Let the postseason begin; Playoff frenzy underway-Northern edition

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Greely-Cape Elizabeth softball, Yarmouth-Cape Elizabeth boys’ lacrosse and Falmouth-Kennebunk and Yarmouth-Kennebunk girls’ lacrosse game stories, with box scores and photos, see theforecaster.net)

The arrival of the month of June means that the spring sports season is coming to a close.

Postseason drama is already underway in tennis and outdoor track.

The baseball, softball and lacrosse regular seasons are wrapping up and their playoffs begin next week.

Here’s an overview of the spring sports playoff picture:

Tennis

Falmouth’s Julia Brogan carried on the program’s tradition of winning the state girls’ singles title, as she followed up Olivia Leavitt’s three in a row with one of her own Monday.

Brogan, the No. 3 seed, beat Mt. Blue’s Sophie Swain, 6-0, 6-0, in the second round, downed Lewiston’s Alanna Taylor, 6-0, 6-0, in the Round of 16 and No. 6 seed Megan Nathanson of Scarborough in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1. In Monday’s semifinal, Brogan defeated No. 2 Bethany Hammond of St. Dom’s, 6-2, 7-6. That set up a final match showdown versus No. 4 Rosemary Campanella of Wells, which Brogan won, 6-1, 6-0.

Yarmouth’s Lana Mavor, the No. 1 seed, had to withdraw from her semifinal match against Campanella. Mavor had reached the final four by beating Messalonskee’s Alena Thomas, 6-0, 6-1, in the second round, Lewiston’s Maddi Roy, 6-0, 6-0, in the Round of 16 and No. 8 Liv Clifford of Cape Elizabeth, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.

NYA’s Lena Rich, the No. 5 seed, beat Winthrop’s Megan Chamberland, 6-0, 6-0, in the second round and Camden Hills’ Jana Spieker, 6-2, 6-1, in the Round of 16, before losing, 0-6, 0-6, to Campanella in the quarterfinals.

Falmouth’s Caroline Ray, the No. 7 seed, beat NYA’s Corrine Poitras (who had advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Calais’ Haley Donovan in the first round), 6-0, 6-0, in the second round and downed No. 10 Gabrielle Marquis of Presque Isle, 6-1, 6-0, in the Round of 16, before losing to Hammond, 4-6, 5-7, in the quarterfinals.

Greely’s Kathryn Pare’ was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over MDI’s India Janes in the first round, then lost to Hammond in the second round. Falmouth’s Kate Kelley lost her second round match, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, to Mt. Blue’s Eryn Doiron. 

In the boys’ tournament, Falmouth’s Nick Forester, the No. 2 seed, advanced the deepest. Forester beat Brunswick’s J.D. Souza, 6-2, 6-0, in the second round, Mt. Blue’s Evan Backus, 6-2, 6-2, in the Round of 16 and No. 10 Peter Mao of Mt. Ararat, 6-0, 6-1, to reach the semifinals, where he had to retire due to injury in the first set and lost to No. 3 Dariy Vykhodtsev of Thornton Academy, 

Teammate Alex Klemperer, the No. 8 seed, downed Mountain Valley’s Francesco Polvara (who beat Freeport’s Nate Smail in a first round walkover), 6-2, 6-0, in the second round and eliminated Waynflete’s Jacob Greene, 6-2, 6-0, in the Round of 16 before falling, 2-6, 1-6, to top-ranked and eventual champion Nick Mathieu of Mt. Ararat in the quarterfinals. 

Falmouth’s Peter Stegemann beat Hampden Academy’s Brandon Chasse, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round, then lost, 2-6, 6-7 (3) to No. 11-seeded Matthew Jarmusz in the second round.

NYA’s Hunter Maloney fell in the first round, 2-6, 0-6, to Alex Bunnell in Mt. Blue. 

The state team tennis tournament was set to begin at press time.

The eight-time defending state Falmouth girls took a 137-match win streak and the No. 1 seed in Class A South into the playoffs. The Yachtsmen will host either No. 8 Deering (8-4) or No. 9 South Portland (6-6) in the quarterfinals. Falmouth didn’t face either team this year.

