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Windjammers too much for Tigers

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 13th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

GARDINER -- The Camden Hills boys basketball team continued its demoralizing tour through the Class B division of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference with a stop in Gardiner on Tuesday night.

Owls Snap Blue Devil Streak

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 13th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Owls snap Blue Devils’ streak
Madawaska boys shut down Calais, improve record to 6-4
 

The midpoint of the high school basketball season is proving just as unpredictable as its outset — save for the fact that perhaps the home-court advantage is alive and well.

The Bucksport Golden Bucks, who have won more than four games in a season just once in the last four years, improved to 4-6 under first-year head coach Josh Tripp with a 61-59 double-overtime victory over 7-2 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln.

Foxcroft Academy, which won just five games over the last three seasons combined, earned its fifth victory of the season with a 42-27 victory over visiting Caribou.

But likely the most notable outcome came in northernmost Maine, where Madawaska sent Calais to its first regular-season loss in nearly four years with a 49-32 victory over the Blue Devils.

Calais had won 59 consecutive regular-season games since a 65-50 loss to Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln on Jan. 31, 2005, and had 65 consecutive games overall against regional foes since a 52-32 loss to Penquis of Milo during the 2005 Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinals.

The latter streak included nine Eastern Maine tournament games en route to state championships in 2006 and 2007 and a third straight EM crown last winter.

Coach Don Deschenes’ Madawaska club took control early in the foul-plagued matinee, with its rangy 2-3 zone defense relegating Calais to the perimeter and limiting the Blue Devils to just 11 field goals during the contest.

“Things just went our way,” said Deschenes, who also credited his team’s ability to overcome Calais’ full-court defensive pressure as crucial to his team’s success. “It’s a long trip to come up here.”

The Owls also benefited from balanced offense, as 6-foot-5 junior center Jamie Cyr led the way with 12 points and 13 rebounds while 6-3 sophomore forward Deejay Gendreau added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Madawaska also got 10 points from 6-2 senior Brandon Bosse and nine points from 5-10 guard Adam Desrosier.

“It’s special for us,” said Deschenes. “It shows the kids that anything is possible.”

While Calais was playing just its fifth game of the season — the 4-1 Blue Devils faced 7-1 Narraguagus of Harrington on Monday night — Madawaska surpassed the midpoint of its schedule with its game against Calais, as the victory improved the Owls’ record to 6-4 entering Monday night’s game against Van Buren.

The victory over Calais also should prove quite beneficial in generating Heal points for Madawaska, which finished 10-8 a year ago but failed to qualify for the Class C playoffs because of a schedule heavy in Class D opponents.

The Owls also own a win this season over Houlton, which led the most recent Eastern Maine Class C Heal points thanks in large part to an early season victory over Presque Isle, 10-1 and ranked among the leaders in Eastern B.

“Beating Calais is very important for us for Heal points, because I’m sure they going to win a lot more games,” said Deschenes, whose team has won six of its last eight games since opening the season with back-to-back losses to Houlton and Eastern Class D-leading Fort Fairfield.

Madawaska is scheduled to travel to Calais for the rematch on Jan. 24.

“Our kids are excited about playing them again,” said Deschenes.

Minutemen improve to 11-0 on season

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 13th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Stearns Minutemen hosted the Houlton High School Shiretowners in Millinocket Tuesday Night & Came away with a 53-24 win. Stearns was led by Junior Josh MacDonald, who had 11. Brandon McLaughlin added 9. Billy Eurich & Garen Manzo had 8 points apiece, Zach Sadlon added 7, Charlie Osborne contributed 6, while Jeremy Santerre & Brandon Bouchard each added 2 for the 11-0 Minutemen. Houlton was led by James Bates & Pat Longstaff, who had 7 points each. Ben Duff added 5, Porter Gervais added 4 & Jordan Codrey 1 point for the 5-5 Shires. Stearns held Houlton to 7 first half points. Stearns next game is Friday, January 16th @George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. Tipoff is set for 6:30PM.

