2018-19 Winter Sports Preview

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Boys' Basketball

Class B boys' basketball preview: Patriots ready for next step

Gray-New Gloucester's John Martin leaps up to take a shot against Spruce Mountain during the Class B South tournament at the Portland Expo last season. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)Gray-New Gloucester has a number of reasons to believe it can go further in the Class B...

Class C boys' basketball preview: Ramblers poised for another tournament ride

Andrew Shaw of Spruce Mountain gets a piece of Cam Wood of Winthrop last season in Jay. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)In a decade that began with a Dirigo dynasty, Class C South has evolved into one of the most competitive regions in the state over...

Class D boys' basketball preview: Lakers hope to have say in unpredictable region

Rangeley's Nolan Boone shoots the ball past Buckfield's Tobias Worthley last season in Buckfield. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)Rangeley's stay in the Class D South tournament last year was a brief one, in part because the Lakers had the misfortune of being the first team to...

Class A boys' basketball preview: Changes for Cougars, status quo for Hornets could make each a factor

Dawson Black of Mt. Blue reaches for a pass as Wyatt Hathaway of Leavitt moves underneath to grab the ball for a fast break to the basket last season in Turner. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)Boys’ basketball coach Travis Magnusson discussed the change that is coming...

Class AA North boys' basketball preview: Red Eddies now one of the hunted

Wol Maiwen of Edward Little High School throws down a dunk against Gorham in Auburn last season. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)Breaking a seven-decade state title drought removed one burden for Edward Little, but added another. The Red Eddies added a target to their backs with their...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Mt. Abram Roadrunners

Mt. Abram first-year coach Dustin Zamboni has his hands full as he tries to make the Roadrunners a competitive team this season. “I am expecting...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Mountain Valley Falcons

Scot New may be in his first year as Mountain Valley's varsity coach, but he's been around the program and the Mountain Valley Conference...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Monmouth Mustangs

Building experience and chemistry didn't translate into a lot of wins over the past couple of years, but the Monmouth Mustangs are expecting it...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Lisbon Greyhounds

The word transition applies to Lisbon in more ways than one this season. As usual, the Greyhounds are hoping to generate a lot of points...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Lewiston Blue Devils

The strides Lewiston has taken from last year to this year may not show up in the win column early, but all signs point...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Leavitt Hornets

The Hornets and their fans breathed a sigh of relief when sophomore point guard and offensive catalyst Wyatt Hathaway returned early in preseason after...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Gray-New Gloucester Patriots

The Patriots took an important step last year in reaching the B South semifinals and think they have the talent, depth and character go...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Winthrop Ramblers

Playing defense with the commitment and intensity Winthrop coach Todd MacArthur demands of his players can be physically and mentally draining for a player,...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Edward Little Red Eddies

Their historic state championship run now behind them, the Edward Little Red Eddies aren't ready to fade to also-ran status just because they graduated...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: St. Dominic Academy Saints

St. Dom's returns to the varsity ranks after playing a partial JV schedule last season. Not having a varsity team last year was tough for...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Dirigo Cougars

Dirigo enters the season with a new coach, Cody St. Germain, but the same expectations. St. Germain, a Dirigo alum, knows the program's blue-collar tradition...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Spruce Mountain Phoenix

Over the last three years, Spruce Mountain did its most impressive work away from the hoop. Known for getting up and down the court and...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Rangeley Lakers

Rangeley coach Jeff LaRochelle bid farewell to just two seniors last year, but also to a lot of his offensive firepower. Most of that scoring...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Poland Knights

The growing pains of last year could translate into more success for Poland this year. "We still have a lot of youth," Knights coach Tyler...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Buckfield Bucks

The Bucks graduated a pair of playmakers in Ethan Jackson and Zack Grover after reaching the preliminary round in Class C South. They still have...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Oxford Hills Vikings

Oxford Hills will be searching for scoring and toughness in the paint to start the season, but should be in the mix in AA...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Oak Hill Raiders

Luck hasn't exactly been on the Raiders' side before the season has even started. Already lacking senior leadership, they lost seniors Ethan Barnett and Adam...

