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BASEBALL REGIONAL FINALS VS BANGOR
It was exactly what you would expect from the Class A Regional ... Read more
BOYS LACROSSE PLAY OFFS VS LEWISTON
Finally, a sunny day that was perfect for playing Lacrosse. The Eagles ... Read more
PLAYOFF SOFTBALL VS CONY RAMS
It was play-off softball at its best. Both teams played well in a back and ... Read more
OUTDOOR TRACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Eagles Boys finished 17th and the Girls finished 19th, but there ... Read more
Nate Leslie take the throw from Nick Merrill and tags out the runner trying to stretch a double into a triple
June 14, 2017 - Bangor Eliminates Eagles 3-0
It was exactly what you would expect from the Class A Regional Finals between two Cinderella teams. #7 seed Mt Ararat had advanced through three brackets and # 4 seed Bangor won two games en route to the showdown. Both teams had their aces on the mound. It was a fast-paced game with both teams making some solid plays in the field. Bangor's Peter Kemble went the distance and hurled a four hitter while striking out 12 including retiring the side via the K in both the 3rd and 7th innings. The Eagles were not without their chances, but unlike their previous playoff games, they were unable to come up with the key hit when they needed it. Garret Moody pitched a complete game in typical Garrett style. He mixed his pitches well, working the corners with the soft stuff and throwing high fastballs for strikes. He allowed six hits and struck out three.
The Eagles Kaileb Hawkes lined a single to left to lead off the second. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sam Alexander. But the Eagles couldn't bring him home.
The Rams scored first in the bottom of the second. Garrett Moody walked a batter and the Rams Gary Farnham singled him to second. A sacrifice bunt placed runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Zach Cowperthwaite sent a hard grounder toward the middle. Hunter Lohr ranged far to his right, back-handed the ball, and made a nice throw to Sam Alexander at first for the out as the runner from third scored. But Sam alertly realized that the runner at second had taken an extraordinary wide turn at third. Sam correctly charged directly at the runner to force him to commit and, when he did, Sam fired a perfect strike to third baseman Nate Leslie, who applied the tag, to complete the unusual 4-3-5 double play and get the Eagles out of the inning without further damage.
The Eagles had another chance in the fourth. With one out, Nick Merrill drew a walk and Kaileb Hawkes picked up his second hit when he drilled a grounder to the hole. The Bangor shortstop made a sensational stop to keep the ball in the infield. A fielder's choice advanced Nick to third, but the Eagles couldn't deliver him.
Bangor pushed two runs across in the bottom of the fourth. After striking out the lead-off batter, Garrett hit the next batter. The Rams Zach Ireland moved him to second with a single and then Zach Cowperthwaite sent a gapper that rolled all the way to the 350 foot sign. The hit drove in two runs, but Ryan Mello picked up the ball, made a perfect cut off throw to Nick Merrill, who whirled and threw a bullet Nate Leslie that nabbed Cowperthwaite trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
The Eagles created another chance in the top of the 5th. Nate Leslie reached on an error and Kyle Brennan, who has been tearing the cover off the ball lately, ripped a line single to left. Cam Cox reached on another error to load the bases for Hunter Lohr. Hunter hit a stinger directly at the shortstop who nabbed it and doubled up the runner at second to get Kemble out of trouble.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Rams tried to add an insurance run but quickly learned not to challenge Kaileb Hawkes's arm. On a ball hit to medium right, Kaileb made the catch and uncorked a perfect strike to Cam Cox who applied the sweep tag to end the inning.
It was quite a ride for the Eagles this year. They pitched well and played great defense all year. their hitting improved consistently over the course of the season, and everyone got better. A special sayonara to seniors Eliot Bowie, Cam Cox, Jacob Laurence, and Kevin Giroux who provided lots of thrills, leadership, and entertainment over the past four years.
Wait til next year!
June 10, 2017 - Eagles Keep on Winning, Beat #1 Eddies 4-2
1-2-3! The Eagles have taken three giant steps in the post season, beating Messalonskee, Brewer, and now Edward Little. They have used three different starters (Garrett Moody, Kaileb Hawkes, and Hunter Lohr) and relied on closer Cam Grant. Their defense has been impeccable and they have come up with timely hitting. And every game produces a new hero. This game it was Kyle Brennan, hitting out of the 8 hole, who delivered three hits and three RBIs, including the game winner.
