June 21, 2018
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Teams chasing state golf titles Saturday at Natanis Golf Course

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

VASSALBORO, Maine — The high school golf season is a short one in the state of Maine.

The first of the two marquee events is scheduled for Saturday as teams in Classes A, B and C converge on Natanis Golf Course for the Maine Principals’ Association team championships.

Teams qualified for the state tournament by virtue of their performances in recent conference events.

The Class A competition will feature the likes of Southern Maine Activities Association divisional winners Falmouth, which wound up fourth last year, along with Greely of Cumberland Center, Marshwood of Eliot, Gorham, Thornton Academy of Saco and Deering of Portland.

Bangor, the fifth-place team in Class A last fall, qualified at Tuesday’s KVAC Championship. The Rams are led by sophomore Drew Powell and senior Rye Powell.

The KVAC also will be represented in the “A” ranks by Edward Little of Auburn, Skowhegan, Brunswick and Oxford Hills of South Paris.

Houlton is gunning for the Class C title after taking runner-up honors last year. The Shiretowners have already captured this year’s Aroostook League and PVC Class C crowns. Houlton’s veteran lineup includes Ryan Dee, Cam Clark and newcomer Kyle Bouchard.

George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill, which has four key members back from its fourth-place entry in 2012, and Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln advanced from the PVC meet. They will encounter the likes of 2012 state titlist St. Dominic Academy of Auburn, Wiscasset and WInthrop, the top three teams from the Mountain Valley Conference qualifier.

Winthrop is led by Taylor Morang and Adam Hachey, the top seeds in Class C for next week’s state individual championship.

Fort Fairfield, which was seventh a year ago, is coming off a fourth consecutive Aroostook League crown.

York is the four-time defending Class B champion, but the Wildcats may be chasing Cape Elizabeth, which posted a 20-shot victory over York in Monday’s Western Maine Conference event.

Maranacook of Readfield, the 2012 runner-up, is coming off a strong effort in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference tournament. The Black Bears are paced by Luke Ruffing, a two-time state individual runner-up.

Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, Camden Hills, Erskine Academy of South China and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle also qualified for the states out of the KVAC. Wells and Yarmouth are the other WMC entries.

Camden Hills hopes to assert itself with a veteran team that finished fourth a year ago. The Windjammers are led by Drew Long and Daulton Wickenden.

The Penobscot Valley Conference will be represented in Class B by league champ Hermon, Presque Isle and John Bapst of Bangor.

The four best scores among the five players determine the score for each team. Ties are broken using the fifth players’ scores.

Many of the same golfers will return to Natanis on Oct. 19 for the state individual championships.

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