Busline League final standings, playoff pairings releasedSmall school playoffs underway, large schools tip off Jan. 17
The regular season for Busline League middle school boys and girls basketball teams has finished with the single-elimination playoffs underway for dozens of young squads looking to net titles for their respective schools.
Preliminary playoff games have begun, with the postseason set to make a fullcourt press in the coming days, which will culminate in the league championship games on Saturday, Jan. 25, being billed as Championship Saturday.
Six Busline League champs will be crowned — four in the large school division and two in the small school division — in title games played that day at two different venues.
The following is a breakdown of the final regular-season standings, playoff pairings and upcoming championship playoff dates. Times are included where available:
Large school standings, playoff pairings
Eighth-grade girls: Boothbay Elementary School 12-0, Oceanside Middle School West Blue of Thomaston 10-1, Searsport District Middle School 9-3, Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta 7-5, Camden-Rockport Middle School 6-6, Oceanside West White of Thomaston 5-7, Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro 3-9, Wiscasset Middle School 1-10 and Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast 0-12.
Eighth-grade boys: Troy Howard 13-0, Boothbay 11-3, Bristol 9-3, Camden-Rockport 9-4, Medomak 7-6, Oceanside West White 6-7, Searsport 4-9, Oceanside West Blue 3-9, Great Salt Bay 2-12 and Wiscasset 1-12.
Seventh-grade girls: Boothbay 12-0, Camden-Rockport 9-3, Oceanside West Blue of Rockland/Thomaston 8-3, Oceanside West White of Rockland/Thomaston 7-5, Medomak 6-6, Great Salt Bay 4-8, Troy Howard 1-11 and Wiscasset 0-11.
Seventh-grade boys: Troy Howard 11-1, Oceanside West White 8-4, Medomak 7-5, Boothbay 7-5, Oceanside West Blue 6-5, Camden-Rockport 5-7, Great Salt Bay 2-10 and Wiscasset 1-10.
In eighth-grade girls playoff action Friday, Jan. 17, No. 8 Wiscasset defeated No. 9 Troy Howard (score unavailable) in the preliminary round. The win propeled the Warriors into the quarterfinal round, where they traveled to face No. 1 Boothbay on Monday, Jan. 20. The top-seeded Wildcats defeated No. 8 Wiscasset (score unavailable).
Other eighth-grade girls quarterfinal games scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21 include No. 7 Medomak at No. 2 Oceanside West Blue at 3:45 p.m. (at Oceanside West in Thomaston), No. 6 Oceanside West White at No. 3 Searsport at 3:45 p.m. and No. 5 Camden-Rockport at No. 4 Great Salt Bay.
In eighth-grade boys playoff action Friday, Jan. 17, No. 7 Searsport defeated No. 10 Wiscasset 50-40 in the preliminary round. The win propeled the Vikings into the quarterfinal round, where they traveled to face No. 2 Boothbay Tuesday, Jan. 21. The No. 2 Wildcats defeated the No. 7 Vikings 68-47.
In the other eighth-grade boys prelim Friday, No. 8 Oceanside West Blue defeated No. 9 Great Salt Bay (score unavailable). The win propels the Mariners into the quarterfinal round where they will travel to face No. 1 Troy Howard Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Other eighth-grade boys quarterfinal games scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21 include No. 6 Oceanside West White at No. 3 Bristol and No. 5 Medomak at No. 4 Camden-Rockport at 3:45 p.m.
Seventh-grade girls quarterfinal games scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21 include No. 8 Wiscasset at No. 1 Boothbay, No. 7 Troy Howard at No. 2 Camden-Rockport, No. 6 Great Salt Bay at No. 3 Oceanside West Blue at 3:45 p.m. (at Rockland District Middle School) and No. 5 Medomak at No. 4 Oceanside West White at 3:45 p.m. (at Thomaston Grammar School).
