Winter sport season's home stretch begins-Northern edition

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-Waynflete boys’ basketball and Falmouth-Scarborough and Yarmouth-Brunswick boys’ hockey game stories, with photos, see theforecaster.net)

February isn’t far off and that means it’s getting to be crunch time for winter athletes.

Each week, the games get bigger and the drama continues to flow in Forecaster Country.

Here’s a glimpse at where things stand and what’s to come:

Boys’ basketball

What a week it was on the hardwood.

Greely extended its win streak to eight and is now 12-1 and first in the Class A South Heal Points standings after downing host Fryeburg Academy (67-32), visiting York (79-69) and host Gray-New Gloucester (79-39). In the win over the Raiders, Jordan Bagshaw had 17 points, Matt McDevitt added 16 and Ryan Twitchell finished with 10. Bagshaw was untouchable versus the Wildcats, going off for 38 points. In the win over the Patriots, Bagshaw had 23 points, Twitchell added 14 and McDevitt finished with 12. Greely goes to Marshwood Friday and has a key showdown at defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth Tuesday.

Falmouth extended its win streak to three with a 63-40 victory over visiting Kennebunk (Thomas Coyne had 28 points and Sam Skop added 17), but that came to a crashing halt Friday with a shocking and gutwrenching 44-43 loss at Waynflete, on Milo Belleau’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer as time expired. Coyne had 19 points, but the Yachtsmen let a five-point lead with less than 10 seconds remaining slip away.

“We did have it, but we gave it away,” Falmouth coach Dave Halligan said. “They were opportunistic and they made the most of their opportunities. We had a foul we shouldn’t have had, we missed foul shots we should have made, we got the ball to the wrong person. Those things grab you. They’re a good team. Milo is a big-time player. We did everything we could to stop him, he just made a heck of a shot.”

The Yachtsmen improved to 9-3 and second in Class A South with a 63-52 home victory over South Portland in a playoff rematch Monday (Thomas Coyne had 24 points and Matt Wuhlbrecht added 16). Falmouth goes to Fryeburg Academy Friday, visits Westbrook Saturday, then plays at York Tuesday.

In Class B South, Yarmouth enjoyed a 47-39 home win over Wells and a 71-58 victory over Poland last week to improve to 10-2 and second behind Maranacook in the Heals. Against the Warriors, Nolan Hagerty had 16 points, while Musseit M’Bareck added 15. In the win over the Knights, Bailey Darling led the way with 20 points, while Hagerty and M’Bareck each added 14. The Clippers were at Traip Academy Tuesday, host Cape Elizabeth Friday and welcome Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday of next week.

Freeport remains competitive, but hasn’t been getting the results it hopes. Last week, the Falcons dropped a 59-58 decision at Old Orchard Beach (despite 13 points from Nate Pelletier and 12 from Jack Davenport) and a 63-45 home decision to Fryeburg Academy. Monday, Freeport lost at Cape Elizabeth (56-30, despite Caleb Rice’s eight points) to fall to 2-11 and 10th in Class B South. Freeport hosts Kennebunk Friday and goes to Poland Tuesday.

In Class C South, North Yarmouth Academy was 1-9 and 14th after a loss to visiting Waynflete (63-43) and a 49-43 home victory over Pine Tree Academy. Jake Malcom had 18 points, Haven Cutko added 17 and Chandler Waldron finished with 10 in the win. The Panthers hosted A.R. Gould Tuesday, go to Buckfield Thursday, welcome Old Orchard Beach Saturday and play host to Richmond Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, defending Class B champion Greely beat visiting Fryeburg Academy (63-43), lost at undefeated, top-ranked York on a buzzer-beater (69-66) and downed host Gray-New Gloucester in a playoff rematch (66-38) in recent action. Against the Raiders, Anna DeWolfe had 24 points and Moira Train added 17. DeWolfe led the way with 19 points in the loss, as Train added 15, Isabel Porter finished with 14 and Molly Chapin was also in double figures with 10. In the win over the Patriots, Train had 17 points, DeWolfe added 16 and Porter finished with 15. The Rangers (10-3 and second to York in Class A South) host Marshwood Friday and welcome Cape Elizabeth Tuesday.

