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Jay 55, Madison 15

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Beth Moore turned in a triple-double with 10 points, 15 rebounds and 12 steals Monday, launching Jay to an easy 55-15 MVC girls' basketball win over Madison.

Moore scored eight points in the first half for the Tigers (11-3), sparking the hosts to a 10-3 lead after one quarter and a 24-7 edgeat the break.

Hillary Deane led Jay with 16 points.

Liz LeBlanc added 15.

Lauren Bean paced the Bulldogs (7-7) with six points.

Cougars hold off Ramblers' fourth-quarter rally

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

DIXFIELD - The Dirigo girls' basketball team have discovered the importance of staying composed down the stretch. The Cougars finished the deal Monday in a Mountain Valley Conference game.

Ricki Sinclair scored four points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 16.6 seconds left to lift the Cougars to a 32-31 victory over Winthrop.

PCHS 62, Stearns 60

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

At Guilford, Cody Briggs scored at the buzzer after grabbing an offensive rebound to help the Piscataquis Community Pirates hand the Minutemen their first loss of the season. The Pirates’ win avenged an early season loss of 76-33 to Minutemen. Briggs scored four points in the second overtime and grabbed five rebounds, the final one coming off a missed 3-pointer that he put back in from eight feet out. PCHS, which was down 44-34 early in the fourth quarter, was paced by Nolan Lovell who contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Damien Bridge chipped in with 14 points and Briggs had 11. Zach Sadlon paced the Minutemen of Millinocket with 16 points and Josh McDonald netted 14.

Headín For the Homestretch,Plus WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 8

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Head’n For the Homestretch
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Well folk’s we are heading for the homestretch. There are just two weeks left of regular season play. It has been a crazy season so far and the next two weeks will be even crazier. Teams will battle for top spots, teams will battle to get bye’s, and teams will battle just to get a prelim game. It is that time of year when it is “Put-Up! or Shut-Up!” It is the time of year when you find out who is  the real deal and just who the pretenders are. It is that time of year when your team should be running on all cylinders. You know just like a top notch race car that is finely tuned. It is that time of year that you want your team healthy. Injuries to key players can be disastrous heading into the homestretch or heading into the tournament. Yes folk’s we are just three weeks away from the “Big Dance” and only the top teams from each class will be invited. The next two weeks will be wild as there are many big games to be decided as to who will actually earn the right to attend the “Big Dance”. And speaking of the “Big Dance” this could be the last year of the prelim games. If the MPA passes the proposal that they have on the table right now then only the top 8 teams from each class East and West will get to go.

The way the tournament structure is set right now 67% of the teams from each class get to go:

In Class A East there are 16 teams. 11 teams will make the tournament. The top 5 teams draw a bye and 6-11 will have to play a prelim game.

In Class B East there are 22 teams. 15 teams will make the tournament. The #1 seed  draws a bye and 2-15 will play a prelim game.

In Class C East there are 17 teams. 11 teams will make the tournament. The top 5 teams will draw a bye and 6-11 will play a prelim game.

In Class D East there are 22 teams. 15 teams make the tournament. The # 1 seed draws a bye and 2-15 will play a prelim game.

In Class A West there are 16 teams. 11 teams will make the tournament. The top 5 teams will draw a bye and 6-11 will have to play a prelim game.

In Class B West there are 15 teams. 10 teams will make the tournament. The top 6 teams will draw a bye and 7-10 will have to play a prelim game.

In Class C West there are 21 teams. The top 14 teams will make the tournament. The top 2 teams will draw a bye and 3-14 will play a prelim game.

In Class D West there are 14 teams. 9 teams will make the tournament. The top 7 teams will draw a bye and 8 and 9 will play each other in a prelim game.

In my opinion the prelim games are part of the tournament, but they are not part of the “Big Dance”. If you draw a bye you are in, but if you don’t draw a bye then you have win a prelim game to get an invite to the “Big Dance”. The “Big Dance” the games are played at the Civic Centers or the Auditoriums. Prelims are played in high school gyms. The “Big Dance” is the top 8 teams from each class.

