Tourney Time

 
Houlton's Kolleen Bouchard (right) and Mount Desert Island's Julia Watras jostle for rebounding position during Saturday's Class B North basketball quarterfinal in Bangor. Houlton won 47-39.  
Joseph Cyr

Houlton girls hold off upset-minded MDI in ‘B’ quarterfinal

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 18, 2017, at 10:49 p.m.
Ian McIntyre passes to John Wolfington around Cony's Jordan Roddy in the first half of the Class A North Quarterfinal Saturday in Augusta. The Rams bested the Broncos 60-48.  
Amber Waterman Thomas

Cony knocks off Hampden in ‘A’ North boys quarterfinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 18, 2017, at 9:27 p.m.
Michael Berube (left) and Dylan Leighton of Hermon High School celebrate as their team takes the lead against Washington Academy during their Class B boys basketball quarterfinal game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Dramatic rally helps No. 1 Hermon boys survive scare, edge Washington Academy in ‘B’ quarterfinal

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 18, 2017, at 9:06 p.m.
Oceanside's Michael Norton, Jr., attempts to slap the ball away from Joshua Smestad in the second quarter of their Class A North quarterfinal on Saturday in Augusta.  
Amber Waterman Thomas

Oceanside boys outlast Nokomis in ‘A’ North quarterfinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 18, 2017, at 7:58 p.m.

Saturday’s North high school basketball tournament summaries

By Joseph Cyr on Feb. 18, 2017, at 5:54 p.m.

Hermon girls outlast tenacious Winslow in ‘B’ quarterfinal

By Pete Warner on Feb. 18, 2017, at 4:34 p.m.
Presque Isle's Griffin P. Guerrete (center) drives up to the basket past Orono's Jake Koffman (left), Orono's Connor Robertson and Orono's Keenan Collett during their Class B boys basketball quarterfinal game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Saturday.

Orono boys use experience to beat Presque Isle in ‘B’ boys quarterfinal

By Joseph Cyr on Feb. 18, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
Showing poise in the paint and a reliance on the team’s veteran leaders, the No. 4 Orono boys outlasted No. 5 Presque Isle 54-46 Saturday morning in a Class B North quarterfinal.
Stearns' Emma Alley (left) dives for the ball against Dexter's Abigail Webber during a Class C North tourney game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor last February. Stearns and Dexter could be two contending teams in this sesaon's tourney.

Stearns, GSA are frontrunners in ‘C’ North girls tourney

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 18, 2017, at 12:13 p.m.
Stearns High School of Millinocket didn’t have much of a Class C North tournament run last season, but the Minutemen could be poised for a long one this season.
Presque Isle's Emily Wheaton, right, drives to the basket in the first half of Saturday's Class B North quarterfinal against John Bapst. Defending on the play is John Bapst's Tia Zephir. Wheaton hurt her ankle early in the fourth quarter and was unable to return to the game. Presque Isle won 37-36.

Presque Isle girls overcome adversity, edge John Bapst in ‘B’ girls quarterfinal

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on Feb. 18, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
The true test of a team’s character often arises when dealing with adversity. For the Presque Isle girls, that test came early in the fourth quarter of its quarterfinal game with John Bapst on Saturday morning.

Holmes leads Messalonskee girls past Gardiner in Class A girls basketball quarterfinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 18, 2017, at 10:15 a.m.
Eighth-seed Gardiner had answers for a lot of what the top-ranked Messalonskee Eagles had to offer Friday night. But the Tigers had no way to stop Sophie Holmes.
George Stevens Academy's Max Mattson drives in for a layup past an Ellsworth defender during a game in Ellsworth in December. Mattson will help GSA defend its Class C North title in this season's tourney.

Road to Class C North title goes through George Stevens Academy

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 18, 2017, at 9:07 a.m.
When you’re defending a championship, you’re always going to get an opponent’s best game. That is just fine with George Stevens Academy boys basketball coach Dwayne Carter.

Foxcroft Academy girls outlast Central in ‘B’ quarterfinal

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:20 p.m.

MDI boys use stellar defense in ‘B’ quarterfinal win over Belfast

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 17, 2017, at 9:26 p.m.

Sophomore sparks Hampden girls past Lawrence in ‘A’ quarterfinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 17, 2017, at 9:07 p.m.

Friday’s North high school basketball tournament summaries

on Feb. 17, 2017, at 8:11 p.m.
Central's Andrew Speed (left) celebrates as his team pulls ahead of Winslow during their Class B boys basketball quarterfinal game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Mailman delivers as Central boys beat Winslow in ‘B’ quarterfinal

By Pete Warner on Feb. 17, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.

Young Skowhegan uses defense to fend off Oceanside in Class A girls quarterfinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:58 p.m.
Coach Mike LeBlanc’s Indians (15-4) will face No. 3 Nokomis of Newport in Wednesday’s semifinals.

Nokomis girls top Camden Hills in Class A North quarterfinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:46 p.m.
Third-ranked Nokomis (15-4) advances to play No. 2 Skowhegan in Wednesday’s semifinals.
Hampden Academy’s Ian McIntyre (left) looks to go up for a basket against Messalonskee’s Cole Wood during their game in Hampden in December. Both Hampden and Messalonskee are expected to be in the thick of the race for a Class A North title.

A North boys: Medomak, Hampden, Oceanside remain strong, but challengers abound

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 17, 2017, at 3:03 p.m.
The Class A North boys basketball standings this winter have looked similar to how the division played out during the 2016 tournament.
Orono’s Keenan Collett (left) goes up for a layup past Hermon’s Keenan Marseille during their basketball game in Orono in January. Orono and Hermon are likely to be two of the top contenders in the Class B North tourney.

Despite late-season slump, Trojans are ‘B’ frontrunners

By ksjoberg on Feb. 17, 2017, at 1:16 p.m.
MDI was brilliant and looked untouchable through mid-January.