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NORDIC SKI STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Mt Ararat's Hayden Libby and Anna "Action" Jackson competed in the Nordic Ski ... Read more

BOYS HOCKEY VS ST DOMINIC'S

In what was a virtual playoff game for the Eagles hockey team ... Read more

GIRLS STATE SWIM CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

The Girls concluded their season with a flourish. As she has done all season Read more

INDOOR TRACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

The Girls finished 8th and the Boys came in 13th at the State Championships ... Read more


NORDIC SKIING

Mt Ararat's Hayden Libby and Anna "Action" Jackson competed in the Nordic Ski State Championships. Hayden poled to a 44th place finish in the Classic event and a 46th place finish in the Freestyle event. Anna placed 42nd in the Classic event and skated to a 47th place finish in the Freestyle event.

Hayden Libby and Anna Jackson start up Hero's Hill
Hayden Libby and Anna Jackson start up Hero's Hill

The Nordic Ski State Championship is a two-day event consisting of a 5K Classic race and a 5K Freestyle race. In the Classic style, racers ski in groomed tracks and push straight forward in alternating strides. In the Freestyle (or Skate style), racers pushed off alternately on each ski similar to ice skating. The event was held at Quarry Hill Trails in Waterville, Maine, a very nice facility, although the access road and parking lot could use a little lot of work. Let's just say it took almost as long for vehicles to negotiate the pot holes as it did for the racers to complete their 5K race. There was no question that the racers were going faster and having more fun.

It was an unseasonably warm couple of days for the event. Temperatures soared to the high 50s which made viewing a pleasure for spectators, but created sauna-like conditions for the athletes. Skiers rely on various types of wax for different snow and temperature conditions, and the combination of soft snow in the sun and ice patches in the woods made for slow times for all skiers.

BOYS HOCKEY

Feb 22, 2017 - Saints Win Thriller over Eagles 4-2

by A J Kavanaugh

AUBURN - In what was a virtual playoff game for the Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse boys hockey team Wednesday night vs. St. Dom's, the Eagles came out firing against the perennial power Saints, ultimately taking a 2-1 lead into the third period. St. Dom's all-state senior goaltender Kyle Welsh, a former Lisbon player for the Eagles, shut his former team down in the final frame as the Saints rallied for 3 goals including an empty-netter to seal a 4-2 victory at Norway Savings Bank Arena.

Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse (7-11) outshot the Saints 14-6 in the first period but found themselves tied 1-1 after St. Dom's point man Will Fletcher scored the game's first goal just 1:14 into the game. Zack Pelletier and Jacob Lewis picked up assists. The Eagles poured it on from thereafter, and tied things up midway through the period when Noah Austin scored on a short-handed breakaway. Welsh made some amazing saves to keep the game level heading into the first intermission.

The 2nd period saw action back and forth, but it was Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse forward Sam Alexander that broke the tie at the 8:26 mark. His quick snap shot beat Welsh glove side. Tyler LaCascio picked up the assist. The Eagles had other good chances to extend the lead, including two more breakaways by Noah Austin, but this time Welsh was there with key stops. On the other end, Mt. Ararat sophomore Cade Charron made some big saves himself to keep his team on top heading into the 3rd.

The Saints took advantage of a waved icing call early in the last period, and Lewis took a feed from Noah Tussaint to tie the game 2-2. Play continued back and forth through most of the period, but Welsh and Charron continued to preserve the deadlock. With less than 4 minutes to go, St Dom's Justin Keaney scooted the puck out of the offensive corner and found Mack Pelletier who wristed home the eventual game winning goal. Connor Samson also picked up an assist. Fletcher added the empty net goal, his second of the game with 1:07 left to play, Toussaint getting credited with another assist on the game's final tally.

Welsh finished with 31 saves on 33 shots to earn the win for the Saints (8-10), while Charron made 24 saves for Mt. Ararat/Lisbon/Morse, who needed a win or a tie to move past Edward Little for 6th and final playoff spot in Class A North. St. Dom's finished 0 for 3 on the power play, while the Eagles did not have a man-advantage for the game.