Falmouth won consecutive games for the first time last week, beating host Kennebunk (37-26) and visiting Waynflete (41-23), then fell to 5-7 and ninth in Class A South with a 59-13 loss at Class AA South powerhouse South Portland. Alaina Birkel sparked the win over the Flyers with 18 points. In the loss to the Red Riots, Birkel had eight points. The Yachtsmen welcome Fryeburg Academy Friday, play host to Westbrook Saturday and welcome York Tuesday.

In Class B South, Freeport remains in the hunt, beating visiting Old Orchard Beach (66-28), suffering a 51-41 setback at Fryeburg Academy and falling at home to Cape Elizabeth (38-28). Megan Cormier had 19 points and Taylor Rinaldi added 17 in the win over the Seagulls. Kayla Belanger had 12 points and Jess Wall 11 in the loss to the Raiders. The Falcons (7-6 and eighth in the Heals) go to Kennebunk Friday and host Poland Tuesday.

Yarmouth dropped a tough 51-46 overtime decision at Wells last Tuesday (despite 11 points from Alison Clark), then improved to 6-6 Friday with a 41-32 home win over Poland (Cory Langenbach led the way with 13 points). The Clippers (seventh in Class B South) hosted Traip Academy Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), go to Cape Elizabeth Friday and welcome Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday of next week.

In Class C South, NYA fell to 1-9 and 19th after recent losses to visiting Waynflete (64-23) and visiting Pine Tree Academy (42-33). Maggie Larson had 12 points against the Flyers. Larson had 11 points and Sydney Plummer added 10 versus the Breakers. After hosting Hyde Tuesday, the Panthers go to Buckfield Thursday, welcome Old Orchard Beach Saturday and welcome Richmond Tuesday of next week.

Boys’ hockey

Falmouth’s boys’ hockey team got its long-awaited shot at Scarborough in a playoff rematch last Tuesday, but the Yachtsmen didn’t get to deliver a dose of revenge, losing on their home ice, 2-1. Robbie Armitage scored, but Falmouth took six penalties and gave up a shorthanded goal as its eight-game winning streak came to an end.

“You can’t get caught up in the emotions and expect to win a game like this,” said Yachtsmen coach Deron Barton. “We took undisciplined penalties, broke all of our rules. We underperformed. It’s plain and simple.”

Falmouth (8-2 and second to Scarborough in the Class A South Heals) is back in action Thursday when defending Eastern A champion St. Dom’s pays a visit. A home game against Bangor follows Saturday.

In Class B South, Yarmouth dropped its second straight game, 4-2, at Brunswick last Wednesday, despite goals from Bill Jacobs and Walter Conrad.

“We ran into a team that wanted to compete and we didn’t,” lamented Clippers coach David St. Pierre. “When we don’t compete, we don’t win. We took a couple selfish penalties and they capitalized when they had to. When we think we can show up and win a game, it doesn’t happen. They earned the victory tonight. They outworked us and beat us to every puck. We need to work harder and play more as a team and not as individuals. That was a theme tonight. We had too many guys trying to do too much themselves.”

Yarmouth improved to 9-2 and third in the Heals with a 2-1 home win over Greely Saturday (Jacobs and Patrick Grant had the goals) and a 4-0 victory at Gorham Monday. Cooper May had two goals and Walter Conrad and Noah Grondin one apiece against the Rams. The Clippers host York Saturday and go to Leavitt Monday. 

Greely’s losing skid is at five after a hard-fought 3-2 overtime loss at Gorham and a 2-1 setback at Yarmouth. Colby Williams had both goals against the Rams. In the loss to the Clippers, Nathan Gervais scored. The Rangers (2-9 and ninth in Class B South) go to Cape Elizabeth Saturday.