In Class B South, two-time defending state champion Greely wound up seventh at 7-5 and visits second-ranked Cape Elizabeth (9-3) for the quarterfinals. The Capers won both regular season meetings, 4-1 at home and 5-0 in Cumberland. 

Yarmouth finished 8-4 and third in Class B South and hosts No. 6 Oak Hill (7-5) in the quarterfinals. The teams don’t play in the regular season.

Freeport wound up 3-9 and 11th in Class B South, but only nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

Defending Class C champion NYA finished with the No. 4 seed in Class C South after an 8-4 regular season. The Panthers host No. 5 Hall-Dale (9-3) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The teams don’t play in the regular season.

On the boys’ side, two-time defending Class A champion Falmouth was a perfect 12-0 this spring, but wound up second behind undefeated Thornton Academy in the Class A South standings. The Yachtsmen will host No. 7 South Portland (8-4) or No. 10 Cheverus (3-9) in the quarterfinals. Falmouth didn’t play either team this season.

In Class B South, Yarmouth earned the No. 6 seed after a 5-7 season, but has to travel to No. 3 Cape Elizabeth (10-2) for the quarterfinals. The Capers won the lone regular season match, 4-1, May 4 in Cape Elizabeth.

Freeport finished seventh in Class B South after a 4-8 campaign and goes to No. 2 Morse (10-2) for the quarterfinals. The teams didn’t play this year.

Greely wound up 0-12 and 10th in Class B South, but only eight teams make the postseason.

In Class C South, NYA went 5-7 and earned the No. 7 seed and went to No. 2 St. Dom’s (11-1) Wednesday for the quarterfinals.

Looking ahead, the semifinals are Saturday on the courts of the higher seeds. The regional finals are Thursday, June 9 at Bates College in Lewiston. The state matches are Saturday, June 11 at Lewiston High School.

Outdoor track

The Western Maine Conference championship meet was held Saturday under scorching skies at Lake Region High School in Naples.

Falmouth’s boys and girls both won the Division I title.

The Yachtsmen boys had 177 points to finish 73 ahead of York. Greely (81) came in third and Freeport (25) was eighth. 

Falmouth got wins from Noah Martin in the 100 (11.56 seconds), Matt Polewaczyk in the 200 (22.80), Sean Soucy in the 400 (53.81), Nigel Dunn in the 300 hurdles (42.81), Josh Simensky in the 800 (1 minute, 59.63 seconds), Jeremiah Sands in the two-mile (10:23.67), Ted Pierson in the discus (137 feet, 6 inches), Aaron Thomas in the pole vault (12-0) and the 4×100 relay team (44.26).

Also scoring were Dunn (second in the 110 hurdles, 16.7.0), Martin (second in the 200, 23.38), Sands (runner-up in the mile, 4:26.94), Tony St. Angelo (runner-up in the high jump, 6-0, third in the 200, 23.77, and fourth in the long jump, 18-6), Pierson (second in the shot put, 42-2.5), Ben Rudnick (second in the pole vault, 10-6, third in the 100, 11.92, and fourth in the 200, 24.27), Cole Anderson (third in the discus, 122-0),  John Auer (fifth in the mile, 4:51.67, and sixth in the 800, 2:09.95), Douglas Cooke (sixth in the high jump, 5-6) and Noah Gull (sixth in the 110 hurdles, 17.49) and the runner-up 4×400 relay team (3:40.33).

Greely got wins from its 4×400 (3:38.47) and 4×800 (8:32.77) relay teams. Also scoring for the Rangers were Chris Perry (second in the 300 hurdles, 43.29), Connor Rog (runner-up in the 800, 2:01.50), Ryan Morrison (third in the 800, 2:04.26), Kyle Hansen (third in the two-mile, 10:34.31), Nicholas Brown (third in the long jump, 18-10.25, and sixth in the triple jump, 36.7-5), Paul Buchanon (third in the shot put, 41-6.25), Gavin Poperechny (fourth in the pole vault, 9-6), Max Stickney (fourth in the mile, 4:43.55), Nathaniel Chaplin (fourth in the triple jump, 37-1.5, and sixth in the long jump, 17-3), Ian Cameron (sixth in the discus, 109-5) and their third-place 4×100 relay team (47.12). 

