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FIELD HOCKEY PLAYOFFS Eagles didn't play best, but move on

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: October 17th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


OAKLAND -- It would've liked more goals, especially after recording 20 shots. It would've liked to play well for not just one half, but two. And coach Brenda Beckwith said she would've liked to see a little more hustle and a little more focus.

But in the end Friday afternoon, the second-seeded Messalonskee High School field hockey team marched forward in the Eastern A tournament thanks to a 4-0 win against No. 7 Edward Little.

"We need to play better," said senior captain Holly Oliver, who scored twice. "We need to work on our cross-hitting, and we need to just play an overall better game."

The Eagles (14-1-0) will get a chance to do just that in a semifinal game at 3 p.m. Wednesday when they host No. 3 Bangor, a 1-0 winner over Oxford Hills.

"We played well," Beckwith said.

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Football: Tigers too much for Warriors

Sport: Football  Posted: October 17th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


GARDINER -- The Nokomis football team knew there would be a few games like Friday night's loss to Gardiner when it joined the varsity ranks a year ago.

Polish and execution don't happen overnight. Still, there were a few little things to take away from the Warriors' 56-7 loss.

"We moved the ball pretty good at times," senior quarterback Derek Amoroso said. "We did some things right on offense. We just need to clean up the defense."

Gardiner (6-1) plays at unbeaten Leavitt next week with first place in Pine Tree Conference Class B hanging in the balance. Nokomis fell to 1-6.

Amoroso completed 16 of 28 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown -- a fourth-down gem of 16 yards into the left corner of the end zone to sophomore Ruel Libby. A couple of long plays were negated by penalties, including a 60-yard run by junior Jacob Welch in the second quarter.

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Football: Defense lifts Cougars to victory

Sport: Football  Posted: October 17th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


FARMINGTON -- Two exceptional defensive plays in the third quarter helped Mt. Blue to a 40-18 homecoming victory against Brewer on Friday night at Caldwell Field in Pine Tree Conference Class A football play.

Owning a slim 22-12 lead and momentum slipping away, the Cougars (2-5) turned to defensive stalwarts Zach Tracy and Dan York for assistance. Both responded with plays that produced immediate results.

Tracy turned in the first momentum changer, recovering a Ryan Backus punt near the 50-yard line after the Cougars were pinned deep in their own end. Two plays later, Backus rambled into the end zone from the 4, following a 50-yard pass completion to Jake Malone with 5 minutes, 5 seconds left in the third quarter.

Brewer (1-6) looked to recover quickly but Brandon Cochran sacked Witches quarterback Brandon Briggs for a 9-yard loss at the Mt. Blue 28. On the next play, Briggs stepped back to pass but York -- a 6-foot-4 lineman -- jumped in the air to intercept the pass at the line of scrimmage.

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Football: Lawrence loses in regular season for 1st time since 2005

Sport: Football  Posted: October 17th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer

BANGOR -- What began as a slugfest ended as a shootout, and when it was done, the Bangor High School football team had accomplished something nobody else had since September 2005: Beat Lawrence High School in the regular season.

Lonnie Hackett scored on a 1-yard run with 5 minutes, 12 seconds left to give the Rams the lead. Bangor's defense held back the Bulldogs' final two drives to give the Rams the 28-21 win.

"Personally, I'd never beaten Lawrence," Bangor tailback Hackett said. "It's been bugging me three or four years now."

Bangor (7-0) is now the only undefeated team in Pine Tree Conference Class A. Lawrence (6-1) had won 36 consecutive regular season games.

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Field Hockey: Higgins goal lifts Bangor to victory over Oxford Hills

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: October 17th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Rams’ postseason win first since ’81
By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Only one thing was on the minds of Ashley Higgins, Melissa Mower and their Bangor field hockey teammates during school Friday: Their Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal match with Oxford Hills of South Paris.

“No one was focused in school today. We didn’t do anything, we were all just waiting for the game,” Higgins said.

Patience paid off for the third-seeded Rams in more ways than one, as Higgins scored a first-half goal and Mower played solidly in the cage as Bangor earned a 1-0 triumph at the high school field.

