While two Rockland District Middle School basketball teams experienced unbeaten crowning achievements Saturday, another Eagle squad had to settle for finishing the campaign with one small blemish on its record.

No matter, because all three Eagle squads were caught up in the emotion and elation that comes with starting a season with championship aspirations and, through hard work, dedication and talent, fulfilling those dreams with a glorious title run.

On Saturday at Boothbay Region Elementary School, the RDMS boys and girls seventh-grade teams capped unbeaten Busline League large school championship seasons, while the RDMS girls eighth-grade squad also shot its way to a league crown, finishing with just one loss.

The Eagle seventh-grade boys were pushed to the limit by Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro and the Eagle seventh-grade girls grabbed the early momentum to outdistance Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast. In the third game of the day, the RDMS girls eighth graders also outlasted Medomak.

In the boys seventh-grade game, the first of four title clashes Saturday, No. 1 Rockland (15-0) rallied in the fourth quarter to nip No. 2 Medomak (13-3) 46-43.

In the girls seventh-grade game, No. 1 Rockland (15-0) beat No. 2 Troy Howard (12-4) 46-36.

In the girls eighth-grade game, No. 1 Rockland (12-1) bested No. 2 Medomak (10-3) 41-35.

In the eighth-grade boys game, No. 1 Boothbay (13-0) defeated No. 2 Wiscasset (10-3) 53-50 in overtime.

Boys seventh-grade game

Medomak did not make the Eagles’ finishing touches on a sensational campaign easy. In fact, RDMS had to rally in the fourth quarter to nip the Riverhawks. The game was tight throughout, including tied 13-13 and 19-19 at the first two quarter breaks. It appeared the Riverhawks might pull off the upset when they took a 37-28 advantage after three quarters.

However, the Eagles outscored MMS 18-9 over the final eight minutes to secure the title.

Nick Mazurek poured in 25 points to pace the Eagles, while Keenan Hendricks added five; and Nick Tinker, Christian Straka, Riley Sprague and Thomas Curtis, all four. RDMS netted 7-of-13 free throws (54 percent).

For MMS, Nick DePatsy tossed in 18 points; Zach Starr, 16; Jackson Vail, four; Owen Gilbert, three; and Ollie Brown two. The Riverhawks made 8-of-13 foul shots (62 percent).

Team members for the Busline League champion Eagles include Josh Luttrell, Jerod Hews, Jacob Bartlett, Sprague, Straka, Isiah Greene, Tinker, Hendricks, Mazurek, Curran Grant and Curtis. RDMS is coached by Keenan Flanagan and assisted by Chris Roman.

Team members for the Busline League runners-up from MMS include Tucker Prescott, Dylan Smith, Nick McCauliffe, Daniel Bubar, Riley McCollett, Brown, Cortland Fisher, Starr, Brady Luce, Sheldon Laveway, DePatsy, Gilbert, Vail and Gavin Black.The Riverhawks are coached by Pat Delahanty.

Girls seventh-grade game

The Eagle swooped to a 16-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back. RDMS led 30-16 at halftime and 33-26 after three quarters. The young Lions made a strong push in the third quarter but were outscored 13-10 over the final eight minutes en route to a 10-point loss.

Leading RDMS were Meghan McGonagle with 12 points; Ari Curtis, 11; Abigail Lacasse, nine; Krisandra McNichol, six; Brianna Dugan, five; and Rebecca Boggs, three. The Eagles made 8-of-18 free throws (44 percent).

For Troy Howard, Mariah Sturgis scored 10 points; Breann Cummings, nine; Anna Simmons, eight; Kelci Faulkingham, Hannah Nichols and Alexis Racioppi, all two; and Kasey McLeod, one. The Lions made 13-of-27 foul shots (48 percent).

Team members for the Busline League champion Eagles include Clara Feltus, Lily Butler, Mariah Harris, Cassie Curtis, Dugan, Boggs, McNichol, McGonagle, Rachel Philbrook, Autumn Keene, Sydney Gustafson, LaCasse, Casey Cross, Curtis and Kim Davis. RDMS is coached by Dan McNichol and assisted by Danielle McNichol.

Team members for the Busline League runners-up from Troy Howard include Hannah Richards, Cummings, Lindsay Blood, Sturgis, Rayahnna Luther, Rainey Knowlton, Faulkingham, Nichols, Simmons, Racioppi, Kennadee Baker, Nicole Warren, Kaylee Parker, McLeod and Lydia Violette. The Lions are coached by Stan Sturgis.

Girls eighth-grade game

The Eagles used a 14-4 first-quarter burst to grab the momentum and held off a late charge by the Riverhawks en route to a six-point win. RDMS led 14-4, 25-16 and 33-24 at the quarter breaks.

Keying the Eagles were Emily Gould with 15 points, including 5-of-5 free throws; Payton Billingsley and Ashley Gardner, both eight; Audra Raymond, four; and Jackie Thorbjornson, Ashley Pezanowski and Maria Rosa, all two. The Eagles made 5-of-12 free throws (42 percent).

For MMS, Hannah Marks netted 13 points; Lexi Genthner, six; Sophie Cohen, six; Maggie Cox, four; and Justice Barrows, Hannah Heald and Delaney Overlock, all two. The Riverhawks sank 9-of-15 free throws (60 percent).

Team members for the Busline League champion Eagles include Gould, Billingsley, Janelle Fowlie, Kasey Buretta, Brittany Rytky, Jordan Carpenter, Ashley Gardner, Thorbjornson, Williams, Alexx Chase, Audrey Raymond, Amanda Hoppe, Rosa, Pezanowski and Katelyn Keesler. The Eagles are coached by Greg Gould and assisted by Greg Billingsley.

Team members for the Busline League runners-up from MMS include Marks, Cox, Emma Ells, Cece Luce, Barrows, Heald, Aidan Skov, Genthner, Overlock and Sophie Cohen. The Riverhawks are coached by Joel Lufkin.

Boys eighth-grade game

Wiscasset led 14-8 after the first eight minutes and 20-14 at intermission, while Boothbay narrowed its deficit to 30-26 after three quarters. The two teams then experienced their highest scoring output of the game in the fourth, with the score knotted at 46-46 at the end of regulation. The Wildcats outscored the Warriors 7-4 over the final four minutes of overtime to pull out the victory.

John Hepburn led Boothbay with 24 points, while Evan Hepburn added 16; Joseph DiMauro, seven; and A. Dickinson, five.

For Wiscasset, Travis Padilla tossed in 18 points, while Daren Wood added 10; J.D. Souza and James Chamberlain, both six; Tom Anderson and Dylan McMahon, both four; and Matt Craig, two.

The Wildcats were 11-of-20 (55 percent) from the foul line, while Wiscasset finished 4-of-5 (80 percent).

Team members for the Busline League champions from Boothbay include Nick Burge, Andrew Blackman, Evan Hepburn, Andrew Hawke, Colin Thompson, DiMauro, Nick Kilgus, Tristan Mercier, John Hepburn, Dickinson, Keegan Arsenault and Zach Vise. The Wildcats are coached by Jason Lorrain.

Team members for the Busline League runners-up from Wiscasset include Souza, Mason Whitaker, Jacob Allen, Anderson, Wood, Craig, Padilla, McMahon, Cainin Griffin, Mike Stewart, Ridge Barnes, Brandon Colby and James Chamberlain. The Warriors are coached by Bob Sommers.

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