The Falcons’ points came from Chandler Vincent (who won the mile in 4:26.10), Henry Jaques (third in the mile, 4:33.03), Yacob Olins (sixth in the mile, 4:53.07), Max Greenwood (sixth in the 400, 55.67) and their third-place 4×800 (8:49.55) and sixth-place 4×400 (3:49.21) relay teams.

Falmouth’s girls were first with 157.50 points, which was 50.5 points better than runner-up York. Greely (105) placed third and Freeport (19) placed eighth.

The Yachtsmen were led by four-event winner Adelaide Cooke, who was first in the 100 hurdles (15.85), shot put (39-8), javelin (113-6) and discus (119-4). Also winning events were Chelsea Zhao in the pole vault (8-6), Lydia Farmer in the triple jump (34-6) and long jump (16-9), Malaika Pasch in the 800 (2:23.07) and their 4×100 (52.23) and 4×400 (4:16.41) relay teams.

Falmouth also got points from Meghan Charest (runner-up in the racewalk, 9:14.06), Hannah Berzinis (second in the two-mile, 12:27.18), Madison Tait (runner-up in the discus, 100-0), Emma England (second in the 100, 13.35, and sixth in the 200, 28.37), Emma Harrington (third in the discus, 92-5), Andrea Coyne (third in the pole vault, 7-6), Marcy Kittridge (fourth in the 200, 28.28), Victoria Burton (fifth in the triple jump, 30-11), Mary Johnson (who tied for fifth in the pole vault, 6-6), Tyler Spence (sixth in the 100, 13.75), Krysia Lesniak (sixth in the two-mile, 13:04.16), Elizabeth Cyr (sixth in the 400, 1:04.55)  and its fifth-place 4×800 relay team (10:23.74).

The Rangers got first-place finishes from Siana Emery in the racewalk (8:25.35), Carolyn Todd in the mile (5:17.41) and two-mile (12:02.00) and Lauren Williams in the high jump (4-10).

Also scoring for Greely were Samantha Pynchon (second in the high jump, 4-10), Jocelyn Mitiguy (second in the 200, 27.94, and second in the 100 hurdles, 16.38), Maggie McCormick (runner-up in the pole vault, 7-6), Lizzie Brown (third in the shot put, 32-4.5, third in the long jump, 15-5, and fifth in the discus, 80-8), Julia Bisson (fourth in the pole vault, 6-6), Sophia Stickney (fifth in the two-mile, 12:53.45), Addy Traficonte (fifth in the long jump, 14-10.75, and fifth in the 100, 13.59), Zoe Lambert (sixth in the triple jump, 30-7.5) and its fourth-place 4×100 (53.14). and fourth-place 4×800 (10:20.33) relay teams.

The Falcons got points from Maddie Squibb (third in the 400, 1:03.47), Hannah Schnyder (fourth in the 800, 2:30.58), Patricia Dupere (fifth in the 300 hurdles, 51.81) and their third-place 4×400 (4:24.06) and sixth-place 4×100 (55.07) relay teams.

In Division II, Yarmouth’s girls had 71 points and came in fourth (Gray-New Gloucester was first with 168 points). NYA had 33 points to place sixth.

The Clippers were paced by standout Emma Egan, who set a new conference championship meet record in the high jump (5-8), also won the 200 (27.37) and placed second in the 100 (13.04) and long jump (15-10), Abby Hamilton won the mile (5:22.15).

Anneka Murrin was runner-up in the 800 (2:29.67), Paige Reinfelder came in third in the pole vault (7-0), Georgia Giese was fourth in the mile (5:46.98). Sophie Walsh finished fifth in the 100 (13.72) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (56.73). Caitlen Hewitt was sixth in the javelin (72-4), Lillian Kuhn was sixth in the 800 (2:41.20). Yarmouth’s 4×100 relay team placed sixth (57.22).

