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Line's drive propelled Rockets

Sport:   Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Line's drive propelled Rockets

By Jeff Powalisz, Globe Correspondent  |  March 17, 2008

Pat Kiley gives Reading a lift by firing a shot past John Carbonneau, giving the Rockets an early lead in their Super 8 final victory. Pat Kiley gives Reading a lift by firing a shot past John Carbonneau, giving the Rockets an early lead in their Super 8 final victory. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Devising a formula for public school success in one of the nation's most recognizable high school hockey tournaments could have been looked at as a pipe dream. The common belief was that Catholic programs would bend, but not break. And, for nearly two decades, it held true.

Until last night.

When the day finally came - when every other school's season was over and when the predicting and second-guessing finally meant nothing, when a public school finally raised the elusive Super 8 trophy - it had to happen with a first line like Reading's leading the way.

State champion Reading - 3-0 victors over fellow Super 8 final debut participant Malden Catholic at TD Banknorth Garden - became the first public school to win the tournament thanks in large part to its elite senior line of center Michael Lozzi (25-47 -72), right wing Pat Kiley (26-45 -71), and left wing Rob Toczylowski (35-30 -65). They left the once unconvinced quiet and persuaded.

"We said it at the beginning of the year, 'We've been together for three years now. We have to do it this year,' " Kiley said. "We did it for the person next to us. And that's why we won."

The four-year varsity trio spent the last three years on Rocket teams that couldn't quite push themselves into Reading lore.

"They're special kids," Reading coach Peter Doherty said. "They had a great year - but they had a great year last year. Every year since they've been together, there's been a different leading scorer in the league. And they're all different."

First, they were freshmen on a team that held a 1-0 lead over Catholic Memorial in the Super 8 semifinals after two periods before a three-goal meltdown in the third period sent Reading home. As sophomores, the expectations of a roster overflowing with talent were never met, as key regular-season losses kept them out of the Division 1A tournament.

And what weighed heaviest on the minds of the trio as it made history this season was last year, when the Rockets entered the Super 8 with their usual hope and anticipation. Their elimination occurred almost as quickly as their arrival, however, as three straight frustrating losses ensued with stunning speed.

"It's just that motivation," said Lozzi after his 12th Super 8 game. "And experience definitely helps. After you go 0-3, it's with you the whole summer, whole fall, and whole winter season. It's all motivation."

None of it matters now. As state champions, each member of the group has carried his unique skill sets into each season, together forming a perfectly versatile line. They stand at the forefront of the greatest season in Reading hockey history (25-1) and the most memorable for any public school since Hudson's victory in 1978.

The results last night were as advertised. Kiley (1 goal, 2 assists) continued his remarkable run through the Super 8. Toczylowski (2 goals) and Lozzi (1 assist) played their usual parts as well.

Kiley, who ran up the scoreboard toward a 5-10 -15 line in the Super 8, struck first to erase a scoreless tie when he rushed in from the right side with 3:19 remaining in the first period. With his usual patience, he found the right moment to flick it past MC netminder John Carbonneau.

Toczylowski followed just 12 seconds into the second period. Off the opening faceoff (and still in the neutral zone), he fired it straight at the net. Carbonneau, in a moment of disbelief, watched as the puck slid past him.

Six minutes later, Toczylowski struck again. After Kiley passed to Lozzi and Lozzi sent a cross-ice feed to Toczylowski, the left winger skated down the left side and fired it in from the circle for the 3-0 lead.

The pattern was what it had been for a line that grew and matured for four years. They stand today as the proud trio that helped do what no public school had ever done.

"It's second nature with them," Toczylowski said. "When you know their moves it's great. Those two are stand-up guys on and off the ice. It was great to play with them. I'm going to miss it."

DIVISION 2 BOYS' HOCKEY STATE FINAL: SANDWICH 1, WILMINGTON 0

Sport:   Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

DIVISION 2 BOYS' HOCKEY STATE FINAL: SANDWICH 1, WILMINGTON 0
Net worth quite high
Farrington good as gold for Sandwich

By Maggie Cassidy, Globe Correspondent  |  March 17, 2008

As far as personal standards go, Pat Farrington has set his bar high.

The freshman led Sandwich to the MIAA Division 2 state title yesterday, stopping 18 shots in a 1-0 victory over Wilmington at TD Banknorth Garden.

It was Sandwich's first state title, and the shutout was Farrington's second in a row. The Blue Knights emerged from the Division 2 South finals with a 1-0 shootout win over Franklin last Sunday.

"I did not expect this coming into my freshman year at Sandwich High School. I did not expect a state championship," he said after denying all of Wilmington's 18 attempts - four more than he faced against the Panthers.

But Sandwich coach Derackk Curtis said he's come to expect a high level of play from the youngster, who has matured considerably since allowing three goals in the first period of his debut varsity performance against Barnstable.

"I knew [early in the regular season] that we had a good team, and I felt that after watching Pat play during the regular season that maybe we had a good chance at making a run at this thing, if he could hold his own and play more of a veteran style of play," he said. "And he played outstanding. I mean, the kid's a freshman and he didn't act like it at all. The chances that they did have he shut the door."

Wilmington (17-3-4) had a hard time generating chances early, as both teams appeared groggy out of the gate.

Sandwich (20-2-3) garnered a 6-2 shooting advantage by the end of the first period. But the Wildcats brought their offense up to par in the middle frame, matching Sandwich's nine shots, including four in the first 90 seconds.

Sandwich's Craig Brubaker interrupted the Wilmington momentum 4:28 into the stanza, giving his team its 1-0 lead. Wading through the right faceoff circle, he rocketed a feed from linemates Bryan Bolton and Connor Hayes between the legs of Wilmington netminder Michael Cabral, who finished with 20 saves.

"I thought Brubaker was the best player on the ice, for both teams," Curtis said.

Wilmington continued to create chances, with senior Eric Siegel registering the best for his side. He rifled off three quality attempts in a span of about two minutes, but Farrington denied Siegel's low shot and high shot before hugging his left post to stop the third.

"They do a good job cleaning up. When there is a rebound . . . they come in and you don't get that second and third opportunity," said Wilmington coach Stephen Scanlon. "I didn't think we got much puck luck tonight, either. Things didn't bounce our way. Ernie [Mello] had some good chances.

"And the kid made some good saves, too," he said. "For a young kid, he did a good job. They've got a good team, a good balanced team."

The Wildcats survived back-to-back Sandwich power plays late in the second period, as well as a bevy of opportunities generated by Matt Cassista, Casey Helms, and Garrett Lessard. But they couldn't get past Sandwich's talented young netminder.

