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And Down The Stretch They Come!, Plus WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 9

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: February 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

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Wow folk’s it is hard to believe but we only have one week left of regular season play. The season has flown by faster than ever and what a season it has been. It has been just as crazy as expected and maybe even more crazier. There were some big games this past week. There were some crazy scores. There were some overtime games, even double overtime games. There is one week left and there are some huge games coming. Things are really Heat’n Up! Teams will be heading down “Tabasco Road” in the final week of regular season play. Teams will be fighting for top spots and teams will be fighting just to get into the tourney. Some teams are just hitting their stride and starting to run on all cylinders. Who will be the teams that actually make it to the “Big Dance” we shall find out very shortly.

Who is going to win-out in Class A East? Edward Little has to be the front runner now but there are 5 or 6 teams that can do it and when we hit the “Big Dance” it’s a brand new season. Brewer, Mt, Blue and Morse appear to be the top challengers, but you can’t count out Hampden, Bangor or Cony either. And I can’t count out Oxford Hills they are capable of bumping somebody out. It is going to be one crazy tournament.

In Class A West The Cheverus Stags are still undefeated and they appear to be the top team in the whole state but can they stay there? Stags have two games left. They play at Portland then host Deering. When the “Big Dance” gets underway there are 3 or 4 teams that will get another shot at taking the Stags down. It is very hard for any team in Class A to go the whole route undefeated. Westbrook, South Portland, Portland and Thornton will look to steal the whole show and Windham and Biddeford are capable of knocking someone out when they hit the tourney.

In Class B East it is still all Camden Hills. The Windjammers are 16-0 with two regular season games left. They have Lincoln at home and then travel to Rockland for a big finish. Will anyone stop them? Many think they are a lock for the Gold Ball, but there are 3 or 4 teams from the West that just might have a say in that when it is all is said and done.

In Class B West it is a battle for the top spot. Falmouth had it last week, but they were beaten twice this past week first by Greely then by Cape. It looks like the top spot will be decided this coming Friday night as Greely plays at Cape to see who will grab the top spot. Lake Region and Mountain Valley are also in the mix and will look to upset the top teams in the tourney.

In Class C East it is very tight between Washington Academy, Calais, Stearns, but Schenck, Lee, Narraguagus and Orono are right there to challenge and when they hit the tourney it will be an All-Out-War! Talk about Crazy this is going to be wild!

In Class C West Dirigo is still undefeated at 17-0 with one game remaining against Class B Mountain Valley. Wiscasset is right on their tail at 15-1. Dirigo beat them earlier in the season 62-37 but the Redskins have not lost since. When the tourney starts Traip is right there and Dirigo has not seen them in regular season and watch out for Hyde. The Phoenix with David Duncan could be the spoilers. Hyde had three wins this past week beating NYA, Gould and a huge win over Calais 60-43. And don’t count out Winthrop either.

In Class D East how about those Tigers of Fort Fairfield! Undefeated at 16-0 heading into the last week of regular season play. Two games left for the Tigers and they are both on the road. First at Hodgdon, then at Washburn. It looks like the Tigers will get that # 1 seed and the next 14 teams will have to play a prelim game. Central Aroostook, South Aroostook, Shead, Ashland, Woodland and Easton all appear to be the top threats but there are still 3 or 4 more teams that could pull it off. And look at Bangor Christian they have caught fire! Bret Bradford throws in 53pts. As BC beat Lee 78-76. Then BC upset Schenck 65-61 in overtime. When the “Big Dance” gets started in Eastern Class D you know the Bangor Auditorium will be Rock’n & a Roll‘n!

In Class D West It looks like the battle will be between Richmond and Forest Hills, but Vinal Haven, Elan, Averill, and Greenville are in the mix, plus Valley is making a late surge to get into the tourney. This one will also be very interesting as well as Buckfield and Rangeley are very capable of pulling off some upsets.