In some of the big games involving top teams this past week:’

Cheverus beat Westbrook 60-44. Beat South Portland 60-42.
Westbrook beat Portland 62-48.
Edward Little beat Bangor 60-51
Brewer beat Messalonskee 75-42. Beat Brunswick 58-55.
Cape beat Traip 59-42.
Morse beat Messalonskee 48-35.
Greely beat Lake Region 43-37.
Presque Isle beat Mattanawcook 42-40.
Calais beat Houlton 55-41. Beat Madawaska 66-53.
Washington Acad. beat Orono 72-57. Beat Woodland 70-40.
Forest Hills beat Buckfield 50-39.
C. Aroostook beat Easton 54-47. Beat So. Aroostook 58-56. Beat Ashland 63-60.

WIZ Big Games for Week # 9:

Monday 1/26:

Calais at Woodland
Houlton at Presque Isle
Penquis at Orono
Piscataquis at Stearns

Tuesday 1/27:

Cheverus at Thornton
Marshwood at Deering
Portland at South Portland
Cape at Freeport
Greely at Falmouth
Lincoln at Gardiner
Madison at Jay
Forest Hills at Averill
Lawrence at Hampden
Leavitt at Mt. Ararat
Morse at Cony
Mt. Blue at Brewer
Oxford Hills at Edward Little
Hermon at Mattanawcook
Medomak at Erskine
Winslow at Rockland
Lee at Woodland
Cent. Aroostook at Easton

Wednesday 1/28:

Hall-Dale at Boothbay
Presque Isle at Caribou
Katahdin at Schenck

Thursday 1/29:

Mountain Valley at Livermore Falls
OOB at Buckfield
Fort Kent at Houlton
Narraguagus at Washington Acad.
Stearns at Penquis
Cent. Aroostook at Hodgdon
Shead at Woodland

Friday 1/30:

Biddeford at Thornton
Cheverus at South Portland
Deering at Portland
Westbrook at Thornton
Windham at Bonny Eagle
Cape at Falmouth
Traip at St. Dom’s
Bangor at Skowhegan
Brunswick at Mt. Ararat
Cony at Oxford Hills
Edward Little at Morse
Hampden at Mt. Blue
Lawrence at Brewer
Erskine at Winslow
Medomak at Camden
Rockland at Lincoln
Sumner at Jonesport-Beals
Easton at Ashland

Saturday 1/31:

Hyde at Calais
Livermore Falls at Jay
Mattanawcook at Presque Isle
MDI at Ellsworth
Lee at DIS
Narraguagus at Sumner
Stearns at Houlton
Washburn at Cent. Aroostook

Undefeated Teams:

Undefeated teams stay at 5 teams this week as all 5 teams won their games.

Fort Fairfield--14-0

As we head into this weeks WIZ Top 10 teams there are some changes. All the teams in the top 10 stayed in the top 10, but some moved up and some moved down. Cheverus, Camden, Westbrook and South Portland remain the top 4 teams this week.
Portland suffering their 3rd loss of the season to Westbrook drops from # 5 to # 8. Edward Little with a big win over Bangor jumps from # 7 to # 5, and Thornton with two wins moves from # 8 up to # 7. Brewer stays at # 9, and Cape stays at # 10. With some very big games this coming week there should be some big changes in the Top 10 next week.

WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 8:

1.Cheverus---------14-0 Stags still Proving to All they are # 1! Three up! Three Down! Beat #3 Westbrook 60-44! Beat # 4 South Portland 60-42! Beat Massabesic 78-56! Another Big Week for the Stags! First up! Head to Saco! Take on the Golden Trojans of Thornton Academy! Trojans would love to win this one! But they won’t! Then a Re-Match with the Red Riots! At South Portland! Riots would Love Revenge! But they won’t Get it! Stags move on to 16-0! Baby! 16-0! And Best in the State!

2.Camden---------14-0 Windjammers just Cruising through Class B! Totally Annihilates Mt. View 98-49! Crushes Waterville 75-37! Two games up this week! At Belfast! Then Host Medomak! No contest here! Jammers move to 16-0! # 1 in Class B! And # 2 in the State! They would love a Shot at # 1! But it will never Happen! It would be a fun game Anyway!

3.Westbrook--------12-2 Blue Blazes lost to # 1 Cheverus! 60-44! Blazes Bounce Right Back! Beat # 5 Portland! 62-48! Blazes stay at # 3! Two games on Tap this week! First up! The Mustangs of Massabesic pay at Visit! Then the Rams of Gorham pay a Visit! The good host Blazes move to 14-2!

