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Greely slips past Cape Elizabeth

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

Matt Labbe's RBI single in the 10th inning sends the Rangers to the regional final.
Staff Writer June 14, 2009

CAPE ELIZABETH — Hits were at a premium until the late innings. And Greely took full advantage of its few chances to put the ball in play Saturday in a Western Class B baseball semifinal

Matt Labbe's single in the 10th inning drove in the only run as the fourth-seeded Rangers defeated No. 1 Cape Elizabeth 1-0 in 10 innings at Holman Field.

"I didn't think this was going to go 10 innings," Greely Coach Derek Soule said. "But when we got to the field and saw that the wind was blowing in, I had a feeling it was going to be that kind of day."

And what would be the decisive factor on that kind of day?

"Someone had to catch a break," Soule said. "Guys are getting tired, the wind's blowing in and someone had to catch a break. We're fortunate enough that we did."

Labbe's hit – only Greely's third of the game – was a single that went down the third-base line and ultimately ended Cape Elizabeth's reign as Western Class B champion.

"I just tried to stay relaxed," said Labbe, whose hit drove in Pat Copp. "It was a fastball and it was 0-2 because I was supposed to watch the first pitch. The second one, I thought about it, and I saw the fastball."

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Sun comes through for Class A, B track meet

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

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — It certainly was well worth the wait.

A mere second before the girls 4x800 meter runners took to Cameron Stadium’s track, which signaled the start of Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference large school (Class A and B) championship meet, the sun finally peeked out of the clouds.

As Mother Nature blessed the area’s top track athletes with some gorgeous running weather, it seemed fast times and long distances were contagious, with personal and conference records falling all over the place, and two memorable team battles shaping up.

With the Bangor and Brewer girls tied 123-123 with the pole vault still in action, the Rams out-scored the Witches 20-10 in that event, thanks to the 1-3-4 finish of Katie Porter, Jen Tsang and Anna Hayden to give the team a comfortable 10-point cushion heading into the 4x400 relay.

Bangor cemented its fifth straight PVC crown with a win in that event, finishing with 153 points while Brewer had 139.

Mount Desert Island was third in the nine-school field with 105 points, followed by Old Town’s 48 and Caribou’s 43.

The Hampden Academy boys, 40-point favorites in the pre-meet seedings, found themselves in a dogfight with Bangor, which would not give up its stranglehold on conference supremacy without a fight.

The Broncos would persevere and take the title with 139 points, while Bangor had 132. Brewer finished third with 85, while Caribou took fourth with 78, and MDI fifth with 62.

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(Portland Press) Hockey Players to Watch

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

Mike Chase, Falmouth, senior forward: Very quick; an all-state player who recorded 35 points last year.

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

Second take for Bishops
They beat Pentucket again in repeat quest

By Maggie Cassidy, Globe Correspondent  |  March 12, 2008

Archbishop Williams, the well-oiled winning machine that dominated its regular season, used its experience and depth to defeat Pentucket, 59-53, and win the girls' Division 3 EMass championship at TD Banknorth Garden yesterday.

The Braintree-based Bishops (21-2) pulled off a repeat of last year's final, in which they ousted Pentucket before defeating Granby for the state championship.

But the Sachems (21-3), who hail from West Newbury, didn't leave quietly yesterday, trailing just 24-22 at halftime and even taking a brief 2-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Pentucket also had 6-foot-3-inch junior Kirsten Daamen, one of the few players able to mirror Archbishop Williams's inside weapon, 6-3 sophomore Valerie Driscoll.

"We knew they were a really good team coming into it," said Christine Duffy, the Bishops' point guard. "They had that big girl to match up with Val, which was a big thing because usually we have the height advantage over some teams with Val, so I think going into here we knew it was going to be a good game."

Archbishop Williams coach Jim Bancroft agreed, saying Pentucket's defense kept the score tight.

"It was a little closer than we wanted it to be, but Pentucket played very good defense," he said. "They sagged off. We weren't hitting our outside shots, we weren't getting second and third attempts at it. They were rebounding well, so it was apparent early on that it was going to be a close, grind-out game and luckily we found a way to win."

The younger Sachems struggled to find consistency against the veteran Bishops, who remained calm and collected on the big stage.

Ashley Viselli (20 points), Daamen (16), and Erin McNamara (15) combined for all but 2 of Pentucket's 53 points, with Daamen and McNamara scoring all of the team's 22 first-half points. Viselli took charge after intermission by scoring 15 of the Sachems' 17 third-quarter points.

The Bishops were boosted by big performances from Duffy and Driscoll, and five of the seven players who scored for Archbishop Williams had at least 8 points.

Duffy finished with 12 points, including 8 in the fourth quarter. Driscoll made the big buckets - seven field goals for 14 points -- and led the team with 13 rebounds. Casey Capello and Meghan Black added 9 points apiece, while Courtney McNamara had 8.

Driscoll said she found a tough competitor in Daamen, who posted a pair of blocks against her counterpart and matched her 13 rebounds. Both players had to sit out a short span - Driscoll after she picked up two fouls in the game's first four minutes, and Daamen late in the final frame following a collision - and their absences had an impact. Daamen netted 5 points while Driscoll was out, and Driscoll made a big layup with less than two minutes to go that put the Bishops up, 55-47, just after Daamen took a seat.

"I like playing against her because I like playing against someone my height, and as big as me," Driscoll said. "I feel like it makes me a better person, it makes me work harder. She's a great post player."

Archbishop Williams looks to make it two straight state titles Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, against the winner of today's game between Lee and Sutton
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