In Big Games this past week involving top teams:

Cheverus beat Thornton 57-48, beat South Portland 52-39.
South Portland beat Portland 57-49.
Edward Little beat Morse 60-47.
Cape beat Falmouth 73-70.
Greely beat Falmouth 61-38.
Portland beat Deering 71-47.
Mt. Blue beat Brewer 69-55.
Hampden beat Mt. Blue 57-46.
Cony beat Morse 60-49.
Piscataquis beat Stearns 62-60 in two overtimes.
Caribou beat Presque Isle 37-34 in overtime.
Calais beat Woodland 56-43.
Washington Acad. Beat Calais 59-46, beat Narraguagus 67-54.
Central Aroostook beat Easton, beat Hodgdon 59-55, beat Washburn 81-36.

WIZ Big games week # 10:

As we head to The WIZ Big Games this final week of regular season play all games are big as teams battle for top seeds and teams battle to just to make a prelim game but some of the real Big Games are:

Monday 2/2:

Calais at Houlton
Sumner at Washington Acad.
Washburn at Ashland
Woodland at Narraguagus

Tuesday 2/3:

Cheverus at Portland
Falmouth at York
GNG at Greely
Lincoln at Camden
Yarmouth at Cape
Boothbay at Wiscasset
Traip at NYA
Waynflete at Lake region
Winthrop at Madison
Greenville at Forest Hills
Richmond at Buckfield
Brunswick at Cony
Leavitt at Edward Little
Messalonskee at Hampden
Morse at Mt. Ararat
Mt. Blue at Bangor
Oxford Hills at Lewiston
Skowhegan at Brewer
Mattanawcook at MDI
Rockland at Medomak
Waterville at Maranacook
Penquis at Penobscot
Jonesport-Beals at Machias
Katahdin at South Aroostook

Wednesday 2/4:

Gorham at Windham
Scarborough at Biddeford
South Portland at Deering
Westbrook at Bonny Eagle
Calais at Hyde
Houlton at Caribou
Washington Acad. At Woodland

Thursday 2/5:

Lincoln at Medomak
Dirigo at Mountain Valley
Hall-Dale at Georges Valley
Traip at York
Wiscasset at Winthrop
Bangor at Brewer
Morse at Brunswick
Mt. Ararat at Cony
Mt. Blue at Skowhegan
Camden at Rockland
Erskine at Gardiner
Mattanawcook at Lee
MDI at Hermon
Winslow at Waterville
Narraguagus at Shead
Ashland at Katahdin
Fort Fairfield at Washburn

Friday 2/6:

Bonny Eagle at Gorham
Deering at Cheverus
South Portland at Portland
Thornton at Scarborough
Windham at Westbrook
Greely at Cape
Lake Region at Falmouth
Richmond at Greenville
Orono at Penquis
Stearns at Schenck
Jonesport-Beals at Lubec

Undefeated Teams:

This weeks undefeated teams drops from 5 to 4 as Stearns suffered it’s first loss of the season to Piscataquis in double overtime 62-60.

Cheverus-------16-0
Camden--------16-0
Dirigo----------17-0
Ft. Fairfield---16-0

As we head into this weeks WIZ Top 10 Teams there are a few changes. The top three Cheverus, Camden and Westbrook stay the same. South Portland with the loss to # 1 Cheverus drops a notch from # 4 to # 5. Edward Little with two wins this past week including a big win over Morse moves up from # 5 to # 4. Portland with the loss to # 4 South Portland drops from # 8 to # 9. Cape with two wins including the big win over Falmouth moves up from # 10 to # 8. Brewer with the loss to Mt. Blue, then a win over Lawrence drops from # 9 to # 10 and is tied with Greely for that spot. Greely with two wins this past week including the big win over Falmouth jumps back into the Top 10 this week tied with Brewer for that final spot.

WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 9:

1.Cheverus-------16-0 Two Big Games! Two Big Wins! Stags beat Thornton 57-48! Stags beat South Portland 52-39! Beal Gym was Packed! 1500 Fans! Oh My! Not even Tourney Time Yet! Can the Stags be Stopped! I don’t think so! Two Big Games Left! Stags head to the Expo! To take on the Upset-Minded Portland Bulldogs! Then Host the Rams of Deering! Can they Do It! And Stay Undefeated! I think they Will! Stags move to 18-0! And Grab that # 1 seed!

