Bernier also had two hits.

CHEVERUS 4, THORNTON ACADEMY 3: Tre Fletcher hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and the Stags (7-6) scored twice in the fifth to beat the Trojans (10-3) at Portland.

Jack Casale went 3 for 3, and also allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out three. Chris Vallee hit an RBI single in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-1.

The Trojans responded in the sixth with an RBI single from Josh LePauloue and in the seventh on an RBI single from Ben Lambert. Lambert had two hits, including a double, and Brogan Searle-Belanger had three hits.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 2, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 1: Matt Fuller reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored the go-ahead run on back-to-back singles by Damian Eldridge and Scott Parker in the sixth inning as the Raiders (3-11) rallied past the Patriots (3-11) at Gray.

Gray-New Gloucester opened the scoring in the fourth when Eli Winchester singled, then scored on an error on a squeeze play.

Fryeburg tied it in the fifth when Parker singled, then scored on a single by Keegan Jones.

Hunter Day struck out 10 and walked two in a three-hitter for the Raiders.

OCEANSIDE 10, MEDOMAK VALLEY 4: Logan Sheridan struck out five and hit an RBI double as the Mariners (11-3) defeated the Panthers (5-9) at Thomaston.

Thomas Curtis had a single, two doubles and two RBI for Oceanside. Nick Mazurek hit a solo homer, his fourth of the season.

Nicholas DePatsy and Isaac Eustler each had two singles for Medomak Valley.

Sheridan gave up six hits, allowed three earned runs and walked one.

CONY 3, CAMDEN HILLS 1: Connor Perry tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as Cony (6-9) defeated Camden Hills (4-11) at Augusta.

Perry went 3 for 3 with a double and single in addition to the triple. Riley Boivin pitched a three-hitter, striking out five and walking two. Garrison Look had a double for the Windjammers.

BONNY EAGLE 1, WINDHAM 0: Troy Bogdahn walked and scored on a pinch-hit single by Cody Mains in the eighth inning to lift the Scots (10-4) over the Eagles (4-9) at Standish.

Dana McKay pitched a three-hitter for the Scots, who also had outstanding outfield defense from Kolby Lambert and Drake Laughlin.

Zach Skillings of Windham struck out three and walked two in a three-hitter.

LACROSSE

GORHAM 17, WINDHAM 7: Cam Wright had eight goals and four assists as the Rams (9-2) cruised past the Eagles (8-2) at Windham.

Alex York added three goals and three assists for the Rams, who opened with an 8-1 run.

Tyler Woolston scored three goals for Windham.

WINSLOW 14, MORSE 9: David Selwood and Hunter McCaslin each scored four times to lead the Black Raiders (6-4) over Morse (2-9) at Winslow.

Jimmy Fowler had three goals and an assist for Winslow. Bryce Hillier added two goals and two assists, and Jake Houghton had a goal and four assists.

Spencer Knowles and Declan Hall each scored three goals for the Shipbuilders.

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McAuley High marksman accepts scholarship, to give college her best shot http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/mcauley-high-senior-is-giving-it-her-best-shot/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/mcauley-high-senior-is-giving-it-her-best-shot/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 23:29:56 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/25/mcauley-high-senior-is-giving-it-her-best-shot/ McAuley High is known as a basketball powerhouse, but the school’s best shooter – a 6-footer, no less – has landed an athletic scholarship in a far more obscure sport.

Sarah Schnupp, an 18-year-old senior, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to attend the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, one of the few colleges in the nation to compete in riflery.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity,” said Schnupp, who lives in Gorham and started shooting competitively in seventh grade through a 4-H program. She has since won multiple state titles, made three trips to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and currently ranks 44th among all U.S. women in three-position smallbore rifle and 75th in air rifle.

“That’s pretty good for a kid from Maine,” said her father, Joe Schnupp, a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy. “There are not a lot of kids in Maine who shoot (competitively). It’s a fun sport, great for the kids and a good way for them to learn control and self-discipline.”

Indeed, Sarah Schnupp is believed to be one of only two Mainers to earn college athletic scholarships in competitive shooting, a sport offered at the varsity level by only 33 NCAA schools. The other scholarship shooter is Brandon Bryer of Scarborough, who recently completed his freshman year at Morehead State in Kentucky.

“It’s not a full boat,” Joe Schnupp said of his daughter’s partial scholarship, “but it’s a healthy portion.”

LESSER-KNOWN OLYMPIC SPORT

Both Schnupp and Bryer honed their craft under the watchful eye of Don Leonard, a 70-year-old former Marine from South Portland who coaches a junior team at the Scarborough Fish & Game Association. Another former member of Leonard’s junior team at the Scarborough shooting range is Lydia Odlin of Scarborough, a member of the club team at Georgia Southern University.

University of the Sciences is one of four Division II schools that offer riflery as a varsity sport. There are 23 programs in Division I and six in Division III. Because teams generally consist of less than a dozen members, only 199 men and 189 women competed collegiately in 2014, according to the most recent statistics compiled by scholarshipstats.com.

Even so, shooting has been part of every Summer Olympics – with the exception of 1904 and 1928 – since the modern Games began in 1896. The United States has sent a team of at least 20 shooters to each of the past eight Games, but television viewers are unlikely to see this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“Television has a thing about not wanting to have guns on it,” said Leonard, who noted that biathlon – which combines Nordic skiing and rifle marksmanship – seems to get more coverage. “So there’s very little in reference to juniors marking a path or a career to go to college.”

Five Maine high schools – Gardiner, Maine Central Institute, Brewer, Bangor and Cony of Augusta – have varsity shooting programs, said Julian Beal, who in March directed the 47th annual Maine Junior Four-Position State Championship, held at the Capitol City Rifle & Pistol Club. The four different shooting positions are standing, kneeling, prone and seated.

Sarah Schnupp bested a field of 13 to claim the girls’ state title. Her younger brother, Patrick, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cheverus High School, did likewise over a field of 37 boys. There is a third Schnupp, Erin, 14, an eighth-grader at St. Brigid School in Portland, who also shoots competitively.

“I’m seeing more girls here,” said Beal, who has been running junior programs in Maine for 42 years. “People start learning there is an Olympic sport out there and kids can get scholarships in shooting. It’s a safe environment that gets them using firearms in a positive way.”

SHOOTING ‘A HAPPY PLACE FOR ME’

Sarah Schnupp also was co-captain of the McAuley swim team and is a member of the National Honor Society. She chose University of the Sciences because it has an occupational therapy program that will allow her to earn a doctorate in six years.

After the signing ceremony Wednesday, Schnupp invited teachers and anyone else who was curious about her sport to the Fish & Game Association shooting range to show them what she does and perhaps clear up common misconceptions.

“I have never hunted,” she said. “That is definitely not my forte. I do precision rifle and pistol with stationary targets.”

At the range, under the supervision of Leonard and several range safety officials, Schnupp unpacked her considerable gear (stored in a wheeled duffle bag large enough for a hockey goalie) and four gun cases. She shoots an air rifle and a smallbore (or .22-caliber) rifle, both made in Germany and costing around $5,000 each. She also shoots a Benelli .22-caliber pistol and a Hammerli air pistol. They run a few thousand apiece.

When shooting rifle, as she will in college, Schnupp first climbs into custom-fitted clothing that includes flat boots (to prevent heel-to-toe rocking), sweater (to muffle pulse), stiff pants and jacket (for support) along with a fingerless glove for her left hand (the barrel rests on the back of her knuckles, with fingers curled inward), lime-green earplugs and special glasses with electrical tape over half the left lens so she won’t have to squint in order to sight the target with only her right eye.

“There’s different equipment for each of the disciplines,” she said. “There’s some overlap, but it’s a lot of gear.”

Elsewhere on the range, shotguns aimed at sporting targets popped and birds and crickets chirped in the afternoon breeze. Beneath the wooden roof of Schnupp’s range, however, all was still as she zeroed in on her target.

“I’m very passionate about shooting,” she said. “It’s a happy place for me. I’m able to get inside my own head, zone out the rest of the world, forget about all the stresses of the day and just get into the zone.”

 

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Tuesday’s girls’ roundup: Kennebunk captures lacrosse showdown http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/tuesdays-girls-roundup-kennebunk-captures-lacrosse-showdown/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/tuesdays-girls-roundup-kennebunk-captures-lacrosse-showdown/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 03:06:51 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/tuesdays-girls-roundup-kennebunk-captures-lacrosse-showdown/ YARMOUTH — Kyra Schwartzman had two goals and three assists Tuesday night to lead Kennebunk to a 9-5 victory against Yarmouth in a schoolgirl lacrosse game.

Jenny Bush scored three goals, and Hallie Schwartzman, Olivia Sanford and Gabby Fogg added goals for Kennebunk (10-0), which led 4-2 at halftime.

Cory Langenbach scored twice for Yarmouth (8-2). Eliza Lunt, Ella Antolini and Eva Then also had goals.

FREEPORT 11, LAKE REGION 7: Lily Johnston, Taylor Rinaldi and Courtney Broderick scored in the final nine minutes as the Falcons (4-6) got the final three goals to pull away from Lake Region (6-4) at Freeport.

Broderick finished with three goals and three assists, and Johnston added three goals. Lindsey Keenan had three goals for the Lakers.

MASSABESIC 23, SANFORD 8: Fourteen players scored for the Mustangs (9-1) against the Spartans (3-7) at Sanford.

Maquila Dimastrantonio had five goals, Morgan Pike added three, and Taylor Manning, McKenzy Ouellette and Allison Irish each scored twice.

Monica Trausch had three goals and Madison Leigh added two for Sanford.

WINDHAM 13, SOUTH PORTLAND 9: Mya Mannette had three goals and a pair of assists as the Eagles (8-2) defeated the Red Riots (6-4) at Windham.

Katie Skvorak and Steph Nichols each added two goals and two assists, and Holly Spencer scored twice for Windham.

Mary Cronin of South Portland had three goals and an assist, and Maddie Hasson added two goals.

Grace Sawyer stopped 10 shots for the Eagles. Zoe Brown had four saves for the Red Riots.

WAYNFLETE 13, WELLS 3: Isabel Burdick and Lydia Giguere each scored four goals to lead the Flyers (7-3) past the Warriors (2-7) at Portland.

The Flyers had four players score multiple goals, including Nina Moore with three and Christian Rowe with two. Charlotte Majercik of Waynflete recorded eight saves.

Leah Tufts scored twice and Delaney O’Brien once, and Kate Reidy had five saves for Wells.

MARSHWOOD 11, BIDDEFORD 7: Luci Albers and Marin Smith scored four goals each for the Hawks (9-1) against Biddeford (6-3) at South Berwick.

Albers also had two assists. Taylor Turgeon scored three goals and Camryn McKeown two for the Tigers.

YORK 13, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 3: Allie Lawlor had five goals and a pair of assists as the Wildcats (7-3) handled the Raiders (2-8) at York.

MacKenzie Mallet had three goals and two assists, Emma Ford added two goals and four assists, and Martha McCaddin scored twice for York.

Hannah Frye had a pair of goals for Fryeburg.

Julianna Kiklis stopped five shots for the Wildcats.

CAPE ELIZABETH 14, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 6: Susannah Graham scored four goals to lead the Capers (3-7) over the Panthers (2-7) at Yarmouth.

Mariah Deschino had three goals and one assist, and Chloe Chapin and Addie Hayes each added two goals for Cape Elizabeth, which led 9-2 at halftime. Emily Taylor scored three goals and Isabelle Coleman added two for NYA.

ST. DOMINIC 8, MORSE 7: Caroline Gastonguay scored in overtime to lift the Saints (9-0) over the Shipbuilders (9-1) at Auburn.

Avery Lutraykowski scored three goals and Emma Theriault added two for the Saints. Abby Slonina recorded nine saves.

Madison Olsen and Isabel Paulus each scored twice for the Shipbuilders. Zenaide McCarthy had eight saves.

BOOTHBAY REGION 8, ERSKINE ACADEMY 7: Helen Hamblett scored with just under five minutes remaining and the Seahawks (8-2) held off the Eagles (5-4) at Boothbay Harbor.

Helen Hamblett finished with three goals and Sydney Meader added two. Lincoln Hamblett and Jackie McLoon also scored for Boothbay.

Christina Hodgkins scored three goals and Kaitlyn Darveau added two for Erskine. Malorie Weaver recorded 10 saves.

MESSALONSKEE 15, BRUNSWICK 6: Ally Turner scored six goals and Lauren Pickett added four to lead the Eagles (9-1) over the Dragons (2-8) at Brunswick.

Lydia Dexter scored twice and India Languet added a goal and three assists for Messalonskee.

Dina Murphy had two goals for Brunswick.

CAMDEN HILLS 16, LAWRENCE 5: Jessie Goodale and Audrey Heriz-Smith each scored four goals to lead the Windjammers (4-5) over Lawrence (0-11) at Fairfield.

McKenna Rogers had two goals for Lawrence.

SOFTBALL

BIDDEFORD 6, MARSHWOOD 0: Kirsten Lebreux pitched a one-hitter as Biddeford (11-3) beat the Hawks (6-8) at South Berwick.

Kaylah Abdul doubled for Marshwood in the seventh inning.

Brook Davis of the Tigers had two hits, including a homer, four RBI and two runs.

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Tuesday’s boys’ roundup: Cape Elizabeth stays perfect in lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/tuesdays-boys-roundup-cape-elizabeth-stays-perfect-in-lacrosse/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/tuesdays-boys-roundup-cape-elizabeth-stays-perfect-in-lacrosse/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 02:58:07 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/tuesdays-boys-roundup-cape-elizabeth-stays-perfect-in-lacrosse/ CAPE ELIZABETH — Robert Sarka had five goals and two assists Tuesday night to lead undefeated Cape Elizabeth to a 16-2 victory against North Yarmouth Academy in a schoolboy lacrosse game.

Owen Thoreck scored four goals, and Connor Thoreck and James Boeschenstein each added two for the Capers (10-0). Alex Navarez, Samuel Price and Andrew Mitchell combined for six saves.

Jeremy Thelven and Zachary Woods scored for the Panthers (2-8).

SOUTH PORTLAND 17, PORTLAND 3: Jack Fiorini had five goals as 10 players scored for the Red Riots (5-5) against the Bulldogs (4-6) at South Portland.

David Fiorini, Cooper Mehlhorn and Finn Zechman each scored twice. Quinn Watson recorded six saves.

Robert Nolan, Drake McGhie and Kevin Moore answered for Portland.

YARMOUTH 15, KENNEBUNK 13: Pat Grant had four goals and an assist for the Clippers (7-3) against the Rams (6-4) at Kennebunk.

Walter Conrad added three goals and two assists, and Remi LeBlanc scored twice for Yarmouth.

Spencer Thibodeau had four goals and three assists for Kennebunk.

Pat Gassman added three goals and an assist, and Bo Beveridge finished with three goals.

Liam Harke of the Clippers and James Ross of the Rams each had six saves.

DEERING 17, MASSABESIC 8: Andrew Johnson scored seven goals and Nate Richards added five as the Rams (5-5) handled Massabesic (4-6) at Portland.

Bryce Randall added three goals and three assists for Deering. Johnson and Richards also assisted on two goals apiece. Cameron Roy had two goals and two assists for the Mustangs, and Kevin Nguyen contributed two goals and an assist.

BASEBALL

MARSHWOOD 5, SCARBOROUGH 4: Nick Landis’ RBI single was the only hit for the Hawks (8-7) during a four-run sixth inning that beat the Red Storm (10-3) at Scarborough.

Marshwood scored on two errors and a balk in the sixth, and also benefited from another balk and a hit batsman.

Landis pitched a four-hitter for the Hawks.

Tim Carion scored twice for Scarborough.

GORHAM 5, SANFORD 4: Kyle King hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning, scoring Ben Nelson as the Rams (9-4) beat the Spartans (2-11) at Gorham.

King had two hits and three RBI, and drove in two runs with a single in the fifth that gave the Rams a 3-2 lead. Gorham led 4-3 after six, but James Roche singled in Xavier Chase with two outs in the seventh to force extra innings.

Nelson and Gerek Brown each added two hits for Gorham, and Logan Drouin picked up the win, pitching 22/3 innings of scoreless relief. Chase, Roche and Frank Veino each had two hits and an RBI for Sanford. Tyler Burgess also drove in a run.

HALL-DALE 3, BOOTHBAY REGION 0: Ryan Sinclair doubled and the Bulldogs (10-4)broke a scoreless game open with a three-run sixth inning to beat the Seahawks (1-13) atFarmingdale.

