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Marks selected as Maine McDonald's All-Star

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

WALDOBORO — Medomak Valley’s Hannah Marks is a special basketball player. The talented girls basketball player for the Waldoboro-based school was selected by the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches to participate in the 2015 Maine McDonald’s® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Game Saturday, Mar. 14. “Hannah is certainly deserving of this and any recognition she receives,” said her head coach, Randy Hooper. “She was chosen as the Coastal Division Player of the Year in the KVAC B league. She has been a [three] year starter for us and played significant minutes her freshmen year. I have coached both girls and boys at the varsity level for 29 years. Hannah is only the 7th player that I have coached to be chosen as a McDonald's All Star. I could not be happier for her. She has a passion for the game and has worked hard in the off season to get her game to the level that it is...

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McAuley's reign ends with loss to TA in regional final

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

PORTLAND—All good things must end. That painful reality was delivered to the state's most successful girls' basketball program Saturday evening at the Cross Insurance Arena. The McAuley Lions, the four-time Class A state champions and the gold standard since the start of the millennium, finally met their match in the regional final against the one team, second-ranked Thornton Academy, that has managed to give them fits the past couple seasons. McAuley came into the contest short-handed, after losing junior Sarah Clement to a knee injury in the semifinals, and the Lions knew they'd have to play close to a perfect game to handle the deep, talented and hungry Golden Trojans and for a half, they had things going their way...

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Cape holds off Lake Region, one win from gold

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

PORTLAND—Ethan Murphy was home sick the last time his Cape Elizabeth boys' basketball team faced Lake Region. And the Capers lost. Saturday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena, Murphy had an opportunity to make up for lost time and the senior captain made sure Cape Elizabeth completed its regional tournament journey holding the trophy at the end. The second-ranked Capers had their hands full for 32 minutes against No. 4 Lake Region, a squad coming off a semifinal round upset of top-ranked Yarmouth, but playing like the champions they hope to become, they answered every challenge. Murphy scored six quick points to help build an early 7-1 lead, but the Lakers didn't panic and rallied to go ahead before Cape Elizabeth took a 13-11 advantage after one quarter on a pair of late free throws from freshman Finn Bowe...

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Greely ends Cape's fairy tale run, surges into state final

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

PORTLAND—In a five-day stretch, Greely's girls' basketball team laid waste to a talented regional field. A longtime nemesis, a team that humbled them on Opening Night and finally, Destiny's Darlings, all tried but failed to derail the Rangers Express. And now, Greely is on the brink of the biggest prize of all. Saturday afternoon in the Western Class B Final at the Cross Insurance Arena, the third-ranked Rangers faced the Cinderella ninth-seeded Capers of Cape Elizabeth and two days after crushing No. 2 Gray-New Gloucester in surprisingly easy fashion in the semifinals, Greely didn't permit itself a letdown and ultimately wore down the Capers...

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Dirigo rolls over Maranacook, 68-51

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA — They’re baaaaaack. Dirigo boys' basketball returned to the Class C West mountaintop with authority Saturday night, mashing the gas pedal in the second half to blow out Maranacook, 68-51, in the championship game at Augusta Civic Center. "Over the course of the season they just improved so much. They kept getting better and better," Dirigo coach Travis Magnusson said. "There were a couple of changes we needed to make. One of them was conditioning, and I worked them as hard as I've worked any team." Riley Robinson led Dirigo with 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and received the Harry C. Edwards Award as the most valuable player and sportsman of the tournament...

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Dirigo falls to Maranacook

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA — What started out as a defensive struggle was quickly interrupted by an offensive outburst Saturday night. In a tight ballgame in the Western C championship game, Maranacook's Sarah Clough's long-range prowess turned the tide in a hurry. "After like two shots, I felt really comfortable," said the senior guard, who admits she was a little jittery at first. "I wasn't nervous at all. It didn't feel like it was a championship game. It just felt like a regular game." Her four 3s in the second quarter broke open the game for the Black Bears. It was a lead that Dirigo couldn't overcome. Maranacook fended off any Cougar rally for a 47-37 victory at the Augusta Civic Center. The win was the first regional championship for Maranacook. Dirigo was playing in its first regional title game since 2006...

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The Hot Corner: No title, but one special journey for Devils

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

By KALLE OAKES..Deftly fielding a reporter’s late-afternoon Sunday phone call that probably interrupted a New England Patriots game, Lewiston boys’ basketball coach Tim Farrar forecast in November that his team had “a chance to do something special.” Well, he slam-dunked that prediction. Poster quality, too, even if “special” stopped two wins shy of every team’s dare-to-dream aspiration. Lewiston enjoyed the privilege, although that’s the last way the Blue Devils would describe it now, of being a Class A East runner-up to Hampden. Mt. Blue, Lawrence and Oxford Hills all know the feeling. The Devils were oh-so-close, like the Cougars and Bulldogs before them, but fell 65-57 Saturday at Augusta Civic Center. Special? Lewiston trips to the regional final are so rare that the previous coach to accomplish...

