Whether it was multiple players surpassing 1,000 points for their careers, a state championship gold ball being raised or a pair of teams riding off into the sunset after playing their final games in the history of their schools, the 2010-11 Midcoast high school boys basketball season had it all on the court last winter throughout Classes B, C and D.

And after all the dust settled on an exciting season, 22 of the area’s top players are being honored as VillageSoup unveils its second annual boys basketball notables.

This year’s hoop notables include Belfast’s Brad Reed; Camden Hills’ Tyler McFarland, Keegan Pieri, Adam Carlsen, Joel Gabriele and Nate Catell; Georges Valley’s Dylan Maloney; Islesboro’s D.J. Johnson and Jason Hatch; Medomak Valley’s John Murray, Isaac Greenrose, Alex Greenrose and Isaac Durkee; Mount View’s Erick Nealley and Bobby Porter; North Haven’s Riley Venger; Searsport’s Rocky Faunce; Rockland’s Ryan Ecker and Isaiah Stone-Patterson; and Vinalhaven’s Steven Osgood, Brian Stanley and Bobby Beckman.

Reed, Pieri, Ecker, McFarland, Nealley, Catell, Faunce, Gabriele, Durkee, Hatch and Beckman are seniors; Maloney, Isaac Greenrose, Alex Greenrose, Johnson, Porter, Osgood, Stanley and Carlsen, juniors; Murray and Venger, sophomores; and Stone-Patterson, a freshman. The Greenroses are identical twin brothers.

VillageSoup will name notables in all high school varsity sports where there are at least two Midcoast teams in that season playing an official varsity schedule. Student-athletes who will be considered for notable distinction can come from Belfast Area High School, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockland District High School, Medomak Valley High School, Georges Valley High School, Vinalhaven High School, North Haven Community School, Islesboro Central School, Mount View High School and Searsport District High School.

In the winter, notables are selected for boys basketball, girls basketball, indoor track, swimming and wrestling.

Basketball is offered at Belfast, Camden Hills, Rockland, Medomak Valley, Mount View, Searsport, Georges Valley, Islesboro, North Haven and Vinalhaven.

The criteria to become a Midcoast notable student-athlete begins with the VillageSoup sports department polling area coaches to provide a list of what they feel are their top student-athletes for that season, not necessarily a high school career. In this case, for boys basketball, Belfast’s Scott Benzie, Camden Hills’ Jeff Hart, Georges Valley’s Scott Johnson, Searsport’s Brad Cook, Rockland’s Matt Breen, Mount View’s Steve Caron, Medomak Valley’s Nick DePatsy, Vinalhaven’s Matt Slivinsky and Islesboro’s Andrew Leach were polled for their nominations. Attempts to reach North Haven coach Ryan Lantagne were unsuccessful.

The notables are based on individual performances, although the strength of a team’s season may impact how many players from a specific team are selected.

In naming notables in a sport, VillageSoup is not trying to highlight every potentially deserving student-athlete from a given team, only to highlight the most consistently strong performers during a particular season in a particular sport. Obviously, with any such list of notables being subjective, not all those initially considered ultimately will make the final list of notables.

In addition, there usually is at least one representative from each school in a given sport, but that is not always the case. From that point, the rest of the notables could be a mix of student-athletes from many schools, or weighted heavily on one or two schools. Obviously, the more success a particular team has will, in some respects, dictate the number of potential notables it receives.

In most sports, the nomination process for a sport begins with the VillageSoup sports department polling area coaches to provide a list of what they feel are each respective team’s premier players for that season, not necessarily for a high school career. The notables are based on individual performances, although the strength of a team’s season may impact how many players from a specific team are selected.

A nomination only guarantees each candidate’s consideration, not ultimate notable status. While the input of each coach is weighed heavily with each candidate, the final decisions are made by VillageSoup Sports Director Ken Waltz and Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell.

Again, not all potential notables will ultimately become VillageSoup’s notables. Only those nominated by coaches and ultimately selected by the VillageSoup sports staff.

Belfast, competing in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference’s Class B division, finished with a record of 1-19 and 19th among 19 teams in Eastern Class B, falling short of the postseason.