Cole Lockhart pitched four shutout innings in relief of Quinn Stebbins to earn the victory.

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Baseball: South Portland cleans up its game, slides past Biddeford http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/baseball-south-portland-stops-biddeford/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/baseball-south-portland-stops-biddeford/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 01:20:23 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/baseball-south-portland-stops-biddeford/ SOUTH PORTLAND — South Portland ace Drew Abramson didn’t have his best stuff Tuesday, but he had enough to lead the Riots to a 2-1 victory against Biddeford in an SMAA baseball game at the Wainwright Athletic Complex.

“Stuff-wise, he was a little off compared to where he normally is,” South Portland Coach Mike Owens said. “He couldn’t quite locate his fastball on the outside corner but he competed really well and changed speeds really well.”

Abramson, who threw 63 pitches, limited the Tigers to four hits.

“He gets guys out by getting (them on their) front feet and making them pop up or ground out,” Owens said. “We need to play defense behind him and today we played very good defensively.”

The Riots didn’t make an error.

“I wasn’t trying to do too much,” Abramson said. “I was just trying to get them to put the ball in play because I know we have a great defense. People made some plays and that was all I could ask for.

“It was good to bounce back defensively because that’s how we kind of let the game go against Portland.”

The Riots made five errors Saturday in an eight-inning, 5-4 loss to Portland, ending a seven-game win streak.

Tuesday’s win helped the Riots (12-2) tighten their hold on third place in the Class A South Heal point standings.

It was the sixth one-run loss of the season for the Tigers (3-11).

“We’ve played nearly everybody tough all year,” Coach Keith LeBlanc said. “We just haven’t finished it off.”

The Tigers scored in the third inning. Owen Sullivan, Carter Edgerton and Kerry Crepeau singled before Jason Vadnais’ RBI groundout.

“We’ve gotten pretty good pitching all year and the defense has looked great all year,” LeBlanc said. “It’s just getting the timely hits. We’ve haven’t been able to do that.”

The Riots made it 1-1 when Alex Livingston, Riley Hasson, Sam Troiano and Ben Conti led off the bottom of the third with singles.

With one out, South Portland took the lead when Nick Troiano drew a bases-loaded walk.

“Our team can really string some at-bats together and that was all we really needed,” Abramson said. “One person gets going and it gets everybody going.”

Still, the Riots managed just five hits.

“Biddeford did a good job of staying away and changing speeds, and we didn’t make enough adjustments as hitters,” Owens said. “We did enough to win today but certainly going forward we’re going to have to play a lot better.

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Bangor pitcher named Gatorade Maine player of the year http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/bangor-pitcher-named-gatorade-maine-player-of-the-year/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/bangor-pitcher-named-gatorade-maine-player-of-the-year/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 20:36:16 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/bangor-pitcher-named-gatorade-maine-player-of-the-year/ Trevor DeLaite of Bangor High has been selected as the 2016 Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year.

DeLaite, a senior, has a 5-1 record this season and is 20-2 in his varsity career. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound left-handed pitcher had a streak of 39 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings until allowing a run in a 1-0 loss to Edward Little on Monday. He entered the game with a .372 batting average and 13 RBI.

DeLaite will attend the University of Maine this fall on a baseball scholarship.

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Rousseau named Cheverus girls’ hockey coach http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/rousseau-named-cheverus-girls-hockey-coach/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/rousseau-named-cheverus-girls-hockey-coach/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 19:51:21 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/24/rousseau-named-cheverus-girls-hockey-coach/ Former Falmouth High boys hockey coach Scott Rousseau has been named the new Cheverus High girls’ hockey coach, the school announced Tuesday. Rousseau replaces Kent Hulst, who coached the Stags for one season.

Rousseau coached Falmouth for 13 seasons, resigning in 2010. Under Rousseau, the Yachtsmen reached the regional semifinals every season, and the regional championship game four times.

Cheverus, which includes players from Kennebunk High and Old Orchard Beach High, finished 11-7 last year and reached the South semifinals.

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Monday’s girls’ roundup: York rallies from six-run deficit http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/mondays-high-school-girls-roundup-york-rallies-from-six-run-deficit/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/mondays-high-school-girls-roundup-york-rallies-from-six-run-deficit/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 03:04:13 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/mondays-high-school-girls-roundup-york-rallies-from-six-run-deficit/ FREEPORT — Kelsey Cole hit a bases-loaded triple to cap a seven-run fourth inning as York erased a 6-0 deficit to beat Freeport 9-8 in a Western Maine Conference softball game Monday afternoon.

Cole and Lexie York had two hits apiece for the Wildcats (13-1), who fell behind 6-0 after two innings.

Elizabeth Weist and Bailey Karnes each hit a double and a single and drove in three runs for Freeport (3-11).

YARMOUTH 6, FALMOUTH 5: Eleanor O’Gorman’s two-run single in the fifth inning gave Yarmouth (10-3) the lead, and her two-run homer in the seventh provided the winning runs against the Yachtsmen (5-9) in Falmouth.

The Clippers scored three runs in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead, and extended it to 6-2 on O’Gorman’s homer.

Falmouth’s Jessica Collins, who rapped a two-run single in the third, launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

TRAIP ACADEMY 2, CAPE ELIZABETH 1: The Rangers (8-6) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to upend the Capers (10-4) in Kittery.

Reilly Eddy singled and scored the tying run on a two-out double by Brianne Lamoureux, and Lamoureux scored on a double by Jessica MacNeill.

Cape Elizabeth took the lead in the top of the inning when Tess Haller scored on an RBI single by Anna Torre.

Eddy, the winning pitcher, gave up four hits and struck out six.

GORHAM 5, PORTLAND 3: Moira Corbett’s two-out, two-run single provided the winning margin as the Rams (6-8) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Portland (7-7) in Gorham.

Portland broke a scoreless tie in the top of the inning when Isabelle DiMillo singled home Jess Brown and Gianna Gaudet, the scored on Taylor Crosby’s single.

Gorham countered in the bottom half, as Shayla Harris singled home Lindsey Wilcox and Noelle DiBiase blasted a two-run homer. Carli Labrecque and Kali Perry singled before Corbett’s winning hit.

SANFORD 1, MARSHWOOD 0: Molly Boissonneault scored on an RBI single by Jordan Wilson in the third inning, and Jen Jones struck out 13 in tossing a two-hitter for the Spartans (12-2) against the Hawks (6-7) in South Berwick.

Marshwood’s Emily Robida pitched a five-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks.

WELLS 5, SACOPEE VALLEY 0: Anya Chase struck out 10 in pitching a six-hitter for Wells (9-5) against the Hawks (5-9) in South Hiram.

Sam Bogue put the Warriors ahead with a two-run single in the first. She also doubled and scored during a three-run sixth. Olivia Durfee stroked a two-run single in the sixth.

MASSABESIC 10, DEERING 1: Massabesic leadoff hitter Grace Tutt tripled and scored in the first inning, then added a two-run single in the second and an RBI single in the fifth as the Mustangs (9-5) beat the Rams (2-12) in Waterboro.

Lacey Bean added a pair of solo home runs.

SOUTH PORTLAND 7, MCAULEY 3: Stephanie Aceto and Madison Houllette each hit an RBI single in a four-run second inning as the Red Riots (4-10) beat the Lions (3-11) in South Portland.

Aceto and Miranda Gleason both went 2 for 3 with three RBI.

NOBLE 14, CHEVERUS 2: Shaughnessy Gower allowed four hits and struck out 10, and the Knights (8-6) racked up 20 hits in a six-inning win over the Stags (0-14) in North Berwick.

Tyler Chastney led Noble with four hits, and Mackenzie Aleva hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Gower walked one and gave up no earned runs. She also was one of seven Noble players with at least two hits.

BIDDEFORD 6, BONNY EAGLE 0: Kristen Lebreux went 3 for 4 and pitched a five-hitter as the Tigers (10-3) beat the Scots (6-8) in Biddeford.

Erin Martin also was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI, and Brook Davis had a pair of hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning. Alex Chase contributed two singles.

SCARBOROUGH 28, WESTBROOK 0: Chloe Griffin and Kaleigh Scoville each drove in four runs as the Red Storm (12-0) overwhelmed the Blue Blazes (3-11) in five innings in Westbrook.

Griffin had four hits, including a double, and pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts.

OCEANSIDE 15, MORSE 0: Chloe Jones drove in four runs with a home run and a triple, and pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Mariners (12-0) over the Shipbuilders (7-6) in six innings in Bath.

Kimmy Roman added three hits, including a triple, and Rachel Joyce homered, doubled and drove in three runs.

LACROSSE

FALMOUTH 14, GREELY 7: Sydney Bell, London Bernier, Devon Sarazin and Chelsey Smithwick scored three goals apiece as Falmouth (10-0) beat the Rangers (4-6) in Cumberland.

Bell also recorded four assists, Bernier had three and Sarazin had one.

Katherine Leggat-Barr scored four goals, and Courtney Sullivan added two goals and two assists for Greely.

THORNTON ACADEMY 14, PORTLAND 6: Amanda Cyr scored four goals to lead the Golden Trojans (8-2) past the Bulldogs (1-8) at Saco.

Jules Grondin finished with three goals and an assist, and Faith Sinclair and Hannah McAlary each chipped in with a pair of goals.

Merritt Ryan led Portland with two goals and an assist.

MORSE 13, CONY 5: Isabelle Paulus and Maddy Olsen each notched four goals while leading the Shipbuilders (9-0) over Cony (5-5) in Augusta.

MARSHWOOD 15, CHEVERUS 2: Hannah Costin had six goals and four assists as the Hawks (9-1) cruised past the Stags (2-9) in South Berwick.

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Monday’s boys’ roundup: Unbeaten Falmouth blanks Yarmouth, 1-0 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/mondays-boys-roundup-unbeaten-falmouth-blanks-yarmouth-1-0/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/mondays-boys-roundup-unbeaten-falmouth-blanks-yarmouth-1-0/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 02:37:26 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/mondays-boys-roundup-unbeaten-falmouth-blanks-yarmouth-1-0/ FALMOUTH — Reece Armitage pitched a two-hitter and Tyler Gee lined an RBI single in the first inning as Falmouth edged Yarmouth 1-0 in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Monday.

Gee finished with a pair of hits, including a double. Connor Aube also had a double and scored the only run.

Armitage struck out eight and walked two as he improved to 6-0. Falmouth is  14-0.

Luke Klenda of Yarmouth (7-5-1) allowed five hits.

DEERING 7, PORTLAND 2: Pat Viola drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out RBI single in the top of the fifth inning, and the Rams (6-6) added four runs in the sixth as they pulled away from the Bulldogs (10-3) at Hadlock Field.

James Sinclair hit an RBI double and Nate Loranger added an RBI single in the sixth inning. Loranger finished with three hits, and Viola and Dom Bernard added two hits apiece.

Deering pitcher Colby Dame had three strikeouts and no walks in throwing an eight-hitter.

Joe Fusco and Camren King had two hits apiece for Portland.

GREELY 2, WELLS 1: Justin Leeman led off the top of the seventh with a single and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Brad Spoerri, lifting the Rangers (9-4-1) to a win over the Warriors (7-6) in Wells.

Leeman also scored in the first inning and finished with three hits. Matt Pisini added two hits for the Rangers.

Wells tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Matt Marrero scored from second base on an infield single by Michael Wrigley.

Ryan Twitchell struck out six over six innings to earn the win. Calvin Soule recorded the save.

FREEPORT 4, YORK 2: Colby Wagner hit a tie-breaking two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Falcons (9-5) a win over the Wildcats (10-4) in Freeport.

The Falcons opened the scoring on a two-run homer by Jack Davenport in the fourth inning.

York tied the game in the sixth on sacrifice flies by Malcolm Hughes and Matt Trainor.

Davenport finished with two hits. Ian Hovde and Jack Kelley each had two hits for the Wildcats.

MORSE 2, OCEANSIDE 1: Tait Nygaard scattered six hits and drove in a run as the Shipbuilders (4-10) beat the Mariners (10-3) in Bath.

Morse grabbed the lead in the first inning when Nygaard singled home Parker Onorato. Tyler Young scored on Brendan Harper’s single to make it 2-0 in the second.

Oceanside got its run in the fourth inning when Logan Sheridan scored on a groundout by Hunter Davis.

TRAIP ACADEMY 6, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 1: Ryan Perkins doubled and scored as part of a four-run sixth inning as the Rangers (9-4) pulled away from the Panthers (5-9) in Kittery.

NYA got its run in the top of the third on an RBI single by Galen Arnold.

SACOPEE VALLEY 11, WAYNFLETE 0: Brandon Burnell struck out nine and allowed just one hit in four innings as the Hawks (12-2) defeated the Flyers (3-8) in a five-inning game in South Hiram.

Dana Shea and Brady Anderson each hit an RBI double in the first inning and an RBI single in the third. Kyle Jordan tripled home a run in the second inning.

LACROSSE

DEERING 12, MARANACOOK/WINTHROP 6: Bryce Randall scored five goals to lead the Rams (4-5) over the Hawks (7-3) in Readfield.

Nathan Richards, Andrew Johnson and Nick James each recorded two goals and two assists for Deering, which outscored the Hawks 8-1 in the second half.

YORK 18, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 12: Joe Graziano scored three times in the first quarter as York (5-5) opened a 6-2 lead on the way to a win over the Raiders (5-5) in Fryeburg.

Tucker Fegan and Jack Rohr also scored three times for York.

Jeremiah Schrader led Fryeburg with four goals.

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Softball: Thornton ends Windham’s streak http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/softball-thornton-ends-windhams-streak/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/softball-thornton-ends-windhams-streak/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 23:11:52 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/23/softball-thornton-ends-windhams-streak/ SACO — Louisa Colucci and Libby Pomerleau led Thornton Academy to a 2-1 win over Windham in an SMAA softball game Monday, snapping the Eagles’ 11-game winning streak.

Colucci pitched all seven innings, scattering six hits.

“(Colucci) was hitting spots, pounding the strike zone. Our girls couldn’t lay off that rise ball,” said Windham Coach Travis Demmons. “She pitched a great game, tip of the hat to her.”

The sophomore struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

“The key for Louisa is that she didn’t walk anybody, so no extra baserunners,” said Thornton Coach John Provost.

“I pitched a good game and I relied on my defense most of the time. They played really good, they had an error-free game,” said Colucci.

On the other side, Windham (11-2) committed four errors.

Pomerleau played an excellent all-around game at second base and at the plate.

With the score tied at 1-1, Pomerleau led off the third inning with a ground-rule double to center field that came within a few feet of being a home run.

The next batter, Hayden Campbell, hit a groundball to shortstop. Pomerleau held at second and took off for third immediately on the shortstop’s throw to first. The subsequent throw from first to third skipped past the third baseman, allowing Pomerleau to score.

“(Pomerleau) is one of the fastest kids on the team and she’s just very smart. Smart baserunner,” said Provost.

Colucci retired the first two batters in the seventh, but Megan Joy kept Windham alive by ripping a single up the middle. Taylor Tibbetts followed with a hit down the right-field line, moving Joy to third.

Tibbetts stole second on the first pitch to Katie Hunter. On a 2-1 pitch, Hunter hit a hard grounder that appeared to be headed through the hole on the right side.

“I saw (the ball) and knew I could get to it, so I was just going to make sure that it didn’t get by me,” said Pomerleau. “I was like: I’m going to stop this no matter what, whether I have to stop it with my face or whatever.”

Pomerleau showed off her incredible range, sliding to her left to snatch the grounder and flip to first for the final out.

“(Pomerleau) is great, has tremendous range. Just a tremendous athlete,” said Provost.

The loss was the first for Windham since its season opener – a 12-6 defeat against Biddeford on April 25.

“We’ll just come back to practice tomorrow and start a new streak on Wednesday,” said Demmons, whose team dropped to fifth place in the Class A South Heal rankings, one spot behind Thornton.

Thornton (10-4) got on the board in the second inning when Jenica Botting reached on an infield single, driving home Maizie Lee from third.

Windham tied the game in the top of the third when Alexandra Morang scored on a single up the middle by Lauren Talbot.

Danielle Tardiff took the tough-luck loss for Windham, allowing seven hits while striking out five without a walk.

