New year brings triumph, promise for local teams-Northern edition

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Greely’s Camille Clement floats for a shot during the defending Class A state champion Rangers’ 57-51 win at Gorham Saturday.

Ed. Note: For the complete Greely-Gorham girls’ basketball game story, with photos and a box score, see theforecaster.net)

The holidays are behind us and it’s time for the winter sports season to really gear up.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred and a look at the upcoming schedule:

Boys’ basketball

Greely’s two-time defending Class A state champion boys’ basketball team is off to another fine start, sitting atop the standings with a 6-1 record heading into Tuesday’s game at York. The Rangers opened the new year with home wins over Gray-New Gloucester (73-54) and Gorham (72-57). In the victory over the Patriots, Andrew Storey had 25 points, Zack Brown added 19 and Logan Bagshaw wound up with 13. Against the Rams, Bagshaw scored 27 points, Storey had 20 and Brown 13. Greely hosts Freeport Thursday, welcomes Oxford Hills Saturday and visits Yarmouth Monday (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Falmouth hit the midway point of its schedule at 7-2 after a 54-46 home loss to Kennebunk and a 53-43 win at Mt. Ararat. In the setback, Nik Hester had 22 points and Nikko Pitre added 10. Michael Simonds had 20 points and Pitre added 15. The Yachtsmen were at Westbrook Tuesday, host Massabesic Thursday and welcome Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

In Class B South, Freeport increased its win streak to five and improved to 7-1 after downing visiting Old Orchard Beach (95-50) and host Poland (67-49). Gabe Wagner had 23 points, Toby Holt added 20 and Elias Thomas finished with 10 in the win over the Seagulls. Against the Knights, Holt led the way with 22 points, while Thomas and Shea Wagner each added 14. The Falcons, who are off to their best start since the 2005-06 squad began 8-1, face a huge test at Greely Thursday, play host to Mt. Ararat Saturday and welcome Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week (see theforecaster.net for game story). 

Yarmouth opened the 2019 portion of its schedule with a 52-49 overtime win at Wells, then fell to 2-5 after a 50-45 setback at Traip Academy. In the victory, Jon Torres hit a late 3-pointer to force overtime and finished with 20 points. Ashanti Haywood added 18. Against the Rangers, Torres led the way with 14 points and Haywood finished with 12. The Clippers hosted Cape Elizabeth Tuesday, welcome Gray-New Gloucester Thursday, go to Lake Region Saturday and welcome Greely Monday.

In Class C South, North Yarmouth Academy fell to 3-3 after a 76-40 loss at Waynflete Saturday. Chris Hamblett and Te’Andre King each scored 15 points. The Panthers were at Pine Tree Academy Tuesday, host St. Dom’s Thursday and welcome Poland Monday.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, defending Class A champion Greely began the new year with key wins at Gray-New Gloucester (53-45) and defending Class AA South champion Gorham (57-51). Against the Patriots, Anna DeWolfe had 23 points and Camille Clement added 13 as the Rangers pulled away in the fourth quarter. Greely trailed early at the Rams, as DeWolfe got in early foul trouble, but DeWolfe scored 18 points, Clement added 15 and Madison Scott finished with eight, including a key late basket.

“Games like this are a lot of fun,” said DeWolfe. “I was really fired up for this.”

“We turned up the defense, got fastbreaks and pushed the ball,” said Katie Fitzpatrick, who helped hold Gorham standout Mackenzie Holmes under her scoring average. “We worked really hard.”

“It was a great team effort,” added Rangers coach Todd Flaherty. “It was like a tournament game all the way through. It was a great environment. This will really help us out come tournament time.” 

Greely hosted York Tuesday, goes to Freeport Thursday, welcomes Oxford Hills in a key test Saturday and plays host to Yarmouth Monday.

Falmouth was still seeking its first win at press time after falling to 0-8 after losses at Kennebunk (47-32) and at home to Mt. Ararat (43-42). Chelsea Gravier had 14 points against the Rams. In the loss to the Eagles, the Yachtsmen led almost the whole way until a controversial foul just before the horn allowed Mt. Ararat to make the decisive free throws. Gravier had 13 points. Falmouth was home with Westbrook Tuesday, goes to Massabesic Thursday, welcomes Cape Elizabeth Saturday and plays at Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

In Class B South, Freeport continued its strong start and improved to 7-1 after extending its win streak to five games by downing host Old Orchard Beach (52-43) and visiting Poland (53-23). Against the Seagulls, Caroline Smith had 21 points and Rachel Wall added 16. In the win over the Knights, in a playoff rematch, Smith and Wall both had 15 points, as Freeport eclipsed last year’s team for the best start this century. The Falcons host Greely Thursday, go to Mt. Ararat Saturday and visit Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth improved to 6-2 after opening 2019 with home wins over Wells (44-32) and Traip Academy (39-25) last week. In the victory over the Warriors, Margaret McNeil had 23 points. Against the Rangers, McNeil had a game-high 17 points. The Clippers were at Cape Elizabeth Tuesday, host Gray-New Gloucester Thursday, welcome Lake Region Saturday and play at Greely Monday.

