First-year Easton High School boys basketball coach Dillon Kingsbury looks like he could still be in high school.
But don’t let his looks deceive you.
He’s actually 19 years old.
The former three-sports performer at Presque Isle High is now a sophomore at the University of Maine at Presque Isle studying physical education.
And he guided his Bears to their first Eastern Maine Class D Tournament appearance since 2008.
His eighth-seeded Bears were ousted by top seed Jonesport-Beals 57-42 Monday but not before putting a scare into the Royals.
Jonesport-Beals led by just two at the half.
The Bears finished at 15-5.
Jonesport-Beals coach Gordon Faulkingham is impressed by Kingsbury.
“I’ve seen him a couple of times and he has done a great job,” said Faulkingham. “He’s enthusiastic, his kids like him and they play hard for him.”
Easton seniors Reid Clark and Jonah Bacon said they feel fortunate they had a chance to play for Kingsbury and his close proximity in age to them was never an issue.
“He acts 12 years older than he is,” said Bacon. “We never got the impression he was as young as he was. He’s a great guy and a great coach.”
“He was really good to us. We fought hard for him and we always did what he told us,” said Clark. “He’s a very good coach. I was glad to have him as my coach my senior year.”
Clark said when he first learned about Kingsbury taking over, he wondered, “How’s this going to work? He was only a year or two older than we were. But he told us how it was going to be, pretty much.”
Kingsbury said he loved his first year on the Easton bench but he will miss his departing seniors.
“It’ll be sad to see them leave. They made a good impact on our younger players. We can build on that,” said Kingsbury.
Koizar savors Maine tourney debut
Sigrid Koizar has played around Europe with junior national teams from her native Austria.
But the 5-foot-8 point guard, a junior exchange student from Vienna who’s attending Stearns of Millinocket this year, admits she had never before played in a setting like the Bangor Auditorium, where she led the fourth-ranked Minutemen to a 46-24 Eastern C quarterfinal victory over No. 5 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln on Tuesday.
“I’ve never played in front of that amount of people,” said Koizar, whose tournament debut was witnessed by a crowd of 1,970. “At first I noticed them, but as the game was going on I didn’t pay attention. It was great.”
Koizar showed off her all-around game against the Lynx, amassing 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals in helping Stearns advance to a Friday night semifinal meeting with No. 8 Houlton — a team the Minutemen split with this winter.
Perhaps the biggest problem Koizar faced during the quarterfinal victory was what to do with her hair. The long-haired brunette began the game with her hair tied up in a bun, but she frequently attempted to retie it as it periodically fell to cover her uniform number 34.
“I’m supposed to have it in a bun because of my number, but I don’t like the way it fits my face,” she said. “I put it that way because it’s not supposed to cover my number, but it never stays there.
“It’s like that every game.”