Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland all had outstanding sports seasons this spring, with many teams reaching deep into the playoffs and several returning new hardware to their home trophy cases.

Cape Elizabeth

Of all the Capers’ teams, their track teams, softball team and girls tennis team performed the “worst” – but only if by “worst” we still mean “quite respectably.” The boys track squad finished middle-of-the-pack (specifically, 12th of 25) at States on Saturday, June. 6. Eddie Galvin and Nate Weare looked especially sharp for Cape in Bath that day: Galvin took second in the Triple Jump and third in the 100-meter Dash, and Weare finished fourth in the Discus.

The girls track squad captured sixth place among 27 teams. Eva Brydson took third in the 800 and Liv Palma third in the 1600, and Emily Faria and Julia Ginder joined those two girls on the third-place 4×800 Relay outfit. Last – but clearly not least – Morgan Carpenter won the Javelin.

The softball team entered the postseason ranked ninth at 8-8; there, they fell to No. 8 Poland, 15-10 in the prelims.

The girls tennis team completed their regular-season schedule at 9-3, in third place in B West. They fell in the playoff quarterfinals in an upset by No. 6 Yarmouth.

The boys tennis team went all the way, however, successfully defending their 2014 State Championship, 4-1, in a rematch against Camden Hills, also their opponent in the final last season.

The baseball team – after winning just four games last year – earned the No. 1 ranking in B West this season, entered the postseason on a bye, defeated Lake Region in the quarterfinals and Lincoln in the semifinals before running aground against Greely in the Regional title bout. They finished the spring at 13-6.

The girls lax team closed their schedule at 7-5 and began the tournament as the five-seed. They suffered a quarterfinals upset, however, falling to rivals Waynflete, ranked fourth, by a score of 6-4 and exiting 2015 at 7-6.

The nigh-indomitable boys lax team went all the way: They finished the regular season in B West’s first slot, then plowed through the playoffs, defeating Falmouth in the Regional Final to meet Yarmouth in the State bout. It was the teams’ third battle in three years, and for the third time, Cape came out on top.

Scarborough

The Red Storm tennis teams both reached the quarterfinals, where the boys fell to Falmouth to finish 9-5 on the years, and the girls fell to TA, finishing 11-2.

On the track, Scarborough’s boys won second at States, held at Mt. Ararat on June 6. Griffin Madden and Maxim Doiron went one-two in the 110 Hurdles and Doiron took third in the 300 Hurdles as well. The 4×800 Relay team earned second, and Sam Rusak and Edward James went one-two in the Pole Vault. Hugh McSorley finished third in both the Shot Put and Discus.

The Lady Storm finished a few spots further back in the competition – eighth, to be precise, of 28 teams. Laura Volan earned her squad four points with a fourth-place finish in the 1600, and Ellen Shaw four more with a fourth-place finish in the 100 Hurdles. The 4×400 Relay outfit also finished fourth, and the 4×800 group took second. Kacey Foerster finished fourth in the Pole Vault, and Sarah Rinaldi third in the High Jump.

Girls lax earned the No. 4 postseason seed, then knocked off No. 5 Gorham and No. 1 Massabesic – the reigning State Champions – in the quarters and semis, respectively. They succumbed to No. 2 Marshwood (who went on to win the State crown) 6-3 in the Regional Final, however. They retired for the year at 10-5.

Boys Lax overcame a slow, 0-3 start in an incredibly tough A West to finish the regular season at 8-4. They downed Biddeford in the quarters before falling to TA in the semis, 11-8 in a beautiful near-comeback. They retired till next year at 9-5.

Red Storm softball once again looked outstanding – clear contenders for yet another State title. After chewing through their regular schedule, they did the same to their postseason schedule, coming closest to elimination in the semis vs. Biddeford. They upended rivals TA in the A West Final to reach Messalonskee in the State game, where they lost a narrow heartbreaker, 1-0, to end their season at 19-1.

South Portland

The Riots tennis teams both reached the postseason, but bounced in the prelims.

Their track teams did well, the girls capturing second at States and the boys sixth. Lauren Magnuson took third in the girls 100 and second in the 200. Freshman Juliana Selser won the 800, and Serena McKenzie finished third in the 3200. The 4×100 team of Selser, Magnuson, Callie O’Brien and Brittney Upton claimed second, and the 4×400 teams of Selser, Manguson, O’Brien and Janey Blackwell-Orr won first outright. Abby Donahue took fourth in the Racewalk.

On the boys’ side, Steven Smith took fourth in the Racewalk. Michael Cuesta won the Long Jump and took fourth in the Triple Jump, and Daniel Guiliani, of course, won the Shot Put, beating his own winning distance from 2014 by more than nine feet and smashing a nearly 40-year-old record, set by TA’s Dan Smith in 1977, by more than 2 feet. Guiliani also took second in the discus.

Girls lax and softball posted strong showings – girls lax earned the No. 6 playoffs berth, and softball the No. 5 – but both dropped out in the first round of the postseason. Girls lax ends their 2015 at 8-5, and softball at 11-6.

Boys lax and baseball, on the other hand, both reached the State Finals. Alas, both fell to their opponents from the East. In the case of boys lax, those opponents were the Dragons of Brunswick, whom the Riots defeated in last year’s title bout; in the case of baseball, the crown went once again to Bangor. Boys lax finished at 13-2, and baseball at 15-5.

For more photos, visit www.keepmecurrent.com/sports, and follow @CurrentSportsME on Twitter.

Scarborough’s Ellie Smith cuts upfield in the team’s playoff win over Gorham this season.South Portland’s Mary Cronin jukes through coverage on her way to the net in a midseason game versus Sanford.South Portland senior captain and goalie T-Moe Hellier scoops up a ball just outside his crease in the Riots’ State Final vs. Brunswick.South Portland’s Matt Beecher scores the first run of the Class A Baseball State Final with Bangor.Caper Connor Thoreck cuts away from a Yarmouth opponent in the Class B Boys Lacrosse State Final.Capers goalie Kate Bosworth handles a ball, looking for a pass, in a midseason game versus Freeport.


Comments are not available on this story.