Portland Sports Roundup

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Locals perform well at wrestling states

Cheverus, Deering and Portland all took part at the Class A state wrestling meet last weekend. The Bulldogs had 35 points to come in eighth (Marshwood was first with 183). The Rams tied Brunswick for 14th with 17 points and the Stags were 17th with 8 points. Portland’s Greg Cassella was the lone local wrestler to get to the championship round. He lost in the final at 170 pounds, as he was pinned by Marshwood’s Cody Hughes in 5 minutes, 5 seconds. In the consolation round 182 pound final, Portland’s Josh Hunnewell defeated Deering’s Matt Krusiec, 8-6. Portland’s Jeremiah Israel-Copeland lost to Oxford Hills’ Creighton Mederios, 4-0, at 220 pounds. Cheverus’ Aiden Whitis lost at 132 pounds to Noble’s Bailey Coull, 15-8.

Boys’ hockey season winds down

The boys’ hockey regular season was wrapping up at press time and it appears both city teams are playoff-bound. Cheverus was 9-5-2 and third behind two-time defending state champion Falmouth and Scarborough in the Western A Heal Points standings after a 5-0 home loss to Biddeford last week. The Stags were home against Portland/Deering Tuesday and close at home against Scarborough Thursday. Portland/Deering improved to 7-8 and eighth after a 3-2 home win over Thornton Academy last week. Curran Clere, Phil McCallum and Dominic Tocci all scored. Alex Girsch made 26 saves. Portland/Deering hosted Brunswick Monday, visited Cheverus Tuesday and closes at Biddeford Thursday.

SMCC wraps up superb regular season

The Southern Maine Community College men’s basketball team capped a regular season to remember last week by downing visiting rival Central Maine CC (90-74) and host Vermont Tech (68-54) to finish 21-2 (14-0 in the Yankee Small College Conference). Atencio Martin had 15 points in the win over CMCC. Martin had 20 more versus Vermont Tech. The Seawolves will be the top seed for the conference tournament and will open against Eastern Maine CC Friday in New Hampshire. The women finished 18-7 (11-3 in conference) following an 81-67 home win over CMCC and a 71-49 triumph at Vermont Tech. Against CMCC, Tiana Burton led the way with 21 points. Amira Jones had a team-high 13 points against Vermont Tech. SMCC will play Vermont Tech again in the YSCC quarterfinals Thursday.

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