SWIMMING

Feb 21, 2017 - Girls Finish Strong at State Championships

The Girls concluded their season with a flourish. As she has done all season, Madigan Saunders led the way for the Eagles. She saved her best for last, swimming PRs in the 50 Free and the 100 Free. Madigan clipped more than a second off her previous best 50 time to finish 4th and she dipped under the one minute mark in the 100 Free for the first time this season, touching out in 58.46 to reach the podium in 6th place. The other sprint specialists also did well. Abbie Anderson, who missed a substantial part of the season with a shoulder injury, showed she is fully recovered by swimming a PR in the 100 Free by 3.5 seconds. She also PRed in the 50 to finish 18th. Keri LaChapelle propelled herself to a sub 30 time in the 50 Free to close out her swim career at MTA.

Madelin Svetin continued to demonstrate her versatility in the pool. Madeline swam PRs in both events she entered. She finished 24th in the 200 IM besting her previous best time by 3 seconds and then dropped 3.5 seconds in the 100 Fly to finish 16th. Katelyn Doughty also knocked 2 seconds of her previous best in the 100 Back to finish 16th. Katelyn has lopped more than 11 seconds off her time in the event since the start of the season. Emily Galen had a good swim in the 200 Free and Laura Secone swam a strong 500

In relay action, the girls continued to excel. Katelyn Doughty, Madigan Saunders, Madelin Svetin, and Abbie Anderson teamed up to capture 16th place in the 200 Yard Medley in a season best time. In the 200 Yard Relay, Keri LaChapelle led teammates Abbie Anderson, Laura Secone, and Madigan Saunders to a 13th place finish.

The Girls finished 16th overall with 27 teams competing.

Feb 20, 2017 - Boys Delight at State Championships

The Boys Swim team has been fighting the odds all year. They have been amazingly successful despite having only six members on the team. It was no different at the State Championship meet. All swimmers swam personal bests in at least one event. And Aaron Hyde, Devin Hoskins, Robby Hyde, and Max Bickford set a new school record in the 200 Yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:50.44 to finish 10th.

Devin Hoskins powered his way to a couple of 8th place finishes. Devin swam a Personal Best (PB) in the 100 Breast lopping off an eye-popping three seconds off his prior best. Devon also touched out in 8th place in the 500 Yard Freestyle. Freshman Robert Hyde capped his season with PBs in both the 50 Free and 100 Fly. Robert finished 9th in the 100 Fly and 11th in the 50 Free. Will Furgeson PRed in the 50 Free to finish 33rd. Aaron Hyde lopped 3 seconds off his prior best in the 100 Fly and finished 18th in the 100 Back. Max Bickford knocked 13 seconds of his previous best and dipped below the 6-minute barrier for the first time in the 500 Free with a time of 5:50.93 to finish 17th. Max also registered a 33rd place finish in the 100 Back.

In the deep end, diver Noah Brillant finished 5th with 243.85 points, which is thought to be a new school record, but we are still verifying this.

INDOOR TRACK

Feb 4, 2017 - Girls 8th, Boys 13th at State Championships

The Girls finished 8th and the Boys came in 13th at the State Championships meet held at USM in Gorham. There were several outstanding performances on both sides of the ledger. And both the Boys and Girls were recipients of the Good Sportsmanship Award.

BOYS

Cam Meier won the State Championship title in the Mile with a personal best time of 4:29.32. Cam also podiumed in the 2 Mile finishing 5th.

In Relay action, Jax Hollenbach, Matt Donovan, Tommy Leslie, and Codie Fee sped to a 13th place finish in the 4 x 200. In the 4 x 800 Relay, Hunter Beebe, Jack Mathieu, Matt Kenison, and Sam Gatchall all ran well to place 20th.

