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INDOOR TRACK - KVAC CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
The KVAC Championship meet always seems to bring out the best in the athletes ... Read more
GIRLS BASKETBALL VS BRUNSWICK DRAGONS
t was Senior Night at the Hangar, but Brunswick proved to be a most ungracious ... Read more
BOYS BASKETBALL VS BRUNSWICK DRAGONS
The atmosphere was raucous at the Hangar and the Dragons and Eagles put ... Read more
BOYS HOCKEY VS LAKE REGION
After the Eagles senior captain Noah Austin set a career-high for points in a season ... Read more
Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 - Late Breaking Scores
Wrestling: MTA Wins First Ever State Championship (Write up coming soon)
Cheering: MTA Wins MYCCA Competition
Boys Hockey: St Dom's 10 - MTA 0
Friday, Feb 15, 2019 - Late Breaking Scores
Boys Basketball: Greely 70 - MTA 46 (Write up coming soon)
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.
Feb 9, 2019 - Girls, Boys Finish 3rd at KVAC Championship
The KVAC Championship meet always seems to bring out the best in the athletes. They have been working hard all season and are peaking at the right time mentally and physically. It's been three weeks since their most recent league meet and the Eagles came up big with many pleasing performances. And in this era of equality, both the Girls and Boys finished 3rd.
Things were hopping over in the jumping pits. Wiley Fitzpatrick, who set a new school record in the Long Jump in the USM meet, filed her flight plans with the FAA, and flew to first place finishes in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Emma Hanna landed a top ten finish and Holly Temple registered a new PR while finishing 13th. In the Long Jump, Mikaela Langston podiumed in 6th place.
In the High Jump pit, Sara York's radiant smile and high altitude were leaving contrails before and after she cleared five feet to become the reigning KVAC champ in the High Jump with a new PR. Brennan Thiboutot, Zoe Stevenson, and Lilly Hanna finished in the 5, 7, and 11 slots respectively.
Emily Smith finished 3rd in the Pole Vault clearing 8 feet tieing her previous best. Annie Wilkins finished 8th. In the Shot Put, both Brennan Thiboutot and Tegan Byrne cracked the top ten.
In the 55 Hurdles, Katie Lynch, who has seen limited practice time with the Hurdles due to injuries, qualified with a PR and then ran even faster in the finals (10.60) to finish 4th. Fay O'Donnell, who sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, had a strong race with a 10th place finish and Katie Callahan ran a new PR with her first sub 11 second finish. Heather Gallant, a relative newcomer to the event, ran well in 14th place. In the 55 Meters, Heather Gallant ran a new PR and Mikala 'the Preppy' Gareppy also ran well.
In the 200, the Eagles had five girls qualify. Incredibly, everyone of them ran a new PR. Katie Lynch dipped under 28 seconds again to finish 5th. Wyley Fitzpatrick time was just north of 28 seconds with a 6th place finish. Zoe Stevenson's time was a hair under 29 seconds good for a 9th place finish and Emily Smith, who trimmed a whole second off her previous best, was just a hair over 29 seconds. Lastly, but not leastly, freshman Mikaela Langston had her best time with 29.30 good for 11th place.
The Eagles also had five girls qualify in the 400, which is a tribute to their depth and talent. Katie Lynch battled through her injury woes and finished 4th with a new season best time. Sara York podiumed with a 7th place finish. Fay O'Donnell and Zoe Stevenson both finished in the top ten with very solid sub 1:10 runs. Lilly Hanna knocked more than 2 seconds off her previous best time just nano seconds off joining the sub 1:10 club.
Sara York, who was battling a cold recently, wasn't at her aerobic best but she gutted out a 6th place finish in the 800. Campbell Tankersley and Jackie Brochu also ran well.
In the distances, we would be remiss if we didn't give a shout out to EL's Jillian Richardson. Jillian won the 800, the Mile, and the 2 Mile, setting a KVAC record in the Mile in the process. Emma Hanna was the Eagles star in the distances. Emma ran PRs in both the Mile and the 2 Mile. She knocked off 10 seconds in the Mile plunging below the six-minute mark for the first time and finished in 5th with a time of 5:50.74. Not to be outdone, Emma came back in the 2 Mile and lopped 23 seconds of her previous best, erasing the 13 minute barrier for a 5th place finish with a time of 12:50.28. Mary Wheeler, Campbell Tankersley, and Ella Carter followed in 8th, 9th, and 10th place finishes.
