Holiday action over, regular season resumes-Northern edition

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After a brief hiatus for holiday play, local winter sports teams now turn their attention to the resumption of the regular season. Here’s a glimpse at what happened last week and what’s to come now that the calendar has flipped to 2011.

Boys’ basketball

Falmouth, Greely and Yarmouth’s boys’ basketball teams all took part in the 25th anniversary Portland High holiday tournament at the Portland Expo.

This year’s tourney suffered a cancellation of games last Monday due to a snowstorm and with the Maine Red Claws claiming the Expo on Tuesday and Thursday nights, only one evening was available, keeping crowds down and preventing the normal format leading to a champion.

Falmouth lost all three of its outings, 48-33 to Deering (despite 14 points from junior Jack Cooleen), 47-35 to Susan Wagner of New York (junior Matt Packard led the team with 11 points) and 55-38 to host Portland.

Greely finished 1-2. The Rangers downed Scarborough, 46-41 (behind 14 points from senior Sam Johnston), then lost to South Portland (68-37, despite a dozen points from senior Tanner Storey) and defending Class A champion Cheverus (50-40).

Yarmouth also won one of three games. The Clippers got off to a strong start by downing Westbrook, 58-48 (junior Josh Britten had 21 points, senior Matt Murphy finished with 16). They then lost to Deering (50-45) and Windham (49-48, in overtime).

North Yarmouth Academy didn’t take part in a holiday tournament.

Freeport’s holiday results were not available.

The regular season is again underway and there were some compelling showdowns Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game stories and photos).

Greely, the preseason Western B favorite, which won its first six games and is ranked first in the latest Heal Points standings, hosted rival and recent nemesis Cape Elizabeth. The Capers have eliminated the Rangers from the tournament each of the past three seasons. Greely is home against Fryeburg Friday and Wells Tuesday of next week.

Fourth-ranked Yarmouth hosted No. 5 Falmouth, the defending Class B champion, Tuesday night.

The Clippers have been a surprise this season, winning four of their five 2010 games, capped by a stunning 84-61 romp at Cape Elizabeth four days before Christmas. Yarmouth has another big test at York Friday and hosts Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday.

The new-look Yachtsmen are also off to a promising start, winning four of their first five (losing only to Greely). Falmouth is home with Poland Friday, then hosts Cape Elizabeth in a rematch of last year’s Western B Final on Tuesday.

Freeport is seeking its first victory. The Falcons took an 0-5 mark (and the No. 16 spot in the Western B Heals) into Tuesday’s game at Wells. Freeport plays at Lake Region Friday and hosts Old Orchard Beach Tuesday of next week.

In Western C, NYA entered the week 1-3 and 17th in the standings. The Panthers were at Sacopee Tuesday, play host to Old Orchard Beach Friday and welcome Gould Academy Monday.

Girls’ basketball

Local girls’ teams were also busy over the holidays.

Freeport played five tournament games and won four of them. First, the Falcons took part in a tourney at St. Dom’s where they downed Madison (32-21) and Old Orchard Beach (26-20) and lost to the hosts by a point (46-45). Freeport then went to a breast cancer tournament/fundraiser at Richmond where it held off NYA (51-44) and beat the hosts (46-32).

Falmouth and Greely participated in a tournament in Portland.

The Rangers met defending New Hampshire state champion Winnacunnet and lost, 58-40, then downed Susan Wagner of New York, 52-38.

The Yachtsmen’s results weren’t available.

Yarmouth played two games in the Gorham Christmas Tournament, losing to South Portland (64-18) and Thornton Academy (56-31).

As the regular season resumes, Greely is in the best position, sitting third in the Western B Heals. If the Rangers could avoid York, they might never drop another game, but two days before Christmas, Greely lost again at the Wildcats, 54-28, to end a five-game winning streak to start the season. The Rangers were back in action Tuesday when they hosted surprising Cape Elizabeth. Greely goes to Fryeburg Friday and visits Wells next Tuesday.

Falmouth entered the week 3-2 and seventh in the region. The Yachtsmen won their first three outings, then lost at Greely and home to nemesis Lake Region prior to the break. Falmouth was at Yarmouth Tuesday, goes to Poland Friday and welcomes Cape Elizabeth Tuesday.

Yarmouth lost four in a row after winning its opener and was 14th in Western B heading into Tuesday’s game with Falmouth. The Clippers host undefeated defending Class B state champion York Friday, then go to Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday.

Freeport, winless in its first five countable games, hoped to build on its holiday success and get in the win column Tuesday at home versus Wells. The Falcons (17th in the region) host Lake Region Thursday and go to Old Orchard Beach Tuesday.

In Western C, NYA entered 2011 at 2-3 and 13th in the Heals. The Panthers were at Sacopee Tuesday and go to Old Orchard Beach Friday.

Boys’ hockey

As was the case with the basketball tournaments, hockey’s long-standing Maine High School Hockey Invitational, featuring teams from throughout the East Coast and even Canada, was affected by weather.

