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MS to HS Transitioning Athletics

posted Apr 9, 2020, 8:07 AM by Jordan Ferreira   [ updated Apr 9, 2020, 8:08 AM ]


Scarborough denied in 2 OTs by Lewiston in epic state final

posted Mar 9, 2020, 4:56 AM by Jordan Ferreira

For full story and photos by Michael Hoffer and The Forecaster please click here

Scarborough’s first unified basketball team courts all players

posted Jan 31, 2020, 11:17 AM by Jordan Ferreira






SCARBOROUGH — Scarborough High School senior Ashley Washington likes to play basketball in her free time, but never had an opportunity to join an organized team until now.

Scarborough senior Ashley Washington guards Bonny Eagle junior Nathan Chamberland during the kick-off to the 2020 Unified basketball season. Michael Kelley / The Forecaster

Washington is part of Scarborough’s first-ever Unified basketball team, which comprises student-athletes with developmental disabilities with partners that don’t.

“It’s really fun. I get out of my comfort zone and meet new people,” Washington said prior to Scarborough’s first game Jan. 24, a 58-37 loss to Bonny Eagle High School.

Scarborough High School junior Madison Scammell grew up playing team sports, but the Unified team is unlike any other she has played on.

“We were a team from the first practice. We are all friends. It is a lot of fun. We are always cheering each other on,” said Scammell, one of the six partners on the team.

Joining the team was a natural fit for Scammell, who is a part of the Buddy System, a group in which students in mainstream classes build relationships with students in the functional and academic life skills classes by attending games, concerts and other activities outside school. Scammell also helps out in the functional life skills classroom as a volunteer cook.

Scarborough’s Jakob McDonough, at right, battles Bonny Eagle’s Josh Small for a rebound early in the teams’ game last week. Michael Kelley / The Forecaster

“I’ve always had a passion for that,” she said. “I think it is a great opportunity to show these kids they are equal to every one else.”

Head coach Albert McCormack, an environmental science teacher at the high school, said Scarborough is a great community for a Unified basketball team.

“We have a strong athletic program and a tight-knit group of students and an inclusive and welcoming group of students who are thrilled to get going,” he said.

The 13-member team will play seven additional games between now and early March; the next is at home at 4 p.m. Friday against Cape Elizabeth.

McCormack said he has seen his team come a long way since it began practicing in early January.

“A lot of the kids are getting involved with sports and basketball for the first time and have been having a lot of fun developing as a team and getting to know each other,” said McCormack, who coached the Unified Basketball team at Greely High School before coming to Scarborough High School.

Noah Fougere, left, helps fellow freshman Nick Veilleux with a shot during Scarborough’s inaugural Unified basketball game on Jan. 24. Michael Kelley / The Forecaster

“Unified sports is really changing how we see school sports. It is opening the door and breaking down the barriers for those students who might not have that opportunity to play sports and represent their school, play on their home court  before their home fans,” Ian Frank, Special Olympics of Maine’s director of Unified Champion Schools, said.

The Unified Champion Schools model, he said, is more than just about sports. It is focused on creating a more inclusive, compassionate and respectful school environment.

“Students create friendships and bonds that wouldn’t otherwise form if a program like this wasn’t available to them,” Frank said.

The Maine basketball program started six years ago with 17 schools and today has more than 60 participating. Through a partnership with the Maine Principal’s Association, which oversees high school athletics in the state, the Unified program expanded to offer volleyball this fall at two schools and has 10 schools interested in participating in Unified bocce this spring.

Scarborough Athletics and Student Activities Director Mike LeGage said the basketball team may be just the start of Unified sports in Scarborough.

“This is the inaugural group,” he said before the game. “We are excited about other Unified options coming to Scarborough moving forward.”

Weekly Schedule - 1/6-1/12

posted Jan 6, 2020, 4:55 AM by Jordan Ferreira   [ updated Jan 6, 2020, 4:56 AM ]




Dickinson/Flaker Named Red Storm Athletes of the Decade

posted Jan 2, 2020, 10:03 AM by Jordan Ferreira

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Griffin/Veilleux Names Coaches of the Decade

posted Jan 2, 2020, 9:59 AM by Jordan Ferreira

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Weekly Schedule 12/30-1/5/20

posted Jan 2, 2020, 5:34 AM by Jordan Ferreira




Scarborough Red Storm Fall Athletes of the Year

posted Dec 2, 2019, 4:40 AM by Jordan Ferreira

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Weekly Schedule 11/18/19-11/23/19

posted Nov 19, 2019, 6:32 AM by Jordan Ferreira   [ updated Nov 26, 2019, 10:51 AM ]






Scarborough girls hand Cheverus first loss, return to state game

posted Nov 6, 2019, 4:31 AM by Jordan Ferreira
















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