Waterman nets 1,000th career point as Hawks surge in island showdownVinalhaven girls also best North Haven in basketball doubleheader
Vinalhaven — The latest in the twice annual island showdown between the North Haven and Vinalhaven basketball teams proved a special night, to say the least, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, as North Haven junior Avery Waterman entered the contest a mere 12 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his standout career.
The island boys and girls teams earned a split on the court during the doubleheader with the Hawk boys prevailing 66-32 and the Viking girls earning a 67-25 win.
However, the roof nearly came off the gymnasium in the fourth quarter of the boys contest when Waterman connected on his milestone-reaching hoop.
Waterman finished with a triple-double — 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists — in the win. He now has 1,006 career points. Interestingly, his father, David, also is a 1,000-point scorer for the Hawks.
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Waterman became the sixth North Haven student-athlete to hit the coveted 1,000-point plateau, as he jons both his coach Roman Cooper (1986 graduate) and father David Waterman (1984). Shaun Cooper (1984, Roman's older brother), Noah Davisson (2001) and Liz Lovell (2003) are the school's other 1,000-point scorers.
“It's a pretty big deal,” said Waterman. “My dad was a 1,000-point scorer and coach Roman is too, so it's kind of cool to be in the club with them.”
“With about five minutes to go in [the] fourth [quarter] he stole the ball and drove to the hole,” said coach Cooper. "I thought he was just going to go up with it and lay it in, however, one of the Vinalhaven kids was on his tail and (Avery) jump stopped, let him fly by, and then put the short jump shot in. The entire crowd erupted into one of the loudest standing ovations I have seen in a long, long time. It lasted a good two minutes.”
“I think I got it off a steal and I just knew he was going to jump by me,” said Waterman of the Viking defender. “And then as soon as I scored they blew the whistle and stopped the game, coach Roman went out and talked a little bit at midcourt. I really didn't know how to react.”
Coach Cooper, who called the scene “electric” with Waterman's teammates rushing the floor and showering him with high-fives and hugs, is “blessed and honored to be this young man's coach.”
Waterman is the second player Cooper has coached to 1,000 points. Cooper, who coached the girls team for several years, also coached Lovell during her stint to 1,000 points. Lovell is one of the North Haven girls team's two coaches, along with Cecily Pingree.
Roman Cooper holds the school record for points with 1,485, so Waterman has a puncher's chance to break his coach's scoring mark next year, in his senior season.
Vinalhaven is a home away from home for Waterman, who also plays high school baseball and soccer with many of the Vinalhaven student-athletes. Several Vinalhaven players also congratulated Waterman on the court for his historic accomplishment.
“I have really good relationships with a lot of those kids,” Waterman said. “Hanging out or on some sports team. Everybody was pretty psyched. I know a lot of people from Vinalhaven as well were pretty excited.”
North Haven fans have plenty of reason to be excited as well with the Hawks winning their 14th game in 15 tries Wednesday night. But Waterman and the Hawks are now getting ahead of themselves in terms of state championship aspirations.
“First of all we're just going to try to win North Haven's first-ever Augusta [playoff] game,” Waterman said. “We've never even won a semifinal or quarterfinal [playoff game] or anything.
“We're just going to take baby steps. Even if we won just one game up there that would be great for us, but we're hoping we can go all the way or at least deep into the tournament.”
The following is a recap of Wednesday night's two island contests:
North Haven 66, Vinalhaven 32
At Vinalhaven Jan. 29, the Hawks distanced themselves from the host Vikings in the second half and surged to their 13th win. North Haven led 13-8, 30-16 and 48-23 at the quarter breaks.
Ethan Mao and Waterman tallied 18 points for the visiting Hawks, while Aidan Emerson scored 10; Dalton Hornby, nine; Chayse MacDonald, eight; and Caleb Campbell, one.
Cody Hamilton scored 10 points for Vinalhaven, while Lewis Cray added nine; Max Stanley, eight; Doug Day, three; and Owen Bineau-Williams, two.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, North Haven (14-1, 45.2124 points) is fifth, while Vinalhaven (3-13, 7.0988 points) is 11th. Forest Hills of Jackman (15-2, 65.0567 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Vinalhaven 67, North Haven 25
At Vinalhaven Jan. 29, the Vikings handled the visiting Hawks with ease and prevailed by 42 points. Vinalhaven led 13-4, 25-10 and 49-17 at the quarter breaks.
Ashley Hamilton dumped in 20 points for the Vikings, while Bailey Wadleigh added 15; Skylar Sanborn, eight; Ashley Davis-Oakes and Ellie Reidy, six; Hannah Ames and Hannah Noyes, four; and Bethany Candage and Taylor Littlefield, two.
Jasmine Brown scored 12 points for the Hawks, while Maddie Hallowell added nine; and Adrianna Ames and Ashlynn Ames, two.
Vinalhaven netted 3-of-9 (33 percent) from the foul line, while North Haven did not attempt any free throws.
Hamilton also is approaching 1,000 career points. She had 875 heading into Wednesday's game and now has 895 for her career.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Western Class D, Vinalhaven (10-6, 29.9110 points) is sixth, while North Haven (2-13, 1.1765 points) is 15th. Forest Hills of Jackman (17-0, 80.2982 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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