North Sports Roundup

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Keyes to retire

John Keyes, who built the Falmouth girls’ swim program into a multi-state championship winning juggernaut, announced last week that he plans to retire from coaching the sport. Keyes led the Yachtsmen to five Class B state championships in six seasons and sent several standouts on to compete at the next level. Keyes will coach the Falmouth softball team this spring.

Greely girls’ hockey earns honor

The Greely girls’ hockey team, East Region runners-up in 2008-09, was recently presented with the Maine Principals’ Association’s girls’ hockey sportsmanship award. Bill McManus from the MPA’s hockey committee awarded the banner.

Cumberland native honored at Bates

Cumberland’s Mark Andrews, a senior at Bates College, was recently named the school’s “Student-Athlete of the Month.” Andrews is a Spanish major and Russian minor, who also excels in swimming. He was part of a school-record setting 800 freestyle relay team this season.

Greely’s Campbell wins Gatorade Award
Greely junior volleyball standout Michaela Campbell won the 2008-09 Gatorade Maine Volleyball Player of the Year, given to an athlete who not only demonstrates outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the court. Campbell had 148 digs and 123 kills while leading the Rangers to their sixth straight state championship.

Local residents honored for academics at Connecticut College
Cumberland’s Lynne Stillings, a senior field hockey player at Connecticut College, recently became a four-year member of the national collegiate academic squad. Yarmouth’s Sarah Penrose also was honored. Connecticut College was ranked among the top five schools at the Division III level in team academic ranking for the second year in a row.

Maine Masters swim team shines at New England tournament

The Maine Masters swim team, consisting of Dave Sawyer, Doug Pride, Mike LePage, Hodding Carter and Andrew Thomas, took part in the New England Masters swim meet at Harvard last weekend. Maine Masters wound up first in the USMS club division with 7,295 points. 

Falmouth Babe Ruth registration
Registration for the 2009 Falmouth Babe Ruth baseball season is underway. All boys who will be 13, 14 or 15 as of May 1 are invited to register. Those who played last year as a 13- or 14-year old must also register.
FMI, 781-0964 or

Casco Bay Sports offering co-ed spring leagues
Casco Bay Sports is offering several co-ed spring leagues. In April and May, a 6-on-6 soccer league, a Sunday flag football and a Sunday softball league will commence.

Bruins alumni to face local hockey players
Former Boston Bruins will face local high school players Friday at 7 p.m., at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Portland Firefighters Union is encouraging local residents to show support by making a contribution.

Greater Portland men’s Over-50 softball league open for registrations
The Greater Portland Men’s Over-50 softball league located in Portland and South Portland and now in its 11th season, is seeking players for the 2009 season. Players who turn 50 prior to Dec. 31 are eligible.

Falmouth sports fundraiser dance upcoming
The third annual Falmouth Sports Fundraiser Dance, featuring the music of ColorBlind, will be held Friday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland. Tickets are $15 per person and should be purchased in advance.
FMI, Anne Mazerolle, 838-8130, Anna Geary, 415-7707, or Janine Galli, 871-0147.

Free promotional soccer clinic upcoming
Freeport Recreation and Community Education, along with Challenger Sports, is offering a free promotional soccer clinic Wednesday, April 22 at the Freeport Middle School gym. U-4 and U-5 go from 12 to 1 p.m. U-6 and U-7 go from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. U-8 through U-12 go from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
FMI, 865-6171 or