Spartans Varsity Sports Recap: Jan. 9-14

Contest results for Boys and Girls Basketball, Indoor Track, Swimming and Wrestling

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team hosted a then-undefeated Thornton Academy on Monday, Jan. 9, falling 79-55. Makai Bougie led the way in scoring with 11 points, and “played outstanding defense on one of the best players we will face all year,” said Coach Mills.

“TA is a great team with a ton of good players,” added Mills. “We did a lot of good things, even if the score doesn’t reflect that.”

The following day, the Spartans traveled to Bonny Eagle on Jan. 10, earning an exciting 52-45 win. Tanner McCann scored 20 points, Bougie added 14, and LJ McFarland added 11.

“This was a great win for us,” said Mills. “Our record doesn’t show the type of team we are and it was finally nice for these kids to have some success against a really good team. These kids practice hard every day and getting rewarded for that was really nice.”

The squad continued the win streak at home against Biddeford on Friday, Jan. 13, winning 66-57. Bougie scored 22 points and Liam Gendron hit four 3-pointers, ultimately contributing 16 points in the game.

The Spartans travel to Massabesic on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and host Kennebunk on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

The Spartans hosted Bonny Eagle Tuesday, Jan. 10, winning 56-31. Riley Hebler scored 20 points, going 8 for 8 from the foul line. Julissa McBarron added 13, and Hailey Tarbox tallied 10. Sadie Sevigny added three 3-pointers to tack on 9 points.

The Spartans then traveled to Biddeford on Friday, Jan. 13, earning a decisive 52-28 victory. McBarron paced the Spartans with 18 points while Hebler followed up with 13. This was a full team effort with lots of contributors helping earn the victory, according to Coach Kearson.

On Wednesday, Jan. 18 the Spartans host Scarborough and travel to Kennebunk on Friday, Jan. 20.

Indoor Track

The Spartans competed at USM on Jan. 14 against Biddeford, Kennebunk, Scarborough and South Portland. The boys took fourth overall and the girls placed fifth.

Sanford saw three first-place finishers in the meet. Tucker Walker took first in the Senior Shot Put with a throw of 42’5″. Craig Grant took first in the Senior High Jump with 5’8″. Landon Gosling took first in the Open Pole Vault Finals at 10’7″, more than two feet higher than the next finisher.

Carter Buswell took fourth in the Senior 55m Dash, fifth in the Senior 200m Dash, third in the Senior Long Jump, and fifth in the Senior Triple Jump. Jake Doughty earned fifth in the Senior Long Jump Logan Glidden took third in the Junior 55m Dash and Junio Long Jump.

On the girls side, Sophie Therrien took fourth in the Triple Jump and sixth in the Junior 55m hurdles.

The next meet will take place at USM on Saturday, Jan. 21 against Kennebunk, Marshwood, Massabesic, and Noble.

Craig Grant soars above the high jump bar. Grant took first in the Senior High Jump with 5’8″. Source: Bryan Walker
Swim

The Sanford/Massabesic swim team traveled to Cheverus on Friday, Jan. 13. Both boys and girls teams took first in their meets.

For the girls, Kora Eckelman took first in the 100 Yard Butterfly and second in the 200 Yard IM. She was also a leg in the first-place 200 Yard Medley Relay and the first-place 400 Yard Freestyle Relay that included teammate Abbey Gifford. Gifford took third in the 100 Yard Freestyle, second in the 100 Yard Backstroke, and was a leg in the first-place finishing 200 Yard Freestyle Relay that also included SHS swimmers Hadley Legere and Amalia Fajardo. Legere also took third in the 50 Yard Freestyle while Fajardo took third in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Maranda Ramini took fourth in both the 50 and 100 Yard Freestyles.

For the boys, Jase Hale took first in the 200 Yard Freestyle, second in the 50 Yard Freestyle, and was the first leg of the first-place 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team. Edmund Pease took second in the Boys 100 Backstroke and third in the 5 Yard Freestyle.

The next meet is Friday, Jan. 20 at Cape Elizabeth High School.

Wrestling

The squad traveled to Bonny Eagle on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and was victorious against the Scots (66-12) and Marshwood Hawks (62-18). Nick Farrington was awarded the Coach’s Choice honor.

The Spartans then competed against four other teams in the Kennebunk Duals on Saturday, Jan. 14, coming in second only to a talented Wells Team that has handed the squad their only two losses of the season, landing the Spartans at 13-2 for the season.

James Blood achieved his 100th win against Oxford Hills and pushed through injury to score a big pin for the team in their match against Kennebunk (Photo Credit: Jason Gendron Photography).

“We came into the tournament with athletes sick and injured and pushed our way into the finals,” said Coach Smith. “We showed that when our back is against the wall we can fight our way out.”

The meet on Jan. 16 at Massabesic was canceled due to weather. The next meet will be at home on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.

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