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Brunswick golf falls to Cony

Sport:   Posted: October 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BRUNSWICK — A team score of 166. On any given afternoon on the links, Brunswick High School golf coach Mal Strange takes that score, runs with it and congratulates his team on another victory.

However, that 166 score on Wednesday, in windy, rainy conditions at the Brunswick Golf Club, was not enough against a solid Cony squad that posted a sterling 160 in taking a 7-2 decision over the Dragons in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference South Division championship.

The win puts the Rams (11-1) into the KVAC championship match on Friday against the North winner, while Brunswick (11-1) will have to wait until Tuesday to tee it up in the KVAC individual and team qualifier at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro with state qualifications on the line.

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Claws begin process of filling roster

Sport:   Posted: October 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Portland's new basketball team, which still has no players signed, is holding a tryout Saturday.
By MIKE LOWE, Staff Writer

PORTLAND — When most people go for a job interview, appropriate attire is required.

For the 50-or-so young men who will attend the Maine Red Claws' Northeast Regional tryout Saturday at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, sneakers, shorts and a good jump shot are the essentials.

"This is like a job interview," said Jon Jennings, the president and general manager of the Red Claws. "You want to impress the boss. You'll be watched from the moment you walk in."

The Red Claws, Portland's newest professional sports team and an affiliate of the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA Developmental League, will be looking for a few good men in this tryout camp, which will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The team already held a tryout in Charlotte, N.C., where more than 100 players displayed their skills.

Jennings said the team would like to sign one to three players from the two tryouts to compete in training camp.

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PortlanPirates: Tyler Ennis is a 5-foot-9, 165-pound rookie adjusting to the pros, and a new position.

Sport:   Posted: October 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The small guy who just may come up big 
By PAUL BETIT, Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Portland Pirates rookie Tyler Ennis has heard it all his young life – he's just too small to play hockey.

At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, he doesn't look imposing.

But Ennis, who turns 20 on Monday, may be the wave of the future in pro hockey – a small, gritty player who uses speed and guile to outmaneuver slower, much larger opponents. He will be in the lineup Saturday night when the Pirates open at Springfield.

"If you're not afraid and you want the puck, a lot of times the smarter guy is going to come up with it," Ennis said.

Despite his lack of size, Ennis seems fearless on the ice.

"When a 19-year-old kid has enough confidence to do a spinarama with three guys bearing down on him and throw a back-hand saucer pass to me, it just shows the wily sense he has," said Kyle Wanvig, an eight-year pro who played on a line with Ennis in three exhibitions while on a tryout with the Pirates. "He's thinking one step ahead all the time."

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Maineiacs come back to zap Volts in shootout

Sport:   Posted: October 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Justin Pelletier, Assistant Sports Editor, Online
LEWISTON — There was never a whisper of doubt in the Lewiston Maineiacs' locker room Thursday night.

Even after stalwart defenseman Eric Gelinas was ejected from the game with an intent-to-injure slashing penalty. Even after the Maineiacs surrendered the first three goals of the game to a team to which they'd lost 11 times in 12 tries last season.

"It's the attitude, it's the leaders in the room," forward Alex Beaton said. "When we went into the room down ... everyone believed we were going to come back. Everyone knew if we worked hard and stayed disciplined, we had a chance. We believed."

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Football Friday: Valente has Patriots running in right direction

Sport: Football  Posted: October 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer
GRAY — One of the first things Shawn Austin did when he took over the Gray-New Gloucester football program was move Taylor Valente from quarterback to fullback. The idea was to take a downhill runner and put him in a position to make downhill runs.

The move has helped make a young program that was rapidly sliding downhill a playoff contender in the Campbell Conference.

Running with power and a surprising burst, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior is the leading rusher in the conference and has led the Patriots to a 2-2 start.

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Football: : Playoff position on line for Winthrop, Maranacook

Sport: Football  Posted: October 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette


READIFIELD -- When it comes to preparation, stopping Maranacook is simple enough.

