December 31, 2012

Sports Digest

HIGH SCHOOLS

LeBlanc stepping down as Falmouth girls' soccer coach after two successful years

After two state Class B titles in two seasons, Wally LeBlanc has stepped down as head coach of the Falmouth girls' soccer team, Athletic Director Cooper Higgins confirmed Sunday night.

"He's 30 years into it, and I guess he wanted to go out on top," Higgins said. "I'm saddened by it, and I'm sure the girls coming back are saddened by it, too. He did a great job."

In his two seasons with the Yachtsmen, LeBlanc's teams went 27-6-3, including a 2-1 win over Hermon on November 3 for the 2012 championship. LeBlanc, who teaches health at Westbrook High, was named the Maine Sunday Telegram Coach of the Year in 2011. He coached more than 20 years at Maine high schools, with earlier stops at Edward Little, Windham and Westbrook.

HOCKEY

JUNIORS CHAMPIONSHIP: Canada beat the United States 2-1 to advance to the next round at the junior ice hockey world championships at Ufa, Russia.

Jacob Trouba scored for the U.S. The Americans need to beat Slovakia on Monday in Group B to move on.

TENNIS

SHENZHEN OPEN: Fourth-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and seventh-seeded Laura Robson of Britain won easily to reach the second round at Shenzhen, CHina.

Hsieh beat Melina Czhink of Hungary and Robson defeated Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania in her first match of the season. The 17-year-old Briton won 80 percent of points on her first serve.

HOPMAN CUP: Venus Williams and John Isner led the United States to a 2-1 victory over South Africa at Perth, Australia. Williams rallied to defeat 60th-ranked Chanelle Scheepers, and Williams and Isner beat the South Africans in mixed doubles to clinch victory.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL: Serena Williams opened her season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in the first round at Brisbane, Australia.

SOCCER

EUROPE: Frank Lampard scored twice in a 2-1 victory at Everton, boosting Chelsea's hopes of catching Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League.

SKIING

CROSS COUNTRY: Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin won the second stage of the Tour de Ski and took the overall lead in the seven-leg World Cup event at Oberhof, Germany.

Defending champion Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won the women's 9K pursuit. Prologue winner Kikkan Randall of the U.S. dropped to 14th.

SPEEDSKATING

LONG TRACK: Heather Richardson won her third title in three days at the U.S. Championships in Kearns, Utah, setting a national record in winning the 1,500 meters Sunday. Brian Hansen won the men's race.

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