A fun-filled, fast-paced, dramatic final night for area teenage basketball players to strut their savvy court stuff also, as usual, resulted in a monetary gain for their schools.

Proceeds from the third annual Courier Publications/VillageSoup Midcoast High School Senior Basketball Showcase have been distributed to area schools.

From the games, held in March at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, each school received an equal share of the proceeds.

This year, Courier Publications/VillageSoup donated a total of $1,134 to the schools.

That means, checks for more than $125 were sent to nine Midcoast high schools, including Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Oceanside of Rockland, Camden Hills of Rockport, Belfast, Mount View of Thorndike, Searsport, North Haven, Vinalhaven and Islesboro.

Student-athletes from each of those schools are eligible to play in the senior event, which includes 20 girls and 20 boys in separate court games.

The schools can use the money how they deem to aid their athletic programs and, subsequently, the student-athletes.

"We are honored to be able to spearhead these wonderful basketball games for the players and fans, to provide one final hurrah on the court for some of the Midcoast's finest young athletes and, at the same time, give something back to the community — more specifically, the schools — to defray a small cost of running their sports programs," said Ken Waltz, Courier Publications/VillageSoup sports director.

Information for this year's hoop event has not been determined.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.