After three years of hosting an event in March, Courier Publications/VillageSoup has decided not to continue its Midcoast High School Senior Basketball Showcase.

The games rotated to area high schools and allowed invited senior basketball players from nine area high schools — Oceanside of Rockland, Camden Hills of Rockport, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Belfast, Mount View of Thorndike, Searsport, Islesboro, North Haven and Vinalhaven — to "showcase" their talents one final time in front of family, friends and fans.

The decision was made due to the difficult logistics of organizing an event that drew teenagers from a vast geographical area, including three counties and three Penobscot Bay islands, and the fact that March, the only time the games can be held, is filled with many other in-school and out-of-school activities and high school seniors are focused on their spring sports, college trips and finishing their final academic year.

The three events that were held proved fun and entertaining for the players, coaches and fans. Coaches and officials donated their time to the event and seniors — 40 or more — were invited to participate in boys and girls games.

The event also raised hundreds of dollars that was donated back to the athletic departments of the participating schools. In addition, the host schools got to raise money through concession sales.

"We were honored to host senior players in games each March and will miss the fun, community-based entertaining aspects of the night," said Ken Waltz, Courier Publications/VillageSoup sports director. "The games gave the players a chance to 'let their hair down' and play the game they loved without any pressures. They simply ran up and down the court with old teammates and new friends showing off their impressive court games."

The games were unique because the players were mixed and did not always play with their regular teammates but often against them. That made for added fun competition and a battle for "bragging rights."

The high school basketball season runs early-December through late-February, including the postseason. That is followed by all-star games for the top players and preparation for spring sports.

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