Only a few days after exchanging presents, Midcoast high school basketball squads were back on the hardwood on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27, 29 and 30 in search of a few more gifts — namely, marks in the win column.

Belfast senior Haylee Withee sings national anthem. Next year she will attend the The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., where she will play softball and continue to sing for the school and other events around the area. Photo by Ken Waltz

A handful of area squads did that, including the Oceanside, Belfast, Medomak Valley and Vinalhaven girls, along with the Medomak Valley, Mount View of Thorndike, Camden Hills of Rockport and Vinalhaven boys.

The action continued for teams from Belfast, Camden Hills and Mount View Thursday, Dec. 29, which saw the Mustangs and Windjammers boys each net wins.

Belfast’s Alanna Nichols, right, and Houlton’s Mylee Sylvia. Photo by Ken Waltz

On Friday, Dec. 30, Medomak Valley collected victories over Mount View, while Islesboro and Searsport lost to Sacopee Valley and Dexter.

The following is a recap of reported results:


Medomak Valley 63, Mount View 58

At Waldoboro Dec. 30, the Mustangs led by as many as six points in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers went on a 15-4 run over the final six minutes and edge the scrappy visitors. Medomak Valley led 20-16, 35-27 and 48-47 at the quarter breaks.

Blake Morrison led the Panther attack with 16 points, while Kyle Donlin added 15; Kevin Sincyr, 10; Gabe Lash, nine; Jaiden Starr, seven; and Finn Parmley, six.

Medomak Valley’s Gabe Lash, left, Kory Donlin (15) and Finn Parmley (23), along with Mount View’s Wyatt Evensen, middle, and Tyler Russell. Photo by Mark Haskell

Noah Hurd pumped in 26 points to key the Mustangs, while Wyatt Evensen added 14; Max Bottenfield, 11; and Tyler Russell, seven.

Medomak Valley converted 10-of-28 (36 percent) free-throw attempts, while Mount View netted 3-of-8 (37 percent).

Mount View came out white hot in the third quarter — Hurd, in particular — who canned three treys to help bring the Mustangs within a single point twice in the stanza.

Medomak Valley’s Kory Donlin, shooting, among others. Photo by Mark Haskell

In the fourth, Hurd continued his offensive explosion by rattling off the quarter’s first seven points after a steal and layup, three in transition and fast-break layup off a steal by Evensen as Mount View took a 54-48 lead.

However, the Panthers went on a 9-0 run — including a three-pointer by Lash — to knot the score at 54 and eventually went up 57-54 after a Morrison free throw and an offensive putback by Donlin.

Bottenfield’s acrobatic layup brought the ‘Stangs within a point, but the visitors got no closer as the Panthers closed the game after a short jumper by Morrison and layup by Lash.

Additionally, Parmley had seven rebounds, Lash six and Donlin five for the hosts.

Dexter 69, Searsport 33

At Dexter Dec. 30, the Tigers remained unbeaten with a triumph over the Vikings. Dexter led 21-7, 35-13 and 60-22 at the quarter breaks.

Tim Smith led Searsport with 11 points, while Ashton Ellis added six; Sean Paige and Gage Ellis, four; Landon Economy, three; Oliver Carbisiero and Charlie Lewis, two; and Cole Ellis, one.

Will Kusnierz pumped in 28 points for Dexter, while Bryce Connor added 10; Kayden Kimball, Kellen Peavey and Ethan Doherty, six; Zac Adams, four; Alex Morris, three; and Will Sprat, two.

Searsport was 2-of-2 (100 percent) from the charity stripe, while Dexter netted 6-of-13 (46 percent) attempts.

Camden Hills’ Maddison Cronkite. Photo by Ken Waltz

Sacopee Valley 50, Islesboro 27

At Islesboro Dec. 30, the Hawks pulled away from the host Eagles in the second half and netted their final win of the 2022 calendar year. Sacopee Valley led 11-10, 23-13 and 38-22 at the quarter breaks.

