Twelve Midcoast high school basketball prelim playoff games were on tap for area fans Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 14-16, as court squads looked to lock in spots in regional quarterfinals and trips to the tournament sites in Portland, Augusta and Bangor.

On Tuesday, the Oceanside of Rockland and Medomak Valley of Waldoboro boys punched their tickets in Class B South with wins over Leavitt of Turner and Oak Hill of Wales, while the North Haven boys were ousted from the playoffs in Class D South with a loss to Rangeley.

Medomak Valley’s Gabe Lash. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Also Tuesday, the North Haven girls advanced after an island battle with Vinalhaven in Class D South, while the Mount View of Thorndike girls also moved onto the next round with a win over higher-seeded Waterville in Class B North.

The Camden Hills and Belfast girls were eliminated from contention in Class A North and Class B North with losses to Mount Blue of Farmington and Presque Isle, while the Searsport girls were eliminated in Class C North on Monday with a road loss at Penquis Valley of Milo.

Medomak Valley’s Addison McCormick, left, and Mountain Valley’s Alana Young. Photo by Ken Waltz

Prelim playoff games continued on Wednesday, Feb. 16, as the Mount View boys moved on, while the Belfast boys fell short, in Class B North, while the Searsport boys were eliminated from contention in Class C North.

On the girls side, the Medomak Valley girls also advanced in Class B South with a win over Mountain Valley of Rumford.

Oceanside coach Larry Reed, right, talks with Bodhi Ames, left, and Alex Collins. Photo by Mark Haskell

The following is a recap of area playoff results:


No. 5 Mount View 89, No. 12 Caribou 70

At Thorndike Feb. 16, the Mustangs emerged from a high-scoring affair with the Vikings and moved on in the postseason. Mount View led 21-19, 44-33 and 66-53 at the quarter breaks.

“Our kids played at the highest level offensively and worked hard on defense on a night where both teams made a lot of shots,” said Mount View coach Jeremy Von Oesen. “It was an exciting game that went back and forth, but our kids made great plays for us and each had their moment to lead us at different points in the game.”

With the win, Mount View advances to the Class B North quarterfinals, where it will face either No. 4 Old Town (12-6) or No. 14 Washington Academy of East Machias (5-13) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Caribou’s season wrapped at 5-14.

The Mustangs did not play the Coyotes during the regular season, but defeated the Raiders 79-51 at Thorndike on Dec. 30 and 50-34 on Jan. 22 in East Machias.

On Wednesday, Draedyn Furrow paced the Mustangs with a 26-point effort, while Noah Hurd tallied 22; Declan Knowlton, 21; Tyler Russell, 12; and Isaac Ellis and Wyatt Evensen, four.

Braden Sargent led the Vikings with 15 points, while Ari Plante and Wesley LaPointe each added 12; Avery Thibodeau, nine; Reece Cavagnaro, eight; Tristan Robbins, six; Liam Dee, five; and Kaymen Sargent, two.

Mount View converted 19-of-28 (68 percent) free throw attempts, while Caribou netted 6-of-10 (60 percent).

Oceanside’s Cohen Galley. Photo by Mark Haskell

No. 2 George Stevens Academy 47, No. 15 Searsport 31

At Blue Hill Feb. 16, the Vikings were ousted from postseason play as the Eagles soared to a 16-point win. GSA led 10-8 after the first quarter, while the hosts extended their advantage to 21-12 at halftime and 36-22 after three stanzas.

With the win, GSA advances to the quarterfinal round, where it will face No. 7 Fort Fairfield (10-7) on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.

Searsport, which also defeated No. 18 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln 50-43 in a “pre” prelim on Saturday, Feb. 12, saw its season conclude at 7-12.

Chase Brassbridge scored 10 points for the Vikings, while Josh Wright and Gage Ellis added eight; Sam Cahill and Eli Law, two; and Sean Paige, one.

For the Eagles, Patrick Dagan and Bryce Schneider scored 14 points, while Dexter Brown added eight; Teague Smallidge and Sol Lorio, four; Brockett Muir, two; and Jack Gray, one.

Searsport was 3-of-6 (50 percent) from the foul line, while GSA was 13-of-30 (43 percent).

No. 2 Orono 75, No. 15 Belfast 30

At Orono Feb. 16, the Red Riots played every bit the part of the second seed in the tournament and eliminated the Lions from the playoffs. Orono led 18-9, 40-12 and 55-18 at the quarter breaks.

