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Laferriere, Foster lead sweep

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: March 17th, 0208 by Tom Nolette

Laferriere, Foster lead sweep
By Jessica Bloch
Monday, March 17, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

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 Bangor's Amy Hackett, L, tries to get position on Marshwood's Sam Goda, right, in the first half of the girl's A/B All Star game at Husson on Saturday. (Bangor Daily News/Michael York) Buy this photo031708_AllStars3.JPG
 Lawrence's Alexa Bernatchez, left, tries to get a hand in front of South Portland's Jessica Aceto during the first half of their game at Husson in Bangor on Saturday.

BANGOR, Maine - Hillary Laferriere and Rachel Foster have more in common than might appear.

Although the two girls basketball all-stars attend high schools that are about 120 miles apart, they’re both senior post players. Laferriere is going to attend the University of New England in Biddeford next fall. That’s one of the options Foster is considering for her basketball future.

And both led their East teams to wins in the Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star basketball games Saturday morning.

The 6-foot-1 Foster had the only double-double of the two games with 24 points and 13 rebounds in a 70-62 East win over the West in the C-D game, while 5-11 Laferriere scored 18 points to go with eight rebounds as the East beat the West 62-53 in the A-B matchup.

Both East squads had to rally in the first half, but held on for wins.

In the A-B game, the East not only needed to rally in the first half, it also had to stop the West from coming back in the second half.

The key was getting to the free-throw line, especially in the first half. The East hit 12 of its 15 free-throw attempts in the first half and went 27-for-38 overall.

Laferriere was particularly critical late in the game as Lake Region of Naples’ Renee Nicholas made two free throws to cut the East’s lead to two points after taking as much as a 16-point advantage earlier in the second half.

"They were running against us and they had a fast team, but I thought we kept up with it pretty well," Laferriere said.

Nicholas scored 11 of her West-best 17 points after halftime and went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line, all in the second half. Two foul shots with 4:23 left made it 54-52.

Morse of Bath’s Jill Henrikson, a Miss Maine Basketball finalist, stretched things out a bit when she made two free throws. Laferriere, meanwhile, scored the final six points of the game. She went 5-for-9 from the field and 8-for-12 from the foul line.

The West had a 14-4 lead in the first half and later went up 18-10 when the East woke up. Lawrence of Fairfield’s Brogan Liberty drained two free throws and Cony of Augusta’s Rachael Mack, who was crowned Miss Basketball on Friday night, put back a rebound to spark a 12-0 run. The East outscored the West 10-3 in the final 3:34 of the half.

Laferriere may have been the standout Saturday, but she was eager to see players like Mack and Liberty in action.

"I’d always wanted to play with the girls from Lawrence and Cony," she said. "They’re Class A, and you always hear so much about them. I always wanted to have a chance to play with them, and I finally got one."

In the C-D game,Foster’s presence made it tough both offensively and defensively for the West.

Foster has seen plenty of double teams in her day, but the West generally stuck to straight man-to-man defense.

"That’s my strong point, when people play man against me," she said. "It’s fun to have just one person on me, because I can show people what I can do."

The West didn’t get much of a break when Foster was out — Central Aroostook of Mars Hill’s 6-foot Sarah Long played well, finishing with eight points and six rebounds.

"That was the mismatch inside," said Miss Maine Basketball finalist Aarika Ritchie of Lee. "It was a pretty big factor, I think."

Ritchie had a quiet statistical game with just five points, but both of her baskets were big. The West had a 27-23 lead with about 2:30 left in the first half when Ritchie sparked a 9-0 East run as she hit a driving shot. After a free throw by Piscataquis of Guilford’s Jillian Martell, Ritchie drained a 3-pointer off a Long steal to put the East up for good.

"I think we picked it up on defense, kind of forced some turnovers and got into the passing lanes," Ritchie said. "When we got running I think we tired them out at the end of the half."

Ritchie fed Long inside with 10 seconds left for a 32-27 East lead.

The West got 11 points from 5-11 Bailey Davis of Telstar in Bethel and 10 apiece from Madison’s 5-11 Margo Russell and 5-9 Hall-Dale of Farmingdale center Britta Olsen.

Davis and Russell each hit two 3-pointers as the West went 9-for-22 from behind the arc.

Marissa Albert of Fort Kent, who missed part of the regular season with a knee injury, finished with 10 points.

Martell added nine points and five rebounds. Ashland’s Whitney Flint scored all eight of her points in the second half.