"It's amazing. We worked hard all year," Brubaker said. "It's an unbelievable feeling."

DIVISION 3 BOYS' HOCKEY STATE FINAL: WESTFIELD 3, SCITUATE 2

Sport:   Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

DIVISION 3 BOYS' HOCKEY STATE FINAL:  WESTFIELD 3, SCITUATE 2
Westfield ticks in last minute

By Chris Estrada, Globe Correspondent  |  March 17, 2008

A year after it lost the Division 3 state final to Scituate by one goal, Westfield got even by getting ahead in the final minute yesterday at TD Banknorth Garden.

Ryan Leonard took a pass from the right corner from Sean Frere, then slipped the puck past goalie Jamie Murray with 50.8 seconds left to give the Bombers a thrilling 3-2 victory and the state title.

Frere had taken the puck down the right side but lost control when he reached the corner. Still, he managed to push the biscuit toward the net. The puck bounced slightly off Murray, allowing Leonard to tip in the championship-winning score.

"Sean was forechecking hard as usual - he's in there grinding it out - and I was just being the high man coming down the slot and he found me," said Leonard, a junior defenseman. "And I just put it through the five-hole."

The goal capped a roller coaster third period.

The Bombers took a 2-1 lead at 3:52. From in close, Dan Ross deflected Anthony Howard's pass from near the blue line past Murray.

But the Sailors, who displayed great resiliency through the tournament, came through again at 11:52. Senior captain Dan Galvin quickly set up and fired a shot that zipped through Alex Wiggs's five-hole to tie the game at 2-2.

"I thought we were going OT," said Westfield coach C.B. Matthews Jr. with some relief. "Then we were going to see which team was in the best shape. We skated hard during practices, and thank God we didn't have to go through OT with [Leonard's goal]."

After failing to score on multiple power-play opportunities, Westfield finally capitalized, netting the winner after a Scituate holding penalty with 2:14 to play.

After the tragic passing of Scituate defenseman Tim Mahoney last month, the defending state champions rallied and charged through the tournament to earn their second straight title match with the Bombers, whom they defeated, 1-0, last year at the Garden. When yesterday's game ended, one Sailor crumpled to the ice and put his head in his arms. Another smashed his stick on a goal post, then broke it in two against his knee.

Although his team's valiant effort didn't result in another state title, Scituate coach Mike Breen said his players should be proud of what they accomplished this season. But he said it will probably take a while for them to get over yesterday's defeat.

"The kids just battled right to the end," he said. "They've been through so much this year and they take it as a big letdown, but I told them to get over it as soon as possible. That was just a great battle and everyone should be proud of the job they did.

"It was such an emotional season and now they have to face the reality. I'm just hoping they can handle it. This is a loss and like any other loss, it takes time to get over it and I just hope they do it in a good way, a positive way, rather than a negative way."

Rich Asselin gave Westfield an early lead, taking a behind-the-net pass from Josh Gearing and slapping the puck past Murray to give the Bombers a 1-0 lead just 29 seconds into the game.

The hitting increased in the second period. Scituate defenseman Pat Mahoney was tripped up and had to be helped off the ice with 11:23 left after he was unable to put pressure on his right foot. He managed to return and late in the period, his team tied the game at 1-1. Senior forward Pat Duggan took a pass from fellow senior Jamie Pratt and blasted the puck into the upper right corner of the net with 36.7 seconds left.

Lady Dragons are the 2008 KV YMCA Undergraduate Champions

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Mt. Blue wins the 2008 Augusta YMCA Undergrad Tournament.
by Aaron Howard

Mt.Blue defeated Dirigo this evening 59-52 to claim the championship for the first time. The Cougars defeated Skowhegan earlier in the day 51-42 to advance to the title game. The Cougars also beat Erskine,Leavitt and Oxford Hills earlier in the tournament. Dirigo which came in 2nd defeated the Wiscasset Redskins earlier today 67-62 and also beat beat Edward Little,Winthrop and Gardiner on there run to the title game.

Congrats to both teams!

Here is the complete rundown of both the boys and girls games in the tournament.

15th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL UNDERGRADUATE TOURNAMENT
TIME TEAMS G#
SATURDAY MARCH 8TH
1:00 PM 53 Boothbay v Maranacook 72 Boys B1
3:30 PM 61 Mt. Blue v Erskine 52 Boys B2

SUNDAY MARCH 9TH
10:30 AM 31 Lady Saints v Dirigo 37 Girls G1
12:00 PM Mt. Valley v MCI F Girls G2
1:30 PM 40 Messalonskee v Winthrop 2 39 Boys B6
3:00 PM 30 Lakers v Mt. View 57 Boys B3
4:30 PM 67 Skowhegan v Waterville 52 Boys B4
6:00 PM 76 Redskins v Georges Valley 40 Boys B5

MONDAY MARCH 10TH
3:30 PM 65 Panthers v Winslow 46 Boys B7
5:00 PM 68 Eddies v Cony 59 Boys B8
6:30 PM 68 MCI v The Walesmen 65 Boys B9
8:00 PM 54 Dirigo v Gardiner 44 Boys B10

TUESDAY MARCH 11TH
3:30 PM 26 Tigers v Lady Bulldogs 48 Girls G3
5:00 PM 42 Medomak Valley v Mt. Blue 45 Girls G4
6:30 PM 40 Runners v Carrabec 45 Girls G5
8:00 PM 42 Hall-Dale v Lincoln 46 Girls G6

WEDNESDAY MARCH 12TH
3:30 PM 40 Maranacook V Oxford Hills 53 Boys B11
5:00 PM 65 Mt. Blue V Maine Phenom 45 Boys B12
6:30 PM 52 LA Coastal Hoops V Mt. View 46 Boys B13
8:00 PM 61 Skowhegan V Bulldogs 50 Boys B14

THURSDAY MARCH 13TH
3:30 PM 27 Dirigo V Lady Dragons 50 Girls G7
5:00 PM 60 Mt. Valley V Rangeley 9 Girls G8
6:30 PM 57 Redskins V Fairfield PAL 52 Boys B15
8:00 PM 65 Messalonskee V Panthers 69 Boys B16

FRIDAY MARCH 14TH

3:30 PM 83 Eddies V MCI 36 Boys B17
5:00 PM 45 Dirigo V Winthrop 1 36 Boys B18
6:30 PM 50 Lady Bulldogs V Mt. Blue 29 Girls G9
8:00 PM 35 Carrabec V Lincoln 41 Girls G10