"You have to key on Ben Johnson," Winthrop junior Ryan Conant said. "He does just about it all. He can block, he can run, he can catch. For his size, he's very athletic, too."

When it comes to game time, well, opposing teams often find that stopping Johnson is no easy task.

The big tight end and defense end -- he's listed at 6 feet, 8 inches -- is the centerpiece of a Maranacook offense that is averaging 20 points a game and a defense that is allowing 16.

"We're going to come out and try to run the ball down their throats," Johnson said. "Winthrop has always had a great football program. This is a great matchup for our homecoming game."

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Football: BDN week 5, key showdowns

Sport: Football  Posted: October 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff 
Week 5 of the high school football season features two pivotal showdowns involving teams seeking to enhance their status for earning home-field advantage come playoff time.

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Boys Soccer: Old Town edges Mount Desert Island in overtime

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: October 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Bartlett penalty kick with 3:21 to play gives Coyotes margin of victory

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — With the high school soccer season now in its second half, teams are paying more attention to where they stand in the Heal point ratings — particularly given the Maine Principals’ Association decision earlier this year to reduce postseason fields from 66 percent of the teams in each division to just 50 percent.

Old Town squared off against Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor on Thursday afternoon in a clash of Class B teams currently on the outside looking in, and Luke Bartlett scored on a penalty kick with 3:21 left in the second overtime to give the host Coyotes a 4-3 victory.

MDI was whistled for pushing Bartlett from behind in the penalty area after Old Town had lofted a kick toward the goal crease.

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Your Game Recaps For September 30

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: October 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Caribou 2, Bucksport 1
At Bucksport, Jerry Ferszt scored off a Nate Rossignol assist with 7:02 remaining in regulation to lift Caribou to the win.
Chad Caverhill added a first-half goal for the 4-2-3 Vikings. Garrett Jordan had eight saves on 11 shots.
Jeff Golding scored for 2-5 Bucksport, with Cody Farrell getting the assist. Joe Goodwin saved nine of 18 shots.

Penobscot Valley 3, Schenck 0
At East Millinocket on Tuesday, Tyler Brzozowski, Thomas Millett and Greg Rowley each scored an unassisted goal to lead Penobscot Valley of Howland by Schenck.
Jacob Jones made five saves on seven shots for the Howlers.
Ryan Thompson stopped 16 of 21 shots for the Wolverines.

Medomak Valley 3, Nokomis 1
At Newport, Alex MacKenzie had two goals and an assist to lead Medomak Valley of Waldoboro to the win.
Chris Morrill also scored for the 3-6-1 Panthers, while goalie Caleb Thompson made seven saves on 10 shots.
Feliz Schaefer scored for Nokomis on a penalty kick. Warriors’ goalie Tyler Wintle saved four of eight shots.

Machias 2, Jonesport-Beals 0
At Jonesport, Raymond Smith scored on a header off a Jacob Dahl cross with 15:36 left in regulation to lift Machias past Jonesport-Beals.
Ty Richards added an insurance goal on a direct kick from 35 yards out that went in off the crossbar with 13:40 remaining. Justin Weaver saved 12 of 15 shots for 7-2 Machias.
Sid Look made 11 saves on 20 shots for 4-4 Jonesport-Beals.

Mount View 5, Gardiner 2
At Thorndike, Eike Dominiak recorded three goals to lead Mount View past Gardiner.
Justin Pierel and Conner Schmidt added a goal apiece while Pierel and Zach Mehuren grabbed assists for the Mustangs. Nick Knight had eight saves on 10 shots.
Jason Ledoux and Josh Allen scored for Gardiner while Chris Kimball had an assist. Caleb Smith saved 15 of 22 shots.

Oak Hill 5, Belfast 2

BELFAST — Brian Soucy tallied two goals to lead Oak Hill to a 5-2 win over Belfast in KVAC boys' soccer action Wednesday night.

