May 25, 2018
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Saturday ceremony to honor Bangor Auditorium tourney history

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A brief ceremony will be held to honor the Bangor Auditorium’s high school basketball tournament history at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday, just before the Class C girls state final between Calais and Waynflete of Portland.

During the ceremony, Maine Principals’ Association Executive Director Dick Durost and Jim Murphy, athletic administrator at George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill and current Eastern Maine B-C-D tournament committee member, will make a presentation to representatives of the city of Bangor in appreciation for the opportunity to hold the tournament at the auditorium from 1956 to 2013.

The Calais-Waynflete girls game is one of four state finals to be played at the auditorium Saturday, marking the end of 58 years of high school basketball played at the site.

Class D finals will be played that afternoon with the Washburn girls against Richmond at 2:05 p.m. and the Central Aroostook of Mars Hill boys against Forest Hills of Jackman at 3:45 p.m.

After the Class C girls final, Penquis of Milo will face Boothbay for the Class C boys state title in what will be the final tournament game played at the facility.

The Bangor Auditorium is scheduled to be torn down this spring and replaced by the Cross Insurance Center, which is under construction just a few feet away.

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