Thursday, June 13, 2024

Portland: First full week of fall sports season in the books


The autumn sports activities season is in full swing and whereas native groups have had their share of hits and misses, everyone seems to be thrilled to be again in motion, having fun with a traditional marketing campaign.

Right here’s a glance again on the week that was:


Portland’s Nathan Isajar breaks a pair tackles on an extended reception throughout Friday’s 40-0 dwelling win over Deering. Derek Davis / Portland Press Herald

Friday night at Fitzpatrick Stadium, Deering and host Portland met in a countable common season recreation for the primary time in seven years, and the Bulldogs rolled to their second-straight victory to begin the season.

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One week after a formidable 30-18 win at Kennebunk, Portland bought off to an ideal begin in opposition to the Rams.

On the primary offensive play, Kennedy Charles scored on a 6-yard run. On the second, Brandon Boyle, a switch from Deering, scored on a 13-yard rush. On the third, quarterback Grant Crosby aired out a 56-yard landing go to Aidan DiMillo, and similar to that, the Bulldogs had been in command, 20-0.

Whereas Portland was stymied by a pair of turnovers and a number of penalties within the second quarter, it nonetheless managed so as to add to its lead when Boyle scored on a spotlight reel 18-yard TD scamper to make it 27-0 on the half.

Placekicker Cristo Vumpa added a pair of discipline objectives within the third interval, one from 37 yards and the following from 25, to increase the benefit to 33. The Bulldogs added a 10-yard landing run from Reegan Buck within the fourth quarter and closed out a 40-0 victory.

Boyle ran for 149 yards and a pair scores as Portland improved to 2-0 and dropped Deering to 0-2 within the course of.

“It was good to see my associates and play in opposition to them, however I needed to beat them,” Boyle mentioned. “I educated so arduous to be out right here. I needed to show myself.”

“It’s all the time nice to beat our rival,” Bulldogs coach Jason McLeod mentioned. “It’s been awhile. No matter how we performed and what we have to tighten up, it’s all the time good to beat these guys. I believed we flew to the ball and did good issues on protection.”

Portland will look to enhance to 3-0 when it welcomes Noble (2-0) Friday night time in a battle of unbeatens.

“We simply have to work as a staff and never overthink issues or complicate issues,” Boyle mentioned.

“Noble has a quarterback who can throw the ball round and he’ll give us matches,” McLeod mentioned. “Their protection blitzes loads and tries to strain us. We’ll have to have a great week of apply.”

Deering solely managed 45 yards of offense within the loss, however coach John Hardy discovered cause to be optimistic.

“We positively stepped up within the second quarter,” Hardy mentioned. “Quite a lot of groups would have simply folded after their first three performs. I’m very happy with this younger staff for actually buckling down and holding their floor. We now have loads of new guys in new locations. There have been positives.”

The Rams will attempt once more to present Hardy his first victory Friday at dwelling versus 0-2 Massabesic.

“The lesson is that there are some positives that come out of a loss,” Hardy mentioned. “We’ll watch movie tomorrow. The Portland recreation’s behind us and we’ll see them Thanksgiving Day. Now, it’s on to Massabesic.”

Cheverus, which beat visiting Yarmouth, 54-8, in its season opener, was scheduled to go to Maranacook Friday, however that recreation was canceled. The Stags host Lake Area Saturday afternoon.

Boys’ soccer

Waynflete senior Liam Slocumb defends Traip Academy’s Conor McPherson throughout final week’s 2-0 victory. Michael Hoffer / The Forecaster

Waynflete’s boys’ soccer staff has picked proper up the place it left off in 2018, 2019 and 2020, atop the heap. The Flyers began with three straight victories final week to make it 17 consecutive wins over a three-year span. Within the opener, at North Yarmouth Academy, Waynflete bought early objectives from Jacob Woodman and Samir Sayed and 6 key saves late from new goalkeeper Nico Kirby to prevail, 2-1.

“That first aim uplifted the staff,” Sayed mentioned. “After that, we knew we may rating once more. It was thrilling to attain, however I knew the sport wasn’t over but.”

