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Bridgton Academy races by Norwich JVs 52-6

George Morrice (20) pursued by Victory Wingfield (26) and Jacob Frith (34)

Speedy Jha’mil King scored three times for Bridgton Academy

(Bridgton ME) You can’t teach speed.

Bridgton Academy had plenty of it and sped by the Norwich JV’s on Sunday afternoon, 52-6.

Long gainers were the order of the day for the 2-1-1 Wolverines delighting a large Homecoming gathering.

BA coach Rick Marcella tried to downplay the win a bit afterwards.  “They’re a JV program.  They don’t get all the reps together we do in practice, so we should have an advantage.  Sometimes a team can rise above that but not today.”

Plenty of celebrations for the Wolverines

Jha’mil King (three touchdowns) and George Morrice (two touchdowns) paced Bridgton Academy.

“They were very good,” said Norwich coach Greg Vreeland afterwards.  “Twenty-five (Jha’mil King) ran the ball real tough.”

The Cadets (0-2) first two possessions started near their own goal line.  “It’s hard to go on 99-yard drives,” said Coach Vreeland.

That bad Norwich field position turned into a safety after a bad snap on a punt attempt from the end zone in the first quarter.

Wigs Crowley had two interceptions

The safety began a steady flow of points for the home team the rest of the game.  The Wolverines tallied two TDs in each of the first three quarters and won with ease.

“We’ve got some pretty good athletes,” explained Coach Marcella.  “They work hard in practice.”

Defensive back Wigs Crowley had two interceptions for Bridgton.  “We were in Cover 3 and I was just in the right place at the right time,” said the DB from Milton (MA).  “Our linebackers played good underneath, so the quarterback had to lob the ball over them.  I was just sitting there waiting.”

It wasn’t a perfect afternoon, however, for the BA defender.  “They scored their touchdown on me.  I bit on a screen pass and then couldn’t chase the receiver down.”

“He a very solid college prospect,” said Coach Marcella of Crowley. “I think he has four interceptions this season.”

There were plenty of big plays.  “One of the top ones was by George Morrice (29 yards) early in the second quarter on a first-down play,” said Coach Marcella.  “He made some nice cuts on that touchdown run.”

Jeff Baldassari, Coach Vreeland, and Caleb Bowen

Preston Buchanan caught a TD pass in the 3rd quarter and Elijah Nichols zigged and zagged his way to the end zone in the final quarter.

The Cadets lone score was in the third quarter when QB Jeff Baldassari connected with Levi Gosselin.  Both players are from Nashua (NH) North.

“We’ll enjoy tonight and then be back to work tomorrow,” said Coach Marcella.  “Our next opponent is Navy Prep.  Most of their players will play for Navy next year.  It will be completely different from today.”

BA plays nine of its ten games on the road.  Why?  It’s hard to get teams to travel to Bridgton.  Most of the varsity teams have games on Saturday which makes travel complicated.

The Bridgton playing field is very nice.

Plenty of get togethers after the game.

Covering games is not always easy.  Norwich added to the “excitement” by having players wearing the same numbers.  Try identifying pictures when that happens!

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Preston Buchanan caught a touchdown pass

Colin Frary (13) surrounded

Wigs Crowley runs back an interception with Adam Briffett looking to block.

Xzabier Weaver reaches for a pass over Connor Foley 16

Ball on the field

battle in the air

Cam Peach

Elijah Nichols (5) looks for defenders

Four Wolverines after Thomas Meadows

George Morrice (20) runs behind Gavin Viera (4)

Jake O’Donnell 82 and Jha-mil King 25

Jha-mil King stiff-arms Ryan Shea (41)

Levi Gosselin scored a touchdown

Loose ball

Luke Hatch 32 and Patrick Duffy 55

 

 

 

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Trio one-hits Central Maine in 5-3 Bridgton Academy baseball win

Connor Andrews (1) had two hits, scored two runs, and added an RBI for Bridgton Academy

Connor Andrews (1) had two hits, scored two runs, and added an RBI for Bridgton Academy

BA starter and winner Patrick Webler

BA starter and winner Patrick Webler

(North Bridgton, ME) A trio of Bridgton Academy pitchers limited Central Maine Community College to one hit in a 5-3 win on Wednesday afternoon on the BA campus.

