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FOOTBALL VS MORSE SHIPBUILDERS
Not even the intermittent rain could put a damper on this barn-burner of a game. ... Read more
GIRLS SOCCER VS MT BLUE COUGARS
Isabel Burch scored a goal in the first half and the Eagles defense made it stand up ... Read more
BOYS SOCCER VS MT BLUE COUGARS
It was Senior Night and Coach Rioux honored his ten soon-to-be graduating seniors ... Read more
CROSS COUNTRY AT KVAC CHAMPIONSHIP
Coach Fournier had her runners well prepped for the KVAC Championship ...Read more
Late Breaking Scores
10/22/2016 - FOOTBALL: Morse 20 - MTA 18
10/22/2016 - GIRLS SOCCER: Brewer 2 - MTA 0
Oct 22, 2016 - Eagles Rally Falls Short, Morse Prevails 20-18
Photos coming soon
Not even the intermittent rain could put a damper on this barn-burner of a game. It was everything you could want in a high school football game. Big plays, momentum swings, and plenty of hard-hitting. In the end, it came down to a two-point conversion on the first score of the game that made the difference for Morse.
Morse received the opening kick-off and engineered a six-play drive that ended when their premier back, Raz Balthazar, broke lose on a 35-yard TD run. Morse added the two-point conversion and the Shipbuilders led 8-0 with 8:42 left in the first quarter. The Eagles responded when Ryan Mello gave the Eagles good field position with a nice kick-off return to the Eagles 45. The Eagles moved the ball, but were thwarted by untimely penalties and by a fumble recovery by Morse, who were ball-hawking all night. After Morse's Raz Balthazar picked up a first down, the Eagles defense clamped down. An Eagles sack created a 4th and 12 at the MTA 34 yard-line and a Morse razzle-dazzle play turned into disaster when they lost control of the ball on a fancy double reverse and the Eagles pinned a double-digit yard loss on Morse and took over at the Morse 41-yard line. A five yard run by Ryan Mello and then a quick slant pass to Mello led to an Eagles first down at the Morse 30 as the quarter ended. After Robert Hetherman picked up a first down, Morse again recovered a fumble and took over control a their own 17.
A Raz Balthazar 75 yard TD run was negated by a holding penalty and the ball was returned to the 13-yard line. Morse was forced to punt and the Eagles returned the punt to the Morse 40. The Eagles had a big gain on a Jacob O'Neill to Robert Heatherman pass for a first down to the Morse 20 called back on an illegal motion penalty. There was more bad news to follow. A 15-yard run for a first down by Ryan Mello was brought back and the Eagles were forced to punt. Ouch! Well, the Eagles made the best of a bad situation when a Justin Karcher punt pinned Morse at their own two-yard line. The Eagles defense set the Shipbuilders back to their one-yard line and then forced Morse to punt. The Eagles took over at the Morse 20. Ryan Mello and Robert Heatherman pounded the ball inside the ten to the seven-yard line. Again, the ball-hawking Shipbuilders forced a fumble and recovered it on their own one yard line with 39 seconds left in the half. They then ran out the clock and the half ended with Morse leading 8-0.
The teams swapped possessions to open the second half. Again, penalties hurt the Eagles when a Ryan Mello punt return to the Morse 30 was called back to the MTA 46-yard line. The Eagles didn't let that bother them. The Jacob connection was in effect. Jacob O'Neill laid a perfect pass into the receptive arms of Jacob Steinman on a flag pattern for a 30-yard pick-up. A Morse personal foul on the play placed the ball at the eight yard line. On the next play, Robert Heatherman dragged what looked like the entire Morse team into the end zone. The PAT failed, but the Eagles had narrowed the deficit to 8-6.
Morse came right back, fueled by another long run by Raz Balthazar that advanced the ball to the Eagles 30. Morse QB Connor Upham raced for a first down on a bootleg play and Raz Balthazar bulldozed his way to an 8-yard TD. The PAT failed and the Shipbuilders built their lead to 14-6.
