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CROSS COUNTRY VS MORSE, BRUNSWICK
It was a perfect day for spectating and not bad for running either. Mt Blue's ... Read more
GIRLS SOCCER VS HAMPDEN BRONCOS
It was a game between two evenly matched teams and this time around it ... Read more
BOYS SOCCER VS HAMPDEN BRONCOS
Ouch and double ouch. It was Senior Night and the Eagles rewarded their parents ... Read more
FIELD HOCKEY VS BRUNSWICK DRAGONS
Sophomore Sam Gonyea scored the first goal of her young career and she couldn't ... Read more
Girls Varsity Soccer game vs Brunswick (at home) has moved up its start time from 6:00 to 4:00. The Boys will play in Brunswick at 3:30.
Oct 18, 2014 - KVAC Championship
It was a perfect day for spectating and not bad for running either. Mt Blue's Aaron Willingham set a new course record beating teammate Dan Lesko by 16 seconds.
Mt Ararat's Matt Gott had a strong race and finished 10th overall. Eagen Eldridge continued to impress with a 26th place finish. Ted Burns revved up his engines and raced to a 44th place finish followed closely by Cam Meier (47) and Eric French (48). Steven Johnson and Kellen Radulski rounded out the scorers finishing 58th and 62nd out of 84 runners.
The Boys had a large contingent of racers in the JV division with 13 runners participating. Temple Miller put forth a great effort with an 11th place finish. Eddie Van Note (33), Edwin Ickes-Coons (48), and Aaron Hyde (53) all cruised home in under 23 minutes.
Colin Ingalls (55), Tim Cox (60), Alec Stuckey (61), Sam Stride (69), and Thomas Emerson (75) all bested 24 minutes. Thomas went on to win the Bar Harbor half marathon in his age group on Sunday. A busy weekend of racing for Thomaso. Bailey Ruth, Sam Gatchall, Hunter Beebe, and Gideon Wheeler all ran splendid races.
The Girls have a very young team and based on today's performances, the future looks bright. Freshman Katherine Leckbee continued to build on her fantastic season with a 4th place finish. Katherine just continuous to get better and better. Another freshman, Colette Kincaid, also sparkled with an 11th place finish. Junior Emma Levy ran neck and neck with Madison Leckbee and nosed her out at the finish to place 37th and 38th respectively. Josie Miller, another freshman, finished 59th with a strong race. Transfer student Jun Inaba and junior Sara Lamb both ran strong races finishing 62nd and 63rd out of 84 runners.
In the JV race, Reyanne Brooks was the only Eagles' participant and as a result, she gets her very own slideshow. She finished 34th overall.
Oct 17, 2014 - Eagles Lose to Hampden in Double OT, 2-1
It was a game between two evenly matched teams and this time around it was the Broncos who won in double overtime. The Eagles trailed 1-0 at the half, but Torri Pelletier tied the game with a beauty of a goal. The game went into the second overtime before the Bronco's Abby Lord booted in the game winner. Saves were evenly distributed with Lauren Williams making 13 for the Eagles and her Bronco counterpart, Eliza Eastman, coming up with 14.
Oct 17, 2014 - Ouch! Broncos Rally Late to Beat Eagles, 3-2
Ouch and double ouch. It was Senior Night and the Eagles rewarded their parents and fans with 70 minutes of solid soccer and held a convincing 2-0 lead with 10 minutes left before things began to unravel. Hampden scored three goals in the final ten minutes, including the game winner with 57 seconds left. It was a game with important Heal Point implications. Had the Eagles won, they would have vaulted to 2nd place in the standings. With the loss, they are in 5th. It is a hole they dug for themselves, but they are good enough to dig their way out of it.
