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GIRLS LACROSSE VS OXFORD HILLS
It was another rainy, dreary night, but it was brightened by the festivities ... Read more
BASEBALL VS SKOWHEGAN INDIANS
Garrett Moody pitched seven solid innings, scattering six hits. Garret struck ... Read more
GIRLS SOFTBALL VS SKOWHEGAN
The Eagles travelled to Skowhegan to face the politically incorrect ... Read more
CATCHING UP WITH THE TENNIS TEAMS
It's been a while since we touched base with the Girls and Boys Tennis teams ... Read more
Nick Mathieu, the defending State Singles Champion, took the initial steps to a repeat performance. Nick advanced to the Quarter finals with a win last night. Today he advanced to the Semi-Finals with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Lewiston's Cole Ouelette.
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 25, 2017 - Eagles Edge Skowhegan, 2-1
Garrett Moody pitched seven solid innings, scattering six hits. Garret struck out three and walked only one batter. Ryan Glass came on to pitch the eighth and made it exciting before he worked out of a bases-loaded jam with two strike outs.
The Eagles scored the eventual go ahead run in the top of the eighth. Nate Leslie singled and moved to third on two consecutive errors by Skowhegan. Hunter Lohr then delivered his game-winning hit. It was Hunter's third hit of the game. Nate Leslie also had two hits.
The win evened the Eagles record at 7-7 with two games remaining.
May 25, 2017 - Skowhegan Slips Past Eagles 4-3
The Eagles travelled to Skowhegan to face the politically incorrect Indians, who sit atop the Heal Point Standings. The Eagles battled to the finish in another well-played game that went into extra innings.
Alana Weaver was on the mound for the Eagles and she held the Indians scoreless through the first four innings. Ashley Alward, the Skowhegan hurler, matched her pitch for pitch. In the bottom of the fifth, after Alana struck out the first two batters, The Indians created some two-out lightning. Annie Cook and Alyssa Everett singled and Sydney Ames drove then home with a two-run double.
The Eagles responded in the top of the sixth. Zoe Stilphen started things off with a lead-off single and Alana Weaver moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Katelyn Cox made the strategy work with a single that drove Zoe in. Kaitlyn went to second on the throw home and scored on a single by Kayleigh Temple. Kayleigh scored the third run of the inning on an error to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
Alana cruised through the bottom of the sixth but ran into trouble sin the bottom of the seventh when a couple of errors led to an unearned run. Holly Temple came in to relieve and ended the inning. Kayleigh Temple singled in the eighth, but was stranded. In the bottom of the inning, Skowhegan's Julia Steeves singles, moved to second on a sacrifice, and came home on Alyssa Everett's third hit of the game out of the nine hole in the batting order.
It was a tough loss for the Eagles against a quality team.
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!
May 20, 2017 - Eagles Sink Shipbuilders 12-7
Connor Brown scored over, under, sideways, down, backwards, forwards, square and round. Connor ended up with 8 goals and an assist to lead the Eagles to a 12-7 win over Morse.
The Eagles won the opening face-off portending a pattern of winning face-offs that Mark Abreu would continue throughout the game. The Eagles controlled play, but didn't have any scoring opportunities in the opening minutes. They fought off a man-down situation without allowing a shot and then Jason Magno zipped the first shot off the game. His shot was saved, but it shook off the cobwebs as the Eagles offense came to life. The Eagles scored two quick goals. Connor Brown scored his first of the game. Mark Abreu won the ensuing face-off. Hank Gilson reversed field and fed Steven Schuman in the left flank. Steven, always a threat to shoot, instead spotted a wide-open Sawyer Watson on far post, and hit him with a perfect cross-field pass. Sawyer buried it in the open net to make it 2-0.
The Eagles made it 3-0 when Connor Brown did it all. Connor broke up a Morse clear at midfield, picked up the loose ball, beat his defender, and then backhanded a bounce shot past the Morse goalie. Owen Kelly and Steven Schuman had a couple of chances, but their shots were turned away. Morse scored with 1:57 left in the quarter. Parker Lacey made a big save at the end of the quarter to preserve the Eagles momentum.
Connor Brown scored on a sneak around to open the second quarter. Things quieted down for a while and the Eagles again killed off a penalty. In the final three minutes of the first half, the Eagles scored a flurry of goals. Steven Schuman led a fast break, looked to Sawyer Watson on the right who drew the defense toward him, then hit Jason Magno on the opposite side. Jason lasered a shot home to make it 5-1. Morse countered with a goal when the Eagles left an attack man open on the top of the crease. The Eagles closed out the half with a goal at the 1:29 mark. Once again, Steven Schuman was the catalyst when he set up Connor Brown on the top of the crease. Connor's initial shot was blocked, but Connor alertly picked up the rebound and quickly deposited it in the back of the net. The half ended with the Eagles up 6-3.
Connor Brown scored three unanswered goals to open the second half. On the final goal, Connor scooped up a Nick Canter rebound and shot all in one motion for a nice goal. Later, the Eagles scored on a man-up situation when Sawyer Watson fed Steven Schuman for a goal and a 10-3 lead. Orion Sargent made it 11-3 when he cut through middle, took a Connor Brown pass, did a spin move, shot and scored. Morse closed out the quarter with a goal.
The Eagles ran out the clock in the final quarter. Connor Brown scored his final goal when he circle around from behind and beat the goalie with a high shot.
May 18, 2017 - Boys, Girls Finish First
After a spring filled with rain and cool temperatures, things heated up in a hurry at the home meet with Brunswick, Morse, and Medomak Valley. Temperatures soared into the 90s, but humidity was low and there was a nice, warm breeze. The sprinters loved these conditions, but the distance runners not so much. Every MTA sprinter, more than 20 Boys and Girls combined, ran season best times in the 100 and 200 Meter dashes.
