Postseason excitement underway-Southern edition

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(For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Scarborough boys’ hockey and Scarborough-York girls’ hockey game stories, with photos, see theforecaster.net)

While the basketball tournament will get the lion’s share of attention over the next few weeks (see story), there’s ample excitement across the board in the other sports now that February is here.

A lot of hardware is about to be handed out and local athletes will receive their share.

Here’s a look at what’s transpired and what’s to come.

Girls’ hockey

Scarborough entered the girls’ hockey playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the South region following a 16-1-1 regular season. Saturday, the Red Storm hosted No. 4 York in a semifinal and got a test before surviving, 3-0, thanks to three goals from Sami Shoebottom.

“Getting past today is a confidence booster,” Shoebottom said. “We’re a young team and we had nerves. We knew what we were getting into. We struggled with them, but we got the win.”

“Bottom line, we’re really fortunate and (Sami’s) a great kid with a great attitude,” Red Storm coach Caitlin D’Amour said. “Some kids could have a huge head, but that’s not her. I’m jealous, because I’m nowhere near as graceful. We’re lucky to have her. The girls love her.”

Scarborough traveled to the Colisee in Lewiston Wednesday to meet No. 2 Falmouth (15-2-2) in the regional final. The teams tied, 3-3, in the regular season opener at Falmouth and the Red Storm rallied for a 3-2 overtime home win Jan. 22. The teams met twice before in the playoffs, with Falmouth taking them both: 3-2 in the 2010 West region semifinals and 4-2 in the last year’s regional final.

“We know we can stick with Falmouth,” Shoebottom said. “It won’t be easy. If we play the way we can play and as long as we’re focused, I know we can do it.”

“Falmouth’s a good team,” D’Amour said. “We were lucky to come out with a win last time. It’ll be fun.”

If Scarborough advanced to the state game Saturday night in Lewiston, it will face either Greely (19-0) or St. Dom’s (17-2). The Red Storm lost, 8-3, at the Rangers Jan. 27 and didn’t play the Saints this year. Scarborough has never played St. Dom’s in the playoffs. Greely beat the Red Storm, 1-0, in overtime, in the 2013 state final in the only prior postseason encounter.

The Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland co-op team, ranked fifth, was ousted by No. 4 York in last week’s quarterfinal round, 5-1, to finish 6-13. Kate Ginder had the lone goal in defeat.

Indoor track

The Southwestern Maine Activities Association indoor track championship meet was held Saturday at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. 

In the boys’ meet, powerhouse Scarborough prevailed with 168 points. South Portland (49) placed seventh.

The Red Storm got wins from Colin Tardiff in the senior 800 (2 minutes, 1.36 seconds) and open mile (4:32.81), Griffin Madden in the senior 55 hurdles (7.84 seconds), Connor Doherty in the open two-mile (10:09.14), Sam Rusak in the senior high jump (6 feet) and their open 4×800 (8:39.69) and 1,600 sprint medley (3:47.98) relay teams. 

The Red Riots’ 1,600 sprint medley team was runner-up (3:50.29), as was Jake Maloney in the open mile (4:35.42).

Westbrook won the girls’ meet with 111 points. Scarborough (85) was third and South Portland (79.5) finished fifth.

The Red Storm got first-place performances from Bethany Sholl in the open two-mile (11:55.91) and their junior 4×200 relay (1:57.13)

The Red Riots got wins from Juliana Selser in the junior 400 (1:00.95) and Callie O’Brien in the senior 55 hurdles (8.9). 

Cape Elizabeth was scheduled to take part in the Western Maine Conference meet, but it was twice postponed by snow, then canceled.

The Class B state meet (featuring Cape Elizabeth) will be held Saturday at Bates College in Lewiston. Scarborough and South Portland compete for Class A glory Monday in Gorham.

Swimming

The girls’ North division swimming and diving Southwesterns were held Saturday, while the boys’ meet, scheduled for Friday, was postponed by snow to Monday.

Cape Elizabeth won the girls’ meet, edging Greely, 280-275. Scarborough (193 points) placed third and South Portland (61) finished ninth.

The Capers got wins from Olivia Tighe in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 59.66 seconds) and 500 free (5:21.12), Alicia Lawrence in the 100 free (55.26 seconds) and their 200 medley relay team (Hope Campbell, Maddie Culkin, Tighe and Lawrence, 1:55.46).

The Red Storm’s 200 free relay team (Megan Caldwell, Jane Greenberg, Mackenzie Charest and Hannah Griffin) placed first in 1:47.48.

The Red Riots top finisher was Kristina McCarthy, who placed sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:06.58) and eighth in the 200 free (2:09.99).

