Playoff time arrives for soccer, volleyball and cross country

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Scarborough-Windham girls’ soccer and Cape Elizabeth-Greely volleyball game stories, with additional photos, see theforecaster.net)

Field hockey’s postseason is already underway (see story). Cross country, soccer and volleyball begin this weekend. Football’s regular season comes to a close this weekend as well. If that’s not enough, golf put a bow on its season this past weekend.

The high school sports spectrum just gets busier and more compelling and here’s a glimpse at where the locals stand:

Football

All three local football teams earned victories last weekend, strengthening their playoff positioning.

Scarborough made it three wins in a row, leaving visiting Massabesic in its wake, 56-21. The Red Storm led, 7-0, after one quarter, on a long touchdown run from Zach Carreiro, then erupted to take a 35-7 halftime lead behind a TD run from Drew LeClair (six rushes, 74 yards and one score) and three touchdown passes from Jack Hughes, one to Carreiro (two receptions for 80 yards, 151 yards on 11 rushes), one to Milani Hicks (three recptions, 64 yards, one TD) and one to Jacob Gardner. After the Mustangs pulled within 35-14, Aren Dickman had a TD run and Hughes (9-of-14, 246 yards and five scores) threw a touchdown pass to Gardner for a 49-14 lead after three periods. A third Hughes to Gardner (three receptions, 85 yards, three TDs) scoring pass accounted for the final score.

“I thought we had a great team victory against Massabesic,” said Scarborough coach Lance Johnson. “We improved in all three phases of the game and played a physical and enthusiastic brand of football. In the last three weeks, Jack has completed 60 percent of his pass attempts, thrown for 755 yards with 11 TDs and zero interceptions. Jack has also rushed 29 times for 148 yards and has played a solid free safety on defense, coming up with two interceptions. Defensively, we were led by three sophomores: linebackers Matt Cook (18 tackles) and Aren Dickman (10 tackles) and safety Anthony Simoneau (16 tackles).”

The Red Storm (now 3-4 and fourth in the Western Class A Crabtree Points standings) close at 1-6 Noble Friday night. They beat the visiting Knights, 41-6, last year. Scarborough is hoping to host a playoff game, something that was unthinkable just three weeks ago.

South Portland bounced back from its loss to Scarborough with an impressive 42-28 win at Biddeford. The Red Riots shot to a 21-0 lead behind TD runs from Hayden Owen and Matthew Stearns and a Nick Mezzanotte-to-Stearns touchdown pass. After the Tigers got on the board, a long TD pass from Mezzanotte to Owen and a Stearns touchdown run made it 35-7 and seemingly put the win away, but Biddeford roared back to within a touchdown before an Owen run clinched it. South Portland (5-2 and third in Western A) closes at home versus 4-3 Portland in the “Battle of the Bridge” Saturday afternoon. Last fall, the Red Riots lost at the Bulldogs, 38-14, but they lead the all-time series (which dates to 1907), 53-41-3.

In Western C, Cape Elizabeth handled visiting Gray-New Gloucester, 49-8, to improve to 5-2 and fourth in the Crabtrees. The Capers raced to a 21-0 first quarter lead behind TD runs from Jack Drinan and Nate Weare and a touchdown pass from Jeb Boechenstein to Ethan Murphy. The score was 42-0 at halftime and Cape Elizabeth rolled from there. The Capers finish the regular season Friday in Rumford against 2-5 Mountain Valley. Last year, Cape Elizabeth beat the visiting Falcons, 64-24. The Capers will be home for at least one round of playoffs.

The postseason begins next weekend, on the fields of the higher seeds.

Boys’ soccer

Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team, the two-time defending Class A state champion, has locked up the top seed in Western A for the amazing 10th time in 11 seasons after closing with shutout wins at Thornton Academy (4-0) and at home over Bonny Eagle (5-0). Noah Stracqualursi had two goals, while Garrett King and Sam Ware each had one versus the Golden Trojans. Ware, Wyatt Bridgham, Sam Elliott, Josh Morrissey and Spencer Pettingill all scored in the win over the Scots. The Red Storm posted an undefeated regular season (13-0-1) for the seventh time in 11 years and will host a quarterfinal round playoff game Tuesday, likely against Marshwood or Westbrook.

South Portland finished 8-4-2 after a 3-1 win at Bonny Eagle and a 1-0 double overtime home loss to Marshwood. In the victory, Kervens Anthoine, Gary Maietta and Andrew Whipple scored. The Red Riots project to be the No. 6 seed in Western A and will probably host Kennebunk in the preliminary round Friday or Saturday.

