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The Weather Outside Was Frightful (Plus WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 2)

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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The Weather Outside Was Frightful
(Plus WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 2)
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Wow what a week folks! Especially weather wise. Earlier in the week we had temps in the 50’s, and then on Thursday into Friday we had a massive ice storm that hit southern Maine really hard. Driving to work at 4:30am on Friday morning was frightful, with power outages everything was pitch black and the roads were treacherous all covered with ice. Traveling was very slow as you did not know what might be in the road up ahead. The storm raised havoc with the H.S. basketball schedules. Most games were postponed. Many were made up on Saturday, some will be made up this week and some have yet to be re-scheduled. Some gyms were even being used as shelters for people without power during and after the storm. We usually don’t run into these problems before Christmas, but this year things are different and as I stated earlier before the season started that this season would be crazy, well this just adds to it. Many teams will be playing three games this week as a result of the weather.

In some big games that were played this past week in Class A East The Brewer Witches beat Hampden 53-49 sending the Witches into this week’s Top 10 teams and dropping Hampden out for now. Mt. Blue remains undefeated beating Lawrence and Nokomis. Bangor beat Nokomis and their game with Lawrence was postponed until Monday.And Watch out for Morse the Shipbuilders are now 3-0.

In Western Class A Cheverus won both of their games to move to 3-0. Thornton beat Massabesic and their big game with rival Biddeford was postponed until Monday. South Portland beat Biddeford and their game with Marshwood was postponed until this coming Wednesday. Portland beat Noble and their game with Bonny Eagle was postponed until Monday. The Deering Rams are 3-0 as they beat Gorham and then on Saturday they won an overtime thriller over Windham 53-50.

In Class B East Camden moves to 3-0 with wins over Waterville and Belfast. The Rockland Tigers beat Belfast, but the Tigers then were stunned by Winslow as Winslow pulls off the upset 43-41. MDI moved to 2-0 with a win over Caribou. Hermon beat Bucksport 55-28 then the Hawks squeaked one out over Old Town 48-43 and Matanawcook beat John Bapst by just 2pts. Things are just warming up!

In B West Falmouth is making an early statement as they beat Poland 59-52 then handled Yarmouth with ease 52-33. The Capers of Cape Elizabeth beat GNG 65-49, then their big anticipated match-up with Greely was postponed and no date is set just yet and Lake Region moves to 3-0 with wins over Freeport and GNG.

In Class C East the Calais Blue Devils big game with Washington Acad. was postponed with no make-up date set, but the Blue Devils did beat Shead 66-52 to improve to 2-0. Lee moves to 1-1 with a win over Houlton 63-54.

In C West Dirigo won two more games to improve to 3-0 with wins over Madison and Livermore Falls. Wiscasset with a win over Hall-Dale 72-49 are now 2-0.

In Class D East Central Aroostook’s game with South Aroostook was postponed. Woodland who is had a bout with players having mono crushed East Grand 93-39 and DIS beat Jonesport-Beals 55-40.

In D West Greenville beat Valley 70-54 and the Bobcats of Richmond absolutely destroyed North Haven 98-13. Hate to see games like that.

Big Games coming:

With the weather this past week and postponements and like I stated earlier many teams will play three games this week and some are huge as far as top teams go.

WIZ Big Games:

Monday 12/15:

Thornton at Biddeford (Make-up)
Bonny Eagle at Portland (Make-up)
Bangor at Lawrence (Make-up)
GSA at Deer Isle
Ashland at Houlton Christian
Woodland at Jonesport-Beals

Tuesday 12/16:

Cheverus at Windham
Deering at Scarborough
Marshwood at Thornton
Falmouth at Cape
Lincoln at Rockland
Livermore Falls at Mountain Valley
Wiscasset at Georges Valley
Buckfield at Richmond
Brewer at Bangor
Lawrence at Messalonskee
SkowhegAN at Mt. Blue
Camden at Medomak
Ft. Fairfield at Central Aroostook

Wednesday 12/17:

South Portland at Marshwood (Make-up)
Caribou at Presque Isle
Mattanawcook at Hermon
Lee at Katahdin
Woodland at Calais

Thursday 12/18:

Freeport at Cape
Greely at York
Lake Region at Yarmouth
Georges Valley at Boothbay
Jay at Livermore Falls
Medomak at Lincoln
Rockland at Camden
Washburn at Van Buren

Friday 12/19:

Cheverus at Portland
Gorham at South Portland
Westbrook at Deering
Rangeley at Valley
Bangor at Lewiston
Cony at Hampden
Edward Little at Brewer
Morse at Lawrence
Mt. Blue at Oxford Hills
Caribou at Mattanawcook
Ellsworth at MDI
Dexter at Orono
Penquis at Stearns
DIS at Jonesport-Beals

