Local teams looking good at midway point of regular season-Southern edition

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Scarborough’s Matthew Ricker, left, and Liam Bridgham fight for the ball during the Red Storm’s 1-0 home win over Kennebunk Tuesday.

Scarborough’s Sophia Martens battles for possession during a recent win over Bonny Eagle. The defending Class A South champion Red Storm were undefeated at press time.

The midway point of the fall sports season has come and gone and for local squads, every outing the rest of the way has major stakes.

Here’s a look at the week that was and a glimpse at what’s to come, as Heal Points come into play for the first time.

Football

Scarborough’s defending Class A state champion football team improved to 4-0 last Friday with its 12th consecutive victory, 53-7, over visiting Windham in a rematch of last year’s state final. Jarett Flaker ran wild again, gaining 208 yards from scrimmage and scoring four touchdowns. Flaker got the scoring started with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Chase Cleary. After a 67-yard Flaker TD run, Sean Shackford scored on a blocked punt and Flaker’s 11-yard touchdown scamper made it 27-0 after one quarter. Cleary’s 2-yard TD run made it 33-0 at the half. The Eagles, who were shut out in last year’s state game, managed to get on the board in the third quarter, but the Red Storm answered behind a 25-yard Zach Alofs touchdown run and a 14-yard Cleary scamper to take a 46-7 lead. Flaker’s 77-yard punt return for a score in the fourth period accounted for the final score. Scarborough (third in the Class A South Heals at press time) welcomes 0-4 Massabesic Friday. The Red Storm have a huge showdown at Thornton Academy on Saturday, Oct. 6.

South Portland fell to 1-3 and sixth in Class A South following last Friday’s 50-0 home loss to Thornton Academy. The Red Riots hope to bounce back Friday at 2-2 Sanford. 

Cape Elizabeth fell to 1-3 and sixth in Class C South after a second straight home loss, 20-14, to Greely. The Capers fell behind, 6-0, early, took a 7-6 halftime lead on Garrett Mello’s 1-yard TD run and got another Mello 1-yard score in the third quarter to lead, 14-6, but the Rangers scored 14 unanswered points in the final stanza to beat Cape Elizabeth for the first time since 2010 and hand the Capers their first three-game losing streak since 2005. Cape Elizabeth hopes to bounce back Friday at home against 2-2 York.

Boys’ soccer

Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team was 7-1 and fifth in Class A South at press time following recent wins at Noble (1-0) and Biddeford (3-0) and a 1-0 home victory over Kennebunk. Anthony Clavette scored against the Rams. The Red Storm went to Windham Thursday, host Falmouth Tuesday of next week, then visit Cheverus two days later.

South Portland was 4-2 and ninth in Class A South after last Thursday’s 2-0 win at Kennebunk. Jacob Milton and Cooper Mehlhorn each scored goals. The Red Riots hosted Windham in a makeup game Wednesday, go to Falmouth Saturday, host Cheverus Tuesday and visit Bonny Eagle Thursday of next week.

Cape Elizabeth was 4-1-3 and second to Yarmouth in Class B South following last Thursday’s 1-1 home tie against Waynflete. Nick Aceto had the goal. The Capers’ game at Greely Tuesday was postponed and rescheduled for Oct. 8. Cape Elizabeth hosts Yarmouth Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and visits Lake Region Tuesday and York Thursday of next week.

Greater Portland Christian School was 2-5 and 13th in Class D South after a 9-2 home loss to Temple Academy, a 2-1 home setback to Rangeley and a 2-1 double-overtime win at Seacoast Christian. Micah LaSalle scored in OT in the victory. After playing at Rangeley Thursday, the Lions visit Vinalhaven Monday and welcome Chop Point Thursday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ soccer team remained perfect after recent victories at Waynflete (5-0) and at home over Greely (5-1). Prezli Piscopo had two goals and Karli Chapin, Tori McGrath and Laura Ryer had one apiece against the Flyers. In the win over the Rangers, Chapin and Maggie Cochran each had two goals and Piscopo also found the net. The Capers (8-0 and first in the Class B South Heals) hosted York Thursday, go to Yarmouth Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and host Lake Region Wednesday of next week.

Defending Class A South champion Scarborough took a 7-0 record into Wednesday’s game at Sanford. Last week, the Red Storm blanked host Deering (4-0) and visiting Biddeford (7-0). Josie Couture, Leah Dickman, Grace Pettingill and Suzanne Wooldridge all scored against the Rams. In the win over the Tigers, Dickman scored twice and Sam Brodeur, Sarah Callahan, Molly Murnane, Caitlin Noiles and Ashley Sabatino also tickled the twine. The Red Storm (third in the Heals) hosts Noble Wednesday of next week.

