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Rollins coaching at Central, Former hoop standout on mother Dianes staff

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 23rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin

Jenny Rollins was arguably one of the best players to come through Central High’s girls basketball program, as she tabulated more than 1,500 points in a stellar high school career at the Corinth school.

She took that success to Husson University in Bangor, where Rollins was a top offensive weapon for coach Kissy Walker.

Now, Rollins has returned to her roots, as she joined the coaching staff of her mother, Diane Rollins, as an assistant this winter.

Rollins is finishing up her studies at Husson as her basketball eligibility expired after last season.

“She brings a lot of knowledge from playing in college and being successful in high school here, too,” Diane Rollins said after practice on Monday.

“The girls know who she is or know who she was in high school and they really look up to her and listen to her very well.”

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Girls basketball: Offensive balance fuels Trojans in victory

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 23rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Phelps, Carroll, Swanson lift MDI
By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — As one of the top girls basketball players in Eastern Maine Class B, Mount Desert Island junior Megan Phelps is used to drawing double-teams.

The 6-footer saw a lot of them Tuesday night against John Bapst, limiting her open looks at the basket.

But the Trojans have plenty of offensive weapons, and Jessica Swanson and Sara Carroll each scored seven second-half points — Swanson finished with a game-high 13 — as coach Brent Barker’s club pulled away for a 44-29 win at the Bangor Auditorium.

The undefeated Trojans earned their sixth win while John Bapst fell to 1-4, with three of those losses coming against undefeated clubs (Presque Isle, Central, MDI).

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Hockey: Rams rally to tie rival Witches

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: December 23rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Larry Mahoney

BANGOR, Maine — Even thought it was a 5-5 overtime tie, the Bangor High School Rams certainly left Sawyer Arena happier than their archrival Brewer High School Witches.

The Class A Rams overcame a pair of three-goal deficits to tie it on senior left wing Nate Lewis’ goal with 35.8 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Rams then had to kill a penalty in overtime to preserve it.

Bangor is now 2-3-1 while Class B Brewer is 4-1-1.

“Actually, from our point of view, we consider this a win,” said sophomore center Nic Cota, whose goal cut the deficit to 5-4 with 6:10 left. “We came back with heart and gave everything we had to try to win this game. We put up our best effort after the first period.”

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Photo Gallery - Girls Basketball: Westbrook at Portland

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

by Jeff Schools.. Click here to view a gallery of professional photos of the Westbrook at Portland game..

Wiz Words: Cold Outside-Hot Inside, Plus WIZ Top 10 Teams-Week #3

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette


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Where every day is a victory celebration

The weather outside was freezing this week, but inside the basketball gyms all over the state are really heating up. Many teams are already at the one-third mark of the season. There has already been some big games, but there is going to be plenty of bigger games after the first of the New Year as many teams get into the real meat of their schedules.

In some of the big games involving The WIZ Top 10 Teams this past week Cheverus handled Portland 65-35 and then the Stags took care of Windham 61-43. The Stags improve their perfect record to 5-0. Coach Bobby Brown’s Stags are looking really tough as they play a stifling defense and Coach Brown has plenty of bench. South Portland is still unbeaten with wins over Sanford and Marshwood this past week. The Riots may get Keegan Hyland back after Christmas and they just might need him as their schedule gets a lot tougher after January 1st. Thornton is also still perfect at 5-0 beating Bonny Eagle and Sanford and the Golden Trojans schedule gets a lot tougher starting next week as the undefeated Deering Rams will travel to Saco to take on the Golden Trojans.

Falmouth won the big anticipated match-up with Greely 74-63 and the Yachtsmen also went on to beat Lake Region and Yarmouth this past week to improve their record to 6-0. The Capers of Cape Elizabeth remain perfect at 6-0 as they won three more games this week beating Fryeburg, Yarmouth and winning their big game over Greely 66-55. The Capers just might be a lot better than people think as Coach Ray has this team playing very well. Remember this date Tuesday 1/5 as Falmouth will play at Cape Elizabeth which will be a huge game to start the New Year. Also Mountain Valley is totally destroying the teams in their conference winning by huge scores. Just this week they beat Carrabec 106-11, beat Mt. Abram 81-47 and they beat Georges Valley 83-43.

Over in Eastern Class A it is going crazy we won’t know until the end of the season who is really the # 1 team from the East. The Brewer Witches were 5-0 but they got dumped last night by the Eddies of Edward Little 74-68. The Eddies also had 2 other wins the past week over Lewiston and they needed overtime to get by Oxford Hills. Brunswick remains unbeaten at 6-0 and Hampden won two more games this week to move to 4-1. Bangor suffered another loss to Brewer, but I wouldn’t count out the Rams as you know they will be in the hunt come tourney time.

In Class B East the Camden Hills Windjammers won both of their games beating Gardiner 81-44 then winning their big game over Rockland 64-43. Presque Isle is still perfect at 5-0 beating Caribou and John Bapst this past week. The Panthers of Medomak are still looking tough at 4-1 and Rockland is still very dangerous at 3-2.

In Class C West the Dirigo Cougars are looking real strong at 6-0 as they won three more games this past week beating Madison 47-27, Livermore Falls 66-53 and Winthrop 64-50. Coach Davis Gerrish has the Cougars playing just as well as Coach Gavin Kane did. Livermore Falls, Boothbay and Jay are all 4-1. Jay and Livermore Falls will battle it out this coming Wednesday as the Tigers head to Livermore Falls.

