The 2009-10 high school basketball season concludes Friday and Saturday when more than 100 players and coaches representing 66 schools gather at Bangor’s Husson University for the annual Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Weekend.
Highlights of the weekend are twofold: the naming of Mr. and Miss Basketball during Friday night’s awards banquet at Newman Gymnasium; and Saturday’s four all-star games in which East meets West in Girls Classes C-D at 9:15 a.m. and A-B at 11 a.m., followed by the boys A-B game at 1:15 p.m. and the boys C-D contest at 3 p.m.
Also scheduled Saturday is the state free-throw shooting championship at 8:30 a.m. as well as a 3- point shooting contest, a slam dunk competition and an awards presentation shortly after noon that recognizes coaches of the year from throughout the state.
Net proceeds from tickets, souvenir sales and programs go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine. The senior all-star players will visit the Ronald McDonald House at 654 State St., Bangor, on Friday afternoon, after they gather at the University of Maine in the morning for get-to-know-you practices.
Seven players, four boys and three girls, are vying for the state’s top individual honors, Mr. and Miss Basketball.
According to the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches, which began presenting those awards in 1988, “the Mr. and Miss Basketball Award is presented each year to the senior player who has exhibited outstanding skills throughout his/her career, has made a significant impact on his/her team, has demonstrated respect for the game through leadership on and off the court, has epitomized the values of sportsmanship and has been a positive school and community citizen.”
Six of this year’s seven finalists are from Western Maine, including all four Mr. Basketball finalists.
Contenders for that award, won last year by Thomas Knight of Dirigo of Dixfield, are Dominic Borelli of Westbrook, Indiana Faithfull of Cheverus of Portland, Keegan Hyland of South Portland, and Stefano Mancini of Falmouth.
Finalists for the Miss Basketball award, won last year by Morgan Frame of Waterville, are Christy Manning of Scarborough, Claire Ramonas of Deering of Portland and Jen Nale of Waterville.
Boys finalists for Saturday’s state free-throw shooting championship are Matt Till of Caribou, Jacob Jones of Penobscot Valley of Howland, Cameron Mitchell of Waterville and Kyle Randall of Cheverus.
Girls finalists are Amanda Hotham of Fort Fairfield, Hannah Pray of Central of Corinth, Alanna Vose of Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Kayla Burchill of Deering.