Jordan Leeman, who helped Calais High School win its third Class C state championship in four years this winter, will stay Down East to continue his basketball career at the collegiate level.
The 6-foot guard, who averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game during the 2008-09 season, will play next season at the University of Maine at Machias.
Leeman also considered attending Husson University before opting for UMM, which is coming off a 20-8 season.
A four-year varsity player at Calais under his father, Blue Devils’ head coach Ed Leeman, Jordan Leeman helped his team win four consecutive Eastern Maine titles as well as state crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Leeman began his career by helping Calais put together back-to-back undefeated seasons and a 63-game winning streak that was highlighted by state championships during his freshman and sophomore years. For his four-year career, the Blue Devils went 80-5 overall, including 15-1 in tournament play.
“Jordan brings with him a winning attitude to the program,” said UMM coach Brac Brady. “All he has done is win, while at Calais he has won Eastern Maine championships and state championships. Besides winning, Jordan has an excellent work ethic and has shown leadership ability. I look forward to seeing him develop over the next four years.”
As a senior, Leeman took on more of a leadership role as well as playing multiple positions for Calais. He was named to the Downeast Athletic Conference all-star team for the second straight year as well as a Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star.
Leeman also was named to the Bangor Daily News Eastern Maine Class C All-Tournament team. He scored in double figures in each regional tourney game, including 14 points against Lee Academy in the semifinals and 13 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the title-game victory over Stearns of Millinocket.
Leeman then scored six points and delivered the assist on teammate Cal Shorey’s game-winning 3-point goal with 17 seconds left in the state final as Calais edged Dirigo of Dixfield 40-39. Leeman plans to major in business at UMM.
Tennis singles regional site added
The tennis committee of the Maine Principal’s Association has revised its preliminary-round format for the state singles tournament, adding a fifth region for early round matches in an effort to ease overcrowding at some sites and to ease travel for some schools.
A new Region 4, based at Lewiston High School, brings to five the number of total regions where top singles players from around the state may qualify for the Round of 44 playdown. That new region involves Western Maine teams from a geographic area from Mount Abram of Salem and Carrabec of North Anson south to Lewiston and Edward Little of Auburn.
Players from those schools previously traveled to either Augusta (boys) or Topsham (girls) for preliminary round matches.
Preliminary-round matches this spring will be held Saturday, May 16 at the following locales: Region 1, University of Maine at Presque Isle; Region 2, University of Maine and satellite courts; Region 3, Buker School in Augusta (boys) and Mount Ararat School in Topsham (girls); Region 4, Lewiston High School; Region 5: South Portland High School (boys) and Deering High School in Portland (girls).
Subsequent rounds of the state singles tournament will be held at Bates College in Lewiston, with the Rounds of 44 and 32 on Friday, May 29, the Round of 16 and quarterfinals on Saturday, May 30, and the semifinals and championship matches on Monday, June. 1.