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Greely/Gray-New Gloucester standout Courtney Sullivan celebrates a goal during Saturday’s 7-2 win at two-time defending champion St. Dom’s in a North Region semifinals. Greely/Gray-New Gloucester battles top-ranked Lewiston in the regional final Wednesday.

Greely’s Luke Marsanskis, Caleb Thurston and Sam Wilson take part in the boys’ two-mile at last weekend’s Western Maine Conference championship meet. Marsanskis was first, Thurston second and Wilson fourth. The Rangers were second to York as a team.

Yarmouth’s girls’ Nordic ski team celebrates winning the Western Maine Conference championship last week.

Be it on ice or snow, in the pool or on the track, the postseason has gone very well so far for athletes from Forecaster Country.

While the basketball tournament will soon get the lion’s share off attention (see story), the girls’ hockey tournament is just days away from crowning a state champion and the indoor track, swimming and skiing state meets will be held in a matter of days.

Here’s an overview of the action so far and a look at what’s to come:

Girls’ hockey

The Greely/Gray-New Gloucester girls’ hockey team is two wins from a state title.

After a 15-3 regular season, which gave it the No. 3 seed in the North region, Greely/Gray-NG handled sixth-ranked Edward Little/Leavitt, 9-1, in the quarterfinals, as Courtney Sullivan scored five times and Molly Horton added a hat trick. Saturday, Greely/Gray-NG went to two-time defending state champion St. Dom’s, the No. 2 seed, and won with surprising ease, 7-2. Bridget Roberts scored just eight seconds in to the set the tone and the line of Sullivan, Roberts and Horton combined for 14 points on the night. Sullivan had two goals and five assists. Roberts added two goals and two assists, while Horton had a pair of goals and an assist.

“We kind of started it on Senior Night putting them together, just to have that experience together,” Rangers coach Nate Guerin said. “They are our three best players, having them together when we can.”

Greely/Gray-NG (17-3) battles top-ranked Lewiston (17-2) in the regional final Wednesday. In the regular season, the Blue Devils won both meetings, 3-2 in Falmouth Dec. 16 and 6-1 in Lewiston Jan. 26. Lewiston won all three prior playoff meetings as well, with a 1-0 victory in the 2014 semifinals the most recent.

If Greely/Gray-NG springs another upset, it will meet either Cheverus/Kennebunk (18-1) or Portland/Deering (14-5) in the state final Saturday evening in Lewiston.

Greely/Gray-NG didn’t meet Cheverus/Kennebunk in a countable game this year. It handled Portland/Deering, 12-1, Nov. 29 in Portland.

Roberts (25 goals, 16 assists, 41 points) and Sullivan (35 goals, 15 assists, 50 points) were each named finalists for the inaugural Becky Schaffer Award, presented by the Maine High School Girls’ Hockey Association, to the state’s top senior player. The winner will be announced Feb. 28.

Falmouth earned the No. 6 seed in the South Region and despite an attempt at a comeback from a four-goal deficit against No. 3 Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland in the quarterfinals, the Yachtsmen lost, 4-3, to finish 6-12-1. Kayla Sarazin, Abi Lebel and Bea Johnson scored in defeat.

Yarmouth/Freeport finished 3-13-2 and missed the playoffs.

Swimming

Last weekend saw the Southwestern swim championships at Cape Elizabeth.

In the South Division, Yarmouth’s boys won the title for the first time with 213 points, 10 better than runner-up Portland. Freeport (9) came in 12th. The Clippers got a first-place performance from Sean Whynot in diving (315.85 points).

In the girls’ meet, won easily by Kennebunk with 351.5 points, Yarmouth (212) was runner-up. The Clippers got wins from Zoe Siegel in the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 19.15 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:01.20).

In the North Division girls’ meet, Greely has 274 points to wind up second, 30 points shy of Cape Elizabeth. Falmouth (174) placed fourth.

The Rangers got wins from Julia Bisson in diving (a record score of 406.70 points), Jaehee Park in the 500 freestyle (5:19.69) and their 200 freestyle relay team (Maggie McCormick, Lauren Lambertson, Camden Dean and Greta Van Curan, 1:48.10).

On the boys’ side, Cheverus won the meet with 303 points. Greely (141) came in fourth and Falmouth (95) placed seventh. The Yachtsmen produced the champion diver in Griffin Conley (394.05 points).

The Class A boys’ state meet is Saturday in Orono. The Class A girls’ state meet is Monday in Orono. That same day, the Class B girls’ state meet will be contested at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The Class B boys’ state meet is Tuesday in Brunswick.

Indoor track

Falmouth’s boys had 149 points to finish second to Scarborough (176) in the Southwestern Maine Activities Association championship meet Saturday in Gorham.

In the girls’ meet, also won by Scarborough with 100 points, Falmouth (62 points) tied Bonny Eagle for sixth place. The Yachtsmen got a win from their junior 4×200 relay team (1 minute, 53.73 seconds).

