Team tweaks, coaches help fill rosters for March 18 senior showcaseTickets available online at midcoastbasketballshowcase.brownpapertickets.com; by calling 594-4401
Waldoboro — As the event quickly approaches, tweaks have made to the rosters for the second annual Midcoast High School Senior Basketball Showcase on Saturday, March 18 at Medomak Valley High School.
The rosters for the event, hosted by Courier Publications/VillageSoup/VStv, have needed to be somewhat fluid due to some invited players unable to participate for a variety of reasons, most notably a rash of injuries.
And the injury bug has hit even after the season ended and before the senior showcase event tips off.
Two players, both from Belfast, Rainey Knowlton and Ian Snowdeal, are now unable to play due to recent injuries, while, in a positive development, Cody Hamilton, a 1,000-point scorer from Vinalhaven, who originally was unable to play, now can join the fun.
Additionally, to fill out the girls squads decimated by injuries and by players unable to participate for other reasons, three Oceanside coaches — Sam Bragg, Gabe Duke and Ashley Geel — will come out of "retirement" to play a little hoops with the youngsters.
The girls game will begin at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30 p.m. There will be 3-point contests at halftime of the games. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Tickets, which are $5 for adults and $3 for students (children ages 5-and-younger are admitted free), to attend both games will be on sale at the morning practices and at the door the night of the event.
Tickets also can be purchased at the Courier Publications/VillageSoup offices: The Courier-Gazette/The Camden Herald in Rockland (Breakwater Marketplace, 91 Camden St., Suite 403, Rockland, telephone 207-594-4401) and The Republican Journal (156 High Street, Belfast, telephone 207-338-3333).
Additionally, tickets can be purchased online at midcoastbasketballshowcase.brownpapertickets.com.
Players were invited to participate by the Courier Publications/VillageSoup/VStv sports staff, after consultation with area coaches. Student-athletes are mixed and paired with volunteer coaches for the games.
The boys coaches will be Matt Breen of Oceanside and Dave Pepin of Searsport. The girls coaches will be Molly Bishop of Oceanside and Marty Messer of Belfast.
The players were "drafted" for teams by Ken Waltz and Mark Haskell of Courier Publications/VillageSoup/VStv.
The boys invited to participate include: Medomak Valley's Cale Gee, Kyle Donlin, Cameron Allaire, Cameron Martin and Zidane McMurrin; Oceanside's Nate Raye, Sam Atwood and Josef Berger; Searsport's Barrett Grant; Camden Hills' Devin Vangel and Morgan Ford; Islesboro's John Gotham and Avery Grindle; Belfast's Zane Bielenberg, Garrett Hamlin, Nolan Woods and Ian Snowdeal; Vinalhaven's Cody Hamilton and Max Stanley; and Mount View's Devon Davis, Joey Danna, Colby Furrow and Kalvin Croteau.
The girls invited to participate include: Medomak Valley's Amber Hagin and Chelsea Ripley; Oceanside's Jillian Brooks, Alexis Mazurek, Elise Laslavic and Haley Montgomery; Islesboro's Jazmyne Schoppe; Camden Hills' Charlotte Messer, Mara Dostie, Emily Morse and Julia Holt; Belfast's Rainey Knowlton and Hannah Richards; Mount View's Halle Reynolds; Vinalhaven's Rosanna Morel; and Searsport's Karigen Coffin, Paige Ireland, Meghan Grant and Madison Philbrick.
While there were plenty of senior boys who played ball this winter from Searsport to Waldoboro, and the islands, ultimately, there were were only 19 senior girls available for 20 potential spots (10 per team).
After injuries to a number of girls, the pool was whittled to a smaller number, thus the reason coaches were recruited to fill reserve roles.
The White teams, the hosts, will represent Waltz and the Blue, Haskell's visitors.
The following are the teams, player combinations and coaches for this year's games:
Waltz girls: Ripley, Brooks, Mazurek, Messer, Morse, Holt, Richards, Reynolds, Grant and Philbrick. Bishop will coach the team. Brooks, Messer, Reynolds, Ripley and Holt are the starters. Bragg will join this team. Mazurek and Richards are unable to play.
Haskell girls: Hagin, Laslavic, Montgomery, Schoppe, Dostie, Knowlton, Morel, Coffin and Ireland. Messer will coach the team. Coffin, Ireland, Hagin, Dostie and Laslavic are the starters. Geel and Duke will join this team. Montgomery, Knowlton and Morel are unable to play.
Waltz boys: Donlin, McMurrin, Raye, Atwood, Ford, Gotham, Grindle, Snowdeal, Hamilton, Davis, Furrow and Croteau. Breen will coach the team. Donlin, Raye, Davis, Furrow and Atwood are the starters. Ford and Snowdeal are unable to play.
Haskell boys: Gee, Allaire, Martin, Berger, Grant, Vangel, Bielenberg, Hamlin, Woods, Stanley and Danna. Pepin will coach the team. Allaire, Martin, Grant, Vangel and Bielenberg are the starters.
Breen and Pepin are the boys coaches at their schools. Bishop is the athletic director at Oceanside and former girls coach at several schools, most notably Richmond. Messer coaches the Belfast boys, but has coached girls teams in the past.
All girls will meet for team photos, shirt distribution and practice on Saturday, March 18 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at MVHS.
All boys will meet for team photos, shirt distribution and practice on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at MVHS.
There also will be 3-point shooting contests at halftime of the games. There will be five girls and five boys who will shoot. They will toss up five shots from three spots behind the arc, with each made basket counting for one point and the final ball in each rack being worth two points. Each player has one minute to shoot all 15 balls. The players who will participate in the event will be determined at the morning practices on Saturday, March 18 at MVHS.
The national anthem will be sung that night by Medomak Valley High School students: Seniors Juno Buendia and Richard Kinney, juniors Hailie Brown and Rose Hickey and sophomores Allison Lupien and Emily Lupien.
The lead sponsor of the event is Bangor Savings Bank, 73 Camden Street in Rockland. KDK (screen printing, embroidery and signs), 33 Shepard Drive in Thomaston is the apparel sponsor of the event.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the participating schools' athletic departments and used for a variety of sports program needs.
A printed program that includes photos of all the players, coaches and officials, along with statistical and other information, will be available at the games and appear inside the March 16 editions of The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal newspapers.