SATURDAY MARCH 15TH
1:00 PM 25 Oxford Hills V Mt. Blue 63 Boys B19
2:30 PM 43 LA Coastal Hoops V Skowhegan 50 Boys B20
4:00 PM 84 Redskins V Panthers 35 Boys B21
5:30 PM 65 Eddies V Dirigo 67 OT Boys B22

SUNDAY MARCH 16TH
9:00 AM 43 Lady Dragons V Mt. Valley 18 Girls G11
10:30 AM 37 Lady Bulldogs V Lincoln 33 Girls G12
12:00 PM 51 Mt. Blue V Skowhegan 42 Boys B23
1:30 PM 62 Redskins V Dirigo 67 Boys B24
3:00 PM 41 Lady Dragons V Lady Bulldogs 26- Championship Girls G13
4:30 PM 59 Mt.Blue V Dirigo 52 - Championship Boys B25

Congratulations to the Lady Dragons and Mt. Blue the 2008 KV YMCA Undergraduate Champions.

Mt. Blue wins the 2008 Augusta YMCA Undergrad Tournament

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Mt. Blue wins the 2008 Augusta YMCA Undergrad Tournament.
by Aaron Howard

Mt.Blue defeated Dirigo this evening 59-52 to claim the championship for the first time. The Cougars defeated Skowhegan earlier in the day 51-42 to advance to the title game. The Cougars also beat Erskine,Leavitt and Oxford Hills earlier in the tournament. Dirigo which came in 2nd defeated the Wiscasset Redskins earlier today 67-62 and also beat beat Edward Little,Winthrop and Gardiner on there run to the title game.

Congrats to both teams!

Here is the complete rundown of both the boys and girls games in the tournament.

15th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL UNDERGRADUATE TOURNAMENT
TIME TEAMS G#
SATURDAY MARCH 8TH
1:00 PM 53 Boothbay v Maranacook 72 Boys B1
3:30 PM 61 Mt. Blue v Erskine 52 Boys B2

SUNDAY MARCH 9TH
10:30 AM 31 Lady Saints v Dirigo 37 Girls G1
12:00 PM Mt. Valley v MCI F Girls G2
1:30 PM 40 Messalonskee v Winthrop 2 39 Boys B6
3:00 PM 30 Lakers v Mt. View 57 Boys B3
4:30 PM 67 Skowhegan v Waterville 52 Boys B4
6:00 PM 76 Redskins v Georges Valley 40 Boys B5

MONDAY MARCH 10TH
3:30 PM 65 Panthers v Winslow 46 Boys B7
5:00 PM 68 Eddies v Cony 59 Boys B8
6:30 PM 68 MCI v The Walesmen 65 Boys B9
8:00 PM 54 Dirigo v Gardiner 44 Boys B10

TUESDAY MARCH 11TH
3:30 PM 26 Tigers v Lady Bulldogs 48 Girls G3
5:00 PM 42 Medomak Valley v Mt. Blue 45 Girls G4
6:30 PM 40 Runners v Carrabec 45 Girls G5
8:00 PM 42 Hall-Dale v Lincoln 46 Girls G6

WEDNESDAY MARCH 12TH
3:30 PM 40 Maranacook V Oxford Hills 53 Boys B11
5:00 PM 65 Mt. Blue V Maine Phenom 45 Boys B12
6:30 PM 52 LA Coastal Hoops V Mt. View 46 Boys B13
8:00 PM 61 Skowhegan V Bulldogs 50 Boys B14

THURSDAY MARCH 13TH
3:30 PM 27 Dirigo V Lady Dragons 50 Girls G7
5:00 PM 60 Mt. Valley V Rangeley 9 Girls G8
6:30 PM 57 Redskins V Fairfield PAL 52 Boys B15
8:00 PM 65 Messalonskee V Panthers 69 Boys B16

FRIDAY MARCH 14TH

3:30 PM 83 Eddies V MCI 36 Boys B17
5:00 PM 45 Dirigo V Winthrop 1 36 Boys B18
6:30 PM 50 Lady Bulldogs V Mt. Blue 29 Girls G9
8:00 PM 35 Carrabec V Lincoln 41 Girls G10

SATURDAY MARCH 15TH
1:00 PM 25 Oxford Hills V Mt. Blue 63 Boys B19
2:30 PM 43 LA Coastal Hoops V Skowhegan 50 Boys B20
4:00 PM 84 Redskins V Panthers 35 Boys B21
5:30 PM 65 Eddies V Dirigo 67 OT Boys B22

SUNDAY MARCH 16TH
9:00 AM 43 Lady Dragons V Mt. Valley 18 Girls G11
10:30 AM 37 Lady Bulldogs V Lincoln 33 Girls G12
12:00 PM 51 Mt. Blue V Skowhegan 42 Boys B23
1:30 PM 62 Redskins V Dirigo 67 Boys B24
3:00 PM 41 Lady Dragons V Lady Bulldogs 26- Championship Girls G13
4:30 PM 59 Mt.Blue V Dirigo 52 - Championship Boys B25

Congratulations to the Lady Dragons and Mt. Blue the 2008 KV YMCA Undergraduate Champions.

Cape's Kelley leads Western B All-Stars to win

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Cape's Kelley leads Western B All-Stars to win
By Joseph Shepard
Contributing Writer
 
FALMOUTH (March 17, 2008): Eastern All-Stars 6
Western All-Stars 7
 

Down 6-4 going into the third and final period of the Class B senior all-star hockey game, the squad representing Western Maine was looking for a comeback and got it, peppering the East’s goalie David Eugley (Orono) with over 20 shots between the second and third periods en route to a 7-6 come from behind victory.

Cape Elizabeth’s Peter Kelley scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the third, the latter coming with 47.8 seconds remaining on the clock to give Western Maine the win in the senior all-star game at the Family Ice Arena in Falmouth Saturday night.

Along with the two third period goals, Kelley also had an assist in the second. Kelley’s Cape teammate Max Foner also had two goals in the game, one coming in the second period, and the other crucial goal coming early in the third.

Leland Copenhagen (Greely) had a performance identical to Kelley’s, scoring twice and adding an assist in the third for the West. Dan Garland (Winthrop) had a goal in the first, and Kal DeCato (York) and Andy Ohlson (York) each had three assists.

