North Yarmouth Academy standout Te’Andre King prepares to score the 1,000th point of his high school career during Friday’s 53-41 home loss to Old Orchard Beach.
North Yarmouth Academy’s Catherine Reid drives on a Cape Elizabeth defender during last week’s 50-45 Panthers’ victory.
Freeport’s Tara Migliaccio wins the girls’ senior 400 at last weekend’s league meet.
(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-South Portland and Freeport-Waynflete boys’ basketball and North Yarmouth Academy-Cape Elizabeth girls’ basketball game stories, see theforecaster.net)
The final games of the winter sports regular season are upon us and with the girls’ hockey playoffs beginning next week, that means the calendar is about to flip to February and it’s time to start thinking about championships.
Here’s a glimpse at what happened last week and a look at what’s upcoming:
Greely’s two-time defending state champion boys’ basketball team began the week atop the Class A South Heal Points standings at 11-3 after downing host Westbrook (73-40) and Gray-New Gloucester (72-48) last week. Against the Blue Blazes, in a regional final rematch, Logan Bagshaw scored 22 points and Andrew Storey added 21. In the win over the Patriots, Storey scored 24 points and Bagshaw added 17. Mikey Coppersmith contributed 10 points.
“We need to make sure that when stuff isn’t going great offensively that our offense needs to come from our defense,” Greely coach Travis Seaver said. “And we did it for a good part of that stretch in the third quarter there. Our good defense turned into our offense.”
The Rangers visited Cape Elizabeth Tuesday, host Yarmouth Friday, welcome York Tuesday of next week and finish the regular season at home versus Fryeburg Academy next Thursday.
Falmouth is also 11-3 and second to Greely in Class A South following a 60-58 victory at Biddeford and a 58-48 loss at South Portland. In the win, Mike Simonds had 16 points, William Gravier added 15 and Nicco Pitre had 11. In the setback, Nik Hester scored 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.
“It was just a lack of concentration and effort and (South Portland) did a good job finding their shooters,” said Yachtsmen coach Dave Halligan. “We were within four with a minute to go, so it’s a learning experience for these guys. We feel bad we lost, but there’s no loser in this game because we played a good opponent and they exposed our weaknesses.”
Falmouth was home with Marshwood Tuesday, hosts Bonny Eagle Friday, welcomes Westbrook Tuesday of next week and finishes the regular season at Kennebunk next Thursday.
“The key is to keep getting better,” Halligan said. “It doesn’t matter where you go in. You can be first and be in the worst bracket. We can’t control that.”
In Class B South, Freeport was 9-5 and fifth at press time following a 71-43 loss at Waynflete and a 48-41 home win over Fryeburg Academy. In the setback, the Falcons were doomed by a 35-3 Flyers’ run. Kaleb Barrett had 14 points and Toby Holt added 13, but it wasn’t enough.
“Waynflete goes deep and a lot of guys can score for them,” said Freeport coach Bill Ridge. “It’s a tough matchup. Once again, we tightened up under pressure. We need guys to step up.”
Freeport snapped a three-game skid by beating the Raiders behind 19 points from Holt and 15 from Gabe Wagner. After hosting York in a key showdown Tuesday, the Falcons are at Lake Region Friday, welcome Wells Tuesday of next week, then close at Gray-New Gloucester next Thursday.
Yarmouth improved to 6-9 and seventh in the region following Friday’s 51-37 home win over defending Class B South champion Wells. The Clippers got 11 points from Jonny Torres and nine from Will Cox.
“It was a team win,” said Clippers coach Jonas Allen. “Nine guys played and they all scored.”
Yarmouth goes to Greely Friday, hosts Poland Tuesday of next week, then closes at home versus Lake Region next Thursday.
In Class C South, North Yarmouth Academy was 7-6 and eighth heading into Tuesday’s home game against Pine Tree Academy. Last week, the Panthers downed visiting Buckfield (61-29) and lost at home to Old Orchard Beach (53-41). In the victory, Te’Andre King had 22 points and 23 rebounds and Chris Hamblett added 10 points. King reached the 1,000-point plateau in the loss to the Seagulls and had 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Miles Chapman added 12 points, but it wasn’t quite enough. The Panthers welcome Temple Academy Thursday, play at St. Dom’s Saturday, host Sacopee Valley Tuesday of next week, then close the regular season at home versus Waynflete next Thursday.
On the girls’ side, defending Class A champion Greely continues to have command of the Class A South field at 15-0 after downing visiting Westbrook (75-31) and edging visiting Gray-New Gloucester (53-48) last week. Against the Blue Blazes, Anna DeWolfe scored 32 points, Camille Clement added 18 and Madison Storey finished with 10. In the win over the Patriots, DeWolfe scored 26 points, Clement added 21 and Brooke Obar returned from injury. The Rangers hosted NYA Tuesday, then close the regular season on the road at York Tuesday of next week and at Fryeburg next Thursday.
Falmouth was 1-13 and 11th in Class A South (only nine teams make the playoffs) following home losses to Biddeford (50-32) and South Portland (63-18). Cameron Birks and Chelsea Gravier each had eight points against the Tigers. In the loss to the Red Riots, Gravier had a team-high seven points. After playing at Marshwood Tuesday, the Yachtsmen are at Bonny Eagle Friday, visit Westbrook Tuesday of next week, then close at home versus Kennebunk next Thursday.
