The winter’s athletic teams from South Hope Christian continue to find success as the volleyball squad, which is spiking for an unprecedented fifth straight state title, is unbeaten and the Royal boys basketball team has two losses.

The Royal volleyball squad is 10-0, while the Royal hoop team is 8-2.

The first two rounds of the Athletics For Christian Education League playoffs will be in Lisbon Falls and Turner Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 19-20 and Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 26-27, with the championship clashes being Saturday, March 6 in Skowhegan. The regular season concludes Friday, Feb. 12.

On Jan. 29, the South Hope basketball team beat host Evangel 52-25 in Bucksport. Scott Marshall scored a game-high 15 points and Lonnie Adolphsen chipped in 10 as the Royals easily defeated the Evangel Baptist Academy Knights.

The game was unique in that both coaches emptied their benches to start the game, giving the substitutes much-coveted playing time. The outcome was a foregone conclusion, given the fact that the Royals are a taller, older, more experienced team. So the coaches played their reserves for the entire first half, which ended with Evangel in the lead 15-13.

In the third quarter, South Hope coach Clint Martz put in his starters to ensure a Royal victory. Marshall wasted no time when he got on the floor, and put on an electrifying display of marksmanship. He connected on five 3-pointers in rapid succession, propelling the Royals to a 36-18 lead at the end of the period.

With the game firmly in hand, coach Martz returned the reserves to the court. Evangel coach Ron Gross responded in kind and the team’s substitutes finished the game.

Adolphsen added 10 rebounds to his 10 points to notch a double-double for the game.

Other scorers for the Royals were Tyler Brown with six points; Eli Chadwick, four; Luke Chadwick, three; and Sam Pease, Caleb Pease, Nathan Young, Mike Kee, Timothy Brown and Tyler Holmes, each with two.

Scoring for the Knights were Dana Trumble with eight points; Zack Merrill, seven; Vincent Trumble, six; and Robert Trumble, four.

In volleyball action the same night, the South Hope girls defeated the Knights in straight games — 25-15 and 25-12. The Royals have won 83 straight matches over five years.

Royals and Rams clash

On Jan. 22, in a battle of local Christian school hoop teams, South Hope beat Coastal Christian of Waldoboro 72-45 in a jam-packed gymnasium.

Sam Pease led all scorers with 26 points and Nathan Young tossed in 16 as the South Hope Royals handily defeated their Midcoast rivals.

The Royals shared the ball well in the first quarter, resulting in a balanced scoring attack and an 18-10 lead at the end of the frame.

The Rams and Royals played almost even in the second period, and South Hope took a 10-point lead at halftime.

Then in the third quarter, Pease turned on the juice, scoring 13 points in the stanza to catapult his team to a 54-34 lead, essentially sealing the Rams’ fate.

Any hope of a Ram comeback was effectively lost when team high scorer Billy Jones fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Also scoring for the Royals were Caleb Pease with eight points; Scott Marshall and Mike Kee, seven each; Eli Chadwick, four; and Sam Wadsworth and Tristan Gagne, each with two.

Ram scorers were Jones with 15 points; Jonah Cronkhite, 10; Jeremiah Dickenson, six; and Tony Lombardo and Mason Vermilion, each with four.

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Earlier games

On Jan. 12, South Hope faced the Wiscasset’s Minutemen in what ended in a win for Royals.

Scott Marshall scored a team-high 24 points and Sam Pease recorded a triple-double to lead the Royals to a 68-56 victory over the Minutemen. The win avenged the Royals’ loss to Wiscasset a week earlier.

The earlier game, played at South Hope, featured a lackluster first quarter from both teams, resulting in a 7-4 score in favor of the Royals at the end of the period. In the second quarter, the Royals outscored the Minutemen 13-9 and held a seven-point lead at halftime.

Josiah Hayward began to heat up for Wiscasset in the third quarter, scoring 11 of his game-high 25 points in that frame as the Royals cooled off. Suddenly, the Royals’ lead was only one point.

Sam Pease fouled out at 6:35 in the fourth quarter, followed by Nathan Young a few minutes later, and Caleb Pease at 1:59. The Royals bench was unable to hold the lead, and the Minutemen won the game 46-44.

Scoring for South Hope were Sam Pease with 15 points; Nathan Young, 12; Caleb Pease 10; Scott Marshall three; and Sam Wadsworth and Mike Kee, each with two.

Other scorers for Wiscasset were Michael Sprague with 10 points; Chad Waterhouse and Josh Guess, each with four; and Joseph Curtis, three.

The much anticipated rematch Jan. 12, which ended in South Hope winning 68-56, opened with Sam Pease on fire for the Royals. He scored 10 points in the first quarter to pace South Hope to a 22-12 lead at the end of the period.

The two teams played evenly in the second quarter, and the Royals margin remained 10 points at halftime, with a 38-28 score.

However, the Minutemen outscored the Royals 19-13 in the third quarter, and the difference was only four points at the close of the frame.

Pease and Marshall combined for 12 points in the fourth quarter to expand the lead back to nine points with 3:52 remaining. The Minutemen could manage only nine points despite Josiah Hayward’s best efforts.

Sam Pease’s triple-double featured 23 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists for the Royals.

Also scoring for South Hope were Nathan Young with 15 points; Sam Wadsworth, four; and Caleb Pease, two.

Other scorers for the Minutemen were Josh Guess with eight; Jacob Curtis and Elijah Curtis, each six; Michael Sprague, five; and Joseph Curtis, two.

On Jan. 8, Sam Pease led all scorers with 25 points and three other Royals scored in double figures as South Hope defeated the Hartland Conquerors 68-49.

The game opened with South Hope firmly in control, outscoring Hartland 25-6 by the end of the first quarter, as Scott Marshall scored seven points and Pease and Sam Wadsworth each scored six points in the frame.

The Royals expanded their lead slightly in the second quarter and took a 41-20 score to the locker room at halftime.

However, when coach Clint Martz rested his starters in the third period, the Conquerors, led by Jacob Butler’s 13 points, shaved the margin to 10 points at the end of that frame.

In the fourth quarter it was Nathan Michaud who brought Hartland to within five points of the Royals and sent the partisan crowd into a frenzy. But Scott Marshall swished two 3-pointers on consecutive possesions, and suddenly the Royal lead was back to 11 points, and South Hope won the game going away.

Also scoring for the Royals were Scott Marshall with 13 points; Sam Wadsworth, 10; Mike Kee, 10; Nathan Young, eight; and Tristan Gagne, two.

Scoring for Hartland were Jacob Butler with 18 points; Nathan Michaud, 12; Alex Nash, five; Jonathan Gordon and Ethan Butler, each three; and Pat Curtis and Joseph Quimby, each two.

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