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Greely’s Luke Marsanskis, left, Riley Franklin and Matthew Todd compete in the boys’ two-mile at last weekend’s Western Maine Conference championship meet. Franklin was first, Marsanskis runner-up and Todd fifth as the Rangers were second to York as a team.
Falmouth’s Kayla Sarazin handles the puck during the Yachtsmen’s 5-2 loss at Scarborough in Friday’s South Region semifinals. Sarazin scored six goals in two playoff games.
(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-Portland/Deering and Falmouth-Scarborough girls’ hockey game stories, see theforecaster.net)
While the basketball tournament (see story) will garner plenty of attention in the days to come, just about every other winter sport is in the process of determining champions as well.
Last week saw conference and region champions crowned and there’s plenty of hardware still to come.
Here’s a glimpse:
All three local girls’ hockey teams made the playoffs, but bowed out last week.
In the South Region, Falmouth, ranked third, made it to the semifinals by knocking off sixth-seeded Portland/Deering, 7-1, in the quarterfinals last Wednesday. Kayla Sarazin led the way with four goals.
“I play midfield in lacrosse, so I think about playing both sides,” said Sarazin, an offensive-minded defenseman. “I lean toward defense, but if I have a chance to score, I’m definitely looking to shoot.”
“There aren’t enough great things I can say about (Kayla),” said Falmouth coach Rob Carrier. “I do know she didn’t want it to be her last game and she showed that on the ice.”
Friday, in the semifinal round, Falmouth was eliminated by second-seeded Scarborough, 5-2, despite two Sarazin goals.
“Scarborough’s strong and their will to win was greater than ours tonight,” Carrier said. “It was even until they pulled away at the end.
“(After the game) we wanted to make sure to tell (the girls) how much we appreciated how much they showed up willing to work hard. It stings right now, but they’ll remember the time they spent together.”
In the North Region, defending state champion Greely/Gray-New Gloucester, ranked sixth, had a short postseason stay this winter, losing, 9-1, at third-ranked St. Dom’s in last week’s quarterfinals to finish 6-13.
Yarmouth/Freeport, ranked fourth in the North, defeated No. 5 Winslow/Gardiner, 5-2, in the quarterfinals, as Olivia Bradford scored two goals.
Yarmouth/Freeport then lost, 8-0, at top-ranked Lewiston Saturday in the semifinals to finish the year 12-8. Goalie Allie Perrotta made a whopping 42 saves in defeat.
“It was a great season for us,” said Yarmouth/Freeport assistant coach Kelly Connors, who filled in for Meghan Vaughan, who was ill and missed the game. “Just from last year to this year, we had a better record and great seniors that worked their butts off and led us. We are really proud of them.”
The Western Maine Conference indoor track championship meet was contested Friday in Gorham.
Greely’s girls had 127 points and was second to York (156). Freeport (59 points) was third and Yarmouth (21) placed 11th.
The Rangers got wins from Katie Carlson in the junior 400 (1 minute, 6.17 seconds), Anya Davis in the senior high jump (4 feet, 6 inches), Carolyn Todd in the open 800 (2:28.92), Marin Provencher in the mile (5:29.91) and two-mile (11:55.47), Maddy Irish in the triple jump (32-3.75) and their open 4×800 relay team (10:27.44).
The Falcons got first-place finishes from Shaina Curry in the junior high jump (4-10), Tara Migliaccio in the senior 400 (1:04.11) and their 4×200 open realy team (1:56.25).
The boys’ meet was won easily by York (228 points). Greely (96) was runner-up, Yarmouth (48) finished fourth and Freeport (24) tied Lake Region for 10th.
The Rangers got first-place finishes from Nicolas Brown in the senior high jump (6-0), Matthew Todd in the open 800 (2:04.31), Luke Marsanskis in the open mile (4:49.32), Riley Franklin in the open two-mile (10:26.92) and their open 4×800 relay team (8:50.88).
The Clippers got wins from Thomas Conrad in the senior 55 (6.89 seconds), Chris Koskinen in the open pole vault (12-6) and Michael McNeil in the senior shot put (42-5.5).
