That 2013 championship run featured Nick Gilpin’s buzzer-beating, 30-foot shot — off an assist from older brother Zach — that
pushed the Broncos past Lawrence of Fairfield 40-39 in the Eastern “A” final.
Hampden went 83-5 during that four-year stretch, including a 43-game winning streak from the start of its undefeated 2012-2013 campaign until a loss to Portland in the 2014 state final.
Hampden most recently won the Class A North crown in 2018.
The Broncos’ lineups have featured two Mr. Basketball selections in guards Christian McCue (2012) and Nick Gilpin (2016), while Zach Gilpin was the 2014 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year.
Class B — Camden Hills Windjammers: The Rockport school was a Class B juggernaut under longtime former coach Jeff Hart, winning five state championships and two more Eastern Maine titles between 2001 and 2011.
Camden Hills secured three gold balls in five years early in the century, winning it all in 2001, 2002 and with an undefeated 2005 team featuring BDN All-Maine first-teamer Tim Stammen.
After another regional title in 2007, the Windjammers won
three consecutive Eastern “B” crowns between 2009 and 2011 with state championships in 2009 and 2011.
The 2009 team, undefeated at 22-0, featured first-team BDN All-Maine choice Gordon Fischer leading a youthful roster that included impact sophomores Tyler McFarland, Graham Safford and Keegan Pieri.
McFarland went on to be a three-time BDN All-Maine choice and the state’s Mr. Basketball after the Windjammers again went undefeated to win it all in 2011. Safford later transferred to Hampden Academy and also was a Mr. Basketball finalist and BDN All-Maine first-team choice in 2011.
Camden Hills went 63-3 between 2009 and 2011, with its lone tournament loss a 72-65 overtime decision to Falmouth in the 2010 state final.
Class C — Calais Blue Devils: This Down East school was a powerhouse early in the 2000s, winning three state championships and five Eastern “C” titles between 2002 and 2009 before adding a fourth gold ball in 2015.
After a regional crown in 2002, coach Ed Leeman’s Blue Devils peaked with three gold balls in 2006, 2007 and 2009 along with another Eastern Maine championship in 2008.
Perhaps the biggest moment of that run came in the 2009 state final when
Cal Shorey’s 3-pointer with 17 seconds left gave Calais a 40-39 victory over a Dirigo of Dixfield team led by 6-9 center Thomas Knight, who went on to play at Notre Dame. Credit: Joshua Bright
Calais had a 63-game winning streak from the start of the 2005-2006 season until a loss to Winthrop in the 2008 state final.
The year after Leeman stepped down, Chris Woodside stepped in and
guided a veteran Calais team featuring seniors Kyle Johnson, Tyler Niles, Andre Paul and Nathan Newell to the 2015 state crown.
Class D — Central Aroostook Panthers: The Mars Hill school ended an eight-year state championship drought — while Western Maine’s Valley High School of Bingham won six in a row from 1998 through 2003 — by defeating the Cavaliers 79-62 in the 2005 final.
The Panthers went on to win three state titles in four years under alumnus Tim Brewer with gold-ball celebrations in 2006 and 2008.
The 2006 team featured BDN All-Maine guard Andrew York, while the 2008 run became memorable when 5-7 guard Manny Martinez lofted a shot over 6-10 center Marc Zaharchuk of Richmond
with eight-tenths of a second left in the state final to give Central Aroostook a 54-53 victory. Credit: John Clarke Russ
Central Aroostook added a fourth state crown under Brewer in 2011, capping off an undefeated season by again defeating Richmond in the championship game.
The Panthers compiled a 142-10 record between 2005 and 2011, including 23-3 in postseason play.
Central Aroostook added its most recent regional title in 2013 and have played in Class C for the last two years.