Winter sports season heats up as calendar flips to 2018-Northern edition

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Yarmouth senior Nolan Hagerty goes up for a shot in traffic during last week’s 51-45 home loss to Gray-New Gloucester.

Falmouth’s Candice Powers soars to the hoop during the Yachtsmen’s home loss to York Saturday.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-Cape Elizabeth and Yarmouth-Gray-New Gloucester boys’ basketball and Falmouth-York, Greely-Brunswick and Yarmouth-Gray-New Gloucester girls’ basketball game stories, see theforecaster.net)

The new year is upon us and the winter sports season, like winter itself, is very much underway. Here’s a look at where things stand and what’s to come:

Boys’ basketball

Greely’s defending Class A state champion boys’ basketball team began 2018 as it played throughout 2017, undefeated. The Rangers improved to 5-0 Friday after a 66-47 home win over Brunswick. Zach Brown had 19 points, Logan Bagshaw 15 and Andrew Storey 12. Greely was at Gray-New Gloucester Thursday, visits Gorham Saturday and plays host to York Tuesday of next week.

Falmouth fell to 3-4 after recent losses to Cape Elizabeth, 50-41, in a game played at the Portland Exposition Building as part of the Red Claws Christmas Showcase, and 55-46 at York. Sam Manganello had 12 points and Alex Marcotte added 11 in the loss to the Capers.

“That’s sort of the story of our season, we play in runs,” said Yachtsmen coach Dave Halligan. “Jack (Bryant) got in foul trouble and we tried some of the younger guys. That’s the only way they can learn.”

Manganello had 11 points in the loss to the Wildcats. Falmouth was at Kennebunk Tuesday, hosts Mt. Ararat Friday and welcomes Westbrook Tuesday of next week.

In Class B South, Freeport is off to a promising 4-2 start after extending its win streak to three Saturday with a 66-51 victory at Old Orchard Beach. Toby Holt led the way with 22 points. The Falcons look to match last year’s win total Thursday when Morse pays a visit. Poland comes to town Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth fell to 3-2 Friday after a 51-45 home loss to Gray-New Gloucester, the Clippers’ first loss to the Patriots in 15 meetings. Jonny Torres had 13 points and Ashanti Haywood added 12, but it wasn’t enough. Yarmouth had a makeup game at Waynflete Wednesday, welcomes Wells in a regional final rematch Thursday, plays host to Traip Academy Saturday and visits Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.

“We have a big stretch of seven or eight games in a two-and-a-half week period of time,” Clippers coach Adam Smith said. “That will test us immensely. These guys have high hopes. We’ll concentrate on what we need to do to get better.”

North Yarmouth Academy began the year with a 1-4 mark. The Panthers were at St. Dom’s Wednesday, play at Seacoast Christian Friday and visit Pine Tree Academy Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, Greely has been involved in some memorable games in the early going. Last Friday, the Rangers fell to 4-2 after a 65-63 loss at Brunswick in an instant classic. The lead changed hands 14 times, with the final change coming at the buzzer when Marley Groat hit a contest 3 at the buzzer. Freshman Camille Clement had 28 points and Brooke Obar added 19.

“This was a heck of a Friday afternoon game,” Greely coach Todd Flaherty said. “They just made a great play at the end. Now I know we can fight through adversity and that’s something we can build on. I’m really proud of our effort the last three-and-a-half quarters. We have a lot to work with, we just have to sharpen things up. That game was lost in the middle, not the end. When you lose a game like this, I take responsibility because it’s up to me to find those extra points.”

The Rangers welcome defending Class B champion Gray-New Gloucester Thursday (see theforecaster.net for game story), play host to two-time defending Class AA champion Gorham Saturday and go to York Tuesday of next week.

Falmouth fell to 0-6 after a 47-22 home loss to York Saturday. Grace Soucy had 10 points in defeat.

