WARREN— Many of Midcoast’s most talented high school basketball players converged Friday night, March 11, at the Midcoast Athletics Center for the opportunity to showcase their formidable skills on the court with and against like-minded teenage student-athletes. ideas.
Those from high schools in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties – geographically within a radius of around 60 miles from Belfast and Thorndike to Boothbay and Damariscotta – came together to demonstrate their exceptional passing, ball handling and short and long range – and that means long-, long-range – shooting skills.
For the second year in a row, the MAC operators invited many of the region’s top field athletes from 2021-22 for a night of fast, competitive and friendly hoop fun.
Players from Mount View from Thorndike, Belfast, Camden Hills from Rockport, Oceanside from Rockland, Medomak Valley from Waldoboro, Lincoln Academy from Newcastle and the Boothbay area showed up to play in the 2022 MAC Midcoast High School All-Star Games.
The event featured many of the best players in the Midcoast, regardless of school class or school class/division affiliation.
The women’s teams included:
Team Laurie Stiles – Abby Waterman from Oceanside, Payson Kaler and Paige Lafrenaye from Lincoln Academy, Jayden Philbrook and Audri Goodwin from Belfast, Hannah Coolen from Mount View and Alyssa Creamer from Medomak Valley.
Team Ben Teer – Bailey Breen from Oceanside, Jaylen Crocker from Boothbay, Ari Bradeen from Mount View, Olivia Stiles and Grace Houghton from Lincoln Academy, Madison Deans from Belfast and Mattie Luce from Camden Hills.
The men’s teams included:
Team Brad Galley – Bodhi Ames from Oceanside, Lucas Hardwick from the Boothbay area, Trevor Brown and Patrick McKenney from Medomak Valley, Tucker Stiles and Lucas Houghton from Lincoln Academy, Hunter Norton from Camden Hills, James Ritter from Belfast and Draedyn Furrow and Noah Hurd of Mount View. Brown was unable to participate due to injury.
Team Ben Teer – Carter Calley and Cohen Galley from Oceanside, Lucas Hardwick from Boothbay, Ashton McLellan and Matt Sullivan, Jacob Craig from Medomak Valley, Gabe Hagar from Lincoln Academy, Westen DeWaard from Camden Hills, KJ Payson from Belfast and Declan Knowlton of Mount View. The galleys are twin brothers.
There were also three-point shooting contests at halftime of the games which turned out to be competitions on the wire. When the last shots crossed the net, Breen and Hurd had finished first in the long-range shooting event.
The matches consisted of two 20-minute halves. It was also fun because often, but not always, teammates from the same school in the regular season were placed on opposite all-star teams.
In the girls game, Team Stiles (brown) defeated Team Teer (white) 50-42, while Kaler scored 14 points; Creamer, 12; Coolen, eight; Goodwin and Lafrenaye, seven; and Waterman, six. The team made six three-pointers, including three from Kaler, two from Creamer and one from Coolen.
For Team Teer, Crocker scored 13 points; Luce, 10; deans, nine; Breen, six; Bradeen, three; and Stiles and Houghton, two. Deans drilled three triples.
In high-scoring Boys Battles, where three-point shots were often attempted from a different time zone, Team Galley (brown) edged Team Teer (white) 92-63, as the teams are combined for 155 points and have sunk 21 trifectas.
For Team Galley, Norton had 18 points; McKenney, 17; Stiles, 16; Furrow, 12; Hardwick and Ames, 11; Ritter, seven; and Houghton, two. McKenney connected four triples, Ames and Stiles three and Hardwick one.
For Team Teer, Hagar had 19 points; Carter Galley, 12; Craig, eight; Cohen Galley, DeWaard and Knowlton, seven; and Sullivan and Payson, four. Hagar had five three-pointers, Carter Galley four and Cohen Galley one.
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