Southern edition teams look to finish strong

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With one sport, golf, already bestowing state championships and another, field hockey, set to begin its postseason (please see story), the rest of the fall slate is also rapidly nearing an end. Here’s a look at how locals are faring:

Football

While Cape Elizabeth’s football team was suffering its first loss Friday night, South Portland was falling to 3-3 with a 35-0 setback at Deering. The Red Riots had 181 yards of offense, but turned the ball over three times and couldn’t stop Rams senior Jamie Ross (three rushing TDs, one passing). Deering led 14-0 after one quarter and added TDs the second, third and fourth periods.

“We made some mistakes early in the kicking game and gave a very good team opportunities and as you’d expect, Deering capitalized on them and got some real momentum on their sideline and we weren’t able to recover,” lamented Red Riots coach Steve Stinson. “We have to find something to move forward with. We’re not happy with what happened tonight. We got a quick reality check. Their speed and physicality really overwhelmed us.”

South Portland still controls its playoff fate. Wins in the final two games (Friday night, at Gorham, and at home against Portland Oct. 23) would end an eight-year postseason drought. Last year, at home, the Red Riots were upset by Gorham (which is 0-6 in 2010), 36-34.

“We have to practice and get better,” Stinson said. “We can still make a positive impact on this season.”

Scarborough improved to 5-1 with a 63-14 home romp over Noble. Senior Mark Pearson scored three TDs. Senior Dennis Liu and junior Scott Thibeault both scored twice. It was the Red Storm’s highest points total since moving up to Class A in 2003. By comparison, Scarborough scored a total of 81 points all of last season. The Red Storm have all but wrapped up their first-ever Class A playoff berth and are fighting to move up in the Crabtree Points standings. Friday, Scarborough is at Marshwood (2-4). Last year, the Hawks rolled over the Red Storm at home, 33-6. Scarborough closes the following Friday at Kennebunk.

Boys’ soccer

Scarborough’s boys’ soccer team bounced back from its stunning loss to Deering last week with victories over visiting Windham (2-0) and Bonny Eagle (4-1) to improve to 10-2 (first in the latest Western Class A Heal Points standings). Against the Eagles, junior Andrew Jones and senior Brett Leighton scored. In the win over the Scots, Jones, seniors Connor Gullifer and Kevin Philbrick and sophomore Trevor Sparta tickled the twine. The Red Storm were at Sanford Thursday and close at home versus Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week. Scarborough will likely be the top seed in Western A for the seventh year in a row.

Cape Elizabeth and South Portland are also in the mix.

The Capers won, 2-1, at Falmouth last Thursday, fell, 3-1, at Yarmouth Saturday, then downed host Freeport, 6-0, Tuesday, to improve to 9-2-2 (third in Western A). Junior Nick Breed scored twice against the Yachtsmen. Breed and seniors Ben Norris and Tim Takach all had two goals in the win over the Falcons. Cape Elizabeth goes to York Tuesday for its regular season finale.

The Red Riots were 9-2-1 and seventh at press time. South Portland held off visiting Thornton Academy, 2-1, last Thursday (sophomore Damjan Draskovic had both goals), then tied host Gorham, 2-2, Tuesday. Juniors Dan Grazewski and Nem Kaurin had early goals, but the Red Riots couldn’t hold on. They were at Portland in a pivotal contest Thursday and close at home against Cheverus Monday.

In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School is 6-5 and third in the Heals after a 9-0 home loss to Calvary Christian Saturday and a 2-0 setback at Richmond Tuesday. The Lions were at Calvary Christian Thursday and close the regular season at Islesboro Saturday.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Scarborough has all but locked up the top seed in Western A and is looking to go undefeated for the first time in program history. The Red Storm were 3-0 winners at Deering last Wednesday (junior Haley Carignan scored twice and senior Tori Armishaw also had a goal). They were idle until Wednesday when they went to Bonny Eagle. Scarborough (11-0) is home with Sanford Friday and finishes the regular season at Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

South Portland has fallen to 13th in the Heals (only the top 10 teams make the playoffs) after recent losses to visiting McAuley (2-0) and host Thornton Academy (2-1). Sophomore Jenacee Bradbury had the goal against the Golden Trojans. The Red Riots (4-6-1) were home against Gorham Wednesday, visit Portland Friday and close at Marshwood Tuesday.

