Portland Sports Roundup
Lowry steps down as Cheverus hockey coach
Cheverus boys' hockey coach Jack Lowry, who led the Stags to the 2005 and 2006 Class A state championships, the first and second in school history, announced last week that he is stepping down. Lowry, a South Portland resident who played professionally with the Washington Capitals, spent eight years as the Cheverus head coach (after two as an assistant), going 105-60-7.
"It was the best 10 years I've had coaching anywhere," Lowry said. "Cheverus will always be in my heart. It's a great environment and a great experience for all the kids. All the kids I've coached have been tremendous."
"Jack will be missed both on a professional and personal level by our entire school community," added Cheverus athletic director Gary Hoyt.
SMCC baseball, softball earn victories
The Southern Maine Community College baseball and softball teams battled the elements as well as the opposition last weekend and earned their share of triumph. Softball lost 12-4 to Johnson State College in a rain and hailstorm Friday, but bounced back with a doubleheader sweep of Vermont Tech (8-1, 9-8) Saturday and a sweep of Dean College (14-10, 14-2) Sunday to improve to 18-8 (13-1 in Yankee Small College Conference play). The Seawolves (ranked seventh in the USCAA coaches' poll) were paced by freshman Nicole Tuttle, who went 6-for-7 against Vermont Tech and 8-for-10 with four doubles and seven RBI against Dean, performances which earned her the YSCC Player of the Week honor. The SMCC baseball team swept Vermont Tech 13-0 and 3-1 Saturday, then got swept by Dean College (14-3, 8-2) Sunday. The Seawolves are now 17-4 (14-2 in YSCC) and are ranked fifth nationally. Coleman Findlay won both games last week with 13 scoreless innings and was named YSCC Player of the Week.
Women's basketball league taking registration
The Hancock Lumber Women's Summer Basketball League, hosted by Southern Maine Community college, is taking registration for the 2009 season. Games will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights from June 2 through July 9. Registration deadline is May 22.
FMI, Becky Roak, email@example.com.
New soccer organization debuting
A new soccer organization, Maine Premier Soccer and Portland Phoenix, will launch at the Portland Sports Complex this month. Kicking off during April vacation week, all details are available at mainepremiersoccer.com
Casco Bay Sports offering co-ed spring leagues
Casco Bay Sports is offering several co-ed spring leagues. In April and May, a 6-on-6 soccer league, a Sunday flag football and a Sunday softball league will commence.
Greater Portland men's Over-50 softball league open for registrations
The Greater Portland Men's Over-50 softball league located in Portland and South Portland and now in its 11th season, is seeking players for the 2009 season. Players who turn 50 prior to Dec. 31 are eligible.
First Annual Run or Walk for AIDS upcoming
The Frannie Peabody Center is holding a Beach and Bay 5K Run or Walk for AIDS Saturday, May 2 in Ogunquit, beginning at 11 a.m., and around Back Cove in Portland, starting at 12 p.m. The Portland race is USATF certified. Both races will be professionally timed.
FMI, 838-4490 or peabodycenter.org.