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(Ed. Note: For the complete Cape Elizabeth-Yarmouth and South Portland-Portland boys’ basketball, Cape Elizabeth-Freeport and South Portland-Portland girls’ basketball, Cape Elizabeth-Cheverus boys’ hockey and Capeflete-Edward Little/Leavitt and Capeflete-Cheverus girls’ hockey game stories, with additional photos, see theforecaster.net)

The new winter sports season has a couple of weeks under its belt and it’s clear that local squads are in for a lot of success.

With a mini holiday break looming, here’s a glimpse at where things stand.

Boys’ basketball

South Portland’s boys’ basketball team is dramatically improved this winter. The Red Riots, who missed the playoffs last winter with a 6-12 record, opened by defeating host Noble (47-31), visiting Sanford (63-41), host Westbrook (52-43) and visiting Thornton Academy (56-45). Last Thursday, South Portland had host Portland, the defending Class A state champion which was riding a 26-game win streak, on the ropes, leading, 43-36, in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs scored the final nine points and won, 45-43, on a putback at the buzzer. Fourteen points from Jaren Muller went for naught.

“I’m proud of my kids,” Red Riots coach Phil Conley said. “Some people out there don’t believe in this team, but I believe in this team and I think we can do good things and I think we proved it tonight. (Portland) just made that last play at the end. This team won’t back down from anyone. We’re here to play. I was confident because I know the type of kids I have in my locker room.”

South Portland was at Bonny Eagle Tuesday, hosts Scarborough Saturday afternoon (see theforecaster.net for game story), visits Deering Tuesday and opens 2015 with a home tilt versus Massabesic Jan. 3.

Scarborough is also off to a hot start. The Red Storm opened with wins at Biddeford (74-46) and at home over Westbrook (55-47). After a 66-59 loss at Windham, Scarborough defeated host Noble (47-29) and visiting Massabesic (69-44). Milani Hicks had 32 points against the Mustangs. Scarborough hosted Gorham Tuesday, goes to South Portland Saturday, welcomes Biddeford Tuesday of next week and opens 2015 at Thornton Academy Jan. 2.

Preseason Western B favorite Cape Elizabeth rolled in its first three games, 59-48 over visiting Wells, 70-48 at Gray-New Gloucester and 72-40 over visiting Freeport, but Saturday night, at home against Yarmouth, the Capers got a wakeup call, as the Clippers erased an early 10-4 deficit with a 24-point second quarter eruption en route to a 59-46 victory. Cape Elizabeth got 14 points from Eddie Galvin and 11 from freshman Finn Bowe off the bench, but it wasn’t enough.

“It’s tough when you start the season and people say this and that about you,” Capers coach Jim Ray said. “Talk is cheap. I tried to bring the guys down to earth, but (Yarmouth) did a much better job than I could ever do. They kicked us in the teeth. They were good. They were better at every position for the whole game. We looked tired in the first half. They came ready. They had the bulletin board material pasted up.”

Cape Elizabeth hoped to bounce back Tuesday at Kennebunk. After playing at Lake Region Tuesday of next week, the Capers open 2015 at home against powerhouse Falmouth Jan. 3.

In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School is off to a 2-4 start, capped by a 65-42 home loss to Seacoast Christian Friday. The Lions are idle until Jan. 5 when they host Pine Tree Academy.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, South Portland is right in the hunt at the top of Western Class A. The Red Riots toyed with visiting Noble in the opener (79-26), then rolled at Sanford (55-26) and dominated visiting Westbrook (74-29). Last Tuesday, despite a good start, South Portland fell from the unbeaten ranks with a 50-33 loss at preseason favorite Thornton Academy, but Thursday, the Red Riots responded with a 65-55 victory at South Portland. Freshman Abby Cavallaro had four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 22 points and Maddie Hasson added 17 points.

“I tried not to get nervous,” Cavallaro said. “I wanted to come out and help my team win. Whether it was defense or a spark on offense, I just tried to do that. I just got into it. The upperclassmen make me feel comfortable out there.”