The Eagles embarked on another odyssey completing an 11-play drive that culminated in 6-yard TD run by Robert Heatherman. The big play was a Jacob O'Neill pass over the middle to Robert Heatherman. The PAT failed and the Eagles trailed 14-12 with 10:55 left in the fourth quarter. The Shipbuilders came right back with a 9-play drive to take a 20-12 lead. This was despite having a 40-yard TD run by Austin Balthazar negated by a holding penalty. Older brother Raz got revenge with a 54 yard TD run on the next play. The PAT failed and the Eagles trailed 20-12 with 7:04 left.
Once again, the Eagles marched down the field with a sustained drive using the hurry up offense. O'Neill completed passes to Ethan Minchin and Jake Steinman. O'Neill mixed in a couple of scrambles to keep the drive alive. On a crucial fourth and 13, O'Neill completed a pass over the middle to Ryan Mello who made a fingertip catch with two defenders draped all over him to advance the ball to the 9-yard line. Four plays later, Mello scored on an inside screen pass from six yards out with 2:14 showing on the clock. The Eagles could not convert the PAT and the Shipbuilders ran out the clock.
Oct 17, 2016 - Eagles Edge Mt Blue, 1-0
Isabel Burch scored a goal in the first half and the Eagles defense made it stand up. Kate Guerin earned the shutout and the Eagles secured a spot in the palyoffs. Coach Chard called the game the most complete that they have played all year. That is a good omen for the playoffs.
Oct 17, 2016 - Eagles Soar over Mt Blue, 3-0
It was Senior Night and Coach Rioux honored his ten sooner than you think graduating seniors and their families in a pre-game ceremony. Coach Rioux then trotted out his starting lineup that included Ryan Rethi, Gage Palmer, and Jacob Laurence up front. They gave Coach Rioux ten quality minutes of play before he subbed them out. He closed the game with a similar assortment of seniors and youngsters. And goalie Eliot Bowie, who has seen plenty of playing time up front, played the entire game in goal and recorded the shutout. It was the 9th shutout of the season for the Eagles. Once again, Cole Guerin, Nick Merrill, Dalton Streeter, and Jacob Sturgess played impeccable defense and formed an impenetrable wall in front of Eliot Bowie.
Senior Ryan Rethi created the first Eagles opportunity. Ryan made a Travis Nadeau-like move in the corner and came out with the ball and sent a centering pass in front that Cougars goalie Tucker Carleton cleared at the last moment. Kyle Brown, who played with reckless abandon all night, centered a pass from the corner. Jimmy P wound up - and missed - hey it happens! Max Spelke moved in and followed with a shot the went high and wide. At the 29 minute mark, Dalton Streeter started a series of his trademark throw-ins. On this occasion, Nick Merrill went up and headed the ball wide.
After Eliot Bowie made a couple of routine saves on long shots, Jacob Sturgess sent a long, looping pass toward the net. The arc of the pass gave Kyle Brown time to arrive at the goal mouth just as the ball arrived. Kyle went up and made contact with a high acrobatic kick, the Cougars Carleton tipped it wide. Travis Nadeau followed with run down the left and a blistering shot that veered wide. At the other end, Eliot Bowie came up with a nice save on a hard Mt Blue shot.
The Eagles kept pressuring. Max Spelke drilled a shot that clanged off the football cross bar. James Hutchinson headed a Dalton Streeter throw-in just high. The Cougars pushed the ball down the other end of the field, but their threat was stopped when Hayden Libby headed the ball out of trouble. The Eagles quickly moved the ball up field. There was a rugby like scrum in front of the Cougars net and Maximo Varela, who had just reported in and was perhaps the smallest guy on the field, out-muscled several opponents in the crowd to gain position, elevated, and headed the ball into the back of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead with 9:21 remaining in the half. It was Maximo's first varsity goal.
At the 5-minute mark, Ethan Rac out-maneuvered his opponent in the corner and hit Jimmy P on the fly cutting toward the goal. Jimmy sizzled a grass cutter that just missed the far corner and was just beyond the reach of a crashing Hayden Libby. With 2:15 left, Travis Nadeau, who was working the right side, moving right to left, skimmed a hard shot right into the arms of Carleton. As the half wound down, the Eagles engaged in some impressive cross field ball movement. The sequence resulted in a pass inside to Cole Kelly, who blasted a shot that Carleton moved out to save.