Score By Quarters:

Stearns - 14 32 47 53

Houlton - 4 7 10 24

JV Score: Stearns 51, Houlton 24. Stearns JV's 11-0

First half surge leads Cape Elizabeth to win at Greely

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 13th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer
Special to MBR

CUMBERLAND—A blistering start proved to be enough for the defending Western Class B champions to earn a huge road victory Monday night.

Cape Elizabeth rode a 13-2 first period surge, spearheaded by sizzling senior standout Alex Bowe, to take a commanding lead it would never relinquish and the Capers fought off a 38-point showing from Greely senior Chris Young en route to a 72-64 victory.

Hoops Gone Wild! , Plus WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 6

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 13th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

WIZ WORDS

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"Where every day is a victory celebration"
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Wow What a week! We had all kinds of big games this past week. We had some crazy ones, we had some close ones, we had some blowouts, we had teams knocking off top teams, we had 8 undefeated teams get bumped off this past week. It is not even tourney time yet, but It’s “Hoops Gone Wild!”.  I can not remember a season in past years that was this crazy at this point of the season. We are just hitting midseason and other than Cheverus in Class A and Camden in Class B there are no clear-cut favorites and just because these two teams are a cut-above the rest at the moment it does not mean that they can not be beaten.

In Class A East who the heck wants to be # 1? Bangor started the season at 2-4 but now they have won 5 straight games and they are now 7-4. This past week the Rams beat Mt. Blue, Hamden and Nokomis. Looks like Coach Reed has this team firing on all cylinders right now. Morse suffered another loss this week to Mt. Ararat.. Mt. Blue loses to Bangor and then blows out Messalonskee 73-29 and blows out Lawrence 65-23. Brewer beats Skowhegan by 1 and they beat Hampden by 1. Hampden suffered 3 losses this week. Edward Little is back on track as they win 3 games this week. This will be very interesting the next three weeks.

In Class A West the Cheverus Stags remain undefeated beating Marshwood, Sanford and winning their big game over Portland 59-44. Westbrook beat South Portland, then loses to Thornton. Thornton also won their game earlier in the week over Scarborough. South Portland then beats Windham. Portland beat Biddeford and Marshwood before losing to Cheverus. Coach Russo has his Bulldogs shaping up for a big run in the 2nd half of the season. The last 3 weeks in the SMAA is going to be wild as Portland, Deering, Cheverus and South Portland will all be playing each other. Thornton will play South Portland this Tuesday and they will have Cheverus on 1/27.  These are the only two teams left on Thornton’s schedule that will give them a game I don’t see anyone else on Thornton’s schedule that would have a shot at beating them except Windham could possibly pull off a surprise.

In Class B East it’s all Camden Hills (11-0) as the Windjammers blow out three teams this past week. I don’t see anyone coming close to beating the Windjammers. The only long shots would be Presque Isle, but the only way they would meet would be in the tournament and Rockland will have one more shot at the Windjammers their last game of the season and that is at Rockland. Rockland lost this past week to Maranacook.

In Class B West this has turned into a real dogfight between four teams. Undefeated Falmouth lost to Lake Region 60-51. Greely beats Lake Region 56-42. Greely’s only loss was to Falmouth in their first game of the season. Cape Elizabeth got back on track this week winning two more games over Waynflete and Yarmouth. These four teams will battle it out in the tournament and anyone of them could win it and you can’t count out Mountain Valley.

Class C East The Stearns Minutemen are on fire! The Minutemen had 3 more wins this week to stay undefeated at 10-0 including a big overtime win over Schenck 56-54. Madawaska loses to Ft. Fairfield but bounces back with a huge win over previously undefeated Calais by 17pts. 49-32.
Houlton loses to Caribou then beats Lee.
Calais suffered their first loss in a long time as they were upset by Madawaska 49-32.

In Class C West the Dirigo Cougars had two big wins over Mountain Valley 55-52 and Boothbay 64-48 and the Cougars still have a perfect record at 10-0.
Wiscasset beats Boothbay, Winthrop and Telstar to improve to 9-1 on the season.
Boothbay who was undefeated heading into the week suffered two losses this week to Wiscasset and Dirigo.
The Traip Rangers win two more games this week to keep their perfect record intact at 8-0 beating OOB and Waynflete.

