Senior Aidan Hickey will be in a critical leadership role this winter for Yarmouth’s boys’ basketball team, which is seeking another trip to the tournament. File photo.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Coach: Jonas Allen (second year)

2018-19 record: 8-11 (Lost, 55-41, to Maranacook in Class B South quarterfinals)

Top returning players: Aidan Hickey (Senior), Jason Lainey (Senior), Will Cox (Junior)

Pivotal games: Dec. 6 CAPE ELIZABETH, Dec. 20 WAYNFLETE, Jan. 2 @ Greely, Jan 4 GRAY-NG, Jan. 9 @ Freeport, Jan. 14 @ Gray-New Gloucester, Jan. 21 WELLS, Jan. 24 @ York, Jan. 28 @ Cape Elizabeth, Jan. 31 FREEPORT, Feb. 6 @ Wells

Coach’s comment: “We lost seven guys, including four starters. A lot of guys will be playing their first varsity minutes. The beauty of our team is that we’re an even group. No superstars. Everyone can contribute. It will be different guys depending on who’s healthy and depending on matchups. It’ll be interesting to see who takes advantage of opportunities. Our focus is on team chemistry and being the best teammates we can be. Anything that comes after that is extra.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Yarmouth had its ups and downs last winter, but managed to qualify for the tournament for the 13th year in a row. This year’s team has a few proven commodities and some newcomers that should step right in and help the cause.

Hickey and Lainey, who played key roles on Yarmouth’s most recent boys’ soccer championship team, will be key cogs for the basketball team as well. Hickey is the only returning starter. He’ll see time at point guard or shooting guard. Lainey, who was limited by injury in 2018-19, will play guard as well. Cox, who made timely contributions as a sophomore, can play point guard, forward, even center at times. His versatility will prove invaluable. Sophomore Pete Psyhogeos projects to play a big role this winter at guard and forward. Junior David Riddle, best known for his football acumen, will make his presence felt in the paint and will help replace the rebounding production of the graduated Noah Eckersley-Ray.

Class B South appears devoid of a clear favorite this season and if the Clippers find the chemistry they seek and can put it all together on the court, they could be one of the last teams standing.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Sophomore Margaret McNeil will be a top scorer for Yarmouth’s promising girls’ basketball team. File photo.

Coach: David Cousins (second year)

2018-19 record: 12-7 (Lost, 52-38, to Wells in Class B South quarterfinals)

Top returning players: Avery May (Senior), Hope Olson (Senior), Adriana Whitlock (Senior), Calin McGonagle (Junior), Margaret McNeil (Junior), Katelyn D’Appolonia (Sophomore)

Pivotal games: Dec. 6 @ Cape Elizabeth, Dec. 10 @ Brunswick, Jan. 2 GREELY, Jan. 4 GRAY-NG, Jan. 9 FREEPORT, Jan. 14 @ Gray-NG, Jan. 21 @ Wells, Jan. 28 CAPE ELIZABETH, Feb. 1 @ Freeport, Feb. 6 WELLS

Coach’s comment: “We only lost one starter from last year and we have high expectations. We have more experience in the program and the kids are used to what I’m doing. The key for us is to play together and contribute. Eight of our games are against Class A teams. That will be good for us going forward, but we need to win some of them. We should make a much deeper run this year.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Yarmouth made great strides in Cousins’ first season, but the Clippers couldn’t solve Wells in the quarterfinals. This winter, Yarmouth is hopeful of hanging around longer come tournament-time.

McNeil (12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds. 3.4 steals per game) was a second-team league all-star in 2018-19 and after helping Yarmouth’s volleyball team repeat as state champions, she’ll be a force in the front-court who can also step out and hit 3-pointers. McGonagle was a third-teamer as a sophomore. She’s another forward to watch, along with Olson (9 ppg last year). D’Appolonia is primed to run the point. Whitlock will play shooting guard. May is another post presence who will be a challenge for the opposition. Junior Kathryn Keaney will play a bigger role this year at guard or forward. Sophomore Maya Panozzo and freshmen Ava Feeley and Nori Schneider provide depth in the back-court.

Yarmouth is chasing Freeport and hopes to hold off the likes of Cape Elizabeth and Wells along the way. The Clippers enter the season confident and that should translate into competitive efforts night after night. Look for Yarmouth to be as dangerous as anyone once the postseason rolls around.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Sophomore Charles Henry Watson is back for a second season as Yarmouth’s boys’ hockey goalie. File photo.