For the Eastern Maine crew, Sean Bourgeois (Winslow) paced the offense with two goals and an assist. Adding to the offense in the first period were Brendon Daigle (Presque Isle), Bobby Johnson (Presque Isle), and Conner Scofield (John Bapst). Along with Bourgeois, Derek Lizzotte (Winslow) scored in the second.

“They all played against each other all year long, and it gets exciting towards the end when you get to have a York guy pass off to a Cape guy, then a pass to a Greely guy,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Jason Tremblay.

The teams rotated goalies throughout the game. For the Western Maine team, Andrew Loane (York) was in the net in the first and made eight saves, Lincoln Jordan (Cape Elizabeth) played in the second and also made eight stops, and Richard Thibault (Leavitt) took over in the third and had six saves.

“It feels really great to make it here. I know my parents and siblings were really proud of me, because most of them didn’t make it here when they played,” said Jordan.

The Eastern team played two goalies during the contest, as Ethan Hill (Presque Isle) played the first period and a half, making 11 saves, with Eugley taking over in the last period and a half, getting 23 saves.

The West took an immediate 1-0 lead only 35 seconds after the game started, on Copenhagen’s first goal. Just about a minute later, Bourgeois tied the game with an assist from Chad Guptill (Winslow). The East continued the offensive assault, getting the next two goals to go up 3-1. Daigle gave the East a 2-1 lead 2:24 into the first on an assist from Joel Fisher (Gardiner), and then Johnson added the East’s third with 4:15 left in the period on an assist from Sam McNutt (Hampden Academy).

The West pulled within one on Garland’s goal with 3:40 left in the first, on an assist from DeCato, but the East went back to a two-goal lead with 2:17 left on a goal from Scofield, with an assist coming from Corey Morin (Hampden Academy).

It wasn’t until late in the second period that the West started to dig out of their 4-2 hole. First, Foner pulled his squad to 4-3 with 5:36 left in the period on an assist from DeCato, and two minutes later, Copenhagen’s second goal tied the game at 4-4, on assists from Kelley and Ohlson.

However, in the final 1:13 of the period, the East went back to a two-goal lead to go into the third. Bourgeois scored his second goal on an assist from Greg Cyr (Presque Isle), and with 19 seconds left, Lizzotte moved the score to 6-4 on an assist from Bourgeois.

Needing three goals in a row to take the lead, the West increased the pressure on Eugley, forcing him to make 18 saves in the third period alone, while Thibault only had to make six saves.

“We were outshooting them most of the game, and it was just a matter of time before some started going in the net. (Eugley) is a good goalie, but he faced over 20 shots in a period and a half, and they were bound to go in eventually, and they did towards the end,” said Kelley.

Foner got the comeback going on a powerplay goal 2:03 into the period on an assist from DeCato to pull the West within one goal, 6-5. With 7:55 left on the clock, Kelley tied the game with an assist from Ohlson. As big as the game-tying shot was, Kelley’s second of the period was even more crucial, as the Kelley-from-Ohlson combination struck again with 47.8 seconds to go, giving the West a 7-6 lead that stuck.

“The whole year, all I think about is how much I hate playing against these guys, but it’s real fun to play with them,” said Foner.


Based in Westbrook, Sports Editor Mike Higgins can be reached at 207-854-2577 or by e-mail at mhiggins@keepmecurrent.com.

NCAA to examine hockey departures

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

NCAA to examine hockey departures
Concern is building about players leaving for the pros in midseason.

By JENN MENENDEZ March 18, 2008

When a University of Minnesota sophomore left in the
middle of the season to sign with the NHL team that drafted
him, the silent struggle between college hockey and the NHL
grew loud.

The NCAA plans to work toward building a better
relationship with the NHL to help combat the issue, says Joel
Maturi, chair of the Division I men's hockey committee.

Maturi pointed to a meeting between NHL officials and
commissioners from three college hockey leagues in late
February as a step in the right direction. The group included
Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna.

"It's a good starting place," said Maturi. "That's the
relationship that needs to be improved and where action needs
to be taken."

Kyle Okposo, who left Minnesota this season, was the
seventh overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 2006
draft.

The University of Maine hasn't had any players leave in
midseason in recent years, but the Black Bears have lost
numerous players before their eligibility ended.

Goalie Ben Bishop turned pro just last week, forfeiting his
senior year at Maine. Last spring, freshman Teddy Purcell, a free
agent, signed with the Los Angeles Kings, forfeiting three years
of eligibility.

Goalie Jimmy Howard left a year early to sign in 2005 with
the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him, and Dustin
Penner signed with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks as a free agent in
2004 after one year of college hockey. The list goes on.

Maturi didn't disclose any specific ideas but said the subject
will be addressed when the Division I hockey committee holds
its annual meeting in Indianapolis in June.

"We're hoping the discussions will lead to some bargaining
which will lead to players staying in
college a little bit longer and certainly staying in college for the
year they are in," said Maturi.

The lack of scoring across college hockey also was
discussed.

"The game is coached so well now, the defenses are so
good, the scouting, the video it's
tough to score," said John Harrington of the NCAA rules
committee. "It's been a big concern for us. It's part of our
responsibility, I think, to examine the game and see where we
can make it better."

NOTES: Maine softball infielder Ashley
Waters was named to the Hawaii Spring Fling all-tournament
team. She homered in back-to-back losses against North
Carolina and Texas. Maine fell to 0-24 with a 6-3 loss to Texas
Tech on Saturday. The team will next face Providence in a
doubleheader at noon Saturday in Rhode Island before opening
is its America East schedule March 29 at Stony Brook.

THE BASEBALL team (5-11) has about
four weeks to go before opening its America East schedule April
11 with four home games in three days against Albany. The
team has been hitting well. Curt Smith is batting .439 and
catcher Myckie Lugbauer is at .406.

Four more players are batting upwards of .300 -- Kevin
McAvoy (.340), Billy Cather (.313), Tony Patene (.300) and Joey
Martin (.333).

THE MEN'S and women's track teams
opened the season Saturday with a meet at Cal State Northridge.
Vanessa Letourneau of Fairfield was the top finishing woman.
She placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2
minutes, 19.8 seconds.

Max Ludwig of South Portland and Skip Edwards of Portland
were the top finishers for the men. Ludwig finished seventh in
the 100-meter hurdles in 15.13 seconds and Edwards finished
seventh in the 400-meter dash in 49.38 seconds.

THE MAINE football team will play an
expanded 12-game schedule because there are 14 Saturdays
this fall between permissible playing days -- Aug. 30 to Nov. 22.
Maine will open Aug. 30 at Iowa.

That game time has not been determined.

