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CATCHING UP WITH THE NORDIC SKI TEAM
The Eagles have been busy with Broomhall qualifier and the NENSA Championship ... Read more
BOYS HOCKEY VS EDWARD LITTLE
Just days after the 39th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, the Eagles almost ... Read more
WRESTLING - EAGLES ADVANCE TO NEW ENGLANDS
The Eagles sent six wrestlers to the New England Qualifier ... Read more
SWIMMING - KVAC & STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cora Spelke leads the Eagles at KVAC and State Championships ... Read more
WINTER SPORTS AWARD WINNERS
|Sport||Coach's Award||Outstanding Senior Award|
|Boys Varsity Basketball||Will Kavanaugh||Austin Damon|
|Boys JV Basketball||Bryce LaFrance|
|Boys Freshman Basketball||Gage Armstrong|
|Girls Basketball||Grace Liedman||Ainsley Bryant|
|Girls JV Basketball||Kassidy Dixon|
|Varsity Wrestling||Mason Hultman||Brady Mitchell|
|Varsity Cheering||Carolina Razera||Amanda O'Neill|
|Varsity Boys Swimming||Daniel Pratt||Max Bickford|
|Varsity Girls Swimming||Cora Spelke||Riley Robertson|
|Varsity Boys Hockey||Brandon Durant||Noah Austin|
|JV Boys Hockey||Cayden Green|
|Varsity Girls Hockey||Maddy Young||Amber Card|
|JV Girls Hockey||Cindy Conkling|
|Girls Nordic Ski||Sadie Skinner|
|Varsity Boys Indoor Track||Ethan Rac||Mitchell Surace|
|Varsity Girls Indoor Track||Sara York||Cassandra Kane|
Mar 11, 2019 - Winter Sports Awards Tribute Video
Click here to see a season summary of each athlete's races.
March 8-9, 2019 - Eagles Amaze at NENSA Championship
Sadie Skinner and Karlie Leighton participated at the NENSA Championship held in Bethel, ME. More than 100 Girls from five states (ME, NH, MA, VT and NY) participated in the U-16 division. In the 5K Freestyle event, Karli Leighton edged out Sadie Skinner by micro seconds to place 54th and 55th respectively. In the 5K Classic event, held on the following day, Sadie Skinner turned the table and edged out Karli (again by microseconds) to finish in 41st and 42nd. In the final event of the day, Sadie Skinner sprinted away to a 38th place finish in the 1.3K event. Karli came in 70th.
March 2, 2019 - Eagles Impress at EHSC Qualifier
The Eagles Sadie Skinner, Karli Leighton, and Camila Ciembroniewicz had a spectacular day at the EHSC Maine Nordic Qualifier race held at Black Mountain. Sadie, Karli, and Camila started off by finishing in the 20, 22, and 25 spots in the opening 5k Classic Race. Sadie and Karli's time placed them 8th and 11th in the U16 division. Although all the girls are sophomores, Camila is over 16. Each girl moved up in the standings in the Pursuit Skate race. Sadie finished 17th over all and 8th in the U16 division, Karli finished 20th overall and 11th in the U16 division and Camila moved up a notch finishing 24 overall. Camila missed qualifying for the NENSA Championship by one spot.
Feb 26, 2019 - Eagles Ousted in OT 2-1 to Eddies
Just days after the 39th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, the Eagles almost, almost produced one of their own. In their first play-off appearance in 14 years, the Eagles forced an overtime period when Cam Poisson scored with .6 seconds left on the clock.
Moore is More
Wow! Sean Moore, the freshman netminder who took over mid season from Cade Charon (who played a solid game on defense) was spectacular throughout the game. Sean ended up with 42 saves and was cool as a cucumber under constant pressure. EL had four clean breakaways and Sean stuffed them all.
Well Rested or Rusty
The Eagles hadn't played in more than 10 days. Would they be well rested or well rusted? From the opening puck drop, the Eagles showed they were ready. Having lost to the Eddies 5-0 in their penultimate game of the regular season, Coach Kavanaugh devised a Bill Belichickian game plan that closed off the slot and allowed the Eddies to shoot from the outside. Of course, no plan works unless the players execute it and the Eagle defense backstopped by Cade Charon, Cam Poisson, Noah Magno, and Cam Wallace executed the plan diligently covering up in front and icing the puck when necessary.