Coach: Dave St. Pierre (ninth year, 82-66-10 overall record)

2018-19 record: 7-10-2 (Lost, 2-0, to Cape Elizabeth in Class B South quarterfinals)

Top returning players: Jack Buthy (Senior), Will Giese (Senior), Spencer King (Senior), Aidan Miller (Senior), Jacob Veilleux (Senior), Justin Veilleux (Senior), Charles Henry Watson (Sophomore)

Pivotal games: Dec. 10 @ Greely, Dec. 30 @ Gorham, Jan. 4 FALMOUTH, Jan. 11 @ Cheverus, Jan. 15 YORK, Jan. 20 CAPE ELIZABETH, Jan. 25 GORHAM, Feb. 1 @ St. Dom’s, Feb. 6 @ Cape Elizabeth, Feb. 15 GREELY

Coach’s comment: “There’s good energy around the team. We’re off to a good start. We’re talented, but young. Two-thirds of our roster is freshmen or sophomores. We’ll be in the mix. We hope to be dangerous down the stretch.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Yarmouth is an up-and-coming squad with a bright future. If all goes well, the future could be now.

King was a second-team league all-star in 2018-19. He’s a top defenseman who will be joined by Buthy and Jacob Veilleux in front of Watson, who turned heads in goal as a freshman, making the all-star third-team. Sophomore Cam Miller will also be a contributor on defense. The Clippers’ offense is balanced and features Giese, Miller, sophomores Isaac Grondin, Oliver Prinn and Matt Robichaud and freshman Truman Peters. Justin Veilleux will also be in the scoring mix when he returns from injury. Senior Liam Ireland, the soccer standout and Yarmouth’s Fall Male Athlete of the Year, will be Watson’s backup in goal.

Yarmouth has the pieces in place to be the top threat to defending champion Greely in Class B South. It won’t come easily, especially with the Clippers’ daunting schedule, but this group has a great upside. Don’t be surprised if Yarmouth gets to Lewiston for at least one game at season’s end.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Coach: David Intraversato (first year, 18-36-2 overall record)

2018-19 record: 12-8 (Lost, 8-0 to Lewiston in North Region semifinals)

Top returning players: Sophie Newberg (Senior), Paige Rinaldi (Senior), Emma Moll (Junior), Lizzie Guertler (Junior), Allie Perrotta (Junior), Olivia Bradford (Sophomore)

Pivotal games: Dec. 7 LEWISTON, Dec. 11 @ Greely, Dec. 21 CHEVERUS, Dec. 23 GREELY, Jan. 8 @ Lewiston, Jan. 11 @ Cape/SP/Waynflete

Coach’s comment: “We hope to have enough Heal Points to get into the playoffs and be playing at the top of our game by tourney time.  We have a great keeper that will get hot and who knows where that could take us.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: The Yarmouth/Freeport co-op team had a strong season a year ago and welcomes a new coach in Intraversato, who has spent the past couple autumns coaching the Freeport girls’ soccer team. He inherits a squad that is chasing after the likes of Lewiston, St. Dom’s and Edward Little in the North Region. Yarmouth/Freeport began the year with a 2-1 loss to Winslow, then beat Portland/Deering in overtime (1-0) before losing to Edward Little (1-0) and St. Dom’s (7-0).

Yarmouth/Freeport returns Perotta, who was an All-Conference goalie in 2018-19. Perotta, who has a .962 save percentage, will keep her team in a lot of games. Newberg and Rinaldi are top defenders. Freshman Chloe White is part of that mix as well. Other scorers to watch include Bradford, Guertler Moll and freshman Sadie Carnes, who scored the winning goal against Portland/Deering.

Yarmouth/Freeport will play hard every night and some wins will start rolling in. This is a team that could be a tough out when the postseason arrives.

INDOOR TRACK

Senior Chris Koskinen hopes to clear the bar and have a big season for Yarmouth’s indoor track team. File photo

Coach: Sarah Carrigan (second year)

2018-19 results:

(Boys) tie-11th @ Class B state meet

(Girls) 18th @ Class B state meet

Top returners:

(Boys) Chris Koskinen (Senior), Michael McNeil (Senior)

(Girls) Alex Augur (Senior), Lily McDowell (Senior), Addison Hounchell (Junior), Ella Maxwell (Sophomore), Trinity Sinker (Sophomore)

Coach’s comment: “We have a young team this year, so our early season goals are to foster a love of running, jumping and throwing. We have been spending a lot of time working on technique and strength. We have a promising team and I can’t wait to see them come together throughout the season.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Yarmouth boasts some strong athletes this winter and should be competitive from start to finish.

The boys will be led by Koskinen, who can score in the sprints and pole vault, and McNeil (shot put). Newcomers to watch include junior Colin Senger (distance) and sophomore sprinters Frazier Dougherty, Kevin Kamm and Gavin Winchester.

