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BOYS LACROSSE VS BRUNSWICK
It was the first game of the season and the scheduling gods ... Read more
SOFTBALL SCRIMMAGE VS LAKE REGION
The Eagles host Lake Region in a pre-season scrimmage ... See Slideshow
OUTDOOR TRACK @ EDWARD LITTLE
It's been a long, cold winter, followed by a cold, snowy spring, and the ... Read more
GIRLS TENNIS VS BANGOR RAMS
The Eagles ran the board in the season opener with a 5-0 whitewash over the visiting ... Read more
April 22, 2014 - Eagles Fall Prey to Dragons 17-2
It was the first game of the season and the scheduling gods bestowed the Eagles with a home opener against perennial powerhouse Brunswick. Mt Ararat's virtuoso, Jessica Wright, started things off with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. That might have been the highlight of the game for Eagles fans. It's been a difficult spring with the majority of the practices being held indoors or in the parking lot and the Eagles were clearly not ready for this game. Brunswick used a balanced attack receiving goals from several players, including Lucas McCue, Matt Brooks, Owen Ginty, Cam Glover, Tyler Hillis, Ricky Klatt, T J Sullivan, Nolan McKeon, and Kyle Woodruff. The Dragons dominated in all aspects of the game as they controlled play on face-offs, ground balls, and fast breaks. The Dragons were particularly adept at the transition game which is how they scored the majority of their goals. They moved the ball well and found the open man.
It was 4-0 after the first quarter. The Eagles were out shot 14-3 and only the heroics of Eagles' goalie Connor Read, who made several brilliant in-close saves, kept the Eagles in the game. Field position evened out a tad in the second quarter, but this was not reflected on the scoreboard as the Dragons extended their lead to 8-0 before Kyle Lussier got the Eagles on the board with 45 seconds left. His goal followed an Eagles time-out and the Eagles set up Kyle on an isolation play from out-front. Kyle, who has quite a shot, ripped one past the Brunswick goalie to make it 8-1.
The Dragons struck again in the first minute of the third off a fast break. On the next possession, the Eagles were a man up. Devon Monteiro, Jordon Castonguay, and Kyle Lussier all had good shots as the Eagles offense looked the most cohesive as it had all night. But after killing off the penalty, the Dragons finished off another fast break featuring a beautiful passing sequence that culminated in a Tyler Hillis goal. As the period wound down, Jake Schoenberg had a good look as he snuck around from behind, but his shot hit the pipe. Ben Bishop showed that Brunswick isn't perfect as leveled the Brunswick goalie after a save with a clean hit, and picked up the loose ball, but his off-balance shot went just wide of a wide-open net with under a minute left. Brunswick, as if to atone for that earlier miscue, added salt to the wound when Nolan McKeon scored with just 11 seconds left off another fast break after an Eagles' turnover.
As the fourth period began, so did the rain sending droves of fans to the exits. The Dragons added four more goals and the Eagles one for a final score of 17-2.
It's early in the season and the the Eagles have plenty of time to re-group. It may seem strange, but the Eagles have a strong, talented, and athletic defense. They are difficult to beat in settled situations. But they were unprepared for the unsettled situations, which can be directly traced to lack of on-field practices. It is difficult to recreate unsettled situations in a parking lot or gym. So the Eagles should get better and improve as the season progresses. The rematch between these two teams will be a different game. In the meantime, it's best to put this game in the rear view mirror.
It's been a long, cold winter, followed by a cold snowy spring, and the first meet of the year continued the pattern, that is both LONG and COLD. Nevertheless, the Eagles and all the other athletes persevered and turned in some impressive performances for an early season meet. Everyone got some work in and no one was injured. The Boys finished second and the Girls were 4th in a meet that included some of the iron (EL, Brunswick, Messalonskee) in KVAC track circles.
Distance runner Sam Wood looked tall, strong, and in mid-season form. He ran the lead leg of the 4 x 800 in the first event of the meet and the third leg of the last event of the meet (the 4 x 400) where he either gave the Eagles a insurmountable lead or overcame a significant deficit to earn the Eagles second place. In between, Sam won the 3200 while holding off challenges from Brunswick's John Murphy and Messalonskee's Logan Moses. In the vertical jumps, Justin Pierce (1st in High Jump) and Andrew McCracken (2nd in Pole Vault) both got their work in under less than ideal conditions. Andrew also won the 110 Meter Hurdle with a PR of 18 flat. I don't think we need to worry about these guys. Ty Veno returned to the High Jump pit after a two year hiatus and seamlessly transferred his horizontal jumping skills into vertical air with a 3rd place finish
Track observers are beginning to spot cracks in Isaac Bradshaw's invisibility cloak as he won the 800 Meters and has moved from the shadows into the limelight. Jake Papa (3rd), Eagen Eldridge (4th) and Steven Johnson (6th) followed Isaac across the finish line. Add in Junior Matt Gott (3rd in the 1600) and freshman Chris Cooper (8th in the 3200) and the Eagles appear strong in the distances. In the Sprints, Coach Holden paired Ty Veno, Justin Pierce, and Hiro Soya in the same heat figuring that it's best to let the boys compete against each other. Her strategy worked as they finished 3-4-5 (out of 39 competitors) and all three ran PRs. And it's only mid-April.
