(Ed. Note: For the complete Yarmouth-Falmouth baseball, Greely-Falmouth softball, Yarmouth-Falmouth and Yarmouth-Waynflete boys’ lacrosse and Yarmouth-Greely girls’ lacrosse game stories, with photos, see theforecaster.net)
With June on the horizon, it’s time to start crowning spring champions.
Outdoor track has its conference championship meets this weekend, with the state meets to follow June 6.
Tennis will crown individual champions Monday, while the team playoffs start next week.
Baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse are in their final days and teams are vying to make the postseason and are jockeying for optimal seeds.
Here’s a glimpse:
Falmouth’s baseball team was 8-5 and second to South Portland in the Western Class A Heal Points standings at the start of the week. Last week, the Yachtsmen lost at Yarmouth, 5-3, then beat visiting defending Class B champion Greely, 10-1, to sweep the Rangers this spring. In the setback, Connor MacDowell had two hits, but Falmouth stranded eight runners.
“We didn’t get the job done today,” Yachtsmen coach Kevin Winship said. “Tip your hat, Yarmouth got the hits when they needed to, they played good defense and they got good pitching. They did what they needed to do to win and we didn’t.”
In the win, Falmouth snapped a 1-1 tie with five fifth inning runs and went on to the win behind Cam Gaurino’s fifth victory and three hits from Connor Aube. The Yachtsmen went to Cape Elizabeth Wednesday, host Yarmouth Friday and close the regular season at home versus Poland Tuesday.
In Western B, Greely began the week 10-3 and second to York. Prior to losing at Falmouth, the Rangers downed visiting Gray-New Gloucester, 3-1, behind Will Bryant’s two-hit, 10-strikeout performance. Chaz Reade doubled, singled twice and drove in all three runs. Greely was at York for a pivotal showdown Wednesday, hosts Kennebunk Friday and closes Monday at home versus Cape Elizabeth.
Yarmouth was 8-5 and fifth after a 5-3 home win over Falmouth and a 10-6 home loss to York. Andrew Kinsman went the distance to earn the victory, C.J. Cawley had two hits and three RBI and Jordan Brown drove in two runs.
“We wanted to get a big win against a powerhouse team like Falmouth,” said Kinsman. “Personally, I feel like we’re the best team in the conference. Other teams have better records, but we compete.”
“Today was probably one of the best games we’ve had all year,” Brown said. “Falmouth’s a great team. We knew it would be tough to win. We came out with intensity and focus.”
“This is as big a win as we’ve had in a long time here,” added Clippers coach Marc Halsted. “To beat the top team in Class A is huge. It means a lot. The kids have a lot of respect for Falmouth, but we thought we could compete.”
Yarmouth got a three-run triple from Conor O’Donnell against the Wildcats, but couldn’t complete a rally from down 10-1. The Clippers were at Freeport Wednesday, go to Falmouth Friday and close at Kennebunk Tuesday.
Freeport was 4-8 and 11th in Western B at the start of the week, but only 10 teams make the playoffs. Last week, the Falcons lost at home to Lake Region (3-0) and at Poland (11-10). Freeport let a 7-3 lead slip away at the Knights. Jack Davenport and Pete Lamagna had three hits apiece in that game. The Falcons hosted Traip Tuesday and Yarmouth Wednesday, go to Old Orchard Beach Friday and close at home against Gray-New Gloucester Monday.
In Western D, North Yarmouth Academy was closing in on its first playoff berth since 2011. Last week, the Panthers lost at home to Sacopee Valley (13-3) and improved to 4-9 with a 12-0 victory at Temple Academy and a 19-8 win over Greater Portland Christian School. NYA was at Old Orchard Beach Tuesday and at Waynflete Wednesday, then closes at Sacopee Valley Monday.
Greely’s softball team remains among the best in Western Class B. Last week, the Rangers won at Fryeburg Academy in a makeup game, 8-5, were blanked by visiting Gray-New Gloucester, 3-0, as their six-game win streak came to an end, then won at Falmouth, 7-1, to improve to 9-3 and third behind York and Lincoln Academy in the Heals. Against the Raiders, Evan Carrell and Moira Train had multiple hits. Audrey Mann had three hits and two RBI and freshman Kelsey Currier allowed five hits and no earned runs versus the Yachtsmen.
