Category: Sports

Politically Minded Sports Fans —

The Beacon Wants to Hear From You!

 

Last year Colin Kaepernick, a National Football League quarterback then playing for the San Francisco 49ers, started to protest “what he deems are the wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States” by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem at NFL games.

What started as one man’s protest has spread; entire teams decided to stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem a few weekends ago. Other teams interlocked arms in unison, aligning themselves with Kaepernick’s protest. Owners joined players on the sidelines in solidarity. Musicians kneeled while they sang the national anthem; fans in the stands booed. Social media has been abuzz with opinions, declarations and, of course, hyperbole.

In a postgame interview with NFL Media from August, 2016, Kaepernick explained his reasoning: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

It seems everyone has an opinion on “taking a knee,” and The Beacon wants to hear from the SMCC student body. We will dedicate Page 11 of our Oct. 26 issue to students who address this controversy respectfully and thoughtfully — all viewpoints welcome.

SMCC, this is your chance to have your voice heard. Please send your thoughts to mbeacon@smccme.edu. We looks forward to reading and sharing them. Of course, we hope that your teams are having a successful season. Ours are.

 

— The Beacon Staff

 

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Softball and Baseball Rule the Diamonds

By The Beacon Sports Staff

 

The SeaWolves softball and baseball teams were the last teams standing this past Saturday when both teams ran the tables in their Fall Invitational games.

The Lady SeaWolves would outlast the College of St. Joseph of Vermont’s Saints 14-13, earning a trip to the championship game against the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute. The Lady SeaWolves would survive another one-run game, 4-3, and be crowned winners of the 2017 Fall Championship.

On the baseball diamond, the SeaWolves would start their day off against the Mustangs from Central Maine Community College, winning 3-2, setting up the championship game against NHTI.

In the championship game, SMCC centerfielder Cody Bryant would lead the bottom of the first inning off with a walk, which was followed by a single by Justin Leeman. A single by Caleb Chambers scored Bryant from second, as Lee advanced to second. Sean Adams would single next, driving in Leeman and sending Chambers to second base. Timothy Greenlaw would also single, driving in Chambers and advancing Adams to second.  

After Nathaniel Cyr struck out, Carter Chabot would drive in Greenlaw and Adams with a triple. The SeaWolves’ scoring would end when Chabot scored on a passed ball to Dylan Francoeur.

With a six-run padded lead, SMCC pitcher Amos Herrin would find his groove, allowing one run to cross the plate in the top of the fourth, while striking out 12, giving up four hits and walking two.    

On the softball diamond, the Lady SeaWolves would take a two-run lead in the top of the third inning when Sara Ring and Emma Burns scored on a throwing error by the NHTI catcher. SeaWolf Madison Eastman would be thrown out at the plate trying to pad SMCC’s lead.

The Lynx would take back the lead in the bottom of the third, plating three runs on three hits while leaving one runner on base. All of the Lynx’s scoring would come with two outs.

With runners on second and third base, Elizabeth DeVoss singled to left field, advanced to second on the throw into the infield, scoring Gina Costello, who was on third. Taylor Gagnon, the Lynx’s next batter, singled to left next; she scored Brianna Connelly, who was on second when the Lynx’s rally began, and advancing DeVoss to third.

The Lynx’s finale run of the inning came when SeaWolf catcher Sara Ring threw to second in an attempt to pick off Gagnon as she stole second base; the throw opened the door for DeVoss to score from third.

The ‘Wolves would even the tally in the top of the fourth inning, when Eastman drove in Breanna Lavacchia with a sacrifice fly. The ‘Wolves would take the lead in the top of the sixth with another sacrifice fly by Meranda Martin, scoring Lauryn Fagan from third.

SeaWolf pitcher Kristen Mackenzie would go the full seven innings, allowing seven hits, walking three and striking out five.

SMCC catcher Caleb Chambers would be awarded the Defensive Player of the Tournament award. SeaWolf starting pitcher Amos Herrin would take home the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament.   

The SMCC baseball team finishes out their fall season on the road against Northern Essex Community College on Oct. 14 and against Holyoke Community College on Oct. 15. The men hold an 11-3 record, and with a solid showing at NECC and HCC, could end the fall season on an incredible note.

The Lady SeaWolves end the season with a 4-2 record, and are off till the spring season starts when St. Joseph’s visits SMCC. The Beacon would like to congratulate both squads for a season well completed.