In the strength events, Ben Wade chucked the javelin that landed almost 132 feet away and landed him in 3rd place. Another strong, early season start for Ben. Mike Potvin quietly placed in 5th place finish with a toss of 111 feet. Dom Burich and Mike Potvin both exhibited good form and necessary oomph in the Shot Put. Dominic buried the shot (literally, it disappeared six inches into the soft turf) 36-08 feet away good for 3rd place. Mike Potvin was looking strong and sleek with a 12th place finish in a tightly contested event.
The Girls skipped the 4 x 800 to concentrate on the individual distances and the 4 x 400. And with positive results! Alicia Caterina got the Girls rolling with a 2nd place finish in the 1600. Lindsey Papa looked strong finishing 15th. In the 800, it was Kelly Lynch and Tori Pelletier easily running away from the field to finish 1-2. Emmie Cox, looking like the Michelin Man with her layers of clothing, finished third in the 3200.
Nicole Ross appeared healthy after recovering from a winter sickness. Nicole snagged 4th place in the Long Jump and 5th place in the 200. Lauren Grant continued her mastery in the Triple Jump finishing 4th and also had a 7th place finish in the 100 Hurdles.
The Girls excelled in the Field Events. In the High Jump, the troika of Sara Napoleon, Brianna Hamilton, and Meaghan O'Leary dominated. Sara and Brianna tied for first and Meaghan finished 5th. Sara finished 8th in the 200 and Brianna placed 4th in the 400
The Girls team strength may well be their strength. Katie Frizzle won the Shot Put and Carly Lavallee finished 9th. In the Discus, it was Carly finishing in 4th with Katie following in 7th. Haley Frizzle, who missed the meet with sickness, and newcomer Mackenzie Weathers will add depth in these events. In the Jav, Jessy Doyle (4th), Tori Pelletier (5th), and Abbey Morgan (8th) all started their seasons with long tosses. In the 'Up and Coming category, with the emphasis on 'Up', freshman Lauren Labbay easily cleared 6-06 in the Pole Vault.
April 17, 2014 Eagles Drop Opener to Bangor, 4-1
The Eagles opened the season with a road trip to parts north. A 4-1 defeat to Bangor didn't make the ride home any shorter, but there were several promising performances that portend better days ahead.
Freshman Nick Mathieu placed himself on the map in the world of high school tennis with a convincing 6-2, 6-1 over Bangor High School's Sam Bolduc. Mathieu was locating his shots with GPS -like precision as he used the full court with a variety of power shots and deft net play. Second year player Mike Crawford show continued improvement as he battled to a 6-4 loss in the first set before falling 6-0 in the second. Senior Joe Thomas took his opponent to three sets and a tie-breaker falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (1).
In Doubles action, soccer stars Jon Roux and Eric Knight fell lost 6-4, 6-3 and youngsters Hudson Bird and Joey Reed came up on the short end of 6-0, 6-0 matches. It's early in the season, and the year round players were on form, but the seasonal players still have plenty of time to rev up their games as they get more practice in better weather. The next match is not til April 28th, so we should have a better idea of where this team is going then. It will be an interesting season.
April 17, 2014 - Eagles Bash Bangor 5-0
The Eagles ran the board in the season opener with a 5-0 whitewash over the visiting Bangor Rams. Christine Levesque paced the Eagles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Bangor's #1 seed Emily Brookings. Alison Melcher drubbed her opponent 6-0, 6-2 and Amy Segars completed the Singles sweep with a convincing 6-2, 6-1 win. In Doubles play, the Eagles continued to impress. First Double team Eliza Hodge and Priscilla Whitney are a formidable combination of competitiveness, teamwork and shot making skills as their 6-3, 6-4 victory showed. Izzy Leon and newcomer Julia Kaletka teamed up to overcome their opponents. After losing the first set 4-6, they rallied to consecutive 6-2, 6-2 sets to snatch the win.