In Class C South, NYA opened the new year by downing host Fryeburg Academy (68-41) and Waynflete (52-44) to make it four straight wins and improve to 6-2. Against the Raiders, Catherine Reid led the way with 24 points, while Katie Larson added 19. In the win over the Flyers, Larson had a team-high 15 points and Helen Hamblett added 10. After hosting St. Dom’s Thursday, the Panthers are home with Traip Academy Wednesday of next week.

Boys’ hockey

On the ice, Greely’s boys’ hockey team was undefeated at press time. The Rangers improved to 6-0 after 8-3 wins at Falmouth and at home over Biddeford. Jake MacDonald had a hat trick and Peter Lattanzi added two goals in the victory over the Yachtsmen. Against the Tigers, MacDonald scored twice. Greely was home with Maranacook Wednesday and plays host to Brunswick Saturday.

Yarmouth opened the new year with a 2-1 loss at Cape Elizabeth, then enjoyed a 3-2 victory at Falmouth before losing at home to Leavitt/Gray-New Gloucester/Oak Hill in overtime, 3-2, to fall to 3-5 on the year. Against Cape Elizabeth, Kurt Heywood scored the goal, but the Capers scored with two seconds left to prevail. The Clippers then beat the Yachtsmen for the first time since their memorable 1-0 victory in the 2002 Western B Final behind goals from Matt Sanborn, William Giese and Aidan Miller. Goalie Charles Henry Watson saved a penalty shot to preserve the win. Heywood and Miller scored in the second loss. Yarmouth was home with Cheverus Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and visits Scarborough Saturday.

In Class A South, Falmouth fell to 2-4 after home losses to Greely (8-3) and Yarmouth (3-2). Owen Drummey had a had trick against the Rangers. Nick Fishetto and Garrett Tracy scored against the Clippers. The Yachtsmen hosted two-time defending Class A champion Lewiston Tuesday, welcome defending regional champion Biddeford Thursday and play host to Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ hockey

On the girls’ side, Yarmouth/Freeport improved to 7-3 Saturday with a 7-0 win at Brunswick. After playing at Gorham/Bonny Eagle Tuesday, Yarmouth/Freeport is at Biddeford Thursday and visits Scarborough Saturday.

Defending state champion Greely/Gray-New Gloucester improved to 4-7 after wins at Falmouth (3-1) and at home over Winslow/Gardiner (6-4). Linnea Koivisto had two goals in the second victory. Greely/Gray-NG goes to St. Dom’s Saturday and visits Brunswick Monday.

Falmouth began the new year with a 3-1 home loss to Greely/Gray-NG, then improved to 5-4-2 with a 6-1 win at Mt. Ararat/Morse. After hosting Biddeford/Thornton Academy Wednesday, the Yachtsmen welcome York Saturday.

Indoor track

Greely’s girls’ indoor track team won an eight-team Western Maine Conference meet last weekend. Yarmouth finished fourth and NYA was seventh. On the boys’ side, Greely was second to Wells, while Yarmouth placed sixth and NYA seventh.

Freeport’s girls were third in a six-team league meet, while the Falcons boys placed fifth.

The Southwestern Maine Activities Association indoor track regular season continues Saturday when Falmouth competes against Deering, Scarborough, South Portland and Windham.

Swimming

Greely’s swim team swept Yarmouth last weekend, as the boys prevailed, 95-72, and the girls won, 123-44.

Falmouth’s boys beat Deering, 89-65, while the Yachtsmen girls lost to the Rams, 93-87.

Friday, Falmouth hosts Massabesic, Greely swims at Cony and Yarmouth is at Portland.

Skiing

Freeport, Greely and Yarmouth took part in a six-team Western Maine Conference Alpine ski meet Monday.

In the boys’ meet, won by Cape Elizabeth, the Clippers were second, Falcons third and Rangers fourth.

In the girls’ race, won by Fryeburg Academy, Yarmouth finished third, Greely was fourth and Freeport placed sixth.

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.