The field for Maine’s 2009 Mr. and Miss Basketball awards was pared to six finalists Monday.
Mick DiStasio of Cheverus of Portland, Gordon Fischer of Camden Hills of Rockport and Thomas Knight of Dirigo of Dixfield are the Mr. Basketball finalists, while Morgan Frame of Waterville, Diana Manduca of Deering of Portland and Sloane Sorrell of Noble of North Berwick are finalists for Miss Basketball.
The honorees were announced by Peter Murray, boys varsity basketball coach at Dexter and president of the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches.
The winners will be announced March 13 during the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Banquet at Husson University in Bangor.
DiStasio was co-player of the year in the Southern Maine Activities Association after leading Cheverus to an undefeated regular season. The 6-foot-3 forward led the league in steals (4.2 per game) and 3-point field goals (58) while averaging 20.4 points per game. Cheverus (19-1) advanced to the 2009 semifinals before being ousted by Thornton Academy.
Fischer was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B Player of the Year as he led Camden Hills to the No. 1 ranking in Eastern Maine Class B.
The 6-6 forward averaged 14 points per game during the regular season, then helped the Windjammers cap off their 22-0 run to the state championship by being named to the Bangor Daily News Eastern B Tournament Team. He scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half of Camden Hills’ 62-49 victory over Cape Elizabeth in the state final.
Fischer will continue his career at Waterville’s Colby College in the fall.
Knight was the most highly recruited member of Maine’s schoolboy basketball class of 2009, and will play next season at Notre Dame. This winter the 6-9 center led Dirigo to a 20-2 record and the WM Class C title.
He averaged 21.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per regular-season game while earning Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year honors. He subsequently was named MVP of the Western C tournament, then had 20 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks as Dirigo fell to Calais 40-39 in the state final.
Frame led Waterville to its third consecutive Class B state championship — not to mention a third straight 22-0 season. The 6-foot post player, who will has accepted a scholarship to attend Division II Saint Anselm College in the fall, was a dominant presence near the basket while leading the Purple Panthers to their 66-game winning streak.
The KVAC Class B Player of the Year went on to be named MVP of this year’s Eastern B tournament after averaging 23.3 points and 14.3 rebounds per postseason game. She then had 22 points and 19 rebounds as Waterville defeated York 54-42 in the state final.
Manduca, a 5-foot-6 guard, was the catalyst as Deering went 22-0 this winter to capture its second consecutive Class A state championship. The two-time Western Maine Class A tournament MVP averaged 13.6 points per game during the regular season while shooting 85 percent from the foul line.
She scored a team-high 14 points in the state final as the Rams defeated Messalonskee of Oakland 49-34. Manduca will attend Colby College in the fall.
Sorrell, a 6-foot-1 center, led Noble to a 14-4 regular-season record good for fourth place in WM Class A. She led the Knights in both scoring and rebounding as Noble advanced to the regional semifinals before bowing to Deering. Sorrell has accepted an athletic scholarship from Division II Southern New Hampshire University.
The trios of finalists were selected from a slate of semifinalists announced during the regional tournaments.
Other Mr. Basketball semifinalists were Ed Bogdanovich of Portland, Alex Kee of Morse of Bath, Phil Leighton of Lake Region of Naples, James Morse of Thornton Academy of Saco, Ben Russell of Mt. Blue of Farmington, Cal Shorey of Calais and Corey Therriault of Edward Little of Auburn.
Other Miss Basketball semifinalists were Claire Baecher of Brunswick, Georgia Bossie of Massabesic of Waterboro, Aimee Mortensen of Biddeford.
Kenni Norton of Mount Abram of Salem, Maddie Park of George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill, Emily Pelletier of Fort Kent and Brooke Stevens of Wells.