The Busline League middle school large school regular season concluded Jan. 4 as teams with championship aspirations gear up for what promises to be an exciting postseason in the coming days.

The preliminary round of the playoffs are slated to begin Friday, Jan. 6, with the quarterfinals either Saturday, Jan. 7 or Monday, Jan. 9; semifinals, Wednesday, Jan. 11; and the championships Saturday, Jan. 14 at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

On Jan. 14, the seventh-grade girls championship game will be at 10 a.m. and the eighth-grade girls title clash at noon. The seventh-grade boys championship contest is set for  2 p.m., while the eighth-grade boys final will be at 4 p.m.

The final regular-season standings were:

Eighth-grade boys — Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro, 10-0; Oceanside Blue of Thomaston/Rockland, 8-2; Wiscasset Middle School, 8-2; Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast, 6-4; Oceanside White of Thomaston/Rockland, 5-5; Boothbay Region Elementary School, 4-6; Searsport District Middle School, 2-8; Camden-Rockport Middle School, 2-8; and Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, 0-10.

Seventh-grade boys — Medomak, 9-0; Troy Howard, 7-2; Wiscasset, 7-2; Boothbay, 6-3; Camden-Rockport, 3-6; Rockland District Middle School, 3-6; Thomaston Grammar School, 1-8; and Great Salt Bay, 0-9.

Eighth-grade girls Medomak, 9-1; Oceanside Blue, 9-1; Troy Howard, 8-2; Boothbay, 6-4; Searsport, 5-5; Oceanside White, 3-7; Great Salt Bay, 3-7; Camden-Rockport, 1-9; and Wiscasset, 0-10.

Seventh-grade girls — Great Salt Bay, 9-0; Rockland, 8-1; Thomaston, 6-3; Boothbay, 5-4; Camden-Rockport, 5-4; Medomak, 2-7; Troy Howard, 1-8; and Wiscasset, 1-9.

The upcoming playoff games, with times and venues included where available, are:

Eighth-grade boys — No. 9 Great Salt Bay at No. 8 Camden-Rockport, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. (prelim game); No. 9 Great Salt Bay/No. 8 C-R winner at Medomak Middle School, Jan. 9 (quarterfinal); No. 7 Searsport at No. 2 Oceanside Blue, Jan. 9 at 3:45 p.m. (Oceanside West, quarterfinal); No. 6 Boothbay at No. 3 Wiscasset (quarterfinal); and No. 5 Oceanside White at Troy Howard, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. (quarterfinal).

Seventh-grade boys — No. 8 Great Salt Bay at No. 1 Medomak Middle School, Jan. 9 (quarterfinal); No. 7 Thomaston Grammar School at No. 2 Troy Howard, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. (quarterfinal); No. 6 Rockland at No. 3 Wiscasset, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. (quarterfinal); and No. 5 Camden-Rockport at No. 4 Boothbay, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. (quarterfinal).

Eighth-grade girls — No. 9 Wiscasset at No. 8 Camden-Rockport, Jan. 6 at 3:30 p.m. (prelim); Wiscasset/C-R winner at Medomak Middle School, Jan. 9 (quarterfinal); No. 7 Great Salt Bay at No 2 Oceanside Blue, Jan. 9 at 5:15 p.m. (Oceanside West, quarterfinal); No. 6 Oceanside White at No. 3 Troy Howard, Jan. 9 at 3:30 p.m. (quarterfinal); and No. 5 Searsport at No. 4 Boothbay, Jan. 9 (quarterfinal).

Seventh-grade girls — No. 8 Wiscasset at No. 1 Great Salt Bay, Jan. 9 (quarterfinal); No. 7 Troy Howard at No. 2 Rockland, Jan. 9 at 3:45 p.m. (Rockland District Middle School, quarterfinal); No. 6 Medomak Middle School at No. 3 Thomaston Grammar School, Jan. 9 at 3:45 p.m. (Thomaston Grammar School, quarterfinal); and No. 5 Camden-Rockport at No. 4 Boothbay, Jan. 9 at 3:45 p.m. (quarterfinal).

Results from the final games of the regular season are as follows:

Girls basketball

Medomak 8th 45, Oceanside Blue 44 … At Thomaston Jan. 2, the Riverhawks rallied from a 20-point deficit to stun the host Mariners in a thrilling game that went down to the final seconds. Oceanside Blue led 12-8 after the first quarter and 30-10 at halftime, while the Riverhawks rallied and trailed 38-26 after three quarters. The Riverhawks then outscored the Mariners 19-6 over the final eight minutes to pull out the victory.

“This was the most exciting game I have ever been a part of,” said MMS coach Matthew Norton. “The girls really showed character by never giving up even when they had 20 points stacked against them. I knew they were a lot more talented then they played in the first half. I asked them to turn that game time switch on and they did. They really stepped up and they won the biggest game of their regular season.”

“You can tell from the score it was a tale of two halves,” said Oceanside Blue coach Greg Gould. “We controlled the first half and Medomak controlled the second. Their pressure in the second half gave us fits. We had a really hard time breaking their [fullcourt pressure defense]. I thought our bench players did a good job coming in late in the game against their pressure.”

Sophie Cohen led the Riverhawks with 16 points, while Maggie Cox added nine; Justice Barrows, eight; Ariel Haskins, seven; and Brooke Creamer, five.

For the Mariners, Kalyn Grover netted 12 points, while Makenna Brooks added 10; Meghan McGonagle and Mary Allen, both six; Krissy McNichol and Abbey Lacasse, both four; and Jamie Brown, two.