In Class C East It is already heating up as the Calais Blue Devils won their big game over Woodland 58-48 then the Blue Devils beat Machias 51-37 to move to 4-0. George Stevens Academy also is at 4-0, and Washington Academy along with Stearns are both at 3-0.

In Class D East Central Aroostook is perfect so far at 4-0 and Jonesport Beals is also off to a great start at 5-0. Schenck, Greater Houlton Christian and Fort Fairfield are all at 4-1 as all these teams will battle it out for the top spot.

Over in Class D West the Richmond Bobcats are a perfect 6-0. Valley is showing very good early on as they are 5-0. Big game this coming Tuesday as Valley heads to Richmond. And now we have a new team to add into the mix the Bears of A.R. Gould which was the former Maine Youth Center in South Portland now has a basketball team. A.R. Gould is 3-0 and they have the former Deering player Ian Nono playing and he threw in 40 points the other night as the Bears beat Isleboro 83-57. Ian also had 19 rebounds and 6 assists. How good will the Bears be?

Undefeated Teams:

After week #3 we have 20 teams still with a perfect record:

Cheverus----------5-0
South Portland---6-0
Thornton----------5-0
Deering-----------5-0
Brunswick--------6-0
Falmouth---------6-0
Cape Elizabeth--6-0
Mtn. Valley------6-0
Camden----------6-0
Presque Isle-----4-0
Dirigo------------6-0
Calais-------------4-0
GSA--------------4-0
Wash. Acad.-----3-0
Stearns-----------3-0
Richmond-------6-0
Valley------------5-0
A.R. Gould------3-0
Cent. Aroostook-4-0
Jonesport-Beals--5-0


WIZ Big Games this week:

Monday 12/21:
Livermore Falls at Mountain Valley
Winthrop at St. Dom’s
Stearns at Penquis
Sumner at Washington Acad.
Monmouth at Hall-Dale
Ashland at Cent. Aroostook

Tuesday 12/22:

Portland at Westbrook
Deering at Thornton
Oxford Hills at Brewer
Lawrence at Brunswick
Hampden at Erskine
Bangor at Mt. Ararat
Morse at Mt. Blue
York at Yarmouth
Ellsworth at Hermon
MDI at John Bapst
Valley at Richmond

Wednesday 12/23:

Jay at Livermore Falls
GSA at Washington Acad.

Thursday 12/24:

No Games

Friday 12/25:

Merry Christmas!

Saturday 12/26:

So. Aroostook at Easton


WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 3:

1.Cheverus-------5-0-Stags Crushing Everyone! Beat Portland! 63-35! Beat Windham 61-43! Can you Spell! DEFENSE! Smothering! One game This week! Stags head to Massabesic! Tuesday Night! Merry Christmas Coach Brown! 6-0 Baby!

2.So. Portland----6-0- Red Riots! Still Unbeaten! 6-0! Beat Sanford 60-47! Beat Marshwood 54-32! Riot Pride Baby! Coach Conley has a good Xmas! Riots head to Noble! Tuesday Night! 7-0 at the Xmas Break! Will Hyland Return for the New Year!

3.Falmouth------6-0- Christmas Trees are Lit in Falmouth! Thank you Mancini! The Yachtsmen are Perfect! 6-0! How Sweet it Is! Big Game! Big Win! Beat Greely! 74-63! Beat Lake Region! 62-51! Crushed Yarmouth! 58-41! HO! HO! HO! It’s off to Poland on Tuesday Night! Merry Christmas Yachtsmen! 7-0 Baby!

4.Camden-------5-0- Walkng In a Winter Jammer Land! Merry Christmas to Coach Hart! Jammers Totally Annihilate Gardiner! 81-44! Big Game! Takes Down Rockland! 64-43! Jammers head to Oak Hill on Tuesday Night! Jammers Move to 6-0!

5.Brunswick---6-0- Dragons are on Fire! Undefeated! 3 More W’s! Beat Morse 56-43! Beat Lewiston 50-40! Beat Messalonskee 41-38! 6-0 Baby! Does Ralph Mims Know About This! I Bet Dan Hammond Knows! One Game this Week! Tuesday Night! Host Lawrence! Could be Interesting! I’ll take The Dragons! Merry Xmas Coach Hanson! 7-0!

6.Westbrook--4-1-Blue Blazes Right Back On track! And That’s without Borelli! He’s Injured! Beat Massabesic 64-50! Beat Scarborough 45-38! Santa is Coming! And Blue Blazes Have a Big Game Coming! A Tuesday Night! Big Event! The Portland Bulldogs are Coming to Town! Big Game for Both! Merry Christmas Blazes!

7.Brewer-----5-1- Woah! What a Week! Witches Beat Bangor! 62-57! Witches Beat Mt. Blue! 54-52! Witches Lose to EL! 74-68! Witches Drop to # 7! EL Right Back Knocking on The Door! East Is Crazy! One Game up This Week! Witches host Oxford Hills! On Tuesday Night!

8.Hampden--4-1- Broncos Bounce Right Back! Two Wins! Crush Lawrence! 50-28! Beat Mt. Ararat! 66-57! Merry Christmas Broncos! How Good Are They! One Game on Tap this Week! Tuesday Night! Broncos head to Erskine! Looks like 5-1 to Me!