EL controlled the puck throughout the majority of the period. But the Eagles still had their chances Noah Austin had a good chance at the 12-minute mark when he stick-handled his way through two EL defenders but he ended up with a shot from a tough angle that slid wide. The Eagles defense and Sean Moore held the Eddies at bay until the Eagles offense picked up in the last three minutes of the period. Noah Austin created a good chance but the Eddies Devon D'Auteuil was equal to the task. The Eagles went on the power play with 1:38 left in the period and Noah Magda immediately got off a blast from the point that created a scrum in front. Ian Cook tried to jam it home but was denied. The period ended scoreless with the Eddies out shooting the Eagles 9-4.
The second period remained scoreless thanks to Sean Moore's acrobatics and some solid Eagles defense. The Eddies out shot the Eagles 15-0. Despite this statistical disparity, the Eagles actually had several good chances, they just didn't result in shots on net. Noah Austin continued to dazzle, weaving his way through multiple defenders but his shot veered wide. Hunter Merryman broke in and centered a pass to Alex Witwicki, who watched helplessly as the puck bounced over his stick.
At the other end, Sean Moore came up with his best save of the night so far when he gloved a shot from the slot through a screen. When the Eagles were able to mount an offense, they came close, but no cigar. Branden Durant deflected a shot off the face-off just wide. Minutes later, Hunter Merryman gained possession along the boards with some hard work, and fired a centering pass that Alex Witwicki redirected just wide. The Eagles kept the pressure on when Cam Wallace pounced on a loose puck off the far post, only to see it swept off his stick. The Eagles went on the power play with 59 seconds left. Seconds later EL's Jack Keefe broke in all alone on a clean breakaway. Sean Moore stood tall in the net and stuffed him. .
After two periods, it was still a scoreless game.
The Eagles started the third period still on the power play. There was a scramble in front, but the Eagles couldn't get their sticks on the tumbling muffin. After the penalty expired, Noah Austin penetrated and dropped a nice back-handed pass in front that just missed connections.
At 8:11, EL's Marius Morneau fired a shot on Sean Moore. Sean made the initial save but left a rebound for a mere nano-second in front. But that was enough time for Ben Cassidy to poke the rebound into the net and give the Eddies a tenuous 1-0 lead.
With six minutes left, the Eagles Noah Austin was hauled down from behind and the Eagles went on the power play. But it was the Eddies who had the best scoring chance. They rushed in on a clean breakaway, but Moore again came up with a big save. Moore continued to thwart the Eddies with another save on a breakaway minutes later. As the clock continued to wind down, the Eagles pulled the goalie. They kept the puck in the Eddies offensive zone. Both teams called time outs with 8 seconds left. When the puck finally dropped, Noah Austin, the league's leading scorer, battled in front and Cam Poisson grabbed a loose puck and scored his second goal of the season when he nudged the puck across the crease to tie the game.
The excitement continued into the overtime period. But the Eagles fairy tale ending was ruined when Eddies freshman Jack Keefe converted a Ben Cassidy pass to win the game.
Feb 23, 2019 - Eagles Advance to New Englands
The Eagles sent six wrestlers to the New England Qualifier held at Oxford Hills High School. There were some very competitive, exciting, and close matches. When the dust settled, the Eagles have three members advancing to the New England CHampionship next weekend in Rhode Island.
Brycen Kowalski, Ben Laurence, and Brady Mitchell will all be packing their bags for the trip. Brycen finished 2nd in the 120 lb class losing in the Finals by a razor thin 6-5 margin. Brady also finished 2nd in the 195 lb class. Ben Laurence earned his spot with a 4th place finish in the 152 lb class including a 7-5 decision in double overtime.
Spencer LeClair (132 lb class) pinned his first opponent before losing in the next round by a close 8-6 decision that went to overtime. He was injured in the next round and could not continue. Kyle Graffam and Mason Hultman both wrestled well against some quality competitors.
Click here to view a season summary of each wrestler's matches.
Feb 18-9, 2019 - Boys 12th, Girls 20th at State Championship
Feb 18-9, 2019 - Boys 12th, Girls 20th at State Championship
The Boys pack quite a punch for such a small (number-wise) team. They swam PRs in 99% of their events. In the 200 Nick Holland got the Eagles going with a new PR by 2 seconds while plunging below the 2-minute barrier with a time of 1:58.60 to grab 14th place. In the 50 Free, both Robbie Hyde and Caleb Williams swam PRs with Robbie posting a top ten finish and Caleb cruising home in 19th place. The Robbie (9) and Caleb (12) magic show continued with diminishing times in the 100 Fly as both swimmers again registered new PRs. Sam Wright also swam a solid race.
In the 100 Free, for the second consecutive week, Max Bickford (18) swam a PR, this time by 2 seconds. Whoa! Max added another PR in the 100 Back by 2-1/2 seconds. In the 500 Free, Nick Holland came up with his best race of the year. Nick had a top ten finish and knocked 12 seconds off his previous best time.