The big story was happening over in the Pole Vault pit, where Hope Langworthy soared to a new MTA school record by clearing 9-0 feet. She broke the old record of 8-06 held by teammate Lauren Labbay, who had cleared that height four times in her career. The Girl pole vaulters have a deep and talented squad and the intra-team competition is realy driving their improvements. Lauren Labay finished third, followed by Ashley Parker (4), Emily Smith (7), and Emily McCracken (8). On any given day, anyone of these girls is capable of winning. On the Boys side, Dalton Streeter notably cleared 10-06. Just three weeks ago, Dalton competed in his first competition and finished by clearing 9-0. What an improvement! What an athlete! The sky is the limit.
The Girls had first place finishes in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, and 3200. They had first place finishes in the Long Jump and Triple Jump and second place finshes in the High Jump, Pole Vault, Jav, Discus, and Shot Put. That's first and second place in every single event. I don't think I've ever seen that before. They appear to be primed for next week's KVAC Championships.
Katherine Leckbee strolled to pedestrian (for her) wins in the 1600 and 3200. Campbell Tankersly finished 3rd in the 3200 and 5th in the 1600. Anna Jackson crossed the line in 4th in the 3200.
Freshman Brea Holtet, who missed the first half of the season, appears to be in top form. Brea won the 100, came in 5th in the 200, and left her imprint in the Long Jump with a 5th place finish. Zoe Stevenson (3), Brennan Thiboutot (5), Cassie Kane (6), and Ashley Parker (7) all had top 10 finishes in the 100. Fay O'Donnell finished 5th in the 100 Hurdles.
For the second week in a row, Wyley Fitzpatrick was a triple winner. Wyley won the 200 in a scintillating time of 27.38 a time which has not been seen at Mt Ararat since the days of Maddison Prescott. She also won the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Katie Lynch came in second in the 200 in a speedy 28.22 followed by Brea Holtet (5), Lauren Labbay (8), and Brennan Thiboutot (10). Katie Lynch finished 3rd in the 300 Hurdles followed by Fay O'Donnell in 5th. Sara York sped to a win in the 400 with Zoe Stevenson finishing 7th. In the 800, Josie Miller took off with a determined look on her face. That determination paid off with a first place finish in a PB. Emily Smith and Lindsey Papa finished 5th and 6th respectively.
In the High Jump, Sara York finished 2nd followed by Cassie Kane (3) and Brennan Thiboutot (4). In the horizontal jumps, Wyley Fitzpatrick was not alone. In the Long Jump, both Brea Holtet (5) and Alyssa Dau (7) recorded PBs. In the Triple, it was Alyssa Dau (5) and Emily Smith (6) trailing behind Wyley.
In the strength events, deuces were wild for Haley Frizzle. Haley finished second in the Shot, the Discus, and the Jav. Abby Kons, Kodie Crane, and Tiffany Jackson all threw well in all three events. Brennan Thiboutot finished 5th in the Shot.
Click here to view a season summary of each girl athlete's results.
In the distances, it was Cam Meier and Eagan Eldridge working in tandem to 1-2 finishes. Cam paced Eagan to his fastest 1600 of the year and just missed pulling him to a sub 11-minute in the 3200. Aaron Hyde ran a season best time in the 3200 by 13 seconds to finish 4th. In the 800, Cam Meier won easily with Jonas Lodden Kemper and Devin Hoskins battling it out for 3rd and 4th respectively. Kody Noyes (7) and Lucas Bergeron (8) both finished in the top 10.
In the 100, Jason Halliday (5), Cole Guerin (6), Jordan Jawdat (7), and Travis Nadeau (9) finished in the top 10. In the 200, there was a similar cast of characters. Jordan Jawdat was the top Eagle finisher in 2nd place followed by Travis Nadeau (3), Jason Halliday (4), Tommy Leslie (5), Mat Donovan (6), and Jax Hollenbach in 10th.
The Eagles finished 2-3-4-5 in the 300 Hurdles. Matt Donovan led the cavalcade, followed by Max Spelke, Jax Hollenbach, and Hunter Beebe. Matt, Jax, and Hunter all ran PBs. In the 400, Tyler Bernier burned up the track with a 53.33 in the 400 for a first place finish. Cole Guerin (2nd - 55.79) and Aaron Hyde (7th - 59.75) both ran well. Maximo Varela (8), Bien Georg (9), and Tommy Leslie (10) all recorded top 10 finishes.
In the jumping pits, personal bests were flying. Dalton Streeter leapt 41-04 to finish 2nd in the Triple jump. Ethan Rac (7) and Jax Hollenbach (9) both submitted PBs. In the Long Jump, Dalton landed in 2nd place followed by Maximo Varela (7 - PB), Ethan Rac (8), Jason Halliday (9), and Jax Hollenbach (10). In the High Jump, it was Hunter Beebe and Steven Gerencer finishing 4-5.
There was quite a competition in the Jav. This week, Max Spelke (3) took Eagle honors with a personal best toss of 134-02 to edge out Travis Nadeau (4). If they look in their rear view mirror, they'll see Robbie Hyde fast approaching with a personal best by 13 feet (7 - 118-01).
Caden Pond set a new PR in the Shot by a foot with a heave of 36-09.50 to finish 2nd. Steven Gerencer finished 5th in the Shot. Caden Pond also finished 3rd in the Discus. Nate Emerson (12) set a new PR by 20 feet in the Discus.
Click here to view a season summary of each boy athlete's results.
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.