February 25, 2013

High School Notebook: Ski repeat? Freeport finds a way

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Lake Region’s Sarah Hancock, left, gets a hug from her sister Sierra after the Lakers’ win over York in the Western Class B regional final Saturday.

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Falmouth’s Grant Burfeind drivesfor two in the Yachtsmen’s win over York in the Western Class B final at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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He credited seniors Mikayla Mayberry, Brooke Flahery, Victoria Nappi and Kylie Libby with bringing Cheverus back.

"They bought into what we sold," he said. "Everything we talked about being a Chevarian, they bought into that. They put the team first. They brought us back. It's a real tribute to them."

WAYNFLETE SOPHOMORE forward Juliana Harwood fell hard to the floor, with her leg twisting awkwardly in the second quarter of Saturday's Western Class C final against Madison. Harwood was in obvious pain. While two athletic trainers attended, Waynflete Coach Brandon Salway stood a few feet to her side with a solemn look on his face.

The scene was all-too-familiar for Catherine Veroneau, though her perspective was different. The past two years Veroneau suffered major knee injuries and both severely hampered the Flyers' quest for a Western Class C title.

"When Juliana went down that really brought me back to my injuries and reminded me why I love to play. It reminded me of how I wanted to do everything I could to keep the team focused and ready and playing well," Veroneau said.

Waynflete had significantly outplayed Madison prior to Harwood's injury, but due to poor shooting had just a 14-10 lead. But rather than being deflated by the injury, Waynflete responded by scoring 13 straight points in 90 seconds after play resumed and went on to beat Madison, 63-41.

Waynflete (19-3) will appear in its first Class C state championship game on Saturday, facing undefeated Calais (21-0) at the Bangor Auditorium.

Veroneau and Rhiannon Jackson replaced Harwood's inside scoring presence and combined for 5 points in the second half.

"Catherine and Rhiannon did an amazing job. I was sitting over there and I just kept hearing their names, 'Rhiannon Jackson. Catherine Veroneau.' It was a great team effort," Harwood said.

Harwood has a history of her knee dislocating. She played for about 50 seconds at the start of the second half before the knee again gave out on her.

As for the state final next Saturday, Harwood said: "I don't care what it is, I'm playing."

"We have a good training staff and we'll let them make the call," Salway said. "We'll just have to see what she's dealing with. We need her obviously. It would be a tough blow to not have her."

WAYNFLETE BEAT four Mountain Valley Conference teams in the West playoffs, each by more than 20 points. Salway pointed out his squad is the first from the Western Maine Conference to advance to the Class C state championship since the Penny Moody-led Wells team in 1979.

Waynflete senior Martha Veroneau became the seventh two-time winner of the Robin Colcord Award, which honors the outstanding player-sportsman in the Class C tourney. She scored 103 points in four games.

Jackson averaged 13.5 points in the Flyers' run through the West, reaching double figures in each game.

SWIMMING

The Greely girls finished in second place in the state Class B swimming and diving championships Tuesday, and Rangers Coach Bob Hale looked as pleased as he was Monday when his boys team won the state championship.

"If you asked me in December if we'd be in this position, I'd laugh at you," Hale said after the girls' meet. "We had freshmen and sophomores who weren't even close to qualifying and then they ended up scoring.

"One girl qualified in the last meet. She was seeded last and she ended up scoring."

Hale was referring to freshman Katie Bacall, who qualified for the consolation finals in the 100 freestyle and finished 15th overall in the event, in 1:03.04.

WAYNFLETE QUALIFIED five swimmers for the consolation and championship finals of the girls state Class B swimming and diving championships. The small group totaled 223 points for fourth place.

Colby Harvey (first in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly) led the group, followed by Amelia Deady (second in the 200 and 100 freestyles), Ellen Silk (second in 100 butterfly and third in 500 freestyle), Walker Foehl (third in 100 backstroke and fourth in 50 freestyle) and Sofia Caning (12th in 200 freestyle).

The foursome of Harvey, Deady, Silk and Foehl set meet records in the 200 free relay (1:40.13) and 400 free relay (3:41.00).

"We're all juniors," Harvey said, "so we can go (for the state records) next year."

The state record in the 200 free relay is 1:39.41 (Falmouth, 2006) and the 400 free relay state record is 3:40.61 (Greely, 2011).

-- Glenn Jordan, Tom Chard, Mike Lowe, Steve Craig and Kevin Thomas contributed to this report.

 

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McAuley’s Molly Mack holds the Western Class A plaque after the Stags beat Cheverus at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday.

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Waynflete’s Catherine Veroneau cuts the net down after the Flyers won their Western Class C regional final at the Augusta Civic Center.

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South Portland celebrates its Western Class A boys regional championship, after beating Bonny Eagle 56-52 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday. It’s the first time since 1993 the Red Riots have won a regional title.

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