New year brings triumph, promise to local teams-Southern edition

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Scarborough’s Callaghan Berry goes flying during last week’s 4-3 loss at St. Dom’s.

Scarborough senior Nick Fiorillo is joined by his family after scoring his 1,000th career point in Monday’s 52-51 home win over Deering. Fiorillo had the winning points at the end of regulation.

(Ed. Note: For the complete South Portland-Windham girls’ basketball game story, 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

Scarborough’s defending Class AA South champion boys’ basketball team started with four losses in six games, but has won two of three since to improve to 4-5 at the midway point. After a 95-46 win at Noble and a 61-53 loss at Cheverus, the Red Storm eked out a dramatic 52-51 home victory over Deering Monday. Nick Fiorillo had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Brian Austin added 20 against the Knights. In the loss, Fiorillo led the way with 19 points and Austin wound up with 13. Against the Rams, Fiorillo reached the 1,000-point mark for his career and as time expired, he was fouled and made two free throws to give Scarborough the victory. Fiorillo finished with 16 points and Austin added 19. The Red Storm hosted Gorham Thursday, visit Portland Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and play host to Biddeford Tuesday of next week.

South Portland opened 2019 with wins over visiting Sanford (46-45) and host Massabesic (65-36), then fell to 5-4 Monday after a 51-49 loss at Windham. Against the Spartans, Pamba Pamba had 11 points, including the decisive free throws with three seconds left, while Hunter Owen finished with 14 points and Geremi Baez added 13. Pamba had a game-high 19 points in the win over the Mustangs. In the loss, Pamba led the way with 20 points, while Owen had a dozen and Baez 10. The Red Riots hosted Portland Thursday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and welcome Bonny Eagle Saturday.

Cape Elizabeth opened the new year with a win at Brunswick (60-54) and a close loss at Yarmouth (46-44) to fall to 4-6. Against the Dragons, Andrew Hartel had 24 points, while Tanner Carpenter and Quinton Morse added 14 apiece. In the loss to the Clippers, the Capers erased a 39-30 deficit with a 10-0 run, capped by a Carpenter 3-pointers, but they fell just short. Cape Elizabeth hosted Lake Region Thursday and plays at Freeport Tuesday of next week (see theforecaster.net for game story).

Greater Portland Christian School takes an 0-3 record into Saturday’s game at Forest Hills. After going to Buckfield Monday, the Lions are home with Rangeley Tuesday.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, South Portland improved to 8-1 and extended its win streak to six games after downing visiting Massabesic (47-18) and Windham (58-29). In the win over the Mustangs, Maggie Whitmore had a game-high 13 points. In handing the Eagles their first loss, the Red Riots got 22 points from Whitmore, 12 from Kaleisha Towle and eight from reserve Ashlee Aceto.

“I think we had something to prove tonight,” Whitmore said. “Keeping turnovers low and keeping it fast-paced is always a goal for us.”

“I just think the girls want so badly to win a Gold Ball,” said South Portland coach Lynne Hasson. “Every kid in the state of Maine wants to win one. That’s particularly relevant for us because we’ve been so close. We’re in the mix and that’s all we can ask.” 

The Red Riots hosted Portland Thursday.

Scarborough had a five-game win streak at press time after improving to 8-1 with victories over visiting Noble (48-37) and Cheverus (56-35) and host Deering (68-48). In the win over the Knights, Julia Freeman had 17 points, Bella Dickinson added 14 and Josie Couture finished with 12. Against the Stags, Dickinson led the way with 19. In the win over the Rams, Dickinson and Lindsey Fiorillo each had 15 points, Freeman added 14 and Couture finished with 11. The Red Storm hosted defending Class AA South champion Gorham Thursday (see theforecaster.net for game story), play at Windham Saturday, then visit Biddeford Tuesday of next week.

Cape Elizabeth was 404 after a home loss to Brunswick (46-38) and a home win over Yarmouth (42-27). Brooke Harvey scored 16 points against the Dragons. The Capers went to defending Class B South champion Lake Region Thursday, travel to Falmouth Saturday and host Freeport Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ hockey

On the ice, Scarborough’s girls were 7-2-1 after opening 2019 with a 4-0 home victory over Portland/Deering. Galynn Gendreau scored twice. The Red Storm were at York Thursday, host Yarmouth/Freeport Saturday and welcome Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland Tuesday.

The Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland co-op team took a 5-5 mark into Wednesday’s game at St. Dom’s. Last week, Cape/Waynflete/SP edged visiting Portland/Deering, 3-2, and lost, 3-2, to visiting Cheverus/Kennebunk. Sophia Venditti scored twice in the win. In the loss, Venditti and Abby Agrodnia had the goals. Cape/Waynflete/SP visits Cheverus/Kennebunk Saturday and plays at Scarborough Tuesday.

Boys’ hockey

On the boys’ side, Cape Elizabeth improved to 4-2 by opening 2019 with a 2-1 home win over Yarmouth and a 6-1 victory at Leavitt/Oak Hill. Gavin Simopolous scored both goals, including the winner with two seconds left, against the Clippers. The Capers were home with York Thursday, play at Cheverus Saturday and welcome South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete Thursday of next week.

Scarborough began the year with a 4-3 loss at St. Dom’s, then improved to 4-2, eclipsing last year’s win total, with a 6-0 home win over Kennebunk. Against the Rams, Zach Chaisson and Nolan Matthews each scored twice. The Red Storm hosted Gorham Wednesday and welcome Yarmouth Saturday.

The South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete co-op team fell to 3-4 after a 3-0 loss at Portland/Deering last week. The squad is home with Windham/Westbrook Saturday, then plays at Cape Elizabeth Thursday of next week.

Indoor track

Cape Elizabeth’s boys and girls’ indoor track teams each came in fourth in a six-team meet last weekend.

The Southwestern Maine Activities Association indoor track regular season continues Saturday.

Scarborough, South Portland compete against Deering, Falmouth and Windham.

Swimming

Cape Elizabeth’s defending Class B champion girls’ swim team defeated Cheverus last week, 125-50. The Capers boys lost to the defending Class A champion Stags, 109-47.

Scarborough’s boys beat Gorham, 112-53, while the Red Storm girls lost to the Rams, 97-79.

South Portland swept Bonny Eagle, with the boys winning, 119-20, and the girls prevailing, 119-37.

This weekend, Cape Elizabeth swims at Westbrook, Scarborough hosts Waynflete and South Portland visits Kennebunk.

Skiing

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ Alpine ski team won a giant slalom meet Monday and the girls placed second.

Wrestling

Scarborough’s wrestling team was 0-8 at press time. The Red Storm hosted Portland Wednesday.

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.