“We’re a lot deeper this year,” Hasson said. “Last year, our scoring wasn’t as spread out, but so far this season, it’s really spread out. Anyone can put up 15 on a given night. We’re really unselfish about that.”

“I think this was really important,” Red Riots coach Lynne Hasson added. “After Tuesday we didn’t lose any confidence. We know we’re still one of the best teams. We were disappointed after Tuesday and knew we had to come back strong. We got back on track.”

South Portland hosted Bonny Eagle Tuesday, plays at Deering Tuesday of next week, then opens 2015 at Massabesic Jan. 3.

Scarborough handled visiting Biddeford in its opener (53-19), then beat visiting Windham (74-52) and Noble (57-11), before falling at Westbrook (41-39). Brooke Malone had 15 points in the loss. The Red Storm went to Gorham Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), play at Biddeford Tuesday of next week and open 2015 with a home game versus Thornton Academy Jan. 2.

In Western B, Cape Elizabeth beat host Wells in the opener (50-47), then lost at home to Gray-New Gloucester (64-46). The Capers bounced back with wins at Freeport (62-47) and Yarmouth (41-31). Against the Falcons, Montana Braxton led the way with 21 points, adding nine assists, seven steals and six rebounds, Maddie Bowe tallied 15 points and Hannah Sawyer finished with 13.

“It’s really important to not have a third quarter lull,” Sawyer said. “We’ve experienced that in the past. We had to come out of the locker room and just go for it like we did in the first quarter.”

“I just had to keep moving,” Braxton said. “It was a game where I always had someone on me. I had to move to get open and break the press and look around to pass when the defense stepped it up. I knew I had to come out fired up. I just came out to play tonight.”

“Freeport really kept it going,” Bowe said. “They tried to stay in it. We had to score ourselves. We couldn’t sit on our heels.”

“Freeport played tough,” Casterella said. “It’s good they pressured us because I saw some things we need to work on.”

The Capers hosted Kennebunk Tuesday, welcome defending Class B state champion Lake Region Tuesday of next week and open 2015 at Falmouth Jan. 3.

In Western D, GPCS started the year 1-5. The Lions host Pine Tree Academy Jan. 5.

Boys’ hockey

Scarborough’s boys’ hockey team is off to a 2-2 start after a 3-1 loss to Biddeford last week. The Red Storm were at Portland/Deering Tuesday, host Edward Little Saturday and play at Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

South Portland fell to 2-3 with home losses last week to York (8-5) and Mt. Ararat (2-0). The Red Riots host Bonny Eagle Saturday and welcome Lake Region Jan. 3.

Cape Elizabeth was 3-2 at press time after beating visiting Maranacook (7-3) and falling at Gorham (6-3) last week. Ben Ekedahl and Matt Riggle both scored twice against the Black Bears. The Capers hosted undefeated, two-time defending Class A champion Falmouth, welcome Kennebunk Saturday and open 2015 with a home game versus Edward Little Jan. 3.

Girls’ hockey

On the girls’ side, defending state champion Scarborough took a 5-2 record into Tuesday’s contest at Gorham/Bonny Eagle. Last week, the Red Storm beat Biddeford, 4-1, thanks to a hat trick from Sami Shoebottom.

Capeflete takes a 4-4 record to the break after a 4-0 home loss to Falmouth last week. Capeflete is back in action Jan. 3 at Biddeford.

Indoor track

Scarborough and South Portland’s indoor track and field athletes have seen two meets worth of action already.

The Red Storm boys beat Gorham, Westbrook and Bonny Eagle in the opener, then defeated Thornton Academy, Biddeford and Massabesic. In that one, Scarborough event winners included Matthew Blaisdell in the junior 200 (25.38 seconds) and the junior triple jump (37 feet, 9 inches), Connor Langlois in the junior 55 hurdles (9.03), Sam Rusak in the junior high jump (5-1), open pole vault (14-7), open 55 hurdles (8.95) and junior long jump (18-10), Griffin Madden in the senior high jump (5-6), Hugh McSorley in the senior shot put (46-00.25), Jerry Kenney in the senior 200 (23.93), Colin Jones in the open 600 (1 minute, 18.83 seconds), Jacob Terry in the open mile (4:36.98), Connor Doherty in the open two-mile (10:11.08) and the junior 800 (1:43.33) and open 1,600 sprint medley (3:52.87) relays.

