Hello, halfway mark, and the fun's just beginning

  • Mail this page!
  • Delicious
  • 0

(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-Waynflete and NYA-Waynflete boys’ soccer, Falmouth-Waynflete girls’ soccer and Greely-Traip field hockey game stories, with photos, see theforecaseter.net)

Your favorite fall sports team has either played half of its regular season schedule, or is about to reach that milepost.

As the weather grows cooler, the games get more important and after some memorable results last week, there’s plenty on tap worth keeping an eye on.

Here’s a glimpse:


Falmouth and Yarmouth remained undefeated on the gridiron last weekend, while Freeport and Greely are still seeking their first victory.

The Yachtsmen earned arguably the biggest regular season win in program history Friday when they edged visiting Biddeford, the erstwhile Class A power, 14-7, to improve to 3-0. Falmouth trailed, 7-0, after one quarter, but its defense was stout the rest of the way and didn’t surrender another point. A 70-yard touchdown run from standout Connor Aube late in the first half pulled the Yachtsmen within 7-6 at halftime. Then, early in the fourth quarter, Aube scored from the 2 and Jack Bryant hit George Gilbert with a two-point conversion pass for a 14-7 lead, which held up. Aube had 94 yards and two scores on a dozen carries and also had six tackles.

Falmouth (second to Leavitt in the Class B South Crabtree Points standings at press time) goes to 1-2 Mt. Ararat Friday. Last year, the Yachtsmen beat the visiting Eagles, 41-7.

Yarmouth made it three wins in a row by virtue of an impressive 49-0 victory at Poland. A 1-yard Lucas Uhl TD run broke the ice. Cody Cook then scored from 11 yards out and Jack Snyder ran for the two-point conversion to make it 15-0 after one period. Another Cook scoring run (from 5 yards) made it 22-0 at the half. Cook scored on a 46-yard burst and Uhl added a TD from a yard out for a 36-0 advantage after three quarters. In the fourth period, Snyder scored on a 12-yard run and quarterback John Thoma hit Remi Leblanc for a 22-yard scoring pass to account for the final score. Cook ran for 137 yards and three scores on eight carries. Uhl had 67 yards and two TDs on 19 carries. Snyder finished with 41 yards and a touchdown on four attempts. Thoma went 6-of-10 for 110 yards with a TD and an interception.

The Clippers (third in Class C South) hope to improve to 4-0 Saturday afternoon when they go to 1-2 Fryeburg Academy, which upset Wells last week. Last year, the teams didn’t play. 

Freeport lost, 36-0, at this year’s feel good team, undefeated Gray-New Gloucester, Friday to drop to 0-3.

“You know we are still playing tough,” first-year Falcons coach Paul St. Pierre said. “I’m proud of my guys, but we’ve got to tighten up a few things and have got to play every single play.”

Freeport (ninth in Class C South) hopes for its first win Saturday, but it won’t be easy as 3-0 Cape Elizabeth pays a visit. Last year, the Falcons lost at the Capers, 48-0.

Greely also dropped to 0-3 after losing at Noble, 33-13. The Rangers (11th in Class B South) welcome 0-3 Gorham and look to get in the win column. Last year, Greely won at the Rams, 39-14.

Boys’ soccer

Falmouth and Yarmouth’s boys’ soccer team were both undefeated at press time.

The Yachtsmen improved to 5-0 with shutout home wins last week over Waynflete (1-0) and Cape Elizabeth (4-0). Against the Flyers, Michael Sanzari scored early and the goal held up.

“(Waynflete’s) a fast team,” Sanzari said. “They’re fast on the attack. They’re scary at times.”

“We’re young, but we’re learning on the job,” Falmouth coach Dave Halligan said. “I’m pleased with our progress.”

The Yachtsmen (first in the Class A South Heal Points standings at press time) went to York Tuesday, host Poland Friday and welcome Greely Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth, the defending Class B state champion, improved to 6-0 with wins last week at Freeport (5-0) and at home over York (3-0) and a 8-0 home victory over Kennebunk Monday. In the win over the Falcons, Conor O’Donnell had two goals, including a highlight reel blast from 30-yards, and Max Coury, Jon Groothoff and and Chris Pidden added one goal apiece. Patrick Grant, Jon Groothoff and Luke Groothoff had the goals against the Wildcats. Against the Rams, Matt Dostie had a hat trick, while Henry Coolidge, Grant, Jon Groothoff, Luke Groothoff and Pidden also scored. The Clippers (first in Class B South) have two tough road tests coming up, versus Waynflete Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.

Greely settled for a 1-1 home tie with Gray-New Gloucester and lost at Kennebunk (4-2) last week, then eked out a dramatic 5-4 overtime win at Cape Elizabeth Monday. Jacob Nason scored late to salvage a tie against the Patriots. Nason and Hunter Graham had goals in the loss to the Rams. Against the Capers, Nason had three goals, including a penalty kick to win it in overtime. Nick Pronovost and Lucas Watt also had goals. The Rangers (fourth in Class B South) host Freeport Thursday and go to Falmouth Tuesday of next week.