Seventh-grade boys quarterfinal games on Tuesday, Jan. 21 include No. 8 Wiscasset at No. 1 Troy Howard, No. 7 Great Salt Bay at No. 2 Oceanside West White at 3:45 p.m. (at St. George School), No. 6 Camden-Rockport at No. 3 Medomak at 3:45 p.m. and No. 5 Oceanside West Blue at No. 4 Boothbay.
The semifinal playoff games are slated for Thursday, Jan. 23, while the championships are slated for Saturday, Jan. 25 at Camden-Rockport Middle School.
In the finals, seventh-grade girls final will be at 10 a.m.; eighth-grade girls final at noon; seventh-grade boys final at 2 p.m.; and eighth-grade boys final at 4 p.m.
Small school standings, playoff pairings
Boys: Vinalhaven School 7-3, Lincolnville Central School 7-3, Islesboro Central School 7-3, Nobleboro Central School 7-3, Jefferson Village School 7-3, Hope Elementary School 5-5, Woolwich Central School 4-6, Appleton Village School 1-9 and Bristol Consolidated School 0-10.
Girls: Vinalhaven 10-0, Hope 10-1, Woolwich 9-3, Lincolnville 7-4, Nobleboro 5-6, Appleton 5-6, South Bristol 4-6, Jefferson 3-7, Bristol 2-10 and Islesboro 0-10.
In a boys prelim playoff on Wednesday, Jan. 15, No. 8 Appleton defeated No. 9 Bristol. Thus, the No. 8 Wildcats will travel to face No. 1 Vinalhaven in an upcoming quarterfinal matchup.
Other boys quarterfinal games include No 7 Woolwich at No. 2 Lincolnville, No. 6 Hope at No. 3 Islesboro and No. 5 Jefferson at No. 4 Nobleboro.
In a girls prelim playoff on Wednesday, Jan. 15, No. 7 South Bristol defeated No. 10 Islesboro. Thus, the No. 7 Mariners will travel to face No. 2 Hope in an upcoming quarterfinal matchup.
Another girls prelim playoff between No. 9 Bristol and No. 8 Jefferson is slated for Thursday, Jan. 16. The winner of the Blue Devils/Chargers game will travel to face No. 1 Vinalhaven in another upcoming quarterfinal matchup.
Other girls quarterfinal games include No. 6 Appleton at No. 3 Woolwich and No. 5 Nobleboro at No. 4 Lincolnville.
Quarterfinal games reportedly will be played Tuesday, Jan. 21, while semifinal games will be played Thursday, Jan. 23.
The Busline League small school division championship games are slated for Saturday, Jan. 25, with the first game at 11 a.m. and the second game at 1 p.m. at Lincolnville Central School.
Coaches can report results to Courier Publications/VillageSoup throughout the playoffs by emailing game information or by sending photos, taken by a smartphone, of the home and away books, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Results also can be reported by calling 594-4401, extension 116.
The following is a breakdown of the final few days of the regular season, along with reported preliminary playoff games.
Boys playoff basketball
No. 2 Boothbay 68, No. 7 Searsport 47
At Boothbay Jan. 20, the Wildcats got a big first-quarter lead and ripped the Vikings to advance to the semifinal round. Boothbay led 23-12, 37-26 and 52-38 at the quarter breaks.
Connor Kneeland scored 17 points to pace Searsport, while Liam MacMillan added eight; Charlie Spiegel, seve; Ben Powell, six; Aaron Wiley, five; and Harold Mathieu and George Dakin, two.
Hunter Arsenault scored 16 points for Boothbay, while Kyle Ames added 13; Eli Gudroe, 12; Cameron Crocker and Jay Hasch, eight; Keegan Giles, four; Sam Burnham, three; and Graham Bryer and John Lucas, two.
The Vikings were 18-of-32 (56 percent) from the foul line, while the Wildcats were 12-of-16 (75 percent).
