(Ed. Note: The basketball season was recapped last week)
Regardless of the winter sport, there plenty of thrills to be had in the city of Portland this year.
Cheverus’ boys’ hockey team returned to prominence with its first playoff berth in four seasons. Deering closed the season as hot as anyone, but just missed out on the postseason, as did Portland.
Cheverus’ girls’ hockey squad wasn’t able to repeat as state champion, but did return to the playoffs. Portland fell short, as did Waynflete’s co-op team with Cape Elizabeth.
Track once again produced many superb performances. Deering had the strongest team. The Rams and Cheverus produced state champions.
In the pool, the first-year Waynflete girls’ program excelled and created a foundation for future dominance. Deering also featured a pair of individual champions.
Local skiers and wrestlers were also solid from start to finish.
Before we move on to spring (and with the improved weather, it looks like that season will actually start on schedule), here’s one final look back at the accomplishments of the boys and girls of winter.
The Cheverus girls’ hockey team handled all comers during its title run a year ago. This year’s squad wasn’t as formidable after losing some key contributors to graduation, but the Stags managed to produce another strong season, winning 11 teams to earn the third seed in the West region. Cheverus’ repeat title hopes were dashed by York in the semifinals, 1-0, but the Stags are well positioned to remain a force going forward.
In 2005 and 2006, the Cheverus boys’ hockey team had no peer, winning back-to-back Class A championships. Since then, however, the Stags fell on hard times, but it appears the program is back. Under second-year coach Dan Lucas, Cheverus started 5-0 this winter and would post a winning record for the first time in five years as it qualified for the playoffs as a No. 6 seed. The Stags weren’t able to advance, losing to third-ranked Marshwood/Traip, 6-2, but it probably won’t be long until this program is once again competing for top honors.
The Portland Expo featured several tremendous track standouts from the city this winter, several of whom went on to star in the Class A state meet in Gorham in February. Cheverus had state championship performances from Jack Terwilliger and Caroline Summa. Both Deering teams had superb regular seasons. At states, Carleton Allen and Edie Pallozzi won titles. Portland’s Imadhi Zagon was once again formidable and the Bulldogs girls’ team scored at the state meet for the first time in five years.
Deering’s girls’ swim team won just one regular season meet, but the Rams were one of the stories of the Class A state meet. Not only did they come in fifth, but sophomore Genevieve Worthely made a big name for herself by setting a new state record in winning the 100 breaststroke. She also took first place in the 200 individual medley. She still has two more years to sparkle and Deering should be right back in the hunt in 2011-12.
Waynflete produced a swim team for the first time in decades and the Flyers made a splash from the get go. There was just one boy on the team, but the girls proved to be a juggernaut, winning every regular season meet, placing second at Southwesterns, then coming in third at the state meet. Colby Harvey and Ellen Silk were individual champions. With a young core, Waynflete will only get better. Look for this program to be a factor going forward.
Cheverus’ Caroline Summa (left) and Deering’s Delaney Loring were two of the myriad city track stars this winter.
Bronson Guimond and the Portland boys’ hockey team made a run at the playoffs this winter, but fell just short.
Waynflete freshman Colby Harvey was the Class B 100 butterfly champion for the Flyers first-year program.
McAuley Lions girls’ basketball, Class A
Cheverus Stags boys’ basketball, Western Class A
Caroline Summa, Cheverus, Class A girls’ high jump
Jack Terwilliger, Cheverus, Class A boys’ mile
Jack Terwilliger, Cheverus, Class A boys’ two-mile
Carleton Allen, Deering, Class A boys’ 55 hurdles
Edie Pallozzi, Deering, Class A girls’ 800
Edie Pallozzi, Deering, Class A girls’ mile
Genevieve Worthely, Deering, Class A girls’ 200 individual medley
Genevieve Worthely, Deering, Class A girls’ 100 breaststroke (state record)
Colby Harvey, Waynflete, Class B girls’ 100 butterfly
Ellen Silk, Waynflete, Class B girls’ 500 freestyle