While the basketball tournament (see story) will get the lion’s share of attention the rest of the month, the postseason is in full swing in other sports as well and early results are promising for local athletes.
At press time, Scarborough’s girls’ hockey team found itself two wins from a repeat state title.
Last weekend, indoor track and swimming held their Western Maine Conference and Southwestern championship meets respectively. Wrestling’s regionals are behind us. The skiing conference races were up next and even boys’ hockey is wrapping up its regular season.
Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred and what’s to come:
Scarborough’s girls’ hockey team, the No. 2 seed in the West Region, advanced to the regional final after handling No. 3 York in Friday’s semifinals, 3-1. The Red Storm (14-4-1) battled top-ranked Falmouth (15-4) for the right to go to the state game. The teams split in the regular season, each winning at home (Scarborough, 2-1, and Falmouth, 6-3). Last year, in the regional final, the Red Storm ousted the Yachtsmen, 7-0.
If Scarborough reaches the state game Saturday at 7 p.m. in Lewiston, it will play either Lewiston (18-0-1) or Leavitt/Edward Little (16-2-1). The Red Storm lost at Leavitt/EL, 4-1, Dec. 6 and tied host Lewiston, 3-3, Jan. 19. Scarborough defeated the Blue Devils in last year’s state final, 3-1.
Capeflete wasn’t as fortunate. Ranked fifth, Capeflete won a quarterfinal last Wednesday, 3-2, at No. 4 Biddeford (Kathryn Clark had the winner, while Kate Bosworth and Allie Mills also scored). Friday’s semifinals were another story, however, as Capeflete was ousted by Falmouth, 7-1. Bosworth had the goal. Capeflete finished 8-11-1.
Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ swim team was second to Cheverus at the North Division Southwesterns championship Friday in Westbrook. The Capers had 221 points, but the Stags managed 335. Scarborough (169) came in fourth, while South Portland (94) finished sixth.
The Capers got wins from their 200 medley relay team (Harry Homans, Reese McFarlane, Kyle Long and R.J. Sarka, 1 minute, 43.25 seconds) and Homans in the 200 individual medley (1:57.49). Scarborough’s top finisher was Kyle Ankermann, who came in third in the 50 free (23.77) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.76). The Red Storm’s 400 free relay team came in third (3:41.24). South Portland was paced by Nick Alvarez, who came in fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:53.27). The Red Riots came in third in the 200 free relay (1:40.42).
The girls’ meet was won by Greely with 286 points. Cape Elizabeth (195) came in third, South Portland (142) was fifth and Scarborough (76) placed eighth. The Capers got a win from Sadie Stiles in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.57). Cape Elizabeth was runner-up to Cheverus in the 200 medley relay (1:58.35). The Red Riots were paced by Sophie Chase, who was runner-up in the 100 fly (1:02.77). The Red Storm’s top finisher was Hannah Griffin, who came in second in the 500 free (5:37.78).
The Class B boys’ state final is Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono. The Class B girls compete for state glory Monday in Orono, while the Class A boys’ state meet will be held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The Class A girls’ state meet is Tuesday, also in Brunswick.
The SMAA indoor track and field championship meet was Saturday at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham and Scarborough dominated.
The Red Storm boys were first with the jawdropping score of 215 points, which left runner-up Thornton Academy (99) in the dust. South Portland (51) came in seventh.
Scarborough got wins from Sam Rusak in the junior 55 hurdles (8.51 seconds), junior high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and open pole vault (14 feet), Griffin Madden in the senior 55 hurdles (7.79), Colin Jones in the senior 800 (2 minutes, 4.40 seconds), Jacob Terry in the open two-mile (9:53.82) and its junior 4×200 (1:39.90), senior 4×200 (1:36.88), open 4×800 (8:35.53) and open 1,600 sprint medley (3:47.82) relay teams. For South Portland, Daniel Guiliani won the senior shot put (56-2).
In the girls’ meet, Scarborough led the way with 139 points, which was 35 better than Thornton Academy. South Portland (83) placed fourth.
Red Storm event winners included Marisa Carbone in the junior 800 (2:34.84), Ellen Shaw in the junior 55 hurdles (8.76), Kacey Foerster in the open pole vault (8-6) and their junior 4×200 relay team (1:53.67). The Red Riots got wins from Juliana Selser in the junior 400 (1:01.54) and Lauren Magnuson in the senior 55 (7.57).
The Western Maine Conference championship meet was contested Friday at USM. Cape Elizabeth’s girls finished seventh with 42 points (Greely won with 122) and the boys tied North Yarmouth Academy with 26 points (Falmouth was first with 168).
The girls got wins from Kristen Penley in the junior high jump (4-8) and Eva Brydson in the open 800 (2:29.16). Mitchell Morris won the boys’ open mile (4:32.37).
The state meets are Monday, with Class A being contested at USM and Class B at Bates College in Lewiston.
The Western Maine Conference Nordic championships were held last week at Stark’s Hill.
In the pursuit, which combined the scores of the classic and freestyle, Cape Elizabeth’s boys were seventh and the girls came in eighth.
The WMC Alpine championships were scheduled to begin Monday, but were postponed to Tuesday. Cape Elizabeth’s girls were a narrow second to Greely, while the boys came in sixth.
The state championship meets for Alpine and Nordic skiing are next week.
Scarborough’s wrestling team was ninth at Saturday’s Western A regional meet. The Red Storm ended up with 30 points (Marshwood won with 242). Jeremy Sendrowski was first in the consolation round at 113 pounds.
The Class A state meet is Saturday at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham.
With the playoffs nearing, Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ hockey team is hitting its stride. Last week, the Capers tied visiting Gorham, 2-2, then won at Camden Hills, 5-3, to improve to 8-7-1 and second behind Kennebunk in the Western Class B Heal Points standings. Jack Drinan and Alex Glidden scored in the tie. Curtis Guimond had two goals and Drinan one in the victory. After hosting York Saturday, Cape Elizabeth closes the regular season at Leavitt Wednesday.
In Western A, Scarborough settled for a 1-1 home tie against Cheverus Saturday. Matt Caron had the Red Storm’s goal. Scarborough (8-4-3 and second behind Falmouth in the Heals) hosted Falmouth in a key showdown Wednesday, welcomes Thornton Academy Saturday and closes at Cheverus Thursday of next week.
South Portland was 8-6 and seventh in Western A at press time. Last Thursday, the Red Riots lost at Portland/Deering, 4-1. South Portland fell behind, 2-0, got back in it on Aidan Schifano’s goal and almost tied it when Andrew Whipple hit the post on a 5-on-3, but that was its last hurrah.
“I’d say of the 45 minutes, 35 or more, I thought we played really well,” Red Riots coach Joe Robinson said. “We can’t give teams like that too many power play opportunities because they’ll capitalize. I thought we took stupid penalties at the end and it cost us. It was frustrating. We were there for awhile, then the last two minutes, it fell apart. That bummed me out. The score wasn’t indicative.”
South Portland hosted Marshwood Thursday, welcomes Windham Saturday, goes to Windham Monday and closes at home versus Noble Thursday of next week.
Cape Elizabeth’s Eva Brydson heads to a first-place finish in the open 800 at last weekend’s Western Maine Conference championship meet.