Postseason fun underway, more on tap
(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Greely and Scarborough-Deering girls' soccer and Scarborough-Cheverus field hockey game stories, with additional photos, please visit theforecaster.net)
The postseason is upon us, even if many local squads are still winding down their regular seasons.
This past Saturday, the first championships of the 2013 fall sports season were bestowed and there will be many more to come.
Here's a glimpse at what occurred last week and what's on this week's docket:
Cape Elizabeth's golf team took part in the Class B state championship match Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.
The Capers shot a 334, which was bested only by Camden Hills' 321. Maine Central Institute also finished at 334, but Cape Elizabeth's fifth-place scorer bettered MCI's, giving the Capers runner-up status.
Cape Elizabeth was led by standout Reese McFarlane, who shot a 75. Also scoring were Nate Ingalls (82), Patrick MacDonald (87) and Bryce Hewitt (90). Michael Best's 92 allowed for the second-place finish.
Cape Elizabeth's McFarlane (the defending Class B champion), Ingalls, Hewitt and Best will take part in the individual state championships Saturday at Natanis.
Scarborough has the inside track for its ninth Western Class A No. 1 seed in the past 10 years. The Red Storm extended its win streak to 10 with wins at Deering (1-0), at home over Westbrook (2-0), at Biddeford (6-0) and at Windham (10-0). Wyatt Omsberg had the lone goal against the Rams. In the win over the Blue Blazes, Omsberg, Sam Cekada and Matt Caron had the goals. Omsberg had two more goals at the Tigers and in the win over the Eagles, Omsberg had three goals, while Cekada and Noah Stracqualursi both tickled the twine twice. Scarborough (11-1) was at Thornton Academy Thursday and closes at Bonny Eagle Tuesday of next week.
South Portland was 6-5-1 and ninth in Western A at press time and appears primed to extend its postseason streak to seven years. The Red Riots won, 5-2, at Massabesic last Thursday (Danny Fox and Robert Graff both had two goals), then settled for a 0-0 home tie versus Sanford Tuesday. South Portland was home with Bonny Eagle Thursday and closes the regular season Tuesday at Marshwood.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth was fourth in the Heals at 3-5-4 after a 2-0 loss at Greely and a 2-1 victory at Fryeburg. In the win, Noah Haversat and Eli Breed scored. The Capers were home against York Wednesday and finish the regular year Monday by hosting Freeport.
In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School was fifth at 8-4-1 after a 5-2 win at A.R. Gould, a 3-1 home victory over Buckfield and a 4-0 home loss to Pine Tree Academy. Against A.R. Gould, Jeremiah Hammond had three goals. Ethan Spaulding had two goals against Buckfield and is four goals from breaking the school's scoring record. The Lions close the regular season Friday against visiting Richmond.
On the girls' side, three-time defending regional champion and reigning Class A state champion Scarborough was barely holding off Falmouth for the top spot in the Heals at press time after extending its win streak to eight with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Deering and a 6-0 triumph at Westbrook. Against the Rams, Sam Sparda broke a scoreless tie with six minutes left and Ashley Gleason added another three minutes later, which proved to be huge as Deering scored with seconds left to account for the final score.
"I think we had some good opportunities, but we couldn't finish until the end," Sparda said. "Thankfully, me and 'Gleas' got one in. I knew we'd get a goal. It just took awhile."
"I really like the way we battled through this game today," said Red Storm coach Mike Farley. "Even though we gave up a goal at the end, we stayed composed and didn't settle."
Against the Blue Blazes, Katherine Kirk and Morgan Rodway both scored twice. Scarborough (10-0-1) faced a huge home test against undefeated Windham Wednesday, then has to play at Thornton Academy Friday before closing at Bonny Eagle Wednesday of next week.
"The kids would love to be at home, so hopefully we'll take care of business," Farley said.
South Portland settled for a 1-1 tie at Cheverus and lost, 2-1, to visiting Massabesic last week to fall to 1-9-1, which was good for the 12th and final Western A playoff spot at press time. Abby Young had the goal and Emma Russell made 15 saves in the tie. Young also scored in the loss. The Red Riots were at Sanford Wednesday, host Bonny Eagle Saturday and close at home versus Marshwood Wednesday of next week.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth might have let the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage for the playoffs slip away Saturday night, when it let a 2-0 halftime lead disappear in a 3-2 loss to rival Greely. The Capers got first half tallies from Tori Diaz and Addie Wood, but were a different team in the second half.
"It's a game of two halves," Fannan said. "The first half was easy. We controlled the game. I thought the game was all in their half. We passed well and created good chances. They must have spoken long and hard at halftime. They came out and pressed us hard and clearly wanted it more than we did in the second half."
