VASSALBORO — It’s been a few years since the Winthrop golf team qualified for the Class C state tournament.

Thanks to a strong showing from several golfers Wednesday at Natanis Golf Course, the Ramblers are will return.

Winthrop finished third at the Mountain Valley Conference qualifier Wednesday, finishing behind No. 1 qualifier St. Dominic and No. 2 qualifier Wiscasset.

The teams played on the par-72 Arrowhead Course.

“We all stepped up,” Winthrop coach Lonney Steeves said. “We showed a lot of improvement.”

Taylor Morang finished tied for second with a 7-over par 79. He and teammate Anthony Owens (82) qualified for the individual championship.

The Class C state team and individual titles will be contested Saturday at Natanis, also on the Arrowhead Course. The shotgun tournament will start at 10 a.m.

Robert Vickerson, of Monmouth, who shot an 81, and Madison sophomore Ty Cowan also qualified.

Oak Hill qualified for the Class B state championship, which is Saturday at Natanis as well.

Field hockey

Winthrop 2, Mountain Valley 1: Rachel Ingram scored in the second half as the Ramblers beat the Falcons in an MVC game in Rumford.

Mary Claire Blanchard scored three minutes into the game to give Winthrop (10-1-1) a 1-0 lead. Mountain Valley (8-2-1) tied it on a goal by Nikki Burgess with six minutes left in the first half.

Blanchard had an assist on the game winner. Alyssa Arsenault had seven saves for Winthrop.

Messalonskee 10, Brewer 1: Kylee Knight scored three goals as the Eagles rolled to a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A win in Brewer.

Kristy Bernatchez added two goals and two assists, and Ally Leighton also scored two goals. Also figuring in on the scoring were Emily York (one goal, two assists), Lynnae Luettich (one goal, one assist), Nathalie St. Pierre (one goal), and Riley Field (one assist). Abby Roberts made three saves for the Eagles (11-1-0).

Women’s soccer

Bowdoin 5, UM-Farmington 0: The Polar Bears scored four times in the second half to pull away from the Beavers in Brunswick.

Kiersten Turner scored twice for Bowdoin (7-1-0), which is off to its best start since 2002. Amanda Kinneston, Audrey Phillips and Casey Blossom also scored.

Beth Lebel had nine 14 saves for UMF, which falls to 6-4-1.


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