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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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Mattanawcook Academy's Courtney McIntyre takes a shot as Dexter's Megan Peach defends in second half action of the girls Class C semifinal game on Friday. Dexter won the game 43-37 and advances to the Eastern Maine Championship game on Saturday.

Dexter holds off Mattanawcook in Class C girls semifinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 20, 2015, at 7:13 p.m.
BANGOR | With its lead slipping away early in the fourth quarter Friday afternoon, the Dexter girls basketball team was in need of a timeout. But the ultimate message that may have come through during that respite wasn’t as much strategic as it was a reminder of the four-year …
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Houlton's Kolleen Bouchard puts one in during the first half of the girls Class C semifinal game against Piscataquis Community High School at the Cross Center Friday afternoon.  Houlton win the game 45-29.

Houlton’s scoring balance sinks PCHS girls in East C semifinal

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Feb. 20, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
BANGOR | After coming close in recent years, the Houlton High School girls basketball team has finally cleared the hurdle of making it to a regional championship. No. 2 Houlton (18-2) used a strong second-half surge to overpower No. 3 Piscataquis Community 45-29 Friday afternoon in an Eastern Class …

Friday’s tourney basketball summaries

on Feb. 20, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
Class C Girls Houlton 45, PCHS 29 Houlton (18-2) 45 Gentle 1-2 0-0 2, Graham 0-0 2-2 2, Hill 5-10 1-3 11, Bouchard 4-8 4-7 13, Warman 2-4 0-0 4, Collett, Peterson, Brewer, Flewelling, Condon 1-5 7-8 9, Watson 1-7 1-2 4. Totals 14-40 15-22 45 Piscataquis Community (15-5) 29 …
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Comparing High School Basketball of the 50’s to Basketball Today

on Feb. 20, 2015, at 2:02 p.m.
After evaluating the 12 Eastern Maine Class B C and D Boys Quarter-final games, 4 Class A Boys and girls semi-finals and Class D Boys and Girls semi-finals a question kept bothering me. Could the high school teams of the 50’s compete with today’s high school teams? Considering that there …

Washburn-Machias boys summary

on Feb. 20, 2015, at 12:13 a.m.
Washburn 80, Machias 64 Washburn (18-2) 80 Irving 2-10 0-0 4, Farley 7-17 4-5 19, Bragg 3-7 9-9 15, Olson 2-9 2-4 6, Caron 6-10 9-9 24, Preston 3-3 0-0 6, Ericson 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 0-0 2-2 2, Pelletier 0-0 0-0 0, Baker 1-2 2-2 4 Totals 24-58 28-31 …
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-Southern Aroostook boys summary

on Feb. 19, 2015, at 9:54 p.m.
Class D Fort Fairfield 71, So. Aroostook 52 Fort Fairfield (17-4) 71 Theriault 3-3 0-1 8, Daigle 5-9 5-6 15, Yu, Cyr 1-2 0-0 3, Cassidy, Giberson 7-11 0-0 15, Campbell 0-1 1-4 1, Watson 8-13 0-3 18, Ricker, York 0-1 1-2 1, Robles, Beaulieu 2-5 6-7 10, Jellison. Totals: …
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 …

Thursday’s Washburn-Machias girls summary

on Feb. 19, 2015, at 9:08 p.m.
Washburn 70, Machias 28 Washburn (20-0) 70 Mette 3-7 0-0 6, Overman 6-89 0-0 12, Worcester 10-18 1-4 23, E. Churchill 7-13 1-2 19, Braley 2-6 0-0 4, Doody 2-3 0-0 4, Davis 1-1 0-0 2, Sarmiento 0-0 0-0 0, M. Churchill 0-1 0-0 0, Corey 0-0 0-0 0, Easler …
 
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