9.Thornton--5-0- Golden Trojans! Move up 1 Spot! Two more Wins! Beat Bonny Eagle! 66-58! Beat Sanford! 61-50! How Good are They! We Shall Find out Real Soon! Big Games are Coming! And one is This Week! On Tuesday Night! The Deering Rams are Coming to Town! A Tuesday Night Maine Event! An Xmas Special! Two Undefeated’s! someone is Going Down! Big Game Right Here Folk’s! Merry Christmas Coach Davies! And Merry Christmas Coach Legage!

10. Cape Eliz.-6-0- Here Come the Capers! Team is Red Hot! 3 More Wins! Capers Jump into the Top 10! Crushed Fryeburg! 81-38! Handled a Scrappy Yarmouth Team! 64-56!
Beat a Very Good Greely Team! 66-55! One Game up This Week! Capers head up to GNG! Merry Christmas to Coach Ray and The Capers! 7-0! Baby!

Teams Knocking on the Door:

Deering---------5-0
Edward Little--4-1
Bangor---------3-2
Calais-----------4-0
Presque Isle----5-0
Mtn.Valley-----6-0
Medomak------4-1
Dirigo----------6-0
Wash. Acad.--3-0

Til’ Next Week:

Keep warm and Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hoop’n New Year!

The WIZ

Your game recaps for December 21

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Jonesport-Beals 62, East Grand 13
At Danforth, Morgan Beal scored 14 points to lead Jonesport-Beals to victory.
Jenny Armstrong paced East Grand with six points.
Jonesport-Beals (1-4) 62
M. Beal 6-0-12, A. Crowley 3-1-7, Merchant 3-1-7, N. Beal 3-0-6, E. Crowley 2-2-6, Alley 3-0-6, Carver 3-0-6, Todd 1-0-2, Jones 1-0-2
East Grand (1-4) 13
Armstrong 1-4-6, Hannington 2-0-4, S. Beaudoin 1-0-2, Farley 01-1, Lindsey, Cousins, K. Beaudoin, Cowger, Gilman
3-pt. goals: M. Beal 2
Jonesport-Beals     20    31    39    62  
East Grand     4    8    11    13  

Fort Kent 82, Van Buren 25
At Van Buren, Taylor Boucher scored 22 points as Fort Kent cruised past Van Buren.
Sam Carapellucci had 13 points for Fort Kent and Andrea Nadeau added 11.
Natasha Bourgoin and Ashlie Wilson each scored eight points to pace Van Buren.
Fort Kent (4-2) 82
Boucher 6-8-22, Daigle 3-0-6, Roy 2-0-4, Nadeau 4-1-11, Morneault 0-4-4, Thibodeau 3-0-7, Jandreau 1-4-6, Bard 3-2-9, Carapellucci 5-3-13, Morris
Van Buren (1-5) 25
Bourgoin 3-2-8, V. Rioux 2-0-6, Wilson 3-2-8, N. Ouellette 1-0-2, Dumond 0-1-1, Duprey, Parent, J. Ouellette, C. Rioux
3-pt. goals: Boucher 2, Nadeau 2, Thibodeau, Bard; V. Rioux 2
Fort Kent    16    42    63    82
Van Buren    10    15    17    25

Madawaska 56, Limestone 36
At Madawaska, Emma Dionne had 24 points and 18 rebounds — both game highs — while leading the host Owls past Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics.
For the Owls, Erin Dugal scored 10 points.
Amanda Allen led the Eagles with 10 points.
Limestone/MSSM (1-6) 36
Allen 4-2-10, Gray 0-1-1, St. Pierre 2-0-4, S. Leighton 1-0-2, Good 3-3-9, Kelly 1-0-2, C. Leighton 1-1-3, Cote 2-1-5, Kirk
Madawaska (3-4) 56
Dionne 12-0-24, Dugal 5-0-10, Beaulieu 4-0-8, Cyr 1-0-2, Nadeau 2-2-6, Williams 2-0-4, Parker 0-2-2, Cormier, Dixon, Sirois
3-pt. goals: none
Limestone     9    10    18    36  
Madawaska     16    32    46    56  
JV: Madawaska 38-27

SEACOAST CHRISTIAN 39, ELAN 21
Ruth Towne finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Guardians (3-2) past the Buccaneers (1-4) at Eliot.

Shira Lazar paced Elan with eight points.

Game recaps courtesy of:
Bangor Daily News  
Fosters
Kennebec Journal 
Lewiston Sun Journal 
Portland Press Herald 
Seacoast Online 
Times Record 
Waterville Sentinel

Your game recaps for December 21

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Buckfield 53, Pine Tree Academy 22
FREEPORT — Sophomore Austin Dooley scored a game-high 14 points as Buckfield cruised to a 53-22 victory over Pine Tree Academy in EWC boys' basketball action Monday.

The Bucks (2-4) overpowered Pine Tree Academy (0-4) in the first half, tabulating 20 points in each quarter for a 40-5 lead at the half. Senior guard Jacob Chicoine contributed seven points on a pair of two-point field goals and one from 3-point range.

Owen Pierce was the leading scorer for Pine Tree Academy with four field goals for eight points.

Jay 69, Madison 47
JAY — Senior forward Austin Clark led a pack of five players, scoring in double digits, with 16 points as Jay dominated Madison 69-47 in MVC boys' basketball action Monday.

