Both Cheverus and the Portland/Deering co-op boys’ hockey teams qualified for the Western Class A playoffs. Portland/Deering finished eighth in Western A after a 7-11 regular season, which was capped by losses at Cheverus (5-0) and Biddeford (9-3). Portland/Deering had the daunting task of going to top-ranked, two-time defending state champion Falmouth (13-5) for the quarterfinals Tuesday. The Yachtsmen won both regular season meetings, 11-0 and 12-0. Cheverus wound up second at 11-5-2 after closing with home shutouts of Portland (5-0) and Scarborough (1-0). The Stags host No. 7 Lake Region/Fryeburg/Oxford Hills in the quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon. Cheverus won the lone regular season meeting, 10-0. The semifinals are Saturday, the regional final Tuesday and the state game Saturday, March 7. All of those rounds will be played in Lewiston.
The powerhouse Southern Maine Community College men’s basketball team suffered its first loss in three weeks in Sunday’s Yankee Small College Conference final. As the top seed, the Seawolves downed Eastern Maine CC in the quarterfinals (77-60) and Vermont Tech (61-57) in the semifinals before losing to St. Joseph’s of Vermont in overtime, 73-67, to fall to 23-3 overall. In the setback, SMCC let a nine-point halftime lead slip away and despite 22 points and 15 rebounds from Atencio Martin and 19 points from Tyheem Simon, the Offensive Player of the Tournament, fell short. The Seawolves women handled Vermont Tech (81-40) in the quarterfinals, then ousted rival Central Maine CC (62-58) in the semifinals. In the championship game, SMCC dropped a tough 72-67 decision to St. Joe’s of Vermont. Amira Jones had 21 points and 15 rebounds in the final and was named Offensive Player of the Tournament. Next up for the Seawolves is the national tournament.