Tobias Conover led the islanders with 10 points, while Dylan Frank added eight; Logan Burns, five; and Robert Conover, four. Frank added 14 rebounds and Burns eight for the Eagles.

For the Hawks, with first names unavailable, C. Black tossed in 22 points, while G. Cummings added 13; B. Stabey, seven; E. Coolbroth, four; and D. Capano and S. Nielson, two.

Islesboro netted 9-of-22 (41 percent) foul shots, while Sacopee Valley converted its lone free throw on the afternoon.

Houlton 54, Belfast 29

At Belfast Dec. 29, the Shiretowners held the Lions to a single first-quarter field goal and emerged with the road win. Houlton led 14-2, 26-8 and 44-19 at the quarter breaks.

Zeke Slaughter led Belfast with eight points, while K.J. Payson and James Ritter added six; Eli Veilleux, three; and Ted Dyer, Eli Slaughter and Andrew Haas two.

Belfast’s K.J. Payson. Photo by Ken Waltz

For Houlton, Isaiah Ervin led with 21 points, while Bronson Hanning added 10; Thadon Gentle, nine; Cody Johnston, five; Daniel Henderson, four; Owen Beaulieu, two; and Brandon Barton, one.

The Lions were 0-of-5 from the foul line, while the Shiretowners were 2-of-6 (33 percent).

Mount View 82, Washington Academy 45

At East Machias Dec. 29, the Mustangs galloped with ease past the host Raiders. Mount View led 20-13, 38-24 and 65-31 at the quarter breaks.

Noah Hurd led the ‘Stangs with 25 points, while Tyler Russell added 18; Wyatt Evensen, 15; Nick Cobb and Max Bottenfield, eight; and Ben Osbourne, Isaac Ellis, Stuart Knowtlon and Ben Grassi, two.

Mount View was 6-of-13 (46 percent) from the foul line, while Washington Academy netted 10-of-21 (48 percent) attempts.

Names for Washington Academy players were unavailable.

Camden Hills 56, Gardiner 43

At Gardiner Dec. 27, the Windjammers built an early lead and used that cushion to sail past the Tigers. Camden Hills led 9-5, 27-14 and 44-29 at the quarter breaks.

Will Duke paced the Windjammers with an 18-point effort, while Westen DeWaard added 17; Quincy Messer, 15; Owen Reynolds, five; and Owen Berez, one.

For the Tigers, Cody Dingwell netted nine points, while Dillon Elliot added seven; Brayden Elliot and Brady Peacock, five; Brady Atwater, four; and Hunter Burgess, Colby Moody and Anthony Rivera, three.

Camden Hills converted 22-of-27 (81 percent) attempts from the charity stripe, while Gardiner netted 10-of-18 (56 percent).

Camden Hills’ Rose Tohanczyn, right, and Gardiner’s Lizzy Gruber prepare to tip it off. Photo by Ken Waltz

Medomak Valley 71, Maranacook 45

At Waldoboro Dec. 27, the Panthers ran away from the Black Bears in the third quarter and surged to a lopsided win. Medomak Valley led 14-10, 33-22 and 52-34 at the quarter breaks.

Medomak Valley’s Gabe Lash, facing, looks to pass. Photo by Mark Haskell

Kory Donlin pumped in 24 points to pace the winners, while Blake Morrison added 20; Kevin Sincyr, 10; Jaiden Starr, five; Tucker Holgerson and Gabe Lash, four; and Finn Parmley and Luke Cheesman, two. Parmley and Lash grabbed seven rebounds and Donlin six.

Brayden St. Pierre led Maranacook with 16 points, while Jacob McLaughlin added 11; Robbie Vivenzio and Wyatt Folsom, six; Keagan McClure, four; and Nick Wilson, two.

The Panthers were 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the foul line, while the Black Bears were 5-of-13 (38 percent).

Winslow 77, Oceanside 75

At Winslow Dec. 27, the Black Raiders dealt the Mariners their first loss of the season. Winslow led 15-13, 34-31 and 55-54 at the quarter breaks.

