Spartans Varsity Sports Recap: September 12-17

Last week’s varsity game recaps for fall varsity sports

Cross Country

Last week, the Sanford Cross Country team traveled to Narragansett School on Sept. 17 for the Southern Maine Classic and placed 18 out of 25 teams. Junior Greg Waterman placed 70 out of 308 runners. Sophomore Sophie Therrien (pictured) ran a tremendous race by herself finishing with almost a two-minute personal record.

“We had many great performances and personal best races,” said Coach Smith. “I am very excited for the second half of the season.”

This week, the team travels to Smiling Hill Farm on Thursday, Sept. 22 to compete against Westbrook, Falmouth, Portland, South Portland and Thornton Academy.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey fell to Scarborough 8-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 13 but bounced back on Thursday, Sept. 15 in a thrilling double overtime victory against Thornton Academy on Sept. 15. Sophomore Audrey Payeur scored in the first quarter, assisted by senior captain Madi Sheppard. Junior captain Hannah Mueller scored with .2 seconds remaining in overtime to end the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Sheppard had 14 saves, including a penalty stroke save in the second quarter.

“This was a fantastic whole-team effort,” said Coach Kane. “Every player found a way to contribute, resulting in a great win for the program.”

This week, they travel to Windham on Monday, Sept. 19, then host Bonny Eagle at home on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Football

Spartan Football traveled to Oxford Hills – last year’s state runners-up – on Friday, Sept. 16, and faced a 34-3 loss. Jordan Bissonnette rushed for 45 yards and threw for an additional 35 yards. Cam Suhy, Tyler Pitman, Bissonnette and Makai Bougie led the team in tackles.

“It was not the result we were looking for at Oxford Hills High School this past Friday night,” said Coach Fallon. “They are a very solid team. We had our chances, but against a team of that caliber, turnovers and execution mistakes will haunt you, and they did.”

This week, the team travels to Noble on Friday, Sept. 23.

Golf

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Sanford Golf Team hosted Massabesic High School and earned their first victory, 13-0.  The Spartans finished 252 while the Mustangs landed at 305. Notable performances came from junior captain Zach Parison (49), sophomore Brayden Barron (49) and senior Aran Martin (54). The low medalist came from Ayden Lockard, who shot a 45.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, the team hosted Kennebunk High School, falling 13-0. The Rams finished at 227 while the Spartans landed at 289.  Notable performances came from senior Aran Martin (50), junior captain Zach Parison (52), sophomore Finn Nielsen (60), and Noah Corliss (62).

Next week, the Spartans will play Noble on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Sanford Country Club and travel to play Marshwood on Thursday, Sept. 22 at The Links at Outlook Golf Course.

Boys Soccer

Last week, Sanford Boys Soccer faced an 8-3 loss to Scarborough at home. Senior Joel Morrison had seven shots on goal, connecting on two of them, and also added an assist to senior Shawn Puffer‘s goal in the 55th minute. Spartan keeper Tommy Hickey accumulated 7 saves on 15 blasts from Scarborough.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Spartans traveled to South Portland and fell 6-3. Morrison tallied a hat trick in the game and Puffer recorded two assists. Hickey was under duress the entire game, saving 16 of seeing 22 shots on goal. Other notable performances came from junior Landon Gosling and freshman Levi Mann, who held strong on defense together, consistently getting a head on the ball throughout the game and containing one of South Portland’s best players.

The team then traveled to Westbrook on Sept. 17, tying the Blue Blazes 1-1. Senior Kyle Demers scored in the 71′ on a header from a cross by Puffer. Hickey saw 11 shots on goal, saving 10 of them.

The Spartans are home all week, hosting Thornton Academy on Monday, Sept. 19, followed by Bonny Eagle on Thursday, Sept. 22 and Kennebunk on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Girls Soccer

The Sanford Girls Soccer Team won their first contest of the week in a thrilling double overtime game against South Portland, coming out on top 2-1. Junior Hailey Tarbox scored the first goal on an unassisted corner kick in the first half. Junior Julissa McBarron earned the golden goal in overtime with a hard-earned, low-right corner shot. Senior captain Emerson Tolpin continued to elevate the level of play. Freshman goalie Sophie Olivo made clutch saves throughout the game to stun South Portland’s momentum.

“A double overtime win is always a battle,” said Coach Agreste. “This game proves that every team in the league will be a challenge and we need to bring our A-game every time. Proud of all the players that stepped up to compete.”

On Friday, Sept. 16, the Spartans earned another victory after defeating Westbrook 10-0. Tolpin and junior captain Ailey Mann each earned hat tricks in the win, and Mann tallied two assists. Sophomore Mckenna Nanartowich tallied two goals and an assist, Tarbox scored once and had three assists, and senior Ella Daskowski scored one as well.

The Spartans travel to Thornton Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and to Bonny Eagle on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Volleyball

The Girls Volleyball team continued their streak with a 3-1 victory over Cheverus on Sept. 13 in what Coach Hill called a “gutsy win.” The impressive team effort includes senior Kora Eckelman‘s 12 kills and 11 blocks, senior Billi Bruno and freshman Dominique Boles’s nine and eight digs, respectively, along with sophomore Samone Gallagher‘s five blocks and six aces. Additionally, freshman Ellery Genest tallied 12 assists and junior Meg Donnelly had eight assists.

On Sept. 16, the Spartans defeated Westbrook at home 3-1. Eckelman broker her own school record with 20 kills and Bruno did the same with 24 digs. Hill credits the team for toughing out the win.

This week, the squad travels to South Portland on Monday, Sept. 19 and to Portland High School on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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