GIRLS

The Girls submitted several outstanding performances, led by Katherine Leckbee. Katherine ran two solid races in very competitive fields. Katherine finished 2nd in the 2 Mile and 3rd in the Mile. Sara York ran her best race of the season in the 800 finishing 6th overall. In the 400, the Eagles had three outstanding performances. Wyley Fitzpatrick burned up the track in 1:03.10 to reach the podium in 7th place and Katie Lynch followed with a PR of 1:03.53 to claim a top ten finish. Colette Kinkade also ran a PR and finished in 21st place with a time of 1:06.26.

In the Field events, Haley Frizzle muscled her way to a 16th place finish in the Shot Put. In the aerial events, Sara York soared to 18th place in the High Jump. Hope Langworthy had an off day in the Pole Vault, but don't worry - Hope springs eternal for the outdoor season.

In Relay action, Josie Miller, Alana Weaver, Lindsey Papa, and Rebecca French raced to a 13th place finish in the 4 x 800. In the 4 x 200, speedsters Colette Kinkade, Katie Lynch, Sara York, and Wyley Fitzpatrick finished 8th. I am sure the girls were a little disappointed with their time, but they're all young and they'll all be back.

Click here to see a season summary of times and events for each female athlete.

Click here to see a season summary of times and events for each male athlete.

Feb 18, 2017 - First Period Hi-Lites against Maranacook (and there are lots of them


Feb 18, 2017 - Mark Abreu plays the National Anthem on Senior Night

WRESTLING

Feb 18, 2017 - Eagles 5th at Class A States

Robert Hetherman won his second Class A Championship and also recorded his Mt Ararat record-breaking 200th career victory that hi-lighted a 5th place finish for the Eagles. Wrestling at 170 lbs, Robert made short work of his opponents registering three pins including winning the Final in an eye-popping (don't blink your eyes or you missed it) 26 seconds.


Dylan Schenk reached the Finals before succumbing in a very close 3-2 decision. In preliminary matches, Dylan had previously dispatched his opponents with a convincing 11-4 and 6-3 decisions.

Jabbar Belin (126 lbs) and Christian Jensen (138 lbs) both stood on the podium with third place finishes. Jabbar did it the hard way, falling in 5:29 in the opening round. Jabbar recovered nicely in the Consolation bracket, reeling of three straight victories. He pinned his first opponent in 4:50 and posted a substantial 22-11 Decision to reach the Consolation Finals. Then he out-decisioned his opponent 10-4 (Roger that!) in the Finals. Christian Jensen's path to the podium was just as circuitous. He dropped his opening match to Biddeford's Josiah Garcia, then rampaged his way through the Consolation bracket. He won his first match by pinning his opponent in 3:10. Then, in one of the most exciting matches of the day, he came from behind as time was running out and eked out a 10-8 decision to reach the Consolation Finals. He out wrestled his opponent in the finals with a steady performance to register a 12-6 decision to finish third.

Other Eagles wrestlers included Caden Kowalski, Brett Raio, and Evan Smith. Caden wrestling at 113 lbs had been battling the flu all week and was not completely recovered. Still, he wrestled valiantly before being eliminated. Brett Raio, wrestling at 132 lbs, wrestled tough in his two matches. Brett battled to late in the third period before falling at the 5:52 mark in the opening round. In the Consolation round, Brett lost a close 1-0 decision. Evan Smith, wrestling at 195 lbs, also wrestled well against two tough opponents.


Feb 18, 2016 - Christian Jensen Pins his Opponent in the Quarter Finals at Class A State Championship


Feb 18, 2016 - Dylan Shenk Wins 6-2 Decision in Semi Finals at Class A State Championship


Feb 18, 2016 - Robert Hetherman Advances to Finals at Class A State Championship


Click here to see a season summary of each wrestlers matches.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb 10, 2017 - Senior Night at the Hangar - Eddies Defeat Eagles 56-31

The Ararat Nation honored six seniors prior to their last game of their high school careers at the Hangar. Although Senior Nights are always emotional, this one touched a special chord because these girls have been together actively supporting Mt Ararat basketball since their earliest days at the Middle School. Their presence and enthusiasm for basketball was obvious then and it has not diminished through their high school years. Congratulations to Nikki Bradstreet, Katelyn Cox, Kate Guerin, Lauren Labbay, Sabrina Paetow, and Ashley Parker for providing years of entertainment and accomplishment.