Carter Galley scored 28 points to pace the Mariners, while Cohen Galley added 22; Alex Collins, 10; Alex Bartlett, nine; Zeb Foster, four; and Maddox Robishaw, two.

Jason Reynolds scored a whopping 39 points — including 13-of-13 from the foul line — to key the Black Raiders, while Andrew Poulin added 19; Lucas Boucher, nine; Matt Reynolds, six; Braden Rodrigue and Biden Laramie, two.

Oceanside was 10-of-13 (77 percent) from the free-throw line and Winslow 22-of-28 (79 percent).

Medomak Valley’s Jaiden Starr (21) and Gabe Lash, left, among others. Photo by Mark Haskell

Waterville 64, Belfast 52

At Belfast Dec. 27, the Purple Panthers outscored the Lions 25-12 down the stretch and edged the hosts. Belfast led 14-10, 30-18 and 40-39 at the quarter breaks.

James Ritter led Belfast with 16 points, while K.J. Payson added 10; Eli Slaughter, seven; Eli Veilleux and Casey Balicki, six; Jerry Porter, four; Zeke Slaughter, two; and Bobby Banks, one.

For Waterville, Spencer Minihan scored 23 points, while Nicholas Poulin added 16; Chris Nawfel, 13; Dustan Hunter, seven; Ethan Hobart, three; and Jace Bryan and Asher Grazulis, one.

The Lions were 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the foul line, while the Purple Panthers were 5-of-12 (42 percent).

Medomak Valley’s Finn Parmley, left, and Maranacook’s Nick Wilson. Photo by Mark Haskell

Mount View 69, Leavitt 40

At Thorndike Dec. 27, the Mustangs galloped past the Hornets to a lopsided win. Mount View led 17-10, 29-23 and 48-32 at the quarter breaks.

Noah Hurd keyed the ‘Stangs with 24 points, while Tyler Russell added 12; Wyatt Evensen, 11; Max Bottenfield, seven; Isaac Ellis, six; Ryan Oliver, three; and Stuart Knowlton, Collin Jones and Brock Cassidy, two.

For the Hornets, Spencer Hathaway scored 12 points, while Aiden Turcotte added 11; Brett Coburn, 10; Nicholas Morin, six; and Zac Wallingford, one.

Mount View was 4-of-9 (44 percent) from the foul line, while Leavitt was 7-of-16 (44 percent).

Medomak Valley’s Kory Donlin takes a jump shot against Maranacook. Photo by Mark Haskell

Vinalhaven 64, Temple Academy 51

At Vinalhaven Dec. 27, the Vikings bested the Bereans by 13 points. Vinalhaven led 15-13, 32-26 and 51-39 at the quarter breaks.

Robbie Swears paced the islanders with 19 points, while Kyle Grant added 15; Hunter Hamilton, 12; Joe Lazaro, 10; Sam Wadsworth, five; and Tanner Lazaro, three.

Nathan Corey led the Bereans with 25 points, while Peyton Reckards added 17; Gabe Young, seven; and Paul Monsat, two.

Vinalhaven netted 2-of-6 (33 percent) foul shots, while Temple Academy converted 9-of-17 (53 percent) attempts.

With the Mariner compass as a backdrop on the floor, Oceanside’s Aubri Hoose looks to make a pass. Photo by Ken Waltz


Medomak Valley 41, Mount View 32

At Thorndike Dec. 30, the Panthers built an early double-digit lead and rode that wave to a win over the Mustangs. Medomak Valley led 17-5, 27-17 and 35-25 at the quarter breaks.

Addison McCormick paced the Panthers with 18 points, while Kytana Williamson added 10; Sara Nelson, five; Haley Puchalski, four; and Madilyn Simmons and Maya Cannon, two. McCormick also pulled down 15 rebounds for the visitors, while Williamson made nine steals.

Arianna Bradeen scored nine points to lead the Mustangs, while Isabella Serrano and Savannah Loren added seven; Hannah Ferreira, six; and Emily Richards, three. Bradeen added 12 rebounds, while Lorenz had eight and Richards seven.

