Coach: Aaron Filieo
Seniors: Kyle Toot, Mike Kertes, Nate Gray, Ben Rautenberg, Sami Chbani, Matt Homa, Vinnie Moulton, Kevin Martin, Joe Tyler, Mike Mahoney, Matt McClellan, Tom Barker and Ben Weimont.
The Capers showed what they were capable of in the final game of the regular season against Mountain Valley. Sure, they lost to the defending state champs, but the game was close. That was because the Capers were finally healthy.
The biggest loss was that of senior running back Kyle Toot, who went down with an ankle injury in the middle of the season, but there were others too.
So, after starting the season 2-0, the Capers lost three straight – to York, Greely and Wells. They closed things out with wins over Gray-New Gloucester and Poland, before losing to Mountain Valley, 36-23.
“We were able to overcome adversity all year and finish at 5-4,” said Filieo. “All of our losses were to the four playoffs teams. We look forward to getting stronger in the off-season and picking up where we left off.”
Coach: Dean Brookes
Seniors: Dana Riker, Alice Evans, Grace Needleman, Caty Smith and Isabel Mullin
Brookes was disappointed with his team’s Western Class A semifinal loss to Cheverus because he felt the Capers were playing good enough to win the state title.
Looking back on the season as a whole, though, Brookes can’t be too upset. The Capers lost their first five games before bouncing back with an 11-game unbeaten streak that included a tie against Class B state champion Falmouth and a win over No. 1-seeded Scarborough.
“It was an achievement to turn the season around and make the playoffs, in which we had to play every game away from home with trips to Marshwood, Scarborough and Cheverus,” said Brookes. “We’ll miss the seniors next year, but if we can keep the attitude we had at the end of this season we should be a stronger team.”
Team MVP Rachel Gips and coach’s award recipient Carolyn Doane are both sophomores, so the future certainly looks bright for the Capers.
Boys cross country
Coach: David Weatherbie
Record: 12-0, Class B state champions
Seniors: Colman Hatton, Doug Ginn, Ben Pomeroy, Matthew Yantakosol and Conor Hankinson
When Weatherbie took over as the coach four years ago, he set a long-term goal for the program: win a state title within four years.
In retrospect, maybe he should’ve challenged himself a little more. The Capers ran the table this year, winning the Western Class B regional title as well as their first state championship in 16 years.
“We were able to accomplish this goal through a combination of strong leadership, a talented group of runners, and hard work,” said Weatherbie.
The Capers also showed their depth at the state meet. They only placed one runner – team MVP Graham Egan – in the top 10, but Stanis Moody-Roberts, Colman Hatton, Curtis Dulac and Brendan Flynn all finished in the top 20.
“To win states in both outdoor track and cross country in the same year is a great accomplishment for the runners in our school,” said Weatherbie. “We are very much looking forward to next fall as we return four of our top five runners plus our number seven runner.”
Hatton will graduate in the spring, but Egan, Moody-Roberts, Dulac and Flynn will all be back looking for Cape’s second title in two years.
Girls cross country
Coach: Mary Ann Doss
Record: 11-1, Class B state champions
Seniors: Clare Egan, Blake Kast, Mary-Kate Huebner and Jessica Danielson
With Elise Moody-Roberts gone about whether the Capers could continue their run of success.
“People didn’t think we’d be good without her,” said Doss. “The girls were so determined to prove people wrong.”
And that was exactly what they did.
Not only did the Capers win the Class B state title behind the strong running of Clare Egan and the Slack sisters, Melissa and Amanda, but they also finished second in the small school division at the Manchester Invitational and second against all classes of competition at the Belfast Invitational.
“I’m so lucky I have a great group of girls to work with and they make my job so much easier,” said Doss.”
Coach: Charlie Carroll
Seniors: Matt Allen, Kevin Clark, Kyle Dancause, Evan Bagley, Jonny Cole, Lucas Delahanty, Nate Stevens, Chris Burton, Jeremy Falk and Ryan Hatch
Unlike the Cape girls soccer team, the boys started the 2005 season hot. They won or tied their first eight games before finally losing to Freeport and then Falmouth in a one-week span. The Capers didn’t get sidetracked, though. They locked up the No. 8 seed for the Western Class A playoffs and beat Kennebunk before losing to No. 1 Westbrook in the quarters.
The seniors, 10 of them, set the pace for the Capers from the beginning of the season until the end, according to Carroll.
They will be missed, but Carroll knows he has a lot of young talent waiting in the wings as well. Defensive MVP Will Russell will be back between the pipes, so that’s a start.
Coach: Greg Sandell
Record: 9-1, Class B state champions
Seniors: Matt Bernstein, Dave Gardiner, Joe Geoghegan, Chris Miller, Alex Moran, Ross Neagle and Ben Poirier
After all the waiting – through three postponements – the Cape golf team finally proved to everyone that the hype was for real.
The Capers, who had been picked as a preseason favorite because of all their experience used for scores in the 70s to win the Class B state title by one stroke over Poland.
“This team was full of experience and loaded with talent,” said Sandell, a first-year coach. “The players worked hard throughout the entire season and we are fortunate to have coached a championship team and great group.”
Seniors Bernstein, Geoghegan, Moran and Neagle all competed at the state tournament and they’ll be missed next season, but according to Sandell sophomore John Hayes (77 at the state tournament) was Cape’s most consistent golfer. With him back next season, the Capers will have a strong foundation to build upon.
Coach: Lori Broadhurst
Last season, the Capers had loads of individual talent, but they couldn’t seem to put it all together as a team. The result was a disappointing two-win season.
This year things were different.
“We really worked on our passing game and overall team play,” said Broadhurst. “I think this was one of the reasons we were successful this year. Going from two wins to eight this year was a huge improvement. We worked hard on short passes and teamwork. We also worked on our transition game. We definitely had more scoring opportunities this year and produced more goals.”
A large portion of those goals came from top scorer Hanna Landis, a Western Maine all-conference selection and team MVP. Unfortunately, she’s a senior. Same with Sam Welch, also an all-conference selection and the recipient of the coach’s award.
Still, though, Broadhurst isn’t worried about the future.
” I think next year we will continue to improve and will be right up there with the top teams,” she said.