Camden Hills, competing in the KVAC’s Class B division, had yet another sensational year on the floor which ended with the Windjammers again hoisting the gold ball with another state title. Camden Hills finished the regular season 18-0, won the KVAC Class B championship over Medomak Valley and then ran the playoff gauntlet with ease to win the state title. The ‘Jammers bested No. 8 Caribou in the quarterfinals, No. 5 Winslow in the semifinals, No. 2 Ellsworth in the regional final and Western Class B titlist and fourth-seeded Cape Elizabeth in the state championship. It also marked the Windjammers’ second undefeated season in the past three years and their third straight state title appearance.

Georges Valley, competing in the Mountain Valley Conference’s Class C division, finished with a record of 7-11 and 12th in Western Class C, falling short of the postseason. The Buccaneers’ are set to merge with neighboring Rockland over the summer to form Oceanside High School, which will compete in KVAC Class B next season.

Islesboro, competing in Western Class D, finished with a record of 16-2 and was the fourth seed in the region. The Eagles were upset by No. 5 Vinalhaven in the Western Class D playoffs.

Medomak Valley, competing in the KVAC’s Class B division, finished with a record of 14-4 and grabbed the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Class B playoffs. The Panthers were upset by No. 5 Winslow in the quarterfinals.

Mount View, competing in the KVAC’s Class B division, finished with a record of 5-13 and 14th in Eastern Class B, falling short of postseason play.

North Haven, competing in Western Class D, finished with a record of 4-11 and 12th in the region, falling short of postseason play.

Searsport, competing in the Penobscot Valley Conference’s Class C division, finished with a record of 4-14 and 14th in Eastern Class C, falling short of postseason play.

Rockand, competing in the KVAC’s Class B division, finished with a record of 4-14 and 18th in Eastern Class B, falling short of postseason play. The Tigers are set to merge with neighboring Georges Valley over the summer to form Oceanside high School, which will compete in the KVAC Class B next season.

Vinalhaven, competing in Western Class D’s East/West Conference, finished with a record of 9-6 and fifth in Western Class D. The Vikings knocked off No. 4 Islesboro in the quarterfinals, beat top-seeded Forest Hills of Jackman in the semifinals and fell to No. 3 Richmond for the second straight season in the regional final.

The following are VillageSoup’s 22 high school boys basketball notables, listed in alphabetical order:

Beckman, a senior, was a guard and team captain for Vinalhaven and was the third leading scorer on a Viking team that advanced to the regional final. A quiet player who leads by example on the court, Beckman’s best effort came in the quarterfinals against Islesboro, where he netted 14 points in an upset of the Eagles. He was also the team’s best foul shooter, averaged 10 points and, according to coach Slivinsky, is going to the University of Maine at Presque Isle next fall and will play basketball for the Owls.

Carlsen, a junior, jumped into the role of starting point guard this season for Camden Hills and thrived with his ability to slash to the hoop and to distribute the ball. Carlsen averaged 5.4 points for the Windjammers, along with 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals. His pressure defense on the opponent’s ballhandlers was “nothing short of spectacular,” according to coach Hart, who added that his penetration in the state title game against Cape Elizabeth’s zone defense was paramount, setting up teammates for key hoops to help the Windjammers pull away and win the gold ball.

Catell, a senior, was one of the key role players for Camden Hills this season as they ran the table for their second undefeated state championship in three seasons. Catell proved to be a strong shooting threat from both the perimeter and beyond the arc, connecting on 29 3-pointers. He made many key shots in the postseason, including a pair of treys in the opening moments of the second half of the team’s semifinal playoff against Winslow, helping the ‘Jammers pull away. Catell averaged 5.5 points and with his length also contributing to the team’s stellar defensive play. He was also named to the KVAC all-academic team.

Durkee, a senior, was one of Medomak Valley’s top 3-point threats, canning 22 treys and averaging nine points and 2.6 rebounds. A quiet leader who guided the team mentally and kept the squad focused, Durkee shot better than 70 percent from the foul line and also became a more polished all-around player after improving vastly on rebounding and overall defense. Coach DePatsy called Durkee a very coachable player with a willingness to learn, which is what every coach is looking for in a player.

