Mother Nature decimates postseason schedule
A weekend that was supposed to crown state champions in cheering and wrestling, conference champions in Nordic and Alpine skiing, another round of Southwesterns winners in swimming and produce a round of girls' hockey playoffs instead turned into a washout.
Or more aptly put, a whiteout.
The record-setting snow that swept the region Friday and Saturday erased the high school sports slate in the process, frustrating schedule-makers and lengthening the season.
Wrestling's state meet was supposed to be Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. It will now be contested this coming Saturday, but instead of under one big top, it will be in three locations: Class A in Sanford, Class B in Fryeburg and Class C in Dover-Foxcroft.
Cheering's state meet was moved to Monday in Bangor.
The Southwestern swim meet, which included Cheverus, Deering and McAuley, which was scheduled for Friday (boys) and Saturday (girls) in Westbrook, was postponed to Monday (boys) and Tuesday (girls).
The state meets will be held Monday (Class A boys at Bowdoin College in Brunswick and Class B boys at the University of Maine in Orono) and Tuesday (Class A girls at Bowdoin and Class B girls in Orono).
Indoor track teams took the weekend off after competing in the SMAA Championships the week before.
The Class A state meet is Monday at USM. The Class B meet is at Bates College in Lewiston.
The Western Maine Conference Nordic championships began last Wednesday with the skate race. Waynflete took part, but didn't score as a team. Aiden Olney had the 29th-best time in the boys' race (18 minutes, 2 seconds). Gail Johnson had the 44th-best time in the girls' competition (23:24). Jo Moore was 47th (23:53). Yarmouth was the boys' winner, Merriconeag was tops on the girls' side.
The Classic race was scheduled for Saturday, but was moved to Monday at Stark's Hill in Fryeburg.
The SMAA Alpine championships were also affected by weather, being postponed from Friday to Monday at Shawnee Peak.
The ski state meets are the week of Feb. 18.
In girls' hockey, Cheverus, the last team to make the West Region field as the No. 5 seed after a 5-12-1 regular season, sprung a 7-4 upset at No. 4 Biddeford last Wednesday, thanks to four goals from standout Katie Roy. The Stags were supposed to go to top-ranked Scarborough Friday night and again Saturday, but Mother Nature prevented both games and pushed the contest to Monday afternoon.
If Cheverus was able to spring another upset, it would meet either Falmouth or York in the West Region Final Wednesday at the Portland Ice Arena. The state championship game is Saturday at the Colisee in Lewiston.
Boys' hockey is the lone sport still playing its regular season. Cheverus improved to 10-4 with home wins last week over Kennebunk (7-3) and two-time defending Class A state champion Thornton Academy (3-2). Cam McLain had a hat trick and Liam Fitzpatrick added two goals against the Rams. Jimmy Hannigan had two goals and Keegan Thomas delivered the winner versus the Golden Trojans. The Stags (third in the Western Class A Heal Points standings) were postponed against Windham Saturday and play host to Falmouth Thursday, Marshwood Saturday, Windham Monday and Scarborough in the regular season finale Feb. 21.
Portland/Deering (8-4 and holding on to the ninth and final playoff spot in Western A) was supposed to play at Lake Region Saturday, but was postponed. The Bulldogs were at Yarmouth Tuesday, host Windham Thursday and Lake Region Saturday, visit South Portland Monday and close at home versus Bonny Eagle Jan. 21.
The boys' hockey playoffs begin Feb. 23.
We'll recap all the postponed action in future editions and at theforecaster.net.