High school boys and girls basketball

Officially, 11 Midcoast squads realize postseason dreams

Oceanside, Medomak, Camden Hills, Searsport, North Haven, Islesboro, Vinalhaven qualify
By Staff | Feb 08, 2014

Eleven high school boys and girls basketball teams in the Courier Publications'/VillageSoup's coverage area — which includes Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln counties — have qualified for postseason play.

The Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for all regions are official, as the final regular-season games were played on Friday, Feb. 7.

The following are the final standings and playoff pictures for Midcoast squads:

Eastern Class B girls

Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (10-8, 80.5556 points) finished sixth, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro (10-8, 74.5370 points) seventh, Camden Hills (11-7, 74.5370 points) eighth, Mount View of Thorndike (4-14, 16.2037 points) 17th and Belfast (1-17, 4.3210 ) 18th. The top 13 teams in the 19-team region qualify for the playoffs. Presque Isle (18-0, 163.2716 points) is the top seed.

Thus, the Mariners, Panthers and Windjammers qualified for postseason play, while the Mustangs and Lions failed to qualify.

The Panthers and Windjammers finished with the same number of Heal Points, but the Panthers swept the two regular-season games over the Windjammers and, thus, were awarded the seventh seed. The top three seeds earn automatic berths to the quarterfinals at the tourney site at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The No. 6 Mariners will host No. 11 Ellsworth (8-10, 59.5679 points) in a prelim playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The winner will move onto the quarterfinal round and face No. 3 Mount Desert Island (16-2, 126.8519 points) on Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m at the CIC in Bangor. The Mariners do not play the Eagles or the Trojans during the regular season.

The No. 7 Panthers will host No. 10 John Bapst of Bangor (9-9, 60.9568 points) in a prelim playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. (after the boys prelim playoff game). The winner will qualify for the quarterfinal round and will face No. 2 Nokomis of Newport (18-0, 149.5370 points) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9:05 a.m. at the CIC in Bangor. The Panthers did not face the Crusaders or Warriors during the regular season.

The No. 8 Windjammers will host No. 9 Gardiner (11-7, 73.1481 points) in a prelim playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. The winner will qualify for the quarterfinal round and will face No. 1 Presque Isle (18-0, 163.2716 points) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4:35 p.m. at the CIC in Bangor. The Windjammers did not face the Wildcats or the Tigers during the regular season.

Eastern Class B boys

Oceanside (16-2, 159.8765 points) finished first, Camden Hills (15-3, 130.7099 points) second, Medomak Valley (10-8, 78.5494 points) seventh, Mount View (7-11, 23.7963 points) 15th and Belfast (1-17, 7.5617 points) 18th. The top 13 teams in the 19-team region qualify for the playoffs.

Thus, the Mariners, Panthers and Windjammers qualified for postseason play, while the Mustangs and Lions failed to qualify.

The top three seeds earn automatic bids to the quarterfinals.

Medomak Valley, the defending regional champion, will host No. 10 Ellsworth (9-9, 72.6852 points) in a prelim playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. (before girls prelim playoff game).

The No. 1 Mariners will play a quarterfinal playoff game against the winner of the prelim playoff between No. 8 Hermon (10-8, 76.6975 points) and No. 9 Presque Isle (9-9, 75.4630 points) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3:05 p.m at the CIC in Bangor.

The No. 2 Windjammers will play a quarterfinal playoff game against the winner of the prelim playoff between No. 7 Medomak Valley and No. 10 Ellsworth on Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the CIC in Bangor.

The Panthers do not play Ellsworth during the season, but were swept in two games against the Windjammers during the campaign.

Western Class D girls

Searsport (14-4, 79.0123 points) finished third, Islesboro (12-4, 41.7320 points) fifth, Vinalhaven (11-7, 38.3987 points) eighth and North Haven (2-15, 1.1765 points) 15th (last). Forest Hills of Jackman (18-0, 96.9785 points) is the top seed.

Thus, Searsport, Islesboro and Vinalhaven qualified for the playoffs, while North Haven failed to qualify. The top six seeds earn automatic bids to the quarterfinals.

The No. 3 SDHS Vikings will play a quarterfinal playoff game on Monday, Feb 17 at 10 a.m. against No. 6 Richmond (8-10, 40.4775 points). Searsport did not play the Bobcats during the regular season.

The No. 5 Islesboro Eagles will play in a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m against No. 4 Pine Tree Academy of Freeport (13-3, 48.1209 points). The islanders did not play PTA during the regular season.

The No. 8 Vinalhaven Vikings will host a prelim playoff game against No. 9 North Yarmouth Academy (6-12, 24.5949 points) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. The islanders do not play NYA during the regular season.

Western Class D boys

North Haven (15-2, 58.7889 points) finished sixth, Islesboro (8-8. 24.1667 points) ninth, Searsport (3-15, 8.0556 points) 12th and Vinalhaven (3-15, 7.8704 points) 13th. Forest Hills of Jackman (16-2, 87.5808 points) is the region's top seed.

Thus, North Haven and Islesboro qualified for the playoffs, while Searsport and Vinalhaven failed to qualify.

The No. 6 Hawks will host a prelim playoff game against No. 11 Pine Tree Academy of Freeport (6-12, 13.4532 points) on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. depending on the ferry. During the regular season, the islanders beat PTA twice — 55-36 and 52-25.

The No. 9 Eagles will play a prelim playoff game at No. 8 Richmond (9-9, 39.8920 points) on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Islesboro does not play the Bobcats during the regular season.

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