McAuley’s Allie Clement, Bonny Eagle’s Dustin Cole receive state’s Miss, Mr. Basketball awards

Posted March 07, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.
Last modified March 07, 2014, at 10:23 p.m.
Dustin Cole
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Dustin Cole
Allie Clement
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Allie Clement

BANGOR, Maine — Allie Clement faced few pitfalls during her four-year high school basketball career.

Her teams at Catherine McAuley High School of Portland finished with an 83-3 record, including a 56-game winning streak and a 16-0 mark in tournament play that led to four consecutive Class A state championships.

And with that team component now capped off by the Lions’ most recent state championship last weekend, Clement earned the ultimate individual prize Friday night as she was named the state’s Miss Basketball during the annual Maine McDonald’s senior all-star banquet at the Cross Insurance Center.

“It’s really exciting,” said Clement, who was selected from a trio of finalists that also included Tiana-Jo Carter of Lake Region of Naples and Parise Rossignol of Van Buren. “I’ve had an amazing high school career with awesome teammates and awesome coaches in an awesome community and it’s just cool to know that my presence on the team really meant something and meant something to the state of Maine.”

Dustin Cole, who led Bonny Eagle High School in Standish to four straight appearances in the Western Maine Class A title game, was selected as the state’s Mr. Basketball from a slate of finalists that also included Hampden Academy teammates Zach Gilpin and Isaiah Bess.

Clement was a three-time Southwestern Maine Activities Association all-star who led the conference in scoring each of the last two seasons while compiling 1,374 career points.

She was a two-time Western A tournament most valuable player as well as the 2013 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year.

Clement will continue her basketball career on athletic scholarship at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., next season.

“I’m honored to play for my state and have been a part of this for four years and it’s going to be weird to be gone next year but Maine’s basketball’s special, it’s a great place and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” she said.

Cole, a 5-foot-9-inch guard, totaled a school- and conference-record 1,812 career points while leading the SMAA in scoring each of the last two years and in assists each of the last three winters.

“It’s a great feeling, I can’t really explain it, but it’s a great honor,” said Cole of the Mr. Basketball award.

A three-year-captain and four-year starter for the Scots, Cole is a two-time SMAA player of the year who will continue his career on an athletic scholarship at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, N.H.

“He’s obviously an amazing talent,” said Bonny Eagle coach Phil Bourassa, “but his work ethic and how he approaches the game and how he approaches life is special. He’s just a tremendous young man, you can’t say enough positive things about him.”

Among other award recipients at the banquet, Gilpin and Connor Kane of Dirigo High School in Dixfield were presented the Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award, while longtime Biddeford High School coach Ron Cote received the D. Robert Brown Contributor Award for his contributions to the sport in Maine.

The Maine McDonald’s all-star weekend continues Saturday at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor.

The schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with the state free-throw shooting contest, followed by four Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Games matching East and West teams featuring the top 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.

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