December 17, 2012

High School Notebook: It's business as usual for Bonny Eagle

From staff reports

Bonny Eagle has the same boys' basketball team as last year with the exception of Cole Libby, who graduated.

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Grant Burfeind of Falmouth shoots over Greely’s Connor McCarthy during a Western Maine Conference game Thursday at Falmouth. Burfeind scored 11 points to help the Yachtsmen roll to a 63-45 win.

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Jon Thomas drives against Malcolm Dopwell of Thornton Academy during Bonny Eagle’s 62-29 victory Friday night. The Scots are 3-0 heading into Tuesday’s game against Portland, which is also undefeated.

The way the Scots (3-0) play hasn't changed. They love 3-point shots and are good at knocking them down.

Friday night against Thornton Academy, Bonny Eagle made 13 from beyond the arc in a 62-29 win.

Like a year ago, the Scots aren't tall. The four starters back from last season -- Dustin Cole, C.J. Autry, Jon Thomas and Ben Malloy -- range in height from 5-foot-9 (Cole) to 6-2 (Autry). But they can all jump. The new starter, Kyle Wright, is 6-4.

Cole, a Maine Sunday Telegram all-state selection last season as a sophomore, was under the weather against Thornton, but Autry and Malloy stepped up to score 22 and 20 points. Cole still played a solid game with 12 points and 11 assists.

Cole was off to a hot start before the Thornton game. He scored 39 points in the season opener against Sanford, then 19 in the first quarter of a rout against Massabesic.

It should be interesting when Bonny Eagle travels to the Expo on Tuesday to play Portland, also 3-0.

The Bulldogs, the Western Class A favorites in some corners, have a tall and talented team in the same vein as Deering. After Portland, Bonny Eagle plays Gorham on Friday. A week later, they play at Deering.

"We're just thinking about Portland," said Bonny Eagle Coach Phil Bourassa.

Bonny Eagle made it to the Western Maine final against Deering last season. The Rams won the state title.

The Scots' contrasting style against their taller opponents should make for entertaining games when they meet Portland and Deering. Bonny Eagle plays both teams once in the regular season, but who thinks they won't meet again in the tournament?

WHILE BONNY EAGLE has practically all of its lineup back, Falmouth graduated all five starters. The Yachtsmen, though, had talented players waiting in the wings and haven't lost a beat from a team that reached the Western Class B final last season.

Falmouth has one of the tallest teams in the state, with a starting lineup of players 6-2 and taller. The Yachtsmen can put a front line on the floor of 6-7, 6-6 and 6-5.

Falmouth (4-0) and York (4-0), the only remaining unbeaten teams in Western Class B, play Jan. 3 at Falmouth. The Wildcats are perhaps the only Class B team that can match Falmouth's size.

A HANDFUL OF SKIERS who found success at last winter's state championship meets have opted to attend ski academies this winter instead of competing for their high school programs.

Gone from Class B state champion Yarmouth are senior Tara Humphries, the runner-up in both classical and freestyle and the Western Maine Conference freestyle champion, and junior Jack Elder, the state freestyle champ who was runner-up in classical. Both are attending ski schools in Vermont.

Ditto for junior Ian Moore, formerly of North Yarmouth Academy, the Class C classical champion who was runner-up in freestyle, and Elly Bengtsson, a junior from Freeport who was the Class C slalom and giant slalom champ. Sassi Memorial winner Sadie James is now skiing for Gould Academy instead of Mt. Abram.

All those skiers were ready to move up a level, said long-time Yarmouth Coach Bob Morse.

"The high school programs give a great foundation," he said in an email response, "but I can not take two weeks off in November and take my team to Yellowstone or Canada for early-season skiing. I wish I could."

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