Championship season underway, much excitement still to come-Southern edition

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Cape Elizabeth’s Riley Dall serves up a corner kick during Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Falmouth.

Cape Elizabeth goalie Kinnon McGrath is mobbed by her teammates after the Capers’ 1-0 win at Greely Monday. Cape Elizabeth capped a bounce back season with a playoff berth.

South Portland senior Sophia Cummings, left, and senior Jessica Angelova protect freshman goalie Maddie Drolet during Tuesday’s 4-1 home loss to Massabesic.

Championships have already been handed out, but there’s still ample time remaining in the fall sports season for local athletes to make memories.

Golf is halfway through crowning its finest and while football still has a couple weeks to go, the cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball regular seasons are coming to a close.

Here’s a glimpse:


Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough qualified for Saturday’s golf team championships at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

The Capers weren’t able to repeat as Class B champions, as their combined team score of 325 left them eight strokes behind Erskine Academy. Austin Legge led the way with an 18-hole round of 76. Also scoring were Lauren Schonewolf (79), Max Altznauer (85) and Casey Cloutier (85). Ryan Collins’ 86 wasn’t factored in.

In Class A, Scarborough shot a 323 and was fourth (Gorham won the title with a score of 317). Anthony Burnham and Ethan Mason both shot a 76, Ted Forsley finished with an 84 and Elizabeth Lacognata shot an 87. Brogan Kane’s round of 90 wasn’t factored in.

The state individual meet for boys and girls, also held at Natanis, will be contested this coming Saturday.


Cape Elizabeth’s football team rolled to a 6-0 start Friday with a 57-0 home domination of Gray-New Gloucester. The Capers went ahead, 20-0, after one quarter, thanks to a 56-yard Jeb Boechenstein to Marshall Peterson touchdown pass, a 45-yard Camden Turner TD run and a 7-yard Boechenstein to Ben Ekedahl touchdown pass, extended its advantage to 43-0 at halftime (as Jacob Jordan caught a 12-yard TD pass from Boechenstein, Ryan Weare ran for a 2-yard score Jack Glanville scored on a 19-yard burst and Peterson kicked a 33-yard field goal), then cruised to victory behind 19-yard Alex Depke TD run in the third period and a 58-yard touchdown scamper from Jacob Budischewsky in the fourth. Cape Elizabeth (first in the Class C South Crabtree Points standings) is home with defending regional champion Yarmouth (3-3) Friday. Last year, the Capers lost, 37-36, in a classic at the Clippers. Cape Elizabeth then closes the regular season with a showdown at Wells Oct. 21 in a game which will determine the top seed for the playoffs.

In Class A South, Scarborough improved to 4-2 Friday with a 38-6 home win over South Portland. The Red Storm shot to a 31-0 halftime lead and never looked back. Owen Garrard had two touchdown runs and Cody Dudley another. Scarborough (third in the Crabtrees) has a key home test versus 4-2 Cheverus Friday night. Last year, the Red Storm lost, 41-13, at the Stags.

South Portland got a touchdown pass from Matt Crockett to Zach Johnson for its lone score against Scarborough as it fell to 2-4 (fifth in Class A South). The Red Riots are at two-time defending Class A champion Thornton Academy (6-0) Saturday. Last year, the Golden Trojans came to South Portland and prevailed, 42-14.

Boys’ soccer 

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ soccer team boasted a six-game win streak and was second to Maranacook in the Class B South Heal Points standings at press time following a 1-0 win at Falmouth and a 4-1 home victory over Freeport. Connor Thoreck’s second half goal was the difference against the Yachtsmen. Jacob Allen, Elliott McGinn, Nicolai Sabbatini and Owen Thoreck scored in the win over the Falcons. The Capers (10-2-1) closed the regular season at York Thursday. 

In Class A South, South Portland’s win streak reached eight after blanking visiting Cheverus (1-0), host Marshwood (2-0) and visiting Massabesic (1-0). Charlie Cronin scored against the Stags in a rematch of last year’s semifinal. Khalid Suja and Anthony Perron had the goals against the Hawks. Cronin scored the lone goal against the Mustangs. The Red Riots (10-3 and fifth in the Heals) close at Noble Tuesday.

