Yarmouth High football coach Jim Hartman is leaving the program to become the new coach at Portland High School. Hartman was the coach when the Clippers became a varsity program in 2007 and guided them to the past two Class C state titles and 24 straight victories. Hartman, a Portland resident, said that being close to home was the deciding factor. He also said he treasured his time at Yarmouth.
“It was a lot of fun,” Hartman said. “I great up as a coach there. Susan Robbins was a great athletic director. I can’t say enough about what a class act she is. The kids taught me a lot. The assistant coaches were great. It was a great learning process in a unique town with great people. The kids are fantastic. It was a very hard decision.”
The boys’ hockey regular season is wrapping up and all three local teams will be factors in the upcoming playoffs. In Western A, Falmouth began the week 11-4-1 and second to defending state champion Thornton Academy in the Heal Points standings. The Yachtsmen enjoyed wins at Biddeford (8-4) and St. Dom’s (3-2) last week. They hosted Greely Monday and close at home Thursday vs. Scarborough. In Western B, Greely remains first at 11-3-2. The Rangers were 3-1 home winners over Messalonskee Saturday. After facing Falmouth Monday, Greely closes at rival Cape Elizabeth Thursday. Yarmouth began the week 10-5-1 and fifth in the Heals after an 8-1 home win over Leavitt and a 4-3 overtime home loss to York last week. The Clippers hosted Gardiner Monday and finished at Camden Hills Wednesday.
Thirty-six Portland Porpoises traveled to Massachusetts to participate in the North Shore Swim Club Blizzard Classic meet Jan. 27-29. There were many fantastic swims, many best times, state meet qualifiers, as well as many new USA NAG time achievers. Next is the Maine state championship meet at the University of Maine at Orono, March 16-18.
The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame is requesting nominations for the 2012 induction class. FMI, firstname.lastname@example.org.