…Orono sweeps small-school titles – Bangor Daily News

Competitors in the Penobscot Valley Conference girls cross country championships spring off the starting line during Saturday’s meet in Bucksport. (Ernie Clark photo)

 BUCKSPORT — Life as a cross country runner at Mount Desert Island High School has not been without its challenges for Caroline Driscoll despite her contributions to the Trojans’ recent run of three consecutive Class B state championships.

“She’s one of those runners who had a horrible sophomore year, barely made varsity and mentally and physically was just stuck in a spot,” said MDI coach Desiree Sirois.

But now Driscoll is a senior, and seemingly poised for a strong finish to her high school career in the sport after outlasting talented Orono sophomore Hannah Steelman to win the Penobscot Valley Conference girls’ individual championship Saturday at Bucksport High School.

Caroline Driscoll of Mount Desert Island pours it on as she approaches the finish line to edge Hannah Steelman of Orono during Saturday’s PVC small-school cross country championship in Bucksport.

Driscoll was timed in 19 minutes, 54.51 seconds over a course many competitors felt was slightly longer than the listed 3.1 miles.

That was 4.24 seconds ahead of Steelman, who earlier this month finished second overall among 693 schoolgirl finishers at the prestigious Festival of Champions in Belfast.

“Today (Driscoll) said she was feeling pretty bad, and a lot of times in cases like that athletes have a choice in any sport. They can say, ‘Oh, this is a rough patch that defines me,’ or ‘Oh, this is a rough patch that can make me feel better,’ and she chose (the latter) and I think that’s very honorable.”

Driscoll led five MDI runners who placed among the top 12 finishers overall as the Trojan girls joined the Caribou boys as winners of the conference’s large-school championships.

Orono swept the small-school titles — with the Red Riots’ girls squad winning for the sixth consecutive year while the boys team made it three in a row — and sophomore John Hassett of George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill won the boys’ individual title.

The MDI girls finished with 19 points in the separately scored large-school meet, as Waylon Henggeler (fifth), Lydia Dacorte (seventh), Sakura Sunagawa (10th) and Emma Strong (12th) helped Driscoll pace the Trojans to their fourth straight PVC large-school crown.

MDI was followed by Caribou (51), Ellsworth (96), John Bapst of Bangor (101) and Presque Isle (138) as the top five teams among the eight participating large schools

Steelman led five Orono girls among the top 13 finishers overall, with Kassidy Dill (sixth), Lily Koffman (eighth), Liza Gallandt (11th) and Olivia Fandel (13th) adding to the depth of the reigning Class C state champions.

The Red Riots finished with 21 points, followed by George Stevens (43), Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln (76) and Lee Academy 95.

“We knew the competition was going to be really tough and we just wanted to come and run the best race we could, run a team race,” said Koffman, a senior. “We’re preparing for the two weeks to come (regionals and states), but every race we see as an opportunity to keep getting ready and coach (Lin) White tells us how we’re going to use each race to our advantage,”

The only non-MDI or Orono finishers among the top 10 were Tia Tardy of Mattanawcook (fourth), Haley Lawrence of Ellsworth (fifth) and Eliza Broughton of GSA (ninth).

Caribou used a strong pack-running approach to win the boys large-school crown, with the top six Vikings all finishing within 21.65 seconds of each other between eighth and 17th places overall.

Chathu Karunasiri led the Caribou contingent in eighth, followed by Elijah Verhoff (ninth) and Mitchell St. Peter, Caleb Hunter and Daniel Randolph in the Nos. 13-15 places — and teammate Lukas Lagasse was less than two seconds behind Randolph.

“We all ran as a pack. We stayed together, fed off each other and gave each other the encouragement we needed,” said St. Peter. “It wasn’t exactly a pack; it was like a straight line but we could all see each other.”

Coach Roy Alden’s club finished with 39 points, nine better than runner-up MDI in the boys large-school ranks. Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft was third with 107 points, with Old Town (118) and John Bapst (132) completing the top five.

Orono scored 26 points to edge GSA (32) for the small-school title, with Lee (77) and Central of Corinth (91) next.