The Eagles got the early lead just 32 seconds into the game. Mike Crawford headed an Andrew McCracken throw-in right to Robbie Small, who headed the ball past Hampden's Keeper, Kyle Townsend. The Eagles immediately followed with another McCracken throw-in and an Alex Halliday header that went wide. Hampden threatened a couple of times, but Eagles keeper Jon Roux, playing aggressively in goal, punched one long shot away and cut down the angle on the next shot. In the 33rd minute, the Eagles executed a quick clear with Mike Crawford delivering the ball along the sideline to Robbie Small. Robbie moved in and fired high. At 32:02 Andrew McCracken initiated another score with a line drive throw in that Trevor Mayo, who had a tremendous game, buried in the back of the net to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
The game continued at a fast pace with both teams moving the ball. Hampden had a couple chances from outside: the first one sailed high; and Jon Roux gobbled up the next shot. At the 24 minute-mark, Chris Pepin centered a pass to Robbie Small who dished off the Mike Crawford who headed a shot toward the net that was saved. At the 18-minute mark, Alex Halliday and Avery Desjardins worked some magic resulting in Avery getting off a quality shot that skittered wide. Liam Brannigan set up a great opportunity with some solid work in the midfield and followed up in the offensive end. First, Liam out hustled his defender at midfield and passed to Alex Halliday. Liam accepted the return pass and tricky-dribbled his way past his defender and footed a hard shot that just missed on the far side.
In the 13th minute, Hampden dodged a bullet when Jimmy Pelletier out-hustled his defender, drew the goalie out of the net, and blasted a shot that rang off the cross bar. The Eagles closed out the half with Cole Guerin sending in Trevor Mayo, who finessed his way along the endline, complete with a 360 pirouette move, before being ruled out of bounds.
The Eagles had the first chances in the second half. Robbie Small left-footed a drive just wide on the far side. Chris Pepin blasted a drive that was saved nicely and Andrew McCracken picked up the long rebound and drilled it wide. At the other end, Jon Roux punched out a threatening shot from 20 yards out. Eli Timberlake had a good shot with 11 minutes left that Townsend wrapped up. Hampden came right back and 30 second later, the Bronco's Dan Ford scored.
Hampden, whose play at times seemed listless, suddenly found new life. Play became more spirited on both sides of the ball. Hampden continued to press and it paid off when Jon Roux tipped an arcing shot off (take your choice) the cross bar (ball in play) or the football crossbar (ball out of play). The officials chose the crossbar and the Bronco's Tristan Gardner headed the rebound home to tie the game. With three minutes left, Andrew McCracken queued up a throw-in and Robbie Small and Avery Desjardins both had whacks at it that were blocked in front. Then with 57 seconds left, Hampden's paxton Oversmith collected a pass on far side and converted it for the winning goal. The Eagles had one final chance with 10 seconds left. Robbie, aware of the clock, drilled a shot from 20-yards out that sent the Bronco's Kyle Townsend, but he was able to steer it wide.
The Eagles honored 15 seniors before the game with Coach Renaud thanking the parents and the athletes for their sacrifices and dedication over the years. Coach Renaud's wife sang her rendition of what we are calling the National Bethanthem in her own very powerful and beautiful voice.
Oct 14, 2014 - Seniors Discuss the 2014 Field Hockey Season
Oct 14, 2014 - Eagles End Season on Winning Note, Beat Brunswick 2-1
Sophomore Sam Gonyea scored the first goal of her young career and she couldn't have timed it better. Gonyea, positioned perfectly on the far post, blasted home the game winner with 1:53 left after an inspired Brunswick team had tied the game on a Hanna Escoe goal at the 13:08 mark. Eva Jerome, who was flying up and down the field all afternoon, had given the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the first half.
The game started out tentatively between these two rivals with each team feeling each other out. After 5-minutes or so, the Eagles started to control play with Eva Jerome, who must have run a half marathon, leading the charge. Maddy Alexander and Rhiannon Hersey had whacks off a Mt Ararat penalty corner and then Maddy was awarded a penalty shot. Brunswick's keeper, Jordan "Jo Jo" Van Savage, extended her glove hand and knocked the high shot away. The Eagles kept the pressure on and the ball in the Brunswick end, but couldn't set up any good scoring ops. At 13:20, an Eagles' apparent goal was negated when a ubiquitous foot foul was called. The Eagles kept hammering away with some great ball movement off clears. Alana Weaver who was playing more of an offensive role early, still earned her defensive props by initiating several length of the field clears, usually involving Rhiannon Hersey in the midfield and Eva Jerome along the sideline. At 6:56, Alana moved the ball in from the sideline and passed to Maddy Alexander inside the circle. Maddy spotted Eva in front and got her the ball and Eva banged it home to give the Eagles a well-deserved 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Haley Frizzle made her first save of the game with 2:30 left as the Eagles completely controlled play. Haley's vacation would end abruptly in the second half.