Saturday 12/20:

Cape at Lake Region
Freeport at York
Georges Valley at Mountain Valley
Jay at Winthrop
OOB at Traip
Wiscasset at Dirigo
Buckfield at Greenville
Camden at Lincoln
Gardiner at MCI
Maranacook at Waterville
Medomak at Rockland
Presque Isle at Hermon

As we head into this week’s Top 10 teams as I stated early on in the season there will be many changes this year in the Top 10 as their seems to be many well balanced conferences this year. The first major changes happen this week. Edward Little off to a great start jumps from # 9 to # 5 and Brewer with a huge win over Hampden jumps into The WIZ top 10 at # 10 dropping Hampden out for now. Expect lots of changes in the coming weeks as teams battle it out for top spots.

WIZ Top 10 Teams- Week # 2:

1.Cheverus------3-0 Stags Still Undefeated! Beat Bonny Eagle 56-38! Hammers Kennebunk 77-38! Can the Stags be Stopped! Next up! Stags head to Windham! Could be interesting! Then it’s off to the Expo! For a Friday Night Main Event! Stags take on the Bulldogs! Early Xmas present for Brownie!

2.Camden--------3-0 Two more wins for the Windjammers! Crushed Waterville 74-49! Crushed Belfast 85-41! Big games coming! First up at Medomak! Then a Real Biggie! The Tigers of Rockland come to the Hills! Tigers will be hungry! But so won’t the Jammers! Then off to Lincoln! WIZ says Jammers move to 6-0 Baby!

3.Thornton-------2-0 Golden Trojans take care of Massabesic 82-58. Biddeford Tigers game PPD! Three games up this week! At Biddeford! Home with Massabesic! Then off to Sanford! Golden Trojans Cruise to 6-0!

4.Mt. Blue-------3-0 Cougars get Two more W’s! Cougars take care of the Bulldogs of Lawrence! 46-30! Annihilate Nokomis! 89-36! Can the Cougars be Stopped! Not this week! First up Cougars host Showhegan! Then it’s off to Oxford Hills! Cougars move to 5-0! Is Bessy Happy! You Bet he is!

5.Edward Little---2-0 Eddies Juimp to #5! Big win over Cony 65-60! Brunswick game PPD! Tough two Games coming this week! First up Blue Devils of Lewiston pay a visit! Then it’s a Biggie! Eddies head to Brewer! Take on the Undefeated Witches! Wow! Huge game right here!

6.So. Portland-----2-0 Riots Stay undefeated! Squeaked out a close one! Beat a scrappy Biddeford team by 3! 53-50! Wasn’t Pretty! But it’s a Win! Marshwood game PPD! Three Games up this week! First up! The Redskins from Sanford come to Town! Then off to Marshwood! For the Make-Up! Then home against Gorham! I think the Riots move to 5-0!

7.Portland--------1-1 Bulldogs Crushed Noble 84-39! Bonny Eagle Game PPD! Big Week for The Dogs! First up Make-Up with BE at the Expo! Then Down to Kennebunk! Then the Heavy Weight Match-Up! # 1 Stags come to The Expo! For a Friday Night Main Event!

8.Dirigo----------3-0 These Cougars also Stay Undefeated! Beat Madison by 20! 56-36! Take care of the Andies 55-39! Three games this Week! And one is Huge! First home against Telstar! Then off to Mt. Abram! Then back Home for a Big One! Wiscasset! Red Skins would love to Take this One! But they Won’t! Dirigo moves to 6-0 Baby!

9.Cape Eliz.-------2-0 Capers Take care of GNG 65-49! Big Game at Greely PPD! Three Games this week! And all Three are Huge! First up! The Yachtsmen of Falmouth pay a Visit! Next the Falcons of Freeport pay a Visit! Then it’s off to Lake Region! Huge Week for the Capers! Can they Stay Undefeated! I think so!

10.Brewer--------3-0 Welcome Witches! YES! The Witches are Real! They take down Hampden! 53-49! Huge win! Crush Messalonskee 62-36! Juimp into WIZ Top 10! Two Big Games this week! First is at Bangor! Wow! Then home with Edward Little! Double WOWZER! Can the Witches stay Undefeated! I don’t Know! I Like EL!