Orono was paced by the 3-4 finishes of Tristan Butterfield and Matt Keresey, while Hassett took control a half-mile into the boys race to win in 17:15.07.

“I knew I just wanted to get ahead of everyone, just go out hard and then hopefully I wouldn’t see anyone,” said Hassett, whose teammate Devlin Valle turned in a seventh-place finish.

Hermon senior Josh Zapsky finished second in the boys race in 18:01.06. Others among the top 10 were fifth-place Ralph Mangani of MDI, Jason Bartley of Presque Isle (sixth) and Cooper Nelson of Foxcroft (10th).

Sports results, October 17 & 18 – Bangor Daily News

Orono 18 at MCI 46

Oct. 18, 2014, at 8:48 p.m.

At Pittsfield on Friday night, Alex Bertrand, Eli Bussell, and Willie Moss all rushed for over 100 yards en route to the Huskies improving to 7-0.

Bertrand had three rushing touchdowns, Bussell had two, and Greg Vigue rushed for one and passed for one to Austin Tolman.

For the Red Riots, Keenan Collett had a rushing touchdown to open the scoring in the game followed by a Jackson Coutts to Connor McCluskey pass to put the Riots up 12-0.  Coutts added a touchdown pass to Collett in the second half to round out the scoring for Orono, now 4-3.


Orono 1 at Houlton 1

Oct. 18, 2014, at 9 p.m.
On Senior Day in Houlton, the No. 1-ranked Shiretowners and the No. 2 Orono Red Riots battled to a hard fought 1-1 tie.

After a scoreless first half in which Orono outshot Houlton 12-6, the Red Riots’ Becky Lopez-Anido scored what appeared to be the winning goal off a Diana Tyutyunnyk through ball up the middle with only 3:43 left in the game. But Houlton senior, Emily Mooers scored the equalizing goal on a Claire Gilpatrick assist with just 1:07 remaining in regulation.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in overtime.

Houlton goalkeeper Katie Condon stopped 14 of 20 Orono shots. Kaitlin Richards made 11 saves on 13 Houlton shots.

Houlton wraps up the regular season at 12-0-2. Orono moves to 10-1-2.


Orono 1 at Houlton 0

Oct. 18, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.

At Houlton, Kam Stockley’s goal at 6:55 of the first half gave the Red Riots the winning edge.

Goalkeeper Alik Espling made 3 saves on 4 shots for Orono (11-2) and A.J. Henderson made 13 saves on 20 shots for Houlton (3-8-2).


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Bucksport – PVC Championship Meet

PVC Championship Meet – Girls: JVSmall SchoolLarge SchoolCombined; Boys: JVSmall SchoolLarge SchoolCombined

GIRLS, Small School

1 Orono High School            21    1    3    4    6    7   16   20
Total Time:  1:45:22.75
Average:    21:04.55


BOYS, Small School

1 Orono High School            26    2    3    6    7    8    9   21
Total Time:  1:34:36.01
Average:    18:55.21

Orono girls soccer defeats Dexter on Seniors Day – Bangor Daily News

Posted Oct. 15, 2014, at 8:20 p.m.

ORONO, Maine —- It was Seniors Day at Orono High School on Wednesday and midfielder Diana Tyutyunnyk made her last regular-season appearance on her home field a memorable one.

The striker scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and sophomore striker Becky Lopez-Anido notched the other two goals as well as an assist to lead the Red Riots to a 4-0 schoolgirl soccer victory over Dexter.

It was Orono’s seventh straight win as the Red Riots improved to 10-1-1.

Dexter had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-4.

All four Orono goals came during the final 19:16 of the first half beginning with Tyutyunnyk’s first one.

Giorgia Calcagno, who had just entered the game, tried to cross the ball from the left wing but a Dexter defender got her leg on it and it popped in the air.

“I was able to control it (when it landed) and I passed it into the corner,” said Tyutyunnyk, who slotted it with her right foot to the left of goalkeeper Tasha Pratt from eight yards out.

Lopez-Anido expanded the lead 4:45 later off a pass from midfielder Brinsley Chasse.

Lopez-Anido received the ball in the left of the penalty area and was locked in a one-on-one battle with a Tiger defender.

