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Shooting stars: Middle school basketball season bounces into spotlight

Seventh-graders take center stage for opening court battles
By Staff | Nov 15, 2012
Photo by: Ken Waltz The Busline League middle school basketball season began Nov. 14 with a slew of games around the region, including a contest between the Troy Howard and host Oceanside White seventh-grade teams in Thomaston. THMS' Tyler Bartlett attempts to control the ball near Oceanside's Ruben Martinez, left, and Bryan Johnston.The Lions won 76-16.
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Troy Howard of Belfast at Oceanside White seventh-grade boys basketball Nov. 14 in Thomaston. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Bryan Gess)

The Busline League middle school basketball seasons tipped off Wednesday, Nov. 14, with a slew of large school seventh-grade games on the opening schedule.

The large school eighth-grade teams, as well as the small school squads, will hit the courts on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The large school seventh-grade boys and girls teams include Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast, Wiscasset Middle School, Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Oceanside Middle School Blue and White of Thomaston/Rockland and Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro. Games in this division continue through the championship contests on Jan. 19.

The large school eighth-grade boys and girls teams include Troy Howard, Searsport District Middle School, CRMS, Wiscasset, Medomak, Oceanside Blue and White, Boothbay Elementary School and Great Salt Bay. Games in this division continue through the championship contests on Jan. 19.

The small school boys and girls teams include Islesboro Central School, Hope Elementary School, Vinalhaven School, Nobleboro Central School, Woolwich Central School, Appleton Village School, Bristol Consolidated School (boys only), South Bristol Elementary School (girls only), Lincolnville Central School, Bristol Blue and Jefferson Village School. Games continue through the championship contests on Jan. 26.

Coaches can report game results by emailing sports@courierpublicationsllc.com or by calling 594-4401, ext. 116.

The following is a recap of Wednesday's reported results:

Boys basketball

Medomak 7th 46, Wiscasset 26

At Waldoboro Nov. 14, the Riverhawks dominated the visiting Warriors to earn a convincing win in their first game. MMS led 14-5, 24-12 and 36-16 at the quarter breaks.

Collin Fournier dumped in 14 points to lead the 'Hawks, while Andrew Campbell added 12; Josh Goldrup, eight; Brent Stewart, six; Wyatt Post, four; and Gavin Hargrove, two.

Kobe Carrier keyed the Warriors with six points, while Jacob Lamoureux added five; Max Sampson, four; Ben Masten, Haiden, Tyler Martin, Matt Smith and Zach Reed, all two; and Trinin Jeffrey, one.

The Riverhawks were 3-of-6 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 6-of-18 (33 percent).

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Boothbay 60, Camden-Rockport 7th 45

At Boothbay Nov. 14, the Wildcats had little trouble with the visiting Schooners and the hosts roared to their first win. The Wildcats held a 28-21 lead at halftime and opened their lead in the second half to pick up the victory.

Leading the CRMS offense were Jesse Fraser (17 points, 6 steals, 3 rebounds), Lucas Boetsch (12 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals), Tucker Grinnell (5 points), Conrad Crans (4 points, 12 rebounds) and Will Nickerson (2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, steal).

For Boothbay, Kyle Ames poured in 26 points.

CRMS shot 71 percent from the foul line and Boothbay 56 percent.

Troy Howard 7th 76, Oceanside White 16

At Thomaston Nov. 14, the talented, deep, high-powered Lions of Belfast proved too much for the host Mariners. Additional information from the game will appear when it becomes available.

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Girls basketball

Medomak 7th 56, Wiscasset 11

At Waldoboro Nov. 14, the Riverhawks ran away with the game early and prevailed over the visiting Warriors. Medomak led 14-2, 26-2 and 42-9 at the quarter breaks.

Gabby DePatsy led the 'Hawks with 18 points, while Cierra Dyer added 12; Hallie Kunesh, 10; Nina McGrath, eight; Haley Wyllie, four; and Morgan Smith and Acadia Calderwood, both two.

For Wiscasset, Arie Mills netted six points, while Cassidy Colby added three and Natalie Corson two.

The 'Hawks were 0-of-2 from the foul line, while the Warriors were 1-of-6 (17 percent).

Riverhawk coach Rachel Winchenbach said "Morgan Smith did a great job on defense [by] creating a lot of turnovers in the first half. Cierra Dyer did a great job rebounding on both ends [of the floor]. The whole team overall did a wonderful job. Kudos to Wiscasset for their great sportsmanship and attitudes on the floor."

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Oceanside Blue 7th 34, Great Salt Bay 14

At Damariscotta Nov. 14, the Mariners jumped to an early first-quarter lead and never looked back to prevail in their first game. Oceanside led 13-2, 21-8 and 34-14 at the quarter breaks.

Gabby Simmons netted 16 points for the winners, while Zoe Goff added eight; Aubrey Doyle, six; Casey Pine, five; Molly Spencer, four; and Taylor Hamlin and Jordan Brackett, both two.

For Great Salt Bay, Maggie Folsom netted six points, while Sky Farrell added five; Alison York and Madison Worster, both two; and Madeline York, one.

Oceanside White 7th 44, Troy Howard 23

At Thomaston Nov. 14, the host Mariners used strong all-around defense and fastbreaks to defeat the Lions of Belfast. Oceanside led 9-2, 21-15 and 26-15 at the quarter breaks. THMS scored no points in the third stanza and two in the first, while breaking out for 13 in the second, all coming from one player.

Keying the Mariners were Amelia Campbell with 12 points; Aubrey Anderson and Charlotte Leparulo, both seven; Lauren Miller, six; Kristina Ferguson, four; and Lauryn Arsenault and Emilee Clough, both two.

Leading the Lions were Callie Cook with 17 points and Madison Hemingway and Allison Defeo both two.

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Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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