The Panthers were paced by Isabelle See, who was second in the high jump (4-8). Linnea Hull was third in the triple jump (28-6). Kate Hilscher came in fourth in the javelin (79-9). Emily Baker placed fifth in the long jump (14-1.75). Megan Alberding was fifth in the 800 (2:39.27) and fifth in the mile (5:47.47). Sonia Lin placed sixth in the long jump (14-1). NYA’s 4×100 relay team came in fourth (55.85), as did the 4×400 relay squad (4:45.36). 

In the Division II boys’ competition, won by Wells with 146 points, Yarmouth (47 points) was fifth and NYA (30) came in seventh. 

The Clippers got wins from Luke Laverdiere in the 800 (2:00.10) and Ian Murrin in the discus (124-8). Murrin was runner-up in the shot put (39-1). Theo Bolmer placed fourth in the shot put (35-5.5) and was sixth in the discus (80-9). Tucker Whitney finished fourth in the high jump (5-6) and fifth in both the long jump (17-8.25) and the triple jump (37-6.5). John Decker came in fifth in the mile (4:44.74). Yarmouth’s 4×800 relay team placed fourth (10:19.52).

The Panthers got a first-place showing from Xander Bartone in the 400 (53.28). Bartone was also third in the 200 (23.89). Jack Sillin placed third in the discus (102-7). Jake Malcom came in fourth in the 300 hurdles (46.77). NYA’s 4×400 relay team came in fourth (3:59.87).

The state championship meets are Saturday.

Falmouth will compete in the Class A meet at Hampden Academy. Freeport, Greely and Yarmouth travel to Mt. Desert Island for the Class B meet. NYA will take part in the Class C meet at Foxcroft Academy.

New Englands are Saturday, June 11.

Baseball

Falmouth’s baseball team will be the top seed for the Class A South playoffs. Last week, the Yachtsmen stayed undefeated by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge visiting Kennebunk, 2-1. Chris Camelio’s triple drove in Colin Coyne to tie the game and Camelio scored the winning run on Jesse Melchiskey’s sacrifice fly. Cam Guarino earned his seventh victory thanks to the rally. Falmouth looked to finish 16-0 for the first time since 1997 when it closed at home versus Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday.

In Class B South, Freeport increased its win streak to seven Friday with a 10-0 home victory over Poland. The Falcons took a 10-5 mark and the No. 6 ranking in the region into Wednesday’s finale at Traip Academy. The last time Freeport won 11 games in a regular season was 2003.

Greely, the two-time defending Class B state champion, righted its ship at the end of the regular season, closing on a three-game win streak, capped by home victories over Lake Region (7-1) and Cape Elizabeth (8-4). Justin Leeman earned the victory and Austin Nowinski had two RBI against the Lakers. In the win over the Capers, Brad Spoerri hit a bases loaded double, Caleb Normandeau earned the victory and Ryan Twitchell got the save. The Rangers finished 11-4-1 and will likely be the No. 3 seed for the playoffs as they look for a program-first third successive championship.

Yarmouth was 9-5-1 and seventh in Class B South at press time following a 9-1 victory at Poland and an 8-1 home win over Gray-New Gloucester. Against the Knights, Tyler Waaler threw a three-hitter and Conor O’Donnell had three hits, scored twice and knocked in a pair of runs. Andrew Kinsman allowed just four hits in beating the Patriots, O’Donnell doubled, tripled and drove in two runs and Joe DeFusco and Noah Pellerin both had two hits. The Clippers hoped to move up the standings with a win over visiting top-ranked Cape Elizabeth Tuesday in the regular season finale. 

In Class D South, North Yarmouth Academy finished the regular season 7-9 and sixth (eight teams make the playoffs) after wins at Old Orchard Beach (8-2) and at home over Waynflete (4-3). Haven Cutko had two hits, scored twice and had three RBI in win over the Seagulls. The Panthers will likely visit Richmond in the quarterfinals. Way back on April 21, in the regular season opener, NYA beat the Bobcats, 3-2.