     

SMCC Soccer Eyes Postseason Play

By The Beacon Sports Staff

 

With two games remaining in Yankee Small College Conference play, the men’s soccer team is looking to end the season strong — and hoping that the schools ahead of them in the standing lose the games SMCC needs them to — in order to make it into the YSCC Soccer Final Four.

Last week the soccer team traveled to Unity College to take on the Rams and walked off the pitch with a 1-goal-to-nil win.

After the game, SeaWolf Head Coach Brian Dougher shared his thoughts, stating, “This was an exciting win for our program. The goal has been to win our remaining conference schedule — one game at a time. Today we took care of business with a fantastic effort from Jamal [Durrani] and the rest of our defense.”

The win in Unity was not an easy one for the SeaWolves, as it took regulation and two overtime periods for the contest to be settled. The winning goal came when SMCC’s Samuel Marshall delivered a corner kick that was headed past the Rams into the back of the net by Jamal Durrani. The goal would be Durrani’s first goal of the season, marking the team’s first road victory of 2017.

The SeaWolves’ last two conference games are scheduled for Oct. 14, when they host the University of Maine–Machias at Wainwright Field, and Oct. 20, when they travel to Central Maine Community College to play the Mustangs.

On the women’s side of the pitch, the Lady SeaWolves drew even with Unity, settling for a scoreless tie. The Lady ‘Wolves’ last two conference games are scheduled for Oct. 10 and 14, when they play CMCC and UMM at home at Wainwright Fields.

The Lady ‘Wolves currently sit in second place of the YSCC standings and are hoping to end their season strong.

 

  

 

SMCC Golf Finds Success on the Links

By The Beacon Sports Staff

 

With one match remaining in the always-fleeting fall golf season that plagues northern New England, the SMCC golf team has been showing improvement on the links over the course of the last two weeks. The SeaWolves traveled to the Augusta Country Club to participate in the UMA Invitational on Sept. 30. A week later the SeaWolves hosted New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI), Great Bay Community College, and the University of Maine–Augusta at Purpoodock Golf Club, the ‘Wolves’ home course, in Cape Elizabeth.

In Augusta, the team carded its first first-place finish after 18 holes of play against the Moose from UMA and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The SeaWolves finished with a team score of  362, which was 100 strokes better than UMA, and 101 strokes better than Presque Isle’s 463 team score.

While the SeaWolves took team honors, it was UMA’s Evan Kordalski who took individual top honors with an 83. SeaWolf teammates Kevin Dwyer and Seth Chim finished tied for second, as both players shot an 87. Hunter Carignan recorded a 90 and Tyler Hensley broke into the double digits, continuing to trim strokes off of his score like one trims the fat off of a holiday goose.

A week later the SeaWolves hosted a YSCC match at Purpoodock Golf Club and failed to record a team score, as they could not field a team of four golfers.

Individually, SeaWolf Hunter Carignan tied for low score with Evan Kordalski from UMA when they recorded an 83 after 18 holes of play. SMCC’s Seth Chim took the silver with a 86. The most exciting finish of the day goes to SeaWolf McKenze Coyne, who birdied holes 17 and 18 to finish with a season-low 91.

NHTI took team honors at Purpoodock with a 384 as UMA took the team silver, scoring a 489. Like SMCC, Great Bay Community College did not qualify as a team; they too could not field a team of four golfers.

The golf team travels to Pease Golf Course on Oct. 14 to participate in the Yankee Small College Conference Championships. The Beacon wishes the SeaWolves golf team the best of luck hitting them far and fair.

Red Sox Ticket Winner

 

By The Beacon Sports Staff

Captain’s Cupboard representatives Isaac McIntire and John Rogers draw the winning ticket for a Red Sox Ticket Giveaway sponsored by the Captain’s Cupboard. The winner, Sarah Maxsimic, was able to catch the final home game of the Red Sox before they started their postseason play. Sarah and a guest would see the Red Sox take to the diamonds against the Houston Astros, witness Boston take a three-run lead in the bottom of the fourth, live through the nightmare of watching the visiting team take back the lead by scoring four times in the top of the seventh, and experience one of the treasures of Major League Baseball: Fenway Park.

 

On the Pitch, Mixed Results

 

By The Beacon Sports Staff

 

The men’s and women’s soccer teams have been active on the pitch since the last Beacon, combining for a below-50-percent winning average, grabbing five wins while tallying eight losses. The men broke into the win column in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) standings with a 13-1 thrashing of Hampshire College in Saturday’s action at South Portland’s Wainwright Recreation Complex. Prior to the men’s win, the ladies would start the day off on a solid note, putting Hampshire College away with a 9-to-nil win.