Spring football will begin with a 5:45 a.m. practice April 10.
The team will practice 15 times between April 10 and May 2,
highlighted by the Jeff Cole memorial spring scrimmage at 10
a.m. on April 26.

2008 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 30: at Iowa
Sept. 6: at Monmouth
Sept. 13: Stony Brook
Sept. 20: at Richmond
Sept. 27: James Madison
Oct. 11: at Delaware
Oct. 18: Hofstra
Oct. 25: Northeastern
Nov. 1: Iona
Nov. 8: at Massachusetts
Nov. 15: at Rhode Island
Nov. 22: New Hampshire


Staff Writer Jenn Menendez can be contacted at
791-6426 or at:

jmenendez@pressherald.com

Growing pains Maine tests Barnies' endurance, patience

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Growing pains Maine tests Barnies' endurance, patience

By Randy Whitehouse , Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 18, 2008



While many of his University of Maine classmates were off to warmer climates last week for spring break, Troy Barnies was back home in Auburn, resting his weary body, reflecting on an often frustrating basketball season and looking forward to his hard work paying off.

Limited to playing 20 games on the Black Bears' 30-game schedule by an early-season wrist injury, Barnies appeared in the same number of games he played his senior year at Edward Little, when he was named Maine's Mr. Basketball. But the physical and mental wear-and-tear was unlike anything he's experienced.

"I'm exhausted," he said. "I thought a high school season was long. A college season is three times as long as that."

"I just needed to get this season under my belt," he added. "Next year, I know what to expect, so at the end of the season, when tournament time comes, I'm not going to be feeling so tired."

Barnies suffered a distal radius fracture in his shooting hand in early November. He returned to the lineup a month later and provided rebounding and defense from the small forward spot, but getting back into a rhythm offensively was difficult.

"I was striving this year to be one of the best defensive players on the team, and I hope I accomplished that," he said. "The only setback (from the injury) was I couldn't shoot, and I couldn't dribble (while recovering). I could run through plays, and I ran all the time, so my stamina and my endurance was not down at all."

Not being able to work on his shooting and ball-handling made adjusting to playing small forward more difficult, Barnies said.

"I needed those two things. My shot wasn't as good as it used to be," he said. "I've been in the gym every day working on it and working on dribbling.

Barnies started in 11 of his 20 games, averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game.

Coach Ted Woodward said the 6-foot-7 Barnies experienced the typical growing pains of a freshman at the Division I level, but showed that he belonged on the court.

"The first year, it's very difficult adjusting to a number of different things. You're used to being the most physically-dominant guy on the court. When you're 18 years old and you step into a college environment, you're playing against grown men, a lot of whom are big strong athletes," Woodward said. "Every freshman has an adjustment period, but I thought Troy showed a lot of flashes where he had a lot of good games for us. He was certainly able to compete physically on the court. But like every freshman, he also had flashes of inconsistency."

"I was trying to rush things last year. I was just really too anxious for everything," Barnies said. "At the end of the year, I learned that if I slow things down and see things in a different way, it helps me a lot."

With nine freshmen and sophomores on the roster and 11 different starters over the course of the year, the Black Bears struggled through a 7-23 season, losing 19 of their final 22 games.

"We just tried to grow day by day," Woodward said. "We never really talked about the season as a whole as opposed to what we just learned and what was coming up next. That way, I think we really tried to keep it very measured about what we want to do."

"When we played well, we won all of our games," Barnies said, pointing to wins over Albany and America East champion Maryland Baltimore County.

"We had a tough season this year. We had our ups and downs, but one year can change a lot," he added. "With our experience and with our chemistry as a team, I think we'll play a lot better."

Woodward thinks Barnies and the Black Bears can start to make that leap next season, and he used a couple of recent examples when he met with his 12 returning players at this season's conclusion.

He noted that UMBC finished ninth in America East two years ago, and now it's headed to the NCAA tournament. For Barnies and his other five freshmen, Woodward pointed to the America East Player of the Year and one of their teammates for inspiration.

University of Vermont sophomore Marqus Blakely averaged five points and three rebounds per game as a freshman. This year, he tallied 19 points and 10 boards a game, picking up conference Player of the Year honors in the process. Maine guard Mark Socoby last year averaged about seven points per game. This year, he's third team all-America East.

"Most good players make that leap between their freshman and sophomore years," Woodward said. "I think that as long as you're willing to work at it and as long as you're willing to understand that growing up an extra year doesn't automatically make you a better player, but it's the lessons that you learn through that year that you do, and as long as you apply them and you have the type of character and love for the game that Troy has, you really get a chance to do those types of things."

Barnies returned to Orono over the weekend to begin individual and positional workouts with the Maine coaching staff. He's lifting weights four times a week and maintaining his conditioning.

Barnies will be spending a month in Orono to take a summer course, but he'll spend most of the summer at home in Auburn. He said he'll work in the gym and lift with Edward Little coach Mike Adams, in hopes of adding some muscle and more consistency to his shooting and dribbling for next season.

Health permitting, Barnies said, "I'm going to try to do something really special."

Monmouth's 3 runs in 12th edges UMaine

Sport: Baseball  Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Monmouth's 3 runs in 12th edges UMaine
By BDN Staff
Monday, March 17, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

From Staff Reports

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Monmouth University baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning off University of Maine relief pitcher A.J. Balsinde as the Hawks topped the Black Bears 7-4 Sunday at Max Bishop Stadium.

It was Maine’s second loss of the weekend after the Bears fell to Navy 5-4 Saturday. UMaine has dropped five straight games and 11 of its previous 12 after starting the season 4-0.

In Sunday’s game,the Black Bears mounted a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth, but Monmouth’s Kyle Higgins tripled and scored a run while Mike Casale doubled and scored a run in the 12th. Maine couldn’t respond in the bottom of the inning despite a walk and a Kevin Jackson single.

Jackson did draw a pinch-hit leadoff walk to start Maine’s ninth-inning rally. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Danny Menendez double. After a strikeout and a groundout that advanced Menendez to third, Joe Mercurio hit a single to left that plated the tying run.

The Bears stranded 11 baserunners, including three combined in the 10th and 11th innings.

Maine scored its other two runs in the seventh. Curt Smith had a leadoff single and eventually scored on a field error and Menendez had an RBI on a groundout that plated Myckie Lugbauer, who had singled.

Balsinde was tagged with the loss. He allowed four hits and three runs, all earned, in two innings. He also struck out three and walked one. Starter Matt Jebb lasted six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits along with eight strikeouts and just one walk.

