New year has arrived, let the fun begin-Southern edition

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Scarborough-Windham boys’ basketball game story, with photos, see theforecaster.net)

The new year has arrived and possibilities are endless for local winter sports teams.

After limited action during the holidays, things are about to ramp up dramatically.

Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ basketball

Cape Elizabeth and South Portland’s boys’ basketball teams have overcome slow starts and hit their stride.

The Capers took a six-game win streak, a 6-2 mark and the No. 4 ranking in the Class A South Heal Points standings into Thursday’s game at Poland. Cape Elizabeth previously defeated visiting Westbrook (56-42) and host Marshwood (64-58). Against the Blue Blazes, Quinn Hewitt erupted for 25 points. In the win over the Hawks, Marcus Donnelly had 19 points and Finn Bowe added 16. The Capers go to Lake Region Saturday and visit York Tuesday. 

In Class AA South, South Portland, following a 1-2 start, has won six in a row, capped by recent victories over host Scarborough (73-38), host Sanford (63-53), visiting Lewiston (68-43) and host Cheverus (50-42). Jack Fiorini had 19 points, Ansel Stilley 14 and Matt Pelletier 12 in the win over the Red Storm. Stilley had 20 points and Ruay Bol 13 against the Spartans. Sam DePaolo led the way with 18 points against the Blue Devils, while Bol had 14 points and DePaolo 12 in the win over the Stags. The Red Riots (third in the Heals) hosts Deering in a showdown Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and welcome Scarborough Tuesday.

The Red Storm were 2-7 and fifth in Class AA South at press time after losses to visiting South Portland (73-38), visiting Windham (76-65), host Thornton Academy (57-44) and visiting Portland (73-38). Emmett Peoples had 11 points and Jake Gardner finished with 10 in the loss to the Red Riots. Against the Eagles, Scarborough fell way behind early and couldn’t catch up despite 15 points from freshman reserve Nick Fiorillo.

“Our defense was not good and (Windham) shot the ball as well as anybody has all year,” said Scarborough coach Tony DiBiase. “We hung in there a little bit, but it’s a process with a younger group.”

Reece Lagerquist had 11 points against the Golden Trojans, while Fiorillo and Peoples both had 11 points in the loss to the Bulldogs. The Red Storm go to Lewiston Friday and visit South Portland Tuesday.

In Class D South, Greater Portland Christian School was 4-5 and seventh in the Heals after a 49-45 win at Islesboro and a 44-34 loss at Rangeley. After hosting Valley Wednesday, the Lions go to Waynflete Saturday and host Highview Christian Thursday of next week.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, South Portland extended its win streak to six and improved to 7-2 and third behind Gorham and McAuley in the Class AA South Heal Points standings after recent wins over visiting Sanford (55-31), visiting Scarborough (42-25), host Lewiston (55-35) and visiting Cheverus (55-29). Against the Spartans, Maddie Hasson led the way with 21 points. Hasson had 17 points and Meghan Graff added 11 in the win over the Red Storm. Against the Blue Devils, Hasson went off for 32 points. Hasson had 22 points and Graff added 16 versus the Stags. The Red Riots are at Noble Friday and have a key home showdown versus McAuley Tuesday.

Scarborough was 4-4 and sixth in Class AA South at press time after losses to visiting McAuley (63-44), South Portland (42-25) and Thornton Academy (54-38), followed by a 55-33 home win over Portland. Sophie Glidden had 12 points against the Lions. Brooke Malone had a team-high five points in the loss to the Red Riots. Against the defending regional champion Golden Trojans, Glidden and Malone each had eight points. Sargent had 12 points and Glidden 11 in the victory. The Red Storm hosted Lewiston Friday and go to Cheverus Tuesday.

In Class A South, Cape Elizabeth took a 2-6 record and the No. 12 ranking into Thursday’s game at Poland. The Capers were coming off losses at Westbrook (48-36) and at home to Marshwood (51-47). Against the Blue Blazes, Maddie Bowe had 13 points and Carter Harvey 11. Jessica Robicheaw had 15 points and Harvey added a dozen in the loss to the Hawks. Cape Elizabeth hosts Lake Region Saturday and welcomes York Tuesday. 

