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Aroostook High School basketball players enjoy one last time on the hardwood

High school seniors had one last time to shine on the basketball court Wednesday night as the Aroostook League Senior All-Star games were played at Caribou High School.

CARIBOU, Maine — High school seniors had one last time to shine on the basketball court Wednesday night as the Aroostook League Senior All-Star games were played at Caribou High School.

Forty senior high school boys and girls have been selected to compete in the annual Aroostook League Senior All-Star Game. The stars were selected based on coach nominations as well as feedback from local media representatives.

Wednesday’s games saw top senior players from across Aroostook County come together for an evening of basketball, showing off their skills and sportsmanship for all to see. Instead of the usual four quarters of eight minutes each, the All-Star Games were split into two 20-minute halves.

The girls kicked off the evening, divided into yellow and brown teams.

Members of the yellow team at the Aroostook County All-Star basketball game on March 9 include, left to right, back row: Coach Tim Watt, Courtney Kane, Sadie Lapointe, Faith Sjoberg, Maizy Cullen, Eva Calioras and Monique Polchies. Front row: Mikaela Hartsgrove, Camryn Ala, Sara McShea and Kaelyn Lawlor. (David DiMinno | The Republican Aroostook)

Maroon team members for the Aroostook County All-Star basketball game on March 9 include, left to right, back row: Brea Daggett, Kylie Laplante, Mia Henderson, Gabby Sutherland, Allie Morgan and the coach Leland Caron. Front row: Breanne Barton, Olivia Henderson, Mia Theriault and Kassidy O’Leary. (David DiMinno | The Republican Aroostook)

The yellow team consisted of Faith Sjoberg, Sadie Lapointe and Courtney Kane from Près Isle; Eva Calioras, Sara Mcshea and Camryn Ala of Fort Fairfield; Monique Polchies and Kaelyn Lawlor of Hodgdon; and Maizy Cullen and Makayla Hartsgrove of Katahdin. The yellow team was coached by Tim Watt.

The maroon team consisted of Olivia Henderson, Breanne Barton and Mia Henderson of Houlton; Kassidy O’Leary and Allie Morgan of Fort Kent; Breanne Daggett of South Aroostook; Easton’s Kaylee Boyce; Van Buren’s Kylie Lapante; and Gabby Sutherland and Mia Theriault of Caribou. The maroon team was coached by Leland Caron.

In the first half, the yellow team came out with an early lead, but brown was quick to close the gap. With 3-point finesse and sophisticated footwork, the athletes on the court demonstrated what made them stars. As the game remained close, the yellow team finished the first half with a 42-33 lead.

In the second half, Sjoberg and Ala consistently scored 3 points for the yellow team, but Mia and Olivia Henderson also kept the attack going for brown. Even with very similar skill levels, yellows managed to come out on top in the end, finishing the match 79-66.

Sjoberg led the yellow team with 19 points, followed by Polchies with 13 points; Kane and Ala each scored 12; Hartsgrove added 10; McShea, five; and both Lapointe and Calioras in four.

Olivia Henderson led the brown team with 21 points, followed by Mia Henderson with 19 and Theriault with nine. Laplante scored five more points, Daggett scored four, and Morgan and Sutherland scored three. Barton scored two points.

“It was great to be here and it was a lot of fun,” Coach Watt said. “It was great to see the seniors participating and it’s easy when you have really good players.”

Blue team members for the Aroostook County All-Star Game include, from left, coach Matt Rossignol, Collin Bennett, Caleb Nash, Blake Martin, Noah Yarema and Xavier McAtee. Front row: Austin Deslisle, Jackson Maynard, Troy Hipsley, Carter Pelletier and Beckam Vaughn. (David DiMinno | The Republican Aroostook)

Team Black members for the Aroostook County All-Star basketball game on March 9 include, left to right, back row: Braden Sargent, Chase Coiley, Lucas Haines, Hunter Burpee, Caleb Solomon, Justin Hurlbert and Coach Larry Worcester. Front: Collin Moody, Isaiah Gentle, Christopher Caswell and Adam Gendreau. (David DiMinno | The Republican Aroostook)

In the boys’ competition, the 40 athletes were divided into blue and black teams.

The blue team consisted of Troy Hipley and Caleb Nash from Hodgdon; Beckam Vaughn of Washburn; Collin Bennett and Austin Delisle of Fort Kent; Van Buren’s Blake Martin; Carter Pelletier of Wisdom; and Xavier McAtee, Noah Yarema and Jackson Maynard of Almost Isle. The blue team was coached by Matt Rossignol.

The black team consisted of Christopher Caswell and Hunter Burpee from South Aroostook; Chase Coiley of Fort Fairfield; Caleb Solomon, Isaiah Gentle and Collin Moody of Houlton; Lucas Haines of Aroostook Center; Braden Sargent of Caribou; Justin Hurlbert of Katahdin; and Adam Gendreau of Madawaska.

The boys game generated a lot of excitement as the players did their best to put on an entertaining show for the crowd. Both Yarema and Solomon made impressive dunks, and 3-pointers were made across the board. Despite the goalscoring prowess of both teams, the blue team managed to enter half-time with a 73-63 lead.

In the second half, both teams continued to try to up the ante with their shots. Some attempted to make stellar shots from the half court, while others opted for powerful dunks and impressive dribbling displays.

Each action resulted in more cheers from the crowd and the teams did not disappoint. In the end, the blue team came out on top with a 140-118 victory.

Yarema led the blue team with 31 points, followed by Martin with 20 points; Maynard, 17; Delisle, 14; McAtee, Pelletier and Hipsley each had 13; Vaughn, 11; and Nash, eight.

Haines led the black team with 32 points, followed by Solomon with 22; Gentle, 14 years old; Sargent, 12; Coiley, 10; Caswell and Moody, both eight; Burpee and Hurlbert, both five; and Gendreau, two.