“I tried to fake her out and I was able to just turn around and get a shot on goal,” said Lopez-Anido, who had her back to the goal before spinning around and rifling a 10-yard shot under the crossbar.

Orono High School Orono High School’s Brinsley Chasse (right) and Dexter High School’s Christine May battle for the ball during the first half in Orono on Wednesday.

“I looked up but I didn’t even have a second to decide (what I was going to do),” added Lopez-Anido, who credited Chasse for making it possible with her pass.

“This is stuff we we have been working on in practice and it really paid off,” she said.

Lopez-Anido became the provider for Tyutyunnyk’s next goal with a perfectly placed through ball that enabled Tyutyunnyk to burst past a pair of defenders and steer the ball past the helpless Pratt with her right foot. That came with 1:45 left.

“It was a heckuva pass,” said Tyutyunnyk.

Chasse picked up her second assist with 16.9 seconds remaining when she threaded the needle to send Lopez-Anido in on Pratt and Lopez-Anido directed the ball into the net.

“That was an amazing pass,” said Lopez-Anido.

Dexter played well early but the influential Chasse used her quickness and skill to trigger the attack and the Tigers couldn’t contain Tyutyunnyk and Lopez-Anido.

“Their front line is tough. (Tyutyunnyk and Lopez-Anido) are both very skilled players. They’re very tough to play against,” said standout Dexter senior sweeper Christine May.

Orono High School Orono High School’s Becky Lopez Anido (right) kicks the ball between Dexter High School’s goalkeeper Tasha Pratt (left) and Christine May to score the team’s fourth goal during the first half in Orono on Wednesday.

“Diana and Becky work well together,” said Orono coach Cid Dyjak. “They can be strikers or midfielders and they have enough quickness to be dangerous. And Brinsley played very well. She’s a good player. She’s very composed.”

The hardworking Tigers never gave up and pressed for a goal in the second half but couldn’t put the ball behind sophomore goalie Kaitlin Richards.

Richards finished with two saves on 16 shots.

Senior striker Michaela White was Dexter’s top scoring threat and Pratt wound up with six saves on 28 shots.

Dexter coach Jody Grant said Tyutyunnyk’s game-opening goal proved to be pivotal.

“(After that goal), we couldn’t sustain the concentration level you need to play a team like that. They’re going to take advantage of mistakes and we made too many in that little stretch right there,” said Grant. “We had some chances to score but we’ve got to be hungrier around the net.”

Lopez-Anido said the Riots started slow “but then we picked it up, worked together and strung some passes together. It was really nice.”

Dyjak said senior Bella DeSisto and junior Jordan Hernandez were stout in the back. The other Orono seniors were midfielders Ali Gonyar and Wunderly Rote and injured goalie Vicki Goodwin.

Sports results, October 14 – Bangor Daily News

Dexter 0 at Orono 7

Oct. 14, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
At Orono, Nate DeSisto scored four goals to lead 10-2 Orono past Dexter.

Maxime Neitschke, Kam Stockley, and Frederik Linden Fredrik each scored a goal.

Alik Espling made seven saves for Orono and Aaron Perkins had 10 stops for 0-12-1 Dexter.


Orono 2 at Stearns 3
Oct. 14, 2014, at 7 p.m.

At Millinocket, Cassidy McLeod scored two goals to propel Stearns to victory against Orono.

Jessicca Girsa chipped in a goal and an assist while Isabella Gomez assisted both McLeod goals.

Katie Walker and Mariel Hinfelaar each scored for the Red Riots, both assisted by Holly Lebreg.

JV: 0-0

For two weekends in October, Orono High celebrated talented students past and present

 Young Americans Turn up the Music October 9-11

IMG_3485The Young Americans invaded Orono this past weekend with their incredible talent and infectious energy. The Young Americans are a singing and dancing troupe made up of 50 18-25 year-olds based in Corona, California.  They tour the world spreading their love of the performing arts.  This year they brought 49 Young Americans to Orono two of whom are local graduates–Rachel Caron from Brewer High School and Mackey Leal from Nokomis High School.