The Tigers (5-1) wrapped up the first half with a seven-point run, and continued to dominate with a 20-4 third quarter effort.

Senior forward Jordan DeMillo registered 14 points, while junior center Kyle Storer contributed 12 points for Jay. Sophomore forward James Barker came off the bench to score 10 points as did starter sophomore guard Zach Bonnevie.

Senior guard Cody Small paced the Bulldogs (2-5) with a shared game-high 16 points.

Mountain Valley 59, Livermore Falls 39
RUMFORD — Sophomore guard Izaak Mills tickled the twines with a game-high 17 points to lead Mountain Valley to a 59-39 victory in MVC boys' basketball action Monday evening.

The Falcons (7-0) found themselves evenly matched in the first half, taking a modest 31-26 lead into intermission. But, Mountain Valley picked up the pace in the third quarter with a 13-4 run, and kept up the momentum for a 20-point advantage at the final buzzer.

Tom Ventrella, Derek Castonguay and Kyle Whittemore posted eight points apiece for the Andeis (4-2). Castonguay recorded a game-high eight rebounds in the contest. 
 
WISCASSET 60, LISBON 38
Cody Griffin scored 23 points as the Redskins (3-4) beat the Greyhounds (0-7) at Wiscasset.

Jordan Jones contributed 11 points for Wiscasset, which opened a 27-11 halftime lead.

Ethan Audie led Lisbon with eight points.
 
Carrabec 66, Mt. Abram 65

Aaron Lane hit a shot in the lane with five seconds left to play to lift the Cobras to the MVC win in North Anson.

Lane finished with 22 points for Carrabec (2-5) while Justin Richardson added 15, Nick McCarthy 12 and Brandon James 11. For Mt. Abram (0-6), Jim Barker scored 22 points, Jarrod Blood 15 and Joey Lampron 13

Houlton 45, Fort Kent 35
At Fort Kent, Jordan Bragan scored 13 points to help lift Houlton over Fort Kent.
Micah Goetsch added 10 points for the Shiretowners.
Curtis Bouchard scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for Fort Kent.
Houlton (1-3) 45
Bragan 4-4-13, Goetsch 5-0-10, Woodworth 3-0-6, Anderson 1-0-2, Codrey 3-3-9, Hutchison 2-1-5, Cone, Duff, Quint, Flewelling, Dickson
Fort Kent (3-5) 35
Bouchard 8-3-23, Cyr 2-0-4, Charette 0-1-1, Soucy 2-1-5, O’Leary 1-0-2, Rioux, Nadeau, Levesque, Violette, Hafford
3-pt. goals: Bragan; Bouchard 4
Houlton    14    24    33    45
Fort Kent    6    14    20    35
JV: Houlton 48-43

Fort Fairfield 67, Easton 47
At Fort Fairfield, Travis Noyes posted seven of his 11 points in the first quarter when the Tigers outscored the Bears 20-7 en route to their fifth win.
John McNamee paced the winners with 15 points and Dereck Dufour added 14.
Reid Clark scored 18 points to lead the Bears.
Easton (4-3) 47
Fuller 1-1-3, Hafford 2-0-4, Jo. Bacon 2-0-4, Ja. Bacon 0-1-1, Tompkins 1-1-3, White 3-0-6, clark 8-2-18, Budreau 3-2-8, Z. Clark, Turner, Condon
Fort Fairfield (5-1) 67
Williams 3-0-7, Girvan 1-0-2, Booth 2-1-7, Dufour 4-6-14, Noyes 4-3-11, Michaud 1-0-2, Churchill 4-1-9, McNamee 7-1-15, A. Bixler, Emerson, B. Bixler, Zhang, Clark
3-pt. goals: Williams, Booth
Easton     7    22    29    47  
Fort Fairfield     20    40    57    67  
JV: Easton 49-37

Cen. Aroostook 65, Ashland 45
At Mars Hill, Mike McClung paced a balanced scoring effort by Central Aroostook of Mars Hill with 12 points.
Dan Brewer had 11 points and Garrett Stiles added 10 for the unbeaten Panthers.
Kenny Tarr scored 24 points to lead the Hornets. Jordan Beaulieu had 10.
Ashland (3-3) 45
Tarr 8-6-24, Chasse, Levesque 1-1-3, Willey, Ward 1-0-2, Hafford 3-0-6, Beaulieu 4-2-10
Cen. Aroostook (5-0) 65
McClung 5-2-12, D. Brewer 5-1-11, Stiles 5-0-10, R. Grass 1-0-2, Folsom 3-0-6, McLaughlin 2-0-4, K. Brewer 1-0-2, Rusby 1-0-2, Kelley 4-0-8, C. Grass, York 4-0-8
3-pt. goals: Tarr 2
Ashland     3    16    28    45  
CAHS     19    35    52    65  
JV: Cen. Aroostook 39-29