Dalton Burns, Adam Soucy and Ben Daggett added goals for the Raiders (7-3). Jack Davis and Steve Kulikowski scored for the Lions (5-5).

Cody Plourde made six saves in net for Oak Hill, while Trevor Baker stopped 15 shots for Belfast.

Lake Region 6, Traip 1
KITTERY — Elliott Maker had three goals and an assist Wednesday to lead Lake Region to a 6-1 victory against Traip Academy in a Western Maine Conference boys' soccer game.

Jared Black added two goals and Cree Mitchell also scored for Lake Region (4-4-2).

Drew Lamoureux scored and Jay Cuttle had 12 saves for Traip (3-6).

Matt Langadas had five saves for Lake Region.

Fryeburg Academy 5, Poland 0
Kevin Jefferson scored three goals as the Raiders (4-4) shut out Poland (0-6) at Fryeburg.

Jung Woo Kim added a goal and two assists, and Yunho Noh had a goal and an assist.

Andy Sao needed no saves for the shutout.

Mike Littlefield handled 11 shots for Poland.

Falmouth 8, GNG 0
Gabe Hoffman-Johnson had two goals and two assists as the Yachtsmen (7-0-1) downed the Patriots (5-4) at Gray.

Alex Dunn added three goals for Falmouth, which scored four in each half.

Yarmouth 6, York 0
Luke Pierce scored two goals and assisted on another, and Eb Fazeli collected three assists as the Clippers (7-0-1) cruised past the Wildcats (1-6-1) at York.

Ryan Maguire also scored twice, and Chris Knaub and Cotter Jackson added one goal apiece.

AJ Oliver made two saves for his sixth shutout of the season for Yarmouth.

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

Your game recaps for Sept. 30

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: October 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Stearns 6, Piscataquis 1
At Guilford, Angela Levesque scored two goals and assisted another as Stearns of Millinocket defeated Piscataquis.
Becca Leavitt also scored two goals for the 6-4 Minutemen. Mallory Osborne and Shannon Murchison scored. Amanda Kranic and Ashley Rollins provided assists. Kirsten Marter and Leah Clement combined for two saves on four shots. Brooke Morrill scored in the first half with an assist from Maggie Abbott for 0-11 Piscataquis. Brianna Tweedie turned away 28 of 36 shots.

Foxcroft 3, Mattanawcook 0
At Lincoln, Sabrina Sharrow scored two goals within a minute during the second half to help the visiting Foxcroft Academy Ponies pull away. Mariah Arno had a first-half goal to stake 7-3 Foxcroft to a 1-0 lead. Cassie Curtis made four saves on seven shots for the Ponies. Colleen Albert stopped 11 of 20 shots for 5-4 Mattanawcook Academy. JV: Foxcroft 1-0

Orono 2, Central 2 (2OT)
At Orono, Amber Saucier of Orono and Central of Corinth’s Alix Rudzinski didn’t allow a goal through two overtimes.
Central topped Orono 3-2 in double overtime last week.
Jillian Tuell scored on a pass form Mindy Adams with 12:39 left in the first to give 4-6-1 Orono a 1-0 lead. Bridget Vinal gave Orono a 2-1 lead with 5:44 left in the first.
Kaitlyn Stymiest tied it at 1-1 with 11:08 left in the first for 6-5-1 Central. Kayla Grindle scored off a Logan Wilson assist with 16:36 remaining in regulation to tie it at 2-2. Orono’s Saucier saved four of six shots and Alix Rudzinski of Central had nine saves off 11 shots. JV: 0-0

Dexter 2, Hermon 0
At Dexter, Kirstie Mower scored in the first half off a Caitlyn Wood assist to help lead Dexter to victory over Hermon. Kayla Libby added an insurance goal in the second half on a penalty stroke for 9-2 Dexter. Maicee Gustin had no saves on one shot. Jaime Roy saved 13 of 19 shots for 3-8 Hermon.