Freeport got in the win column last week. After a 5-0 home loss to Yarmouth last Tuesday, the Falcons improved to 1-3-1 with a 2-1 victory at Gray-New Gloucester. Jack Davenport scored both goals. After going to Fryeburg Academy Tuesday, Freeport (ninth in Class B South) visits Greely Thursday and hosts Lake Region Tuesday of next week.

In Class C South, North Yarmouth Academy improved to 3-0 with a 4-0 home victory over Traip Academy last Tuesday, as Jeremy Thelven scored twice and Xander Bartone and Thomas Pitts had one goal apiece. Two days later, the Panthers suffered their first loss, 3-1, at Sacopee Valley as Pitts had the lone goal. Monday, NYA improved to 4-1 after blanking visiting rival Waynflete, 2-0, behind two Pitts goals (one in each half).

“We just think of it as a team effort,” Pitts said. “It’s not one person.”

“It wasn’t pretty, but you’ve got to do what you got to do,” said Panthers coach Martyn Keen. “If I had to pick one game to win, I’d pick this one anytime. It’s always nice to beat Waynflete. We’ll battle them again. Once, probably twice.”

NYA (third in the Heals) was at Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday, hosts Wells Thursday and visits Sacopee Valley Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

Greely’s girls’ soccer team continued its hot play last week with wins at Gray-New Gloucester (3-1) and at home over Kennebunk (4-1). Izzy Hutnak scored twice and Jocelyn Mitiguy had one goal against the Patriots. Monday, the Rangers hosted two-time defending regional champion Cape Elizabeth, which beat Greely in each of the past two Western B Finals. Ellie Schad’s second half goal gave the Rangers a 1-0 victory. Greely (6-0 and first in the Class B South Heal Points standings) goes to Freeport Friday and hosts Falmouth Tuesday.

Yarmouth enjoyed a 3-0 home win over Freeport last Tuesday as Gretchen Barbera, Katie Clemmer and Sara D’Appolonia all scored. The Clippers lost, 2-1, at York Friday despite a goal from Eavan O’Neill. Yarmouth (ninth in Class B South) improved to 3-3 with a 6-2 win at Kennebunk Monday. Freshman Olivia Feeley had a hat trick, while Clemmer, D’Appolonia and Hannah Merrill also scored. The Clippers host Wells Thursday and play at Cape Elizabeth Tuesday.

Freeport dropped to 1-4 after losses at Yarmouth (3-0) and Gray-New Gloucester (1-0) last week. The Falcons (15th in Class B South) hosted Fryeburg Academy Tuesday, welcome Greely Friday and play at Lake Region Tuesday of next week.

Falmouth took a 3-2 mark into Tuesday’s home showdown with York. Last week, the Yachtsmen enjoyed a 2-0 win at Waynflete, then fell, 1-0, at Cape Elizabeth. Amelia Waite had both goals in the victory.

“I think our team was panicking a lot early,” Waite said. “We needed to settle the ball and play to feet. When we did, we got the result we wanted.”

“We have to score against the good teams,” said Falmouth coach Andrew Pelletier. It doesn’t get any easier.”

The Yachtsmen (fourth in Class A South) go to Poland Friday and visit Greely Tuesday.

In Class C South, NYA dropped to 0-6 and 14th in the Heals after losses last week to host Traip Academy (6-1), visiting Fryeburg Academy (3-0) and host Old Orchard Beach (1-0). Isabelle Coleman had the goal against the Rangers. After playing at rival Waynflete Tuesday, the Panthers welcome Pine Tree Academy Friday and host defending Class C champion Sacopee Valley Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Yarmouth’s field hockey team, which returned to Class B this fall, entered the week unbeaten. Last week, the Clippers won at Gray-New Gloucester, 4-1, and rallied past visiting Fryeburg Academy, 3-2. Ally MacLeod, Emilie Martin, Abby McDowell and Nicole McDowell all had goals against the Patriots. Abby McDowell had two goals and Martin one against the Raiders. Yarmouth (second behind York in the Class B South Heal Points standings at press time) was at Cape Elizabeth Tuesday, goes to Kennebunk Thursday, visits Falmouth Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and hosts Cape Elizabeth Monday.

Greely lost its first four games, got in the win column against Cape Elizabeth, then made it two in a row last Thursday with a 2-0 home victory over Traip Academy. Charlotte Benoit had an early goal and Kayla Barry clinched it with a late tally.

“It was a boost to my confidence to get that first goal,” Benoit said. “It was open and I knew where the goal was and I just shot.”

“When we got that (second) goal, we knew we could do it,” Barry said. “I was super-tired and I had no energy, but I got it eventually.” 

“We came out strong,” added Greely coach Becki Belmore. “That was the goal coming into the game. We’ve worked on not starting flat.” 