Sophomore Hunter Lohr was on the mound for the Eagles. Hunter showed tremendous poise for a sophomore giving up seven hits, striking out five, and walking only two through six solid innings. He wiggled out of more tight spots than a modern-day Houdini. He made the pitches when he had to and he relied on his defense, especially his outfielders who ranged far and wide, to haul in several long outs.
The Eagles drew first blood in the top of the second. It all started with two outs. Nate Leslie worked a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kyle Brennan then slapped a single to right that plated Nate to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, the Eddies threatened, but Nate Leslie made a nice play at third and caught the Eddies base runner in a pickle between second and third and a toss to Nick Merrill completed the unusual 5-6 putout. A single and a balk placed runners at second and third, but Hunter induced Edward Little's Austin Brown to fly out to Kaileb Hawkes in right. In the fifth, the Eddies took the lead with two runs. They loaded the bases with a walk, an infield single, and a line drive single. They scored their first run on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Blanchard and they added the go-ahead run when Ian Brushwire singled.
The Eddies lead did not last long as the Eagles responded with two runs to retake the lead in the top of the sixth. Ryan Mello walked and Nate Leslie sent a long single to deep right field to place runners at first and third. Kyle Brennan once again came through in the clutch with another hard shot that deflected off the glove of the diving second baseman's glove to drive in Mello. Nate Leslie scored on an error on a Garrett Moody fielders choice. The Eagles had a chance to do some more damage as they left the bases loaded.
Hunter Lohr had his strongest inning of the night in the sixth striking out two.
The Eagles added an insurance run in the top of the seventh and once again had the chance to put the game out of reach. Kaileb Hawkes reached on an error. An infield hit by Mello and a walk to Nate Leslie loaded the bases. That brought up Kyle Brennan - Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Kyle spanked another single up the middle to drive in Mello. The Eagles once again left the bases loaded.
Cam Grant came on to pitch the seventh. He retired the side 1-2-3 but not without some drama as the Eagles made three nice fielding plays behind him. First, Garret Moody snared a hot liner for out number one. Then Kaileb Hawkes hauled in a long fly to right. Finally, slick-fielding Nate Leslie gobbled up hard ground ball and made a perfect throw to Sam Alexander for the final out. It was the only 1-2-3 inning of the game for either side.
The Eagles left 12 men on base (six in he last two innings) and the Eddies left 10 men on base. The Eddies were particularly timid on the bases with the third base coach holding up runners who had chances to score a couple of times. No doubt out of respect for the Eagles outfielder's arms. Both teams had seven hits.
It was obviously the biggest win of the year for sthe Eagles. They now go on to face Bangor for the North Regional Championhip to be held on Wednesday, June 14 at Morton Field (Capital Area Sports Complex) in Augusta.
June 10, 2017 - Eagles Keep on Winning, Beat E#ddies 4-2
1-2-3! The Eagles have taken three giant steps in the post season, beating Messalonskee, Brewer, and now Edward Little. They have used three different starters )Garrett Moody, Kaileb Hawkes, and Hunter Lohr and relied on closer Cam Grant. Their defense has been impeccable and they have come up with timely hitting. And every game produces a new hero. This game it was Kyle Brennan, hitting out of the 8 hole, who delivered three hits and two RBIs, including the winning run.
Sophomore Hunter Lohr was on the mound for the Eagles
June 8, 2017 - Eagles Hang On to Upset Brewer, 3-2 - Advance to Semis
Kaileb Hawkes took center stage as the #7 seeded Eagles made the long trek to Brewer to take on the #2 ranked Witches. Kaileb pitched the best game of his young career with a complete game effort and knocked in the winning run to seal a 3-2 upset win and a trip to the Semi-finals. It was another well played game and Kaileb had plenty of solid defense behind him.
The Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second fueled by key hits by Kyle Brennan and Hunter Lohr. The Witches threatened in the bottom of the inning. With two men on, Ryan Mello made a nice running catch on a hard line shot to end the inning. In the fifth, Brewer pushed across an unearned run to tie the game.