Patrick Webler started for the Wolverines (7-5) followed by Colby McMahon and closer Declan Donahue.

The Mustangs (4-4-1) lone hit was off a Trent Spaulding grounder in the sixth inning that BA pitcher Colby McMahon deflected and slowed down enough for Trent to reach first safely.

Joe Webber (2 hits/2 runs/1 rbi), Connor Andrews (2 hits/2 runs/1 rbi), and Joe Brady (1 hit/2 rbi) sparked Bridgton Academy to a 5-0 lead after four innings.

The Wolverines, however, came unglued in the field in the sixth inning and it cost them three runs.  Any time you put together a hit batsman, a walk, a balk, and an outfield error in one inning you’re begging to be scored on.

Central Maine shortstop Kyle Moore tosses to 2B Trent Spaulding

Central Maine shortstop Kyle Moore tosses to 2B Trent Spaulding

But in this seven-inning game, CM had only three baserunners total in the other six innings thanks to some pretty good BA pitching.

This non-league game was a rematch of a 4-2 BA victory three weeks ago in Auburn.

Brandon Varney took the loss for CM.  Alex Biron, Bryce Walker, and Matt Turner also pitched for the Mustangs.

In the first inning, DH Joe Webber doubled down the left-field line, stole third, and scored the first BA run on Joe Brady’s infield out.

In the second inning, Stefan Strachan singled, stole second, and reached third on a bad throw by catcher Matt Toth.  Connor Andrews singled past third to score Stefan and later Joe Webber doubled to right bringing Connor across with the 3rd BA run.

Joe Webber (3) had two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI

Joe Webber (3) had two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI

The Wolverines added two more runs in the fourth.  Connor Andrews (single) and Joe Webber (walk) reached base and advanced on a passed ball.  Sam Majewski drove in Connor with an infield out and Joe Brady’s infield single plated Joe Webber.

CM gathered all their runs in the sixth inning.  They loaded the bases against Colby McMahon with a hit, a hit batsman, and a walk.  Colby’s balk scored Trent and advanced the other runners (Kyle Moore and Jacob Albert) into scoring position.  After a strikeout the inning looked over on a line drive to center but CF Stefan Strachan dropped the ball and both runners scored.

BA turned a 1-6-3 double play in the final inning.

The new turf field at Bridgton Academy is very nice.  The sun was very tough on the right side of the field.  CM first baseman Nick Bagley came to the dugout after one of the middle innings saying that he couldn’t see anything out there.

Stefan Strachan slides into second as Trent Spaulding leaps for the throw

Stefan Strachan slides into second as Trent Spaulding leaps for the throw

In the first matchup between the teams, BA faced Evan Roberts who fanned seven of them.

In the fifth inning Stefan Strachan appeared to have stolen second but was tagged out by 2B Trent Spaulding when he got up from the slide.

Bridgton Academy box

Central Maine box

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Central Maine starter Brandon Varney

Central Maine starter Brandon Varney

3B Sam Majewski

3B Sam Majewski

2B Zach Silva

2B Zach Silva

CM pitcher Alex Biron

CM pitcher Alex Biron

Evan Roberts set to swing

Evan Roberts set to swing

Jacob Albert crosses home with the 3rd Mustangs run

Jacob Albert crosses home with the 3rd Mustangs run

Trouble in the outfield for CF Stefan Strachan

Trouble in the outfield for CF Stefan Strachan

Sun trouble at first for Nick Bagley

Sun trouble at first for Nick Bagley

Sidearming Colby McMahon

Sidearming Colby McMahon

 

 

 

 

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Justin D’Orlando and Jack Kingdon score in Bridgton Academy’s 2-0 soccer win in opener versus Southern Maine Community College

Bridgton Academy passing was key to win over SMCC. Here Lucca Rodrigues (14) looks to pass to teammate victor Lage (7)

Bridgton Academy passing was key to win over SMCC. Here Lucca Rodrigues (14) looks to pass to teammate victor Lage (7)

Jack Kingdon lines up his goal

Jack Kingdon lines up his goal

(Bridgton ME) Bridgton Academy opened its 2015 soccer season with a 2-0 win over Southern Maine Community College on Thursday afternoon on BA’s new turf field under cloudy conditions.