“We’ve had a tough time scoring all year long,” said Falmouth coach Dawn Armandi. “We were 8-for-39 today. If we made half of those, it would have been a very different game.”

The Yachtsmen welcomed Kennebunk Tuesday, go to Mt. Ararat Friday and play at Westbrook Tuesday of next week.

In Class B South, Freeport extended its win streak to three and improved to 4-1 Friday with a 65-30 home victory over Lincoln Academy. Taylor Rinaldi had 23 points and Jessie Driscoll added 11. The Falcons are at Morse Thursday, host Old Orchard Beach Saturday (see theforecaster.net for game story) and go to Poland Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth fell to 2-3 after a 33-22 home loss to Gray-New Gloucester Friday. Sara D’Appolonia had a team-high 10 points.

“Our Achilles’ heel right now is finishing around the rim,” Clippers coach Chris Strong said. “We just don’t get the offense we need. I feel like we’re executing well and finding our cutters, but we miss our shots. That’s telltale of a young team. We play good, fast, tall teams and we get bumped and we’re not used to it.”

Yarmouth was at Wells Thursday and plays at Traip Academy Saturday before hosting Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.

NYA took a 2-3 mark into Wednesday’s home game versus Pine Tree Academy. The Panthers go to Seacoast Christian Friday and play at Pine Tree Tuesday of next week.

Boys’ hockey

Greely’s boys’ hockey team captured its annual rivalry game, the “Dudley Cup,” against Falmouth Monday night, rallying for six unanswered goals to prevail, 7-3, improving to 2-1 in the process. It was Greely’s first-ever Dudley Cup win. Matt Kramlich had a hat trick and Jake MacDonald scored twice. The Rangers were at Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon Wednesday and go to Kennebunk Saturday.

Falmouth, which previously gave its coach, Deron Barton, his 100th victory (see story) with a 5-1 home win over Scarborough (Theo Hembre scored twice), got two goals from Hembre in the “Dudley Cup” loss to Greely. The Yachtsmen went to Lewiston for a state final rematch Wednesday, host Portland/Deering Saturday and play at Biddeford Wednesday of next week.

Yarmouth takes a 2-2 record into Thursday’s game at Brunswick.

Girls’ hockey

On the girls’ side, Greely/Gray-New Gloucester beat Falmouth in the “Dudley Cup,” 6-2, to improve to 8-1. Greely/Gray-NG had previously blanked Yarmouth/Freeport, 9-0 (behind a hat trick from Bridget Roberts), and won at Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland, 8-2 (behind Courtney Sullivan’s hat trick). In the win over the Yachtsmen, Sullivan scored four times and went over the 100 career goal mark. Greely/Gray-NG went to Mt. Ararat/Morse Wednesday.

Falmouth got goals from Bea Johnson and Kayla Sarazin in its loss to Greely, which dropped the Yachtsmen to 3-4 on the year. Falmouth had previously downed Gorham, 9-1. Falmouth was at Lewiston Wednesday and visits St. Dom’s in a state game rematch Wednesday of next week.

Yarmouth/Freeport fell to 1-8-1 after home losses to Greely/Gray-NG (9-0) and Brunswick (2-1). Emma Moll had the goal against the Dragons. Yarmouth/Freeport is at Brunswick Thursday and welcomes Biddeford Monday.

Indoor track

Falmouth’s indoor track team has one league meet under its belts. The Yachtsmen boys and girls both came in second behind Biddeford in a meet which also included Marshwood and Portland. Falmouth joins Cheverus, Noble and Thornton Academy for a meet Thursday.

Western Maine Conference schools begin their regular season Friday.

Swimming

Greely’s girls’ swim team swept Falmouth in a recent meet, with the boys prevailing by a 192-122 score and the girls winning, 100-70.

Greely went to defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth Tuesday. The schools’ boys’ teams also squared off.

Friday, Greely is at South Portland and Falmouth hosts Westbrook.

Skiing

The skiing season will get underway this week for schools in both in the SMAA and WMC.

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

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