Local teams remain red-hot in several sports
While the fall sports season is still in its veritable infancy, it's become clear that we have some very talented athletes and teams in our midst. With the first full week (and then some) of the campaign in the books, here's a glimpse at where things stand:
While Cape Elizabeth rolled to a 2-0 start with an impressive win at York last weekend (please see story), South Portland's football team got in the win column, while Scarborough fell just short.
The Red Riots overcame injury to several key players and held off visiting Westbrook 7-0 behind senior Ryan Curit's TD pass to senior Chris Foster. South Portland's defense did the rest and it improved to 1-1. The Red Riots (who lost 40-13 at Windham in Week One) play at red-hot Cheverus Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Stags are coming off an inspirational upset victory over preseason darling Windham.
As for Scarborough, the Red Storm (16-13 home losers to Massabesic in the first week) played at Thornton Academy, the team widely expected to be the cream of the York County crop. Scarborough was done in early by turnovers in the sloppy conditions and the Golden Trojans scored twice in the first period to take a 14-0 lead. Junior Zach Bean's TD run got the Red Storm back in it in the third, but could get no closer and went down to a 14-6 defeat, despite a stellar defensive effort. Scarborough (0-2) is at 2-0 Sanford Friday night.
The defending Class A state champion Scarborough boys' soccer team continues to make headlines.
The Red Storm have now won 22 consecutive games overall (giving them an unbeaten streak of 58 in regular season contests, dating back to Sept. 6, 2005) after recent victories over South Portland and Marshwood.
Last Friday night in Scarborough, the Red Storm beat South Portland 4-1 behind senior Trevor Hoxsie's two goals. Tuesday, Scarborough downed host Marshwood 8-1 as Hoxsie scored three times. The Red Storm (third in the Western Class A Heal Points standings as of Wednesday) faced a test Thursday at Gorham, host dangerous Westbrook Tuesday and go to Cheverus next Thursday.
The Red Riots (who got a goal from senior Adam Burpee against Scarborough) bounced back from their loss with a 2-1 win at Massabesic Tuesday. In that one, sophomore Nemanja Kaurin scored both goals. South Portland (2-1-1 and 10th in the Heal Points) hosted Biddeford Thursday, goes to Marshwood Tuesday and welcomes Sanford next Thursday.
Cape Elizabeth is 2-2 in the early going. The Capers rolled past visiting Fryeburg 8-0 last Friday, then lost 3-1 at powerhouse Falmouth Monday night. Sophomore Tim Lavallee scored in defeat. Cape Elizabeth (fifth in Western A) was home with York Thursday, hosts Lake Region Tuesday and welcomes Wells Thursday.
On the girls' side of the pitch, Scarborough is also excelling. The Red Storm won 3-1 at Portland last Wednesday and 4-0 over visiting Marshwood Friday to improve to 3-0. Scarborough has shown remarkable balance, getting three different goal scorers against the Bulldogs and four versus the Hawks. Scarborough (fifth in the latest Western A Heal Points standings) faced a huge test Thursday night when it hosted four-time defending regional champion Gorham. Tuesday, the Red Storm are at Westbrook. Thursday, they host dangerous Cheverus.
South Portland won its first two games this fall: 2-0 over Westbrook and 2-1 at Noble (senior Karleigh Bradbury scored twice), but couldn't hold a 1-0 halftime lead and lost 4-1 to visiting Cheverus Saturday to fall to 2-1 on the year. The Red Riots (eighth in Western A) were home with Massabesic Wednesday, go to Biddeford Saturday and visit Sanford next Thursday.
Cape Elizabeth continues to play well against top competition. The Capers (who tied Yarmouth 0-0 earlier in the season), followed up shutout wins over Fryeburg (2-0) and Wells (8-0) with a come-from-behind 2-2 home tie against defending Class B champion Falmouth Monday night. Junior standout Karyn Barrett scored in the first half and sophomore Abby Houghton tied the game with a late tally. Cape Elizabeth (3-0-2 and third in Western A) was at York Thursday and visits Lake Region Tuesday.
Scarborough's defending Western Class A champion field hockey team has met every challenge so far this fall. The Red Storm followed their season-opening 12-0 drubbing of Portland with a 4-1 victory over visiting Thornton Academy, a 4-0 triumph at Windham and a 4-0 win over visiting Bonny Eagle. Senior standout Brittany Ross scored three times against the Golden Trojans. Senior Heather Carrier, freshman Stephanie Felt, sophomore Kelsey Howard and senior Jackie Morin all scored in the win over the Eagles. Ross had two tallies against the Scots. Scarborough improved to 5-0 (and second in the Western A Heal Points standings) with a 6-0 win at Deering Wednesday. The Red Storm play host to Kennebunk Friday, visit Massabesic Tuesday and hosts Noble Thursday.
South Portland continues its resurgence. The Red Riots, won their first game in three seasons in the opener against Noble, lost 6-0 at Sanford, then dropped an agonizing 1-0 double-overtime home decision to Westbrook. Monday, however, South Portland went to Biddeford and won 3-1 (its best offensive output since Oct. 15, 2006), to even its record at 2-2. The Red Riots (eighth in the Heals) hosted Cheverus Wednesday, play at Gorham Friday and return home Tuesday to battle Marshwood.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth is 2-2 on the year. The Capers fell 2-0 at defending Class B champion York last Wednesday and lost at home to Wells by the same score Friday, but bounced back Tuesday with a 4-1 triumph over visiting Lake Region. Junior Ally Boyington, junior Lauren Nicholson, senior Ruth Perkins and freshman Tally Perkins all scored in the victory. The Capers (sixth in the Heals) went to Greely Thursday, host Fryeburg Monday and play at Falmouth Wednesday.
Local runners continue to excel.
Cape Elizabeth hosted NYA, Poland and York last weekend and both teams came in first. The Capers join Traip, Waynflete and York at Wells Friday.
Scarborough's boys beat Kennebunk and the girls downed Kennebunk and McAuley last weekend. The Red Storm were back in action Thursday (along with Biddeford and Portland) at Marshwood.
The South Portland boys and girls opened their seasons with a home win over Noble and Windham last Friday. Tuesday, the Red Riots girls were second in a meet at Bonny Eagle (which also included Kennebunk and Massabesic). The boys also finished runner-up.
On the links, Cape Elizabeth fell to 1-2 Monday with a 6-1 loss at Greely. The Capers did enjoy their first win of the season, 5-2, over visiting Yarmouth last Friday.
In Western A, Scarborough is 2-2. The Red Storm have defeated Westbrook (7-6) and Portland (10-3) and lost to Cheverus (11-2) and Deering (8.5-4.5).
South Portland is impressing at 3-1. The Red Riots enjoyed a 12-1 victory over Westbrook and a 7-6 win over previously unbeaten Cheverus in recent action.
Scarborough's volleyball team won its second straight match Monday, 3-0 (25-8, 25-21, 25-8) at Cape Elizabeth. The Red Storm previously swept NYA (25-17, 25-14, 25-5). Scarborough (2-2 and ninth in the Class A Heals) was at Biddeford Thursday and has a pair of big home tests next week: versus six-time defending state champ Greely Tuesday and Gorham Wednesday.
The Capers fell to 0-3 with their loss to Scarborough. Cape Elizabeth (11th in Class A) returns to action Monday at NYA. Tuesday, the Capers host Cony.
Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org