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Scarborough teams ready for June

Dim the lights.

The warm-up has taken its bye and it’s time for the star of the spring sports spectacle, the playoffs, to take center stage.

Although there were still a few games left to play as this edition went to press, we have a pretty good idea of ​​who will be making the playoffs and their seeding.

And while the baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis playoffs are just days away, the biggest outdoor track events are underway with the state meet scheduled for next weekend.

The best is yet to come and here is a preview of what awaits you:

Outdoor track

Scarborough’s Emerson Flaker, center, wins his 100-meter race during last Friday’s SMAA championship meet. Flaker would win the event and help the Red Storm place first as a team. Ben McCanna / Portland Press Herald

The Scarborough girls tallied 127 points and won the SMAA championship last Friday in Kennebunk. Junior Emerson Flaker continued to dazzle, winning the 100 (12.29 seconds) and 400 (57.62), then she finished the sprint with a time of 25.42 in the 200, the best time in the state This year. Flaker also anchored the winning 1,600m relay (which had a record time of 4 minutes, 6.56 seconds).

“It’s good to get used to the nerves and have a little competition,” Flaker said. “Next week (in the United States) there will be a lot of competition and it will be exciting.”

Laurel Driscoll finished first in the mile (4:59.99). Isabella Harmon won the high jump (5 feet 4 inches) and pole vault (10-7).

Scarborough’s Isabella Harmon hugs coach Toni MacQuinn after winning the high jump during the SMAA championship competition. Ben McCanna / Portland Press Herald

In the men’s competition, won by South Portland with 129 points, Scarborough finished sixth with 55. The Red Storm won the 4×800 relay (8:07.92).

The Class A state meet will be held Saturday at Thornton Academy in Saco.

Tennis

The Scarborough boys tennis team finished the regular season with a 9-3 record. The Red Storm Project will be in 5th place in Class A South and will be in the quarterfinals next week, likely in 4th place Gorham.

The Scarborough girls were 7-4 heading into Tuesday’s final against defending regional champion Falmouth. The Red Storm were ranked eighth in Class A South at press time and will host a preliminary round match on Friday.

Baseball

Junior ace Erik Swenson and his Scarborough teammates are the top seed in the upcoming Class A South playoffs. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald

The Scarborough baseball team capped a superb 15-1 regular season, its best since 1995, with wins last week against Kennebunk (5-3) and Portland (12-0, in five innings). Against the Rams, Erik Swenson struck out 10 and got the win, Zak Sanders closed out the game and scored two runs and Cam Wellman had two RBIs. In the win over the Bulldogs, Ryan Shugars pitched one hit in four innings, Lew Moynihan hit an inside-the-park home run, Patrick McCue drove in three runs and Tyler Archambault had two hits and scored twice .

The Red Storm finished first in the Class A South Healing points standings and will host a quarterfinal playoff game next Thursday against a TBD foe.

“I think people definitely thought we’d be in the pack, in the middle of the pack, but I don’t think anyone thought we’d be where we are,” said Swenson, the staff ace, who is verbally committed to University of Maine. “I credit it to my coaches. We have a great team, a strong team.

“Last year we were all young and that’s part of the reason we fell short last year (being upset by Marshwood in the quarterfinals),” Archambault said. “This year we are all older. We have been playing together since we were 10 years old. We all grew up together. It took the last year for everyone to grow together at the varsity level. This year we are all more mature. Bigger, stronger and mentally more mature too.

Soft ball

The Scarborough softball team finished the regular season strong, riding a five-game winning streak, capped by victories last week over Kennebunk (7-2) and Marshwood (5-3). Against the Rams, Meghan Robinson went the distance, allowing just one earned run. Gabby Pelletier, Alana Sawyer and Taylor Swalla all had two hits to pace the offense. In the win against the Hawks, Samantha Cote had two hits and Laine Niles had two hits.

The Red Storm (11-5) projects to be the No. 6 seed in Class A South and will host a preliminary round match next Tuesday against an opponent to be determined.

Boys’ Lacrosse

Scarborough players attack goalkeeper Ben Kerbel following Tuesday’s 7-4 home win over Deering. Photo by Hoffer.

The Scarborough boys lacrosse team was 8-5 and ranked fifth in the Class A Heals state after wins at Massabesic (15-8) and at home against Deering (7-4). Against the Mustangs, Olin Pedersen scored four goals and Liam Sellinger added three. Pedersen scored four times in the win over the Rams, Sellinger finished with two goals and goalkeeper Ben Kerbel made 16 saves.

“It’s really awesome,” Kerbel said. “It’s huge for us. We really wanted to win this match. We did a lot of preparation and it paid off. Coach (Zac Barrett) told us that this would decide where we played in the playoffs. They’re a good team and they were hot.

“We knew we had to win,” Pedersen said. “It was important to win on Senior Night. They were worth a lot of healing points. It was a huge victory. A great effort, from goalkeeper to defense to attack.

“I’m excited for the guys to do this at this time of year and finish the season the way we hoped,” Barrett added.

The Red Storm, who were 0-3 to start the season before winning eight of 10 games, closed out at Marshwood on Thursday, then are expected to host at least one playoff round.

“This will allow us to continue to qualify for the playoffs,” Kerbel said. “We have athleticism. We just have to clean it up and give it 110 (percent) every play. That’s our most important thing.

“We’ve gotten better and we’re showing everyone that we’re a challenge no matter who we’re playing,” Pedersen said. “We are truly reunited.”

“There’s no pressure,” Barrett added. “We have momentum going into the playoffs. I don’t know what we’re capable of, but it’s exciting to find out. Our goal is to face one of the top three teams in the semifinals and put everything on the table.

Lacrosse for girls

On the girls’ side, Scarborough was 6-7 after a 10-9 win at Cape Elizabeth and a 15-1 loss to three-time defending Class A champion Kennebunk. In the win, Avery Larsen scored four goals, including the game-winner with 5.4 seconds left. Kate Mokriski scored three goals, including the tying total. Grace Carlista scored the only goal against the Rams.

The Red Storm were 13th in Class A heading into Thursday’s regular season finale at home against Noble.

Press Herald writer Steve Craig contributed to this story.

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