Defending regional champion Scarborough was 9-3 and fourth in Class A South following shutouts of host Thornton Academy (4-0), visiting Noble (7-0) and visiting Marshwood (2-0). Against the Golden Trojans, Marc Guerrette, Garrett King, Justin Perry and Spencer Pettingill scored. Noah Stracqualursi had three goals in the win over the Knights. Guerrette and Cam Thibault scored against the Hawks. The Red Storm played at Massabesic Thursday and host Windham in the regular season finale Tuesday.

In Class D South, Greater Portland Christian School was 3-8-1 and 13th at press time (only 10 teams make the playoffs) after a 3-2 loss at A.R. Gould and a 1-0 home setback at the hands of Buckfield. Against A.R. Gould, Ethan Spaulding scored twice to give him 91 career goals, tying him for sixth all-time in state history. Spaulding is two goals behind D.J. Nicholas for fifth place. The Lions were home with Chop Point Thursday and close at home versus Pine Tree Academy Tuesday.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Scarborough extended its win streak to seven with victories last week at Westbrook (7-0) and at home over Thornton Academy (3-1). Gaby Panagakos had a hat trick versus the Blue Blazes, while Leah Dickman, Lauren O’Reilly, Ellie Patten and Natalie Taylor all had one goal. Panagakos had two more goals and Lauren Sabatino also scored in the win over the Golden Trojans. Tuesday, the Red Storm’s streak ended with a 1-0 overtime loss at Marshwood. Scarborough (8-2-2 and third behind Gorham and Marshwood in the Class A South Heal Points standings at press time) hosts Massabesic Saturday, then closes at Windham Tuesday.

South Portland suffered two frustrating losses last week, 2-1 in overtime, to visiting Thornton Academy and 1-0, at Cheverus. Juliana Selser scored against the Golden Trojans, but the Red Riots gave up the tying goal with 1:22 left, then lost in OT. Against the Stags, again South Portland had some chances, but fell just short.

“This is the story of our season,” said Red Riots coach Jeff Selser. “We’re building. At the beginning of the season, I was super optimistic. I’m still proud of how we’re playing, but we’re just not finishing. We’re getting so many opportunities.”

South Portland (3-7-1 and 14th in Class A South, where just 12 teams make the playoffs) was at Massabesic Wednesday, hosts Windham Saturday and welcomes Noble in the finale Tuesday.

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth dropped a tough 2-1 home decision to Falmouth Saturday, then won, 2-0, at Freeport Tuesday to improve to 6-5-1 and fifth in the Heals. Karli Chapin forged a tie against the Yachtsmen with a second half goal, but Falmouth scored with 40 seconds left to win it.

“It’s tough to explain,” Capers coach Craig Fannan said. “I told the girls that that’s just football and we have to get over it. It’s our best performance and we have to focus on the positives. It’s just not falling for us right now. We’re a young team. To see how far we’ve come and what we put on the field against a program like Falmouth gives me great pride.”

In the win, Tori McGrath and Riley Dall scored. The Capers were home with York Thursday and close at Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday.

in Class D South, GPCS fell to 1-9-2 and 10th (only seven teams make the playoffs) after a 3-3 home tie against Vinalhaven and a 4-0 home loss to Buckfield. The Lions finish up at home against Pine Tree Academy Tuesday.

Field hockey 

Field hockey’s regular season has come to an end and all three local teams have qualified for the playoffs.

Scarborough closed on a 12-game win streak after downing host Portland (9-0), visiting Sanford (4-0) and host Noble (3-1). Hannah Dobecki, Lucy Malia and Lauren Topchik had two goals apiece and Ashley Levesque, Kristen Levesque and Lily Nygren all had one against the Bulldogs. Nygren had two goals and Kristen Levesque and Cara Reynolds both scored once against the Spartans. Ashley Levesque, Malia and Nygren all scored in the win over the Knights.

The Red Storm will likely be the No. 3 seed for the Class A South playoffs. If the standings hold, Scarborough will host defending regional champion Thornton Academy or Biddeford in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs Tuesday. The Red Storm beat the visiting Golden Trojans, 2-0, Sept. 23 and blanked the visiting Tigers, 3-0, six days later. Scarborough is 3-1 all-time in the postseason versus Thornton Academy, but lost last year’s semifinal, 2-0. The Red Storm are 3-0 all-time against Biddeford in the playoffs, including a 3-1 quarterfinal round triumph two years ago en route to the state title.