In Class D South, GPCS was 5-3 and seventh in the standings following a 40-21 win at Islesboro and a 72-29 setback at Rangeley. After hosting Valley Wednesday, the Lions visit Waynflete Saturday and welcome Highview Christian Thursday of next week.

Boys’ hockey

On the ice, the Scarborough boys’ hockey team continues to do a great job defending its state title, improving to 7-0 and first in Class A South after wins at Thornton Academy (6-5, in overtime) and Kennebunk (7-0) and at home over Noble/Wells (4-1). Against the Golden Trojans, the Red Storm twice rallied from two-goal deficits, got four goals from Cam Smith and the winner from Colin Hayward. Matt Caron scored twice against the Rams and Caron, Jack Callahan, Mason Parks and Cam Nigro all scored in the win over Noble/Wells. Scarborough welcomes Gorham Saturday and visits Falmouth in a highly anticipated playoff rematch Tuesday.

The South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport co-op squad was 2-5 at press time after recent losses at Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse (5-4) and Windham (5-2). After hosting Marshwood Thursday, South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport (ninth in Class A South) is at Noble/Wells Saturday and welcomes Portland/Deering Thursday of next week.

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth was 3-3-2 and fifth in the standings after a 5-1 home win over Gorham, a 2-2 tie against visiting Brunswick and a 2-1 loss at York. Carter Brock scored twice in the win, Matt Riggle and Ben Ekedahl scored in the tie and Ryan Collins had the goal in the loss. The Capers hosted Cheverus Thursday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and go to Brunswick Saturday. 

Girls’ hockey

On the girls’ side, Scarborough took an 11-game win streak, an 11-0-1 record and the top seed in the South Region into Wednesday’s game at Cheverus (see theforecaster.net for game story). The Red Storm were coming off 6-0 wins at Portland/Deering and at home over Cheverus. Scarborough welcomes Gorham/Bonny Eagle Saturday. 

The Waynflete/Cape Elizabeth/South Portland co-op team was 3-8 and fourth in the South Region after recent losses to visiting powerhouse Greely (12-0) and at Biddeford (4-1). A home game versus Gorham/Bonny Eagle was played Thursday.

Indoor track

Scarborough’s powerhouse boys’ indoor track team started the new year by defeating Thornton Academy, Gorham and Cheverus. The effort was paced by multiple event winners Griffin Madden in the senior 55 hurdles (8.06) and senior high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and Sam Rusak in the open pole vault (13 feet) and open 600 (1 minute, 17.56 seconds).

The girls were second to Thornton Academy and were paced by Gaby Panagakos, who won the junior 55 (7.75), junior 200 (28.52) and junior 400 (1:04.07), and Ellen Shaw, who won the senior 200 (28.73), the senior high jump (5-0) and the senior 55 hurdles (9.18). 

South Portland’s boys and girls were both second to Deering in a meet which also included Marshwood.

The boys were led by Khemara Johnston, who won the junior high jump (5-2) and triple jump (35-9), and Jake Maloney, who took the senior high jump (5-8) and open mile (4:39.00).

The girls featured Juliana Selser, who won the junior 55 (8.07) and junior 400 (1:03.20), Callie O’Brien, who took the senior 55 (7.91), senior 55 hurdles (9.47) and senior high jump (5-2), and Lingdong Bol, who won the junior high jump (4-10) and triple jump (30-2.75).  

SMAA action resumes Saturday, Jan. 16.

Cape Elizabeth is back in action Friday.

Swimming

Scarborough’s swim team was at Greely Wednesday for its meet of 2016.

South Portland hosts Cape Elizabeth Friday.

Skiing

With the arrival of snow last week, the Alpine and Nordic ski seasons are set to begin.

Wrestling

Scarborough’s wrestling team took a 4-4 mark into Wednesday’s match at Sanford. The Red Storm previously beat Windham (48-24) and lost to Westbrook (50-21) and Massabesic (51-30). 

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

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Scarborough’s Reece Lagerquist goes up for a layup during the Red Storm’s recent 76-65 home loss to Windham.

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