High school basketball

Officially speaking, nine Midcoast squads realize postseason dreams

Oceanside girls, Medomak Valley boys punch tickets straight to Bangor
By Mark Haskell | Feb 10, 2013

Augusta — The smoke has cleared on what has been an exciting regular season of high school boys and girls basketball, with several squads throughout Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties earning a spot in the upcoming regional tournaments.

With the final Heal Point standings official, all regions featuring local squads are clear in terms of who will play whom in upcoming preliminary playoff games.

The Oceanside boys and girls, Camden Hills boys and girls, Belfast girls, Medomak Valley boys, North Haven boys, Islesboro girls and Vinalhaven girls have qualified for the postseason, while the Belfast boys fell shy of a regional playoff berth.

Preliminary round playoff games will be played this week, with girls teams slated to play Tuesday, Feb. 12 and boys squads on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The quarterfinals, to be played at the Bangor Auditorium and the Augusta Civic Center, will begin over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16.

Click for Midcoast boys basketball photos from this season.

Click for Midcoast girls basketball photos from this season.

Below is a summary of where area teams stand in the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings at this point and potential playoff matchups:

Girls

In Eastern Class B, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (16-2, 138.8272 points) finished second, Belfast (13-5, 89.6914 points) sixth, Camden Hills (12-6, 78.3333 points) seventh, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (5-13, 20.0000 points) 15th and Mount View of Thorndike (3-15, 6.5123 points) 18th. Presque Isle (18-0, 157.4074 points) finished first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Thus, Oceanside, Belfast and Camden Hills have qualified for postseason play, while Medomak Valley and Mount View failed to qualify. Oceanside, by virtue of its top-three finish, earned an automatic berth to the regional quarterfinals at the Bangor Auditorium.

In preliminary playoff action, No. 6 Belfast will host No. 11 Washington Academy of East Machias (8-10, 51.3889 points) on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. The Lions and Huskies do not play each other during the regular season.

The Belfast/Washington Academy winner will advance to play No. 3 Nokomis of Newport (16-2) in the quarterfinals on Friday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Bangor Auditorium. The Lions defeated Nokomis 58-55 at Newport Jan. 21 in the teams' only meeting of the season. The Huskies and Warriors do not play each other during the regular season.

In another prelim game, No. 7 Camden Hills will host No. 10 Hermon (9-9, 51.8519 points) Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The Windjammers and Hawks do not play each other during the regular season.

The winner will advance to face No. 2 Oceanside in the quarterfinals on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bangor Auditorium. The Mariners defeated the Windjammers twice this season, a 54-47 win Dec. 21 in Rockport and a 63-38 victory Feb. 7 at Rockland. The Mariners and Hawks do not face each other during the regular season.

In Eastern Class C, Searsport (7-11, 21.9136 points) finished 15th, while Calais (18-0, 118.9633 points) finished first in the 17-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs. Thus, Searsport failed to qualify for this year's playoffs.

In Western Class D, Islesboro (8-10, 22.6235 points) finished eighth, Vinalhaven (5-13, 19.4444 points) ninth and North Haven (4-12, 7.1528 points) 13th. Rangeley (17-1, 83.6302 points) finished first in the 13-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs.

In the region's only prelim playoff game, No. 8 Islesboro will host No. 9 Vinalhaven in a battle of neighboring island schools, probably on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The two teams split during the regular season, with Vinalhaven winning 48-38 at Vinalhaven Dec. 22 and Islesboro winning 53-46 at Islesboro Feb. 6.

The winner will advance to face the top-seeded Lakers on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. Rangeley defeated Vinalhaven 51-22 Jan. 25 and 79-30 Jan. 26 in a pair of games at Rangeley, while Islesboro does not play Rangeley during the regular season.

Boys

In Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (16-2, 137.1914 points) finished first, Oceanside (14-4, 127.4691 points) fourth, Camden Hills (12-6, 96.1420 points) eighth, Belfast (7-11, 50.7716 points) 14th and Mount View (5-13, 36.7284 points) 18th in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Thus, Mount View and Belfast failed to qualify for the playoffs.

In preliminary playoff action, No. 4 Oceanside will host No. 13 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft (8-10, 52.3158 points) on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in Rockland. The Mariners and Ponies do no play each other during the regular season.

The Oceanside/Foxcroft Academy winner will move onto the quarterfinals and will face the winner of the preliminary playoff of No. 5 Caribou (13-5, 109.4136 points) and No. 12 Hermon (8-10, 60.4938 points) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1:35 p.m. at the Bangor Auditorium. Oceanside does not play Caribou or Hermon during the regular season.

In another upcoming prelim playoff, No. 8 Camden Hills will host No. 9 Nokomis (10-8, 89.6605 points) on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in Rockport. The Windjammers defeated the Warriors in their lone meeting of the season 60-47 Jan. 5 in Rockport.

The Camden Hills/Nokomis winner will advance to face top-seeded Medomak Valley in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4:35 p.m. at the Bangor Auditorium. The Panthers defeated the Warriors 69-52 Dec. 29 in Waldoboro, while the Panthers have defeated the Windjammers twice this season — a 63-60 win in Dec. 11 in Waldoboro and a 95-91, four-overtime victory Jan. 31 in Rockport.

In Eastern Class C, Searsport (5-13, 15.8951 points) finished 15th, while Houlton (17-1, 147.8395 points) finished first in the 17-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs. Thus, the Vikings failed to qualify for the playoffs.

In Western Class D, North Haven (14-3, 58.5791 points) finished fifth, Vinalhaven (5-13, 11.7556 points) 11th and Islesboro (2-16, 1.1111 points) 13th. Forest Hills of Jackman (16-2, 98.9810 points) finished first in the 14-team region. The top nine teams qualify for the playoffs. Thus, the Vikings and Eagles failed to qualify for the playoffs.

In an upcoming quarterfinal game, No. 5 North Haven will face No. 4 A.R. Gould of South Portland (11-7, 61.3235 points) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. The Bears swept the season series with the Hawks, winning 65-53 Dec. 15 in Portland and 46-32 Feb. 2 in North Haven.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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