A second less than the 8-minute mark, Emily Harris broke into the scoring book with her first goal of her YSCC career. Her shot from outside the box ruffled the back of the net on a free kick, marking her first goal as a SeaWolf.

Five other SeaWolves would ruffle the netting with their first goals of the season. Callie O’Brien would net three goals on that day; Cassidy Harriman would contribute two goals.

Nina Frasca, Madelyn Wade and Shae Couture would round out the scoring for the SeaWolves, flipping the big-board numbers at the 65:14, 75:48 and 89:26 marks, respectively. Shae Couture, who tended the net for the SeaWolves, would face a quiet day in goal, turning away two shots. Her counterpart, Lea Sweeney, would face 19 shots on goal, inhibiting 10 from crossing the goal line.

Prior to Saturday’s match, the Lady ‘Wolves won away games against Central Maine Community College (CMCC), 5-1, and Paul Smith, 4-0. Their lone loss was to the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) in Concord, NH, 2-1.

After the loss in Concord, Head Coach Julia Cyr commented, that matches between the Lynx and the SeaWolves are “always competitive.” SMCC, she said, showed “relentlessness in battling from behind and playing with more urgency then we have all season.”

In the YSCC standings, the Lady ‘Wolves occupy second place with a 4-1 conference record. NHTI sits atop the standings with a 5-0-1 conference record. Unity College is right on the Lady ‘Wolves’ heels with a 3-1 record, and CMCC follows with a 2-3 record.

On the men’s side of the pitch, the season has not panned out as fruitfully as might have been expected. Hopefully Saturday’s action will help to right the course the ‘Wolves have been on and they are able to finish the regular season strong heading into YSCC postseason play. Currently, they sit in eighth place out of a nine-team field. Hampshire College holds the foundation with a winless record of 0 to 3.

The SeaWolves have three conference games remaining: CMCC on the 28th at Wainwright fields, at Unity College on Oct. 5 and at home on the 14th when they host the University of Maine-Machias. Considering that SMCC is only two wins behind the College of St. Joseph of Vermont, who hold a 3-0 conference record, and that there are five teams with two wins (UMaine-Machias has compiled a 3-0-1 record), running the tables against the conference teams seems imperative, as the top four teams will compete in this year’s YSCC soccer tournament in Concord.

In Saturday’s action against Hampshire College, the SeaWolves responded brilliantly after spotting Hampshire an early goal. At the 10:54 mark, Hampshire’s Ethan Haut would catch the SeaWolves napping, breaking towards goal with an in-bounds throw-in, catching the crossbar on his shot and ricocheting into the back of the net.

The ‘Wolves would get on the big board a few seconds more than six minutes later with a deflected shot from Jonathan Lipika. After SMCC evened the score on the big board, the SeaWolves would find the back of the net 13 times more. Senal Yanie would ruffle the netting three times, while Kolin Wyman and Kervens Antoine would net two goals apiece. Gradi Lipika, William Sutton, Hanssen Casey, Yaroslav Philbrook and Romain Cole would also net goals.

On a side note, The Beacon would like to congratulate Callie O’Brien, SMCC’s first-year forward on the SeaWolves team, for being named an Athlete of the Week on Sept. 22. O’Brien has found the back of the net 6 times this season and has totaled 13 points, which places her second in conference rankings. Callie also scored a hat trick against CMCC in the SeaWolves’ 5-1 win in Auburn.

 

Seawolves in the Midst of YSCC Action: Softball and Baseball Look to Gear Up for Postseason Play

 

By Beacon Sports Staff

 

This past summer the Yankee Small College Conference restructured its softball schedule when it had to abandon the conventional schedule of teams traveling once or twice a week to play away games. This year YSCC softball schools are hosting multiple traveling teams at their home games.

This past Saturday SMCC and the Lady SeaWolves hosted New Hampshire Technical Institute, the College of St. Joseph of Vermont and Great Bay Community College, and all four teams played doubleheaders with Casco Bay as the backdrop. The ‘Wolves opened their season in Concord, NH on the 16th when they took to the diamond against the Saints of St. Joseph’s; they would finish the day against Great Bay.

Kristen Mackenzie would take to the mound against a potent Saints lineup. The Lady ‘Wolves would get on the big board in the top of the first when Meranda Martin scored from second on an Emma Burns double. The SeaWolves lead was short lived, however: The Saints would plate four runners in their half of the inning.

