The YSCC Playoffs Start at SMCC

The Beacon Sports Staff

As you are reading this the first round of the Yankee Small College Conference 2019 Championship playoffs have been played and, well you know the story: hopefully both SeaWolve squads are headed to Auburn this weekend to play in the semi-final and, wouldn’t it be great, to play in the championship game on Sunday.

No worries SMCC SeaWolve fans, while the Beacon was not able to thoroughly cover Sunday’s games, we were doing final layout for this issue, we are planning on being in Auburn to cover the semi and final games of the YSCC Championship Weekend.

For those of you who are new to the YSCC, this year’s championship format was changed from all of the post-season games being hosted at either Central Maine, New Hampshire Technical Institute or SMCC. As this year and past years, the top eight teams play with the first seed playing the eight and so on till there is a winner.

This year the top four men’s and women’s seeded teams hosted the bottom four teams accordingly. As the brackets spelled out the #2 seeded Lady SeaWolves hosted #7 Unity College at 1pm, and the #2 seeded men followed against the University of Maine-Augusta at 3pm.

With wins the SeaWolves will play in Saturday’s semi-final games (times to be determined), at Central Maine Community College. With wins the Wolves move onto the championships game Sunday the 24th

Before we end this column, the Beacon wants to acknowledge senior SeaWolves who played their last game in the Hutchinson Gymnasium this past Sunday.

Senior guard Emily Hogan is finishing her career as a Seawolf. Hogan has played for three seasons, playing in 79 plus games over her career. On the men’s side of the court, the Beacon wants to acknowledge starters: Jacobee Burpee, Anderson Kavutse, Ryan Cloutier, Antencio Martin and reserve forward Sean Bowering who are ending their SeaWolve tenures.

Bowering played in 23 games in his rookie campaign with his high scoring game against Hampshire College where he scored 18.

Anderson Kavutse is finishing his third year as a SeaWolve and has played in 82 games. Kavutse’s high game his freshman year was against Hampshire College when he hit for 14 points. Anderson’s high game. In his second Anderson would hit for 13 against Ben Franklin Institute of Technology and against the University of Maine-Augusta

Forward Ryan Cloutier also is finishing his third year at SMCC and has played in 85 plus games. In his freshman year Cloutier hit for 20pts against St Joe’s of Vermont. He also scored 387 points that year while collecting 33 blocks. Cloutier game high his sophomore year came against CMCC when he hit for 25 pts.

Rounding out the seniors is Atencio Martin, who returned to SMCC after played during the 2013 through 2015 seasons. Martin has also played in 85 plus games with his high game in 2013-14 coming against Bridgton Academy when he hit for 26. In his sophomore season Martin drained the nets for 25 points against the University of Maine-Augusta.

The Beacon wishes these senior SeaWolves the best fortunes for the remainder of the semester at SMCC, as well as their life’s adventures. For the SeaWolve faithful, there’s Saturday’s games to look forward to. Here’s hoping for a tremendously successful seasons end to a fantastic season for the SeaWolves basketball teams.

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