Searsport District High School hosted a preseason basketball tournament Saturday with three boys teams participating in the post-Thanksgiving hoopla.

North Haven, Central of East Corinth and the host Vikings squared off in three games, with Searsport defeating both the Hawks and Red Devils to finish first in the round robin tourney. North Haven went 1-1 and Central 0-2.

Both Searsport and Central play in Class C, while North Haven toils in Class D.

The end of the tourney saw the Searsport girls face off against visiting Islesboro. A girls tourney was scheduled for Nov. 25 with the Vikings, Eagles and Calvary Christian of Turner, but the event was canceled because at least one of the teams could not attend. Thus, the Eagles made the jaunt to SDHS Saturday to salvage one game.

The following is a recap of the boys tourney, as well as information on the Searsport and Islesboro girls contest:


Searsport 66, North Haven 37 … The host Vikings distanced themselves from the visiting Hawks in the first quarter and cruised to the victory. Searsport led 15-6 after the first quarter before taking a 35-17 advantage at halftime and 52-28 after three quarters.

Milton Jones paced the Vikings with 19 points, while Will Hutcheson added 14; Buddy Ellis, 11; Dillan Moody, seven; Jake Powell, six; Jake Keniston, five; and Austin Bean, four.

For the Hawks, Riley Venger poured in 14 points, while Zeb Campbell and Ethan Mao each added six; Chayse MacDonald, four; Aidan Emerson, three; and Easton Adams and Dalton Hornby, both two.

The Vikings were 3-of-4 (75 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Hawks were 6-of-12 (50 percent).

North Haven 26, Central 25 … The Hawks trailed by one point heading into the final quarter against the Red Devils, but outscored the opposition 10-8 over the final eight minutes to squeak out a win against Class C Central. The Hawks led 7-4 after the first quarter and 11-10 at halftime, while the Red Devils took a 17-16 lead after three quarters.

Venger scored 14 points to lead North Haven, while Zeb Campbell added eight and Gabe McKenzie and Ethan Mao, both two.

For Central, Chris Borwnell netted 11 points, while Hunter Campbell added nine; Brandon Buzzell and Dylan Moore, each two; and Brady Bubar, one.

The Hawks were 2-of-6 (33 percent) from the foul line, while the Red Devils were 4-of-12 (30 percent).

Searsport 43, Central 21 … The Vikings won the first game of the day and did so in convincing fashion against visiting Central. Searsport led 13-5, 24-9 and 35-15 at the breaks.

Hutcheson led the Viking charge with 13 points, while Ellis added 12; Jones, 10; Jake Powell, four; and Forrest Pacholski and Moody, each two.

For the Red Devils, Campbell netted six points, while Moore added five; Buzzell and Brownell, both four; and Ben Brewer, two.

Searsport netted 4-of-11 (36 percent) free throw attempts, while Central converted 5-of-10 (50 percent).


Islesboro 32, Searsport 29 … While the first half was a back-and-forth affair between Vikings and Eagles, the islanders outscored the hosts 15-6 in the third quarter and held on for the three-point victory. The game was knotted 5-5 after the first quarter and 11-11 at halftime.

Leading the Eagles were Autumn Johnson with 16 points, while Allana Govoni and Eleanor Snyder each added five; Krystal Randlett, four; and Eleanor Snyder, two.

For Searsport, Briana Grant netted 11 points, while Libby Lane added eight; Dana Cook, five; Allison Walker, three; and Rochelle Stone, two.

The Eagles were 5-of-13 (36 percent) from the foul line, while the Vikings converted 3-of-8 (37 percent).

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