Semifinalists named for top awards

Posted Feb. 18, 2009, at 10:02 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Playing in the McDonald’s Senior All-Star basketball games has been on Erica Lyford’s dream list since her cousin, Erin Weston, played in the game for Penquis High of Milo 10 years ago.

Now, the dream is a reality, as Lyford was among 40 Eastern Maine boys and girls players who have been chosen to play in the March 14 games at Husson University in Bangor.

The selections, along with five of the 10 semifinalists for Miss Maine Basketball and six for Mr. Basketball were revealed at a press conference Wednesday at the Bangor Civic Center.

The five Miss Basketball semifinalists announced include Morgan Frame of Waterville, George Stevens of Blue Hill’s Maddie Park, Fort Kent’s Emily Pelletier, Claire Beacher of Brunswick and Kenni Norton from Mount Abram in Salem.

Mr. Basketball semifinalists revealed were Gordon Fischer of Camden Hills of Rockport, Alex Kee from Morse in Bath, Dirigo of Dixfield’s Thomas Knight, Ben Russell of Mt. Blue of Farmington, Cal Shorey of Calais and Edward Little of Auburn’s Corey Therriault.

The semifinalists from Western Maine will be announced today at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.

Lyford, Park, Pelletier and Penobscot Valley of Howland’s Casey McCloskey are among the standouts named to the Eastern Maine C/D girls squad.

“It’s a huge honor, that all the coaches would like to pick me as part of this team,” said Lyford, who scored 29 points in Penquis’ quarterfinal loss to Washington Academy of East Machias Tuesday.

McCloskey feels honored to play alongside some of Maine’s top players.

“Two of them were semifinalists for Miss Basketball and its really an honor. It’s exciting,” McCloskey said.

“I can’t even describe how excited I am. I can’t wait for March 14th, it’s marked on my calendar,” added McCloskey.

Waterville’s Frame said, “I’d rather win a state championship but this is great, too.”

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