Dirigo 4, Hall-Dale 3
FARMINGDALE — Trina Pulk found the net with three minutes left in regulation to lift Dirigo to a 4-3 victory over Hall-Dale in a hotly-contested MVC field hockey matchup Wednesday. Pulk led the Cougars (5-6) with a hat trick, while Morgan Hutchins scored a goal and added an assist. Amber Woods made nine saves for Dirigo to notch the win.
Dakota Mitchell led the Bulldogs with a pair of goals, while Jess Woods also tallied. Kayla Barton turned back 11 shots between the posts for Hall-Dale.  

Game recaps courtesy of
Bangor Daily News
Lewiston Sun Journal

Your game recaps for Sept. 30

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: October 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Presque Isle 2, Hermon 0
At Hermon, Chelsea Nickerson scored a first half goal and Chandler Guerrette added a score in the second as Presque Isle shut out Hermon. Kelsey Park and Rilee Elliot-Currie combined for four saves on nine shots for 9-0 Presque Isle. Sara Bishop turned away 20 of 25 shots for 1-6-1 Hermon. JV: Presque Isle 4-0

Caribou 6, Bucksport 1
At Bucksport, Olivia Sleeper had a hat trick as Caribou beat Bucksport. Jenna Selander had a goal and two assists for the 7-2 Vikings. Madison Outing and Brianna Gorence also scored. Jamie Martin, Jessica Zyblut and Abby Small provided assists. Brittany Doak and Morgan Swan combined for six saves on eight shots.
Sadie Wight scored for 0-7-1 Bucksport. Bailey Blair turned away 14 of 20 shots.

Medomak Valley 2, Nokomis 0
At Waldoboro, Kasey Benner scored an unassisted goal with 18:11 left in the first half as Medomak Valley topped Nokomis of Newport. Roxanne Jelenfy scored off a Julie Ennamorati assist with 4 seconds left in the first for 9-1 Medomak Valley. Junior Ericka Christensen saved eight of 12 shots to record her fourth shutout. Laura Lyford turned away nine of 17 shots for 6-3-1 Nokomis.

George Stevens 7, Sumner 0

At East Sullivan, India Frazier scored three goals to lead the George Stevens Academy Eagles of Blue Hill past Sumner. Lydia Clapp, Stevie Theoharidis, Rachelle Kane and Coral O’Brien also scored for the 5-3 Eagles. Hannah Van der Eb did not have to make a save to preserve the shutout in goal. Kelsey Tucker made 18 saves on 40 shots for 0-8 Sumner.

Dexter 2, Penquis 1 (OT)

At Milo, Sarah Murray scored on an assist from Harley Ponte 3:32 into the first overtime to lift the Tigers to victory. Katie Carson gave Dexter a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the first half, but Sadie Zambrano of Penquis tied the match before intermission on an assist from Mindy Downing. Lauren Crane made 10 saves on 16 shots for 3-7-1 Dexter. Shelby Fowles made 12 saves on 17 shots for 2-5-2 Penquis.

Foxcroft 2, Piscataquis 0

At Guilford, Paige Hobbs and Shee-Ann Sergeant scored to lift Foxcroft Academy over Piscataquis Community High School.
Sergeant assisted on Hobbs’ game-winner, which came 11:18 into the first half. Sargent scored on a direct kick in the second half. Sarah Whittemore made five saves on 13 shots for 6-3-1 Foxcroft. Julia Schaffer made 12 saves on 20 shots for 3-7-1 PCHS.

Schenck 4, Lee 2
At Lee, Kristen Thompson and Kristen Quinn each scored two goals as Schenck of East Millinocket defeated Lee Academy. Kristina Jamo provided an assist for the 4-5-1 Wolverines. Leann Toothaker saved eight of 26 shots. Katelyn Mallet and Rachael Kerr scored for the 1-8-1 Pandas.