In Saturday’s game,Maine also got a two-run rally to stay in it, but the Midshipmen, who are coached by former Maine skipper Paul Kostacopoulos, prevailed with a run in the bottom of the seventh and got solid relief pitching from J.D. Melton to seal it.

Melton relieved starter Mark McCoy with two outs and a runner on first in the seventh. Melton induced an inning-ending double play, then gave up just two hits the rest of the game. He didn’t have any strikeouts, but didn’t walk anyone either.

The Black Bears’ seventh-inning runs come on RBI singles by Menendez and Mercurio.

Maine’s Billy Cather singled in the first to drive in Smith, who doubled and stole third. Tony Patane doubled to drive in Mercurio in the third.

Cather went 3-for-4 while Smith doubled and singled, and Mercurio hit two singles.

Joe Miller recorded the loss in a complete-game effort for Maine. He allowed 11 hits, walked five and struck out seven.

Lack of experience plagued Black Bears

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Lack of experience plagued Black Bears
By Pete Warner
Monday, March 17, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

Cindy Blodgett’s theme for this year’s University of Maine women’s basketball team was, "Dare to be Great."

Blodgett and her Black Bears hope to take the next step toward becoming a championship-caliber team after wrapping up a dismal 7-23 season with a first-round loss in the America East Championship.

"It’s frustrating," Blodgett said often during the season, one which will go down as the least successful in the storied history of the UMaine program.

"Every good team has gone through what we’ve gone through [this season]," Blodgett said of the Bears’ growing pains, which came on the heels of a 13-15 campaign under former coach Ann McInerney.

Those who follow the program closely knew this was likely to be a difficult season.

UMaine came into the year with only two returning part-time starters in Kris Younan, the lone senior, and sophomore Amanda Tewksbury.

The other six veterans, juniors Colleen Kilmurray and Brittany Bowen, and sophomores Sandra Vaitkute, Brittany Boser, Kristin Baker of Bingham and Katia Bratishko, had seen only spot time.

Even with the addition of promising freshmen Tanna Ross of Newburgh, Emily Rousseau of Biddeford and Christina Mosher of Farmington, the Bears essentially were starting over under a new head coach.

UMaine’s tremendous inexperience, combined with the lack of a competent leader at point guard and key injuries, meant a season of frustration.

"I’ve told them a hundred times it’s not going to be easy, it’s not supposed to be easy," Blodgett said.

UMaine began practice with 13 players. Transfer Whitney Morrow of South Portland left the team in November for personal reasons.

Ross, who eventually made the America East All-Rookie Team, tweaked her right knee in early February. She was slowed, then eventually forced to sit out the last four games.

Rousseau, who unselfishly made the switch from shooting guard to the point, helped steady the Bears. However, a right knee injury sustained Feb. 13 put her on the sideline for the rest of the season.

Then, in the last 10 days of the season, Bowen and freshman Magdala Johnson left the team for undisclosed reasons.

For Blodgett, inexperience wasn’t an excuse and won’t be one in the future.

"I told the team, now everyone has experience and now we need to start being accountable. We need to start learning from our mistakes," she told the team after Thursday’s loss.

UMaine’s most glaring weakness was turnovers. The Bears averaged 22.7 per game in the regular season, which ranked 319th among 326 Division I teams.

The lack of a playmaker at point guard was a factor, but the turnover woes were spread across the board as eight players committed at least 50.

With miscues taking away numerous scoring opportunities and the Bears struggling to establish consistency and cohesiveness, the offense struggled.

UMaine had outstanding scoring balance. Tewksbury and Kilmurray each averaged 9.1 points per game, while Ross (8.8), Boser (8.7) and Rousseau (8.1) also were capable of scoring in double figures.

With Tewksbury (.802) leading the way, the Bears ranked first in America East and 27th in the nation in free-throw percentage (.752). However, they averaged only 57.4 ppg overall.

Despite having only two players over 6 feet, UMaine had a solid inside attack behind Kilmurray and Boser. Mosher (6-2) made great strides and Vaitkute (6-6) kept improving.

The Bears shot a steady 32 percent from 3-point range, with Ross and Rousseau the top long-distance threats.

The team’s best attribute was its rebounding. UMaine ranked second in the league in rebounding margin (plus-2.2) behind Kilmurray (5.0 rpg) and outrebounded AE opponents in 15 of 17 league contests.

Defense remains an area of concern for UMaine, which isn’t blessed with tremendous overall quickness. The Bears relied heavily on the 1-2-2 matchup zone with the aim of limiting dribble penetration and baskets in the paint.

They also played some man-to-man and utilized full-court zone presses. UMaine allowed 67.4 ppg and opponents shot 42 percent from the field.

Still, there were many bright spots. Tewksbury really started coming into her own, while Kilmurray and Boser made swift transitions from seldom-used backups to dependable, durable starters.

Shooting specialists Ross and Rousseau both showed the kind of ability that could make them impact players in the future. The energetic Younan played her heart out and had her best season in a UMaine uniform.

The hardworking Baker experienced ups and downs at point guard, but proved she can contribute. Vaitkute demonstrated the potential to be a dominating force in the post.

Mosher exhibited determination while fighting her way into the frontcourt mix, while the rugged Bratishko showed the ability to be a factor.

Johnson and Bowen played sparingly.

"I’m going to have a hard time looking back and trying to find the silver lining," Blodgett said. "We may have improved, but we won seven games and that’s not a number I really need to see."

With the foundation of the team having taken shape and a class of at least four freshmen on the way, Blodgett has high expectations for her players.

"We’re at a nice crossroads now," Blodgett said. "We need every single day that we can use to get better and they need to become accountable and let me know — through postseason first and then over the summer and through preseason — how much this feeling [of going 7-23] really does hurt them.

Cony stars in unusual playoff

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Cony stars in unusual playoff

Two former Cony of Augusta girls basketball standouts found themselves in an unusual situation Friday night.

Katie Rollins, a senior on the Harvard women’s basketball team, and Dartmouth freshman Cassie Cooper faced each other in a playoff to determine the winner of the Ivy League women’s championship.

The Ivy League is the only conference without a postseason tournament, so the regular-season champion gains the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

This year, however, Dartmouth, Harvard and Cornell found themselves in a three-way tie. Cornell won a coin flip for a bye, so the Crimson and Big Green played Friday night at Columbia in New York City. Cooper’s Dartmouth squad beat Rollins’ Harvard team 68-62.