Anabel Berry-Gaviria won the Dive Competition and freshman teammate Nathaniel Smith finished 3rd.
Cora Spelke set her another school record at the State competition. She swam a 1:01.48 in the 100 Fly breaking Sarah Holt's previous record set a quarter of a century ago by nearly 2 seconds! That's four school records this year.
Cora Spelke led the Eagles with a 3rd place finish in the 100 Back in an impressive time of 59.99. Cora followed that with a 5th place finish in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:01.48, for yet another school record. Madigan Saunders, after missing the KVACs with a back injury, returned with a vengeance, Madigan established two new PRs. In the 50 Free, she shaved off more than a second from her previous best. She went on to trim almost 3 seconds off her previous best in the 100 Free. Grace Trebilcock swam two very competitive times in both the 200 Free and the 500 Free. .
In the Relays, Cora Spelke, trinity Versey, Grace Trebilcock, and Madigan Saunders teamed up to finish 14th in the 200 Yard Relay and 16th in the 400 Yard Relay. Click here to see a season summary of each athlete's races.
Feb 9, 2019 - Boys 5th, Girls 8th at KVAC Championship
The Eagles entered the meet tapered and ready to swim. There were strong performances and multiple PRs from both the Girls and Boys.
Cora Spelke, who earlier this year established a new MTA school record in the 500 Free,
Cora Spelke led the Eagles with a 2nd place finish in the 100 Back and a third place finish in the 200 IM with school records in each event. In both events, she pulled her Eagle teammates to to new PRs. In the 200 IM, both Kaitlyn Doughty (16) and Riley Robertson (18) swam their fastest times of the year. In the 100 Back, Kaitlyn Doughty shaved her time by more than a second.
Grace Trebilcock stroked her way to a couple of top ten finishes. Grace finished 9th in both the 200 Free and 500 Free, lopping more than 30 seconds off her previous best in the 500 Free.
Cecelia Greenleaf was the top Eagle finisher in both the 50 and 100 Free in 14th and 16th place respectively. Trinity Versey, Olivia Tobin, and Bethany Dube all swam PRs in the 50 Free and Jorje Hooper swam a PR in the 100 Free. Gwen Martin swam strong races in both the 100 and 200 Free. Trinity Versey swam a PR in the 100 Fly by two seconds. Trinity has knocked off an incredible 14 seconds off her timesince the beginning of the season. Riley Robertson had a strong effort in the event as well. Meara Stockford swam a PR in the 100 Breast followed closely by Bethany Dube and Bayli Johnson.
Anabal Berry-Gaviria and Nathaniel Smith finished 1-2 in the Dive Championship to set the stage for the meet. Robbie Hyde, Caleb Williams, Max Bickford, and Nick Holland book-ended the meet with a new school record in the 400 Yard Relay to place second. Sandwiched in between, the Boys did not disappoint with several PRs. In the 50 Free, Robbie Hyde (7), Caleb Williams (9) both posted top ten times with Caleb swimming a PR. Elias Linkel also swam a swift race with a 14th place finish. In the 100 Free, Max Bickford swam a PR to finish in 8th place. In the 200 Free, Nick Holland led a caravan of Eagles to touch the big beautiful wall in 4th place. Max Bickford swam another PR to finish 5th and Sterling Kloberdans (16) swam another PR. Sterling has cut 17 seconds off his time from the beginning of the season. In the 500 Free, Nick Holland touched in 2nd and Sam Wright followed in 3rd place with a new PR by six seconds.
In the 100 Fly, Robbie Hyde led Caleb Williams to a 6-7 finish. Caleb swam a PR in the event. In the 100 Back, both Sam Wright (5) and Sterling Kloberdans (11) swam PRs. In the 100 Breast. it was Elias Linkel in 15th place with a new PR.
Feb 18, 2019 - Dragons End Eagles Season 56-30
The Eagles made it to the big dance, but unfortunately they did not choose their partner very carefully. They were matched up against second seed Brunswick who was sporting a 17-1 record and who had twice beaten the Eagles during regular season play.
Nevertheless, the Eagles came out firing on all cylinders and held a 11-10 lead late in the first quarter. But the Dragons scored the last five points and then went on an 18-1 run in the second quarter fueled by Charlotte MacMillans four consecutive treys to put the game out of reach. There is not much you can do but tip your hat when an offense is shooting like that.
Both teams got everyone in the game in the final quarter, Theresa Breed led the Eagles with 9 points. Brunswick's Charlotte MacMillan led all scorers with 23 points while Alexis Guptil had 12 and Rosalie White added 10.
