Maine 16U boys basketball squad wins opening game at AAU nationals
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Guard Tom Coyne of Falmouth scored 24 points Wednesday as the Maine-MBR 16-and-under boys basketball team won its opening game at the AAU Division I 10th-Grade National Championships.
Andrew Fleming of Oxford Hills of South Paris and Brendon McIntyre of Hampden Academy each added 17 points as the Maine team rallied from a one-point deficit at the end of the first quarter to defeat West Virginia 79-55.
MBR outscored West Virginia 28-10 in the second quarter to move out to a 39-22 halftime lead.
Hunter Smith of Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft and Nick Chasse of Hampden Academy combined for 17 points in MBR’s pool play opener.
Other members of the team are Riley Robinson of Dirigo of Dixfield and Conary Moore and Jake Black of Hampden Academy. The team is coached by Rick Moore and Kevin Black.
MBR entered the tournament having compiled a spring record of 37-6, winning the Maine state championships to qualify for the nationals and then winning its age group at the New England AAU championships in Hartford, Connecticut.
Waterville High School coach takes Colby post
WATERVILLE, Maine — Ian Wilson, who has won 25 state championships in track and field while head coach at Waterville High School, will be an assistant coach for the Colby College track and field programs during the 2014-15 academic year, the college announced in a news release Wednesday.
Wilson, who did some volunteer work with the Mules this past spring, will work with Colby’s pole vaulters and high jumpers. He announced to his Waterville teams Wednesday that he is stepping down as head coach.
Wilson, a Bates College graduate, was one of the more decorated high school coaches in Maine in any sport. He has 25 Maine Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors and 24 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades in indoor and outdoor track and field.
The head coach at Waterville since 1997, Wilson’s teams won 10 state titles in indoor track and field and 15 more championships during the outdoor season. His teams won a stunning 56 KVAC titles in boys outdoor (16), indoor (17), and girls outdoor (11) and indoor (12) track and field.
Wilson also has had success with the Waterville girls soccer team. He started coaching the team in the 2008 season and won two state and four KVAC titles.
He earned four KVAC Coach of the Year awards for soccer.