Senior Will Bowe, the last of the Cape Elizabeth Bowes who have played such an instrumental role in the program’s success the past decade-plus, will be in the middle of the action this winter for a Capers squad that will be in the hunt for a Class B South crown. File photo.

Coach: Jeff Mitchell (second year)

2019-20 record: 8-12 (Lost, 49-36, to Wells in Class B South semifinals)
2020-21 record
: 6-6 (no postseason, COVID)

Top returning players: Will Bowe (Senior), Sam Lombardo (Junior), Evan Reeves (Junior)

Pivotal games: Dec. 10 @ Wells, Dec. 14 WAYNFLETE, Dec. 17 @ York, Jan 17 FREEPORT, Jan. 21 GREELY, Jan. 27 @ Freeport, Feb. 1 YARMOUTH

Coach’s comment: “We have three returning starters and our depth is good. We have some size and we have some three-sport athletes who are used to winning. This year is uncharted territory since we didn’t see a lot of teams last year. I think we’re capable of going deep in the tournament if we play to our potential and the guys believe that we can do that.”


The Forecaster’s forecast: Cape Elizabeth was very competitive last winter in limited action and with some key returners joined by a few promising up-and-comers, Mitchell’s first full season with the Capers could result in a deep playoff run.

Cape Elizabeth boasts one of the top big men around in Reeves, who stands 6-foot-8. Reeves will play center and will be a top scorer. Junior Owen Tighe will be a post presence as well. Bowe, the last in a long line of family standouts, will be a top perimeter shooter in his final season. Lombardo can knock down shots as well. Senior Jake Frame will play point guard. Several other players will have a chance to step up and earn minutes and if some solid reserves develop, the Capers’ depth could put them over the top.

Class B South has multiple strong teams and nothing will come easily, but Cape Elizabeth’s shooting and size might just set it apart. Look for this squad to be in position to do great things when February arrives.


On the heels of a fabulous soccer season, senior Emily Supple will look to pace the Capers girls’ basketball team to a strong campaign. File photo.

Coach: Chris Casterella (15th year, 95-160 overall record)

2019-20 record: 8-11 (Lost, 37-32, to Freeport in Class B South quarterfinals)
2020-21 record
: 2-7 (no postseason, COVID)


Top returning players: Emily Supple (Senior), Meghan Conley (Junior), Olivia Manning (Junior)

Pivotal games: Dec. 10 WELLS, Dec. 17 YORK, Dec. 28 LAKE REGION, Dec. 30 @ Brunswick, Jan. 6 GRAY-NG, Jan. 17 @ Freeport, Jan. 21 @ Greely, Jan. 25 @ Lake Region, Jan. 27 FREEPORT, Feb. 1 @ Yarmouth

Coach’s comment: “We lost Alison Gerety, last year’s leading scorer, so scoring will be the challenge. It’s been our Achilles’ heel the last couple years. Our defense has been good enough. Our schedule never lets up. If we can stay healthy, and we’ll have to, we’ll be ready to take on whoever we match up with. We usually play our best at the end of the season and hope that happens again.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Cape Elizabeth has made life difficult for higher seeded teams in previous tournaments and could have done the same thing a year ago had the postseason not been wiped out by COVID. This winter, the Capers are again flying under the radar and could be dangerous when it matters most.

This year’s team is led by veterans Conley, Manning and Supple. Supple, who had a transcendent soccer season and was named Cape Elizabeth’s Fall Athlete of the Year, will be the point guard ,a captain and she’ll look to distribute and score. Conley will be the shooting guard. Manning, the other captain, can play on the wing and down low. Junior forward Ashley Ryer and junior guard Juliet Moore and sophomore Grace Callahan look to step in and play key roles as well.

The Capers take on reigning Class B champion Wells in the opener and things don’t get much easier from there, but in a season with an open tournament, win-loss record is secondary to playing your best when the postseason begins. Cape Elizabeth will look very different in February and that could spell misfortune for the opposition.



Junior Phil Coupe is a top returner for Cape Elizabeth’s talented boys’ hockey team. File photo.

Coach: Jake Rutt (fourth year, 31-19-2)

2019-20 record: 10-11 (Lost, 6-1, to Greely in Class B South Final)
2020-21 record
: 6-2-2 (no postseason, COVID)

Top returning players: Dimitri Coupe (Junior), Phil Coupe (Junior), Connor Goss (Junior), Nick Laughlin (Junior), Sebastian Moon (Junior)

Pivotal games: Dec. 16 GREELY, Dec. 18 @ Yarmouth, Jan. 5 @ Scarborough, Jan. 13 SP/FREEPORT/WAYNFLETE, Jan. 20 LEWISTON, Jan. 29 CHEVERUS/YARMOUTH, Feb. 12 @ Cheverus/Yarmouth, Feb. 17 @ Greely

Coach’s comment: “We’re looking forward to a fun season. Our goal is the state championship.”


