Vinalhaven girls recognized at Midcoast High School Senior Basketball ShowcaseVikings look to bring gold ball back across Penobscot Bay to show off to Midcoast
Waldoboro — The state Class D champion Vinalhaven girls basketball team will be recognized between games during the Courier Publications/VillageSoup/VStv Midcoast High School Senior Basketball Showcase on Saturday, March 18 at Medomak Valley High School.
A handful of Vikings, and one coach, will make the trip across Penobscot Bay that day to attend the event and be recognized.
Among those who expected to attend are Hannah Newton, Cheyenne Bickford, Paige Dennison and Déja Doughty, along with coach Sam Bickford.
Tickets for the senior showcase event are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children ages 5-and-younger are admitted free.
Tickets to attend both games can be purchased at the two 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); or online at midcoastbasketballshowcase.brownpapertickets.com.
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 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.
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.
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.
After the pool of 20 boys and 20 girls were selected from the seniors on all the teams in the area, Ken Waltz and Mark Haskell of Courier Publications/VillageSoup/Vstv drafted "their" squads, as they did in the first year of the event. Thus, there again are two Waltz teams and two Haskell teams.
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. 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, Knowlton, Dostie and Laslavic are the starters. Montgomery 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 Hamilton 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.
All participating girls will meet for team photos, shirt distribution and practice on Saturday, March 18 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at MVHS.
All participating 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.
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