Cheverus standout Victoria Bossong races to victory and sets a new record in the 100 at Saturday’s SMAA championship meet. The Stags finished first as a team.

Waynflete’s Thorne Kieffer returns a shot during the state singles tournament last week. Kieffer made it to the semifinals.

Portland’s John Sylvain is mobbed by his teammates after his last-second save preserves a 6-5 home win over Windham Friday.

The weather is finally starting to cooperate and just in time, as the spring sports season is rapidly coming to a close.

Postseason fun is already underway in track and tennis and the regular season is winding down in baseball, softball and lacrosse.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s happened and what’s to come:

Tennis

Waynflete’s Thorne Kieffer made it to the semifinals of the boys’ tennis state singles tournament. Kieffer, seeded fourth, defeated Piscataquis’ Eben Cooley, 6-0, 6-1, in Friday’s second round, then Saturday in the round of 16, ousted Caleb Richard of Thornton Academy, 6-1, 6-2. and in the quarterfinals, eliminated No. 5 Leif Boddie of Greely, 6-3-6-4. Monday, Kieffer finally met his match in defending champion (and now repeat champion) Nick Forester of Falmouth, falling, 1-6, 3-6.

Kieffer’s teammate, Ben Adey, made it to the quarterfinals after beating Skowhegan’s Dawson Turcotte, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round, upsetting 10th-ranked Eliot Small of Hampden Academy, 6-3, 6-3, in the second round and downing No. 7 Parker Deprey of Caribou, 6-3, 6-3, in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Adey was eliminated by Darly Vykhodtsev of Thornton Academy, 4-6, 0-6.

Cheverus’ Aidan Treutel, ranked ninth, was a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Caribou’s Gabe Rand in the second round, then lost, 3-6, 3-6, to Freeport’s Wes Goodwin in the round of 16.

On the girls’ side, Waynflete’s Morgan Warner also reached the semifinals. Warner, seeded sixth, was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Isabel Berman of Cape Elizabeth in the second round, a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (0) winner over No. 11 Lauren Bourque of Messalonskee in the round of 16 and a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 winner over No. 3 Caitlin Cass of Lincoln Academy in the quarterfinals. Monday, in the semifinals, Warner lost, 4-6, 4-6, to second-ranked Elene Imnaishvili of Bangor. 

Cheverus’ Anastasis Kapothansis, seeded seventh, was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Mattanwcook’s Katey Libby in the second round and a 1-6, 7-6 (0), 6-3 winner over Julia Svor of Lewiston in the round of 16, then was ousted by Imnaishvili, 2-6, 0-6, in the quarterfinals.

Deering’s Sarah Wriggins won her first round match, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (5), over Gardiner’s Lindsay Bell, then was eliminated in the second round, 1-6, 1-6, by No. 8 Ellie Hodgkin. 

Portland’s Karina Boothe defeated Orono’s Leah Costello, 6-3, 6-1, in the first round, then lost, 3-6, 1-6, to Lewiston’s Julia Svor in the second round.

Cheverus’ Kristina Matkevich was ousted, 3-6, 4-6 to Lewiston’s Madeline Foster, in the first round.

The team tournament is now underway.

Waynflete’s boys’ squad is chasing a 12th consecutive Class C crown and earned the No. 3 seed in Class C South following a 9-3 regular season. The Flyers will host No. 6 North Yarmouth Academy in the quarterfinals.

In Class A South, Cheverus wound up third in Class A South and will host No. 6 Kennebunk or No. 11 Biddeford in the quarterfinals.

Deering finished the regular season 8-4 and earned the No. 5 seed in Class A South. The Rams play at No. 4 South Portland in the quarterfinals.

Portland wound up 6-6 and eighth in Class A South. The Bulldogs hosted No. 9 Bonny Eagle in the preliminary round. If victorious, Portland would go to top-ranked Falmouth, the defending state champion, in the quarterfinals.

On the girls’ side, Cheverus finished second in Class A South after a 9-3 campaign and will host either No. 7 Marshwood (8-4) or 10th-ranked Deering (4-8), who squared off in the preliminary round, in the quarterfinals.

Portland went 7-5 in the regular season and finished eighth in Class A South. The Bulldogs hosted No. 9 South Portland in the preliminary round and if victorious, will play at top-ranked, 11-time state champion Falmouth in the quarterfinals.

In Class C South, Waynflete went 7-5 in the regular season, good for the No. 5 seed, and plays at No. 4 Maranacook in the quarterfinals. 

The semifinals are Saturday, on the courts of the higher seeds.

The regional finals are June 6 at Bates College in Lewiston.

