Michael’s Top 5 stories:
5) Track stars impress
Once again, local runners, jumpers and throwers had a spring season to hail. Five athletes managed to win at least one event at the state championships earlier this month. Falmouth’s Jenna Serunian led the charge with wins in the discus and shot put at the Class B state meet. Abby Bonnevie of Greely took the pole vault. At the boys’ meet, Falmouth’s Jacob Buhelt (200) and Greely’s Nestor Taylor (800) also won events. In Class C, North Yarmouth Academy’s Cam Rayder took the top spot in the boys’ shot put.
4) Playing ball…very well
All four local varsity baseball teams made it to the playoffs this spring and produced some high drama in the process. While Falmouth stole the headlines (more on the Yachtsmen in the No. 1 story), Freeport posted its best record since 2003 and made it to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. Greely, the defending regional champion, was spectacular early and only lost once before being upset in the quarterfinals. Yarmouth wasn’t expected to make another run at the top spot after being hard hit by graduation, but the Clippers were better than expected and only an extra-inning loss in the semifinals prevented them from appearing in their third straight regional final. Unfortunately, for Freeport, Greely and Yarmouth, their common playoff denominator was Cape Elizabeth, which upset each team.
3) Greely softball gets offensive
Greely’s softball team welcomed former star pitcher Sarah Bennis (now Jamo) as its new coach and the Rangers emerged as one of the best teams around, not just behind the strong pitching of junior Danielle Cimino, but also with the bats. Greely enjoyed a 13-game win streak, posting double-digit runs in eight out of 10 games in one stretch. The Rangers made it to the regional final, but their quest for a second championship in program history was derailed by Fryeburg. In that one, Greely was only able to muster a single run.
2) A first for Freeport
Freeport’s girls’ lacrosse team has long been in the shadow of NYA and Yarmouth, but this spring, the Falcons had their turn to shine. Freeport earned the top seed in the Eastern B Heal Points standings for the first time and after dispatching Gardiner with ease in the semifinals, hosted the defending Class B state champion Clippers in the regional final. The game was postponed 24 hours by rain and it was worth the wait as the Falcons rallied from four-goals down in the second half to force overtime. There, Freeport scored twice to Yarmouth’s once and ran out the clock on the biggest win in program history. The Falcons had no answers for Waynflete in the state final, but their playoff run was one that will long be remembered.
1) Five for Falmouth