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Houlton freshman basketball player carries on family tradition at Auditorium

Posted Feb. 24, 2012, at 8:06 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 24, 2012, at 8:24 p.m.

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BANGOR, Maine — When Houlton freshman guard Kyle Bouchard turned in a strong game to help the Houlton Shiretowners beat Mattanawcook Academy 40-39 in an Eastern Maine Class C semifinal Friday, he was following a family tradition of fine basketball play at the Auditorium started by his grandfather, Terry Spurling, and carried on by his parents, Karen and Marty Bouchard.

Spurling played in the first tourney at the new Bangor Auditorium in 1956 and also helped Ellsworth earn a berth in the New England tourney.

Spurling’s daughter, Karen, married Marty Bouchard after they both enjoyed fine basketball careers for the Shiretowners in the 1980s.

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