Class A semifinals
Girls, No. 3 Messalonskee 58, No. 2 Edward Little 56
Girls, . No. 1 Skowhegan 44, No. 5 Oxford Hills 37
Boys, No. 10 Lawrence 46, No. 6 Mt. Blue 36
Boys, No. 1 Edward Little 44, No. 5 Bangor 39
Class B semifinals
Girls, No. 2 John Bapst 37, No. 3 Presque Isle 29
Girls, No. 1 Waterville 56, No. 5 Mount View 28
Boys, No. 3 Rockland 57, No. 2 Presque Isle 39
Boys, No. 1 Camden Hills 60, No. 5 Hermon 36
Class C quarterfinals
Boys, No. 5 Stearns 79, No. 4 Orono 61
Boys, No. 1 Washington Academy 79, No. 8 Narraguagus 55
Class D semifinals
Boys, No. 3 Shead (17-3) vs. No. 2 Central Aroostook (17-3), ppd. Fri., 9:35 a.m.
Boys, No. 4 Woodland (13-7) vs. No. 9 Bangor Christian (9-11), ppd. Fri., 11:05 a.m.
Class A semifinals
Boys, No. 6 Portland 55, No. 2 Westbrook 43
Boys, No. 4 Thornton Academy 47, No. 1 Cheverus 41
Class D semifinals
Boys, No. 2 Richmond 57, No. 3 Elan 38
Boys, No. 1 Forest Hills 53, No. 4 Vinalhaven 42
EASTERN MAINE BOYS CLASS B SEMIFINALS
TIGERS DEFENSE TOO MUCH FOR WILDCATS
BY RYAN McLAUGHLIN BDN STAFF
BANGOR — BANGOR — After watching a 12-point first-quarter lead vaporize in the second, the Rockland boys basketball team came out with a different approach in the second half. The third-ranked Tigers used their speed, size and athleticism on both ends of the floor to wear down No. 2 Presque Isle in the second half, and coach Mike Breen’s club used a 20-7 third-quarter burst to pull away for a 57-39 Class B semifinal victory at the Bangor Auditorium Wednesday night. Rockland improves to 17-5 and advances to Saturday’s regional championship game against the winner of Thursday’s second contest between No. 4 Hermon and top-ranked Camden Hills of Rockport. The Wildcats wrap up a great season 18-3. Rockland came out firing early on, with Teel Ilvonen scoring eight first-quarter points as the Tigers built an 18-6 lead. But free-throw shooting and aggressive defense enabled the Wildcats to claw back into it, as PI went 10-for-15 from the line in the second quarter and held the Tigers to one field goal to take a 24-22 halftime lead. The Wildcats, however, spent a lot of their energy making their comeback, and the Tigers responded, outscoring PI 20-7 in the third quarter and scoring eight of the first 10 points of the fourth to put it away. Chris Nolan was one of three Tigers in double figures with 19 points, including a 12-for-12 showing from the free-throw line. Ilvonen finished with 12 and Nick Baudanza 10. Nate Ackerson was the lone Wildcat in double figures with 10 points.
WINDJAMMERS CONTINUE PERFECT SEASON
BY LARRY MAHONEY BDN STAFF
BANGOR – Sophomore center Tyler McFarland scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, both game-highs, and undefeated Camden Hills High School cruised to a 60-36 victory over outsized Hermon in their Eastern Maine Class B tournament semifinal at the Bangor Auditorium on Wednesday. Top seed Camden Hills, 20-0, will face rival and third seeded Rockland, 17-5, in Saturday’s 3:35 championship game. Graham Safford had 13 points and four steals for Camden Hills, which outrebounded Hermon 39-24 and used a 16-7 spurt in the second quarter and a 12-3 flurry in the third quarter to pull away. Gordon Fischer had nine points and Kiefer Lammi contributed seven points, nine rebounds and four assists. Kevin Tarr’s 13 points and Andrew Ball’s eight points and 12 rebounds led fifth-seeded Hermon, which finished up at 16-5.
EASTERN MAINE GIRLS CLASS B SEMIFINALS
Stearns upends Orono
By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff
BANGOR, Maine – Garen Manzo poured in a game-high 27 points as the No. 5 Stearns of Millinocket boys basketball team rolled out to an early lead and held off No. 4 Orono 79-61 Wednesday morning in an Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinal at the Bangor Auditorium. The Minutemen (17-2), which placed three other players in double figures, move on to face the winner of Wednesday’s second quarterfinal between No. 1 Washington Academy of East Machias and No. 8 Narraguagus of Harrington in Friday’s 8:35 p.m. semifinal. Stearns had a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and led by as much as 13 points in the first half. The Red Riots cut the lead to 34-32 early in the third quarter, but Manzo’s nine points and six from Zach Sadlon helped the Minutemen regain control. Manzo went 10-for-12 from the free-throw line in the fourth. Sadlon added 15 points, while Cory Barnett and Tyler Richards had 12 apiece. Joel Reimersma scored 20 points for Orono (16-3).