The Eagles kept it close against a strong Eddies team (ranked 2nd in Class AA Heal Points) for the first half, but the Eddies height and rebounding prowess paved the way to a 56-31 win.

Nikki Bradstreet is fouled on her way to the basket
Nikki Bradstreet is fouled on her way to the basket

The Eddies jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but the Eagles fought right back. Katelyn Cox swished a baseline jumper from just inside the arc and Lauren Labbay drained a trey. The Eddies answered with a couple of baskets before Sabrina Paetow made a strong inside move off a nice Nikki Bradstreet pass. The Eagles then converted two quick baskets off fast breaks. First, Kyla Greenleaf fed Kaitlyn Cox with a perfect lead pass and Kaitlyn laid it in; On the next Eddies possession, Nikki Bradstreet stole the ball in the backcourt and sprinted in for the layup to narrow the Eddies lead to 15-11. The Eagles had another chance when they moved the ball effectively, but they were unable to convert the free throws. The Eddies closed out the quarter with two hoops to take a 19-11 lead.

Kyla Greenleaf opened the second quarter by hitting a soft, running right-hander off a fast break. A Sabrina Paetow put back, a Kyla Greenleaf 15-foot jumper, and a Lauren Labbay running right-hander kept the Eagles within reach 23-19 with 3:11 left in the quarter. The Eddies then went on a 10-0 run before Caitlyn Smith converted a 12-foot jumper to finish a Nikki Bradstreet fast break. The half ended with the Eagles trailing 29-21.

The Eagles shooting went cold in the second half, scoring only five points in both the third and fourth quarters. Nikki Bradstreet accounted for 6 of those points with a pair of three-pointers and Kate Guerin added a field goal and Sabrina Paetow converted a couple of free throws.

In the final analysis, Edward Little was too big for the Eagles.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Feb 6, 2017 - Medomak Finishes Strong vs Eagles, 57-46

Steven Gerencer goes to the hoop
Steven Gerencer goes to the hoop

Medomak Valley visited the Hangar sitting atop the Northern Division Heal Point standings with a 16-0 record. The Eagles put together their second straight solid effort against a top-tier team, but they ran out of gas in the closing minutes. The Eagles battled throughout the game, and although they never led (there were several ties), it was a still a two-point game late in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 16-8 first quarter lead and it looked like they might run away with the game. But the Eagles never let Medomak get more than an arm's length apart.

In the first quarter, Jarad Balsar had a couple of hoops with some nice inside moves and Cam Cox hit the first of his five three-pointers on the night. Then the Eagles outscored the Panthers 10-8 and 17-15 in the second and third quarters respectively.

In the second quarter, after a Balsar free throw, Sean Roberts continued the momentum swing toward the Eagles when he stole the ball in the back court, sprinted up-court, and hit a trailing Max Spelke, who swished his shot from three-point land. Jarad Balsar was working inside and drawing attention and fouls. He converted 3 of 4 free throws to narrow the Medomak lead to 21-15. With 1:06 left in the half, Cam Cox tickled the twine with another trey and the Eagles deficit was 3 points. But Medomak came right back and scored the last basket of the half to take a 24-18 lead.

Kyle Brennan has his eyes on the ball
Kyle Brennan has his eyes on the ball

In the third quarter, the Eagles sophomore Jarad Balsar continued to fulfill his potential (and his size 14 shoes) as he dominated on offense with 6 baskets for 12 points. Jarad scored on a turn-around and a put back to open the quarter. Cam Cox drained a trey off a Cole Guerin fast break pass. Jarad Balsar continued to dominate inside. He finished four fast breaks; first on a text-book fast break featuring passing from Cam Cox and Cole Guerin; second, when he converted a feed after a nice Max Spelke penetration; third, when he converted a Ryan Mello feed; and finally when he finished a Cam Cox penetration. With 11 seconds remaining Ryan Mello, who BTW, has been playing some great basketball in all aspects of the game, hit 10-foot fall away to bring the Eagles within 1, 36-35. but Medomak Valley got a big lift with a three-point buzzer beater to take a four point lead 39-35 lead after three quarters.

