Though the Searsport District High School boys junior varsity basketball squad did not win any championships or even as many games as the players would have liked, they seemed to have a strong season. The Vikings ended with a 2-13 record but, according to their coach, played strong and learned valuable skills.

“They were a great group of kids with a real good work ethic and played very hard,” said Searsport coach Jim McGinn, who also is the school’s athletic director. “I thought it was a real good season overall. We definitely showed improvement throughout the season.”

The team, including swing players who played both jayvee and varsity, included juniors Allen Connor, Alex Webster and Ben Bucklin; sophomores Will Noble, Jason Brooks, Robbie Coulombe, Theo Leblanc and Forrest Pacholski; and freshmen Chas Evans, Zach Beaudry, Jordan Bleakney, Josh Powell, Jacob Bucklin, Jacob Keniston, Buddy Ellis, Austin Bean and James Harvey.

McGinn said the young team started out simply learning the pace of high school basketball but ended up well beyond. “It took them a while to understand the pace of the game, but over the season they did and they responded and we improved day to day, which is all I could ask for,” he said.

Ellis, who also played on the varsity, was the team’s top scorer by averaging 11 points and Bean, also a varsity swing players, was the team’s top rebounder.

McGinn also recognized Beaudry because he “played very solid defensively for us all season.”

Even though McGinn admitted the Vikings’ two victories were satisfying, he said perhaps his team’s best game was a 34-32 loss at Bangor Christian. He said that game stood out because of the high caliber of play from both the winners and the Vikings.

“We played very well and all of our kids contributed, which is what made it such a real good game,” he said. “And if they didn’t contribute offensively, they contributed defensively.”

The coach also said the Vikings all put in top efforts and played as a strong unit throughout the season.

“They played very well together; they were very familiar with each other,” he said. “I thought they were good teammates to one another and they were certainly a great group of kids. Just a real nice group of young men.”

Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick Freudenberger can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.