Cape Elizabeth eked out a 1-0 win at Falmouth last Thursday on junior Kayla Raftice’s goal in double-overtime. After falling, 3-0, at undefeated Yarmouth Saturday, the Capers enjoyed a 5-2 home win over Freeport Tuesday to improve to 7-5-1 (seventh in Western A). Seniors Sydney Banks and Emily Donovan, juniors Lexi Cantara and Kelsey Jackson and sophomore Hannah Dineen all scored. Senior Karyn Barrett had a pair of assists. Senior goalkeeper Lexi Weatherbie made seven saves. The Capers finish the regular season at home versus defending Class B champion York Tuesday.

In Western D, GPCS is 4-6-1 and in the No. 4 spot. Last Wednesday, the Lions downed host Valley, 7-5, thanks to five goals from standout Elaine Beech. Liz Garland added two goals. After a 6-0 setback at Vinalhaven Friday and a 5-1 home victory over Calvary Christian, GPCS lost its finale, 6-1, at Richmond. The Lions will await the release of the final Heal Points to see if they’re in the playoffs.

Cross country

Cape Elizabeth’s cross country teams took part in the Western Maine Conference championship meet last week. The powerhouse Capers girls’ squad (ranked second behind Cheverus in the latest coaches’ poll) came in first with 34 points. Kelsey Barton (third, 20:17), Rachel Nichols (fourth, 20:52), Emma Inhorn (sixth, 21:10) and Catherine Tierney (seventh, 21:13) all placed in the top 10. Emily Lobosco (14th, 22:23) also scored.

In the boys’ meet, won by Falmouth with 42 points, Cape Elizabeth (fourth in the coaches’ poll) placed fourth (81). Reid Douty (sixth, 17:33) and Leo Ledman (eighth, 17:43) had top 10 finishes.

The Capers host Fryeburg, Yarmouth and York in the regular season finale Friday.

Scarborough hosted Cheverus and Marshwood last Friday. The Red Storm’s top-ranked boys came in first, while the girls were second to the Stags. Nick Morris won the boys’ meet in 17:35.83. Sarah Dugas (21:05.20) was fourth on the girls’ side. Scarborough hosts Bonny Eagle, Gorham, Westbrook and Windham in its regular season finale Friday.

South Portland’s (with Windham) ran at Sanford last week. The girls were second behind Windham, but sophomore standout Nyajock Pan was the top individual (20:13). The boys came in third. The Red Riots (along with Deering, McAuley and Portland) run at Cheverus in the finale Friday.

Golf

Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth took part in last weekend’s team golf state championships at a windy and cold Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

In Class A, the Red Storm (who went 8-1-1 in the regular season) came in sixth with a team score of 344 (Gorham edged Brunswick and Deering in a tiebreaker to take the title). Dan Slavin led the way with a 78. Brendan Hall shot an 85, Zach Pelczar 90 and Kyle Noble 91. Kyle Parrot also took part and finished with a 92.

In Class B (won by Falmouth, 315), Cape Elizabeth (2-8 in the regular season) placed seventh with a 360. Ben Berman led the Capers with an 83. Ben Morse (88), Will Leblonde (93) and Brad Dickinson (96) also scored.

The individual championships for boys’ and girls’ are Saturday, also at Natanis.

Volleyball

Scarborough’s volleyball team is playoff bound. The Red Storm improved to 7-6 with recent 3-0 wins over Cape Elizabeth and Yarmouth (25-22, 25-21, 25-16). In the victory over the Clippers, Brittany Bona had 15 kills and 13 digs, Emily Robbins added 21 assists and six digs, Bridget Hicks had 10 digs and Mackenzie Bowker contributed 10 digs. Scarborough (fifth in Class A) finishes at top-ranked Biddeford Friday. The playoffs begin with the quarterfinal round Wednesday.

Cape Elizabeth fell to 0-12 after its 3-0 loss to Scarborough. After hosting Cony Wednesday, the Capers (11th in Class A) close at North Yarmouth Academy Friday.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net


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South Portland junior Joey DiBiase breaks free Friday night at Deering. DiBiase rushed for 63 yards in the Red Riots’ 35-0 loss.

Cape Elizabeth senior goalkeeper Lexi Weatherbie goes all out to rob Yarmouth’s Olivia Conrad Saturday night. Despite Weatherbie’s heroics, the Capers fell, 3-0.

Cape Elizabeth’s Reid Douty was sixth individually at last week’s Western Maine Conference championship cross country meet in Falmouth. The Capers were fourth as a team.

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