The Eagles regained the lead in the sixth. Garrett Moody, Cam Cox, and Hunter Lohr all singled to load the bases. That brought Kaileb Hawkes to the plate and Hunter delivered a liner to right to score Garrett Moody and give the Eagles a 2-1 lead. Liam Huston took one for the team when he was hit by a pitch to force in Cam Cox to make it 3-1.
Brewer chipped away and pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to narrow the Eagles lead to 3-2. But Kaileb Hawkes came out and finished the game. Sam Alexander, who had made several nice picks earlier in the game, made a leaping grab of a liner to end the game. And there's pandemonium on the field.
June 6, 2017 - Eagles Advance to Quarter Finals, Beat Messalonskee 3-1
Garrett Moody, who has been the ace of the Eagles staff, was coming off a great game against Oxford Hills in the season finale. Garrett was mixing his pitches effectively and came up with a gritty performance against Messalonskee to advance the Eagles into the Quarter-finals at Brewer on Thursday. Garrett allowed five hits, hit two batters, and walked four. Garrett struck only two batters, but they both were inning enders: one in the fifth and one in the sixth with the bases loaded. Messalonskee left 12 men on base in total. Cam Grant came on to start the seventh to close out the game. After giving up a lead-off single, an infield error placed runners on first and third. Cam settled down and retired the next three batters with one run scoring on a fielder's choice. Nick Merrill made a nice play at shortstop to end the game.
The Eagles got on the board in the bottom of the second. Sam Alexander singled with one out. That brought up the designated hitter, Liam Huston. Liam pounced on a fastball and absolutely drilled it deep into the left-center field gap. Sam scored easily without drawing a throw. Liam wound up on second with a long double. A couple of walks loaded the bases, but the rally fizzled without any further damage.
The zeros continued to be posted on the scoreboard as the game progressed at a rapid rate. In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles added some much appreciated insurance runs. Ryan Mello got things started with a lead-off walk. He advanced to second on a perfectly executed bunt by Kyle Brennan, who was barely thrown out on a bang-bang play at first. Then Cam Cox smacked a ground ball single up the middle to score Ryan from second. Cam went to second on the throw home. With two out, Nick Merrill sent a towering drive to left that seemingly brought rain (we don't need any more help there, Nick). The Messalonskee left fielder twisted and turned as he heard his internal GPS unit say "Recalculatig..." and the ball landed approximately 360 feet away. By the time the left fielder got the ball back to the infield, Nick was resting at third with an RBI triple.
It was a big win for the Eagles who now play Brewer in the Quarter Finals.
A big shout out to Dave Johnson, the MTA groundskeeper, who has all the athletics fields in tip-top playing condition through out this vey wet spring.
June 7, 2017 - Lewiston Eliminates Eagles 11-8
Finally, a sunny day that was perfect for playing Lacrosse. The Eagles travelled to Bates College to face off against the # 2 seeded Blue Devils in the quarter finals. Lewiston had beaten the Eagles in the both teams' season finale 10-4, so both teams knew what adjustments, if any, they needed.
Lewiston got off to a fast start with two goals in the opening minute by Alex Rivet and Sam Payne and it looked like it might be a blowout. But the Eagles defense settled down, and the offense eventually got its mojo going, but not before the Blue Devils added two more goals, the last one coming with four seconds remaining in the quarter, to make it 4-0. Goals in the closing seconds of a quarter have plagued the Eagles all season and this game was no exception.
The Eagles came out rejuvenated in the second quarter. Steven Schuman got the Eagles flying when he intercepted a clearing pass at mid-field, broke in along the right side, and dished off to Sawyer Watson. Sawyer picked the top, far corner to make it 4-1.
Lewiston extended their lead to 6-1 on goals by Pat Racine and Ben Bolduc midway through the period. Once again, the Eagles rallied to cut the deficit to 6-3. At 4:54, Connor Brown came from behind, made a reverse pirouette move, changed hands, and scored. A minute later, Sawyer Watson worked his man back and forth and bounced a shot over the left shoulder of Lewiston's goalie. The half ended with the Eagles trailing 6-3, but still very much in the game.