2018-19 boys' basketball preview: Mt. Blue Cougars

It has been a decade to forget for Mt. Blue boys' basketball. Once considered among the most competitive programs in Class A, the Cougars...

Girls' Basketball

Class B girls' basketball preview: Gray-New Gloucester the favorite but expects challenge

Gray-New Gloucester's Jordan Grant, center, drives to the basket past Lake Region's Shauna Hancock, left, and Lauren Jakobs, right, last season. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)Two major factors make Gray-New Gloucester an overwhelming favorite in Class B South this season. First, every player returns from last season’s...

Class C girls' basketball preview: Monmouth, everyone else chasing Boothbay

Kaeti Butterfield of Monmouth Academy grabs a pass over Kathryn Ross of Winthrop High School in Monmouth last season. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)The past few years, Boothbay and Monmouth have been setting the standard in Class C South. The Mustangs emerged the past few season...

Class D girls' basketball preview: Rangeley returns a lot from region runner-up squad

Brooke Egan of Rangeley shoots over Deja Doughty of Vinalhaven during the Class D South final in Augusta in February. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)Vinalhaven and Rangeley have been the class of Class D South the past two seasons. There’s hope for the region’s other eight...

Class AA girls' basketball preview: Oxford Hills loaded, but don't count out Edward Little

Oxford Hills' Julia Colby goes for a shot against Greely's Madison Scott and Julia Martel duirng a regular season game at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in January. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)In last season’s Class AA North girls’ basketball playoffs, No. 8 seed Deering proved...

Class A girls' basketball preview: Young Leavitt, deep Mt. Blue ready to take next steps

Mt. Blue's Lexi Mittelstadt (24) takes the ball down the court against Skowhegan in Farmington last season. (Tony Blasi/Sun Journal)Three years ago, Dave Gerrish took over a Leavitt girls' basketball team in transition. After three years of tournament appearances, the Hornets are in transition again. "We're...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Leavitt Hornets

Often times, it's not the immediate results that come from a scoreboard that catch a coach's attention. Leavitt coach Dave Gerrish wants his team to...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Buckfield Bucks

Buckfield has found itself looking up at much of its Class C South competition in the standings the past few years, but at least...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: St. Dominic Academy Saints

The St. Dom’s girls’ basketball team has made strides the past two seasons, reaching the preliminary round in 2017 and then winning a prelim...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Winthrop Ramblers

The Winthrop Ramblers are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2017-18. They finished 7-12, were the No. 14 seed in the Class C...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Poland Knights

Poland had one of its best seasons ever in 2017-18, and now the Knights are paying the price for it. Gone are seven seniors who...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Dirigo Cougars

Dirigo only lost one senior from a season ago and returns the players who saw the bulk of the playing time. That includes Ashley Perreault,...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Telstar Rebels

Telstar has bad luck with losing players to different circumstances. This season, the Rebels enter the 2018 season down three players, not from graduation but...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Oak Hill Raiders

A year ago, the Oak Hill girls' basketball team entered the season short on experience. That's not the case this year. The Raiders bring pretty...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Rangeley Lakers

Rangeley enters the 2018-19 season with a young roster, but only on paper. For instance, freshmen Winnie LaRochelle and Emily Eastlack already have a season...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Gray-New Gloucester Patriots

Gray-New Gloucester finished first in Class B South last year with no seniors on the roster. So everyone’s back this year, including Bri Jordan and...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Lewiston Blue Devils

There’s no way around it, the Lewiston Blue Devils will be a different team this year. They didn’t lose many players, but those who graduated...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Mountain Valley Falcons

Allowing Mountain Valley to dictate the pace of a game could be risky for the Falcons' opponents this season, especially if they don't like...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Monmouth Mustangs

The coach and some of the leading talent from Monmouth's back-to-back state championship teams are gone. But the Mustangs still have the talent to...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Edward Little Red Eddies

While the Edward Little Red Eddies were celebrating their first state title in the school’s history, a target was immediately placed on their back. EL...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Oxford Hills Vikings

The bulk of Oxford Hills’ roster has already experienced a lot. Most of this year’s players were on the team that lost in the...