South Portland was 1-4-2 and 12th in Class A South following a scoreless tie at Kennebunk and a 2-0 home loss to Portland last week. The Red Riots went to Biddeford Wednesday, host Falmouth Friday, then welcome Westbrook Wednesday of next week.

In Class D South, GPCS was 1-4 and 10th after 10-0 home losses to Temple Academy and Rangeley. The Lions were home against Richmond Wednesday and played at Rangeley Thursday, visit North Yarmouth Academy Saturday, play at Vinalhaven Monday and host Pine Tree Academy Thursday of next week.

Field hockey

Scarborough’s field hockey team was 6-2 and fourth in Class A South after last week’s 3-0 home win over Deering. Janelle Googins, Carrie Timpson and Kelvy Woolverton all scored. The Red Storm had a makeup game at Noble Wednesday and hosted Bonny Eagle Thursday. Scarborough is at Windham Monday and visits Cheverus Wednesday of next week.

South Portland fell to 1-7 and 15th in Class A South following a 6-2 loss at Biddeford last week. Lydia Grant and Sydney Sherburne scored the goals. The Red Riots hosted Gorham in a makeup game Wednesday and went to Falmouth Thursday, play at Thornton Academy Monday and visit Sanford Wednesday of next week.

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth fell to 0-9 and 12th after losses at Poland (3-1), at home to Fryeburg Academy (5-0) and at home to Greely (3-1). Kaitlin Norrad had the goal against the Knights and also scored against the Rangers. The Capers were at Freeport Wednesday, go to St. Dom’s Saturday, then go to Yarmouth Thursday of next week.

Volleyball

Cape Elizabeth’s defending Class B champion volleyball team made it 25 straight match victories and improved to 8-0 and first in the region after recent 3-0 wins over visiting Greely (25-11, 25-12, 27-25) and visiting York. The Capers were at Scarborough Thursday (see theforecaster.net for story), welcome Portland Saturday, go to Greely Tuesday and visit Falmouth Thursday of next week.

Scarborough’s reigning Class A champion squad was third behind Gorham and Falmouth at 7-1 after beating host Marshwood in four-sets and blanking visiting Greely (25-15, 25-13, 25-13). 

South Portland was 4-4 and eighth in Class A following a five-set (23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-5) win at Bonny Eagle and a three-set (25-6, 25-6, 25-15) victory at Massabesic. Pearl Farley-Freland had 30 digs, Maria Degifico had eight kills and Katie Whitmore added seven kills in the win over the Scots. The Red Riots hosted Portland Thursday, go to Biddeford Tuesday and visit York Thursday of next week.

Cross Country

Scarborough joined Cheverus, Thornton Academy and Windham for a cross country meet at Kennebunk last weekend. The boys’ team was first, as Tristram Coffin was first individually, completing the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 30.82 seconds. The Red Storm girls also came in first, as Megan Randall was second individually (20:38.55).

South Portland joined Gorham and Portland at Biddeford. The boys’ team was third, as Cliff Robbins-Sennewald came in third individually (17:46). The Red Riots girls also placed third, as Eileen Porterfield finished fourth individually (23:02).

Cape Elizabeth ran with Traip Academy and Wells at York. The Capers girls finished first as Lila Gaudrault was the individual winner in 20:35. The boys also placed first, as Jack Bassett was the top individual (16:53).

The Festival of Champions meet is Saturday in Belfast.

Golf

Scarborough’s defending Class A champion golf team was 8-0 heading into regular season-ending matches at South Portland and Deering. Last week, the Red Storm defeated Falmouth (7.5-5.5) and Cheverus (11.5-1.5). Peter Malia (36) was the medalist against the Yachtsmen. In the win over the Stags, Aiden Griffiths (33) was the medalist.

South Portland fell to 0-8 after losses to Cheverus (11-2) and Portland (13-0). Andrew Varipatis had a team-best score of 41 against the Stags. Alex Beecher had a low score of 43 in the loss to the Bulldogs. The Red Riots finished with matches against Scarborough and Cheverus.

Cape Elizabeth beat Poland last week (6.5-0.5). Mia Spencer (40) was the medalist. The Capers closed with matches at York and Freeport.

The SMAA team state qualifier is Monday. The WMC qualifier will be held Thursday, Oct. 4.

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.