4.South Portland--12-2 Red Riots Blow-Out Kennebunk! 81-40! The Kid throws in 30 in the 1st Half! Riots then lose to # 1 Cheverus! 60-42! And that was without Matt Lee! Will Lee be Back! If not the Riots may be in Trouble! We Shall See! Riots Two Huge games this Week! Both at Home! First up the Portland Bulldogs! Dogs will be Very Hungry! Next a Re-Match with the # 1 Cheverus Stags! A Friday Night Main Event! At Beal gym! Whoa! The Place will be Packed! Big! Big! Week for the Riots!

5.Edward Little--12-2 Eddies Making a Statement! # 1 in the East! And # 5 in the State! Beat a Surging Bangor Rams team! 60-51! Two games up this week! And one is a Real Biggie! First up the Vikings of Oxford hills come to Town! Then it’s The Shipbuilders of Morse that will pay a visit! Huge game! Shipbuilders would Love this One! But they won’t Get it! Eddies go to 14-2! Baby!

6.Dirigo--------14-0 Coach Kane’s Cougars are just Cruising through Class C! Totally Wipe-Out Mt. View! 63-28! And Carrabec! 76-17! WOW! Can anyone give them a Game! Three games up this week! First up! Host the Ramblers of Winthrop! Then it’s Off to Telstar! And then Back Home! Against Mt. Abram! Cougars 17-0! With a week too Go!

7.Thornton---12-2 Two more W’s for The Golden Trojans! Beat the Scots of Bonny Eagle! 83-59! Crushes Kennebunk! 76-26! Trojans are Very Good! James Morse and Co. can’t Wait for Tourney time! Huge Game up Next! The # 1 Cheverus Stags come to Saco! Trojans would Love to take this One! I don’t think they Can! But you Never know!
We Shall see! Then Host Rival Biddeford! Tigers will be Hungry! Could be Interesting!

8.Portland---11-3 The Bulldogs lose to # 3 Westbrook! 60-44! Trust Me! Bulldogs are better than this! Beat Scarborough 63-53! Coach Russo can’t wait for the Tourney! Dogs are very Dangerous! Two Big Games this Week! First across the Bridge! To South Portland! Huge game for both! Then Host to Big Rival! Deering! Whoa Baby! What a Week in the SMAA!

9.Brewer---12-2 Witches Grab two more Wins! Destroy the Eagles of Messalonskee! 75-42! Get by Brunswick! 58-55! Witches are Gearing Up! Heading for the Homestretch! Big Game up Next! Witches head to Mt. Blue! Cougars are Very Good! And Cougars are Very Hungry! Huge Game Right Here! Then it’s off to Lawrence! And the Bulldogs will be Very Hungry Too! Dogs would love this Game! Can the Witches Stay in the Top 10! I don’t Know!

10.Cape Eliz.--12-2 Capers on a Roll! Two more W’s! Big Game! Beats Traip! 59-42! Then Crushes Wells! 74-41! Two Games this week! And the 2nd one is Huge! First up its off to Freeport! Falcons would love this one! But they won’t Get it! Then the Biggie! Off to Falmouth! Take on the 13-1 Yachtsmen! Wow! Huge! Huge! Game for both! Who will Win this one! I’m not sure! I’ll take Capers by 3!

Teams Knocking on the Door;

Mt. Blue--------11-3
Presque Isle---14-1
Fort Fairfield--14-0
Wash. Acad.---12-1
C. Aroostook--10-3

Til’ Next Week: It might be very Cold outside, But it is going to be very Hot on the Hardwood the next two weeks! Good luck to all Teams!


Dirigo 76, Carrabec 17

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The top-ranked Dirigo Cougars rolled to a 76-17 triumph over Carrabec on Saturday.

Travis Knight led Dirigo with 17 points, while Tyler Chiasson added 11 points. Kyle Hutchinson and Nic Crutchfield chipped in with 10 points apiece, and Aaron Fenstermacher and Eric Bolduc had nine each.

Rangeley 44, Cavalry Christian 42

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Freshman forward Luk Elliott hit a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game to give Rangeley a 44-42 victory over Cavalry Christian on Saturday.

Reagan Sargent also hit a trey with time winding down to bring Rangeley within striking distance.

Casey Clark paced the Lakers (4-10) with eight points, including two from behind the arc. Elliott and Alex Morton finished with seven points apiece. Zeke Hall registered six points and 10 rebounds.

Zac Austin led Cavalry (1-13) with 13 points and Jared Madden added 11.

