Camden National Bank has ensured that more than 900 Maine students will cheer on their home team at the 2013 state high school basketball championship games on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2.

This marks the fourth year Camden National has partnered with local schools to purchase tickets for students.

CNB will offer free tickets to each school that made it to states and is located within a community with a CNB branch. This year the Bangor, Catherine McAuley of Portland and Waynflete of Portland girls, along with the Medomak Valley, Hampden Academy and Penquis Valley of Milo boys, made it to the state championships.

The number of tickets purchased for each school varied depending on school size and student interest.

CNB first provided free student tickets in 2010 at the suggestion of an employee who wished someone had stepped in when she was a student to ensure that all students could attend the state tournaments, regardless of their personal situation.

"The Medomak Valley High School boys basketball team has been waiting 33 years to return to the state championships and the community’s excitement is electric," said Medomak Valley athletic director Matt Lash. “Given what the members of the boys basketball team have overcome this season, we know they will fight until the end. It is extremely generous of Camden National [Bank] to make this contribution in support of the team, which will make it possible for more students to attend the game. We have two spectator buses and a 35-member band making the trip to Portland Friday. We are very fortunate to have such strong support from the community.”

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