Mother Nature decimates postseason schedule
A weekend that was supposed to crown state champions in 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 in Sanford.
The Southwestern swim meet, which included Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland, which was scheduled for Friday (boys) and Saturday (girls) in Westbrook, was postponed to Monday (boys) and Tuesday (girls).
In the boys' meet, Cheverus came in first with 327 points. Cape Elizabeth (180) finished fourth, while Scarborough (177) was fifth. South Portland (53) came in eighth.
The Capers were paced by Evan Long, who won the 100 freestyle (49.71 seconds) and was runner-up in the 500 free (22.28) and their 200 freestyle relay team (Griffin Thoreck, Jordan Petersen, Ian Riddell and Long, 1 minute, 35.7 seconds).
The Red Storm saw Jerry Gravel set a new meet record in winning the 200 individual medley (1:57.11). His brother, Robby, held the old mark. Gravel was second in the 100 backstroke (52.08). Divers Jonathan Alas (273.20 points) and Nate Erickson (208) finished third and fourth respectively.
The Red Riots were seventh in both the medley (2:30.52) and 200 free (1:42.47) relays.
Tuesday, Cape Elizabeth took top honors in the girls' meet with 278 points, seven better than Greely. Scarborough (108) was seventh. South Portland (62) placed eighth.
The Capers didn't have an individual winner, but captured both the medley (Hannah Homans, Sadie Stiles, Sydney Wight and Caroline Herriman, 1:52.02) and 200 free (Sierra Bates, Sarah Loring, Taylor Herrera and Elle Richards, 1:51.94) relays. Wight was runner-up in both the 200 free (2:04.55) and the 100 fly (1:00.03). Stiles finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.38). Homans placed third in the 50 free (25.18). Michaela Pinette was third in diving (201.05).
The Red Storm featured Mackenzie Wood, fifth in diving (179.10), and a third-place 200 free relay team (Lucy Iselborn, Maya Ahluwalia, Aleeza Barkas and Hallie O'Donnell, 1:54.28).
The Red Riots were paced by Lauren Halvorsen, who was fifth in both the 200 free (2:15.87) and 500 free (6:06.53).
The state meets will be held Monday (Class A boys at Bowdoin College in Brunswick) and Tuesday (Class A girls at Bowdoin).
While Scarborough and South Portland's indoor track teams gear up for states, Cape Elizabeth took part in the weather-delayed Western Maine Conference championship meet Monday (it was originally scheduled for Friday) at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. The Capers boys tied Sacopee for seventh place with 33 points (York won with 165). The girls (29) were ninth (Greely was the champion with 193).
Individually, Cape Elizabeth was led by Liam Simpson on the boys' side. Simpson was runner-up in the mile (4 minutes, 35.22). Kyle Kennedy came in third in the two-mile (10:31.66). Tim Brigham placed third in the junior 400 (57.64 seconds). Laura MacKay led the girls with a third-place showing in the senior 200 (28.36).
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. Cape Elizabeth's girls were fifth (Merriconeag was first) and the boys eighth (Yarmouth placed first). Individually, Dana Hatton was sixth in the girls' race (18 minutes, 47.2 seconds over the 5.8-kilometer trail). The boys were paced by Julian Pelzer (15th, 17:14.7).
The Classic race was scheduled for Saturday, but was moved to Monday and then to Tuesday at Stark's Hill in Fryeburg. There, the girls were sixth (and came in sixth overall), while the boys moved up to seventh (but still came in eighth overall). Merriconeag took the team titles in both genders. Tuesday, Hatton was seventh for the girls (21:24.5) and Pelzer was 19th for the boys (19:54).
The SMAA Alpine championships were also affected by weather, being postponed from Friday to Tuesday at Shawnee Peak. Scarborough won both the boys' and girls' crowns. The boys were led by Andrew Mills (fourth in the giant slalom, a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 8.86 seconds) and Kevin Dryzga (fifth in the slalom, 1:44.84). The girls featured Abby Mills (third in the GS, 1:11.39; fourth in the slalom, 1:48.75).
The ski state meets are the week of Feb. 18.
In girls' hockey, Scarborough, the top-ranked team in the West Region, was scheduled to host No. 4 Cheverus in the semifinals Friday, but that game was moved to Saturday and ultimately to Monday due to poor weather. When the teams finally squared off, Kristen Murray had four goals to help the Red Storm to a 6-1 win, sending Scarborough to the regional final Wednesday to meet No. 2 York. If victorious, the Red Storm will play either defending state champion Greely or Leavitt/EL in the state final Saturday at 7 p.m., at the Colisee in Lewiston.
Boys' hockey is the lone sport still playing its regular season.
Scarborough holds the top spot in the Western Class A Heal Points standings and takes a 13-1 record and 12-game win streak into a home game versus South Portland Friday (it will be the Red Storm's first game in 13 days). Scarborough hosts Biddeford Monday, goes to Falmouth for a makeup showdown Tuesday and closes the regular season Thursday at Cheverus.
South Portland was 14th at 2-11 after recent losses at Kennebunk (8-1) and Marshwood (11-4). The Red Riots go to Scarborough Friday and Noble Saturday, host Portland Monday and close at home versus Kennebunk Thursday.
In Western B, Cape Elizabeth clings to the fifth and final playoff spot at 5-10-1 after last Thursday's tough 5-4 home loss to defending Class B state champion Greely. The Capers led much of the way, but fell just short despite two goals from Curtis Guimond. Cape Elizabeth is home with Leavitt Saturday and plays at Gardiner Monday. Senior Charlie Laprade was named January's Rookie of the Month by the Western Class B Coaches' Association after scoring five goals and adding two assists.
The boys' hockey playoffs begin Feb. 23.