Talented school-age basketball squads from throughout the state — and Midcoast — trekked Downeast to prove they were the best of the best on the hardwood at the decades-old Great Harbor Shootout Friday through Sunday, March 18-20.

Across six divisions, 64 teams left it all on the floor, with four tournament champions crowned at the conclusion of Sunday’s play.

It was a welcome sight for players, coaches and fans in attendance after a two-year hiatus of the popular post-school-season event due to COVID-19.

Oceanside girls basketball team members hold their championship trophy, front from left, Alydia Hatch,, Aubri Hoose, Ahlivia Morris and Anna Kingsbury; and back, co-coach Kelly Mackie, Emily Sykes, Audrey Mackie, Bailey Breen, Sophie Daggett, Abby Waterman and co-coach Dan Kingsbury. Photo courtesy of Erik Waterman

In the high school girls division, Oceanside of Rockland  proved a cut above the rest as it earned the tournament title, while Brewer defeated Oceanside in the high school boys final. The Mariner girls were coming off a recent win in the state Class B championship game.

Glenburn won the middle school boys division and Old Town YMCA the middle school girls division.

Locally, there were five high school-aged girls teams (Oceanside, Camden Hills of Rockport, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Midcoast Claws), three high school-aged boys teams (Oceanside, Camden Hills and “We Not Me,” another Camden Hills team), two middle school boys teams (Oceanside and Windjammers) and two middle school girls teams (Five Town Windjammers and Medomak) that participated.

The high school boys and girls had north and south regions (10 teams per division), as the winners of the regions vied for the overall titles. The middle school divisions had only one division with 12 teams.

Oceanside’s Anna Kingsbury, left. Photo courtesy of Mike Mandell

An interesting wrinkle in the high school divisions for the tourney, typically for undergraduates, seniors were allowed to take part in the year’s event as they were not given the opportunity to participate as undergraduates the past two years.

Many schools took advantage of those parameters, while others decided to keep with the tournament’s longstanding tradition of undergraduates only.

Games were played at a bevy of locations throughout the Bar Harbor area over the three-day event, including the Mount Desert Island YMCA, Trenton Elementary School, Mount Desert Island Elementary School, Pemetic Elementary School of Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert Island High School.

The following is a breakdown of Midcoast teams that participated in the Great Harbor House Shootout:

High school girls

Oceanside team members, coached by Dan Kingsbury and Kelly Mackie, included Bailey Breen, Audrey Mackie, Abby Waterman, Alydia Hatch, Aubri Hoose, Ahlivia Morris, Anna Kingsbury, Emily Sykes and Sophie Daggett.

Oceanside (5-0), which played in the North, defeated Nokomis of Newport 52-38 Friday and bested Central of Corinth 62-40 and Mount Desert Island 71-33 in games on Saturday.

On Sunday, Oceanside defeated MDI again 53-37 to win its region and went on to win the tournament with a 58-49 victory over South champion Old Town.

In the championship, Old Town led 17-16 after the first quarter, while Oceanside led 29-24 at halftime and 47-35 after three stanzas.

Breen and Mackie tossed in 15 points for the winners, while Waterman added 12; Morris, nine; Kingsbury, five; and Daggett, two.

For Old Town, Sydney Loring netted a game-high 20 points, while Madelyn Emerson and Gabby Cody added 10; Kilee Bradeen, five; Makayla Emerson, three; and Saige Evans, one.

Oceanside was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line, while Old Town was 5-of-7 (71 percent).

“It was a fun weekend at Harbor House,” said coach Kingsbury. “So great to have the tournament back. Thank you to Diana Novella and her team for all their hard work putting it together. The Oceanside girls got to play some very good players and teams this weekend on their way to the championship. Thank you to all the girls for their time and effort. A special group for sure. A big thank you to Kelly Mackie for coaching with me and also all the time she’s given the girls in the offseason over the years.”

Camden Hills team members, coached by Jay Carlsen, Todd Snyder and Mike Johnson, included Bailey Curtis, Lauren Howland, Molly Hixon, Leah Snyder, Jaden Johnson, River Bell, Amelia Johnson and Rose Tohanczyn.

Camden Hills (2-2), which played in the North, lost to Mount Desert Island 56-44 on Friday before winning back-to-back games on Saturday — 36-35 over Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and 45-37 over Central of Corinth — before dropping its final game on Saturday 80-43 to Hermon.

Medomak Valley team members, coached by Richard Williamson, Chris McKenney and Greg Knight, included Addison McCormick, Quinn Overlock, Maya Cannon, Katherine McKenney, Sara Nelson, Haley Puchalski, Kytana Williamson, Audrey Jackson, Sadie Knight and Lilly Christ.

Medomak Valley (1-2), which played in the South, lost to Lawrence of Fairfield 43-31 on Friday, defeated Deer Isle-Stonington 45-34 on Saturday morning and lost 39-37 to Hodgdon on Saturday afternoon.

