Locals run at cross country New Englands

Several runners from the city of Portland took part in the 77th New England cross country championships Saturday in North Scituate, R.I. The Class A champion Cheverus girls’ team came in eighth with 332 points (Champlain Valley Union High School of Vermont was first with 112). Stags senior Emily Durgin had the third best time and was second for scoring purposes, completing the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 28 seconds. Also scoring for Cheverus were senior Fiona Hendry (fifth, 18:40), sophomore Kiera Murray (23rd, 19:27), senior Maddie Woods (146th, 21:24) and senior Lizzie Gwilym (156th, 21:37). The only local boy to compete was Waynflete senior Abshir Horor, who had the 132nd-best time (17:22).

McAuley basketball clinic upcoming

McAuley varsity girls’ basketball coach Billy Goodman and the defending Class A state champion Lions will offer a basketball clinic Sundays Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at the high school. Girls in grades 3-5 go from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Girls in grades 6-8 go from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The first 45 minutes will be devoted to drills and fundamentals. Games will be played the final 45 minutes. The cost is $15 per week or $40 for all three and includes a T-shirt and free admission to a Feb. 3 varsity home game versus Westbrook. FMI, [email protected].

PBC fighter on to New England championship finals

Portland Boxing Club open class middleweight Jimmy Smith won a semifinal round bout last weekend and advanced to the finals of the USA Boxing New England championships Nov. 26 at the Stevens Avenue Armory. Smith, of Biddeford, rallied to win his bout with a third round knockout. Open class light welterweight Casey Kramlich, from Auburn, lost a split decision to former champions Nick Delumba, of Cranston, R.I. Other PBC fighters who won on Saturday were novice middleweight Sasha Lamour, of Portland, novice welterweight Jayson Richter, of Portland and novice lightweight John Lopez, of Westbrook. Junior novice Christian Castaneda dropped a close decision. FMI, 761-0975 or portlandboxingclub.org.

Learn lacrosse program underway

The new Riverside Athletic Center, at 1173 Riverside St. in Portland is hosting a Learn to Play Lacrosse clinic for boys in grades K-8, Sundays from 3 – 4 p.m. The weekly program builds a strong foundation of fundamental lacrosse skills. The cost is $140. FMI, maineelitelacrosse.com.

Umpires needed

The Western Maine Baseball Umpires Association is holding baseball umpire certification classes. WMBUA provides baseball umpires for schools and leagues above the Little League level in Cumberland and York counties. Classes run for five consecutive Sunday evenings beginning February 12, 2012. FMI, [email protected] or 653-8736.