Girls’ hockey

On the girls’ side, Greely is still perfect at 14-0 after beating visiting defending state champion Lewiston (5-1) Monday morning. Danita Storey and Courtney Sullivan both scored twice. The Rangers (who are ranked first in the North Region) play a makeup game at Mt. Ararat/Morse Friday, go to Yarmouth Saturday and St. Dom’s Monday, then close the regular season with a potential state final preview against Scarborough Wednesday.

The Yarmouth/Freeport/GNG co-op team was 5-8 and sixth after a 5-0 win at Mt. Ararat/Morse Monday. Jennifer Holmquist, Margaret Perrotta, Sydney St. Pierre, Madeline Wilkes and Molly Wilson all scored. Yarmouth/Freeport/GNG was at St. Dom’s Wednesday, hosts Greely Saturday, visits Lewiston next Wednesday and closes the regular season at home against Winslow Jan. 29.

In the South Region, Falmouth remained second behind Scarborough after home wins over Gorham/Bonny Eagle (6-0) and Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/SP (11-0). In the first win, Sarah Hutcheon scored twice. Hutcheon, Camden Carrier and Devon Sarazin all had two goals in the second victory. The Yachtsmen (11-1-2 and second in the South Region) have a showdown at top-ranked, undefeated Scarborough Friday, host York Tuesday and close the regular season at home against Cheverus Jan. 30.

Indoor track

Greely swept six other teams, including Freeport and Yarmouth, in one of the two Western Maine Conference indoor track meets last weekend.

In the boys’ meet, the Rangers got wins from Nathaniel Chapin in the open triple jump (37 feet, 1.5 inches), Chris Perry in the senior 400 (54.39 seconds), Sam Jagolinzer in the senior 55 hurdles (9.91) and their senior 800 relay team (1 minute, 40.27 seconds). Freeport, which placed fourth, got wins from Joe Ashby in the junior 400 (57.95) and Chandler Vincent in the 800 (2:05.64). The Falcons open 3,200 relay team was also first (9:25.68). Yarmouth, which placed fifth, got wins from Luke Laverdiere in the open two-mile (9:40.60) and Ian Murrin in the senior shot put (41-0).

On the girls’ side, Greely got wins from Addy Traficonte in the junior 55 hurdles (9.82), Chloe Waldrep in the junior high jump (4-8) and open 800 (2:33.27), Lizzie Brown in the junior shot put (31-0), Jocelyn Mitiguy in the senior 200 (28.83) and senior 55 hurdles (9.57) and Katherine Leggat-Barr in the open mile (5:16.65) and open two-mile (11:18.00). Freeport, which was fourth, got wins from Katie Morrissey in the senior 400 (1:07.94) and Hannah Schnyder in the open long jump (14-8). Yarmouth, which came in fifth, got wins from Emma Egan in the senior 55 (7.78) and senior high jump (5-2) and its senior 800 relay team (1:58.08).

Falmouth’s girls were first in a nine-team meet, which saw NYA place eighth.

The Yachtsmen got wins from Caitlyn Camelio in the junior 55 (8.02) and junior 200 (28.45), Malaika Pasch in the junior 400 (1:02.45), Danielle Casavant in the junior high jump (4-8), Sydney Williams in the junior 55 hurdles (11.57), Emma England in the senior 200 (27.96), and their junior 800 (1:56.00) and open 3,200 (10:12.92) relay teams. NYA’s Isabelle See was runner-up in the senior high jump (4-8).

In the boys meet, Falmouth was second to York, while NYA came in sixth.

Yachtsmen event winners included Matt Polewaczyk in the senior 200 (23.56), Tony St. Angelo in the senior high jump (5-10) and open long jump (19-3.5), Ted Pierson in the senior shot put (40-7.5), Sean Soucy in the open 800 (2:05.40), Josh Simensky in the open mile (4:41.20), Jeremiah Sands in the open two-mile (10:09.89), Aaron Thomas in the pole vault (13-2) and their junior 800 (1:46.07), senior 800 (1:34.48) and open 3,200 (8:40.13) relays. NYA’s Henry Quesada was runner-up in the mile (4:46.04). Reece Bartolini was second in the junior shot put (30-10.5).