The Wolverines (1-0) scored goals midway through each half and used their speed and accurate passing to advantage often.

The Seawolves (1-2-1) from South Portland had few scoring chances but trailing by just a goal through 20+ minutes of the second half they nearly tied it on a shot by DJ Cloutier.

Shortly thereafter Jack Kingdon (Nonnewaug High CT) split two SMCC defenders for a clean look and whizzed a shot past defenseless GK Drew Martin to give BA a 2-goal cushion for the rest of the game.  That 2-goal lead looked to be in potential difficulty during the final twenty minutes of the match as the Wolverines played one player short and later two players short due to injuries and an empty bench.  Noticeably good passing and unselfishness by BA kept SMCC from capitalizing on their plus numbers.

The Wolverines style of play set up plenty of scoring chances during the even strength portion of the game.  Only thing missing was finishing but the longer you watched the better you liked the chances for that to happen.

SMCC was forced to do a lot of chasing and had limited chances to move forward using short passes.  The Seawolves used the long ball to set up their scoring chances.  BA goalkeeper Andrew Mortarelli had several dangerous shots to deal with but he was able to stand his ground and get the shutout.

BA’s Justin D’Orlando (Masconomet Regional MA) was excellent on defense. At 6’6” he had a head on several lobs that came close to the BA goal.

Justin had a fluke goal (in my opinion) in the first half. He was set up for a direct kick close to the left sideline about 25 yards out. SMCC had a 3-man wall in place but it didn’t have the entire goal covered. Justin kicked a hard grounder past the wall. Defender DJ Cloutier just missed intercepting the ball and Justin’s grounder rolled into the far corner past GK Drew Martin. How often does a direct-kick grounder get into the goal untouched?

Justin D'Orlando lines up direct kick that became first BA goal

Justin D’Orlando lines up direct kick that became first BA goal

Ball goes past wall

Ball goes past wall

Ball continues untouched

Ball continues untouched

Ball slides by GK Drew Martin into corner as Luis Felipe Delaye (8) looks for rebound

Ball slides by GK Drew Martin into corner as Luis Felipe Delaye (8) looks for rebound

I was impressed with SMCC defender Hughes Bakunda. He was tireless with a strong foot.

Hughes Bukunda shields the ball from Nathaniel Campbell

Hughes Bukunda shields the ball from Nathaniel Campbell

The Wolverines weren’t shy about pressing the attack and were disciplined enough to never be called for an offsides.

SMCC’s next game will be at home on Sunday against UMaine-Machias. On the same day BA is in Newark, New Jersey playing St. Benedict’s Prep.

The new turf field is real nice.  The fast surface certainly showcased the speed of Bridgton Academy.

Surprised that BA had no one available to chase balls that left the field. That arrangement was certainly an advantage for the home team in the lead and the game ball rolling into the woods.  Solution?  Either have people chasing the balls or have twice as many soccer balls available.

A baseball game was going on at the same time.

Why is this report so late?  I attempted to put this story with pictures together while watching the Patriots.  The Patriots won but the timeliness of this story lost.

