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FIELD HOCKEY

Freshman Mariah Davis scored the game’s only goal, converting a centering pass from Skye Dole, as the Raiders remained undefeated with a 1-0 victory over Cape Elizabeth (4-4). Goalie Sage Antolin had solid defense in front of her, recording just one save.

The Raiders (8-0) are ranked second in Class B West.

• Last week, the Raiders shut out Yarmouth 3-0 behind goals from Skye Dole (first half, her seventh goal in the last five games), Ellen Bacchiocchi (second half) and Christina DiPietro (second half).

Up next: The Raiders host Falmouth this Friday at 4 p.m. and then close out the season with road games to Wells Tuesday at 6 p.m., Gray-New Gloucester next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and Lake Region on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m.

 

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Fryeburg was up for a game played in wind and rain, holding Greely scoreless for 32 minutes last week.

But, the Rangers and Mother Nature would eventually strike. Greely scored twice, and lightning hit resulting in the game being called in the second half.

“Julia Quinn, Izzy Hodgman-Burns and Sarah Welch marked their key players well,” Coach John Atwood said.

On Friday, the Raiders tied Traip Academy 1-1. The Raiderss (1-5-1) dominated the game with  shots off the post, but only connected on one corner, Esme Hernandez to Lexi L’Heureux-Carlon with 20 minutes left in the game.

Sydney Charles and Maddy Pearson had strong defensive games, Coach Atwood reported.

“We’re still struggling to find the net, but team passing has improved greatly,” Coach Atwood said.

Goalie Elle Burbank made two saves.

Up next: The Raiders head to Poland on Saturday for a 10 a.m. game, then visit Wells on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and host York next Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.

DEFLECTED OVER THE CROSS BAR — Fryeburg Academy has received outstanding goal play from Paul Dostie this fall, including this leaping deflection against North Yarmouth Academy. (Rivet Photo)

BOYS’ SOCCER

Alec Perry scored a goal and netminder Paul Dostie made six saves in Fryeburg’s 5-1 loss to Greely.

• Earlier, the Raiders (2-3-2) tied Traip Academy 2-2 as Nicolaus Mauer netted both goals. Dostie recorded 12 saves.

Up next: The Raiders travel to Poland on Saturday for a noon game, host Wells on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and travel to York next Thursday, Oct. 4 for a 6 p.m. game.

FOOTBALL

What started as a possible upset bid turned into a Blue Blazes rout, 58-28 Saturday.

Fryeburg Academy kept pace with Westbrook through a quarter plus as Andrew Rascoe scored off a 7-yard run and Devine Dockery added the two-point conversion for an early 8-0 lead.

Westbrook answered with two scores for a 16-8 lead, but the Raiders pulled within two points when Dockery found some daylight and rumbled for a 64-yard TD run.

Then, the Blazes scored the Raiders. Westbrook scored three unanswered touchdowns — including TD passes of 21 and 35 yards by Kyle Heath (7-of-10 for 119 yards).

Fryeburg would tack on two scores — a Dockery 8-yard run in the third quarter and a Rascoe 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. Dockery finished with 200 yards on 22 carries. Rascoe had 60 yards on 17 carries while also completing 7-of-16 passes for 60 yards and two interceptions.

Up next: The Raiders head to Cumberland Friday night to meet the 3-1 Greely Rangers at 7 p.m. Greely suffered its first loss of the season last week, a 24-21 decision to York.

CROSS COUNTRY

Round 1 goes to Dan Curtis of Ellsworth.

In what may have been a preview of the Class B State Meet in five weeks, Curtis squared off against Silas Eastman of Fryeburg at the 38th Annual Manchester Invitational Cross Country Classic.

In a epic battle between two of Maine’s top high school runners, Curtis opened a small gap with 200 meters to go which was enough for the junior to hold on for a .05 second win in the 3.1-mile race. Both athletes were timed in 15:42.

“Crazy to think that the last time these guys raced head-to-head was the two mile at the Class B outdoor track state championships where Silas got the better of Curtis by the narrowest of margins — .23 seconds to be exact,” FA Coach Bill Reilly said. “The two won’t meet again until the state championships, but if this was the preview of what is to come in October, we are in for a treat.”

At the mile marker, there was a pack of 10 runners bunched together. As they hit the hill just past the mile, Eastman — using his strength — made a move to put a small gap between him and the rest of the field. Jack Pierce of Merriconeag was in the third spot, with Curtis back in fourth. Curtis said of Eastman’s move, “I was gapped a little at the top of the hill, but then refocused and caught back up.”

Once up the hill, Eastman and Curtis started their battle with each other. Curtis stalked Eastman like a cat. “I just tried to sit on him,” Curtis said.

The two would open up a gap on Jeremy Brassard (Coe-Brown) — last year’s winner — and Pierce as they continued to cruise at the front. They approached the finish line stride for stride, but with 200 meters to go Curtis made the first move. Eastman responded and off and on they went for the finish one ahead of the other changing on each stride. At the end, Curtis held on by inches for the win.

“This was a huge personal record for Silas by 17 seconds and ranks him as a U.S. National First Team Elite by US Milesplit,” Coach Reilly said.

Logan Gerchman, Eric Hannes, Thomas Rose, Sullivan Briggs, David Powers and Reed Wales all posted PR races. They finished as follows:

28. Logan Gerchman, 17:19

54. Thomas Rose, 18:02

60. Eric Hannes, 18:09

94. Patrick Carty, 18:46

120. Liuke Yang, 19:09

124. Jonathan Burk, 19:11

There were 246 finishers.

The team placed sixth out of 35 teams from across New England. Oyster River won the event with 88 points. Fryeburg had 229.

In junior varsity action, Kyle Barboza was 94th out of a field of 347 in 19:22 (winning time was 17:16). Other finishers were:

116. Liam LeConey, 19:40

161. Tyler O’Keefe, 20:27

222. Sullivan Briggs, 21:31

248. David Powers, 22:03

331. Reed Wales, 26:12

FA was 26th out of 44 schools.

According to the Maine Milesplit Power Rankings, the Raiders are fifth out 100-plus teams statewide. The ranking has: 1. Scarborough, 2. Massabesic, 3. Ellsworth, 4. Falmouth, 5. Fryeburg Academy. Rounding out the Top 10 are Mount Blue, Mt. Ararat, Freeport, Cape Elizabeth and Caribou.

“The addition of former Fryeburg Academy state champion, Tim Even, as an assistant coach has been a great boost to the team,” Coach Reilly said. “So far this season, no one has missed practice and the hard work continues.”

For the Raider ladies, Freshman Abby Davis had a breakout race and a big PR at her first major meet.

“Overall for the girls, it was a good experience at a big time meet,” Coach Reilly said.

Davis was 91st in 22:57 (winning time was 19:17). Teammate Elizabeth Gryzb was 78th in 22:35. Other finishers were:

125. Ariel Fogden, 24:22

187. Kylie Jolicoeur, 29:44

198. Maddie Welch, 34:40

199. Jane Imedieke-King, 37:48

Of a field of 30 schools, the Raiders were 25th overall.

Up next: The Raiders travel to Lake Region this Friday to run against the Lakers and Sacopee Valley. Boys open at 4:30 p.m. The girls are at 5 p.m.

 

 

 

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