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Carrabassett Valley Academy named top ski/snowboard club http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/22/carrabassett-valley-academy-named-top-skisnowboard-club/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/22/carrabassett-valley-academy-named-top-skisnowboard-club/#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 15:33:38 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/22/carrabassett-valley-academy-named-top-skisnowboard-club/ CARRABASSETT VALLEY – The Carrabassett Valley Academy has been named as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association top club of the year for both skiing and snowboarding.

The award underscores CVA’s success in alpine racing, snowboarding, freestyle and ski cross.

Kate Punderson, the school’s director, says it’s only the third time since 1998 that an eastern program has received the award.

CVA has produced a number of Olympians over the years including Bode Miller, Seth Westscott, Kirstin Clark and Julie Parisien.

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Saturday’s high school roundup: Balzano powers Thornton to baseball win http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/saturdays-high-school-roundup-balzano-powers-thornton-to-baseball-win/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/saturdays-high-school-roundup-balzano-powers-thornton-to-baseball-win/#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 01:10:16 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/saturdays-high-school-roundup-balzano-powers-thornton-to-baseball-win/ BIDDEFORD — Evan Balzano hit a three-run homer during a five-run first inning and added a two-run blast in the seventh as Thornton Academy rolled to a 10-1 win over Biddeford in an SMAA baseball game Saturday.

The Trojans (10-2), ranked second in Class A South, also got a two-run, pinch-hit homer from Adam Gibbons in the fifth inning. Brogan Searle-Belanger finished with four hits, three runs scored and two stolen bases.

Thornton starter Ben Lambert struck out 10 and walked two while giving up one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Kerry Crepeau scored Biddeford’s run on an RBI single by Brady Crepeau in the first inning. Owen Sullivan hit a pair of singles for the Tigers (3-9).

SCARBOROUGH 6, GORHAM 2: Matt Caron hit an RBI single during a four-run third inning and added another RBI single in the fourth to help lift the Red Storm (10-2) over the Rams (8-4) at Gorham.

Scarborough starter Mitchell Wedge struck out three and walked two while giving up five hits over six scoreless innings.

Nick Lorello added three singles, a run scored and a stolen base. Timothy Carion and Bayley Welsh each hit a pair of singles.

The Rams scored both of their runs in the bottom of the seventh, getting one on an RBI single by Trent Bassingthwaite.

Cam Smith hit a pair of singles for Gorham.

BONNY EAGLE 3, WESTBROOK 2: Dana McKay laced a double down the third-base line to drive home Kolby Lambert with the tiebreaking run in the top of the seventh inning as the Scots (9-4) beat the Blue Blazes (2-10) in Westbrook.

Lambert singled with one out and stole second before McKay’s hit.

Noah Scribner singled home Cam Robinson to give the Scots a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Bonny Eagle made it 2-0 in the fifth when Troy Bogdahn scored on McKay’s single.

Westbrook tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Kyle Champagne and Derek Corbett singled and eventually scored on Bill Ryan’s hit.

Lambert earned the win in relief of Scribner. Ryan went the distance for Westbrook, allowing six hits and four walks while striking out eight.

RICHMOND SWEEPS FOREST HILLS: Richmond (8-4) pounded out 31 hits and pushed 38 runs across the plate to sweep a doubleheader in Jackman, 17-4 and 21-2.

Zach Small went 5 for 7, and Matt Rines and Brandon Emmons added four hits apiece. Emmons and Curtis Anderson picked up the victories on the mound.

Caleb Lacasse led the Tigers (2-11) with three hits, including a double.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

FALMOUTH 13, MESSALONSKEE 3: Falmouth (8-0) scored the last eight goals to pull away from Messalonskee (7-3) at Thomas College in Waterville.

Jack Scribner notched seven goals, and George Gilbert added three goals and two assists.

Will Weeks, Dylan Jones and Austin Pelletier scored for Messalonskee.

THORNTON ACADEMY 12, GREELY 5: C.J. LaBreck scored four times for the Trojans (6-2) in a victory over Greely (5-4) in Saco.

Jaden Wells and Jon Giroux added two goals each, and Charlie Katz had four assists.

Dillon Trelegan scored twice for Greely and also assisted on a goal.

CAMDEN HILLS 10, WINSLOW 6: Thomas Gribel and Cyrus Demmons scored four goals apiece to lead the Windjammers (10-0) over the Black Raiders (4-4) in Winslow.

Jonah Cameron added two goals for Camden Hills.

David Selwood scored three goals for Winslow.

MASSABESIC 19, MARSHWOOD 7: Ethan Ouellette scored 10 goals to lead the Mustangs (4-5) past the Hawks (0-9) at Waterboro.

Cam Roy added five goals, and Massabesic keeper Blake Foglio finished with 21 saves.

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Portland edges South Portland, 5-4, in 8 innings http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/portland-edges-south-portland-5-4-in-8-innings/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/portland-edges-south-portland-5-4-in-8-innings/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 18:42:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/portland-edges-south-portland-5-4-in-8-innings/ Portland snapped a two-game losing streak by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out a 5-4 win against South Portland in an SMAA baseball game at Hadlock Field on Saturday afternoon.

Nick Archambault started the game-winning rally with a double and scored on the tying run on Joe Fusco’s single. Following a throw to the plate, Fusco ended up on third on a throwing error and scored the winning run on Jack Nichols’ sacrifice fly.

The Riots (11-2) took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth when Zach Johnson doubled and scored on a single by Aaron Radziucz.

The Bulldogs are 10-2.

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Baseball: Portland edges South Portland in eight innings http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/portland-edges-south-portland-5-4-in-8-innings-2/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/portland-edges-south-portland-5-4-in-8-innings-2/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 18:42:41 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/portland-edges-south-portland-5-4-in-8-innings-2/ Portland snapped a two-game losing streak by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out a 5-4 win against South Portland in an SMAA baseball game Saturday at Hadlock Field.

Nick Archambault started the rally with a double and scored the tying run on Joe Fusco’s single. Fusco ended up on third on a throwing error, and Jack Nichols drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right.

“It was a character win,” said Portland Coach Mike Rutherford, who was not on the bench to see the Bulldogs (10-2) stage their winning rally.

Rutherford, shortstop Jake Knop and second baseman Dom Tocci were ejected in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“(Knop) was arguing balls and strikes, which you can’t do, and I had to go out and protect my player,” Rutherford said.

Tocci was ejected for sliding out of the base line to try to break up an inning-ending force play at second base.

Rutherford and the two starting infielders won’t be eligible to play in Monday’s game against Deering.

Rutherford noted the importance of beating South Portland, last year’s Western Class A champion (now Class A South). The Red Riots (11-2) are ranked third in Class A South, one spot ahead of Portland.

“After what happened, the kids could have just died, blame it on the umpires and move on from there,” said Rutherford. “We needed that win, and the kids came through.”

The loss snapped the Riots’ seven-game winning streak.

“We just made too mistakes today,” South Portland Coach Mike Owens said. “We’ve been a very good defensive team all year. (Portland) is a really good team that runs well, and we gave them too many opportunities.”

South Portland committed five errors.

The Riots took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Following walks to Ben Conti and Nick Troiano, Matt Crockett lined a two-out, opposite-field single to right to bring in the run.

The Bulldogs answered with three runs in the fourth.

Dom Tocci led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third when John Williams singled sharply to left.

As Archambault was striking out, Williams stole second. Fusco was walked intentionally to load the bases, and two runs scored when Nichols singled to center.

The third run scored when Nick Troiano, South Portland’s catcher, overthrew third attempting to get Fusco.

South Portland made it 3-2 in the fifth, manufacturing a run without a hit. Ben Conti reached on an error by Knop, moved up when Drew Abramson walked, went to third on a double play grounder and scored on a wild pitch.

The Riots tied it in the sixth. Zach Johnson led off by doubling off the wall above the scoreboard in left. With two outs, Riley Hasson sent a bouncing ball up the middle that was snagged by Knop behind the bag, but his throw to first was too late to get Riley. Williams, the first baseman, threw home too late to get Johnson after dropping the ball.

“I was really proud of the way we competed,” Owens said.

“(Portland) had a big inning and we came right back and chipped away, and I think that’s a sign of a good team that is ready to deal with some adversity and is ready to bounce back.”

South Portland took a 4-3 lead when Johnson, who had three hits, led off the top of the eighth with another double and scored on a single by Aaron Radziucz.

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Girls’ lacrosse: Kennebunk wins battle of unbeatens http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/girls-lacrosse-kennebunk-wins-battle-of-unbeatens/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/girls-lacrosse-kennebunk-wins-battle-of-unbeatens/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 16:35:49 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/21/girls-lacrosse-kennebunk-wins-battle-of-unbeatens/ SOUTH BERWICK — The Kennebunk girls’ lacrosse team was getting the challenge it expected for the first 16 minutes of Saturday’s inter-class battle of unbeatens at Marshwood.

Then the Rams – who feature five seniors who plan to play in college – scored eight straight goals to pull away from Marshwood and win Saturday’s battle of unbeatens, 15-5.

Kennebunk (9-0) is the top-ranked team in Class B South and has two more challenges coming this week – at home against defending champ Yarmouth on Tuesday, then at Falmouth on Thursday.

Kennebunk lost in overtime to Yarmouth in the 2015 championship game, 11-10.

“The next two games are going to be a test, just like today,” senior midfielder Jenny Bush said. “Marshwood is a strong team with a really good defense and they were undefeated. We just had to play well and execute and we did that.”

Bush, who will play next year at Assumption College, scored four of her team-high five goals in the second half. She had ample help from Bates-bound Olivia Sandford (3 goals, 3 assists), Merrimack College recruit Kyra Schwartzman (4 goals, 1 assist) and future Lynchburg College player Carly Sandler (2 goals, 2 assists).

Kennebunk goalie Bella Kudas (headed to Drew University) made five of her six saves in the first half as Kennebunk scored four straight over the final 6:33 of the half to take a 7-2 lead.

Bush scored three times and Hallie Schwartzman also scored as Kennebunk expanded its lead to 11-2 with 17:30 to play.

“Once we figured out their defense, they knew people were going to be open,” Kennebunk Coach Annie Barker said. “They figured when (Marshwood) crashed the middle, other people would have to be open and that’s when it started to happen for us.”

Kennebunk combined fine-tuned offensive craft (11 goals were assisted) and patience with a gritty and consistent ability to win loose balls, the latter trait allowing the team to either extend or regain possession.

Marshwood (8-1), the defending Class A champion, had outscored its last four opponents 55-11 and was coming off a 15-2 win over Scarborough.

“We needed this. This is going to help us,” Marshwood Coach Bernie Marvin said. “To play such a superior club exposed several facets of the game that we need work on.”

Hannah Costin scored twice for Marshwood and Paige Singer had one goal and an assist.

Marvin noted that prior to 2015’s championship run the Hawks lost a late-season game to a good Thornton Academy club.

“That really set our heads right,” Marvin said.

Seventeen days later, Marshwood beat Thornton in the regional semifinal.

Both teams had gone too long without a serious challenge. Kennebunk’s average victory margin is now 12.4 goals.

“I’m glad that we got our toughest teams toward the end,” Kyra Schwartzman said. “It challenges us and it pushes us because as we’re developing and getting better we’re playing against stronger teams.”

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Friday’s girls’ roundup: Scarborough keeps rolling in softball http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/fridays-girls-roundup-scarborough-keeps-rolling-in-softball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/fridays-girls-roundup-scarborough-keeps-rolling-in-softball/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 02:52:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/fridays-girls-roundup-scarborough-keeps-rolling-in-softball/ SCARBOROUGH — Katie Verreault and Laura Powell hit home runs, and Chloe Griffin had three hits, three RBI and a run as Scarborough rolled to a 12-0 victory against Thornton Academy in a five-inning SMAA softball game Friday.

Verreault hit a two-run homer during a four-run second inning and Powell added a three-run blast to spark a six-run third. Powell finished with two hits and two runs.

Lilly Volk of the Red Storm (12-0) finished with nine strikeouts and no walks in a three-hitter.

Hayden Campbell hit a pair of singles for the Trojans (9-4).

SOUTH PORTLAND 4, MASSABESIC 3: Stephanie Aceto hit a two-run double in the second inning and was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts as the Red Riots (3-8) defeated the Mustangs (8-5) at South Portland.

The Mustangs tied the game in the third on RBI singles by Grace Tutt and Lacey Bean. Miranda Gleason of South Portland then drove in Grace Rende with RBI singles in the third and fifth.

Aceto allowed seven hits, walking one.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 7, SACOPEE VALLEY 1: Lexi L’Heureux-Carland went 3 for 3 and drove in two runs to lead the Raiders (9-4) over the Hawks (5-8) at Fryeburg.

Fryeburg scored in the first five innings to build a 7-0 lead. Mackenzie Buzzell added two hits with three runs and an RBI triple, and Nicole Bennett added two hits. Bennett, the winning pitcher, allowed one run on seven hits, striking out two.

Annette Humphrey and McKenzie Fox had two hits for the Hawks.

OCEANSIDE 6, ERSKINE ACADEMY 0: Kalyn Grover hit a two-run single as part of a four-run third inning to lead the Mariners (12-0) over the Eagles (7-6) at Rockland.

Grover drove in four runs, Ari Curtis had two hits, including a double and an RBI, and Chloe Jones allowed one walk with nine strikeouts for Oceanside.

Megan Dunn had two hits for Erskine, and Kayla Hodgkins struck out six with one walk.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 6, LAKE REGION 0: Alie Martell pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking none to lead the Patriots (8-4) past the Lakers (2-11) at Naples.

Hannah Dixon and Skye Conley each had a pair of hits for Gray-New Gloucester,

Liz Cole had two singles for Lake Region.

YORK 13, KENNEBUNK 0: Stephanie Rundlett threw a perfect game, striking out 15, and York (12-1) totaled 20 hits to beat the Rams (4-9) in six innings at Kennebunk.

Kelsey Cole had three hits and drove in two runs, and Kiley Blondin added three hits. Olivia Coughlin had two hits, including a two-run single in the sixth to end the game. Wendy Donnell, Maeve Campbell and Julia Harrod each added two hits.

WELLS 14, FREEPORT 0: Olivia Durfee had three hits, including a triple and double, drove in three runs and scored three times to pace a 15-hit offense for the Warriors (8-5) against the Falcons (3-10) in five innings at Freeport.

Anya Chase and Samantha Bogue added three hits apiece and each tripled for the Warriors. Chase scored twice and drove in a run, and Bogue drove in two runs.

Karissa Kenyon and Chase combined on a one-hitter, striking out four batters apiece.

Megan Cormier hit a second-inning single for Freeport.

SANFORD 6, GORHAM 3: The Spartans (11-2) scored four runs in the sixth inning, including an RBI double by Morgan Coleman and a two-run double by Abby Blouin, to beat the Rams (5-8) at Sanford.

Molly Boissonneault was 2 for 3 with an RBI for Sanford.

Shayla Harris went 2 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs for Gorham.

Jen Jones of the Spartans allowed three runs on seven hits, striking out 12 and walking one.

PORTLAND 6, DEERING 2: The Bulldogs (7-6) scored four runs in the fifth inning, including a bases- loaded single by Isabelle DiMillo, and defeated the visiting Rams (2-11) at Portland.

Morgan Boyle had a pair of singles and Jessica Brown added a triple for Portland.

MacKenzie O’Donnell had two hits for Deering.

Brown allowed two runs on four hits, striking 10 and walking one.

GREELY 10, FALMOUTH 3: Kelsey Currier allowed three runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking two for the Rangers (10-3), who scored eight runs in the sixth inning and beat the Yachtsmen (5-8) at Cumberland.

Currier had a two-run homer in the third and Kayley Cimino added a grand slam in the sixth for Greely.

Jesse Collin had a solo homer and Maddie Rouhana added a pair of hits for Falmouth.

NOKOMIS 14, MEDOMAK VALLEY 0: Mike Massow tossed a five-inning no-hitter to lead the Warriors (6-7) over Medomak Valley (4-8) at Newport.

WESTBROOK 13, CHEVERUS 7: Camryn LaPierre had three hits, including a triple and a double, drove in three runs and scored three times to lead the Blue Blazes (3-10) past the Stags (0-13) at Portland.

Maddison LeBeau struck out 12 in a five-hitter for Westbrook.

LACROSSE

YARMOUTH 16, BRUNSWICK 1: Ella Antolini had three goals and two assists for the Clippers (8-1) against the Dragons (2-7) at Yarmouth.

Meredith Lane and Emma Glessner added three goals apiece for Yarmouth.

