The frenetic February fun is underway and there’s already been much excitement for local wrestlers, runners, jumpers, throwers, skiers, swimmers and hockey players, with even more drama around the corner.
Here’s a look at what’s transpired so far and what’s to come:
Cape Elizabeth took part in the Western Maine Conference indoor track and field championships last weekend at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
The boys placed fourth (York was the champion). Deven Roberts won the junior 55 hurdles (8.54 seconds) the junior high jump (5 feet-10 inches).
The girls came in fifth (Greely won the meet). Hannah Newhall was runner-up in the junior 55 (7.76), the junior shot put (26-6.75) and the pole vault (9 feet). Hailey Petsinger was second in the junior high jump (4-4).
The state championships are Monday. Cape Elizabeth competes in the Class B meet at Bates College in Lewiston. Scarborough and South Portland take part in the Class A championships at USM. Both meets begin at 10 a.m.
Cape Elizabeth competed in the Western Maine Conference Alpine and Nordic championships last week.
The Capers girls were fifth and the boys ninth in Nordic (North Yarmouth Academy won the boys’ meet, Yarmouth the girls’ competition). Dana Hatton was eighth in the classic (19 minutes, 20 seconds) and 11th in the freestyle (17:15.4). Julian Pelzer finished 26th in the classic (16:43.6) and 26th in the freestyle (14:57).
On the Alpine side, Cape Elizabeth placed fifth on the boys’ side while the girls finished eighth. Max Barber finished fifth in the boys’ giant slalom (a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 8.78 seconds). Curtis Alexander was sixth in the slalom (1:30.57). Emma Landes was eighth in the girls’ slalom (1:34.87) and 22nd in the GS (1:19.38).
The Western Class A wrestling regional championships were Saturday in North Berwick. Scarborough had 12 points and was 11th. Marshwood (271.5 points) was first.
The Class A state meet is Saturday at Windham.
Scarborough’s girls’ hockey team had high hopes entering the postseason. The Red Storm was the No. 3 seed in the West Region and had to travel to No. 2 York for the semifinals Saturday. Scarborough went 1-0-1 against the Wildcats in the regular season, but only mustered one goal this time (from Sarah Martens) and went down to a 2-1 defeat, finishing 14-4-1.
The Class A swimming and diving championships are next week at the University of Maine in Orono. The girls compete on Monday, the boys Tuesday.
The only sport that is still finishing its regular season is boys’ hockey.
In Western A, Scarborough was 11-2-2 and second to defending state champion Thornton Academy in the Heal Points standings after a 5-4 overtime win at Brunswick and a 2-2 home tie versus Biddeford last week. Jack Rousselle capped his hat trick with the winner versus the Dragons. Rousselle and Trevor Murray had the goals against the Tigers. The Red Storm went to Portland Thursday, host Thornton Academy Monday and close the regular season next Thursday at Falmouth.
South Portland, which continues to be decimated by injury, to the point where even coach Joe Robinson has fallen prey, begins the week 3-11 and 13th in the Heals (only 10 teams make the playoffs). Saturday, the Red Riots lost at home to Portland, 3-2. South Portland was at Kennebunk Wednesday, goes to Westbrook Saturday and closes the year at home next week against Cheverus Monday and Biddeford Wednesday.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth began the week 9-4-2 and a close second to Greely in the Heals after a 4-2 home win over Marshwood last Thursday and a 4-1 loss at Yarmouth Saturday (which ended the Capers’ 12-game win streak over the Clippers). Nick Breed had a hat trick against Marshwood and scored the lone goal in the loss. Cape Elizabeth hosted York Thursday, welcomes Gardiner Saturday and closes the regular year at Greely next Thursday.
Cape Elizabeth senior Kirby Saari was chosen the January Goaltender of the Month by the Western Class B Hockey Coaches’ Association. Saari, who was also honored in December, went 4-2 and posted a 2.00 goals against average.
Cape Elizabeth’s Deven Roberts was the junior high jump champion at last weekend’s Western Maine Conference championship meet.
Cape Elizabeth’s Erin Lyons takes part in the senior 400 at the WMC meet. Lyons did not score.