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Jack Kingdon celebrates goal

Jack Kingdon celebrates goal

Sean Jackson

Sean Jackson

Victor Lage

Victor Lage

Justin D'Orlando

Justin D’Orlando

postgame

postgame

Bridgton Academy goalkeeper Andrew Mortarelli

Bridgton Academy goalkeeper Andrew Mortarelli

DJ Cloutier gets some advice

DJ Cloutier gets some advice

Jack Kingdon fires a shot (wide)

Jack Kingdon fires a shot (wide)

Seawolves defense as Noah Medeiros kicks a corner kick

Seawolves defense as Noah Medeiros kicks a corner kick

GK Andrew Mortarelli (orange) slides to block shot

GK Andrew Mortarelli (orange) slides to block shot

Justin D'Orlando (21) skies to clear corner kick

Justin D’Orlando (21) skies to clear corner kick

Brandon Ford

Brandon Ford

Justin Kingdon puts a move on Jacob Coffey

Justin Kingdon puts a move on Jacob Coffey

Noah Medeiros leaps to get by SMCC defender Jacob Cavacas

Noah Medeiros leaps to get by SMCC defender Jacob Cavacas

Noah Medeiros (4) looks to pass

Noah Medeiros (4) looks to pass

Drew Martin saves in traffic

Drew Martin saves in traffic

 

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Bowdoin College JV’s get 2-1 win over Bridgton Academy in soccer

Eric Miller (#11) of Bridgton Academy contests a shot in front with Bowdoin GK Jake Muscato

Eric Miller (#11) of Bridgton Academy contests a shot in front with Bowdoin GK Jake Muscato

(North Bridgton ME)  Bridgton Academy absorbed a frustrating 2-1 loss on Friday afternoon to the Bowdoin College junior varsity in soccer.

Bowdoin GK Jake Muscato (#23) is down and out as Nico Kaiafas (#9) has the ball at his feet

Bowdoin GK Jake Muscato (#23) is down and out as Nico Kaiafas (#9) has the ball at his feet

Cameron deWet (#5) slides across to block the open-net shot of Nico Faiafas

Cameron deWet (#5) slides across to block the open-net shot of Nico Faiafas

The Wolverines (3-4-3) finally had a home game after eight straight on the road but, even with some of the Parents and Alumni Homecoming Weekend attendees on hand, couldn‘t get a win.

And trust me, it wasn’t from lack of opportunity!

Gabe Smith (#8) after scoring a goal for Bowdoin late in the first half

Gabe Smith (#8) after scoring a goal for Bowdoin late in the first half

The visitors (1-2) scored early (39:48) and late (1:03) in the first half.  BA’s tally came at 17:53 on a penalty kick in the first half.

In the second half, the Bowdoin JV’s elected to defend rather than take chances trying to get a third goal.

The Polar Bears did have a few long runs in the second half but their mission was to outnumber BA on defense.  And they did a terrific job at it.

Despite the defensive mentality of the Polar Bears, BA was still able to dribble their way into scoring range.  However, GK Jake Muscato had a good look at all of them.

The one time Jake was totally out of position, teammate Cameron deWit got his foot in front of Nico Kaiafas’s open-net attempt.

Pat Gass takes a penalty kick in the first half

Pat Gass takes a penalty kick in the first half

The Wolverines had no luck getting the ball from one side to the other in front, where a well-directed header could produce a goal.  That was where Bowdoin being so defense-minded paid off and frustrated the home team.

The Bowdoin JV’s were on the attack in the first half.  Matt Friedland registered their first goal after a shot he took caromed right back to him.  Matt’s well-struck shot on the rebound went past BA goalie Colin Ford to his left.

The Wolverines tied the score twenty-two minutes later.  The ever-dangerous Connor Reagan dribbled into the penalty area and was dumped by Brendan Civale.

That foul gave Pat Gass a penalty kick.  The left-footer hit a shot past Jake Muscato on his right tying the score at 1-1.

The game-winner for the Bowdoin JV’s came after BA had really upped the pressure in their scoring end.  Gabe Smith broke free down the right side and got a hard shot off that whistled past Colin Ford with just over a minute left in the half.

Sam Anderson shoots point blank

Sam Anderson shoots point blank

As I mentioned earlier, Bowdoin went into a defensive shell in the second half and it worked.  The home team was clever enough with the ball to get into great scoring position but no one could find the finishing touch.