NYA 33, St. Dom's 25

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Senior guard Andrew Gendron tossed 16 points as Yarmouth executed a very deliberate and disciplined march towards a 33-25 victory over St. Dom's in WMC boys' basketball action Saturday.

The Panthers (6-7) took a 15-12 halftime lead. Senior forward Aaron Allen notched a double-double for the Saints (8-7) with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Lee 103, Hebron 52

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Twelve different players scored, and six had double figures, as Lee nearly doubled up Hebron 103-52.

The Lumberjacks came out strong, keeping pace with Lee Academy up until a 44-44 halftime score. Lee opened the floodgates in the second half as they outscored Hebron 59-8 in the stanza.

Oliver Brown led the way for the Lumberjacks with 19 points, while Milo Frank chipped in with 12 points.

Madison 80, Lisbon 42

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Madison used a 20-2 run to open the game and coasted to an 80-42 victory over winless Lisbon.

The Buldogs extended the margin to 37-15 and 62-30 after the middle two frames.

Simon Elias led Madison with 21 points, while Erza Gourey added 17 points and Matt Smith andd Sam Perkins had 10 apiece. Nick Jones and Scott Eck led Lisbon (0-13) with 13 and 11 points.

Rangely 50, Calvary Chr. 26

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Allison Hammond scored 18 points and Angela White added 145 points to lead Rangeley to a 50-26 victory over Calvary Christian in a Class D girls' basketball game played Saturday.

After opening a 13-4 lead after the first quarter, the Lakers (9-5) out the game away with an 18-6 run to extend the advantage to 31-10 at halftime.

White led Rangeley with nine rebounds, while Hammond recorded seven steals. Hope Johnson scored 16 points for Calvary.

Gray-New Gloucester 47, Yarmouth 37

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Senior guard Rachel Clement tossed 14 points to lead Gray-New Gloucester to a 47-737 triumph over Yarmouth in WMC girls' basketball action Saturday.

The Patriots (9-5) used a 10-0 run in the final minutes of the game to make a mad-dash from a 37-37 dead heat to the final buzzer. Laura Getchell recorded 12 points and nine rebounds for Gray-New Gloucester.

Devin Simsarian paced the Clippers (5-9) with 10 points in the losing effort.

St. Dom's 57, North Yarmouth 29

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Senior guard Kelsey Murphy got St. Dom's off and running with four straight baskets as the Saints turned an 8-0 run into a 57-29 WMC victory over North Yarmouth on Saturday.

The Saints (10-5) opened a 35-16 halftime lead and turned up the pressure on the defensive end, allowing just four points in the fourth quarter.

Mary Lewis drained a game-high 15 points for the Saints while Allaina Murphy added 13. Kelsey Murphy finished with 10.

Blair Haggett paced the Panthers (5-9) with 10 points.

Livermore Falls 67, Wiscasset 19

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Freshman guard Kathryn Ventrella was outstanding with 16 points, nine steals and four assists as Livermore Falls routed Wiscasset 67-19 Saturday.

The Andies (7-7) applied the press with success in the first quarter, jumping out to an 18-6 lead. Eleven different players participated in the scoring action for Livermore Falls, while senior forward Kendra Lyman notched a double-digit effort with 12 points.

Sophomore center Mary Ellen True recorded a team-high 11 points for Wiscasset in the losing effort.

Lisbon 43, Madison 31

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Lisbon's defense limited Madison to four points in the final quarter to pull away to a 43-31 victory over the Bulldogs.

The Greyhounds (9-5) led 13-6, 23-17 and 33-27 at the quarter breaks.

Renee Moore scored 13 points for the Greyhounds. Shelby Brannon sank three 3-pointers en route to 10 points. Sam Purcell played a strong game in the paint with 12 rebounds.

Four different Madison players had six points.

Ford, Arbour lift Cony to OT win

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

NEWPORT, Maine — Sometimes, one small defining moment can lead to big-time momentum.

For the Cony girls basketball team and Mackenzie Dufour, their moment came in overtime of a crucial Class A game with Nokomis.

Dufour, a junior guard for the Rams of Augusta, shut down Warriors’ sharpshooter Mary Badeen in the extra period and Brittany Ford and Chelsea Arbour canned some clutch perimeter shots as the Rams earned a hard-fought 61-54 victory Friday night and picked up some pivotal Heal points.

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