Feb 18, 2019 - Girls, Boys Finish Compete at State Championship
It's always exciting to see how the athletes respond on the big stage. I think it is safe to say that the Eagles put their best foot forward with many individual PRs with both teams finishing 12th overall.
Gravity-defying Wyley Fitzpatrick not only set yet another school record in the Long Jump, but she also broke the 17-foot barrier with a leap of 17-01.25 to beat her previous best by 2 inches. She landed on the podium with a 3rd place finish. Wyley followed up with a 6th place finish in the Triple Jump.
Katie Lynch added a couple more PRs to her resume. Such is the state of Girls competition in the 55 Hurdles that a 9.50 only buys you a 14th place finish. But Katie has been plagued by some injuries this season yet still her times continue to plummet in this event. Her raw speed was on full display in the 200 Meters. She ran a new PR by almost.75 seconds to finish 5th in a time of 27.11, which is dangerously close to the MTA school record held by Beth Wilcox of 26.97 set way back in the darks ages of 2003.
To the surprise of no one, Sara York stepped up big time in the 800. She shaved 5 seconds off her previous best to podium in 6th place. She also had a good day in the High Jump pit clearing 4-08 to register a top ten finish.
Freshman Emma Hanna gave a preview of her future with an 11th place finish in the Mile and a 15th place finish in the Triple Jump with a new PR. Emma has added nearly three feet to her distance in this event since the start of the season.
In the 4 x 200 relay, Mikaela Langston, Katie Lynch, Sara York, and Wyley Fitzpatrick powered the Eagles to an impressive 4th place finish. In the 4 x 800, Jackie Brochu, Fay O'Donnell, Mary Wheeler, and Holly Temple sped to a respectable 10th place finish.
Senior Ethan Rac made the most of his final meet for the Eagles. Ethan soared 40-09.75 in the Triple Jump to beat his previous best by almost 2-1/2 feet to finish 5th. Ethan registered another top ten finish in the Long Jump. Seniors Tyler Bernier and Hunter Lohr finished 4-5 in the race of truth (the 400). Tyler is a stud in this event and Hunter continues to amaze. The KVAC Shot Put champion ran a PR, cutting almost two seconds off his previous beat. Throughout the season he has competed in all running and field events. Can you spell D-E-C-A-T-H-L-O-N?
At the other end of the age spectrum, freshman Grady (Track and) Satterfield peaked at just the right time. Grady ran a new PR by 20 seconds (count them) seconds and broke the 10-minute barrier in the process to finish 4th in the 2 Mile. Teammate Nate Cohen ran a PR in the Mile by 3 seconds and finished 13th. Maximo Varela ran a strong race in the 200 despite missing last week's KVAC CHampionship meet.
In the 4 x 200 relay, up and coming Cameron Orr, Tyler Bernier, Ethan Rac, and Max Varela sprinted to a 6th place finish and earned a ribbon on the podium. In the 4 x 800, Josiah Langworthy, Nate Chase, Jack Mathieu, and Lucas Bergeron represented well.
Feb 9, 2019 - Eagles 2nd at Northern Regionals
Once again, the Eagles were bridesmaids losing to Camden Hills. The Eagles had four first place finishes compared to two for Camden Hills but the Windjammers icked up points in the Consolation matches. Brycen Kowalsky, Spencer LeClair, and Ben Laurence were all top men on the podium for the Eagles. Caden Kowalsky, Cody Holman, and Mason Hultman all made it to the Finals before losing to finish 2nd overall. Kyle Graffam picked up a 4th place finish in the 152 lb weight class.
Feb 15, 2019 - Eagles Season Ends at Expo
The Eagles were coming off perhaps their best win of the season over Morse to qualify for the paly-offs. They quickly discovered that playing for admission to the big show in the pre-lims is not the same as playing the top-seeded, two-time defending State champions. Greely got off to a fast start grabbing a 9-0 lead and ended the Eagles season with a 70-46 win over the Eagles. The Eagles fought the whole way and several times moved within three possessions, but the combined force of the Rangers' Logan Bagshaw and Andrew Storey who teamed up for 46 points was too much for the Eagles.
Jarad Balsar played through double teams most of the night, but still managed to lead the Eagles with 18 points. Will Kavanaugh added 10 and Austin Damon left it all on the floor, both literally and figuratively
Feb 12, 2019 - Eagles Enter Play-offs with 83-43 Thumping over Morse
It was a classic prelim battle between two teams fighting for their play-off lives and a ticket to the big show at the Expo. The Eagles had won the two previous meetings in a couple of hair-raising games that were decided by a total of six points. So this game had the anticipation of another close one, but the Eagles put the kibosh on that from the opening tap-off.
