Baseball

Coach: Bill Ridge

Last year’s record: 7-9, lost in prelims to Wells

Key players: Pete LaMagna, Nathaniel Cyr, Bennett Hight, Jack Davenport

Key games: Yarmouth, Falmouth, Cape, Greely, Kennebunk

Outlook: “We’re looking to build on the success we had in the second half of the season last year,” says Ridge. The Falcons return most of their 2014 pitching as well as several key position players. Davenport was an all-conference first-team selection as a sophomore, and LaMagna an all-conference second-team selection as a junior. The team remains relatively young, with only three seniors, so they surely have room for continued growth. 2015 could be a breakout year for FHS.

Boys Lacrosse

Coach: Geoff Arris

Last year’s record: 9-6, fell in B East Regional Final to Yarmouth

Key players: Sam Wogan (sr., Captain, M); Ramsey Dodge (sr., Captain, A); Jake Perry (sr., Captain, D); Zac Wogan (jr., Captain, G); Brady LaFrance (jr., M); Zach Owen (jr., M); Perrin Davidson (so., M); Connor Dostie (so., A)

Key games: Falmouth, Greely, Waynflete

Outlook: 2014 proved a breakout season for FHS; the team gelled and standouts emerged. “All four of our captains are game-changers,” Arris says. The Brothers Wogan, for instance, are among the best players in the league, and their cohorts are nothing to scoff at. Last year, the Falcons turned their talent, their dedication, and their burgeoning experience into a run at the Regional Final, where, yes, Yarmouth walloped them 16-3; with another year under their belts, however, the squad could be real contenders. “We ended last year on such a high note, making it to the Regional Championship,” Arris says, “that we’re stepping up our game and focusing on one goal at a time.” The Falcons bid farewell to just one senior in 2014, and Arris expects this season’s crop of elder statesmen to provide thorough leadership. “We’re looking to our captains to take charge and make a huge difference for our team,” he says. His numbers have jumped dramatically this season – from 16 to 34, allowing, finally, for a “well-deserved” JV lineup – meaning that his captains have a lot of minions to marshal and, moreover, that the program’s future looks bright.

Girls Lacrosse

Coach: Marcia Wood

Last year’s record: 11-3, lost in B East Regional Final to Yarmouth

Key players: Lizzy Martin (sr., M); Emily Johnson (sr., M); Julia Dearden (sr., A); Jasmine Olins (sr., A); Lily Johnston (jr., A); Courtney Broderick (jr., A); Brooklyn Washbrun (jr., D)

Key games: York, Cape, Yarmouth

Outlook: Wood, who spent the last several years coaching an exceptional Scarborough team, takes the reins from Karin Kurry, who guided the Lady Falcons nearly to States in 2014. So the squad is still in the process of coming together under new leadership: “We’re working on just getting to know one another as players and learning to work together as a team,” Wood says. She notes that her girls’ first few games – those York, Cape and Yarmouth matchups – will be tough, but also great, motivating competition. “Practice and perseverance will be the name of the game this year. Like all other teams, we hope to peak around playoffs.” Look for the Lady Falcons to return to the post-season in 2015.

Outdoor Track

Coaches: Matt Greear (head), Matt Hartz (asst.), Halie Lyons (asst.)

Key players: Chandler Vincent, Erik Brobst, Henry Jacques, Nick Wilson, Hannah Schnyder, Maddie Squibb, Chloe Hight.

Outlook: “Last year’s senior class will be missed,” says Greear. In addition to the leadership of the aforementioned veterans, the Falcons will need to rely on contributions from underclassmen Chandler Wyman, Patricia Dupere, Hunter Lillard, Mikaela Fleenor, Emily Latulippe and Joe Ashby.

Softball

Coach: Jason Daniel (first year)

Last year’s record: 4-12

Key players: Jill Baker, Katlin Johnson, Krista Bertrand, Lauren Cormier

Outlook: “I’m looking forward to building the Freeport softball program,” says Daniel, who takes over as varsity head coach after three seasons helming JV. The Falcons face an uphill climb, if only because they’re quite young: only four returning seniors dot the lineup. Daniel expects the full roster to see playing time. “We’re working on the basics,” he says, adding that, after the squad’s season-opener at Wells and their home-opener vs. Yarmouth, they’ll hopefully have built some confidence. “The rest of the season, wins or losses, playing good with heart and feeling good about what they give on the field: That’s what counts in my eyes.”

Boys Tennis

Coach: Jay Harper

Key players: Caleb Abbott, Nate Smail, Ryder Bennell, John Smail, Seth Bretton, Charlie Zachau

Outlook: Abbott, Nate Smail and Bennell are all solid, experienced singles players, and should brace the team. The Falcon’s doubles contingent, however, suffers the loss of Callum Gould and Shawn Anthony, two starters in 2014 who opted to give lacrosse a shot this year. Luckily, the team also has two exchange students who’ll be vying for doubles slots: Nico Lizosaain and Frederick Lindhard. “We know we play in the toughest league,” Harper says. “It will be a challenging season.”

Girls Tennis

Coach: Chris Nordenson (fourth year)

Last year’s record: 5-7, missed playoffs by roughly one Heal Point

Key players: Lauren Carter, Lindsey Dealaman, Leah Harrison, Hannah Williams

Key matches: Fryeburg, Kennebunk, York, Yarmouth

Outlook: “This team is a mature group built primarily of juniors and seniors,” Nordenson says. He adds that Dealaman and Harrison, along with Carter, have matured nicely since 2014 and will be critical to the squad’s success. “If this team continues to work hard, push each other and support each other they should once again be in the hunt for the playoffs.” Realistically, the team will need to go 5-7 or 6-6 to advance to the post-season, but that record is certainly not out of reach.


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