One sport has already crowned champions and for most of the rest of the local fall athletes, the final week of the regular season is here.

It’s nothing but title-chasing-fun from here on out and here’s a glimpse at where things stand:


No city golf teams qualified for the state match held last weekend at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro, but there were some individuals who turned heads.

Cheverus, which fell short of states as a team due to a tiebreaker at the conference qualifier, sent two individuals to the Class A state match and Mick Madden shot an 18-hole round of 74, good for two-over-par, which left him runner-up behind Scarborough’s Marc Twombly (69). Colin Hynes (96) came in 72nd.

Portland’s Ryland Silva placed 70th with a round of 94.


Waynflete didn’t qualify as a team, but two individuals took part in the Class C match. Oscar Twining had a round of 90, which tied him for 26th place. Henry Kerr (97) tied for 39th.


Portland’s Remijo Wani catches a two-point conversion pass during the Bulldogs’ 40-8 win over Marshwood Friday.. Derek Davis / Portland Press Herald

On the gridiron, Portland made it two straight victories and earned a large dose of revenge after Friday’s 40-8 home win over four-time reigning Class B state champion Marshwood, in a rematch of last year’s regional final, which the Bulldogs lost, 35-0.

Portland took a quick 8-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run from quarterback Kennedy Charles and a Charles-to-Remijo Wani two-point conversion pass. The Hawks answered to tie it after one quarter, but in the second period, Andrew Brewer put the Bulldogs ahead to stay, then Charles, behind a pancake block from Brewer, scored on a 24-yard dash and Portland took a 22-8 advantage to the half. The Bulldogs then ended all doubt in the third quarter, as after scoring two points on a safety when Marshwood snapped the ball out of its end zone on a punt, Charles broke away for a 42-yard TD run, which was punctuated by him running over a potential tackler.

“I couldn’t have done that without my line,” Charles said. “They showed up and got the job done. With them in front of me, I have all the confidence in the world to make plays.”

Brewer then added a 5-yard touchdown run. Portland’s defense did the rest and the end result was an inspirational and satisfying 40-8 victory.


The Bulldogs evened their record at 3-3.

“Everyone saw what happened last year and we didn’t want it to happen again,” said Charles, who had 151 rushing yards. “I still feel like we only got the job half-done because we’ll see this team again. Marshwood hasn’t won championships for no reason and they’ll be back.”

“The whole team has been looking forward to this,” Brewer said. “This was a revenge game and we made that clear by our action on the field and the scoreboard. This was the best week of practice we’ve had. We made it clear that this was a huge game for us. We just did our thing.”

“How last season ended was in the front of our minds all week long,” added Portland coach Jason McLeod. “It was an easy motivational tool for our kids, especially the ones who were there last year. We have to keep things in context. It’s a regular season game. It’s good to get our first home win against a good program. I think we got better from it.”

The Bulldogs stay home to welcome 1-5 Gorham Friday.

“I know it’s a cliche, but we’ll take things one week at a time and if we do, we can be there at the end,” McLeod said. “We’ll enjoy this win and now we’ll focus our attention on Gorham.”


Cheverus won its fifth straight game and improved to 5-1 after beating host Winslow, 28-13. The Stags welcome 6-0 Leavitt Saturday.

Deering dropped 1-5 after a 35-8 setback at Kennebunk Saturday. The Rams welcome 0-6 Noble Friday.

Boys’ soccer

Deering’s Patricio Mowa is defended by two Falmouth players during last week’s overtime loss. Michael Hoffer / For The Forecaster

On the pitch, three-time reigning state champion Waynflete was 9-1-1 and first in Class C South following a 6-0 victory at St. Dom’s and a 1-1 draw at York. In the win, standout Myles Culley had three goals, while Reid Robinson, Andrew Rogers and Bryan Stark-Chessa added one apiece. Culley scored the lone goal in the tie, as he matched the single-season school record with his 28th goal (with the promise of more to come). The Flyers are at Traip Academy Thursday, visit Sacopee Valley Saturday and wrap up the regular season Tuesday of next week with a delicious showdown at home versus two-time defending Class B champion Yarmouth (see for game story).

In Class A South, Deering had a rough week last week, rallying in the final seconds to tie visiting Gorham (1-1), falling in overtime at Falmouth (3-2), then losing at Kennebunk (2-1) to drop to 8-2-2 and fifth in the Heals. Against Gorham, Adilson Vidal scored with 24 seconds remaining to avoid defeat. In the loss to the Navigators, Carlos Adriano-Muaco produced the tying goal with 11 minutes left and after Falmouth retook the lead on a penalty kick, Chandrel Mangele Laza answered to force OT, where the Navigators won a brilliant free kick.

“We need to work on being more disciplined,” said Deering coach Joel Costigan. “We can’t let up silly fouls. We have to stick to the game plan. When we do what we’re prepared to do, we execute well. We were able to put two goals in the net, but we made some mistakes and that’s the result.”


Against Kennebunk, Patricio Mowa had the goal and Adao Lufumbo-Mbenza made nine saves. Deering goes to Westbrook Wednesday and finishes the regular season with a showdown at Scarborough Tuesday of next week.

“Homefield (advantage) would be great,” Costigan said. “Scarborough will be a big test. They’re very disciplined. They’ve been doing what they’ve been doing for years and they do it really, really well. We still have some things we need to work on. We’re a good team. This is the most talented team I’ve coached in my time here.”