2.Camden--------16-0 Jammers Jamming Everyone! Scores are not even Close! Crushed Belfast 67-30! Annihilates Medomak! 83-45! Will anyone Stop Them! Not in the East! Two Games left! First up! Host Lincoln! Next up a Biggie! Final Game! At Rockland! Jammers go Undefeated! 18-0! Baby! Grab that # 1 Seed! Then It’s off to The “Big Dance”!

3.Westbrook----14-2 Blue Blazes Getting It done! Two More W’s! Beat Massabesic! 64-47! Beat Gorham! 56-37! Two Games Left! Head to Standish! Take on the Bonny Eagle Scots! Then play host to the Eagles of Windham! Looks like the Blazes will move to 16-2! Oh Baby! Jobin & Borelli can’t Wait for The Big Dance! Coach Karter will Have Them Ready!

4.Edward Little---14-2 Eddies are Fired! They are Wired! Two more wins! One was Huge! Beat Oxford Hills! 72-62! Then the Biggie! They take Down the Shipbuilders of Morse! 60-47! Two Games Left! Home with Leavitt! Then off to Lewiston! Eddies move to 16-2! Grab the # 1 Seed! Eddies say! Bring It on! Baby!

5.South Portland--13-3 Riots win a Big One over Portland! 57-49! Lose to # 1 Cheverus! 52-39! Game was close most of the way! How far can Hyland take this team! We Shall Find out Shortly! Loss of Matt Lee Hurts! Two Games Left! Both on the Road! First one is at Deering! Then Close-Out at The Expo! A Friday Night Main Event! Against the Portland Bulldogs! Should be Interesting! Can the Riots move to 15-3! I’m not so Sure! It won’t be Easy!

6.Dirigo----------17-0 Cougars Three more W’s! Three Up! Three Down! Crushed Winthrop! 74-41! Crushed Telstar! 68-36! Crushed Mt. Abram! 74-32! Cougars still Undefeated! 17-0! Baby! Can They stay That Way! One Game Left! And It’s a Biggie! The Cougars Head to Mountain Valley! Big Rival! Big Game! What a way to Finish! Cougars stay Undefeated! 18-0! Grab that # 1 Seed! Big Tom says! Bring it On Baby!

7.Thornton-----13-3 Golden Trojans lose to # 1 Cheverus! 57-48! Bounce back! Beat Rival Biddeford! 62-52! Two Games Left! Home with Kennebunk! Then off to Scarborough to Finish Up! Trojans moved to 15-3! Trojans Can’t Wait! They are Good! But How Good are They! We Shall Find Out! James Morse will be Ready! Coach Davies is Ready! Can the Golden Trojans really be Golden! We shall see!

8.Cape Elizabeth--14-2 Capers Two more Wins! One was Huge! Beat Freeport 65-39! Wins the Big One! Beats Falmouth 73-70! What a Game! But a Win is a Win! Two games Left! And the last One is Huge! First up Host the Clippers of Yarmouth! Clippers can be Dangerous! If Murphy is On! Watch Out! Then The Big One! The Red Hot Greely Rangers Come to Cape! A Friday Night Main Event in Cape Elizabeth! Rangers Want Revenge! But will they Get It! # 1 Spot is Up for Grabs! Alex Bowe is so Tough! But So is Greely! ALL-Out-War right Here! What a Way to Finish Up!

9.Portland--------12-4 Bulldogs lose to # 4 South Portland! 57-49! Bounce back Beat Deering 71-47! Not pretty but A Big Win! Two Games Left! And Both are Biggies! And Both at Home! First Up! The # 1 Cheverus Stags! Then a Re-Match with South Portland! Dogs better be Ready! Dogs are Capable! Watch-Out come Tourney Time! Dogs are Very Dangerous!

10. A tie for the 10 spot.

10.Greely------14-2 Are the Rangers Peaking! Maybe So! Beat Falmouth 61-38! Huge win! Big Heal Points! Beat Fryeburg! 62-34! The Rangers are Hot! They Jump back into the Top 10! Two Games Left! 2nd One is Huge! First up! Host GNG! Then off to Cape Elizabeth! Take on the Capers! And It’s for that # 1 Spot! Double WOWZER! What A way to Finish! And Down the Stretch They Come! Who do You Like! Cape at Home! I‘ll take the Capers! In a Close one!

