As the mid-point of the 2017 fall sports season approaches, most of the YHS teams are enjoying winning records. Here is a run-down:
Boys Soccer – The team is off to a great start in quest of its 4th consecutive Class B Championship. With a record of 6-0, they have outscored their opponents by a 34-5 margin. Their 7-0 victory over Poland on Tuesday gave Coach Mike Hagerty his 250th victory as YHS coach.
Girls Soccer – The girls are keeping up with the boys as they seek to defend their 2016 State Championship. They have outscored their opponents 41-2 while compiling a 7-0 record. Senior captain Sara D’Appolonia scored seven goals in one game, four in another.
Football – The team has lost its first three games. Already young and small, injuries to several of the older, bigger players have hurt their performance.
Field Hockey – The team sports a 6-1 record, only losing to York, a team which has won over 50 consecutive games. The girls will face a new challenge, however, as Coach Amy Ashley has just left YHS to become the Athletic Director at Cheverus, where she worked for eight years before coming to Yarmouth. In addition to field hockey, Amy coached softball, raising both programs to new heights. She also worked as the administrative assistant to Athletic Director Susan Robbins. She will be missed, but we all wish her well in her new position at Cheverus.
Volleyball – Despite losing four key players from the 2016 team, the 2017 version is doing very well, with a 5-1 record at this time, only losing to Cape Elizabeth. Coach Jim Senecal has developed a strong program, this year led by the Bennett sisters, Skylar ’19 and Kaitlyn ’21,
Golf – Coach Brad Youngs has a relatively young, inexperienced team. Despite this, they have a record of 5-3 at this point.
Cross Country – Both the boys and the girls are doing well. Led by Luke Laverdiere ’18, the boys have won two meets, and placed fifth in the Southern Maine XC Classic on September 9, an event in which twenty-two teams participated. Laverdiere won that race, as well as the two WMC meets. The girls, led by a trio of seniors, Anneka Murrin, Sophia Laukli, and Greta Elder, placed third in the Southern Maine XC Classic, and have also won their first two WMC meets. Of course, the biggest news on the cross country front is that Bob Morse has retired after 40+ years as coach of the Clipper teams. YHS track coach John Rogers has replaced him.