South area athletes fill all-star teams
Considering the amount of triumph that local athletes produced this spring, it's no surprise that various postseason all-star teams featured many familiar names.
It was quite a spring on the diamond. Scarborough's baseball team reached the Western A Final for the first time. South Portland made a surprise run to the semifinals. Cape Elizabeth was the top seed in Western B and reached the semifinals. All three schools had players named to all-star teams.
In the Southern Maine Activities Association, first teamers included Scarborough's Chris Bernard (pitcher and first base) and South Portland's Chris Gorham (pitcher).
The second team featured Scarborough's Jake Rutt (utility) and South Portland's Zach Horton (first base) and Ryan Curit (outfield).
Horton was also named to the league's All-Defensive team and to the All-Rookie team. He was joined on the latter by teammate Paul Reny (shortstop).
Bernard was named the Edson Hadlock Award winner as the SMAA's most valuable pitcher, the league's MVP and batting champion (.548).
In the Western Maine Conference, Cape Elizabeth senior pitcher Andrew Guay made the Class B first team.
Capers senior pitcher Ryan Boyington, junior second baseman Kyle Piscopo and senior outfielder Zach Breed made the second team.
The softball story this spring included three stirring tales. Scarborough won its second Class A championship in three seasons. South Portland made an unexpected run to the regional final. Cape Elizabeth went 15-1 in the regular season, then fell to Fryeburg in the Western B semifinals.
In the SMAA, Scarborough's Catie Funk was selected as the Player of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year.
The first team included Scarborough junior pitcher Melissa Dellatorre, Funk, Red Storm outfielder Abby Rutt and South Portland outfielder Danielle DiBiase.
The second team featured Scarborough freshman pitching sensation Mo Hannan, Red Storm outfielder Jenn Colpitts, first baseman Abbey Pelletier and catcher Heather Carrier.
Scarborough senior shortstop Bri Mancuso and South Portland's Melissa Thomes were honorable mentions.
In the WMC, Cape Elizabeth's stellar senior triumvirate: catcher Colleen Martin, shortstop Emily Richardson and pitcher Trish Thibodeau, were named to the first team.
Cape Elizabeth junior Gabe Donahue and sophomore Emily Donovan made the second team.
Cape Elizabeth's Martin, Richardson and Thibodeau and Scarborough's Funk played for the Class A/B West team in the Senior All-Star game.
The coverage area produced one regional champion, five other playoff teams and a bevy of standouts who got plenty of recognition for their stellar play.
The boys' SMAA all-conference first team boasted Scarborough senior attack Jake Barrett, senior middie Danny Clark and senior defender James Wright, along with South Portland senior attack Ben Linscott.
Scarborough senior longstick middie Jimmy Soules and South Portland senior defender Joe Connolly made the second team.
In the Western Maine Conference, Cape Elizabeth senior attack Mike Holden and senior defender Peter Kane made the first team.
Cape Elizabeth senior attack Jon O'Hearn, senior middie Cam Smith, senior defender Sether Hanson and junior longstick middie Ben Brewster made the second team.
Hanson qualified for the WMC All-Academic team.
Cape Elizabeth's Hanson, Holden, O'Hearn and Smith, Scarborough's Barrett, Clark and Soules and South Portland's Connolly, Linscott and Greg Roberts (alternate) took part in the Senior All-Star game. Scarborough's Joe Hezlep served as a coach.
Cape Elizabeth's Holden and Scarborough's Clark were selected as All-Americans.
On the girls' side, the WMC first team included Cape Elizabeth senior attack Maggie Darling
Cape Elizabeth senior midfielder Rosie Wennberg and junior defender Maddie Spagnola were named to the second team.
Cape Elizabeth senior Nora Daly qualified for the All-Academic team.
In the SMAA, Scarborough's Lindsay Hagerman (attack), Ellie Morin (midfield) and Jackie Morin (defense) were first teamers in the Coastal Division.
Scarborough midfielders Erin McElwain and Brittany Ross were honorable mentions.
In the Pinecone Division, South Portland midfielder Cassie Lyons and attack Erica Waterhouse were honorable mentions.
Scarborough's Meghan Quirk and South Portland's Anh Nguyen were named to the All-Rookie team.
McElwain and South Portland's Kim Loeffel were cited for sportsmanship.
Scarborough's Lauren Blaisdell and McElwain and South Portland's Loeffel and Annie King qualified for the SMAA All-Academic team.
Scarborough's McElwain and South Portland's Loeffel played for the Red squad in the Senior All-Star game. Cape Elizabeth's Darling and Wennberg (alternate) played for the Blue team. Cape Elizabeth's Kurt Chapin helped coach.
Scarborough's Ellie Morin was an All-American honorable mention.
Local runners, jumpers and throwers all had their moments this spring.
The SMAA boys' first team featured Scarborough's Nate Hathaway (mile and two-mile) and Brad Nakanishi (pole vault).
Scarborough's Sam Chick (800 and 300 hurdles) and Ross Thomas (high jump) qualified for the second team.
Scarborough's Craig Robinson (two-mile) and Brian Woodbury (shot put), along with South Portland's David Hardison (300 hurdles) were honorable mentions.
On the girls' side, Scarborough's Rachelle Greene (100 and 200), Jenny Snyder (100 hurdles), Emelia Scheemaker (triple jump) and Christy Manning (javelin), along with the Red Storm's 4x100 (Snyder, Andrea Tolman, Nicole Kirk and Greene), 4x400 (Greene, Kirk, Whitney Chamberlain and Abby Chick) and 4x800 (Meghan Summerson, Molly O'Connor, Chick and Chamberlain) relay squads made the first team.
Scarborough's Chamberlain (800), Chick (400), Kirk (100), Manning (discus and shot put), Scheemaker (long jump) and Tolman (pole vault) were on the second team.
Scarborough's Kirk (200) and South Portland's Vanessa Johnston (racewalk) were honorable mentions.
In the WMC, Cape Elizabeth's Emma Hockmuth, Rachel Nichols and Marita Stressenger made the first team, as did the Capers 4x400 (Attwood, Skyler Dunfey, Nichols and Stressenger) and 4x800 (Attwood, Kelsey Barton, Hannah Doss and Stressenger) relay squads.
Cape Elizabeth's Emily Attwood and Hockmuth were on the second team.
On the hardcourt, each local squad made the playoffs and there were no shortage of standouts.
The boys' WMC all-star first team included Cape Elizabeth's Chris Flathers. Teammate Ross Sherman was on the second team.
Cape Elizabeth's Flathers and Michael Takach were Senior scholar-athletes.
In the SMAA, Scarborough's Nick Tolman made the singles first team and teammate Adam Saltz was on the singles second team.
South Portland's Tanner Burgdorf, Ryan Chapin and Mark O'Donnell qualified for the All-Academic team.
On the girls' side, the SMAA singles first team included Scarborough's Kasia Jania.
South Portland's Margaret Bagley and Megan Lungren made the All-Academic team.
In the WMC, Cape Elizabeth's Caitlin Pomeroy and Katie Takach made the second team.
Cape Elizabeth's Pomeroy and Takach also qualified for the All-Academic squad.
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