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State championship capsules

Sport: Football  Posted: November 22nd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WHEN BONNY EAGLE HAS THE BALL: The Scots run the spread offense, which has quarterback Nate Doehler in the shotgun with running back Josh Ruby lined up beside him or in the slot. In the spread, there are usually four receivers split wide. It forces opponents to cover the whole field and isolates players in one-on-one situations. Several teams in the state run variations of the spread, but they don’t come close to Bonny Eagle’s in efficiency. Doehler is the key to the Scots’ offense with his running and passing ability

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Fitzpatrick nominees announced

Sport: Football  Posted: November 22nd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Nate Doehler of Bonny Eagle will be busy later today as he attempts to lead the Scots to a second straight Class A state football title and the school´s fourth title in five seasons.

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WIZ Preseason Predictions and Player Rankings (Plus WIZ Top 10 Teams)

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: November 22nd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

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WIZ Preseason Predictions and Player Rankings
(Plus WIZ Top 10 Teams)

Here we go again folks. The summer is long gone and hoop season is about to get underway. That means it is that time of year again when The WIZ puts out his preseason predictions and his top player rankings. Last year was very exciting in all four classes and this year promises to be even more exciting as teams strive to take home that Big Shiny Gold Ball. Will any of last years team be able to repeat and get back-to-back Gold Balls? We shall all find out this coming March. As I have done for many years now I will give you my preseason predictions in all four classes East and West with my picks for the top 3 teams and 3 sleeper teams that could surprise us all, plus my prediction on who will win the State Title in each class. Then I will give you my preseason player rankings and finally my Top 10 Teams heading into week # 1.

Class A East:

Coming out of Class A East this year I really like the Cougars of Mt. Blue. The Cougars were young but they went 12-6 in regular season play last year, went into post season play as the # 5 seed and they beat Cony in the quarter-finals 50-33, then they lost to eventual EM Champs Bangor in the EM semi-final 44-21. Coach Jim Bessey only loses one player Joe Gilbert to graduation. The Cougars return a ton of players in the likes of Ben Russell, Jamie Sawyer, Devon Zamboni, Jordan Hoyt, Ryan Backus and the youngster Adam Wiles-Rossell plus a couple of good frosh players coming in Eric Berry and Cam Sennick. The Cougars will be athletic and very quick, look for them to run and play a swarming defense. I think coach Bessey gets the Cougars to the State game this year.

Next up will be the Broncos of Hamden Academy. Coach Russ Bartlett’s Broncos were 11-7 and the # 3 seed heading into the playoffs last year and they lost a tough one in the quarter-finals by just 3 points to Lawrence 49-46. Antonio Juco, Justin Brown, Brad Haase, Nate Burke and Ethan Evans are all gone, but I love what the Broncos have coming back. Last years ”Super Sophs” Jacob Moore, Noah Burditt and Nolan Turner are Juniors this year and mix them in with Vets Brad Hersey, Brad Dolan and Greg O’Donnell and the Broncos will be very good this season. They also have a good freshman in Christian McCue that may help out before the season is over.

Up next I like the Eddies of Edward Little. The Eddies were 14-4 last season and they were the # 2 seed for the tournament. The Eddies beat Messalonskee in overtime in the quarter-finals 51-41, then they beat Lawrence in the semi-finals 57-29 and they lost to Bangor in the EM final 61-54. They lose a ton. Kyle Philbrook, Eric Prue, Ben Hartnett and Muktar Sharif have all graduated, but Coach Mike Adams reloads this year, back are this years # 1 player from the East Corey Therriault and just look at what he has working with him, Dominic Bailey, Jim Philbrook Sean Daigle and Shaine Cirello, plus a very talented group of under classmen. The Eddies look to surprise everyone and they just might do it.

Sleeper Teams:

I can’t believe I have the Bangor Rams as a sleeper team this year, but the Rams lose basically everyone they graduated 12 players from last year. The “Big Guns” Jon McAllian (UMaine), Lee Suvlu, Ryan Weston, Adam Bernstein, Billy Zolper and Ian Edwards are all gone. The Rams were last years EM Champions as they beat Brunswick in the quarter-finals 74-56, they beat Mt. Blue in the semi-finals 44-21 and beat Edward Little for the EM crown 61-54, then they lost in the state game to Cheverus 49-41. Coach Roger Reed never has to rebuild he always reloads. Back from last years squad are Nate Henigan, Nate Frazier, Ryan Larochelle and Steve Hall. Plus he has a ton of talent from last years undefeated JV team. Zach Blodgett and Josiah Hartley will be “Super Soph’s” this year plus they have a “Fab Freshmen” coming up in Nick Sherwood. Coach Reed has had me eat crow in the past so I wouldn’t be surprised if he does it again.

Up next will be the Brewer Witches. The Witches were 6-12 last year and they did not make the tournament. Clayton Blood is the new coach. Coach Blood has been around and he knows the game well. The Witches were very young last year and they lose no one to graduation. Seniors Colby Hutchins, Kyle O’Connell and Billy Bissell will be the team leaders of the talented junior class of Nate Carson, Dom Drake and Tyler Bessette, along with Sean Murphy and Ray Bessette plus a possible upcoming freshman in Yui Sasaki.
The Witches have experience and I look for them to be right in the hunt come tourney time.

Next I like the Showhegan Indians. The Indians finished the regular season last year with an 11-7 record and they lost to Brunswick in the prelim game 48-35. Coach Troy Scott loses three to graduation. Gone are Eric Thistle, Steve McDaniel and Greg Saydjari. It looks like the Indians will be without one of their top players Paul Verville as he will be out for the season with a football injury, but I still like what the Indians have. Billy Clark will be the senior leader and he has got talent around him. Juniors Jordan Taylor and Jordan McGowen will have a big year and they will get plenty of help from Devon Withee, Craig Derouche, Hank Davis and Peter Boardman and last years frosh Kegan McPherson also may help out plus they have a great incoming freshmen class in the likes of Derek Withee, Levi Barnes, Ethan Johnson and Aren Lebrum. I think the Indians will also be right in the mix come tourney time.

Class A West:

Over in Class A West I have to go with the Cheverus Stags to repeat. The Stags last years State Champions went 15-3 on the season and they were the # 1 seed going into the tournament. The Stags beat Windham in the quarter-finals 50-40, they beat Portland in the semi’s 63-49, they beat Thornton in the WM final 40-31 and they beat Bangor in the State game 49-41. The legendary Coach Bob Brown returns looking for another Gold Ball. The Stags lose 5 players to graduation. Doug Alston, Alex Fraser, Keelan Donovan, Chris Hendrix and Sam Napolitano have all received their diplomas and won’t be back. The Stags do though return a ton of talent. The WIZ # 3 rank player in the State Mick DiStasio returns along with a pile of fellow seniors Dan Foster, Peter Foley, Joe Dadiego, Eliot Pickering, and Tommy Higgins, plus The WIZ # 2 Rank junior Indiana Faithfull and another outstanding junior Lenny Cummings. The Stags also have two very talented freshmen on their way up in Cam Olsen and Louis DiStasio. Look for coach Brown’s team to play a smothering match-up zone defense. They will be very quick and should score a pile of points in the transition game. I think the Stags will end up right were they finished last year.