"It was fun," Foster said. "It was good to play against the higher level of competition and I like playing the higher level of competition."

jbloch@bangordailynews.net

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Bernier continues to mature

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: March 8th, 0208 by Tom Nolette

Bernier continues to mature

By Kevin Mills , Staff Writer
Saturday, March 8, 2008

LEWISTON - A year ago, Jonathan Bernier not only was trying to shake the rust from his game, but also get rid of the injury that plagued him much of the second half of the year.

Bernier missed much of the final months of the regular season with an ankle injury. He didn't return to the Lewiston Maineiacs' lineup until the final regular season games. By that point, he had to get his game up to snuff in a hurry.

"Last year, I came back at the end of the regular season because of my injury," said the goalie. "I was struggling at the beginning of the playoffs. Now, I'm just trying to be ready for the first game of the playoffs."

Bernier is well above where he was at the end of last season entering the playoffs. Despite losing 2-1 to the St. John's Fog Devils Friday night, Bernier continued his stellar play. He kept the Maineiacs in the game the last two periods and gave life to their comeback hopes.

"It's a team effort, but in the playoffs, everybody's got to upgrade their game," said Bernier. "If everybody does that, I think we have a good shot this year too. I had so much fun last year, I just want to do the same thing as we did last year."

Entering Friday's game, Bernier had been outstanding in his previous five outings. He had gone 4-1 and posted a 1.58 goals against and equally impressive .946 save percentage. His lone loss was a 2-1 decision in New Brunswick.

"I've just tried to be more focused," said Bernier. "Playoffs are coming soon. I've got to bring my game up. The games are so important that I want to try and give us the best shot to win those."

His recent string of games came on the heels of giving up seven goals in a loss at home. It had the Maineiac faithful booing Bernier and chanting for backup Peter Delmas.

"If you look back on my junior career, you always have a bad game in the year like that," said Bernier. "This one was at home. Last year, it was at Moncton. We're human sometimes. It doesn't bounce your way. My job is to stop the puck, and I'm just trying to be more focused."

Bernier made 23 saves in the loss to the Fog Devils Friday. Despite his fine play over the final two periods, St. John's netminder Timo Pielmeier overshadowed Bernier's performance. Pielmeier had 37 saves, 17 in the final period.

"He made some good saves, and he kept his team in the game," said Bernier. "My job is to try to keep my team in the game."

Bernier managed to keep the listless Maineiacs in contention despite giving up two goals in the first period. Both Fog Devil tallies came off turnovers in the defensive zone. After Lewiston lost the puck behind the net, Taylor MacDougall fed the puck out front to a wide open Wes Welcher. Bernier had little time to react or make the stop.

In the final minute of the period, another Lewiston mistake set up an open blast by T. J. Brennan that snuck by Bernier.

"We've just got to come out strong at first," said Bernier. "We were sloppy in the first period. We have to play right off the bat."

Bernier did get some help from his defense and the post in the second. Defender Michael Ward cleared a shot that got past Bernier and was headed into an open net early in the second. Then a Phil Mangan shot had an open right corner but hit the post.

Bernier did make crucial saves in the second to keep the Maineiacs within reach entering the third. He stopped Luke Adam in front for the second time in the period. Then while St. John's was on the power play late in the period, Bernier slid across the crease to make a sprawling save on Jean-Simon Allard.

In the third, Allard found himself on the doorstep all alone with the chance to seal it, but Bernier was there to make the stop and keep Lewiston's comeback hopes alive.

"I think I've been okay," said Bernier. "I'm just trying to be consistent."

KENNEBEC JOURNAL GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH OF THE YEAR

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: March 26th, 0201 by Tom Nolette

Hall-Dale's Terrill adapts to new role quickly
By Gary Hawkins

Brandon Terrill never figured to be a basketball coach, let alone a girls basketball coach.

He played baseball and football at Orono High School, making the Lobster Bowl as a center and tackle his senior year. He was an assistant football coach for four years and thought the game was part of his DNA.

"I always thought I'd be a football coach," he said.

But when the Hall-Dale High School girls varsity job opened up last fall, Terrill said 'what the heck' and applied. It turned out quite well. The Bulldogs finished 14-4 during the regular season and reached the semifinals of the Western Maine Class C tournament where they lost to Waynflete in overtime

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Maine Sunday Telegram All-state Lacrosse

Sport: Lacrosse (Girls)  Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

She demands attention, and with very good reason

Gorham's Mia Rapolla's physical presence has made her the focus of each opponent's defense.

By Jenn Menendez  

When she was in elementary school, the phone rang at Mia Rapolla's house, then in a suburb of New Haven, Conn.

