Portland Sports Roundup
Portland, Cheverus in inital boys' lacrosse poll
The first boys' lacrosse coaches' poll was released last week. Portland, the defending Class A state champion, was listed fourth behind Yarmouth, Falmouth and Brunswick. Cheverus was ranked ninth.
PBC fighter loses title bid
Portland Boxing Club pro light middleweight Jason leHoullier lost by TKO in the 10th and final round to Carson Jones of Oklahoma City in the North American championship in Tulsa, Okla., last weekend. Boxing legends Sugar Ray Leonard and Ruben "Hurricane" Carter were special guests at the fight. Closer to home, at Valley High School in Bingham, open class welterweight Jason Quirk, of Scarborough, won his third straight fight, this one by a unanimous decision over Ricky Ford of Claremont, N.H. Lindsay Kyajohnian, a lightweight, beat Britney Daniels of Springfield, Vt. Lightweight Juan Lopez beat Waterville's Nick Gardner in the first round.
Cheverus field hockey player heading to Pacific
Cheverus field hockey standout Maggie Grindatti will play field hockey and attend the University of the Pacific in California next year. Grindatti played forward as a senior, leading the Stags to a first-ever regional final appearance. She also played ice hockey and softball. Grindatti intends to study sports medicine.
Waynflete lacrosse clinic begins Saturday
Longtime Waynflete varsity lacrosse coaches Cathie Connors and Bob Johnson will conduct clinics for boys and girls in grades 3-6 during the month of May. The clinics will emphasize fundamentals and prepare young athletes for competitive play. The first clinic is May 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Fore River Fields. Athletes must bring their own sticks, cleats and protective equipment. Clinics are open to all. FMI, 774-7863 or email@example.com.
Portland rec hosting skills competition Sunday
Portland Recreation will host a local competition of the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Sunday at 11 a.m., at Deering Oaks. The skills competition is open to boys and girls, ages 7 to 14. Local winners will advance to the sectionals. FMI, 756-8275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twilight Baseball League tryouts upcoming
The 2010 Twilight Baseball League, which includes teams in Auburn, Biddeford and Portland, will hold tryouts May 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frozen Ropes Training Center in Portland. Players who turn 19 by Aug. 1 or who spent the 2009-10 acadmic year in college or prep school are eligible. There is a $10 tryout fee. FMI, 878-2600 or leaguelineup.com/twilightbaseballleague.
Baseball/softball program offered for children with disabilities
Challenger Division baseball/softball, for children with physical and/or mental disabilities or developmental delays, will meet Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m. The league is open for children ages 5 to 18 in the Greater Portland area. There is no cost. FMI, littleleague.org/learn/about/divisions/challenger.htm.