I chose to stand near the goal Bowdoin was defending in the second half.  I have plenty of pictures to prove that there was no shortage of glorious BA chances.  There were corner kicks galore.

Bridgton Academy won three of their first four games and have been 0-3-3 since.  They have scored two goals in their last five games.  Granted, they have faced some strong competition but they have to be able to finish better in the schedule ahead.

GK Jake Moscato makes a save on Connor Reagan

GK Jake Moscato makes a save on Connor Reagan

BA’s next game will be on October 2nd (4PM) at Phillips Andover.

The Wolverines will get a second opportunity versus the Bowdoin JV’s at Brunswick on October 9th.

A foursome of planes with pontoons on flew over during the first half.  Maybe they were part of the Homecoming celebration?

Nico Kaiafas of Bridgton Academy got a yellow card in the first half for a hard hit along the sidelines.

The foliage around Bridgton Academy is remarkable.

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Brendan Civale fouls Connor Reagan

Brendan Civale fouls Connor Reagan

Cameron deWet

Cameron deWet

Brian Wheeler fires a shot

Brian Wheeler fires a shot

Qais Sidiqi

Qais Sidiqi

Matt Friedland gets a direct kick

Matt Friedland gets a direct kick

eyeing a corner kick

eyeing a corner kick

Sam Park (#7) looks for an opening

Sam Park (#7) looks for an opening

Matt Friedland (scored first Bowdoin goal)

Matt Friedland (scored first Bowdoin goal)

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Bridgton Academy gets by Southern Maine CC 4-2 in soccer opener

Connor Reagan (2 goals) eludes defender Zach Napsey in the first half

Connor Reagan (2 goals) eludes defender Zach Napsey in the first half

Sam Anderson battles Jacob Smith

Sam Anderson battles Jacob Smith

(North Bridgton ME) A strong first half sent Bridgton Academy past Southern Maine Community College, 4-2, on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon.

BA built up a three-goal lead in the first half but SMCC (1-1) rallied to get within two goals on a successful penalty kick seven minutes into the second half.  A gift goal by Eric Miller restored the 3-goal advantage for Bridgton with 14 ½ minutes left.

The home-team Wolverines (1-0) put plenty of pressure on the visiting Seawolves in the first half.  Former Gorham HS star Connor Reagan (two goals) was the player who gave SMCC the most trouble.

Connor had BA’s first two goals.  On both of them he was on the weak-side away from action.  On his first score he cashed a cross from Sam Anderson with a header (38:57) that SMCC goalie (Josh McDuffie) had no chance on.  On the second goal, a shot from one side was mishandled in front by Zach Napsey and Connor was there to drive home the loose ball.

Pat Gass scored the third BA goal

Pat Gass scored the third BA goal

Pat Gass (13:15) broke in from the left on a pass from Nico Kaiafas and BA had a 3-0 lead at halftime.

SMCC played a much better second half.  They had won their opener, 2-1, in overtime at Dean College in Franklin MA on August 31st.

Kyle Stiefken (two goals) put the Seawolves on the board early in the second half.  Nicholas Oram was tripped and SMCC was awarded a penalty kick.  Kyle beat BA goalkeeper Colin Ford to his left.

Nicholas Oram hit the BA crossbar five minutes later.

This game got out of reach for SMCC at 14:31.  A shot came in from GK Dan Couverette’s left.  He decided to kick it instead of catching it but missed the kick entirely and the ball slide over to onrushing Eric Miller.  Eric had the entire net to shoot at and delivered the 4th BA score.

Kyle Stiefken scored two second-half goals for SMCC

Kyle Stiefken scored two second-half goals for SMCC

Four minutes later SMCC had a second tally as Kyle Stiefken avoided two defenders on the left to get a clean look and a resulting goal.

SMCC would score an apparent goal (Colin Lush) in the final seconds but an offsides nullified it.

