Tuesday, March 11, 2014
By Travis Lazarczyk firstname.lastname@example.org
After his team’s 49-18 win over Waterville in the Eastern Class C championship game, Winslow head coach Mike Siviski made sure to give credit to his coaching staff.
Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Winslow High School running back Zach Guptill, 36, is tackled by Waterville Senior High School defenders in the second quarter in Winslow on Saturday. Winslow defeated Waterville 49-12.
• Winslow’s Dylan Hapworth ran for 142 yards and four touchdowns in the Black Raiders’ 49-18 win over Waterville in the Eastern Class C championship game.
• Winslow’s Evan Gammon was in on three sacks in the Black Raiders win.
• Winslow’s Justin Martin recovered a fumble and caught four passes for 77 yards.
• Winslow’s Jacob Trask intercepted a pass in the win over Waterville.
• Waterville’s Jordhan Levine caught eight passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
“Our football staff as a whole, is just outstanding. They’re teaching the technique, and there’s a lot of knowledge of the game when we collaborate, everyone together on the staff. It’s really been good,” Siviski said.
Winslow’s coaching staff includes two former head coaches, Mike Marston and Wes Littlefield. Marston coached Skowhegan to the Pine Tree Conference Class A championship in 2008, and under Littlefield, Messalonskee was a perennial playoff contender. Winslow’s staff also includes longtime assistant coaches Pete Bolduc, Jim Haskell and Ken Nadeau.
Winslow’s opponent in the Class C state championship game is Leavitt. Neither school is a stranger to the state championship game. This is Winslow’s fourth trip to the state game in the last decade, while Leavitt won three Eastern Maine Class B titles in a row, from 2009-2011, and won the state championship in 2009.
Winslow’s last state title came in 2001. The Black Raiders were Class B runner-up in 2004 and 2006, and Class C runner up last season.
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The times for Saturday’s three games at Fitzpatrick Stadium are set.
The day will begin with the Class A championship game between Cheverus and Bonny Eagle at 11:06 a.m. At 2:36 p.m., Oak Hill and Bucksport will play in the Class D game. The day concludes with the Class C final between Winslow and Leavitt at 6:06 p.m.
The Class B championship game featuring Cony and Kennebunk is Friday night at 7 at the University of Maine’s Alfond Stadium in Orono.
Tickets for all games are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. One ticket is good for all three games at Fitzpatrick Stadium on Saturday, but if you leave Fitzpatrick Stadium, you will need to buy another ticket to re-enter.
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The Cony football team enjoyed a record-setting night in the Pine Tree Conference Class B championship game Friday in Brunswick.
Senior quarterback Ben Lucas set the state record for career touchdown passes with 86 as the Rams rolled their first-ever state championship game with a 48-38 victory over the Dragons.
Next up for Cony (8-2): Western B top-seed Kennebunk (11-0). The battle of the Rams will begin at 7 Friday night at Alfond Stadium in Orono.
Cony has some familiarity with the University of Maine facility, having competed in a seven-on-seven tournament this summer.
Coaches and staff from both teams will be at UMaine this morning to tour the stadium, which features a turf field.
“We’re going to go up and meet with the (Maine Principals’ Association) and get a good look around,” Cony coach Robby Vachon said. “We’ll tour the locker rooms and check out the facility so we know what to expect.”
Cony competed on turf fields in a few summer seven-on-seven leagues, including ones in Orono and Scarborough. Vachon said he hopes to secure some practice time at either Colby or Thomas College this week in advance of the title game.
“I think we’ll get up there (today) or Wednesday,” he said. “We’d like to just get a feel for the turf again. We’ll see. It’s going to be a harder surface but there should be better footing.”
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Oak Hill will play in its first state game since 1984, when it dropped a 47-0 decision to Dexter for the 1984 Class D championship. The Raiders last won a state title in 1982.
Bucksport, meanwhile, is a six-time state champ. The Golden Bucks are in their second state title game in three years — they lost the 2011 Class C contest to Yarmouth.
“We like the challenge,” Oak Hill coach Stacen Doucette said. “We know what we are up against.”
Doucette would know.
While his team has never played on this stage, Doucette coached in four previous state championship games as an assistant to Dick Mynahan at Lisbon. the Greyhounds won Class C state titles in 1997, 2005 and 2006 with Doucette a top assistant.
“I’m comfortable in these situations,” Doucette said. “There will be no surprises.”
Doucette added that an area of focus this week will be communication between the players and the sideline.
“The big difference between (Fitzpatrick Stadium) and our games is that the kids can’t hear you in Portland,” he said. “There is a lot of noise between the crowd and the wind that blows through the field and even the car noises from the street.
“One thing we’re going to have to work on is hand signals from the field and sideline. It’s going to have to be more involved.”
Staff Writer Bill Stewart contributed to this report.Travis Lazarczyk — email@example.comTwitter: @TLazarczykMTM