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Skowhegan, Messalonskee to play under the lights

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY MATT DIFILIPPO, Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel 09/10/2009

It might get a little chilly, but it will still be a great showcase for central Maine field hockey when Skowhegan faces Messalonskee at 7 tonight. It's not only a rematch of the Eastern A title game, it's under the lights at Colby College.

Skowhegan coach Paula Doughty said the biggest part of the game is that it will be played on turf, which she feels will do much more to underline the players' talents than a grass field.

"To play a true game of field hockey, you need to play on turf," Doughty said. "The game has changed. Grass really ruins the game. You go back to the whole strategy of hit and hope. You have to."

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Morse 2, Edward Little 5

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Steve Giorgetti scored three goals as Edward Little defeated Morse 5-2. Nate Blais and Brandon Leeder added a goal apiece for EL. Christian Hayward (penalty kick) and Ryan Talbot (assisted by Caleb Edmondson) scored for Morse

Wiscasset 3, Georges Valley 3 (2ot)

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Wiscasset overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit to score three second-half goals en route to a tie with Georges Valley.The teams played through two five minutes overtime periods. Ketch Cowan scored three first-half goals for Georges Valley, which led in shots, 8-4.  Cody Griffin headed in a corner kick from Cory Hodgdon in the first minute to get Wiscasset going. Down 3-1 with 5:30 left in regulation, Griffin headed in his second goal off another corner kick, this time from John McLeod, and Cody Verrill tied the game with 2:11 remaining with an assist going to Griffin. Wiscasset dominated the second half with a 12-0 edge in corner kicks and a 15-1 advantage in shots. Mason Brewer had three saves in goal for the Redskins, while Georges Valley netminder Alec Young turned aside 12 shots.

Andies drown Saints

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Justin Pelletier, Assistant Sports Editor, Online

AUBURN — Kathryn Ventrella and Erin Gats looked at each other. Both of them looked over at Annika Durrell. All of them shrugged their shoulders, and all of them started back toward the center of the field.

Finally, Ventrella turned back toward the cage to retrieve the ball.

"That's how Kathryn is," Livermore Falls field hockey coach Julia Parker said. "She doesn't care who gets the goal, as long as it goes in."

Ventrella had to retrieve the ball four times Wednesday, after each of her four goals, as she and the rest of the Andies marched out of Auburn with a 7-0 win over St. Dom's in an early-season MVC matchup.

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Lisbon 8, Winthrop 0

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Marcus Bubar scored four goals and dished out an assist as the Lisbon rolled to an 8-0 Mountain Valley Conference win over Winthrop on Tuesday. Tyler Dupal added a pair of goals for Lisbon. George Clement and Morgan Reeves chipped in a goal apiece. Reeves had two assists, and Keenan Grover picked up an assist. Lisbon netminder Ethan Audie made seven saves for the shutout. Lisbon outshot Winthrop 23-7 and held an 8-3 edge in corner kicks. Mike Graham stood out defensively for Lisbon. Cody Maitland had 15 saves in goal for Winthrop

Winthrop offense on fire to start season

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY MATT DIFILIPPO, Staff Writer Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

In its first two games, Winthrop found that if you spend a lot of time on offense, you don't have to worry so much about playing defense. In the two games, both wins, the Ramblers have let loose with 83 shots, or more than 20 per half.

Those shot totals are the fruits of what Winthrop coach Sharon Coulton referred to in preseason as "a more offensive organization." In posting victories against Jay and Mtn. Valley, Winthrop has allowed just one goal so far.

"The biggest thing for us is with those two teams we only play them each once," Coulton said. "We expect those two teams are going to do pretty well in the season, so that's going to be worth a lot of points."

The only downside of the first two games is those 83 shots resulted in only three Winthrop goals. Coulton said some of that is shot selection -- taking a tough shot instead of finding a more open teammate or working for a better shot.

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Football: Kennebunk falls 63-7 to Thornton Academy

Sport: Football  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Mark Quirk
sports@seacoastonline.com


It wasn't exactly the best start to the year, but it was only the first game and there is still a lot of season left for the Kennebunk High School football team.

The Rams dropped their opener, 63-7, to Thornton Academy during Class A action last Friday. The Golden Trojans scored 35 points in the first quarter, and Kennebunk couldn't catch up after that.

"They jumped all over us early," Kennebunk coach Joe Rafferty said. "They're very good and we were pretty thin with injuries."

Thornton led 35-0 after one, 49-0 at halftime and 63-0 at the end of three quarters. The Rams got their only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on an 80-yard pass from Dylan Knox to Ethan Drigotas.


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Football: Gregg scores three touchdowns in Wells' win

Sport: Football  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Mark Quirk
sports@seacoastonline.com

After shaking off some first quarter jitters, the Wells High School football team started to fire on all its cylinders en route to a 21-0 win over Greely in Friday's Western Maine Class B opener.

The Warriors were led by Weston Gregg, who scored all three touchdowns for his team. Two came through the air, one a 35-yard touchdown pass and the other a 45-yarder, while one came on the ground, an 8-yard score.

Wells coach Tim Roche said Gregg finished with 100 yards rushing and 90 yards receiving.

"He's a really good athlete," Roche said. "We kind of expect that out of him."