“We worked as a team to get the win,” Currier said. “Winning today felt good. We got the offense going again.”
“It’s a good team win for us against a good Class A team,” said Rangers first-year coach Rob Hale. “We weren’t feeling good after the Gray loss. We put the ball in play today and got runners on and made things happen.”
Greely was home with Old Orchard Beach Tuesday and had a showdown at York Wednesday, welcomes Kennebunk Friday and closes the regular season Monday at home versus Cape Elizabeth.
Yarmouth began the week fourth at 10-3 after an 8-2 home win over Falmouth and a 6-1 home loss to York. In the victory, Mari Cooper threw a four-hitter and struck out 10 and Kallie Hutchinson homered.
Freeport fell to 0-12 and 15th after losses to visiting Lake Region (15-1 in six innings) and at Poland (5-1). The loss to the Knights was the Falcons closest game this spring. Freeport hosted Traip Academy Tuesday and Yarmouth Wednesday, goes to Old Orchard Beach Friday and finishes Monday at home versus Gray-New Gloucester.
In Western A, Falmouth was seventh at 7-6 after an 8-2 loss at Yarmouth and a 7-1 home loss to Greely. Maddie Rouhana had three hits against the Rangers, but it wasn’t enough.
“We kept a couple runners stranded early,” said Yachtsmen coach Ray Fox. “We looked for a two-out hit, but we just couldn’t get it.”
Falmouth was at Cape Elizabeth Wednesday, welcomes Yarmouth Friday and closes at home versus Poland Tuesday.
Yarmouth’s boys’ lacrosse team remains red-hot. Last week, the Clippers extended their win streak to four with wins at Falmouth (8-6) and at home over Waynflete (9-1). Yarmouth opened up an 8-1 lead at the Yachtsmen behind five goals from Joe Oliva, then didn’t score for 29 minutes, 38 seconds, but behind nine clutch saves from goalie Connor Hoehle, held on for dear life.
“We came out with energy, then we sat back a little bit,” said Oliva. “Even though we didn’t score goals, we chewed up time.”
“I felt comfortable,” Hoehle said. “The defensemen made sure they weren’t doorstep shots and I did what I could to make saves. We wanted to be aggressive and push out and make sure they didn’t get shots off.”
“Falmouth is really resilient,” Clippers coach David Pearl added. “A game is never over against a talented team like that, but I didn’t feel that nervous.”
Against the Flyers, Oliva scored four times, Anders Newberg added three goals and Ricky Tillotson won 12 of 14 faceoffs.
“I think we’ve just picked up the intensity in practice,” Newberg said. “We’re confident. Everyone has stepped up.”
Yarmouth (6-3 and third behind Maranacook and Gardiner in the Eastern B Heals) was at Kennebunk Wednesday, hosts two-time defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth Friday and closes the regular season at NYA Wednesday of next week.
“This team is tight,” Tillotson said. “We’re best friends on and off the field and that keeps us focused. We push each other.”
“It’s a good stretch of victories that feels good,” added Pearl. “The guys are playing pretty well at this point. They’re working really hard. Our defense is still really our strength and they played really well tonight.”
NYA began the week 4-5 and fourth in Eastern B after a 14-6 loss at Kennebunk and a 6-3 home victory over Fryeburg Academy last week. Trevor Lachance and Jack Rasch both scored twice in the win. The Panthers hosted Cape Elizabeth Wednesday, go to Greely Monday and close at home versus Yarmouth Wednesday of next week.
Freeport was 5-5 and fifth after a 5-3 win at York and an 11-3 home loss to Greely. The Falcons host Lake Region Thursday and welcome Waynflete Tuesday.
In Western B, Falmouth began the week 6-3 and second to Cape Elizabeth following an 8-6 home loss to Yarmouth and a 15-2 victory at Wells last week. Against the Clippers, the Yachtsmen got three goals from George Gilbert and 11 saves from goalie Liam Tucker, but couldn’t quite rally from an 8-1 deficit.
“I’m really proud,” said Falmouth coach Mike LeBel. “Compared with how we played in the past, the defense kept us in the game. It’s a big step up for us defensively.”