The girls’ team returns some talent and has some key newcomers as well. Sprinters of note include Maxwell, Sinker and freshman Jocelyn Ruffner. The distance contingent features Augur and Hounchell. McDowell hopes to score in the shot put. Sophomore Elena Schlax could be a top jumper.

SWIMMING

Coach: Dave Cox (third year)

2018-19 results:

(Boys) 6th @ Class B state meet

(Girls) tie-8th @ Class B state meet

Top returners:

(Boys) Nate Henninger (Junior), Emerson Pardales (Junior), Wes Pratt (Junior), Conor Wolff (Junior)

(Girls) Tessa Piker (Senior), Izabel Cox-Faxon (Junior), Ava Gillian (Junior), Zoe Siegel (Junior), Piper Priddy (Sophomore)

Coach’s comment: With significant losses to graduation, the team will rely heavily on its returning juniors for both leadership and development of the group to remain in the top 10 at states. The girls’ team has a large influx of sophomore and freshman athletes fired up to join a hard-working, fun and well-rounded upperclassmen group. The team hopes to stay healthy and climb up from last year’s finish.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Yarmouth is coming off an excellent season in the pool and should remain very competitive during the regular season and at the championship meets this winter.

The boys’ squad features four juniors with experience: Wolff (eighth in the 100 butterfly at last year’s state meet, he also swims the backstroke and individual medley), Henninger (freestyle, backstroke), Pardales (sprint freestyle, fly) and Pratt (fly, freestyle and IM). Several newcomers, including senior Noah Bibula, juniors Miles Hagedorn, Harrison Pendleton, Guilio Saracini and Davis Young and freshmen Gabe Merrill and Isaac Pendleton, will also make an impact.

On the girls’ side, Siegel, who placed seventh last year in the fly and also competes in the sprint freestyle, is back. Also returning are Cox-Faxon (freestyle), Gillian (distance freestyle and fly), Piker (fly and breaststroke) and Priddy (IM, backstroke and freestyle). They’re joined by freshmen Daisy Brewer (freestyle, fly), Sarah Dressel (backstroke, freestyle) and Alexandra Ericson (freestyle, backstroke).

ALPINE SKIING

Coach: Gavin Glider (fourth year)

2018-19 results:

(Boys) 2nd @ Class B state meet

(Girls) 3rd @ Class B state meet

Top returners:

(Boys) G.W. Ruth (Junior), Asher Lockwood (Sophomore)

(Girls) Eleanor Donahue (Junior), Hannah Moore (Sophomore)

Coach’s comment: “Both teams are in a building phase. I would love to see a top three finish from the boys at states. We have a very new girls’ team, so it is tough to say on that side. ”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Yarmouth might not have its usual firepower this winter, but the Clippers will be in contention for a high state meet finish nonetheless.

The boys’ team features veterans in Lockwood and Ruth. Freshman Killian Marsh will step right in and make an impact as well. If some other kids step up, look out.

On the girls’ side, Donahue is coming off a strong season which saw her place sixth in the slalom and 10th in the giant slalom at states. She’ll lead the way this winter along with Moore.

NORDIC SKIING

Junior Maddie Marston is one of the state’s premier Nordic skiers. She’ll look to lead Yarmouth to another Class B title this winter. File photo.

Coach: Dylan Thombs (first year)

2018-19 results:

(Boys) 4th @ Class B state meet

(Girls) Class B state champions

Top returners:

(Boys) Alejandro Coury (Senior), Dan LaMourie (Senior), Kendrick Langenbach (Senior), Elliot Cowles (Sophomore)

(Girls) Sadie Cowles (Senior), Madeline Marston (Junior), Natalie Teare (Junior)

Coach’s comment: “My hope for this year is that our team trains and skis as a family and that we live up to our mission statement. The mission of Yarmouth Nordic is to develop student-athletes into lifelong skiers and to foster a love of the sport that transcends the boundaries of Yarmouth. We will train as a family, we will support one another as a family, we will have fun as a family and come February, we will ski as a family.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Yarmouth will be in the running for more hardware this winter.

The girls’ team seeks to win another title behind returning state meet scorers Marston (third in the freestyle, sixth in the classical last year), Cowles (sixth in the freestyle, eighth in the classical) and Teare (seventh in the classical and 11th in the freestyle). The Clippers have plenty of depth after that and if some other girls step up, they’ll be the team everyone is chasing once again.

The boys are led by Langenbach (16th in the freestyle and 21st in the classical last season), Coury (17th in the freestyle) and LaMourie (29th in the classical). Look for Cowles to move up the standings and several newcomers, such as seniors Gus Edwards, Odeh Rizkallah and Cade Robinson and junior Lincoln Truesdale, to make an immediate impact.

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