Articles by Michael Hoffer

 

Cape stuns Falmouth in baseball with six-run rally

By Michael Hoffer on April 30, 2015, at 12:10 p.m.
After losing games in agonizing fashion a year ago, Cape Elizabeth’s baseball team is learning how to win by any means necessary this spring. Wednesday afternoon at John M. Croker Memorial Field, the Capers were staring at a 1-2 start as they trailed, 6-3, entering the seventh …

Waynflete continues fast start in girls lacrosse with win over Cheverus

By Michael Hoffer on April 29, 2015, at 11:52 a.m.
PORTLAND | For Waynflete, it was another step forward. For Cheverus, it was an opportunity to learn where it stands. And for both teams, signs were evident that there’s much to look forward to this spring. In an early-season showdown between two of the state’s elite girls’ lacrosse powers …

Cape Elizabeth tops Yarmouth in boys lacrosse state title rematch

By Michael Hoffer on April 29, 2015, at 11:42 a.m.
A serious case of deja vu was in the air Tuesday evening at Hannaford Field. And on the scoreboard. Longtime powerhouses and rivals Cape Elizabeth and Yarmouth did battle in an early season boys’ lacrosse showdown that was eerily reminiscent of the last time the squads …

Portland, Deering renew rivalry in softball opener

By Michael Hoffer on April 23, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
Portland and Deering’s softball teams are both hoping for bigger and better things this spring and in Wednesday afternoon’s season opener at Kiley Field, it’s clear that both squads have reason for optimism. The Bulldogs took advantage of early Rams’ mistakes to open up a 7-0 lead …

Falmouth boys win squeaker over Scarborough in lacrosse

By Michael Hoffer on April 23, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
Those who think that opening game results are meaningless had that opinion validated big-time Wednesday evening at the Kippy Mitchell Sports Complex. Host Scarborough, which was stunned by Westbrook on Opening Night, hosted Falmouth, which won its first game by 20 goals. The Yachtsmen were expected by …

Greely downs Lincoln, Lake Region showdown next

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 20, 2014, at 7:02 a.m.
PORTLAND | 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 | 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 | 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.
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.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 …
 
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