Bangor athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine believes the victory is the Rams’ first postseason win since the team won the Class A state championship in 1981.

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Your game recaps for Oct. 13

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Skowhegan 2, Messalonskee 1 — KVAC Class A Championship
WATERVILLE -- The two unbeaten field hockey teams in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference remained that way following conference championship games Tuesday at Colby College. Skowhegan defeated Messalonskee 2-1 to win the KVAC Class A title while Gardiner downed Nokomis 2-0 to win the Class B title. Messalonskee scored the first goal when Leanne Luettich converted a penalty corner from Holly Oliver which served to bring Skowhegan to life. "We came out very slow," Skowhegan coach Paula Doughty said. "I would say the first 15 minutes they totally dominated the whole game."

Jessica Skillings tied the game for the Indians with an unassisted goal, then Makayla Hancock scored the game-winner assisted by Mikayla Fitzmaurice. The Indians held a 15-5 edge in shots on goal with 10 of those coming in the second half. Messalonskee goalie Mickee McCafferty made 12 saves while Skowhegan's Megan Hancock made four.

The top-seeded Indians (14-0-0) host No. 8 Brewer on Saturday in the opening round of the Eastern Maine Class A tournament. No. 2 Messalonskee (13-1-1) hosts No. 7 Edward Little.

"We'll probably see them again," Doughty said of the Eagles. "They can definitely play with us."

Gardiner 2, Nokomis 0 — KVAC Class B Championship
Kashley Weymouth scored both goals in the second half for Gardiner, one of those assisted by Katie Schide. The Tigers won by the same score when the teams met during the regular season. Second-seeded Nokomis (11-2-1) hosts No. 7 Belfast at 3 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Eastern Maine Class B tournament. No. 1 Gardiner (14-0-0) hosts No. 8 Maine Central Institute at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Kelsey Howard had two goals for the Red Storm (14-0), who scored four times in the second half to beat the Stags (13-1) in the SMAA championship game at Scarborough. Molly Gove and Ashley Anastasoff also scored for Scarborough. Maggie Grindatti scored in the first half for Cheverus.

Game recaps courtesy of
Morning Sentinel
Portland Press Herald

Your game recaps for Oct. 13

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Houlton 6, Hodgdon 2
At Hodgdon, Chelsie Murray and Amanda Fogarty scored two goals apiece to lead Houlton by Hodgdon. Vanessa Sanderson and Martha McPartland each added a goal for the 9-2 Shiretowners. Madison Lezotte stopped three of six shots. Chelsea Sloat and Kelsey Foster each scored for 3-9 Hodgdon. Emmaly Jurson made seven saves on 13 shots.

LCS/MSSM 6, Wisdom 1
At Limestone, Bethany Berry netted three goals to power Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics by Wisdom of St. Agatha. Amanda Allen scored two goals for the 7-5-1 Eagles. Stephanie Leighton added a goal and an assist. Shannon Leighton, Victoria St. Pierre and Jasmine Cote each had an assist. Audra Kirk and Hattie Welch combined for four saves on six shots. Deliya Michaud scored for 0-12-1 Wisdom off a pass from Chelsea Collins. Suzie Collins stopped 10 of 17 shots.

Fort Fairfield 3, Cen. Aroostook 1
At Fort Fairfield, Kylie Plourde and Brooke Beaulieu each notched a goal and an assist to propel Fort Fairfield by Central Aroostook of Mars Hill. Sydney Churchill added a goal while Kacie York had an assist for the 7-4-1 Tigers. Katy Dono-van stopped 10 of 14 shots.
Sarah Michaud scored for the 4-8-1 Panthers. Paige Garrison made four saves on 14 shots.

Katahdin 1, Washburn 0
At Washburn, Melissa Duffy scored the lone goal with 14:54 left in the first half to lead Katahdin of Stacyville by Washburn. Makayla Patterson blocked four of five shots for the 2-10 Cougars. Rayah Saucier made four saves on 12 shots for the 2-8-3 Beavers.

