Summer weather, fall sports excitement

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For the most part, the young fall sports season has been played under sunny, warm skies (with the exception of volleyball, of course).

While the weather promises to turn cooler, there’s no reason to expect the same from local high school sports teams, who promise to continue to excel.

The season is starting to take shape and there’s plenty of excitement to come.

Here’s a glimpse at what transpired last week and what’s on tap:

Boys’ soccer

Rocco Frenzilli has been coaching soccer at Portland High off and on since the Bicentennial year of 1976. Last Tuesday, he earned his 200th career victory when the Bulldogs won at Noble, 3-0. Sam Farr, Erick Molina and Joe Skerrit scored.

“A lot of wonderful young men made it all possible,” Frenzilli said.

Friday, Portland improved to 2-0-1 after downing visiting Windham, 3-0. Wade Faria, Josh Irving and Skerritt had the goals. The Bulldogs were home with Thornton Academy Tuesday, visit Marshwood Thursday and welcome Massabesic Monday.

Cheverus, the defending Class A champion, which settled for a scoreless tie at Portland in the opener, wound up in a 1-1 deadlock with Marshwood in its home opener. Luc Dionne had the goal. Last Thursday, the Stags got in the win column, 5-0, over visiting Massabesic. Brady Levesque had a hat trick and Dionne and Alex Nason also scored. Cheverus was at Westbrook Tuesday, visits Noble Thursday and plays host to Windham Tuesday of next week.

Deering had high hopes coming into the season, but after falling, 4-0, at home to powerhouse Scarborough in the opener Labor Day, it dropped to 0-2 last Wednesday after a 1-0 home loss to South Portland. After going to Biddeford Tuesday, the Rams visit Sanford Thursday and play host to Bonny Eagle Monday.

Waynflete began its season with a 6-0 home victory over Traip Academy, as Ahmed Mohamed had three goals to lead the way. Thursday, the Flyers edged host Fryeburg Academy, 2-1, to improve to 2-0. Mohamed scored both goals and goalkeeper Milo Belleau made three saves. Waynflete was at powerhouse Falmouth Tuesday (see for game story), visits Lake Region Thursday, then hosts rival North Yarmouth Academy Monday.

Girls’ soccer

Waynflete’s girls’ squad also won its first two games, both on the road. After prevailing, 3-1, at Traip Academy, the Flyers won by the same score at Fryeburg Academy. Ava Farrar, Beata Vest and Arianna Giguere scored against the Rangers. At the Raiders, Farrar scored twice and Vest added a goal. Waynflete hosted Falmouth Tuesday (see for game story) and plays host to NYA Tuesday of next week.

Portland improved to 2-0 last Wednesday after a 7-4 win at Noble. Chessa Hoekstra and Kate Johnson both had hat tricks and Isabel Stehli added a goal. Friday, the Bulldogs dropped to 2-1 after a 2-0 home loss to two-time defending Class A state champion Windham, in a playoff rematch. The score was 1-0 until late and Johnson almost tied the score, but her shot hit the post. The Bulldogs went to Thornton Academy Wednesday and host Marshwood Saturday.

Deering started with a 2-1 loss at Scarborough, then downed host South Portland (3-0) and visiting McAuley (4-0). Against the Red Riots, Simone Lauture and Ewka Varney had first half goals. Lauture scored twice and Varney and Meghana Clere also scored in the win over the Lions. Deering was home with Biddeford Tuesday, hosts Sanford Thursday and visits Bonny Eagle Monday.

Cheverus opened with losses to visiting Portland (4-1) and host Marshwood (5-0), then got in the win column Friday at Massabesic, 4-2. Katie Gordon had two goals and Meredith Cilley and Emily Turner each had one. The Stags host Westbrook Wednesday and welcome Noble Friday.

McAuley lost at home to Gorham in its opener, 13-1, then fell at home to Bonny Eagle (5-0) and dropped to 0-3 with a 4-0 loss at Deering. The Lions were at Sanford Tuesday and welcome Biddeford Friday.