Bucksport 43, George Stevens 42
At Blue Hill, Tyler French hit both free throws with 12 seconds remaining to give the Golden Bucks their first win and the George Stevens Academy Eagles their first loss.
The Eagles missed a 12-foot baseline jumper and a rebound at the buzzer.
Cody Farrell had 19 points and Brandon Flegel 12 for the Bucks.
Elias Springer scored 17 to lead the Eagles. Tom Crowe had 13 rebounds.
Bucksport (1-4) 43
Farrell 7-1-19, Flegel 5-2-12, Bailey 0-2-2, French 1-4-7, Walker, Nason, Redman, Alvarado, Swazey 1-0-2
George Stevens (4-1)
Springer 6-3-17, Lawson 2-0-5, Crowe 2-2-6, Gale, Bryant 2-3-7, Kane 2-0-5, Doolittle, Dillon 1-0-2
3-pt. goals: Farrell 4, French; Springer 2, Lawson, Kane
Bucksport     2    21    35    43  
GSA     17    24    33    42  
JV: GSA 43-30

Washington Acad. 82, Sumner 36
At East Machias, Noah Von Rotz scored 18 points to lead Washington Academy over Sumner of East Sullivan.
Bryce Colbeth had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Raiders. Ben Teer added five assists and four steals.
Tommy Bell led Sumner with 20 points.
Sumner (2-5) 36
Bell 6-8-20, Boone 3-0-6, Norton 0-1-1, Ring 2-2-6, Harmon 0-2-2, O’Brien 0-1-1, Smeal, Deniger, Tenney, Malloy
Washington Academy (4-0) 82
Teer 3-0-7, Von Rotz 9-0-18, Stevens 3-0-7, Morren 3-0-6, Colbeth 5-2-12, Richards 1-1-3, Lenfestey 1-2-5, Farren 1-4-6, Maller 4-0-8, Porter 3-0-6, Huffman 2-0-4, Porter, Pineo
3-pt. goals: Teer, Stevens, Lenfestey
Sumner    7    18    26    36
Washington Acad.    26    40    58    82
JV: Washington Acad. 59-49

Stearns 62, Penquis 46
At Milo, Brandon McLaughlin had 16 points to power Stearns of Millinocket past Penquis.
Garen Manzo and Billy Eurich added 14 points apiece for the Minutemen.
Ed Cobb led Penquis with 12 points. Bryan Russell scored 10 points.
Stearns (4-0) 62
MacDonald 2-1-5, Baker 1-0-2, Manzo 6-0-14, Eurich 7-0-14, McLaughlin 6-0-16, Bouchard 4-1-9, McGillicuddy 1-0-2, Herring, Michaud, Whitney, McCleary
Penquis (3-2) 46
Cobb 5-1-12, Russell 5-0-10, Delano 2-10-5, Arefein 4-0-8, Artus 3-2-9, Johnson 1-0-2, Grinnell, Badger, Armstrong, Larrabee, Herbest, Stanley
3-pt. goals: McLaughlin 4, Manzo 2; Cobb, Delano, Artus
Stearns    21    34    54    62
Penquis    12    22    33    46
JV: Stearns 53-50 (2OT)

Piscataquis 29, Central 28
At Corinth, Dylan Izbicki made a free throw with less than a minute left to give Piscataquis of Guilford a 29-28 lead and the Pirates held on to beat the Red Devils.
Piscataquis outscored Central 6-1 in the fourth to score its first win.
Yaal Kand scored 12 points to pace the Pirates.
Cole Haskell had 12 points for Central.
Piscataquis (1-4) 29
Ward 3-0-8, Taylor 1-0-2, Schmiedlehner 2-0-4, Izbicki 0-1-1, Kand 4-1-12, Noble 1-0-2
Central (1-5) 28
Lord 1-0-2, Haskell 5-2-12, Melanson 3-2-8, Kelley 2-0-4, Mitchell 1-0-2, Brownell
3-pt. goals: Kand 3, Ward 2
Piscataquis    9    16    23    29
Central    8    20    27    28
JV: Piscataquis 55-12

Washburn 62, Hodgdon 57
At Hodgdon, Washburn outscored Hodgdon 18-9 in the third quarter to pull away and grab the win.
Mitch Worcester had 20 points to pace the Beavers. Chase Chandler and Jordan McLaughlin scored 14 points apiece.
Chris Williams totaled 16 points for Hodgdon. A.J. Acott scored 12 points and Josh Hudson added 10 points.
Washburn (3-1) 62
Turner 1-1-3, Worcester 5-8-20, Fitzpatrick 3-0-7, Howe 2-0-4, Chandler 6-2-14, McLaughlin 4-3-14, Davis
Hodgdon (2-4) 57
Williams 5-1-16, Hudson 4-1-10, Acott 4-1-12, D. McGillicuddy 4-1-9, Tidd 2-0-4, A. McGillicuddy 2-2-6, Lunn
3-pt. goals: McLaughlin 3, Worcester 2, Fitzpatrick; Williams 3, Acott 3, Hudson
Washburn    15    30    48    62
Hodgdon    11    29    38    57
JV: Hodgdon 60-30

Jones.-Beals 104, East Grand 63
At Danforth, three players scored 16 points and another had 15 points as Jonesport-Beals defeated East Grand.
Sid Look, Justin Alley and Garrett Beal scored 16 points apiece for the Royals. Zach Smith had 15 points.
Seth Cropley scored a game-high 24 points to pace the Vikings. Andrew Gilman scored 21 and Abe Brittian chipped in 16.
Jonesport-Beals (5-0) 104
Lyons 1-0-2, Monroe 2-1-5, Look 6-0-16, J. Alley 7-2-16, A. Beal 3-0-8, G. Beal 7-2-16, Turcotte 4-4-12, Carver 4-0-8, Smith 7-1-15, M. Alley 3-0-6
East Grand (1-4) 63
Gilman 81-21, Morse 1-0-2, Cropley 8-4-24, Ab. Brittian 4-7-16, Cousins 1-0-2, Al. Brittian, Massey, Kenyon, Crocker
3-pt. goals: Look 4, A. Beal 2; Gilman 4, Cropley 4, Ab. Brittian
Jonesport-Beals    24    52    76    104
East Grand    9    24    41    63

