Scarborough’s Jarett Flaker wins the boys’ 200 at Saturday’s New England outdoor track and field championship meet.

Scarborough’s Mayne Gwyer returns a shot during Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Lewiston in the Class A state championship match.

South Portland’s Chloe Grant takes a throw too late as Scarborough’s Ava McDonald steals second during the two-time defending Class A champion Red Storm’s 12-0, five-inning victory in Saturday’s regional semifinal.

Cape Elizabeth’s Karli Chapin (20) and Tori McGrath celebrate a goal during the Capres’ 13-2 win over Waynflete in last week’s Class B state quarterfinal.

(Ed. Note: For the complete South Portland-Biddeford baseball and Cape Elizabeth-Waynflete girls’ lacrosse game stories, see

Only a few days remain the spring sports season and after an eventful playoff week, a select few local teams remain alive, still hoping for a championship.

Here’s a recap at the week that was:


Scarborough’s girls’ tennis team wasn’t able to win a state championship for the first time in program history, but the Red Storm made history nonetheless.

Scarborough, ranked third in Class A South, defeated No. 6 Kennebunk (4-1) in the quarterfinals and second-ranked Cheverus (4-1) in the semifinals, setting up a regional final match last Thursday against No. 1 Falmouth, the defending state champion, which had won 187 consecutive matches, dating back to 2008.

And the Red Storm ensured there wouldn’t be a 188th.

Scarborough sprung a 3-2 upset, as Kellie Guerette downed Maddy Joyce, 6-2, 6-0, at third singles, Amelia Hardy and Mayne Gwyer beat Emma Cohen and Nina Woodbury, 6-4, 7-6 (9) at first doubles and Ashley Sabatino and Sydney Koukos defeated Mia McHugh and Alex Burton, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, at second doubles. Abby Ricker lost, 1-6, 2-6, to Meredith Kelley at first singles and Carrie Timpson fell, 2-6, 3-6, to Sara Fallon at second singles, but the Red Storm had ended the Yachtsmen’s reign.

“It’s pretty insane,” Hardy said. “It will go down in history.”

“We had no pressure coming into this,” Gwyer said. “To be the team that beat Falmouth is incredible.”

“We really didn’t have anything to lose because they’ve won for 10 years,” Sabatino added. “No one would expect us to win but if we won it would just be amazing, and it is amazing.”

Scarborough’s quest for its first championship ended in a loss to Lewiston in the state match, just as it did in 2011.

The Red Storm lost, 5-0, as Ricker lost to Julia Svor at first singles, 2-6, 1-6, Timpson fell, 2-6, 1-6, to Abby Svor at second singles, Guerette dropped a 5-7, 1-6 decision to Maddy Foster at third singles, Hardy and Gwyer lost, 0-6, 6-4, 0-1 (7), to Molly Chicoine and Roslyn Wailus at first doubles and Sabatino and Koukos fell, 2-6, 2-6, to Jillian Pelletier and Lauren Foster at second doubles.

Scarborough finished the season 14-2.

“It’s a hard day, obviously, because we came to play and wanting to win,” Scarborough coach Lincoln MacIsaac said. “It’s never fun to lose, I guess, but to lose to Anita (Murphy), who’s a great coach and a great program — these girls are classy up here in Lewiston. They played some great tennis. I don’t think (there was a letdown. It was great to beat Falmouth, but we let that go pretty quickly because we knew coming up here, we were facing a juggernaut.

“My girls worked hard all season and did what they needed to do. We got to play tennis on the last day of the season, which is always goal for us. I am very proud of them.”

Boys’ lacrosse

Cape Elizabeth’s undefeated boys’ lacrosse team was two wins from another state title at press time. The Capers, ranked first in Class A South, earned a bye into the semifinals, where Saturday they took on No. 4 South Portland.

The Red Riots had advanced with an 11-10 win over fifth-ranked Gorham in their quarterfinal.

Cape Elizabeth had just enough to beat South Portland, 9-5, and end its season at 10-4.

The Red Riots got three goals from Cooper Mehlhorn and 18 saves from goalie Quinn Watson in defeat.

“It was a great game,” said South Portland coach Tom Fiorini. “Both teams played a great game. I thought in the fourth we started to play a little bit more of their game instead of staying with our game plan and that was the difference.”

“I think we didn’t necessarily play great at times,” said Capers coach Ben Raymond, “but in the second half when we needed to play well, we played well.”

