Busline League basketball

Small school playoffs in full swing, large schools continue regular season

By Staff | Jan 11, 2017
Photo by: Ken Waltz Searsport's Ava Knowles, left, and Hope's Mila Bonametti, among other players, vie for the ball during a Jan. 11 Busline League middle school girls playoff game. The host Hawks of Hope beat the Vikings 56-22.

Busline League middle school basketball crowns will be decided later this month, as court squads continue to claw for victories in the large and small school divisions following the holiday break.

In fact, the small school regular season wrapped on Saturday, Jan. 7, while playoff games began Monday, Jan. 9 and expect to conclude with the championship games on Friday, Jan. 20 at 5 and 6:30 p.m. at Wiscasset Middle School.

The North and South Division championships have been set for all four small school divisions and will be played Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The large school regular season is slated to conclude on Thursday, Jan. 19, with the playoffs to follow.

Click for photos from middle school basketball games this winter.

Coaches can report results to Courier Publications/VillageSoup by emailing game information or by sending photos, taken by a smartphone, of the home and away books, to sports@courierpublicationsllc.com. Results also can be reported by calling 594-4401, extension 116.

The final small school standings include:

North Division boys — Lincolnville 11-0, Hope 6-4, Vinalhaven 5-4, Searsport 2-9 and Islesboro 0-9.

North Division girls — Hope 12-0, St. George 7-4, Vinalhaven 5-4, Searsport 3-9 and Lincolnville 1-10.

South Division boys — Woolwich 14-0, St. George 12-2, Jefferson 10-4, Wiscasset 7-7, Bristol ‘A’ 7-7, Nobleboro 3-11, Appleton 2-12 and Bristol ‘B’ 0-14.

South Division girls — St. George 12-0, Nobleboro 10-2, Jefferson 6-6, Bristol 6-6, Woolwich 6-6, Wiscasset 2-10 and Appleton 0-12.

Small School playoff breakdown

On the boys side in the North Division, No. 1 Lincolnville will host No. 2 Hope Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 3:45 p.m. in the division finals.

No. 1 Lincolnville defeated No. 4 Searsport Wednesday, Jan. 11, while No. 2 Hope defeated No. 3 Vinalhaven Friday, Jan. 13 to advance to the division finals. The No. 4 Vikings also bested No. 5 Islesboro in a preliminary playoff game Monday, Jan. 9.

In the South Division, No. 1 Woolwich will host No. 2 St. George, Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the division finals.

Top-seeded Woolwich beat No. 8 Bristol 'B' in the quarterfinal round Monday, Jan. 9 and defeated No. 5 Woolwich 'B' Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the semifinal round, while No. 2 St. George beat No. 7 Nobleboro Monday, Jan. 9 and No. 3 Jefferson Wednesday, Jan. 11 to advance to the division finals.

On the girls side in the North Division, No. 1 Hope will face No. 3 Vinalhaven Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. in the division finals.

Top-seeded Hope beat No. 4 Searsport Wednesday, Jan. 11, while No. 3 Vinalhaven beat No. 2 St. George to advance to the division finals. No. 4 Searsport also beat No. 5 Lincolnville in a preliminary playoff game Monday, Jan. 9.

In the South Division, No. 1 St. George will host No. 2 Nobleboro Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 3:45 p.m. in the division finals.

The top-seeded Dragons beat No. 5 Woolwich Wednesday, Jan. 11, while the second-seeded Lions beat No. 7 Appleton Monday, Jan. 9 and No. 3 Jefferson Wednesday, Jan. 11 to advance to the division finals.

The following is a recap of recently-reported results from the small and large school divisions:

Girls basketball

No. 3 Vinalhaven 36, No. 2 St. George 27

At St. George Jan. 13, the islanders ousted the higher-seeded Dragons and advanced to the North Division finals. St. George led 6-4 after the first quarter, while Vinalhaven led 20-18 at halftime and 30-27 after three quarters.

Hope Cluff tossed in 18 points to pace the islanders, while Shyann Warren and Drey Osgood each added eight and Myra Mills two.