In the second half, the Eagles moved to give themselves some breathing room and that's exactly what happened. Jacob Sturgess took control on the sideline and advanced the ball across midfield. He sent a perfect field-wide pass that found the foot of Kyle Brown on the right. Kyle pile-drived a shot past Carleton to make it 2-0 with 35:08 left. According to my stats, it was Kyle's first goal of the season, which is hard to believe because he has been such an offensive force all season long.
Around the 31-minute mark, Eliot Bowie came out to cut down the angle on a Cougar attacker and force a shot wide. At the other end, Jimmy P dropped a pass to Kyle Brown, who found James Hutchinson out front. James reached back and boomed a shot hard and high - very high. At the 29:25 mark, Kyle Brown showed why it always pays to hustle, even when the ball is on the other side of the field. This is especially true when Travis Nadeau has the ball. Kyle's all out hustle as he raced down the right sideline paid of when Travis sent a cross field pass. Kyle picked it up on the fly and wasted no time when he blasted a pinpoint shot that beat Carleton on the near side to give the Eagles a commanding 3-0 lead. Dalton Streeter and Max Spelke continued to create opportunities with the throw-ins and corner kicks. Nick Merrill had a couple of headers that missed wide. around the 16-minute mark, Kyle Brown, the Cougars Tucker Carleton, and the ball all arrived simultaneously at the goal mouth. Kyle went in the net, but the ball went out. Later, Kyle was looking for the hat trick and he almost got it. With an acrobatic move, he blasted a shot on which Carleton made a great save. Coach Rioux was again substituting in liberally. Gage Palmer unleashed a couple of rockets that soared high and Jacob Laurence had a nice run down the middle that was thwarted at the last moment by the Cougars Carleton.
The win, along with a Bangor Lewiston tie, solidified the Eagles third place seed for the playoffs.
Click here to see a season summary of each runners individual results.
Oct 15, 2016 - Eagles Shine at KVAC Championship
Coach Fournier had her runners well prepped for the KVAC Championship hosted by Cony. There were a boatload of outstanding performances in both the Varsity and JV races.
We'll start with Katherine Leckbee winning her first KVAC Cross Country Championship while leading the Girls to a fourth place finish. The Girls JV team finished in first place led by the individual winner, Fay O'Donnell. On the Boys side, the Varsity team podiumed with a third place finish led by Lisandro Berry-Gaviria, Cam Meier, and Eagan Eldridge. And Bailey Ruth led the JV team with a 3rd place finish.
Lisandro Berry-Gaviria appeared completely recovered from his nagging hamstring problems that have nagged him this season. He ran a smart race from start to finish and ended up breaking 17-minutes with an impressive 5th place finish. Eagan Eldridge and Cam Meier battled each other as well as the rest of the field. Cam edged out Eagan at the tape to finish 11th and 13th place respectively. Cam dipped under 18 minutes and Eagan ran 18 flat.
Another freshman, Lucas Bergeron, who has been underrated all season long, ran another strong race on the big stage with a 27th place finish in just over 19 minutes. Tyler Bernier (42) had his best race of the year running a PR to finish under 20 minutes. Aaron Hyde (43) ran a 20 flat and Colin Ingalls ran his best race of the season by 20 seconds to finish 75th and complete the scoring for the Eagles.
In JV action, Bailey Ruth finished 3rd with a season best time of 19:57. Matt Donovan (12), Josiah Langworthy (38), and Edwin Ickes-Coon (43) all ran well. Hunter Beebe, (49) Gideon Wheeler (53), and Tom Dau (68) all ran PRs. Steven Gerencer (70) and Colton Chubbuck (70), Mutt and Jeff battled to the end with Steven edging out Colton by a nano second.
Tim Cox, who played another stirring rendition of the National Anthem at the meet's start, came in 79th, followed by Cody Fee (86), Sam Gatchall (88), Jack Mathieu (97), Jeffrey Remis (98), Mark Abreu (110), Matt Kenison (124), Keegan Brown (142), and Nathan Ickes-Coon (158) all ran well.
