It is no secret among Midcoast high school followers that Camden Hills junior Tyler McFarland is the area’s most talented all-around basketball player. The fact that he was named the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B player of the year supports that notion.

But after leading the Windjammers to their second straight Eastern Class B championship Saturday, it seems the entire state is now taking notice.

For his exemplary play in the Eastern Class B playoffs, McFarland earned the William C. Warner most valuable player award for his play on the court with the Windjammers. It was McFarland’s second straight MVP honor in the regional tourney.

The Warner award, established in 1994, is named after the former Bangor Daily News sports editor and reporter of the same name. The publication also distributes a girls tourney most valuable player award, named after Owen Osbourne, another former sports editor and reporter.

Eastern Maine all-tournament teams were selected by a vote of media, tournament personnel and representatives of the Maine Principals’ Association.

McFarland highlights the Eastern Class B boys squad, which was loaded with outstanding Midcoast student-athletes. Windjammer Keegan Pieri, along with Medomak Valley’s Alex MacKenzie, Mount View’s Michael Cochrane and Ellsworth’s Ryan Petros also made the all-tourney team.

Rockland’s Chris Nolan, Camden Hills’ Joel Gabriele and Mount View’s Jason Hughes were named as honorable mentions, along with Ellsworth’s Andrew Austin and Presque Isle’s Travis Dyer.

The 6-foot-5-inch McFarland was outstanding for the Windjammers in his junior campaign, netting 15 points in the quarterfinal against No. 9 Mount Desert Island, 23 in their semifinal win over No. 5 Medomak Valley and 18 against No. 2 Ellsworth in the regional final. He also averaged just over 10 rebounds, along with four blocked shots.

Pieri, a 6-5 junior guard, also had his fair share of success on the auditorium floor in the Eastern Class B tournament. Through three games, Pieri averaged 12.3 points, netting eight against No. 9 MDI, 15 against No. 5 Medomak Valley and eight more against No. 2 Ellsworth.

MacKenzie, a 6-2 senior forward, played well and was the top scorer for the Panthers in their two playoff games. MacKenzie scored 15 points in their opening round upset of No. 4 Presque Isle and dropped 14 on top-seeded Camden Hills in the semifinals.

Cochrane, a 6-2 senior forward, stepped up and was an integral part of the Mustangs’ game plan in their two tournament games. Cochrane poured in a game-high 21 points to help the No. 3 Mustangs knock off No. 6 Old Town, and scored eight points in their semifinal loss to second-seeded Ellsworth.

Nolan, a 5-11 senior guard, had just one game to make a statement, but did just that in No. 10 Rockland’s opening playoff loss to No. 2 Ellsworth. Nolan poured in 28 points in the loss, which helped him eclipse the 1,000-point mark for his high school basketball career.

Gabriele, a 6-0 junior guard, has played a big role for Camden Hills thus far in the postseason. Gabriele, the Windjammers’ sixth man, averaged 10.6 points through three games in the Eastern Class B playoffs. He netted 10 points in their opening round win over MDI, eight in their semifinal victory over Medomak Valley and 14 in the regional final against Ellsworth.

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