Searsport 65, Bangor Christian 48
At Searsport, Rocky Faunce scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to power Searsport over Bangor Christian.
Faunce also had 11 rebounds for the Vikings. Evan Kingsbury scored 14 points and Zach Kelley totaled 10 rebounds.
Tyler Alexander led the Patriots with 26 points. Brandon Wilcox scored 15 points.
Bangor Christian (1-3) 48
Schmidt 2-1-5, Alexander 10-2-26, Bran. Wilcox 5-2-15, Swanson 1-0-2, Bragg, Poulin, Brad. Wilcox
Searsport (2-4) 65
Ellis 1-0-3, Kingsbury 5-2-14, J. Seekins 3-3-9, Moody 4-0-9, Kelley 3-0-6, Fraunce 10-4-24, S. Seekins, Bean
3-pt. goals: Alexander 4, Bran. Wilcox 3; Kingsbury 2, Ellis, Moody
Bangor Chr.    17    28    37    48
Searsport    15    30    43    65
JV: Bangor Christian 38-34

Foxcroft Acad. 68, Orono 64
At Orono, Josiah Richard hit nine 3-pointers en route to a game-high 35 points to lead the visiting Ponies to victory.
Ryan Stroud scored 13 points and James Johnson added 12 for the Ponies.
A.J. Coleman and James Marsh each scored 14 for the Red Riots. Brandon LeVasseur and Shane Albert each scored 13 and Tyler Eddy scored 10.
Foxcroft Academy (3-1) 68
Richard 11-4-35, Stroud 5-1-13, Johnson 6-0-12, Champeon 3-0-6, Hutchinson 0-2-2, Harmon, Gourley, Gould, Merrill
Orono (3-4) 64
Coleman 4-4-14, Marsh 6-2-14, LeVasseur 4-4-13, Albert 5-2-13, Eddy 3-2-10. Johnson, Lucy
3-pt. goals: Richard 9, Stroud 2; Coleman 2, LeVasseur, Albert, Eddy 2
Foxcroft      17    38    54    68  
Orono     11    33    47    64  
JV: Foxcroft 58-42

Mount View 68, Lincoln Acad. 56
At Thorndike, Mike Cochrane scored 16 points to help lead the Mount View Mustangs past Lincoln Academy of Newcastle.
Jason Hughes had 14 points and Zach Babin added 11 for the Mustangs.
Ben McClain scored 20 points and Ethan Wajer 10 for the Eagles.
Lincoln Academy (2-3) 56
Mullin 1-0-3, McClain 8-2-20, Leavitt, Martin 3-0-6, Leavitt, Fettis 3-0-6, Wotton 2-1-5, Scherer 1-0-2, Reilly 1-2-4, Wajer 4-2-10, Quinlan
Mount View (5-1) 68
Keller 1-2-4, Alton 3-1-7, Cochrane 6-4-16, Mehuren, Albright, Babin 2-7-11, Rednour 1-0-2, Nealley 1-0-3, Hughes 7-0-14, Blanchard 3-3-11
3-pt. goals: McClain 2, Mullin; Blanchard 2, Nealley
Lincoln Acad.     12    28    36    56  
Mount View    9    29    51    68  

Boothbay 81, Georges Valley 66
At Boothbay Harbor, Georges Valley of Thomaston pulled within eight points with three minutes left in regulation, but Boothbay was 12-for-13 from the free throw line to earn the win.
Dan Dickinson scored 21 points to pace Boothbay. Jake Simmons had 19 points, Anthony DiMauro scored 15 points and Brian Hubbard had 10 points.
Logan Cross scored 27 points to power Georges Valley. Robbie Beverage scored 12 points and Dylan Maloney chipped in 11 points.
Georges Valley (3-4) 66
Grierson 1-1-3, Corss 9-4-27, Wallace 1-2-4, Cowan 2-2-6, Beverage 4-2-12, Coletti 0-1-1, Arsenault 0-2-2, Maloney 3-4-11, Young, Cline
Boothbay (5-1) 81
Cronk 1-0-3, Thayer 1-2-4, Simmons 7-4-19, Dickinson 6-5-21, DiMauro 3-9-15, Hubbard 3-4-10, Alley 2-0-4, Caron 1-1-3, Murphy 1-0-2
3-pt. goals: Cross 5, Beverage 2, Maloney; Dickinson 4, Cronk, Simmons
Georges Valley    11    30    44    66
Boothbay    8    37    57    81

Schenck 59, Penobscot Valley 40
At Howland, Brandon Theriault scored 21 points to lift Schenck of East Millinocket over Penobscot Valley.
Eric Theriault and Jared Waite had 12 points apiece for the Wolverines.
Jacob Jones and Adam Calendar paced the Howlers with 12 points each.
Schenck (5-1) 59
B. Theriault 8-3-21, E. Theriault 4-3-12, Waite 3-6-12, Levasseur 4-0-8, McLaughlin 3-0-6, Thompson, Tanous
Penobscot Valley (3-2) 40
Jones 4-2-12, Calendar 5-2-12, Scopino 1-0-2, Hallett 0-1-1, McCloskey 3-3-9, Speed 2-0-4, Libby, Brazozowski, Thurlow
3-pt. goals: B. Theriault 2, E. Theriault; Jones 2
Schenck    18    30    47    59
Penobscot Valley    11    18    33    40

