While the Rockland Peewee Basketball League was forced to play its games this winter at the Rockland District Middle School due to renovations to the city’s historic community building on Limerock Street, that did not stop talented Midcoast young boys and girls from demonstrating their talent on a weekly basis at a new venue.

They did that one final time Saturday afternoon in a championship setting and did not disappoint the crowd that gathered to see American Legion win the boys title and VillageSoup the girls crown.

In the boys game, No. 2 American Legion shook off two regular-season losses to No. 1 Kenniston Machine to earn a 60-50 victory in the championship encounter. American Legion finished 10-2 overall, while Kenniston Machine, which was unbeaten heading into the final game, finished 11-1.

In the girls title game, No. 1 VillageSoup broke open a close game with a strong second half en route to a 64-36 win over No. 2 Maritime Energy. VillageSoup finished 11-1 overall, while Martime Energy was 8-4.

A list of players for each team who participated in Saturday’s game (some players may have been absent) included:

American Legion, coached by Rich Mazurek and Brian Bartlett, includes Nick Mazurek, Riley Sprague, Jacob Bartlett, Craig Curtis, Gavin Boyd, Jack Freeman, Devon Vansel, Bradley Nystrom, Trevor Grant, Brandon Debrosky and Josh Peaco.

Kenniston Machine, coached by Chris Raye, includes Keenan Hendricks, Nate Raye, Peyton Young, Dalton Oakes, Steven Robinson, Max Vosberg, David Kurr, Connor McGonagle, Isiah Green, Christian Gill and Reagan Billingsley.

VillageSoup, coached by Mark Brooks and Chuck Grover, includes Kaylinn Grover, MaKenna Brooks, Jillian Brooks, Kelsey Brooks, Gracie Wallace, Julianna Wallace, Hannah Galkowski, Sydney Hall and Shannon Ripley.

Maritime Energy, coached by Rich Mazurek and Kayla McGuire, includes Alexis Mazurek, Arianna Curtis, Lauren Darge, Kristen Penney, Lily Butler, Lauren Hoppe, Casey Cross and Taylor Hamlin.

Games include four 10-minute quarters with running time, except on foul shots and the final minute of each half. The league is open to fourth through sixth graders in the Midcoast.

Boys game

The contest was a back-and-forth affair early before American Legion grabbed a solid lead. Then Kenniston Machine battled back only to see the eventual champs pull away at the end.

When the game was up for grabs in the late going, Nick Mazurek made a key hoop and foul shots to lead his squad to the victory.

The game was tied 6-6 after one quarter before Kenniston led 24-22 at halftime. The difference was the third quarter when American Legion outscored Kenniston 18-6 and built a 40-30 cushion. Both teams scored 20 points in the final quarter.

Leading American Legion were Debrosky with 18 points, while Mazurek added 17; Sprague, 15; Peaco, four; and Bartlett, Curtis and Freeman, all two. Debrosky tallied 14 points in the pivotal third stanza, while Mazurek and Sprague both netted eight points in the second stanza and nine and seven points respectively in the fourth quarter. The team made 8-of-14 free throws (57 percent).

For Kenniston Machine, Hendricks tossed in 24 points, while Raye added 12; Kurr, six; Young, four; and Robinson and McGonagle, both two. Hendricks tallied 13 points in the second quarter and 11 in the fourth. Raye spearheaded a late charge by Kenniston by scoring nine points, including making 5-of-6 free throws, down the stretch. Kenniston netted 10-of-18 foul shots (56 percent).

The low post battle between Mazurek and Hendricks was fun to watch as both youngsters showcased plenty of nifty moves to get to the basket.

Click for more photos from the Kenniston Machine and American Legion boys basketball championship game.

Girls game

VillageSoup took control early and kept Maritime Energy at arm’s length for most of the contest. The champs led 17-10, 29-17 and 45-31 at the quarter breaks.

Keying VillageSoup were MaKenna Brooks with 28 points and Grover 19. Jillian Brooks added eight points; Hall, four; Kelsey Brooks, three; and Julianna Wallace, two. The team made 4-of-6 free throws (67 percent). MaKenna Brooks tossed in 16 points in the second half and Grover 11 during that time frame.

For Maritime Energy, Mazurek netted 17 points; Curtis, 11; Butler, six; and Cross, two. The team made 2-of-9 free throws (22 percent).

Click for more photos from the VillageSoup and Maritime Energy girls basketball championship game.

VillageSoup Regional Editor and Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.