Over 120 Orono third through twelfth graders participated in the three-day workshop that taught students a 45 minute song and dance set featuring music through the decades.  The workshop culminated with a sold out public performance on Saturday night in the Orono High School gymnasium.  There were some stand out performances given by a number of Orono students!

The workshop was a huge success and could not have happened without the generous giving of time, space and energy of the Young American host families, OSCAr, Terrie Hennessey, Mary Bird, the Orono faculty, staff and administration, and Bob and Sally Sinclair.


Orono Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
October 3, 2014

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ORONO, Maine — Five former standout student-athletes will become the newest members of the Orono High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night during halftime of the Red Riots’ homecoming football game against Stearns of Millinocket.

Joe Trefethen, Casey Cobb, Sonny LeClair, Diane LeClair Vinal and Jim Willard will become the seventh class inducted into the school’s hall.

JoeTrefethen (1985) was a four-time letterwinner and a two-time first-team All-LTC honoree in football who was instrumental in leading the Red Riots to a 9-0 regular season record and a state Class B runner-up finish in 1984.

Trefethen went on to compete in football and track at the University of Maine and was named UMaine’s 1986 Rookie of the Year.

Trefethen also starred in track and field at Orono and remains the school record holder in the shot put for indoor and outdoor track. He won state championships in that event five times and also was the 1985 state titlist in the 200-meter dash.

Trefethen now lives in Bow, New Hampshire, and is general Manager of Palmer Gas/Ermer Oil Company.

caseyCobb (1985) quarterbacked the Red Riots’ football team in 1983 and 1984, leading them to LTC North Division titles. He was named All-LTC and All-State in 1984.

Cobb captained both the basketball and baseball teams as a senior and was an All-PVC shortstop in 1984 and 1985.

He graduated among the top 10 in his class and also was a three-year class president as well as president of the National Honor Society chapter before going on to Harvard University where he was a two-year starter at second base.

Cobb went on to serve as running backs coach for the 1989 Yankee Conference-winning University of Maine football team. He later earned his doctorate from Arizona State University and currently is associate dean of the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. He resides in Mansfield, Connecticut.

LeClairLeClair (1980) was a four-year letter winner in football who anchored the offensive and defensive lines for three straight undefeated and state championship teams, including the 1979 squad that had six future Division I college team captains on the roster.

LeClair was a three-time All-LTC first-team selection.

He began throwing the shot put as a junior and became the first schoolboy thrower in Eastern Maine to eclipse the 50-foot mark. During his senior year, he also set the school record in the discus before going on to compete in the shot put, discus and hammer at the University of Maine.

LeClair later coached the throwers on the Orono track team for three years.

In the winter of his senior year, LeClair became what many believe to be the first male stunt leader for the basketball cheering squad, and he recruited other football players to assist the cheerleaders at basketball games.

LeClair now lives in Orrington and is owner of Quality Jewelers in Bangor and co-owner of the city’s Seasons sports bar and restaurant.

DianeLeclair Vinal (1983), Sonny LeClair’s sister, earned 11 letters in field hockey, indoor and outdoor track and also managed the girls basketball team for three years.

She remains the school record holder in the shot put, discus, and javelin and also is the Class C outdoor track state record holder in the shot put with a throw of 40-8 set in 1983 as well as the Penobscot Valley Conference record holder in the shot put and discus.

The Red Riots won state championships in both indoor and outdoor track during each of her four years at Orono.

LeClair went on to serve as Orono’s head coach for four years in indoor and outdoor track and later held assistant coaching positions at John Bapst High School and Hampden Academy.

She now lives in Orono and works at the Hilton Garden Inn as well as the United Methodist Church.

JamesWillard (1963) played football, basketball and tennis at Orono.

In football he played tackle for teams that won three straight Little Eight Conference titles. Willard was a team captain and all-conference first-team choice as a senior both as a tackle and as placekicker.

He played on three Eastern Maine championship basketball teams with two of those clubs winning state titles.

While tennis was not yet an established team sport during Willard’s time at Orono, he competed in the state singles tournament as a junior and senior and reached the semifinals each year.