Cape Elizabeth (13-0) moved on to host No. 2 Thornton Academy (13-1), the defending Class A champion, in Wednesday night’s regional final (see for game story).

On April 29, in the completion of a weather-delayed game that began three days prior, the Capers edged the Golden Trojans, 8-7, in overtime. In last year’s regional final, Thornton Academy rolled at home, 15-6, en route to the championship.

If Cape Elizabeth moves on to the Class A state final for the first time, it will meet either Portland (12-1) or Falmouth (9-5) Saturday at a time to be announced at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. The Capers didn’t face the Bulldogs this year. They beat Portland, 12-4, in the 2005 West Region Final in the only prior playoff encounter. Cape Elizabeth defeated visiting Falmouth, 9-4, back on May 3. The Capers have won six of nine prior playoff meetings with a 6-5 win in 2017 Class B South Final the most recent.

Scarborough was the No. 7 seed in Class A South and lost, 12-5, at Thornton Academy in last week’s quarterfinals to finish 4-9. Jared Quintiliani had two goals and goalie Austin Brown made 21 saves.

“I feel good about the effort the guys put in,” Scarborough coach Zach Barrett said. “They worked hard. They wanted it. Our execution just wasn’t there.”

Girls’ lacrosse

Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ lacrosse squad advanced to the state match for the second year in a row. The Capers, ranked second in Class B, handled No. 10 Waynflete, 13-2, in the state quarterfinals, then beat No. 3 Greely, 10-4, in the semifinals.

Against the Flyers, Karli Chapin had five goals and won 12 of 17 draws and Brooke Harvey added three goals.

“We were able to move the ball well,” said Harvey. “We needed to pick corners and move (their goalie) a little more.”

“We just focused on staying patient and looking for the best shot,” said Chapin. “We do a good job of being unselfish and getting a good look on goal.”

“We talked at halftime that we started off strong, then hit a lull,” added Cape Elizabeth coach Alex Spark. “Our feet weren’t moving as fast as we wanted. Against a team like Waynflete, you can’t let up.”

In the win over the Rangers, Harvey and Tori McGrath had three goals apiece, as the Capers improved to 12-2.

Cape Elizabeth will battle No. 1 Yarmouth (13-1) Friday evening at Fitzpatrick Stadium in the state final. The Capers lost, 14-11, May 8 at Yarmouth, but beat the Clippers in last year’s memorable state final, 12-11, in overtime.

South Portland, meanwhile, the No. 5 seed in Class A South, defeated No. 4 Marshwood, 16-9, in last week’s quarterfinals (Jena Leckie had five goals and Savannah Dunbar and Molly Walker added four apiece), but lost, 12-3, at No. 1 Kennebunk in the semifinals to finish 7-7.


Scarborough and South Portland’s baseball teams were the final two squads standing in Class A South and squared off in the regional final Wednesday afternoon (see for game story).

The Red Riots finished first in the region and advanced by virtue of a 3-0 win over No. 9 Biddeford in the quarterfinals and a 4-2 victory over No. 4 Marshwood in the semifinals. In the win over the Tigers, Noah Lewis threw a three-hitter with nine strikeouts.

“Its great to come out here and get a playoff win,” Lewis said.

“Obviously, a win in the playoffs is always a relief,” said South Portland coach Mike Owens. “We’ve struggled at the plate. We had to find ways to score and we did.” 

Against the Hawks, the Red Riots (17-1) avenged their lone regular season loss as Hunter Owen earned the win with 12 Ks and Anthony Poole had a pair of doubles.

“The past three years I’ve played, they’ve always given us a fight,” Owen said, of Marshwood. 

Scarborough, meanwhile, was ranked third in Class A South and defeated No. 6 Cheverus, 4-0, in the quarterfinals and downed No. 7 Falmouth, 3-1, in the semifinals. Against the Stags, Jack Clark threw a seven-hit shutout and Nolan Lamontagne hit a two-run double.

“That’s high school baseball – walks and errors, and we capitalized,” Red Storm coach Mike D’Andrea said. “We were fortunate to come up with hits at the right time.”

In the win over the Yachtsmen, Nick Thompson threw a five-hitter and struck out nine and Noah Frink had a pair of hits.

Scarborough (14-4) and South Portland met May 20, a 2-1 Red Riots’ victory.

South Portland had won two of three prior playoff meetings ,with an 8-5 win in the 2016 Class A South semifinal the most recent.