No one can doubt Hunter Lohr's enthusiasm or talent. He is fun to watch both in action or on the sidelines. He seemingly just willed himself to a win in the Shot Put with a toss that landed almost 18 inches further than his previous best. He then ran the 400 (the toughest race IMHO) for the second time only and ran a PR good for a 6th place finish. He provided plenty of excitement in the 4x200 Relay also.
Owen Yabsira had a good day. He ran a PR in the 55 Hurdles to qualify for the finals. In the High Jump, he finished 5th tieing his previous best with a leap of 5-06.
In the 55 Meter Dash, Holden Brannan's times continued their downward trajectory. Holden has lowered his time in all eight race he has run this year. He ran a new PR of 6.84 to finish 4th in a very close race. Holden tacked on an 8th place finish in the 200. Wingman Cameron Orr showed some up and coming talent as he ran PRs in both the 55 and 200 Meters. In the 400, the Eagles placed 3-4-5 with all three athletes running PRs. Tyler Bernier led the way, followed by Ethan Rac (4th) and Hunter Lohr (5th).
The distance competition can be characterized as a battle between the Eagles and the Dragons. Both teams have a stableful of talented runners. In the Mile, the teams claimed the top six places. In the 2 Mile, the teams claimed the top nine spots. In the Mile, Grady (Track and) Satterfield and Nate Cohen worked together. Both runners set PRs trimming 8 and 7 seconds off their previous best to claim 3rd and 4th place. In the 2 Mile, it was deja vue all over with Grady and Nate leading the Eagles. Again, they both set PRs by 6 and 7 seconds respectively. Andrew Chamberland (7th) registered a sub-11 minute time and Lucas Bergeron (9th)was just over the 11 minute mark.
In the horizontal Jumping events, Ethan Rac continued to show his prowess. Ethan, who IMHO is one of, if not the most, under-rated athletes at Mt Ararat. He had had a great soccer career and he quietly is enjoying another great season on the track. He finished 4th in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump with a new PR in the Long Jump. Nolen Timberlake podiumed with a 7th place finish in the Triple Jump.
Feb 7, 2019 - Dragons Run Away from Eagles 55-29
It was Senior Night at the Hangar, but Brunswick proved to be a most ungracious guest. The Dragons improved to 17-1 and a second place seed in the Heal point standings. The atmosphere at the game was electric with the band playing (photos and video coming soon) and the cheerleaders cheering (photos and video coming son). Fans from across the bridge as well as Eagles fans were in full-throated support.
Before the game, the Eagles Nation honored the seniors from both teams. Amidst all the fanfare, it was not surprising that both teams started out tentatively. Brunswick drew first blood with a three-pointer, but Eagles Senior Abby Sirois answered with a 15-foot jumper. The Dragons hit another trey, but the Theresa Breed hit a jumper from just outside the foul line to cut the deficit to 5-4 with 2:30 left in the quarter. The Dragons closed out the quarter with a free throw and a basket to make it 8-4 at the first break.
The Dragons opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run before (Give me the ball or) Elsa Daulerio broke the run with a free throw. The Eagles kept fighting back with Theresa Breed hitting a couple of free throws and Ainsley Bryant putting a nice finish on a power drive. After a B-wick basket, Kyla Greenleaf retorted with a three-pointer to make it 24-12 Brunswick, before the Dragons closed out the half leading 27-12.
The Dragons kept the pedal to the metal in the third quarter outscoring the Eagles 19-7. Senior Grace Liedman was the offensive star for the Eagles with six points that included a couple of really nice plays. After Grace's first basket, she hooked up with Abby Sirois on a perfectly executed give and go. Next Ainsley Bryant threaded the needle with a seeing-eye pass underneath that Grace laid in. The Dragons lead 46-19 after three.
