Title time is here – Portland edition

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The hardware is about to come fast and furious as the winter sports postseason takes hold.

Here’s a glimpse:

Wrestling

Cheverus, Deering and Portland competed at the Class A state wrestling championships Saturday in Augusta. Noble took the championship with 181.5 points. Cheverus was the top local team, coming in 14th with 16 points. Portland placed 19th with 2 points and Deering tied Edward Little for 20th with 1.

Individually, Cheverus’ Iain Whitis made it the farthest, reaching the final of the 112-pound weight class before losing a 5-3 decision to Tyler Davidson of Marshwood.

Track

The annual track Southwesterns championships were held Saturday at the Portland Expo.

Deering’s boys continued their stellar season, putting up 98 points, but finished second to Scarborough (119.5). Cheverus (61) came in fifth and Portland (32.5) was seventh.

The Rams were paced by Jared Bell, who took the junior shot put (42 feet, 8 inches), Carleton Allen (first in the senior 45 hurdles, 6.02 seconds) and Renaldo Lowry, who won the senior 40 (4.92) and placed a close second in the senior 200 (25 seconds). Tony Sen was second in the senior 45 hurdles (6.21). James Ociti came in second in the junior 800 (2 minutes, 14.3 seconds).

The Stags got wins from senior Jack Terwilliger in the mile (4:45.6) and sophomore Jimmy Campbell in the junior 400 (57.7).

The Bulldogs featured senior standout Imadhi Zagon, who won the senior 200 (25 seconds) and was runner-up in the senior 40 (4.92) and high jump (5-10).

Bonny Eagle won the girls’ meet with 124.5 points. Deering placed fourth with 60. Cheverus (35) came in sixth, Portland (33) was seventh and McAuley (10) tied Noble for 11th place.

The Rams got a win from Edie Pallozzi in the mile (5:23.9). They were also runner-up in the senior (1:52.5) and open (4:25.2) relays. Caroline Summa paced the Stags by capturing the high jump (5-4) and placing second in the 300 (41.3). The Bulldogs top finisher was Mary Nyembo, who was runner up in the senior 40 (5.51) and the senior 200 (29.3). The Lions were led by Taxiarhia Arabatzis, who came in third in the two-mile (13:15.1).

The Class A boys’ and girls’ state meet is Monday at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

Swimming

Cheverus, Deering and McAuley’s swim and dive teams took part in the north division Southwesterns Friday and Saturday in Westbrook.

In the boys’ competition Friday, won by defending Class B state champion Greely with 323 points, Cheverus (170) came in fourth, while Deering (102) was seventh. 

The Stags’ top finisher was junior Lars Murphy, who won the 100 breaststroke (1 minute, 7.73 seconds). The Rams were paced by freshman Eric Delmonte, who won the 500 freestyle (5:00.40) and was runner-up in the 200 individual medley (2:05.54), and sophomore diver Dylan Farber, who was second (267.80 points).

Greely also was first on the girls’ side, with 271.5 points. Cheverus (211) was the runner-up. McAuley (141) placed fourth and Deering (114) was seventh.

The Stags won the 200 medley relay, as freshman Sarah Nappo, sophomore Samantha Savaun, sophomore Nicole Chambers and senior Kaylin Kerina had a time of 1:58.76. Cheverus sophomore Tessa Lindsley was first in the 100 free (56.14 seconds). The Rams got a win from sophomore Genevieve Worthely in the IM (2:17.87). She was also runner-up in the breaststroke (1:09.21). Deering freshman Emma Pontius was runner-up in the 100 backstroke (1:04.72). The Lions were paced by senior Aiofe Ryle, winner of the 500 free (5:40.54) and sophomore Libby Gajewski, second in the 200 free (2:03.24), and third in the 100 butterfly (1:02.60).

McAuley and Waynflete compete in the Class B girls’ state meet Saturday in Orono. Monday, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Cheverus, Deering and Portland’s girls vie for Class A honors. The Class B boys’ meet is also that day in Orono. The Class A boys’ state championships are Tuesday at Bowdoin.

Skiing

Waynflete competed in the Western Maine Conference Nordic ski championships last week.

In the freestyle last Wednesday, the Flyers girls were fifth and the boys ninth. Chloe Rowse was the top female finisher (20th, in 21 minutes, 50.9 seconds). The boys featured Josiah Espy (14th, 16:27.2).

Saturday, at the classic race, Waynflete’s girls were again fifth and wound up fifth overall (Yarmouth took the top spot). Jo Moore came in 17th individually (20:42.8). The boys were eighth, but wound up ninth combined (where Yarmouth edged North Yarmouth Academy for first). Espy placed 15th (16:11).

The skiing state championships are next week, Tuesday through Thursday.

Girls’ hockey

Cheverus’ stay in the girls’ hockey playoffs was a short one. The defending champions wound up third in the West region, but were sent packing Saturday night after a 1-0 loss at No. 2 York. Taylor Witham made 22 saves in a valiant effort in defeat. The Stags finished 11-7-1.

Boys’ hockey

Boys’ hockey is the lone sport with the regular season still ongoing.

Cheverus fell to 9-6 and sixth in the latest Western A Heals after a 4-1 home loss to Marshwood Thursday and a 9-0 home setback at the hands of Falmouth Saturday. The Stags welcome Scarborough Thursday and Portland Saturday and close the regular season at Deering Monday.

The Rams were 13th in Western A at the start of the week, but were poised to move up when all the scores were reported. Deering, which started the year 2-7, is now 8-8. Deering bounced back from a 3-1 loss at Cony last Monday to edge visiting Gorham, 2-1, in overtime (Griffin Py had both goals) and hold off host Bonny Eagle, 4-2 (Py had a goal and an assist and Danny Patenaude, Connor Petropoulos and Anthony Verville also scored). The Rams go to Lake Region Friday and close at home versus Cheverus Monday.

Portland is still clinging to playoff hopes despite dropping six in succession, capped by a 7-0 loss at South Portland Thursday. The Bulldogs (5-10 and 10th in the Heals) go to Noble Wednesday, Cheverus Saturday and Scarborough Monday.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net and followed on Twitter @foresports

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Deering’s Georgia Hutchins races her way to a fifth-place finish with a time of 30.2 seconds in the senior 200 at Saturday’s Southwestern Maine championship meet at the Portland Expo. The Rams finished fourth as a team.

McAuley junior Becca Kaiser runs the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay Saturday. The Lions finished ninth in that event and tied Noble for 11th in the team standings.

Cheverus’ Caroline Summa (left) and Deering’s Delaney Loring compete in the 300 Saturday. Summa wound up second in the race, Loring placed fifth.

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Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.