Next up will be the Portland Bulldogs. The Dogs went 13-5 last season and drew the # 4 seed. The Bulldogs beat Deering in the quarter-finals 48-41 and lost to Cheverus in the semi’s 63-49. The Dogs lose 7 players to graduation. Key players gone are; Jake Longstaff, Anthony Passmore, DeWayne Albertie and Kelly Lamour. Longtime veteran Portland Coach Joe Russo always has a ton of kids that want to play basketball and he will return some very experienced senior talent in ‘Big Man” Eddie Bogdanovich (just might be the best big man in the state in Class A), Joe Violette, Charlie Ho and Tevin Vieira plus they have a very talented junior class in the likes of Wally Stover, Joe Zukowski and Koang Thok. James Ek is a very talented sophomore and the Dogs receive possibly the best freshmen in the state Will DiFanti who transfers in from Kennebunk. He may have a shot at the starting point guard position he is that good. The Bulldogs also get a transfer from Cheverus senior Willie White will be a Bulldog this year. The Bulldogs have plenty and they will look to prove The WIZ wrong come tourney time.

Up next is The Red Riots of South Portland. The Riots last year under first year coach Phil Conley had a very successful year going 14-4 in the regular season and headed into the tournament as the # 3 seed. The Riots beat Biddeford in the quarter-finals 66-48 and they lost to Thornton in the semi-finals 58-47. The Riots lose 7 players to graduation. Key losses are Will Furbush, Nick Wright, Nick Gaddar, Josk Mackie and Chris Biskup. The Riots return The WIZ’s # 2 ranked player in the state last year’s “Supper Soph” and junior this season Keegan “The Kid” Hyland. Keegan is one of the best pure shooters around and he has a pull-up jumper that the H.S. game has not seen in years. He can hurt you in a variety of ways including going to the hoop. The Riots will have no seniors this year however “The Kid” has plenty of junior talent to help him out. Matt Lee, Jon Dibiase, Spencer Bowering Connor Hasson and Ryan Curit all have plenty of experience along with Brian McCue and Greg Reinhold, plus a very good sophomore in Vukasin Vignjevic and the Riots also have Jordan Muller a very talented freshman. Look for the Riots to be right there ready to take on the top two teams and try to steal the whole show come tournament time.

Sleeper Teams:

The Golden Trojans of Thornton Academy finished last season with a 16-2 record and headed into the tournament as the # 2 seed. The Golden Trojans beat Westbrook in the quarter-finals 41-40; Beat South Portland in the Semi’s 58-47 before losing to Cheverus in the WM Final 40-31. Coach Bob Davies has done a tremendous job with this team. He loses 6 players to graduation 4 that were key players. Gone are Jeff Winnie, Kory Martin, Dakota Greene and Austin Gregory. Still Coach Davis has some very talented players coming back. The WIZ # 3 player State Wide Senior James Morse is back and he will get help from fellow Seniors Mike Guerin, John Trull and Doug Wilcox. Plus a very good junior Keegan Sullivan and they have that “Super Soph” Andrew Shaw. The Golden Trojans would love to get back to that WM Final and who knows if they can get some of the bench to step up they could very well be right back with a shot at a Western Maine Final. Also late news: Ian Barwise might be a Golden Trojan. Not sure if he will play, but if he does the Trojans just got stronger.

Up next I really like the Westbrook Blue Blazes this year. Last season they finished at 10-8 and were the # 7 seed for the tournament. The Blazes beat Bonny Eagle in the prelim game 52-45 and then they suffered a 1 point loss to Thornton in the quarter-finals 41-40. Longtime Coach Mark Karter is still at the helm for the Blazes and he loses just 3 key players to graduation. Steve LeBel, Kyle Sanborn and Josh Harriman are gone. Back are Seniors; Christian Hamilton, Tyler Kelly and Lance Ludka. Plus they have two outstanding juniors; # 3 Wiz ranked Dominic Borelli and a much improve Nich Jobin and fellow junior Andrew Beckwith plus a very good sophomore in Zach Gardiner. The Blazes will need to stay out of foul trouble and they will have to keep there turnover to a minimum. If they can do this they will be right in the hunt come tourney time.

Next would be the Deering Rams. The Rams finished last season with a 12-6 record and they were seeded # 5 for the tourney. The Rams lost to Portland in the quarter-finals 48-41. Coach Dan LeGage loses 6 players to graduation and 4 were key players. Gone are, Kyle Donovan, Chris Smith, Tim Conley and Nick Burkardt, but back as seniors are Ronald Abwoch and Khadar Abbas and two juniors Eddie Tirabassi and Ryan Bourgault. Coach LeGage has a pile of “Super Sophs” Jackson Frey, Jamie Ross, Nick Colucci, Dennis Ross and John Hardy. The Rams also have two very good freshmen waiting in the wings Cal London and Pat Green. Plus word is out that Deering has a new kid that shipped in from Chicago he’s a junior and I have heard he can play. My thoughts on Deering is that they are young and probably a year away from being at the top but if Coach LeGage can get this young group playing good team basketball they just might do plenty of damage this season and if they do they could gain plenty of confidence come tourney time.

Also I can’t leave out the Tigers of Biddeford they just might surprise every one of us. Coach Fecteau will have the best team that he’s had in years. Last year the Tigers went 7-11 and were seeded # 11 for the tourney. They beat Scarborough in the prelims 68-59 and lost to South Portland in the quarter-finals 66-48. The Tigers will be very athletic with Cameron Neumann and the Mohamed’s Abdirahman and Abdimajid. Watch out the Tigers could be the spoilers!

WIZ Predictions:

Class A East Champs- Mt. Blue
Class A West Champs- Cheverus
Class A State Champions- Cheverus

Class B East:

Up first has to be the Camden Hills Windjammers. The Jammers are loaded this year maybe even over loaded. Last year the Windjammers finished up the regular season with a 17-1 record and they headed to the tournament as the # 3 seed. They beat Hermon in the prelim game 82-71, Beat John Bapst in the quarter-final 73-38, beat Presque Isle in an overtime thriller in the Semi-Finals 61-60 and they lost to Maranacook in the EM final 84-72. They lose Paul Campbell, Christian Peiri and Dylan Smith to graduation, but look at what they return: Seniors led by one of the states top players in Gordan Fischer along with Lamni Keifer, Tyler Gartley, Danny Hart and Adam Morgan. An outstanding junior Jimmy Weffering. Two of the states top sophomores Graham Safford and Tyler McFarland, plus other Sophs Keegan Peiri, Joel Gabriele, Adam Landwehr and Nathan Cantrell  Look for Coach Hart’s team to be very quick with a pressure defense creating lots of turnovers for easy buckets. He will have a fantastic starting five and he can go very deep into the bench. The Windjammers head back to the Eastern Maine final.

