One-hundred and 36 games. Thirty-one hours. Six gymnasiums. Four divisions. One dream.

There is nothing quite like the Great Harbor House Shootout, held last weekend for the 19th consecutive year in what has become one of the Acadia Region’s most exciting athletic events.

The three-day basketball tournament, which showcased 73 teams this year, is presented and created by Harbor House Community Service Center and gives youngsters the opportunity to compete against some of the other top hoop programs in the state.

“It’s a great event and the kids love it because they get to play against teams they wouldn’t ordinarily play against,” said Harbor House Event Manager Diana Novella. “When you’re in a certain location you usually play against all the same teams so you know what you’re expecting.”

Novella added that the event doubles as the largest fundraiser of the year for the Harbor House sports programs and proved that again this year, raising more than $23,000.

“I think overall it went really well,” Novella said. “We had 73 teams [and] everyone was happy. It’s always fun, and next year will be even better because it will be our 20th anniversary.”

Division games were played in five locations, including the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island Elementary School, Trenton Consolidated School, Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor and the Ellsworth Middle School. There are two gyms at the Ellsworth Middle School.

Novella added that the tournament is indeed a marathon, but at the end of the weekend the efforts prove to be worth it each year.

“It’s three days and 136 games of basketball,” she said. “People love it. They come from everywhere, it’s a huge boost to the economy, which is great this time of year, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a huge tournament to put on, but it’s totally worth it in the end when the kids are just ecstatic that all day they just get to play basketball.”

The event is an economic boom to the Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities. Athletes, coaches and thousands of fan  descend on Mount Desert Island and surrounding areas for the event.

What began in 1992 with seven boys teams of junior high school-aged players has grown to become “Maine’s premier postseason basketball tournament,” Novella said. It is a mini March Madness for the state’s young hoopsters.

The Midcoast had a handful of teams participating throughout the four divisions: Division 1 (high school boys), Division 2 (high school girls), Division 3 (junior high boys) and Division 4 (junior high girls).

Teams from Camden Hills, Oceanside (Rockland and Georges Valley), Medomak Valley, Belfast and Mount View all took part in the tournament, with both Camden Hills boys and girls high school squads advancing to the tournament finals. Both teams were downed in their respective final games.

The Division 1 finals saw Hampden defeat Camden Hills 76-59, while the Division 2 finals saw Presque Isle post a 69-59 win over Camden Hills. The Division 3 finals saw Central Maine Explosion, a Winslow-based team, defeat Hampden 69-43, while the Division 4 finals saw Presque Isle nip MDI 54-51.

The following is a recap of the Midcoast squads’ trips through the tournament. Team rosters were included for teams that provided the information:

The Camden Hills high school boys, competing in Division 1, went undefeated through their bracket and advanced to the finals, where they dropped a 76-59 decision to Hampden. Camden Hills defeated Lawrence, Medomak Valley, Central Aroostook, Penquis and Central Aroostook a second time to advance to the tournament finals.

Team members for Camden Hills were Adam Carlsen, Kyle Olehnik, Andrew Flanagan, Taylor Hall, Chris Brown, Connor Hart, Caleb McFarland, Alex Crans, Colin Morse and Chandler Crans. The team was coached by Dan Gabriele.

The Oceanside high school boys, competing in Division I, went 0-2 in the tourney, dropping decisions to both John Bapst and the Downeast Heat.

Team members for Oceanside included Isaiah Stone-Patterson, Shea Davenport, Hunter Grindle, David Harrison, Bronson Philbrick, Jacob Butman, Matt Zable, David Gould and J.T. Tobin. The team was coached by Larry Reed.

The Medomak Valley high school boys, competing in Division 1, went 2-2 in the tourney, winning their first game over Houlton before falling to Camden Hills. Medomak Valley then went on to defeat Mount View before being eliminated from the tournament by Ellsworth.

Team members for Medomak Valley were Isaac Greenrose, Alex Greenrose, Shane Osier, John Murray, Deering Genthner, Robbie Griffin, Brandon Soper, Will Dow, Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet and Ryan Ripley. The team was coached by Troy Smith.

The Camden Hills high school girls, competing in Division 2, made a run to the finals, while also falling in the championship round. Camden Hills earned a 51-33 victory over Corinth, upended Twin City Magic 60-49, defeated Dexter 40-26 and again defeated Twin City Magic 66-60, advancing to the finals against Presque Isle. Camden Hills dropped a 69-59 decision to Presque Isle in the championship.

Team members for Camden Hills were Taylor Porter, Emma Young, Marina French, Jackay Richards, Addie Drinkwater, Laura Johanson, Sarah Steele, Jordan Knowlton, Cailand Sweeting, Megan Legage and Kristina Alex. The team was coached by Kurt Drinkwater and assisted by Jim French.

The Oceanside high school girls, competing in Division 2, went 3-2 in the tournament, winning their first game and going on a three-game win streak before being knocked out. Oceanside fell 39-28 to the Lincoln Sparks, defeated the Lady Knights 42-41, upended Mount View 43-17, defeated the Lady Bucks 52-38 and were eliminated by the Raiders 60-42.

Team members for Oceanside were Payton Billingsley, Emily Gould, Brooke Dugan, Kennadi Grover, Hannah Plourde, Phoebe Ferraiolo,, Casey Carroll, Jill Bradbury, Hannah Lacasse and Emma Davis The team was coached by Greg Gould and assisted by Greg Billingsley

The Mount View high school girls, competing in Division 2, went 0-2 in the tourney, falling 55-25 to the Raiders and were eliminated by Oceanside 43-17.

The Belfast junior high boys, competing in Division 3, defeated MDI “A” 42-41, fell to Coastal Hoops 56-36 and were eliminated by Houlton 48-21.

The Camden-Rockport junior high boys, competing in Division 3, fell 66-39 to Houlton, defeated Houlton Black 66-44 and were eliminated by the Schoodic Celtics 47-31.

The Camden Hills junior high girls, competing in Division 4, fell 61-35 to the Lincoln Firecrackers and were eliminated by Northern Force 46-27.

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