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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:28 am

SJ Preview: Mountain Valley Boys' Basketball
...The Falcons have several good reasons to believe they will get over the hump this season, and perhaps even be a factor in B South at tournament time. Chief among them is the maturation of a large, talented junior class featuring leading scorer Keegan Davis (14.5 ppg) and guard Jacob Blanchard.

“I’m looking for multiple kids in that junior class to take a leadership role this year,” Falcons coach Tom Danylik said. “This is their time and they can steer this team where they want it to go.”

Mountain Valley also boasts exceptional depth, bolstered further by the additions of junior transfer Colby Parent from Messalonskee and 6-foot-5 freshman Cooper Davis, Keegan’s brother.

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SJ Preview: Lisbon Boys' Basketball

...“Rebounding is going to be key. We’re not a very big team,” he said. “We’re going to have to play strong defense, and protecting the basketball is always a crucial part of our game.”

Lisbon returns four players who saw starting time, led by senior guard Jonah Sautter. Gentle expects seniors Sean Scott and Morgan Perron, junior Henry Doyle and sophomore D.J. Douglass to help shoulder the scoring load

With five games scheduled against their fellow Class B schools in the MVC, the Greyhounds will have more chances than previous years to accumulate more Heal points and draw a more favorable seed in the tournament. If they can do that, they may have an extended stay in Portland.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:32 am

SJ Class D South boys: Rangeley, others chasing Greenville

...Senior guard Kyle Larochelle, Jeff’s son and a four-year starter, will be the one charged with keeping his foot on the gas pedal. Freshman Will Brey, who started as a eighth-grader, joins him in the backcourt. Sophomores Nolan Boone, Ian Lillis and Levi Pitt return to a frontcourt bolstered by a pair who are back after playing as freshmen — senior Hunter Lowell and junior Cal Crosby.

Even if they reached the tournament last year, it’s unlikely the Lakers would have been able to stop Greenville, which rolled through the region and the state championship game. Those Lakers return virtually their entire roster, including star guard Nick Foley.

Class D South can always be a challenge to forecast with the prevalence of private schools in the region. But one team that should challenge Greenville is Forest Hills, which won 12 games last year and graduated just two seniors. Monmouth native Anthony Amero has had the Tigers in rebuilding mode since winning the gold ball in 2015 and should have his junior and sophomore-laden roster ready to take the next step.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:35 am

SJ Preview: Rangeley Boys' Basketball

Returning players: Senior — Kyle Larocehlle (5-10 guard); Junior — Leo Perez (6-0 forward); Sophomores — Levi Pitt (6-0 center), Nolan Boone (5-11 guard/forward), Ian Lillis (6-1 forward); Freshmen — Will Brey (5-10 guard), Kenny Thompson (5-9 guard).

Key losses: Ricky Thompson, Carl Trafton.

Promising newcomers: Senior — Hunter Lowell (6-0 center); Junior — Cal Crosby (6-0 forward); 8th grade — Boden Washington (6-1 forward).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:00 am

PPH Preview: Windham in search of that banner season
Windham enters the season with big expectations and has the talent to challenge two-time defending state champion Portland.


...Gilman is a three-year starter who has proven he can drain 3-pointers at a prolific pace. He’s averaged over 17 points each of the past two seasons.

Curtis is another senior and three-year starter. A dervish driving to the hoop and pestering opponents, he’s led the SMAA in assists for two straight seasons while also scoring 17 points per game.

Junior Dierhow Bol emerged last season as a 6-foot-6 rebounding force who had his best games against top teams: an 18-rebound, 12-point effort against his older brother Ruay and South Portland; a 19-rebound, 12-point, four-block game to help knock Edward Little from the unbeaten ranks; and 10 points with two key fourth-quarter baskets in a playoff win against No. 3 Deering.

“They have the three main ingredients covered. That automatically makes them a contender,” said Portland Coach Joe Russo.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:09 am

PPH Boys’ basketball: Team-by-team outlooks
Details on each team in southern Maine.