With the win, Orono (16-3) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will face No. 7 Winslow (13-5) on Friday, Feb. 18 at 8:30 p.m. in Bangor

With the loss, Belfast’s season concluded at 3-16.

K.J. Payson led the Lions with eight points, while James Ritter added six; Elias Higgins, five; Keegan McGowan, four; Drew Abelon, three; and Zepherin Leppanen and Casey Balicki, two.

Pierce Walston scored 20 points for the Red Riots, while Ben Francis added 14; Will Francis, 11; Cadin Ewer-Cousins, nine; Ellis Spaulding, seven; Caden Gray, six; Javier Santiago, four; and Sebastian Vanidestine, three.

Belfast did not attempt a foul shot, while Orono was 4-of-6 (67 percent).

No. 7 Oceanside 51, No. 10 Leavitt 47

At Rockland Feb. 15, the Mariners made a few key fourth-quarter plays on both sides of the ball to edge the visiting Hornets. Leavitt led 18-13 after the first quarter and 27-26 at halftime, while the opponents were tied 35-35 after three quarters.

Oceanside’s Carter Galley, right. Photo by Mark Haskell

With the win, Oceanside advances to the Class B South quarterfinals, where it will face No. 2 Yarmouth (16-3) on Friday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Portland Expo. The Mariners and Clippers did not face each other during the regular season.

With the loss, Leavitt’s season ended at 11-8.

“It was a tough, hard-fought win against a good, physical team that is very well-coached,” said Mariner coach Larry Reed. “A lot of kids stepped up and performed. Very proud of their effort.”

Oceanside’s Alex Collins. Photo by Mark Haskell

Carter Galley paced the Mariners with 15 points, while Cohen Galley and Alex Collins added 11; Austin Chilles, eight; Bodhi Ames, four; and Jack Elwell, two. Cohen Galley also added five assists, four rebounds and two steals, while Ames had six rebounds and three blocks.

For the Hornets, Brett Coburn scored 16 points, while Sawyer Hathaway added 10; Degan Jordan, six; Hunter Hayes, five; Ben Sirois and Ian Redstone, four; and Nick Morin, two.

Oceanside was 11-of-13 (85 percent) from the foul line, while Leavitt was 9-of-18 (50 percent).

Leavitt held a narrow advantage for the majority of the first half, but the Mariners hung tough and took a lead it did not relinquish to start the fourth quarter.

That bucket came from Elwell — his lone hoop of the game — off a pick-and-roll with Cohen Galley with 7:40 to go in the game.

Cohen Galley then quickly came up with a steal — which resulted in a fast-break layup from Collins — and suddenly the Mariners held a four-point advantage in the blink of an eye.

After Coburn and Cohen Galley traded hoops, a trey from Hayes brought Leavitt within 41-40 before Cohen Galley’s trey with 5:54 to go pushed the Mariner lead back to 44-40.

The Hornets got within one point twice more over the final minutes — including an acrobatic layup by Hathaway with 17.8 seconds to play — but Carter Galley went 4-of-4 at the foul line over the game’s final seconds to help the hosts hold on.

During the regular season, Oceanside beat Leavitt twice — 58-47 and 61-47.

No. 4 Medomak Valley 79, No. 13 Oak Hill 43

At Waldoboro Feb. 15, the Panthers prowled out to an early, sizable lead and kept their foot on the accelerator en route to a lopsided win. Medomak Valley led 18-4, 40-11 and 66-27 at the quarter breaks.

With the win, Medomak Valley (15-4) advances to the quarterfinals, where it will face No. 5 Lisbon of Lisbon Falls (15-3) on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Portland Expo. The Panthers and the Greyhounds did not play each other during the regular season.

Medomak Valley’s Jacob Craigh, right, and Jaiden Starr (21). Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

For Oak Hill, its season concluded at 8-9.

Trevor Brown’s 22-point effort paced the Medomak Valley offense, while Jake Bickmore tallied, 12; Patrick McKenney, 11; Blake Morrison and Kory Donlin, 10; Finn Parmley and Gavin Clark, four; and Garret Hutchins and Tucker Holgerson, three. Brown added seven rebounds, McKenney six assists and Donlin six steals.