Calais 65, Narraguagus 25
At Harrington, Matt Cummings and Ryan Cavanaugh scored 12 points apiece to lead Calais to victory over Narraguagus.
Josh Hachey and Cody Robinson each scored six points to pace the Knights.
Calais (5-0) 65
Cummings 4-4-12, Cavanaugh 4-3-12, Gillespie 3-0-6, Carr 3-1-7, Shorey 3-0-6, Jones 1-0-2, Mitchell 2-0-4, Beers 3-2-8, Ramsdell 2-2-8, Pike
Narraguagus (0-4) 25
Hachey 2-2-6, Robinson 2-0-6, Grant 1-0-2, Ramsay 2-0-4, Maillet 2-0-4, Strout 1-1-3, Jordan, Kennedy, Dublin, Endre, Bragg, Johnson, Tenney
3-pt. goals: Ramsdell 2, Cavanaugh; Robinson
Calais    22    34    59    65
Narraguagus    10    11    15    25
JV: Narraguagus 63-60

Shead 52, Machias 32
At Eastport, Dave Medeiros scored 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter to help lead Shead past Machias.
Medeiros added six assists and four steals for the Tigers. Carlos Smith had eight points and seven rebounds.
Phillip Morse scored 10 points for Machias.
Machias (2-4) 32
Prescott 2-2-6, Jenkins 0-1-1, Farrington 1-0-2, Dahl 1-0-3, Morse 4-1-10, Scoville 2-0-4, Richards 1-1-3, Reynolds 1-0-3, Raye, Getchell, Hanson
Shead (3-2) 52
Collins 2-0-4, Medeiros 6-3-15, Barnes 1-0-3, Ricker 2-0-4, Seeley 0-2-2, Demolet 2-2-6, Mitchell 2-1-5, Currier 2-1-5, Smith 4-0-8, Nicholas, Vinson
3-pt. goals: Dahl, Reynolds; Barnes
Machias    4    9    19    32
Shead    9    19    34    52
JV: Shead 67-48

Old Town 53, Mattanawcook 46
At Lincoln, Josh Boucher scored 21 points and the Old Town Coyotes shut Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln down with a switch to zone defense in the fourth quarter.
Luke Bartlett was 7-for-7 at the line and scored 13 points. Zak Kochis 11 for the Coyotes.
Wayne Campbell led the MA Lynx with 13 points and Derek Gardner added 11.
Old Town (3-3) 53
Bartlett 3-7-13, Clark, Kochis 4-0-11, Boyington, Boucher 7-5-21, Abbott 1-0-2, Libby, Loring 1-0-2, Merry 2-0-4
Mattanawcook (2-3) 46
Vicaire 2-0-4, Campbell 3-5-13, Gardner 3-5-11, Paradis, Delaite 3-0-6, Hand, Bernier 2-2-6, Stepanec 2-0-4, O’Hara 1-0-2
3-pt. goals: Kochis 3, Boucher 2; Campbell 2
Old Town     8    22    32    53  
Mattanawcook     11    24    37    46  
JV: Old Town 51-50

Game recaps courtesy of:
Bangor Daily News  
Fosters
Kennebec Journal 
Lewiston Sun Journal 
Portland Press Herald 
Seacoast Online 
Times Record 
Waterville Sentinel

Girls' Basketball Notebook: Old Orchard Beach teams get into the spirit of the season

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By MIKE LOWE, Staff Writer

Playing for the Old Orchard Beach High girls' basketball team means a little more than just practicing your foul shots and crossover dribbles. Especially this time of year.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Seagulls have donated their time and money to help needy families in York County. This year, the team, along with the Old Orchard Beach cheering squad, sponsored four families, meaning they provided gifts and treats for the children. It's all part of a program started by Caring Unlimited, an organization for domestically abused women in York County.

"It really hits home with (the players) that this is the Christmas that these children are getting," said Casie Buffum, the coach at Old Orchard Beach. "And when we talk about the situations that these ladies are in who are asking for the help it makes them realize that they can get involved and can make a difference in their own community."

Caring Unlimited provides the basketball team with a list of families, each one with a wish list of presents for the children. This year, the organization asked if they could sponsor a fourth family, and the cheering squad quickly agreed to do it.

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Boys' hockey: Class B York gives Class A Biddeford all it can handle before a costly third-period lapse

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Tigers handle Wildcats' challenge

By STEVE CRAIG

DOVER, N.H. — Michael Vessey warned his York High Wildcats not to forget that defense was the top priority against a dangerous Biddeford boys' hockey team.

Class B York skated with, hit with and challenged the Class A Tigers through two periods in Monday night's game by focusing on that mantra.

For a couple minutes at the start of the third period, however, the Wildcats may have been "leaning forward to the offense," Vessey said, and Biddeford made the Wildcats pay.

The Tigers poured in three goals in just over six minutes to take a 4-0 lead and held off the Wildcats for a 4-2 victory at Dover Ice Arena.