Owen Kelly narrowed the deficit with a goal at the 8:40 mark in the third quarter. Lewiston then rattled off three consecutive goals, the last of which was a killer, coming with one second on the clock. Lewiston took a 9-4 lead into the fourth quarter.
Lewiston scored first in the fourth quarter to make it 10-4, before Connor Brown muscled his way to the front and released an off-balance shot that beat the Lewiston goalie. Jason Magno had a good chance to narrow the score when he cut through the middle, but his shot was blocked. Steven Schuman continued the Eagles come back when he bounced a shot into the goal while the Eagles were a man up to make it 10-6.
There was plenty of scoring in the final minute with the Eagles packaging two goals around a singleton by Lewiston. Sawyer Watson picked up his third goal of the game and Orion Sargent registering the final tally.
The game was penalty free until a Lewiston player went off for slashing with 8:25 left. Then the penalties came in flurries for both teams. There is always a danger that the trailing team becomes frustrated and, knowing that this is their last game with no punishment applicable, take some cheap shots. Luckily, this did not happen. There was a humorous moment when Sawyer Watson, who has made many solid hits all season long, missed his check on the player, but completely cleaned out the referee. There was no penalty called on the play.
June 6, 2017 - Rams Edge Eagles 3-2 in Eight Innings
It was play-off softball at its best. Both teams played well in a back and forth game that had spectators on the edge of their seats most of the game. Somebody had to lose and it was the Eagles who allowed the winning run in the top of the eighth.
The Rams struck first when Carly Leffre led off with a double. Alana Weaver retired the next two batters before Alice Cloutier banged out an RBI single. The Eagles tied it up in the bottom of the third. Kelsey Scannevin got things started with a double and moved to third on a Zoe Stilphen single. The girls then executed a double steal to tie the game at 1-1.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Kate Guerin singled, but was erased on a fielder's choice that left Holly Temple on first. Sam Gonyea continued the rally with a single and Kelsey Scannevin once again came through in the clutch with an RBI single.
The Rams scored an unearned run to tie the game in the sixth and then pushed across the winning run in the top of the 8th. Alexis Caouette led off with a double. Alana Weaver retired the next to batters before Gabby McGuire doubled her home with the winning run. The Eagles went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth.
It was a great season for the Eagles and a lot of fun to watch the Girls play. The level of play has improved exponentially since four years ago. I will really miss the seniors Katelyn Cox, Sam Gonyea, Kristen Graffam, Kate Guerin, and the unflappable Alana Weaver. What better way to say thank you than to send them off with a final Dream Weaver tribute.
June 3, 2017 - Eagles Compete at State Championship
If you build it, they will come. That seems to be the motivation for holding the State Championship at the
centrally-located, "you can't get there from here" Massabesic High School. But it is a beautiful facility. .24 teams from all over the state found their way there and we hope they left turf bread crumbs to find their way home.
The Eagles Boys finished 17th and the Girls finished 19th, but there were plenty of outstanding performances dotting the landscape.
Freshman Wyley Fitzpatrick led the way with a 3rd place finish in the 400 (1:00.99) and a 9th place finish (27.27) in the 200. Wyley ran season bests in both events. She also posted a top ten finish in the Long Jump. Sophomore Sara York ran a season best 1:02.70 in the 400 to finish 10th. Freshman Katie Lynch distinguished herself with an 1th place finish in the 100 and 17th place in the 300 Hurdles. Katherine Leckbee ran a season best in the 3200 to finish 4th.
Over in the Pole Vault pit, the Eagles trio of Lauren Labbay, Hope Langworthy, and Ashley Parker closed out the season with solid performances. Lauren and Hope cleared 8-06 to tie for 13th place and Ashley topped out at 8-00 to finish 19th.
Senior Haley Frizzle finished 26th in the Jav.
In the Relays, the Eagles Sara York, Josie Miller, Katie Lynch, and Katherine Leckbee podiumed with a 6th place finish in the 4 x 800. I'm still trying to wrap my head around how the 4 x 400 team of Wyley Fitzpatrick, Sara York, Katie Lynch, and Katherine Leckbee finished 10th. There must have been some really fast teams competing. In the 4 x 100, Sara York, Brennan Thiboutot, Brea Holtet, and Zoe Stevenson joined the action and finished 21st.
