February 4, 2013

High School Notebook: Kennebunk wrestler celebrates a milestone and a title

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The Eagles took fourth, thanks to a quartet that performed much better than Windham Coach Peter Small expected.

"All four of them went two-plus seconds faster than ever before," Small said. "I did not think they would go as fast as they did, and we needed it."

Senior Asa Reed, swimming the second leg, was three-and-a-half seconds faster this his previous best. He entered the meet without a state qualifying time, but got it in the 50 free.

Sophomore Sam Shoberg led off, followed by Reed, senior Joe Mycock and sophomore Lyle Webster.

"It was fun," Small said. "The energy here was unbelievable."

SATURDAY'S INDIVIDUAL records went to a pair of Waynflete juniors. Ellen Silk not only set a meet record of 58.10 in the 100 butterfly, she also took down the pool record held by Emily Caras of Cape Elizabeth.

Colby Harvey obliterated the 200 individual medley record set by Jenni Roberts of Sanford in 2009, lowering it by more than two seconds to 2:10.12 despite having nobody to push her. The rest of the field finished more than 10 seconds behind.

"The record itself was definitely motivation for me," she said. "I know how much to push myself without looking around."

That probably sounds like bragging, she said with a look of apology.

"I know how I'm supposed to feel during different parts of the race, how I'm supposed to feel by the third lap," she explained. "If I'm not tired, I know I need to push harder. Because at the end of the race, you should have to struggle to get out of the pool. That's how you know you're pushing yourself enough."

SOUTH PORTLAND (14-2) has climbed to first place in Western Class A boys basketball heading into a showdown at home Tuesday night against No. 2 Portland (14-2). The winner will likely secure the No. 1 seed for the regional tournament.

Eleven teams make the tournament, with the top five advancing directly to quarterfinals at the Portland Expo on Feb. 15-16. The other six play preliminary round games on Feb. 12.

Deering (13-3) is ranked third, followed by Westbrook (12-4) and Bonny Eagle (13-3). The next six teams are Thornton Academy (10-6), Scarborough (10-6), Sanford (8-8), Marshwood (7-9), Windham (6-10) and Gorham (6-10).

"I think any team could win it," Bonny Eagle Coach Phil Bourassa said Friday night after the Scots beat Scarborough 59-58 in overtime.

"The seventh-, eighth- and ninth-seeded teams have a shot. It's been an exciting regular season."

In Western Class B, 12 teams make the tournament. Morse High (5-11) of Bath holds a slim lead over Oak Hill (6-10) of Sabattus for the final spot.

GREELY'S GIRLS' basketball team lost to Lake Region Friday night, 44-31, a decision that dropped the Rangers to fifth place in the Western Class B Heal point standings.

The Rangers (13-3) opened an 8-0 lead, taking advantage of a mismatch down low against Lake Region's smaller defenders, with Jordynne Copp scoring six quick points on entry passes from Ashley Storey.

But Lake Region (14-2) switched to a 1-3-1 zone to disrupt Greely's attack, and eventually gained the offensive momentum as well.

Greely's first-year coach, Joel Rogers, while disappointed with the loss, saw a lot of good things on the court.

He decided earlier in the week to change his bench rotation, relying heavily on his talented freshmen heading into the tournament.

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