Ryan Mello opened the fourth quarter with a mid-air reverse twist, hook shot. Degree of difficulty 10, result two points. Cam Cox added another trey and Sean Roberts followed the ball to the hoop for two more and with 5:41 left, the Eagles deficit was a mere basket. But Medomak is not 16-0 (now 17-0) for no reason. They answered with a trey and then scored three baskets in their next three possessions to complete a 9-point run. A Jarad Balsar free throw and yet another three-pointer by Cam Cox shrunk the Medomak lead, but the parade to the foul line allowed the Panthers to close out the game.

Jarad Balsar finished with 21 points and Cam Cox contributed 16.

Ryan Mello is fouled on his way to the hoop
Ryan Mello is fouled on his way to the hoop

Feb 4, 2017 - Dragons Outlast Eagles, 57-51

This game was a far different story from the cakewalk Brunswick enjoyed way back in early December when the Dragons won 59-37. Both teams came out firing in the early going. Jarad Balsar, who was eating up Brunswick's Corbin Teel in the early going, grabbed a rebound over Teel and went right back up for a hoop. Cam Cox drained a three and Jarad Balsar scored on a sky hook to give the Eagles an early 7-5 lead. A Cole Guerin jumper from just inside the arc and a Sean Roberts' three-pointer extended their lead to 12-7. Brunswick then went on a 9-0 run to regain the lead at 16-12 before Sean Roberts' hot hand delivered another trey as time expired in the first quarter with the Eagles trailing by one, 16-15.

Ryan Mello's inspired play kept drawing fouls and Ryan drained six free throws to keep the Eagles within a basket of the Dragons until the final minute of the half. Austin Damon entered the game and added instant energy to the Eagles offense. Austin socred on two consecutive cuts to the net. Ths first came off a feed from Kyle Brennan and twenty seconds later, Austin was on the cut again. This time it was Jake Steinman setting him up, and Austin fought through traffic and twisted inot posision for the shot. It fell and so did Austin as he was fouled on the play. Austin made the free throw to complete the old-fashioned three-point play and give the Eagles a 26-25 lead. Cole Guering hit another three with three seconds left in the half to give the Eagles a 29-25 lead.

Max Spelke brings the ball across mid-court
Max Spelke brings the ball across mid-court

All the Eagles points in the third period came from the free throw line as they maintained their razor-thin lead 38-35. Cam Cox, Cole Guerin, Jarad Balsar, and Ryan Mello all hit their shots as the Eagles were taking advantage of Brunswck's aggressive defense. The Eagles led 38-35 after three quarters.

The teams continued to battle. The Eagles gained some daylight at the beginning of the final stanza when a Cam Cox trey and a Jarad Balsar free throw stretched the Eagles lead to 42-37. A Ryan Mello free throw was followed by a Steven Gerencer turnaround and two Gerencer free throws to maintain a slim 47-45 Eagles lead. With 4:26 left in the game, Brunswick hit a trey to regain the lead. The Eagles came right back 20 seconds later when Max Spelke calmly sank two free throws. The teams traded leads with Cam Cox sinking two free throws to restore the Eagles lead at 51-50 with 2:16 left. The turning point in the game came with 1:26 left. The Eagles defense had knocked a ball loose away from the basket. In the resulting scrum, the ball squirted loose fortuitously all the way to the end line where the Dragons Corbin Teel picked it up and fed teammate Jackson Gordon underneath. As the Eagles scrambled to get back on defense, they fouled Gordon who completed the three-point play to give the Dragons a 53-51 lead that they would not relinquish. The Dragons closed out the game at the free throw line.

