Talented Medomak claims Mussel Ridge titlesSt. George Parks & Recreation Department hosts youth basketball tourney
St. George — The 19th annual Mussel Ridge Hoops Tournament, which gave those in attendance an early look at perhaps the Midcoast's future middle and high school court stars, took place Friday through Sunday, March 14-16 at St. George School.
The tournament, for fourth-graders (and some younger hoop athletes), featured girls teams from St. George, Medomak, Thomaston and Rockland, in addition to boys squads from St. George, Medomak Valley, Boothbay and Thomaston.
Featured in the tournament were youngsters from the St. George, Thomaston, Cushing, Rockland, South Thomaston, Owls Head, Spruce Head, Warren, Waldoboro, Washington, Friendship and Union areas.
In the end, Medomak Valley claimed their respective championships in the tourney hosted by the St. George Parks & Recreation Department and its boosters.
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The Cushing girls withdrew before the start of the tournament, which allowed the Rockland team to slide in and take their place in the double-elimination event.
The logo for this year's tournament was drawn by St. George fourth-grader Mila Mathiau. The image was put on the tournament program and t-shirts for sale throughout the weekend.
Kelly Thorndike of St. George created the original logo used from 1998-2007 before the tournament artwork began being designed by students in 2008.
The following are rosters for participating squads:
St. George girls — Noelle Delano, Anna Kingsbury, Allison Gill, Cassie Evans, Ahlivia Morris, Audrey Leavitt, Alivia Kurr, Maisie Mathiau, Amelia Murdock, Laura Olds and Sophia Mathieson. The team is coached by Dan Kingsbury and Josh Miller.
Thomaston girls — Alaina Myers, Anna Campbell, Emily Sykes, Jasmyn Beaudry, Micheala Smith, Sophia Vigue, Alexa Barstow, Avianna Callahan and Bella Stasulis. The team is coached by Chris Barstow.
Medomak girls — Grace White, Brianna Feyler, Alyssa Creamer, Lucy Jameson, Autumn Ripley, Ruth Havener, Baylee Stewart, Zaniah Puchalski, Quinn Overlock and Madi Simmons. The team is coached by Scott White.
Rockland girls — Maddie Benner, Riley Wellman, Grace Pratt, Serra Tolman, Martina Straka, Sophia Pitcher, Abby Waterman, Madison Barbour, Maria Protheroe, Colette Black, Sky Sprayberry, Autumn Boody and Alexia Knowlton. The team is coached by Brittany Anthony and Lance Boody.
St. George boys — Parker Hilchey, Liam O'Neal, Jack Elwell, James Cody, Gregory Murray, Gavin Young, Zach Daniello, Zeke Miller, Matthew Tynan and Thomas White. The team is coached by Garrett Hilchey and Jeff Elwell.
Medomak boys — Blake Morrison, Isaac Simmons, Ryan Jarvis, Will Cheesman, Addison Mellor, Kevin Syncyr, Isaak Hynd, Wyatt Simmons, Trevor Brown, Jaden Starr and Garret Hutchins. The team is coached by Evan Morrison and Darryl Hutchins.
Thomaston boys — Jason Leclerc, Brady Marchessault, Jackson Leonard, Joshua Smalley, Kai Meservey, Cody Benner, Rhys Jones, Hunter McKenzie, Hayden Jaques, Jacob Uyttewaal, Jacob Soule and Landonn Tabbutt. The team is coached by Ricky Jones and Christienne Jones.
Boothbay boys — Nase Lawless, Lucas Hardwick, Moses Allen, Andy Clark, Matt Sullivan, Kayden Ames, Dylan Plummer, Tyler Barter, Nick Archer and Riley Faulkingham. The team is coached by Kevin Ames and Angel Ames.
In Sunday's championship girls game, Medomak Valley posted an 18-12 win over St. George. Alyssa Creamer and Grace White each scored six points for Medomak Valley, while Audrey Leavitt scored four points for St. George. The game was evenly matched as both teams played strong defense, as Medomak Valley built an early lead and held off St. George.
In Sunday's championship boys game, Medomak Valley bested St. George 41-12. Trevor Brown scored 20 points for Medomak Valley, while Liam O'Beil scored six points for St. George. Medomak Valley displayed topnotch defense and claimed the title.
The following are summaries of boys games throughout the tourney:
St. George 40, Boothbay 38
Gavin Young scored 16 points to lead St. George, while Liam O'Neil added 14. Kayden Ames scored 20 points for Boothbay, while Matt Sullivan added 12. The game was possibly the best of the tournament and had many ties in the fourth quarter before St. George pulled it out.
Medomak Valley 54, St. George 19
Trevor Brown led Medomak Valley with 20 points, while Garret Hutchins added 10. Gavin Young netted 13 points to lead St. George. Medomak Valley had a strong team performance with contributions from all players.
Boothbay 38, Thomaston 33
Matt Sullivan scored 20 points to lead Boothbay and Kayden Ames 10, while Hayden Jacques scored 22 for Thomaston. The game was close and hard-fought throughout.
Medomak Valley 54, Boothbay 18
Trevor Brown scored 25 points to lead Medomak Valley and Addison Mellor 10, while Kayden Ames scored 12 for Boothbay. The game was a strong performance by Medomak Valley from start to finish.
The following are summaries of girls games throughout the tourney:
St. George 20, Rockland 18
Anna Kingsbury scored 12 points for St. George, while Riley Wellman netted 10 for Rockland. Rockland showed improvement by giving St. George a test with no more than two points between the teams at each quarter break.
Medomak Valley 26, St. George 21
Alyssa Creamer scored 12 points for Medomak Valley, while Anna Kingsbury scored 13 for St. George. The game was back-and-forth as Medomak Valley led early and St. George rallied in the middle quarters before the young Panthers rallied in the fourth.
Rockland 18, Thomaston 16
Riley Wellman scored eight points for Rockland, while Anna Campbell, Emily Sykes and Alexa Barstow each had four points for Thomaston. The game was tight throughout and came down to the final possession, as Rockland held on for the win.
Medomak Valley 30, Thomaston 14
Alyssa Creamer scored 12 points for Medomak Valley, while Alexa Barstow scored six points for Thomaston. The Medomak Valley girls pulled away in the second and third quarters to pick up the win.
Ben Vail, St. George Parks & Recreation director, provided game recaps.