The weather was great and the competition was even better.
The fall sports season, circa 2015, won’t soon be forgotten in Forecaster Country.
The gridiron saw all three teams make a run to the playoffs.
Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team got to the Class A Final, while Cape Elizabeth, Greater Portland Christian School and South Portland also made the postseason.
Girls’ soccer saw Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough make it to the semifinals.
Scarborough’s field hockey team wasn’t able to repeat as Class A champion, but did return to the playoffs.
Scarborough’s volleyball team won Class A for the first time, dethroning Cape Elizabeth in the process.
Cross country saw Scarborough’s boys win another piece of hardware.
Cape Elizabeth’s golf team had no peer in winning a Class B title.
There indeed was plenty of excitement since early September. Before we turn our attention to winter sports, here’s one last look at a fun and fabulous fall.
Cape Elizabeth Capers golf, Class B
Scarborough Red Storm volleyball, Class A
Scarborough Red Storm boys’ cross country, Class A
Scarborough boys’ soccer, Class A South
Ryan Collins, Cape Elizabeth, Class B individual golf (co-champion)
5) Deja vu for South Portland boys’ soccer
A year ago, South Portland’s boys’ soccer team sprung a quarterfinal round upset, then was ousted in painful fashion by eventual surprise champion Cheverus in the semifinals. This fall, the Red Riots returned to the playoffs, outlasted higher-seeded Thornton Academy in penalty kicks in a quarterfinal round upset, then hosted the Stags again in the semifinals. And again, South Portland fell a goal short. The silver lining was that after not making it to the semifinal round for 25 years, the Red Riots made it back-to-back trips.
4) More hardware for Scarborough boys’ cross country
Another season, another championship for Scarborough’s boys’ cross country team. The Red Storm graduate top runners and others fill their shoes. This fall, Scarborough was pushed by Falmouth at the state meet, but in the end, the trophy came home with the Red Storm for the eighth time in 11 years. Scarborough will likely be the favorite again in 2016.
3) Scarborough boys fall one goal short
Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team is also accustomed to making an annual run at a championship and after suffering an agonizing double-overtime loss in the 2014 regional final, the Red Storm took the next step this fall. For the ninth time in 12 seasons, Scarborough went undefeated in the regular season and for the 11th time in 12 years, the Red Storm earned the top seed in the region. Scarborough downed Westbrook and Falmouth, then avenged last year’s loss to Cheverus in the regional final, but in the state game, the Red Storm lost by a goal to Lewiston. Another Gold Ball doesn’t figure to be far off.
2) Cape golf absolutely perfect
Cape Elizabeth’s golf team redefined perfection this fall. The Capers won every league match, was first a the conference qualifier, then won the Class B title while also placing Ryan Collins atop the Class B individual standings. Cape Elizabeth boasted depth, skill and the cupboard isn’t bare. The Capers will make a run at another championship next fall.
1) Scarborough volleyball soars to title
Scarborough’s volleyball team has consistently knocked at the championship door in recent seasons and entering the playoffs, it didn’t appear that the Red Storm would kick it down this fall. After a 9-5 regular season, Scarborough was forced to play dangerous Biddeford in the preliminary round and barely survived in five sets. The Red Storm then hit their stride, downing Thornton Academy in four sets in the quarterfinals, upsetting top-ranked Cape Elizabeth in four sets in the semifinals, then, after dropping the first set in the state match, downed Greely, 3-1, to reach the pinnacle for the first time.
Scarborough senior captains Emily Hanson, left, and Taylor Marinko got to show off a shiny trophy after the Red Storm won the Class A volleyball title for the first time.
Ben Ekedahl and the Cape Elizabeth football team enjoyed another strong season this fall.
Casey Loring and the South Portland girls’ cross country team had another strong campaign.