Friday, in the penultimate meet of the regular season, Greely, NYA and Yarmouth join Fryeburg Academy, Poland, Sacopee Valley, St. Dom’s and Wells in the early start, while Falmouth and Freeport compete with Cape Elizabeth, Gray-New Gloucester, Lake Region, Lisbon, Traip and York in the late meet.

Swimming

Falmouth’s boys’ swim team beat Westbrook, 91-70, while the girls prevailed, 104-71. The Yachtsmen are at Thornton Academy Friday.

Greely’s boys lost to Cape Elizabeth, 118-47, while the girls lost to the Capers, 120-63. The Rangers are home with Deering Friday.

Yarmouth goes to Kennebunk Friday.

Skiing

Falmouth, Freeport, Maine Coast Waldorf and Yarmouth took part in a six-team Nordic ski meet last Wednesday at Pineland Farms.

In the boys’ meet, the Yachtsmen were first, the Falcons came in second, the Clippers were third and MC Waldorf placed fourth. Tucker Pierce of MC Waldorf was the top individual with a time of 16 minutes, 44 seconds. Yarmouth’s John Lane (17:10) placed second. Falmouth was led by Simon Pratico (fourth, 18:27). Freeport’s top skier was Kyle Dorsey (sixth, 18:33).

In the girls’ meet, Yarmouth was first, MC Waldorf second, Falmouth fourth and Freeport fifth. The Clippers were paced by Lucy Alexander (second, 19:13). Olivia Skillings of MC Waldorf came in third (19:49). The Falcons’ top finisher was Lily Johnston (fourth, 20:08). The Yachtsmen were led by London Bernier (10th, 22:23).

On the Alpine side, Falmouth was first and Greely second in both genders in a five-team (Gray-New Gloucester, Lake Region and Waynflete were the other participants) giant slalom meet at Shawnee Peak last week.

In the girls’ competition, the top individual was Falmouth’s Alex Shapiro, who had a two-run combined time of 38.95 seconds. Teammate Krysia Lesniak was a close second (39.45). The Rangers were led by Nettie Cunningham (fourth, 40.94).

On the boys’ side, Falmouth’s Thomas Lesniak came in second (38.74) and Greely’s Axel Lindsay came in third (39.23).

In a four-team slalom meet Monday, Falmouth and Greely finished 1-2 in both genders. In the boys’ race, Lindsay was the individual champion (1:34.70), while Lesniak was runner-up (1:36.26). On the girls’ side, Lesniak came in first (1:47.48) with Shapiro second (1:47.68). Kelsey Otley led the Rangers with a third-place finish (1:48.52).

Freeport and Yarmouth squared off against each other, as well as Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth and Fryeburg Academy in a giant slalom competition.

In the boys’ meet, the Clippers were first and the Falcons second. Yarmouth won the girls’ competition too, while Freeport placed fourth.

Individually, Yarmouth’s Greta Elder was first in the girls’ meet (1:05.73), while the Falcons were paced by Kaia Williams (19th, 1:24.96). The Clippers boys were paced by runner-up Jack Diggins (1:08.34) and third-place finisher George Jutras (1:12.58). Freeport’s fastest skier was Liam Grogan (fourth, 1:14.43).

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

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Falmouth’s Chris Camelio fires a shot during last week’s 2-1 home loss to defending Class A champion Scarborough.

Yarmouth’s Walter Conrad tries a wraparound shot during last week’s 4-2 loss at Brunswick.

Greely’s Chloe Waldrep leads Freeport’s Hannah Schnyder in the girls’ 800 at last week’s conference indoor track meet. Waldrep placed first and Schnyder finished second.

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