The Forecaster’s forecast: Cape Elizabeth’s goal this winter is simple and realistic. The Capers are tired of falling one win short of the state final, as they did in 2018-19 and 2019-20, or having no postseason altogether, which was their fate during the COVID-shortened campaign of 2020-21. This year’s roster is loaded with talented veterans and several key newcomers arrive to make life even more difficult for the opposition.

Up top, Dimitri Coupe, Goss and Moon return to put the puck in the net. They’re joined by juniors Brody Glidden, Patrick Lee and Alex Thayer and freshman Brady Hanisko. Phil Coupe and Laughlin will be offensive-minded defensemen and will play key roles all over the ice. Cape Elizabeth has three goalies it can turn to. Juniors Will Depke and Charlie Garvin are veterans and freshman Nate Hanisko will also see time between the pipes.

Class B South is again loaded, as Greely remains its usual juggernaut self and the Cheverus-Yarmouth co-op team, formed last winter, will be solid as well, while several other teams will be dangerous on a given night. The Capers, however, can meet all of those challenges. Cape Elizabeth is 16 years removed from its last title. It might be time for that drought to come to a screeching halt.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY (co-op with South Portland and Waynflete)

The Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland girls’ hockey co-op team won a regional title two years ago and should be a force to be reckoned with again this winter. File photo.

Coach: Bob Mills (10th year, 81-80-6 overall record)

2019-20 record: 14-6-1 (Lost, 1-0, in overtime, to Lewiston in state final)
2020-21 record
: 8-1 (no postseason, COVID)


Top returning players: Katharine Blackburn (Senior), Sofia Cook (Senior), Abbey Steinhagen (Junior), Delaney Whitten (Junior), Becca Good (Sophomore)

Pivotal games: Dec. 11 EL/LEAVITT/POLAND, Dec. 23 @ Scarborough, Jan. 1 @ Lewiston, Jan. 12 @ EL/Leavitt/Poland, Jan. 22 SCARBOROUGH, Jan. 29 CHEVERUS, Feb. 2 LEWISTON

Coach’s comment: “We like our team. Our youth is very skilled, our returning players have lots of playoff experience and we have strong goaltending. We hope to be one of the top teams in the state again this season.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: The Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland co-op team came within a whisper of winning its first state title two years ago, falling in overtime in the state game, then would have made a serious run at a crown last season, had COVID not wiped away the postseason. This winter, Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland still has plenty of firepower and will again be among the state’s finest teams, as evidenced by earl victories over St. Dom’s (8-2), Portland/Deering (10-2) and Cheverus (4-3).

Steinhagen returns in goal and she’ll have a steady defense in front of her, led by Blackburn, Cook and Whitten. Freshman Catie Lee is another defender to watch and freshman Vivienne Cook will also see some time between the pipes. The offense features Good as a returner and promising freshmen Marina Bassett, Libby Hooper and Hartson Mosunic, who all scored in the opener.

Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland has come close to breaking through and winning it all. If this young squad develops as hoped, it will have a chance to take that final step. That’s a distinct possibility.



Coach: Doug Worthley (25th year)

2019-20 results: Boys’ tie-29th @ Class B state meet, Girls’ tie-9th @ Class B state meet
2020-21 results
: No season (COVID)

Top returners:

(Boys) Carter Abrahamsen (Senior), Nathan Ashe (Senior), Robby Ashe (Senior), Oscar Gustafson (Senior), Vaughn Lindenau (Senior), Owen Patry (Senior), Bowen Charlebois (Junior)

(Girls) Marcella Hesser (Senior), Tori Hews (Senior), Charlotte DeGeorge (Junior)


Coach’s comment: “Both teams are low in numbers, but we do have some good athletes participating. We’re looking forward to a complete season, the kids having fun and getting back into competing. We’re obviously looking to get the bulk of our kids to the state meet.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: While Cape Elizabeth’s numbers might be lower than normal, there is still plenty of quality to be found and both teams will be formidable in the regular season and should produce some points-scorers at states.

The boys’ squad will be very strong in the longer races, as Abrahamsen and Nathan Ashe compete in the 800 and mile and Lindenau and Patry will be heard from in the mile and two-mile. Charlebois and sophomore Rory O’Grady will run the 400, while Robby Ashe competes in the sprints. On the field side, junior Tommy Gray will throw the shot put and Gustafson competes in the jumps.

On the girls’ side, Hesser will run the sprints and will be joined by senior Tori Hews and freshman Elsie Maxwell. DeGeorge is a top distance threat. Hesser can also be a force in the jumps and Maxwell hopes to score in the throws.


Senior Ali Bragg will star in the pool for Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ swim team this winter before taking her talents to Drexel University next year. File photo.

