PORTLAND, Maine — The field of candidates for the state’s Mr. and Miss Basketball awards was pared from 21 semifinalists to six finalists Monday.
Hampden Academy teammates Zach Gilpin and Isaiah Bess and Dustin Cole of Bonny Eagle High School in Standish were announced as finalists for the Mr. Basketball Award, while Allie Clement of McAuley of Portland, Tiana-Jo Carter of Lake Region of Naples and Parise Rossignol of Van Buren are the remaining three candidates for the Miss Basketball award.
The Mr. and Miss Basketball awards, the state’s highest basketball honor, recognizes players’ performances on the court as well as their contributions to their team and basketball in Maine.
Winners will be announced Friday night during the the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Awards Banquet at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. All-star players and coaches, members of the all-state academic teams, regional free-throw shooting champions, the Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Games recipients, and the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches’ contributor and media award honorees also will be recognized during the banquet.
Gilpin, a 6-foot-5-inch forward, led Hampden Academy to three straight Eastern Maine Class A championships as well as the 2013 state title.
Bess, a 6-4 wing, sparked Penquis Valley of Milo to the 2013 Class C state crown before transferring to Hampden for his senior year and helping the Broncos complete their 43-game winning streak with another Eastern A championship.
Cole, a 5-9 guard, became Bonny Eagle’s career scoring leader this season and led the Scots to four consecutive appearances in the Western A title game.
Clement, a 5-8 guard, helped McAuley win four Class A state championships during her varsity career, a run that at one point included a 56-game winning streak.
Carter, a 6-2 center, led Lake Region to three consecutive Western B championships as well as the 2014 state title.
Rossignol, a 5-8 senior guard, became one of the state’s career scoring leaders during her four varsity seasons at Van Buren and as a senior this winter she led the Crusaders to the Eastern D championship game.
Other Miss Basketball semifinalists were Hannah Shaw of Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor, Anna Mackenzie of Nokomis of Newport, Raychel Alley of Stearns of Millinocket, Emily Quirion of Cony of Augusta, Nina Davenport of Freeport, Alison Furness of Wells and Olivia Smith of McAuley.
Also named Mr. Basketball semifinalists were Justin Zukowski and Jayvon Pitts-Young of Portland, Jon Phelps of MDI, Isaiah Stone-Patterson of Oceanside of Rockland-Thomaston, Trevor Lyford of Penquis Valley, Michael McDevitt of Greely of Cumberland Center, Serge Nyirikamba of Waynflete of Portland and Jacob Moody of Wells.
Friday’s 6:30 p.m. banquet will be followed on Saturday by Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Games at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor.
Saturday’s schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with the state free-throw shooting contest, followed by four all-star games matching East and West teams featuring the top high school seniors statewide. The girls Classes A-B game will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by C-D girls at 11 a.m., C-D boys at 12:45 p.m. and A-B boys at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, and net proceeds from the games benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.