Audrey Leavitt led St. George with a 12-point effort, while Ahlivia Morris added five; Allison Gill, four; and Laura Olds, Anna Kingsbury and Maisie Mathiau two.

The Vikings were 0-of-4 from the foul line, while the Dragons were 1-of-3 (33 percent).

No. 1 St. George 38, No. 5 Woolwich 29

At St. George Jan. 11, the Dragons punched their ticket to the South Division finals with a nine-point win over the Wildcats. St. George led 6-4 after the first quarter, while Woolwich led 16-11 at halftime. The two squads were tied 23-23 after three quarters.

Seanna Montgomery led the Dragons with 19 points, while Jordan Beal added eight; Grace Cody, seven; and Cassie Evans, four.

Georgia Fisher led the Wildcats with eight points, while Katie Card added seven; Hannah Bailey, six; Kaylee Creamer, four; and Abby Vanderwerf and Taylor Rumery, two.

No. 1 Hope 56, No. 4 Searsport 22

At Hope Jan. 11, the undefeated Hawks flew past the Vikings, as the hosts led 14-4, 29-10 and 39-16 at the quarter breaks.

Keying the Hawks were Olivia Brown with 11 points; Mila Bonametti and Ella Powers, 10; Maddie Luce, nine; Maggie Blemaster and Sydney Gilbert, four; Kendra Merrill, three; and Tessa Whitley, two.

Hope made 5-of-12 free throws (42 percent) and Luce had the team's lone 3-pointer.

For Searsport, Casey Snow tallied eight points; Emma Speigel, six; Ava Knowles, four; and Libby Frazee and Laura Warman, two. The squad 2-of-4 foul shots (50 percent).

Boothbay 8th 45, Medomak 25

At Boothbay Jan. 11, the Wildcats pounced on the Riverhawks early and prevailed by 20 points. Boothbay led 11-2 after the first quarter and 26-6 at halftime.

Abby Lash scored 11 points for Medomak, while Belle Lafrance added six and Eliza Nelson, Gabby Baughman, Steph Morse and Emma Kunesh two.

Glory Blethen netted 21 points for Boothbay, while Rachel Gentry added nine; Haley Abbott, six; Kylie Brown, four; Jaelyn Crocker and Sydney Welch, two; and Abigail Little, one.

No. 4 Searsport 36, No. 5 Lincolnville 9

At Searsport Jan. 9, the Vikings scored more points in the first quarter than the Lynx did through all four and advanced to the next round of the playoffs. Searsport scored 14-2, 25-3 and 28-3 at the quarter breaks.

Casey Snow led Searsport with 18 points, while Kyla Perkins added eight; Emma Spiegel, six; and Felicia Stanhope and Ava Knowles, two.

Lily Clements scored four points for Lincolnville, while Bailey Curtis and Alley Johnson added two and Rose O’Brien one.

The Vikings were 2-of-4 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Lynx were 1-of-6 (17 percent).

Vinalhaven 42, St. George 36

At Vinalhaven Jan. 7, the Vikings prevailed by six points over the Dragons and managed a split of the back-to-back doubleheader. Vinalhaven led 14-10 after the first quarter, while St. George took a 26-24 lead at halftime. Vinalhaven retook a 33-32 lead after three quarters.

Drey Osgood and Shyanne Warren scored 14 points for the islanders, while Hope Cluff added 10 and Kaylee Grant and Maddie Miller two.

Ahlivia Morris led the Dragons with 10 points, while Maisie Mathiau, Allison Gill, Mila Mathiau, Anna Kingsbury and Audrey Leavitt added four and Amelia Murdock two.

The Vikings were 4-of-9 (44 percent) from the foul line, while the Dragons were 0-of-4.

St. George 40, Vinalhaven 30

At Vinalhaven Jan. 7, the Dragons netted a 10-point win over the islanders. The squads were tied 6-6 after the first quarter and 14-14 at halftime, while St. George led 26-21 after three quarters.

Ahlivia Morris scored 19 points for St. George, while Audrey Leavitt added 10; Anna Kingsbury, six; and Allison Gill, four; and Laura Olds, one.

