Portland Sports Roundup

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SMCC women win Yankee Conference crown

The Southern Maine Community College women’s basketball team, seeded second, captured the Yankee Small College Conference championship last weekend in South Portland. After downing No. 3 University of Maine-Augusta, 71-64, behind 24 points and 12 rebounds from Christina Ricci, 19 points and 19 boards from Alisa Sweet and 12 points from Esther Palmieri, the Seawolves downed top-ranked Central Maine CC, 76-67, in the title game. Ricci had 24 points, Jessica Truman 21 and Palmieri 10. Ricci was named the tournament’s MVP. Truman was selected the top offensive player. SMCC next heads to the national tournament in Uniontown, Penn.

The men weren’t as fortunate. As the No. 2 seed, the Seawolves were upset by No. 3 New Hampshire Technical Institute, 91-83, despite Josh Mackie’s 28 points. The men’s team will join the women at the national tournament, March 1-5.

PBC fighter off to US championships

Portland Boxing Club featherweight Liz Leddy won an unanimous decision over New York City’s Carmel Chandier in the region one championships at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., and advanced to the U.S. national championships in Colorado Springs in June.

Beach to Beacon training group registration open

Registration for the Maine Running Company’s Beach to Beacon training group and the Maine Running Academy is open through March 10. Orientation will be held for beginners Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. and for anyone who completes a 5K Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m., at the Maine Running Company on Forest Avenue in Portland. FMI, 773-6601, michael@mainerunning.com or mainerunning.com.

Running program upcoming

The Nor’Easter run training and racing program, under the direction of Maine Running Hall of Famer and current Waynflete School track coach Brian “Ziggy” Gillespie begins March and runs through Aug. 31. The program is open to male and female runners of any level of ability. Teams workouts are Wednesday evenings at World’s Gym, 265 Marginal Way, in Portland. FMI, happy2smiles2001@yahoo.com.

PHS job openings

Portland High is seeking a varsity boys’ tennis and a junior varsity girls’ lacrosse season for the upcoming 2011 season. FMI, mcculm@portlandschools.org.

Lacrosse officials sought

The Maine Lacrosse Officials Association is seeking new officials. Anyone interested should attend overview and training sessions Feb. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at North Yarmouth Academy’s Middle School. FMI, 650-7464 or mainelaxofficials.org.