Next up I like the Mattanawcook Lynx. They finished the season last year at 14-4 and were seed # 5 for the tourney. The Lynx beat Belfast in the prelims 69-40, beat Caribou in the quarter-finals 59-43 and lost to Maranacook in the semi-finals 89-70.
They lose Derek “Dead Eye” Libbey and Tyler White, but they return one of the states top players in senior Brady Vose. They also have a new coach Ryan Libbey. The Lynx will need some of the younger players to step up and Brady Vose will need to stay out of foul trouble but I think the Lynx will be right there come tourney time.

Next will be the Black Bears of Maranacook. Wow! How long has it been since I haven’t picked them # 1? Last years State Champions! The Big 3 are gone! Last years Mr. Basketball Ryan Martin, his buddies for life Mike Poulin and Will Bardaglio are all graduated. These three just terrorized the basketball courts all over Maine the last 3 years.
The Black Bears do return Seniors Devon Garrity and Pat Norwood along with Juniors Ben Johnson and Sam Poulin. They will need other players to step up but I think they make the top 3 just on their winning traditions.

Sleeper Teams:

The Hermon Hawks will be there this year. Last year they finished at 9-9 and were seeded # 14. They lost to Camden in the prelim game 82-71. Last years “Super Soph” Colton Gross is now a junior and he’ll have Senior Kevin Tarr along with Andy Ball to help him out, plus watch out for the younger brother Taylor Gross. Now add to the mix a new head coach. Mark Reed takes over for the Hawks. Add in all these factors and Hermon is going to be very tough this year.

Up next is the Wildcats of Presque Isle. The Wildcats were tough last year finishing with a 15-3 record and they had the # 2 seed heading to the tourney. They beat Mt. View in the prelims 65-53, beat Medomak in the quarter-finals 56-51 and lost to Camden in the semi-finals in overtime 61-60. They do lose standout player Adam Kingsbury to graduation, but Russ Mortland is back and fellow senior Evan Richards will be with him and add in the juniors the younger Kingsbury Dylan, plus Nate Ackerson and Ethan Braley, plus sophomores Oliver Zubrick and Travis Dyer the Widcats will be right back in the mix. Coach Prscott has to be excited. They might even have enough to Go-All-The-Way!

Next up I really like the Fighting Tigers of Rockland. Last year they finished at 12-6 and drew the # 8 seed for the tourney. They beat Gardiner in the prelims 59-57. Then they gave # 1 Maranacook quite a scare as the Tigers lose by just 2 points in the quarter-finals 59-57. Coach Breen loses no one he returns everyone. Back are seniors Nick Baudanza, Lincoln Dresser, Tyler Patterson and Teel Illvonen. Juniors Chris Nolan, Dylan, Meklin, Derek Gustin and Josh Harjula and add in sophomores Ryan Ecker and Lucas Morrill. The Tigers have experience they gave Maranacook all they wanted last year and this year they want more! They want the whole thing! And they just might do it.

Class B West:

Up first I like the Capers of Cape Elizabeth. The Capers ended last season with a 16-2 record and they were the # 1 seed for the tournament. They beat Wells in the quarter-finals 72-35, they beat Greely in the semi’s 48-39 and they beat Freeport 57-50 to win the WM crown. The Capers then lost to Maranacook 56-46 in the State Chamionship game.
Cape loses Tommy Ray, Shaine Burks, Ian Place and Woody Tabery to graduation, but the Capers have plenty of talent coming back. Alex Bowe, Johnny Messina, Connor Lawler and 6”6 Ben Fox make up the senior class and Cape has one of the states top juniors in Andrew Dickey plus two other juniors Connor Maloney and Will Pierce, add in “Super Soph” Cameron Brown and the Capers won’t miss a beat. Coach Ray will have this group fine-tuned come tourney time and I think the Capers will be right back to the State game.

Next up The Greely Rangers. Greely finished last year at 12-6, drew the # 4 seed for the tourney, they beat Falmouth in the quarter-finals 50-49, then lost to Cape in the Semi’s 48-39. They lose 5 seniors to graduation but only one Spencer Adams was a starter. Back as seniors this year are Chris Young, Erik Thayer, Ben Andreason, Chris Higgins and Jacob Dimick. Plus an outstanding junior in Trevor Tierney plus fellow junior Sam Thompson. Most of these Greely players have played right through the summer and have really improved their game. Look for the Rangers to be right near the top this season and coach Marks and his Rangers will look to steal the whole show come tourney time.

Up next the Falmouth Yachtsmen. Falmouth finished with a 13-5 record last season and drew the # 5 seed for the tourney. They lost a heartbreaker to Greely in the quarter-finals by 1 point 50-49. Falmouth loses 3 key players to graduation Mike Doyle, Kevin Smith and Patrick Medley have received their diplomas and are gone. Coach Halligan has been there forever and it seems every year his teams are right there come tourney time. This year he has 3 seniors back Jack Wyman, Ben Wilson and Nick Graffam all have experience. He has one of the top juniors in the state in Stephano Mancini plus other juniors Ryan Rogers, Sam Horning, Jahrel Registe and Kellen MacDonald. I see the Yachtsmen right back near the top come post season time and who knows if coach Halligan gets these kids playing well together they might look to steal the show.

Sleeper Teams:

Next is Mountain Valley. It is pretty hard to call them a sleeper team. The Falcons last year finished at 15-3 and were the # 3 seed for the tourney. They made a surprising very unusual early exit as they lost to Freeport in the quarter-finals 54-47. Coach Dave Gerrish loses 4 players to graduation. Gone are Owen Jones, Dean McGrillis, Keith Brennick and Bryan Canwell. The Falcons return 5 players as seniors this year. Justin Staires, Travis Ruff, Matt Laubauskas, Jacob Hickey and Myles Mercier. Juniors Cole Clark, Brady Fergola, Adam Bedard, Jacob Arsenault and Chris Day, plus an outstanding “Super Soph” Cameron Kaubris. The Falcons will be on a mission this year after that early exit last year. One thing about this group is they are winners. Most of them play football and look at what they just did. It will carry right over into the hoop season and Coach Gerrish and his crew would just love to prove us all wrong.

Next is the Yarmouth Clippers. The Clippers drew the # 2 seed last year with a 15-3 record. The Clippers beat Lake Region in the quarter-finals 64-41 and then they were upset by Freeport in the semi’s 67-60. Coach Smith loses 9 players to graduation. Big guns Lucas Denning, Joe Dilworth, Ben Groves and Rob Arndt are all gone. They have one of the states best in shooting in senior Johnny Murphy, plus seniors Andrew Totta and Peter Erickson are back along with a good junior Evan Henry, plus two sophomores Luke Pierce and Mike McCormack. Johnny Murphy will have to play a bigger roll this year and if he gets some teammates to step up and I think they will, then the Clippers will be right back in the mix again this season.

Up next is the Freeport Falcons. The Falcons finished the season at 13-5 last season and drew the # 6 seed for the tourney. They beat Mountain Valley in the quarter-finals 54-47; they beat Yarmouth in the semi-finals 67-60 and lost to Cape in the WM final 57-50. They lose 4 key players to graduation. Reid Christian, Tom Markelon, John Arris and Bejay Perkins are gone. Coach Sickels has one of the states top players in senior John Klages, plus fellow seniors Cody Bartlett, Tom Curry and Wesley Skold. A good group of juniors; Tom Dorsey, Jake Gore and Jackson Dodge, plus a good sophomore in Moses Flash. The Falcons will look for Klages to lead the way and Freeport will be right back in the tournament this season.