The Southwestern Maine Activities Association championship meet was held Saturday in Gorham.
Falmouth’s boys had 96 points and were second to Scarborough (216). The Yachtsmen got wins from Aidan Hoffman in the junior 800 (2:07.59) and John Auer in the open mile (4:26.96).
Falmouth’s girls tallied 38 points and came in 1oth (Thornton Academy won with 110.5 points).
Next up is the Class B state meet Saturday in Lewiston and the Class A state meet Monday in Gorham.
The swimming Southwesterns championship meets were contested last week.
Greely’s boys and girls each finished second in the North Division Southwesterns.
The girls had 291 points to place runner-up to Cape Elizabeth (365). The Rangers produced the top diver in Julia Bisson (415.75 points). Jaehee Park was first in the 500 freestyle (5 minutes, 17.85 seconds). Greely’s 400 relay team (Park, Camden Dean, Lauren Lambertson and Kate Hahn) was also first (3:53.87).
Falmouth (182) was third and North Yarmouth Academy (3 points) came in ninth.
The boys’ meet was won by Cheverus with 294 points. Greely (186) was second and Falmouth (115) placed seventh.
In the South Division Southwesterns, Yarmouth’s boys tallied 209 points and came in third behind Kennebunk (290) and Portland (255). Ben Cox-Faxon won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.56). The Clippers’ 200 free relay team (William Lenardson, Wesley Pratt, Conor Wolff and Zachary Mogul-Campbell) was also first (1:38.37).
Freeport (66) was sixth.
In the girls’ meet, won by Kennebunk with 243 points, Yarmouth (151) was fifth and Freeport (9) placed 13th. The Clippers got a win from Zoe Siegel in the 100 butterfly (1:03.95).
The Class B boys’ state meet will be held Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono. The Class B girls’ meet is Monday of next week at UMO, while the Class A boys’ meet is the same day at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The Class A girls’ state meet is next Tuesday in Brunswick.
Freeport’s boys’ and Yarmouth’s girls’ teams won the Western Maine Conference Nordic ski championship last week. Freeport’s John Giddens won the boys’ classical title.
The skiing state meets begin later this week.
Falmouth’s boys’ hockey team got the critical win it needed Saturday, snapping a four-game skid with a 6-5 win at defending Class A South champion Biddeford in a playoff rematch. The Yachtsmen were coming off a 5-4 overtime loss at St. Dom’s (Tyler Baker scored twice in that game). Falmouth (4-11 and sixth in the Class A South Heal Points standings) hosted St. Dom’s Wednesday, plays at Cheverus Saturday and closes the regular season at two-time defending Class A state champion Lewiston Wednesday of next week.
In Class B South, Greely remains atop the Heals after improving to 12-2 with wins last week over visiting Gorham (11-1) and host Thornton Academy (6-4). Against the Rams, Jake MacDonald and Jackson Williams each scored two goals, while Andrew Moore had four assists. The Rangers hosted Yarmouth Tuesday, welcome Maranacook Thursday, play at Cape Elizabeth Saturday and close at home against Leavitt Thursday of next week.
Yarmouth was 7-6-2 and sixth in Class B South at press time following a 4-3 win at Gardiner and a 5-4 home victory over Cheverus. Against the Tigers, Kurt Heywood, Spencer King, Matt Robichaud and Joe Wilson all scored. In the win over the Stags, Aidan Miller had two goals, while Heywood, King and Matt Sanborn also had goals. The Clippers were at Greely Tuesday, visit Leavitt Saturday and close at home versus Cape Elizabeth Monday.
The South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete co-op squad was 9-6 and third in Class A South after a 5-1 win at two-time defending Class A state champion Lewiston and home victories over Thornton Academy (3-1) and Marshwood (10-2). After hosting defending Class A South champion Biddeford Wednesday, SP/Freeport/Waynflete plays at Scarborough Saturday, then closes at Massabesic Thursday of next week.
Times Record staff writer Bob Conn contributed to this story.