Falmouth, Greely, NYA and Yarmouth were able to take part, however.

The Yachtsmen beat North Haven of Connecticut, 3-2, and also played St. Joseph’s of Connecticut and DeMatha of Maryland (those scores were unavailable). On New Year’s evening, Falmouth downed Greely in the Dudley Cup once again, 2-0, to stay undefeated in the annual showdown.

Speaking of the Rangers, they edged Amity of Connecticut, 3-2, then lost to DeMatha, 4-0.

The Clippers lost to Coventry of Rhode Island (6-1), then beat Hampton of New Brunswick (5-1).

The Panthers lost to Xavier of Connecticut (3-1) and also played St. Joseph’s of Connecticut (no score was available).

The regular season has resumed with Falmouth, Greely and Yarmouth all looking to build on their strong starts.

The Yachtsmen, 1-0-2 in the early going, host St. Dom’s Thursday and visit Kennebunk Monday. Falmouth was second to Thornton Academy in the latest Western A Heals.

The Rangers have clearly emerged as the class of Western Class B. Greely won its first five outings, outscoring the opposition, 33-8, to grab hold of the top spot in the Heals. The Rangers go to Gardiner Thursday and host South Portland Saturday.

The Clippers split their first four games and were fifth in the latest Heals at the start of the week. Yarmouth improved to 3-2 Monday after a 3-2 (overtime) win at Kennebunk. Eamon Costello’s second goal of the game was the difference. The Clippers hosted Massabesic Wednesday and welcome York Saturday in a rematch of last year’s Western B Final.

NYA returns to prep league action Friday at St. George’s.

Girls’ hockey

Local girls’ hockey teams are nearing their stretch run.

Greely has enjoyed the most success, taking a five-game winning streak and a 5-2 mark into Thursday’s home game against Lewiston. The Rangers (fifth in the East region) go to York Saturday and host defending state champion Cheverus Wednesday. On New Year’s evening, Greely edged Falmouth, 1-0, in the Dudley Cup.

Yarmouth lost its first seven games, then beat Leavitt/Edward Little, 4-3, in overtime. The Clippers (sixth in the East) host Cheverus Friday.

In the West region, Falmouth entered the week 2-6 after a recent 2-1 (overtime) victory over Lewiston. The Yachtsmen (sixth in the Heals) improved to 3-6 Monday after downing host Brunswick, 4-1 (sophomore Jayde Bazinet had two goals). They visit Portland Friday.

NYA, which participated in the Exeter Tournament last weekend, returns to prep league play Friday at St. George’s.

Track

The indoor track and field regular season begins this weekend at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

Several locals made a mark at last week’s New Year’s Relays.

Greely’s Michael Burgess took the boys’ shot put relay (51 feet, 7 inches). Falmouth’s Reid Pryzant captured the boys’ 55 (8.19 seconds). Greely won the girls’ distance medley (in 14 minutes, 31.65 seconds) and the 3,200 relay (10:48.11). Falmouth took the boys’ 4×400 relay (3:41.89).

Friday, at 3:30 p.m., Falmouth, Freeport and NYA open their season in a meet that also includes Fryeburg, Gray-New Gloucester, Lake Region and Wells. At 6:30 p.m., Greely and Yarmouth compete against each other, along with Cape Elizabeth, Poland, Traip and York.

Swimming

Greely’s defending Class B state champion swim teams were busy over the holiday. The Rangers joined Bangor, Cheverus, Mt. Desert Island, host Morse and Windham at an invitational tournament, where both teams placed second. Sophomore Sarah Easterling set a new school record in the 200 individual medley. Easterling joined Sara Schad, Megan Stroud and Katie Whittum in setting a new pool record in the 400 free relay.

Greely then competed against Yarmouth in a regular season meet. The boys won, 89-31. The girls lost to the Clippers, 89-75. Greely was at Windham Tuesday, visits Falmouth Thursday and Scarborough next Tuesday.

Yarmouth goes to Portland Friday.

NYA joined Waynflete at Bonny Eagle Monday. The Panthers girls had 47 points, while Waynflete won with 124 and Bonny Eagle managed 101.

Skiing

The Alpine and Nordic ski seasons began this week.

The first Alpine meet, a giant slalom, was held Monday and Falmouth, Freeport, Greely and Yarmouth participated.

The boys’ race was won by the Yachtsmen with 30 points. The Clippers (45) came in second. The Rangers (117) placed fifth and the Falcons (126) finished sixth.

Greely won the girls’ meet with 20 points. Freeport (32) was second, Yarmouth (40) third and Falmouth (88) placed fifth.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net

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Yarmouth senior Olivia Harrison tries to pass around Cape Elizabeth sophomore Kisa Tabery in the teams’ last game before the holiday break. The Clippers lost, 44-21.

Yarmouth freshman Grace O’Donnell battles Cape Elizabeth sophomore Kisa Tabery for a loose ball.

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