The Girls finished 4th overall. Katherine Leckbee, who has a history of running her best races in the biggest races, did nothing to tarnish that reputation. Katherine led from start to finish an ran her best race of the season with a time under 20 minutes (19:44.20) and beat her long time nemesis, Anna Guadalupi from Cony by more than 25 seconds.
Sara York is another girl who runs best when it really counts. Sara ran a PR on a tough course to finish 19th. Katie Lynch (30), Emily Smith (32), and Josie Miller all ran near PRs. Rebecca French had a tough go of it (hey, it happens), but she'll bounce back at the Regionals next week. Senior Lindsey Papa ran a strong race finishing in 60th place to close out the scoring for the Eagles.
In the JV race, the Girls dominated with five finishers in the top 11. Fay O'Donnell had a break through race. She ran an intelligent, tactical race and displayed the potential she had previously shown. She overtook Maranacook's Sarah Halberstadt in the final 100 meters and held on to win in a photo finish. The Eagles kept pouring across the finish line. Cassie Kane (5) ran a PR and Anna Jackson (8) ran a near PR on a tougher course. Hope Langworthy and Caitlin Chambers finished 10th and 11th respectively. Zoe Stevenson (29), Nellie Ickes-Coon (43), and Caroline Wheeler (52) all ran swell races.
Oct 15, 2016 - Video Hi-Lites of Boys Varsity at KVAC's
Oct 15, 2016 - Video Hi-Lites of Boys JV at KVAC's
Oct 15, 2016 - Video Hi-Lites of Girls Varsity at KVAC's
Oct 15, 2016 - Video Hi-Lites of Girls JV at KVAC's
Oct 12, 2016 - Eagles Enjoy Last Hurrah with 2-0 win over Brunswick
It was a meaningless game to the Heal Point crowd, but there was a lot of pride on the line in the season finale between these two cross-town rivals. The fact that they were playing under the lights on the turf field at Bowdoin College only added to the excitement (and the drama). Brunswick was a gracious host with a nice pre-game ceremony honoring both their seniors and our seniors. Goals by senior Porter Galvin (in the first half) and Wiley Fitzpatrick (in the second half) and outstanding play by Senior goalie Haley Frizzle provided the Eagles with all the firepower and defense they needed.
The Eagles controlled play in the early going. The first goal came 7 minutes into the game that featured some good ball movement. Abby Malbon, working in the corner, started the play when she sent a ball in front. Wiley Fitzpatrick collected it and tapped it to Porter Galvin who banged it home. Four minutes later, Porter Galvin passed to Wiley Fitzpatrick who weaved her way to some open space and fired a shot that hit the near side of the cage. The Eagles kept the pressure on with a flurry of activity in front of the Dragon's net, but they couldn't get a clear shot.
At 12:45, Haley Frizzle made her first save of the night when the Dragons were awarded a Penalty corner. Brunswick had another Penalty corner a minute later and the Eagles defense, who played brilliantly all night, cleared the ball to midfield.
Magan Thomas-Copland (T-C) was playing sly as a fox and strong as an ox as she consistently intercepted Dragons passes and moved the ball up and down the field all night long. It's scary to think what this girl would have been done if she played on turf all year long.
The teams swapped scrums in front as the half wound down. Around the three-minute mark, Brunswick threatened with a barrage of shots. Haley Frizzle made a handful of saves including a leaping save that she batted out of the air. Nothing Ms Frizzle does surprises me anymore! The Eagles closed out the half by pressuring in front, but they could not get a shot off.
Brunswick came out with a little more determination in the second half. Three minutes in, Haley Frizzle made a bevy of saves on some tough shots in front, before the Eagles cleared. The Eagles had a good chance when Katie Trebilcock had a direct shot form the 25 and drilled a pass to T-C, who tipped it to Porter Galvin on the far post. Porter's shot missed just wide.