WIZ Predictions:

Class B East Champs- Camden Hills
Class B West Champs- Cape Elizabeth
Class B State Champs- Camden Hills

Class C East:

The Calais Blue Devils will look to do it again in the East. The Blue Devils had another perfect regular season at 16-0 last year and they again drew the # 1 seed. They beat Dexter in the quarter-finals 59-32, beat Houlton in the Semi- Finals 65-51, beat Lee in the EM Final 77-54 and lost to Winthrop in the state game 72-62 ending that great winning streak at 63 straight games and falling short of their bid to get their 3rd straight Gold Ball. The Blue Devils do lose Sam Bell and Rod Tirrell. Back are seniors Cal Shorey and Jordan Leeman, Cal Shorey’s younger brother Cam a “Super Soph” has torn an ACL and he will miss this season. Cal and Jordan will get help from Sean Cavanaugh, Jeremy Carr, and Josh Gillespie. Even with the loss of Cam Shorey I still think Coach Leeman has enough to get it done.

Up next I like Washington Academy. The Raiders went 9-7 last season and they drew the # 8 seed heading to the tourney. They made a quick exit losing to Dexter in the prelim game 68-49. They do lose Joey Hunter, but last year’s “Super Soph Sensation” Ben Teer is back for his junior year along with the very athletic Noah VanRotz and they will get some help from Eric Leighton and senior Matt Smith. Coach Kenrick Liburd does a great job and he’ll need some players to step up this year and with that early exit from the tournament last year the Raiders will be motivated this season. Ben Teer and Noah VanRotz will light up the scoreboard this season. I see the Raiders right in the hunt come tourney time.

Next I think the Lee Academy Pandas will be right back in the hunt. The Pandas were 13-5 in regular season last year and they drew the # 2 seed. They beat Ft. Kent in the quarter-finals 69-39, beat Schenck in the semi’s 55-51 and they lost to Calais in the EM final 77-54. They lose Devon Parker to graduation and Hakeem Rodrigue won’t be back and Luis Medina is with the prep team this year. A J Harris is back with big man Tyler Doty and who knows who else Coach Randy Harris will have. I’ll take Lee as my 3rd pick from the east.

Sleeper Teams:

The Wolverines from Schenck will be right back this year. The Wolverines were 15-3 last season drawing the # 3 seed for the tourney. The beat GSA in the quarter-finals 57-56 and they lost to Lee by just 4 points in the semi-finals 55-51. They do lose Mike Lowell, but Aaron Hutchins is back along with Lanny Thompson, Jared Waite and Ethan McLaughlin. Coach Steve LeVasseur and his Wolverines will be right back in the picture when the tourney arrives.

Up next will be the Tigers from Dexter. The Tigers went 14-4 and drew the # 9 seed at the tourney last year. They beat Washington Academy in the prelim game 68-49 and the lost in the quarter-final to the EM Champs Calais 59-32. They lose Gavin Cote and Nate Pierce to graduation, but Coach Peter Murphy does an outstanding job with his team and coming back are Jeremy Russell, Andrew Lary Corbin Billidue, Tim Gustin, Brandon Leighton and Kyle Gould. With a little “Murphy Magic” the Tigers should make it to the tourney this year.

Next up will be the Houlton Shiretowners. The Shiretowners went 9-9 last year and were the # 5 seed heading to the tournament. They beat Orono in the quarter-finals 55-38 and lost to the EM Champs Calais in the semi-finals 65-51. Coach Mike Fogarty loses a ton to graduation. Parker Brown, Ryan Hill, Josh Beals and Abe Carmichael are all gone. Who is back? James Bates is back for his senior year. Bates is one of the top players in Eastern Class C. He will have to have a huge year and he will need a couple of the new players to step up. I think Bates will have a big year and I think the Shiretowners will be right back in the tournament.

Class C West:

First up will be the Dirigo Cougars. The Cougars went 17-1 last season and they drew the # 1 seed for the tournament. They beat NYA in the quarter-finals 42-23, they beat Boothbay in overtime 48-45 in the semi-finals and they lost to Winthrop in the WM final 51-45. They lose key players Colby Knapp, Wes Gagnon, Adam law and Enrico Ross. Back is “Big Tom” Thomas Knight. Tom is the # 1` WIZ ranked player in the State. The 6’9 Knight will be heading to Notre Dame on a full scholarship when his H.S. career is over. The Cougars will also have a good surrounding cast of players back. Back will be Aaron Fenstermacher, Tyler Chiasson, Nicholas Crutchfield, Kyle Hutchinson, Eric Bolduc, Tyler Gates and the youngster Spencer Ross. Coach Gavin Kane is one of the very best coaches out there and with the “Big Guy” Knight and the players he’s got around him I think Dirigo is unstoppable this year.

Next will be the Traip Rangers. The Rangers went 15-1 last season and they drew the # 3 seed for the tourney. They beat Sacopee in the prelims 59-44, they beat Hall-Dale in the quarter-finals 73-57 and they lost to Winthrop in the semi-finals 59-46. They do lose some players to graduation. Trevor Higgins, Cody Abbott, Tyler Metevier and Robert Allen are gone, but back are Brennen Connor and Eric Modica for their senior year. These two both had an outstanding year last year and they will get help from George Mortimer, Matt Nay, Dustin Laclair and Jack Masury. Coach Jeremy Paul has done an excellent job since taking over a few years ago and with the crew he has this year the Rangers will be right there come February.

Up next will be the Redskins of Wiscasset. The Redskins went 12-6 last season and drew the # 9 seed. They lost in the prelim game to North Yarmouth 55-41. Coach Matt Cook loses only two to graduation. Zach Hartman and Gerald Murphy are gone. Back is one of Class C top players Jason Dennison and he will have plenty of help from Nick Hinkley and Sumner Averill plus 5 other players that were juniors last year. The Redskins have experience, they will be very quick and they have a couple of guys that can put some points on the board in a hurry. They will be right in the mix come tourney time and they just might look to steal the whole show.

Sleeper Teams:

The Winthrop Ramblers last year’s State Champions. They went 17-1 in the regular season and they drew the # 2 seed. They beat Hyde in the quarter-finals 81-71, they beat Traip in the semi-finals 59-46, they beat Dirigo in the WM Final 51-45 and they beat Calais in the State Championship game 72-62. The Ramblers lose Sam LeCerc who was The WIZ’s # 1 ranked player last year. Sam will be playing for Bryant College this year. They also lose key players Tim Gingras, Larry Foster, and Erza Damm and they also lose Coach Dennis Dacus. The new coach is Tyler Hunt. The Ramblers lose a lot, but back are David Ketchen, Zach Farrington, Andrew Smithgal, Skyler Whaley, Kevin Hart, Jake Steele and Jordan Conant, plus the youngster Billy Gordon. Even with the big losses and a new coach I think the Ramblers will be back in the hunt this year.

