Raider sports beat


By Wayne E. Rivet

Staff Writer

FRYEBURG — Sean Watson and his Raider girls’ basketball team continues to experience a rollercoaster ride this season.

One game, the Raiders are up. Fryeburg was clutch at the foul line, sinking 18-of-22 attempts in the second half and overtime to rally past Falmouth.

The next, FA was down. Poland made their free throws Monday night to edge the Raiders 61–54 in overtime.

Tuesday, Fryeburg Academy stunned Gray-New Gloucester 43–41 on their home court as Skye Dole scored 12 points for the Raiders (4–6), who erased a 12-point halftime deficit to beat the Patriots (6–5).

Alexis L’Heureux-Carland, Sarah Welch and Julia Quinn added eight points apiece for the Raiders, who held the Patriots to 10 points in the second half. It avenged a 47–42 loss early in the season.

Down 31–19, the Raiders went on an 11–4 run in the third and a 13–6 charge to close out the season.

For the Raiders, Nicole Bennett scored 3, Sydney Charles 2 and Mackenzie Buzzell had 2 points.

Big road win

If Fryeburg is to wiggle their way into the playoff conversation, the Raiders need to log a few big wins.

They picked one up on the road at Falmouth, rallying from first half deficits of 11–6 and 19–17 to beat the Yachtsmen.

“In the second half, the girls did a really good job of pounding the ball inside and also attacking the basket off the dribble,” Coach Watson said.

Free-throw shooting was the deciding factor. The Raiders went to the line 34 times, making 24 shots while Falmouth visited the charity stripe just eight times — making just four shots.

Leading the foul shooting spree were Sydney Charles (2-for-2),  Lexi L’Heureux-Carland (4–4), Julia Quinn (5–5), Skye Dole (6–9) and Nicole Bennett (3–4).

Sarah Welch and McKenzie Buzzell played tenacious defense on Falmouth’s leading scorer Ally Hickey, limiting her to four points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

“The importance of their physical play can not be understated. They both took a beating and never once backed down,” Coach Watson said.

The Raiders controlled the defensive backboard with Skye Dole hauling down 17 rebounds, while L’Heureux-Carland grabbed five rebounds and Bennett had four. Quinn also chipped in with five rebounds from the point guard position.

Fryeburg tied the game after three quarters, and were up 40–37 when Falmouth’s Dayna Vasconcelos (game high scorer with 14 points) hit a three-pointer (her second of the quarter) from the corner with five seconds left to tie the game.

In overtime, the Raiders outscored Falmouth 7–1. Charles scored a basket, while Quinn went 2-for-2 from the line and Dole went 3-for-4.

“The girls showed a tremendous amount of determination and grit in this one. They took a hard punch with that three at the end of regulation, but they kept their cool and rallied for an important win,” Coach Watson said. “They showed a great amount of composure. We got great minutes from the bench. We had eight players play in all four quarters in regulation and 10 players got minutes. When it’s a tie game at the end of regulation you know that every positive play the players made in the game contributed to the win. Every box out, every deflection, rebound, proper pass, defensive stop, was a game changer.”

Sage Boivin, McKenna Gerchman and Katherine Parker all made those positive contributions off the bench, Coach Watson said.

After the game, in the locker room, senior Sydney Charles reminded FA players that “this was a total team win.”

“It's always a great feeling to see the players excited and happy. They work hard. They have to put up with me on a daily basis. They have to deal with all of the other stuff that goes on in high school,” Coach Watson added. “It’s not easy playing varsity basketball. So, it’s nice to see them feel good about their effort. I’m sure they are happy to add another tally in the win column.”

For the Raiders, Dole netted 13 points, Quinn 12, L’Heureux-Carland 9, Charles 6, Bennett 5 and Buzzell 2.

Falling just short

The Raiders had a big chance to garner a few more tourney points and move up in the Heals, but saw opportunity slip through their fingers Monday night.

Emily Bolduc and Michaella Arsenault combined to make 9-of-10 free throws in overtime as the Knights (6–4) beat the Raiders (3–6) at Poland 61–54. Bolduc finished with 26 points, including a three-pointer late in regulation that forced overtime. Sarah Bolduc added 13 points and Arsenault had 12.

