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:


Scarborough sophomore Marc Twombly drives the ball during his run to the Class A individual golf state title last week. Photo courtesy Scarborough High School.

A couple of local golf teams just missed out on hardware last weekend, but one local individual won a title at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

In Class A, Scarborough had a team score of 317, which tied it for second with Falmouth, five strokes behind Brunswick. The Red Storm were led by Marc Twombly, who shot an 18-hole round of 69, three-under-par, to take the individual crown. The sophomore birdied the third and sixth holes, followed by the 11th and 14th, and only bogeyed one hole.

“It was a lifetime round,” Twombly said. “Everything was going my way. It’s just a great feeling. I was hoping to, but I had no idea I was going to go this low.”


It was a triumphant cap to a difficult season. Twombly was diagnosed with edema in his legs, which causes fluid to build up in his bone marrow and leads to pain when walking long distances. He wears a walking boot away from the course, rode in a cart for the qualifier and championship and limped at times Friday. His swing, however, was unaffected. He made a tricky 6-foot putt for par on the second hole and then saved par from the bunker on the third, which he said got him going.

“My putter was hot,” said Twombly. “Until the last two holes, I was making everything.”

Even knowing he was in position for the individual title, Twombly stayed aggressive. On the 16th hole, a short par 3 with woods left and long, he took out driver and went for the green.

“I felt like I couldn’t get to a point and be like ‘OK, now I’m going to (ease) it back,’” Twombly said. “I had to keep pushing forward.”

Owen Falcon and Ryan Ravis each shot an 82 to tie for 22nd place. Also scoring for the Red Storm was Keenan Buteau (84, tied for 28th). Harrison Griffiths (84) and Matthew Lemelin (86) also took part.

South Portland didn’t qualify as a team, but Lucas Flaherty, last year’s individual champion, had a round of 76 to tie for fifth place. Evan Campbell (88) tied for 51st.


In Class B, Cape Elizabeth had a team score of 344, good for second, 14 strokes behind Leavitt. The Capers were led by Sam Ludington, who shot an 18-hole round of 79, which placed him fifth in the individual standings. Also scoring were Curtis Sullivan (85, tied for 13th) and Antonio Dell’Aquila and Owen Lee (90, tied for 25th). The scores of Dylan Lundington (94) and Andrew Libby (96) weren’t factored in.


Cape Elizabeth’s Mike Foley gets taken down during last week’s loss at Leavitt.  Andree Kehn / Sun Journal

On the gridiron, Cape Elizabeth, the reigning Class C state champion, played another instant classic at Leavitt last Friday. Last fall, in the regional final, the Capers scored on the final play of the game to shock the Hornets, 25-23. This time around, Cape Elizabeth fell just short, losing a thriller, 21-20. After a scoreless first period, Leavitt jumped ahead, but the Capers drew within 7-6 on a 3-yard touchdown run from Nick Laughlin. The Hornets went up by eight, but Cape Elizabeth cut the deficit to 14-12 at halftime after quarterback Mike Foley connected with Tom Hennessey for a 38-yard TD. After Leavitt went ahead, 21-12, heading to the fourth quarter, Laughlin’s second score, a 6-yard run, combined with a Hennessey two-point rush, cut the deficit to one. The Capers nearly won it late, but had a go-ahead touchdown called back by penalty before an interception essentially ended it and they fell to 4-2 on the season.

“That’s our version of football,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Sean Green. “You know, we’re a violent football team, we’re a physical football team. You know, a lot of people, I think, just think Cape Elizabeth and they think soft. But since we’ve built this new era, this new football program, we’re not soft. We’re violent, we’re physical and that’s the type of game we want to play. We want to be physical in between the tackles and we want to get after it and I know those guys do, too. So that’s why these make for such great matchups every time we play (Leavitt).”

Cape Elizabeth has another key showdown this Friday when it hosts 5-1 York.

Scarborough improved to 4-2 following a 51-24 home win over Bangor. The game was scoreless after one quarter, but the Red Storm lit it up in the second period. A 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback De’Angelo Alston to Tim Crockett got things started. Alston then hit Tom Hassett for a 43-yard score and Griffin Denbow’s 29-yard touchdown run made it 21-0. After a Rams’ field goal, Alston hit Charlie Murray for a 75-yard touchdown and Crockett’s 25-yard blocked punt return capped a 35-point quarter. In the third period, Alston and Murray connected again for a 15-yard score and after consecutive Bangor touchdowns, Scarborough made it 49-17 heading for the final quarter. There, after a Rams’ TD, Caleb Wandell’s 30-yard field goal accounted for the final score.