The state matches are June 8, at Lewiston High School.

Outdoor track

Saturday saw the outdoor track season heat up, as the Southwestern Maine Activities Association championship meet was contested in Falmouth. 

Cheverus’ girls’ team, the reigning Class A champion, finished first, barely, tallying 89 points, which was slightly enough to hold off Gorham (87.33) and Thornton Academy (81.33).

The Stags rewrote the record books, as standout Victoria Bossong won the 100 in 11.94 seconds, becoming just the second Maine schoolgirl to go under 12 seconds. The old SMAA record of 12.4 was set in 1985 by Edette Williams of Portland. Bossong also set a meet record of 25.02 seconds in the 200 and anchored a winning 1,600-relay team that included Emma Gallant, Rosie Train and Evelyn Hanley to a record of 4 minutes, 1.44 seconds. Bossong was named the meet’s girls’ track MVP.

“My PR in the 100 was 12.18, last year at states,” Bossong said. “I’m really happy with (this) time.”

Emma White set a record in winning the triple jump (38 feet, 1 inch). White also won the long jump with a season-best 17-9 1/4 and was second in the 100 hurdles (15.55) and was named the girls’ field MVP.

“My triple jump wasn’t a PR, but I was over 38 on two jumps, so it was definitely my most consistent meet,” White said.

Deering (19.5 points) was 12th and Portland (16) placed 14th. The Bulldogs got a win from Jaidyn Appel in the high jump (5-2). The Rams’ top finisher was Darcy Lally, runner-up in the pole vault (9 feet).

In the boys’ meet, won by Scarborough with 125 points, Cheverus (49) was fourth, Deering (33.5) seventh and Portland (23) 11th. The Stags got a win from Frank Morang in the triple jump (42-7.25). The Rams’ 4×100 relay team (Samacha Sam, Antonio Ciccomancini, Ethan Berdeja and James Opio) placed first (43.63).

At the Western Maine Conference meet in Naples, Waynflete’s girls placed 15th. 

The Class A state meet is Saturday in Lewiston. The Class C state meet is also Saturday, in Farmington.

Baseball

Cheverus’ baseball team was in the best Heal Points position at press time.

The Stags were 8-6 and fifth in Class A South after an 8-7 home win over Falmouth, a 4-0 loss at South Portland and a 6-3 home setback to Deering. In the victory, Nate Rogers had three hits and Andrew DeGeorge, who hit a two-out, two-run walk-off single to beat the Yachtsmen in last year’s semifinals, drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning with an RBI bunt.

“I thought it was like deja vu all over again,” DeGeorge said. “The coaches will say I’m the worst bunter on the team, but I knew I had to do a job and get my team a win.”

“It’s fun now that we’ve won,” said Cheverus coach Mac McKew. “We’re not a great hitting team, but you have to do the little stuff to win games.”

Against the Red Riots, the Stags were nearly no-hit, before Nathaniel Lapoint led off the seventh inning with an infield single, but they could do nothing with South Portland ace Hunter Owen.

“We knew what we were up against coming here,” McKew said. 

Lapoint and Rogers each had two hits in the loss to the Rams. Cheverus was at Westbrook Tuesday and closes at home versus Windham Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Portland fell to 7-7 and 10th following a 4-0 home win over Massabesic and losses at home to Biddeford (12-7) and at Marshwood (5-0). In the victory, Sonny Villani threw a two-hit shutout. Against the Tigers, the Bulldogs got three hits and two RBI from Donnie Tocci, but were doomed by six errors. Portland hosted Scarborough Monday and closed against Deering Tuesday.

Deering’s skid reached six games with losses last week at Biddeford (7-2) and at home to Westbrook (6-4). The Rams then improved to 3-12 and 14th in Class A South (12 teams make the playoffs) with Saturday’s 6-3 win at Deering. Josh Paisley hit a home run out of Hadlock Field in the loss to the Blue Blazes. Against the Stags, Tre Fletcher homered, singled, doubled twice and scored four times against his old team, while Mike Jones had a pair of hits and Luke Hill earned the victory. The Rams closed versus Portland Tuesday.

In Class C South, the Waynflete/North Yarmouth Academy co-op team was 2-10 and 12th (10 teams make the playoffs) following losses at Old Orchard Beach (3-1), at Traip Academy (14-0, in five-innings) and at home to OOB (7-3). The Flyers close at home versus Sacopee Valley Wednesday.