Raiders cruise past Knights
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
BANGOR, Maine – His first game at the Bangor Auditorium was a dream come true for Noah Von Rotz. The Washington Academy junior was simply on fire, pouring in a game-high 26 points to lead his top-ranked Raiders of East Machias to a 79-55 Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinal victory over No. 8 Narraguagus of Harrington at the Bangor Auditorium Wednesday. Coach Kenrick Liburd’s club improves to 18-1 and advances to Friday’s 8:35 p.m. semifinal while the Knights wrap a stellar season 12-8. The Knights hung tough early, scoring the game’s eight points with Blake Chase canning back-to-back threes on Narraguagus’ first two possessions. But Liburd called a timeout after Andrew Polley hit a fadeaway in the lane, and the Raiders got going after that. Von Rotz connected for 16 first-half points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field as WA outscored the Knights 19-6 in the second quarter to establish control with a 14-point halftime lead. The Raiders went on cruise control after that, and ‘Guagus drew no closer than 13. Milos Gautier was the other WA player in double figures with 11 points while Ben Teer, Wen Hao Song and Bryce Colbeth finished with eight apiece. Colbeth grabbed nine rebounds. Chase finished with 15 points for the Knights while Stephen Strout scored 11.
Waterville girls roll to regional final
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
BANGOR – The Waterville Purple Panthers forced 14 turnovers in the first half with their swarming, in-your-face press and they outscored Mount View 20-6 over the final 13 minutes of the half en route to a 56-28 triumph Wednesday in their Eastern Maine Class B schoolgirl semifinal at the Bangor Auditorium. Waterville senior guard Jennifer Nale, who paced all scorers with 17 points and also had three steals. Panthers center Morgan Frame added eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Alex Bennett paced Mount View with six points. Waterville, 20-0, jumped out to an 11-3 lead with the last three baskets coming directly off steals as Taylor Frame’s steal and pass resulted in Paige Gardiner’s layup; Frame converted her own steal with a lay-in and Gardiner made a steal and a lay-up. Bennett hit a runner to cut the lead to 11-5 but Waterville scored the next six points with Nale and Taylor Frame netting three each. The Panthers closed out the half with a 12-2 run featuring points from six different scorers. That made it 27-9 and Mount View of Thorndike couldn’t get any closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Foul shots key to Crusader win
BY RYAN McLAUGHLIN, BDN STAFF
BANGOR — What hurt the John Bapst girls basketball in its quarterfinal win helped them in emerging from the Eastern Maine Class B semifinals, and that was free-throw shooting. Coach Mike Webb’s second-ranked Crusaders went 12-for-20 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, with Sam Maquillan and Morgan Chasse combining to go 10-for-16 from the line for the game as Bapst earned a 37-26 victory over No. 3 Presque Isle at the Bangor Auditorium Wednesday. The Crusaders improve to 19-2 and advance to Saturday’s 2:05 p.m. regional final against top-ranked and undefeated Waterville while Presque Isle winds up 16-5. The Purple Panthers won their 64th straight game, 56-28 over No. 5 Mount View of Thorndike in the second semifinal. After a shaky first half in which they only hit two field goals, the Wildcats came out strong in the second, as consecutive perimeter shots from Sarah Porter and a 15-foot jumper by Caitlin Esancy enabled Presque Isle to draw even halfway through the third. But Bapst stole the momentum back temporarily on Sam Maquillan’s deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer which gave the Crusaders a four-point lead heading into the fourth. Bapst would close the game out on a 12-5 run, holding Presque Isle to one field goal in that span while Maquillan, finished with 10 points, went 5-8 from the foul line. Sam Gormley led Bapst with 13 points and 14 rebounds while Porter’s 12 points paced Presque Isle.
EASTERN MAINE BOYS CLASS A SEMIFINALS
Lawrence 46, Mt. Blue 36
At Augusta, Matt Perkins tallied 16 points as No. 10 Lawrence topped No. 6 Mt. Blue. Brooks Spaulding finished with 11 points while Ben Violette scored 10 for the Bulldogs. Jamison Sawyer led Mt. Blue with 14 points.
EASTERN MAINE GIRLS CLASS A SEMIFINALS
Messalonskee 58, Edward Little 56
At Augusta, Hannah Dexter scored a game-high 21 points as No. 3 Messalonskee edged No. 2 Edward Little. Kaitlyn Deering added 11 points for Messalonskee. Kayla Cummings paced Edward Little with 13 points. Francesca Lally scored 11 points while Kirsten Prue chipped in with 10.
Skowhegan 44, Oxford Hills 37
At Augusta, Kaley Brown posted 14 points to propel No. 1 Skowhegan by No. 5 Oxford Hills. Adrienne Davis chipped in with 10 points for the Indians. Megan Joyce paced Oxford Hills with 12 points.
WESTERN MAINE BOYS CLASS D SEMIFINALS
Richmond 57, Elan 38
At Augusta, Bruce Carver registered 28 points to power No. 2 Richmond to victory over No. 3 Elan. Nick Woods added 16 points for Richmond. Jack Peters paced Elan with 14 points while Elvis Rueoa chipped in with 13.
Forest Hills 53, Vinalhaven 42
At Augusta, Cody Gilboe scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to spark No. 1 Forest Hills by No. 4 Vinalhaven. Cory Plante posted 15 points while Evan Worster added 13 for Forest Hills. Keith Drury and Nathan Hopkins paced Vinalhaven with 11 points apiece.