In Class D East how about the Fort Fairfield Tigers! They stay perfect at 10-0 with three huge wins this past week beating Central Aroostook 65-62, beating Madawaska 58-45 and beating Easton 51-44.

In Class D West Richmond beat previously undefeated Forest Hills 59-44 and Valley suffered two more losses this week to Forest Hills and Piscataquis.



WIZ Big Games:

Monday 1/12:

Cape at Greely (Make-up)
Boothbay at Winthrop
Livermore Falls at Dirigo
Calais at Narraguagus
Schenk at Orono
Easton at Cent. Aroostook

Tuesday 1/13:

Gorham at Cheverus
South Portland at Thornton
Cape at Wells
GNG at Falmouth
Traip at Greely
Buckfield at Valley
Forest Hills at Greenville
Brunswick at Edward Little
Lawrence at Bangor
Morse at Lewiston
Oxford Hills at Mt. Ararat
Camden at Gardiner
Ellsworth at Mattanawcook
Rockland at MCI
Calais at Woodland
Houlton at Stearns
Jonesport-Beals at Shead
So. Aroostook at Ashland

Wednesday 1/14:

MDI at John Bapst
Old Town at Orono

Thursday 1/15:

Cheverus at Deering
Portland at Gorham
Thornton at Windham
Mountain Valley at Winthrop
Hall-Dale at Dirigo
Jay at Boothbay
OOB at Richmond
Mattanawcook at Hermon (Make-up)
Narraguagus at Woodland
Schenck at Houlton
Katahdin at Fort Fairfield

Friday 1/15:

Falmouth at Yarmouth
York at Cape
Rangeley at Forest Hills
Brewer at Edward Little
Hampden at Cony
Lawrence at Morse
Lewiston at Bangor
Oxford Hills at Mt. Blue
Hermon at Ellsworth
Medomak at Maranacook
Waterville at Rockland
Ashland at Cent. Aroostook

Saturday 1/17:

Portland at Deering
Scarborough at Cheverus
South Portland at Bonny Eagle
Gould at Calais
Hyde at Richmond
Greenville at Buckfield
John Bapst at Presque Isle
Lee at Mattanawcook
Shead at DIS


Undefeated Teams:

This weeks undefeated teams drops from 14 to 6 with 8 teams that lost their perfect record. South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Winthrop, Washington Academy, Boothbay, Forest Hills and Calais all suffered their first loss of the season.

Cheverus---------8-0
Camden---------11-0
Dirigo-----------10-0
Traip-------------8-0
Stearns----------10-0
Fort Fairfield---10-0

As we head into this weeks WIZ Top 10 Teams there are as expected several changes. Thornton with the big win over Westbrook moves up to # 3. South Portland with a loss to Westbrook drops to # 8. Westbrook with the win over SP moves to # 4. Brewer with three wins this week moves back up to # 5. Portland’s two wins and a loss to # 1 Cheverus drops to # 7 for now. Falmouth with a loss to Lake Region drops out for now. Greely with the 7 straight wins including the big win over Lake Region jumps into the top 10 at # 8. Lake Region is the first team knocking at the door. Morse with another loss to Mt. Ararat drops back out for now. The Bangor Rams with 5 straight wins are back knocking at the door. Expect more changes next week as teams battle it out.


WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 6:

1.Cheverus--------8-0 Stags stay Perfect! 3 more Wins! Crushed Marshwood! 87-38! Annihilates Sanford1 73-33! Big game! Beats Portland 59-44! Stags 8-0 Baby! Can they be Stopped! Three games on tap this Week! Host Gorham! At Deering! Back home against Scarborough! Stags stay Perfect! 11-0!

2.Camden---------11-0 Windjammers on Cruise Control! Beat Maranacook 68-40! Blows out Erskine 67-36! Destroys MCI 85-28! Can anyone Compete! I don’t think so! Only one game this week! Jammers head to Gardiner! Jammers move to 12-0!

3.Thornton--------8-1 Golden Trojans Right back on Track! Hammers Scarborough! 64-39! Takes down Westbrook! 50-36! Jumps back to # 3! Three games this week! Two are Biggies! First up! Host the Red Riots of South Portland! Then off to Windham! To take on the Upset-Minded Eagles! Then off to Noble! Can the Trojans stay at # 3! We shall find out!