The Brunswick coach must have discovered her inner Archimedes, as the field seemed to tilt in Brunswick's direction in the second half. The Eagles had their moments early. In the opening minutes, Alana Weaver worked the ball in from the sideline and Eva Jerome one-timed a shot toward goal. Sam Gonyea deflected the shot expertly in mid-flight, but the deflection was just inches wide. Would have been a high-light reel goal. Samantha would gain her revenge later.
Brunswick started pressuring. They had an excellent chance at the 20-minute mark when a hard host whistled wide. The Dragons had a series of penalty corners and Haley Frizzle rejected three shots in succession before the Dragons' Hannah Escoe fired in a rebound to tie the game with 13:08 left. The Dragons really turned up the heat, but Haley Frizzle donned her fire-retardant suit and rebuffed each and every Brunswick salvo, including a great, full-extension glove save high followed a diving, sprawling save down low. Haley followed that with an aggressive save coming out to challenge and deny the Dragon shooter. Great goal tending was not the sole purview of Haley Frizzle. At the other end, Jo Jo Van Savage came up with a beauty with four minutes left.
The game winning goal was initiated by an Alan Weaver length-of-the-field clear. The ball ricocheted around in front until Sam Gonyea stepped up and performed her heroics with the game winner. Brunswick wasn't quite done yet as they mounted a counter attack and challenged with a shot with eight seconds left, but Haley came up with another clutch save. The Eagles won an exciting game to close out the season.
This was a game between two teams who had a collective record of 4-24. You would never know it by the spirited play by both teams. And a special shout out to the parents of both teams whose audible, positive, and exuberant support of their athletes tops my list of best fans of the fall.
Stay tuned for a seaason summary.
Oct 10, 2014 - Oceanside Rallies Past Eagles, 36-26
It was another high-scoring affair featuring plenty of offense by both teams. It came down to which team made the most big plays and Oceanside won that battle when Oceanside's Elvis Bowen provided a Heartbreak Hotel moment in the third-quarter with a 102-yard interception return for a TD that represented a 12-point swing and effectively ended the game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Eagles jumped out to an early lead consummated by a Donte Dangerfield 44-yard TD run. The Mariners countered with two drives ending with a 9-yard TD run by Preston Spear and a 16-yard passing play from Ryan Allende to Vitale. The Eagles trailed 14-6 at the half.
Oceanside opened the scoring in the second half with a 65-yard TD run by Preston Spear (who finished just short of a 200 yard game). The Eagles fought back and drove deep inside Mariner territory before disaster beckoned, and Elvis Bowen RSVPed in the form of a 102-yard interception for a backbreaking TD. Preston Spear added a 12-yard TD run as the Mariners outscored the Eagles 22-6 in the third quarter.
The Eagles showed some intestinal fortitude as they came back in the 4th quarter with a pair of TDs. Donte Dangerfield rambled for 21 yards and Alex LaFountain hauled in a Dylan Johnson pass for a 14-yard TD.
Donte Dangerfield ended up with 173 yards and three TDs for the Eagles.
My apologies to Daphenie who caught me unprepared to get a good video shot of her brilliant performance. But I did capture her beautiful, powerful voice. Next time, I'll be ready.
National Anthem Renditions
It's been a while since we've had a student do the honors of singing the National Anthem before an athletic event. This past week, in back-to-back days, the trio of Kate Guerin, Ally Collins, and Hallee Hasselbacher sang before the Girls Soccer game vs Bangor and the next night Markis Larravee sang the before the Homecoming Football game vs Gorham.