Articles by Michael Hoffer

 

Greely downs Lincoln, Lake Region showdown next

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 20, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — You can hold the Greely girls’ basketball team at bay for awhile, but ultimately the Rangers are going to beat you, be it with offense or defense, well-known stars or stars of future. Wednesday afternoon at the Portland Exposition Building, Greely, the No. 4 seed, got off …

Waynflete girls basketball team falls to Carrabec in Class C game

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 18, 2014, at 10:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — It wasn’t supposed to end so abruptly. The Augusta Civic Center has been so kind to the Waynflete girls’ basketball team in recent seasons, most of all a year ago when the Flyers won three games there en route to a Class C state championship. Waynflete was …

Yarmouth boys hold off upset from Cape Elizabeth, 45-43

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 16, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Yarmouth boys’ basketball team has heard for a week that it would be hard to beat rival Cape Elizabeth a third time when the teams squared off Saturday afternoon in a Western Class B quarterfinal round playoff game at the Portland Exposition Building. It turned out …

North Yarmouth Academy’s return to Augusta spoiled by Valley, 70-47

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 16, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — It took the North Yarmouth Academy boys’ basketball team six years to get back to Augusta and just a few minutes for the Panthers to learn that they’re not quite at the level of the perennial title contenders. Like the storied program known as the Valley Cavaliers. …

Balanced Portland easily picks off Noble

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 15, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When it comes to the Portland boys’ basketball team, opponents can only pick their poison and hope for a little good fortune. Friday evening at the Portland Exposition Building, in a Western Class A quarterfinal round contest against eighth-ranked Noble, the undefeated and top-ranked Bulldogs weren’t getting …

Deering ends Marshwood’s Cinderella run in OT classic

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 15, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A season marked by transition and tragedy was about to end in abject disappointment for the Deering boys’ basketball team Friday evening at the Portland Exposition Building. But the Rams simply refused to say goodbye. Deering, the No. 4 seed in the Western A tournament, learned quickly …
Victoria Lux (left) of Catherine McAuley High School goes to the hoop while guarded by Bangor High School's Cordelia Stewart in March in the Maine Class A Championship game at the Augusta Civic Center.

Thornton Academy ends McAuley girls’ nearly three-year winning streak in instant classic, 50-49

By Michael Hoffer on Jan. 08, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
SACO, Maine — All good things must end. But no one saw the fabled win streak of the McAuley girls’ basketball team culminating quite this way. Tuesday evening, in an instant classic between the two top teams in the Western Class A Heal Points standings at Linnell Gymnasium, the Lions …

Wing replaces LeGage as Deering High School boys basketball coach

By Michael Hoffer on April 04, 2013, at 12:51 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Not just anybody could fill the big and successful coaching shoes of Dan LeGage, but luckily for the Deering High School boys basketball program, Todd Wing was ready and waiting. Wing, 36, who spent the past five seasons as LeGage’s assistant, as well as the Rams’ junior …

Hyland scores 30 in South Portland’s win over Bonny Eagle in WM ‘A’ boys final

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 23, 2013, at 10:53 p.m.
PORTLAND—Wake up the echoes. The South Portland boys’ basketball team is heading back to the state final. For the first time in two decades. Saturday evening, in a palpitating showdown of two strong teams and two of the finest players to be found anywhere in the state, No. 1 South …

Defending state champ McAuley girls hold off Cheverus; Bangor up next in ‘A’ state final

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 23, 2013, at 10:36 p.m.
PORTLAND — The matchup lived up to expectations and then some. In the Western Class A girls’ basketball final between top-ranked, undefeated and two-time defending Class A state champion McAuley and surging No. 3 seed Cheverus, the Lions never trailed, but didn’t lock up their third straight regional title until …

Falmouth turns in dominating performance, beats York in WM ‘B’ boys title game

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 23, 2013, at 6:20 p.m.
PORTLAND—Falmouth left no doubt. It’s the best boys’ basketball team in the state of Maine. Regardless of class. At least it looked that way after a 21-point evisceration of its top challenger, York, in the Western Class B Final Saturday afternoon at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The top-ranked Yachtsmen …

Lake Region girls capture second straight WM ‘B’ crown

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 23, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.
PORTLAND—They’re back. Again. The Lake Region girls’ basketball team made it two straight Western Class B championships and five in eight seasons Saturday afternoon at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The top-ranked Lakers couldn’t do anything right early in the game and fell behind No. 2 York early, 4-0, but …

Cheverus overcomes slow start, holds off Deering in WM ‘A’ semi

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 22, 2013, at 9:57 p.m.
PORTLAND — On a night when points were at a premium, the Cheverus Stags found a way to score two more than the Deering Rams. In a Western Class A girls’ basketball semifinal Friday night at the Cumberland County Civic Center, the Stags overcame a very sluggish first half, but …

McAuley rolls by Scarborough in WM ‘A’ semi for 46th straight win

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 22, 2013, at 8:55 p.m.
PORTLAND—The streak, or should I say, streaks, live on. Friday evening, the two-time defending Class A state girls’ basketball champion McAuley Lions extended their win streak to 46 games and punched their ticket to the regional final with a closer-than-many-anticipated 47-38 win over Scarborough in the semifinal round. Top-ranked McAuley, …

Defending WM champ Lake Region cruises past Freeport

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 19, 2013, at 11:39 p.m.
PORTLAND—The defending Western Class B champion Lake Region girls’ basketball team started its title defense and quest for that elusive Gold Ball Tuesday evening at the Portland Exposition Building and gave the rest of the regional field little reason to think any other team will still be playing in the …

Greely shows off passing game in ‘B’ quarterfinal win over Leavitt girls

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 19, 2013, at 9:01 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Greely girls’ basketball team put on a dazzling passing display which was more than enough to defeat a fourth-ranked Leavitt team with arguably the state’s best player in a Western Class B quarterfinal round tournament game Tuesday evening at the Portland Exposition Building. While Hornets senior …

Strong third quarter propels York girls basketball team past Cape Elizabeth

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 19, 2013, at 6 p.m.
PORTLAND — For two quarters and part of a third Tuesday afternoon at the Portland Exposition Building, the upstart seventh-ranked Cape Elizabeth girls’ basketball team didn’t just go toe-to-toe with pedigreed No. 2 York, the Capers had the Wildcats on the ropes. Then, York exploded on a 23-2 run to …

McAuley girls roll past Gorham after slow start in ‘A’ quarterfinal

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 18, 2013, at 11:10 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — It might take a few minutes for the undefeated, two-time defending Class A champion McAuley girls’ basketball team to kick it into gear, but once the Lions get rolling, it’s a sight to behold. Monday evening, in a regional quarterfinal against No. 8 Gorham, top-ranked McAuley only …

Scarborough features stifling defense in ‘A’ girls quarterfinal win over South Portland

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 18, 2013, at 9:56 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Scarborough’s fourth-ranked girls’ basketball team held No. 5 South Portland to just one basket and forced seven turnovers in the first quarter of Monday evening’s Western Class A quarterfinal round game at the Portland Exposition Building. Problem was, the Red Storm only had two points of its …

Deering girls survive No. 7 Thornton, 33-25

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 18, 2013, at 5:39 p.m.
PORTLAND — Second-ranked Deering had to dig deep into its reservoir of experience and heart to survive its Western Class A girls’ quarterfinal against No. 7 Thornton Academy on Monday afternoon at the Portland Exposition Building. The Rams, who were upset by Windham in last year’s quarterfinals, overcame a dreadful …
 
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