Cape swimming, Scarborough track titles highlight championship week
There was a lot more than just basketball being contested over vacation week.
The state indoor track, swimming and skiing meets were also going on and now it's time to turn our attention to boys' hockey, which began its postseason last weekend.
Here's a glimpse:
Cape Elizabeth's girls' swim team won its first Class A title since 2009 and its 16th since 1973 last week, as its 282 points was just enough to hold off Brunswick (268.5). Scarborough (47) came in 14th and South Portland (26) placed 20th.
The Capers won just one event, but their depth and balance proved to be enough.
Hannah Homans, Sadie Stiles, Sydney Wight and Caroline Herriman took the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 50.17 seconds. Wight was runner-up in the 200 freestyle (1:59.53) and also came in second in the 100 butterfly (57.74 seconds). Cape Elizabeth's 200 free relay (Herriman, Sierra Bates, Homans and Wight) was also runner-up (to Brunswick), in 1:44.51. Homans placed third in the 100 backstroke (1:00.20).
"The meet was very exciting and obviously had a great result in the end," said Cape Elizabeth coach Ben Raymond. "I can't say enough about how proud I was of all the girls. We had the largest team competing at the Class A state meet this year, which I do not think has ever happened for Cape. The only event we won all night long was the medley relay and we re-set the state, school and meet record. Hannah, Sadie, Sydney and Caroline are all coming back next year, so hopefully the record will go even lower. Overall, it was an incredible meet. We scored points in every single event and had multiple swimmers in all events except the 100 backstroke. We won this season as a team. All of the girls contributed to the state title. Every point in the meet mattered and while we may not have won individual events, we had the talent and more importantly the depth to amass enough points to be the Class A champs for possibly the last time (Cape Elizabeth will likely move down to Class B going forward). I was incredibly proud of all the girls and our coaches and parents for all their support not just at the state meet but during the entire season."
The Red Storm was led by Lucy Iselborn, eighth in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.20).
In the Class A boys' competition, won by Cheverus with 372 points, Cape Elizabeth (182) came in fourth, Scarborough (171) was fifth and South Portland (31) finished 17th.
The Capers featured Evan Long, who won the 50 free in a new meet record time of 21.41 seconds. Long was also second in the 100 free (47.11). Cape Elizabeth's 200 free relay (Long, Ian Riddell, Jordan Petersen, Griffin Thoreck) also placed first (1:32.71).
"The boys had an outstanding meet, earning fourth place, which was very good considering the amount of swimmers we qualified and then came back and swam in finals," Raymond said. "Evan set the school record in both the 50 free and 100 free and swam on the 200 free relay team, which successfully defended their title for like the sixth year in a row. The meet overall was very fast, I was extremely proud of all the boys for how hard they worked and their ability to score so many points with small numbers. I think the season for the boys overall was very successful, led by a great group of seniors in Jacob Brady, Jackson Berman, Ian Riddell and Evan Long."
Red Storm standout Jerry Gravel set a new state record in winning the 200 individual medley in 1:53.07 and did the same in the breaststroke (57.83).
The Red Riots top finisher was Colin Harle, who was 10th in the 50 free (24.04).
Scarborough's boys' indoor track team made it three Class A state titles in a row and four in five seasons, edging Cheverus, 61-57. South Portland had 20 points to come in 11th.
The Red Storm's lone first place finish came from Greg Viola in the pole vault (13 feet, 6 inches). Alec James was runner-up in that event (12-6). Also placing second were Robby Hall in the mile (4 minutes, 27.24 seconds) and the 800 relay team (Ryan Jamison, Cameron Langlois, Jake Alofs and Viola, 1:33.73). That time broke the existing state record, but was bettered by Cheverus' 1:32.96, which won the event.
Hall also placed third in the two-mile (10:15.26). Scarborough was third in the 3,200 relay (Ben Farino, Will Fowler, Jacob Bloom, Alex Karam, 8:31.17). Colin Tardiff was fourth in the mile (4:39.04) and sixth in the two-mile (10:21.45). Jamison was fifth in the 55 (6.74 seconds) and sixth in the 200 (23.39). Hugh McSorley finished fifth in the shot put (46-4.75). Merrick Madden placed seventh in the 55 hurdles (8.31).
"The meet was close, as expected," said Scarborough coach Derek Veilleux. "We knew that Cheverus would be within four to six points if things went as expected. The seniors came through again. Despite having a stomach bug, Robby finished second in the mile and third in the two-mile for 14 points to lead the team. The pole vault was the big event for us as we went 1-2. Greg was impressive, considering he just started the event six weeks before the state meet. We had strong efforts from the relays. Some of the younger kids showed their mettle. Hugh entered as the ninth seed and finished 5th. Colin was the seventh seed in the mile. He ran a great race to finish fourth, then came back in the two-mile where he was the 12th seed, to sprint his way to a sixth place finish. This is the first time in my coaching career that a freshman scored in more than one event in a state meet.
