This marks a second straight short week on the schoolboy basketball schedule, with just one game statewide — a makeup contest between Lee Academy and Deer Isle-Stonington — currently set for New Year’s Eve on Friday and no contests slated for the first day of the new year.
But there are a few interesting games scheduled before then, as well as at the outset of next week.
Wednesday’s schedule features an early-season battle matching two of the five remaining undefeated teams in Eastern Maine Class D, with perennial power Central Aroostook of Mars Hill at Easton. Both teams began the week 4-0, with CAHS ranked second and Easton third in the division.
Also set for Wednesday is a Class B clash that sends 5-0 Camden Hills of Rockport to 1-4 Oak Hill of Sabattus, a contest noteworthy because Camden Hills star Tyler McFarland needs just six points to become the seventh player in Windjammer history to reach 1,000 career points. McFarland, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, is averaging 29.4 points per game so far this winter, including 33.5 points in his last four games for coach Jeff Hart’s club. Gordon Fischer, now at Colby College in Waterville, is the most recent Camden Hills player to score 1,000 points, having reached the milestone in 2009.
Thursday’s slate features several pointworthy clashes. Undefeated Class D power Jonesport-Beals visits Class C Sumner of East Sullivan, which entered Tuesday night’s play at 2-0, while two interesting Class C battles send 3-0 Calais from the Saint Croix Valley to the Saint John Valley to face 2-1 Madawaska while 3-1 Fort Kent travels in the opposite direction to play 3-1 George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill.
The 4-1 Bangor Rams, meanwhile, seek their fifth straight win at home against 3-1 Mount Ararat of Topsham, while Hampden Academy also will try to improve to 5-1 in a road contest at winless Erskine Academy of South China.
Next week’s schedule begins with a Downeast Athletic Conference clash of titans Monday that sends Jonesport-Beals to Calais, while the following night’s slate sends two-time defending Eastern A champion Edward Little of Auburn to Hampden, Leavitt of Turner Center to Camden Hills in a battle of teams that began this week unbeaten, and Schenck of East Millinocket to Stearns of Millinocket in the latest edition of that fierce Katahdin-area rivalry.