Also coming into his own after the first quarter was rookie quarterback Paul McDonough, who threw the two touchdown passes to Gregg. Roche said McDonough was 5-for-9 passing for 110 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.


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Boys Soccer: Wiscasset Soccer Opens With A 3-0 Win Over Andies

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Paula Roberts

Wiscasset boys' soccer team defeated Livermore Falls 3-0 in their MVC opener in Wiscasset on Saturday. The Redskins dominated the game, unleashing 41 shots, while giving up just 10.

John McLeod opened scoring 13 minutes into the game on a pass from Ashton Benn. The goal was set up by Cody Verrill, who made a big defensive stop and passed up the field to Benn.

Redskin keeper Mason Brewer stopped a Kyle Whittemore breakaway shortly after the goal. On a second shot, with Brewer down, Caleb Bryant came up big defensively at the mouth of the goal for Wiscasset


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Boys Soccer: Sanford boys soccer team picks up first win in 2 years

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

First time, long time

By DAVE DYER, Staff Writer

SANFORD —  All it took to end more two years of misery for the Sanford High School boys soccer team was a floating 40-yard kick off the foot of Rob Dudzisz.

The Redskins (1-1) defeated the Thornton Academy Golden Trojans (0-2) 1-0 last night at Cobb Stadium in Sanford.

Sanford enjoyed their first win in two years, as the team went winless all of last season.

The lone goal came early in the first half. Dudzisz, a junior forward, kicked the ball 40-yards, as marked by the football yard lines on the Cobb Stadium field, and it sailed over the head of Thornton Academy goalie Chris Roberts and into the corner goal.

“I had a goal in the back of my mind,” Dudzisz said. “[The ball] was about knee high and I just volleyed it and it went in.”


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Boys Soccer: Experienced Broncos eager for run to playoffs

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff
 
HAMPDEN, Maine — Heads might be spinning for many athletes faced with the prospect of playing for a third different coach in as many years.

But that’s not the case for the Hampden Academy boys’ soccer team, which returns 10 seniors for new head coach Josh Stevens.

“I think the biggest difference for the players is a culture change from them being more loose on the field and maybe getting away with a little bit more to now where we’ve tightened things up quite a bit,” said Stevens, an assistant coach under Kiaran McCormack last fall.

“The respect these kids are showing to other teams and members of the community has greatly increased. That was my primary challenge, but having so many seniors has made the transition easy.”


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Football: Huddle Up: Banged-up Eddies trying to rebound

Sport: Football  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer
 
Anyone who has watched Darren Hartley coach knows you don't have to be a mind-reader to know what he's thinking most of the time. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and it isn't wrapped in a wrist band of political correctness, either.

You can hear it beating as Hartley agonizes over each and every play of an Edward Little football game, regardless of the score. But the fact that he remained silent for a few moments while his best lineman, Wade Colon, hobbled off the field late in the first half of last week's 32-12 loss to Brunswick also spoke volumes for the level of frustration and helplessness Hartley is already feeling this season.

Colon returned for the second half, which went against the trend so far this year for EL. If football is a war of attrition, then the Eddies were already losing the war when they fell into formation. Six players, five of them projected starters, were injured in preseason and wearing shorts for the opener in Brunswick.


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Field day

Sport: Football  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Mountain Valley High School and the town of Rumford will dedicate the football field at the Hosmer Field complex to the late Chet Bulger at Friday night's home opener against Gray-New Gloucester. Bulger starred in football and track at the former Stephens High School in Rumford prior to graduating in 1936. He attended Auburn University on a track scholarship, played football there, and went on to play professionally for the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions for nine years. He was an All-Pro left tackle on the Cardinals' last championship team in 1947. Bulger lived and worked most of his life in Chicago but kept tabs on Mountain Valley football up to his death last February at age 91.

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Andies getting their kicks

Sport: Football  Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer
 
Historically, placekicking has been about as high on the list of Livermore Falls' football priorities as five-wide formations. But that has changed this year as the Andies have added, not one, but two soccer players to handle kicking duties.

"A lot of the bigger schools in the state have got kids that play soccer and kick, so why not here?" Livermore Falls coach Brad Bishop said. 

Senior Trevor Timberlake handled extra points in Saturday's 46-26 win over Boothbay and converted four-of-seven attempts (one of the misses came after a five-yard offsides penalty on the Andies). The Andies scored on their first six possessions, so sophomore Jake

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Maniacs: Ready or not, Maineiacs' season opens Friday

Sport:   Posted: September 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Justin Pelletier, Assistant Sports Editor, Online

LEWISTON — Nine players, two coaches, one radio broadcaster and one administrator are what's left of the 2008-09 Lewiston Maineiacs.

Fifteen players, two coaches, one administrator and three interns are new.

Friday, with the team's first road trip of the new season, this conglomeration of new and old — with many of the "old" taking on new and greater responsibilities — will team up to begin what the administration is calling a new era in team history.

"We're all about moving forward," coach and president Don MacAdam said. "Last year was what it was, and I don't think anyone here has an intention of seeing what happened last year happen again."

Moving forward, MacAdam said, starts with a clean slate, on and off the ice.

The most evident changes, of course, are among the skaters. Of the nine players who skated last season for the Maineiacs, only five were here from August to March


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