South Portland won its second consecutive contest by shutout, 28-0, over visiting Biddeford, to improve to 4-2 on the year. Quarterback Jaelen Jackson hit Nolan Hobbs from 16-yards out to open the scoring, then Jackson scored on an 8-yard run. In the fourth period, Jackson scored on a 9-yard burst and Josh Sparacio accounted for the final score with a 1-yard touchdown rush.

Scarborough hosts South Portland Friday night (see for game story).

Boys’ soccer

Scarborough’s Will Fallona battles for the ball with Drew Folley of South Portland during the Red Storm’s victory Monday. Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald

On the pitch, Scarborough’s boys improved to 12-0 with recent victories over visiting Massabesic (10-0), host Noble (15-0) and host South Portland (2-0). Against the Mustangs, Will Fallona had three goals, Kilson Joao and Ian McKeen each scored twice and Oscar Davis, Quinn Giles and Jack Moreau (three assists) had one goal apiece. In the win over the Knights, Fallona had three goals and Joao added a pair. Joao scored in the first half against the Red Riots, then Fallona added a second half tally.

“We were ready,” Fallona said, after beating South Portland. “The pressure’s on and we want to keep the train rolling. We play different levels of teams and we have to figure out how to adjust. It’s worked so far.”

“We’ve been consistent so far and that’s what we preach to the players,” said longtime Red Storm coach Mark Diaz, who won his 308th game with the program. “If we’re consistent, we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win.”


Scaborough, which is ranked first in the Class A South Heal Points standings, goes to Bonny Eagle Friday, then closes the regular season at home Tuesday versus Deering (see for game story). The Red Storm last enjoyed an undefeated regular season in 2015 and last went unbeaten and untied in 2009.

“Finishing strong is important,” Will Fallona said. “We want to be in good position rolling into playoffs. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. We just want to bury some goals and move on. We’re ready.”

“We don’t even think about going undefeated,” said Diaz. “I know it sounds like a cliche, but we just want to play well every game. We’d love to have homefield advantage. That would be good for us. We’re just approaching it the right way and hopefully things go our way.”

South Portland was 9-3 and third in Class A South at press time following a 3-1 home win over Bonny Eagle, a 4-0 victory at Biddeford and a 2-0 home loss to Scarborough. Curtis Metcalf scored twice and Jayden Kim also had a goal against the Scots. In the loss to the Red Storm, goalkeeper Thomas Caouette made six saves, but the Red Riots, playing without injured senior standout Divin Mpinga (knee), couldn’t muster any offense.

“We’re not going to give up no matter who’s out on the field,” said South Portland coach Bryan Hoy. “We got some good chances early, but Scarborough’s so solid and fast in the back. We couldn’t take advantage. They’re really good. There’s a reason why they’re undefeated. We’ll see if we get them again on turf, who knows. I think we play better on turf, but I’m sure they do too.

“It’s tough to be without (Divin) and we’ve had only two practices without him. It’s been a little bit of an adjustment period. We were able to generate quite a bit of pressure against Bonny Eagle and Biddeford, but against good teams, it helps to have a guy who can really hold the ball up there. We tried some different things tonight to see what it looked like against a really god team. Hopefully we’ll have (Divin) back for the playoffs, but if not, we’ll adjust and figure something out.”


The Red Riots were at Noble Wednesday, then finish at Westbrook Friday.

“Anything is possible,” Hoy said. “Last year, Marshwood was not the best team going into the playoffs, but they won the whole thing. It depends who’s playing well at the right time and who gets hot.”

Cape Elizabeth continues to lead the Class B South Heals after improving to 11-0-1 with wins at Greely (2-1) and Gray-New Gloucester (5-0). Against the Rangers, Sam Cochran scored in each half, including a free kick in the final minute to win it. In the victory over the Patriots, Jack Carignan scored twice and Cochran, Sebastian Moon and Andrew Tracimowicz added a goal apiece. The Capers, off to their best start this century, hope to wrap up their first unbeaten regular season in three decades with wins in home games versus York Saturday and Freeport Tuesday of next week.

