Boys win, girls second at home cross country meet
The cross country team hosted their one and only home meet of the season Friday, September 18, and they took full advantage of the opportunity to run on familiar trails, racing to a first place finish for the boys and runner-up honors for the girls at the six-team meet.
Seniors Gabe Piquette and Cooper Nelson led the boys, running away from the competition to take first and second place, respectively. Piquette used a strong finishing kick over the last 200 meters to take the win in 19:12. Nelson ran 19:30. The one-two punch of Piquette and Nelson with strong efforts from 7th-place Liam Casey (20:28), 14th-place Nicholas Daneman (21:34), and 20th-place Hunter Giacomuzzi (22:26) was enough to overcome the depth of Lee Academy for the win 42-44.
In the girls race, Foxcroft and John Bapst were responsible for nine of the top ten finishers. Neither team backed away from the two-team duel, but Bapst’s five runners in the top ten ultimately edged Foxcroft’s four, and the Crusaders took the win 25-37 over the Ponies. Foxcroft’s second place finish was their best in years, and they were led once again by Senior Jen Clawson, who ran the 5k course in 22:48. Jenna Clukey placed 5th in 25:29, Alice Russo was 6th in 26:02, and Erika Chadbourne raced to a 9th-place finish in 27:26 for the Ponies.
“The team ran with a lot of confidence today,” said Coach Pearsall. “We spent a lot of time on the course this week, and it showed. The team was prepared with a race strategy, and we knew that if we ran smart and strong, we could make runs at the team titles, which we did. It’s been a very long time since the team placed first and second.”
The Old Town Sectional is next for Foxcroft on Saturday, September 26, at 1:00 pm.
Click here to see more of Ali Desmarais and Ida Guo’s great photos from the home meet. (More pictures coming soon.)
Football wins 20-6, holds Waterville to 91 total yards of offense
Friday, September 18, Foxcroft Football faced Waterville in a revenge game against the team that ousted them in the Eastern Maine Class C semifinal round of last year’s playoffs.
The Ponies got the better of the Panthers this time, winning 20-6 at Oakes Field.
Nick Clawson capped the Ponies’ opening drive with a 11-yard scramble to the end zone. Nate Church converted the extra point, and Foxcroft took a 7-0 lead.
The lead held for the remainder of the half and deep into the third quarter as the Pony defense shut down the Panther offense. This is partly attributable to the return of Billy Brock to middle linebacker. Brock, who missed the previous two games with a broken arm, came back with a vengeance and led Foxcroft with 12 tackles. Billy’s brother Brandon was also a force on defense, recording 7 tackles and two sacks. James Smith also added 7 tackles for the Ponies.
The Panthers answered in the fourth quarter but missed the point after attempt, resulting in a 7-6 Pony advantage.
The Ponies then fumbled on their next possession but did not allow the Panthers to score off the miscue, forcing them to turnover on downs. With just an one-point buffer, the Ponies looked to score and moved the ball well on their next possession but stalled in the red zone, as Freshman Hyatt Smith missed a potential touchdown-scoring fourth-down heave form Nick Clawson.
Smith made up for it on the very next play, intercepting a Panther quarterback’s pass attempt and returning it to the house for a Pony Touchdown. Nate Church nailed the extra point for a 14-6 Pony lead.
The Pony defense then stifled the Panther offense, which they limited to only 91 total yards of offense, and Zac Caron added a 43-yard touchdown run to seal the game.
Foxcroft Football’s next test will be Friday in Old Town at 6 pm.
Boys soccer outscores rivals 20-3, remains undefeated
It was a week of rivalry games for the boys soccer team that entered the week undefeated.
Their first test came on Tuesday, September 15, as the Ponies took on their route-7 rivals, Dexter. The Ponies ran away with the game, receiving two riveting goals from Blake Arno, a beautiful touch into the net from Kevin Kim, a captivating goal from Josh Reed, an bewitching blast into the back of the net from Tino Ayala, a dazzling score from Dylan Harmon-Weeks, a handsome tally from Tobias Hogfeldt, a electrifying point from Nate Church, a magical score from Paul Birtwistle, a stellar strike from Levi Stedman, and a majestic goal from Cooper Nelson for a 11-2 victory.
Next for the Ponies, on Thursday, September 17, was a showdown with neighboring PCHS. After a rough start that saw the Ponies fall behind 0-1, the Ponies bounced back to take a 2-1 lead at half. After half, the Ponies exploded for 7 second-half points and a 9-1 win over the Pirates. Tobias Hogfeldt contributed a stunning hat trick, and Chandler Rockwell and Nate Church had two spectacular goals apiece. Dylan Harmon-Weeks and Harry Gong added a sizzling score and glamorous goal, respectively.
I am proud of the team and how they approached the week,” said Coach Ayala. “They continued to work hard at practice and did not take their opponents lightly. This coming week will determine our season and where we will stand in Class B come playoffs.”
Foxcroft will face 5th-ranked Presque Isle at home on Tuesday and will travel to Ellsworth to take on the top-ranked Eagles on Thursday.
Field hockey wins three more, sits atop Class B North
The Foxcroft field hockey team is now 7-0 after tallying three wins last week. FA opened the week at home against Hermon and ran away with a 5-1 victory. Madison Fadley led the way for the Ponies with two scores. Becca Anderson, Emily Curtis, and Alli Bourget also added goals.
The Ponies then travelled to Millinocket for a showdown with Stearns High School. Foxcroft left with a 4-0 victory, thanks once again to a balanced attack that saw four different scorers and four different assisters. Fadley got the scoring started off of an assist from Kenzie Beaudry, and Mariah Poulin, Alli Bourget, and Kylie Dow also contributed scores. Alli Bourget, Fadley, and Poulin also registered assists.
Foxcroft closed the week at home against Mattanawcook in similar fashion. Curtis scored the only first-half goal off of an Alli Bourget assist, and Beaudry, Alli Bourget, and Fadley added second-half goals to take a 4-1 win.
“I was happy to get through a three game week successfully,” said Coach Smith. “All three games were similar in that each game it took us a while to get a point on the board, but once we did, we were able to back it up with a few more. We are half way through our season and need to continue to learn, improve, and grow as an unit each game.”
The Ponies will be on the road this week, facing off against PCHS in Guilford on Wednesday and against John Bapst in Bangor on Friday.
Golf team plays last home match
The golf team faced MDI and Ellsworth twice last week, once at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor and once at home at the Foxcroft Golf Club. Foxcroft split both matches, beating Ellsworth twice and falling to undefeated MDI two times. Akira Tanabe led the Ponies in both matches, shooting a 48 at Kebo Valley Golf Club and a 46 at home.
The September 18 match at Foxcroft Golf Club was the last home match for seniors Racquel Bozzelli and Michael Wang, who were both four-year members of the Pony Golf Team.
“Both Racquel Bozzelli and Michael Wang will be missed,” said Coach Caruso. “Racquel has been a leader on the team and a qualifier for the State Individual Girls’ Golf Championship. She has been the Captain of the 2015 team, and whenever something needed to be done, I always knew I could count on Racquel. Michael has shown steady improvement over the time he has spent with the team, and he has been a key member of the top 5 this season.”
As fall weather sets in, the Foxcroft golf team has transitioned from polos to jackets. Thanks to the generosity of Walter Lougee, the team still looks like a team in the pullovers he graciously donated. A highlight of the home match was Walter Lougee’s presence, and the team took the opportunity to grab the photo above with Mr. Lougee and his wife Linda, both generous benefactors of the golf team and Academy.
The golf team is now 6-5 and will play their next two matches on the road at Hermon on Monday and Bucksport on Friday.