The second half of the winter sports activities common season is underway and final week introduced one other spherical of memorable occasions.
Right here’s a glimpse at what occurred and a glance forward:
South Portland’s reigning Class AA champion boys’ basketball workforce downed visiting Bonny Eagle (50-33) final Friday, then fell to 9-3 Tuesday after an 82-61 setback at rival Thornton Academy. Within the win, Jaelen Jackson scored 17 factors and had eight rebounds, seven assists and 5 steals and Manny Hidalgo added 10 off the bench.
“We all the time begin fairly gradual, however on the finish of the primary quarter we turned it round just a little bit,” Jackson stated. “Then, we performed higher protection and bought organized and discovered the changes we would have liked to play higher and it labored out for us.”
“I simply attempt to transfer the ball and play protection and speak on the ground,” stated Hidalgo. “I took the alternatives my teammates gave me and made the very best of it. I hit the primary (3), then I assumed I may make 5 in a row. The 3s I made bought us motivated. It felt good. It feels good to be on varsity. I really feel like a part of a household. I can lastly present what I can do.”
“We simply made sufficient pictures and performed adequate protection to carry on,” added Crimson Riots coach Kevin Millington. “It’s a tricky league with plenty of good groups and all people comes after us.”
Within the loss, Jackson scored 17 factors. South Portland welcomes Deering Friday and performs host to Scarborough Tuesday of subsequent week.
“I feel we’re bettering and we’re getting there,” Jackson stated. “Now we have some stuff to scrub up and we have now to shoot the ball higher.”
Scarborough snapped a four-game skid with a 72-45 win at Massabesic, then fell to 3-8 Monday with a 66-52 loss at Gorham. Within the victory, De’Angelo Alston scored 20 factors, Liam Jefferds added 13, Blake Harris completed with 12 and Carter Blanche had 10. The Crimson Storm go to Lewiston Friday and go to South Portland Tuesday of subsequent week.
Cape Elizabeth fell to 4-5 after losses final week at York (62-53) and Greely (57-40). In opposition to the Wildcats, Owen Tighe scored 27 factors and Sam Lombardo added 14. Within the loss to the Rangers, Lombardo had a team-high 17 factors. The Capers have been at Freeport for a make-up recreation Wednesday, host Traip Academy Friday and York Saturday, then go to Lake Area Tuesday of subsequent week.
On the ladies’ facet, Scarborough was 4-7 getting into a house recreation versus Sanford Wednesday (see our web site for recreation story). Final Saturday, the Crimson Storm avenged a earlier loss with a 47-30 win at South Portland, as Caroline Hartley had 21 factors and Emerson Flaker and Ellie Rumelhart added 9 apiece. Monday, regardless of 32 factors from Hartley, Scarborough misplaced a detailed 55-49 determination at Gorham. After internet hosting Lewiston Friday, Scarborough welcomes South Portland Tuesday of subsequent week.
South Portland evened its report with its third straight win final Friday, 42-31, then fell to 5-7 after house losses to Scarborough (47-30) and Thornton Academy (58-55). Within the victory, Emma Travis had 13 factors and Anna Brown added a dozen. Within the loss to the Crimson Storm, Brown and Future Peter shared team-high scoring honors with 9 factors apiece. In opposition to the Golden Trojans, the Crimson Riots led into the fourth quarter however fell simply brief. South Portland was paced by Brown’s 19 factors. Ava Bryant added 14. The Crimson Riots go to Deering Friday and go to Scarborough Tuesday of subsequent week.
Cape Elizabeth fell to 2-7 after house losses final week to York (50-36) and Greely (44-29). Grace Callahan had a team-high 10 factors towards the Wildcats and tallied eight within the loss to the Rangers. The Capers hosted Freeport in a make-up recreation Wednesday, go to Traip Academy Friday and York Saturday, then welcome Lake Area Tuesday of subsequent week.
The South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport co-op squad improved to 4-5 after final week’s 1-0 house win over St. Dom’s on a objective from Ben Palson within the third interval. SP/Waynflete/Freeport welcomed Scarborough Thursday (see our web site for recreation story) and goes to Lewiston Wednesday of subsequent week.
Reigning Class A champion Scarborough fell to 5-4 with its fourth straight loss, 3-2, at Cheverus/Yarmouth final Thursday. Wyatt Grondin scored early and Griffin Denbow added a 3rd interval objective, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient, because the Crimson Storm couldn’t make the most of a number of energy play alternatives.
“Normally our energy play has been buzzing, however sadly, we weren’t capable of capitalize on the alternatives we had tonight,” lamented Scarborough coach Eric Wirsing. “Credit score to (Cheverus/Yarmouth). They did a pleasant job isolating us and drive us into uncomfortable positions. They did an important clearing the online and ensuring their goalie may see the puck. If we scored on one or two of these alternatives, we’re a unique recreation.”
After enjoying at South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport Thursday, the Crimson Storm welcome Lewiston Saturday and host Kennebunk Wednesday of subsequent week.
“We simply must get again to work and doing good issues,” Wirsing stated. “Now we have an excellent hockey workforce. We’ve bought to study to develop. We’re coping with adversity and we all know assist the blokes work by means of it and we’ll be higher off in the long term. I’d quite have this occur now than on the finish of the season. Now we have a very good mindset and a very good group of youngsters who will work onerous to get higher.”
In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth improved to 6-2 after a 5-1 house win over Biddeford. The Capers have been imagined to play at Gorham Monday, however the recreation was postponed to Jan. 31 as a result of dangerous climate. Cape Elizabeth hosted Greely Thursday.
On the ladies’ facet, Cape Elizabeth/South Portland/Waynflete, which not too long ago gave longtime coach Bob Mills a landmark victory (see story), improved to 7-6 with a 2-1 time beyond regulation house win over York Saturday. Delaney Whitten scored early and Marina Bassett performed the hero in OT. Cape/SP/Waynflete, which had a recreation at Penobscot Monday postponed by dangerous climate, hosts Cheverus Thursday and welcomes Falmouth Saturday.
On the observe, Scarborough and South Portland joined Biddeford, Kennebunk and Sanford at a league meet final weekend. The Crimson Storm ladies have been first with the Crimson Riots coming in second, whereas South Portland’s boys took the highest spot and Scarborough was runner-up.
Cape Elizabeth took half in a seven-team WMC meet. The girls and boys each completed third. Freeport swept the highest spot.
Scarborough cut up a swim meet versus Greely final weekend, because the defending Class A state champion boys prevailed, 63-31, whereas the ladies misplaced, 68-26.
Cape Elizabeth swept Deering/Portland, with the boys successful 94-39 and the ladies prevailing, 102-70.
Cape Elizabeth’s ladies completed third and the boys have been fourth at a current league Alpine slalom meet. Logan Schwartz was first within the boys’ competitors with a two-run mixed time of 1 minute, 37.17 seconds. Anya Monson was first on the ladies’ facet (1:45.45).
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