STANDISH—Winter sports are behind us now, and with the spring seasons still a few weeks out, there’s no better time to take a look back the Scots’ recent achievements.
Mike Francoeur’s Gentlemen Scots compiled a record well under .500 in the regular season, at 6-12. But their six wins included some real doozies. Bonny Eagle bested Westbrook (third in A South), Biddeford (second in A South), TA (third in AA South), Noble (eighth in AA South), ad Massabesic (seventh in AA South) twice.
The Scots entered the tournament as the four seed. They offed No. 5 Gorham 47-33 in the first round – but then succumbed in the semis to eventual State Runners-up Scarborough, 61-35.
Four seniors leave the team behind come graduation in June: Casey Maturo, Connor Sirois, Nick Thorne and Christian Napolitano. All four played important roles on the court this winter, though plenty of talent remains for when the outfit returns for the 2018-2019 go-round. Zach Maturo, for instance: Bonny Eagle’s leading scorer will be just a junior next year.
“Basketball season was a successful season for us,” Napolitano said. “Our record may have showed differently, but we met our team goal, which was to make it to second round of playoffs and play in the Cross Insurance Arena. Couldn’t ask for a better senior class or a better team to play my final season with. We had our ups and downs but our program showed improvement at all levels and I believe that the basketball program will continue to improve and shock a lot people in the next couple of years.”
The Lady Scots finished at 14-6, having gone 13-5 through the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs. The team kicked off their winter with a loss to South Portland, who eventually worked their way into the No. 1 spot. Bonny Eagle then picked up wins over Massabesic and Scarborough (No. 2), and gave up losses to Cheverus (No. 4 in AA North) and MGA (No. 4 in AA South). Over the course of the next several weeks—until their last game of the regular season, when they fell to Windham—they went undefeated at home.
Bonny Eagle thus entered the bracketing ranked third in AA South. They topped TA in the quarterfinals, 42-38, but succumbed to Scarborough in the following round, 48-40.
“Overall it was a very positive season. 9-1 home record this season,” said head coach Scott Regan. “We hope to continue moving forward, returning multiple key players including Mackenzie Emery, a two-time league leader in assists, along with several role-players. Losing two very valuable seniors will be difficult, but we’ll work hard this summer to see what we can do.” The seniors Regan referred to are Mia Ferrante and Deirdre Sanborn, two key contributors to the Scots in recent years.
This year was Bonny Eagle’s best since the mid-90s. With Regan continuing at the helm and a number of important personnel returning next year, the team can be expected to turn in another strong run.
The MOB – Bonny Eagle’s hockey players compete alongside contingents from Old Orchard Beach and Massabesic – didn’t log their best season, tallying just four wins and suffering 14 losses. The MOB overcame Marshwood/Traip/Sanford 1-0 early in the season and 9-1 a few weeks later; they also downed Scarborough 1-0 and Windham/Westbrook 5-0.
Alas, the Heal Points the team accrued left them in last place – ninth – in A South, a few slots back from playoff contention.
Bonny Eagle seniors Ajay Cates, Cody Jellison and Zach Spring say goodbye to their high school years come June.
Like their gentleman counterparts, the Bonny Eagle girls compete as a co-op; Gorham and Massabesic contribute athletes to the team as well. And, like their gentlemen counterparts, this squad didn’t fare all that well in the past couple months, going 0-18 and missing the postseason cut. Bonny Eagle/Gorham/Massabesic came close against York/Traip/Marshwood, Mt. Ararat/Morse and Yarmouth/Freeport, in each case losing by just one or two goals, but they could never quite get over the hump.
Five seniors depart the team: Megan Polchies, Sadie Denico, Emily Chapin, Kaitlyn Jodoin and Haley Keefe.
“We didn’t pick up any wins, but I’m more than thankful and proud of the girls and the effort they put into our season,” said junior CC Cochran. “Going 18 games without winning one is really tough, but each and every day at practice, and after games, they all had smiles on their faces.”