Portland was 7-4 after a 5-0 win over visiting Kennebunk and a 2-0 setback at Gorham last week. In the win, Francisco Samuel scored twice and Ollie Hettenbach, Nicky Paterniti  and Brady Toher added one apiece. Ben Littell made five saves against Gorham. The Bulldogs (ranked seventh in Class A South at press time) go to Falmouth Wednesday and host Cheverus Thursday (see for game stories), then close at home against Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus fell to 4-4-3 and 11th in Class A South after last week’s 4-0 home loss to Windham. The Stags host Sanford Wednesday, go to Portland Thursday and finish at reigning Class A champion Marshwood Monday.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Cheverus was 7-3 and fifth in Class A South at press time following a 2-1 setback at Windham and a 3-0 home victory over Marshwood. In the loss, Sophia Monfa scored the goal and Evelyn Rush made 15 saves. Against the Hawks, Finley Brown, Caoilinn Durkin and Sophia Monfa all scored and Rush had nine saves. The Stags were at Sanford Tuesday, host Portland Friday (see for game story), then close at Biddeford Tuesday of next week.


Portland was 6-5 and 10th entering Monday’s home tilt versus Falmouth (see for game story). Last week, the Bulldogs made it five consecutive victories with a 3-0 win at Kennebunk (Eliza Stein scored twice and Anneliese Collin had a goal and two assists), then dropped a 3-0 decision at home to Gorham despite 16 saves from goalkeeper Lucy Tidd. Portland is at Cheverus Friday and closes at Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

Deering was 3-8-1 and 12th after sandwiching 5-1 losses at Gorham and Kennebunk around a 4-1 home loss to Falmouth last week. Marlie Rodriguez scored against Gorham. Elsa Freeman had the goals versus the Navigators and Kennebunk. The Rams (12th in Class A South) hosted Westbrook Tuesday and close at home versus undefeated Scarborough Tuesday of next week.

In Class C South, Waynflete made it four straight victories and improved to 8-2 and fourth in the Heals following 3-0 victories at St. Dom’s and Fryeburg Academy. Lucy Hart had two goals and Lucy Sarno added another against the Saints. In the win over the Raiders, Hart scored two more goals and Emma King also found the night. After going to Traip Academy Wednesday, the Flyers welcome Sacopee Valley Thursday, host three-time defending Class D champion North Yarmouth Academy Saturday and finish at Old Orchard beach Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Cheverus’ Lucy Johnson does what she does best, leaving the defense in her wake, during the Stags’ home win over Gorham last week. Johnson scored three times. Michael Hoffer / For The Forecaster.

Cheverus’ defending Class A champion field hockey team remained undefeated last week, but got a challenge for the first time. Last Wednesday, the Stags hosted Gorham and were staggered early, when the Rams went ahead, 1-0. Gorham nearly took a two-goal lead, but senior defender Elle Cooney made a pivotal defensive save to awaken her squad. Sophomore standout Lucy Johnson then scored three times, while Mackenzie Cash and Sophia St. John added goals to produce a 5-1 victory.

“It’s fun knowing we can be down and can hype each other up to come back,” Johnson said.


“I’m glad we faced something like this before playoffs,” said Cooney. “We came back and created a very positive energy. Gorham’s a strong team, so I’m not surprised they came out like that. We did a good job holding them off.”

“As a coach, you want your girls to face everything possible throughout the season,” added Cheverus coach Theresa Arsenault. “Gorham came out strong and played really good team field hockey. It was a great test for us and to see how the girls responded, I was really proud.”

Saturday, the Stags improved to 11-0 and first in Class A South with an 11-0 victory at Massabesic, as Johnson scored four goals, Zoe Radford tallied three and Cash, Joey Pompeo, Lily Johnson and Taylor Tory (making her return from injury) all added one. Cheverus (which has won 33 straight contests) hosted Noble Tuesday, goes to Sanford Thursday and closes the regular season at home versus South Portland/Westbrook Monday.

“We’ve talked about it how it doesn’t matter who we play, we just have to play our game,” said Arsenault. “We need to start from the get-go playing as a team and supporting each other on the field.”

Portland/Deering fell to 0-12 and 15th in Class A South after losses at Scarborough (11-0) and Thornton Academy (5-0) and at home to Windham (2-0) last week. Emma Walsh made 10 saves against the Red Storm. Portland/Deering hosted Bonny Eagle Thursday and closes at Kennebunk Monday.



Deering’s volleyball team was 7-4 after four-set losses last week at Cheverus and Gorham and a three-game (25-11, 25-23, 25-17) home victory over Marshwood. After hosting reigning Class A champion Scarborough Tuesday, the Rams (ranked fourth in the Class A state Heal Points standings at press time) welcome Gray-New Gloucester Thursday and close the regular season Monday at Massabesic.

Cheverus was 7-6 entering Tuesday’s regular season finale at home versus Thornton Academy. Last week, the Stags (fifth in Class A at press time) rallied to edge visiting Kennebunk in a five-set thriller (24-26, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13, 15-11), then beat visiting Deering in four-games.

Portland wound up 4-10 following a 3-0 home loss to Gorham and a 3-1 home win over Marshwood last week. The Bulldogs were ranked 16th in Class A at press time.

Cross country

On the trails, we’re a little over a week away from the regional championship meet.

Portland’s powerhouse boys’ squad joined Cheverus, Deering and Westbrook last week at South Portland. The Bulldogs came in first, as Ben Prestes came in first individually in 15 minutes, 15.25 seconds. The Rams were third and were led by Asa Tussing (seventh, 1:56.31). The Stags placed fourth and featured Danny McCartney (15th, 16:09.93).

In the girls’ race, also won by Portland, Bulldogs standout Samantha Moore was first (17:05.09). Deering was third as a team and featured runner-up individual Iris McCain (18:20.5). Cheverus finished fourth and was led by Grace Beeler (eighth, 20:30.28).

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

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