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Sports Digest: Leavitt's Noah Carpenter Wins Gatorade Football Award

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HIGH SCHOOLS

Leavitt junior Noah Carpenter, who led the Hornets to the Class C state title, was named Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year on Friday.

Carpenter, a quarterback / solid safety / punter / kicker, rushed for 1,174 yards and 22 touchdowns on 108 carries. He also completed 119 of 190 passes for 2,006 yards and 27 touchdowns, converted 10 of 13 after kicks, ran or passed for 17 2-point conversions, and made 77 tackles on defense. He was also named Maine College Football Player of the Year.

Recent Gatorade Award winners from Maine include Eli Soehren of Oxford Hills (2021), Wyatt Hathaway of Leavitt (2020), Zach Maturo of Bonny Eagle (2019), Anthony Bracamonte of Thornton Academy (2018) and Owen Garrard of Scarborough ( 2017).

BOYS BASKETBALL: Kory Donlin scored 27 points and Medomak Valley (6-1) rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Lincoln Academy (5-2) 64-58 at Newcastle.

Gabe Lash added 18 points for the Panthers, who outscored the Eagles 25-14 in the fourth.

Drew Hunt had 20 points and Tucker Stiles added 16 for Lincoln Academy.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Addison McCormick scored 21 points and Medomak Valley (4-3) started each half fast en route to a 54-33 win over Lincoln Academy (2-5) in Waldoboro.

Kytana Williamson finished with 10 points for Medomak Valley, which led 16-8 after one quarter and 46-23 after three after a 21-6 run in the third.

Mariam DeLisle had 10 points for the Eagles.

SKI

CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Mt. Blue High graduate Emma Charles won the junior women’s national title in the classic sprint at the U.S. Cross-Country Skiing Championships Wednesday in Houghton, Michigan.

Charles’ winning time of 3 minutes, 42.67 seconds in the six-man final was nearly four seconds faster than runner-up Greta Hansen of the Minneapolis Ski Club.

Charles, a Farmington native and Mt. Blue graduate in June, finished third in her semifinal, the top three of which advanced to the final. Earlier, she had taken second place in her quarter-final.

Junior divisions at national championships are for U20 and U18 skiers.

BASKETBALL

NBA G LEAU: Mfiondu Kabengele had his fourth double-double in five regular season games and the Maine Celtics beat the Motor City Cruise for the second night in a row, winning 112-106 at the Portland Expo.

Kabengele had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics. Denzel Valentine added 20 points and eight assists for Maine (5-0). Marial Shayok had 20 points, while JD Davison had 11 points and seven assists.

Stanley Umude scored 21 points, while Devontae Cook and Jared Rhoden each had 16 for Motor City (1-4). Keifer Sykes had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

HOCKEY

ECHL: Mitchell Fossier scored in overtime as the Maine Mariners rallied to beat the Adirondack Thunder 5-4 at Cross Insurance Arena.

Maine trailed 4-2 in the third period after a goal by Brandon Schultz of the Adirondacks. Tyler Hinam got Maine within one and Alex Kile tied with 56 seconds left in regulation.

Shane Harper gave Adirondack a 1-0 lead in Game 1 before Maine responded with goals from Alex Kile and Nate Kallen. Adirondack regained the lead with second-period goals by Patrick Grasso and Travis Broughman.

GOLF

PGA TOUR: A nagging back injury in the Bahamas has become something more mysterious for Xander Schauffele, who has pulled out of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and plans to have an MRI to see what’s wrong.

Schauffele, the world No. 6 player and three-time winner last year on the PGA Tour, felt he couldn’t swing at full speed and stopped on the par-5 ninth hole.

TENNIS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a right leg injury.

The 19-year-old Spaniard wrote on social media that he injured himself “by a fortuitous and unnatural movement in training”.

The first Grand Slam tournament of the year begins on January 16 at Melbourne Park. The draw is next Thursday.

Obituary: Dick Savitt, who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 1951 shortly before quitting a tennis career aged 25, has died. He was 95 years old.

Savitt’s son, Bob, said the 1976 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame died Friday at his New York home.

DAVIS CUP: Mardy Fish is out as captain of the USA Davis Cup team after the American Tennis Association said the two sides “mutually agreed to move in a new direction”.

The USTA announced the change as part of a press release that began by listing the U.S. roster for a qualifier in Uzbekistan on Feb. 3-4. Those players are doubles specialist Rajeev Ram, Tommy Paul, Jenson Brooksby, Mackenzie McDonald and Austin Krajicek.

SOCCER

FA CUP: Marcus Rashford scored his fifth goal in as many games after setting up two more to help Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 and reach the FA Cup fourth round.

Rashford set up Antony’s opener and saw a second-half cross turned into his own net by Conor Coady, Everton’s equalizer.

PRICE: Forward Sophia Smith was named American Soccer Player of the Year after leading the national team with 11 goals and starting in a team-high 17 games.

Smith, 22, is the youngest player to win the award since Mia Hamm won it, also at 22, in 1994. Smith is also the youngest player to lead the United States in scoring since Hamm won it. scored 10 goals in 1993.


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