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Portland’s wrestling team came in seventh at the Class A state meet last weekend (which was won by Marshwood). Cheverus came in 20th. Deering did not score. The Bulldogs were paced by standout Kidayer Alijubyly, who just missed repeating as the 106-pound champion, finishing runner-up to Skowhegan’s Cody Craig, losing in the final, 3-1. Jaime Lones-Martinez was third at 120-pounds, winning the consolation final, 8-3, over Max Storm of Westbrook. Greg Casella finished third at 160-pounds, beating Mt. Blue’s Nick Hickey, 8-6. Even better for Portland, it won the Class A Sportsmanship Award.
Entering the final days of the regular season, both Cheverus and the Portland/Deering co-op team were playoff-bound, only their seeding was in question. The Stags were fourth in the Western Class A Heal Points standings at press time with a record of 8-7-1 after beating host Marshwood/Traip (5-1) and losing at Scarborough (3-0) last week. Cheverus hosted Biddeford Monday and finishes at home versus Thornton Academy Thursday. Portland/Deering was sixth at 6-9-1 after a 7-1 win at South Portland Friday behind two goals from Zach Luce. Portland/Deering hosts Biddeford Wednesday, then wraps up the regular season Thursday with a makeup game at Noble/Wells. The postseason begins Tuesday with the quarterfinals. Games will be held on the home ice of the higher seeds.
The inaugural 3-on-3-for-B Conway Classic, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise funds for the Brendan Conway Memorial Scholarship at Deering High School, in honor of the school’s former standout athlete, coach and athletic director, who passed away at the far-too-young age of 34 in November, will be held Saturday, March 8. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with games starting at 9:30. A fourth player can participate as an optional substitute. The cost is $75 for a three-person team and $100 for a four-person squad. The tournament is for players 18-and-older. The scholarship fund seeks to honor Conway’s spirit, as well as his work within the Deering community. Each year, a deserving Deering senior will be awarded a sizable scholarship to help continue their education at a college or university. FMI, 207-730-6533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Maine Community College wrapped up its regular season last week and now turns its attention to winning a Yankee Small College Conference championship. The men finished 20-8 (13-3 in conference) after a 97-64 setback at conference regular season champion Central Maine CC and an 85-81 overtime home loss to Vermont Tech. Scott Proudman had 14 points against CMCC, while Jose Nouchanthavong capped his superb campaign with 31 against Vermont Tech. The Seawolves host the University of Maine-Augusta in the YSCC quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. SMCC beat UMA twice this year by 27 and 25 points, respectively. The Seawolves women finished 18-7 (12-2 in conference) after falling at CMCC (68-55) and beating visiting Vermont Tech (88-47). Danielle McCusker had 16 points against CMCC and 17 versus Vermont Tech. The Seawolves open the conference tournament Thursday at home versus New Hampshire Technical Institute at 6 p.m. SMCC beat NHTI by four points at home and 15 on the road in the regular season.