The conversation went something like this:

"Mrs. Rapolla? Um, Mia's a little too rough for the girls. I think we're going to have to put her in the boys' league."

That was basketball.

Some 10 years later, not much has changed. Even on the lacrosse field.

Perhaps the most rugged of every skilled lacrosse player in Maine this spring, Gorham's gifted midfielder scored 88 goals through intense traffic, earning her the Portland Press 

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Football A East Qtr-Final: Brunswick shocks top-seeded Lawrence

Sport: Football  Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

Despite trailing by 13 points in the first half against the unbeaten Bulldogs, the Dragons rally for a playoff win.

By Travis Lazarczyk 

FAIRFIELD - The Brunswick High football team's nickname is the Dragons, but for the second year in a row, the Dragons were the slayers at Keyes Field.

After spotting Lawrence a 13-point lead in the first half, Brunswick's offense rallied and its defense stiffened. The result was a 14-13 victory for the eighth-seeded Dragons over the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Bulldogs in Eastern Class A.

Brunswick (6-3) will play No. 4 Lewiston (7-2) in the semifinals

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MESN Scores

Sport:   Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

Baseball: Calais captures EM title

Sport: Baseball  Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

Geel picks off two to lead Blue Devils

By Larry Mahoney
BDN Staff 
    
BANGOR — Calais High School righthander Adam Geel tossed an eight-hit complete game.
    
But his two pick-offs were just as important as they choked off a pair of late Penobscot Valley of Howland rallies and gave Calais a 4-3 win in the Eastern Maine Class C title game at Mansfield Stadium Tuesday night.
    
Third-seeded Calais, now 15-3, will take on 17-2 Dirigo of Dixfield in Saturday’s 5 p.m. state title game at Larry Mahaney Diamond on the Saint Joseph’s College campus in Standish.
    
It was Calais’ first Eastern Maine baseball championship since 1992.
    
Fourth seed Penobscot Valley, playing in its first ever Eastern Maine baseball championship game, wound up 13-6.

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Girls basketball: Trojans move past Winslow

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

MDI keeps Black Raiders’ post duo in check to earn title berth

By Ryan McLaughlin

BANGOR, Maine — Simply put, Mount Desert Island girls basketball coach Brent Barker was not going to let Winslow’s post duo of 6-foot-1 Megan Pelletier and 5-11 Liz Ferry have their way in the post Wednesday night.

The second-ranked Trojans doubled-teamed those two effectively throughout the night, and beat the third-ranked Black Raiders at their own game with a patient offensive attack to post a 32-23 Eastern Maine Class B semifinal victory at the Bangor Auditorium.


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Hockey: Rams tough on Saints

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

By Justin Pelletier  

LEWISTON — All it took was a little bit of eye contact, and a certain familiarity that comes with playing alongside someone long enough.

In less time than it takes most people to form a complete sentence, Bangor cashed in with a pair of goals at the tail end of a barrage of shots and then hung on against a furious St. Dom's rally in the closing minutes of the game as the Rams skated out of Lewiston with a 3-2 win over the Saints at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

"I was talking with my assistant coach, and he's been at this for 10 years and he can't remember ever beating St. Dom's in this building," Bangor coach Ted Taylor said. "It's been a while. But we've had four good games now, one bad period four games ago, but we've done well the last three."

On this day, Taylor's top pair of players made things happen in a hurry when it mattered most.

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Track: Bangor, Dragons record victories

Sport:   Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

Individual efforts highlight meet

By Ryan McLaughlin

ORONO, Maine - Even though team competitions bring out the best in track and field athletes, it’s the individual confrontations that take center stage at this point in the season.

That was the case Friday night at the University of Maine field house, as some of the state’s best high school athletes from the Eastern Maine Indoor Track League and Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference gave fans quite the midseason performance.

Steven Rice of Brewer, Ben Cummings of Mount Desert Island, Ryan Feeney of Hermon, Darik Frye of Hampden Academy, Will Geoghegan of Brunswick and Ben Sinclair of Bangor excelled on the boys’ side. Grace Maclean, Megan Hogan and Brittney Chapman of Bangor and Sara Chavarie of Brewer were among those who shined brightest among the girls.

The Bangor girls and Brunswick boys went on to capture team titles in a meet that featured approximately 346 athletes.

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Boys Soccer : Richmond falls on late penalty kick

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

BY GARY HAWKINS
Staff Writer Kennebec Journal

HAMPDEN -- A game that appeared Richmond's to win turned on a dime Saturday at the Class D boys state soccer championship.