Softball

The Cheverus/NYA co-op softball team was 7-7 and ninth in the Class A South Heals at the start of the week following losses at Massabesic (8-7) and Portland (9-3) and at home to Noble (7-0). Madisyn Durgin and Alexandra Hammond each homered against the Mustangs. Sydney Plummer and Caroline Taylor both had two hits in the loss to the Bulldogs. The Stags hosted Deering Tuesday and welcome Marshwood Wednesday.

Portland was 5-10 and 10th in Class A South after a 10-9 home loss to Sanford, a 9-3 home win over Cheverus/NYA, a 19-0 five-inning home loss to Biddeford and a 15-3 five-inning setback at Bonny Eagle. Jordan King and Grace Stacey each had three hits and Callie Watson hit a two-run double against the Spartans. King had three hits and Stacey two in the victory. The Bulldogs closed the regular season at Windham Tuesday.

Deering fell to 1-13 and 16th in the region (only 12 teams make the playoffs) after losses at South Portland (11-1) and Noble (5-1) and at home to Massabesic (11-0). Mackenzie O’Donnell had two hits in the loss to the Red Riots. The Rams were at Cheverus/NYA Tuesday and close at home versus Kennebunk Wednesday.

Boys’ lacrosse

Portland’s boys’ lacrosse team was 9-1 and third in the closely contested Class A North Heals at press time after home wins over Biddeford (12-6) and Windham (6-5). Grant Jacobson and Miki Silva both scored four times in the win over the Tigers. The Bulldogs then handed the Eagles their first setback of the year in a playoff rematch, as Jacobson had two goals, Silva scored once and had three assists and John Sylvain made a clutch save late in regulation to help preserve the victory.

“I think we have the potential to go further and further,” Silva said. “Our goal is to finish strong.”

“I lost a couple years off my life, but I’m glad we won,” said Portland coach Mike DiFusco. “It was a good game.”

Portland is at Westbrook Wednesday and closes at Noble Friday.

Cheverus was 2-8 and eighth in Class A North (where six teams make the playoffs) following a 17-2 home win over Sanford and a 24-6 setback at defending Class C champion Waynflete. Jacob Sargent had five goals and Ethan Hammond added three in the victory. Hammond and Sargent each scored twice against the Flyers. The Stags visit Deering Wednesday and host South Portland in the finale Friday.

Deering was 1-9 and ninth in Class A North after Friday’s 8-3 home loss to Scarborough. After hosting Cheverus Wednesday, the Rams close at defending Class A champion Thornton Academy Friday.

Waynflete took an eight-game win streak, an 8-2 record and the No. 2 ranking behind Oak Hill in Class C into Tuesday’s home game against York. Last week, the Flyers downed visiting Lake Region (19-12), host Cony (21-5) and visiting Cheverus (24-6). Miles Lipton had seven goals and Zane Moorhead four in the win over the Lakers. Against the Stags, Moorhead scored six times, Mitchell Adams added four goals and Harry Millspaugh had nine assists. Waynflete closes at Yarmouth Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Girls’ lacrosse

Portland’s girls’ lacrosse team continued to surge last week, downing visiting Westbrook (16-7) and host Cheverus (7-6) to make it eight straight wins. Isabella More had four goals and Annika More and Hazel Praught each scored three times against the Blue Blazes. In the victory over the Stags, in a playoff rematch, Isabella More had three goals, including the winner with 1:06 to go. Praught added two goals. The Bulldogs (third in the Class A North Heal Points standings at press time) visited Bonny Eagle Monday and close the regular season Wednesday at home versus Deering.

Cheverus sandwiched wins over visiting Deering (18-2) and host York (15-9) around a 7-6 home loss to Portland last week and was 6-4 and sixth in Class A North at press time. In the loss, Aisling Flaherty, Zoe Mazur and Riley O’Mara all scored twice. O’Mara had five goals and Mazur and Bella Booth three apiece in the win over the Rams. The Stags hosted Marshwood Tuesday and close at South Portland Thursday.

Deering fell to 0-10 and seventh in Class A North (where just six teams qualify for the playoffs) after an 18-2 loss at Cheverus and a 19-5 home loss to Biddeford. Kiaya Gatchell had two goals against the Tigers. After hosting Sanford Tuesday, the Rams finish at Portland Wednesday.

In Class B, Waynflete was 4-6 and 11th (only 10 teams make the playoffs) after an 8-2 win at Lake Region and a 7-6 overtime home loss to Freeport. In the victory, Jesse Connors had three goals, while Abby Aleshire and Emily Wagg both scored twice. In the setback, where the Flyers let a three-goal halftime lead slip away, Connors, Wagg and Emi Boedeker all had two goals. Waynflete hosted St. Dom’s Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and closes at Yarmouth Friday.

Press Herald staff writer Steve Craig contributed to this story.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.


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