Greater Portland Christian School was 4-6 and sixth in Class D South after losses to Rangeley (3-1) and Islesboro (6-0). Papa Osei extended his record for goals by an eighth grader in a single season with his 14th in the loss to the Lakers. The Lions play two games at Vinalhaven this weekend to wrap up the regular season.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, three-time reigning Class B state champion Cape Elizabeth improved to 12-0 on the year and extended its two-year win streak to 20 games by blanking visiting Greely (3-0) and beating visiting Gray-New Gloucester (7-1). Against the Rangers, Noelle Mallory, Juliet Moore and Maisie Rayback had the goals. In the win over the Patriots, CC Duryee scored twice, while Moore, Evelyn Agrodnia, Caroline Concannon, Piper Duryee and Haley Gorman added one goal apiece. The Capers (ranked first in the Class B South Heals) hope to wrap up their first 14-0 regular season since 2018 with wins at York Friday and Freeport Tuesday of next week.


In Class A South, Scarborough remains first in the standings after improving to 11-0 by downing visiting Noble (4-0) and South Portland (5-0). Against the Knights, Lana Djuranovic had three goals and Sanibel Shinners added one. In the win over the Red Riots, Ali Mokriski led the way with two goals, while Djuranovic, Talia Borelli and Delia Fravert each finished with one. The Red Storm, who last enjoyed a perfect regular season in 2018, were at Massabesic Wednesday and hosted Bonny Eagle Thursday. They close the regular season at Deering Tuesday of next week.

South Portland was 3-10 and 13th in Class A South (12 teams make the playoffs) after sandwiching home wins over Biddeford (3-1) and Noble (2-1) around a 5-0 setback at Scarborough. In the win over the Tigers, Marina Bassett, Talia Bradbury and Ava Bryant all scored. Goalkeeper Katie O’Hare made 13 saves against the Red Storm. In the victory over the Knights, Bradbury and Olivia Bean scored the goals. The Red Riots closed at home versus Westbrook Thursday.

Field hockey

Cape Elizabeth’s field hockey team was 9-2 and second to York in the Class B South Heals following a 5-2 setback at the Wildcats last week. Abbie Homicz scored both goals. The Capers hosted Poland Wednesday, welcome Gray-New Gloucester Saturday and close the regular season at home versus Lake Region Monday.

Scarborough was 11-2 and third behind Cheverus and Biddeford in Class A South following shutout wins at Falmouth (2-0) and Thornton Academy (1-0) and a 4-3 home victory over Windham. Sabrina Ocampo and Daisy Stone had the goals in the win over the Navigators. Against the Golden Trojans, Ayden Harris scored and Jamila Mohamed stopped a penalty stroke. In the victory over the Eagles, Maggie Pendergast had the winning goal in the fourth period. Stone, Stella Grondin and Emma Lally also scored, while Mohammed made seven saves. The Red Storm closed at Bonny Eagle Thursday.

The South Portland/Westbrook co-op squad was 2-9-1 and 12th in Class A South after a 3-1 home loss to Sanford last week. Leah Cromarty scored the goal. After hosting Biddeford Thursday, South Portland/Westbrook closes at reigning Class A champion Cheverus Monday.



Scarborough’s reigning Class A champion volleyball team was 11-2 and second behind Biddeford in the Class A state Heals following straight-set wins at Falmouth (25-14, 25-26, 25-21), at home over South Portland and at Deering.

South Portland was 3-9 and 15th in Class A after losing in straight-sets at Scarborough and beating host Massabesic, 3-0. The Red Riots hosted Thornton Academy Thursday and close at home versus Kennebunk Monday.

In Class B, Cape Elizabeth was 8-5 and third behind Yarmouth and Gardiner after sandwiching four-set victories over visiting Greely (25-11, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14) and Kennebunk (14-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-23) around a three-game loss at Yarmouth in a state rematch (22-25, 22-25, 19-25). Against the Clippers, Josie Caton had 18 digs and Amy Rasco added 10 kills. The Capers finished the regular season Thursday at Falmouth.

Cross country

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


South Portland hosted Cheverus, Deering, Portland and Westbrook last week. The Red Riots won the boys’ meet, as Kyle Hartford had the third-best individual time (15 minutes, 25.78 seconds). South Portland’s girls were second to the Bulldogs and were paced by Anna Brown (seventh, 19:29.47).

Scarborough joined Gorham and Windham at Falmouth. The Red Storm boys were first, as Adam Bendetson was the individual champion in 16:55. Scarborough’s girls didn’t score as a team. Rowan Driscoll had the eighth-best time (23:00).

Cape Elizabeth hosted a six-team meet. The boys came in first and were led by individual champion Finn Morris (18:13.28). The girls’ squad also came in first. Emma Young was second individually in 21:45.04.

Press Herald staff writer Drew Bonifant and Sun Journal staff writer Wil Kramlich contributed to this story.

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