MASSABESIC 16, WINDHAM 5: Maquila DiMastrantonio had six goals and two assists, and Delia Sylvain added two goals and five assists to lead the Mustangs (8-1) over the Eagles (7-2) at Waterboro.

Madison Drain and Skylar Renaud chipped in three goals apiece for Massabesic.

MORSE 12, MT. ARARAT 9: Amanda Gagne had three goals and two assists to lead the Shipbuilders (8-0) past the Eagles (3-6) at Bath.

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Friday’s boys’ roundup: Falmouth powers to baseball victory http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/fridays-boys-roundup-falmouth-powers-to-baseball-victory/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/fridays-boys-roundup-falmouth-powers-to-baseball-victory/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 02:52:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/fridays-boys-roundup-falmouth-powers-to-baseball-victory/ CUMBERLAND — Connor Aube went 4 for 4, including a pair of three-run homers, drove in seven runs and scored three as Falmouth rolled to a 17-3 victory against Greely in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Friday.

Chris Camelio and Reece Armitage each added two hits for Falmouth (13-0) against the Rangers (8-4-1).

Cam Guarino of the Yachtsmen allowed three runs on three hits, all in the second inning, striking out four and walking none.

DEERING 4, CHEVERUS 3: Pat Viola won it with a two-out single in the seventh inning as the Rams (5-6) edged the visiting Stags (6-6) at Portland.

Deering scored three runs in the first as Spencer Todd and Jake Latini had run-scoring singles.

Cheverus answered with a run in the second on Logan McCarthy’s single, and tied it in the third when Griffin Watson scored on Chris Vallee’s sacrifice fly and Jack Casale on Jensen Lapoint’s single.

James Sinclair of the Rams allowed three earned runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one.

ERSKINE ACADEMY 5, OCEANSIDE 4: Zach Glidden lined a two-run double with two outs in the seventh inning and scored on a Nick Turcotte double as the Eagles (10-3) rallied past the Mariners (10-2) at Rockland.

Oceanside scored a pair of runs in the first on a fielder’s choice and a single by Tom Curtis.

Erskine countered with single runs in the fourth and fifth.

The Mariners regained the lead with two runs in the fifth: Riley Sprague hit a two-run single to score Michael Norton Jr. and Titus Kaewthong.

YORK 7, KENNEBUNK 6: Forrest Kelley hit a walk-off three-run double as the Wildcats (10-3) beat the Rams (5-8) at Kennebunk.

Justin Wiggins hit a two-run single in the first to help the Rams to a 3-0 lead. Tim MacDonald hit a two-run homer in the third to put the Wildcats up 4-3.

Kelley finished with four RBI.

Malcom Hughes picked up the win, allowing two hits in three innings.

FREEPORT 8, WELLS 2: Jack Davenport struck out 12 to lead the Falcons (8-4) over the Warriors (7-5) at Freeport.

After Mike Wrigley hit a two-run single in the first inning for the Warriors, Austin Langley of Freeport had a two-run single to tie it.

The Falcons scored five runs in the third, including two-run doubles by Langley and Josh Burke.

Davenport allowed five hits and one earned run.

CAPE ELIZABETH 3, YARMOUTH 1: Pat MacDonald singled in Matt Riggle as part of a two-run second inning to help the Capers (10-2) beat the Clippers (7-4-1) at Cape Elizabeth.

McDonald, who had two hits, also scored on a sacrifice fly by Jack O’Rourke in the fifth to make it 3-0. Yarmouth responded with a run in the sixth on a fielder’s choice by Cody Cook that scored Andrew Kinsman.

Marshall Peterson of Cape Elizabeth allowed two hits and no earned runs, striking out five. Kinsman gave up two earned runs on six hits, striking out two.

TRAIP ACADEMY 6, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 4: Teddy Driscoll and Coleman Pelkey scored on an error in the eighth inning as the Rangers (8-4) beat the Seagulls (8-5) in eight innings at Old Orchard Beach.

Alex Foye and Trevor Salema each had two hits for Traip.

Payton Blanchette, Jacob Maloney and Sam Custeau each drove in a run, and Dustin Brown had two hits for Old Orchard.

LACROSSE

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 15, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 10: Sam Johnson and Trevor Lachance each had three goals and three assists to lead the Panthers (2-7) past the Raiders (5-4) at Fryeburg.

Connor Clock and Jeremy Thelven each added three goals and two assists for NYA, which trailed 9-8 at halftime.

Jeremiah Schrader scored four goals, Jake Maidment added three goals and an assist, and Evan Caraccio had two goals and an assist for Fryeburg.

CHEVERUS 15, NOBLE 2: Francis Curran and Mike Hatch scored three goals each as the Stags (6-3) beat the Knights (1-8) at North Berwick.

Marco Giancotti and Jesse Pierce each scored twice, and Max Coffin added a goal and an assist for Cheverus.

Sean Walsh stopped 10 shots for the Stags.

YARMOUTH 18, WAYNFLETE 10: The Clippers (6-4) took a 7-1 lead after the first quarter and defeated the Flyers (5-4) at Portland.

Remi LeBlanc scored four goals, and Patrick Grant added three goals and an assist for Yarmouth.

Will Lewis scored three goals, and Hank Duval had two goals and an assist for the Flyers.

BONNY EAGLE 5, PORTLAND 4: Spencer Shields scored three goals as the Scots (2-6) defeated the Bulldogs (4-4) at Standish.

Aaron Rae and Ben Steeves also scored for Bonny Eagle.

Jared Leclerc had 13 saves for the Scots.

SOUTH PORTLAND 11, DEERING 5: Jack Fiorini had four goals and five assists to lead the Red Riots (4-5) over the Rams (3-5) at Portland.

Cooper Mehlhorn added three goals and an assist for South Portland.

Nate Richards had two goals and an assist, and Andrew Johnson finished with two goals for Deering.

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Boys’ lacrosse: Scarborough hands Windham its first loss http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/boys-lacrosse-scarborough-hand-windham-its-first-loss/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/boys-lacrosse-scarborough-hand-windham-its-first-loss/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 00:53:25 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/boys-lacrosse-scarborough-hand-windham-its-first-loss/ SCARBOROUGH — The Scarborough High boys’ lacrosse team scored on its first three shots Friday night against Windham goalie Jacob Dionne.

Those goals proved to be the difference, as it became increasingly difficult to put anything past the Eagles’ senior keeper.

Scarborough handed Windham its first loss of the season, beating the Eagles, 8-5.

Cam Nigro scored three goals and Sam Neugebauer added two as Scarborough, the top team in Class A South, improved to 8-3.

Windham (8-1) entered the game ranked fourth in Class A North, and the Eagles had not played a team with either Scarborough’s reputation or its hefty Heal point total.

Neugebauer, Marco Manfra and Nigro scored on Scarborough’s first three shots.

From that point, Dionne made 25 saves, including 11 in the third quarter. Scarborough attempted 57 shots.

“I expected to see just as many, if not more shots,” Dionne said. “I just wish I’d hit my stride in the first half. I started a little slow. I need to work on it and come back out the next game and hit that stride early.”

While Scarborough was building first-half leads of 3-0, 5-1 and 7-2, it was also winning the possession battle. The Red Storm had a 10-2 edge in face-off controls in the first half.

Just as importantly, Scarborough was able to create multiple turnovers as Windham tried to clear the ball from its defensive end.

“Tonight we were particularly effective in both clearing and riding,” Scarborough Coach Joe Hezlep said. “Our attack has been working hard to create more havoc in the midfield, and at times we did a really good job of that. As far as our defense goes, there’s not a guy we don’t trust bringing the ball over, or a guy you don’t trust throwing the ball to.”

Scarborough’s defensive specialists – standout sophomore Reece Lagerquist and seniors Colin Hayward and Wyatt Tanner – were poised and effective with the ball in their possession.

“We’re starting to figure everything out at this time of the year,” Tanner said. “That’s key, to be able to get the ball away and then be able to get it to the offense.”

Windham got a boost right before halftime when Zack Callahan converted a fast-break attack to cut the Scarborough lead to 7-3 going into the half.

Early in the third quarter, Callahan set up Zach Hough for a crisp goal.

Then Dionne went into another zone, making five superior saves in a span of two and a half minutes.

Nigro broke that string, but Scarborough did not score on its final 23 shots. Nine were saved by Dionne, one hit the post, and 13 were off target.

Dionne did not begin to play goalie until his sophomore year, when he was asked by Coach Pete Small to come out for the team because Windham needed a backup goalie.

Now, Small touts Dionne’s skill, analytic approach, and strong desire to keep improving.

“I wouldn’t say unbelievable about a lot of kids, but he is truly unbelievable,” Small said. “And the hard part is I don’t think a lot of people have seen him. People just haven’t seen this kid play.”

Steve Craig can be reached at 791-6413 or:

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Twitter: StevenCCraig

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Softball: Yarmouth ends Cape Elizabeth’s win streak http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/softball-yarmouth-ends-cape-elizabeths-win-streak/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/softball-yarmouth-ends-cape-elizabeths-win-streak/#comments Sat, 21 May 2016 00:18:18 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/softball-yarmouth-ends-cape-elizabeths-win-streak/ CAPE ELIZABETH — Solid pitching, stout defense and timely hitting carried Yarmouth to a 5-3 victory over Cape Elizabeth in a Western Maine Conference softball game Friday.

Cape Elizabeth (10-3) had a nine-game win streak snapped. Yarmouth (9-3) has won 7 of 8.

“Better (to lose) now than later,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Joe Henrikson. “I feel good about our squad.”

Yarmouth pitcher Mari Cooper allowed three runs on four hits through the first two innings.

“Sometimes it just takes a little bit for me to adjust to something so simple as the mound itself,” said Cooper.

She then retired 14 straight batters from the end of the second inning through the sixth.

“When we make such good defensive plays behind me, that’s what gives me the confidence,” said Cooper. “Confidence is what really drives me.”

Cooper allowed three runs on four hits, walking four and striking out three. She also had two hits and scored a run.

“We really depend on Mari, maybe sometimes a little too much,” said center fielder Colleen Sullivan. “We couldn’t have won without everyone on the team. Everybody played a huge part.”

Trailing 3-2 with one out in the fourth inning, Yarmouth drew back-to-back walks followed by a single to load the bases for Sullivan, who fell behind 0-2 but battled to make the count 2-2.

“(Sullivan) is a competitor. Her (stance) has been a little crazy so we’ve been trying to work on that,” said Yarmouth Coach Amy Ashley.

On the fifth pitch of the at-bat, Sullivan laced a bases-clearing double over the head of center fielder Kelly O’Sullivan, giving Yarmouth a 5-3 lead.

“I was thinking about (the stance) too much. As (the pitch) was coming in I was like, ‘stop moving your feet, just take a deep breath,’ ” said Sullivan. “And I did. Solid contact.”

“There’s no one else that we’d rather have at the plate in that situation than Colleen,” said Ashley.

The Capers put runners on first and second with nobody out with the top of the order coming up in the seventh, but a popup that turned into a double play was decisive.

“I don’t know what happened (on the double play). I have three freshmen on the field and (the runner on second base) is one of them,” said Henrikson.

The next batter lined to second to end the game.

“I was proud that we were able to finish today. Especially with runners on first and second with no outs. That was huge,” said Ashley.

Freshman Jessie Robicheaw of Yarmouth was burned by a two-run second inning and a three-run fourth.

Overall she was charged with five runs, four earned, on 10 hits, while walking four and striking out six.

The teams will meet again for the last game of the regular season May 31.

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Scarborough High baseball coach flourishing in new home http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/scarborough-baseball-coach-flourishing-in-new-home/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/20/scarborough-baseball-coach-flourishing-in-new-home/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=888000 SCARBOROUGH — Mike D’Andrea stood before his Scarborough High baseball players 10 minutes after they defeated Cheverus on Monday afternoon and congratulated them on their latest win.

Then he did what he does best.

Teach.

As the wind whipped across the baseball diamond, D’Andrea spoke in detail about some of his hitters’ at-bats, driving home a point that could be used later in the season.

“I was talking about hitter’s count swings, 2-0, 3-1,” he said. “We can’t be getting fisted inside on those counts and that happened a couple of times in the game.”

D’Andrea is coaching this spring at the high school level for the first time in eight years – passing along not only his knowledge but his love of a sport that has been the cornerstone of his life.

Following a three-sport career at Portland High, D’Andrea pitched at the University of Maine (where he still holds several records, including 27 career wins) and then for four years in the Atlanta Braves’ farm system (28-24 record).

ADDRESSING THE PAST

He became the head coach at Deering High in 1997 and won seven state championships. His Nova Seafood American Legion team also won four state titles and a national championship in 2004.

D’Andrea, 46, resigned after Deering’s third consecutive state championship in 2008, in the aftermath of a team celebration that involved underage drinking. He prefers not to talk about his decision to leave, saying only that “it wasn’t on my terms.”

D’Andrea did not attend the party, which was held at the home of an assistant coach. But he resigned as baseball coach and girls’ basketball coach following an investigation. In his resignation letter he said his decision was based on “the scrutiny this event has placed on me. … I want to make it clear that I did nothing wrong and this resignation should in no way infer to anyone an admission of improper actions.” He remained at Deering as a physical education teacher.

D’Andrea kept involved in coaching at the Edge Academy, a baseball and softball training center in Portland. He applied for the baseball opening at Thornton Academy in 2010 but didn’t get the job. When Scarborough’s position came open last fall, he put his name in.

Scarborough Athletic Director Mike LeGage said D’Andrea jumped immediately to the top of the applicants.

“Certainly Mike is probably one of the strongest coaches, in general, in Maine, regardless of the sport,” said LeGage. “We’re very fortunate to have him. He’s a true student of the game.”

D’Andrea assembled a group of veteran coaches – Jim Cronin, Pat Donahue, Wes Ridlon, Marc Sawyer and Alan Sutyak – and realizes the Scarborough program is a work in progress.

“I can’t do things with these guys that we did at Deering,” he said. “But we’re only in Year One. Once they figure out the system and how we want to play, there’ll be a change in our identity.”

Scarborough, coming off a 7-9 season, has a 9-2 record.

“When I started at Deering, they were 3-13 the year before. We went 12-5 my first year, state championship my second.”

So far, D’Andrea loves the attitude of his players.

“We try to do things the right way from walking onto the field to prepping the field after,” he said. “Obviously between the lines we try to do things in a good fashion – run hard, make plays, cutoffs, the little things. Working hard is a non-negotiable. That’s something that they know is not going to change. They’ve all put in a lot of work.”

‘HE’S REALLY PUSHING US’

Lance Johnson, Scarborough’s football coach, said he often goes to baseball practice to watch D’Andrea work with players on details. “He’s always giving little pointers,” Johnson said.

Like the one D’Andrea gave senior catcher Bayley Welsh. After watching Welsh throw to second base, D’Andrea showed him how to get a quicker release.

“Coach D’Andrea came in and shaped us up,” said Welsh. “He’s always on me, I tell you. And that’s a great thing. He never lets me off the hook and that’s awesome. I want to learn.”

Josh Reed, Scarborough’s 6-foot-4, 240-pound pitcher, said small tips from D’Andrea helped him gain accuracy.

“He’s really pushing us,” said Reed, a senior who plans to play football at Maine Maritime Academy. “A lot of drills in practice, a lot of repetition. He just knows more stuff than we’re used to.”

D’Andrea said Reed may be the most improved player on the team: “On a scale of 1-10, he started at a 3 and is now a 6 or 7 in just three weeks. He retains everything we tell him and he applies it in the game.”

Mike Rutherford, D’Andrea’s longtime coaching rival at Portland, is not surprised that D’Andrea is having that effect on the Red Storm.

“They had decent talent to begin with,” said Rutherford. “If you had to guess, they were going to win seven games, Mike is going to add four to that. He makes that team that much better than it should be.

“He’s got them playing good baseball. It’s good to see him back in the league. Kids have missed it.”

How so?

“Of all the coaches I’ve ever worked with, he understands the game better than anybody,” said Rutherford. “He teaches the game. He doesn’t just coach it. Kids leave the program knowing how to play the game.”

A CHANGE IN PRIORITIES

D’Andrea hasn’t changed the way he coaches, but he has changed in other ways. The years away from high school athletics gave him a different perspective.

D’Andrea wants his players to consider things other than sports when looking at colleges. That’s a leap for a guy who immersed himself in athletics while growing up. His father died when he was 8, his mother died when he was 12. He was raised by his sister, Patty. Sports was what kept him focused.

“It was my identity,” he said. “It kept me on track.”

Now, he said, he wants his players to get the best education.