No. 7 Searsport 50, No. 10 Wiscasset 40
At Searsport Jan. 15, the Vikings moved into the quarterfinal round with a 10-point win over the Warriors. Searsport led 21-10, 23-18 and 38-24 at the quarter breaks.
Connor Kneeland scored 15 points to lead Searsport, while Liam MacMillan added 13; Devon Bean, seven; Ben Powell and Harold Mathieu, six; Charlie Spiegel, two; and David Estes, one.
Zach Reed poured in 25 points for Wiscasset, while Max Sampson and Levi McAtee added six; and Kobe Carrier, three.
The Vikings were 9-of-18 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 4-of-7 (57 percent).
No. 8 Appleton 68, No. 9 Bristol 63
At Appleton Jan. 15, the Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinal round by virtue of a win over the Blue Devils in a high-scoring, back-and-forth affair. Bristol led 22-16 after the first quarter, while the two squads were knotted 32-32 at halftime. Appleton then took a 50-44 after three quarters.
Cooper Twitchell poured in 30 points to lead the Wildcats, while Ethan Ford tossed in 18; Cole Corey, eight; Caleb Boyington, six; and Cody Pascal, two.
Chase Crockett scored 18 points to lead the Blue Devils, while Isaac Craig added 12; Zack Farrin and Tanner Guyer, 10; Lucas Kelsey, six; and Jason Holmes and Caden Lewis, two.
Boys regular-season basketball
Medomak 7th 55, Oceanside Blue 40
At Waldoboro Jan. 15, the Riverhawks netted a 15-point win in their final game of the regular season. Medomak led 28-24 at halftime.
Nathan Emerson scored 30 points to lead Medomak, while Alec Coughlin added six. Jaden Martin and Jack Lombardo scored 11 points for Oceanside Blue.
Medomak 66, Wiscasset 55
At Waldoboro Jan. 14, the Riverhawks won in their final game of the regular season, besting the Warriors by 11 points. Medomak led 14-13, 29-28 and 50-44 at the quarter breaks.
Colin Fournier scored 29 points for Medomak, while Brent Stewart added nine; Ben Dever, eight; Johnathon Luce, seven; Anthony Vitale and Andrew Campbell, four; Josh Goldrup, three; and Antonio Seccareccio, two.
Zach Reed scored 29 points for Wiscasset, while Levi McAtee added nine; Kobe Carrier, and Jacob Wilson, six; Max Simpson, three; and Ben Masten, two.
The 'Hawks were 14-of-20 (60 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 12-of-23 (52 percent).
Camden-Rockport 8th 51, Oceanside White 34
At Thomaston Jan. 14, the Schooners pulled away from the Mariners and prevailed by 17 points. Camden-Rockport led 14-11, 23-13 and 37-26 at the quarter breaks. The Schooners went on a 13-0 run to end the game.
Noah Heidorn scored 29 points for CRMS, while Lucas Boetsch added 10; Tucker Grinnell, six; Conrad Crans, four; and Will Nickerson, two.
Hunter Davis scored 12 points for Oceanside White, while Ruben Martinez added 10; Jack Freeman, five; Anthony Moore, four; and John Curtin, three.
The Schooners scored 6-of-15 (40 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Mariners were 5-of-9 (56 percent).
Medomak 7th 59, Wiscasset 33
At Wiscasset Jan. 14, the Riverhawks soared past the Warriors and prevailed by 26 points.
Alec Coughlin scored 12 points for the 'Hawks, while Nathan Emerson added eight. Matt Chapman led Wiscasset for 10 points.
Searsport 8th 54, Camden-Rockport 41
At Searsport Jan. 13, the Vikings bested the visiting Schooners. Camden-Rockport led 15-12 after the first quarter, while Searsport led 30-23 at halftime and 42-35 after three quarters.
Connor Kneeland scored 21 points for the Vikings, while Ben Powell added 14; Liam MacMillan, 13; Devon Bean, four; and Colby Snow, two.
