Holiday break over, winter season gets serious

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The preliminaries are over and the winter sports season is about to ramp up dramatically.

Last week featured a mix of holiday tournament and regular season action. Now, it’s back to work for everyone on the hardwood, ice, mats and in the pool, and the indoor track and skiing seasons are about to heat up as well.

Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ basketball

The South Portland boys’ basketball team continues to impress. After dominating their lone holiday tournament game (75-45 over Lake Region, thanks to 14 points from junior Jack Tolan and 12 from senior Logan Gaddar), the Red Riots won at Massabesic Friday, 80-55, as junior Tanner Hyland had a program record with nine 3-pointers, finishing with a game-high 31 points. Tuesday evening, South Portland improved to 6-1 (and third in the Western Class A Heal Points standings as of Wednesday) after a 60-39 home win over Scarborough. Senior Jordan Muller led the way with 17 points. Hyland added 15. The Red Riots are back in action Friday with a huge home test against unbeaten Deering and top-ranked. Tuesday, South Portland goes to Sanford.

Scarborough was riding high after capturing the holiday tournament championship. The Red Storm defeated Cape Elizabeth (46-37), Falmouth (54-51) and Greely (51-46) to take the title. Scarborough then downed visiting Biddeford Saturday, 52-24, as junior Kevin Manning had a team-high 16 points. In the loss to South Portland, senior David Conceison led the team with 10 points. Manning and senior Ben Wessel each had nine. The Red Storm (3-4 and 10th in Western A) hosts Thornton Academy Friday and welcomes reigning Western A champion Cheverus Tuesday.

Cape Elizabeth lost its two holiday tournament games, 46-37 to Scarborough (despite senior Chris Robicheaw’s 12 points), and 60-29 to Susan Wagner of New York. The Capers took a 4-2 record and the No. 9 ranking in Western B into Wednesday’s game at Waynflete. Cape Elizabeth hosts Poland Friday and goes to Wells Tuesday.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, Scarborough improved to 7-0 Tuesday with a 58-37 home victory over South Portland. Junior Mary Redmond led the way with 20 points. The Red Storm (second to Marshwood in the Western A Heals, as of Wednesday) go to Thornton Academy Friday and Cheverus Tuesday.

South Portland split two games last week. The Red Riots fell at Deering, 46-32, last Wednesday, despite eight points each from junior Emily Gray and freshman Holly Black and a 19-2 run in the fourth quarter.

“The younger kids a really nice job to finish the game,” South Portland coach Mike Giordano said. “I was really pleased.”

Saturday, the Red Riots downed visiting Massabesic, 49-39, behind 16 points from junior Danica Gleason. In Tuesday’s loss at Scarborough, sophomore Brianne Maloney led South Portland with 10 points. The Red Riots (4-4 and ninth in Western A) are idle until Tuesday when they host Sanford.

In Western B, Cape Elizabeth split two holiday games last week, beating Portland (44-37) and losing to Thornton Academy (42-35). The Capers (2-4 and 13th in Western B) returned to action Wednesday when they hosted Waynflete. Cape Elizabeth is at Poland Friday and hosts Wells Tuesday.

In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School fell to 2-2 and sixth in the Heals after a 55-18 loss at Traip Tuesday. Friday, the Lions host Acadia Christian. Tuesday brings a visit from Seacoast Christian.


Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough’s boys’ hockey teams took part in the Maine High School Hockey Invitational last week.

The Capers lost to Belmont, Mass. (4-1) and Brookfield, Conn. (6-1). Cape Elizabeth is 2-0-2 in countable games and is first in the latest Western Class B Heal Points standings. The Capers hosted Cheverus Thursday, go to Winslow Saturday and visit Kennebunk Monday.

The Red Storm was a 2-0 loser to Tewksbury, Mass., in the only score reported from the holiday tournament. Scarborough (4-0-1 and third in Western A) was at South Portland Thursday. The Red Storm hosts Gorham Saturday and Falmouth Monday and goes to Thornton Academy Wednesday.

South Portland entered Thursday’s game with Scarborough with a 2-3 record (sixth in the Western A Heals). The Red Riots host Noble Saturday and visit Edward Little Wednesday.

On the girls’ side, Scarborough split two games last week, falling, 2-1, to visiting Falmouth, then downing host Cheverus, 5-0, to improve to 7-3-1 (second in the West Region Heals). The Red Storm hosts Cheverus Saturday and Gorham/Bonny Eagle Tuesday.

Cape Elizabeth tied visiting Biddeford, 1-1, Monday and is now 2-6-1 on the season (seventh in the West Region). The Capers went to top-ranked Falmouth Thursday and visit York Wednesday of next week.


The swim season resumed Thursday when Scarborough went to Greely. South Portland goes to Gorham and Cape Elizabeth hosts McAuley Friday.


Scarborough returned to the mat Wednesday, when it hosted Biddeford and Wells. Next Wednesday, the Red Storm is at Deering.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Sidebar Elements

South Portland senior Jill Legere battles Deering’s Marissa MacMillan for possession during last week’s 46-32 loss.

South Portland senior Jordan Muller goes up over Scarborough senior Kolbey Adams for a shot during Tuesday night’s contest. The Red Riots improved to 6-1 with a 60-39 victory.

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