(We recapped the basketball season in last week’s edition)
It was a winter for the memory banks and not just because of the record snowfall we endured.
Portland-area athletes dazzled on the ice, track, wrestling mat, slopes, trails and in the pool, winning titles and turning heads in the process.
Before we move on to what hopefully will be a pleasant (albeit probably late) spring, here’s one last look back at and tribute to the stars of winter.
Cheverus Stags boys’ swimming, Class A
Kiera Murray, Cheverus, Class A girls’ two-mile
Jared Bell, Deering, Class A boys’ shot put
Alexis Elowitch, Deering, Class A girls’ shot put
Edie Pallozzi, Deering, Class A girls’ 800
Louis Frumer, Waynflete, Class C, boys’ slalom
Trebor Lawton, Cheverus, Class A boys’ 100 butterfly
Trebor Lawton, Cheverus, Class A boys’ 100 backstroke
Sarah Nappo, Cheverus, Class A girls’ 100 backstroke
Genevieve Worthley, Deering, Class A girls’ 200 IM
Genevieve Worthley, Deering, Class A girls’ 100 breaststroke
Colby Harvey, Waynflete, Class B girls’ 100 butterfly
Colby Harvey, Waynflete, Class B girls’ 200 freestyle
Kidayer Aljubyly, Portland, Class A, 106 pounds
Iain Whitis, Cheverus, Class A, 126 pounds
Skiing doesn’t get the attention of some other winter sports, but several Alpine and cross-country skiers from the city accomplished great things at the state level. Portland’s girls’ Nordic team was runner-up, as standout Abby Popenoe had a second-place finish in the freestyle and was third in the classic. Bulldog Ben Allen was runner-up in the boys’ freestyle. Waynflete doesn’t have an Alpine team, but Louis Frumer won the Class C boys’ slalom. Several others had top 10 finishes.
In a season which saw Deering boys have an opportunity to return to action with Portland, as a co-op squad, there was plenty of good news for locals on the ice. Cheverus’ boys made it to the semifinals for the first time since winning a state title in 2006. The Stags girls rode the overwhelming production of senior Katie Roy to the playoffs and a first-round win. Portland’s boys, with help from its Deering additions, posted a solid record and got to the quarterfinals. Look for continued excellence next season.
Cheverus’ Iain Whitis repeated as a state wrestling champion. After taking Class A at 120 pounds a year ago, he moved up to 126 pounds and did it again. Portland’s Kidayer Aljubyly had a stellar season as well, taking the Class A crown at 106 pounds.
The Class A state track meet was good to local athletes, with Deering producing three individual titlists. The boys got a win from Jared Bell in the shot put, while the girls also had a shot put winner, Alexis Elowitch, and the top 800 runner, Edie Pallozzi. Cheverus’ boys team was second to Scarborough and the Stags girls’ squad got a win from Kiera Murray in the two-mile.
Cheverus has long been a top contender at the Class A boys’ swim state meet, but had never been able to ascend to the top spot. This winter, the Stags finished the job. Cheverus, which last won a state title in any class way back in 1979, in Class B, rode the excellence of Trebor Lawton, who won both the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly, to a first place finish. While the Stags had the most team success, other city individuals also sparkled, as Cheverus’ Sarah Nablo won the Class A girls’ backstroke, Deering standout Genevieve Worthley took both the Class A girls’ 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke and Waynflete’s Colby Harvey won the Class B girls’ fly and 200 freestyle.
Senior Liam Fitzpatrick and the Cheverus boys’ hockey team had an excellent season, making their first semifinal appearance since 2006.
Deering’s Edie Pallozzi was the Class A state champion in the 800.
Waynflete junior Amelia Deady and her teammates had another transcendent season in the pool.