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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:01 am

Top contenders seek continued success in different classes as new basketball season begins

...Another school that achieved considerable success while spending the last two years in a higher class is Oceanside High School of Rockland, which returns to Class B after a short stay in Class A.

“The kids haven’t said a word about it, they just want to play,” said veteran Oceanside boys varsity coach Matt Breen before his team’s preseason game at Bangor on Tuesday night. “They’re excited about getting the season started, they just want to go out and play whoever is in front of us.”

The Oceanside boys team also is flush with confidence after the success it experienced up a class, as the Mariners won the Class A North championship in 2016 and returned to the regional final again last winter.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:16 am

Class AA North Boys: Edward Little hopes to end Portland's dominance

...The Bulldogs have won four regional titles in a row and taken home the gold ball three of the past four years, and they are the favorite again this season. Boasting senior point guard Terion Moss, widely considered the best player in the state, and standout senior swingman Griffin Foley, Portland will try to win three consecutive state championships for the first time in school history.

Windham returns a dynamic duo of its own in senior guard Nick Curtis and Mike Gilman and should challenge Portland. So should Edward Little, which handed Portland one of its two losses last season before the Bulldogs got their revenge in the regional final.

The Red Eddies graduated three starters, including leading scorers Jarod Norcross Plourde and Samatar Iman, but still have imposing talent at both ends of the floor. Senior forward Darby Shea can be unstoppable from the perimeter when he is on. Junior forward Wol Maiwen is as electric in the open court as anyone in the state and uses his athleticism and 7-foot wingspan to cause havoc on the boards and at the front of the Eddies’ vaunted press.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:24 am

Edward Little Boys' Basketball

... The key will be how complementary roles develop for returning starting guard Tyler Morin, senior Lewiston transfer Ibn Khalid and others. If all of the new pieces fit together, the Eddies could be the team to solve the Portland puzzle.

Coach: Mike Adams (17th year)
Conference: KVAC; Class: AA North
Last year’s results: 18-2, lost in AA North final.

Returning players: Seniors —Darby Shea (6-2 forward), Tyler Morin (5-9 guard), Terrell Thomas (6-2 forward), Grant Hartley (6-2 forward); Juniors — Wol Maiwen (6-4 forward), Caleb Yarnevich (6-0 guard), Ahmed Abadir (5-9 guard), Ethan Brown (6-3 forward); Sophomore — Storm Jipson (6-0 guard), Austin Brown (6-1 guard).
Key losses: Jarod Norcross Plourde, Samatar Iman, C.J. Jipson.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:27 am

SJ Preview: Lewiston Boys' Basketball

...“It’s a lot of highly competitive kids who are hard workers,” coach Tim Farrar said. “But it’s also some kids who haven’t played in the program before but have played a lot of basketball.”

The Blue Devils lost one of their top scorers, senior forward Ibn Khalid, who transferred to Edward Little. But they do return their most consistent player, senior forward Garrett Poussard. Players who played intermittent varsity roles last year such as Jeremy Madore, Yasin Mohamud, Derek Foy and Damien Poulin will be asked to contribute more.

Lewiston will have its work cut out for it if it wants to make the AA North tournament. But if the Devils jell and improve as the season progresses, as Farrar expects they will, they could be a tough first-round opponent for the region’s top teams.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:31 am

SJ Preview: Oxford Hills Boys' Basketball

...“We’re going to have to figure out how we’re going to score. That’s a work in progress,” Vikings coach Scott Graffam said. “We’ll have to spread it around a little more.”

Senior guard Chris St. Pierre will be their top perimeter threat but will also have to take on more ball-handling responsibilities with the loss of Fleming and graduated point guard Cole Verrier. Juniors Janek Lukska, Spencer Strong and Garrett Record were part of the backcourt rotation last year and will take on more scoring and playmaking duties.

Senior Atreyu Keniston and junior Colton Carson will anchor the paint and should give the Vikings some second-chance points on the offensive boards.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:35 am

Class C South Boys: Ramblers begin long road back, but will have to play catch-up

...Winthrop graduated four of five starters, including Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year Jacob Hickey. But the Ramblers’ defense-first ethos remains intact, as does one of the top big men in Class C in 6-foot-8 junior Cam Wood. Fellow juniors Nate Leblanc and Jared McLaughlin, key contributors off the bench last year, are also ready to take on bigger roles.

It may take some time for all of the new pieces to click, but once the Ramblers hit their stride, they could be in position to challenge Hall-Dale, considered the favorite by local MVC coaches, and Madison, which lost to Winthrop in last year’s C South final. Both Bulldogs have most of their top contributors back from last year.

Another team with a lot of familiar faces back is Dirigo. The Cougars could vault back into contention after a rebuilding year that ended with some valuable big-game experience, including a prelim game against Hall-Dale.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:43 am

SJ Preview: Dirigo Boys' Basketball

...With virtually the entire roster intact from a 5-14 season, the Cougars are focused on some of the intangibles that can often be the key to turning that record around.

“We lost a lot of close games last year, so we’re going to do our best to be mentally tougher and close out games,” coach Travis Magnusson said.

Magnusson liked how his players progressed during summer basketball, particularly at the defensive end. The offense should also be more efficient, led by a pair of three-year starters, Luke Lueders and Cooper Chiasson. Juniors Alex Gorham and Jeremy St. Germain and sophomore Chase Clark also return to the starting lineup.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:49 am

SJ Preview: Winthrop Boys' Basketball

...The rebuilding starts with a talented junior class, which includes several key contributors from last year.

The lone returning starter, 6-foot-8 center Cam Wood, has recovered from a broken foot that forced him to sit out summer basketball. A major paint presence at both ends, he will need junior guards Nate LeBlanc and Jared McLaughlin to keep opposing defenses honest from the perimeter.

It may take time for the Ramblers to mesh and find a go-to guy to replace MVC Player of the Year Jacob Hickey. In the meantime, they’ll rely on their trademark hard-nosed defense to compete in a strengthened MVC.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:52 am

SJ Preview: Mt. Abram Boys' Basketball

... First they must fill the leadership and scoring void left by the graduation of tri-captains Trevor Chaput, Glendon Howard and Dan Luce. They relied on the latter in particular for scoring, and Hawkes is hoping the Roadrunners can share the load a little more. Sophomore swingman Nate Luce and senior point guard Sam Storer will lead the offense. Senior Evan McKay, who is back after missing last season with a knee injury, will bolster the backcourt.

The Roadrunners have good length in the frontcourt with seniors Casey Holt and Dawson Bate and junior sixth man Jack Deming. But Hawkes was still looking for some more reliable help off the bench in preseason.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:55 am

SJ Preview: Monmouth Boys' Basketball

...“Five of our top seven from last year are gone,” Morrill said. “The guys that are back have improved quite a bit, but it’s a whole new team, really.”

Senior Devon Poisson and Zac Wallace are the the grizzled veterans, but the plan is to bring along large junior and sophomore classes. Sophomores Gabe Martin and Brock Bates are expected to be key new contributors.

The Mustangs don’t have a lot of size, but Morrill will look to take advantage of good overall athleticism to spread the scoring around and make opponents earn their points at the other end.

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