In the Western Maine Conference meet, held last weekend in Gorham, Greely’s girls were first with 127 points, 30 better than runner-up York. Freeport (45) was sixth, Yarmouth (10) placed 11th and North Yarmouth Academy (1) was 14th.

The Rangers got wins from Elizabeth Brown in the senior high jump (5 feet), Carolyn Todd in the open mile (5:23.88) and open two-mile (12:07.09), Maggie McCormick in the open pole vault (9-0) and their open 4×800 relay team (10:38.85).

The Falcons got first-place showings from Shaina Curry in the junior high jump (4-8) and Tara Migliaccio in the senior 400 (1:04.38). 

In the boys’ meet, won by York with 181 points, Greely (122) was second, Freeport (67) came in third, Yarmouth (28) was seventh and NYA did not score.

Rangers’ event-winners included Luke Marsanskis in the open mile (4:49.83) and open two-mile (10:19.66) and their open 4×200 (1:39.00) and open 4×800 (8:51.99) relay teams.

The Falcons got wins from Brett Holden in the junior 55 (7.2 seconds), Jacob Gormely in the junior 200 (25.4), Joe Ashby in the open 800 (2:07.30) and their junior 4×200 relay team (1:42.17).

The Clippers got a win from Michael McNeil in the junior shot put (41-2.5), 

Looking ahead, the Class B state meet will be contested Saturday at Bates College in Lewiston. The Class A state meet is Monday in Gorham.

Skiing

At the Western Maine Conference Nordic championships, Yarmouth’s girls held off Maine Coast Waldorf, while Freeport placed fourth. The Clippers were led by Sophia Laukli, who was champion in the classic (17 minute, 31.7 seconds) and took the skate in 15:49.3. MCW’s Olivia Skillings finished second in the skate (17:04.2) and was runner-up in the classic (17:40.6). The Falcons were paced by Lily Horne, who came in third in the classic (19:03.7) and third in the skate (18:12.3). Greely didn’t score as a team, but Grace Ruszkai had the 41st-best time in the classic (26:21.8) and the 43rd-best time in the skate (26:20).

In the boys’ meet, MCW was first, Freeport second, Yarmouth third and Greely fifth. MCW featured individual champion Nick Neveu (16:34.3 in the classic and 14:52.3 in the skate). The Falcons were led by John Giddens (runner-up in the classic, 16:50.9, and sixth in the skate, 16:14.0). The Clippers’ top finisher was Max Coury (fourth in the skate, 16:08.5, and eighth in the classic, 18:39.1). The top Ranger was Nate Colavolpe (ninth in the skate, 16:48.2, and 14th in the classic, 18:51.8).

On the Alpine side, at the SMAA championships, Falmouth (a co-op team with Waynflete) won the boys’ title. The girls came in second behind Marshwood. The Yachtsmen boys were paced by A.J. Noyes, who won the giant slalom with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 5.72 seconds, and slalom (1:42.04). The top female was Ella Holland (fourth in the GS, 1:16.96, seventh in the slalom, 2:17.38)

In the WMC, Monday in a slalom meet at Shawnee Peak, Yarmouth’s girls were first and Greta Elder was the top individual (1:54.57), Freeport came in third (Isabella St. Cyr was seventh individually, 2:11.98) and Greely didn’t score as a team, but Ella Novick had the fifth-best time (2:07.30).

In the boys’ meet, Greely was second to Cape Elizabeth, as Alexander Richard was sixth individually (2:04.35), Freeport placed third (Paul Biberstein was fifth individually, 2:02.72) and Yarmouth finished fourth (George Ruth was 10th individually, 2:10.76).

The state skiing meets begin Monday.

Boys’ hockey

The boys’ hockey regular season is winding to a close as well.

Falmouth peaked at the end of the season and wound up 12-5-1 after winning at Cheverus (2-1), at home over Cheverus (6-4) and at home over St. Dom’s on Senior Night (6-2). Tyler Baker and Garrett Tracy had the goals in the first win over the Stags. In the second, freshman Owen Drummey had a hat trick. Against the Saints, Theo Hembre had a pair of goals. The Yachtsmen were first in the Class A South Heal Points standings at press time.

In Class B South, Greely was 12-2 and second to Cape Elizabeth following an 8-1 win at Maranacook and a 4-0 victory at Gardiner. After hosting Scarborough Tuesday, the Rangers welcome Camden Hills Saturday and play at Yarmouth Monday before closing the regular season Wednesday of next week at St. Dom’s.

Yarmouth enjoyed a 5-0 win at Kennebunk and a 3-0 home victory over Camden Hills last week. Dom Morrill scored twice against the Rams, while Michael Guertier, Spencer King and Sam Majerison all scored in the win over the Windjammers. The Clippers then improved to 9-4-2 and third in Class B South Monday after a 2-1 win at Edward Little (Kurt Heywood and Matt Sanborn scored). Yarmouth goes to Cape Elizabeth Saturday, hosts Greely Monday and closes at home versus Gardiner Thursday of next week.

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

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