The annual Mussel Ridge Hoops Tournament, a youth basketball tournament for third- and fourth-graders, went off without a hitch Friday through Sunday, March 15-17 at St. George School, and the event gave fans a glimpse into what the future may hold for area high school and middle school court programs.

The double-elimination tournament, which also included some second-graders on teams due to lack of players, saw the Medomak Valley girls and boys finish undefeated throughout the weekend and clinch their respective titles.

Both Medomak Valley squads bested St. George in the finals, with the Medomak Valley girls winning 29-19 and the Medomak Valley boys prevailing 38-32.

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Georges River and Thomaston also competed on the boys side, as did Rockland and Thomaston on the girls side.

The event is the most significant fundraiser of the year for the St. George Parks and Recreation Department.

"The tournament went great," said tournament director Wayne Judkins. "It was very successful."

Judkins said the event made "around $4,000" for the parks and recreation department, it "was a great turnout" and he thanked volunteers for their efforts in helping make the tournament possible.

All games consisted of four six-minute quarters and had specific rules such as no fullcourt defensive press, double-teaming or 3-point shots. The rims to the baskets also were at eight feet off the ground as opposed to the traditional 10 feet.

Team members for the Medomak Valley girls included Paige Gammon, Sarah Williams, Alyssa Creamer, Stephanie Morse, Baylee Stewart, Isabella LaFrance, Grace White, Kylie Moody, Abby Lash and Victoria Libby. The team was coached by Matt Lash and assisted by Neil Lash.

Team members for the St. George girls included Grace Cody, Sophia Mathieson, Audrey Leavitt, Leah Cushman, Amelia Murdock, Alivia Kurr, Mila Mandell, Jordan Beal, Ahlivia Morris, Maisie Mathiau and Seanna Montgomery. The team was coached by Katie Cushman and assisted by Tamara Cody and Lily Vachon.

Team members for the Thomaston girls included Jasmine Beaudry, Gracie Moore, Emily Sykes, Alydia Hatch, Alaina Myers, Kamryn Prior, Anna Campbell, Sophia Vigue and Alexa Barstow. The team was coached by Chris Barstow and assisted by Amanda Prior.

Team members for Rockland included Madison Benner, Olivia Dougherty, Lainie Hooper, Katie Willis, Anna Kingsbury, Sadie Street, Jessica Watkinson and Katherine Freeman. The team was coached by Brittany Anthony and Jen Benner.

Team members for the Medomak Valley boys included Zak Winpenny, Ethan Reed, Parker Morrison, Anthony York, Jake Bickmore, Trevor Brown, Zach Cheesman, Isaiah Staples, Max Moody, Ian Doughty, Garret Hutchins and Noah Crosby. The team was coached by Aaron Cheesman and Evan Morrison.

Team members for the St. George boys included Sam Miller, Zachary Upham, Noah Carlson, Jacob Kurr, Ethan Carballo, Alex Ausplund, Obediah Miller, Hunter Rahkonen and Kyle Arey. The team was coached by Jed Miller.

Team members for Georges River boys included Alex Collins, Dustin Glidden, Brayden Hayatt, Brandon Bodman, Owen Underhill, Alan Grindle, Sam Cose and Sammy Collins. The team was coached by Kris Vose.

Team members for the Thomaston boys included Henry McGeady, Dylan Rackliff, Jordan Lawrence, Darik Johnson, Aidan Munro, Christian Weed, Juston Hurley, Nathan Coombs and Eliot Lucier. The team was coached by Matt Shields and Wilson Ranney.

The following is a recap of the championship games:

Boys final

Medomak Valley 38, St. George 32

At St. George March 17, Medomak Valley pulled away in the final minute after hitting a pair of free throws, outlasting host St. George to win the tournament title. Medomak Valley held St. George at bay for much of the contest, leading 5-4, 20-15 and 28-27 at the quarter breaks.

Brown led Medomak Valley with an 11-point effort, while Winpenny added 10; Reed and Bickmore, both five; Crosby, Doughty and Cheesman, all two; and Morrison, one.

For St. George, Upham netted a game-high 15 points, while Rahkonen added eight; Miller, four; Carballo, three; and Arey, two.

Medomak Valley was 8-of-13 (61 percent) from the foul line and St. George 4-of-7 (57 percent).

Girls final

Medomak Valley 29, St. George 19

At St. George March 17, Medomak Valley outscored St. George 11-2 in the final stanza to win the crown by 10 points.

The game was close through the first three stanzas, with St. George leading 8-4 after the first and quarter and Medomak Valley rebounding to take a 14-13 lead at halftime and a 18-17 edge after three quarters.

Abby Lash led Medomak Valley with 17 points, while Creamer and Gammon each added six.

Montgomery scored 12 points to key St. George, while Cody added three and Cushman and Beal, both two.

Medomak Valley was 5-of-9 (56 percent) from the foul line, while St. George was 1-of-6 (17 percent).

Medomak Valley coach Matt Lash said after the game that St. George was the most tenacious opponent his squad had faced in the tournament and, despite being outmatched height-wise, St. George often out-rebounded his taller team.

Previous tourney results

Scores from Friday's games included: St. George girls 47, Thomaston 6; St. George boys 42, Thomaston 34.

Scores from Saturday's games included: Medomak Valley boys 42, Georges River 19; Medomak Valley girls 30, Rockland 17; Georges River boys 29, Thomaston 27; Rockland girls 28, Thomaston 7; Medomak Valley boys 41, St. George 16; Medomak Valley girls 26, St. George 23; St. George boys 29, Georges River 24; St. George girls 36, Rockland 22.

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