Wins keep on coming for local teams
Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland's fall athletic teams continue to make their mark and deliver an abundance of thrills to their followers. Here's a look at what you might have missed:
While South Portland's football team suffered a loss at Cheverus last weekend (please see story), Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough had mixed results.
Saturday night, the Capers improved to 3-0 with a 40-8 victory over Fryeburg in their home opener. After rolling at Poland and York, Cape Elizabeth had little trouble with the Raiders, racing to a 34-8 halftime lead. Senior standout Tommy Foden (the Campbell Conference's leading scorer) was once again untouchable, scoring on a 63-yard punt return, a 3-yard run and a 29-yard pass from senior quarterback Ezra Wolfinger (the most prolific QB in the league), who also hit senior Finn Melanson (the top receiver in Western B) for a 13-yard strike. Senior Kyle Piscopo and sophomore Sam Barber scored on short runs. The Capers look to keep the good times rolling Friday night at Falmouth (2-1).
Scarborough went to Sanford last Thursday night and fell to 0-3 after a hard-fought 7-0 defeat. The Red Storm have only allowed 37 points this season, but have managed just 19 as they've been competitive against each of their foes. Scarborough hopes to enter the win column Friday when it hosts Biddeford (3-0).
Scarborough's boys' soccer team has faced a couple of recent challenges, but passed them both. The Red Storm held off visiting Gorham 1-0 last Thursday (on senior Trevor Hoxsie's goal), then defeated visiting Westbrook 2-0 Tuesday night (thanks to goals from freshman Austin Downing and junior Kevin Philbrick and a highlight reel PK save from senior goalkeeper Tennessee Peters) to improve to 6-0 on the season.
"We're still making a lot of mistakes," said Scarborough coach Mark Diaz. "We've got stuff to work on. Gorham was close. They made us earn everything. Trevor had a great goal. They didn't have too many chances until late. Westbrook's a good team. We got the win. We got better in the back. Tennessee's the real deal. He got tested."
Scarborough (first in the latest Western Class A Heal Points standings) is riding a 24-game winning streak and hasn't lost a regular season game in over four years. The Red Storm faced another stern test at Cheverus Thursday and return home Tuesday to face dangerous Kennebunk.
"This is the meat of our schedule," said Diaz. "We're not near ready yet to make a run."
South Portland improved to 4-1-1 Tuesday after a 4-3 victory at Marshwood. The Red Riots previously beat visiting Biddeford 5-1 last Thursday (seniors Nick Brown and Graham Young both scored twice). Against the Hawks, Young, sophomore Akeeba Davis, freshman Damjan Draskovic and sophomore Nemanja Kaurin all had goals. South Portland (10th in the Western A Heals) was home against Sanford Thursday and goes to Deering Tuesday.
Cape Elizabeth has won two straight: 3-1 at home over York and 4-0 over visiting Lake Region. Against the Wildcats, seniors Brock Barritt, Ben Brewster and Harper Nelson all scored. In the win over the Lakers, Barritt had three goals. The Capers (seventh in the Western A Heals) hosted Wells Thursday and go to Poland Saturday.
On the girls' side, Scarborough's home win over Gorham last Thursday might have represented a changing of the guard. The Rams are the four-time defending regional champions and hadn't lost an SMAA contest in ages, but the Red Storm eked out a 2-1 triumph behind goals from sophomore Haley Carignan and junior Courtney Hughes. Scarborough (first in the Western A Heals) improved to 5-0 Tuesday night with an 8-0 victory at Westbrook.
"We have been playing very well early this season and it really is our ability to grind out wins which has been a problem for us in the past," said Red Storm coach Mike Farley. "The first game that we did this in was the Portland game (a 3-1 come-from-behind road victory Sept. 9). We were playing very well in the first half, but just couldn't score and then we found ourselves down 1-0 at halftime on a goal we gave up on a free kick. In years past, we might have let that frustrate us and start pressing, but this team is playing with a lot of composure and even when we don't play as well as we might hope, we are continuing to battle to get wins. The Gorham game was another game that we didn't play as well as we would have liked, but the players really applied themselves to battle for 50-50 balls and balls in the air and that made the difference in the game. This team plays with composure and a sense that they have something to prove and those are two very positive traits."
