KHS baseball competes with the best

CONWAY — Last Friday the Eagles baseball team (2-5) stayed with Portsmouth (6-0) through two scoreless innings before the visiting Clippers got on the scoreboard and went on to a 6-0 defeat of the hosts at Bob Burns Field.

In the top of the first frame, the Eagles infield completed a nifty 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning which started with runners on first and second base. Again in the second inning, stellar defense kept the Clippers scoreless after the bases were loaded with no outs.

The Eagles were not so lucky to get out of the third inning unscathed, as the Clippers bats came through with runners in scoring position. Nonetheless, Coach Josh McCallister had high praise for the work of starting pitcher Aaron Lamar, who went five innings on the mound. "Aaron threw strikes and put the ball in play for our defense. Despite some errors, it felt like our defense played pretty well; three double plays were certainly helpful."

At the plate, McCallister lamented, "We're still struggling with our hitting." The Eagles' best chance to score came in the fourth inning when Ethan Robitaille led off with a single and another base hit by Adam Martinese advanced Robitaille to third. But that was as far as any Eagle base runner advanced all day.

In the last two innings, Jama Goff came on to pitch and shut down the Clippers. Goff was slated to start on the hill in yesterday's game against White Mountain (3-3). Results not known as of press time.

Tomorrow the Eagles travel to take on Oyster River (4-2) in Durham. McCallister is hopeful that an ankle injury suffered by Nate Emerson in the last inning Friday does not keep him out of the lineup for long. Additionally, pitcher Alex Ricker is due back to strengthen the mound corps.


Fryeburg boys' lacrosse team tops Freeport

FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy boys' lacrosse team team scorred a 13-6 win over Freeport on Thursday.
The Raiders are now 1-1 on the young season, while Freeport fell to 0-2 in Western Maine Conference action.
The Falcons from Freeport took an early 2-0 lead on goals from Connor Dostie and Brady LaFrance. Fryeburg Academy would get on the scoreboard for the first time with 7:46 showing on the clock when Jared Chisari would find a wide open Evan Caracciolo on the crease for a quick one timer. The Raiders would score the next three goals on man-up goals to take a 4-2 lead. Freeport stopped the run with a goal with 52 seconds remaining in the quarter when Nate Thomas beat Yukon King on low stick side to make the score 4-3 after one quarter.
Fryeburg Academy would break the game open in the second quarter, scoring five unanswered goals to take a 9-4 lead with 1:17 to go in the quarter. Evan Donald for Freeport would stop the Raider run with 57 seconds to go on a man-up goal to make the score 9-4, and that's how the half would end.
After the half, the Raiders would score the first two goals on the quarter with Jake Maidment scoring both Fryeburg Academy goals. The first goal coming at 10:20 and the second coming with a man-up on a nice pass from Evan Caracciolo to take the lead to 11-4. Eli Fox for Freeport would find Harrison Johnson in the middle of the Raider defense with 5:38 to go in the third quarter to cut into the Raider lead 11-5, which is how the quarter would end.
The two teams would exchange the first two goal to start the fourth quarter with Caleb Eklund for Fryeburg Academy scoring at 10:40, and Eli Fox for Freeport answering with 5:49 to go in the quarter. Jared Chisari for the Raiders would end the scoring with 5:29 to go in the game. Both goalies would make great saves in the remaining 5:29 to stop the scoring for the final 13-6 Fryeburg Academy win.
Fryeburg Academy was led by senior attack Ryan Caracciolo with 3 goals and 2 assists. Jake Maidment, Jeremiah Schrader, and Evan Caracciolo each scored 2 goals and 1 assist for the Raiders. Freeport's Eli Fox scored a goal and have an assist for the Falcons.
Fryeburg Academy will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts the Eagles from Lincoln Academy at 11 a.m.

Fryeburg boys' lacrosse wins two

FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy boys' lacrosse team swept two victories in home contests last week, topping Freeport 13-6 on Tuesday and then dominating Lincoln Academy 20-1 on Saturday.
The Raiders are now 2-1 in the Western Maine Conference.

The Raiders found themselves down 2-0 midway into the first quarter on Tuesday before the offense got in gear. Jared Chisari found Evan Caracciolo wide open on the crease for a one-timer to set off a streak of the next four goals. After Freeport got one back to finish the first quarter at 4-3, the Raiders surged to the next five goals before Freeport again scored to end the quarter, making a 9-4 Raider lead at halftime.

Jake Maidment netted the first two goals of the third quarter to firmly establish Raider control. The teams traded goals as defenses tightened up and Raider goalie Yukon King made some fine saves to seal the 13-6 victory.

Evan Caracciolo led Raiders scorers with two goals and three assists on the day. Jake Maidment, Jeremiah Schrader and Evan Caracciolo each added two goals and an assist.

On Saturday morning, everything was working for the Raiders, starting with a goal 10 seconds into the game when Caleb Bowles assisted on Evan Caracciolo's goal. After Lincoln countered with their only goal of the morning, the Raiders dominated the game en route to a 5-1 first-quarter lead and 14-1 halftime scoreline.