2018-19 girls' basketball preview: Lisbon Greyhounds

The game plan is a simple one for the Lisbon girls’ basketball team to improve upon on its 6-12 record from 2017-18 and make...

Boys' Hockey

Boys' hockey preview: Cam Audette, Dylan Campbell stout for Red Eddies' defense

Edward Little defensemen Cam Audette, left, and Dylan Campbell before a recent practice at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)AUBURN — Norm Gagne would like to see Dylan Campbell get less ice time and Cam Audette get more. But what the...

2018-19 high school boys' hockey preview capsules

Cony/Monmouth/Hall-Dale Rams Coach: Shawn Johnson (first year as head coach) Class: A North Last year's results: 8-9-2, lost in regional quarterfinals. Returning athletes: Seniors — Reed Hopkins (F), Joey...

Swimming

High school swimming: Edward Little provides a home for individual swimmers

LEWISTON — Scott Morrison, the coach of the Edward Little swim team, welcomes any swimmer from a school that doesn't have a high school team. This year, he has three swimmers from three different schools who will be partaking in the high school swim season....

2018-19 High School Swimming preview capsules

Edward Little Red Eddies Coach: Scott Morrison (17th year) Conference: KVAC; Class: A Last year's results: Girls — Seventh at KVACs, tied for 22nd at states; Boys...

Cheerleading

High school cheering: Umberhind and Dulac trade in their football pads for pompoms

MONMOUTH — Monmouth Academy freshman Jacob Umberhind wanted to stay in shape this winter and continue to work on his strength for next year's football season. A two-way lineman for the Winthrop/Monmouth co-op team, Umberhind wasn't interested in basketball or wrestling — two of the...

2018-19 High School Cheering preview capsules

Buckfield Bucks Coaches: Jennifer Dobson and Vickie Dobson (second year) Class: D  Returning athletes: Senior —Wyatt Lewis; Juniors —Chloe Warren, Saige Collette. Key losses: Meagan Strout, Marie Robertson,...

Indoor Track

Track and Field: Lisbon and St. Dom's join forces for new indoor season

Members of the Lisbon/St. Dominic Academy indoor track team pose for a photo prior to Monday's practice at Bates College in Lewiston. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)Lisbon High School and St. Dominic Academy practiced together last indoor season, but were scored separately in meets. This season,...

2018-19 High school indoor track preview capsules

Edward Little Red Eddies Coach: Angie Jalbert (second year) Conference: KVAC; Class: A Last year's results: Boys: fourth in KVAC, sixth in state championship; Girls: third in...

Wrestling

Wrestling preview: Zoe Buteau's second senior project? A state title

Oak Hill High School senior Zoe Buteau's goal is to be the first girl to win a state championship in a Maine Principal's Association sanctioned meet. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)LISBON — Zoe Buteau selected an unusual endeavor for her senior project at Oak Hill High...

2018-19 High school wrestling preview capsules

DIRIGO COUGARS   Coach: Dana Whittemore and Gunnar Bradbury (second year) Conference: MVC; Class: B Last year's results: Fourth Mid-State, fifth Class B South, seventh Class B. Returning athletes: Seniors — David Pelletier, Nolan...

Girls' Hockey

Girls' hockey preview: Senior season a star turn for St. Dominic's Emma Theriault

Emma Theriault will be a key player as a senior defender for the St. Dom's girls' hockey team this season. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)Emma Theriault comes from a hockey heritage, but the St. Dominic Academy senior has made a name for herself the past three...

2018-19 Sun Journal girls' hockey preview capsules

Edward Little/Leavitt/Poland Red Hornets Coach: Dana Berube (second year) Region: North Last year's results: 4-14-1 (lost in regional quarterfinals). Returning athletes: Seniors — Taylor Cailler (F), Brianna Doucette (F),...

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