Three of the finalists for the state’s Mr. and Miss Basketball will be competing for state championships this weekend.
Christian McCue of Hampden Academy, Cole Libby of Bonny Eagle of Standish and Cam Sennick of Mt. Blue of Farmington were named finalists for the Mr. Basketball award on Friday, while Alexa Coulombe of McAuley of Portland, Mia Diplock of Cony of Augusta and Meghan Gribbin of Windham were selected as finalists for Miss Basketball.
The finalists were chosen from among a list of 10 semifinalists for each award, and the winners will be named during the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches/Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Awards Banquet on March 9 at Husson University in Bangor.
The Mr. and Miss Basketball awards recognize top high school seniors for their performances on the court as well as their contributions to their teams and basketball in Maine.
McCue, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 17.2 points per game during the regular season in leading Hampden Academy to a 17-1 record and the No. 1 seed in Eastern Maine Class A. He went on to lead the Broncos in scoring during the Eastern A tournament as coach Russ Bartlett’s club won the regional title and advanced to face Deering of Portland in Saturday night’s state final at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.
McCue was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A North co-player of the year as well as the Bangor Daily News’ Eastern A tournament most valuable player.
Sennick, like McCue a KVAC Class A North co-player of the year, averaged 16.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game during the regular season in leading Mt. Blue to a 14-4 record and the No. 3 seed in Eastern A. The 6-5 center subsequently was named to the BDN all-tournament team after helping the Cougars advance to the regional championship game.
Libby, a 6-2 guard-forward, averaged 15.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during the regular season to lead Bonny Eagle to a 15-3 record and the No. 3 seed in Western Maine Class A. The first-team All-SMAA choice subsequently helped the Scots reach the regional championship game, where they lost to top-ranked Deering on a last-second shot.
Coulombe, a 6-2 center, has led the defending state champion Catherine McAuley Lions to their second straight Class A state championship game. The Boston College-bound player, an SMAA all-star, averaged 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 blocks per game to help McAuley go undefeated during the regular season, then was named MVP of the Western A tournament.
Diplock, the KVAC Class A South player of the year, has averaged 16.2 points and 4.8 assists per game this season. The Colby College-bound 5-8 guard led the Rams to an unbeaten regular season, then was named MVP of the Eastern Maine Class A tournament.
Diplock and Cony will face McAuley for the Class A girls state title on Saturday in Portland.
Gribbin led the SMAA in scoring during the regular season with 20.2 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field. The 5-5 guard led Windham to a 14-4 record, good for fifth place in Western Maine Class A, then a berth in the regional semifinals while earning all-conference accolades for the Eagles.
The all-star banquet will be held on the evening before the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Games, to be held at Husson University on March 10.
The game-day program will feature head-to-head competition between top players in the state’s A-B and C-D boys and girls divisions.
Games begin at 9:15 a.m. (C-D girls), followed by A-B girls at 11 a.m., A-B boys at 1:15 p.m. and C-D boys at 3 p.m. Also scheduled during the day are the state free-throw shooting contest at 8:30 a.m., a 3-point shooting competition at 10:30 a.m., award presentations at 12:15 p.m. and a slam dunk competition at 2:30 p.m.
Game day tickets are available at the door and are good for all four games. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.