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Hampden Academy's Nicholas Gilpin drives to the hoop in the Eastern Maine Class A championship basketball game in Augusta on Saturday. Hampden beat Lewiston High School 65-57. Hampden will face off against Portland for the Class A championship on Saturday. The two teams vied for the title in 2014.

Hampden, Portland boys vie for Class A crown in rematch; four state finals set for weekend

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 26, 2015, at 3:11 p.m.
Hampden Academy and Portland met for the Class A boys basketball state championship one year ago this weekend, with Portland racing out to an early lead and subduing the cold-shooting Broncos 54-40. The same schools will meet again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in this year’s state final, but there are …
Lawrence's Nia Irving (center) goes up for two past Bangor's Cordelia Stewart (left) during their basketball game on Feb. 4 in Bangor.

Maine girls high school basketball teams gearing up for state title games

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 26, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
Lawrence High School of Fairfield’s Nia Irving was hoping to have a memorable junior season. But after knee surgery in May to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, the junior forward wasn’t cleared to play until one week before the season started and was only 75-80 percent in …
Hampden Academy's Jake Black (left) drives to the basket against Lewiston's Ryan Bell in the Eastern Maine Class A basketball final on Saturday in Augusta. Hampden won 65-57.

Rise of the Broncos: Hampden boys basketball program emerges among state’s elite

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 25, 2015, at 4:19 p.m.
Things couldn’t have been going worse for the Hampden Academy boys basketball team last Saturday. A berth in the Class A state final was at stake, and a fast-breaking Lewiston squad was doing its best impersonation of the Los Angeles Lakers of “Showtime” days at the Broncos’ …

BDN Boys All-Tourney Teams

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL BDN Boys Eastern Maine All-Tournament Teams Class A *Nick Gilpin, Jr., G, Hampden Acad., 20.0 ppg; Brendan McIntyre, Jr., F, Hampden Acad., 12.7 ppg, Isaiah Harris, Sr., F, Lewiston, 12.7 ppg; Trever Irish, Sr., C, Lewiston, 13.0 ppg; Nick Mayo, Sr. F, Messalonskee, 26.0 ppg Honorable mention: Jake …
Nicholas DePatsy of Medomak Valley and Mount Desert Island's Riley Swanson scramble for a loose ball during their Class B semifinal game on Feb. 18. DePatsy has been named the William C. Warner MVP and is joined in the BDN Boys All-Tournament Team with Swanson and three other players.

Gilpin, DePatsy, Niles, Giberson earn Warner Tourney MVP honors

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
Virtually every time Nick Gilpin took the court during the 2014-15 regular season he was a triple-double threat for the Hampden Academy boys basketball team. And when the stakes and intensity level increased during postseason play, the 6-foot-3 junior guard remained as consistent as ever. Gilpin averaged 20 points, 8.7 …

Bangor Daily News Girls All-Tourney Teams

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 8:21 p.m.
High school basketball GIRLS CLASS A *Nia Irving, Jr., F, Lawrence; Mary Butler, Sr.,G, Bangor; Dominique Lewis, Jr. G, Lawrence; Julia Champagne, Sr. G. Brunswick; Paige Belanger, Sr., F, Lawrence Honorable mention: Cordelia Stewart (Bangor), Sarah Bragg (Bangor), Katie Butler (Bangor), Emily Jacques (Edward Little), Morgan Boudreau (Lawrence) CLASS B …
Houlton's Kolleen Bouchard (right) puts goes up for a shot during an Eastern Maine Class C semifinal game on Feb. 20 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Bouchard, Graham, Worcester, Irving earn Osborne MVP All-Tourney awards

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 23, 2015, at 7:48 p.m.
Houlton High School guard Kolleen Bouchard made a lasting impression in her first Eastern Maine Class C girls basketball tournament. Bouchard earned the rare honor of being chosen the BDN’s Owen Osborne Most Valuable Player as a freshman as she led her Shiretowners to the regional championship. She was a …
Calais's Zach Lola (right) goes up for two past Central's Andrew Speed during their 2015 Eastern Maine semifinal basketball game on Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Conditioning key element in Calais boys basketball championship run

By Pete Warner on Feb. 23, 2015, at 7:19 p.m.
BANGOR | When Chris Woodside took over as the Calais High School boys basketball coach, he made one thing clear from the outset. The Blue Devils were going to be in outstanding physical condition. “We run a lot,” said senior guard Kyle Johnson. “We don’t like it, but we …
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My picks for Maine high school tourney highs, top coaches and MVPs

on Feb. 23, 2015, at 9:37 a.m.
After 56 Eastern Maine boys and girls tourney basketball games in Classes A, B, C and D, here are my observations of the games, officials, coaches and players. — One of the biggest high-fives goes to the Fort Fairfield and Washburn boys and girls teams meeting in the Eastern Maine …
Sisters, and Bangor High School teammates, Katie (left) and Mary Butler hug at the end of the Class A eastern championship game in Augusta on Saturday. Bangor lost to Lawrence High School.

