Medomak boys best Mount View in March Madness tourneyBundle of area boys, girls squads compete in event hosted by Mustangs
Thorndike — The annual Mustang March Madness youth basketball tournament took place at Mount View High School and Mount View Middle School Friday through Sunday, March 8-10, an event that gave hoop fans a glimpse into the future of what their respective high school squads may have to offer.
Based on the weekend's tournament, the future looks bright for a pair of boys squads as Medomak and Mount View squared off in the finals of the middle school-aged event, with Medomak posting a 49-28 victory to clinch the tournament title.
Dover-Foxcroft claimed a 26-12 win over Madison to win the girls title.
The tournament format was pool play with all games featuring two 20-minute halves. The winners of all eight pools squared off in their respective semifinals Sunday morning, with the winners advancing to the finals later in the day.
The Medomak, Winslow, Mount View and Mount Ararat boys won its respective pools, as did the Dover-Foxcroft, Calais, Etna/Dixmont and Madison girls.
The Medomak boys earned a 55-33 win over Winslow, while Mount View defeated Mount Ararat 39-30 to advance to the boys finals. Dover-Foxcroft defeated Madison 35-27 and Madison bested Etna/Dixmont 29-24 to advance to the girls finals, respectively.
The following are the rosters for the local teams:
Team members for the Mount View boys were C.J. Ingraham, Kalvin Croteau, Alex Cleaves, Devon Davis, Colby Robbins, Liam Cail, Colby Furrow, Joey Danna, Jared Taylor and Emmett Shell. The team was coached by Steve Pomerleau and Wally Furrow.
Team members for the Medomak boys were Casey Libby, Patrick White, Laken Harrington, Kyle Donlin, Cam Allaire, Jonathan Allard, Daniel Jones, Daniel Jones, Maty Moore, Cale Gee, Nick Grover, Taylor McLain and Cam Martin. The team was coached by Tracie McLain and Ryan O'Donnell.
Team members for the Searsport boys were Connor Kneeland, Caleb Ackley, Chris Evans, Devon Bean, Barrett Grant, Liam MacMillan, Ben Powell, Dean Grass and Nolan Woods. The team was coached by Otis Kneeland.
Team members for the Mount View girls were Ashlyn Parker, Andrea Crosby, Halle Reynolds, Mckenna Gibbs, Haley Larochelle, Taylor Thayer, Aleesha Spaulding, Vanessa Grotton, Angela Strain and Alexis Ramee. The team was coached by Ted Reynolds and Greg Thayer.
Team members for the Searsport girls were Kaylee Knowles, Brooklynn Alberts, Hannah Nadeau, Audrey Walker, Chelsey Gibbs, Elizabeth Hustus, Meghan Grant, Alexis Loring and Jillian Hartman. The team was coached by Jeremy Knowles.
Team members for the Belfast girls were Emma Mehuren, Malory Clements, Rayahna Luther, Alexia Sweet, Madison Hemingway, Alison Defeo, Callie Cook, Katie King, Kelsey Mehuren, Lacy Gale, Rainey Knowlton and Karlee Parker. The team was coached by Stan Sturgis.
The following is a recap of the boys championship and semifinal games:
Boys final — Medomak 49, Mount View 28
After a closely-contested first half, Medomak pulled away late and clinched the tournament title by 21 points. Medomak Valley led 21-18 at halftime.
McLain led Medomak with 14 points, while Grover and Moore each added nine; Gee, five; Allaire and Allard, both four; and Libby and Harrington, both two.
For Mount View, Shell tossed in 13 points, while Danna added six; Furrow, four; Davis, three; and Ingraham and Croteau, both one.
Medomak netted 8-of-11 (72 percent) free throw attempts and Mount View 11-of-23 (48 percent).
Boys semifinal — Mount View 39, Mt. Ararat 30
Mount View featured a balanced attack in both the first and second halves and earned a berth in the tournament finals. Mount View led 20-10 at halftime.
Shell scored 18 points for the winners, while Davis and Furrow each added seven; Taylor, four; and Danna, three.
For Mount Ararat, Connor Dostie scored 14 points, while Haven Cutko added six; Cameron Cox, four; and Egan Eldridge, Cole Guerin and Jacob Steinman, all two.
Mount View was 11-of-19 (58 percent) from the foul line and Mount Ararat 14-of-21 (67 percent).
Boys semifinal — Medomak 55, Winslow 33
Medomak built a sizable first-half lead and coasted into the finals with a 22-point win. Medomak led 24-14 at halftime.
McLain scored 11 points to lead Medomak, while White and Moore each added nine; Gee, seven; Allaire, six; Harrington, five; and Allard and Martin, both four.
For Winslow, Jake Laframme scored 11 points, while Hunter Campbell tallied 10; Jacob Davis, six; Michael Wildes, four; and Dylan Hutcheson, two.
Medomak was 8-of-10 (80 percent) from the foul line and Winslow 0-of-2.
Friday night scores were: Etna/Dixmont girls 27, Mount View 16; Searsport girls 18, Belfast 12; Winslow boys 44, Searsport 17; Madison girls 33, Dover-Foxcroft 33; Medomak boys 60, Lawrence 29; and Mount View boys 53, Gardiner 34.
Saturday scores were: Mount View boys 41, Searsport 39; Winslow boys 45, Gardiner 21; Calais girls 39, Howland 12; Mt. Ararat boys 42, Calais 28; Madison girls 37, Searsport 9; Dover-Foxcroft girls 54, Belfast 13; Medomak boys 48, Calais 15; Mt. Ararat boys 49, Lawrence 14; Etna/Dixmont girls 40, Calais 27; Searsport boys 43, Gardiner 40; Mount View boys 35, Winslow 27; Calais boys 40, Lawrence 24; Medomak boys 37, Mt. Ararat 30; Mount View girls 21, Howland 19; Madison girls 43, Belfast 22; Dover-Foxcroft girls 50, Searsport 10; Calais girls 28, Mount View 20; and Etna/Dixmong girls 45, Howland 16.
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