Noah Heidorn scored 28 points for the Schooners, while Conrad Crans and Will Nickerson added four; Tucker Grinnell, three; and Will Parks, one.
Searsport netted 7-of-14 (50 percent) free throw attempts, while Camden-Rockport converted 3-of-7 (43 percent).
Oceanside White 8th 47, Medomak 42
At Waldoboro Jan. 13, the Mariners sailed to a five-point win over the Riverhawks. Medomak led 8-5 after the first quarter, while Oceanside White took a 22-17 lead at halftime and a 32-28 lead after three quarters.
Colin Fournier scored 24 points for the 'Hawks, while Brent Stewart added eight; and Wyatt Post and Josh Goldrup, two.
Hunter Davis scored 13 points for the Mariners, while Ruben Martinez added 11; Jack Freeman, seven; John Curtin and Anthony Moore, six; and Leo Reid and Matt Waldron, two.
Oceanside White netted 12-of-19 (63 percent) free throws and Medomak 9-of-13 (69 percent).
Oceanside White 7th 48, Medomak 47
At St. George Jan. 13, the Mariners outlasted the Riverhawks by one point. Oceanside White led 23-16 at halftime.
Cooper Wirkala topped the Mariners with 18 points. Alex Clevette scored 13 points for Medomak, while Nathan Emerson added 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Girls regular-season basketball
Oceanside Blue 7th 46, Medomak 32
At Waldoboro Jan. 15, the Mariners prevailed by 14 points in their final game of the regular season. Oceanside Blue led 12-7, 27-12 and 34-25 at the quarter breaks.
Annaliese Poisson and Hope Butler scored 10 points to lead the Mariners, while Brooke Post added eight; Raechel Joyce, seven; Kassidy Robinson, six; Gabby Straka, three; and Kaycee Foster, two.
Lydia Simmons and Talia Wills scored eight points for Medomak, while Mattie Watmough added six; Addie Jameson, four; Elizabeth Flanagan and Aubrey Schaeffer, two; and Makenzie Bickmore and Maddy White, one.
The Mariners were 2-of-3 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Riverhawks were 6-of-20 (30 percent).
Camden-Rockport 7th 35, Oceanside White 25
At Camden Jan. 14, the Schooners pulled away in the fourth quarter and picked up a 10-point win. Camden-Rockport led 8-4 after the first quarter, while Oceanside rallied to tie the game 14-14 at halftime. The Schooners then took a 22-20 lead after three quarters.
Kassie Krul scored 21 points for CRMS, while Capri Buck added six; Lauren Rothwell, four; and Maddie Holt and Ellie Berez, two.
Morgan Heal scored eight points for the Mariners, while Kalli Grover added seven; Nicole Paulsen, four; and Hannah Moholland, Sara Dorr and Chloe Jones, two.
The hosts were 5-of-16 (31 percent) from the foul line and the visitors 0-of-2.
Oceanside White 8th 42, Camden-Rockport 33
At Thomaston Jan. 14, the Schooners held the Mariners at arm's-length throughout the contest and prevailed by nine points. Camden-Rockport led 6-5, 20-11 and 26-18 at the quarter breaks.
Charlotte Leparulo scored 14 points for Oceanside White, while Julia Kurr added eight; Lauren Miller, seven; Molly Spencer, five; Lauryn Arsenault, four; and Amelia Campbell and Zoe Goff, two.
Audrey Clement scored 11 points for Camden-Rockport, while Abbey O'Donal added nine; Alli Wells, eight; Katie Heavey, three; and Meg Gordon, two.
The Mariners were 7-of-17 (41 percent) from the foul line, while the Schooners were 5-of-20 (25 percent).
Medomak 8th 47, Wiscasset 25
At Waldoboro Jan. 14, the Riverhawks came out strong in the early going and soared to victory over the Warriors. Medomak led 20-2, 28-11 and 41-17 at the quarter breaks.