“We definitely improved throughout the season,” Cochran added, “with new players and returning players as well. We got to the point where we had two solid lines, but just couldn’t find the back of the net.”
Boys Indoor Track
Mike Burleson’s boys finished 10-5-1, taking eighth at Southwesterns and 13th at States. A number of the team then went on to New Englands: Andrew Pendleton, Derek Cole, Zack Allocca, Max Harris—the 4×200 quartet—and Anthony Breton, Liam Willey, Christian Tomison and Aiden Willey, the 4×800 outfit.
Both relays ran their fastest time of the winter at NEs. The 4×200 hit 1:35.74, missing the school record by just .8 seconds, and the 4×800 hit 8:37.42.
Seven seniors leave the Bonny Eagle behind: Cole, Tomison, Harris, Max Carter, James Conley, Colbe Lewis, Eric Morrill and Nick Pruner. However, the team returns its top three scorers in Allocca, Breton and Aiden Willey, and looks forward to a strong incoming freshman contingent.
Girls Indoor Track
A lengthy list of Khabir Edwards’s girls made the States cut; together, they propelled the team into fourth. The Lady Scots then dispatched a handful of reps to New Englands. Kayla Raymond competed there, in the Mile; Ami Beaumier in the Two Mile; and Beaumier, Abigail Nelson, Gretchen Biegel and Amelia Alexander battled together in the 4×800.
Five seniors depart the team: Journey Barns, Jocelyn Beaulieu, Clara Boxus, and Aashyia and Samirha Conell. Luckily, the majority of the team’s top scorers return next winter.
Amanda Branch’s kids logged a respectable season, with several reaching States. Josiah Sleeper, Shaine Patterson, Salim Habibzai and Duy Le repped for the Scots in the boys 200 Medley Relay; Habibzai, Sleeper, Chris Roberts and Gabe Stokes teamed up for the 400 Free Relay; Habibzai competed in the 50 Free; and Sleeper competed in the 100 Back.
Over on the girls’ side, Kirsten Kennie, Michelina Ruggieri, Caitlin Roberts and Christine Toy competed in the 200 Medley Relay; Roberts, Gryskwicz, Ruggieri and Jenna Fecteau combined for the 200 Free Relay; and Toy, Fecteau, Gryskwicz and Cassie Marshall took part in the 400 Free Relay.
Three senior boys and three senior girls depart the squad: Habibzai, Patterson, Sleeper, Gryskwicz, Roberts and Mingming Lin.
Overall, the Scots’ roster is relatively short. No doubt Branch & Co. will be looking to recruit eagerly for next year.
Greg Gonyea’s wrestlers turned in a great year, improving over 2016-2017. Several members of the team placed at Regionals – Colby Frost won his weight class, for instance, and Chris Rankin, Tyler Fitz, Caleb Frost, Brian Dupuis and Alex Smith all finished top-four as well. Garrett Gonyea, who attends Sacopee Valley but wrestles alongside the Scots, also reached the podium there.
At States, Colby and Caleb Frost both claimed second, while Dupuis took third.
The team says goodbye to four seniors: Dupuis, Fitz, Smith and Caleb Frost.
“My junior year,” Fitz said, “our team got, like, second-to-last at States. We knew we were a better team than that, and this year I think we showed everyone that we are a tough tournament team. We placed fourth at Regionals and sixth at States. I don’t think many teams expected us to do that.”
“We weren’t a good dual-meet team, due to only having about seven wrestlers,” Fitz continued, “but when it came to tournaments, all of our kids could score points. The team is losing four seniors this year who all made it to States, but I believe the program is going to be a very tough team with a bright future to come.”
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Bonny Eagler Deirdre Sanborn guards Windhamite Hannah Talon in their teams’ late-season bout.
Zach Maturo gets airborne for the Scots in their playoff bout at Cross Insurance Arena.