Click here to view a season summary of each girl athlete's results.
Dalton Streeter was the Eagles top point getter for the Boys. Dalton finished 4th in the Long Jump and 6th in the Triple Jump. Dalton leapt 20-08.75 recording a new season best in the Long Jump and topped 40 feet in the Triple Jump (40-11). Hunter Beebe set a new PR in the High Jump to finish 6th. Hunter cleared 5-10 in his final competition at the high school level. Max Spelke finished 19th in the Javelin competition with a toss of 131-08.
In the sprints, the Eagles trio of Jordan Jawdat, Jason Halliday, and Cole Guerin all finished within .05 hundredths of a second of each other to claim 17th, 19th, and 20th places respectively. Travis Nadeau raced to a 23rd place finish in the 200. Matt Donovan placed 15th in the 300 Hurdles with a time of 45.41. Tyler Bernier (53.08) and Jonas Lodden Kemper (54.32) continued to burn up the track in the 400 with both runners registering personal bests to finish 11th and 19th. In the 800, Eagan Eldridge (2:05.27) ran a season best time in the 800 to finish 12th. And Cam Meier podiumed with a 5th place finish in the 3200. Cam ran a personal best 9:49.58.
In Relay action, Cam Meier, Eagan Eldridge, Devon Hoskins, and Jonas Lodden Kemper teamed up to finish in 4th place in the 4 x 800. Cole Guerin, Jason Halliday, Dalton Streeter, and Travis Nadeau sped to the podium with a 7th place finish in the 4 x 100. And in the 4 x 400, Tyler Bernier, Cam Meier, Eagan Eldridge, and Jonas Lodden Kemper scored a top ten finish with a 9th place finish.
Click here to view a season summary of each boy athlete's results.
May 31, 2017 - Eagles Eliminated in Quarter Finals, 4-1
The Eagles ended their season in the first round of the play-offs with a 4-1 loss to Mt Blue. Freshly coronated Singles State Champion Nick Mathieu waltzed to a 6-0, 6-0 win in the team competition. The Eagles were competing without two of their top players, Peter Mao and Lucas Piatt.
Matt Mosher, playing in the #2 slot, battled hard before falling 6-2 and 6-4. First year player Jacob Sturgess dropped his match 6-0, 6-1. In Double action, Eli Begert and Nathan Kofroth lost 6-0, 6-3 and the #2 team David Neufeld and Tristan Caswell-Riday lost 6-2, 6-0.
May 29, 2017 - Nick Mathieu Repeats as State Singles Champion
As Roger Daltry of The Who would say "Meet the new boss... same as the old boss" Nick Mathieu battled back from a first set 6-3 loss to capture his second Singles State Championship. It was the first set that Nick has lost all season. In fact, it was the first set in which he allowed his opponent to win more than one game. Nick came back to win the next two sets 6-4, 7-5 over worthy opponent Nick Forester from Falmouth in an exciting match.
May 25, 2017 - Eagles Hang On, Outlast Vikings, 12-10
It was another rainy, dreary night, but it was brightened by the festivities surrounding Senior Night. The Eagles honored nine of their seniors, who were playing their last home of their high-school careers.
Oxford Hills motored their way to Topsham from Casino-land to put all their chips on the table. It was a game between two teams that had one win between them. The girls were playing for pride and for love of the game. Those are the best reasons and both teams played a very entertaining, competitive, high-scoring game. The Eagles prevailed 12-10, but not without the Vikings giving them a run for their money.
Emily Welch powered the Eagles with five goals and Shannon Harty chipped in four more. Casi Perow made the big saves when she needed to, including her best save in the second half when the Vikings threatened to tie the score.