Right away, the Eagles went to their big guy, Jared Balsar and he went right to work at both ends of the court. He finished with 30 points and 21 rebounds including 8 points and 10 rebounds in the opening quarter as the Eagles sprinted to a 20-9 lead.
As Jared pounded inside, it opened up the outside for the Eagle-eyed sharp-shooters. Max Spelke and Will Kavanaugh, and Austin Damon all hit a pair of three-pointers. Sean Roberts hit a couple of big baskets and Austin Damon had a big night on the boards (11 on the night) to go along with 11 points.
KVAC CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
It was a busy weekend for Mt Ararat athletes with Championship events being held in Indoor Track, Nordic Skiing, Swimming, and Wrestling. We'll be covering it all, but here are some highlights. Brycen Kowalsky, Spencer LeClair, Ben Laurence, and Brady Mitchell are all KVAC champs in Wrestling. In swimming, Cora Spelke broke two school records and the Boys 400 Relay team consisting of Robby Hyde, Caleb Williams, Max Bickford, and Nick Holland set a new school record. On the track, Sara York soared to a new PR of 5-00 feet in the High Jump to win the Championship. Hunter Lohr chucked the rock more than 2 feet further than his previous best to claim the top spot in the Shot Put. And Wyley Fitzpatrick added two more jewels to her tiara with wins in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump.
Jan 17, 2019 - Boys Basketball Hi-Lites vs Lincoln Academy
Jan 16, 2019 - Dragons Prevail 5-3 Over Eagles
The Eagles got off to a disastrous start and fell into a 3-0 hole early in the game, before fighting back to make the game close.
The Eagles dodged a bullet early when a Brunswick goal in the opening minutes was negated by an offsides call. The Dragons kept the pressure on and their persistence paid dividends when Shea Sullivan slid a shot from the point past Eagles net-minder Gabby Mason. Less than a minute later, Beth Labbe moved in and fired from the let dot to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead with 9:18 showing on the clock. The Eagles took off their double runners and started to skate. They had a good chance when speedster Maddie Young broke in with a partial breakaway. The puck wouldn't cooperate and Maddie never really got complete control of the bouncing puck, but she managed to get off a shot and pushed it just wide.
Abby Lucas made a nice rush, circled the net, and fed a pass in front, but Brunswick eventually cleared. Then Maddie Young hooked up with Amber Card who tried to bang it home. Later Amber set up Bre Hunter in front with a good opportunity. The Eagles went on the power play with just under three minute remaining in the half, but were unable to get organized and did not get off any shots. With 33 seconds left in the period, the Dragons were on the power play. And as seemingly happened too many times this year, the Eagles gave up a late period goal on an Elena Palmer wrap-around to make it 3-0, Dragons.
The Eagles came out fired up to start the second period. Maddie Young made a strong move in from the blue line, but Brunswick's Ainsley Harrower, playing in only her second game in goal, made a nice save. At the other end, Great Marchildon, who had replaced Gabby Mason in goal for the Eagles, made a couple of dazzling saves to deny the Dragons the chance to extend their lead. At the 9:29 mark, Ema Hawkes scored right off the face-off to put the Eagles on the board. Greta Marchildon continued to turn back Brunswick attackers including twice denying the Dragons top scorer, Beth Labbe.
The Eagles Bre Hunter made a great effort to slide the puck along the goal line behind Harrower, put she could not poke the puck home. At 7:15, the Dragons went on the power play. The Eagles defense was stalwart, blocking multiple shots in front. However, just after the penalty expired, opportunistic Elena Palmer finished off another wrap-around to make it 4-1. It did not take the Eagles long to respond. Amber Card came skating in, received a Bre Hunter pass, and beat Harrower to make it 4-2. The Eagles continued to grind with Amber Card, Abby Lucas, and Ema Hawkes all getting good shots off, including one off the post. Greta Marchildon kept the Eagles in the game with a couple of late period saves on the Dragons' Labbe.
Gabby Mason was back in the nets for the Eagles to start the third period and she came up with a doozie of a save right off the bat. The play continued up and down the ice until Beth Labbe broke in, held the puck nicely, and roofed a shot to make it 5-2 with just under ten minutes left. Again, the Eagles responded almost immediately.This time it was Maddie Young who poked in a rebound off a shot from Lexi Saxton to narrow the Dragons lead to two goals. The Eagles continued to battle, but the tyranny of the clock cut the Eagles comeback attempt short.