Scarborough’s girls were second behind Westbrook in their first meet, then beat Thornton Academy, Massabesic and Biddeford. In that meet, the Red Storm got wins from Samantha Saraceno in the junior 800 (2:40.73), Laura Volan in the open two-mile (12:00.25), Kacey Foerster in the open pole vault (7-6), Ellen Shaw in the junior high jump (5-1) and the open 55 hurdles (9.39), Edie Christian in the junior long jump (13-9.75), Kayla Griffis in the senior 400 (1:08.43), Sarah Rinaldi in the senior high jump (5-0) and senior triple jump (32-11.25), Laura Powell in the junior 55 hurdles (9.84), the junior 800 (1:58.01) and senior 800 (2:00.15) relays.

South Portland’s girls beat Massabesic, Deering and Noble in their first meet, then bested Bonny Eagle, Marshwood and Portland. In that latter meet, the Red Riots got wins from Callie O’Brien in the junior 55 hurdles (9.39), open 55 hurdles (9.59) and junior high jump (5-0), Sophia Cummings in the junior triple jump (30-5.5), Lauren Magnuson in the senior 55 (7.84) and senior 200 (28.00), Casey Loring in the senior 400 (1:06.33) and the open two-mile (12:14.21), Edita Isakovic in the senior high jump (4-8), Michelle Medici in the senior shot put (29-8), Juliana Selser in the open mile (5:29.57) and the open 3,200 (11:17.10) and open 1,600 sprint medley (4:46.95) relays.

The boys were second to Noble in their first meet, then they beat Bonny Eagle, Portland and Marshwood, thanks to event wins from Xander Keiter in the junior 400 (58.83) and the open 600 (1:25.85), Bradley Mileson in the junior high jump (4-10), Isaiah Anderson in the junior long jump (15-8), Bryan Currie in the open mile (5:09.20), Michael Cuesta in the senior 55 (7.14) and the senior triple jump (43-5.75), Steven Smith in the senior 800 (2:21.57), Daniel Giuliani in the senior shot put (52-2), Henry Curran in the senior long jump (19-2.5) and the open 3,200 (12:16.80) and open 1,600 sprint medley (4:10.01) relays.

League competition returns Saturday, Jan. 3.

Cape Elizabeth takes part in the USM Relay is this weekend. League competition begins Friday, Jan. 2.

Swimming

In the pool, Cape Elizabeth’s swim teams split their first two meets. The Capers boys beat Westbrook (124-51), then lost to South Portland (100-68). The girls beat the Blue Blazes (121-40), then lost to the Red Riots (117-66). Cape Elizabeth is home versus Greely Jan. 9.

South Portland’s boys dropped their first meet, 119-49, to Cheverus, then beat Cape Elizabeth and Westbrook (104-57). The girls dropped their opener to Cheverus (101-82). After beating Cape Elizabeth, they downed Westbrook (94-77). The Red Riots go to Deering Friday.

Scarborough’s boys beat Deering in their opener (123-43), then lost to Cheverus (104-63). The girls dropped close meets to the Rams (89-81) and Stags (86-79). The Red Storm hosts Westbrook Jan. 2.

Wrestling

Scarborough’s wrestling team dropped its first two meets, 60-24 to Sanford and 39-33 to York. The Red Storm join Bonny Eagle and Portland at Sanford Saturday.

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

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Cape Elizabeth freshman Finn Bowe prepares to save the ball by throwing it off a Yarmouth defender during the Capers’ 59-46 home loss Saturday night.

South Portland sophomore Lydia Henderson drives past a Portland defender during last week’s 65-55 Red Riots’ victory.

Capeflete’s Julia Ginder handles the puck during a loss to Edward Little/Leavitt.

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