Busline League championship game finalists setJan. 25 showdowns: Large school finals at CRMS, small school at LCS
With “Championship Saturday” hours away, the opponents for all six Busline League middle school title games have been set.
The eight large school division finalists and four small school division finalists have been determined following semifinal playoff action on Thursday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan. 24.
The large school division championships will be on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. (7th-grade girls), noon, (8th-grade girls), 2 p.m. (7th-grade boys) and 4 p.m. (8th-grade boys) at Camden-Rockport Middle School.
The small school division championships will be played on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. (boys) and 1 p.m. (girls).
The seventh-grade large school division girls championship will feature No. 3 Oceanside West Blue against No. 1 Boothbay. The Mariners defeated No. 6 Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta Jan. 21 and No. 2 Camden-Rockport Jan. 23 to advance, while the Wildcats bested No. 8 Wiscasset Jan. 21 and No. 5 Medomak Jan. 23 to advance. The title game will tip off at 10 a.m. at CRMS.
The seventh-grade large school division boys championship will feature No. 2 Oceanside West White and No. 1 Troy Howard. The Mariners defeated No. 7 Great Salt Bay Jan. 21 and No. 3 Medomak Jan. 23 to advance, while the Lions downed No. 8 Wiscasset Jan. 21 and No. 5 Oceanside West Blue Jan. 23 to advance. The title game is slated to tip off at 2 p.m. at CRMS.
The eighth-grade girls large school division championship will feature No. 2 Oceanside West Blue against No. 1 Boothbay. The Mariners defeated No. 7 Medomak Jan. 21 and No. 3 Searsport Jan. 23 to advance, while the Wildcats beat No. 8 Wiscasset Jan. 21 and No. 5 Camden-Rockport Jan. 23 to advance. The title game is slated to tip off at noon at CRMS.
The eighth-grade boys large school division championship will feature No. 2 Boothbay against No. 1 Troy Howard. The Wildcats defeated No. 7 Searsport Jan. 20 and No. 3 Bristol Jan. 23 to advance, while the Lions bested No. 8 Oceanside West Blue Jan. 21 and No. 4 Camden-Rockport Jan. 23 to advance. The title game is slated to tip off at 4 p.m. at CRMS.
The small school girls division championship will feature No. 3 Woolwich and No. 1 Vinalhaven. The Wildcats defeated No. 6 Appleton and No. 2 Hope to advance, while the Vikings defeated No. 8 Jefferson and No. 4 Lincolnville to advance. The title game is slated to tip off at 1 p.m. at LCS.
The small school division championship will feature No. 2 Lincolnville and No. 4 Nobleboro. The Lynx defeated No. 7 Woolwich and No. 3 Islesboro to advance, while the Lions beat No. 5 Jefferson and No. 1 Vinalhaven to advance. The title game is slated to tip off at 11 a.m. at LCS.
The following is a recap of recently-reported playoff games:
No. 4 Nobleboro 38, No. 1 Vinalhaven 27
At Vinalhaven Jan. 24, the Lions roared to an upset of the Vikings. Nobleboro led 10-6, 19-13 and 31-18 at the quarter breaks.
Elijah Ames led the islanders with nine points, while Keon Arey added seven; Dustin Marriner, five; and Jordan Radley and Henry Noyes, two.
Noah Steeves scored 13 points to key the Lions, while Ethan Spear added eight; Bryce York, seven; Ian Walsh, six; and Joel Hatch, four.
Vinalhaven netted 4-of-15 (27 percent) free-throw attempts, while Nobleboro converted 6-of-15 (40 percent).
No. 1 Troy Howard 8th 52, No. 4 Camden-Rockport 49
At Belfast Jan. 23, the Lions held on and advanced by virtue of a nailbiter over the Schooners. Camden-Rockport led 10-8 after the first quarter, while Troy Howard led 27-26 at halftime and 39-37 after three quarters.
Stanley Sturgis scored 24 points to lead Belfast, while Sam Goguen added nine; Dakota Doolan, seven; Ricky Smith, five; Tyler Bartlett, four; and Skyler Perkins, three.
Noah Heidorn scored 21 points to key Camden-Rockport, while Lucas Boetsch added 16; Jesse Fraser, nine; and Conrad Crans, three.
The Lions netted 9-of-19 (47 percent) foul shots, while the Schooners made 8-of-14 (57 percent).
The game was intense throughout, as the school gymnasium rocked with excitement. In the nip-and-tuck affair, Troy Howard led 48-47 before Heidorn scored inside to give CRMS a 49-48 cushion. But then Sturgis, who had nailed a key 3-pointer earlier in the fourth quarter, went to work and iced four free throws down the stretch, including two with seven seconds left, to give the hosts a 52-49 edge.
