Local teams stayed busy over holidays
Holiday tournament action was the theme for local basketball and hockey teams last week. Here's a glimpse at how things went.
Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland's boys' basketball teams took part in the Yankee Ford Holiday Classic at the Portland Expo, which had a new format this year due to Maine Principals' Association limitations on the number of non-countable dates.
The Capers beat the Red Riots 72-53 in the first game, then lost to eventual champion Cheverus, 68-52, before finishing up with a 70-57 win over Susan Wagner, N.Y.
After losing to Cape Elizabeth, South Portland edged Scarborough 45-43 and defeated Falmouth 62-50.
In addition to their loss to the Red Riots, the Red Storm also fell to Falmouth (56-39) and Yarmouth (39-35).
All three teams have returned to league play (see Cape Elizabeth story for more on Capers).
South Portland improved to 8-0 in countable games Tuesday with a 62-45 home win over Scarborough (dropping the Red Storm to 4-3). Senior Connor Hasson led the Red Riots with 16 points, while senior Jon DiBiase added 10. Scarborough was paced by 15 points from senior Conor Sullivan.
South Portland (second to Cheverus in the latest Western Class A Heal Points standings) was at Deering Thursday (where it appeared that injured senior standout Keegan Hyland would make his return), hosts defending state champion Thornton Academy Saturday and welcomes Portland Tuesday.
Scarborough (sixth in Western A) hosted Thornton Academy Thursday, welcomes Cheverus Saturday and visits rival and nemesis Biddeford Tuesday.
On the girls' side, Cape Elizabeth and South Portland played in holiday tournaments.
The Capers competed in the Cole Farms Classic in Gray, defeating Bonny Eagle 43-39 and Winthrop 52-34. Cape Elizabeth then returned to league play (please see story).
The Red Riots took part in the Gorham Christmas Tourney and went 3-0, downing Traip (57-25), Wells (53-45) and Yarmouth (60-40).
Tuesday night, South Portland returned to league play at Scarborough, which didn't take part in a holiday tournament (the Red Storm avenged last year's playoff loss last Monday with a 44-39 win at Biddeford). Scarborough improved to 8-0 and further strengthened its hold on the top spot in the Western A Heals with a 43-23 win over the Red Riots, thanks to 20 points from senior standout Christy Manning. The Red Storm were at Thornton Academy Thursday and visit Cheverus Saturday.
South Portland fell to 5-4 and seventh in the region despite a team-high seven points from junior Danielle DiBiase. The Red Riots were at McAuley Thursday, visit Thornton Academy Saturday and play at Portland Tuesday.
Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland's boys' hockey teams competed in the ninth annual Maine High School Hockey Invitational last week.
The Capers went 1-3, defeating St. Dom's (5-3), while losing to Belmont, Mass., (3-2), Hanover, N.H., (6-1) and Chelmsford, Mass., (4-1). Cape Elizabeth (2-2 in countable games and sixth in the latest Western B Heals) was at Kennebunk Wednesday, hosts Leavitt Saturday, Gardiner Monday and Thornton Academy Wednesday.
The Red Storm were tournament winners over South Windsor, Conn., (5-4) and Belmont, Mass., (3-1) and lost 5-2 to Moses Brown, R.I. Scarborough (3-2 and eighth in Western A) hosted Biddeford Wednesday, go to Falmouth Saturday and visit Brunswick Monday.
The Red Riots won their first holiday game, 2-1 over Moncton, New Brunswick, then lost 8-1 to West Haven, Conn., and 4-3 (in overtime) to Spaulding, N.H. South Portland (1-3 and 13th in Western A) played at Noble Wednesday, visit Bonny Eagle Saturday and host Massabesic Monday.
On the girls' side, Scarborough takes a 6-4 mark (and the No. 3 ranking in the West Region Heals) into Saturday's game at Gorham. Monday, the Red Storm visit Portland.
Cape Elizabeth was 3-4-1 (and sixth in Western B) entering Wednesday's home game with Gorham. Thursday, the Capers hosted Biddeford, Saturday, they welcome York and Monday, they visit Biddeford.
The start of the 2010 Class A indoor track season was postponed by snow from Saturday to Tuesday or Wednesday at the Portland Expo. The Scarborough and South Portland meet results weren't available.
In Class B, weather moved the opening meets from Saturday to Monday at the University of Southern Maine. There, Cape Elizabeth came in second to Greely in the girls' meet and sixth on the boys' side.
In the pool, all three teams return to action Friday when Cape Elizabeth hosts Falmouth, Scarborough is at Westbrook and South Portland competes at Cheverus.
Having enough snow for the ski season is no longer an issue. Nordic competition was scheduled to commence this week.
On the mat, the Scarborough program enjoyed a huge win last week, downing perennial power Deering, 43-42, in a home match. The Red Storm hosted York Wednesday. Senior Hamlet Ghukasyan beat Connor Darling to win the 171-pound match. Scarborough won every other weight class by forfeit.
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