Medomak converted 10-of-25 foul shots (40 percent), while Oceanside Blue made 4-of-14 (28 percent).

Troy Howard 8th 40, Oceanside White 32 … At Belfast Jan. 2, the Lions kept the Mariners at bay through much of the game and prevailed by eight points. Troy Howard led 11-7, 26-15 and 35-27 at the quarter breaks.

For Troy Howard, Mariah Sturgis netted 11 points, while Kasey MacLeod added 10; Alexis Racioppi, six; Breann Cummings and Anna Simmons, both four; Lydia Violette, three; and Kelci Faulkingham, two.

Ari Curtis led Oceanside with 15 points, while Bri Dugan added 12; Becca Boggs, three; and Autumn Keene, two.

The Mariners were 16-of-33 (48 percent) from the foul line, while Troy Howard connected on 5-of-10 attempts (50 percent).

Rockland 7th 51, Medomak 21 … At Thomaston Jan. 2, the Eagles soared past the Riverhawks and prevailed by 30 points. MMS took a 10-4 lead after the first eight minutes, while RDMS rebounded to grab a 24-14 edge at halftime and extended its lead to 32-19 after three quarters.

Alexis Mazurek led the Eagles with 16 points, while Sydney Hall added nine; Jenna Conant, eight; Morgan Williams and Emily Hutchinson, both six; and Shannon Ripley, Abby Foster and Olivia Staples, all two.

For Medomak, Chelsea Ripley tallied nine points, while Nicole Obuchon added four; Kelsey Grant and Victoria Wheaton, each three; and Cassidy Taylor, two.

Boys basketball

Troy Howard 7th 54, Camden-Rockport 23 … At Camden Jan. 4, the Lions prevailed in the final game of the regular season and clawed past the host Schooners. Troy Howard led 17-2, 28-7 and 45-19 at the quarter breaks.

Nate Raye netted eight points for Camden-Rockport, while Brandon DeBrosky added six; Matt Morse, four; and Colby Arau, three.

The names of the scorers for Troy Howard were unavailable.

Troy Howard 8th 58, Camden-Rockport 52 … At Camden Jan. 4, the Lions held the Schooners at bay in the second half and prevailed by six points. Troy Howard led 27-12, 38-28 and 44-37 at the quarter breaks.

Nathan Dunton netted 14 points for Camden-Rockport, while Nick Rozahegyi and Jack Gallagher each added eight; Cam Gushee, seven; Dalton Oakes, six; and Declan Carlson, four.

The names of the scorers for Troy Howard were unavailable.

Oceanside Blue 8th 66, Searsport 31 … At Thomaston Jan. 3, the Mariners prevailed in convincing fashion over the visiting Vikings.

Leading Oceanside Blue were Christian Straka with 24 points, while Nick Mazurek added 21; Andrew King, 10; Riley Sprague, five; Nick Killeran, four; and Rory Polybank, two.

For Searsport, Bryce Shorey scored 18 points, while Barrett Grant added six; Kyle Moore, four; Cody Parks, two; and Troy Reynolds, one.

Medomak 8th 68, Oceanside Blue 58 … At Waldoboro Jan. 2, the Riverhawks outscored the visiting Mariners 23-8 in the final stanza to stay unbeaten on the season, as the hosts prevailed by 10 points. The game was knotted 12-12 after the first quarter, while the Riverhawks led 30-28 at halftime. Oceanside Blue then took a 50-45 lead after three quarters.

Nick DePatsy poured in 23 points to lead the winners, while Zach Starr added 17; Ollie Brown and Cortland Fischer, both nine; Jackson Vail, six; and Sheldon Lavway, four.

For Oceanside, Nick Mazurek poured in a game-high 32 points, while Riley Sprague added 13; Jack Bicknell, six; Christian Straka, four; and Andrew King, three.

Medomak 7th 49, Rockland 21 … At Waldoboro Jan. 2, the Riverhawks finished the regular season with an unblemished 9-0 record after a convincing win over the Eagles. MMS led 16-7, 27-14 and 40-17 at the quarter breaks.

Cam Allaire led the ‘Hawks with 13 points, while Taylor McLain added eight; Jon Allard, six; Laken Harrington, five; Isaac Eutsler and Zidane McMurrin, both four; Kyle Donlin, Patrick White, Nick Grover and Channing Soper, all two; and Cale Gee, one.

Leading RDMS were Gage Robinson and Jackson Arnsdorf with seven points each, while Anthony Marsh added three; Sam Atwood, two; and Ryan Lawrence and Tucker Grindle, all one.

Oceanside White 8th 54, Troy Howard 39 … At Thomaston Jan. 2, the Mariners prevailed by 15 points over the visiting Lions.

Keenan Hendricks netted 24 points for Oceanside White, while Griffin Lombardo added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Also scoring for the hosts were Thomas Curtis (6 points, 19 rebounds), Josh Luttrell (6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals), Nick Tinker (4 points, 4 assists, 2 steals), Jake Bartlett (2 points, 3 steals) and Zach Benner (2 points).

For Troy Howard, Jordan Bickford scored eight points, while Alex Flagg and Zach Darres each added seven; and Drew Nealey, Gage Corson and Zeke Ventura, all four.

Oceanside White was 10-of-16 (62 percent) from the foul line, while Troy Howard was 11-of-25 (44 percent).

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