The baseball playoffs start Tuesday of next week with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Thursday, June 9. Those rounds will be contested on the fields of the higher remaining seeds.

Softball

Greely’s softball team is heading into the postseason red-hot. The Rangers closed on an eight-game win streak, capped by victories at home over Lake Region (5-0) and Cape Elizabeth (4-2) and at Freeport (5-1). Kelsey Currier threw a two-hit shutout against the Lakers and Charlotte Benoit, Kayley Cimino and Miranda Eisenhart all had multiple hits. Currier earned the victory, Moira Train scored twice and Benoit had two hits against the Capers.

“We came into this game really wanting to come out with a win,” said Benoit. “We played it like it was a playoff game. The excitement and the intensity were great.”

“They’re a good team and we just had to bear down and get the outs,” Currier said. “We had to work hard to beat them.”

“We hadn’t strung a couple good games together, but we have now,” Greely coach Rob Hale added. “We had some seeing eye hits today. Our losses were error-filled and today, we didn’t have that.”

Currier threw a three-hitter and struck out 14 against the Falcons, while Currier, Eisenhart and Cimino all tripled twice.

The Rangers finished 13-3 and project to be the No. 3 seed for the Class B South playoffs.

“We are starting clean up our defense and making adjustments at the plate,” Hale said. “There are no easy brackets in this tournament. No matter what, we’re going to see one or two of our nemeses.”

Defending Class B champion Yarmouth was 12-3 and fourth in Class B South heading into Tuesday’s home finale versus Cape Elizabeth. The Clippers were coming off wins at Wells (5-2) and at home over Gray-New Gloucester (7=2). Hannah Merrill had the go-ahead RBI hit against the Warriors and Cate Ralph had a pair of hits. Mari Cooper earned her 12th victory and Eleanor O’Gorman had a two-run double against the Patriots. Cooper, Merrill, Sydney St. Pierre and Colleen Sullivan all had multiple hits.

Freeport has shown improvement this spring, but the Falcons will miss the playoffs for the 14th year in a row. Saturday’s 5-1 home loss to Greely dropped Freeport to 3-12 and 17th in Class B South (where only 12 teams make the playoffs). The Falcons closed at Traip Academy Wednesday.

Falmouth was 6-9 and 13th in Class A South (only 12 teams make the playoffs) heading into Wednesday’s must-win regular season finale at home versus Gray-New Gloucester. The Yachtsmen were coming off a 1-0 home win over Kennebunk last Wednesday, thanks to Julia Treadwell’s two-hitter and Alison Murphy had the RBI.

The softball playoffs start Tuesday of next week with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Thursday, June 9. Those rounds will be contested on the fields of the higher remaining seeds.

Boys’ lacrosse

Yarmouth’s boys’ lacrosse team extended its win streak to five games last Tuesday, outlasting visiting Kennebunk in a thriller, 15-13, behind four goals (including the winner) from Patrick Grant and three more from Walter Conrad. Friday, the Clippers fell to 7-4 after losing for the 17th straight time to three-time defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth, 14-6, in the fog in Cape Elizabeth. Yarmouth only trailed, 6-5, entering the fourth period before the Capers pulled away. Conrad led the offense with two goals. 

“I think we’ll focus on the fact that it’s not about them, it’s about us,” Clippers coach David Pearl said. “We struggled tonight in some facets of the game that we’ve been working on. We’ll take what we learned here and rededicate ourselves.”

Yarmouth (third in the Class B North Heals) closed at home versus NYA Wednesday.

NYA entered that contest 3-8 and sixth after a 16-2 loss at Cape Elizabeth and a 7-6 overtime home win over Greely. Trevor Lachance had three goals, including the one in OT, to beat the Rangers. 

Freeport was 3-8 and 13th in Class B North (where 10 teams qualify for the playoffs) heading into Wednesday’s finale at Waynflete. Last week, the Falcons won at Lake Region (13-9) and fell at home to Fryeburg Academy (8-7). 