10.Brewer-----13-3 Witches suffer a loss to Mt. Blue! 69-55! Bounce back and Beat Lawrence! 74-58! Witches are Still Good! I Think! We’ll give the 10 spot this Week! But they’ll need to Win Out this Week to stay There! East is Tough! To Close to Call! Two Games Left! 2nd is Huge! First up! The Indians of Skowtown pay a Visit! Then the Rams of Bangor Come to Town! WOW! The Witches Better be Ready! Bangor would Love this One! On the Final Night!

Teams Knocking on the Door:

Wiscasset---------15-1
Falmouth----------13-3
Mt. Blue-----------12-4
Wash. Acad.------15-1
Orono--------------14-2
Stearns-------------15-1
Ft. Fairfield-------16-0
Presque Isle-------15-2
Calais--------------11-3
Lake Region------13-3
Morse--------------12-4
C. Aroostook-----14-3
Caribou------------13-4
Hyde----------------9-2

Til’ Next Week: Enjoy the last week! Big Games! And Big Names!
And Down The Stretch they Come! Who do Ya Like!

The WIZ

Jay 45, Mt. Abram 39

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: February 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

SALEM - Junior forward Hillary Deane tickled the twines with 25 points as Jay picked themselves up by the bootstraps for a 45-39 victory over Mt. Abram in MVC girls' basketball action Saturday.

The Roadrunners (11-5) jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter, but failed to maintain the momentum over the ensuing three quarters. Senior forward Kenni Norton notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Mt. Abram.

Deane was consistant throught the contest for the Tigers (12-3). If she wasn't scoring field goals, she was making free throws, going 9-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Richmond 55, Hebron 38

Mountain Valley 58, Livermore Falls 31

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: February 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

LIVERMORE FALLS - Junior guard Lauren LePage mustered 14 points as Mountain Valley cruised to a 58-31 victory over Livermroe Falls.

The Falcons (13-3) were a bit more aggressive on offense, making many shots from the outside. Mountain Valley led 30-17 at the half.

Freshman guard Kathryn Ventrella notched a team-high eight points for the Andies (8-9) on three field goals and a pair of free throws.

Madison 60, Monmouth 49

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: February 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

MADISON - Senior forward Simon Elias notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as Madison fended off a scrappy Monmouth, 60-49.

The Bulldogs (11-5) jumped out to a 30-19 halftime lead. Sam Perkins contributed 16 points, while Ezra Gourley added 13 points for Madison.

The Mustangs (1-15) kept the Bulldog's defense guessing in the second half, playing to a 30-30 tie across the two frames to prevent any additional bleeding. Eric Smith led Monmouth with nine points in the losing effort.

Ruff's triple-double feeds Mountain Valley

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: February 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

RUMFORD - Travis Ruff recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to lead Mountain Valley to a 69-30 triumph over Telstar.

The Falcons (14-2) broke the game open with a 24-12 spurt in the second quarter to take a 35-19 lead at the half.

Ruff also recorded seven steals. Cameron Kaubris scored a game-high 17 points and had six thefts. Jon Benjamin sank five 3-pointers for 15 points. Dan Vaughn led Telstar with six points and six rebounds.

Andies claim bragging rights

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: February 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

JAY - Livermore Falls could get used to this.

As athletics in these proud, neighboring, riverside communities go, life doesn't get much better than winning a game that punches your ticket to the playoffs and pays your rival's cab fare home.

Stags' second half run silences SP

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: February 1st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer
Special to MBR

SOUTH PORTLAND—Undefeated and largely unchallenged this winter, the Cheverus boys' basketball team found itself in a donnybrook Friday night at Beal Gymnasium against an undermanned, underexperienced, but very plucky and talented South Portland squad.

The Red Riots went toe-to-toe with the Stags from the get-go and late in the third quarter led the defending Class A champions by two, but Cheverus did what it does like no other: turned up the defensive intensity, got contributions from everyone on the floor, and rode the individual poise and brilliance of junior Indiana Faithfull on a 13-0 run which led the way to an eventual 52-39 triumph.