Hope Cluff scored 21 points for Vinalhaven, while Kaylee Grant added four; Drey Osgood, three; and Shyanne Warren, two.

The Dragons were 1-of-2 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Vikings were 3-of-6 (50 percent).

Oceanside 8th 26, Troy Howard 19

At Thomaston Jan. 6, the Mariners netted a seven-point win over the Lions. Oceanside led 6-3, 10-7 and 16-11 at the quarter breaks.

Grace Woodman scored 15 points for the winners, while Katherine Freeman added three and Lydia Ross, Jessica Watkinson, Hayley Boynton and Olivia Daugherty two.

Madison Farris scored eight points for the Lions, while Kendahl Dow and Sarah Woods added four; Mitchell Lilly, two; and Hailee Lindelof, one.

The Mariners were 5-of-27 (18 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 1-of-7 (14 percent).

St. George 43, Searsport 40

At St. George Jan. 6, the Dragons bested the Vikings by three points. St. George led 15-13, 22-20 and 34-29 at the quarter breaks.

Audrey Leavitt scored 15 points for St. George, while Ahlivia Morris added 14; Anna Kingsbury, 10; and Laura Olds and Allison Gill, two.

Casey Snow poured in 29 points for Searsport, while Felicia Stanhope added six; Emma Spiegel, three; and Laura Warman, two.

The Dragons were 3-of-10 (30 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Vikings were 3-of-7 (43 percent).

St. George 38, Woolwich 23

At Woolwich Jan. 4, the Dragons finished the regular season unbeaten with a 15-point win over the Wildcats.

Grace Cody scored 12 points to pace the Dragons, while Seanna Montgomery aded 11; Leah Cushman, eight; Sophie Vigue, Jordan Beal and Noelle Delano, two; and Grace Young, one. Cushman also had 12 steals in the victory.

Katie Card led the Wildcats with six points, while Gillian Orff added five.

Boothbay 8th 47, Medomak 30

At Waldoboro Jan. 4, the Wildcats prevailed by 17 points over the Riverhawks. Boothbay led 12-2, 27-10 and 33-12 at the quarter breaks.

Abby Lash scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and “the entire MMS team worked hard during the game,” but ultimately could not overtake the mighty Wildcats.

Boys basketball

No. 2 Hope 52, No. 3 Vinalhaven 24

At Hope Jan. 13, the host Hawks rattled off 22 unanswered third quarter points to pull away from the Vikings and advance to the North Division finals. Hope led 13-6, 23-187 and 47-19 at the quarter breaks.

Zach Strout netted 16 points to pace Hope, while Ben Craft added 10; Westin DeWaard, eight; Addison Barnhill, six; Max Welt, five; Eben Fagonde, three; and Lincoln Pierce and Owen Cooper, two.

M.J. Augusto scored eight points for Vinalhaven, while Hunter Ames added five; Connor Lazaro, four; Sam Wentworth, three; and Robbie Swears and Riley Anthony, two.

No. 1 St. George 68, No. 3 Jefferson 53

At St. George Jan. 11, the Dragons netted a 15-point win over the Chargers. St. George led 16-7, 37-20 and 52-38 at the quarter breaks.

Sam Miller scored 22 points to lead St. George, while Obie Miller and Ethan Carballo added 10; Gavin Young, seven; Zach Upham and Hunter Rahkonen, six; Kyle Arey, four; and Liam O’Neal, three.

Justice Pierpont scored 13 points for Jefferson, while Wyatt Banks added 11; William Banks, nine; Joel Pitcher and Kody Larsen, five; and John Campbell and Gavin Pinkham, four.

The Dragons were 7-of-14 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Chargers were 7-of-39 (18 percent).

Medomak 8th 61, Boothbay 51

At Boothbay Jan. 11, the Riverhawks netted a 10-point win over the Wildcats.

Parker Morrison led the visitors with a 19-point effort, while Ethan Reed added 13; Brandon Starr, 10; Aiden Starr, six; Max Moody, five; Anthony York, three; Zach Winpenny and Kallon Mortensen, two; and Zach Sincyr, one.