In Western B, Cape Elizabeth finished third at 8-4-2 after a 1-1 tie at York and a 7-2 home win over Kennebunk. Wes Parker had the goal in the draw. Eddie Galvin scored twice in the victory, as Tim Brigham, Matt Concannon, Noah Haversat, Harry Queeney and R.J. Sarka each had one goal. The Capers will host a quarterfinal Tuesday, likely against York.

In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School saw Ethan Spaulding become the program’s all-time leading goal scorer in a 10-1 regular-season ending victory at A.R. Gould last week. Spaulding scored three times to give him 61 for his career, which breaks Anthony Simpson’s record. Matt Hammond also scored twice in the win. The Lions finished the season with a superb 11-2-1 mark and will be the No. 4 seed for the playoffs. GPCS will host a quarterfinal Tuesday, likely against Chop Point.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Scarborough is peaking at the right time. Last Wednesday, the Red Storm went to defending state champion Windham, which appeared invincible, and were every bit the Eagles equal in a 1-1 tie. Maddie Chen had the tying goal and Scarborough’s defense held potent Windham at bay for almost all of the 90 minutes.

“It was frustrating not winning, but how can you honestly be upset with how we played tonight?” Chen said. “We came here ready to play and ready to beat them.”

“I’m really proud we didn’t let them get another goal,” defensive standout Sam Sparda said. “We held our composure well.  We’re still up there. This was a game to prove that. We can definitely hang with (Windham). Whoever didn’t think that, now they do.”

“For us, it was coming here and realizing we could play with them,” Scarborough coach Mike Farley added. “They’re a really good team and we’re a good team. We learned some lessons. It’s a positive result. We’d have liked to have finished, but I’m sure they’d say the same thing.”

Saturday, the Red Storm impressed again with a 2-0 home win over Thornton Academy (Katherine Kirk and Ashley Perriello had the goals). Tuesday, they finished a 12-1-1 regular season with a 6-1 home victory over Bonny Eagle, as Gaby Panagakos scored twice. Scarborough will be the No. 2 seed in Western A and will host a quarterfinal round playoff game Wednesday, likely against Falmouth or Cheverus.

South Portland will miss the playoffs. The Red Riots wound up 2-11-1 and 16th in Western A, but only 12 squads qualified. South Portland enjoyed a 3-1 home win over Sanford last Wednesday, then closed with losses at Bonny Eagle (2-1) and Marshwood (5-2). In the victory, Samantha Munson had two goals, while Callie O’Brien scored once. O’Brien had the goal against the Scots, while Munson and Young had the goals in the finale.

In Western B, defending state champion Cape Elizabeth blanked visiting York, 1-0, on its Senior Night Saturday, behind a goal from Sarah O’Connor. The Capers then closed with a 3-0 win at Kennebunk Tuesday (Kate Breed, Kathryn Clark and Mariah Deschino had the goals) to wind up 9-4-1 and third in the region. Cape Elizabeth will likely host Morse in a quarterfinal Wednesday.

In Western D, GPCS missed the postseason after finishing 0-13 and ninth (only six teams made the cut).

Volleyball

Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough’s volleyball teams are on the short list of favorites to win the Class A title.

Problem is, they’re on a collision course.

The Capers closed with 3-0 wins over visiting Greely (27-25, 25-23, 25-22) and Lake Region (25-11, 25-10, 25-7). Against the powerhouse Rangers, Cape Elizabeth rallied from a 22-14 first set deficit and went on to defeat Greely for the first time in program history as Tess Haller had eight blocks and seven kills. Monica Dell’Aquila added seven kills, a block and nine service points, including three aces. Freshman Maggie Dadmun finished with 20 assists and six service points. Lydia Brenneman had six service points and 27 digs, many of the spectacular variety.

“We worked really hard because we believed we could get it done,” Haller said. “We dug a lot of holes tonight, but we worked hard to get out of them. This means so much. We lost a really tough match to Greely last year. This really means a lot to beat them in three sets. We really, really wanted this.”

“I’m beyond proud and psyched for my team,” said Capers coach Sarah Boeckel. “I’m still in shock. It was an impressive win. Going into playoffs, you want to play your best volleyball and I think we’re playing our best volleyball right now. I couldn’t be happier.”