Play-ing a man down for the final 21 minutes, Bangor Christian broke out of its defensive shell in the closing minutes and was awarded a penalty kick after senior Brandon Wilcox was taken down inside the penalty area.

With 2 minutes, 16 seconds to play, Wilcox placed his kick into the bottom right corner of the net to give the Patriots a 2-1 win and their second state title in four years.

"I was a little nervous," Wilcox said. "I missed one in the Eastern Maine championship game so that was running through my mind. But I really wanted to redeem myself on that one, have some confidence and put it in."

The Patriots carried most of the play in the first half and took a 1-0 lead when Zach Sirois converted a crossing pass from sophomore Brad Wilcox.

But most of the second half belonged to the Bobcats. They nearly tied the game following a corner kick, but Bangor Christian defender Nate Fowler slapped the ball out of the goalmouth with his hand. It saved a goal but he was given a red card, putting the Patriots down a man for the final 21:16, and the Bobcats were awarded a penalty kick.

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Boys Soccer: Lions pick up win over Gardiner

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes

The Belfast boys soccer team traveled to Gardiner Monday for a game against the Tigers and came home with a 4-1 win. This was the Lions second win in a row and moved them to 3-3 on the season while Gardiner falls to 2-5.

“Great performance by Jack Davis and the midfielders, Cassidy Alex and Windham Veevaert,” said Belfast coach Carl Violette. “The young men worked hard to achive this victory. The underclassmen were no underclassmen in this match!”

Scoring for the lions were, Jack Davis with two goals and two assists; Yanni Rakis and Veevaert had one goal each. Cassidy Alex added a pair of assists.

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Girls' soccer: Every dog has its day Greyhounds mauled by Bulldogs

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

By Kevin Mills, staff writer

FARMINGDALE — The Hall-Dale girls' soccer team wanted to prove it learned its lesson from last year.

The Bulldogs lost a tough overtime game to Lisbon last fall, and it was a defeat that has stuck in their craw ever since.

"Last year, we lost to them in double overtime," said junior forward Aimee Pelletier. "We just had to focus on coming at them hard. We took them for granted last year, and they're a strong team."

There was nothing left to chance for Hall-Dale Tuesday. The Bulldogs came out tenaciously and scored early as Hall-Dale handed the Greyhounds their first loss of the year in a 4-0 victory.

Pelletier scored two goals while Kristina Buck and Hailey Longfellow also scored. Carylanne Wolfington had two assists for the Bulldogs (5-1-1). Hall-Dale was seeded fourth in Western C.

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Volleyball: Scarborough Red Storm Fall Sports Preview

Sport:   Posted: November 30th, 0000 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer
www.theforecaster.net

VOLLEYBALL

COACH: Jody King (sixth year)

2008 Results: 7-8 (Lost 3-2 to Gorham in West Region quarterfinals)

TOP RETURNERS: Caroline Baker (Senior), Christina Chase (Senior), Paige Conley (Senior), Christie Edwards (Senior), Abby Lalone (Senior), Kathleen O'Donnell (Senior), Laura Suarez (Senior)

PIVOTAL MATCHES: Sept. 4 (H) FALMOUTH, Sept. 8 @ Yarmouth, Sept. 17 @ Biddeford, Sept. 22 (H) GREELY, Sept. 23 (H) GORHAM, Sept. 29 (H) BIDDEFORD, Oct. 6 @ Gorham, Oct. 8 @ Greely, Oct. 14 @ Falmouth, Oct. 16 (H) YARMOUTH

COACH'S COMMENT: I'm very excited with the progress of my returning players. They're more seasoned and are playing more consistently. The new varsity players are very quick learners and will make a major contribution. We hope to improve on last year's record and compete with the top teams in the league.

THE FORECASTER'S FORECAST: Scarborough has been very competitive in recent seasons and will look to take advantage of the new Class A/B classification this fall. The Red Storm, along with their traditional rivals, are in Class A. Only six teams will make the playoffs, but Scarborough will control its destiny, going head-to-head with the other squads in the running. This year's team is senior-laden and hungry. Baker and Chase will be middle hitters. Edwards is an outside hitter. Lalone is an opposite and Suarez is a setter. Conley and O'Donnell are defensive specialists. Joining the mix are sophomores Brittany Bona (middle hitter) and Emily Robbins (setter). While six-time champion Greely is the team to beat until further notice, Scarborough has a chance to be right there among the next group of contenders. They'll have to overcome Biddeford, Falmouth, Gorham and Yarmouth, but the Red Storm are more than capable of posting a winning record and of being a postseason entrant once again.

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