Kaeden Ames scored 23 points for the Wildcats, while Kaleb Ames and Chris Hamblett added eight; Ben Pearce, seven; Deaken Harrington, three; and Sullivan Rice, two.

No. 4 Searsport 34, No. 5 Islesboro 21

At Searsport Jan. 9, the Vikings pulled away from the Eagles in the fourth quarter and advanced to the next round of the playoffs. Searsport led 5-2, 13-9 and 24-20 at the quarter breaks.

Gabe Kneeland scored 12 points for Searsport, while Josh Wright added seven; Cody Reynolds, six; Gage Ellis, four; Chase Brassbridge, three; and Hunter Treat, two.

Sam Jagger scored 10 points for Islesboro, while Mitiko Yeats added eight; Chase Cook, two; and Charlie Jagger, one.

The Vikings were 2-of-13 (15 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 6-of-16 (37 percent).

Troy Howard 8th 56, Camden-Rockport 34

At Belfast Jan. 9, the Lions made quick work of the visiting Schooners. Troy Howard led 23-8, 29-12 and 47-31 at the quarter breaks.

Chris Kelley poured in 22 points to lead the hosts, while Jason Bartlett added 10; Tanner Veilleux, nine; Tommy Walker, six; Chance Clark and Ethan Porter, four; and Ethan Hall, one.

Sam Moody scored 15 points for the Schooners, while Jeremy Fraser added 13 and Andrew Proscia and Aiden Schecter two.

Troy Howard was 4-of-11 (36 percent) from the charity stripe, while Camden-Rockport was 5-of-8 (62 percent).

Medomak 8th 63, Boothbay 57 (OT)

At Waldoboro Jan. 4, the Riverhawks pulled out an exciting overtime victory over the Wildcats. Boothbay led 15-13 after the first quarter, while the teams were tied 24-24 at halftime. Boothbay led 38-33 after three quarters before Medomak rallied to tie the game 52-52 at the end of regulation.

Brandon Starr pumped in 20 points to lead Medomak, while Kallon Mortensen added 10; Ethan Reed, Parker Morrison and Zach Sincyr, eight; Aiden Staples, four; and Isaiah Staples, Zach Cheesman and Zach Winpenny, two.

Kaeden Davis led Boothbay with 15 points, while Kaleb Ames added 14; Sully Rice, 11; Ben Pearce, nine; Deakon Harrington, seven; and Chris Hamblett and Fox Elder, two.

Medomak 7th 43, Boothbay 26

At Boothbay Jan. 4, the Riverhawks went on a 20-8 run in the second quarter and soared past the host Wildcats. Medomak led 13-10, 33-18 and 43-26 at the quarter breaks.

Jake Bickmore scored 20 points for the visitors, while Trevor Brown added 12; Addison Mellor, four; Isaac Hynd, three; and Ryan Jarvis, Jordan Luce-Warren, Jethro Pease and Garrett Hutchins, two.

Grant Swope scored 16 points for the hosts, while Jordan Carrier added 10 and Matthew Sullivan four.

Medomak coach Pat Delahanty said he “was pleased with the effort of all the young men” in the win and that “Charlie Casas, Colby Brown, Po Pfirrman and Aiden Sawyer contributed in the effort.”

Troy Howard 8th 67, Oceanside Blue 29

At Belfast Jan. 3, the Lions roared past the visiting Mariners. Troy Howard led 14-4, 28-12 and 53-22 at the quarter breaks.

Jason Bartlett scored 15 points to pace Troy Howard, while Chris Kelley added 12; Chase Sanders, 11; Tanner Veilleux, nine; Chance Clark, seven; Ethan Hall and Cole Martin, five; and Ethan Porter, two.

Aidan Munro scored nine points for Oceanside Blue, while Nathan Coombs added five; Alan Grindle, Finn Lynch and Nicholas Wall, four; and Ian Thumith, two.

The Lions were 21-of-43 (49 percent) from the foul line, while the Mariners were 6-of-11 (54 percent).

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

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