Ecker, a senior, was one of the leaders on the floor for Rockland and proved to be the team’s most consistent player from start to finish. The only returning player from last year’s team with any notable varsity experience, Ecker averaged 10 points as the team’s point guard and did his part in helping the young Tigers to a four-win season.

Faunce, a senior, was the top all-around player for Searsport and had a strong year statistically despite the Vikings’ down year record-wise. A team captain and team most valuable player for the second straight season, Faunce was named third-team all-conference this season and also participated in the PVC senior all-star game. He averaged 14 points and nine rebounds. Faunce thrived as an undersized post player, often creating matchup problems for opponents as he could take his defender away from the basket to hit perimeter shots. Coach Cook called Faunce “one of the nicest kids and an athlete that will definitely be missed.”

Gabriele, a senior, was a sharp-shooting threat for Camden Hills and relished the role, taking advantage of opposing defenses that were willing to risk double-teaming teammates McFarland and Pieri with a pleathora of e-pointers. Gabriele knocked down 33 treys this season and averaged 11.9 points, while also leading the team in steals (3.6 per game) and assists (3 per game). Coach Hart said Gabriele was the unsung hero of the team and was the team’s catalyst for their trademark defensive pressure.

Alex Greenrose, a junior, bounced back nicely this season after missing a chunk of last year with an injured shoulder and was named to the KVAC honorable mention team as well as the all-defensive team. Greenrose averaged 8.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 steals. Greenrose was the team’s top defender, according to coach DePatsy, as not only did he typically guard the opposition’s top guard, but is “long, lengthy and helped keep people in check for us.” His confidence grew as the season progressed and should again be a top contributor for the Panthers in his senior season.

Isaac Greenrose, a junior, was one of Medomak Valley’s top 3-point shooters this season and top all-around offensive stars, averaging 11.2 points and connecting on 18 triples on the year. Greenrose can stick the jumper, slash to the basket and also post up defenders in the paint, making him one of the team’s most valuable commodities. Coach DePatsy added that he also grew by leaps and bounds defensively this season and that he “needs more mental toughness, but once he gets confident, he can go a long way.” Greenrose looks to return next season and reprise his role of one of the team’s top offensive stars.

Hatch, a senior captain, was an integral part of Islesboro’s playoff run this season and averaged 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds. At 6-3, Hatch played both forward and center for the Eagles and gave them the strong interior presence needed to turn in a 16-win campaign in Western Class D. Hatch also turned in a 16-point effort against the neighboring Vinalhaven in the regional quarterfinals.

Johnson, a junior captain, was about as exciting a player as there was in the Midcoast playing for Class D Islesboro, often willing his team to victory with his supreme athletic ability and presence. A 6-2 guard/forward, Johnson reached the 1,000-point plateau this year against Seacoast Christian and averaged 23 points, along with eight rebounds and eight assists. In his lone postseason game — a quarterfinal loss to Vinalhaven — Johnson tallied 23 points.

Maloney, a junior, was Georges Valley’s most consistent scorer in what will be the final season for the Buccaneers, as he average eight points and eight rebounds. Maloney was also a solid defender for the Bucs and strong rebounder despite his 5-10 frame, while coach Johnson added, “He made every practice, was a good teammate and gave a lot of effort all the time for us.”

McFarland, a senior, closed his high school career as the most successful player in the history of the Windjammer hoop program. After clinching his 1,000th career point midway through the season against Oak Hill of Sabattus, the 6-foot-6-inch McFarland went on to break the all-time Windjammer scoring record set by Meg Cressler and ended his high school career with 1,403 points. He also was the conference player of the year for the second straight season and also was the most valuable player of the Eastern Class B playoffs for the third straight year, the first time a student-athlete garnered that award three times.

After leading the Windjammers to another KVAC championship, McFarland dominated from start to finish though the postseason and helped Camden Hills win another state Class B championship and the team’s second undefeated season in three years. McFarland scored 24 points in the state win over the Capers, 19 of which came in the second half.