“I want them to go where they’re going to be happy, but it’s more than that,” he said. “You look at the players who go from college to the pros and there are so few of them. If you go to a school like Bowdoin or Dartmouth, you’re going to get an interview for every job you apply to.

“That’s valuable. That’s more helpful in life than maybe learning how to turn a double play.”

 

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Thursday’s high school roundup: Kennebunk girls win again in lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/thursdays-high-school-roundup-kennebunk-girls-win-again-in-lacrosse/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/thursdays-high-school-roundup-kennebunk-girls-win-again-in-lacrosse/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 03:10:04 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/thursdays-high-school-roundup-kennebunk-girls-win-again-in-lacrosse/ NAPLES — Kyra Schwartzman scored five goals Thursday night to lead undefeated Kennebunk to a 10-3 victory against Lake Region in a schoolgirl lacrosse game.

Jenny Bush added three goals, and Katherine Koch and Grace Robinson also scored for Kennebunk (8-0). Carly Sandler had seven assists and Isabella Kudas recorded five saves.

Lauren Jacobs scored twice and Lauren Williams once for Lake Region (6-3).

GREELY 13, FREEPORT 9: Kelsey Otley and Courtney Sullivan scored three goals each as the Rangers (4-5) defeated the Falcons (3-6) at Freeport.

Courtney Broderick and Lily Johnston had three goals each for Freeport.

Samantha Jordan stopped 12 shots for the Falcons.

PORTLAND 15, MCAULEY 13: Merritt Ryan scored seven goals and the visiting Bulldogs (1-7) held off a late comeback to defeat the Lions (1-8) at Portland.

Isabel Stehli added six goals and Morgan Kierstead scored twice for Portland.

Kaeli Leddy, Elizabeth Poulin and Zoe Mazur each scored three goals for the Lions, who trailed 11-3 at halftime before pulling within a goal late in the game.

MARSHWOOD 15, SCARBOROUGH 2: The Hawks (8-0) opened a 10-2 halftime lead and cruised past the Red Storm (2-7) at South Berwick.

Hannah Costin had six goals and two assists, Luci Albers added three goals, Marin Smith finished with two goals and an assist, and Paige Singer scored twice for Marshwood.

Elizabeth Lacognata and Emma Smith scored for Scarborough.

Skyler Amsden had five saves for the Hawks. Sami Shoebottom stopped 11 shots for the Red Storm.

YARMOUTH 4, WAYNFLETE 3: Eliza Lunt scored twice to lead the Clippers (7-1) past the Flyers (6-3) at Yarmouth.

Ella Antolin and Sophia Harrison also scored for Yarmouth.

Christian Rowe had two goals and Nina Moore one for Waynflete.

Mary Kate Gunville stopped six shots for the Clippers. Charlotte Majercik had eight saves for the Flyers.

SOUTH PORTLAND 13, DEERING 4: Mary Cronin and Maddie Hasson combined for seven goals to lead the Red Riots (7-3) over the Rams (4-5) at South Portland.

Hasson had three goals and an assist for South Portland, and Kaya Backman, Paige Fleming and Delphi Bourassa all scored twice.

Micary Verville had two goals, and Megan Violette and Emily Krabbe also scored for Deering.

Zoe Brown stopped 15 shots for the Red Riots. Sophie Borie had eight saves for the Rams.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

CAPE ELIZABETH 21, LAKE REGION 0: The Capers (9-0) built a 14-0 halftime lead and defeated the Lakers (0-9) at Cape Elizabeth.

Jacob Brydson, Owen Thoreck, Tate Perkins and Robert Sarka each had three goals, and Noah Bates and Riley Pillsbury scored twice.

Samuel Price of Cape Elizabeth recorded three saves.

WINDHAM 16, MARSHWOOD 2: Zack Callahan scored five goals to lead the Eagles (8-0) over the Hawks (0-8) at South Berwick.

Bryce Rolfe and Tyler Woolston each added three goals for the Eagles.

Henry Honkonen and Phil Butler scored for the Hawks.

BRUNSWICK 23, OXFORD HILLS 3: Max Gramins and Connor Foushee each scored five goals to lead the Dragons (9-1) over the Vikings (2-8) at Brunswick.

Jameson Cyr and Aiden Glover of Brunswick each finished with three goals and one assist. Logan Ouellette recorded six saves.

Kelton Loper scored twice and Finnian Williamson once for the Vikings.

SOFTBALL

SCARBOROUGH 9, MARSHWOOD 1: Lily Volk went 3 for 3, including a solo homer in the fifth inning, and drove in three runs as the Red Storm (11-0) defeated the Hawks (6-6) at Scarborough.

Chloe Griffin was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI, and Maggie Murphy added three hits for Scarborough, including a double.

Griffin allowed one run on three hits, striking out 10 and walking one for the Red Storm.

THORNTON ACADEMY 15, DEERING 1: Hannah Collins had a two-run triple and scored twice as the Golden Trojans (10-3) defeated the Rams (2-10) in five innings at Portland.

Kaya O’Connor scored four runs, and Shelby Ross had two singles and two RBI for Thornton.

Ross allowed three hits, walking one and striking out four.

Cassidy Coyne’s first-inning triple scored Kaylee Helmick for Deering.

BASEBALL

CHEVERUS 5, NOBLE 2: Jared Brooks’ two-run double highlighted a three-run fifth inning as the Stags (5-6) broke a 2-2 tie and defeated the Knights (0-12) at North Berwick.

Brooks finished with a pair of hits.

Coby Johnson and Jacob Lacroix each had two singles for Noble.

Tre Fletcher of Cheverus pitched the first five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out four and walking four.

GORHAM 13, THORNTON ACADEMY 7: The Rams (7-4) sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring eight times to pull away from the Golden Trojans (9-2) at Saco.

Jason Komulainen and Gerek Brown each hit two-run singles in the sixth.

Komulainen finished 3 for 4, driving in four runs. Brown, Lucas Roop and Ben Nelson each had two hits for Gorham.

Ben Steva had three singles and Evan Balzano added a triple for Thornton.

SOUTH PORTLAND 6, MARSHWOOD 4: Drew Abramson lined an RBI triple, then came in on a double by Nick Troiano as the Red Riots (11-1) scored three runs in the first inning and held off the Hawks (6-7) at South Portland.

Abramson went 3 for 3 with an RBI and scored three runs.

Aiden Place had a pair of singles for Marshwood.

Sam Troiano of the Red Riots went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one. Griffin Kelley pitched a perfect seventh.

SCARBOROUGH 10, WESTBROOK 1: Josh Reed hit a first-inning home run and the Red Storm (9-2) scored seven runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Blue Blazes (2-9) at Westbrook.

Nick Lorello scored in the first on Tim Cairon’s groundout before Reed hit a solo homer to give the Red Storm a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, Connor Kelly and Cameron Seymour each had two-run singles.

Taylor Cookson of Scarborough pitched five innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out four.

The Blue Blazes scored in the fourth on Derek Higgins’ double.

BIDDEFORD 1, WINDHAM 0: Brady Crepeau struck out nine and walked two in a one-hitter as the Tigers (3-8) beat the Eagles (4-8) at Biddeford.

Tim Greenlaw’s first-inning single was Windham’s only hit.

Joey Curit hit a double in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Logan Magnant.

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 11:35 a.m. on May 20 to show that Kyra Schwartzman scored five goals for the Kennebunk girls’ lacrosse team.

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Baseball: Bonny Eagle escapes with 9-inning victory http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/baseball-bonny-eagle-escapes-with-nine-inning-victory/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/baseball-bonny-eagle-escapes-with-nine-inning-victory/#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 01:38:16 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/baseball-bonny-eagle-escapes-with-nine-inning-victory/ STANDISH — The Bonny Eagle baseball team looked to be in trouble in the eighth inning Thursday, facing a bases-loaded situation and pitcher Troy Bogdahn falling behind in the count 3 and 1 to the Massabesic hitter.

But Bogdahn recovered, recording his 10th strikeout, and the Scots went on to a 2-1 victory in nine innings.

“It’s just our will to win, really,” Bogdahn said. “We have a lot of competitors on the team and we’re really close, and we just bore down together today. We’re such a close team and we just try to find a way. I wanted to strike him out.”

Bogdahn, who went the first eight innings and surrendered one unearned run while scattering 10 hits, stranded potential go-ahead runs for the Mustangs (4-7) in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Reliever Kyle Labrecque did the same, working out of a tight spot in the ninth.

“It was a really gutsy performance by (Bogdahn) and (Labrecque),” said Coach Rick Hession. “We played very solid defense overall and they just trusted that. We got behind a little bit on hitters but found a way to come back, to man-up and make pitches when we needed to.”

Bonny Eagle (8-4) won it in the bottom of the ninth when Kolby Lambert reached on a fielder’s choice, and with two outs and two strikes, scored when Brady Grass’ double to left was bobbled.

“There were two strikes on the hitter so we sent the runner and were just trying to get a guy in scoring position,” said Hession. “He got a good pitch to swing at and it turned into a hit-and-run. With the way (Brandon Dyer) was pitching, I wanted to send him the whole way, but the bobble made it 100 percent we were trying to score.”

Dyer threw a complete game for Massabesic and surrendered two unearned runs. He scattered eight hits and relied on pitching to contact (just two strikeouts) for most of the game.

Bonny Eagle first got to Dyer in the first, when all five batters hit the ball hard.

Leadoff hitter Dana McKay eventually scored but Dyer limited the damage with an inning- ending double play, snagging a liner up the middle and spinning to catch the runner off third.

“He pitches great and he’s always around the zone,” said Massabesic Coach Leon Renaud. “We have to find a way to get him some run support and we just didn’t today.”

Added Hession: “He had great composure. He just moved his fastball around all over the plate. He didn’t really stray away from that and never tried to do too much. It was just a very good job of hitting spots.”

Massabesic tied it in the second, using a pair of infield singles sandwiched around a passed ball to bring in Dyer.

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York hires Steve Freeman as girls’ basketball coach http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/york-hires-freeman-as-girls-basketball-coach/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/york-hires-freeman-as-girls-basketball-coach/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 21:46:14 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/19/york-hires-freeman-as-girls-basketball-coach/ York High has hired longtime assistant Steve Freeman as its girls’ basketball coach.

Freeman, 65, replaces Rick Clark, who retired after York won the Class A state title. Clark won four state championships and 508 games in 34 seasons at York.

Freeman was Clark’s assistant and junior varsity coach from 1998-2011 and came back this past season as the associate head coach. His hiring was approved Wednesday by the York School Committee.

Freeman teaches history at the high school and coaches the golf team. He was an assistant boys’ basketball coach at York under Larry Rioux, John Griffin and Rick Brault prior to working with Clark. This will be his first stint as a varsity head coach.

“It’s a challenge I’ve always thought I might be interested in doing and this was the right time for me,” Freeman said. “I’ve had a lot of support from the community, which I really need to thank. It’s been very humbling. That helped me make my decision. My son has also been a wealth of information.”

Freeman’s son, also named Steve, is the girls’ basketball coach at Marshwood High.

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Wednesday’s boys’ high school roundup: Falmouth stays perfect in baseball http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/wednesdays-boys-roundup-falmouth-stays-perfect-in-baseball/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/wednesdays-boys-roundup-falmouth-stays-perfect-in-baseball/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 02:46:34 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/wednesdays-boys-roundup-falmouth-stays-perfect-in-baseball/ FALMOUTH — Robbie Armitage drove in three runs and scored twice Wednesday as undefeated Falmouth beat York 5-1 in a Western Maine Conference baseball game.

After the Wildcats (9-3) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, when Ian Hovde scored on an errant throw, the Yachtsmen (12-0) answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Gee singled to score Jesse Melchiskey before Armitage hit a three-run homer.

Reece Armitage of Falmouth struck out five and allowed five hits over six innings.

WELLS 3, CAPE ELIZABETH 2: Jordan Cluff hit a two-run double in the fourth inning and the Warriors (7-4) held off the Capers (9-2) at Wells.

After Cape Elizabeth took a 1-0 lead on Brendan Tinsman’s RBI single in the third, Wells responded with an RBI single by Charlie Bell that scored Andrew Skeats, who led off the bottom of the inning with a single. Cluff gave Wells a 3-1 lead with his double in the fourth, and Cape got its final run in the sixth on a fielder’s choice from Jack O’Rourke that scored Marshall Peterson.

Liam Bell and Nick Cousins each had two hits for Wells, and Bell got the victory, allowing three walks and 10 hits, striking out two. Tinsman and Nate Ingalls each had three hits for Cape.

MARSHWOOD 5, WESTBROOK 1: Max Horton singled in two runs in a three-run third inning for the Hawks (6-6) against the Blue Blazes (2-8) at Westbrook.

Horton finished with two hits and Jake Cahill added an RBI single in the fourth to extend Marshwood’s lead to 5-1. Nick Landis picked up the win, allowing one earned run and two hits in six innings, striking out six.

Dylan Francoeur drove in Westbrook’s run with a single in the third, and also pitched a complete game, allowing four hits, a walk and two earned runs, striking out two.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 13, WAYNFLETE 0: Thomas Fregeau had two hits and scored twice as the Seagulls (8-4) defeated the Flyers (3-7) in five innings at Portland.

Fregeau drove in the first run with a single in the second inning.

The Seagulls had nine players record a hit, six drove in runs and the team stole eight bases.

TRAIP ACADEMY 6, SACOPEE VALLEY 2: Trevor Salema struck out four and walked one in a two-hitter as the Rangers (7-4) downed the Hawks (10-2) at Kittery.

Traip broke a scoreless tie with a four-run fourth inning, including RBI doubles from Ryan Perkins, Charlie Driscoll and Alex Foye.

The Rangers added two runs in the sixth on another RBI double by Foye and an RBI single from Shane MacNeill.

Brady Anderson doubled and scored for Sacopee.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 4, LAKE REGION 3: Tucker Buzzell drew a bases-loaded walk, driving in the winning run in the seventh inning as the Raiders (2-11) overcame Lake Region (0-11) at Fryeburg.

Matt Fuller and Will Zeliff led off the seventh with singles. Fuller scored the tying run on Oscar Saunders’ sacrifice fly and, with the bases loaded, Zeliff scored when Buzzell walked on a 3-1 pitch.

Hunter Day scored on an error for the Raiders in the first, then on Buzzell’s single in the fifth. Nate Smith laced a two-run double for the Lakers in the first.

YARMOUTH 5, KENNEBUNK 4: Gibson Harnett led off the seventh inning with a single and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to lift the Clippers (7-3-1) over the Rams (5-7) at Kennebunk.

The Clippers scored four runs in the first inning, including a two-run single by Joe DeFusco.

Justin Wiggins and Cole Hoffman hit two-run singles in the fourth as the Rams tied the game.

Cody Cook finished with three hits, and Harnett, Jonathan Snyder and Charles Cawley added two apiece for Yarmouth.

Jack Kiley hit a pair of singles for Kennebunk.

FREEPORT 9, POLAND 0: Jack Davenport and Caiden Shea each had three hits to lead the Falcons (7-5) over the Knights (2-12) at Poland.

Shea doubled and drove in a run, and Caleb Rice drove in two runs. Rice also picked up the win, allowing two hits and striking out five over six innings.

Ben Humphrey drove in two runs, and Colby Wagner added two hits and an RBI for Freeport. Evan Gallagher, Jake Wiseman and Gawain Tibbetts each had a hit for Poland.

GREELY 5, GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 0: Ryan Twitchell threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and two walks as the Rangers (8-3-1) defeated the Patriots (3-9) at Gray.

Austin Nowinski drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning and brought home another on a squeeze in the fifth. Nowinski scored in the seventh on a two-run triple by Caleb Normandeau.

MT. BLUE 4, MT. ARARAT 0: Ryan Pratt pitched a three-hit shutout, and also had three singles, an RBI and a run to lead the Cougars (2-10) past Mt. Ararat (5-7) at Topsham.

Sean Testa, Miles Pelletier and David McDonald added two singles apiece for Mt. Blue.

Nathan Leslie, Cameron Cox and Kaileb Hawkes singled for Mt. Ararat.

WATERVILLE 15, MEDOMAK VALLEY 4: Cody Pellerin and Dalton Wood each finished with two hits and three RBI as the Purple Panthers (7-4) rolled past Medomak Valley (4-7) at Waldoboro.

Chay Phelps added three hits for Waterville, and Jackson Aldrich had two hits, including a triple, and two RBI. Andrew Roderigue was on base five times and scored three runs.

