Sports Roundup

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SMCC women off to Nationals

After a 23-8 campaign and a trip to the Yankee Small College Conference tournament semifinals, the Southern Maine Community College women’s basketball team earned a berth at the USCAA National tournament in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The sixth-ranked Seawolves faced No. 3 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health in the quarterfinals Thursday. SMCC’s men’s team wound up 14-17 after a loss to rival Central Maine CC in the conference semifinals.

Strong showings at indoor track New Englands

Several local track and field athletes turned heads at last weekend’s New England indoor track and field championship meet in Boston. Scarborough’s Griffin Madden won the boys’ 55 hurdles in 7.69 seconds. Sam Rusak came in 10th in the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches). The Red Storm’s 4×200 relay team (Chris Dionne, Matthew Blaisdell, Ben Batoosingh and Madden) placed 20th (1 minute, 35.78 seconds). South Portland’s 4×200 relay team (Maxwell Holmes, Isaiah Anderson, Benjamin Sivik and Noah Blake) was 28th (1:49.61). On the girls’ side, Scarborough’s Gaby Panagakos placed 20th in the 600 (1:41.63). Bethany Sholl finished 23rd in the two-mile (11:37.61). 

Familiar names on 2016 Maine Basketball Hall of Fame class

Former Cape Elizabeth and South Portland player Len MacPhee, South Portland coach Tony Hamlin and former Griffin Club semi-pro team sponsor Eddie Griffin are among the class of new inductees to the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. MacPhee won state titles with Cape Elizabeth and South Portland as a player, but is best known as the longtime coach at the University of Maine-Farmington, where he coached 24 years with the men’s program and seven with the women, winning over 300 games. Hamlin also coached at MCI, Morse and Penquis Valley and won 400 games, five regional and three state titles. Griffin’s “Griffin Club” team showcased many of the state’s great players. He also donated thousands of dollars to youth programs. The new class will be inducted in August at a ceremony in Bangor.

Girls’ lacrosse officials needed

The Maine Women’s Lacrosse Officials’ Association is offering classes for adults who want to officiate girls’ lacrosse this spring. Classes will be held at four different locations, including Falmouth High School and Thornton Academy in Saco. The cost for the course is $55. FMI, 721-0708