"Winning for the third year in a row is quite an accomplishment for the program. We had 20 kids compete in the meet, which is a testament to the hard work the kids put in all season. The seniors provided great leadership all year and that was a big reason for our success as well. The kids put in the work and it's always nice to see that hard work, sacrifice and dedication pay off with a championship."
The Red Riots got a runner-up showing from Duncan Preston in the shot put (51 feet, 2.25 inches). Preston was also third in the long jump (20-2.5) and fifth in the triple jump (40-11.25). Ben Michaud was fifth in the long jump (19-11.25).
In the girls' meet, won by Bangor with 70.5 points, Scarborough (23) was ninth and South Portland (19) 10th.
The Red Storm got points from its champion 800 relay team (Morgan Rodway, Katherine Kirk, Jess Meader and Avery Pietras, 1:50.29), its third-place 3,200 relay (Marisa Agger, Karli-An Gilbert, Meager and Kirk, 9:58.58), Sarah Rinaldi (third in the high jump, 5 feet) and Pietras (seventh in the 200, 27.88).
The Red Riots featured Nyajock Pan, who was runner-up in the 800 (2:21.92) and fourth in the mile (5:19.33). The 800 relay team (Lauren Magnuson, Pan, Angela Tirabassi and Erin Bogdanovich) came in third (1:52.15). Meagan Johnson tied for sixth in the high jump (4-10).
In Class B, the Cape Elizabeth boys had 10 points to place 15th. Liam Simpson was third in the two-mile (10:02.61). Deven Roberts came in fourth in the high jump (5-10).
The Capers girls had 1 point and tied Poland for 26th. The point came from Laura MacKay, seventh in the 55 (7.77).
Scarborough's boys' ski team finished seventh in the combined Class A standings. The Red Storm was sixth in Alpine and 10th in Nordic.
The Alpine effort was sparked by Kevin Dryzga, who was seventh in the slalom with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 26.61 seconds and 23rd in the giant slalom (2:05.20).
Jepson Camden paced the Nordic effort by finishing 27th in the freestyle (14 minutes, 36.2 seconds) and 36th in the classical (17:53).
Matt Hodgkins was third in the skimesiter standings.
Scarborough girls' Alpine team was eighth. Abby Mills was seventh in the GS (1:54.23) and 10th in the slalom (1:37.17). The Red Storm didn't have a Nordic team and didn't have a combined score.
In Class B, Cape Elizabeth's boys' Alpine team came in third, Nordic was seventh and the Capers placed third combined, behind Yarmouth and Maranacook.
In the GS, Robert Sarka came in third (1:32.62), while Peter Higgins was fourth (1:33.00). In the slalom, Max Barber placed fourth (1:16.52), Higgins was sixth (1:17.50) and Curtis Alexander was eighth (1:17.98).
Julian Pelzer led the Nordic cause with a 12th-place showing in the skate (13:52.9) and a 16th-place finish in the classic (16:36.7).
Cape Elizabeth's girls were fourth in Nordic, fifth in Alpine and fourth combined.
Dana Hatton stole the show on the Nordic side, finishing runner-up in the skate (15:17.9) and eighth in the classic (18:15.5).
Emma Dvorozniak and Sara Paclat both had a pair of top 10 finishes on the Alpine side. Dvorozniak was third in the slalom (1:27.93) and sixth in the GS (1:41.99). Paclat came in seventh in the GS (1:44.51) and 10th in the slalom (1:41.29).
Francesca Governali finished fourth in the skimeister standings.
Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough's boys' hockey teams both opened the postseason with victories Tuesday evening.
The Red Storm finished as the No. 1 seed in Western A at 17-1, courtesy a regular season-ending 16 game win streak capped by a 5-3 victory at Cheverus last Wednesday. Tuesday, Scarborough took care of No. 9 Noble/Wells in the quarterfinals, riding a five-goal second period to a 9-1 triumph. The Red Storm will face No. 4 Cheverus (13-6) or No. 5 Thornton Academy (9-9-1), the two-time defending state champion Saturday in the semifinals at the Colisee in Lewiston. Scarborough also beat the Stags at home, 5-0, Feb. 2. The Red Storm beat the Golden Trojans twice this year, 7-4 away and 4-3 at home.
South Portland finished the year 2-16 and 14th in Western A (only nine teams made the playoff cut) after a 6-5 home loss to Kennebunk last Wednesday.
In Western B, the Capers made the playoffs as the fifth and final seed after a 7-10-1 regular season. Tuesday, Cape Elizabeth went to No. 4 Yarmouth, a team it lost to, 2-0, and tied, 2-2, in the regular season. This time, the Capers had the answers, advancing, 4-3, behind two goals from Curtis Guimond and 16 saves from freshman goalie Grant Rusk. Cape Elizabeth advanced to meet No. 1 Greely (14-4), the defending state champion, in the semifinals Friday in Lewiston.
Looking ahead, the Western A Final is Tuesday. The Western B Final is Wednesday. The Class B state final is Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. The Class A state final is that evening at 6 p.m. All of those games will be played in Lewiston.