Championship season underway, much excitement to come-Portland edition

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Waynflete’s Miles Lipton plays the ball during last week’s 1-0 loss at rival North Yarmouth Academy.

Cheverus’ Bella Booth launches a shot during last week’s 2-0 home win over Bonny Eagle. The Stags finished a strong regular season 10-4 and will likely host a preliminary round playoff game Saturday.

Cheverus’ Michaela Jordan heads the ball during Friday’s 1-0 home win over South Portland.

Waynflete’s Willson Moore runs at last weekend’s six-team meet at Greely. Moore was third individually and the Flyers placed fourth as a team.

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 (see story), the cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball regular seasons are coming to a close.

Here’s a glimpse:


Cheverus was the lone city squad to qualify for Saturday’s golf team championships at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

The Stags shot a team score of 331 and came in sixth (Gorham was the champion with a team score 317). Cheverus was paced by Jeremy Baker, who shot an 18-hole round of 82. Kyle Cholod, Conor MacDonald and Ryan McSorley all finished with a score of 83. Tom Higgins’ round of 85 wasn’t factored in.

Cheverus’ John Welch (who didn’t score at the state team meet, but tied for first at the SMAA qualifier with an 18-hole round of 72), Higgins (76), Baker (79) and Cholod (80), Deering’s Alex McGonagle (75) and Portland’s Jake Luce (78) and Reed Foehl (81) all qualified for the state individual meet, also held at Natanis, this coming Saturday.

Portland was seventh at the SMAA team qualifier, but only six teams made it to states. Deering was 12th.

Boys’ soccer

Deering’s boys’ soccer team finally fell from the unbeaten ranks last week, but remains near the top of the standings. The Rams enjoyed a 3-1 home win over Marshwood last Tuesday (Conor Doane, Erick Pereira and Lounge Turahimbawe had the goals), then fell to 9-1-1 with a 3-1 loss at Massabesic (Chris Irakoze had the lone goal). Deering (third behind Gorham and Falmouth in the Class A South Heal Points standings) was home with Thornton Academy Tuesday, hosts Cheverus Thursday (see for game story) and closes at home versus Portland Tuesday of next week.

Portland held off visiting Bonny Eagle, 3-2, and lost, 3-0, at Gorham, last week. In the victory, Quinn Clarke, Alex Millones and Sam Nkurunziza had the goals. The Bulldogs (7-3-1 and seventh in Class A South) were home with Biddeford Tuesday, go to Sanford Thursday and close at Deering Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus began the week 4-8 and 15th in Class A South, but only 12 teams qualify for the playoffs. Last week, the Stags’ skid hit four games after a 6-0 home loss to Gorham and a 1-0 setback at South Portland in a playoff rematch. For Cheverus to extend its postseason streak to 23 years, it will likely need to beat visiting Sanford Tuesday and host Deering Thursday.

Defending Class C South champion Waynflete blanked host Traip Academy, 4-0, and lost, 1-0, at North Yarmouth Academy last week. In the win, Diraige Dahlia had two goals, while Ilyas Abdi and Christian Brooks had one apiece. In the setback, the Flyers had the better of the play in the first half, but gave up a goal early in the second and wound up being swept by the Panthers for the first time since 2013.

“We’ve had a hard time stringing 80 minutes together,” Waynflete coach Brandon Salway said. “The first half today was a good 40 minutes. We had chances, but we didn’t finish.”

The Flyers (5-4-2 and ninth in Class C South, where nine teams qualify for the playoffs) were home with Sacopee Valley Tuesday, welcome St. Dom’s Saturday and close at Kennebunk Tuesday of next week.

“We’re showing signs that we’re getting there, so I’m encouraged,” Salway said. “It’s a young group, just one senior starter. We need to get more consistent. Hopefully that happens before we run out of time. The potential is there. I’m confident we could beat anybody in the tournament. We could make a run.”

Girls’ soccer

Cheverus’ girls’ soccer team started the week fifth in the Class A South Heal Points standings after a 1-0 setback at defending Class A South champion Gorham and a 1-0 home win over South Portland last week. Freshman Emma Gallant scored the goal against the Red Riots after the Stags failed to take advantage of some good opportunities in the loss to the Rams.

“I’m a little surprised how well we’ve done,” Gallant said. “We’ve come together and that’s a big reason why we’ve played so well.”

“We’ve responded all year after losses and we did it again today, just not with the intensity I hoped we’d respond with,” Roberts said. “We played flat for 80 minutes, instead of building on how we played against Gorham. We played 80 solid minutes against Gorham. It was probably the best complete game we’ve played since I’ve been here, but you can’t turn it off and on.”

Cheverus (7-3-1) goes to Sanford Wednesday, hosts Deering Friday (see for game story) and closes the regular season Tuesday at Maine Girls’ Academy.

Portland hasn’t scored a goal in three games and fell to 5-3-3 and sixth in Class A South after a scoreless tie at Bonny Eagle and a 4-0 home loss to Gorham. The Bulldogs hope to bounce back Wednesday at Biddeford, then host Sanford Saturday and finish at Deering Tuesday.

Deering split two games last week, falling, 6-0, at Marshwood and downing visiting Massabesic, 6-1. Meghana Clere had three goals in the victory, while Candy Odihiambo scored twice and Mia Sargent had the other goal. The Rams (5-6 and clinging to the 12th and final playoff spot in Class A South at press time) were at Thornton Academy Tuesday, visit Cheverus Friday and close at home versus Portland Tuesday of next week.