“The second half was loads totally different,” Kirby mentioned. “We talked at halftime how we knew they’d come out and wish to beat us. That they had loads of time to return again.

“To come back right here and get a win in opposition to a high quality opponent that’s going to win loads of video games is a pleasant begin,” added longtime Flyers coach Brandon Salway. “It’s good to win and study loads and see what we have to enhance upon.”

Subsequent got here the house opener versus Traip Academy, and Waynflete received that one, 2-0, on an “personal aim” credited to Roan Hopkins and one other from Woodman, in addition to a stellar defensive effort, paced by Matt Adey.

“We now have loads of pleasure,” Adey mentioned. “The blokes we misplaced from final 12 months had been spectacular and it’s arduous to fill their roles, however we’ve guys coming off the bench from final 12 months and we discovered loads. I feel we generally is a actually good staff once more.”

“I feel we’re coming collectively very well,” Woodman mentioned. “We simply want expertise. We nonetheless have to work on our first contact and possessing the ball.”

“We didn’t end right now, however I believed it was our most constant 80 minutes by far we’ve put collectively,” Salway added. “We had been removed from good, however we moved the ball fairly properly many of the recreation.”

Saturday, the Flyers beat host St. Dom’s, 8-2, behind three objectives apiece from Sayed and Henry Hart and one every from Nils Burton-Johanson and Bryan Stark-Chessa.

Waynflete goes to Sacopee Valley Tuesday, hosts Richmond Thursday and welcomes Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of subsequent week.

“It’s a course of, however I’m proud of the place we’re proper now,” Salway mentioned.

Deering opened with a 2-0 loss at Scarborough, then improved to 2-1 after victories final week at Noble (3-1) and at dwelling over Kennebunk (7-1). Towards the Knights, David Kita and Nick Simon Mboumba every had a aim and an help and Abdul Al Taee additionally scored. Within the win over the Rams, Patricio Mowa scored twice, whereas Al Taee, Kita, Mboumba, Chandrel Mangele and Davonte Promenade all added a aim. Deering hosts Marshwood Tuesday, welcomes Gorham Saturday and goes to reigning Class A champion Falmouth Monday.

Portland began with a 1-0 dwelling win over Gorham, then misplaced final week at dwelling to Cheverus (2-1) and at Windham (2-0) to fall to 1-2. Martin Kalala had the aim in opposition to the Stags. The Bulldogs hoped to get again on monitor Tuesday at dwelling versus Biddeford. After going to Thornton Academy Thursday, Portland hosts Westbrook Saturday.

Cheverus began with a 3-0 dwelling loss to South Portland, then received at Portland (2-1) and misplaced at Marshwood (3-1) final week to fall to 1-2. Within the victory, Brady Hoglund and Jack Kingsley scored the objectives and Wyatt Roy made 5 saves. The Stags welcomed Massabesic Monday, play host to Gorham Thursday and go to Kennebunk Saturday.

Ladies’ soccer

On the ladies’ facet, Cheverus hasn’t missed a beat this fall regardless of loads of new faces in new locations. The Stags opened with wins at South Portland (2-0), at dwelling over Portland (7-2) and at dwelling over Marshwood (7-1). Within the win over the Bulldogs, Julia Kratzer and Roxie van Oosterum had two objectives, whereas Finley Brown, Kadynne Smith and Anna Vigue had one apiece. Towards the Hawks, Vigue and Caoilinn Durkin every scored twice, and Olivia Bradford, Kratzer and Smith (two assists) discovered the online as properly. Cheverus was at Massabesic Tuesday, has a showdown at Gorham Thursday and goes to Deering Tuesday of subsequent week.

Talking of the Rams, they gave new coach Paul Cameron his first victory Friday, 4-2, at Kennebunk. Deering opened with losses to visiting Scarborough (8-1) and Noble (1-0). Within the win, Elsa Freeman’s two second half objectives had been the distinction. Isa Gomez added two objectives and Courtney Jackson stopped 4 photographs. Deering seemed to even its report Tuesday at Marshwood. The Rams go to Gorham Saturday and welcome Cheverus Tuesday of subsequent week.

