High school basketball

Three Midcoast seniors to play in McDonald's Games

Panther Murray, Windjammer Knowlton Mr., Miss Maine Basketball semifinalists
By Staff | Feb 22, 2013

Bangor — The 25th annual Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games will include three Midcoast student-athletes, who will play on the hardwood for the final time representing their respective schools.

Camden Hills' Jordan Knowlton will play for the Classes A/B East girls squad, while Medomak Valley's John Murray and Camden Hills' Connor Hart will play for the Classes A/B East boys squad.

The games are slated for Saturday, March 9 at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University. The event will feature head-to-head action from the top high school senior basketball players in the state in East versus West regional action.

The A/B East boys will face the A/B West boys at 11 a.m., while the A/B East girls will face the A/B West girls at 12:45 p.m.

The C/D East girls also will face the C/D West girls at 2:30 p.m., while the C/D East boys will face the C/D West boys at 9:15 a.m.

Knowlton and Murray also were tabbed with individual achievements as Knowlton was named as one of 10 semifinalists for Miss Maine Basketball, while Murray was named as one of 10 semifinalists for Mr. Maine Basketball.

The honors are given to the top two senior high school basketball players in the state.

Knowlton and Murray recently were tabbed first-team all-conference by the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference's Class B division.

Murray was anointed the conference's Class B player of the year, while Knowlton amassed 1,532 career points in her four-year career at Camden Hills, earning her the distinction of the school's top all-time points leader for boys and girls.

Hart was also a first team all-conference selection.

Also among the girls semifinalists for Miss Maine Basketball are Leavitt's Kristen Anderson, Presque Isle's Chandler Guerette, Cony's Josie Lee, Dexter's Lauren Crane, Gorham's Kristen Ross, Lake Region's Sydney Hancock, Orono's Jillian Woodward and York's Emily Campbell.

Also among the boys semifinalists for Mr. Maine Basketball are Falmouth's Charlie Fay, Boothbay's Anthony DiMauro, Edward Little's Quin Leary, Forest Hills' Evan Worster, Jonesport Beal's Garet Beal, Lawrence's Spencer Carey, Old Town's Garrett Libby, Washburn's Mitchell Worcester and York's Aaron Todd.

The six finalists — three boys and three girls — will be announced at the conclusion of the state basketball tournaments, while the two individual winners will be announced at the all-star banquet on Friday, March 8, the night before the games.

The all-star players, all-star coaches, members of the All-State academic teams, regional foul shooting Champions, Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award recipients and the MABC Contributor and Media Award honorees also will be recognized at the awards banquet.

Belfast's Courtney Drinkwater and Camden Hills' Alex Crans also made the McDonald's All-State academic teams. Both were also KVAC all-academic selections.

The March 9 game day schedule includes:

8:30 to 9 a.m. — State foul-shooting championships.

9:15 to 10:30 a.m. — Boys C/D game.

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. — Slam dunk contest.

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Boys A/B game

12:15 to 12:30 p.m. — MABC presentations.

12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Girls A/B game.

2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. — Three-point shooting competition.

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. — Girls C/D game.

Tickets for the games are $8 for adults and $5 for children and are good for all four games.

For more information, go online to mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org.

The 2013 all-star games marks McDonald’s 25th consecutive year as lead sponsor of this event. Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine. Last year’s all-star weekend raised more than $17,500 for the charities.

RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since its founding in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $2 million to local children’s programs that make a measurable impact in our communities. More information is available at rmhcmaine.org.

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

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