A winter of excellence and drama

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(Ed. Note: The basketball season was recapped in last week’s edition)

Winter isn’t quite a thing of the past, but the winter sports season has come and gone.

The 2014-15 campaign will long be remembered for producing memorable thrills from start to finish.

The final event was arguably the most dramatic, as Scarborough’s boys’ hockey team won its first Class A state championship on a goal in the second overtime. Cape Elizabeth and South Portland also qualified for the playoffs.

Scarborough’s girls weren’t able to repeat as state champions, but got to the regional final. Capeflete also returned to the playoffs.

Indoor track produced some impressive results.

In the pool, Cape Elizabeth’s boys won the Class B state title.

Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ Alpine ski team won another crown.

There were also performances to hail on the trails and on the wrestling mat.

Before we transition to spring, here’s one last look at the winter that was:

Winter 2014-15 champions

Team state champions
Cape Elizabeth Capers boys’ basketball, Class B
Cape Elizabeth Capers boys’ swimming, Class B
Cape Elizabeth Capers, girls’ Alpine skiing, Class B
Scarborough Red Storm boys’ hockey, Class A 

Individual state champions
Indoor track
Mitch Morris, Cape Elizabeth, Class B boys’ two-mile
Hugh McSorley, Scarborough, Class A boys’ shot put
Jacob Terry, Scarborough, Class A boys’ two-mile
Michael Cuesta, South Portland, Class A boys’ long jump
Michael Cuesta, South Portland, Class A boys’ triple jump 
Harry Homas, Cape Elizabeth, Class B boys’ 200 individual medley
Harry Homans, Cape Elizabeth, Class B boys’ 500 freestyle
Sadie Stiles, Cape Elizabeth, Class B girls’ 100 breaststroke
Jeremy Sendrowski, Scarborough, Class A, 113 pounds 

Michael’s top five stories

1) Double overtime glory

After consecutive losses in the Western A Final, Scarborough’s boys’ hockey team was supposed to rebuild this season. Guess again. The Red Storm had some hurdles to overcome as the year progressed, but they got healthy, gained confidence and even though the regular season ended with a loss to Cheverus, dropping it to the fourth seed in Western A, Scarborough liked its chances going into the playoffs. After surviving Biddeford in overtime in the quarterfinals, the Red Storm avenged three consecutive recent playoff setbacks with a win over two-time defending state champion Falmouth in the semifinals, then downed Cheverus in the regional final to get to the Class A state game for the first time. There, against favored St. Dom’s, Scarborough surrendered an early goal, but didn’t buckle, drawing even on a goal from Skylar Pettingill. The game remained 1-1 through regulation and one overtime period, as Red Storm senior goalie Ben Bragg (32 saves) kept his team alive. Then, in the second OT, senior Sean McGovern got a breakaway opportunity and finished and Scarborough had a 2-1 victory, a state championship and a most memorable moment.

2) Capers party like it’s 1997

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ swim team has long been competitive, but the Capers hadn’t won a state title in 18 years when it took the pool for the Class B meet last month. Cape Elizabeth got a pair of wins from freshman Harry Homans, including a record-setting performance in the 500 freestyle, and a solid effort from the rest of the team to produce 275.5 points, 34.5 better than runner-up Morse. It was the Capers’ first ever crown at the Class B level.

3) Repeat title for Cape skiers

Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ Alpine ski team made it consecutive championships last month, holding off Camden Hills for the top spot in Class B. The Capers were led by Emma Landes (second in the giant slalom and third in the slalom) and Emma Dvorozniak (second in the slalom, third in the GS). Caroline Paclat and Kinnon McGrath helped round out a superb effort to help bring home the hardware.

4) Track excellence across the board

No local teams won an indoor track and field state title this winter (although the Scarborough boys just missed), but all three schools produced champion athletes. In Class A, Scarborough’s boys got wins from Hugh McSorley in the shot put and Jacob Terry in the two-mile. South Portland’s Michael Cuesta won both the boys’ long jump and the triple jump. In Class B, Cape Elizabeth’s Mitch Moris had no peer in the boys’ two-mile.

5) Scarborough wrestler wins crown

Considering the dominance of the school’s offerings, Scarborough’s wrestling team can get overshadowed, but this winter, the Red Storm produced a state champion. Jeremy Sendrowski captured the Class A crown at 113 pounds. Scarborough wound up 12th as a team and will look to build on that performance next year.

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

Sidebar Elements

Scarborough’s boys’ hockey team won the Class A state title in dramatic fashion earlier this month.

Kathryn Clark and the Capeflete girls’ hockey team made it back to the playoffs this season.

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