'Championship Saturday' on horizon for middle school hoop squadsSemifinal playoff contests slated for Jan. 23 for many schools
The Busline League middle school basketball playoffs are winding down, with six championship games at two sites slated for Saturday, Jan. 25.
With the majority of quarterfinal games now in the books and the semifinals slated to begin on Thursday, Jan. 23, there is a bevy of hardwood action left to be played before "Championship Saturday" begins.
The large school division championship games will be played at Camden-Rockport Middle School with the seventh-grade girls tipping off at 10 a.m., the eighth-grade girls at noon, the seventh-grade boys at 2 p.m and the eighth-grade boys at 4 p.m.
The small school division championship games will be played at Lincolnville Central School at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Which game will be played first is still up in the air and is dependent on whether either or both Vinalhaven teams qualify for the championship round. Vinalhaven, a neighboring island in Penobscot Bay, must take the ferry to the mainland for the title game(s) and then back to the island, thus, are under time constraints.
The Vinalhaven teams are the top seeds in their respective divisions.
The following is a breakdown of quarterfinal playoff results and semifinal matchups:
Large school division
In seventh-grade girls quarterfinal playoff action on Tuesday, Jan. 21, No. 1 Boothbay beat No. 8 Wiscasset, No. 2 Camden-Rockport beat No. 7 Troy Howard, No. 3 Oceanside West Blue defeated No. 6 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta and No. 5 Medomak beat No. 4 Oceanside West White.
Thus, semifinal playoff games slated for Thursday, Jan. 23 will include No. 5 Medomak at No. 1 Boothbay at 6:45 p.m. and No. 3 Oceanside West Blue at No. 2 Camden-Rockport at 3:45 p.m. The two winners will advance to the title game on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at CRMS.
In seventh-grade boys quarterfinal playoff action on Tuesday, Jan. 21, No. 1 Troy Howard beat No. 8 Wiscasset, No. 2 Oceanside West White beat No. 7 Great Salt Bay, No. 3 Medomak beat No. 6 Camden-Rockport and No. 5 Oceanside West Blue bested No. 4 Boothbay.
Thus, semifinal games slated for Thursday, Jan. 23 will include No. 5 Oceanside West Blue at No. 1 Troy Howard at 5:15 p.m. and No. 3 Medomak at No. 2 Oceanside West White at 3:45 p.m. (at St. George School). The two winners will advance to the title game on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at CRMS.
In eighth-grade girls quarterfinal playoff action, No. 1 Boothbay beat No. 8 Wiscasset Monday, Jan. 20, while No. 2 Oceanside West Blue beat No. 7 Medomak, No. 3 Searsport beat No. 6 Oceanside West White and No. 5 Camden-Rockport beat No. 4 Great Salt Bay in games played Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Thus, semifinal playoff games slated for Thursday, Jan. 23 will include No. 5 Camden-Rockport at No. 1 Boothbay at 5:15 p.m. and No. 3 Searsport at No. 2 Oceanside West Blue at 3:45 p.m. (at Oceanside West). The two winners will advance to the title game on Saturday, Jan. 25 at noon at CRMS.
In eighth-grade boys quarterfinal playoff action, No. 2 Boothbay beat No. 7 Searsport on Monday, Jan. 20, while No. 1 Troy Howard beat No. 8 Oceanside West Blue, No. 3 Bristol beat No. 6 Oceanside West White and No. 4 Camden-Rockport beat No. 5 Medomak in games played Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Thus, semifinal playoff games slated for Thursday, Jan. 23 will include No. 4 Camden-Rockport at No. 1 Troy Howard at 3:45 p.m. and No. 3 Bristol at No. 2 Boothbay at 3:45 p.m. The two winners will advance to the title game on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at CRMS.
Small school division
Three of the four quarterfinal playoff games have been played, which saw No. 2 Lincolnville beat No. 7 Woolwich, No. 3 Islesboro beat No. 6 Hope and No. 4 Nobleboro beat No. 5 Jefferson.