The Eagles dominance extended through the exhibition play as well. Molly Huey won 8-3 in her Singles exhibition match and the duo of Eva Jensen and Marie Ring bested their opponent by an 8-1 margin.
April 14, 2014 - Eagles Scrimmage vs Morse
It was Picture Day and the first warm day of spring. It seemed like a perfect day for tennis. But the clouds moved in, the temperature plummeted as fast as a Christine Levesque drop shot and the winds were as stinging as an Amy Segars crisp cross-court forehand. In other words, a typical spring day in Maine.
The Eagles co-captains Izzy Leon and Amy Segars look to lead an experienced team this year. Right now, Amy, Christine Levesque, and Alison Melcher hold down the top three Singles spots. All three girls are mobile and have good serves, solid ground strokes, and decisive net play. The doubles team of Eliza Hodge and Priscilla Whitney are extremely competitive and looked particularly strong against Morse. Eva Jensen and Marie Ring are the early leaders for the second doubles team and showed they can challenge for the first double team with a impressive win over their Morse opponents.
It should be an exciting season.
April 12, 2014 - Batting Cages Opened
Saturday morning, the volunteers and members of the Mt Ararat Baseball team christened the new batting cages that greet students and visitors as they drive along Eagles Way en route to the High School campus. The cages are a joint venture between local businesses and volunteers who provided financial help, materials, and sweat equity to get the cages built.
Parent volunteers and financial contributors Jeff Kelly and Mike Moody had the deserved honor of throwing the first pitches to their sons Cole and Garret respectively. The crack of the bats resonated over the field and signified the true arrival of spring on a beautiful sunny day.
A big thank you to Atlantic Regional Credit Union, Enterprise Electric, Downeast Energy and Hancock Lumber for their generous support. The cages are open for use by the public.
2013-14 Girls Basketball Season Recap
The Girls finished with a 3-15 record. After last years team's career best performance and the loss of four quality starters, a drop off in wins was expected. The Basketball gods conspired to place even more obstacles in the path of the Eagles. First, their was the relo of Olivia Swan, a top notch talent, to Spanish Fort High School in Alabama. Then Katie Labbay, last year's floor leader and chief good decision maker, was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Adjustments had to be made and just when the Eagles were starting to click, superstar Caitlin LaFountain missed 5 games with a concussion. Of course, with every black cloud, there is a silver lining and the Eagles produced plenty of thrills and skills this past season.
2013-14 Sportsmanship Award Winner
Let's start with Caitlin LaFountain, who appears among the top fiveall time leaders in almost every statistical categories for the Eagles. Statistics don't begin to tell the whole story when it comes to calculating the value that Caitlin brought to the team. She was the "go-to" girl. Everyone on the opposing teams knew it and Caitlin never failed to deliver whether it was overcoming a double team by driving, shooting or passing. She was no shrinking violet on the boards either. Speaking of non-shrinking violets, Libby Davis played an aggressive style throughout the year. One of my personal favorites, Libby knows how to go to the hoop. She plays the same hard-nosed game whether leading by 20 or trailing by 20. She was the spiritual leader and main cheerleader for the team.
Lindsey Cornelison had another superb season, including a school record, single-game record of 18 rebounds against Brunswick that keyed the biggest upset of the year. Lindsey's shot making capabilities are non-discriminatory as she consistently hit from inside and outside. Alison Melcher is the prototypical power forward. She has an uncanny understanding of the game, where people are, and where the ball is going to be that adds another dimension to her game. With Caitlin gone next year, look for both Lindsey and Alison to develop into top flite scorers.
The absence of Katie Labbay provided a vacuum that Sara Lamb more than adequately filled. Sara became the field general of the team. She nailed 23 three-pointers during the season including a school record 6 treys against Edward Little that followed a five three-pointer performance against Oxford Hills. Erin Tome is a talented all around athlete who didn't see a lot of playing time, but should provide back court support next year. Four freshmen played on the varsity. Nikki Bradstreet was named KVAC Rookie of the Year. Possessor of Rondo-like speed and agility, Nikki can run the court, drive, and light it up from the outside. She also is a tenacious defender. Kate Guerin saw a lot of action as sixth man. She showed a lot of Mallory Nelson-like skills with strong moves to the hoop and the ability to out-muscle opponents underneath for rebounds. Lauren Labbay and Kaitlyn Cox did not see a lot of playing time, but got a taste of varsity play that will benefit them in the future.
Finally, the Eagles were awarded the 2014 Sportsmanship award. This is not surprising for a Kelly LaFountain coached team. Kelly, who announced she is leaving the program to spend more time with her family, will be missed. She was a classy lady as well as an excellent coach.