In Class B South, Freeport was up 12-2 and third in the region following a 46-23 home win over Waynflete and a 44-37 victory at Fryeburg Academy. Against the Flyers, Caroline Smith scored 23 points. In the win over the Raiders, Catriona Gould had 14 points and Rachel Wall added 13. After hosting York Tuesday, the Falcons welcome Lake Region in a regional final rematch Thursday, visit Wells Tuesday of next week, then close at home versus Gray-New Gloucester next Thursday.
Yarmouth improved to 9-6 and fourth in Class B South after Friday’s 37-22 win at Wells. Ceanne Lyon had 10 points, Hope Olson added nine and Margaret McNeil finished with eight. The Clippers hosted Old Orchard Beach Tuesday, go to Poland Tuesday of next week, then close at Lake Region next Thursday.
In Class C South, NYA improved to 11-3 and fifth after home wins over Kents Hill (75-27) and Cape Elizabeth (50-45) and a victory at Old Orchard Beach (54-34). In the first win, Catherine Reid had 19 points, Maggie Larson added 18 and Helen Hamblett finished with 14. Against the Capers, Reid had 22 points and Katie Larson drained a pair of late 3-pointers to help provide the winning margin.
“I think we just got a lot of transition hoops and that helped,” said Reid. “We couldn’t get into an offensive flow, so fastbreaks helped. Once we started driving to the basket, we got better looks.”
“For the majority of the game, I thought we were in trouble,” Panthers coach Tom Robinson said. “We knew it would be a battle. (Cape) didn’t struggle to score tonight and somehow we got to 50 (points). We had a great second half.”
In the win over Old Orchard Beach, Reid led the way with 21 points, Serena Mower added a dozen, Larson had 11 and Hamblett finished with 10. NYA was at Greely Tuesday, goes to St. Dom’s Saturday, hosts Sacopee Valley Tuesday and closes the regular season at home versus Waynflete next Thursday.
Greely’s boys’ hockey team suffered its first loss of the year last Thursday, 6-2, to visiting Class A power St. Dom’s. The Rangers (9-1 and first in Class B South) had a showdown at two-time defending Class A champion Lewiston Wednesday and visit Brunswick Saturday.
Yarmouth fell to 4-6-1 and eighth in Class B South (where seven teams make the playoffs) after Saturday’s 4-2 home loss to Gorham. After hosting St. Dom’s Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), the Clippers visit Kennebunk Saturday.
In Class A South, Falmouth was 3-8 and eighth (seven teams make the playoffs) after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Thornton Academy. The Yachtsmen were home with Cheverus Tuesday and welcome Bangor Saturday.
The SP/Freeport/Waynflete co-op fell to 4-6 and seventh in Class A South after its 4-1 home loss to Cheverus Saturday. After playing at Windham/Westbrook Wednesday, the squad is home with Scarborough Saturday.
On the girls’ side, defending state champion Greely/Gray-New Gloucester was 6-10 and fifth in the North Region following a 4-2 loss at Scarborough last week. Greely/GNG played at Lewiston Wednesday, then wraps up the regular season Saturday at home versus Edward Little/Leavitt.
Yarmouth/Freeport improved to 11-6 and fourth in the North after a 7-5 loss at Portland/Deering and wins at Mt. Ararat/Morse (7-0) and at home over Gorham/Bonny Eagle (3-1). Olivia Bradford and Kyaira Grondon both scored twice against Mt. Ararat/Morse. Yarmouth/Freeport finishes the regular season Saturday at home versus Winslow.
In the South Region, Falmouth took a 9-4-2 record and the number three ranking into Wednesday’s home game against Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland. The Yachtsmen welcome Biddeford/Thornton Academy Friday and close at home versus Gorham/Bonny Eagle Saturday.
The girls’ hockey playoffs begin with the quarterfinals Wednesday of next week on the home ice of the higher seeds.
Greely’s boys and girls each won a six-team Western Maine Conference indoor track last weekend. Freeport’s girls were third and the boys came in fifth. NYA’s boys and girls both placed sixth.
Yarmouth’s boys were third and the girls fifth in the other league meet.
Falmouth is back in action Saturday in the final regular season meet at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
The Southwestern Maine Activities Association and WMC championship meets are the following weekend.
In the pool, Falmouth’s boys beat Gorham, 91-64, while the girls also defeated the Rams, 86-73.
Greely was swept by Cape Elizabeth, as the girls lost to the defending Class B champion Capers, 126-59, while the Rangers boys fell, 111-51.
Yarmouth swept Bonny Eagle, as the boys won, 78-18, and the girls prevailed, 102-46.
At last weekend’s Nordic Sassi Memorial, Freeport’s Lily Horne placed third in the girls’ race, while Falmouth’s Ethan Livingood was fourth in the boys’ competition.
Yarmouth’s girls’ team won an 11-team skate race last week at Pineland Farms. Freeport finished second, Maine Coast Waldorf was third, Falmouth placed fourth and Greely was sixth.
In the boys’ meet, Falmouth was first. Freeport came in second, Yarmouth was third, Greely fourth and MCW sixth.
In Alpine action, in a slalom meet last week at Shawnee Peak, Yarmouth’s boys were second to Cape Elizabeth and Greely placed third. In the girls’ race, won by Fryeburg Academy, the Rangers finished third and the Clippers were fourth.
Sun Journal staff writer Wil Kramlich contributed to this story.