However, the drama was not over quite yet, as the Schooners, after a timeout, got the ball into Heidorn's hands and his tying 3-pointer at the buzzer spun in and out.
No. 2 Oceanside White 7th 67, No. 3 Medomak 64
At St. George Jan. 23, the Mariners held on for a three-point win over the Riverhawks. Oceanside led 24-13 after the first quarter and 37-32 at halftime, while Medomak led 54-46 after three quarters. However, the 'Hawks got into foul trouble late and could not hold their lead as the Mariners picked up the win.
Additional information from Thursday's game was unavailable.
No. 2 Lincolnville 56, No. 3 Islesboro 44
At Lincolnville Jan. 23, the Lynx pulled away from the Eagles in the second half. The squads were tied 9-9 after the first quarter, while Lincolnville led 27-23 at halftime and 42-35 after three quarters.
Mike Kremin paced Lincolnville with 21 points, while Ionut Lodge and Zach Markowitz added 14; and Trey Gilson, six.
Stephen Crawford scored 18 points for Islesboro, while Chris Rafter added 16; Xan Howell, six; and Nick Ryan, four.
Note: The points scored for Lincolnville players do not add up to the "official" final score.
No. 1 Vinalhaven 66, No. 8 Appleton 40
At Vinalhaven Jan. 23, the Vikings surged into the semifinals with a win over the Wildcats. Vinalhaven led 22-5, 32-15 and 54-25 at the quarter breaks.
Elijah Ames scored 34 points for the islanders, while Dustin Marriner tallied 12; Keon Arey, eight; Andrew Moody, six; and Jordan Radley, Frank Osgood and Keaton Lear, two.
Ethan Ford scored 20 points for the Wildcats, while Cooper Twitchell added 11; Caleb Boyington, seven; and Cole Corey, two.
The Vikings were 3-of-10 (30 percent) from the foul line, while the Wildcats were 6-of-18 (33 percent).
No. 1 Vinalhaven 41, No. 4 Lincolnville 15
At Vinalhaven Jan. 24, the Vikings had no trouble with the Lynx and advanced to the small school division finals. Vinalhaven led 9-5, 20-10 and 41-15 at the quarter breaks.
Gilleyanne Davis-Oakes scored 21 points for Vinalhaven, while Deja Doughty added 17; Paige Dennison, 11; and Amber Shane, six.
Mya Wiley scored 16 points to lead Lincolnville, while Isabelle Lang added four; Kristina Kelly, three; Gabby Englander, two; and Sydney Lyon, one.
The Vikings were 9-of-19 (47 percent) from the foul line, while the Lynx were 2-of-10 (20 percent).
No. 2 Oceanside Blue 8th 47, No. 3 Searsport 26
At Thomaston Jan. 22, the Mariners sailed into the championship round with a 21-point win over the Vikings. The two teams were tied 7-7 after the first quarter, while the Mariners led 19-8 at halftime and 27-14 after three quarters.
Gabby Simmons scored 22 points for the hosts, while Aubrey Anderson added 12; Casey Pine, six; Taylor Hamlin, four; Jordan Brackett, two; and Kyleigh Farnham, one.
Mikaela Alley scored nine points for Searsport, while Kaylee Knowles added seven; Audrey Walker, five; Brooklynn Alberts, three; and Hannah Nadeen, two.
The Mariners were 2-of-7 (28 percent) from the foul line, while the Vikings were 11-of-26 (42 percent).
No. 3 Woolwich 51, No. 2 Hope 47
At Hope Jan. 23, the Wildcats came out on the winning end in an overall close affair. Hope led 12-10 after the first quarter, while the teams were tied 24-24 at halftime. Woolwich then took a 35-32 advantage after three quarters.
Laticia Billings scored 20 points for the Hawks, while Kira Barley added 14; Nicole Brown, 10; Kesha Lane, two; and Frances Ostensen, one.
Tanisha Mackenzie scored 20 points for the Wildcats, while Sara Graves added 18; Hannah Caid, eight; Tea Kepler and Delaney Young, two; and Rosa Aterra, one.
No. 1 Boothbay 8th 51, No. 5 Camden-Rockport 40
At Boothbay Jan. 23, the hosts led 15-8, 28-14 and 41-19 at the quarter breaks to earn the victory.
"Camden-Rockport started out slow, [but] came back in last stanza where Boothbay finished off with a 51-40 victory," said Schooner coach Tim Gallagher.
Additional information from the game was unavailable.