Against the Lakers, Dell’Aquila had seven assists and six kills and Hannah Sawyer finished with five kills. Cape Elizabeth wound up 12-2 and fifth in Class A and will have to go to No. 4 Scarborough for what could be an epic quarterfinal Saturday.

Scarborough wound up 11-3 after closing with a 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 25-14, 17-25, 15-12) home victory over Falmouth in a state game rematch last week.

On Oct. 6, the Capers edged the Red Storm in five sets. The teams have no playoff history.

South Portland failed to qualify after winding up 4-10. Following a 3-1 (21-25, 23-25, 26-24, 0-25) loss at Gorham, the Red Riots closed with a 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-20) victory at North Yarmouth Academy. South Portland wound up 13th in Class A, but only 10 teams qualified.

The playoffs continue Wednesday with the semifinal round. The Class A state match is Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Biddeford High School.

Cross country

Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ cross country team won the Division I title at last weekend’s Western Maine Conference meet at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. The Capers scored 30 points to finish 26 ahead of runner-up Falmouth. Sam Feenstra (21 minutes, 1 second), Liv Palma (21:04) and Rhoen Fiutak (21:06) were second, third and fourth individually. Emma Shedd (10th, 21:59) and Madori Kwan (11th, 22:01) also scored.

“I thought we ran well, but not quite up to our standards,” said Capers coach Andrew Lupien. “There were some wrong turns taken and some aches and pains throughout the race that kept us from performing at our best. However, we won our division, so we certainly can’t be too disappointed.”

In the boys’ race, Cape Elizabeth’s 95 points left it fourth (Falmouth won with 32). Mitch Morris was the individual runner-up in 16:59. Kyle Kennedy (17:17) was fourth. Also scoring were Jared Duperre (25th, 18:48), McCarthy Huffard (29th, 18:56) and Hans Kremer (35th, 19:34).

Scarborough and South Portland finished their regular seasons last week.

The Red Storm joined Gorham and Windham at Bonny Eagle and both teams came in first. The boys were led by Jacob Terry (16:17) and Colin Tardiff (16:33), who placed 1-2. The girls featured Bethany Sholl (19:54), Marisa Carbone (20:29), Laura Volan (20:49) and Samantha Saraceno (21:06) placing 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The Red Riots joined Thornton Academy and Westbrook at Biddeford. The girls placed second as Serena Mckenzie was the individual runner-up in 20:25. The boys came in third, as Gavin Damian-Loring placed fourth individually (17:39).

The regional championships are Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland. The Class A boys start at 12 p.m. The Class A girls compete at 12:35 p.m. The Class B boys run at 2:30 p.m. The Class B girls go last at 3:05 p.m.

“We will definitely need to raise our performance if we want to take home a plaque on Saturday,” Lupien said. “Greely and Yarmouth are two of the best girls’ teams in the state, with Greely having the added advantage of running on their home course. I believe that we can challenge for the championship. Our girls are focused and determined to run their best. The course has been a bit of a demon for us in the past, but I think these young ladies are ready to show their physical strength and mental toughness.”

Golf

The final act of the 2014 golf season was held Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro, as individuals vied for glory.

Cape Elizabeth’s Reese McFarlane was second in Class B, as his 74 left him three strokes shy of MCI’s Gavin Dugas. Cape Elizabeth’s Ryan Collins and Nate Ingalls tied for 11th with an 84. George Mackenzie finished 22nd after shooting a 90.

In Class A, Drew Kane, of team state champion Scarborough, finished fourth after shooting a 75. Bangor’s Drew Powell and Oceanside’s Nick Mazurek tied for first after firing 72s. Scarborough’s Chandler Langlois tied for 20th with an 85, while teammate Nate Roberts finished 30th with a 92.

In the all-class girls’ state match, Cape Elizabeth’s Lauren Schonewolf tied for seventh after shooting an 85. Thornton Academy’s Hashilla Rivai was first with a 70. Scarborough’s Elizabeth Lacagnata shot an 86 to place 10th.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Scarborough senior Katherine Kirk heads the ball during last week’s 1-1 tie at Windham.

Cape Elizabeth’s Maddie Bowe soars for a kill during the Capers’ first ever win over Greely last week.

Cape Elizabeth’s Mitch Morris runs with Yarmouth’s Luke Laverdiere during last weekend’s Western Maine conference championship meet. Morris placed second individually in Division I as the Capers came in fourth as a team.

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