4.Westbrook-----8-1 Blue Blazes Crush Sanford! 68-29! Knock off SP! 62-47! Lose to Thornton! 50-36! Blazes are Tough! Three games this week! Off to Noble! Home against Bonny Eagle! Then off to Kennebunk! Blazes improve to 11-1!

5.Brewer-------10-1 Witches get by the Indians! By 1pt.! 42-41! Creams Nokomis! 79-42! Beats Hampden! By 1pt.! 53-52! What a Game! Two wins by 1pt.! Wowzer!  A Win is a Win! And the Witches are 10-1! Baby! Move back up! One game up this week! It’s a Biggie! Witches head to Edward Little! A Friday Night Main Event! Who do you Like!

6.Dirigo-------10-0 Cougars Two Big Games! Cougars Two Big Wins! Beat Mountain Valley! 55-52! Crushed Boothbay! 64-48! Big Tom and the Cougars Stay Perfect! 10-0 Baby! Can they be Stopped! Up Next! Host Livermore Falls! Then Host Hall-Dale! Cougars 12-0!

7.Portland----7-2 Dogs beat Biddeford! 68-58! Crushed Marshwood 69-41! Lose to # 1 Cheverus 59-44! Dogs are Getting Better! Watch out! Three games this week! First up! Host Sanford! Then off to Gorham! Then a Saturday Night Main Event! Dogs head to Deering! To take on the Upset-Minded Rams! Could be a very Good One!

8.So.Portland-8-1 Red Riots Lose one to Westbrook! 62-47! No Matt Lee! They need him! Riots Bounce Back! Beat Windham! 68-54! Riots three games this week! First one is Huge! Down Rt. 1! To Saco! Take on the Golden Trojans! Huge Game Right Here! Big for Both! Then home with Noble! Then off to Bonny Eagle! Can the Riots stay in the Top 10! I think so!

9.Greely-------8-1 The Rangers break into The WIZ Top 10! 7 Straight Wins! Baby! Huge win over Lake Region! 56-42! Then pounds Freeport! 42-29! Rangers are Real! And Rangers are Very Good! Up Next! Another Biggie! Host the other Rangers of Traip! These Rangers are Undefeated! Greely Takes’em Down! Then it’s off to Waynflete! Greely goes to 10-1!

10.Edward Little-9-2 Eddies return to the Top 10! 3 Big wins this past week! Eddies Pound Leavitt! 75-57! Pound Mt. Ararat! 69-44! Beat Cony 63-57! Two games up this week! First up! Home against the Dragons of Brunswick! Then a Real Biggie! Host the Witches of Brewer! A Double Wowzer! Huge Game right here! Can the Eddies stay in the Top 10! I don’t know!

Teams knocking on the Door:

Lake Region-------8-2
Falmouth-----------9-1
Morse---------------9-2
Bangor--------------7-4
Wiscasset----------9-1
Deering-------------7-2
Cape----------------7-2
Stearns------------10-0
Ft. Fairfield------10-0
Presque Isle------10-1
Traip--------------10-0
Mt. Blue-----------8-3
Calais--------------4-1


Til’ Next week: Hoops Gone Wild! Good luck to all teams in the 2nd half of the season! It’s gonna be Crazy! And then the Tournament! Oh my! We are in for a real treat!

The WIZ

Westbrook defeats Noble, 62-29

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

WESTBROOK 62, NOBLE 29: Nich Jobin scored a game-high 22 points and Sean Murphy finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers as the Blue Blazes (9-1) cruised over the Knights (0-10) at North Berwick.

Dominic Borelli added 10 points for Westbrook. (PPH)

Brewer turns back Hampden Academy rallies

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

HAMPDEN, Maine — Special seasons typically have their unique moments.