Up next will be the Hyde Phoenix. The Phoenix went 7-6 last season and they were seeded # 7 for the tournament. They beat St. Dom’s in the prelim game 66-52 and then they lost to the WM Champs Winthrop in the quarter-finals 81-71. They lose Brendan Vize, Jordan Wilkins, Joshua Lenardson, and Andrew Bogage to graduation and they also lose longtime coach Tom Bragg. Taking over as coach is Ross Sanner Bragg’s assistant coach the last two years. The Phoenix return Issac Brower, Chris Velez, Tyler Platt, and Jason Keith, plus last years “Super Soph” David Duncan. Expect Duncan to have a huge year this season. A new coach and possibly some new players look for the Phoenix to be very strong this year.

Next up is the Livermore Falls Andies. The Andies finished last season with an 8-10 record and were seeded # 12. They beat Gould in the prelim game 40-37 and then they lost to Boothbay 65-38 in the quarter-finals. They lose Zach Keene, Brian Castonguay, Garrett Neal and Jacob Marceau to graduation. 2nd Year Coach Travis Magnusson returns two starters, juniors Chandler White and Tom Ventrella and they will get help from Caleb Baron, Derek Castonquay, Nathan Michaud, Kyle Whitmore and Ian Wilcox, plus two Sophs in Michael Castonquay and Michael Anctil. With a year’s varsity experience under his belt I think Coach Magnusson will have this team “Clicking” come February and they just might do some damage in the tourney.

WIZ Predictions:

Class C East Champs- Calais
Class C West Champs- Dirigo
Class C State Champs- Dirigo

Class D East:

Got to go with the Panthers of Central Aroostook to repeat. The Panthers went 18-0 last season and they drew the # 1 seed. They beat Machias in the quarter-finals 82-52, they beat Ashland in the semi-finals 75-61 and they beat Woodland in an overtime thriller 67-59 to win the EM crown. Then they beat Richmond in another thriller 54-53 to win the Gold Ball. The Panthers lose key players Cameron York, Logan and Blake McCarthy. Back are Manny Matinez Logan McLaughlin (INJ), Caleb Kelly, Mitch Folson, Kasey Brewer and Jack Footer. And guess what another York! Freshmen Brendan York. It looks like the Panthers will be with out Logan McLaughlin for the season with a torn ACL but I think the Panthers still have enough to get it done and bring Back-To-Back Gold Balls back to Central Aroostook.

Up next I like the Woodland Dragons. The Dragons last season went 12-6 and drew the # 3 seed. They beat Limestone in the prelim game 59-47, they beat Easton in the quarter-finals 56-41, they bear Deer Isle in the semi-finals 48-40 and they lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Central Aroostook in the EM Final 67-59. Coach Troy Cilley is one of the best coaches out there in Class D and he returns just about everyone. Back are Chad James, Keith Curtis, Ben Sears, Aaron St.Pierre, Spencer Brown, Scott Boomer and Eddie Flaherty. Plus Corey Rolfe has moved back to Woodland after spending last year at Sumner. I’m hearing reports that St.Pierre may not be playing this year, but even still the Dragons have plenty and they will look to dethrone the Panthers.

Next up is the Tigers of Fort Fairfield. The Tigers were 13-5 last season and were seeded # 5 for the tourney. They beat Van Buren in the prelim game 67-44 and then lost a tough one in double overtime in the quarter-finals to Ashland 76-71. The Tigers lose Ryan Noyes to graduation, but everyone else is back. Returning are; Doug Sharpe, Austin Dufour, Matt Cresenzo, Keith Thibeau, John McNamee, Josh Churhill, along with Travis Noyes and a possible young freshmen Brandon Clark. The Tigers will have the double overtime loss from last year’s quarter-finals fresh on their minds and they will be on a mission this season. They could steal the show.

Sleeper Teams:

The Deer Isle Mariners went 16-2 last season and hit the tournament as the # 2 seed. They beat Hodgdon in the prelim game 79-54, they beat Shead in the quarter-finals 63-33 and they lost to Woodland in the semi-finals 48-40. They lose their “Super Star” Colin Ciomei to graduation, but back is Ebon Powers. Ebon is going to have to be a work horse this season he is going to need some players to step-it-up and contribute but I see the Mariners right back in the tournament this season.

Up Next I like the Tigers of Shead. The Tigers went 11-7 last year and they drew the # 7 seed heading to the tourney. They beat South Aroostook in the prelim game 65-43 and they lost to Deer Isle in the quarter-finals 63-33. They lose Dana Mitchell to graduation. Back though are Justin Lewey and Wayne Clossey. Last year was the 1st time that the Tigers have been to the tournament in the last 10 years and I think Coach Preston has enough to get them right back in it. How far will they go?

Next up I’m going with the Royals of Jonesport-Beals. The Royals went 7-11 last season, drew the # 13 seed and lost to Ashland in the prelim game 80-66. I’m not sure who they lost if anyone to graduation or who they got coming back, but I do know they got a Beal! They got another Beal! It’s Andrew Beal! How many Beal’s have played for the Royals?
And where is the Ordman “Ordie Alley? I hear he is in Florida! There aren’t no Lobsters down theyah! A legend and we miss him! With Andrew Beal on the team I’ll take the Royals as my 6th team from the East.

Class D West:

The Valley Cavaliers begin a new era. Last year they went 14-3 and drew the # 3 seed. They beat Greenville in the quarter-finals 64-45, beat Forest Hills in the semi-finals 60-44 and they lost to Richmond in the WM Final 61-57. The Cavaliers lose 4 key players. Trevor Miller, Curtis Miller, Scott Hunnewell and Brandon Osgood have all graduated. Back are Cam Miller, 6’7 Chris Beane, Nathan Schultz, Zach Mathieu, Ronnie Pinkham and John Hunnewell. The Cavaliers legendary Coach Dwight Littlefield has decided it is time to move on. He is one of the greats of all time. He will be missed. Taking over at the helm is former Valley standout Wade Morrill. Coach Morrill knows the tradition and he has to be very excited. I think the Cavaliers begin the start of a new era and Coach Morrill and the squad grabs the WM Championship.

Up next is the Buckfield Bucks. The Bucks finished up last year with a 6-12 record and they drew the # 8 seed. They beat Portland Christian in the prelim game 59-27 and they lost to Richmond in the quarter-finals 67-37. They lose a lot to graduation. Gone are Cy Wilkinson, Andrew Litchfield, Zach Cowatt and John Condon. Back are Tyler Weymouth, Kyle Rines, Bryan Litchfield, Travis Jordan, Nate Corson, Jack Boyd and Norman Parks. I think Weymouth, Rines and Litchfield will lead this team to big things this year they may even have enough to go the whole way.