Midcoast Claws, a Camden Hills-based squad coached by Juan Alcala, Tim Hoppe, Gage Wass and Chris Leavitt, included Lily Clement, Olivia Brown, Mattie Luce, Hannah Leavitt, Bella Ward, Brooke Hoppe, Kirsten Jones and Anna Jordan.

The Claws (1-2), who played in the South, earned a 34-6 win over George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill on Friday night before dropping a pair of games on Saturday, a 57-27 decision to Ellsworth and 47-33 loss to Hodgdon.

High school boys

Oceanside team members, coached by Brad Galley, included Carter Galley, Cohen Galley, Zach Woodman, Ben Tripp, Jack Elwell, Alex Bartlett, Raechean Dotson, Maddox Robishaw and Joey Bell.

Oceanside (4-2), which played in the South Division, defeated Machias on Friday night 66-60 before it earned a 57-39 win over Dexter and 61-58 victory over Camden Hills in games played on Saturday.

On Sunday, Oceanside played back-to-back games against Camden Hills, falling 60-54 in the first game before it gutted out a 50-47 win in the second game to advance to the tournament final.

The Mariners dropped a 72-54 decision to North champion Brewer.

In the championship game, Brewer, which led 22-15, 41-31 and 60-48 at the quarter breaks, were led by Brady Saunders with 21 points, while Brock Flagg added 14; Aaron Newcomb, 13; Colby Smith, eight; Ryder Goodwin and Cameron Hughes, six; and Evan Glass and Evan Nadeau, two.

For Oceanside, Cohen Galley pumped in 23 points, while Carter Galley added 21; Bartlett, six; and Tripp and Dotson, two. The Galley twins combined to sink eight three-pointers as the Mariners had 10 treys.

Oceanside was 2-of-6 (33 percent) from the foul line and Brewer 7-of-10 (70 percent).

Camden Hills, coached by Marty Messer, included Hayden Davis, Owen Reynolds, Liam O’Dwyer, Quincy Messer, Will Duke, Will Smith, Owen Berez, Eben Fagonde and Westen DeWaard.

Camden Hills (4-2), which played in the South, earned a 54-48 win over Ellsworth on Friday before it split games on Saturday, as it bested Central of Corinth 61-32 and fell to Oceanside 61-58.

Camden Hills played three straight games Sunday morning, earning a 59-54 win over Dexter and 60-54 win over Oceanside before falling to Oceanside 50-47.

“We Not Me” was a Camden-based squad comprised largely of Camden Hills upperclassmen and coached by Cam Gartley and Steve Stinson. Names of team members were unavailable.

“We Not Me” (2-2), which played in the North, earned a 69-46 win over Mount Desert Island on Friday before going 1-2 on Saturday, including a 47-34 loss to Fort Kent, 57-38 win over Washington Academy and 57-55 loss to Orono.

Middle school girls

Five Town Windjammers, a Camden-based squad coached by Kristin Cronkite, included Leah Jones, Brooklyn Rollins, Natalie Bolduc, Tallulah Marks, Violet Ward, Maddison Cronkite, Maran Johnson, Isabelle DeBrosky, Rita Haslam and Thea Laukka.

Five Town Windjammers (3-2) earned a 37-34 win over Hampden Broncos on Friday and earned a split on Saturday with a 34-16 win over the Houlton Shiretowners and 49-40 loss to Old Town YMCA.

On Sunday, Five Town Windjammers picked up a 33-19 win over the Hampden Broncos before it ultimately dropped a 34-29 decision to Woodland Elite.

Medomak, coached by Ryan McNelly and Jake Emerson, included Chloe Fox, Alyssa Smith, Rachel Richardson, Julia Hynd, Lyra Puchalski, Grace Havener, Brooke McNelly, Molly Emerson, Sydney Nicholls and Paige Gerlack.

Medomak (0-2) dropped a 44-19 decision to Old Town YMCA and 22-20 decision to Acadia Youth Sports (AYS)-A.

Middle school boys

Oceanside, coached by Dan Kingsbury and Matt Kay, included Connor Kingsbury, Jackson Kay, Ryan Pyznarski, Alonzo Hoose, Trevin Ripley, Matthew Bodman, Noah Clayton, Cory Brockman and Maddox McMahan.

Oceanside (3-2) went 2-1 on Saturday, which started with a 61-39 loss to the Windjammers and ended with a 76-26 win over AYS-B and 82-22 victory over Downeast Family YMCA (DEFY) 7/8 B.

On Sunday, Oceanside earned a 69-40 win over Woodland Elite before it fell again to the Windjammers, this time a 62-54 decision.

Windjammers, coached by Mike Ames and Peter Fagonde, included Nolan Ames, Micah Fagonde, Hollis Schwalm, Evan Kimball, Tucker Whitley, Thomas Leadbetter, Will Minery, Harris Stewart and Alec Brown.

Windjammers (4-2) began with a 51-40 win over AYS-A on Friday night and went 1-1 on Saturday with a 61-39 win over Oceanside and 49-34 loss to DEFY 7/8 A.

On Sunday, the Windjammers bested Presque Isle 54-40 and Oceanside again 62-54 before they fell a second time to DEFY 7/8 A 52-40.

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