For the Brewer boys basketball team, a special start to its season continued Saturday night with a 53-52 survival of Hampden Academy in Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A play

Easton Comeback Falls Short

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

A very entertaining game Saturday in Fort Fairfield. In the end, the TIgers prevailed by 7, but not before Easton made a great run. Easton played poorly in the first half, and at one point was down by eighteen points. They did not rebound well, shot selection was questionable, and foul shooting was just plain bad. Fort, on the other hand, played well, shot well, rebounded well--and the result was a comfortable half time lead 29-15. The second half told a different story. Easton played great defense, pressured the ball, and hit some outside shots--which opened up the inside, especially with McNamee on the bench. At one point, Easton had reduced Fort's lead to two points, but could not get over the hump. Fort hung tough, hit free throws late, and won 51-44. Easton outscored Fort in the second half, but the 14 point halftime lead was too much to overcome, especially on Fort's home court. Easton's Brad Trask and Sam Bacon led all scorers with 17 points each, most coming in the second half. Josh Booth had twelve points for the Tigers, and Travis Noyes added ten. If Easton had hit their free throws, especially in the first half when Fort was in foul trouble, the outcome could well have been different. (The same is true of the game in Easton, when Fort won by 10). Fort is a very balanced, well rounded team who can hurt you outside or inside, and is very deep as well. Great fan support for both teams.

MDI girls outclaw Presque Isle Wildcats 54-39

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Five-foot-11-inch senior forward Anna Joy scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half while sophomore 5-11 forward Megan Phelps earned a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds as MDI won its eighth consecutive game, 54-39 over the undersized Wildcats at Parady Gymnasium.

Murphy gets 1,000, but Yarmouth loses to Cape

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 12th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Yarmouth's standout senior Johnny Murphy scored the 1,000th point of his career late in the first quarter of tonight's home game versus Cape Elizabeth, but that was the lone higlight for the Clippers who lost 64-48 to the defending Western B champs.

Murphy entered the contest with 993 points and opened the game with a jump shot and a 3-pointer to give his team a 5-0 lead. Then, with 1:11 left in the first, Murphy stole the ball, broke in and scored an uncontested layup to reach the magic number.

Murphy's layup gave Yarmouth a 13-10 lead, but after a ceremony to recognize the 1,000-point plateau, the Capers answered with a 16-0 run and led by 10, 29-19, at halftime. Murphy picked up his fourth foul with 2:19 to go in the second quarter and didn't play again in the second or third.

The Clippers got as close as eight, 33-25, early in the second half, but Cape Elizabeth exploded to end the quarter on a 19-6 run to take a commanding 52-31 advantage.
In the first three quarters, Yarmouth made just 3 of 18 free throws.

Murphy is the second Clipper to score 1,000 career points. He's closing in on the top spot, 1,024, held by the late Steve Morris, the former Yarmouth star (Class of 1968) who went on to be a longtime coach and athletic director down Route 1 at North Yarmouth Academy. Morris passed away due to cancer in 2002.

Congratulations to Johnny Murphy on his milestone!

Brewer turns back Hampden Academy rallies

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

HAMPDEN, Maine — Special seasons typically have their unique moments.

For the Brewer boys basketball team, a special start to its season continued Saturday night with a 53-52 survival of Hampden Academy in Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A play

Midseason SMAA Team Statistics

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: January 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

It is the midway point of the SMAA (i.e., Western Maine Class A) regular season, with all but 4 teams having played 9 games. Time for a look at some team-scoring statistics.

The top 4 scoring teams:

  1. South Portland – 70.4 points per game
  2. Portland – 68.9 PPG
  3. Cheverus – 68.8 PPG
  4. Thornton – 64.3 PPG

The top 4 defensive teams:

  1. Cheverus – 37.0 points per game
  2. Westbrook – 44.6 PPG
  3. Thornton – 45.6 PPG
  4. Deering – 47.1 PPG

The top 4 teams in scoring margin:

  1. Cheverus: +31.8 point margin per game
  2. Portland: +19.0
  3. Thornton: +18.7
  4. South Portland: +17.2

Other interesting facts:

  1. There is an enormous chasm between the top 6 teams in the Heal Standings (average win-loss record of 7.7-1.2 and average scoring margin of +18.3 points per game) and the next 5 teams (average W-L of 3.6-5.0 and scoring margin of -1.7), and then another significant drop to the bottom 5 teams (average W-L of 1.2-7.6 and scoring margin of -21.9). The team scoring statistics are dominated by the top 6 teams.
  2. None of the top 6 teams has yet to lose a game against any of the other 10 SMAA teams. Also, none of the 5 middle-tier teams (Scarborough, Windham, Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Gorham) has yet to lose a game against the bottom 5 teams.
  3. Cheverus, considered the top team by most observers and the clear leader in non-weighted team scoring statistics, has played only one game against a team with a winning record.

