BANGOR, Maine — The new Cross Insurance Center has been well-received by the players, although the old Bangor Auditorium is still a special place for a lot of them.
“This one is beautiful, but I liked the atmosphere in the old auditorium better,” said Schenck High School senior guard-forward Morgan Thompson. “The atmosphere was better in the auditorium. The fans don’t seem as loud in this building. It’s not as exciting.
“But the locker rooms are much better,” she added.
“For me it’s not the same because I have so many memories from the old auditorium,” said Washburn High School senior forward-center Carsyn Koch. “But new memories can be made here. The locker rooms are fantastic.”
Koch and several players noted that the floor is brighter than the Bangor Auditorium’s.
“It’s hard to adjust to,” Koch said.
“There are little refrigerators in the locker rooms, and they have something that shows you how much time there is out on the court. It’s cool,” said Washburn junior forward Joan Overman. “It seems more spread out when you’re on the floor.
“The floor is a lot brighter. It’s a lot different. It just doesn’t feel the same as the old one,” she said.
Calais High School junior guard Kyle Johnson said it doesn’t seem as loud to him, “but I like it a little better. I like shooting here better.”
Lee Academy senior guard Devin Peters prefers the Cross Center court and noted that because it isn’t as loud, that can be a plus.
“You can hear each other on the court now. In the old auditorium, it was so loud. It was hard to hear your teammates,” he said.
Peters also said the lights are so bright, when he goes up for a rebound, he gets blinded a little.
“Sometimes it’s hard to find the ball,” said Peters.
Washburn coach Diana Tram called the facility “amazing.”
“It’s exciting to play here. I just wish they showed how many fouls each player has on the scoreboard,” said Tram.
The players also had mixed opinions about the extra 10 feet they have to run on the new court, which is the college length of 94 feet.
“It makes a difference,” said Peters.
“I like the extra space. We’re a team that likes to run,” said Koch.
Koch to attend Cedarville
Washburn High School multi-sport star Carsyn Koch will attend Cedarville University in Ohio this fall.
Koch is a four-time state Class C cross country champion and has been a key performer on the basketball team, which has won three consecutive state Class D championships and is looking for a fourth this season.
She also helped lead the girls soccer team to its first Class D state title last fall and has won several individual events in state Class C track, including the 100-yard dash, the high jump, the 800 and 1600-meter runs.
She will run cross country and also compete for Cedarville’s indoor and outdoor track teams.
“I loved the school at first glance. The campus is fantastic,” said Koch. “They offered me a scholarship. It is a private Christian university, and that is something I also value.”