The Yachtsmen went to Greely Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), host Kennebunk Saturday and close at Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.
Greely was third at 6-3 after a 13-1 loss at Cape Elizabeth and an 11-3 win at Freeport. The Rangers hosted Falmouth Wednesday, welcome NYA Monday and close the regular season at Kennebunk Wednesday of next week.
On the girls’ side, all eyes were on Kennebunk Tuesday, as arguably the state’s two best teams, the host Rams and Falmouth, squared off in a pivotal showdown (see theforecaster.net for game story). The Yachtsmen were ranked second to Kennebunk in the Western Class B Heals heading into that game after improving to 7-1 with a 17-5 win at Lake Region last Thursday. After hosting Greely Friday, Falmouth is home versus Freeport Monday and goes to Cape Elizabeth to finish the regular season Wednesday.
Greely was 3-5 and eighth in Western B at press time, but only seven teams make the playoffs. Last week, the Rangers enjoyed a 14-10 home win over Gould Academy, then dropped an 11-10 thriller at defending Class B champion Yarmouth. Nettie Cunningham, Maegan Dougherty, Ellie Schad and Courtney Sullivan all had three goals in the victory. Dougherty had four against the Clippers and Greely led much of way, then, after falling behind, 11-8, almost came back to force overtime before falling just short.
“We’ve worked on mental focus this season and I have to compliment my girls for fighting to the end,” said Rangers coach Becca Koelker. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. The growth I’ve seen from the beginning of the season until now, I feel like our momentum gets stronger each game.”
Greely hosted Freeport Tuesday, goes to Falmouth Friday, plays host to Lake Region Monday and closes the regular season June 4 at Kennebunk.
Yarmouth also beat visiting Lake Region last week, 19-8, and extended its win streak to four with the 11-10 home victory over Greely to improve to 5-3 and third behind Oceanside and Morse in Eastern B. Shannon Fallon had five goals and Lane Simsarian, Emma Torres and Katie Waeldner added three apiece against the Lakers. In the come-from-behind victory over the Rangers, Fallon had four goals, Torres three and Eliza Lunt two and goalie Mary Kate Gunville made a clutch save with under a minute to go to help the Clippers hold on.
“Mary Kate is the most amazing goalie I’ve ever seen,” said Yarmouth senior defender Mary Coyne. “She does what she needs to do. It’s incredible, especially because she’s only a sophomore.”
“We rushed a lot at the beginning and we knew we had to settle down,” Lunt said. “Our plays were working. We got the ball to Shannon. The draws and dumps were working.”
“We managed to come back,” Clippers coach Dorothy Holt added. “We made silly mistakes and (Greely) did a great job off the draw, but the girls rallied. Give Greely credit, they took it to us.”
Freeport improved 4-4 and fifth after extending its win streak to four last week with home victories over Morse (15-9) and NYA (18-9). Chloe Davidson, Julia Dearden and Emily Johnson all scored three times in the win over the Shipbuilders. Against the Panthers, Courtney Broderick had seven goals, while Lizzie Martin added four. The Falcons went to Greely Tuesday, host Gould Academy Friday, play at Falmouth Monday, then close at home versus Waynflete June 4.
NYA fell to 1-8 and ninth in Eastern B (only seven teams make the playoffs) after falling at home to Wells (14-13, in overtime) and at Freeport (18-9). Mary Noyes and Mel Regan had three goals apiece against the Warriors. Rachel Hooker had four goals against the Falcons.
The final regular season week of outdoor track and field saw Falmouth play host to Greely, Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth.
The Yachtsmen won the boys’ meet, with the Rangers placing second and the Clippers fourth.
Falmouth got wins from Matt Polewaczyk in the 100 (11.4 seconds) and the 400 (52.94), Ander Alonso in the racewalk (11 minutes, 22.81 seconds), Andy Clement in the 200 (23.8) and the 300 hurdles (41.8), Bryce Murdick in the two-mile (10:09.54), Matt Edmonds in the discus (135 feet, 2 inches), Jalique Keene in the javelin (169-8), Aaron Thomas in the pole vault (12-0) and their 4×100 (45.68) and 4×800 (8:32.41) relay teams. Greely’s Paul Bischoff won the high jump (5-10). Yarmouth got first-place performances from Luke Laverdiere in the mile (4:32.48), Sam Gerken in the 800 (2:02.73), Darren Shi in the shot put (51-1) and its 4×400 relay (3:40.04).