Willard graduated from the University of Maine and eventually devoted his life to education, teaching in East Millinocket for 30 years as well as at Katahdin High School in Stacyville for 12 years. He also taught briefly in Quito, Ecuador

Sports results, October 10 – Bangor Daily News

Girls Soccer
Orono 5 at Penquis Valley 0

Oct. 10, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.

At Milo, Brimsley Chasse and Becky Lopez-Anido chipped in two goals apiece to lead Orono to victory.

Diana Tyutyunnk added one goal for the Red Riots.

Penquis goalie Jordan Durant made 14 saves on 19 shots. Orono’s Kaitlin Richards had 1 save.


3rd Annual Riot Challenge Cross Country Invitational

Results - Women
   1 Orono High School            15    1    2    3    4    5   11   12
      Total Time:  1:22:35.35
         Average:    16:31.07

Course Record: R 16:32.80 10/10/2013 Lily Koffman, Orono

1 Hannah Steelman SO Orono High School 6:20.7 15:46.07R 1
2 Lily Koffman SR Orono High School 6:29.7 16:08.57R 2
3 Kassidy Dill SO Orono High School 6:40.6 16:35.60 3
4 Olivia Fandel JR Orono High School 6:51.4 17:02.52 4
5 Liza Gallandt FR Orono High School 6:51.5 17:02.59 5

Results - Men
   1 Orono High School            30    1    2    7    9   11   12   18
      Total Time:  1:12:51.78
         Average:    14:34.36

Course Record: R 14:24.01 10/10/2013 Tristan Butterfield, Orono

1 Tristan Butterfield JR Orono High School 5:34.2 13:50.51R 1
2 Matt Keresey FR Orono High School 5:41.7 14:09.27R 2

VIDEO WABI-TV Orono Girls and Boys Excel at Home Cross Country Meet


Orono 14 at Bucksport 27

Oct. 10, 2014, at 10:16 p.m.

At Bucksport Friday night, Matthew Stewart passed for 2-yard touchdown and ran for another as Bucksport defeated Orono.

Jack Cyr rushed 28 times for 190 yards and also had a 75-yard kickoff return for a TD to open the game for the Golden Bucks. Hayden Craig caught both TD passes.

For Orono, Matt Fowler had an 8-yard TD run and a 3-yard TD run.

Bucksport is now 4-1 and Orono is 3-2.

B — Cyr 75 kickoff return (Deredin kick)

B — Stewart 4 run (Deredin kick)

O– Fowler 8 run (rush failed)

B — Stewart 4 pass to Craig (Deredin kick)

O– Fowler 3 run (Lucy rush)

B – Stewart 13 pass to Craig 13 (kick failed)


Sports results, October 8 & 9 – Bangor Daily News

Old Town 0 at Orono 3

Oct. 08, 2014, at 10:58 p.m.

At Orono, Lizzie White and Diana Tyutyunnyk each had a goal and an assist to help the Red Riots defeat Old Town.

Becky Lopez-Anido added a goal from a Brinsley Chasse assist.

Old Town keeper Kayla Madden saved 8 shots on 16 shots while Orono’s Kaitlin Richards had 6 saves on 13 shots for the shutout.


Orono 0 at John Bapst 2

Oct. 08, 2014, at 9:31 p.m.

At the University of Maine in Orono, Abby Tomilson and Samantha Ballesteros each scored in the first half off assists from Katherine Larochelle and Rachael Graves, respectively, to give John Bapst of Bangor the victory over the Red Riots.

Karen Noble made four saves in posting the shutout for 7-6 John Bapst.

It was the Pink game with proceeds donated to Cancer Care of Maine.

Red Riots coach Dodi Saucier, a cancer survivor, was honored in a pre-game ceremony.

Her daughter, Liz, is the John Bapst coach.

Orono’s Maiah Cyr made six saves for 3-10 Orono.


Boys Soccer
Penquis 0 at Orono 9

Oct. 09, 2014, at 8:14 p.m.

At Orono, the Red Riots used a balanced attack to blank the Patriots.

Kam Stockley, Fredric Linden and Joseph Astumian scored two goals apiece. Jake Koffman, Tommaso Crosta, Jacob Fandel each added one to defeat the Patriots, who had only 10 players.