Teams Knocking on the Door:

Falmouth------3-0
Hampden------2-1
Deering--------3-0
Westbrook----2-0
Calais----------2-0
Bangor---------1-1
Greely----------1-1
C.Aroostook---1-0
Lake Region---3-0
Morse-----------3-0

Til’ Next Week: Christmas is Coming! The Basketball is getting Fat!
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Stearns 41, PVHS 35

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Howland, Tyler Richards scored nine points to lead a balanced scoring attack and help Stearns of Millinocket upend Penobscot Valley. Joey McCluskey scored 15 points and Ethan Babineau added 12 for the Howlers.

Stearns 58, Houlton 55

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The Stearns High School Lady Minutemen made the trek to Houlton tonight to take on the Houlton Lady Shiretowners & Came away with an important early season 58-55 win. Stearns was down by as much as 11 in the 4th quarter. Stearns was led by Kirsten Marter & Adriana Eurich, who had 16 points each. Samantha Lyons had 14. Becca Leavitt added 6, Katie Mills had 4 & Monica Deabay 2 for the 3-0 Lady Minutemen. Houlton was led by Lainey Herring, who had 18. Vanessa Sanderson had 16. Desirae Dow added 10. Courtney Putnam 6 & Martha McPartland 5 for Houlton. Stearns next game is Wednesday, December 17th @Bangor Christian. Tipoff is set for 7:30PM. Score By Quarters: Stearns - 16 24 40 58 Houlton - 15 34 44 55

Highview Chr. 35, Averill 24

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, Alexandra Booker totaled 10 points and eight steals to lead Highview Christian Academy of Charleston past Averill at Hinckley. Elizabeth Hanson had nine points and 17 rebounds for the Knights. Heather Dunfee added eight points and eight rebounds and Brittany Loreda chipped in nine rebounds. Dorothy Leighton led Averill with 18 points.

Stearns goes 3-0 with come from behind win at Houlton

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The Stearns High School Lady Minutemen made the trek to Houlton tonight to take on the Houlton Lady Shiretowners & Came away with an important early season 58-55 win. Stearns was down by as much as 11 in the 4th quarter. Stearns was led by Kirsten Marter & Adriana Eurich, who had 16 points each. Samantha Lyons had 14. Becca Leavitt added 6, Katie Mills had 4 & Monica Deabay 2 for the 3-0 Lady Minutemen. Houlton was led by Lainey Herring, who had 18. Vanessa Sanderson had 16. Desirae Dow added 10. Courtney Putnam 6 & Martha McPartland 5 for Houlton. Stearns next game is Wednesday, December 17th @Bangor Christian. Tipoff is set for 7:30PM. Score By Quarters: Stearns - 16 24 40 58 Houlton - 15 34 44 55

Blue Blazes Ranked #4 in American Journal's SMAA Power Rankings

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

4. Westbrook (2-0): In two games, Nich Jobin has established himself as a scoring and rebounding force for the Blue Blazes, averaging 20 points and more than 10 rebounds a game. Junior center Dominic Borelli has missed the first two games with an injury. His return will bolster the Blazes, but Tyler Kelly, Christian Hamilton and Jose Nouchanthavong have shown in the early going that Westbrook has plenty of players who can chip in. (AJ)

Edward Little Over Cony

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA — Rare are home losses by the Cony High School girls basketball team. Rarer still for the Rams is losing to the same team three years in a row.

Lawrence game rescheduled

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Friday's game at Lawrence has been rescheduled for this Monday, the 15th at 5:30.

Falmouth romps past Yarmouth

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer
Special to MBR

FALMOUTH- The Falmouth boys' basketball team continued its early-season surge with a dominating 52-33 home victory over the Yarmouth Clippers Saturday evening.

The Yachtsmen rode the sizzling shooting and staunch defense of junior Stefano Mancini to roll to a 33-10 halftime lead and cruised from there to improve to 3-0 on the season, dropping the Clippers to 2-1 in the process.

Mancini led all scorers with 22 points and helped limit Yarmouth senior sharpshooter Johnny Murphy to a quiet 17.

"One of the things that coach wanted to me improve in my game was being able to play on both sides of the court," Mancini said. "Preseason we played against some of the best players in Class A and B. Tonight against Murphy, I was able to prove I've been working on defense all offseason."

Falmouth began the season with a 54-49 upset win at Greely (behind Mancini's 15 points) and a 59-52 victory at Poland (as Mancini led the way with 28). The victory at the Rangers avenged last year's agonizing Western B quarterfinal setback, which came on a buzzer-beater.

The Clippers, meanwhile, a regional semifinalist last winter before losing to Freeport, opened with a 70-30 win at Wells (behind 25 from Murphy), then held off visiting York 51-49 (as Murphy and senior Rob Highland both scored 18). Yarmouth had won its last two trips to Falmouth and had beaten their one-time nemesis in three of the past four meetings since the start of the 2006-07 campaign.