The play evened out in the final stanza. Theresa Breed converted on a couple of drives; First, she scored on her prototypical power drive through the paint. Seconds later, she was flying through the middle of the lane and Jaden Lohr hit her with a pass in full stride for an easy two. Jaden Lohr hit a 12-foot J and Alexa Eaton contributed a basket and Morgan Ruff converted two free throws for the Eagles.
Brunswick's Emily Larochelle led all scorers with 17 points. Theresa Breed paced Mt Ararat with eight points and five rebounds.
Feb 7, 2019 - Eagles Lose Heartbreaker to B-wick 49-48
The atmosphere was raucous at the Hangar and the Dragons and Eagles put on quite a show for the fans. The Eagles got off to a strong start and led the entire game until the final six seconds when a Finn Mitchell shot put the Dragons ahead. The Eagles had a final desperation shot and almost retook the lead when Austin Damon converted a rebound as the buzzer sounded. The basket was ruled to be after the buzzer, and it may have been, but if it was, it was within nano-seconds. It was a disheartening loss for the Eagles on Senior Night, when a game they had in their grasp, slipped away.
The Eagles got off to a fast start from the opening tap. Thirteen seconds in, Max Spelke looped a long pass to Jarad Balsar underneath. Jared leaped, caught the pass, and stuffed it in with his back to the basket. It was an ESPN-worthy hi-lites play. The Eagles continued to go to Jared and hew was dominant . He hit a 12-foot bank shot and then converted on a put back. A Nate Taylor trey gave the Eagles a 9-6 lead and the Eagles were off and running. Jared was working in the paint, faked outside, and went inside for another basket. Sean Roberts came up with a big offensive rebound, outlet a pass to Jared Balsar, who found Austin Damon underneath, who converted the bunny. The Eagles continued to pour it on. Jared Balsar worked hard underneath to gain control of a loose ball and then powered up for two. And with four seconds remaining in the quarter James Singleton hustled to steal a loose ball and scored to give the Eagles a 17-8 lead after one.
The Eagles continued to control play in the early going of the second quarter. After a Brunswick hoop, Nate Taylor drained another trey. Jared Balsar finished a drive with a twisting lay-up and Nate Taylor- using picks in the paint, got open with a run around Robin Hood's barn, and swished a 15-footer to give the Eagles a 24-14 lead. Sean Roberts added tot he lead with a drive through the paint that culminated with a 360° spin move and finished it off with a left-handed lay-up. with three minutes remaining, Will Kavanaugh drove through the lane, faked a pass that left two Brunswick defenders missing an important piece of equipment, continued to the net, and kissed the glass for two more. The eagles had their biggest lead of th game 28-15. The Dragons closed out the half with a 7-0 mini run, including two free throws with one second on the clock. Nevertheless, the Eagles led 28-22 going into the locker room with Jared Balsar either blocking or altering shots, and Austin Damon and Sean Roberts cleaning the glass.
This was a game where the refs were letting them play. There were bodies strewn all over the floor as both teams were sacrificing their bodies for the call. Too often, the call didn't come. Ask James Singleton, who was treated as a tackling sled by the Dragons, while three refs looked the other way.
Scoring in the third period was evenly divided with both teams scoring 10 points. Austin Damon started things off with a corkscrew drive and reverse finish. Halfway through the third quarter, a Jared Balsar put back kept the Eagles up by a comfortable nine-point margin. The Dragons rallied with an 8-point run t narrow the lead to a paper thin 33-32 lead before Will Kavanaugh calmly knocked down two free throws and Sean Roberts swished a baseline trey off a Willie outlet pass to up the Eagles lead to 38-32 after three.
In the fourth quarter, Will Kavanaugh and Max Spelke fended off several Brunswick comeback attempts. Will opened the quarter with a 8-foot floater off the glass for two. Brunswick kept chipping away, but a Will Kavanaugh free throw and a clutch Max Spelke drive off a sagging Brunswick defense kept the Eagles ahead 43-40 with just under two minutes left. A Will Kavanaugh drive ended with an under-handed prayer that fell. On the next Eagels possession, Max Spelke went hard to the net and was fouled even harder as he was flattened. He got up and sank a free throw to give the Eagles a 46-42 lead with 56 seconds left. After a Brunswick free throw, Max Spelke converted both ends of a 1 and 1. The Eagles led 48-44 with 36 seconds left.