Medomak Valley netted 4-of-11 (36 percent) free-throw attempts, while Mount View converted 9-of-16 (56 percent).

Dexter 46, Searsport 8

At Dexter Dec. 30, the Tigers held the Vikings to three field goals and emerged with a lopsided win. Dexter led 14-3, 26-3 and 43-3 at the quarter breaks.

Julianna Sprague scored four points for Searsport, while Willow Law and Baileigh Bagley added two.

Abby Corson led Dexter with 16 points, while Desiree Adams added 12; Mazie Peach, eight; Jilean Poliquin and Jaclyn Paige, four; and Claire Fogler and Hannah Dean, two.

The Vikings were 2-of-4 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 4-of-11 (36 percent).

Sacopee Valley 54, Islesboro 13

At Islesboro Dec. 30, the Hawks soared past the Eagles and to a lopsided road win. Sacopee Valley led 14-4, 29-8 and 42-11 at the quarter breaks.

Alma Bewsher led Islesboro with seven points and Robin Durkee six, while Brooke Landry scored 11 points for Sacopee Valley and Bridget Landry eight.

The Eagles were 2-of-2 (100 percent) from the foul line, while the Hawks were 8-of-10 (80 percent).

Washington Academy 35, Mount View 28

At East Machias Dec. 29, the Raiders edged the Mustangs in a low-scoring affair. Washington Academy led 9-4, 19-9 and 25-16 at the quarter breaks.

Arianna Bradeen keyed Mount View with nine points, while Emily Richards and Savannah Lorenz added eight and Hannah Ferreira three.

For Washington Academy, with first names unavailable, A. Williams netted nine points, while M. Cates added seven; S. Maulton, six; C. Dinsmore, five; and C. Kilton and R. Crossman, four.

The Mustangs were 9-of-17 (53 percent) from the foul line, while the Raiders were 5-of-20 (25 percent).

As coach Sam Bragg encourages her from the bench, Camden Hills’ Amelia Johnson goes for the ball. Photo by Ken Waltz

Gardiner 60, Camden Hills 33

At Rockport Dec. 29, the Tigers pulled away from the Windjammers over the final three quarters and prowled to victory. Gardiner led 7-4, 23-14 and 44-22 at the quarter breaks. It was the first official game on the school’s new gymnasium floor after the Windjammer squad played a bundle of early-season road games.

Maddie Cronkite scored 12 points for Camden Hills, while Leah Jones added 11; Kirsten Jones and Bella Ward, four; and Amelia Johnson, two.

For Gardiner, Lizzy Gruber tallied 19 points, while Taylor Takatsu and McKenna Johnson added 10; Kylee Nichols, six; Savannah Brown and Emily Grady, four; Megan Gallagher, three; and Taylor Hawkins and Taryn Nichols, two.

The Windjammers were 2-of-7 (29 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 9-of-12 (75 percent).

Houlton 55, Belfast 37

At Belfast Dec. 29, the Shiretowners jumped to an early lead and bested the host Lions. Houlton led 14-5, 25-14 and 45-28 at the quarter breaks.

Audri Goodwin led the Lions with 12 points, while Jaiden Philbrook added eight; Julie Darres, six; Maddie Deans, five; Danica Gray, three; Alanna Nichols, two; and Peyton Wadsworth, one.

Belfas’ts Audri Goodwin, right, battles for the ball against Houlton. Photo by Ken Waltz

Amelia Callnan paced the Shiretowners with 24 points, while Drew Warman and Kaitlyn Kenny added seven; Emma Swallow, six; Mylee Sylvia, five; and Damien Esperneil, Lily Brewer and Camille Callnan, two.

Belfast was 10-of-20 (50 percent) from the foul line, while Houlton netted 16-of-25 (64 percent) tries.

Medomak Valley 54, Maranacook 46

At Readfield Dec. 27, the Panthers shot sharply from the foul line down the stretch and pulled away from the Black Bears. Maranacook led 17-8 after the first quarter before Medomak Valley rallied to take a 27-25 edge at halftime and 40-37 advantage after three stanzas.