Madawaska 3, Van Buren 0
At Madawaska, Megan Ouellette netted a goal in each half to lead Madawaska by Van Buren. Nicole A. Cyr chipped in with a goal for the 7-4-1 Owls. Olivia Pelletier and Victoria Sirois each had an assist. Amanda Nadeau made six saves on seven shots. Ashley Wilson blocked 10 of 15 shots for the 4-7-1 Crusaders.

Valley 3, Buckfield 2:
Shannon Rich scored the game-winning goal with 17:55 left in the game to give the Cavaliers the East-West Conference win in Bingham. Hannah Belanger and Ashley Hines scored in the first half to give Valley (6-5-0) a 2-0 lead. But Melissa Taylor closed the first half with a goal for Buckfield (3-6-0) and Ming Wan Dana scored to open the second half and tie the game. Torie Costello made four saves for Valley while Katie Corson stopped 10 shots for Buckfield.

Cony 3, Edward Little 0:
Cassie Diplock scored two goals to lead the Rams to the KVAC Class A win in Augusta. Suzannah Deeves added a goal and an assist for Cony (8-3-1). Tori Fowler chipped in with two assists. Amy Jones made eight saves in net. Frankie Larey and Kate Sawyer combined to make 12 saves for Edward Little (5-5-2).

Lake Region (6-6) took a 3-0 lead in the first half and beat Gray-New Gloucester (2-10) at Naples. Abby Hancock, Sydney Hancock and Rachel Wandishin scored in the first half, Morgan McLean in the second.

Emma Clark scored unassisted midway through the second half as York (10-2) beat the Clippers (6-4-2) at Yarmouth.

Game recaps courtesy of
Bangor Daily News
Morning Sentinel
Portland Press Herald

Your Game Recaps for October 13

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Scarborough 2, Bonny Eagle 0
STANDISH — Tennessee Peters made nine saves Tuesday to help Scarborough remain undefeated with a 2-0 victory against Bonny Eagle in an SMAA boys' soccer game.

Brett Leighton scored after three minutes for the Red Storm (12-0), and Andrew Jones made it 2-0 from Andrew Nigro with 6:57 left in the first half.

Lincoln Sanborn of the Scots (7-4-1) stopped 10 shots.

Cheverus 3, Thornton Academy 2
Parker Doyon had a goal and an assist as Cheverus (8-3-1) held off Thornton Academy (1-10-1) at Portland.

Doyon set up Nick Melville, then gave the Stags a 2-0 lead from Max Miller. After Drew Landry scored for the Trojans, Scott Moody of the Stags made it 3-1. Steve Woodcock made it 3-2 just before halftime.

Kennebunk 4, Deering 0
Ben Whitney scored in each half to lead Kennebunk (7-3-1) past visiting Deering (4-7-1).

Massabesic 1, Noble 0
David Chaves headed in a free kick from Johnny Strandburg in the the 75th minute to lift the Mustangs (2-10-1) over the Knights (1-10) at Waterboro. Ethan Gilman earned the shutout in his first start in goal.

Portland 4, Marshwood 0

Fazal Nabi had two goals, and Oryem Charles and A.J. Hasanovic had a goal and an assist each to lead the Bulldogs (7-3-2) past Marshwood (6-6) at Portland.

Fryeburg Academy  5, Sacopee Valley 1
Kevin Zachrisson had three goals and Fabian Schoewer added two as the Raiders (7-5) downed the Hawks (2-8-1) at South Hiram.

Gorham 1, South Portland 0
Jake Willis scored from Sean Grandmaisson with 15 minutes remaining to lift Gorham (10-1) over the Red Riots (7-4-1) at South Portland.

Windham 4, Westbrook 0

Patrick Ciez scored twice in the first half and Will Hanson and Brett St. Hilaire in the second as the Eagles (9-2-1) beat the Blazes (4-7-1) at Westbrook.

Yarmouth 2, York 0
Josh Britton and Sam Torres scored as the Clippers (9-0-3) beat the Wildcats (2-9-1) at York.
JV: PI 3-1

Cen. Aroostook 6, Fort Fairfield 3
At Fort Fairfield, Spencer Stetson and Daniel Brewer scored two goals apiece as Central Aroostook of Mars Hill improved to 10-3.
Brandon Anthony and Logan Thomas had the other goals and Brandon York and Tyler Rusby had assists. Ross Grass made eight saves..
Travis Noyes had three goals for 4-8 Fort Fairfield and Chris Weeks made eight saves.