Cape Elizabeth bounced back and improved to 10-2-1 Monday with a 3-0 home win over Fryeburg, as Kathryn Clark scored twice and Mariah Deschino also had a goal. The Capers (second to Greely in the Western B Heals) closed at York Wednesday.
In Western D, GPCS fell to 0-9 and eighth in the Heals (only six teams make the playoffs) after losses to visiting Buckfield (5-0) and Pine Tree Academy (1-0). The Lions closed at Pine Tree Wednesday.
The field hockey regular season came to a close Wednesday, after this edition went to press, but it appeared Scarborough, the defending Western A champion, would lock up the top seed in the region for the fifth year in a row. The Red Storm saw its 35-game regular season win streak come to a close last Thursday, when it settled for a 1-1 tie with visiting rival Cheverus. Scarborough's goal came from Anna Driscoll, but that's all it could manage. Sophomore goalie Alyssa Souza made six saves, including a pair of highlight reel stops in overtime.
"It opened my eyes," Souza said. "It was kind of scary at first, but I knew I could do it. It was a challenge. I do my best. I'm aggressive. I try to go out there and show them what I've got. I'm more aggressive in overtime."
"We knew it was going to be a battle," said Scarborough coach Kerry Mariello. "We knew they'd come to play. They were fired up."
The Red Storm (12-0-1) closed at Deering Wednesday.
South Portland needed an upset victory at Cheverus Wednesday to entertain any postseason hopes. The Red Riots entered that contest 3-9-1 and 14th in Western A, but only 12 teams make the cut. South Portland settled for a 0-0 tie at Bonny Eagle Saturday, then blanked visiting McAuley, 10-0, Monday. In the win, Lydia Henderson, Hailey Mullen and Kristina Salafia all had two goals.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth looks like it will be fourth for the playoffs. The Capers enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Greely last Wednesday, then fell to 9-4 with a 5-0 home loss to undefeated, top-ranked York Saturday. In the win, Sammi Altznauer and Abby McInerney scored. Cape Elizabeth closed at Fryeburg Wednesday.
The field hockey playoffs begin Saturday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Those games will all be played on the fields of the higher seeds.
The penultimate weekend of the cross country regular season saw Scarborough host South Portland, McAuley and Noble at Smiling Hill Farm. The Red Storm beat the Red Riots in the boys' meet, as Scarborough's Colin Tardiff was first (16:47.1) individually. The Red Storm actually had the top nine finishers. South Portland was paced by John Salamone (10th, 18:04.5). In the girls' race, the Red Riots were first and the Red Storm second. South Portland's Shannon Conley was the fastest individual (19:19.3). Scarborough was paced by Laura Volan (third, 21:12.7).
Cape Elizabeth joined Traip, Wells and York at Kennebunk last weekend. The boys were second (Jared Duperre was the top individual; ninth, 17:11). The girls were first and were placed by Rhoen Fiutak (third, 19:38).
The cross country regular season will come to a close this weekend, as Scarborough joins Bonny Eagle and Gorham at Windham and South Portland (with Biddeford and Thornton Academy) runs at Westbrook, while Cape Elizabeth takes part in the Western Maine Conference championship meet at St. Joseph's College in Standish.
The regional championships are Saturday, Oct. 26, at Twin Brook in Cumberland, which is also where the state meets will be held, Saturday, Nov. 2.
Scarborough's volleyball team remains the class of Class A after a 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-14) win at Windham and a 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 28-26, 25-13) victory over visiting Biddeford. Mary Cleary had seven kills and Kayla Savage six kills against the Eagles. In the win over the Tigers, Cleary had 12 kills, three digs and two blocks. Abby Mills added seven kills, four aces and eight digs and Natalie Foster finished with nine kills and nine digs. The Red Storm (12-0 and first in the Heals) was at Gorham Thursday, then hosts Falmouth Monday in a match that will likely determine homecourt advantage for the playoffs.
Cape Elizabeth is near the top of the standings as well, improving to 11-1 and third in Class A after beating host Kennebunk, 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-6, 25-16), and visiting NYA, 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-19). The Capers were home against two-time defending Class A champion Greely Thursday (see theforecaster.net for story), then close at South Portland Saturday.
Speaking of the Red Riots, they earned their first varsity win Tuesday with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18) victory over visiting Thornton Academy. South Portland was coming off a 3-0 (13-25, 13-25, 21-25) loss at Class B power Yarmouth. The Red Riots (1-11 and 13th in Class A, where 10 teams make the playoffs) were at Lake Region Thursday and finish Saturday at home versus Cape Elizabeth.