No. 3 Islesboro will travel to face No. 2 Lincolnville in a semifinal playoff matchup on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. The other semifinal matchup will be played on Friday, Jan. 24 and will see No. 4 Nobleboro either travel to face No. 1 Vinalhaven or host No. 8 Appleton.
The quarterfinal matchup between No. 1 Vinalhaven and No. 8 Appleton will be played on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. on Vinalhaven.
Three of the four quarterfinal playoff games have been played, which saw No. 2 Hope beat No. 7 South Bristol, No. 3 Woolwich beat No. 6 Appleton and No. 4 Lincolnville beat No. 5 Nobleboro.
No. 3 Woolwich will travel to face No. 2 Hope in a semifinal matchup on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3:45 p.m. The other semifinal matchup will be played on Friday, Jan. 24 and will see No. 4 Lincolnville either travel to face No. 1 Vinalhaven or host No. 8 Jefferson.
The quarterfinal matchup between No. 1 Vinalhaven and No. 8 Jefferson will be played on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. on Vinalhaven.
Coaches can report results to Courier Publications/VillageSoup throughout the playoffs by emailing game information or by sending photos, taken by a smartphone, of the home and away books, to email@example.com. Results also can be reported by calling 594-4401, extension 116.
The following is a recap of reported playoff results:
No. 2 Oceanside Blue 8th 72, No. 7 Medomak 15
At Thomaston Jan. 22, the Mariners scored more points in the first quarter than the Riverhawks scored in the entire game. Oceanside led 19-5, 36-11 and 46-13 at the quarter breaks.
Gabby Simmons scored 18 points for the Mariners, while Taylor Hamlin added 14; Jordan Brackett, 13; Emilee Clough, 10; Aubrey Anderson, eight; Kyleigh Farnham, seven; and Cassidy Boynton, two.
Gabby DePatsy scored 10 points for the Riverhawks, while Acadia Calderwood and Hallie Kunesh added two; and Haley Wyllie, one.
The Mariners were 5-of-12 (42 percent) from the foul line, while the 'Hawks were 1-of-6 (17 percent).
No. 5 Camden-Rockport 8th 43, No. 4 Great Salt Bay 37
At Damariscotta Jan. 22, the Schooners pulled the mild upset over the Cougars and prevailed by six points. Camden-Rockport led 10-3 after the first quarter and 21-11 at halftime, while GSB led 29-26 after three quarters.
Malea Russell scored 14 points for CRMS, while Abby O'Donal and Audrey Clement added 11; Sarah Contento and Katie Heavey, three; and Alli Wells, one.
Kaitlyn Feltis scored 13 points for GSB, while Alison York and Evis Margdntis added eight; Arey Lowe, six; and Madeline York, two.
The Schooners were 4-of-18 (22 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Cougars were 3-of-7 (43 percent).
No. 3 Searsport 30, No. 6 Oceanside White 28
At Searsport Jan. 22, the Vikings held on for a two-point win over the Mariners. The two teams were tied 15-15 at halftime, while Searsport held a slim lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Oceanside White tied the game with two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings responded with a layup and a pair of free throws to take a four-point lead.
The Mariners converted a layup late and had a chance to win the game with a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds, but could not convert.
Statistics from Tuesday's game were unavailable.
No. 5 Medomak 7th 31, No. 4 Oceanside White 28
At Thomaston Jan. 22, the Riverahwks prevailed over the Mariners in a tightly-contested game. Medomak led 6-5, 11-8 and 23-21 at the quarter breaks.
Maddy White scored 17 points for the 'Hawks, while Talia Willis added five; Hattie Watmough, four; Aubrey Schaeffer, three; and Elizabeth Flanagan, two.
Kalli Grover scored 11 points to lead the Mariners, while Morgan Heal and Hannah Moholland added four; and Morgan Lindsey, Nicole Paulsen, Chloe Fournier and Alexis Rytky, two.
