Spartans Varsity Sports Recap: Jan. 2-7

Contest results for the first week of 2023

Cover photo by junior Ava Gendron at avagendronphotography.com.

Boys Basketball

The Spartans traveled to South Portland on Tuesday, Jan. 3, falling 78-41. Brady Adams and LJ McFarland each had nine points for Sanford.

“South Portland is one of the best teams in our league,” said Coach Mills. “[This game] showed we still have work to [do] to get to that level.”

They face Thornton Academy, on Monday, Jan. 9 at home at 7 p.m., then travel to Bonny Eagle Tuesday, Jan. 10, and end the week back at home, hosting Biddeford on Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team hosted South Portland on Tuesday, Jan. 3 for another victory, 51-37. Junior Julissa McBarron had her second 26-point game of her career, going 12 of 14 from the free-throw line. Senior Riley Hebler and Sophomore Sadie Sevigny each added 12 points for Sanford, which jumped out to a 24-16 lead at the half.

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Spartans traveled to an unbeaten Thornton Academy. Tied at halftime, the Trojans pulled away for a 55-47 victory. The game was notably Thornton’s greatest challenge and closet final score thus far. McBarron led the Spartans with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Hebler scored 12. A full game recap can be found in the Portland Press Herald.

The Spartans host Bonny Eagle Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m., then travel to Biddeford on Friday, Jan. 13.

Indoor Track

The indoor track team competed at the University of Southern Maine (USM) on Jan. 5 against Cheverus, Falmouth, Kennebunk Westbrook, landing in fifth place for both boys and girls.

Top performers of the day include Landon Gosling, who took first in the open pole vault, while Tucker Walker won the senior shot put.

In the Junior Boys Division (grades 9-10), Logan Glidden took third in the junior 55m dash and junior 200m. Joseph Barry finished close behind in the 200m in fourth.

In the Senior Boys division (grades 11-12), Carter Buswell took fifth in the 55m dash and fourth in the long and triple jumps. Michael Cousineau placed second in the senior 55m hurdles, third in the triple jump and fifth in the senior long jump. Craig Grant took second in the senior high jump finals. Aidan Gagnon took fourth and fifth in the open two mile and one mile, respectively.

On the girls side, Sophie Therrien took second in the open one mile and the junior girls 55m hurdles.

The Spartans compete at USM again on Jan. 14 against Biddeford, Kennebunk, Scarborough and South Portland.

Wrestling

On Wednesday, Jan. 4 the Spartans traveled to Noble in a decisive victory.

Over the weekend, the Sanford Wrestling Annual Tournament (SWAT) returned after a two-year hiatus due to covid. This meet includes approximately 20 of the best teams in New England for a highly competitive and much anticipated weekend-long event. Senior James Blood (113 lbs.) and sophomore Canton Hill (195 lbs.) were victorious in their weight classes.

Other top performances include Chris Chaplick‘s third place finish and earning the Ken Hover Outstanding Sanford Wrestler Award, Luke Callis‘s fifth place finish, and the third place finishes from Mason Van Gieson, James Chaplick, and Ricky Callis.

The squad travels to Bonny Eagle on Wednesday, Jan. 11 and participates in the Kennebunk Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14.

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