AUBURN, Maine — Colton Bivighouse, a 6-foot-6-inch forward who helped lead Katahdin High School of Stacyville to the Eastern Maine Class D tournament each of the last three years, will continue his basketball career next winter at Central Maine Community College.
Bivighouse, who plans to study criminal justice at CMMC, was a four-year varsity starter at Katahdin who averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and three assists per game this season.
“After visiting the campus and meeting the people in the criminal justice program, I felt was a great fit,” Bivighouse said. “Their criminal justice program has a great reputation, has lots of connections throughout the state and has high-tech training simulators.
“Their 35-game basketball schedule was another big thing, as is the opportunity to play right away and play schools from all over New England. Another important thing is that the school and coach [Dave] Gonyea help find the best college transfer opportunities after graduating from CM.”
Katahdin shook off an injury-plagued start to the season to place 11th in this year’s final Eastern D Heal point ratings. The Cougars then upended No .6 Machias in the preliminary round before being ousted by Central Aroostook of Mars Hill in the regional quarterfinals.
Central Aroostook went on to win the Eastern D championship.
Bivighouse subsequently was named to the Maine McDonald’s East C-D all-star team as well as to the Aroostook County and Penobscot Valley Conference all-star teams.
Bivighouse, a career 1,000-point scorer for the Cougars, also won the 2013 state free-throw shooting title, making 45 of 50 attempts in the championship round held March 9. As a junior he finished second in the same contest, making 47 of 50 tries in the finals.
A student council member, Bivighouse has been on the honor roll, won academic awards in technology and physical education and received Katahdin’s “Student of the Quarter” award.
“Colton is the kind of person you build your program around,” Gonyea said. “Not only is he a great player, but the kind of person I want around as a positive role model in our college community. I think he will make his mark here and people will remember him like so many of our previous players. We don’t recruit lists of players each year. We tend to target between eight and 12 players and focus our efforts on them. Colton was the top of that list.”