Rollins started the game, scoring 12 points to go with five rebounds. Cooper played two minutes with one field goal for two points.

Dartmouth’s postseason road ended Sunday, however, when Cornell beat the Big Green 64-47 to boost the Big Red into the NCAA tourney. Cooper didn’t score and had one rebound and a block in two minutes of action.

Rollins was named Miss Maine Basketball in 2005. She was a member of the BDN All-Maine first team that year, while Cooper was on the second team as a sophomore that year. Cooper went on to make two first-team appearances.

It was the second time in three seasons the Ivy League has needed a playoff. In 2006, Brown, Dartmouth and Princeton all shared the regular-season title. Dartmouth beat both teams to win the playoff. The Ivy League has gone to a playoff three other times, with Dartmouth involved in each.

Bangor coach Stoyellto retire

Sport:   Posted: March 18th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Bangor coach Stoyellto retire
By Jessica Bloch
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

The first time Bobbi Stoyell coached at a swimming and diving state championship meet, she wasn’t quite prepared for what happened when the team won.

Traditionally, coaches take a dip in the pool along with the team. Stoyell did, too, although it made for an uncomfortable ride back from the Cape Elizabeth High School pool.

"I had very wet clothes and very wet underwear," she said with a laugh, 23 years after that soggy drive.

Stoyell, who coaches diving, hasn’t gone without a change of clothes since. And it’s a good thing, because she has coached at least one state championship team every year, to the tune of 29 state titles, two individual state champions, and a share of the only team diving state championship ever awarded by the Maine Principals’ Association.

This year’s Bangor boys and girls Class A state-title double will be Stoyell’s last, however.

The longtime coach and teacher at Old Town and Bangor high schools has decided to retire from both teaching and coaching.

"It’s time," Stoyell said. "Twenty-three years [in coaching], 30-something years [in teaching], I think that’s enough. I’m not going to shovel another shovelful of snow.

Not where she’s going. Stoyell is headed to Ellenton, Fla., a town near Sarasota. Stoyell’s mother lives nearby and there’s a mobile home, for which Stoyell and her husband began paying 20 years ago, waiting for her there.

Stoyell’s husband, Paul, a former University of Maine soccer coach, died in June.

Bobbi Stoyell, who has taught physical education at Bangor since 1969 with some time off when she had children in the late 1970s and early 1980s, began her coaching career in 1985 under Dave Ploch, who was then the Old Town boys swimming coach.

She coached Old Town’s Jaret Lizzotte to the Class B boys individual diving title in 1994. Lizzotte is now the University of Maine diving coach.

Stoyell joined the Bangor team in 1998. Nine years later, Bangor’s Emma Chaiken won the Class A girls crown.

In 2000, when the Maine Principals’ Association created a separate diving championship, the Bangor boys shared the Class A championship with South Portland and the Bangor girls were the runners-up to Brunswick.

The next year, the MPA did away with the separate diving title and merged diving back into swimming.

Even in the years Stoyell didn’t coach individual champions, her divers were always competitive. Bangor divers took second, third, fourth and sixth at the state swimming and diving meet this year to help the Rams win their second straight Class A girls title.

Ashley Higgins, who was second at Class A states, was third in the New England championships earlier this month.

Stoyell had just one Bangor boy in the state meet this year, but Andrew Sawyer’s fourth-place finish certainly helped the Rams win their second straight state title.

"It’s always nice to win, but to be a part of this [season] was really exciting," she said. "… [Twenty-nine state titles is] amazing to even think about."

Stoyell credited coaches Ploch and Phil Emery of Bangor with helping her along the way, especially with learning the sport of diving. She had been a gymnast in her native New Jersey, then competed in gymnastics at Ithaca College in New York.

"Great programs, great coaches," she said of Ploch and Emery. "The coaches have been fantastic."

Bishops cap off tournament run in perfect fashion.

Sport:   Posted: March 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Bishops cap off tournament run in perfect fashion.
Dramatic encore for Williams
By Drew Bonifant
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Mar 17, 2008 @ 01:09 AM
QUINCY —

The Patriot Ledger

The Archbishop Williams girls basketball team was ahead, 67-45, and starting forward Val Driscoll was coming off the floor to a standing ovation. Forty-five seconds later, senior forward Christine Duffy and Capello followed, to a similar response.

That’s when the senior forward knew that the game was over, and that the South Sectional champion Bishops had repeated as state champions, made final 26 seconds later with a 69-47 decision over Central Sectional champion Quaboag at the DCU Center Saturday.

“Towards the end of the game, when we were subbing out all of our players, you just think ‘We did it. We’re going back-to-back,’” Capello said. “Then the whole crowd started yelling, and it was great. It was an awesome feeling.”

The victory capped an inspired run through the postseason. Last year, Williams came into the tournament saddled with the 10th seed, and snuck up on some opponents on its way to the title.

This year, that same championship placed a large bull’s-eye on the Bishops’ back. They responded by winning six tournament games in a row, all but one against higher seeds, winning by 38, 17, 30, 15, six and 22 points, respectively.

“Our schedule is hard, so it helped us against the higher seeds,” said senior guard Courtney McNamara. “Even though the scores weren’t as close, we knew the game was on the line.”

The Bishops also spent the past 16 days demonstrating their ability to climb out of holes. In the South Sectional final, they rallied from 10 points down in the second quarter against Cardinal Spellman to win. In the state semifinals against Pentucket, they rebounded after losing the lead in the fourth quarter to advance to the final.

On Saturday, Williams did it again. Trailing 16-12 after a sloppy first quarter, the Bishops snapped back with a dominating second. Williams outscored the Cougars, 20-3. Six players scored, led by Driscoll’s six points. Quaboag’s offense was shut down, limited to a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and it made five turnovers.

A whole half remained, but the Bishops were up, 32-19. It may as well have been a 23-point advantage. Quaboag had lost the lead, momentum and its own composure.

“We play a couple strong (defenses),” said coach Jim Bancroft, whose team finished the season at 22-2. “Our zone is good and was good today. Our man-to-man is good, and was good today. Everything we worked on and talked about, it came together today.”

Driscoll’s post presence, a growing theme throughout the tournament, was on display again, as the sophomore finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

“What you saw for rebounds and blocks, that’s always been her game,” Bancroft said. “(Next year), we rebuild around Val. She’s our key player coming back.”

But this game was about the seniors, who helped the Williams’ girls basketball program recover from the lows of a 4-17 season the year before their arrival. Playing in their final game, Capello led the team with 19 points, Duffy had 11, McNamara scored eight and Jill LaFond scored seven.

