The 2020 fall sports activities season was actually one in every of a form.
For starters, it took awhile for the season to even get the inexperienced mild from the Maine Principals’ Affiliation and varied state businesses and as soon as video games started, COVID-19 precautions had been entrance and heart.
Whereas soccer and volleyball weren’t permitted to play a countable, varsity schedule this fall, cross nation, subject hockey, golf and boys’ and ladies’ soccer acquired the go-ahead.
The video games themselves had been the true deal and there have been ample highlights.
Golf had a really quick season, however was the one fall sport which was in a position to maintain a postseason and that postseason was historic and triumphant (see under).
Cross nation noticed each Falmouth, Maine Coast Waldorf and Yarmouth groups, in addition to the Freeport ladies’ and Greely boys’ squads, qualify for the state meet. Falmouth’s Ben Greene and Sofie Matson, Greely’s Sam Wilson and MCW’s Olivia Reynolds all gained their respective convention championships and would have had an ideal shot so as to add a title on the state stage, however sadly, lower than per week earlier than the state meet was scheduled to be held, it was cancelled as a consequence of an increase in COVID circumstances and a brand new requirement for runners to put on masks whereas competing.
Discipline hockey featured senior-laden Freeport profitable each recreation however one in its 10-game season and Falmouth (4-3), Greely (2-6) and Yarmouth (5-4) placing very aggressive groups on the sphere as properly.
On the pitch, the defending Class A champion Falmouth boys served discover that they might have had an ideal probability to repeat, blanking rival Yarmouth on two events alongside the way in which. The Yachtsmen produced a landmark win for his or her coach, wound up 8-1-1 and each blemishes featured a dose of controversy. Reigning Class B champion Yarmouth was stable as properly (going 7-2-1), whereas two-time Class D South champion NYA posted a file of 5-3. Freeport (2-6-2) and Greely (4-5-1) made life troublesome for the opposition as properly.
On the women’ facet, two-time Class D champion NYA wound up 6-2 and would have had an ideal probability to three-peat, had been it a standard season. Falmouth had a file of 4-4-2 towards a number of the greatest Class A South groups round. Yarmouth completed a stable 6-3. Freeport (4-5-1) and Greely (2-6-1) may need produced probably the most memorable recreation of the yr.
A season like no different is within the books and hopefully by subsequent fall (if not earlier than), highschool sports activities (and life) will return to regular.
There have been some unforgettable moments this autumn and right here’s one closing take a look at the most effective of them:
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5) Freeport’s seven-goal turnaround
On the night of Oct. 22, host Freeport dug a fast three-goal gap towards Greely after which rallied in spectacular vogue. The Falcons erased the deficit earlier than halftime, as two targets apiece from senior standout Rachel Wall and two extra from freshman phenom Rosie Panenka produced a 4-3 lead. Freeport wasn’t completed, as Wall scored twice extra within the second half to offer her 4 targets within the recreation, whereas Panenka discovered the online as soon as extra for a hat trick of her personal to offer the Falcons a 7-3 victory. Within the rematch, 5 days later in Cumberland, the Rangers didn’t permit a single Falcons aim in a 4-0 victory. You simply by no means know.
4) Should you’re going to lose, make it memorable
Falmouth’s boys’ soccer workforce’s penultimate recreation was definitely its most notable. Getting into the competition undefeated, the Yachtsmen grabbed a fast 1-0 lead over visiting Gorham in a rematch of final yr’s regional closing on a aim from Mason Farr. The Rams tied it simply earlier than the half, nonetheless, and neither workforce scored a standard aim once more. With time expiring within the second and closing additional time session, Charlie Adams appeared to win it for Falmouth, however the officers dominated the shot got here after the horn. For the reason that recreation was a part of a four-team event, the competition was settled on penalty kicks, however the Yachtsmen’s final bid sailed excessive and so they misplaced, 2-1 (5-4 on PKs).
3) A landmark win for a legendary coach
Falmouth had many happier moments in 2020, together with a 3-0 victory at Brunswick Oct. 15, which proved to be longtime coach Dave Halligan’s four-hundredth with this system. Halligan, whose potential to tally up victories is well documented (he’s over 1,000 once you mix soccer and basketball), has gotten the Yachtsmen to the highest of Class A, with assist from some nice gamers, a perch they don’t determine to relinquish anytime quickly.
2) No title, however a senior season to recollect nonetheless
Freeport’s subject hockey workforce excelled in 2018, reaching a regional closing for the primary time in 18 seasons, and once more in 2019, attending to the semifinals earlier than an upset loss, so a Falcons squad with 14 seniors would have been extremely touted this fall, presuming there had been a championship to play for. There wasn’t, however Freeport was practically excellent, nonetheless. After an early loss to Brunswick, when Coach Marcia Wooden was quarantining and away from the workforce, the Falcons ripped off 9 straight victories, highlighted by a last-second win at Yarmouth on Ally Randall’s penalty nook aim simply earlier than the horn. Freeport outscored its foes, 34-7, and left little doubt that it was a particular workforce that may have made historical past.
1) Native golfers steal the present
The golf season was quick however oh-so-sweet in Forecaster Nation this fall. Freeport gained a workforce title (Class B) for the primary time in class historical past, whereas Greely captured its first Class A championship in three a long time. That wasn’t all, as Freeport’s Matt Kempf gained the Class B particular person crown (with teammate T.J. Whelan putting second), Greely’s Andrew Klein was the highest particular person in Class A and Greely’s Ruth Weeks was the women’ particular person runner-up. If these achievements didn’t counsel Forecaster Nation was the middle of the highschool golf universe in 2020, there was extra, as Yarmouth wound up second in Class B, Falmouth positioned third in Class A and North Yarmouth Academy completed third in Class C.
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