In Class B South, Falmouth fell to 9-2 and second behind Cape Elizabeth after Friday’s 9-8 loss at Kennebunk. The Yachtsmen closed at home against the Capers Tuesday (see theforecaster.net), looking to give coach Mike LeBel his 100th victory with the program.

Greely was fighting for its playoff life at press time. Last week, the Rangers fell to 5-6 after a 7-6 overtime loss at NYA. Ben Kennedy had two goals. Greely (sixth in Class B South at press time, where just six teams make the postseason) hosted red-hot Kennebunk in the regular season finale Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and likely needed to win to qualify for the postseason for the 17th straight year.

The playoffs start with the quarterfinal round Wednesday, June 8, on the fields of the higher seeds.

Girls’ lacrosse

Falmouth’s girls’ lacrosse team fell from the undefeated ranks last Thursday after a thrilling 7-6 overtime home loss to defending Western B champion Kennebunk. The Yachtsmen trailed 6-3 late in regulation, but goals from London Bernier, Devon Sarazin and Olivia Stucker forced overtime. After one scoreless three-minute OT period, the Rams got a goal 32 seconds into the second extra session to end it. Sarazin and Stucker both scored twice.

“We showed up to play,” said Yachtsmen coach Kait Johnson. “We were mentally prepared and we were physically prepared. I’m proud we came back.”

Falmouth will be the No. 2 seed behind Kennebunk in Class B South and had a big test to close the regular season when it hosted two-time defending Class B champion Yarmouth Wednesday night (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Speaking of Yarmouth, the Clippers also lost to Kennebunk last week, 9-5, on the Rams’ field, as their eight-game win streak came to an end. Cory Langenbach scored twice, but it wasn’t enough.

“I’m proud of how we’re growing and learning,” said Yarmouth coach Dorothy Holt. “We just had some unfortunate turnovers at unfortunate times.”

The Clippers bounced back and improved to 9-2 and third in Class B North after a 14-4 home victory over Cape Elizabeth on Senior Night last Thursday. Eliza Lunt scored five times. Yarmouth closed at Falmouth Wednesday night.

Freeport was 5-6 and seventh in Class B North after beating visiting Lake Region (11-7) and host Fryeburg Academy (11-9). Courtney Broderick and Lily Johnston both scored three times against the Lakers. In the win over the Raiders, Broderick scored five times and goalie Sam Jordan made 11 saves. The Falcons closed at York Wednesday.

NYA was 3-8 and 11th in Class B North (where 10 teams make the playoffs) entering Wednesday’s finale at Kennebunk. The Panthers lost at home to Cape Elizabeth (14-6), at Wells (12-8) and at Greely (14-7) last week. Emily Taylor had three goals against the Capers. In the loss to the Rangers, Taylor and Isabelle Coleman both scored twice. NYA needed to beat the Rams to make the postseason.

Greely was 5-6 and sixth in Class B South (where six teams qualify) after a 14-7 home win over NYA. Kelsey Otley had five goals and Maegan Dougherty added four. The Rangers closed at Cape Elizabeth Wednesday.

The playoffs start with the quarterfinal round Wednesday, June 8, on the fields of the higher seeds.

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

Sidebar Elements


Falmouth’s Julia Brogan shows off the hardware after winning the girls’ singles state title Monday afternoon.

Greely first baseman Miranda Eisenhart does the splits to record an out during Friday’s 4-2 home win over Cape Elizabeth.

Yarmouth’s Walter Conrad tries to dislodge the ball from Cape Elizabeth’s Connor Thoreck during the Clippers’ 14-6 loss Friday night in the fog.

Falmouth’s Kayla Sarazin carries the ball as Kennebunk’s Liv Sandford gives chase during the teams’ battle of unbeatens last week. The Yachtsmen lost in overtime, 7-6.

Freeport’s Maddie Squibb competes in the 400 at Saturday’s Western Maine Conference outdoor track and field championship meet. Squibb placed third.

Yarmouth standout Emma Egan sets a new record in winning the Division II high jump at Saturday’s Western Maine Conference outdoor track and field meet. Egan’s top leap was 5 feet, 8 inches.

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