Last week of regular season has arrived-Southern edition

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Cape Elizabeth’s Austin Legge takes a shot during Saturday’s individual golf championships. Legge repeated as the Class B champion.

Scarborough’s girls’ soccer team mobs Ashley Sabatino after she scores the lone goal in last week’s 1-0 home win over Gorham.

Cape Elizabeth’s Lila Gaudrault races to victory in the Western Maine Conference championship Division I race last weekend.

The regular season has come to an end in field hockey and the rest of the fall sports are about to follow suit, meaning that the intensity is about to rise and memories are sure to be made.

Here’s an overview of what local teams have accomplished and what they have to look forward to in the days to come.

Golf

The golf season concluded last Saturday with the individual championships in the rain at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

Cape Elizabeth’s Austin Legge repeated as the Class B boys’ champion after producing an 18-hole round of 69, three strokes better than Erskine Academy’s Connor Paine.

Legge trailed Paine by a stroke after 11 holes but played his final seven holes in 5-under, with an eagle and three birdies.

“I hit a couple good shots on the first hole and made the eagle putt and that was a huge momentum boost and then I started making a bunch of putts from then on out,” Legge said. “(Paine) was very, very steady and I had kind of a rocky start, so I knew I needed to make some birdies.”

In the Class A boys’ competition, won by Mt. Ararat’s Caleb Manuel (69), Scarborough’s Anthony Burnham, last year’s champion, placed third with a round of 73, Ethan Mason (76) tied Cheverus’ Tom Higgins for fifth place, Peter Malia (79) tied Mt. Ararat’s Will Kavanaugh for ninth and Cam Chamberlain (82) tied Andrew Klein of Greely for 13th place.

In the girls’ meet, won by Greely’s Rachel Smith, Cape Elizabeth’s Mia Spencer shot a round of 86 and placed fifth.

Field hockey

Scarborough was the lone local field hockey team to qualify for the playoffs.

The Red Storm finished the regular season 11-2-1 and earned the No. 3 seed in Class A South. Wednesday, Scarborough hosted No. 6 Cheverus (9-6) in the quarterfinals (see theforecaster.net for game story).

The Red Storm beat the visiting Stags, 2-0, Oct. 3, and had won two of three previous playoff encounters, with a 3-0 victory in the 2012 regional final the most recent.

If Scarborough advanced, it would go to No. 2 Westbrook (13-1-1), the defending regional champion, Saturday. On Sept. 15, the Red Storm lost, 2-1, at home to the Blue Blazes. Scarborough won two of three previous playoff meetings, with a 3-0 victory in the 2012 Western A semifinals the most recent.

The Class A South Final is Tuesday of next week at Biddeford High School. The state finals are Saturday, Oct. 27 at Husson University in Bangor.

Football

Scarborough’s football team improved to 5-1 after last week’s 41-8 win at Lewiston.  Touchdown passes of 34- and 7-yards from Chase Cleary to Jared Quintiliani made it 14-0 after one quarter. A 10-yard Jarett Flaker TD run and a 1-yard dive by Cleary extended the advantage to 27-0 at halftime. A 63-yard Flaker run and a two-point Cleary conversion rush made it 35-0 after three periods. Cleary added one more score, a 45-yard run, in the fourth period before the Blue Devils scored their lone points of the game.

The Red Storm (fourth in the hotly contested Class A South Heal Points standings) close at home with a pivotal contest against visiting 5-2 Bonny Eagle Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story). If Scarborough can finish in the top two, it will earn a bye into the semifinal round of the playoffs.

South Portland fell to 1-6 and seventh in Class A South (where only six teams qualify for the playoffs) following a gutwrenching 21-20 home loss to Edward Little. The Red Riots let a 14-0 halftime lead slip away, then went up, 20-14, on Anthony Poole’s late touchdown run, but the Red Eddies rallied and won it with 5.1 seconds on the clock. South Portland is at 6-1 Portland in the “Battle of the Bridge” Friday.

In Class C South, Cape Elizabeth’s two-game win streak came to a close with a 27-7 home loss to Fryeburg Academy, as the Capers fell to 3-4 with their first-ever loss to the Raiders. Cape Elizabeth (fourth in the region) closes at 3-4 Yarmouth Friday.

The football playoffs begin with the quarterfinals, on the fields of the higher seeds, Oct. 26-27.

Boys’ soccer

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ soccer team finished the regular season 7-4-3 after a 2-1 loss at Freeport, a 3-0 win at Lake Region and a 5-0 home victory over Poland. Killian Lathrop scored in the setback. Against the Lakers, Lathrop, Archie McEvoy and John O’Connor all scored. In the win over the Knights, O’Connor and Max Ludington each scored twice, while Nick Aceto had the other goal. The Capers will be the No. 4 seed in the Class B South playoffs and will host a quarterfinal round game Tuesday of next week.

