ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth wrestling team posted one of its best finishes of the season when it placed third at Saturday’s regional championships in Caribou.Ellsworth’s Logan Lord avenged his only two losses this season when he defeated Medomak Valley’s Steven Thompson in the 138-pound title bout. Peyton Cole added another win for the Eagles by winning at 152 pounds, and Trent Goodman defeated Bucksport’s Brody Boynton for the 170-pound crown.The Golden Bucks finished the day fourth. David Gross continued his dominance in the 285-pound weight class when he pinned Foxcroft’s Matt Storer in the final. Foster Ashmore won the 120-pound consolation title for Bucksport, which also saw Keigan Riccard and Devin Darveau reach the consolation finals.Both schools have wrestlers competing at the state championships next Saturday, Feb. 18. Bucksport will host the competition, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
Beaten two years ago by Stade Francais, Clermont also tasted the desperation of defeat in three of the past five European Cup finals – including three weeks ago against Saracens at Murrayfield.But on Sunday at Stade de France it was their turn to step up from the role of perennial bridesmaids and instead it is Toulon who are left to lament a final curse of their own, having been on the wrong end of four of the last six in the Top 14, although that record is mitigated by their 2014 triumph.In a clash punctuated by physicality and precise skill in equal measure, Morgan Parra proved the difference, the France scrum-half knocking over six out of six from the tee to finish with 17 points to add to Alivereti Raka’s scintillating first-half score.Josua Tuisova was the sole try-scorer for Toulon who, in the absence of Leigh Halfpenny on British and Irish Lions duty, turned to 21-year-old fly-half Anthony Belleau for kicking duties.Allez les gars @RCTofficiel pic.twitter.com/eHXqhPU7CD— Leigh Halfpenny (@LeighHalfpenny1) June 4, 2017Belleau was unfortunate to twice see penalties strike the upright as he attempted to bring Toulon back to within three points in the second half, Parra showing him how it was done at the other end before Clermont staved off a stoppage-time surge from Toulon deep inside their own 22 to spark ecstatic celebrations at full-time.clermont CHAMPION DE FRANCE 2017 !!! #YellowArmy pic.twitter.com/rU8JaBPOX4— ASM Rugby (@ASMOfficiel) June 4, 2017It looked initially as though the contest could become one-sided as Clermont made a fierce start, rewarded by Parra’s sixth-minute penalty, before a stunning try started by Nick Abendanon’s steal close to his own line.Damian Penaud raced clear down the left and slipped the ball to Raka, who produced a devastating step off his left to leave Tuisova on his backside as he finished off a remarkable score.Parra further extended the lead with another penalty midway through the half before Toulon eventually managed to stem the yellow tide and got themselves on the board courtesy of Belleau.Clermont were reduced to 14 soon afterwards when Fritz Lee caught James O’Connor with a high shot that prompted tempers to flare between the two sets of players.And Toulon took advantage swiftly, working the ball wide for Tuivosa who returned the favour in dumping Raka on his rear end en route to touching down on the right despite the attentions of two further defenders.Parra’s penalty in injury time gave Clermont a measure of breathing space heading into the interval and he and Belleau traded further kicks early in the second period before the Toulon man twice struck the right-hand post with chances to bring it back to 19-16.Belleau was replaced by Francois Trinh-Duc, who took over kicking duties and brought Toulon back to within three with 10 minutes remaining, but from the restart Parra won a crucial turnover and as Toulon transgressed he exacted punishment by splitting the posts once more.As the clock ticked beyond 80 minutes, Toulon kicked for touch close to the line but they were unable to breach the yellow wall before them as Clermont’s battling at the breakdown earned them a penalty and secured a famous victory.#TOP14, Finale | #ASMRCTL’émotion est incroyable sur la pelouse du @StadeFrance. pic.twitter.com/YpdsnAGYnJ— TOP 14 Rugby (@top14rugby) June 4, 2017
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Francis, a freshman point guard, was the instigator on defense. He harassed Chris Hernandez, generally regarded as one of the top point guards in the Pac-10. Francis forced four steals, three of which he brought back for layups. The easy opportunities created by his defense led to a career-high 15 points. The key series in the game also involved Francis. After Stanford closed an 18-point USC lead down to four, reserve forward Jeremy Barr was fouled and went to the line. Barr, who had made just four of his previous 20 free-throw attempts, sunk both shots. Hernandez took the inbound pass up court and Francis picked his pocket for the steal and a layup to extend USC’s lead back to eight. “I felt that we needed a (game-changing play), so I came up and tried to put pressure on him and he gave it to me,” Francis said. “If you play out in front of me, I’m just going to take it.” The New Year’s Eve crowd of 4,485 wasn’t as big as the one at Staples Center on Thursday. However, the student section was by far the biggest and most vocal at a USC basketball game this year, aided by a large contingency of the school’s football band attending in plain clothes. “That Cal game, that really bothered us,” Ryan Francis said of Thursday’s conference-opening loss. “So we came back and played real hard. We wanted to show everyone we’re not no fluke.” All five USC starters scored in double figures for the first time this season, with Lodrick Stewart leading the way with 18 points. It was the first victory by USC (10-3, 1-1) over Stanford in seven games. The Cardinal (4-6, 0-2) was picked to finish second in the conference in the preseason media poll. “It feels good, my first time ever beating Stanford,” said sophomore Nick Young, who had 16 points. “We knew we had to get a victory. You don’t want to come out in the Pac-10 0-2.” USC started the game with a 6-1 run, boosted by some unexpected offense from forward Abdoulaye N’diaye, who had a career-best 11 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with six minutes remaining. The Trojans seemed to break the game open with an 8-0 near the end of the first half followed by a 13-2 run to start the second half. Stewart scored seven of the 13 points in that run. Stanford played most of the second half without leading scorer Matt Haryasz, who left the game with what was thought to be a sprained ankle. The Trojans led by 18 when he went out. Gabe Pruitt made seven of eight free throws in the final 1:01 to keep Stanford at bay. He finished with 14 points. “We were in a lot of close games in the preseason,” Tim Floyd said. “We happened to win a couple of those close ones after losing the Northridge game, and I think the guys did play with a little more poise down the stretch.” Matthew Kredell, (818)713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All the momentum USC built in nonconference games wouldn’t mean much if the Trojans started out 0-2 at home to begin Pacific-10 Conference play. Grasping the importance of the game, the Trojans came out with a defensive fire and forced 13 steals to help beat Stanford 82-71 Saturday at Staples Center.