Next I like the Richmond Bobcats. The Bobcats went 16-1 last year and drew the # 1 seed. They beat Buckfield in the quarter-finals 67-37, they beat Rangeley in the semi-finals 68-45, they beat Valley to win the WM final 61-57 and they lose a heartbreaker to Central Aroostook in the State Championship game 54-53. The Bobcats lose big guy Marc Zaharchuk, Brandon Lancaster and Sam Carter to graduation. They do return Eric Murrin, Matt Brown, Eric Curtis, Josh Brown, Eric Dowd and Nick Woods, plus 3 Sophomores, Tom Carter, Mike Christie and Kyle O’Brien. I look for the Bobcats to be right in the hunt come tourney time.

Sleeper Teams:

The Elan Buccaneers finished last season at 11-4 and were seeded # 6 for the tourney. They lost to Forest Hills in the quarter-finals 45-42. They lose 6 players to graduation but they return a good crop of players. Back are Malcolm Turner, Sean Waddleton, Casey Clark, Curtis Tewilliger, Lee Gach and a few others. The Buccaneers will look to spoil it for the top three and they just may do that.

Next up is the Rangeley Lakers. The Lakers went 10-8 last year and were the # 4 seed heading into the tourney. They beat Seacoast Christian in the quarter-finals 63-56 and they lost to Richmond in the semi-finals 68-45. They lose David Redmond, Ben Bliss, Devon Sargent, Ken Madeira and Ben Morton. Back are two seniors Quin Philbrick and Casey Clark. One junior Ross Gordon along with sophomores Richard Jordan, George Seaman, Regan Sargent and Ezekiel Hall. The Lakers will be right there come tourney time, but how far can they go?

Up next are the Tigers of Forest Hills. The Tigers last year went 14-4 and they drew the # 3 seed. They beat Elan in the quarter-finals 45-42; they lost to Valley in the semi-finals 60-44. The Tigers lose two players to graduation. Mitch Lambert and Jeff Mulhall are gone. Back are Cody Gilboe, Dan Forge, Kyle Hoyt, Mike Gilbert, Max Bradford and Corey Plante, plus add in a couple of sophomores Spencer Conrad and Dylan McNally. Coach Amero only loses two players and with this years team they will hope to go a little further in the tourney.

WIZ Predictions:

Class D East Champs- Central Aroostook
Class D West Champs- Valley
Class D State Champs- Central Aroostook

WIZ Preseason Player Rankings:

The WIZ Preseason Player Rankings are base on play from last year, play from AAU, play from summer H.S. hoops and play from fall leagues. I have a list of the Top 25 Players State Wide, A Top 100 Seniors list, A top 75 Juniors list, A top 40 Sophpmore list and a Top 25 Un-Ranked Freshmen list. We must remember this is a preseason list and many players will change in rankings as the season progresses as many players improve throughout the year and as always new stars arise. At the end of the season The WIZ puts out his End of Season Player Rankings which is a much truer ranking. Also when compelling a ranking list like this there is always the possibility that a player may be missed or there may be “UN’s” players we do not know about. If there are players you feel are missed please let us know.

WIZ Top 25 Players Statewide:

1.Thomas Knight-----------Sr.--------Dirigo
2.Keegan Hyland-----------Jr.--------South Portland
3.Mick DiStasio------------Sr.--------Cheverus
4.James Morse--------------Sr.--------Thornton
5.Indiana Faithfull----------Jr.--------Cheverus
6.Dominic Borelli----------Jr.---------Westbrook
7.Corey Therriault---------Sr.---------Edward Little
8.Eddie Bogdanovich------Sr.---------Portland
9.Gordan Fischer-----------Sr---------Camden Hills
10.Phil Leighton------------Sr.---------Lake Region
11.John Klages-------------Sr.----------Freeport
12.Ben Russell-------------Sr.---------Mt. Blue
13.Koang Thok------------Jr.-----------Portland
14.Cal Shorey-------------Sr.-----------Calais
15.Lenny Cummings-----Jr.-----------Cheverus
16.Nich Jobin--------------Jr.-----------Westbrook
17.Ronald Abwoch-------Sr.-----------Deering
18.Peter Foley-------------Sr.-----------Cheverus
19.Chris Young-----------Sr.-----------Greely
20.Jamie Sawyer---------Sr.------------Mt. Blue
21.Cameron Neumann---Sr.-----------Biddeford
22.Jacob Moore-----------Jr.-----------Hampden
23.John Murphy----------Sr.-----------Yarmouth
24.Ian Barwise------------Sr.-----------Thornton (If he plays)
25.Jason Dennison-------Sr.------------Wiscasset

WIZ Top 100 Seniors (Class of 2009):

1.Thomas Knight---------Dirigo
2.Mick DiStasio----------Cheverus
3.James Morse------------Thornton
4.Corey Therriault--------Edward Little
5.Eddie Bogdanovich----Portland
6.Gordan Fischer---------Camden Hills
7.Phil Leighton-----------Lake Region
8.John Klages-------------Freeport
9.Ben Russell-------------Mt. Blue
10.Cal Shorey------------Calais
11.Ronald Abwoch------Deering
12.Peter Foley------------Cheverus
13.Chris Young----------Greely
14.Jamie Sawyer---------Mt. Blue
15.Cameron Neumann---Biddeford
16.John Murphy----------Yarmouth
17.Ian Barwise------------Thornton (If he plays)
18.Jason Dennison-------Wiscasset
19.Colby Hutchins-------Brewer
20.Alex Bowe------------Cape Elizabeth
21.Matt Perkins----------Lawrence
22.Dan Foster------------Cheverus
23.Eric Thayer-----------Greely
24.Kyle O’Connell------Brewer
25.Kiefer Lamni---------Camden Hills
26.Russ Mortland-------Presque Isle
27.Doug Nash-----------Leavitt
28.Abd. Mohamed------Biddeford
29.Eric Modica---------Traip
30.Dominique Bailey---Edward Little
31.Ryan Chaney--------Morse
32.Jordan Leeman------Calais
33.Ebon Powers---------Deer Isle
34.Tyler Cummings-----Hall-Dale
35.Greg O’Neil----------Cony
36.Nick Baudanza-------Rockland
37.Cam Vermette--------Mt. Ararat
38.Nate Dixon------------Windham
39.Khadar Abbas---------Deering
40.Eric Goodwin---------Gardiner
41.Alex Kee--------------Morse
42.Travis Ruff-----------Mountain Valley
43.Billy Bissell----------Brewer
44.Devon Garrity--------Maranacook
45.James Bates----------Houlton
46.Johnny Messina-----Cape Elizabeth
47.Lincoln Dresser------Rockland
48.Brian Carville--------Cony
49.Garrett Holt-----------Erskine
50.Brady Vose-----------Mattanawcook
51.Zach Brann------------Messalonskee
52.Brennen Connor------Traip
53.Zack Farrington-------Winthrop
54.John Trull--------------Thornton
55.Billy Clark-------------Skowhegan
56.Chad James------------Woodland
57.Nick Hinkley----------Wiscasset
58.Ryan Larochelle-------Bangor
59.Nate Doehler-----------Bonny Eagle
60.Justin Staires-----------Mountain Valley
61.Dan Sheehan-----------York
62.Ben Violette-----------Lawrence
63.Isaac Brower-----------Hyde
64.Alex Goldrup----------Medomak
65.Will White-------------Portland
66.Conor Lawler---------Cape Elizabeth
67.Manny Martinez------Central Aroostook
68.Ben Andreason--------Greely
69.Brad Trask-------------Easton
70.Josh Childs------------Oxford Hills
71.Tyler Patterson--------Rockland
72.Devon Zamboni-------Mt. Blue
73.Matt Loubouskas------Mountain Valley
74.Jack Wyman---------Falmouth
75.Mike Guerin---------Thornton
76.Brett Bradford-------Bangor Christian
77.Doug Sharpe---------Fort Fairfield
78.Kevin Tarr------------Hermon
79.Nate Frazier----------Bangor
80.Alex Nivus-----------Gardiner
81.Teel Illvonen---------Rockland
82.Ian Philbrick---------Scarborough
83.Christian Hamilton---Westbrook
84.Danny Hart-----------Camden Hills
85.Blake Chase----------Narraguagus
86.Charlie Osborne------Strearns
87.Malcolm Turner------Elan
88.Chris Velez-----------Hyde
89.Been Sears------------Woodland
90.Dom Cone------------Bucksport
91.David Ketchin--------Winthrop
92.Andrew Gendron-----NYA
93.Joe Violette------------Portland
94.Austin Dufour---------Fort Fairfield
95.Ben Fox----------------Cape Elizabeth
96.Quin Philbrick--------Rangeley
97.Hank Davis------------Skowhegan
98.Aaron Allen-----------St. Doms
99.Tom Pogar------------Scarborough
100.Tyler Weymouth----Buckfield

