HAMPDEN, Maine — Casey McGuire of Hampden has committed to play women’s soccer for Oberlin College in Ohio, an NCAA Division III school and member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, starting this September.
In March, the college hired Dan Palmer as the new head coach of the Yeowomen, who struggled through a 1-15-1 season last fall.
McGuire was a four-year varsity girls soccer player at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor.
She is currently playing outside defender for Seacoast United Blackbear of Bangor in the SoccerMaine State Cup program and has also been selected for the Maine Olympic Development Program.
McGuire, the daughter of Carolyn and Thompson McGuire, also plans to participate in indoor and outdoor track, focusing on the 800-meter run.
Taking catching in stride
Senior Sonya Morse, the hard-throwing ace of the Cony of Augusta softball staff, and sophomore Arika Brochu give the Rams two strong hurlers, but Alyssah Dennett didn’t have any concerns about taking over as catcher this season.
“I’m confident they’re going to throw strikes,” she said. “I just have to catch the ball and throw it back to them.”
Dennett, a junior, is catching for the Rams for the first time after playing shortstop for two years, although she did catch for the summer travel team.
“She stepped up for us,” said coach Rocky Gaslin.
Brewer to be tested
The Brewer Witches, 9-0 and No. 1 in the Eastern Maine Class A Heal points, are going through a rugged stretch of their schedule this week.
After defeating Bangor 8-1 Monday night, they play Tuesday afternoon at 5-4 Edward Little of Auburn in a game postponed from Friday, then host 7-4 Skowhegan at 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10-1 Oxford Hills of South Paris at 4 p.m. Friday.
Coach Skip Estes has confidence his team will do well.
“I have two good pitchers,” he said of Alexa Grindle and Chelsea King.
Bangor shows improvement
Bangor High softball coach Don Stanhope saw aspects of his team’s play Monday night against Brewer that he liked as he sees steady improvement in their play.
“They were taking what I call front row seats,” he said of the Rams trying to make plays. “They weren’t just sitting and waiting for things to happen.”
The Rams didn’t throw the ball around as much as in their first meeting with the Witches, when some late-game errors kept Brewer’s rally alive.
“This was one of those big-picture nights,” said Stanhope. “Their cohesiveness as a team is huge.”