All left to loud ovations, fitting what they’ve accomplished the past four years.

“This is so special,” Capello said.

“We’re never going to experience this, with the same group of girls, ever again. I’m walking away with so many best friends that I’m going to have for a lifetime.”

Things changed in a matter of minutes for Bishops

Sport:   Posted: March 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Things changed in a matter of minutes for Bishops
By Drew Bonifant
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Mar 17, 2008 @ 01:11 AM
QUINCY —

Bishops mix explosive offense, stingy defense in second-quarter surge

The Patriot Ledger

WORCESTER – Things weren’t looking good for the Archbishop Williams High School girls basketball team.

The first quarter had come to a close, and turnovers, missed shots and sloppy play had led to a four-point deficit for the Bishops in the Division 3 state championship against Quaboag.

It’s amazing how much difference a quarter can make, and Saturday’s final at the DCU Center was no exception. Williams stormed back and stunned the Cougars, going on a 20-3 run that gave it a 32-19 lead, one it would not relinquish en route to a 69-47 victory and second consecutive state title.

It took a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end to prevent the quarter from being a 20-0 wipeout, but the damage had been done, and the Cougars were crippled beyond repair.

“We didn’t realize they didn’t score at all until the 3-pointer at the end,” said senior forward Casey Capello, who scored three of her 19 points in that quarter. “That’s crazy. Nobody realized that until our coach (Jim Bancroft) told us that.”

The timing of the run made it even more remarkable. Quaboag had succeeded in jumping on the defending champs early, and all signs pointed to a confident Cougars team returning for the second quarter, hungry to add to the 16-12 lead.

Instead, it was the Bishops who shot back.

“It’s kind of better when we’re down, because it puts more pressure on us,” Capello said. “I think we do better when we’re down.”

Williams wasn’t down for long. Senior guards Courtney McNamara and Christine Duffy made back-to-back jumpers, tying the score. Sophomore forward Val Driscoll added six of the Bishops’ seven points in a 2:26 span. Duffy followed by driving through the lane for lay-up, and Quaboag coach John Vayda, with his team now down 25-16, called a timeout with 2:21 remaining.

Vayda’s attempt at a tourniquet failed, and senior guard Jill LaFond, Capello and junior center Alex Knowles added three, two and two points, respectively. Only Macey Gaumond’s 3-pointer, made after picking up a loose ball in the final seconds, spared the Cougars of eight minutes of firing blanks.

Instead, it was 7:59 of firing blanks, caused by an effective and suffocating defense led by the post presence of Driscoll (three rebounds, two blocks) and Knowles and guard play from Duffy, McNamara and LaFond, which limited Quaboag’s open looks and passing alleys.

“The last game in the (TD Banknorth) Garden, our defense wasn’t there. Today it was,” Bancroft said. “It was more like we’ve been playing defense all year, whether it’s zone or man-to-man. They know where the position is supposed to go, how to stop the dribble, penetration, deny the post, deny the cuts. They did everything.”

With the momentum shift, Williams denied every attempt Quaboag made at getting back into the game.

In the end, the Williams players celebrated another title and a victory headlined by an incredible second quarter, when the outlook shifted from concern to elation in a matter of eight minutes.

“That second quarter was huge,” McNamara said. “You knew the defense had to be on, and if they went cold, you had to capitalize.

“That defense is what we do. We’re a fast team, and the defense is always there to shut them down.”

Donovan, Heide lead the way in all-star basketball games

Sport:   Posted: March 17th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Donovan, Heide lead the way in all-star basketball games

By JOHN GARNER Jr.
Contributing Writer
March 17, 2008

EAST SANDWICH — Courtney Donovan may not receive recognition to the extent of her Division 1 counterparts, but she certainly made her presence felt yesterday afternoon at Sandwich High School.

The 6-2 junior center from Bourne scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lift Upper Cape to a 103-95 win over the Lower Cape in the 17th Cape Cod and the Islands Girls Basketball All-Star Game.

In the boy's nightcap, forward Jamie Heide of Falmouth exploded for 27 points and 18 rebounds to lift Upper Cape to a high-scoring 140-110 romp over the Lower Cape.

Donovan's opponent in the pivot and the game's Kim Craft Memorial co-most valuable player, Taryn Van Esselstyn of Chatham, led Lower Cape with 20 points and nine rebounds, including one segment in the second quarter when she scored eight straight points for her squad.

"I was lost (on the court) in the early going, but felt more comfortable the second time I went out there," said VanEsselstyn, who led the Blue Devils to an 18-7 overall record and No. 5 seed in the MIAA Div. 4 tournament. The two teams battled even in the third period with the Upper Cape sustaining a 73-72 advantage going into the final stanza.

Upper Cape began to pull away in the fourth quarter but baskets by Van Esselstyn and Barnstable's Kendrew pulled LC to 89-88 with 4:46 left and a jumper in the lane by Van Esselstyn gave LC a 92-89 lead.

Treys by Angela Paterson of Nantucket and Sandwich's Ellery Gould kept it close in the final minutes, before the Upper Cape pulled away at the end.

Gould played an outstanding all-around game with 15 points, 13 rebounds and several steals.

Kendrew came up big for the Lower Cape with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Gould bested Paterson in the 3-point shooting contest by a score of 46-32. Gould connected on an impressive 46 of 57 shots to capture the title.

Heide was named the boys game's co-Frank Finn MVP along with UC teammates Joey Lopes of Mashpee and Erik Robbins of Bourne. Jordan Ferreira of Nantucket scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, while Lopes, Josh Butler of Nantucket and Robbins added 18 apiece and Mark Reppert of Martha's Vineyard 15 for the winners.

Burly 6-6 center Sean Fitzpatrick of Falmouth scored six points and collected a game-high 19 rebounds for the winners and was named the game's top defensive player.

Slashing forward CJ Nicholas of Barnstable grabbed game-scoring honors with 31 points, including four 3-pointers. He was aided by Jake Roderick of Cape Tech with 27 points, Jason Clark of Dennis-Yarmouth 14 and Zach Tobias of Provincetown and Donald Wardrick of Barnstable with 10 apiece.

Heide scored 16 of his team's 39 points in the third period, including the exclamation point with a two-handed slam dunk in the closing minute of the quarter.

Barnstable's Nicholas defeated Butler of Nantucket in the boy's 3-point contest, 35-33.

Contributing writer John Garner Jr. can be reached at jgarner@capecodonline.com.
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