How do teams fare when playing against tougher competition? Do certain teams beat up on weaker competition while struggling against more formidable foes? What about teams that have played tougher schedules than their peers?

The unadjusted team scoring statistics do not provide much insight on such questions. What if we were to assign relative weights to scoring based on the record of the opposing team? The concept of weighted averages assigns greater weight to certain values/scores based on relative significance. I’ll leave it to the wikipedia folks to do the heavy lifting in explaining this concept (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weighted_average) So how do we go about assigning relative significance in generated weighted scoring statistics? Again I’ll defer to the “experts” and use each opposing team’s Heal points – specifically its Tourney Index score – as the proxy for relative significance, which are then used to derive heal-weighted scoring averages. Without going into too much detail (so as not to scare away our significant math-phobic audience), I have calculated the mid-season heal-weighted team scoring statistics.

 The top 4 scoring teams:

  1. South Portland – 68.1 points per game (versus 70.4 non-weighted)
  2. Deering – 63.9 (versus 58.1)
  3. Thornton – 63.5 (versus 64.3)
  4. Portland – 63.0 (versus 68.9)

(Big jump for Deering, which supplants Cheverus in the top 4.)

The top 4 defensive teams:

  1. Cheverus – 40.5 points per game (versus 37.0 non-weighted)
  2. Thornton – 45.4 (versus 45.6)
  3. Westbrook – 50.8 (versus 44.6)
  4. Windham – 52.7 (versus 52.1)

(Windham’s first appearance in the team scoring stat leaders, supplanting Deering)

The top 4 teams by scoring margin:

  1. Thornton: +18.1 point margin per game (versus +18.7 non-weighted)
  2. Cheverus: +17.0 (versus +31.8)
  3. South Portland: +9.2 (versus +17.2)
  4. Westbrook: +5.0 (versus +12.2)

(Significant upheaval in rankings and scoring margins, with one notable exception)

Final comments:

  1. The worthiness of heal-weighted statistics notwithstanding, one should not get carried away in reaching conclusions solely on the basis of statistics. These stats are merely a snapshot of season-to-date results and are not necessarily indicative of what’s to come.
  2. As noted above, Cheverus has only played 1 team with a winning record while Portland and South Portland have only played 2 each. (Deering, Thornton and Westbrook have each played 3 such games.) There may be a seismic shift in the team scoring averages – unadjusted and/or heal-weighted –as the top teams battle each other in the next few weeks.
  3. Thornton is far and away the most consistent in its scoring and defense versus the haves and have-nots. This is probably indicative of (i) liberal substitutions versus the weaker teams and (ii) playing up/down to the level of competition.
  4. In the greatest “non-surprise” finding, Cheverus is the dominant defensive team in the SMAA – regardless of statistical measure. I wonder if any team will score 50 points against the Stags D?

Davis, defense lift Skowhegan

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Eagles had 11 second-chance points in the first half, and opened the second half with a follow-up basket by Kaitlyn Deering (13 points, nine rebounds). But the Indians (8-3) did not give Messalonskee another second-chance point the rest of the game.

Davis, defense lift Skowhegan

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Davis, a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard, shook off those early misses and calmly drained two key 3-pointers in the final minutes, lifting Skowhegan to a 50-46 Class A girls basketball victory over the Eagles.

Kane steps down at Mt. Blue

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: January 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Mt. Blue girls basketball team had to make a midseason coaching change, as varsity coach Tim Kane resigned on Friday. Kane was in his second season at Mt. Blue. The Cougars were 5-13 last winter and were 0-10 this season after Thursday's 81-31 loss to Messalonskee.
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