Houlton 6, Hodgdon 1
At Hodgdon, Gary Fowler and Jeremy Fitzpatrick each scored two goals as the Shiretowners earned the road victory.
Dylan Gard added a goal and two assists for 8-1-2 Houlton, while Micah Goetsch contributed a goal and an assist.
Jake Tidd scored for 1-10-1 Hodgdon on an assist from Andrew Lane.
Jared Tapley made one save on two shots in goal for Houlton. Eric Ryan and Dan McGil-licuddy combined to make nine saves on 16 shots for Hodgdon.

Madawaska 7, Van Buren 0
At Madawaska, Nathan Beaulieu scored two goals and posted an assist as Madawaska shut out Van Buren.
Curtis Thibeault, Deejay Gendreau, Jacques Daigle, Chris Lizotte and Dylan Wetmore each added a goal for the 9-2-1 Owls. Jeff Cyr and Mike Cannan each chipped in with an assist. Jamie Cyr stopped the only shot he faced.
Mark Lajoie made 28 saves on 36 shots for the 4-8 Crusaders.

Wisdom 6, LCS/MSSM 2
At Limestone, Curtis Picard scored three goals to spark Wisdom of St. Agatha past Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics.
Chris Ouellette, Kody Chamberland and Rocky Chamberland each added a goal for the 10-3 Pioneers. Kyle Daigle and Rocky Chamberland each grabbed an assist. Ryan Blanchette stopped 15 of 17 shots.
Josh Forsman and Michael Allen each scored for the 3-9-1 Eagles. Dylan Stevens and Zach Moreau combined for 21 saves on 28 shots.

Presque Isle 2, Caribou 0
At Presque Isle, Wilder York and Josh Allen each netted a goal to lead the undefeated Wild-cats past Caribou.
Jacob Player grabbed an assist for 11-0-2 Presque Isle. Dillon Kingsbury made two saves on five shots.
Garrett Jordan stopped 10 of 19 shots for the 6-3-3 Vikings.

Game recaps courtesy of:
Bangor Daily News  
Kennebec Journal 
Lewiston Sun Journal 
Portland Press Herald 
Seacoast Online 
Times Record 
Waterville Sentinel

Lions put it all together to deal Riots costly loss

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

McAuley scores a late goal to damage South Portland's playoff chances.
By PAUL BETIT, Staff Writer October 14, 2009

PORTLAND — McAuley soccer coach Vince Aceto took his team over the Casco Bay Bridge last Friday to watch Thornton Academy pull out a 4-3 victory in overtime against South Portland.

It wasn't a wasted trip. The Lions put what they learned to good use on Tuesday.

Kathryn O'Donoghue put in a rebound with less than six minutes left to lift McAuley to a 1-0 win against South Portland in an SMAA girls' soccer game.

"I'm so proud of my players," Aceto said. "They did it all. They did everything I wanted them to do."

The victory came near the end of what has been on an up-and-down season for the Lions, who are out of playoff contention.

"This kind of game is really uplifting," Aceto said, whose team has two games to play.

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Greely uses quick start, and defense

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Rangers score twice in the first 14 minutes, then shut down Cape Elizabeth for a 2-0 victory.
By ANDREA LAPOINTE, Special to the Press Herald October 14, 2009

CAPE ELIZABETH — On a night temperatures dipped below 40 degrees, the Greely offense came out hot.

The Rangers scored twice in the first 14 minutes Tuesday night to make quick work of Cape Elizabeth in a 2-0 victory in a Western Maine Conference girls' soccer game at Hannaford Field.

"Typically we do score quickly like that," Greely Coach Michael Kennedy said. "We played really well. They executed perfectly and their possession in the first half was done perfectly."

Kelly Burrell scored the first goal for the Rangers (10-1-2) after 11:08.

After going one-on-one with a Cape Elizabeth defender downfield, she made a quick move to the left and booted a beautiful shot over the head of Cape goaltender Lexi Weatherbie (four saves) and into the right corner of the net.

