Cheverus boys win Southwestern swim title
(Ed. Note: We'll recap the state indoor track, swimming and skiing state championship meets in next week's edition. Those events were held after our print deadline)
While the basketball tournament took centerstage last week (please see stories), other winter sports are producing their share of excitement as well.
Here's a glimpse:
Cheverus, Deering and McAuley took part in the North division swimming and diving Southwesterns championships last weekend in Westbrook.
The Stags boys tallied 327 points to easily outlap the field (Greely was a distant second with 219 points). The Rams had 197 points to place third.
Cheverus was led by Trebor Lawton, who was named Outstanding Performer of the Meet after setting a new record in winning the 100-yard backstroke (51.67 seconds) and erasing Olympian Ian Crocker's name from the school record books by winning the 50 freestyle (21.72). Lawton also joined Tim Jerome, Kevin Kane and Connor Ponthier to produce a medley relay victory (1 minute, 44.13 seconds).
Deering's Dylan Farber took the diving title (285.95 points), while the Rams won the 400 free relay (Grant Gerber, Alex Tucci, Lucas Adair and Eric Delmonte, 3:29.91).
In the girls' competition, won by Cape Elizabeth (278), in narrow fashion over Greely (271), the Rams (172) were third, the Stags (171) placed fourth and McAuley (143) came in fifth.
Deering's Genevieve Worthley won the 200 individual medley (2:14.41) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.94). Teammate Emma Pontius won the 100 butterfly (58.86).
Cheverus' Tessa Lindsley took the 50 free (25.18).
McAuley's 400 free relay team (Taylor Church, Audrey Thames, Katie Call and Libby Gajewski) came in first (3:52.58). Call was runner-up in the IM (2:19.82). Gajewski came in second in the 500 free (5:42.15).
Wrestling's delayed Class A state championship meet was held Saturday in Sanford.
Portland was eighth (Marshwood took the top spot), Cheverus tied for 15th and Deering finished 21st.
Cheverus' Iain Whitis won the championship (his second in a row) at 126-pounds. Portland's Kidayer Kljubyly was the champion at 106-pounds.
Portland's Ben Allen (18 minutes, 42 seconds) and Abby Popenoe (21:53) both came in first at last week's SMAA Nordic ski championship meet.
On the ice, the Cheverus girls saw their season end last Monday with a 6-1 loss to eventual state runner-up Scarborough in the West Region semifinals. Senior Katie Roy capped her superb season and high school career with one final goal and freshman Taylor Courtois made 37 saves in the defeat as the Stags wound up 6-13-1.
The boys regular season is wrapping up as well.
Cheverus began the week 11-5 and fourth in the Western Class A Heal Points standings after a 4-1 home loss to Falmouth and a 4-1 home win over Marshwood. The Stags hosted Windham Monday and close at home against Scarborough Thursday.
Portland/Deering also appears playoff-bound. The Bulldogs began the week 10-4 and eighth in Western A (the top nine teams qualify) after beating host Yarmouth (4-3, in overtime) and visiting Windham (7-1) and Lake Region (5-1) last week. Zach Luce had the winner against the Clippers and Chris Eye had a hat tricks in the other victories. Portland was at South Portland and closes at home versus Bonny Eagle Thursday.
The boys' hockey playoffs start Saturday.