Medomak Valley’s Jake Bickmore. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

For the Raiders, Silas Dumont scored eight points, while Tiger Hopkins and Jackson Arbour added seven; D’Andre Daniels and Maverick Swan, six; Ethan Vattaso, four; Pietro Caprese, three; and Caden Thompson, two.

Medomak Valley was 5-of-9 (56 percent) from the foul line, while Oak Hill was 4-of-10 (40 percent).

No. 7 Rangeley 72, No. 10 North Haven 23

At Rangeley Feb. 15, the Lakers scored early and often and ousted the Hawks from the playoffs. Rangeley led 31-4, 41-7 and 61-12 at the quarter breaks.

With the win, Rangeley (5-10) advances to the Class D South quarterfinal, where it will face No. 2 Valley of Bingham (10-4) on Monday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.

With the loss, North Haven’s season wrapped at 0-10. Rangeley also beat North Haven 78-30 in a regular-season game.

“I’m very proud of these boys this season,” said North Haven coach Noah Davisson. “They showed heart and determination through overwhelming odds playing against schools that really shouldn’t be in the same class as us. We grew as a team and will carry it through to next year.”

Jonathan Brown led the islanders with 11 points, while Ezra Davisson added six; Bryn Campbell, four; and Milo Bernard, two.

Chase Carmichael led the Laker offense with 15 points, while Brayden Thompson, Barrett Quimby and Boden Washington added 10; Anthony Whittier, seven; Tucker Beaulieu and Zack Madrid, six; Alex Hathaway, four; and Austin Hathaway and Trevor Dolbier, two.

Rangeley finished 3-of-6 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Hawks were 0-of-2.


No. 7 Medomak Valley 47, No. 10 Mountain Valley 34

At Waldoboro Feb. 16, the Panthers played perhaps their best half of the season as they scored the first 16 points to take control and kept the Falcons at arms-length over the final 16 minutes for the easy victory.

Medomak Valley’s Autumn Ripley, left, and Mountain Valley’s Alana Young. Photo by Ken Waltz

With the victory, the Panthers (13-6) set up a third meeting with No. 2 Oceanside of Rockland (16-0) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in a Class B South quarterfinal playoff game at the Portland Expo. This season, the Mariners, who have won 29 straight games over two years, defeated Medomak Valley 62-27 and 60-25.

Mountain Valley of Rumford finished the campaign 7-11.

Medomak Valley’s Katherine McKenney, right, and Mountain Valley’s Madison Dow.

The Panthers and Falcons did not play one another during the regular season.

On Wednesday, the Panthers played with all-around intensity, especially defensively, and their full-court press created havoc, which led to many easy baskets. In fact, Medomak Valley led 21-2 and 33-9 at the first two quarter breaks, while the Falcons made a little headway in the second half, as the hosts led 43-19 after three.

Medomak Valley’s Sara Nelson, right, and Mountain Valley’s Emily Richard. Photo by Ken Waltz

Mountain Valley’s first points came on two free throws Alana Young with 1:41 left in the opening stanza. In fact, the visitors did not convert a basket from the floor until the 6:24-mark of the second quarter. That hoop made it 25-5.

The Panthers got a complete-team effort, keyed by Alyssa Creamer (19 points, 6 assists, 2 blocked shots, 3 steals), Autumn Ripley (11 points, 7 steals), Addison McCormick (10 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals), Maya Cannon (5 points, 3 steals, 2 rebounds), Katherine McKenney (4 rebounds, 2 steals), Kytana Williamson (2 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals) and Sara Nelson (2 assists, 2 steals).

The Panthers made 2-of-8 free throws (25 percent) and Creamer netted the lone trifecta.

For Mountain Valley, Autumn Freeman (6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), Emily Richard (4 points, 4 rebounds), Brooke Brown (8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), Alana Young (6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), Maisy Chase (4 points, 3 rebounds) and Madison Dow (2 points, 7 rebounds) led the charge.

The Falcons made 5-of-14 free throws (36 percent) and Freeman had the lone trey.

No. 8 North Haven 57, No. 9 Vinalhaven 25

At North Haven Feb. 15, the Hawks held the Vikings without a field goal through the first quarter and soared into the quarterfinals. North Haven led 12-1, 22-9 and 37-17 at the quarter breaks.

With the win, the Hawks (4-6) advance to the Class D South quarterfinals, where they will face top-seeded Valley of Bingham (13-1) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 91-26 on Jan. 22 on North Haven.