In Class A South, South Portland finished 9-5 and will likely be the No. 5 seed. The Red Riots closed with wins over visiting Cheverus (5-0) and host Sanford (2-0) and a 3-2 home loss to Westbrook. In the victory over the Stags, Cooper Mehlhorn had two goals while Damir Brkic, Aleks Kaurin and Alberto Kissaka each had one. Kaurin and Mehlhorn each scored in the win over the Spartans. Against the Blue Blazes, Joseph Emery and Anthony Riga had goals for a 2-0 halftime lead, but South Portland let it slip away. The Red Riots will host a preliminary round playoff game Friday.

Scarborough closed with a 6-1 loss at Portland and a 0-0 home draw with Sanford to wind up 9-4-1, the first time since 2002 that the Red Storm haven’t posted double-digit regular season victories. Ryan Stimson had the goal against the Bulldogs. Goalkeeper Nathan Taggart made four saves against the Spartans. Scarborough (eighth in Class A South at press time) will host a preliminary round playoff game Friday or Saturday.

In Class D South, Greater Portland Christian School was 2-10 and 13th (only 10 teams qualify for the playoffs) heading into Wednesday’s finale at Pine Tree Academy. The Lions lost, 8-0, at Temple Academy Monday.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, both Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough produced perfect campaigns.

The Capers will be the top seed in Class B South after going 14-0 for the first time in program history. Cape Elizabeth closed by blanking host Freeport (1-0) and host Poland (4-0). Karli Chapin produced the winner against the Falcons. In the victory over the Knights, Prezli Piscopo had two goals and Chapin and Maggie Cochran each scored once. The Capers, who have outscored their foes, 50-2, will host a quarterfinal round playoff game next Wednesday.

In Class A South, Scarborough finished 14-0 with a 53-4 goal differential following a 2-0 win at Marshwood, a 1-0 home victory over Gorham and a 3-0 home win over Windham. Molly Murnane scored twice against the Hawks. Ashley Sabatino scored the lone goal in the win over the Rams. Against the Eagles, Leah Dickman had two goals and Josie Couture also scored. The Red Storm will be the top seed in the region and will host a quarterfinal next Wednesday.

South Portland finished 4-7-3 and garnered the 12th and final playoff spot in Class A South after a 4-3 loss at Noble, a scoreless home tie against Bonny Eagle and a 3-1 victory at Deering. Evelyn Selser had two goals and Julia Banks one in the loss to the Knights. Banks, Selser and Jena Leckie all scored in the win over the Rams. The Red Riots will travel for a preliminary round playoff game Saturday, likely to Windham (10-3-1), a squad that beat them, 3-1, Aug. 30 in South Portland.

“We’ve been done in by mostly self-inflicted wounds all season. so I’m hoping we can play to our potential for a full 80 minutes against Windham Saturday,” said Red Riots coach Jeff Selser.

In Class D South, GPCS finished 1-12 and 11th (nine teams made the playoffs) after a 9-0 loss at Temple Academy and a 6-3 setback at Pine Tree Academy.

Volleyball

Cape Elizabeth’s defending Class B state champion volleyball team will be the top seed for the Class B playoffs this fall after going 13-1 in the regular season, capped by a straight-set victory at Cony Tuesday. The Capers will host a state quarterfinal round match Saturday.

In Class A, defending champion Scarborough wound up 12-2 and third in the region following a five-set (16-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-21, 15-8) home win over Biddeford and a straight-set home victory over South Portland in a state final rematch. The Red Storm will host a state quarterfinal match Saturday.

South Portland finished 6-8 after a straight-set setback at Scarborough in Tuesday’s finale. The Red Riots project to finish eighth and if so, hosted a preliminary round match versus Thornton Academy (7-7) Thursday. If victorious, South Portland will travel to No. 1 Falmouth (13-1) Saturday for the state quarterfinals.

The playoffs continue Wednesday of next week with the state semifinals. The Class B state match is Friday, Oct. 26 at South Portland High School. The Class A state final is Saturday, Oct. 27 at Marshwood High School in South Berwick.

Cross country

Cape Elizabeth took part in the Western Maine Conference cross country championship meet Friday at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. The Capers boys were second to York in Division I, as Jack Bassett had the second-best individual time, completing the five-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 18 seconds. The girls were led by individual champion Lila Gaudrault (19:29).

Next up is the regional championship meet Saturday at Twin Brook Recreational Center in Cumberland. The Class A (Scarborough and South Portland) boys run at 11 a.m., the Class A girls at 11:45 a.m., the Class B (Cape Elizabeth) boys start at 12:30 p.m. and the girls run at 1:15 p.m.

Press Herald staff writer Steve Craig contributed to this story.

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

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