Farewell to a special winter sports season-Southern edition

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Hannah Griffin and her Scarborough girls’ swim teammates were second at the Class A state meet.

South Portland’s Juliana Selser remained without peer as a distance runner.

Phil Tarling and his Cape Elizabeth boys’ hockey teammates got to their first regional final in nine years.

(Ed. Note: The basketball season was recapped last week)

The winter sports season had its share of memorable performances by local athletes.

The most success came on the track, where Scarborough swept Class A titles again and several individuals dazzled.

Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ swim team took home another Class B championship, while Scarborough almost won a Class A state title, placing second behind Cony. The Capers, Red Storm and South Portland all boasted individual champions.

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ hockey team was the most successful squad on the ice, reaching the regional final.

On the slopes, Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ Alpine team had no peer.

Wrestling provided highlights as well.

Here’s one last look at the winter sports season that was:

Winter team state champions

Cape Elizabeth girls’ swimming, Class B
Cape Elizabeth boys’ Alpine skiing, Class B
Scarborough boys’ indoor track, Class A
Scarborough girls’ indoor track, Class A

Winter individual state champions

Ian Geikie, Cape Elizabeth, Class B Alpine boys’ giant slalom
Killian Latrhop, Cape Elizabeth, Class B Alpine boys’ slalom

Rohan Freedman, Cape Elizabeth, Class B boys’ 200 freestyle
Alicia Lawrence, Cape Elizabeth, Class B girls’ 50 freestyle
Catherine Mahoney, Cape Elizabeth, Class B girls’ 200 freestyle
Olivia Tighe, Cape Elizabeth, Class B girls’ 100 freestyle
Olivia Tighe, Cape Elizabeth, Class B girls’ 500 freestyle
Hannah Griffin, Scarborough, Class A girls’ 200 IM
Molly Mawhinney, South Portland, Class A girls’ 100 breaststroke

Darcy Cochran, Cape Elizabeth, Class B girls’ 55 hurdles
Matthew Concannon, Cape Elizabeth, Class B boys’ 200
Anthony Clavette, Scarborough, Class A boys’ high jump
Jarret Flaker, Scarborough, Class A boys’ 55
Jarret Flaker, Scarborough, Class A boys’ 200
Jarret Flaker, Scarborough, Class A boys’ 400
Molly Murnane, Scarborough, Class A girls’ 55
Juliana Selser, South Portland, Class A girls’ 800
Juliana Selser, South Portland, Class A girls’ mile

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5) Cape boys’ hockey falls in regional final

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ hockey team produced a series of strong seasons in recent years only to be followed by playoff disappointments, but this winter, the Capers got to a game where hardware was awarded for the first time in a long time. After a solid regular season which saw it finish 14-2-2 and second in Class B South, Cape Elizabeth earned a bye into the semifinals, then edged defending regional champion York to get to the Class B South Final for the first time since 2009. There, the Capers battled top-ranked Greely for 45 minutes before falling one goal shy.

4) Cape boys win Alpine crown

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ Alpine ski team rode some terrific individual performances to a Class A team state title last month. Ian Geikie won the giant slalom and was fifth in the slalom, Killian Lathrop placed first in the slalom and came in fourth in the GS and Duncan Geikie finished seventh in the GS to help the Capers take home the championship.

3) Scarborough girls’ swim team comes close

Scarborough’s girls’ swim team gave Cony all it could handle at the Class A state meet and despite wins from Hannah Griffin in the 200 individual medley and its 400 freestyle relay team, came in second behind the Rams. The Red Storm have now been runners-up two of the past three seasons and next winter, will make a run at their first championship since 2005.

2) Cape girls’ swimmers do it again

Cape Elizabeth’s girls, meanwhile, once again left the Class B field in their wake, winning the state title for the second straight year and for the seventh time this century. The Capers were led again by standout Olivia Tighe, who set a new state record in winning the 100 freestyle, as well as placing first in the 500 free and helping the 200 freestyle relay team to a victory in a record-setting time. Caroline Mahoney (200 free), Alicia Lawrence (50 free) and the 400 freestyle relay team also had first-place finishes as the Cape Elizabeth dynasty continues and shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. 

1) Scarborough sweeps track titles

Speaking of dynasties, the Scarborough indoor track program fits that description. Last month, the Red Storm boys and girls won Class A in the same year for the second straight winter. The girls’ team, paced by a win from Molly Murnane in the 55, actually tied Cheverus, but it’s considered a title, which is the squad’s 10th since 2005. The boys’ squad made it three in a row and eight in 10 seasons. Scarborough was led by Jarret Flaker, who set new records in the 55 and 200 and also won the 400. Anthony Clavette was first in the high jump. The beat figures to just go on and on for this juggernaut.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.