With the loss, Vinalhaven’s season concluded at 0-10.

Layla Sparhawk tossed in 19 points for the winners, while Whitney Newman added nine; Mercedes Sparhawk, seven; Isabelle Haskell, Abby Lattimer and Sophie Hansen, six; and Maddie Lattimer, four.

Lydia Wentworth paced Vinalhaven with eight points, while Kailyn Hufsey added seven; Maddie Miller, six; and Becca Osgood and Adele Wadsworth, two.

The Hawks, which beat the Vikings 36-24 in a regular-season game, were 4-of-7 (57 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Vikings were 4-of-10 (40 percent).

“The shots fell tonight, the defense was strong, things were clicking today and they got on a roll,” said North Haven coach Laura MacDonald of the Hawks. “Now to get ready for Saturday. Very proud of these ladies.”

No. 12 Mount View 46, No. 5 Waterville 36

At Waterville Feb. 15, the Mustangs led for the majority of the game and edged the Purple Panthers out of the playoffs. Mount View led 15-13, 25-22 and 36-31 at the quarter breaks.

With the win, Mount View (8-11) advances to the quarterfinal, where it will face No. 4 Presque Isle (13-6) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Mustangs and Wildcats did not play each other during the regular season.

For Waterville, its season wrapped at 12-5.

The Mustangs and Purple Panthers played two tight regular-season games, with Waterville winning by a combined eight points. The Purple Panthers beat the Mustangs 51-46 and 38-35 in those contests.

However, Mount View had the winning formula on Tuesday and will advance to the quarterfinals.

“It was a great game,” said Mount View coach Mark Cooper. “We had a very loud crowd of fans supporting us. This is the first Mount View girls team to play at the Cross Insurance Center since it was built. I’m so very proud of them. They’ve had to overcome many obstacles this season.”

Hannah Coolen pumped in 26 points for the ‘Stangs, while Syd Vogel added seven; Kricket Thompson, six; Kayleigh Dunton, five; and Ari Bradeen, two.

Keira Gilman netted nine points for the Purple Panthers, while Kodah Aldrich added eight; Denelle Eldridge and Sadie Works, six; Ella Minihan, five; and Abby Williams, two.

Mount View was 13-of-28 (46 percent) from the foul line, while Waterville was 8-of-18 (44 percent).

No. 7 Mount Blue 47, No. 10 Camden Hills 19

At Farmington Feb. 15, the Cougars prowled onto the next round and eliminated the Windjammers. Mount Blue, which held the Windjammers to only one first-half field goal, led 6-0, 18-3 and 33-8 at the quarter breaks.

With the win, the Cougars (8-11) advance to the Class A North quarterfinals, where they will face No. 2 Gardiner (16-2) on Friday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.

With the loss, the Windjammers’ season ended at 0-18.

Kirsten Jones led Camden Hills with five points, while Lauren Howland and Tessa Whitley added four; Anna Jordan and Tess Jalbuena-Cook, two; and Mattie Luce and Leah Snyder, one.

Eva Stevens led Mount Blue with 25 points, while Katelyn Daggett added seven; Aislyn Reynolds and Hannah Wilbur, six; Caitlin Burke, two; and Ergn Parlin, one.

The Windjammers were 7-of-12 (58 percent) from the charity stripe and the Cougars 8-of-13 (61 percent).

During the regular season, the Cougars beat the Windjammers 61-32.

No. 15 Penquis of Milo 50, No. 19 Searsport 18

At Milo Feb. 14, the Patriots bounced the Vikings from the postseason. Penquis led 16-5, 28-6 and 38-6 at the quarter breaks.

With the win, Penquis (6-13) advances to face No. 2 Calais (14-3) in a prelim game.

With the loss, Searsport’s season concluded at 3-14.

Julianna Sprague scored six points for Searsport, while Emily Mello added five; Kyla Perkins and Abby Astbury, three; and Ellie Cahill, one.

Addison Conklin scored 24 points for Penquis, while Angela Bryden added eight; Aileen Strout, seven; Kalae Gahagan, three; and Abigail Conlogue, Ida-Grace Ludin, Haylee Newman and Naima Ali, two.

The Vikings were 10-of-23 (43 percent) from the foul line, while the Patriots were 9-of-16 (56 percent).

The Vikings lost to the Patriots twice during the regular season — 31-28 and 30-23.

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