Faithfull had six points in the final 2 minutes, 11 seconds of the third period, punctuated by a circus, falling-out-of-bounds shot that sucked the life out of the hosts. Cheverus then scored the first five points of the fourth period and South Portland never got closer than eight down the stretch.

The Stags improved to 16-0. The Red Riots are now 13-3.

“I felt we showed who we were down the stretch,” said Cheverus coach Bob Brown, who once upon a time, led South Portland to glory as the Red Riots' head man. “We made shots and made big plays.”

The teams were meeting for the second time in a week. On Jan. 23, just prior to tipoff, Red Riots' junior Matt Lee, a tremendous complement to classmate and standout Keegan Hyland, tore his meniscus and had to be scratched (he has since been declared out for the remainder of the season). South Portland hung tough for a quarter, but the Stags eventually pulled away to win 60-41 behind 23 points from senior Mick DiStasio.

Cheverus has simply run roughshod over all comers this winter. The Stags entered the game winners of 15 straight league games by an average of over 26 points per contest. Tuesday's 57-48 triumph at Thornton Academy was the first and only time, Cheverus won by fewer than 10 points.

South Portland, meanwhile, is enjoying another solid season. The Red Riots had only lost to Westbrook and Cheverus entering the contest and were coming off a huge 57-49 home win over Portland Tuesday.

A year ago, on the same floor, the Stags had to rally for a stirring overtime win over South Portland. This time, the hosts would again make things interesting, but ultimately Cheverus simply had too much.

After a slow start, the visitors took the lead on a pair of foul shots from senior Peter Foley with 6:16 to go in the first period. DiStasio followed with a  3 and Foley hit a jumper as the Stags threatened to run away and hide. With 4:20 to go in the first, Hyland hit a 3-ball to get his team on the board. Senior Dan Foster and Faithfull answered with layups, however, and Cheverus had an 11-3 advantage.

The Red Riots quickly responded. After junior Connor Hasson scored on a rebound layup, Hyland hit another 3, then made a layup to pull his team within a point, 11-10. With time winding down in the first, DiStasio made a 3-pointer to give the Stags a 14-10 lead after one.

South Portland junior Ryan Curit (a standout running back in the fall who brings a football mentality to the hardwood) made two free throws to start the second period. Sophomore Vukasin Vignjevic followed with a layup to pull the Red Riots even at 14-14. DiStasio put Cheverus back on top with a 3-pointer, but Hasson made a layup. After a Faithfull layup, Hyland hit two foul shots and junior Jon DiBiase made a layup with 3:48 to play in the first half to put South Portland up for the first time, 20-19.

The Red Riots wouldn't score again in the half, however, and with 52.2 seconds to go, DiStasio converted an old-fashioned three-point play for a 22-20 Stags' lead at the break.

Hyland opened the third with a 3-pointer to put South Portland back on top, 23-22, but Foley scored on an old-fashioned three-point play and junior Lenny Cummings made a jump shot. The Red Riots answered as Hyland hit a 3, Hasson made a free throw and junior Spencer Bowring took a pass from Hyland and made a layup for a 29-27 lead with 3:12 to go in the period.

That would prove to be South Portland's high-water mark.

The Red Riots had a couple chances to extend their lead and really pressure the visitors, but couldn't convert. Then, with 2:11 left in the third, Faithfull scored on a layup after a steal. Forty-nine seconds later, Faithfull hit two foul shots to put the Stags ahead to stay. After sophomore Peter Gwilym came in off the bench to hit a jumper, Faithfull delivered a cruel blow to South Portland's hopes at the end of the third.

With time winding down, a long shot bounced off the rim and appeared to be heading out of play on the right wing, but Faithfull chased the ball down and launched a prayer at the horn, falling out of bounds in the process. The rainbow found nothing but net and Cheverus had a 35-29 advantage heading for the fourth.

“It was just lucky,” Faithfull said. “It bounced to me and I just threw it up. I'm not sure it will ever happen again, but it was nice.”

“He's always going to remember that shot,” Brown added. “I'll remember the fact that he was a real athlete who with a second left didn't stop playing.”