Finn Mitchell hit a three-pointer to pull within one, 48-47. The Eagles had the ball, but had trouble getting the ball inbounded, Finally, Jared Balsar corralled a pass along the sideline, but as he tried to maintain his balance and stay inbounds, he out let a pass and the game was over. over the mid-court line for a back-court violation. The Dragons had the ball, and Finn Mitchell put the finishing touch on his night with a basket off a drive with six seconds left. The Eagles had a final chance, but a Will Kavanaugh shot hit the rim. Austin Damon grabbed the rebound and in one motion, put the ball back up and in. But the referee ruled the shot was after the buzzer.
Feb 7, 2019 - Struck Strikes Again, Again, Again, and Again to Lead Eagles Past Windham 6-1
by A J Kavanaugh
BRIDGTON - After Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse/Hyde's senior captain Noah Austin set a career-high for points in a season Wednesday night, just one night later he added to that total and set a new high for points in a game with 3 goals and 4 assists as the Eagles cruised past Lake Region/Fryeburg/Oxford Hills 7-4 at Bridgton Academy.
Austin now has 54 points on the season, extending his league-lead in Maine Class A Hockey. Ian Struck also had a hat trick for the Eagles (8-7-1) along with an assist, and Alex Witwicki scored a goal and had two assists. Netminder Sean Moore made 20 saves to earn the victory.
Ed Thurston scored two goals for the Ice Cats (2-10), as well as a goal and an assist from both Colby Turcotte and Will Galligan. Lake Region/Fryeburg/OH goaltender Graham Payne made 27 saves despite taking the loss.
Feb 7, 2019 - Eagles Wow at KVAC Championship
The Eagles are peaking at the right time. They put in quite a performance at the Classic Championship at Black Mountain in Rumford. Sadie Skinner led the Eagles with a 6th place finish in 18:57.8 and Camila Ciembroniewicz was right on her heels with a 7th place finish. Karli Leighton closed out the Eagles contingent contingent with a 13th place finish. 45 skiers raced in the event.
Feb 2, 2019 - Eagles 2nd at KVAC Championship
It was as close as close could be, but when the final tally was made, Camden Hills edged the Eagles 178 to 173.5 in the KVAC Championship held at Cony High School. The Eagles had wrestlers in 9 weight classes place and CHills only had 7, so the Eagles depth could pay off in next week's match
Let's not let the closeness of the match overshadow the new individual KVAC Champions. A very deserving Senior, Mason Hultman, had one of his best days on the mats with two wins by pins and a Major Decision (12-4) in the Finals to capture the individual honors in the 170 lb weigh class. And Freshman Brycen Kowalsky won the 113 lb class. Somehow, I don't think it will be his last.
The Eagles had five 2nd place finishes. All of them were very competitive and close matches. Spencer LeClair (132 lb), Caden Kowalsky (138 lb), Ben Laurence (152), Cody Holman (160), and Brady Mitchell (195) will all be looking to improve their performances next week.
Sam Foye battled back from a first round loss with three consecutive wins in the Consolation bracket before dropping a close 6-4 decision in the Consolation Finals to finish 4th. And freshman Kyle Graffam continued to impress in the 145 lb class. Kyle won his first two matches by pins before suffering a loss . He then won his match in the Consolation semi-final round with a 17-0 Technical Fall before succumbing in the Consolation finals by an 8-2 decision. It was an important fourth place finish for the Eagles.
And congratulations to Coach Erik Jensen (and his staff) for being named KVAC Co-Coach of the Year with Cony's Shawn Totman.
I am not sure how we beat these guys (Camden Hills) 50-26 in a regular season at an MTA meet way back in early December.
Click here to view a season summary of each wrestler's matches.
Jan 18 + Jan 25, 2019 - Eagles Tune up for KVAC Championship
Jan 18 + Jan 25, 2019 - Eagles Tune up for KVAC Championship
As the regular season winds down and the anticipation of the KVAC Championship approaches, it's time to review the last two meets of the season vs Brunswick and Belfast.