This one would be decided quickly.

Junior Jahrel Registe gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with a foul shot 56 seconds in. A Murphy bank shot then gave the Clippers a 2-1 advantage. Falmouth junior John Roberts answered with a layup, but Muprhy made two free throws to give Yarmouth its final lead, 4-3. An old-fashioned three-point play by Roberts put the Yachtsmen up 6-4. With 4:31 to go in the first, Yarmouth junior Evan Henry hit a leaner to tie the score, but it was all downhill from there for the visitors.

With 4:03 to go in the quarter, Mancini drained his first 3-ball, putting Falmouth ahead to stay, 9-6. Junior Sam Horning followed with a layup and Mancini made another 3. After senior Jack Wyman scored on a floater, Mancini hit another 3-point shot for a 19-6 lead with 1:08 to play in the first. After a Clippers' timeout, Murphy made a short jumper, but a rebound putback by Horning with 1 second left gave the Yachtsmen a 21-8 advantage after one period.

Mancini began the second quarter the way he performed in the first by hitting another 3-pointer for a 24-8 lead.

"I've been trying not to go outside the offense," Mancini said. "We hit the open guy. I was open and they got the ball to me."

Yarmouth sophomore Luke Pierce and senior Andrew Totta each made one-of-two foul shots, but Mancini made two free throws, Falmouth junior Ryan Rogers hit a 3-pointer and a jumper, then Mancini fittingly capped a brilliant half by scoring on a leaner in the lane with 4 seconds to go to give the Yachtsmen a 33-10 advantage at halftime.

"We figured it would be a tough game," said longtime Falmouth coach Dave Halligan. "We came out with some good intensity and did some good things on defense. I was really pleased with our defense in the first half. We concentrated on Murphy, but they have other things too."

Mancini had 16 first half points and held Murphy to six. The Clippers made just 18 percent of their first half shots.

"(Stefano) wants to be a big-time player," Halligan said. "To do that, you have to play both ends of the court. He did tonight. That was nice to see."

Yarmouth showed some signs of life in the third period. Henry got things started by sinking a jump shot. Sophomore Matt Murphy followed with a jumper to make it 33-14, but Mancini answered with a breakaway layup. Highland then made a jump shot for the Clippers and Murphy made a 3 to make it 35-19, but Rogers hit a jumper and Horning scored on a layup to push the lead back to 20, 39-19. Murphy sandwiched two 3-point shots around a Registe layup, but Falmouth ended the period on a 6-0 run as Roberts made a layup, Mancini hit a jumper, then scored on a baseline jumper for a 47-25 lead, essentially ending the competitive phase of the contest.

Yarmouth would get no closer than 18, 49-31, the rest of the way. A leaner from senior Chad Lorenz at the buzzer accounted for the 52-33 final score.

"We thought it would be one of the toughest games on the schedule," Mancini said. "It's always a big game for us. It's good to get back at them."

"We're making progress," Halligan added. "We like what we're doing. We'll make some mistakes along the way, but I see more positives than negatives so far."

The Clippers were led by Murphy's 17 points. Henry had four. Totta added three and four players finished with two points each. Pierce scored one. Yarmouth made just 25 percent of its shots.

"Falmouth played a terrific game, offensively and dfensively," said Yarmouth coach Adam Smith. "They beat us up on the backboards. They kept us from doing anything. We didn't have much fight in us that first half.

"Too much dribbling in the halfcourt for us. It's going to take all five guys. Everybody looks at us and thinks it's a one-man show. We don't want it to be. It can't be for us to win games. We didn't play good team basketball tonight, offensively or defensively. We'll try to get back what we had last week. Falmouth went a long way out of taking us out of our game, but we helped."

In addition to Mancini's 22 points, he also had four rebounds and two steals. Roberts scored nine points, had five rebounds and two blocks. Rogers had seven points and Horning added six (to go with eight rebounds). Registe (seven boards) and freshman Jack Cooleen both had three points and Wyman scored two.

"We're not done yet," said Mancini. "We want to get 4-0. We played top dogs three of the first four games."

Tuesday, Falmouth gets another huge test when it visits unbeaten, defending regional champion Cape Elizabeth.

"It's on the road, but we've played well on the road," Mancini said. "If we keep playing the way we've played, we could be the best team in the conference."

"Cape's huge, we know that, but it won't make or break our season," Halligan added. "We'll see where we are."

The Clippers hope to get back in the win column Tuesday when they host Gray-New Gloucester. The rematch with the Yachtsmen comes Jan. 16. Look for Yarmouth to be much improved by then.

 "We're young varsity-wise," Smith said. "Everybody looks at the roster and sees seniors, but we're young.