Field hockey

Cheverus’ field hockey team has dazzled in the early going. After outlasting Westbrook in overtime in the season opener, 2-1, the Stags won, 1-0, at Windham. Last week, Cheverus dominated visiting South Portland, 7-0, then upset host Thornton Academy, 3-2, in double overtime. Against the Red Riots, Hannah Abbott had a hat trick, while Becca Archer scored twice. Isabella Booth and Emily Michaud also rattled the cage. Archer scored early against the Golden Trojans, Abbott forced overtime and Sophia Pompeo won it. The Stags hosted Sanford Monday, have a showdown at defending Class A champion Scarborough Wednesday (see for game story), welcome Noble Friday and play host to Portland Tuesday of next week.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, after winning their first two games, they came back to earth last week with a 1-0 loss at Marshwood and a 5-3 home setback against Massabesic. Lauren McIntyre scored twice and Bridget Maloney had the third goal against the Mustangs. Portland played at Deering Monday (see for game story), hosts Gorham Wednesday, visits Bonny Eagle Friday and goes to Cheverus Tuesday of next week.

Deering has split its first four games. The Rams started with a 4-0 home loss to Thornton Academy, edged host Westbrook in overtime, 1-0, lost at home to Scarborough, 4-0, then improved to 2-2 Thursday with a 5-1 win at South Portland. Against the Red Riots, Pisey Chhorn, Kaytlin DiBiase, Lili Kien, Emily Krabbe and Kerry Wells all had goals. Deering was home with Portland Monday, plays at Sanford Wednesday, welcomes Massabesic Saturday and visits Noble Monday of next week.

The McAuley/Waynflete co-op, known as the CMW Flying Lions, began play with home losses to Sacopee Valley (3-0), NYA (6-0) and Gray-New Gloucester (4-0). CMW was at Old Orchard Beach Monday, hosts Traip Academy Friday and Wells Tuesday of next week.


After beating Portland in the schools’ first-ever varsity match, Deering improved to 2-0 last Tuesday after a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-9) home win over Lake Region. Kaylee Helmick had seven aces and three kills. Thursday, the Rams suffered their first setback, 3-0 (20-25, 20-25, 14-25) to Bonny Eagle.

“It was a great match with great energy,” said Deering coach Larry Nichols, of the loss to the Scots. “It was tight the whole way.”

After playing at North Yarmouth Academy Tuesday, Deering visits South Portland Thursday and plays host to Thornton Academy Tuesday of next week.

After losing to Deering in the opener, Portland dropped a 3-0 (22-25, 14-25, 16-25) decision to Bonny Eagle, then got its first varsity victory last Thursday, 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-14), at Wells. After playing at Thornton Academy Tuesday, the Bulldogs host NYA Thursday and visit Lake Region Tuesday of next week.

Cheverus opened with a 3-0 home loss to Windham, then fell at home to South Portland in a five-set thriller, (24-26, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23, 12-15), lost in three sets at Thornton Academy (16-25, 12-25, 18-25) and dropped to 0-4 after a 3-0 home loss to Mt. Desert Island Saturday. The Stags hosted two-time defending Class B champion Yarmouth Tuesday and go to perennial powerhouse Greely Friday.

Cross country

The first Southwestern Maine Activities Association cross country meets were held last week.

Cheverus joined Marshwood and South Portland at Windham. The boys came in second, as Josh Veroneau placed fourth individually in 18 minutes, 20 seconds. The girls didn’t score as a team, but Rosie Train finished third as an individual in 22:09.

Deering (with Noble and Westbrook) went to Gorham. The Rams girls were second, as Lucy Tumavicus had the second-best time (21:10). The boys were third. Freshman Alex Troxell placed eighth in 18:11.

McAuley joined Sanford and Thornton Academy at Bonny Eagle and came in fourth. Sonni Hackett (11th, 25:55) was the fastest Lion.

Portland ran with Biddeford and Massabesic at Scarborough. The boys were third and Brad Ravenelle finished fourth in 17:47.40. The girls placed fourth. Raven Bradenday finished 20th individually (24:19.70).

No results were available for Waynflete’s opening meet at Lake Region.

This weekend, Cheverus hosts Sanford, Scarborough and Windham, Deering is home with Bonny Eagle, Massabesic and South Portland, McAuley hosts Biddeford, Gorham and Marshwood, Portland welcomes Noble, Thornton Academy and Windham and Waynflete joins Cape Elizabeth, Lake Region and Old Orchard Beach at Greely.


Deering’s golf team continues to shock everyone. Last week, the Rams defeated Portland, 8.5-4.5, for their second win of the young season. Deering then lost, 13-0, to Scarborough to fall to 2-2.

The Bulldogs bounced back with a 9.5-3.5 win over South Portland, then beat Falmouth, 8-5, to even their record at 2-2.

Cheverus enjoyed a 9.5-3.5 win over Falmouth and a 11-2 victory over South Portland to improve to 4-0.

Waynflete opened its season Monday at home versus Old Orchard Beach.

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

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