Kahli Philibotte would generate the second run for the SeaWolves in the top of the fourth inning when she “tattooed” a solo homer over the left field fence. The ‘Wolves would hold the Saints scoreless in the bottom of the fourth inning. The fifth inning the Saints’ bats came alive again, forcing across five runs and securing a 9-2 win over the SeaWolves.

In the second game, the ‘Wolves would jump all over the Herons, plating three runs in the first inning. The ‘Wolves would score a run in the second, and two in the fourth inning. Meranda Martin would take to the circle to pitch for the ‘Wolves and help her own effort by going 3-for-3 at bat.

This past Saturday, the ‘Wolves took to the diamond against NHTI in the day’s opening game. After spotting the Lynx a run in the first inning the ‘Wolves plated two runs, taking a 2-1 lead after one inning of play. The ‘Wolves would score the two runs behind three hits and an error. After holding the Lynx scoreless in the top of the second, they would pad their small lead with a run in the bottom of the second when Meranda Martin singled in Amber Randell.

NHTI would plate five runners in the top of the third, taking the lead back, adding to it in the fourth and fifth innings with three and two runs, respectively. The Lady SeaWolves would plate at least one run in all of their innings except for the sixth inning. In the end, it was not enough, as the Lynx would outlast the ‘Wolves 12-7.

The Lady SeaWolves would end their day next to Casco Bay with a 5-3 win over Great Bay. The ‘Wolves hold a 2-2 record so far and will be traveling to Great Bay Community College, where they will again play the St. Joseph Saints and the Lynx of NHTI.

On the men’s side of the diamond, the ‘Wolves are in the midst of a solid season. Currently their record stands at 7-3 in conference play, the team having gone 5-3 over the last two weeks. The SeaWolves started the two-week stint traveling to Auburn to take on the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College.

The ‘Wolves would prevail in both games, 8-1 and 3-1, allowing no earned runs over the course of the 14 innings played; only two Mustang batters crossed the plate. Dylan Francoeur got the nod to take to the mound in the first game, while James Parisi touched the rubber for his first collegiate start. Both pitchers earned their first YSCC win also.

The ‘Wolves would face the Mustangs again on the 21st with the same sets of results, as SMCC topped CMCC 7-1 in the first game and 9-5 in the second game. Like the first two games against CMCC, it was pitching that got the best of the Mustangs. In the first game, Amos Herrin took to the mound in his first start of the year. Amos threw a complete game, striking out nine, after working out of trouble in the first inning. No Mustang base runner reached second after the first inning.

The SeaWolf bats did their fair amount of damage as they got started in the first inning when they plated three runs. Carter Chabot and Cody Bryant collected RBIs with singles. The third inning saw Sean Adams smack his conference-leading third home run of the season. In the fifth inning Caleb Chambers and Nathaniel Cyr went yard, padding SMCC’s lead by 6.  

The second game of the day (and the last one SMCC and CMCC will play until the fall invitational) had a different tone: The Mustangs plated two runs in the first and tied the game in the fourth inning after SMCC took a 5-2 lead in the second inning. In the seventh inning the ‘Wolves would score four times, when Herrin and Francoeur drove in two runs apiece.

While the SeaWolves have owned the Mustangs this season and much of last season, NHTI has been the team that has given them fits this year. The SeaWolves have only won one game out of four against the Lynx, when they took a 9-5 win in Concord this past Saturday.

The Lynx grabbed a two-run lead in the top of the first. The Lynx would get one run back in the bottom of the opening inning. NHTI would plate three more runs in fifth inning, taking a 4-2 lead that would hold until the top of the seventh inning, when the ‘Wolves would plate seven runs.

The ‘Wolves would allow one run in the bottom of the seventh. Devin Sawyer started the game, lasting five innings and giving up four runs. Sean Adams pitched the final two innings, allowing one run.

The ‘Wolves would drop the second game of the doubleheader 13-6, as the SeaWolves would build a four-run lead over the course of the first three innings. The Lynx would score six times in the bottom of the third, grabbing a 6-4 lead that they would pad over the rest of the game.

While the Lynx have taken the season series from the SeaWolves, there is an exciting side note that should be mentioned. In the Sept. 16 game against NHTI, Timothy Greenlaw smashed a grand slam over the right-field fence, shrinking the SMCC deficit against NHTI from 11-5 to 11-9. While the ‘Wolves came up short against the Lynx, one might assume that not too many grand slams have been hit here at SMCC. Hopefully, The Beacon will have an answer for you in our next paper. Till then we look forward to seeing you at the games.