Portland fell to 0-3 after beginning with losses at Gorham (6-0) and Cheverus (7-2) and at dwelling to Windham (5-1). Eliza Stein scored in opposition to the Eagles. The Bulldogs hoped to get within the win column Tuesday at Biddeford. Portland is dwelling versus Thornton Academy Thursday, visits Westbrook Saturday and is dwelling in opposition to Scarborough Tuesday of subsequent week.

Waynflete started with losses to visiting NYA (5-0) at host Traip Academy (3-0). Goalkeeper Jesse Connors had 5 saves in every recreation. The Flyers hosted Sacopee Valley Tuesday, welcome Richmond Thursday and play at two-time reigning Class B champion Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of subsequent week.

Subject hockey

Cheverus’ discipline hockey staff has been dominant within the early going, blanking visiting Marshwood (8-0), successful at reigning regional champion Biddeford (6-2) and downing host Sanford (8-0). Taylor Tory scored 4 occasions in opposition to the Tigers, whereas Lucy Johnson and Zoe Radford additionally rattled the cage. Within the win over the Spartans, Tory and Lily Johnson each had three objectives, whereas Lucy Johnson added two. The Stags have a house showdown versus Scarborough Thursday (see for recreation story) and go to Bonny Eagle Monday.

The Portland/Deering co-op staff started with losses to host Sanford (3-0), visiting Scarborough (8-0), host Bonny Eagle (4-0) and visiting Kennebunk (10-1). Hannah Caron scored the aim in opposition to Kennebunk. Portland/Deering was at Westbrook Monday, hosts Windham Wednesday and Monday of subsequent week visits Thornton Academy.

The NYA/Waynflete co-op squad began with dwelling losses to St. Dom’s (3-1) and Greely (2-1). After visiting Wells Monday, the staff is at Sacopee Valley Wednesday and hosts Traip Academy Friday.


Cheverus’ volleyball staff began with 3-0 losses at South Portland, at dwelling in opposition to Falmouth and at Scarborough. The Stags host Sanford Wednesday and welcome Westbrook Thursday earlier than taking part in host to Yarmouth Tuesday of subsequent week.

Deering sandwiched 3-0 losses at Thornton Academy and Biddeford round a 3-0 dwelling win over Westbrook. After internet hosting rival Portland Monday, the Rams play host to Bonny Eagle Friday and go to Kennebunk Monday.

Portland started its season Monday at Deering. After visiting Marshwood Wednesday and internet hosting Falmouth Friday, the Bulldogs play at Thornton Academy Monday.

Cross nation

Cheverus joined Marshwood and Windham at Thornton Academy for a cross nation meet final week. The boys’ squad was third, as Jesse Cadigan was second individually (with a time of 18:04). The Stags had been additionally third within the ladies’ race, as Annabelle Brooks was the person runner-up (20:04).

Deering joined Falmouth and Noble at Sanford. The boys had been second to Falmouth, as Alexey Seredin positioned third (17:33.34). Megan Cunningham received the ladies’ race (21:38.34), though the Rams didn’t rating as a staff.

Portland took half in a meet with Biddeford, Gorham, Kennebunk and South Portland. The boys took first place as a staff, as George Theall positioned fourth (16:01.62). Tenley Flint was third (19:08.66), however the Bulldogs didn’t rating as a staff within the ladies’ meet.

Waynflete took on Lisbon, NYA, Outdated Orchard Seashore and Wells in its first meet. The Flyers received the ladies’ race, as Skylar Harris was first individually in 23:31.47. The boys had been third, as Sawyer Linehan led the way in which with a ninth-place end (21:19.53).


Cheverus’ golf staff suffered its first loss final week, 11.5-1.5, to Scarborough. The Stags had been at South Portland Tuesday and tackle Deering Friday.

The Rams fell to 0-3 after an 11-2 loss to Portland final week. Deering confronted Scarborough Tuesday.

Portland beat Deering final week, 11-2, to get within the win column. The Bulldogs face Scarborough Thursday.

Waynflete received its first two matches, 10-3 over York and 11-2 over Wells.

Sports activities Editor Michael Hoffer may be reached at [email protected]. Observe him on Twitter: @foresports.

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