The game started out with the Eagles controlling the face-off. Emily Welch had a quick shot that was turned away, but Shannon Harty waltzed unescorted right down Broadway and beat the Vikings goalie. A little more than a minute later, the Vikings Arianna Green tied the score. The Eagles dominated the next ten minutes stretching their lead to 5-1. Emily Welch scored on a free position; Magan Thomas-Copland followed the earlier path paved by Shannon and made it 3-1. Emily Welch made it 4-1 as she worked her way back and forth in front of the net to set up her shot. And Ana Knight, AKA the Little Tornado, embarked upon a coast-to-coast odyssey that ended with a nice face dodge, and a shot to make the score 5-1. According to my (very inaccurate records), it was Ana's first goal of her career.
Oxford Hills showed they weren't about to lie down and play dead. Hannah Hartnett took advantage of an Eagles defensive breakdown to make it 6-2.
The Eagles had a good scoring opportunity when Anna Manuel intercepted a clearing pass at midfield, ran down the left sideline, then cut to the center and fired a shot just wide. Shannon Harty followed with another shot that whistled wide. At the other end, Casi Perow made a nice save, but the Vikings kept the pressure on and 30 seconds later, Hannah Hartnett narrowed the Eagles lead to 6-3. With nine minutes remaining in the half, Ana Knight was brewing up a storm of her own. Ana crossed the mid-field line and set up Jess Cloutier with a nice transition pass. Jess cut to the center and rocketed a shot past the Vikings goalie to give the Eagles a comfortable 7-3 lead. Thirty second later, Anna Manuel and Shannon Harty hooked up to execute a picture-perfect play. Anna crossed left to right, and fired a pass against the grain to Shannon who was cutting in from the weak side. Shannon quick-sticked the pass into the goal to extend the Eagles lead to 8-3.
But the pesky Vikings wouldn't let go. They scored two goals in the closing minutes of the first half that got them back in the game and switched the momentum to them in the second half.
Emily Welch opened the scoring in the second half, but the Vikings Caroline Burns answered less than a minute later. Shannon Harty kept the Eagles lead at 4 goals when she converted a free position shot on the left. Casi Perow came up with another good save before the Vikings Caroline Burns went on a tear, scoring three goals over the next six minutes. Oliver Sudden, it was a 10-9 game with 13:07 left. The Vikings won the ensuing face-off and immediately attacked. Casi Perow came up with her biggest and best save of the night to prevent the Vikings from tieing the game. Casi's save seemed to inspire the Eagle offense. Anna Manuel initiated the clear and hit Emily Welch, who clanged a shot off the post. Emily struck again this time sucessfully scoring after reversing direction in front. With 5:35 left, Shannon Harty snuck behind the defense and called for the ball. Ana Knight who had just scooped up a ground ball acrobatically, heeded Shannon's call and delivered a perfect pass that Shannon deposited in the back of the net to give the Eagles some breathing room, 12-9. Casi Perow made another big save on a free position shot to keep the Eagles lead at three. With 1:21 left, the Vikings Cassidy Walo scored on a free position shot. The Eagles won the next face-off and were able to run out the clock.
May 24, 2017 - Softball Senior Night
May 22, 2017 - Catching Up with the Girls Tennis Team
It's been a while since we touched base with the Girls Tennis team and they have been busy. The good news is that they picked up their first victory of the season with a 3-2 win over Cony. Exchange student Paulina Piasecka, a girl who had never played tennis before this year, continued to play with panache and skill with a 6-4, 6-4 straight set win at the number three seed. It was the third match in a row in which Paulina emerged victorious. Ryley Leech and Abby Malbon, playing together for the first time this season, squeaked by Cony with a 6-4, 7-5 victory. In the #2 Doubles competition, Elyssa Eldridge and Maddie Plant battled past their opponents 6-3, 7-5 to provide the Eagles with the margin of victory.
Top players Erin Venard and captain Lizzie Garver continued to play well over the past couple of weeks. Erin picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win over Skowhegan as she continued to show her tenacity at the baseline.
Elyssa Eldridge and Madison Plant stroked their way to a 7-6 (5), 6-4 vs Messalonksee.
It's Senior Night on Thursday, May 25, so if you haven't seen the Girls play yet this year, this is your chance!
April 8, 2017 - Rusty Rolls 5K Official Results
Click to view official results. Thanks to everyone who participants who ran, volunteered, and contributed to make this a great event.
Photos from the race available on the mtasports.com facebook page.