Maine Girls’ Academy was 2-8-1 and 15th in Class A South following a 4-1 home loss to Noble and a 3-0 home setback against Marshwood. Claire Reid had the goal versus the Knights. After visiting Westbrook Wednesday, the Lions welcome Thornton Academy Friday and close at home versus Cheverus Tuesday.

Defending Class C South champion Waynflete improved to 7-2-2 and fifth after a 1-0 overtime home win over Traip Academy and a 2-0 victory at Old Orchard Beach. Ava Farrar scored in OT to beat the Rangers. Farrar and Amelia Bertaska scored against the Seagulls. The Flyers were at Sacopee Valley Monday, visit Lake Region Saturday and close at home versus Kennebunk Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Cheverus’ field hockey team capped a solid 10-4 regular season last week with a 2-1 overtime home loss to Gorham, a 2-0 home win over Bonny Eagle and a 2-1 victory at Biddeford. Against the Rams, Bella Booth scored. In the win over the Scots, Sophia Pompeo scored early and senior captain Carrie Hight scored her second career goal late.

“It’s bittersweet that it was our last home game,” Hight said. “It’s been an awesome season and I’m really happy with our team. We’ve done better than most people thought.”

“We just had to play our game because we can’t overlook anyone right now,” Pompeo said. “You can’t tell going into these games who will come out the winner.”

Against the Tigers, Pompeo tied the game in the second half, then won it in overtime.

Cheverus projects to host a preliminary round playoff game Saturday, but its final ranking was uncertain at press time. The Stags could see Biddeford again, or perhaps South Portland or Windham.

“These kids have a lot of faith in themselves,” Cheverus first-year coach Sally Cloutier said. “We’re only playing with 12 players, but they really want it. They fight hard. I couldn’t ask for any more from them. We’re fired up for playoffs. We have a ton of heart. We can compete. The girls are willing to work and we have good sticks. We’re confident. We’ve proved we can play with the big teams. I’m excited.”

The postseason continues Tuesday and Wednesday of next week with the quarterfinals, which will be contested on the fields of the higher seeds.

Deering was 1-12 and 14th in Class A South (11 teams make the playoffs) after 4-0 losses at Biddeford and Bonny Eagle last week. The Rams finished at home versus Windham Tuesday.

Portland was ranked 15th in Class A South with a 2-11 mark following a 6-0 loss at Westbrook, a 9-0 home setback to Scarborough and a 5-1 loss at South Portland. Taylor Sargent scored against the Red Riots. The Bulldogs finished at Sanford Tuesday.

The Maine Girls’ Academy/Waynflete co-op team fell to 0-13 last week after losses at North Yarmouth Academy (9-0) and at home to St. Dom’s (3-0) and Sacopee Valley (6-0). The Flying Lions (14th in Class B South, where 10 teams make the playoffs) closed at Old Orchard Beach Tuesday.


Cheverus and Deering’s volleyball teams are on track for a playoff berth, while Portland has some work to do to qualify.

The Stags began the week 7-5 and ninth in the Class A Heal Points standings after beating host Brunswick in three sets (25-7, 25-18, 25-18) and visiting Kennebunk in four games (14-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-18) before losing in straight sets to visiting Windham Saturday (19-25, 18-25, 18-25). Julia Pomerleau had 12 aces in the win over the Dragons. After visiting Thornton Academy Tuesday, Cheverus is home against NYA Thursday in the regular season finale.

Deering, in just its second varsity season, was 8-3 and 10th after a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-23) victory at Marshwood and a four set (25-6, 25-20, 19-25, 25-12) home victory over Brunswick last week. Maddy Broda had 27 assists and Kaylee Helmick produced a dozen kills against the Hawks. Broda had 25 more assists in the win over the Dragons. Deering was at Windham Tuesday, hosts Massabesic Tursday and closes Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.

Portland’s skid hit seven last Tuesday with a straight set (20-25, 22-25, 24-26) loss at Kennebunk, but Thursday, the Bulldogs improved to 3-8 with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-14) home win over Lake Region. Jess Brown put on a serving clinic in the victory, producing 20 points. Annie Twombly had 16 digs. Portland  (18th in Class A, where 15 teams qualify for the playoffs) was at Wells Tuesday, hosts Thornton Academy Thursday and visits undefeated Greely Tuesday of next week.

Cross country

Waynflete wrapped up the Western Maine Conference cross country regular season Friday in Cumberland in a meet hosted by Greely, which also included Falmouth, Freeport, Gray-New Gloucester and NYA. The Flyers girls came in third. Ellie Chidsey was seventh individually in 22 minutes, 17 seconds. The boys were fourth as Willson Moore came in third individually (17:38).

Deering continued its transcendent season and handed Scarborough its first regular season loss since 2012, beating the Red Storm, as well as Marshwood and Thornton Academy in a home meet. The Rams were led by Yahya Nure, who won the race in 17:22 and Alex Troxell, who was second (17:23). On the girls’ side, Deering was fourth, but Nicole Whipkey was second individually in 21:07.

Portland hosted Gorham, Sanford and South Portland. The boys won their meet and were led by Joe Harrington, who placed second in 17:42.40. In the girls’ race, the Bulldogs came in third. Raven Bradenday was seventh in 22:41.70.

Cheverus welcomed Biddeford, Bonny Eagle and Noble. The boys were third and were led by Phineas Underwood (sixth, 18:00). The girls also came in third. Rosie Train placed sixth (20:55).

Maine Girls’ Academy welcomed Massabesic, Westbrook and Windham. The Lions didn’t score as a team. Sonni Hackett had the 24th-best time (24:39).

The SMAA regular season ends Friday when Deering hosts Cheverus, Maine Girls’ Academy and Portland.

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

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

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