The Riverhawks were 3-of-8 (37 percent) from the foul line, while the Mariners were 7-of-12 (58 percent).
No. 2 Camden-Rockport 7th 40, No. 7 Troy Howard 23
At Camden Jan. 22, the Schooners jumped to an early lead and prevailed by 17 points. Camden-Rockport led 10-2, 25-10 and 32-16 at the quarter breaks.
Kassie Krul scored 20 points for CRMS, while Capri Buck added seven; Maddie Holt, six; Lauren Rothwell, four; Tatum Dowd, two; and Katie Powell, one.
Maya Cunningham scored six points for Troy Howard, while Shera Hilt added four; Gia Davila, three; and Hannah Sanderson, Grace Fitzgerald, Hannah Banks, June McIntire, and Kayci Faulkingham, two.
The Schooners were 5-of-14 (36 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 1-of-2 (50 percent).
No. 2 Hope 46, No. 7 South Bristol 24
At Hope Jan. 21, the Hawks soared into the semifinals with a win over the Mariners. Hope led 14-8, 24-16 and 38-18 at the quarter breaks.
Nicole Brown scored 14 points for Hope, while Laticia Billings added 12; Kira Barley, 10; Kesha Lane, six; and Haleigh Luce and Kaitlyn Turnbull, two.
Isabelle Gilbert scored eight points for South Bristol, while Rachael Naylor added five; Colleen Kaplinger and Abby Brewer, four; Ayla Liss, two; and Sophie Gamage, one.
No. 4 Camden-Rockport 8th 69, No. 5 Medomak 50
At Rockport Jan. 22, the Schooners pulled away from the Riverhawks in the second half. Camden-Rockport led 18-13, 36-25 and 57-38 at the quarter breaks.
Lucas Boetsch scored 21 points for the Schooners, while Noah Heidorn added 19; Jesse Fraser, 15; Will Nickerson, six; Conrad Crans, four; and Joe Davis and Will Parks, two.
Colin Fournier scored 24 points for the Riverhawks, while Andrew Campbell added eight; Brent Stewart, six; Ben Dever, four; Wyatt Post and Tyler Field, three; and Alex Zelinski, two.
The Schooners were 4-of-7 (57 percent) from the foul line, while the 'Hawks were 0-of-2.
No. 1 Troy Howard 8th 47, No. 8 Oceanside Blue 28
At Belfast Jan. 22, the Lions roared into the semfinals with a 19-point win over the visitors. Troy Howard led 14-11, 23-11 and 37-23 at the quarter breaks.
Stan Sturgis scored 10 points for the Lions, while Sam Goguen added nine; Ricky Smith, Dakota Doolan and Aaron Fuller, eight; Skylar Perkins, four; and Tyler Bartlett, two.
Trevor Carty scored 11 points for Oceanside Blue, while Mike Norton added six; Kirt Ilvonen, Logan Sheridan and Zach Porter, two; and Mike Doherty, one.
Troy Howard netted 3-of-13 (23 percent) from the foul line, while Oceanside made 2-of-7 (28 percent).
No. 3 Medomak 7th 58, No. 6 Camden-Rockport 47
At Waldoboro Jan. 22, the Riverhawks overcame a first-quarter deficit and soared on to the semifinal round. Camden-Rockport led 15-9 after the first quarter, while Medomak led at halftime and came away with the win.
Nathan Emerson scored 26 points for Medomak, while Alex Clevette added seven. Austin Charkowick scored nine points to lead Camden-Rockport.
No. 5 Oceanside Blue 7th 61, No. 4 Boothbay 54
At Boothbay Jan. 22, the Mariners held off a late Wildcat rally. Oceanside led 20-10, 39-24 and 55-34 at the quarter breaks.
Jack Lombardo scored 16 points for the visitors, while Trevor Reed added 12; Dustin Cote, 10; Jaden Martin, nine; Seth Sweet, six; and Alex O'Brien and Cole Stevens, four.