The Rangers fell to 2-5 and eighth in the region after a 4-0 loss at defending Class B champion York Saturday. Greely hosts Poland Thursday, goes to Gray-New Gloucester Saturday and visits Freeport Wednesday of next week.

Freeport fell to 1-4 after a 1-0 overtime loss to visiting Poland last Thursday. The Falcons (11th in the region) hoped to snap their four-game skid when they traveled to Lake Region Tuesday. After hosting Sacopee Valley Friday, Freeport plays at York Monday, then welcomes Greely two days later.

Falmouth enjoyed a 3-2 double-overtime win over visiting NYA last Wednesday, then suffered a 1-0 setback at Lake Region Friday. In the victory, Kate Kelley and Lisa Smoluk scored in regulation and Sydney Bell won it in overtime. Monday, the Yachtsmen improved to 5-3 and sixth in Class A South after a 2-1 win over visiting Kennebunk. Kelley and Smoluk had the goals. Falmouth is home with Gray-New Gloucester Thursday, welcomes Yarmouth Saturday and plays host to Cape Elizabeth Wednesday of next week.

In Class C South, NYA followed up a 3-2 double-overtime loss at Falmouth with a 6-0 victory at Old Orchard Beach to even its record at 4-4. In the setback, Keeley Bartolini and Emma Cohen had goals. Amber Rose and Mackenzie Sangster both scored twice in the victory, while Cohen and Kiersten Marr each added one goal. The Panthers (ninth in Class C South) hosted Sacopee Valley Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), welcome Traip Academy Saturday, then host the McAuley/Waynflete co-op team Monday and Wells Wednesday of next week.

Cross country

Yarmouth hosted a compelling regular season cross country meet last Friday, when it welcomed powerhouse Falmouth, along with Kennebunk and Maine Coast Waldorf. The Clippers edged the Yachtsmen by three points in the girls’ race, as MCW came in third. Yarmouth had the top two individuals in Abigail Hamilton (19 minutes, 41 seconds) and Anneka Murrin (20:11). Falmouth’s Mira Wyman was third (21:37) MCW was paced by Fiona Ahearne (fifth, 20:46). The Yachtsmen prevailed in the boys’ meet, with the host Clippers second and MCW fourth. Yarmouth standout Luke Laverdiere was the top individual, 16:09, but Falmouth had the next three finishers in Josh Simensky (17:09), Sean Soucy (17:16) and Ben Wyman (17:23). MCW was paced by Eli Gunderson (18th, 20:24).

Greely hosted Cape Elizabeth, Lake Region, Old Orchard Beach and Waynflete and the Rangers were first in both genders. The boys had the top three finishers in Ryan Morrison (17:18), Kyle Hansen (17:51) and Max Stickney (17:59). The girls’ team had the top two finishers in Katherine Leggat-Barr (20:41) and Carolyn Todd (20:44).

Freeport (along with Traip and York) competed at Wells. The defending Class B champion boys were a narrow second to the Wildcats despite having the top two individuals (Chandler Vincent in 16:39 and Henry Jaques in 16:49). In the girls’ meet, the Falcons were also second to York. Lily Johnston was second individually in 20:52). 

NYA joined Gray-New Gloucester, Traip and Wells at Fryeburg Academy. The Panthers were third in the girls’ race, as Megan Alberding placed sixth individually in 22:58. The boys came in fourth. Brennan Flatt placed 10th individually (19:27). 

This weekend, Falmouth and Yarmouth join Traip and Wells at Poland, MCW (along with Gray-New Gloucester and Kennebunk) runs at Lake Region and Freeport, Greely and NYA will compete at the Manchester Invitational.


Greely’s golf team rolls on. Last week, the Rangers downed Gorham, 11-2, and blanked Bonny Eagle, 13-0, to improve to 6-0.

Yarmouth is also enjoying a strong season under new coach Brad Leighton. Last week, the Clippers defeated Gray-New Gloucester, 6-1, then suffered their first loss, 4-3, to York to fall to 4-1.

Falmouth enjoyed a 10.5-2.5 victory over South Portland, then suffered a 7-6 loss to defending Class A champion Scarborough. Monday, the Yachtsmen improved to 4-3 with an 11-2 win over Deering.

Freeport fell to 0-6 after a 7-0 loss to Fryeburg Academy, a 6-1 setback against Old Orchard Beach and a 4-3 loss to Waynflete.

NYA suffered a 4.5-2.5 loss to Lake Region, then improved to 4-2-1 with a 7-0 victory over Waynflete. 

Sun Journal staff editor Tony Blasi contributed to this story.

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

Sidebar Elements

North Yarmouth Academy’s Thomas Pitts plays the ball during Monday’s 2-0 home win over rival Waynflete. Pitts had both goals in the victory.

Greely senior Alyssa Coyne eludes two Traip Academy defenders during the Rangers’ 2-0 home win last week.

Greely’s Max Stickney heads toward a third-place finish at last week’s home meet. The Rangers were first as a team.

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