Fryeburg trailed 12–6 after one and 28–21 at the half. But, the Raiders rallied with a 14–5 third quarter.

Fryeburg (3–6) was paced by Skye Dole with 15 points. and Alexis L’Heureux-Carland with 10. Other scorers were Bennett 9, Buzzell 5, Welch 5, Charles 4, Quinn 3 and Gerchman had 3 points.

Up next: The Raiders host Freeport Friday at 6:30 p.m. and travel to Yarmouth on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. contest.


So far, it has been a season of streaks for the Fryeburg Academy boys’ basketball team.

Win four.

Lose four.

Win two.

The Raiders climbed to seventh in Tuesday’s Heal Point Ratings with victories over Poland and Gray-New Gloucester, which snapped a four-game skid.

Ryan Gullickson scored 20 points and Jaiquan Causer added 16 as the Raiders (5–4) beat the Knights (4–6) at Poland 60–52. Fryeburg also got 10 points from Alex Blake.

Other FA scorers were Nicholis L’Heureux-Carland 5, Henry Santana 4, Ben Southwick 4 and Jonathan Burk 1.

Up 9–7 after one, the Raiders pushed the lead to 26–19 at halftime. FA extended the lead by three entering the fourth.

Tuesday, Ryan Gullickson scored 13 points for Fryeburg Academy (6–4) in a 45–34 win over Gray-New Gloucester (2–8) at Fryeburg.

The Raiders jumped out to a 14–3 first quarter lead and led 37–18 after three periods.

Jaquan Causer netted 10 points while Henry Santana had 8, Alex Blake 6, Ignacio Calleja 2, Nicholis L’Heureux-Carland 2, Winston Richards 2 and Ben Southwick had 2 points.

Up next: The Raiders travel to Freeport (1–11) on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. game. FA hosts Yarmouth (7–3) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.


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CLEAN HAND OFF — Jared Schrader of Fryeburg Academy awaits the baton hand-off from teammate Njemile Phillips during Friday's indoor track meet held at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. (Photo by Brea McDonald)

GORHAM — Friday was a record-setting indoor track meet for Fryeburg Academy.

Seven new marks were set in what Coach Kevin McDonald called a “fantastic meet.”

On the boys’ side, record efforts were turned in by:

• Elijah Thompson with a time of 6.93 in the 55-meter dash;

• Forest Stearns with a time of 24.51 in the 200 meters and a 54.30 in the 400 meters;

• The Raider 4-by-200 relay team of Jemile Phillips, Forest Stearns, Jared Schrader and Elijah Thompson with a time of 1:38:22.

All these marks were State Meet qualifiers.

• The long jump went to Joe Coffey-Slattery with a leap of 18-feet 2.25-inches just missing the state meet standard;

• The 55 hurdles went to Jemile Phillips with a time of 10:63.

Other highlights from the boys’ meet included:

Jemile and Liuke Yang in the hurdles.

“These to young man have not had a lot of time with the hurdles this year. However I asked that they both give it their best and they did. A new school record and valuable points for the team for their efforts,” Coach McDonald said.

The 800 meters saw the Raiders finish 1, 2, 4 and 5 with Eric Hannes first (2:14.23) followed by Tyler O’Keefe (2:15.97), Tucker Huppe (2:19.67) and Blaine Andreoli (2:25.55).

“Huge effort by these young men,” Coach McDonald said.

On the girls’ side, Anna Lastra crusted the two-mile record with a time of 12:26.78 (second place). Anna has qualified in both the mile and two mile for the State Meet.

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LONG JUMPER Joe Coffey-Slattery catches air during Friday's season opening indoor track meet. (Photo by Brea McDonald)

Other meet highlights included: Bailey Friedman winning the shot put (30-4) and qualifying for States; Oriagna Inirio running very well in both the 55 (first in 8.02) and the 200 meters (third in 29.48); EmmaJo Armington into the sand in the triple jump, as well as Erika Dennery (sixth in the 200 at 30.68) and Emily McDermith (eighth in the 200 at 31.19) showing great promise. “Coach Collins and I are very pleased as well as happy for this dedicated group of athletes,” Coach McDonald said. “Tristan Harvie had a fine opening in the pole vault as he cleared 8-feet 6-inches to match his school record. Overall, a great opening meet. The Raiders are looking forward to the rest of the season and improving across the board. Coach Collins and I feel the best is yet to come.”