Due to poor travel conditions, only three teams, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland, competed in the boys’ North division Southwesterns Monday night. The Capers were first with 426 points, the Red Storm were runners-up with 389 and the Red Riots placed third with 306.

Cape Elizabeth got wins from Alex Mukai in the 200 free (1:55.94) and 500 free (5:12.72), Sam Loring in the 200 individual medley (2:12.50) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.00), Oliver Kraft in the 100 butterfly (58.14) and the backstroke (1:00.64) and the 200 medley (Kraft, Tommy Brett, Elliot McGinn and Ben Carroll, 1:50.42) and 200 freestyle (Loring, Rohan Freeman, Long and RJ Sarka, 1:37.83) relay teams.

Scarborough event winners included Kyle Ankermann in the 50 free (23.57) and 100 free (26.52) and its 400 freestyle relay team (TJ Hinkle, Joey Christian, Sam Greenberg and Ryan O’Leary, 3:39.42).

South Portland was paced by first-place diver Josh Centeno (237.30 points).

The Class A girls’ state meet is Saturday in Orono. The A boys state meet is Monday in Orono. The Class B girls’ state meet is Monday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The B boys’ meet is Tuesday at Bowdoin. 

Wrestling

Wrestling’s Class A South regional championship meet was held Saturday at Marshwood High School in South Berwick. The host Hawks edged Noble (210.5-201) for the top spot. Scarborough (48 points) finished ninth. Jeremy Sendrowski won the consolation title at 120 pounds. 

The state meet is Saturday at Noble High School in North Berwick.

Skiing

Cape Elizabeth’s boys tied for sixth and the girls didn’t score at last week’s Western Maine Conference Nordic championships (Freeport won the boys’ title, while Yarmouth was first on the girls’ side).

The boys were led by Will Corsello, who was 21st in the classic with a time of 18 minutes, 30.3 seconds. Calvin Barber finished 25th in the skate race (16:27.3). 

At Monday’s WMC Alpine championships, Cape Elizabeth’s boys and girls were both fifth (Falmouth won both genders).

The girls featured Emma Dvorozniak, who won the giant slalom with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 23.33 seconds, and was fourth in the slalom (1:38.68).

The boys were paced by Jon Fiutak, who was fourth in the slalom (1:34.68), and Devon Lathrop, who placed fourth in the GS (1:20.29).

The Class A and B Alpine state meets are Feb. 16-17. The Class A, B and C Nordic state meets will be held Feb. 18-19. 

Boys’ hockey

The boys’ hockey regular season is in its closing stretch.

Defending state champion Scarborough was still atop the Heal Points standings in Class A South at press time after a 5-2 win at Cape Elizabeth last Thursday and a 1-1 home tie versus Lewiston in a possible state final preview Monday.

In the win, Matt Caron, Brian Brady (his first varsity goal), Cam Smith, Skylar Pettingill and Justin Perry all scored.

“(Cape was) playing really tough,” Perry said. “I felt like they wanted it more than us, but we pulled through.”

“We got sloppy tonight, but when we needed to come back and answer, we did,” Red Storm coach Norm Gagne said. 

Callahan had the goal in the tie. Scarborough hosted St. Dom’s in a state final rematch Thursday, goes to Lewiston Monday and closes at home versus Falmouth Wednesday of next week in a game that will likely decide the region’s top seed.

The South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport co-op team settled for a 3-3 home tie versus Mt. Ararat last Thursday and began the week 4-8-2 and eighth in Class A South. After going to Massabesic Wednesday and visiting Cheverus Saturday, the season closes with home games versus Noble/Wells Monday and Windham Feb. 18.

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth got goals from Eli Babcock and Alex Glidden in the 5-2 loss to Scarborough, which was close most of the way.

“We did some good things,” said Capers coach Matt Buotte. “You never want to say you accept a loss, but there are losses where you can sit back and think we fought a good fight. We pushed an undefeated, Class A school that hasn’t lost this year to the end. What more can you ask for?”

Saturday, Cape Elizabeth snapped a four-game skid with an 8-0 home win over Maranacook. Sean Agrondia and Ben Ekedahl both had a pair of goals. The Capers (5-8-2 and seventh in Class B South) were home with Portland/Deering Thursday, welcome Gardiner Saturday and close the regular season at Yarmouth Monday.

The boys’ hockey playoffs start with the quarterfinals Feb. 23.

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

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Scarborough’s girls’ hockey team celebrates Saturday’s 3-0 win over York in a South region semifinal. The Red Storm faced Falmouth Wednesday in the regional final.

Scarborough’s Jack Callahan fires a shot at Cape Elizabeth goalie Grant Rusk during the Red Storm’s 5-2 win. The defending Class A champions remained undefeated at press time.

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Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.