High school basketball

Final Heal Points: Eight Midcoast court teams qualify for playoffs

Medomak Valley, Vinalhaven teams, North Haven, Oceanside, Searsport girls, Mount View boys qualify
By Staff | Feb 09, 2020

Augusta — The final high school basketball regular-season games concluded on Saturday, Feb. 8, which, ultimately, meant many squads turned in their uniforms, while others have turned the page to the postseason and begin their quests toward the always-elusive gold ball.

From the Midcoast, three boys and five girls squads fit the latter bill.

The Medomak Valley and Vinalhaven boys and girls, Oceanside, Searsport and North Haven girls and Mount View of Thorndike boys have qualified for the playoffs, while the Camden Hills, Islesboro and Belfast boys and girls, Oceanside and Searsport boys and Mount View girls came up short.

The Oceanside and Searsport girls, along with the Mount View boys, prepare for prelim playoff games at the sites of the higher seeds, while the other teams have secured automatic bids to the quarterfinal round and the actual tournament venues.

Area teams will play quarterfinal games at the Augusta Civic Center and the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The following is a breakdown of the final standings and playoff pairings for Midcoast teams:

Boys

In Class A North, Medomak Valley (15-3, 101.7901 points) finished third and Camden Hills (4-14, 11.1111 points) 10th. Hampden Academy (17-1, 189.3827 points) finished first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Panthers are playoff-bound, while the Windjammers failed to qualify.

In the quarterfinals, the No. 3 Panthers will face No. 6 Skowhegan (10-8, 62.9630 points) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. Medomak Valley defeated Skowhegan 51-48 in the regular season on Monday, Jan. 20 in Waldoboro.

In Class B North, Mount View (9-9, 63.1481 points) finished ninth, Belfast (10-8, 41.2346 points) 13th and Oceanside (7-11, 26.2346 points) 15th. Caribou (17-1, 199.5679 points) finished first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Mustangs are playoff-bound, while the Lions and Mariners failed to qualify.

In the prelim round, the No. 9 Mustangs will play at No. 8 Mount Desert Island (8-10, 63.3333 points) on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. The Mustangs and Trojans did not face each other during the playoffs.

The winner advances to face top-ranked Caribou in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Mustangs and Vikings did not play each other during the regular season.

In Class C North, Searsport (4-14, 8.8272 points) finished 19th, while Central Aroostook of Mars Hill (14-4, 169.5293 points) finished first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Vikings failed to qualify.

In Class D South, Vinalhaven (7-11, 29.0772 points) finished seventh and Islesboro (1-15, 1.4167 points) 10th. Forest Hills of Jackman (18-0, 138.4691 points) finished first in the 11-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Vikings are playoff-bound, while the Eagles failed to qualify.

In the quarterfinals, the No. 7 Vikings will face No. 2 Rangeley (15-3, 94.7562 points) on Monday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. (a change from the original schedule) at the Augusta Civic Center. The Vikings fell to the Lakers twice this season — 63-23 on Friday, Dec. 20 and 71-31 on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Girls

In Class A North, Medomak Valley (6-12, 54.7531 points) finished seventh and Camden Hills (3-15, 17.0370 points) 12th. Hampden Academy (17-1, 171.9136 points) finished first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Panthers are playoff-bound, while the Windjammers failed to qualify.

In the quarterfinals, the No. 7 Panthers will face No. 2 Gardiner (15-3, 133.0864 points) on Friday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. The Panthers and Tigers split two games this season as the Tigers earned a 49-45 win on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in Gardiner, while the Panthers returned the favor with a 53-51 win on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Waldoboro.

In Class B North, Oceanside (13-5, 69.1358 points) finished eighth, Mount View (2-16, 2.5185 points) 16th and Belfast (1-17, 2.3457 points) 17th. Hermon (17-1, 174.4444 points) finished first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Mariners are playoff-bound, while the Mustangs and Lions failed to qualify.

In the prelims, the No. 8 Mariners will host No. 9 John Bapst of Bangor (10-8, 55.8025 points) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. The Mariners and Crusaders did not face each other during the regular season.

The winner advances to face top-ranked Hermon in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Mariners and Hawks did not face each other during the regular season.

In Class C North, Searsport (8-10, 39.8148 points) finished 11th, while Stearns of Millinocket (16-2, 145.1235 points) finished first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Vikings are playoff-bound.

In the prelims, the No. 11 Vikings will play at No. 6 Central Aroostook of Mars Hill (14-4, 87.7778 points) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. The Vikings and Panthers did not play each other during the regular season.

The winner advances to face No. 3 Fort Fairfield (16-2, 129.6296 points) in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Vikings and Tigers did not play each other during the regular season.

In Class D South, Vinalhaven (4-14, 19.6296 points) finished seventh, North Haven (6-11, 12.8758 points) eighth and Islesboro (0-12, no points) 10th. Greenville (16-2, 148.7255 points) finished first in the 10-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Vikings and Hawks are playoff-bound, while the Eagles failed to qualify.

In the quarterfinals, the No. 7 Vikings will face No. 2 Rangeley (16-2, 95.0247 points) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m. (a change from the original schedule) at the Augusta Civic Center. The Vikings lost to the Lakers twice this season — 64-28 on Friday, Dec. 20 and 64-34 on Saturday, Dec. 21.

In the quarterfinals, the No. 8 Hawks will face No. 1 Greenville on Monday, Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. The Hawks and Lakers did not face each other during the regular season.

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

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