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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:49 am

2017 BDN North region all-tournament basketball teams

North Class A
*Sophie Holmes, Sr., G, Messalonskee; Ally Turner, Jr., G, Messalonskee; McKenna Brodeur, Sr., C, Messalonskee;, Sidney Moore, Sr., G, Nokomis; Chelsea Crockett, Jr. G, Nokomis

Honorable Mention: Annie Cooke, Skowhegan; Olivia Brown, Nokomis; Bailey Donovan, Hampden

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/27/s ... all-teams/
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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

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2017 BDN North region Class A all-tournament basketball teams

... In Class A, 5-8 guard Holmes was the catalyst for the powerhouse Messalonskee ballclub. She averaged 24 points in Augusta, including 35 in the Eagles’ quarterfinal win over Gardiner.

Brodeur, a 5-10 senior post player, registered double figures in all three tournament contests. She averaged 15 points, netting 17 in the quarterfinal.

Turner, a 5-11 junior guard, contributed 11 points per game in helping the Eagles make their push to the title.

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

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Messalonskee basketball fans eager for Saturday’s finals double feature
Eagles boys and girls teams playing in Class A state championships.

... “You can ask people if they’re going to the games. Someone who’s never gone to a game before, and they’re saying yes,” said junior Conor Ferguson, who along with Charette and senior Tanner Burton is a ringleader of the Eagles Nest, Messalonskee’s student fan section.

When you include the athletes Messalonskee is sending to the New England high school indoor track and field championships on Saturday, excitement around Eagles athletics is high.

“That’s adding to the fuel to how hyped up we’re getting. Now that we have all these winning teams, it’s pretty exhilarating,” senior Jared Handley, who plays drums in the school’s pep band, said.

http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/02/28/ ... e-feature/
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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

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For Brunswick, it’s finally time to be noticed
The Dragons will play in a state final for the first time on Saturday when they take on unbeaten Messalonskee for the Class A title.

... “A lot of people are talking about it,” said Madeline Suhr, the senior forward whose 22-point performance in the Class A South final propelled the Dragons to a 54-51 win over top-seeded Greely. “I feel all the hard work we put in for the last four years has paid off and it’s great to see that happen.”

As great as this is for the team, junior guard Sabrina Armstrong said it’s better for the program.

“It’s a big deal for a lot of people, especially the younger kids,” she said. “A lot of junior high and elementary kids were at that game, and they thought it was cool that the girls won.”

“Maybe some of those girls were undecided between hockey and basketball,” said Farrell, in his eighth year as head coach. “Maybe that game turns them to basketball.”

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

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Brunswick girls enjoying historic ride to Class A championship game
Dragons realize depth and talent to cap tournament run with first state final appearance

... “It’s really special. They love playing together, they know where they’re going to be,” Farrell said. “They push each other. They each expect so much of themselves, they don’t want to let their teammates down, which of course makes the other ones work harder.”

The catalyst has been Suhr, who was named the conference’s A South Player of the Year and who has overwhelmed opponents all season by raining 3-pointers, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots.

“She’s a special kid,” Farrell said. “She plays both ways on the floor. … It’s the hard work in the offseason and the hard work in practice. That’s why you get there.”

From the beginning, the championship potential was set — though the Dragons needed to figure out how to fulfill it. Brunswick got a dose of reality in its third game, a 65-46 loss to Greely in which the Dragons learned that they weren’t yet the winners they were hoping to become.

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

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Brunswick girls look ahead to state finals
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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:07 am

Freshman Wener making presence felt on Messalonskee girls basketball team
6-foot-1 forward helps Eagles with combination of shooting and rebounding


... “I don’t think it’s her height that makes her great, I think it’s her ability to understand the game,” Derosby said. “She has great instincts, great basic abilities, she’s got strong fundamentals, strong framework. She happens to have that height on top of it.”

Making the jump to the intensity of the varsity level, so often a hurdle for freshman players, wasn’t an issue for Wener. She started playing travel basketball at third grade and ended up playing for the Firecrackers AAU team, even earning a trip to Florida this past summer for a national tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The Firecrackers finished second, and Wener got to see an up-close look at high-stakes basketball.

“It was a very high-energy game,” she said. “That kind of energy (translates) to the varsity season. So I think I’m able to have that background, so I can play at this level.”

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

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Dragons face Eagles for Class A title on Saturday

... “They don’t compare to anyone we have played,” said Farrell. “They play tough, they have one of the best shooters in the state in Sophie Holmes. Ally Turner for a big kid can get to the rim. They have the size, love basketball and have played together for a long time, just like our kids.”

“They are a very good team, undefeated. Their record says it all,” said Brunswick senior forward Brooke Barter. “They are fast, have height, and I think it will be good competition. We will need to out-rebound and jump on every loose ball, just play our game.”

Messalonskee is paced by a solid quartet of players, all standing at least 5-foot-8, with guard/forward Gabrielle Wener the tallest at 6- foot-1.

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Re: Class A: State Tourney Thread

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:05 am

Messalonskee Rallies for Their Basketball Teams Before They Play at State on Saturday

One class ‘A’ school hasn’t had two basketball teams playing for a state title since 1996.

Messalonskee pulled it off this year. This afternoon in Oakland there was a pep rally for the teams in the gym.

http://wabi.tv/2017/03/03/messalonskee- ... -saturday/
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