Lawrence beats Bangor for its first Class A girls basketball crown since 1994

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 22, 2015, at 9 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Bangor High School girls basketball team achieved its primary defensive goal Saturday afternoon — containing Lawrence of Fairfield star Nia Irving. But the Rams didn’t have an answer for Dominique Lewis. The diminutive junior guard hit five 3-pointers — including the go-ahead shot with 17 seconds …
Calais co-captain Kyle Johnson waves the net after the Blue Devils defeated Orono 60-57 in overtime in the Eastern Maine Class C final Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Niles lifts Calais boys past Orono in overtime for Class C title

By Pete Warner on Feb. 21, 2015, at 11:31 p.m.
BANGOR | Calais High School basketball fans call Tyler Niles “the beast.” On Saturday night, the senior forward demonstrated why he has earned that nickname. Niles scored 18 of his game-high 29 points during the last 10 minutes, including sinking nine of 10 free throws in overtime, to lift …
Members of the Houlton girls basketball team hoist the Eastern Class C championship plaque after the team's 46-38 victory over Dexter Saturday evening at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. From left, raising the plaque are Kolleen Bouchard, Kristen Brewer, Emma Peterson, Rylee Warman, Makayla Watson, Chelsea Gentle and Natalie Hill.

Bouchard sparks Houlton girls past Dexter for Class C crown

By Pete Warner on Feb. 21, 2015, at 9:15 p.m.
BANGOR | It took only 3½ minutes for the Houlton Shiretowners to generate the momentum they needed to win on Saturday night. Houlton’s player-to-player defense helped create turnovers on Dexter’s first five possessions of the second half and the Shiretowners turned them into a 12-1 burst that carried them …
 The Hampden Academy boys basketball team celebrates its victory in the Eastern Maine Class A championship basketball game in Augusta on Saturday. Hampden beat Lewiston High School 65-57.

Hampden withstands Lewiston surge to win fourth straight Eastern A boys basketball crown

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 21, 2015, at 7:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Hampden Academy boys basketball team was on the verge of getting blown out of Saturday afternoon’s Eastern Maine Class A final. The Lewiston Blue Devils were in the process of scoring 21 unanswered points against the Broncos and showing no signs of letting up. But Hampden’s …

Medomak Valley bounces past Winslow boys for Eastern Class B crown

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 21, 2015, at 6:43 p.m.
BANGOR | With an Eastern Maine championship on the line, Medomak Valley sophomore Cameron Allaire knew where the ball was going. Winslow senior Justin Martin had been a force from the perimeter and in the lane, and with the lanky 6-foot-6 Black Raiders’ senior charging down the Cross Insurance …
Fort Fairfield celebrates after defeating Washburn during the Eastern Maine Class D final at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Saturday.

Fort Fairfield boys hit key free throws in East D championship win over Washburn

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Feb. 21, 2015, at 6:38 p.m.
BANGOR | The team that makes its free throws is often the team that wins games. Such was the case Saturday morning as No. 3 Fort Fairfield upset No. 1 Washburn 55-41 to collect the Eastern Class D boys basketball championship at the Cross Insurance Center. The Tigers, under …
Sisters and Bangor High School teammates Katie (left) and Mary Butler hug at the end of the Eastern Maine Class A championship game in Augusta on Saturday. Bangor lost to Lawrence High School.

Lawrence beats Bangor for its first Class A girls basketball crown since 1994

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 21, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Bangor High School girls basketball team achieved its primary defensive goal Saturday afternoon — containing Lawrence of Fairfield star Nia Irving. But the Rams didn’t have an answer for Dominique Lewis. The diminutive junior guard hit five 3-pointers — including the go-ahead shot with 17 seconds …
Washburn players celebrate after defeating Fort Fairfield during the 2015 Eastern Maine basketball championship tournament game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday.

Washburn girls beat Fort Fairfield in Class D finals

By Kevin Sjoberg, Presque Isle Star-Herald on Feb. 21, 2015, at 2:27 p.m.
BANGOR — Despite being behind by 11 points midway through the second quarter, the Washburn Beavers were able to rely on past experience, in combination with their relentless pressure defense, to earn a fifth consecutive Eastern Maine Class D title. Washburn outscored the Fort Fairfield Tigers 34-9 over a 12-minute …

Saturday’s basketball tourney summaries

on Feb. 21, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
BOYS Class A HAMPDEN 65, LEWISTON 57 Lewiston (13-8) 57 Curry 0-4 0-0 0, Bell 4-9 1-3 10, Issack, Gaines 4-10 3-3 12, Brown 1-7 0-0 2, Irish 5-12 2-3 12, Harris 8-10 3-3 19, Dillingham 1-1 0-0 2, Chabot 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-55 9-12 57 Hampden Acad. (19-2) …
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Calais's Zach Lola (right) goes up for two past Central's Andrew Speed during the 2015 Eastern Maine basketball semifinal tournament game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Friday.

Second-half surge lifts Calais past Central in Eastern C boys basketball semifinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 20, 2015, at 10:54 p.m.
BANGOR | Top-ranked Calais shook off a stern challenge from Central of Corinth with a strong second half Friday night to earn a 60-52 victory over the Red Devils and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class C boys basketball championship game. The Blue Devils (19-2) will play No. …
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Orono's Jake Koffman (center) drives up for two past Houlton's Kyle Bouchard (right) during the 2015 Eastern Maine basketball semifinal tournament game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Friday.

Orono boys rally to knock off Houlton in Class C semifinal

By Kevin Sjoberg, Presque Isle Star Herald on Feb. 20, 2015, at 9:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Trailing by 11 late in the third quarter and struggling to get shots off against Houlton’s 2-3 zone, the Orono Red Riots knew it was time to up the tempo. The team abandoned its man-to-man defense and switched to a full-court 1-3-1 zone, and it paid dividends. …
 
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