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The Cape Elizabeth boys basketball team rushes off the court with the gold ball after defeating Medomak Valley High School 44-42 in the Class B state championship game at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland Friday night.

Last-second basket lifts Cape Elizabeth past Medomak Valley for Class B boys crown

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 27, 2015, at 11:01 p.m.
PORTLAND | Ethan Murphy’s fast-break layup as time expired lifted Cape Elizabeth past Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 44-42 at the Cross Insurance Arena on Friday night to win its first Class B boys basketball state championship since 1988. Cape trailed 42-37 after a free throw by Medomak Valley’s Cameron …
The Greely High School Rangers celebrate after winning the girls Class B state basketball title over Presque Isle High School at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland Friday night.

Greely rolls by Presque Isle for 1st Class B girls basketball crown since 2004

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 27, 2015, at 9:42 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Greely High School girls basketball team’s most well-known player is 6-foot-3 senior Ashley Storey, a Miss Basketball finalist headed to the University of New Hampshire on an athletic scholarship next fall. But when Presque Isle took a quite logical step and focused its defensive attention on …
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 …
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 …
Washburn's Noah Farley (center) goes up hard for two against Machias' Jacob Godfrey (left) and Jordan Grant during the 2015 Eastern Maine basketball semifinal tournament game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Thursday.

No. 1 Washburn boys surge past Machias to reach title game

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 19, 2015, at 10:53 p.m.
BANGOR | The top-seeded Washburn High School Beavers had their hands full with the youthful Machias High School Bulldogs, who started three freshmen and a sophomore. But the Beavers opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run that expanded the lead to 65-50 and went to post an 80-64 …
Fort Fairfield's Robert Watson (center) floats a shot past Southern Aroostook's Austin White (left) during the 2015 Eastern Maine basketball semifinal tournament game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Thursday.

Fort Fairfield boys’ hot shooting ousts Southern Aroostook

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 19, 2015, at 9:36 p.m.
BANGOR | Two regular-season losses to its semifinal foe didn’t intimidate the Fort Fairfield boys basketball team one bit Thursday evening. In fact, that familiarity proved a valuable commodity as the third-ranked Tigers surged past No. 2 Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook 71-52 in their Class D matchup at …
Van Buren's coach Matt Rossignol talks to the team during a time-out of the Class D quarterfinal game against Schenck High School at the Bangor Auditorium Monday.

30 years after historic performance, Rossignol still a household tourney name

By Sam Bonsey, BDN Staff on Feb. 19, 2015, at 6:42 p.m.
BANGOR | Van Buren girls basketball head coach Matt Rossignol knows a little bit about big moments in the Maine high school basketball tournament. As a Van Buren high schooler, Rossignol cemented his name into the record books with a historic 1985 Class B regional during which he set …

Senior propels Machias boys by Easton 66-63 in Class D quarterfinal

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Feb. 16, 2015, at 10:24 p.m.
BANGOR | Basketball fans were treated to a true gem of a game Monday evening as the No. 5 Machias Bulldogs (18-2) bested No. 4 Easton 66-63 in a thrilling Eastern Class D quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. Easton ends its season with a 16-4 record. Machias (18-2) …
Penobscot Valley's Amy Hallett looks for a couple points against Wasburn during an Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinal Monday at the Cross Insurance Center.

Worcester powers Washburn girls to victory past Penobscot Valley

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 16, 2015, at 9:49 p.m.
BANGOR | Mackenzie Worcester and her Washburn High School teammates knew they faced a quality opponent in a tall, athletic Penobscot Valley High School team in Monday night’s Eastern Maine Class D basketball quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center. But the top-seeded Beavers, who are the four-time defending state …
Foxcroft Academy's Jenna Clukey competes in the butterfly leg of the in the 200 yard medley relay during the girls Class B state swimming and diving championship Monday afternoon at the Wallace Pool in Orono.  Foxcroft Academy finished 3rd in the 200 yard medley relay.

Greely girls edge Trojans in final event for Class B swimming title

By Pete Warner on Feb. 16, 2015, at 9:33 p.m.
ORONO | Leila Johnston arrived at the Stanley Wallace Pool on Monday as the owner of two state freestyle records. By the time the senior phenom departed the University of Maine campus, she had again re-written Maine’s swimming record books. Johnston set meet and state records in the 200 …
Allison Pickering of Orono High School takes flight in the pole vault at the Class B indoor track state meet in Lewiston on Monday.