CLASS AA NORTH
CHEVERUS
DEERING - Outlook: Onek, a 6-foot-6 inside-outside threat who averged 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds, is the only returning starter, but the Rams could go with a frontcourt of Onek, 6-5 Butera and 6-7 Nthinda, a transfer from Florida. Germain and Despacho saw significant varsity action last season. Steady and versatile Delano will have a bigger role. If Deering shoots better from outside, it will battle Windham and Edward Little for the role of Portland’s top challenger.
PORTLAND
WINDHAM

ClASS AA SOUTH
BONNY EAGLE
GORHAM
MASSABESIC
NOBLE
SANFORD
SCARBOROUGH
SOUTH PORTLAND
THORNTON ACADEMY



CLASS A NORTH
CAMDEN HILLS
MEDOMAK VALLEY

CLASS A SOUTH
BIDDEFORD
BRUNSWICK
FALMOUTH
FRYEBURG ACADEMY
GREELY
KENNEBUNK
LINCOLN ACADEMY
MARSHWOOD
MORSE
MT. ARARAT
WESTBROOK
YORK


CLASS B NORTH
OCEANSIDE

CLASS B SOUTH
CAPE ELIZABETH
FREEPORT
GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER
LAKE REGION
POLAND
SACOPEE VALLEY
WELLS
YARMOUTH


CLASS C SOUTH
BOOTHBAY
NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY
OLD ORCHARD BEACH
TRAIP ACADEMY
WAYNFLETE
WISCASSET


CLASS D SOUTH
A.R. GOULD
GREATER PORTLAND CHRISTIAN
PINE TREE ACADEMY
SEACOAST CHRISTIAN

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:16 am

PPH Boys’ basketball: 10 teams to watch
Reigning AA champs Portland are still the top (Bull)dogs.

1. Portland:
2. Windham:
3. South Portland:
4. Greely:
5. Scarborough: The Red Storm can be the top challenger to South Portland in Class AA South because it has its top two scorers back in Nick Fiorillo and Morgan Pratt, several other varsity returners with good size and athletic ability, and added depth. Second-year coach Phil Conley also knows his team is much further ahead this year compared to last when the Red Storm started 0-10, before finishing 7-3 with a playoff win at the Expo.
6. Westbrook:
7. Kennebunk:
8. Oceanside:
9. Yarmouth:
10. Waynflete:
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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:20 am

PPH Boys’ basketball: 10 players to watch
Portland's Terion Moss leads an impressive list of southern Maine talent.

Finn Bowe, Cape Elizabeth senior guard: The heady 6-foot-4 wing player was on a 21.5 ppg tear before having his junior season cut short by a serious ankle injury. He scores efficiently and when it matters, distributes the ball and rebounds.
Nick Fiorillo, Scarborough junior guard/forward:
Griffin Foley, Portland senior guard:
Michael Gilman, Windham senior guard:
Nolan Hagerty, Yarmouth senior forward:
Riley Hasson, South Portland senior guard/forward:
David Keohan, Thornton Academy senior forward:
Zac Manoogian, Westbrook senior guard:
Terion Moss, Portland senior guard:
Ben Onek, Deering junior forward:

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:36 am

CM Class A boys basketball preview
Area teams look to compete with loaded Hampden

...With an abundance of talent and experience back, Gardiner was a sure bet for a high spot in the poll. Isaiah Magee is back as the team’s dynamic distributor, as is Kyle Johnson, who emerged last year as a reliable scorer at forward. Connor McGuire developed into a nightly double-double candidate and became a second-team all-conference pick, and Gardiner’s strength in the post continues with Cole Heaberlin and Ben Shaw, who missed all of last year but was an all-conference rookie as a sophomore.

“We return a veteran group for sure,” coach Jason Cassidy said. “I think it’s a team, you look at it on paper and go ‘Hey, they have the pieces to fill out every position.’ Because of that, it gives us the opportunity to play a couple of styles of basketball, instead of one style.”

Last season, Nokomis made its first trip to the Class A regional quarterfinals since 2003. With the return of senior guards Josh Smestad and Zach Hartsgrove, the Warriors have one of the top backcourts in the conference. Replacing the rebounding of Brad Allen, who graduated after averaging a double-double, will also be key.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:40 am

CM Class B boys basketball preview
Realignment makes B North much deeper this winter.

Realignment has made Class B North a deeper region this season. Oceanside, last season’s Class A North runner-up, is in the mix, along with Hermon and Mt. Desert Island.

“We know it’s a really competitive Class B region,” Winslow coach Ken Lindlof said.

A former head coach at Waterville, Lindlof is in his first season with the Black Raiders. Winslow returns an all-conference forward in senior Jack Morneault. The 6-foot-3 Morneault is strong in the post, and can take his game to the perimeter as well.

“Jack’s shown some leadership and maturity. We expect him to be able to be productive on a nightly basis,” Lindlof said.

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