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No quit in Black Bears despite personnel hurdles

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

READFIELD — High school football is geared toward upperclassmen. It is not that sophomores — and in even rarer cases, freshmen — cannot be successful on the grid, yet the sheer physicality the sport demands is better suited for student-athletes who have matured both mentally and physically. In a division like the Western D Campbell Conference, where small teams more often than not rely on major contributions from two-way players, seniors are worth...

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Sacopee stuns No. 2 Monmouth

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

MONMOUTH — It seemed just a matter of time before Sacopee Valley would overtake Monmouth in its Western Maine Class C girls soccer quarterfinal Wednesday. The No. 7 Hawks dominated the second-seeded Mustangs throughout the second half and finally broke through with a pair of goals in the final seven minutes to pull out a 2-1 victory. Junior Abby Hughes tied the game with 7 minutes, 5 seconds to go after taking a pass from McKenzie Murphy and chipping it in...

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Robinson carries on family's Bulldogs tradition

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

FAIRFIELD — Cole Robinson has heard the stories so often, when he retells them, you almost think he’s talking about himself. Robinson’s father, Tim Robinson, was a standout linebacker for Lawrence High School in the early ’80s. Cole has heard the stories about all the big games in which his father played, about losing to then-arch rival Winslow in the playoffs...

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Second half surge sends Waterville to semifinals

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

WATERVILLE — For one half of soccer, the Waterville girls soccer team appeared in trouble. But the Purple Panthers regrouped, remembered who they were and responded accordingly. Tied 1-1 at halftime, Waterville scored six goals in 24 minutes to pull away with a 7-1 win over Caribou in an Eastern B quarterfinal game Wednesday at Webber Field. “We were just talking about things ...

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Cape Elizabeth adjusts to beat Morse

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

CAPE ELIZABETH — At first, Morse’s strategy of playing a high back line was working well. Over the opening nine minutes, Cape Elizabeth was called offside virtually every time it mounted an attack. “We haven’t seen that a lot,” said Cape Elizabeth left wing Kathryn Clark. “Most teams know we like to play direct. The disadvantage for us is we were offsides a number of times. The advantage for us was our forwards are very quick and we could get behind their line...

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Scarborough scores two first-half goals to win its Western Class A boys' soccer quarterfinals

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

SCARBOROUGH — They had shots sail over the crossbar, hit the crossbar and stopped by the goalkeeper. The Scarborough Red Storm could not score in the second half. But they didn’t have to. Cushioned by two early goals on free-kick plays, Scarborough topped Marshwood 2-0 in the Western Class A boys’ soccer quarterfinals Wednesday night at the Kippy Mitchell Sports Complex. Matt Caron and Wyatt Bridgham scored for Scarborough. The top-seeded Red Storm (14-0-1) will...

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Maine school chiefs denounce alleged racial slurs at soccer game

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

Scarborough fans allegedly directed derogatory comments at the Deering boys' team. School superintendents in Scarborough and Portland have investigated and denounced alleged racial slurs directed at Deering High boys’ soccer players by Scarborough students at a game this month. The incidents under investigation took place at the Oct. 7 game at Scarborough High... 

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Marshwood girls survive Kennebunk

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine – For the Marshwood High School girls soccer team, it’s a return to the scene of past crimes. Hannah Fife came off the bench to open the scoring late in the first half, Megan McLean added the insurance early in the second half and the third-seeded Hawks held on to dispatch No. 6 Kennebunk, 2-1, in the Western Maine Class A quarterfinals on Wednesday. The win sends the Hawks (12-2-1) into Saturday’s regional semifinals at No. 2 Scarborough...

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Scarborough pulls away for easy win in Western Class A girls' soccer quarterfinal

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

SCARBOROUGH — The Scarborough High girls’ soccer team came into the Western Class A quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed, preparing to face an unknown Falmouth team that played mostly a Class B schedule. “I had never seen them play,” Scarborough senior Katherine Kirk said. “I was nervous.”Then nearly 30 minutes into the game, the score remained 0-0...

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Cape Elizabeth stuns Greely in Class A volleyball semifinals

Sport: Volleyball  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

CUMBERLAND — Heading into the fifth game of its state semifinal volleyball match Wednesday, the Cape Elizabeth volleyball team huddled up and convulsed into giggles. The Capers got the last laugh as well, swarming back from a two-game deficit to upend top seed Greely 3-2 to advance to their first Class A state championship match. “We were all laughing because of my backwards bump that scored the winning point (in the fourth match),” junior Maddie Bowe said...

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Yarmouth advances to Class B state volleyball championship match

Sport: Volleyball  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

YARMOUTH — Yarmouth sophomore libero Rachel Chille had no reservations about switching from soccer to volleyball this year. She proved her worth Wednesday, winning 13 straight service points in the Clippers’ Class B semifinal win over No. 4 Woodland in straight sets. Top-seeded Yarmouth (14-1) prevailed 25-13, 25-9, 25-20 to advance to the state championship match in Ellsworth on Saturday...

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Boulier, George lead Bangor girls past Mt. Blue

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

It always helps to score the first goal in a high school playoff soccer game, and the Bangor High School girls wasted little time denting the scoreboard in their Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal against Mt. Blue of Farmington on Wednesday night. Senior striker Alli Boulier scored …

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Houlton girls soccer team headed to semifinals after defeating Madawaska

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

The seconds could not tick off the clock fast enough for Houlton girls soccer coach Tim Tweedie on Wednesday evening. Holding a two-goal lead in rainy conditions against Aroostook County rival Madawaska, the top-ranked Shires decided to play more defensively late in the second half of Wednesday’s …

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Two UMaine women's soccer players earn league honors

Sport: University Of Maine Soccer  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

The University of Maine women’s soccer team was the stingiest in America East, thanks in part to sophomore goalkeeper Claudia Dube-Trempe and junior central defender Noelle Leon-Palmer. Both have been rewarded for their performances. The 6-foot-tall Dube-Trempe was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year, and Leon-Palmer earned Defender of …

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'It's something they're passionate about': UMaine cheerleaders overcome challenges to share school spirit

Sport: Cheerleading  Message Board

Posted: October 30th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

ORONO, Maine — They have been a fixture at University of Maine athletic events for decades, sharing their energy and enthusiasm with the Black Bear fans. They practice 12-14 hours per week, even though they receive no athletic scholarship money and only minimal program funding. They are the UMaine cheerleading squad, young women who support UMaine athletics while participating in an extracurricular activity they love. 

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