Fort Kent 63, Penquis 46

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 14th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Fort Kent, Taylor Boucher netted 11 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter to lead Fort Kent by Penquis of Milo. Emily Pelletier added 21 points for the Warriors. Erica Lyford paced Penquis with 19 points while Morgan Royal added 12.

PVHS 49, Searsport 43

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 14th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Howland, Joey McCluskey and Adam Calendar each posted a double-double to spark Penobscot Valley by Searsport. McCluskey scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Calendar tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Howlers. Dylan McFarland scored 18 points for Searsport while Rocky Faunce added 11.

Penquis 46, Fort Kent 40

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 14th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Fort Kent, Ryan Bailey scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to propel Penquis of Milo past Fort Kent. Bryan Russell added 11 points for the Patriots. Davis Cyr and Matthew Harvey each net-ted 14 points for Fort Kent.

Yarmouth Upsets Falmouth

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 14th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Yarmouth upset visiting Falmouth 46-36 in an afternoon matinee today. The Clippers led almost the whole way, saw the Yachtsmen rally to tie, then pulled away late for their biggest victory in some time. Falmouth led just once, 3-2, before Yarmouth seized control and led 16-9 after one quarter, thanks to six points from senior Michelle Moylan. The Yachtsmen got within four, 20-16, late in the second period, but the Clippers got a layup from senior Haley Knaub and a turnaround jumper from breakout freshman Morgan Cahill for a 24-16 advantage. Yarmouth went up by 11 on a Moylan 3 just 36 seconds into the second half, but Falmouth slowly chipped away and a quarter-ending 6-0 run made it a 31-28 game heading for the fourth. Six points in the quarter from senior Kelsey Graffam helped spur the run. When senior Andie Doyle opened the fourth with a 3-ball, the Yachtsmen had pulled even. Just 17 seconds later, the Clippers went back ahead to stay on a second-effort layup from senior Lanier Bolmer. Bolmer added a layup moments later for a 35-31 lead. Falmouth twice would get back within two, but Moylan calmly buried a 3-pointer with 4 minutes to go to make it 40-35. With 1:40 left, a Doyle free throw got the Yachtsmen within four, but Knaub hit four free throws and Cahill delivered the coup de grace with a layup with 6.1 seconds to go and the Clippers celebrated their 46-36 win. Moylan and Cahill led Yarmouth (1-2) with 12 points apiece. Knaub added 10. Senior Haley Jordan and Graffam led (1-2) Falmouth with 10 points each. Doyle added 7.

Yarmouth Upsets Falmouth

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 14th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Yarmouth upset visiting Falmouth 46-36 in an afternoon matinee today. The Clippers led almost the whole way, saw the Yachtsmen rally to tie, then pulled away late for their biggest victory in some time. Falmouth led just once, 3-2, before Yarmouth seized control and led 16-9 after one quarter, thanks to six points from senior Michelle Moylan. The Yachtsmen got within four, 20-16, late in the second period, but the Clippers got a layup from senior Haley Knaub and a turnaround jumper from breakout freshman Morgan Cahill for a 24-16 advantage. Yarmouth went up by 11 on a Moylan 3 just 36 seconds into the second half, but Falmouth slowly chipped away and a quarter-ending 6-0 run made it a 31-28 game heading for the fourth. Six points in the quarter from senior Kelsey Graffam helped spur the run. When senior Andie Doyle opened the fourth with a 3-ball, the Yachtsmen had pulled even. Just 17 seconds later, the Clippers went back ahead to stay on a second-effort layup from senior Lanier Bolmer. Bolmer added a layup moments later for a 35-31 lead. Falmouth twice would get back within two, but Moylan calmly buried a 3-pointer with 4 minutes to go to make it 40-35. With 1:40 left, a Doyle free throw got the Yachtsmen within four, but Knaub hit four free throws and Cahill delivered the coup de grace with a layup with 6.1 seconds to go and the Clippers celebrated their 46-36 win. Moylan and Cahill led Yarmouth (1-2) with 12 points apiece. Knaub added 10. Senior Haley Jordan and Graffam led (1-2) Falmouth with 10 points each. Doyle added 7.

Lake Region 43, G-NG 35

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 14th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

GRAY - Lake Region used a 16-5 run in the third period to break the game open for a 43-35 victory over Gray-New Gloucester. The Lakers (3-0) were clinging to a 16-14 lead before the pivotal third quarter. Meghan Craffey led the Lakers with 14 points and Chelsea Meyers added 11. Kassie Wilson led Gray-New Gloucester (2-1) with nine points and 13 rebounds.
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