Ryan Caracciolo was the leading point scorer with two goals and four assists. In a balanced attack, five different Raiders scored a hat trick of three goals each: Jeremiah Schrader, Evan Caracciolo, Caleb Edlund, Jared Chisari and Caleb Bowles. Singleton goals by Jake Maidment, Markus Schneider and Isaac Wakefield rounded out the scoring. Yukon King made 5 saves in the victory.

The Raiders return to the home field this afternoon when they host the Waynflete Flyers at 4 pm.

Kennett girls' tennis on the upswing

By John Skelton
CONWAY — Kennett High School girls' tennis improved their record to 2 wins and 3 loses on the season with a 6-3 victory over Oyster River (3-3) last Thursday at Jon Judge Courts on the KHS campus.
The Eagles jumped to a 4-2 lead after the singles matches, garnering victories at the third through sixth spots. Results were as follows:
1. Emma Niiler vs. Jesse Stelter 3-8 loss.
2. Olivia Couture vs. Kinley Guerino 6-8 loss.
3. Allison Wanek vs. Joa Segal 8-6 win.
4. Kathryn Lees vs. Payal Nanda 8-2 win.
5. Becca Lees vs. Lilia Petit 8-6 win.
6. Jean Thanjai vs. Heather Schmidt 8-1 win.
In doubles, the Eagles clinched the match victory when the third doubles team of Kathryn Lees and Thanjai defeated Petit and Schmidt by an 8-5 score. Niiler and Wanek fell to Stetler/Guerino in a 3-8 loss at first doubles while Couture and Becca Lees were victorious over Segal/Nanda at No. 2.
According to Coach Jacques Couture, "Overall it was a pretty competitive match. The games were close and individual points were long and hard fought. It was nice to come out on the winning side."
The Eagles, now in a five-way tie for the ninth spot in Division II play, face a busy week of four matches. Yesterday they played a doubleheader, including a makeup match, against Division III Kingswood (4-2). Results not known as of press time. Tomorrow, Kennett makes the trek to Portsmouth (5-0) to challenge the top-seeded Clippers. The Eagles close out the week at home hosting Trinity (2-3, tied for ninth) on Friday.

Fryeburg track opens its season

By Lloyd Jones

FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy track team is off and running, throwing and jumping. The Raiders opened the 2016 outdoor season on April 20 when they traveled to the Red Riots Invitational in South Portland, Maine.

There were nine schools at the meet, including Biddeford, Cheverus, Kennebunk, Lake Region, Lewiston, Noble, Westbrook, Fryeburg and Thornton.

"It was a great chance for the athletes to meet kids from schools we do not normally see," Kevin McDonald, Raiders' head coach, said. "Due to vacation and injuries we only had nine athletes but came away with three overall wins.

Highlights for the Fryeburg girls included: Emily McDermith and Erika Dennery both competed in the 200-meter and the 400-meter dashes.

"Emily finished ninth and the 200 and seventh in the 400, while Erika finished 21st and 14th," McDonald said. "Emily Carty won the 800 meter with a time of 2:35.32, which meets the provisional State standard and she also won the mile with a time of 5:36.6. This meets the State standard so Em is on the bus to States already. These times were produced on a cold and very windy day.

"Coach (Stephanie) Miller and I look for Em to run much faster as the season progresses," he continued. "We are blessed to have Em on the team. Only a Sophomore, Em is a great teammate, works very hard, shows leadership qualities and a great talent. We as coaches are very happy, not surprised, to see this early success as I'm sure Em is."

Constanza Santarelli ran the 2-mile and came home in third place.

"A great day for Constanza," McDonald said. "A nice confidence boost as she chases the State standard in her event."

Highlights for the boys: the boys started the day with an impressive win in the 4x800 meter relay.

"Max Kummer, Patrick Carty, Brian Ward/Sims and Christian Bedell made up the team," McDonald said. "The race was not decided until the last 100 meters as Christian out-sprinted the runner from South Portland to secure the win. Christian went on to finish third in the 800 meters and get the provisional standard. He was followed across the line by freshmen Alfie Walker and Antonin Santarelli. Both these young men ran very well in their debut at the distance. Alfie was not done as he also finished 14th in the long jump, 21st in the discus and ninth in the triple jump. Nice day for this young athlete. While Antonin finished 30th in the javelin and ran a leg on the 4x400 relay that finished fourth.

Other members of that relay were Carty, Kummer and Bedell.

"Max finished third in the 400 meters, just missing the provisional standard on this very windy day," McDonald said. "The State standard is well within Max's grasp and we look for it to come very soon."

"Patrick Carty ran to a fourth place finish in the mile," McDonald added. "One of our leaders we look for outstanding performances by this young man this spring. Brian Ward/Sims came home in fourth place in the race-walk and fifth place in the 2-mile run. Brian is new to the race-walk and we look for him to get much faster after his debut in the event."

The Raiders were scheduled to travel to Conway on Tuesday for the annual Kennett Invitational, but the meet was snowed out. No make-up date had been scheduled as of press time.

Fryeburg is scheduled to host its home-opener on Friday (3:30 p.m.) when Yarmouth, Traip and Freeport come to town.

"Please come out and support these fine young athletes," McDonald said. "You will see some fantastic performances across the board by the Raiders."