Youth sports

Belfast fifth-sixth boys hoop squad on rise

By Staff | Jan 25, 2011
Courtesy of: Joe Woods The Belfast fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball travel team is on its way to the Eastern Maine Basketball League playoffs as the No. 3 seed, with the tournament kicking off Saturday, Jan. 29. Belfast's first game will not be until the following weekend in Hermon or Bangor, with the league championship Saturday, Feb. 12. The team includes, front from left, Garrett Hamlin, Ricky Smith, Stanley Sturgis, Dean Grass, Derrik Tyler and Zane Bielenberg; and back, coach Joe Woods, Dakota Doolan, Josh Buker, Nolan Woods, coach Guy Hamlin, Tyler Macleod, Sam Goguen, Tyler Bartlett and coach Penson Bartlett.

Belfast — The Belfast fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball travel team has had a successful first year in the Eastern Maine Basketball League, earning an 8-2 record and securing the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs that will begin Saturday, Jan. 29.

Belfast does not play this weekend having earned a bye, but will take part in the tournament the following weekend Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 5-6, which will be held at sites in both Hermon and Bangor. Belfast will first face sixth-seeded Newport, and should the locals win, will then face the winner between the No. 2 and No. 7 seeds in the semifinals.

If Belfast wins both of its postseason games, the Waldo County-based team will participate in the championship on Saturday, Feb. 12.

The Belfast squad is comprised of sixth-graders Nolan Woods, Garrett Hamlin, Zane Bielenberg, Josh Buker, Derrick Tyler and Tyler Macleod and fifth-graders Tyler Bartlett, Stanley Sturgis, Dean Grass, Sam Goguen, Dakota Doolan and Ricky Smith. The team is coached by Guy Hamlin, Penson Bartlett and Joe Woods.

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