Just 1:26 later, Taylor Hicks made a move of her own, scoring on a picture-perfect kick from the far left corner to make it 2-0.

Down early, the Capers' intensity seemed to drop for a moment but didn't go away.

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HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER NOTEBOOK: A big couple of days for Waterville

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


The Waterville boys soccer team's push for a postseason berth has been delayed by a day with Tuesday's rain.

The Purple Panthers will now play at Mt. Blue High School today and host Lawrence High School on Thursday. Both games are crucial to Waterville's hopes of landing a spot in the Eastern Class A playoffs. Entering the week, Waterville was seventh in the Heal points, while Lawrence was ninth and Mt. Blue 12th. Eight teams will make the playoffs in Eastern A.

"I am excited about our possibilities in the playoffs," Waterville coach Kerry Serdjenian said. "If we continue to get strong leadership, anything could happen."

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Girls Basketball: Hall of a night for Clark, Cormier

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Jay Pinsonnault
Rick Clark knew this night would arrive and he didn't really know how he would feel once it did.

It didn't take long for the longtime York High School girls basketball coach to say what was the highlight of last Friday's induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

"I was a prospective inductee since last spring," Clark said. "I walked across the stage, shook hands with several dignitaries, had my picture taken when I received my certificate and then at that point I was now a member of the Hall of Fame and no longer an inductee. It was a fun night. It was a nice feeling to be recognized for the years of hard work doing something I really love to do."

Clark has certainly put in his time as he has compiled a record of 377-170 in his 28 years as head coach the Wildcats. He has guided York to Class B state championships in 1992 and 1994, and Western Maine Class B regional championships in 1986 and 2009.

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Cross country notebook Pulling back may facilitate full speed ahead

Sport:   Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By GLENN JORDAN, Staff Writer

FALMOUTH — Moments after crossing the finish line of the Western Maine Conference cross country championships last week, Hannah Doss collapsed on the cold, wet grass of Falmouth Community Park.

Eyes closed, limbs splayed and chest heaving, Doss lay on her back for more than three minutes before a volunteer helped her to a sitting position, where she spent a few more minutes before finally rising to her feet.

"Trying to get used to the hills again," Doss, a Cape Elizabeth senior who placed seventh of 78 runners, explained later. "It's cross country. It's tough."

The effort required for a cross country race indeed is unlike anything else on the fall high school sports calendar. Football, soccer, field hockey and volleyball all require short bursts of energy but allow time for recovery.

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Boys' soccer notebook: Half the teams, twice the tension

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By RACHEL LENZI, Staff Writer

Rocco Frenzilli remembers when there were two absolutes for the Portland High boys' soccer team on the final day of the regular season. Portland's final regular-season game was against South Portland and there was always a Heal points expert at the game, telling Frenzilli how the outcome may affect Portland's playoff chances.

"It was either win and go through to the playoffs, or lose and be done," said Frenzilli, who is in his 35th year of coaching soccer at Portland.

Times have changed.

Portland and South Portland meet earlier in the regular season now, and players and coaches are using the Internet to check the Heals on a daily basis, especially now.

Less than a week remains in the regular season – the last countable games must be played by Oct. 20 – and several local teams are balancing on the bubble as the final playoff scramble begins, including Frenzilli's Bulldogs.

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Football: Undefeated Rams, Bulldogs vie Friday

Sport: Football  Posted: October 14th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff

With two weeks left in the Eastern Maine high school football season, the battles rage on for regular-season championships and playoff qualification. This weekend’s schedule is highlighted by Friday night’s Pine Tree Conference Class A clash of unbeatens between Bangor and Lawrence of Fairfield at Cameron Stadium in Bangor.

The winner likely will be the No. 1 seed entering postseason play in two weeks, though Messalonskee of Oakland also could be in the mix if Lawrence defeats Bangor because the 5-1 Eagles — whose only blemish is a one-point loss to Bangor — face Lawrence next weekend in a regular-season finale. Brunswick (5-1) and Lewiston (4-2) also are already playoff-bound, while 3-3 Cony of Augusta and 2-4 Skowhegan currently are best positioned to grab spots six and seven in the eight-team field.

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