WIZ Top 75 Juniors (Class of 2010)

1.Keegan Hyland---------South Portland
2.Indiana Faithfull--------Cheverus
3.Dominic Borelli--------Westbrook
4.Koang Thok-------------Portland
5.Lenny Cummings------Cheverus
6.Nich Jobin---------------Westbrook
7.Jacob Morre-------------Hampden
8.Jim Philbrook-----------Edward Little
9.Nate Carson-------------Brewer (If he plays)
10.David Duncan---------Hyde
11.Jordan Taylor----------Skowhegan
12.Trevor Tierney---------Greely
13.Stephano Mancini-----Falmouth
14.Ben Teer--------------Washington Acad.
15.Matt Lee--------------South Portland
16.Andrew Dickey------Cape Elizabeth
17.Dom Drake-----------Brewer
18.Walter stover---------Portland
19.Noah Burdit----------Hampden
20.Colton Gross---------Hermon
21.Jordan Hoyt----------Mt. Blue
22.Tyler Pelletier-------Mt. Ararat
23.Noah VonRotz------Washington Acad.
24.Paul Verville---------Skowhegan (INJ)
25.Luke Barlett----------Old Town
26.Nate Henigan---------Bangor
27.Eddie Tirabassa------Deering
28.Jimmy weffering-----Camden Hills
29.Joe Zukowski---------Portland
30.Alex MacKenzie-----Medomak
31.Rashad Fraiser--------George Stevens Acad.
32.Nolan Turner----------Hampden
33.Josh Sangillo----------Windham
34.Evan Kenny-----------GNG
35.Ryan Backus----------Mt. Blue
36.Rachon Edgerton-----Brunswick
37.Chandler White-------Livermore Falls
38.Dakota Sleeper-------South Aroostook
39.Cal Winchester-------Bangor
40.Brad Hersey-----------Hampden
41.Tyler Chaisson--------Dirigo
42.Sam Thompson-------Greely
43.Dylan Kingsbury-----Presque Isle
44.Ronnie Turner--------Lewiston
45.Nick Taylor-----------Windham
46.Ben Johnson----------Maranacook
47.Jason Burns-----------Cony
48.Sam Horning----------Falmouth
49.Greg O”Donnell------Hampden
50.Jordan McGowen-----Skowhegan
51.Tyler Bessette---------Brewer
52.Spencer Bowering----South Portland
53.A J Harris--------------Lee Acad.
54.Jake LaChance--------Cony
55.Steve Hall--------------Bangor
56.Garrett Clemmer------Windham
57.Tim Levesque---------Oak Hill
58.Nate ackerson---------Presque Isle
59.Caleb Giustra----------Medomak
60.Sam Poulin-----------Maranacook
61.Jon Dibiase-----------South Portland
62.Conor Maloney------Cape Elizabeth
63.Ryan Bourgault------Deering
64.Ryan Petros-----------Ellsworth
65.Chris Nolan-----------Rockland
66.Corey Rolfe-----------Woodland
67.Cameron Anderson---Caribou
68.Jarred Bingham--------Lee Acad.
69.Connor Hasson--------South Portland
70.Ray Leach-------------Hall-Dale
71.Keith Curtis-----------Woodland
72.Kasey Brewer---------Central Aroostook
73.Andrew Beal-----------Jonesport-Beals
74.Athan Braley-----------Presque Isle
75.Josh Booth-------------Fort Fairfield

WIZ Top 40 Sophomores (Class of 2011)

1.Graham Safford-----------Camden Hills
2.Cam Shorey---------------Calais (INJ)
3.Andrew Shaw-------------Thorton
4.James Ek-------------------Portland
5.Dennis Ross---------------Deering
6.Tyler McFarland----------Camden Hills
7.Zach Blodget--------------Bangor
8.Jackson Frey---------------Deering
9.Alex Furness---------------Wells
10.Andrew Wiles-Rossell--Mt. Blue
11.Vukasin Vignjevic-------South Portland
12.Josh Walker---------------Mt. Ararat
13.Cameron Kaubris--------Mountain Valley
14.Cameron Brown---------Cape Elizabeth
15.Gabe Burdit--------------Hampden
16.Nicholas Colucci--------Deering
17.Ray Bessette-------------Brewer
18.Levi Lincoln-------------Hebron Acad.
19.Josiah Hartley------------Bangor
20.Zach Gardiner------------Westbrook
21.Joe Doane----------------Cape Elizabeth
22.Xavier Scott--------------Lawrence
23.Joe Savino----------------Cheverus
24.Mekae Hyde--------------Lewiston
25.Jamie Ross----------------Deering
26.Nate Thistle---------------Skowhegan
27.Lucas Whitham-----------Leavitt
28.Tim Maines---------------Edward Little
29.Ryan Ecker---------------Rockland
30.Brad Reed-----------------Belfast
31.Zach Bean----------------Scarborough
32.John Hardy---------------Deering
33.Robert Foss--------------Cony
34.Keegan Pieri-------------Camden Hills
35.Kevin Philbrick-----------Scarborough
36.Mike McCann-----------Winslow
37.Mike Kennedy-----------South Portland
38.Tyler Gross---------------Hermon
39.Logan McLaughlin------Central Aroostook (INJ)
40.Jake Welch----------------Nokomis

WIZ Upcoming Top 25 Freshmen (Class of 2012)

(Players are Un-ranked and listed in no particular order)

Will DeFanti-----------Portland
Louis DiStasio--------Cheverus
Walker Cooper--------Cony
Nolan Allen-----------Windham
Fred Knight------------Hampden
Nick Dibiase-----------Deering
Christian McCue------Hampden
Aidian Hadley---------Rockland
Eric Berry--------------Mt. Blue
Jordan Muller---------South Portland
Brendan York---------Central Aroostook
Derek Withee---------Skowhegan
Justin Alley------------Jonesport-Beals
Nick Sherwood--------Bangor
Cal London-------------Deering
Cam Olson--------------Cheverus
Chris Braley-------------Nokomis
Levi Barnes-------------Skowhegan
Patrick Green-----------Deering
Logan Poirer------------Hampden
John Amabile-----------Deering
Cam Sennick------------Mt. Blue
Yui Sasaki---------------Brewr
Ryan Rousseau----------NYA
James Kapothanasis----Cheverus

WIZ Preseason Top 10 Teams heading into week # 1:

1.Cheverus--------Last years State Champs! Love the Stags! They want More! They got the Faith! They got Indiana Faithfull! They got Mick! They got Peter! They got Lenny! They got Danny! And They got Bobby Brown! Stags want to Repeat! They can Smell It! They can Taste It! Will they Get it!