Jackson Vail had two singles for Medomak.

MONMOUTH ACADEMY 9, WISCASSET 4: Chandler Harris drove in a pair of runs and earned the win as the Mustangs (12-0) beat Wiscasset (5-7) at Monmouth. Darren Wood had three hits for Wiscasset.

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Wednesday’s girls’ high school roundup: Traip collects softball victory http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/wednesdays-girls-roundup-traip-collects-softball-victory/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/wednesdays-girls-roundup-traip-collects-softball-victory/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 02:29:52 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/wednesdays-girls-roundup-traip-collects-softball-victory/ KITTERY — Reilly Eddy pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks Wednesday, leading Traip Academy to a 6-1 victory against Sacopee Valley in a Western Maine Conference softball game.

Eddy and Sierra O’Brien had three hits apiece, and Kiera Perez added two for Traip (6-6), which took a 3-0 first-inning lead.

Eddy and Taylor Kashmer drove in two runs apiece for the Rangers. O’Brien and Jessica MacNeill each had one.

Brynn Hink hit a double and a single for Sacopee Valley (5-7).

FRYEBURG ACADEMY 14, LAKE REGION 1: Makayla Cooper hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, and the Raiders (8-4) scored eight times in the second to beat the Lakers (1-10) in five innings at Fryeburg.

Cooper hit a two-run double in the second, and Mackenzie Buzzell finished 3 for 4 with three RBI and three runs for Fryeburg. Julia Quinn, Nicole Bennett and Megan Fuller each added two hits.

Bennett allowed one run with no walks and six strikeouts. Alexandria Sawyer went 2 for 2 and drove in a run for Lake Region.

BONNY EAGLE 11, CHEVERUS 6: Lauryn Fagan drove home five runs and scored twice during an eight-run third inning as the Scots (6-6) opened an 11-1 lead against Cheverus (0-12) at Standish.

Fagan blasted a three-run homer, and also lined a two-run triple and scored on Breanna Lifland’s three-run homer in the third.

The Stags countered with five runs in the fourth, including Isabella Probert’s three-run double.

SANFORD 13, MCAULEY 1: Nicole Main and Molly Boissonneault homered to lead the Spartans (10-2) over the Lions (3-9) in six innings at Portland.

Boissonneault hit a solo shot in the fourth inning to give Sanford a 4-1 lead, and Main added a two-run homer as part of a five-run fifth that made it 9-1. Main had four hits, Morgan Coleman added three, and Marli Wilson and Jordan Wilson finished with two apiece.

Julia Allen of Sanford struck out four, allowing one run on seven hits. Elizabeth Kennedy hit an RBI double for McAuley in the third.

PORTLAND 2, BIDDDEFORD 0: Anna Freund twice drew throws while breaking for second base, both times allowing Morgan Boyle to score from third as the Bulldogs (6-6) beat Biddeford (9-3) at Portland.

Boyle walked and went to third on Jess Brown’s single in the first. Freund, running for Brown, broke for second, stopped and got into a rundown long enough for Boyle to score.

In the fifth, Brown walked with Boyle on third. Freund again pinch ran and broke for second. She beat the throw as Boyle scored on the front end of the double steal.

Brown, the winning pitcher, struck out eight in a five-hit shutout.

MASSABESIC 9, NOBLE 0: Sarah Howe had three hits, including a triple, drove in three runs and scored once to lead the Mustangs (8-4) past the Knights (6-6) at Waterboro.

Grace Tutt added two singles, three runs and an RBI, and Morgan Houk hit a pair of singles and scored once.

Sarah Guimond struck out six and walked one in a six-hitter for Massabesic.

Kayla Lessard hit two singles for Noble.

WESTBROOK 13, SOUTH PORTLAND 7: Morgan Rice went 4 for 4 with five RBI to pace a 14-hit offense for the Blue Blazes (2-10) against the Red Riots (2-10) at Westbrook.

Cam LaPierre added three hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs for Westbrook, which totaled seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Taylor Bacheldor and Amanda Gleason each hit two singles and drove in two runs.

YORK 3, FALMOUTH 1: Stephanie Rundlett struck out 15 and had a no-hitter through six innings, finishing with a one-hitter and three walks as the Wildcats (11-1) defeated the Yachtsmen (5-7) at Falmouth.

The Wildcats scored in the first on a double steal, in the second on a wild pitch and Julia Harrod drove home Maeve Campbell with a single in the fourth.

Shannon Birks of Falmouth was hit by a pitch in the sixth, then stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch.

MONMOUTH ACADEMY 12, WISCASSET 0: Emily Chasse pitched a three-hit shutout for the Mustangs (5-7) against Wiscasset (1-11) at Monmouth.

Hannah Anderson and Mikayla Cameron had two-run doubles.

WELLS 12, OLD ORCHARD BEACH 0: Karissa Kenyon struck out 15 in a two-hitter and also collected a pair of hits for the Warriors (7-5) against the Seagulls (0-12) in a five-inning game at Wells.

Casi Hay went 3 for 3 with a double and four RBI, and Olivia Durfee added three hits, including a double and three RBI.

MESSALONSKEE 10, HAMPDEN ACADEMY 0: The Eagles (11-0-1) got seven runs in the seventh inning and beat the Broncos (5-7) at Hampden.

LACROSSE

WINDHAM 14, DEERING 0: Mya Mannette and Taylor Colangelo collected three goals and one assist apiece for the Eagles (7-1) against the Rams (4-4) at Portland.

Holly Spencer added two goals and three assists, and Grace Sawyer made eight saves for the shutout.

MESSALONSKEE 15, MT. ARARAT 2: Lydia Dexter scored four goals as Messalonskee (7-1) defeated Mt. Ararat (3-5) at Oakland.

Natalie St. Pierre and Ally Turner added three goals each for Messalonskee, Lauren Pickett notched two and Emily Hogan, India Languet and RaeAnn DeRaps also scored. Emily Welch and Erin Tome answered for Mt. Ararat.

GARDINER 9, OCEANSIDE 4: Nickyia Lovely scored four goals to lead the Tigers (5-5) past Oceanside (3-4) at Rockland.

Maddy Beaulieu added two goals for Gardiner, and Madelin Walker, Hailee Lovely and Bryce Smith had one each. Kaylin Mansir made 13 saves.

Jillian Brooks scored twice for Oceanside. Elise Laslavic stopped 13 shots.

CORRECTION: This story was updated at 5:40 p.m. on May 20 to fix the spelling of Wells pitcher Karissa Kenyon’s first name.

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Softball: Greely powers to big lead, holds off Gray-New Gloucester in final inning http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/softball-greely-powers-to-big-lead-holds-off-gray-new-gloucester-in-final-inning/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/softball-greely-powers-to-big-lead-holds-off-gray-new-gloucester-in-final-inning/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 02:15:30 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/softball-greely-powers-to-big-lead-holds-off-gray-new-gloucester-in-final-inning/ GRAY — Charlotte Benoit and Sarah Felkel, seniors on the Greely High softball team, sure picked a good time to hit their first career home runs.

Benoit homered with one out in the seventh inning and Felkel followed two batters later with a two-run homer, both over the left-field fence, and the Rangers held on to defeat Gray-New Gloucester 7-5 in a Class B South game Wednesday.

Their home runs gave Greely a 7-2 lead. The Patriots made it close with three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning.

“Thank God for those back-to-backs,” said Greely Coach Rob Hale.

It was an interesting ending to a game that was scoreless through four innings and 1-0 into the sixth. Both teams fielded well early on, and starting pitchers Kelsey Currier of Greely and Alie Martell of Gray-New Gloucester made clutch pitches.

But then the Rangers got untracked.

“That’s happened in a few games where we’ve had one or two big innings where a lot of people get solid contact,” said Benoit, who drove in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly. “So we’re really swinging the bats pretty well.”

The victory lifted the Rangers, ranked third in the Heal points standings, to 9-3. Gray-New Gloucester, ranked ninth, dropped to 7-4.

“There’s a few things we need to work on,” said Benoit. “But overall I think we’re in a pretty good spot.”

Martell worked out of a couple of jams in the first four innings to keep the game scoreless. But in the fourth, the Rangers loaded the bases with no outs and got a one-out deep fly to center from Benoit to make it 1-0.

The Rangers then scored three in the top of the sixth – an RBI single by Miranda Eisenhart and a two-run double by Currier – to seemingly break it open at 4-0.

Gray-New Gloucester responded with two in the bottom of the sixth, Grace Kariotis getting an RBI single and Martell a run-scoring groundout, but stranded a runner at third.

Then the Rangers appeared to put it away in the top of the seventh. With one out Benoit drove a pitch well beyond the left-field fence. “I wasn’t even sure it was going out when I hit it,” she said, noting this was her first out-of-the-park home run. “I didn’t know it was out until I saw (the left fielder’s) hands go up when I was rounding first.”

After Evan Carroll reached on an error, Felkel followed with a line shot that also cleared the left-field fence.

The Patriots made it tight in the bottom of the inning. A two-out error allowed the first run in. Another throwing error allowed the next two to score.

“That definitely shows a lot of heart and character,” said Patriots Coach Amanda Harmon. “This team definitely plays all the way through.”

Currier allowed four hits in gaining the pitching victory. She struck out four and made two nice defensive plays in the circle, the first on a sharp one-hopper, the second an over-the-shoulder catch on a soft pop-up.

“Hits her spots and she doesn’t get fazed with someone being on,” said Hale. “And as you saw, she can field her position. She’s mentally tough.”

“We’re a really good team,” said Currier. “We just have to get our hits and our fielding down, and we’ll hope to finish good.”

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Softball: Mora hits two homers as Windham reaches 10-1 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/softball-mora-hits-two-homers-as-windham-reaches-10-1/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/softball-mora-hits-two-homers-as-windham-reaches-10-1/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 00:40:48 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/softball-mora-hits-two-homers-as-windham-reaches-10-1/ WINDHAM — Heading into her softball game Wednesday against Gorham, Olivia Mora of Windham planned to be more selective than usual at the plate.

Wrong move.

After a first-inning strikeout, Mora turned aggressive and it paid off. She hit two home runs and knocked in five runs to lead the Eagles to a 5-2 victory.

“I’m not really a patient hitter and in my first at-bat, I was trying to be more patient and it didn’t really work for me,” Mora said. “I adjusted in my second at-bat and was just fired up. I saw it over the middle on the first pitch and decided to just let it fly.”

That second at-bat came with two runners on during a scoreless game in the third. On the first pitch, Mora unloaded a towering home run deep to center.

“Olivia Mora is just a phenomenal softball player and today she put on a show,” said Windham Coach Travis Demmons. “A lot of people aren’t aware of her but by the end of the year they will be.”

Mora followed with a two-run opposite-field shot to right in the fifth – her fifth homer of the season and 10th in her high school career. It was the first time she connected for two in a game.

“They’ve got a lot of great hitters over there,” said Gorham Coach Renee Thibodeau. “We know it’s tough when they’ve got girls on and someone like that steps up to the plate.”

Mora’s two homers provided more than enough support for pitcher Danielle Tardiff, who struck out 11, scattered four hits and surrendered one earned run for Windham (10-1).

The Rams’ run came in the fourth, immediately after Tardiff was hit in the ankle with a pitch in the bottom of the third.

“She showed a lot of grit today,” said Demmons. “She got hit by that pitch, and every inning had to come in here and ice her ankle. I told her that today she showed more fight and grit than she’s probably ever shown in the circle.”

Added Mora: “Danielle always pulls through for us. She’s so resilient and she’s just a really great pitcher.”

Windhamn leadoff hitter Katelyn Troiano went 2 for 4 with a double and scored on both of Mora’s homers. Alex Morang also scored for Windham.

Shayla Harris had two hits, including a double, and Grace McGouldrick added a triple for the Rams (5-7).

Noelle Dibiase scored and drove in a run for Gorham, and Carli Labrecque added an RBI and McGouldrick also scored.

McGouldrick and Lindsey Wilcox each pitched three innings for Gorham, both allowing two earned runs. They combined for seven strikeouts.

“There was never any let-up from our girls, and we came back in the fourth,” said Thibodeau.

“Moving toward the playoffs, that’s what you like to see.”

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Gorham basketball star Esposito makes her choice: Villanova http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/gorham-basketball-star-esposito-makes-her-choice-villanova/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/gorham-basketball-star-esposito-makes-her-choice-villanova/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 19:58:43 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/18/gorham-basketball-star-esposito-makes-her-choice-villanova/ Gorham High junior Emily Esposito has verbally committed to play basketball at Villanova University.

The 5-foot-10 guard has been one of the state’s most prolific scorers in her three-year career for the Rams, with 1,034 points heading into her senior season. She made her decision Monday night, informing Villanova Coach Harry Perretta in a phone conversation.

“Ever since I was a little girl, Division I was my goal,” Esposito said Wednesday. “But I didn’t want to settle for some place where I could be a star. I wanted to go where I was going to have to push myself. Villanova is that place.”

She had narrowed her choices to Villanova and DePaul.

“I’m glad it’s over with,” said Esposito. “I never realized how much the whole recruiting process had weighed on me until the day after (her decision). I came home and I had so much more energy than I usually have when I get home. I didn’t have to worry about coaches calling me anymore. I didn’t have to worry about calling any coaches. I felt like I didn’t have a job to do any more. It’s so much of a relief.”

Under NCAA rules, Perretta, who has coached the Wildcats for 38 years, cannot comment until Esposito signs her national letter of intent, which for basketball players does not occur until November of their senior year.

“I think it’s a good spot that’s going to be good for her for a lot of reasons,” said Don Briggs, Esposito’s coach on the Maine Firecrackers club team. “It’s a great school academically and she’s got a great connection with the coach.”

Esposito is a three-time Maine Sunday Telegram all-state selection. She averaged 18.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.1 steals in leading the Rams to an undefeated Class AA state championship last winter.

Villanova, a member of the Big East, finished 20-12 last year and lost in the second round of the WNIT.

Esposito was visiting Philadelphia with her family last summer when they stopped by the Villanova campus. She hadn’t had much contact with Perretta during the recruiting process to that point, but stopped in to see him.

“Everything kind of changed that day,” said Esposito. “It really was fate. I hadn’t talked much to him before that. Since then, he would call a couple of times a week and we would talk about basketball, of course, but also anything you could talk to your parents about. I feel I can talk to him about anything.”

Laughn Berthiaume, the Gorham girls’ basketball coach, said that relationship is critical.

“Coach Perretta visited us this year and by the time he was done, I wanted to play for him,” said Berthiaume. “It’s a good spot for Emily. He’s well established, a well-respected coach and his teams always do well. So I think she’s in a good spot.”

Esposito, who has recovered from surgery she had on her right wrist following the high school season, said she plans on studying psychology and business.

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Tuesday’s boys’ roundup: Scarborough wins in lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/tuesdays-high-school-boys-roundup-scarborough-wins-in-lacrosse/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/tuesdays-high-school-boys-roundup-scarborough-wins-in-lacrosse/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 03:02:44 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/tuesdays-high-school-boys-roundup-scarborough-wins-in-lacrosse/ Marc Guerette scored with 2:53 remaining and Scarborough held on Tuesday night for a 14-13 victory against Cheverus in a schoolboy lacrosse game.

Sam Neugebauer led Scarborough (7-3) with five goals and two assists. Guerette finished with four goals.

Cam Nigro chipped in two goals and three assists, and Marco Manfra had two goals and two assists for the Red Storm.

Michael Finn Cawley had four goals and one assist for Cheverus (5-3). Alex Nason added two goals and two assists, and Frank Curran collected two goals and one assist.

WAYNFLETE 12, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 6: Hank Duvall collected five goals and one assist, and Will Nelligan added four goals and two assists as the Flyers (5-3) downed the Panthers (1-7) at Portland.

Will Lewis chipped in three goals for Waynflete, which led 7-2 at halftime.

Tom Pitts had a goal and an assist for NYA.

DEERING 15, BONNY EAGLE 3: Nate Richards scored five goals as the Rams (3-4) cruised past the Scots (2-6) at Portland.

Nick James added four goals and one assist, and Andrew Johnson finished with three goals and one assist for Deering.

LINCOLN ACADEMY 7, ERSKINE ACADEMY 5: Thomas Coombs and Nate Simmons each had two goals to lead Lincoln Academy (3-5) over Erskine Academy (1-8) at South China.

Josh Reed had three goals and Jake Peavy made 15 saves for Erskine.

