WARREN — Many of the Midcoast’s most talented high school basketball players converged on Friday night, March 11 at the Midcoast Athletics Center for an opportunity to showcase their tremendous court skills with and against like-minded teenage student-athletes.

Those from high schools in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties — geographically about a 60-mile radius from Belfast and Thorndike to Boothbay and Damariscotta — got together to demonstrate their standout passing, ballhandling and short and long-range — and that means long-, long-range — shooting skills.

K.J. Payson, front, and James Ritter, both of Belfast. Photo by Ken Waltz

For the second straight year, operators of the MAC invited many of the area’s best court athletes from 2021-22 for a night of fast-paced, competitive and friendly hoop fun.

Click to watch boys game.

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Players from Mount View of Thorndike, Belfast, Camden Hills of Rockport, Oceanside of Rockland, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle and Boothbay Region showed up to play in the MAC’s 2022 Midcoast High School All-Star Games.

Audri Goodwin of Belfast, left, and Mattie Luce of Camden Hills. Photo by Ken Waltz

The event included many of the Midcoast’s finest players, regardless of in-school class affiliation or school class/division.

The girls teams included:

Team Laurie Stiles — Oceanside’s Abby Waterman, Lincoln Academy’s Payson Kaler and Paige Lafrenaye, Belfast’s Jayden Philbrook and Audri Goodwin, Mount View’s Hannah Coolen and Medomak Valley’s Alyssa Creamer.

Hunter Norton, front, and Westen DeWaard, both of Camden Hills. Photo by Ken Waltz

Team Ben Teer — Oceanside’s Bailey Breen, Boothbay’s Jaylen Crocker, Mount View’s Ari Bradeen, Lincoln Academy’s Olivia Stiles and Grace Houghton, Belfast’s Madison Deans and Camden Hills’ Mattie Luce.

The boys teams included:

Team Brad Galley — Oceanside’s Bodhi Ames, Boothbay Region’s Lucas Hardwick, Medomak Valley’s Trevor Brown and Patrick McKenney, Lincoln Academy’s Tucker Stiles and Lucas Houghton, Camden Hills’ Hunter Norton, Belfast’s James Ritter and Mount View’s Draedyn Furrow and Noah Hurd. Brown could not participate due to injury.

Bailey Breen, front, and Abby Waterman, both of Oceanside. Photo by Ken Waltz

Team Ben Teer — Oceanside’s Carter Calley and Cohen Galley, Boothbay’s Lucas Hardwick, Ashton McLellan and Matt Sullivan, Medomak Valley’s Jacob Craig, Lincoln Academy’s Gabe Hagar, Camden Hills’ Westen DeWaard, Belfast’s K.J. Payson and Mount View’s Declan Knowlton. The Galleys are twin brothers.

There also were three-point shooting contests at halftime of the games hat proved down-to-the-wire competitions. When the final shots sizzled through the net, Breen and Hurd had finished first in the long-range shooting event.

K.J. Payson of Belfast, front, and Bodhi Ames of Oceanside. Photo by Ken Waltz

The games included two 20-minute halves. It also was fun because often, but not always, same-school, regular-season teammates were put on opposite all-star teams.

In the girls game, Team Stiles (maroon) beat Team Teer (white) 50-42, as Kaler scored 14 points; Creamer, 12; Coolen, eight; Goodwin and Lafrenaye, seven; and Waterman, six. The team made six three-pointers, including three from Kaler, two from Creamer and one from Coolen.

Grace Houghton of Lincoln Academy, left, and Alyssa Creamer of Medomak Valley. Photo by Ken Waltz

For Team Teer, Crocker netted 13 points; Luce, 10; Deans, nine; Breen, six; Bradeen, three; and Stiles and Houghton, two. Deans drilled three triples.

In the high-scoring boys battles, where three-pointers often were attempted from another time zone, Team Galley (maroon) outdistanced Team Teer (white) 92-63, as the squads combined for 155 points and sunk 21 trifectas.

For Team Galley, Norton tallied 18 points; McKenney, 17; Stiles, 16; Furrow, 12; Hardwick and Ames, 11; Ritter, seven; and Houghton, two. McKenney connected on four triples, Ames and Stiles three and Hardwick one.

For Team Teer, Hagar tallied 19 points; Carter Galley, 12; Craig, eight; Cohen Galley, DeWaard and Knowlton, seven; and Sullivan and Payson, four. Hagar connected on five three-pointers, Carter Galley four and Cohen Galley one.