Articles by Michael Hoffer


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 | 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 | 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.
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 …

Cheverus girls overcome slow start, defeat Sanford

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 18, 2013, at 5:16 p.m.
PORTLAND | It certainly didn’t come easily, but the Cheverus girls’ basketball team won a Western Class A quarterfinal Monday afternoon at the Portland Exposition Building. Finally. Facing a Sanford squad which broke the Stags’ heart two years ago in this round, third-ranked Cheverus overcame a sluggish start, took …

No. 7 Thornton Academy boys upset defending state champ Deering

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 16, 2013, at 11:24 p.m.
PORTLAND | The defending champion is now the former champion. The Deering boys’ basketball team has been ousted from the 2013 Western Class A tournament. By a team, Thornton Academy, it beat by 49 points in the regular season. The seventh-ranked Golden Trojans of Saco erased a seven-point deficit …

Top-ranked Falmouth boys roll past Maranacook

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 16, 2013, at 8:40 p.m.
PORTLAND—Earlier Saturday afternoon, the top-ranked Falmouth boys’ basketball team sat and watched as the team it’s most associated with, No. 2 York, completely dismantled No. 7 Greely in its Western Class B quarterfinal. The Yachtsmen then went out and said, “Anything you can do, we can do better,” in a …

York downs Greely 64-38

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 16, 2013, at 2:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | When the York boys basketball team is clicking on all cylinders, it’s simply the best around, regardless of class. The Greely Rangers discovered that first-hand Saturday afternoon at the Portland Exposition Building as the Wildcats roared to life late in the first period and never looked back …

Turnovers plague Wells as Cape Elizabeth takes 57-51 victory

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 16, 2013, at 1:34 p.m.
PORTLAND | Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ basketball team has relied on a mixture of experience and youth this winter, and it paid huge dividends Saturday morning and afternoon in a Western Maine Class B quarterfinal game against Wells at the Portland Exposition Building. The Capers, ranked third, never trailed, but …

No. 1 South Portland boys pushed hard before earning victory over No. 9 Sanford

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 15, 2013, at 11:13 p.m.
PORTLAND — As the top seed in the Western Class A tournament for the first time since 1994, the South Portland boys’ basketball team learned Friday evening at the Portland Exposition Building that what you did in the regular season doesn’t guarantee anything come tournament time. The Red Riots were …

Juniors Pitts-Young, Talbot carry Portland boys past Westbrook in WM ‘A’ quarterfinal

By Michael Hoffer on Feb. 15, 2013, at 9:13 p.m.
After losing on the Portland Expo floor last year in the quarterfinal round and after falling to No. 5 Westbrook at the venue earlier this season, the fourth-ranked Portland Bulldogs weren’t about to suffer another home defeat in the opener of the Western Class A boys’ basketball …

Greely hockey team forfeits two wins after unintentionally using suspended player

By Michael Hoffer on Jan. 29, 2013, at 11:40 a.m.
The defending Class B state champion Greely boys’ hockey team has forfeited two victories after self-reporting that it unintentionally allowed a suspended player to return to the ice a game early. During a 13-0 home victory over York on Jan. 10, a Greely player was ejected for fighting. In past …

Staunch defense helps Portland beat defending state champ Deering for fourth straight time

By Michael Hoffer on Jan. 25, 2013, at 11:59 a.m.
PORTLAND—The Deering Rams might be the defending Class A boys’ basketball champions, but the Portland Bulldogs continue to own city bragging rights. Thursday evening at the Portland Exposition Building, in the first of two scheduled meetings this winter, the Bulldogs made it four straight wins over their rivals thanks to …

Top Western Maine teams square off as crunch time arrives for high school sports

By Michael Hoffer on Jan. 18, 2013, at 11:19 a.m.
Call it showdown season. Several top Western Maine high school teams have been, or will be, squaring off against top rivals as we’ve passed the midway point of the 2012-13 winter sports season. Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred and what’s to come: Boys basketball Cape Elizabeth’s always competitive boys’ …
Falmouth senior Charlie Fay slams home two of his 14 points as the Yachtsmen roll to a 71-51 home win over York Thursday night to stay undefeated on the 2012-13 season.

Is Falmouth the best basketball team in Maine? Ask York

By Michael Hoffer on Jan. 04, 2013, at 5:57 a.m.
We knew the Falmouth boys basketball team was good, but what the Yachtsmen have accomplished makes it appear that they’re the best team in the state regardless of class.

Cape Elizabeth girls upset Waynflete in OT

By Michael Hoffer on Jan. 04, 2013, at 5:30 a.m.
PORTLAND — With the season nearing its midway point, the Cape Elizabeth girls’ basketball team finds itself in dire need of victories. Thursday evening, the Capers went out and got a huge one. Visiting once-beaten Waynflete, the Class C favorites in the minds of many, Cape Elizabeth handled the vaunted …
Fort Kent’s Jessica Morin (left) and Waynflete’s Rhiannan Jackson head for the ball during the Class C girls soccer state championship Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at Scarborough High School. Waynflete of Portland went on to beat Fort Kent 3-2.

Another terrific sports year for Western Maine teams has come and gone

By Michael Hoffer on Jan. 02, 2013, at 12:50 p.m.
Another year of high school sports action is in the rearview mirror, but the memories will linger for a long time. Local athletes turned heads last winter, dazzled in the spring and enthralled in the autumn. With another winter season underway and the calendar now reading 2013, here’s one final …

Falmouth girls soccer team blanks Morse, ready to defend state ‘B’ crown

By Michael Hoffer on Oct. 31, 2012, at 10:51 p.m.
BATH | The Falmouth girls’ soccer team has done a lot of winning over the years, but one thing the program hasn’t yet accomplished is winning state championships in three consecutive seasons. Saturday, the Yachtsmen will get their chance. That’s because No. 2 Falmouth came away with a 2-0 …

MPA sanctions Deering-Portland co-op boys’ hockey

By Michael Hoffer on Sept. 24, 2012, at 10:24 p.m.
The Maine Principals’ Association last week reversed course and approved a waiver allowing Deering players to compete with the Portland boys’ ice hockey team. After denying a request for a co-op team in 2010 and 2011, the MPA’s Interscholastic Management Committee gave the OK, by an 11-1 …