The Red Storm were home with red-hot Cheverus Thursday night and go to South Portland Saturday morning.
The Red Riots easily defeated visiting Massabesic 7-1 last Wednesday (freshman Jenacee Bradbury scored twice), then lost 1-0 at Biddeford Saturday to fall to 3-2 on the year. South Portland (10th in Western A) was at Sanford Thursday and hosts Scarborough Saturday.
Cape Elizabeth suffered its first loss last Thursday, 3-1 at York. Tuesday, the Capers improved to 4-1-2 with a 2-1 win at Lake Region (freshman Maddie Riker tied the game, then won it in OT). Cape Elizabeth (fifth in the standings) is idle until Tuesday when it hosts Poland. The next night, the Capers face a showdown at rival Greely.
Scarborough's field hockey team keeps steamrolling the competition. Last Wednesday, the Red Storm won 6-0 at Deering (senior Ellie Morin had three goals). Friday, they were 5-2 home victors over Kennebunk (senior Jackie Morin scored three times). Tuesday, Scarborough improved to 7-0 with a 10-1 romp at Massabesic. Senior Brittany Ross had three tallies. The Red Storm (third in the Western Class A Heals) were home with Noble Thursday, then traveled to Sanford for a showdown with their nemesis Friday. Next Wednesday, Scarborough hosts South Portland.
Speaking of the Red Riots, they remain very competitive, but haven't had any wins to show for it in the past week. South Portland lost 5-0 at home to Cheverus, fell 3-0 at Gorham, then dropped a frustrating 1-0 home decision to Marshwood Tuesday. The Red Riots (2-5 and 12th in Western A) are at McAuley Friday and host Portland Monday.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth took a 2-4 mark into Wednesday's game at Falmouth. The Capers lost 1-0 at Greely last Thursday and dropped a 3-2 (overtime) decision to visiting Fryeburg Monday. In that one, junior Kelsey Maguire scored twice. Cape Elizabeth (10th in the Heals) hosts defending state champion York Friday and plays at Yarmouth Tuesday.
Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough's cross country teams remain unbeaten on the season.
Last week, Cape Elizabeth joined Traip, Waynflete and York at Wells and both teams came in first. Junior Reid Douty led the boys' squad with a second place individual finish (15 minutes, 25 seconds). The girls were paced by senior Emily Attwood, who was first overall (17:02). The Capers compete in the Manchester (N.H.) Invitational this weekend.
Scarborough (along with Biddeford and Portland) ran at Marshwood last week. Both defending Class A champion Red Storm teams came in first. Senior Nate Hathaway won the boys' race (18:39). Senior Melissa Dellatorre was tops on the girls' side (24:37). Scarborough joins Cheverus, Deering and Portland at Falmouth Friday for a rare joint Southern Maine Activities Association/Western Maine Conference meet.
South Portland's boys and girls have been idle since last Tuesday. The Red Riots host Gorham, NYA, Westbrook and Yarmouth Friday.
On the links, South Portland remains a pleasant surprise. The Red Riots have emerged as a top SMAA contender and are 5-2 at press time. In recent matches, South Portland defeated visiting Scarborough 11-2 and visiting Portland 12-1, then gave defending Class A champ Deering a scare before falling 7.5-5.5.
Scarborough is 2-5 after recent losses to South Portland (11-2), Cheverus (9-4) and Westbrook (8.5-4.5).
In Class B, Cape Elizabeth fell to 1-4 Monday with a 4.5-2.5 loss to rival Falmouth.
Scarborough's volleyball team did battle with six-time defending state champion Greely Tuesday night (please see story).
Cape Elizabeth, meanwhile, got in the win column for the first time Monday, beating NYA in four games (30-28, 22-25, 25-18, 25-20). The Capers (11th in Class A) host Yarmouth Friday and welcome Gorham Tuesday.
Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org