Monday, December 9, 2013
Some notes from around the area in the last week:
• Skowhegan coach Paula Doughty mentioned recently how much assistant coach Tammy Veinotte has meant to the program. I went through the records, and since Veinotte became an official assistant coach in 2004, the Indians have a record of 129-5.
“Tammy and I, I think, are a great team,” Doughty said. “We both work with everybody. She’s just an incredible assistant coach. She doesn’t get enough attention.”
• Winslow star center midfielder Allison LeClair has been out since Sept. 10 with a concussion. LeClair suffered the concussion in that game against Nokomis, but played the rest of the way. Coach Mary Beth Bourgoin said earlier this week that LeClair could play as soon as tomorrow against Erskine.
• Maybe it’s all the trees, but Manson Park in Pittsfield was infested by bugs when I went there this week. The referees and scorekeepers were complaining, and Maine Central Institute goalie Sarah Bennett was frantically looking for bug spray at halftime. Just keep this in mind if you go to a game there.
• Nick Richardson, a student, is almost like an assistant coach for Maranacook. He certainly has the pedigree, as his father, Randy, coached at Kents Hill for 10 years and his older sister Meg plays at Smith. During Thursday’s game, Nick told the Oak Hill coaches that he played in South Africa this spring and “the rule was literally, no blood, no foul.”
• I don’t think anyone expected Mt. View (7-2-0) and Gardiner (5-1-2) to be playing as well as they are now. Combined, those two teams lost 22 seniors to graduation and are doing well with mostly new players.
The Eastern B playoffs are going to be a lot of fun. Right now, all of the top eight teams are 6-2 or better. John Bapst is 6-1 and has outscored its opponents, 39-4 — and the Crusaders are the No. 7 seed! However the matchups eventually shake out, they’re going to be great to watch.
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.