2.Portland--------Who let the Dogs Out! The Bulldogs are loaded! Big Eddie Bog! And King Koang! Plus the new guy Willie Defanti! Coach Russo is Smiling! The Bulldogs would Love to Steal the Whole Show! They just Might!

3.Camden Hills----Talk about Loaded! The Windjammers are Over Loaded! Coach Hart knows what he’s Got! Gordan! Lamni! Tyler! Graham! David! Nathan! Joel! Adam! And he’s got Tons More! Jammers will be Flying in High Gear! They want Gold Baby!

4.Mt. Blue--------Cougars will be very Hungry! Bessy has the Talent! He;s got the experience! He’s got Russell! He’s Got Sawyer! He’s got the Young’n! Adam Wiles-Rossell! The Cougars want Gold! It won’t be Easy! The East will be Crazy!

5.Hampden-------The Broncos will be Buck’n! Coach Bartlet has the players! Moore! Burditt! Turner! Hersey! Dolan! And I love Greg O’Donnell! The kid is a player! How far can the Broncos Go! We Shall find Out!

6.South Portland-------“The Kid” is Back! For his Junior year! And The Red Riots will be Red Hot! Keegan Hyland will take the Riots far this Year! Matt Lee is an Athlete! Spencer Bowering much Improved! The Big Guy! Hasson is better! Coach Conley is Thrilled! And he is Fired Up! For his 2nd Year! Riots look to Steal It!

7.Dirigo---------- Class C Beware of Cougar Country! The Cougars are Real Tough! 6’9 “Big Tom” Tom Knight! Who will Stop him! Knight! Chaisson! Crutchfield! They can taste it! They just need to Get It! Coach Kane has to be excited!

8.Edward Little-------The Eddies want more this year! They just might get it! Therriault is the Man! He’s got Philbrook! He’s Got Bailey! He’s got Daigle! He’s got Cirello! Team will be very quick! Coach Adams! He can Coach! Defense Baby!

9.Cape Elizabeth------Capers want back to the State Game! They’ve been there! Will they go back! Alex Bowe! Tough as nails! John Messina! He can play! Connor Lawler! He will surprise! Big Guy Fox is better! The Young ones! Dickey! Brown! And Doane! Woa! Coach Ray is Ready! Capers Are Ready! Can They Do It!

10.Thornton--------Golden Trojans! So good last year! Very Close! But no Cigar! Coach Davies is Fired Up! James Morse is Ready! So isn’t Mike and John! And Doug and Keegan! Andrew Shaw a Breakout year! News Flash!!!!! Hot off the Wire! There Might be a new “Big Man” in Town! Ian Barwise! If so!  Oh No! The Golden Trojans just got a Whole lot Better! Watch Out Baby!

Teams Knocking on the Door:

Cent. Aroostook

Til’ Next week: Welcome Back WIZ! Hold on Tight! This season is going to be Wild!
Hoop Heaven is Back! Baby!



Blast from the Past: He put the blaze in Blazes

Sport: Football  Posted: November 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

"Larry Napolitano was probably the most complete player I've ever coached," said Jack Dawson, who coached Westbrook from 1968-77 and again from 1979-83.

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Ruff 'n' ready

Sport: Football  Posted: November 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Mountain Valley coach Jim Aylward couldn't wait to move Ruff to the offensive side of the ball for his senior season, and Ruff's two-way talent is one reason the Falcons are unbeaten and playing in their third straight title game.

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New coach, high hopes for Bobcats

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: November 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Furbush, 25 when anointed the 21st men's basketball coach in Bates history over the summer, is believed to be the youngest leader in NCAA men's hoop this season, across all divisions.

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Itīs the brains, not just the brawn

Sport: Football  Posted: November 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

"They´re probably the smartest group of linemen we´ve had," said Coach Kevin Cooper. Bonny Eagle´s line will be counted on to protect Doehler, the quarterback, again at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Class A final against Skowhegan at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

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Morse to play Mountain Valley for Class B state title

Sport: Football  Posted: November 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

For the first time since the height of its glory years, the Morse football team will play for a state championship Saturday when the Shipbuilders take on powerhouse Mountain Valley in the Class B Final at 11 a.m., at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland

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SMCC basketball teams under way

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: November 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

SMCC has a vastly different look in 2008-09 as 10 players from last year’s squad either graduated or transferred. Even while the new teammates are learning on the fly, the early results have been encouraging.

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Steele’s return fuels Winthrop

Sport: Football  Posted: November 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Comebacks are part of the story for all three Western Maine finalists that will compete in Saturday’s state championship football games at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. Perhaps the biggest one involves senior Jake Steele of Western Maine Class C champion Winthrop.

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Sport: Football  Posted: November 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

An Iowa-based sports lighting company has donated poles and lights, and a contractor will install them for free starting Friday at Maranacook Community High School. Within weeks, Ricky, a 15-year-old sophomore from Wayne suffering from a malignant brain tumor, will be able to flip a switch and shine the lights on his teammates as they participate in a football scrimmage.

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Hanell Velez Signs on Dotted Line

Sport:   Posted: November 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Southern New Hampshire just got a steal.  The Penmen received a National Letter of Intent from 6’5” guard Hanell Velez, one of the best players in Northern Massachusetts.  Velez committed to SNHU after receiving division I interest from a variety of other schools.
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Porrell heads for coaches'Hall OF Fame

Sport:   Posted: November 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Porrell led Wayland to the Eastern Mass. championship in 1979 after an upset victory over powerhouse Lynn Classical in what he called the "most exciting game" that he ever coached. Two years later, the Warriors won the Div. 2 state championship at Holy Cross by beating Holyoke, finishing with a 22-0 record. Another state title banner went up in 1991.

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Gregory snares Division 1 offer

Sport:   Posted: November 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The 18-year-old Greater Lowell Technical High School student can laugh about those days now -- the senior recently signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Daamen accepts scholarship from CCSU

Sport:   Posted: November 19th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Starting next year, the two-time Daily News All-Star, who averaged 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals last year, will try to work the same kind of magic at Division 1 Central Connecticut State.

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