MORSE 10, OAK HILL 9: Declan Hall had three goals and three assists to lead the Shipbuilders (3-7) over Oak Hill (0-8) at Wales.

Cameron Marco added three goals and two assists for Morse. Steven Gilbert and Marcus Bailey each scored three goals for the Raiders.

THORNTON ACADEMY 11, SOUTH PORTLAND 5: Noah Edborg, Wyatt LeBlanc and Ethan Wiggan scored as Thornton (5-3) opened a 3-1 first-quarter lead before pulling away from the Red Riots (3-5) at South Portland.

Edborg finished with three goals and two assists. Cameron Cadorette also had a pair of goals for the Trojans.

BASEBALL

GORHAM 7, WINDHAM 1: Logan Drouin hit a three-run homer in the second inning and the Rams (6-3) went on to down the Eagles (4-6) at Windham.

Trent Bassingthwaite of Gorham had a pair of hits, including a double, and Lucas Roop added two singles.

Mitch Eskilson had a pair of singles for Windham.

Sam Kilborn picked up the win, allowing a run in the seventh, on four hits, striking out seven and walking none.

BONNY EAGLE 7, SANFORD 5: Brady Grass dropped down a suicide squeeze with the bases loaded to drive in Arlo Pike with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Scots (7-4) defeated the Spartans (2-9) at Sanford.

Drake Laughlin scored on Christian Napolitano’s fielder’s choice to make it 7-5.

Laughlin had a triple and a double, and Pike and Troy Bogdahn each added a pair of hits for the Scots.

Keith Kerrigan and Frank Veino had two hits for Sanford, with Veino hitting a triple.

Dana McKay picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking one.

FREEPORT 3, GREELY 1: Colby Wagner hit a solo home run in the second inning and the Falcons (7-5) went on to defeat Greely (7-4-1) at Freeport.

Wagner then doubled home Jack Davenport in the third for a 2-0 lead, and Davenport singled home Max Doughty in the fifth to make it 3-0.

The Rangers scored in the sixth when Matt Pisini singled in Dylan Fried.

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Tuesday’s high school girls’ roundup: Windham escapes in lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/tuesdays-high-school-girls-roundup-windham-escapes-in-lacrosse/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/tuesdays-high-school-girls-roundup-windham-escapes-in-lacrosse/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 02:47:27 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/tuesdays-high-school-girls-roundup-windham-escapes-in-lacrosse/ WINDHAM — Hannah Skvorak scored from Taylor Colangelo with five seconds remaining Tuesday to lift Windham to a 9-8 victory against Portland in a schoolgirl lacrosse game.

Skvorak finished with five goals and Holly Spencer added three for the Eagles (6-1), who led 5-1 at halftime.

Merritt Ryan scored every Portland goal.

Grace Sawyer made 13 saves for the Eagles. Madelyn Danse finished with 14 saves for Portland (0-7).

KENNEBUNK 18, FREEPORT 1: Jenny Bush had three goals and three assists as the Rams (7-0) rolled by the Falcons (3-5) at Freeport.

Carly Sandler added three goals and a pair of assists, Katy Ross scored three goals, and Kyra Schwartzman had two goals and four assists.

Emma Carter scored for Freeport.

Bella Kudas and Mallory Burchill combined for four saves for the Rams. Madelyn Nelson stopped 10 shots for the Falcons.

THORNTON ACADEMY 9, BIDDEFORD 5: Jules Grondin had three goals and one assist to lead the Trojans (6-2) past the Tigers (5-3) at Saco.

Faith Sinclair added two goals for the Trojans, who led 5-1 at halftime.

Melissa Huot had one goal and one assist for Biddeford.

YORK 8, GREELY 7: Allie Lawlor scored three goals to lift the Wildcats (5-3) over the Rangers (3-5) at Cumberland.

Emma Ford and Allie Laureson added two goals apiece for York.

Kelsey Otley finished with four goals for Greely.

SOFTBALL

WINDHAM 15, WESTBROOK 8: Katelyn Troiano hit a bases-clearing double and Alex Morang added a two-run single as the Eagles (9-1) scored six runs in the third inning to break a 2-2 tie and defeat the Blue Blazes (1-10) at Windham.

Maddison LeBeau had three hits for Westbrook, including a home run in the third, and Morgan Rice added a homer in the sixth.

Katie Hunter of the Eagles totaled three innings, allowing one earned run on three hits.

RICHMOND 14, BUCKFIELD 2: Catcher Sydney Tilton had a solo home run and a triple, and the Bobcats (10-0) collected 10 runs in the second inning en route to a five-inning victory against the Bucks (9-4) at Richmond.

The Bobcats pounded out 13 hits in the win as Kalah Patterson collected a double and a triple, and Autumn Acord had a double and a single.

Cassidy Harriman also had two hits in the win.

BANGOR 8, CONY 3: Emily Gilmore hit a three-run homer to give Bangor a four-run lead and added a two-run double as Bangor (8-4) defeated Cony (9-3) at Augusta.

Gilmore, a senior second baseman who has committed to the University of Maine, has six home runs this season.

CORRECTION: This file was updated at 10:54 a.m. on May 18 to show that Kennebunk defeated Freeport in girls’ lacrosse.

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Baseball: Thornton edges Portland in showdown, 5-4 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/baseball-thornton-edges-portland-in-showdown-5-4/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/baseball-thornton-edges-portland-in-showdown-5-4/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 23:16:57 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/baseball-thornton-edges-portland-in-showdown-5-4/ SACO — The SMAA baseball game between once-beaten Portland and once-beaten Thornton Academy seemed like a dress rehearsal for the upcoming playoffs.

Four lead changes. Three ties. A left fielder making the pivot at second base on a critical double play. A successful double steal to score the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

And all that set the stage for a walk-off single by Evan Balzano with one out in the ninth to give Thornton Academy a 5-4 victory.

“It’s a good character tester,” said Trojans Coach Ray Petit, whose team rallied from two down in the seventh to tie.

“That’s two real good teams going at each other,” said Portland Coach Mike Rutherford.

Thornton Academy (9-1) ended matters with consecutive one-out singles in the ninth by Brogan Searle-Belanger, Ben Lambert and Balzano.

“I was just looking for something over the plate,” said Balzano, who had been hitless with an intentional walk in his previous four at-bats. “Right before I came up, Coach told me to end it. Luckily I got a good pitch to hit, first pitch.”

John Williams of Portland and Benjamin Lambert of Thornton Academy try to help an umpire make a call as Lambert is called out at first to end the fifth inning.   Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

John Williams of Portland and Benjamin Lambert of Thornton Academy try to help an umpire make a call as Lambert is called out at first to end the fifth inning. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

Portland (9-2) appeared to have victory in hand after breaking a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh. Dom Tocci started the rally with a one-out single. After a flyout, Nick Archambault singled to left and Joe Fusco singled up the middle for a 3-2 lead.

Jack Nichols then delivered his fourth straight hit to make it 4-2 and spell the end for Lambert, the Thornton starter. Freshman Luke Chessie moved to the mound from shortstop and took a comebacker from Zach Fortin off the leg. Lambert, at shortstop, gathered in the carom and made the out at first to prevent two more runs from scoring.

“That could have been 6-2,” Rutherford said. “There’s so many things in baseball you could talk about, but we’ve got to make plays and we’ve got to close out games.”

The Trojans, who trailed Cheverus in the bottom of the seventh earlier this season, started their rally with help from an error. Chessie then hit into a force and Searle-Belanger followed with a single. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third.

A Lambert comebacker struck Portland starter Charles Barnard in the leg, but instead of leading to an out, the carom angled sharply enough to give Lambert a single that scored Chessie to make it 4-3 and put runners at the corners.

When Lambert broke for second base on an attempted steal, the Bulldogs set up a cut-off between the mound and second in hopes of catching Searle-Belanger off third. Instead the throw skipped through and Searle-Belanger scampered home to make it 4-4.

An intentional walk and a sharp single by Adam Gibbons filled the bases, prompting Rutherford to station Fortin, his left fielder, almost on top of second as a fifth infielder.

“That’s something we actually work on,” he said. “With the bases loaded and one out, we don’t have to go to the plate.”

Indeed, shortstop Jake Knop fielded a sharp grounder and flipped to Fortin, who relayed to first baseman John Williams to end the inning.

“This sends a message throughout the league,” Balzano said. “We’re actually a contender this year.”

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Principals’ association bans drones from Maine high school playoff games http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/principals-association-bans-drones-from-maine-high-school-playoff-games/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/17/principals-association-bans-drones-from-maine-high-school-playoff-games/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/?p=883806 The Maine Principals’ Association has decided to prohibit the use of unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones, at all the high school athletic events it sponsors, mostly playoff and championship games.

The MPA policy, which will take effect at the start of the next school year, will not affect regular-season games, such as a varsity football game between Deering High School and South Portland High School.

Members approved the drone policy at their spring conference last month, hoping to stay ahead of an issue that is currently being considered by high schools in Maine and across the nation.

Thornton Academy in Saco is believed to have become the first high school in Maine to adopt a drone policy when it decided in April to prohibit all remote aircraft from being used on or flown over school property without written permission.

A national organization that has been monitoring drone use says that while drone technology can be used for good purposes, many school districts worry that a drone could crash into a crowd of spectators or be used by coaches to gain a competitive advantage.

“If a drone should crash, it could kill or injure people. Or even worse, it could be carrying a payload,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. “People are concerned because safety should always come first.”

Marciani said the use of drones at high school athletic events has become one of the hottest issues facing schools across the nation. It was the subject of a panel discussion at the center’s safety and security summit April 13-15.

Marciani said more high schools are banning the use of drones at school athletic events. He said school boards and superintendents are struggling with enacting restrictions as drones become more commonly used.

“If I am a school superintendent, I’m nervous about this,” he said. “Because there is no way to detect them or to determine if they are dangerous.”

The MPA first became aware of the drone issue because of concerns they could be used as a scouting tool, giving schools that had them an unfair advantage.

“It was a football request, an (athletic director) had received word that one of the opponents had a drone,” said Mike Burnham, the MPA’s assistant executive director. However, the policy was put in place more as a proactive measure than as a response to an ongoing problem, he said.

Burnham said Vermont, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Maryland and Ohio are among the states that have adopted policies forbidding drones at high school athletic events.

Jim Trask, Thornton Academy’s director of campus safety, believes the private school is the first high school in Maine to have adopted a policy regulating drone use.

In an email, Trask said that the school policy prohibits “any and all remote aircraft use on or over Thornton Academy property during and after school hours. This policy was written with the safety and security of our students, staff, visitors and campus in mind.”

“Our concern is for the privacy of our students, as well as concerns over injuries and damage that may occur with one of these devices,” said Trask, a former Maine State Trooper. “Since Thornton Academy is private property it makes it much easier to control this issue and refuse to allow these devices on campus.”

Gary Stevens is Thornton Academy’s athletic director. He also serves on the advisory board of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security. Stevens attended the center’s April conference in Mississippi.

“Drones, I would say, are one of the top-three hot topics for the center,” Stevens said. “Thornton Academy recently developed our own policy. I had a drone appear on campus the last week of April. I saw the drone at the tennis court.”

“So now if you want to use a drone on our 88-acre property, you have to apply for permission from the director of security. That includes teachers using it for science,” Stevens said.

Stevens said the safety issue is a big concern with drones, as are the ethical questions surrounding the use of drones by school teams to videotape an opponent.

“I think for high school athletics in Maine, the drone will become the tool for athletic teams to use for practice. It could be used very effectively to teach kids. You could use videos from it. But you do have ethical questions and you want to make sure you are only videotaping your own practice and not getting into other schools’ air space,” Stevens said. “I hope it never gets to that point.”

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a set of rules for three categories of drones: public operations, civil operations and model aircraft. Civil operations, or commercial use, requires authorization from the FAA. The policy for model aircraft, or recreational use, strongly urges hobbyists to follow seven safety measures.

In addition, the U.S. Senate last month approved an FAA reauthorization bill that would require people who buy drones to take an online test of their knowledge of restrictions and proper handling of their aircraft, the Washington Post reported. The FAA already requires registration of drones. The bill awaits consideration in the House.

Spectators interviewed Monday at a baseball game and girls lacrosse match in Scarborough said drones are currently not a problem in Maine.

“I’ve never seen a drone over a playing field so it’s hard to believe it’s an issue,” said Stu Jacobs, whose son Alex Jacobs is a pitcher for Cheverus High School. “I could see if it was a football game and the stands were full, then it could be a hazard. But at this point, I think they are addressing a problem that doesn’t exist.”

George Koukos was watching his daughter Haley play for Scarborough’s junior varsity lacrosse team.

“I’ve never seen one so I don’t know how much of an issue it is. I think it would be an issue over airports. But a ball field?”

“If we’ve had drones I’ve never noticed them,” said Mike LeGage, Scarborough’s athletic director. “But I probably need to put something in our student handbook now.”

Staff Writer Mike Lowe contributed to this report.

 

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Monday’s high school girls’ roundup: Morse remains unbeaten in lacrosse http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/mondays-high-school-girls-roundup-morse-remains-unbeaten-in-lacrosse/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/mondays-high-school-girls-roundup-morse-remains-unbeaten-in-lacrosse/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 03:06:25 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/mondays-high-school-girls-roundup-morse-remains-unbeaten-in-lacrosse/ FREEPORT — Madison Savary scored on a free position in overtime Monday as Morse High remained unbeaten in girls’ lacrosse with a 7-6 win over Freeport.

Madison Olsen scored three goals to lead Morse (7-0).

Courtney Broderick had three goals and two assists to lead Freeport (3-4).

SANFORD 10, WINSLOW 9: Monica Trausch scored the winner in overtime to lead the Spartans (3-5) past the Raiders (0-7) at Thomas College in Waterville.

Maddie Leigh led all scorers for Sanford with eight goals, Trausch finished with a pair of goals and an assist, and Liz Helmreich dished out three assists.

Sabrina Jandreau was the top scorer for Winslow with three goals; Sarah Stevens and Heather Kervin each added a pair of goals.

GARDINER 10, OCEANSIDE 7: Hailee Lovely scored four goals to spark the host Tigers.

Nickyia Lovely and Bryce Smith added two goals apiece for Gardiner (4-3).

Sierra Beal had a hat trick for Oceanside (3-3).

MASSABESIC 10, SCARBOROUGH 3: Madi Drain had three goals and an assist, and Delia Sylvain two goals and two assists, as Massabesic (7-1) easily beat the Red Storm (2-7) in Scarborough.

Maquila DiMastrantonio added a pair of goals for the Mustangs. Sami Shoebottom had 14 saves for Scarborough.

SOFTBALL

WELLS 10, KENNEBUNK 1: Anya Chase struck out 14 in tossing a four-hitter, and also rapped four hits to lead the Warriors (6-5) over Kennebunk (4-7) in Wells.

Olivia Clay and Casi Haye each had three hits and two RBI for Wells.

YORK 4, TRAIP ACADEMY 0: Stephanie Rundlett struck out 19 and had a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning as the Wildcats (10-1) defeated the Rangers (5-4) in Kittery.

The Wildcats scored their runs in the top of the seventh inning with two outs. Kiley Blondin hit a two-run double before scoring on an RBI single by Olivia Coughlin. Rundlett, who finished 4 for 4, drove in Coughlin on an RBI double.

Cecelia Driscoll recorded the Rangers’ hit in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and two strikes.

GREELY 6, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 1: Evan Carrell and Sarah Felkel had back-to-back two-run singles in a six-run sixth inning to help lead the Rangers (7-3) over the Raiders (7-4) in Fryeburg.

MARSHWOOD 5, PORTLAND 0: Emily Robida threw a one-hitter and also drove in two runs to lead the Hawks (6-5) over the Bulldogs (5-6) in Portland.

LAKE REGION 9, FREEPORT 8: Haley Fernald drove home the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh as the Lakers (2-9) edged the Falcons (3-8) at Naples.

Brooke Harriman lined a two-run triple, her third hit of the game, to start the four-run inning and later scored on a Kaylyn Lorrain’s sac fly.

Freeport took the lead in the top of the inning with four runs, led by Lauren Brigg’s two-run single.

YARMOUTH 7, FALMOUTH 5: Sydney St. Pierre hit a two-run double to pace a five-run fifth inning as the Clippers (7-3) built a 7-2 lead and survived a late rally from the Yachtsmen (5-6) at Yarmouth.

SOUTH PORTLAND 5, DEERING 2: Stephanie Aceto doubled in a run and also picked up the win to lead the Red Riots (2-9) over the Rams (2-9) in South Portland.