It was arguably the best game the Eagles have played all year. Cam Cox led the Eagles 11 points, Ryan Mello added 9 points (all from the free throw line), and Cole Guerin and Jarad Balsar each added 7 points.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Feb 3, 2017 - Eagles Season Ends - Edward Little Prevails 5-0

The Eagles closed out the season with a 5-0 loss to the Red Hornets. Once again, Lily Schenk was outstanding between the pipes for the Eagles facing 31 shots. The Eagles had their moments on offense, but just couldn't get the puck past the Hornets goalie Miranda Guimond. Coach Hutchins rolled out his entire bench throughout the entire game.

Kathryn Hinderks had the best Eagles chance in the first period with a rink-long rush that she finished with a hard shot on net. It was the Eagles only shot on net for the period. The Hornet led 3-0 after one.

The Eagles offense perked up a little in the second period. Zoe Pinkham finished a rink-long rush by winning the puck along the boards and centering a pass in front. The puck lay tantalizingly in front and Eola Saucier and Kat MacDonald had whacks at the puck, but couldn't cash it in. Later Isabel Burch skated in and slid a nice backhand pass to Erin Venard in front. Erin wristed a shot, but Guimond came up with the save. Chloe Beattie, who along with Kayleigh Temple and Hali Pullen, played a strong game on defense, split the defense and fired a shot on net that was saved.

Mikala Dwelley created a chance from behind the net. She centered a pass to Erin Venard in front. Erin got the puck to Isabel Burch who fired a shot, but again was denied. The Eagles kept trying. Alyssa Dau centered a pass to Amber Card for a good scoring chance. The Red Hornets added two goals to lead 5-0 at the conclusion of the second period.

Isabel Burch had the best chance in the third period. She intercepted a pass at the blue line, poked the puck ahead, outskated her defender, and slid a backhander heading to the far side before Guimond made a nice sliding save. Isa Blessington was all over the ice with inspired play throughout the night. Freshmen Camille Rowe and Colby Leighton, who had a lot of ice time, also impressed with their heads up play and hockey sense.

At the game's conclusion, the Eagles mobbed their goaltender Lily Schenk in recognition of her yeoman like work in goal throughout the season. They treated their fans to a post game celebration that included one last lap around the rink that featured a humorous moment of its own. Isabel Burch lost an edge near the doors by the Zamboni entrance. She landed on her butt and her momentum carried her off the ice and into the area where the Zamboni parks much to the surprise of the Bowdoin worker.


Jan 27, 2017 - Long Jump Hi-Lites


Jan 27, 2017 - Sprint Hi-Lites


Jan 27, 2017 - Sprint Hi-Lites


Jan 28, 2017 - Girls Hockey Senior Night Ceremony


Sam Chard Resigns as Girls Soccer Coach

After 22 seasons pacing along the sidelines, Sam Chard announced he will no longer be coaching the Girls Soccer team. Sam announced his resignation in the following Facebook post.

"It is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be coaching at Mt. Ararat effective immediately. I was offered a promotion at L.L. Bean, a long time career goal of mine but it's on second shift. While I was looking forward to many more seasons at Mt. Ararat, this career opportunity came about abruptly but with open arms. I will surely miss coaching as it's been a part of my life for 27 years with 22 at Mt. Ararat. I am grateful for being able to coach you all but am looking forward to a new chapter in my life. This departure is bittersweet, but it's the right thing to do as I have achieved my career goal as a Senior Supervisor, overlooking the Maine Hunting Shoe Department and building operations on second shift. I will visit from time to time and wish you success!!"

We will have more of a tribute high lighting Sam's illustrious career coming soon.

MTA Band plays Hey Baby at Girls/Boys Hockey Game


Jan 3, 2017 - Girls Basketball Hi-Lites vs Medomak Valley


Dec 21, 2015 - Wrestling Hi-Lites vs Mt Blue


Dec 21, 2015 - Wrestling Hi-Lites vs Mt View


Dec 21, 2015 - Wrestling Hi-Lites vs Mt View



Aug 26, 2016 - Team Rusty at the American Legion 5K race

Rusty Wilkins and his cousin James Anderson competed at the American Legion 5k road race.




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