On the girls’ side, Falmouth edged Greely for the top spot, while Yarmouth placed third.
The Yachtsmen got wins from Adelaide Cooke in the 300 hurdles (51.87), javelin (91-5) and the discus (119-11), Sara Topolovic in the 400 (1:05.80), Lydia Farmer in the long jump (17-3.5) and triple jump (36-1) and their 4×100 (53.13), 4×400 (4:30.89) and 4×800 (10:17.63) relay teams. Rangers event-winners included Jocelyn Mitiguy in the 100 hurdles (16.64), Siana Emery in the racewalk (8:12.47), Sophia Stickney in the two-mile (12:32.22), Lucy Wetzel in the pole vault (8-6) and Alyssa Coyne in the shot put (39-4.5). The Clippers got wins from Emma Egan in the 100 (13.16), 200 (27.81) and high jump (5-4) and Grace Cowles in the mile (5:33.31).
Freeport and NYA joined Gray-New Gloucester at Poland. The Panthers came in third and the Falcons were fourth in both genders.
In the boys’ meet, NYA got wins from Xander Bartone in the 400 (53.97), Chase Gendron in the discus (139-4), Clayton Manchester in the pole vault (10-3) and its 4×800 relay team (9:17.6). Freeport got first-place performances from Chandler Vincent in the two-mile (10:17.56) and Max Greenwood in the 800 (2:17.12).
NYA’s girls got wins from Hannah Austin in the mile (5:49.44), Muriel Adams in the discus (101-10) and Linnea Hull in the pole vault (8-0). Freeport’s Maddie Squibb won the 400 (1:05.35), Julia Smith captured the triple jump (32-1) and Hannah Schnyder took the 800 (2:39.33) and the long jump (15-5). The Falcons’ 4×400 relay (4:37.23) was also first.
The Western Maine Conference championship meet is Saturday in Naples.
The singles tennis tournament resumes Friday at Colby College in Waterville.
Defending champion Olivia Leavitt is the number one seed in the girls’ draw. Falmouth’s Julia Brogan is seeded fourth, Greely’s Izzy Evans fifth, NYA’s Lena Rich eighth and Falmouth’s Caroline Ray 10th. NYA’s Mary Morrison and Mina Stam and Yarmouth’s Emily Parker are also taking part.
On the boys’ side, Falmouth’s Aidan McGrory is seeded fifth. Falmouth’s Alex Klemperer and Peter Stegemann and NYA’s Brad Potter will also compete.
The tournament continues Saturday in Waterville, then culminates Monday at Bates College in Lewiston.
The team tournament starts Tuesday of next week with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Thursday, June 4.
Entering play this week, Falmouth’s girls, the defending Class A champs, were 10-0 and their match win streak grew to 119, but not without a scare Friday from four-time Class C champion Waynflete. For the first time since the 2013 Class B state match versus Waterville, the Yachtsmen had to win a match, 3-2. That snapped an amazing streak of 74 straight regular season matches where Falmouth hadn’t given up a point, dating to a 4-1 victory at Greely May 13, 2009. The Yachtsmen were third behind Windham and Portland in the Western A Heals heading into their final matches versus York and Fryeburg Academy. In Western B, defending state champion Greely was second to Lincoln Academy with a 9-2 mark. Yarmouth began the week 5-5 and sixth and Freeport was 1-9 and 13th, but the Falcons got into the win column last week, 4-1, over visiting Kennebunk. In Western C, NYA was fourth at 8-3.
On the boys’ side, defending Class A champion Falmouth was second to Thornton Academy at 10-1 entering Tuesday’s finale at York. In Western B, Yarmouth was 7-3 and sixth entering the week. Greely finished 4-8 after a 4-1 victory over NYA. The Rangers were seventh at press time and appear playoff-bound. Freeport was 1-9 and ninth (only eight teams qualify for the playoffs). In Western C, NYA was 0-11 and 12th entering its finale, Tuesday against Freeport.