The Eagles 1-0 lead looked more and more tenuous as the Dragons stepped up their play. At 18 minutes, the Dragons were awarded a Penalty corner (which there were very few of up to this point), but Alana Weaver anticipated the pass and carried the ball on the run to midfield. Play moved up and down the field. The Eagles had a great chance when T-C broke in from midfield and outraced her defender. Her shot was blocked, but there's nothing more athletic than the grace, speed, and power of T-C at full gallop. At the other end, Haley Frizzle came up with a big save, but the ball squirted loose. Once again, the defensive phalanx of Lauren Secone, Maddison Stover, Maia Carlson, and Thalia Couture cleared the ball from danger.
With 10 minutes left, the Dragons really started to apply the pressure. Haley Frizzle responded with a combination of cool aggressiveness. She made a big save, and then the Dragons were awarded a Penalty corner. Alana Weaver stepped in with another big interception and cleared the ball out of trouble. After another Frizzle save, the Dragons were awarded four consecutive Penalty corners. No problem. Haley kicked them out one after the other. The Eagles finally cleared the ball the length of the field (only happens on turf). After an Eagles Penalty corner went amiss, Abby Malbon controlled in the corner. She got the ball back to Fiona Huang, who wound up for an incoming shot. T-C provided the screen and Wiley Fitzpatrick blasted her shot past the Dragon's Libby Felkey to give the Eagles a little breathing room with a 2-0 lead with 5:16 left.
With 4:18 left, Brunswick called a time out. Whatever the coach communicated, it was effective as the Dragons came out with a new sense of determination. There was plenty of action in front of the Eagles' cage. With 1:36 left, Laura Secone made a play that demonstrates the defensive teamwork that the Eagles have displayed all year. Haley is an aggressive goalie and sometimes she gets caught out of her net, but there was Laura on the goal line, making the save and preserving the shutout.
The win avenged an earlier loss to the Dragons. Both teams finished with 5-9 records. There was a big Mt Ararat crowd at the game.
Oct 8, 2016 - Eagles Runners-Up at State Championship
It came down to a tie-breaker to determine the Class A State Champions. The Eagles were led by Caleb Manuel who shot a 73 and Cam Cox, who recorded a 75 and when the final scores were tallied, both teams top four players' cumulative score was 317. The tie breakers was determined by the score of the fifth player. The Eagles Steven Schuman was edged by Gorham's Cam Stevens to give Gorham the State Title.
Earlier, Eagles coach Gerry Caron was named KVAC South coach of the year, a well deserved award.
The Eagles' Caleb Manuel, Cam Cox, and Cade Charron, all of whom had qualified earlier, will compete this upcoming weekend for the Individual State Championship.
Click here to see a season summary of each runners individual results.
Oct 1, 2016 - Tim Cox Plays the National Anthem Prior to Football Game vs Kennebunk
Oct 1, 2016 - Offensive Hi-Lites vs Kennebunk
Oct 1, 2016 - Defensive Hi-Lites vs Kennebunk
Sept 30, 2016 - Video Hi-Lites of Boys Cross Country vs Brunswick, Morse by Greg Emerson
Sept 30, 2016 - Video Hi-Lites of Gilrs Cross Country vs Brunswick, Morse by Greg Emerson
Sept 30, 2016 - Girls Soccer Senior Night Video
Cam Cox, Steven Schuman, Jason Magno, and Caleb Manuel discuss their season and their playoff aspirations
Sept 16, 2016 Eagles Beat Rams 4-2 - Video Hi-Lites by Greg Emerson
Sept 13, 2016 - James Hutchinson Scores Winning Goal vs Brunswick
Sept 9, 2016 - Girls Soccer team Perform Pre-game Ritual
Nikki Bradstreet's Goal in Double Overtime Beat Lawrence 2-1
Sept 2, 2016 - Mt Ararat Cheerleaders Perform vs Noble
Aug 26, 2016 - Drive Out Cancer Tributes and Balloon Release Video
The Girls Field Hockey hosted the third annual Drive out Cancer tournament. It was the most successful yet. Seven teams participated including Morse, Boothbay, Freeport, Maranacook, Lincoln Academy, and Brunswick. Beyond a complete day of spirited play on the field, the teams partook in 'balloon release' to honor those who have fallen from this devastating disease.
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.
Aug 24, 2016 - Media Night - Introducing the 2016 Football Team