Coach: Ben Raymond (15th year, six state championships)


2019-20 results: Boys’ 2nd @ Class B state meet, Girls’ 3rd @ Class B state meet
2020-21 results
: No season (COVID)

Top returners:

(Boys) Bodhi Beber (Senior), Keegan McKenney (Senior), Ethan Smith (Senior), Ian Plourde (Junior), Rohan Yadav (Junior)

(Girls) Ali Bragg (Senior), Maddie Mahoney (Senior), Stephanie te Boekhurst (Senior), Abbi Wolf (Senior), Sally Bakke (Junior), Mimi Esch (Junior)

Coach’s comment: “We should have two very competitive teams. Not having a state meet last year was tough for our boys who were pretty good, but they should be just as good this year, if not a little bit better.  Our girls’ team should be better this year than we were last year. Both teams are focused on improving and building the base needed to be successful as we get into the championship season.  Both teams should have an excellent shot in both the Southwesterns and the state meet. I know everyone is looking forward to a season that ends with opportunities to win championships.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: Cape Elizabeth, as always, is loaded for bear and will be one of the best, if not the very best, that Class B has to offer this winter.


The girls’ squad will look to make a title run behind the excellence of Bragg, who was runner-up in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, as well as a key part of champion medley and 400 freestyle relay teams at the 2020 Class B state meet. Look for Bragg to excel again in the IM, breaststroke and distance freestyle before going off to compete next year at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Bakke (freestyle), Esch (IM and 100 butterfly) and Mahoney (freestyle, breaststroke) are other key returners. The Capers will be very strong in diving as well behind te Boekhurst (third at the Class B state meet two years ago) and Wolf. Some newcomers to keep an eye on include sophomores Brooke Mahoney (IM, distance freestyle, fly and 100 backstroke) and Hadley Mahoney (distance freestyle) and freshmen Lucy Shaw (freestyle, IM, fly and backstroke) and Hope Taylor (IM, freestyle, fly, backstroke and breaststroke). Good luck matching up with this much depth and talent.

On the boys’ side, McKenney, who won the Class B 200 free and 500 free as a sophomore, figures to score a ton of points in the freestyle, as well as the IM and fly. Beber (breaststroke), Plourde (IM, fly and freestyle), Smith (IM, freestyle and fly) and Yadva (IM, freestyle, fly and breaststroke) are other veterans. Three sophomores, Jack McCormick (freestyle, fly, IM and backstroke), Cormac McKenney (freestyle, IM, fly and breaststroke) and David Steinbrick (freestyle, IM, fly and backstroke) and freshman Graham Plourde (IM, fly, breaststroke and distance freestyle), are other swimmers to watch throughout what should be a triumphant campaign.


Cape Elizabeth standout Tiernan Lathrop will make a run at a state title on the slopes this winter. File photo.

Coach: Sarah Plummer (first year)

2019-20 results: Boys’ 9th @ Class B state meet, Girls’ 4th @ Class B state meet
2020-21 results
: No season (COVID)

Top returners:


(Boys) Crispin Duryee (Senior), Cody LaBonty (Senior), Tiernan Lathrop (Senior), Eoin Murphy (Senior), Keegan Lathrop (Sophomore), Logan Schwartz (Sophomore)

(Girls) Dana Schwartz (Senior), Ainsley Fremont (Junior), Zoe Matzkin (Junior), Anya Monson (Junior), Phoebe Altenburg (Sophomore), Lucy Berman (Sophomore), Lucie Boudreau (Sophomore)

The Forecaster’s forecast: Cape Elizabeth returns some first-rate skiers and should be in contention all winter.

The boys’ squad is led by Tiernan Lathrop, who won the slalom and came in second in the giant slalom at the 2020 Class B state meet. Lathrop looks to dominate his final ski season the way he does on the soccer pitch and lacrosse field and will be tough to beat. Keegan Lathrop and Schwartz are top sophomores and Duryee, LaBonty and Murphy also have experience. Freshman Leo Matzkin is a newcomer to watch.

“This is my final ski season of my high school career and I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone on the team and having a fun final year,” said Murphy, a captain. “The goal for the season is to bring home the trophy with the boys and the girls. With strict COVID rules overpowering our last season, this season has much higher hopes and I believe this will be one of our best years yet.”

On the girls’ side, Monson (second in the GS and third in the slalom two years ago at states) and Schwartz (third in the GS and 12th in the slalom in 2020) are top returners who will be eyeing the top spot in February. Fremont (22nd in the GS and 31st in the slalom two years ago) and Matzkin (35th in the GS and 42nd in the slalom in 2020) will also look to move up and help the cause. Keep an eye also on sophomores Altenburg, Berman, Boudreau and Laura Clark and freshman Boden Terry, who will provide depth and promise for future success.

“We want to perform well and defend our WMC championship title and score well at the state championships,” said Schwartz, a captain.

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