Gabby DePatsy scored 22 points to lead Medomak, while Hallie Kunesh added 14; Cierra Dyer, eight; Marina Lint, two; and Danica Juntura, one.
Grace Webber scored 15 points for Wiscasset, while Maisey True added six; and Sarah Foley, four.
The 'Hawks were 13-of-20 (65 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 3-of-8 (37 percent).
Medomak 7th 42, Wiscasset 14
At Wiscasset Jan. 14, the Riverhawks had no trouble with the Warriors and picked up a 28-point win. Medomak led 11-6, 21-9 and 34-10 at the quarter breaks.
Lydia Simmons scored seven points for Medomak, while Emma Hooper added six; Talia Willis, Melayna Benner, Maddy White, Makenzie Bickmore and Hattie Watmough, four; Addie Jameson, Chelsea Field, Aubrey Schaeffer and Elizabeth Flanagan, two; and Kaysee Leary, one.
Allison Donovan and Shannon James scored five points for Wiscasset, while Keisha Small and Jade Rego added two.
The Riverhawks were 4-of-12 (33 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 4-of-9 (44 percent).
Oceanside White 8th 42, Camden-Rockport 33
At Thomaston Jan. 14, the Mariners stayed ahead of the Schooners for much of the game and picked up a nine-point win. Oceanside White led 6-5, 20-11 and 26-18 at the quarter breaks.
Charlotte Leparulo scored 14 points for the hosts, while Julia Kurr added eight; Lauren Miller, seven; Molly Spencer, five; Lauren Arsenault, four; and Amelia Campbell and Zoe Goff, two.
Audrey Clement scored 11 points for Camden-Rockport, while Alli Wells added eight; Abbey O'Donal, seven; Katie Heavey, five; and Meg Gordon, two.
The Mariners were 7-of-18 (38 percent) from the foul line, while the Schooners were 5-of-18 (27 percent).
Oceanside White 8th, Medomak 25
At Waldoboro Jan. 13, the Mariners doubled up the host Riverhawks and prevailed by 25 points. The two teams were knotted 10-10 after the first quarter before Oceanside took a 27-12 lead at halftime and a 40-18 lead after three quarters.
Amelia Campbell scored 11 points for Mariners, while Molly Spencer, Julia Kurr, Lauren Miller and Charlotte Leparulo added eight; Lauryn Arsenault, five; and Zoe Goff, two.
Gabby DePatsy scored nine points for the 'Hawks, while Cierra Dyer added six; Katie York, four; and Acadia Calderwood, Hallie Kunesh and Haley Wyllie, two.
Medomak netted 1-of-6 (17 percent) from the foul line, while Oceanside White netted 1-of-4 (25 percent).
Hope 40, Bristol 17
At Bristol Jan. 13, the Hawks soared to victory over the Blue Devils. Hope led 23-2, 23-8 and 32-8 at the quarter breaks.
Kira Barley scored 17 points for the Hawks, while Laticia Billings added 13; Frances Ostensen, four; and Kesha Lane, Kaitlyn Turnbull and Haleigh Luce, two.
Halle Hallowell scored seven points for the Blue Devils, while Emily Kelsey and Alice Yokabaskas added four and Jenna Gilbert two.
Oceanside White 7th 38, Medomak 34
At St. George Jan. 13, the Mariners bested the Riverhawks by a four-point margin. Oceanside White led 12-3, 17-8 and 23-16 at the quarter breaks.
Lydia Simmons scored 14 points to lead the visitors, while Elizabeth Flanagan, Aubrey Schaeffer, Hattie Watmough and Maddy White added four; and Serena Poland and Addie Jameson, two.
Kalli Grover and Morgan Heal led Oceanside White with 12 points, while Hannah Moholland added five; C. Fournier, three; and Chloe Jones and Sara Dorr, two.
The Mariners were 6-of-14 (43 percent) from the foul line and the 'Hawks 8-of-23 (35 percent).