Washington Acad. 4, Calais 2
At East Machias, Brandelyn Hodgdon had a goal and two assists to lead Washington Academy past Calais. Jillian Day, Brianne Corey and Bryhannah Esposito also scored for the 6-3 Raiders. Megan Cavanaugh and Alex McVicar scored for 3-4 Calais. Jesse Hardy made eight saves on 19 shots for Washington Academy, while Hillary Hollingdale stopped 10 of 16 shots for Calais.

MDI 2, Ellsworth 1
At Ellsworth, Brailee Black and Courtney Sullivan scored second-half goals as Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor beat Ellsworth.
Black scored an unassisted goal for the 6-3 Trojans and Sullivan added a goal on a penalty kick with 13 minutes left in regulation. Elizabeth Sargent saved six of 11 shots. Taylor White had an unassisted goal to bring 3-6 Ellsworth within a score. Jessica Toothaker saved four of nine shots. JV: MDI 1-0

Searsport 5, DI-Stonington 0
At Deer Isle, Sarah Bradshaw had three goals as the Tigers shut out Deer Isle-Stonington. Olivia Quigley scored the other two goals for the 6-3 Vikings. Quigley also provided two assists and Cassie Martin had an assist. Megan Higgins saved four of five shots. Chelsea Brown and Britnie Jones combined for four saves on 10 shots for the 4-4-2 Mariners.

Lisbon 3, Winthrop 1
WINTHROP — Ashley Beaulieu scored her 19th goal of the season and earned an assist as Lisbon (7-2) jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first half, dropping Winthrop (3-4-1) with a 3-1 victory in a girls' soccer game Wednesday. Beaulieu is just four assists away from setting the school record. Teammates Brooke Lawrence and Kayla Angelico each scored goals, with assists going to Lawrence and Renee Moore. Winthrop spoiled Lisbon goalie Kyrstin Ramich's would-be shutout when Elaine Theriault scored unassisted in the second half.

Winslow 5, Rockland 0
WINSLOW — Kim Curtis scored two goals as undefeated Winslow (10-0) took a four-goal lead in the first half and then went on to shut out Rockland 5-0 in a girls' soccer game Wednesday. Alliyah Veilleux, Jordyn Mallett and Lindsey Vigue each scored a goal, with goalie Jessica Gordorn earning the shutout.

Falmouth 5, Gray-NG 0
FALMOUTH — Abby Cavalero scored notched a pair of goals and an assist as Falmouth blanked Gray-New Gloucester, 5-0, in girls' soccer action Wednesday. Allie Lycan, Katie Vogt and Jess L'Hereux scored the other goals for the Yachtsmen (6-0-2). Elizabeth Estabrook needed to make just two saves in net for Falmouth. Taylor Damon tallied 21 saves for the Patriots (1-7-0).

Hall-Dale 10, Boothbay 0
FARMINGDALE — Teresa Withee and Carylanne Wolfington netted two goals each to lead Hall-Dale to a 10-0 romp over Boothbay in MVC girl's soccer action Wednesday. Aimee Pelletier, Taylor Masey, Paley Sweet, Meg Barton, Meg Cousins and Sara Price also tallied for the Bulldogs (8-0-1) to complete the scoring. Anna Levesque needed only three saves to notch the shutout.

St. Dom's 3,  Mt. Abram 0
TOPSHAM — Stephanie Costello netted a pair of goals to lead St. Dom's to a 3-0 victory over Mt. Abram in a WMC girl's soccer tilt Wednesday. Alexandra Landry also tallied for the Saints (8-0-2) to complete the scoring. Elise Applegate needed only two saves to preserve the shutout. Jillian Withee turned back six shots in net for Mt. Abram (4-4-2). 

Gardiner 7, Mt. View 1:
Ashley Abbott scored four goals to lead the host Tigers to the KVAC Class B win. Jen Day, Kylee Granholme and Emily Kozma also scored a goal for Gardiner (6-1-3). Annah Kimball chipped in with two assists. Day made four saves in net. Mikell Grant scored off an assist from Leeanne Larrabee for Mt. View (0-9-0). Racheal Andrew stopped 14 shots.