After a week to let the state Class B title soak in, McFarland was named Mr. Maine Basketball, given to the state’s top high school senior basketball player. Days later, McFarland also was awarded the 2010-11 Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He is set to attend Cushing Academy next year, a prep school in Massachusetts as he continues to develop to play Division I collegiate basketball.

In his final season as a Windjammer, McFarland averaged 24.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocked shots.

Murray, a sophomore, had his coming out party this season for Medomak Valley as the 6-5 center played as big as his frame, averaging 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. He was also second-team all-conference in the KVAC as well as being named to the all-rookie team. Murray banged bodies all season with the conference’s top big men, but “kept his head and kept focused” all season, according to coach DePatsy. Murray gave the Panthers a strong presence in the middle this season, was constantly altering shots, has the ability to take over a game and can also run the floor. He had a memorable debut at the Bangor Auditorium in the postseason, dumping in 26 points, pulling down eight rebounds and shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line in a quarterfinal loss. Murray has the potential to be a premier big man in the state over the next few seasons.

Nealley, a senior, had a strong final season for Mount View despite playing most of the season with a lingering knee injury that had carried over from football season. He led the team in rebounds at more than 12 per contest and had several big games for the ‘Stangs. Nealley also possessed strong senior leadership and although his natural position was forward, would often play center on an undersized team this season.

Osgood, a junior, was Vinalhaven’s most dynamic player and had the ability to affect the game profoundly on both offense and defense this season for the Vikings. A team leader in every sense of the word and able to play on the perimeter or in the post, Osgood averaged a double-double this season at 16 points and 10 rebounds. He also averaged close to five assists and three steals and had a 28-point effort against the Eagles in the quarterfinals and 21 points in a losing effort to the Bobcats in the regional final.

Pieri, a senior, was perhaps Camden Hills’ most versatile player and was an imperative piece of the Windjammers’ state championship puzzle this season. Able to handle the ball as the team’s point guard or bang bodies in the paint as a forward or center, at 6-6 Pieri, who will play hoops at Bowdoin College in Brunswick starting next year, did most anything and everything this season for the ‘Jammers. He also proved to have a knack of playing big in big games, dropping in 24 points in the regional final against Ellsworth and knocked down a handful of 3-pointers in the process. He then scored 21 points for the ‘Jammers in the state final against the Capers and made a huge impact down the stretch with teammate McFarland playing with four fouls for much of the second half. Pieri also was a KVAC first-team all star as well as a member of the all-academic team.

Porter, a junior, led Mount View in scoring at 15 points per game and displayed strong leadership on the floor for the Mustangs. Porter is naturally a shooting guard but played point guard this season for coach Caron and thrived in the role, shooting a high percentage from the floor and more than 70 percent from the charity stripe. Caron added that Porter was their go-to-guy offensively and should be tough to contend with for many teams next year as a senior.

Reed, a senior, was Belfast’s best all-around player and led the Lions in scoring at 10 points per game. A guard and team captain, Reed led the team in points per game and minutes played and excelled at coming off screens and featured a terrific mid-range jump shot. Coach Benzie added, “If we needed a shot or a big hoop, we drew a play for him.”

Stanley, a junior, was a sparkplug for Vinalhaven this season, averaged 11 points and was in the top three on the team in rebounding. A guard with a high basketball IQ and “gives it his all in every game” according to his coach, Stanley connected on six three-pointers in the first half of the regional final against Richmond and finished the game with 21 points. He also had 14 points in a quarterfinal victory over Islesboro.

Stone-Patterson, a freshman, broke onto the scene for Rockland and, despite his 5-2 frame, had a productive year down the stretch. A shifty point guard who can penetrate and shoot from the outside, Stone-Patterson led the Tigers in scoring at 12 points per game and also hit a game-winning 3-pointer late in the season at home against Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield. He improved as the season wore on and became the Tigers’ go-to-player in crunch time. He likely will be a key contributor next season for Oceanside High School.

Venger, a sophomore, was one of North Haven’s top scorers and turned in many games where he totaled more than 20 points for the Hawks. Playing on a team that had only 10 players, Venger made the most of his opportunities for the Hawks and played well all season, particularly in the team’s four victories.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.