Bridgton Academy’s next game is Saturday at Dean College in Franklin MA.

SMCC will play at Hampshire College on the same day.

BA will play eight games in a row on the road before getting a home game on September 27th.

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shot at my camera

shot at my camera

Zach Napsey set to clear

Zach Napsey set to clear

Nick Nugent

Nick Nugent

GK Josh McDuffie leaps to save

GK Josh McDuffie leaps to save

Dmitri Roumeliotis set to corner kick

Dmitri Roumeliotis set to corner kick

Colin Lush (20) heads home a goal in the final seconds that was disallowed.

Colin Lush (20) heads home a goal in the final seconds that was disallowed.

Nico Kaiafas gets a great setup from Connor Reagan

Nico Kaiafas gets a great setup from Connor Reagan

Eric Miller gets a wide open shot for 4th BA goal

Eric Miller gets a wide open shot for 4th BA goal

Dan Couverette gets control

Dan Couverette gets control

Connor Reagan

Connor Reagan

loose ball

loose ball

Layne Kearney-Graffam chases Nico Kaiafas

Layne Kearney-Graffam chases Nico Kaiafas

Pat Gass congratulated by Brian Wheeler

Pat Gass congratulated by Brian Wheeler

SMCC goalie Josh McDuffie

SMCC goalie Josh McDuffie

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Nadjee Harrigan Enjoying Bridgton Academy

Is there life after high school? 

Georgetown High graduate (2008) Nadjee Harrigan pictured here is finding out at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine.  He is spending the 2008-09 school year at the post-graduate academy. 

I interviewed him recently about life there and he said that after several months on campus he is pleased with the way things are going both academically and athletically.

Nadjee began high school in Lawrence but switched to Georgetown for three years on the school choice program.  “Georgetown is a smaller school and it’s close knit,” he explained.  The teachers know the students better and there’s help available after school.”

Nadjee starred in football, indoor track, and lacrosse for the Royals and was a Cape Ann League All-Star for them and part of a 4×4 relay team that broke the CAL indoor league record.

Nadjee credits GHS guidance counselor Donna Scott with alerting him to Bridgton Academy.  “I was uncertain about college and she suggested going to a prep school.  She received packets from BA and gave them to me.  After visiting here (Bridgton Academy) I knew it was a good fit for me.”

Academically, the approach has been different from high school.  “Many of the class assignments here are long term but there are a lot of quizzes and assignments along the way so I can’t procrastinate.”  Nadjee added that a school subject that hadn’t been a favorite in high school (history) had become his favorite because of the presentation at BA.

Athletically, Nadjee is currently part of the Wolverine football team.

“Nadjee has done a nice job for us, “explained BA football coach Rick Marcella.  “He’s different from most of our players because he told us up front that he has no plan to play football in college.  Almost everyone else on the team does.  He told me that he just wanted to help the team and he has as a wide receiver.”

The talents of the athletes around him at BA have impressed the, 5’7”-160 pound, Nadjee.  “Everyone here has some sort of all-star athletic past.  You have to prove what you can do here and that has made me work hard.”

Nadjee is not only on the football team but also is practicing with the lacrosse team. (Lacrosse is played in the spring but practiced year round.)  “I practice with the lacrosse team on Mondays and Wednesdays before football practice.  I do the skill work with them but not the running.”

Lacrosse concentration will start when the football season ends.  “I will be taking part in showcases where other colleges can see what I can do and get to know me.”  Nadjee would like to end up playing lacrosse for a major college in either North Carolina or South Carolina.

Nadjee expects to major in journalism in college and would like to write sports or cover sports on radio or television when college is over. 

He has won awards for his writing already and did an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at Regis College.

“I still have a lot of contact with friends at GHS,” said Nadjee.  “I went home and saw the football team (his brother Tyran is a two-way starter) defeat Murdock.”

Currently, he covers football on the BA athletic website.  Check it out.

(Appeared in the Nov5-Nov11 issue of The Town Common)

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