A spring season to savor

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The weather was far from ideal, but the high school sports action was memorable this spring.

Lacrosse produced two champions, both from Scarborough, as both Red Storm teams did it in repeat fashion. The other four local squads all reached the postseason.

Softball provided us with another familiar title winner, Scarborough, while two others qualified for the playoffs.

Baseball saw all three teams finish with winning records.

Track, as usual, provided much triumph and tennis saw two Scarborough teams reach the state match for the first time.

Before we move on to an all-too-short summer, here’s one final look back at the best of the spring season:

Southern edition spring state champions

Scarborough Red Storm boys’ lacrosse, Class A
Scarborough Red Storm girls’ lacrosse, Class A
Scarborough Red Storm softball, Class A

Southern edition spring regional champions

Scarborough Red Storm boys’ tennis, Western Class A
Scarborough Red Storm girls’ tennis, Western Class A

Southern edition spring individual champions

Outdoor track

Nicole Kirk, Scarborough, Class A girls’ 100
Nicole Kirk, Scarborough, Class A girls’ 200
Adrian Reid, South Portland, Class A boys’ 200

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5) Cape girls’ lacrosse falls one goal shy of state final

Not much was expected of the Cape Elizabeth girls’ lacrosse team entering the playoffs, as the Capers finished behind perennial powerhouse Waynflete and recent nemesis Falmouth in the standings, but Cape Elizabeth saved its best for last. After failing to hold leads in three successive losses to the Yachtsmen, the Capers tried a different approach in the semifinals, trailing at halftime. It worked as Cape Elizabeth erupted in the second half, took a lead and this time held on to advance. Then, at the Flyers in the regional final, despite playing without standout junior goalie Elin Sonesson, the Capers raced to a first half lead, but this time couldn’t hold on, falling one goal short, 8-7. With several strong players returning, Cape Elizabeth will make a legitimate run at its first championship in 2012.

4) Strong showings for track standouts

The track state meets produced plenty of memories, as usual. While Scarborough’s girls fell four points short of another team title, junior Nicole Kirk stole the show at the Class A meet, winning both the 100 and 200, and spearheading two relay team victories. On the boys’ side, South Portland enjoyed one of its best seasons in recent memory and senior Adrian Reid was a big reason why. Reid won the 200 and was runner-up in the 100.

3) Scarborough lacrosse teams go back-to-back. Again

In what’s becoming a yearly event, Scarborough’s boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams shared centerstage at the state championships June 18. For the second year in a row and third time since 2006, both Red Storm squads took Class A titles. The boys held off a valiant effort from Lewiston in a 6-4 triumph. The girls, meanwhile, fended off Brunswick’s late charge, 13-11. There’s every reason to believe that both teams will be right back in the same celebratory spot next June. Together. Naturally.

2) Scarborough tennis teams reach states for first time

Prior to this spring, neither Scarborough tennis team had ever played for a state championship. Both teams can now check that off their list. The girls upset top-ranked and unbeaten Cheverus, then defending regional champion Gorham on their unexpected march to the final. The run ended with a loss to perennial champion Lewiston. The boys finally broke their regional final jinx and made it to the final day, but also fell to Lewiston. Look for each team to build on this success and make it back in the not too distant future.

1) Scarborough softball shocks SP, wins championship

Through 18 games, the defending Class A South Portland softball team appeared unbeatable. The Red Riots dominated virtually every foe they encountered and downed rival Scarborough in a regular season meeting. The playoffs would be a different story though as the Red Storm peaked late and entered the teams’ regional final showdown full of confidence. Junior Mo Hannan scored a run in the top of the first and did the rest on the mound, holding the mighty South Portland bats at bay and Scarborough sprung the upset, 1-0. Three days later, in the state final, the Red Storm put their hitting shoes on late and pulled away from Messalonskee to win, 5-0, capturing a third Class A championship in five years.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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The superb right arm of junior Mo Hannan led Scarborough to a surprise softball title last month.

Senior Timmy Takach led Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ lacrosse team to another strong season in 2011.

Senior Adrian Reid had a superb track season, winning the Class A state title in the 200.

Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.