The Christmas break has come and gone, and there are multiple key schoolgirl basketball contests on tap for this week.

Bangor and Hampden Academy will be facing road tests Tuesday night. The Rams, who have won two straight, travel to Bath to play an undefeated Morse club, while the Broncos, who sit atop the Eastern Class A standings with a 6-0 mark, take on unbeaten and No. 2 Edward Little in Auburn.

Hampden is in the midst of a three-game road stretch, and the Broncos got it started by beating Erskine Academy of South China last Thursday. Coach Chad Bradbury’s team faces Mt. Blue of Farmington on Friday.

The Rams are getting into the meat of their schedule as well, as coach Katie Herbine’s team wraps up the week Friday night with a trip to defending regional champion Skowhegan. 

Bangor is sixth in the Heal points.

Also Tuesday night, Old Town and Orono will renew their rivalry in Orono. The Coyotes’ three-game win streak includes a 33-30 home victory over the Red Riots on Dec. 22.

In other Class C action, Houlton (5-0) will put its undefeated record on the line when the Shiretowners head north to face Class B Caribou, which is coming off an overtime victory at Mount Desert Island last Wednesday. Fort Kent hosts unbeaten Class B power Presque Isle.

A big showdown is looming for coach Jeff Hudson’s Wildcats this weekend when they travel to the Queen City to take on John Bapst Saturday at 3 p.m.

Presque Isle has been averaging a robust 65.8 points per game over its first five contests, including a 45-40 win over the Crusaders on Dec. 18.

That marks John Bapst’s lone defeat. Freshman center Abby Pyne has been a factor in the 4-1 start of coach Mike Webb’s team, which has defeated Orono and MDI.

The Crusaders, however, also face a tough Thursday contest with rival Hermon, which has won four straight following an opening-night loss to Presque Isle.

Top EMITL performances

The Eastern Maine Indoor Track League hosted its second meet of the regular season on Wednesday, and there were plenty of outstanding performances to go around.

On the girls side, Bangor sophomore Grace Maclean showed she isn’t missing a beat with three individual victories in the 55 hurdles (9.10 seconds), long jump (15 feet, 9.25 inches) and high jump (5-2) in leading the Rams to a team victory over Old Town. 

Orono’s Shelby Wheeler, the league record-holder in the pole vault at 10-2, had a solid night as well, getting over 9-6.

Teal Jackson of Brewer also enjoyed a multiple-win day, as she won the 400 in 1 minute, 1.99 seconds and 200 in 27.35. Those efforts place Jackson on top of the conference in both events.

For the boys, Old Town’s Jake Leithiser posted three seasonal-best times and distances in winning the hurdles, 400 and high jump.

Leithiser cleared 6-4 in the high jump while posting a 52.65 in the 400 and 7.97 in the hurdles. All three of those marks are tops in the league.

Bangor freshman Jonathan Stanhope had his second consecutive strong day, picking up two wins and a fourth-place finish in completing the distance triple (mile, 800, 2-mile).

Stanhope posted a time of 5:10.71 in winning the mile and 10:57.72 in claiming the 2-mile.

There are three meets on tap for this weekend, including a six-way meet between Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Old Town and John Bapst. KVAC foes Winslow and a cooperative team from Rockland, Medomak Valley and Camden Hills are competing as well, with that meet starting at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s meets have Bucksport, Orono, Hermon, MDI and Waterville in one competition and Central, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincolon, Ellsworth, Foxcroft Academy, Sumner of East Sullivan and Erskine Academy in the other, with both of those meets going off at 2 p.m.


Ryan McLaughlin

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