Kytana Williamson led Medomak Valley with a 22-point effort, while Addison McCormick tallied 10; Sara Nelson, seven; Maya Cannon, six; Haley Puchalski, five; and Madilyn Simmons, four. McCormick, Cannon and Nelson secured seven rebounds, while Puchalski added five steals.

Kaleigh Kubicki paced Maranacook with 16 points, while Natalie Mohlar added 12; Katya Wurth, nine; Stella Pattershall, five; and Eliza Pattershall, four.

The Panthers were 11-of-15 (73 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Black Bears were 15-of-27 (56 percent).

The Panthers held a 48-46 advantage with a minute to go before Puchalski buried 3-of-4 free throws to help the visitors pull away.

Oceanside’s Emily Sykes, left. Photo by Ken Waltz

Oceanside 81, Winslow 6

At Rockland Dec. 27, the defending state Class B champion Mariners scored the first 21 points and never looked back en route to their 39th consecutive victory.

Bailey Breen led the Mariners with 23 points, while Aubri Hoose added 16; Audrey Mackie, 11; Renee Ripley and Caitlyn Lamb, eight; Emily Sykes and Abby Waterman, six; Sophie Daggett, five; and Riley Beaudry, Sienna Geretz and Searra Hansen, two.

Oceanside’s Renee Ripley. Photo by Ken Waltz

Mackie (7 assists, 5 steals), Waterman (6 steals, 5 assists), Sykes (5 assists), Daggett (9 rebounds) and Lamb (7 rebounds) also stuffed the statistical sheet for the hosts.

For Winslow, Carissa Curtis scored three points, while Amara Rioux added two and Noella Pepin one.

Oceanside was 7-of-11 (63 percent) from the foul line, while Winslow was 1-of-2 (50 percent).

Belfast 48, Waterville 33

At Waterville Dec. 27, the Lions went on an 18-7 third-quarter run and rode that momentum to a win over the Purple Panthers. The game was knotted 11-11 after the first quarter, while Belfast led 24-19 at halftime and 42-26 after three stanzas.

Madison Deans paced Belfast with 20 points, while Julie Darres added 14; Jaiden Philbrook, nine; Madison Goodwin, three; and Audri Goodwin, two.

Abigail Williams and Dakodah Aldric scored nine points for Waterville, while Mara Von Oesen added seven and Danikah Harrison five.

The Lions were 4-of-16 (25 percent) from the foul line, while Waterville converted 11-of-27 attempts (41 percent).

Oceanside’s Sophia Daggett, front, and Caitlyn Lamb, back, among others. Photo by Ken Waltz

Vinalhaven 31, Temple Academy 25

At Vinalhaven Dec. 27, the Vikings held the Bereans at bay throughout the four quarters and netted a six-point victory. Temple Academy led 7-6 after the first quarter, while Vinalhaven led 16-14 at halftime and 22-16 after three quarters.

Maddie Miller keyed the islanders with 14 points, while Lydia Wentworth added 10; Makayla Martin, four; and Becca Osgood, three.

Information for Temple Academy was unavailable.

Vinalhaven was 1-of-6 (17 percent) from the foul line, while Temple Academy netted 5-of-13 (38 percent) attempts.

Oceanside’s Audrey Mackie. Photo by Ken Waltz

Leavitt 52, Mount View 33

At Turner Dec. 27, the Hornets swarmed the ‘Stangs and shot to victory. Leavitt led 13-6, 25-16 and 43-20 at the quarter breaks.

Arianna Bradeen scored 20 points to lead Mount View, while Savannah Lorenz added four; Emma Hurd, Hannah Ferriera, Lily Parsons and Emily Richards, two; and Bella Serrano, one.

Caitlyn McCoy keyed Leavitt with 23 points, while Jazzlyn Clark added 12; Gabby Smith, seven; Jordyn Boulay and Leni Beutler, four; and Jillian Pelletier, two.

The Mustangs were 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the foul line, while the Hornets were 2-of-7 (29 percent).

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