The big news from the Brunswick meet was Cora Spelke setting a new MTA school record in the 100 Yard Backstroke breaking the record held by the estimable Celia Ouelette back in 2012 (seems like yesterday). The other swimmers continued to improve with several swimmers setting new PRs. Click here to see a season summary of each athletes races.
Let's start with the Girls and go through the events by distance for both meets.
In the 50 Free against the Dragons, Cecilia Greenleaf, Gwen Martin, and Bethany Dube finished 3-5-6. Jaimey Weidner, Charlie Smith, Gabrielle Dube, Bethany Pratt, Bayli Johnson, Olivia Tobin, Meara Stockford, Bronwyn Lewis-Lemieux, and Sarah Davidson all swam PRs in the event. Against Belfast, there was a new kid in town. Cecilia Greenleaf swam a PR to place first and displace Madigan Saunders temporarily as top speed merchant. Madigan was close behind in second. Willa Killion and Gabrielle Dube both swam PRs.
In the 100 Free, Madigan Saunders re-asserted herself as top Eagle Madigan, Cecilia Greenleaf, and Gwen Martin finished 2-4-6 (Hike!). Gwen swam a new PR and her times have been steadily plummeting throughout the season. Willa Killion swam another PR in the event. Against Belfast, Madiagan Saunders again demonstrated her status as top speedster besting Cecilia Greenleaf with a 1-2 finish. Both girls swam PRs. Nothing like a little competition to spur you on.
In the 100 Fly against Brunswick, Riley Robertson and Jaimey Weidner spread their wings to finish 2-3. Against Belfast, Cora Spelke finished 1st followed by Trinity Versey in 4th. In the 100 Back, Kaitlyn Doughty and Isabelle Gardiner finished 4-5 behind Cora's record breaking 1st place finish. It was Isabelle Gardiner winning the event at Belfast followed by Kaitlyn Doughty in 3rd place. In the 100 Breast, both Bayli Johnson and Meara Stockford swam PRs to finish 4-5. Bethany Dube earned points with a 6th place finish. Against Belfast, it was Bayli Johnson and Meara Stockford battling to a 3-4 finish.
Against Brunswick, Madigan Saunders (2), Kaitlyn Doughty (4), and Riley Robertson (5) continued to show their expertise and versatility in the 200 IM. Cora Spelke prevailed against Belfast with another 1st place finish, followed by Kaitlyn Doughty in 4th.
In the 200 Free, Cora Spelke picked up yet another 1st place finish with a season best time by a whopping three seconds. Grace Trebilcock finished 3rd and Emma Soule finished 6th with a PR. Against Belfast Grace Trebilcock swam a PR to finish 3rd with Gwen Martin right on her heels in 4th. In the 500 Free, Grace Trebilcock finished 3rd against Brunswick and followed that up with a 2nd place finish and a new PR by 8 seconds against Belfast.
The Boys continue to battle limited manpower, but with continued success.
Robbie Hyde came in first in the 50 Free against Brunswick followed by Daniel Pratt and Sterling Kloberdans who finished 5-6. Both Dan and Sterling swam PRs. Against Belfast, Max Bickford finished 2nd and Sterling Kloberdans followed in 4th. In the 100 Free, Caleb Williams finished 2nd and Sterling Kloberdans swam another PR to finish 5th. Against Belfast, Elias Linkel touched in 3rd in the event.
Robbie Hyde finished 2nd in the 100 Fly vs Bwick and Max Bickford finished 3rd against Belfast. In the 100 Back, Dan Pratt motor-boated to a 3rd place finish against he Dragons and Sterling Kloberdans finished 3rd against Belfast. In the 100 Breast, Elias Linkel finished 3rd against Belfast.
In the 200 IM, Robbie Hyde swam a new PR and captured first place. Against Belfast, it was Nick Holland and Sam Wright finishing 2-4. In the 200 Free, Max Bickford swam a new PR by 2 seconds to finish 2nd against Brunswick Sam Wright was right behind him in third place. At Belfast, Robbie Hyde swam a PR by 4 seconds to finish 2nd. Sam Wright finished 4th.
In the 500 Free at Brunswick, Max Bickford set a PR by a whopping 15 seconds to finish first. Against Belfast, Nick Holland was back in the pool. He swam a PR to win the event. Sam Wright finished 4th.
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.