MEDOMAK VALLEY 14, SPRUCE MOUNTAIN 4: Gabby DePatsy struck out seven and also contributed a pair of singles to carry Medomak Valley (7-3) past the Phoenix (3-7) in Jay.

Lydia Simmons led the Panthers with three hits and three RBI; Josie Jameson added two singles.

BIDDEFORD 18, CHEVERUS 1: Brook Davis was 4 for 4, including three homers, driving in eight runs to power a 19-hit attack as the Tigers (9-2) handled the Stags (0-11) in five innings at Biddeford.

Jocelyn Moody went 4 for 4 with four RBI and scored four times for Biddeford, and Grace Martin added three hits, including a pair of doubles.

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER 3, SACOPEE VALLEY 1: Cara Waltz had three hits, including an RBI double in the fifth to help the Patriots (7-3) beat the Hawks (5-6) in Hiram.

Sacopee Valley took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Grace Sanborn reached on an error to score Tianna Garland. Gray-New Gloucester responded with Waltz’s double in the fifth and added another run in the inning on an RBI single from Alison Martell.

Martell picked up the win for the Patriots, pitching three innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out seven. .

SANFORD 11, BONNY EAGLE 1: Jen Jones went the distance, allowing just one run on four hits, striking out 13 and walking three as the Spartans (9-2) rolled by the Scots (5-6) at Sanford.

Sanford pulled away in the fourth inning when they had 11 batters come to the plate, scoring seven times, highlighted by a two-run homer from Nicole Main and a pair of singles in the inning from Molly Boissonneault.

Boissonneault went 3 for 3 with an RBI, and Main finished 2 for 4, driving in a pair of runs and scoring twice.

Jones went 2 for 4 with a double and triple, scoring three runs.

Ashlyn Wintle drove in Bonny Eagle’s run in the first inning with a single.

THORNTON 18, MCAULEY 1: Louissa Colucci struck out 11 over five innings in holding McAuley (3-8) to three hits during a five-inning victory by the Trojans (8-3) in Saco.

Thornton took control early, breaking a 1-1 tie with eight runs in the second inning. Libby Pomerleau had a two-run double in the second and Hannah Collins a two-run single. The Trojans, behind two-run singles from Pomerleau and Olivia Howe, added nine more runs in the fourth.

The Lions’ run came on an RBI double by Elizabeth Kennedy in the first inning.

WINDHAM 12, WESTBROOK 0: Danielle Tardiff threw a perfect game, and also hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to lead the Eagles (8-1) over the Blue Blazes (1-9) in five innings in Windham.

Tardiff struck out 12, and Olivia Mora added a three-run homer in the third to spark a five-run inning. Katelyn Troiano added two hits, scored three times and stole three bases for Windham.

MASSABESIC 11, GORHAM 2: Lacey Bean blasted a three-run homer as Massabesic (7-4) opened the scoring with four runs in the third inning against the Rams (5-6) in Gorham.

After Noelle DiBiase lined a two-run homer for Gorham in the fourth, the Mustangs pulled away with a three-run rally in the fifth and four more runs in the seventh.

Grace Tutt led Massabesic with three hits.

CAPE ELIZABETH 11, POLAND 2: Tess Haller scored on a groundout and Maddie Culkin singled home Kelly O’Sullivan to give the Capers (10-2) a 2-0 first-inning lead over Poland (2-11) in Cape Elizabeth.

Cape, behind Haller and Alison Ingalls, scored in each of the four succeeding innings to pull away. Haller and Ingalls both finished with two hits, two runs and two RBI.

OAK HILL 26, BOOTHBAY 3: Emma Hlister, Abby Nadeau and winning pitcher Makayla Nadeau each drove in three runs to lead the Raiders (10-1) to a victory at Boothbay (0-11).

Madison Bennett went 3 for 4 with two RBI.

SCARBOROUGH 19, NOBLE 0: Chloe Griffin hit a pair of two-run homers to power a 19-hit output by the Red Storm (10-0) as they remained undefeated by cruising by the Knights (6-5) at North Berwick.

Laura Powell had four hits, including a double, to lead the way for Scarborough, and Maggie Murphy and Lindsey Kelley each had three hits. Victoria Hale added a three-run homer.

Mackenzie Aleva had a pair of hits for Noble.

MORSE 19, WATERVILLE 8: The Shipbuilders scored 13 runs in the sixth inning to blow the game open in Waterville.

Sierra Wallace led a 21-hit attack with a double and three singles for Morse (7-4).

Coby Dangler had a double and two singles for Waterville (1-9).

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Monday’s high school boys’ roundup: Greely gets just 3 hits, but beats Fryeburg http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/mondays-high-school-boys-roundup-greely-gets-just-three-hits-but-still-beats-fryeburg-in-baseball-6-2/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/mondays-high-school-boys-roundup-greely-gets-just-three-hits-but-still-beats-fryeburg-in-baseball-6-2/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 03:01:08 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/mondays-high-school-boys-roundup-greely-gets-just-three-hits-but-still-beats-fryeburg-in-baseball-6-2/ FRYEBURG — Luke Miller’s two-run single was Greely’s only hit in the eighth inning when it scored four times to beat Fryeburg 6-2 in baseball on Monday.

The Rangers (7-2) also worked six walks in the eighth, two of them with the bases loaded.

Overall, Greely managed only three hits, but walked 10 times to beat the Raiders (1-11).

TRAIP ACADEMY 12, WAYNFLETE 2: The Rangers (6-4) scored six runs in the second inning to take control as they cruised by the Flyers (3-6) in five innings at Kittery.

Alex Foye had three hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs for Traip. He also pitched the first three innings to earn the win.

Nick Hagler and Max Winson each had a single and scored a run for Waynflete.

WELLS 9, KENNEBUNK 3: Liam Bell singled home two runs as the Warriors (6-4) broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the bottom of the sixth against Kennebunk (5-5) in Wells.

Cam Cousins and Nick Cousins started the winning rally with a pair of singles. Jordan Cluff’s single put Wells ahead 4-3. Andrew Skeats followed with an RBI double before Bell drove in his two runs.

Cody Cousins added a run-scoring single and Shawn Ramsey an RBI groundout to complete the rally.

Derek Smith led the Rams with two hits, including a two-run double.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 13, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 3: Thomas Fregeau had an RBI triple and Dylan Creswell added a two-run single in the seven-run fourth inning as the Seagulls (7-4) pulled away to defeat the Panthers (4-7) in five innings at Old Orchard Beach.

Creswell was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI for OOB, and Fregeau scored three times.

Brian Davis got the win for the Seagulls, allowing three runs on two hits, striking out four batters and walking two.

CAPE ELIZABETH 11, POLAND 1: Seven pitchers combined to allow five hits as the Capers (9-1) defeated the Knights (2-11) in Cape Elizabeth in five innings.

Brendan Tinsman scored the Capers’ first run in the first inning on an RBI single by Dylan Roberts. The game was concluded in the bottom of the fifth inning on a three-run double by Tinsman.

The Knights scored in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Ben Bernier.

Nate Ingalls (3-0) of Cape Elizabeth pitched two innings and struck out two batters.

SCARBOROUGH 6, CHEVERUS 4: Connor Kelly, Jack Hughes and Matt Caron each hit RBI singles as the Red Storm (8-2) overcame a 3-1 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the fourth against Cheverus (5-5) in Scarborough.

Mitchell struck out six, holding the Stags to four hits. Trejyn Fletcher had two of the Cheverus hits, including an RBI triple.

WATERVILLE 6, MORSE 4: Adam Barre had two singles and two RBI to spark the Purple Panthers to the KVAC B win. Justin Wentworth added a double for Waterville (6-4).

Taylor Shaw had two singles for Morse (3-8).

MT. VIEW 7, LINCOLN 3: Five Mustangs had two hits apiece as they slugged their way to their first win of the season, beating Lincoln Academy in Thorndike.

Liam Cail had two doubles and Logan Curtis, Cole Hannan, Kevin Richards and Jack Axsom added two singles each for Mount View (1-9).

Colby Furrow scored two runs and Mikey Hustus allowed three hits and three walks, striking out 11.

CONY 5, LEWISTON 3: Cam Dunlop drove in a pair of runs, including the winning run in the top of the seventh, as the Rams rallied for the KVAC A victory in Lewiston.

Cony scored three times in the seventh inning to post the win and improve to 5-6.

Connor Perry had a pair of singles.

Austin Wing went the distance for Lewiston (4-8) and had two of the Blue Devils’ four hits.

ERSKINE 13, NOKOMIS 3: Luke Peabody had a double and a bases clearing triple in a three-run fifth inning as the Eagles cruised to the KVAC B victory in Newport.

HALL-DALE 10, DIRIGO 0: Ryan Sinclair pitched a three-hit shutout with four strikeouts to lead the Bulldogs to the MVC win in Farmingdale.

LACROSSE

FALMOUTH 17, FRYEBURG ACADEMY 3: George Gilbert and Devin Russell combined for eight goals and an assist as the Yachtsmen built a 12-1 halftime lead and handled the Raiders (5-3) at Falmouth.

Gilbert led all players for Falmouth with five goals, Lou Mainella had two goals and dished out four assists, and Nick Farnum and Nate Arrants each chipped in with two goals.

Markus Schneider and Caleb Bowles scored for Fryeburg.

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Baseball: Falmouth makes the most of its chances to beat Yarmouth, 5-1 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/baseball-falmouth-makes-the-most-of-its-chances-to-beat-yarmouth-5-1/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/baseball-falmouth-makes-the-most-of-its-chances-to-beat-yarmouth-5-1/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 01:09:28 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/baseball-falmouth-makes-the-most-of-its-chances-to-beat-yarmouth-5-1/ YARMOUTH — Cam Guarino scattered six hits to lead unbeaten Falmouth to a 5-1 win against Yarmouth in a Western Maine Conference baseball game Monday.

Guarino struck out four and walked two to help the Yachtsmen raise their record to 11-0 to keep pace with South Portland and Thornton Academy in the race for the top spot in the Class A South division.

“We’re just trying to get one of the first four seeds so we can get a first-round bye,” said Robbie Armitage, who had three of Falmouth’s nine hits and scored a run. “We just got to get on the train and see how far it goes.”

With a Guarino on the mound – a junior left-hander with a baffling assortment of pitches – the Yachtsmen could go a long way.

“He moves the ball up, down and changes speeds really well,” Falmouth Coach Kevin Winship said. “He’s just a really complete pitcher and keeps everybody off balance. Any time he’s on the mound we’ve got a good chance to win.”

Guarino, who struck out five and walked two to improve to 5-0, impressed St. Anselm Coach Barry Rosen, who was at the game. “He gets batters out,” Rosen said.

“I just try to fool batters all the time,” Guarino said. “That’s just my goal each day. I don’t try to overpower guys.”

The Yachtsmen took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Connor Aube led off the game with a double, but he had to remain on second when Robbie Armitage blooped a single to shallow center that fell in among three players.

After Reese Armitage reached on an infield error to load the bases, Colin Coyne drove in two runs by grounding a single through the left side.

The Clippers (6-3-1) scored in the bottom of the first. They loaded the bases on singles by Conor O’Donnell and Gibby Harnett and an error. The run scored when Luke Klenda grounded out to first for the second out of the inning.

Falmouth scored three runs in the fourth, sending nine batters to the plate.

Jesse Melchiskey and Hogan Tracy hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. After they moved up on Guarino’s sacrifice bunt, Aube drew an intentional walk to load the bases. Two runs scored on an error on Tyler Gee’s ground ball to the right side. Robbie Armitage drove in a run with his third consecutive hit.

“We got guys on base and we were competing, but when you make a bunch of errors and don’t get to balls that you should get to, you’re going to give up five runs,” Yarmouth Coach Marc Halsted said.

“Yarmouth is a very good team,” Winship said. “We just happened to capitalize on a few mistakes and take advantage of some errors.”

It was the third consecutive loss for the Clippers, who remain in contention for a berth in the Class B South tournament.

“We’ve just got to get rid of the stupid physical mistakes and make sure we’re locked in from pitch one,” Halsted said.

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High school roundup: Skowhegan softball rallies past Bangor http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/high-school-roundup-skowhegan-softball-rallies-past-bangor/ http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/high-school-roundup-skowhegan-softball-rallies-past-bangor/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 00:56:53 +0000 http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/16/high-school-roundup-skowhegan-softball-rallies-past-bangor/ BANGOR — Sydney Ames smacked a pair of doubles and turned in a strong relief outing in the circle to help the Skowhegan softball team edge Bangor 7-6 in eight innings in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A game Monday afternoon.

The Indians tied the game in the seventh before rallying in the eighth to win it. Maliea Kelso and Julia Steeves each had a pair of singles for Skowhegan (7-5).

Emily Gilmore had two hits for Bangor (7-4).

MESSALONSKEE 7, LAWRENCE 1: Hannah Duperry hit a solo home run in the second inning and Madisyn Charest had three hits and four RBIs to lead the Eagles to the KVAC A victory in Fairfield.

Kelsey Dillon had two singles and an RBI while Taylor Easler had a pair of hits for the Eagles (10-0-1) as well.

Suther Bickford had two singles and Sarah Chase had a double for Lawrence (2-9).

MADISON 12, MONMOUTH 5: Madeline Wood struck out nine and Erin Whalen drove in a pair to lead the Bulldogs to the Mountain Valley Conference victory in Madison. Whitney Bess also drove in a pair for Madison (4-7).

Emily Kaplan had two hits for the Mustangs (4-7).

WINSLOW 15, MARANACOOK 1, 5 innings: Hillary Libby struck out eight and hit a home run to lead Winslow to the KVAC B win in Readfield.

The Black Raiders (9-1) scored eight runs in the third inning and got a three-hit performance from Paige Veilleux.

Sidney Cameron had a double for the Black Bears (3-8).

MORSE 19, WATERVILLE 8: The Shipbuilders scored 13 runs in the sixth inning blow the game wide open in Waterville.

Sierra Wallace led a 21-hit attack with a double and three singles for Morse (7-4), while Mikayla Rose, Ali Gagnon and Marissa Parks each collected three hits.

Coby Dangler had a double and two singles for Waterville (1-9). Gabi Martin added a double and a single of her own.

CARRABEC 13, WINTHROP 3: Sam Lebeau struck out seven and added three RBIs, and Brooklynn Moore drove in two more as the Cobras (7-4) cruised to the MVC win in North Anson.

Eight different Carrabec hitters had at least two hits, including Baylee Atwood who had a double and a single in the win.

Kayleigh Oberg had a pair of singles for Winthrop (2-8).

BASEBALL

WATERVILLE 6, MORSE 4: Adam Barre had two singles and two RBIs to spark the Purple Panthers to the KVAC B win. Justin Wentworth added a double for Waterville (6-4).

Taylor Shaw had two singles for Morse (3-8).

CARRABEC 7, WINTHROP 6: The Cobras scored seven runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-1 lead and then held off the Ramblers late to earn the MVC victory. Dustin Crawford pitched the complete game to earn the victory for the Cobras (6-5). Greg Fay doubled for Winthrop (3-7).

EDWARD LITTLE 7, MT. BLUE 1: Jared Plourde had a home run and a single and earned the victory on the mound as the Eddies cruised in a KVAC A game in Farmington.

Tyler Blanchard chipped in two singles for Edward Little (11-0).

Mt. Blue dropped to 1-9.

ERSKINE 13, NOKOMIS 3: Luke Peabody had a double and a bases clearing triple in a three-run fifth inning as the Eagles cruised to the KVAC B victory in Newport.

Noah Bonsant pitched four innings to earn the victory for the Eagles (8-3). Nokomis dropped to 4-7.

LAWRENCE 4, MESSALONSKEE 0: JT Nutting pitched a three-hit, complete game shutout to lead the Bulldogs in Fairfield.

Catcher Devon Webb had two singles and drove in a run for Lawrence (6-5), while Nutting helped his own cause with a pair of hits of his own.

Tyler Lewis had a base hit for Messalonskee (5-6).

MOUNT VIEW 7, LINCOLN 3: Five Mustangs had two hits apiece as they slugged their way to their first win of the season by slugging their way past Lincoln Academy in Thorndike.

Liam Cail had two doubles while Logan Curtis, Cole Hannan, Kevin Richards and Jack Axsom added two singles each for Mount View (1-9). Colby Furrow scored two runs and Mikey Hustus allowed three hits and three walks while striking out 11.

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