Waterville girls roll to 5th straight Class B track title

By Andrew Gaumont, Special to the BDN on Feb. 16, 2015, at 9:14 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine —The Waterville High School girls track team took yet another state championship winning meet Monday at Bates College with their fifth straight state title. The Purple Panther have won seven of the last nine state crowns. Waterville senior Sarah Shoulta beat her pole vault score from last year’s …
Kate Whitney of Machias tries to drive past Central Aroostook's Molly Anthony in first-quarter action of an Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinal Monday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Free throws give Machias girls the edge over Central Aroostook in overtime

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Feb. 16, 2015, at 8:23 p.m.
BANGOR | The team that makes the most of its free throws often has the best chance of winning. Just ask the Machias girls basketball team. No. 5 Machias (15-5) defeated No. 13 Central Aroostook 44-38 in overtime Monday evening in Eastern Class D quarterfinal action. The Panthers finish …

Thornton Academy girls, Falmouth boys take Class A state track titles

By Sam Bonsey, Special to the BDN on Feb. 16, 2015, at 7:39 p.m.
The Thornton Academy girls indoor track team won its second straight title, and the Falmouth boys captured their first state title since moving to Class A on Monday at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. The Trojans received a huge lift from senior Tori Daigle who placed first the …
Old Town's Mitchell Cole shoots after Poland's Derek Michaud falls down during the Class B state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this 2014 BDN file photo.

After hard foul, Old Town basketball player may sit out tourney semifinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 16, 2015, at 7:22 p.m.
Old Town High School senior Mitchell Cole’s availability for Wednesday night’s Eastern Maine Class B boys basketball semifinal is uncertain after he absorbed a hard foul late during the Coyotes’ quarterfinal victory over Caribou last Friday night at the Cross Insurance Center. Cole’s mother, Terri Stewart-Cole, …
Edward Little's Llewellyn Jensen takes a shot over Brewer's Jared St. Thomas during Monday's Class A East quarterfinal basketball game at the Augusta Civic Center.

Edward Little boys overcome early deficit to beat Brewer in ‘A’ East quarterfinal

By Sun Journal on Feb. 16, 2015, at 6:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | After falling behind No. 8 Brewer by six points early in the second quarter Monday, Edward Little shifted into gear, ratcheted up its efficiency at both ends of the Augusta Civic Center court, and cruised to a 54-38 Class A East quarterfinal victory. “Part of you says, …
Bangor's Mary Butler blocked a last-second shot to help secure the Rams' 41-40 victory over Hampden Academy in an Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal Friday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

Bangor girls hold off No. 8 Hampden Academy 41-40

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 13, 2015, at 10:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Mary Butler’s last-second blocked shot foiled a furious Hampden Academy comeback and enabled top-ranked Bangor to escape with a 41-40 victory over the youthful Broncos in their Eastern Maine Class A girls basketball quarterfinal at the Augusta Civic Center on Friday night. Bangor (18-1) advances to play …

Richardson, Hoogterp power Old Town boys past Caribou

By Pete Warner on Feb. 13, 2015, at 10:22 p.m.
BANGOR | Old Town carved up Caribou with its own double-edged sword on Friday night. Senior forward Adam Richardson and senior guard Eric Hoogterp combined for 49 points on 20-for-30 shooting, sparking the defending state champion Coyotes to a 64-55 Eastern Maine Class B boys basketball victory at the …
Presque Isle's Krystal Kingsbury (left) goes up hard for two against Winslow's Ciara LeClair during their Eastern Maine Basketball tournament quarterfinal basketball game Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Presque Isle’s 3-point barrage in second quarter sinks Winslow in ‘B’ girls quarterfinal

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 13, 2015, at 9:30 p.m.
BANGOR | The second-seeded Presque Isle High School girls basketball team connected on five of its nine 3-pointers in the second quarter to build a 28-14 halftime lead en route to a 50-33 victory over 10th seed Winslow in an Eastern Maine Class B basketball quarterfinal at the Cross …
Medomak's Hannah Marks (center) floats a shot in past Hermon during their Eastern Maine Class B tournament quarterfinal basketball game Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Experience, balance help Hermon girls to upset Medomak Valley

By Pete Warner on Feb. 13, 2015, at 8:20 p.m.
BANGOR | Hermon had the chance Tuesday night to work out any postseason nervousness with a preliminary game win over John Bapst at the Cross Insurance Center. That helps explain why coach Amanda Gifford’s Hawks appeared so comfortable during Friday night’s Eastern Maine Class B basketball quarterfinal on the …
Bangor High School basketball standout Mary Butler said she feels the relationship between her team and its opponents is “respectful.”

Sportsmanship remains strong value on the high school basketball court

By Ernie Clark and Larry Mahoney on Feb. 07, 2015, at 5:57 a.m.
Just a few days remain until the high point of the annual high school basketball season — tournament time. Players have been battling since the start of preseason practices in late November for the opportunity to realize a championship dream, all played out before thousands of spectators in the state’s …
 

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