The Red Riots were still very much in the game, but after Gwilym made a layup and DiStasio hit a 3, the hosts were down 11, 40-29, with 7:15 to play.

“I thought Peter Gwilym was monumental,” Brown said. “He's playing only three or four minutes a game. He's an athlete. He was going to make a play. His shooting's been great. I have confidence in him. He's only a sophomore. I didn't know how he'd react to the crowd, but he thrived on it.”

A Bowring foul shot with 6:45 left ended the 13-0 run and 4 minute, 27 second drought, but Foley answered with a jump shot to push the lead to 12. After Bowring hit two free throws and Hyland made a jumper to get the hosts back within eight, 42-34, with 3:38 to go, DiStasio made a layup. South Portland got within eight one final time on a pair of Hyland free throws, but Gwilym made a layup and Faithfull hit six straight foul shots to put it away. An old-fashioned three-point play from sophomore Mike Kennedy with 36.2 seconds to go accounted for the 52-39 final score.

“I think South Portland played good defense and I felt we played poor offense until midway through the third period,” Brown said. “Then we started to play well. I think we played one-pass, two-pass offense and we weren't shooting well. I thought we had some decent looks, but the ball wasn't going in. We didn't play nearly as good team basketball offensively. Truthfully, I thought they ran good offense in the first half and it bothered us.”

DiStasio led the Stags with 17 points. Faithfull added 16. Foley finished with nine, Gwilym added six, while Cummings and Foster had two apiece.

“(South Portland) played really well,” said Faithfull. “We didn't get into our offense too well. We locked in on D. The offense came. We started playing as a team again and we got it done. They played hard the whole game. That's what we expected. They're a good team.”

Both Brown and Faithfull loved the tournament environment and the fact that their team was pushed for most of the game.

“This was great for us,” Brown said. “We've had one game under 10 points. We have to be able to play down the stretch. It was meaningful for me to come in here. This is what we used to play in. (Red Riots' coach) Phil Conley deserves all the credit for taking this team two years ago to a packed house tonight. We used to come here with empty seats all over. Phil has really turned this program around to that excitement again.”

“It was fun,” added Faithfull. “We're the targets. Everyone looks to knock us out. It was good to have a close game. Especially going into the playoffs. We needed it. We'll try to keep getting better from here.”

Conley wasn't the least bit discouraged after the loss, feeling his kids put forth a great effort against the champs.

“I thought defensively, we played a very good game,” he said. “They scored a couple baskets at the end of the third and we didn't counter. They made a couple at the start of the fourth and we didn't counter. That was the difference in the game. Cheverus is a very good team. They're number one in our conference for a reason. I liked the way my guys played, their intensity. We'll make some adjustments offensively to correct that time when we didn't score.

“I think we can build on this. They're number one and undefeated. We were right there with them. We've been playing pretty well. We beat Portland. This was a game where we missed some shots. We had some opportunities to score and they didn't fall for us tonight. We won't make a major adjustment offensively. Keegan had two or three guys on him all game and still had 20 points. I thought he had a very good game.

“I have to tip my cap to the SP community. They've been great to me and to our team all year. They're our sixth man. It was a great turnout. For our guys to play in front of crowds like this is a reward to how hard they worked in the summertime.”

Hyland wound up with more than half his team's points. Bowring and Hasson both finished with five, Kennedy had three, while Curit, DiBiase and Vignjevic all added two.

South Portland (third in the latest Western A Heal Points standings) is at Deering Wednesday and closes the regular year at Portland Friday.

“We take it one game at a time,” Conley said. “We'll get ready for Deering Wednesday.”

Cheverus (first in Western A) has a chance to go unbeaten for the first time since 2004-05 (a year which saw the Stags upset by Deering in the regional final). After visiting Portland Tuesday, Cheverus closes at home versus Deering Friday.

While going 18-0 is not the ultimate goal, the squad is aware of the opportunity.

“It would be nice, but we're just looking to get better,” Faithfull said.

“Being undefeated always means something to the ego,” Brown added. “In reality, I want to be pushed to the limit. I think we were the pushed to the absolute limit tonight. If Keegan hit a couple shots, it's a closer ballgame and maybe we don't pull it out.”

