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CLASS A

SchoolCoachLast YearPlayers to Watch
Biddeford/Massabesic/Old OrchardJason Tremblay, fourth year15-7, lost in Class A state finalTrevor Ouellette, junior, forward; Kurtis Morin, senior, defenseman; Gavin Sperlich, sophomore, goalieDespite losing Varsity Maine Player of the Year Nick McSorley to prep school, the Tigers are excited about their new co-op arrangement with Massabesic and Old Orchard Beach, which adds to the program's depth. Another deep playoff run wouldn't be a surprise.
FalmouthDeron Barton, ninth year4-14 (A South)Sam Kidder, junior, goalie; Owen Drummey, junior, forward; Tyler Baker, senior, forwardThe Yachtsmen are going off a rare down season but figure to jump right back into contention with a young but deep roster, headed by Drummey, who scored 15 goals last season, and Kidder, a highly regarded goalie.
Lake Region/Fryeburg/Oxford HillsDavid Lepage, 14th year4-14 (A South)Bobby LeBlanc, senior, goalie; Ed Thurston, junior, forward; Cam Lepage, senior, defensemanThe Ice Cats have a large freshman class and more players than usual, so Lepage foresees better balance and depth.
Marshwood/Traip/Sanford/NobleEric Royal, 16th year5-13 (A South)Eli Janetos, senior, center; Anthony Newton, sophomore, center; Braden Butler, sophomore, forwardThe KnightHawks lost their two primary scoring threats to graduation, so Royal says the team will need to focus on defensive responsibilities in order to be successful.
Portland/DeeringJeff Beaney, fifth year10-11, lost in Class A South finalMiki Silva, senior, forward/defenseman; Max Cheever, junior, defenseman; Whit Steele, senior, forwardThe Bulldogs are rebuilding after reaching the regional final last season. "There's gonna be a learning curve," said Beaney. "We have some good returnees, but a lot of players have to take that next step up."
ScarboroughJake Brown, third year10-8-1, lost in Class A South quarterfinalNolan Matthews, senior, forward; Ethan Jasa, senior, defense; Caleb Sellinger, senior, goalieThe Red Storm return eight of their top nine forwards, four of their top five defensemen and both goalies, so they might be the most experienced team in the state. Matthews is coming off a 14-goal season.
South Portland/Waynflete/FreeportJoe Robinson, 13th year11-9, lost in Class A South semifinalsGus Lappin, senior, forward; Deven Hanan, senior, forward; Liam McGibbon, senior, goalieRobinson says his team has skill and experience and forward but is very young on defense. Lappin and Hanan were both double-digit goal scorers last year.
Thornton AcademyMichael Roux, third year11-8, lost in Class A South semifinalSawyer Wirsing, senior, forward; Liam Nash, senior, forward; Chris Balzano, senior, defenseRoux has a challenging rebuilding task after the graduation of 12 seniors. Wirsing, the team's second-leading scorer last year, and Nash should spearhead the offense.
Windham/Westbrook/Bonny EagleGreg Leclair, eighth year4-14 (A North)Holden Anderson, junior, forward; Chris Westgate, junior, forward; Tommy DuPont, senior, forwardThe addition of players from Bonny Eagle has provided depth to a program that has struggled with numbers. The team is young on defense and in goal, so consistent scoring will be crucial.