The Busline League middle school basketball seasons dribbled in in recent days as some of the Midcoast's youngest hoop student-athletes battled on the court.

The Busline League, which governs sports for middle schools in a vast geographical area from Woolwich to Searsport, sponsors soccer, field hockey, golf and cross country in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball, baseball and track and field in the spring.

Coaches can report game results to Courier Publications/VillageSoup by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by calling 594-4401, extension 116.

Click for photos from the Appleton and Hope boys game.

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The basketball seasons include large and small school divisions.

The small schools include three divisions: North — Lincolnville Central School, Islesboro Central School and Vinalhaven School. Central — Hope Elementary School, Appleton Village School and Jefferson Village School. South — Woolwich Central School, Bristol Consolidated School, Nobleboro Central School and South Bristol Elementary School (girls only).

The large schools include boys and girls divisions and seventh- and eighth-grade squads:

Eighth-grade boys — Bristol Consolidated School, Boothbay Elementary School, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro, Oceanside West Blue of Thomaston/Rockland, Oceanside West White of Thomaston/Rockland, Searsport District Middle School, Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast and Wiscasset Elementary School.

Eighth-grade girls — Boothbay, Camden-Rockport, Great Salt Bay, Medomak, Oceanside West Blue, Oceanside West White, Searsport, Troy Howard and Wiscasset.

Seventh-grade boys — Boothbay, Camden-Rockport, Great Salt Bay, Medomak, Oceanside West Blue, Oceanside West White, Searsport, Troy Howard and Wiscasset.

Seventh-grade girls — Boothbay, Camden-Rockport, Great Salt Bay, Medomak, Oceanside West Blue, Oceanside West White, Searsport, Troy Howard and Wiscasset.

Recently-report results included:

Girls basketball

Hope 48, Appleton 23

At Hope Nov. 13, the hosts jumped to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and cruised to the season-opening victory. Hope led 13-0, 31-4 and 44-9 at the quarter breaks.

Keying the charge for the winning Hawks were Nicole Brown (14 points), Laticia Billings (10 points 10 assists), Kira Barley (12 points), Kesha Lane (4 points), Kaitlyn Turnbull (2 points), Frances Ostensen (2 points), Haleigh Luce (2 points) and Cyndal Emerson (2 points).

For the Wildcats, Payton Wiley netted six points; Gillian Lafleche, five; Maggie Maxwell and Madison Maxwell, both four; and Alyson Glasier and Jillian Thivierge, both two.

Boys basketball

Bristol 73, Oceanside Blue 8th 34

At Bristol Nov. 14, the hosts played well in all areas en route to the win over the Mariners.

"Not a very good game for the Oceanside boys as they struggled with their defense and rebounding," said Mariner coach Keenan Flanagan. "Bristol had very balanced scoring and played extremely well. I was impressed on how well they ran the floor."

For Oceanside, Michael Norton Jr. tallied 21 points; Logan Sheridan, four; Garrett Young, Zach Porter Kirt Ilvonen and Josh Peaco, all two; and Michael Dougherty one. The Mariners were 5-of-13 (38 percent) from the free-throw line.

For Bristol, Nathan Master netted 21 points; Taylor Holmes and Nate Simmons, both 14; Henry Sherman, 11; Sullivan Fink, six; Zach Gamage, five; and Michael Steuben, two. Bristol made 8-of-12 foul shots (67 percent).

Hope 51, Appleton 33

At Hope Nov. 13, the host Hawks led 12-11, 28-17 and 39-30 at the quarter breaks in a relatively competitive game.

For the Hawks, Daniel Peabody tallied 20 points; Zeb Pease, eight; Dawson Roberts, seven; Declan Lowell, six; Kieran McGrath, four; and Josh Pease, Josh Graves and Henry Cooper, all two.

For the Wildcats, Ethan Ford tallied 14 points; Cole Corey, nine; Cooper Twitchell, six; and Caleb Boyington, four.