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Lewiston falls to Hampden

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA — One unbelievable run deserved one in reply during Saturday's Class A East boys' basketball championship. As a consequence, an unprecedented championship streak continues, and an unforgettable tournament push came to a frustrating but courageous end. No. 2 Hampden Academy rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter and overcame Lewiston High School, 65-57, at Augusta Civic Center, becoming the first team in history to win four consecutive Eastern A titles. “They're a very good team, especially when they get out in transition,” Hampden junior point guard Nick Gilpin said. “But we realized if we got a couple of points back, got some stops and worked at it, that we had plenty of time." Gilpin notched 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and took home the Al Halliday Award as outstanding player/sportsman of the tournament...

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Presque Isle ends Gardiner's improbable run

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Wildcats pull away for Eastern B girls basketball title..BANGOR — After two sublime games, Gardiner finally looked vulnerable. The Tigers got off to a slow start, and had an off day shooting. Against Presque Isle, that was just too much to overcome. So, for that matter, was the play of Krystal Kingsbury. The Presque Isle senior scored 23 points and hit 1,000 for her career as the second-seeded Wildcats pulled away for a 47-24 victory in the Eastern B girls basketball championship game at the Cross Insurance Center. Ninth-seeded Gardiner (10-12) shot 9 for 51 from the floor. The Tigers were 6 for 30 in the first half, then were 3 for 21 in the second half, when they scored seven points...

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Bulldogs don't mind comparisons

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Lawrence girls bringing back memories of Cindy Blodgett era..AUGUSTA — Paige Belanger was two years from being born when Cindy Blodgett’s historic run at Lawrence High School ended in 1994 with a fourth state title in four years. But like hundreds of other girls of her generation growing up in Albion, Benton, Clinton and Fairfield, Belanger grew up hearing the Blodgett legend and the teams that filled Lawrence’s trophy case while she was there. Belanger, a senior forward, said she hasn’t tired of comparisons between those teams of two decades ago and this, the first Lawrence team to win a regional title since then...

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Big second quarter lifts Maranacook to first regional title

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Black Bears outscored Dirigo 17-4 in second quarter behind Clough's 4 3-pointers..AUGUSTA — Sarah Clough left the court at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday with tears in her eyes after fouling out with 5 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the Western Class C girls basketball championship. By the time the game was over she was crying once again, just for a different reason. Clough knocked down four 3-pointers as part of a 17-4 run in the second quarter and her teammates held the lead from there as Maranacook downed Dirigo 47-37 to claim its first regional title in program history. “Sarah’s very tenacious and she hit a lot of key shots that helped put us on top, but when it comes down to it, we’re a team,” Maranacook coach Jeannine Paradis said. “When one person falls we pick them up. We did a great job stepping up.”...

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Maranacook boys fall to Dirigo

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Robinson scores 25 points in win..AUGUSTA — Maranacook’s unlikely run as a No. 8 seed couldn’t clear its last hurdle. No. 2 Dirigo scored 12 straight points in the third quarter to distance itself and end the Black Bears’ quest for their first Western C title with a 68-51 win Saturday night. Two Tyler Frost 3-pointers highlighted the run, which ballooned Dirigo’s lead from three to 15 points by the time Levi Emery ended it with a jumper with 1:02 remaining in the third. Maranacook shot 3-for-17 in the period, Dirigo 7-for-12. Riley Robinson led Dirigo (19-2) with 25 points, while Clay Swett added 11. Cam Brochu and Kent Mohlar led Maranacook (10-12) with 17 points apiece. The Cougars will meet Calais for the state championship, their fifth title game appearance in seven years, next Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor...

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Rangeley girls basketball team takes Western D title

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA — It took a little while for the Rangeley girls basketball team to find itself offensively in Saturday’s Western D championship game against Richmond. Defense, however, was never a problem, and it was that defense that carried the Lakers even after they found their shooting touch in the second half. “We’ve been working a lot on our defense with the boys. I feel playing against tougher people, it’s kind of easier down here,” Rangeley senior Taylor Esty said. Esty scored nine of her 15 points in the third quarter, helping the Lakers take control of the game and earn a 39-22 win. No. 2 Rangeley, now 20-0, will face a Washburn (21-0) team going for its fifth consecutive state championship in the Class D title game next Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor...

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Greely guard: 'It's now or never' for title hopes

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Ashley Storey has already done a lot in her basketball career...The Greely High 6-foot-3 senior has developed an outside shot and guard-like ball-handling skills. She earned a Division I basketball scholarship from the University of New Hampshire. She reached the 1,000-point plateau this season and helped Greely to four straight Western B regional semifinals and now two regional finals after the Rangers throttled Gray-New Gloucester, 57-34, on Thursday. But one thing she and her teammates have not done is win a championship — regional or state. Sophomore guard Moira Train said she wants to get that title for Storey. “We just know this is our year,” sophomore guard Moira Train said. “Last year we weren’t as strong obviously. But it’s now or never basically.” Lake Region had bounced Greely three straight years, including in the 2012 regional final. This year Greely beat a much different Laker team (i.e., no Tiana-Jo Carter in the middle) in the quarterfinal. This year Greely is more evolved as a team...

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Forest Hills tops Hyde, 64-50

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Tigers advance to the state final for the second time in three years. AUGUSTA — Top-seeded Forest Hills overcame its stiffest challenge of the season Saturday to remain unbeaten and advance to the Class D state championship game for the second time in three seasons. Ryan Petrin scored 32 points as the Tigers pulled away from fourth-seeded Hyde in the fourth quarter for a 64-50 win at the Augusta Civic Center...

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