Girls’ Events

Jr 55 Meters

12. Sahila Jaber, 8.80

14. Esme Hernandez, 8.86

21. Emily Robinson, 9.47

23. Thu Pham, 9.58

31. Trishala Manandhar, 10.79

Jr 200 Meters

17. Esme Hernandez, 33.38

23. EmmaJo Armington, 35.84

26. Thu Pham, 36.94

30. Haylee Mulligan, 38.43

32. Trishala Manandhar, 46.58

Jr 400 Meters

3. Oriagna Inirio, 1:10.38

5. Emily McDermith, 1:10.79

8. Erika Dennery, 1:12.31

Jr High Jump

9. EmmaJo Armington, 4-0

Jr Shot Put

4. Haylee Mulligan, 23-1.50

Sr. 55 Meters

9. Danae Dostie, 8.59

21. Bailey Friedman, 9.26

30. Meredith Lastra, 9.84

Sr 200 Meters

23. Meredith Lastra, 38.07

Sr 4X200 Relay

2. Skye Collins, Erika Dennery, Oriagna Inirio, Danae Dostie, 2:04.58

Open 800 Meters

5. Molly Eklund, 3:00.82

9. Elizabeth Grzyb, 3:05.18

Open Long Jump

11. Sahila Jaber, 11-11.50

16. Esme Hernandez, 11-5.75

26. Emily Robinson, 10-8.50

Open Triple Jump

10. EmmaJo Armington, 24-0.25

Boys’ Events

Jr. 55 Meters

14. Spencer Thomas, 7.93

17. Ben LeConey, 7.98

25. Tyler Wang, 8.47

27. Brian Zuniga, 8.62

31. Tommy Kane, 9.92

Jr. 200 Meters

5. Joseph Schrader, 26.70

11. Jeremiah Schrader, 27.85

16. Ben LeConey, 28.28

17. Spencer Thomas, 28.56

25. Rodrigo Araujo, 30.18

26. Brian Zuniga, 30.55

Jr 400 Meters

2. Joseph Schrader, 57.10

5. Jeremiah Schrader, 1:00.12

10. Spencer Thomas, 1:06.11

Jr High Jump

1. Joseph Schrader, 5-2

Jr Shot Put

3. Tyler Wang, 28-9

7. Tommy Kane, 24-11

11. Aaron Hennessy, 19-6.50

Sr. 55 Meters

2. Elijah Thompson, 6.93

11. Njemile Phillip, 7.43

12. Wayne Smith, 7.44

13. Stanford White, 7.50

22. Joe Slattery-Coffey, 7.86

23. Walker Mallory, 7.90

24. Dat Vu, 8.00

Sr 200 Meters

3. Forest Stearns, 24.51

4. Elijah Thompson, 25.02

6. Jared Schrader, 25.45

7. Wayne Smith, 25.58

9. Njemile Phillip, 25.72

15. Joe Slattery-Coffey, 26.73

17. Tucker Huppe, 27.10

20. Stanford White, 28.08

23. Dat Vu, 30.07

Sr 400 Meters

1. Forest Stearns, 54.30

2. Jared Schrader, 54.51

6. Liuke Yang, 59.02

12. Nick Kiesman, 1:02.88

Sr 55 Hurdles

4. Njemile Phillip, 10.63

5. Liuke Yang, 11.12

Sr High Jump

8. Tucker Huppe, 4-10

Sr Shot Put

6. Walker Mallory, 29-7

7. Stanford White, 28-2

8. Wes Trembly, 27-2

Open 800 Meters

20. Aaron Hennessy, 4:17.30

Open Mile Run

5. Blaine Andreoli, 5:09.18

24. David Powers, 6:27.51

Open Two Mile

2. TJ Rose, 10:50.56

4X800 Relay

1. Eric Hannes, Nick Kiesman, TJ Rose, Tyler O’Keefe, 8:53.70

Open Long Jump

3. Joe Slattery-Coffey, 18-2.25

7. Liuke Yang, 16-5.75

18. Jeremiah Schrader, 14-10.25

30. Dat Vu, 11-55

32. Rodrigo Araujo, 10-1.50









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