Jay 45, Mt. Abram 39

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

SALEM - Junior forward Hillary Deane tickled the twines with 25 points as Jay picked themselves up by the bootstraps for a 45-39 victory over Mt. Abram in MVC girls' basketball action Saturday.

The Roadrunners (11-5) jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter, but failed to maintain the momentum over the ensuing three quarters. Senior forward Kenni Norton notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Mt. Abram.

Deane was consistant throught the contest for the Tigers (12-3). If she wasn't scoring field goals, she was making free throws, going 9-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Mountain Valley 58, Livermore Falls 31

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

LIVERMORE FALLS - Junior guard Lauren LePage mustered 14 points as Mountain Valley cruised to a 58-31 victory over Livermroe Falls.

The Falcons (13-3) were a bit more aggressive on offense, making many shots from the outside. Mountain Valley led 30-17 at the half.

Freshman guard Kathryn Ventrella notched a team-high eight points for the Andies (8-9) on three field goals and a pair of free throws.

Madison 60, Monmouth 49

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

MADISON - Senior forward Simon Elias notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as Madison fended off a scrappy Monmouth, 60-49.

The Bulldogs (11-5) jumped out to a 30-19 halftime lead. Sam Perkins contributed 16 points, while Ezra Gourley added 13 points for Madison.

The Mustangs (1-15) kept the Bulldog's defense guessing in the second half, playing to a 30-30 tie across the two frames to prevent any additional bleeding. Eric Smith led Monmouth with nine points in the losing effort.

Ruff's triple-double feeds Mountain Valley

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

RUMFORD - Travis Ruff recorded a triple-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists to lead Mountain Valley to a 69-30 triumph over Telstar.

The Falcons (14-2) broke the game open with a 24-12 spurt in the second quarter to take a 35-19 lead at the half.

Ruff also recorded seven steals. Cameron Kaubris scored a game-high 17 points and had six thefts. Jon Benjamin sank five 3-pointers for 15 points. Dan Vaughn led Telstar with six points and six rebounds.

Andies claim bragging rights

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

JAY - Livermore Falls could get used to this.

As athletics in these proud, neighboring, riverside communities go, life doesn't get much better than winning a game that punches your ticket to the playoffs and pays your rival's cab fare home.

Minutemen go to 15-1, top Houlton by 8

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Stearns Minutemen traveled to Houlton Saturday Night to take on the Houlton Shiretowners & Came away with a hard fought 52-44 win. Stearns led by as many as 15 in the 3rd quarter, but Houlton battled back & Got it to within 6 a couple times. Stearns was led by Tyler Richards, who had 18. Garen Manzo had 13, Zach Sadlon added 10, Cory Barnett had 5, while Brett Baker, Billy Eurich & Brandon McLaughlin all had 2 points each for the 15-1 Minutemen. Houlton was led by James Bates, who had 17. Porter Gervais had 11. Jordan Bragan added 7, Dylan Flewelling added 5, while Jordan Codrey & Patrick Longstaff had 2 points each for the 7-9 Shires. Stearns next game is Wednesday, February 4th @Dexter. tipoff is set for 7:00PM.

Score By Quarters:
Stearns - 12 30 39 52
Houlton - 12 20 31 44

Saints squelch Rangers

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

AUBURN - Friday night's Western Maine Conference clash between Traip Academy and St. Dom's took on a decidedly Mountain Valley Conference flavor, and not just because there were representatives from the rival Class C conference scattered about Callahan Family Gymnasium scouting potential tournament foes.

It didn't take long for the game to turn into an MVC-style scrum, which was to St. Dom's liking. The Saints exploited a 36-3 advantage in free throw attempts to pick up an important 51-37 win.

Still unbeaten, those Stags

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH PORTLAND — Cheverus High basketball coach Bob Brown has been wanting a team to push his unbeaten Stags.

He got what he wanted Friday night.

South Portland hung around for nearly three quarters before Cheverus pulled away for a 52-39 victory at a packed Beal Gymnasium.

"I thought we played poor offense and they played good defense until the middle of the third quarter," Brown said.

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