South Portland finished 6-8 and 10th in Class A South after beating host Noble (4-1) and visiting Portland (5-1) and falling at home to Massabesic, 4-1. Amelia Papi scored twice, while Lydia Henderson and Sophia Cummings also had goals in the win over the Knights. Against the Bulldogs, Papi scored twice, while Henderson, Lydia Grant and Molly Walker all had one goal. The Red Riots fell behind the Mustangs, 4-0, at halftime and despite a late goal from Walker, went down to defeat.

“I’m proud of how my girls came out in the second half,” said South Portland coach Leslie Dyer. “If we played that way all game, it might have been something different.”

The Red Riots will go to No. 7 Cheverus (10-4) Saturday at 1 p.m. for a preliminary round playoff game On Sept. 7, the Stags won, 4-1, at South Portland. The teams have no playoff history.

“We knew we could (make playoffs),” Dyer said. “The team dynamic is wonderful. The girls want it and know what they need to do. Playoffs were a goal of ours from the beginning of the season. We know we can make a statement. We’re excited.”

Cape Elizabeth saw its skid hit six games last week with a 6-0 loss at Falmouth, then finished 5-9 and ninth in Class B South with a 1-0 victory at Greely Monday. Katie Bozek, a defender, scored the lone goal on a penalty corner and goalie Kinnon McGrath made nine saves.

“I was inserting because our normal inserter wasn’t there,” Bozek said. “The ball went toward the goalie and I really wanted the ball to go in, so I just swept it in. It was kind of crazy.”

“The second half of the game was the most anxiety I’ve had by far,” said McGrath. “They had some opportunities, but our defense has gotten awesome this year and we were able to hold them off.”

“It’s been fun to see the girls get results and their hard work pay off,” added Capers second-year coach Maura Bisogni. “We had a lot of girls get a lot of varsity time last year. They came in and worked hard this summer and had a good preseason. I came in knowing them and what we needed to get done.”

Cape Elizabeth will go to No. 8 Freeport (6-7-1) Saturday for the preliminary round. The Capers lost twice this year to the Falcons, 4-0, at home in the opener Sept. 6 and 2-1 at Freeport Oct. 4.  The teams have no playoff history.

“We have no pressure,” Bisogni said. “We know what to expect. We’ll be ready to win and keep going.”


Scarborough’s defending Class A champion volleyball team was 11-1 and second to Greely at press time following a 3-0 win at Masssabesic last week. After hosting Biddeford Thursday, the Red Storm close at Cony Tuesday.

Cape Elizabeth was 6-5 and 12th after four-set (10-25, 14-25, 25-23, 12-25) home loss to Yarmouth last Thursday. 

“That third set was very encouraging,” Capers coach Sarah Boeckel said. “Yarmouth’s a good team, but I think they’re very similar to us. I’m glad we didn’t roll over because we easily could have.”

Cape Elizabeth was at Biddeford Wednesday, hosts Deering Saturday and closes at home versus Massabesic Tuesday.

South Portland was 5-7 and 13th in Class A after 3-0 (13-25, 15-25, 21-25) loss at Windham and a four-set (20-25, 19-25, 25-22, 17-25) home loss to Bonny Eagle. The Red Riots were at Kennebunk Thursday and host Falmouth in the regular season finale Tuesday.

Cross country

The Western Maine Conference cross country regular season came to a close last weekend. 

Cape Elizabeth took part in a six-team meet at Wells. The boys came in fourth. Aidan Willitts was 17th individually (19 minutes, 18 seconds). The girls also placed fourth and Addie Hayes finished 14th in 23:05.

The WMC Championship meet is Friday at St. Joseph’s College.

Scarborough’s boys suffered their first league loss in four years last week, as they placed second to Deering in a four-team meet. Connor Coffin came in third (17:24). The girls were second to Marshwood despite a first-place finish from Bethany Sholl (20:30).

South Portland joined Portland and Sanford at Gorham. The boys finished second to the Bulldogs despite a first place showing from Xander Keiter (17:25.60). The girls were second to Gorham. Thaovy Duong came in fifth (22:11.30).

The SMAA regular season wraps up Friday as Scarborough welcomes Bonny Eagle, Gorham and Windham and South Portland hosts Biddeford, Thornton Academy and Westbrook.

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

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