"York's a good team. They're surprisingly deep," Biddeford Coach Rich Reissfelder said.

"We had started playing a lot better in the second period. I think it was more a case in the third period that York took some chances and we were able to change the three-on-threes down low into some three-on-twos."

Biddeford piled up a 21-4 shot advantage in the third period and might have turned the game into a rout if not for the effort of York goalie Alex Ahrikenchikh, who finished with 34 saves.

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Boys' basketball: Gorham's early surge too much for Kennebunk

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Alex Graves sparks a 15-1 run in the first half with 3-point shooting, and Gorham earns a 48-28 victory.

By TOM CHARD, Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK — Two struggling SMAA boys' basketball teams met Monday night. Who would get that cherished win heading into the Christmas break?

The answer is Gorham, which took control behind the 3-point shooting of Alex Graves and used a 15-1 run overlapping the first and second quarters to beat winless Kennebunk, 48-28.

Gorham (2-5) led 10-8 before getting hot. Graves, a senior guard, hit three 3-pointers during the decisive run and had 16 points in the first half. He battled foul problems in the second half but still wound up with 24 points.

Jon Day started the run with an inside basket. Graves followed with a 3-pointer, and Ryan Luxton scored on a layup to give the Rams a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.


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football: A season of joy: Dirigo's Crutchfield is tops on this team's list

Sport: Football  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Kalle Oakes Staff Writer

DIXFIELD — Whether he slings the ball in the National Football League or the Campbell Conference, a quarterback's worth is weighed primarily in two categories.

His record, and his performance in the postseason.

On both sides of the equation, Nic Crutchfield of Dirigo High School passes with flying colors.

Crutchfield claimed the Cougars' starting job as a sophomore — one year behind schedule, due to a broken thumb.

Thirty-one games. Twenty-five wins.

And pure perfection his senior year: 12-0, capped by a 256-yard, three-touchdown tour de force against Foxcroft Academy in the Class C championship game at Portland's Fitzpatrick Stadium


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Girls' basketball: Lisbon drops Dirigo

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Bob McPhee, Staff Writer

DIXFIELD — Renee Moore provided a spark for a Lisbon girls' basketball team that needed to regain traction in the Mountain Valley Conference.

Moore scored a game-high 18 points and hauled down 12 rebounds as the Greyhounds received a solid defensive effort in a 40-26 girls' basketball victory against Dirigo at Defoe gymnasium.

Lisbon (5-1) jumped on top in the middle quarters and displayed patience by rotating the ball around the arc before settling for an open shot. It was Moore and backcourt teammate Amber Cloutier who provided the firepower.

"This team has great potential," Moore said. "Tonight, we executed well offensively and moved the ball well. It was important for us to play well because we had lost to Jay on Saturday and we needed to come in here
and take it to Dirigo." 


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Boys' basketball: Saints stall Ramblers, 57-42

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer

AUBURN — At 5-foot-7, Nate Poulin can be easy to lose on a basketball court, especially when he's off standing in the corner.

But Poulin can also be St. Dom's most dangerous weapon in its spread motion offense, as he was in the final three quarters of Monday night's 57-42 victory over Winthrop.

Poulin scored 12 points, all in the final three quarters and all on 3-pointers, providing the perfect perimeter complement to slashing sophomore Peter Keaney (23 points).

"If we just rely all on penetration, everyone's going to sag and it will break down," St. Dom's coach Ryan Deschenes said. "But if we have the shooters that can suck that defense out, like Nate, he's a game-changer with his abilities. And he hit a few big ones tonight."


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MPA rule for holiday tournaments unpopular to coaches

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY MIKE LOWE, Portland Press Herald

The Maine Principals' Association's decision last winter to limit the number of non-countable dates that high school teams could use for scrimmages and exhibition games has forced many holiday tournaments to revise their schedules, with many teams now playing two games a day.

And, as expected, the organizers and coaches aren't real happy. They say that the MPA rules are causing them to lose money and are putting the athletes at risk for injury.

"I think it's bad for sports," said Gary Prohlman, who organizes the Maine High School Hockey Invitational. "I think it creates health problems when you have kids play two highly-competitive games in one day. It's unfortunate. I just don't think (the MPA) really thought through this."

The hockey tournament, in its ninth year, is normally a five-day event. This year, games will be played over three days instead, with several starting at 8 a.m. Prohlman, a Portland attorney, said about 10 teams pulled out, leaving the field with 38. He had expected more than 50 teams to participate this year.


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Hockey: DeBlois, Gaudette goals in 3rd sink Messalonskee

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: December 22nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY BILL STEWART, Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- For the second straight game, the Waterville Senior High School hockey team left the ice without a lead after two periods of play.

And for the second consecutive game, the Purple Panthers dominated the third period to win an emotional game.

Nick DeBlois and Josh Gaudette scored third-period goals to lift Waterville over improved Messalonskee 2-0 on Monday at Alfond Rink.

"This is a big confidence-booster for us," Gaudette said. "We got the job done."

The Purple Panthers (5-0-0) won their 25th consecutive game, but lost DeBlois for their key showdown against St. Dominic Regional (2-1-0) on Wednesday. DeBlois took five penalties, which triggered an automatic one-game suspension per Maine Principals' Association rules.

DeBlois, who leads Waterville with eight points in five games, was whistled for three penalties on one play -- slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute game misconduct -- in the third.

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