This winner will play for the Class A state championship Saturday against either Oxford Hills (18-0) or Edward Little (13-5).


Scarborough’s juggernaut softball program was two wins away from a third straight Class A state title at press time. The Red Storm, ranked first in Class A South, beat No. 8 Bonny Eagle, 9-2, in the quarterfinal round, then ousted No. 5 South Portland, 12-0, in five-innings, in the semifinals.

South Portland had downed No. 12 Westbrook, 8-2, in the preliminary round, then upset No. 4 Massabesic, 3-0, in the semifinals, as Mia Micucci threw a six-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and Elise Connor had two hits. 

“I just came in hoping to give it my all,” said Micucci. “And I tried really hard.”

Scarborough, which got two hits from Bella Dickinson and also earned the win against the Scots, had no trouble with the Red Riots in the semifinals, as Dickinson threw a no-hitter, the Red Storm had 16 hits of their own and Caitlin Noiles and Mollie Verreault each hit home runs.

“That was as good as it gets,” said Scarborough coach Tom Griffin. “Bella was on and in control, when the ball was hit we made the plays defensively and we hit the ball hard. We played the perfect game.”

South Portland finished the year 12-7.

“If (Scarborough) can play better than that, I don’t know,” said Red Riots coach Ralph Aceto. “From the last time we played them to this time, they’ve definitely taken another step.”

The 18-0 Red Storm took a 58-game overall win streak into Wednesday evening’s Class A South Final showdown versus No. 2 Thornton Academy (17-1). Scarborough held off the host Golden Trojans, 5-4, May 20. The Red Storm were 6-1 all-time versus Thornton Academy in the playoffs, with last year’s 3-2, nine-inning regional final win the most recent.

If Scarborough moves on to Saturday’s Class A state final, it will meet either Skowhegan (18-0) or Oxford Hills (17-1). 

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth, ranked third, defeated No. 11 Gray-New Gloucester, 6-1, in its quarterfinal last week. Anna Cornell pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts, and Jessica Robicheaw had four hits and three RBI. The Capers then met their match at No. 2 Fryeburg Academy in the semifinals Saturday, falling, 11-4, to finish the year 15-3. Robicheaw homered to help Cape Elizabeth take a 3-0 first inning lead, but the Capers couldn’t hold on.


The final competition of the outdoor track season, the New England championship meet, was held Saturday in Saco and several local athletes took part.

Scarborough standout Jarett Flaker won the boys’ 200 (22.12 seconds) and placed second in 400 (48.53). Anthony Clavette tied for third in the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches) and 22nd in the 110 hurdles (15.83). Ian Gott tied for 15th in the pole vault (12-6). Tristram Coffin finished 21st in the two-mile (9 minutes, 44.82 seconds). Erik LoSacco was 25th in the two-mile (10:07.03). Jayden Flaker came in 26th in the 110 hurdles (16.37). The Red Storm’s 4×800 relay team (Harrison Osborne, Zachary Barry, Coffin and Noah Drapeau) finished 11th (8:09.19). The 4×400 squad (Jayden Flaker, Warren O’Shea, Drapeau and Jarett Flaker) placed 14th (3:26.35). South Portland’s Joseph Emery finished sixth in the long jump (20-11.25). Cape Elizabeth’s Jack Bassett placed 17th in the mile (4:28.10).

In the girls’ meet, Cape Elizabeth’s Darcy Cochran was eighth in the 100 hurdles (16.47). Scarborough’s Emily Labbe was ninth in the 100 hurdles (15.95) and 26th in the 300 hurdles (50.06). Madison Marinko came in 16th in the 100 hurdles (16.24). Anna Gardner was 21st in the pole vault (9-0). Kayla Werner was 29th in the two-mile (12:32.56). The Red Storm’s 4×800 relay team (Emily Johnson, Megan Randall, Rachel Peterson and Werner) was 18th (10:08.22). South Portland’s Anna Folley finished 10th in the 800 (2:18.35). Rebekah Hunnewell-Dunphe finished 21st in the shot put (34-6.75) and 27th in the discus (99-3). The Red Riots’ 4×400 relay team (Kaleisha Towle, Madelynn Drolet, Julianne Coyne and Folley) was 15th (4:09.75).

Press Herald staff writers Steve Craig, Glenn Jordan, Mike Lowe and Kevin Thomas contributed to this story.

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

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