Track, tennis playoffs set to begin

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The postseason has arrived for outdoor track and tennis.

Falmouth, Freeport, Greely, North Yarmouth Academy and Yarmouth’s track teams will join the rest of the Western Maine Conference at Falmouth High Saturday morning for the conference’s championship meet.

This past Friday, Yarmouth hosted Falmouth and Greely, along with Cape Elizabeth and A.R. Gould in the regular season finale. In the boys’ meet, the Yachtsmen were first, the Rangers second and the Clippers third. On the girls’ side, Greely edged Falmouth, while Yarmouth placed third.

Full results weren’t available, but the Yachtsmen boys got wins from Matt Goldstein in the racewalk (7 minutes, 47.14 seconds), Reid Pryzant in the 110 hurdles (15.84 seconds) and the triple jump (38 feet, 7.5 inches), Jacob Buhelt in the 100 (11.54), Justin Hovey in the 300 hurdles (45.64), Jimmy Polewaczyk in the 200 (23.44), Tim Follo in the two-mile (9:58.14) and all three relay teams.

Falmouth girls’ winners included Nevada Horne in the 100 hurdles (17.84), Adrienne Michalakis in the 100 (13.94), Catherine Hebson in the mile (5:30.44) and two-mile (12:04.14), Kate Sparks in the shot put (38-2) and the 400 relay.

Freeport and NYA joined Gray-New Gloucester and St. Dom’s at Poland Friday. The Panthers were third in the boys’ competition, fourth on the girls’ side. The Falcons boys came in fourth, the girls fifth.

Tennis’ team playoffs were scheduled to start Thursday of next week, but the Maine Principals’ Association announced Tuesday that it was adjusting the schedule due to backups caused by the recent spate of bad weather. As a result, the preliminary round is Wednesday, the quarterfinals will be held next Friday and the semifinals June 6. The regional finals will be June 8 and states June 11, as originally scheduled.

The singles tournament was also affected. The Round of 48 is now scheduled for Monday at Bates College in Lewiston. The Round of 16 is the following day and the semifinals and championships will be contested Saturday, June 4.

The Falmouth girls’ juggernaut, the three-time defending Class B state champion, took an 11-0 mark, the top ranking in the Heal Points standings and a streak of not surrendering a single point all season into Tuesday’s home finale versus York.

The Yachtsmen also produced the Western Maine Conference championship doubles team last weekend as sophomore Abby Payson and junior Steffi Rothweiler beat NYA’s Ally Morrison and Jessica Powers in the finals. Three of four semifinal tandems were from Falmouth.

Yarmouth was 9-2 and third in Western B as of Tuesday. Greely finished 6-6, but appears playoff-bound in the six spot. Freeport (2-9 and 14th) will fall short. In Western C, NYA, the four-time defending champ, was first in the Heals at 9-1 heading into season-ending matches versus Old Orchard Beach and Lake Region.

On the boys’ side, Falmouth is also leading the way in Western B at 11-0. Yarmouth finished 4-8 after losing to Falmouth (5-0) and Cape Elizabeth (5-0) Monday. The Clippers were 10th in the latest Heals, but only eight teams qualify. Greely (4-6 and 12th) and Freeport (2-9 and 13th) will also fall short. In Western C, NYA was 2-8 and eighth and needed to finish strong to make the postseason.

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

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Falmouth’s Reid Pryzant races toward a first-place finish in the 110 hurdles at last weekend’s meet in Yarmouth.

Falmouth’s Abby Payson and Steffi Rothweiler beat NYA’s Ally Morrison and Jessica Powers to win the WMC doubles championship last weekend.

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