SEARSPORT — The high school basketball games between Searsport and Jonesport-Beals on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 29 certainly had the feeling, for some, of a family affair.

The opponents, ultimately, split the two early-season contests, as the Viking boys shot past the Royals 66-40 after the Jonesport-Beals girls earned a 38-16 victory in the first of the day’s two court clashes.

Searsport’s Josh Wright (3), Cole Ellis (24) and Eli Law (5). Photo by Ken Waltz

However, it also was a memorable afternoon for brothers Troy and Skipper Alley, who coached against one another in the boys game.

The pair are the sons of Ordie Alley, who coached Jonesport-Beals 39 years and won more than 600 games, 13 regional championships and nine state titles before he passed away at the age of 79 in 2020.

Searsport’s Izzy Bailey. Photo by Ken Waltz

Despite the early-season, regular-season win over his brother’s team, Viking coach Troy Alley said: “I’ve been dreading the game all year.”

“[It’s a] no-win situation coaching against my brother and my alma mater,” Troy said. “My brother and I are pretty close, so I’m sure he didn’t like it either. In the end it’s a game and about the kids. We have no problem keeping it in that perspective, but we are usually on the same team.”

Searsport’s Tim Smith, left, and Eli Law. Photo by Ken Waltz

The siblings agreed their father likely would have stayed neutral.

“Before the game he [Skipper] asked me, ‘If someone asked dad about the game what do you think he would have said?’ I said, ‘Dad would not have liked this game.’ He said dad would have told people, ‘I’m rooting for the blue-and-white team.’ ”

Searsport’s Sam Cahill. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Vikings and Royals have blue and white in their uniforms.

The Royals, despite having only five players, were able to keep the game close through the first half before the Vikings pulled away over the final 16 minutes.

The following is a recap of the games:


Searsport 66, Jonesport-Beals 40

At Searsport Dec. 29, the Vikings pulled away from the undermanned Royals in the second half and cruised to victory. Searsport led 14-8, 32-21 and 46-31 at the quarter breaks.

Josh Wright poured in 29 points to lead the hosts, while Gage Ellis added 15; Eli Law, seven; Chase Brassbridge and Tim Smith, three; Sam Cahill, Ashton Ellis, Oliver Carbisero and Sean Paige, two; and Josh Treat, one.

Searsport’s Julianna Sprague, left, and Jonesport-Beals’ Lauren Beal. Photo by Ken Waltz

Damon Beal led Jonesport-Beals with 18 points, while Brevan Kenney added 11; Garrett Libby, eight; and Eli Peabody, three.

The Vikings netted 6-of-13 (46 percent) from the foul line, while the Royals were 7-of-15 (47 percent).


Jonesport-Beals 38, Searsport 16

At Searsport Dec. 29, the Royals held the Vikings to two first-half field goals and emerged with the road win. Jonesport-Beals led 11-4, 18-8 and 30-13 at the quarter breaks.

Baileigh Bagley and Kyla Perkins led Searsport with six points, while Ellie Cahill and Emily Mello added two.

Jordyn Baliki keyed Jonesport-Beals with 12 points, while Lauren Crowley added 11; Emma Peabody, four; Emily Lunn and Rachel Crowley, three; Leah Beal, two; and Alexis Alley, one.

The Vikings were 5-of-9 (56 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Royals were 10-of-22 (45 percent).

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