Carrabec 2, Mountain Valley 1:

Myranda Knight and Kara Hebert scored as the Cobras earned a come-from-behind win over the Falcons in an MVC game in North Anson. Connor Pinkham had an assist for Carrabec (2-7-0) and Marisa Murray made four saves. Hannah LaPointe scored and Breanna Roberts had six saves for Mountain Valley (4-2-3).

Game recaps courtesy of
Bangor Daily News
Lewiston Sun Journal
Kennebec Journal
Morning Sentinel

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Madison improves to 13-0

Sport:   Posted: October 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Scott Martin
Sports Editor

Ask anyone on the Madison golf team its goal and you get the same answer: Win the state championship.
The Bulldogs took another step toward reaching that goal on a cold, rainy Wednesday afternoon, beating Boothbay 5-2 in a Mountain Valley Conference quarterfinal match at the Lakewood Golf Course in Madison.
“After being 12-0 for the (regular season) we believe we can, as a Madison team, we believe we can win a state championship this year,” Madison senior Brad Parker said. “Everyone is playing so well.”
The Bulldogs improve to 13-0 with Wednesday’s victory and advance to play Winthrop, which beat Telstar 6-1 in another quarterfinal, at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Lakewood.
Meanwhile, Messalonskee earned a berth in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A title match with a 7-2 win over Brewer. The Eagles are now 11-1 and will face Cony, which beat Brunswick 7-2, in the championship match Friday at Rockland Golf Club.

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Dirigo girls continue solid play in shutout of Madison

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: October 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes

The Dirigo girls picked up another win Wednesday with a 3-0 tally over Madison as they relied on Freshman goalie Natasha Deroche made several key saves to keep the game close (1-0) at half time. Deroche turned away all 16 Monmouth shots on goal to record the shutout.

“Another freshman, Natalie Bolduc, scored a goal in each half and collected an assist,” said Dirigo coach Art Chamberlain. “Dirigo’s mid field created repeated breakaways for Emily Chase and Natalie Bolduc and kept the pressure on the Madison defense to earn the shut out. The Dirigo defense had to face their share of pressure as well as Madison’s offense earned 10 quality corner kicks.”

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Greely girls' soccer rallies past Cape Elizabeth 3-2 to remain unbeaten

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: October 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer

CUMBERLAND—The Greely girls' soccer team found itself in uncharted waters Wednesday night: playing from behind.

The Rangers were victimized twice by Cape Elizabeth junior standout Karyn Barrett in the first half and were down 2-1 after 40 minutes, but tied the score 61 seconds into the second half, then got a goal from sophomore Audrey Parolin in the 67th minute to stay undefeated with a 3-2 victory in a fast-paced, back-and-forth, entertaining affair.

"It was really intense," Parolin said. "Cape really pushed us. They came out strong and surprised us."

Longtime rivals

Greely and Cape Elizabeth meet three times in a season more often than not. The rivals play home and away in the regular year and in 15 of the past 24 years have squared off in the Western Class A playoffs as well (with the Rangers holding a 10-5 edge).

Last year, Greely swept its rival, winning 1-0 in Cape Elizabeth, 2-1 in Cumberland and 2-1 again in the Western A quarterfinals.

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Golf Notebook: Going out of the way to have a state tourney go their way

Sport:   Posted: October 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By TOM CHARD, Staff Writer

Deering, Thornton Academy and Kennebunk will play for the overall SMAA golf championship Monday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

Why Natanis?

Because the team and individual state championships will be played there Oct. 10 and 17, giving SMAA teams a chance to play the course ahead of time.

Deering, Thornton and Kennebunk already qualified for the state tournament by winning division titles.

Deering, the defending Class A champion, captured the SMAA's northern division, Thornton won the central division and Kennebunk the southern division.

While the three division winners are squaring off -- the four low scores count for a team's total score -- the rest of the league will compete for the three remaining qualifying spots. Cheverus and South Portland have capable teams and have shots of making it to the states.

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