High school basketball

Hawks, Mariners, Panthers, Vikings stay in late-season games

Oceanside's Wirkala 21 points from being first Mariner boy to reach 1,000 career points
By Staff | Jan 29, 2019

As the regular season slowly grinds to a close, Midcoast high school basketball squads were in action in the hope of improving their playoff chances — or putting a notch or two in the win column before campaigns wrap — Friday through Monday, Jan. 25-28.

In Friday’s contests, the Medomak Valley boys posted a 77-73 overtime road victory over Brunswick, while the Panther girls were dealt a 45-22 loss by the Dragons.

Also Friday, Oceanside split with Waterville as the boys earned a 73-47 home win, while the Mariner girls were downed 49-38 by the Purple Panthers.

The Vinalhaven boys also split with Buckfield, while the Viking girls fell to the Bucks in a pair of home doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.

The North Haven girls also dropped a pair of contests against Seacoast Christian on Saturday and Forest Hills of Jackman on Monday.

The following is a recap of reported results:

Girls

Forest Hills 57, North Haven 34

At the Augusta Civic Center Jan. 28, the Hawks were downed by the Tigers on a neutral site. Forest Hills led 12-3, 32-13 and 50-20 at the quarter breaks.

Layla Sparhawk scored 19 points for the islanders, while Mercedes Sparhawk added 10 and Isabelle Haskell and Kaylee Ames two.

Miranda Shelley scored 20 points for the Tigers, while Tountaine Fountaine added 11; Alexis Campbell, 10; Mary Lee Brown, seven; Hailey Welch, four; Alex Lessard, three; and Sarah Hoyt, two.

Forest Hills was 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the foul line, while North Haven was 5-of-9 (56 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, North Haven (0-12, no points) is ninth, while Rangeley (13-1, 76.8673 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Seacoast Christian 65, North Haven 34

At North Haven Jan. 26, the Guardians emerged with a lopsided win over the Hawks. Seacoast Christian led 14-5, 31-15 and 52-26 at the quarter breaks.

Mercedes Sparhawk tossed in 12 points for the Hawks, while Layla Sparhawk added 10; Isabelle Haskell, six; and Kaylee Ames, five.

Katie Pilkington scored 19 points for the Guardians, while Ally Akerberg added 16; Abby Wirling, 10; Kaitlyn Jandreau, eight; Meagan Vachon and Cassidy Leach, five; and Bayleigh Condon, two.

Brunswick 45, Medomak Valley 22

At Waldoboro Jan. 25, the Dragons invaded the Panthers’ lair and emerged victorious. Brunswick led 17-2, 25-4 and 31-14 at the quarter breaks.

Sadie Cohen scored eight points for Medomak Valley, while Autumn Ripley added four; Kayla Donlin, three; Emma Kunesh, Mackenzie Bickmore and Lydia Simmons, two; and Abby Lash, one.

Marley Groat scored 17 points for Brunswick, while Charlotte MacMillen added 12; Emily Larochelle, five; Rosalie White, four; Logan Brown, three; and Kelsey Sullivan and Alexis Guptill, two.

The Dragons were 7-of-13 (54 percent) from the foul line, while the Panthers were 6-of-13 (46 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (9-5, 44.5679 points) is sixth, while Skowhegan (14-0, 117.9012 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Waterville 49, Oceanside 48

At Waterville Jan. 25, the Purple Panthers kept their undefeated record intact — by the skin of their teeth — with a one-point win over the Mariners. Waterville led 12-9 after the first quarter and 26-23 at halftime, while the squads were tied 32-32 after three quarters.

Raechel Joyce scored 18 points for Oceanside, while Hope Butler added 12; Sara Dorr, eight; Molly Gould, four; Kalli Grover, three; Abby Veilleux, two; and Grace Woodman, one.

Sadie Garling led Waterville with 15 points, while Kali Thompson added 10; Abby Saucier, nine; Jayda Murray, six; Maddy Martin, five; and Lindsay Given and Hannah LeClair, two.

The Mariners were 6-of-10 (60 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Purple Panthers were 8-of-18 (44 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (5-10, 36.1728 points) is ninth, while Hermon (12-1, 87.8395 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Buckfield 39, Vinalhaven 35

At Vinalhaven Jan. 26, the Bucks emerged with a four-point win over the Vikings. Vinalhaven led 13-10, 24-15 and 29-26 at the quarter breaks.

Hope Cluff scored 11 points for the islanders, while Shyanne Warren added 10; Hannah Newton, seven; Corey Lazaro, four; and Marina Davis, three.

Kathryn Henderson and Hannah Shields scored 10 points for the Bucks, while Alyssa Litchfield added eight; Molly Bourget, five; Siana Jacobs, four; and Karen McNeil, two.

The Vikings were 9-of-14 (64 percent) from the foul line, while the Bucks were 5-of-9 (56 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Vinalhaven (2-15, 9.1358 points) is seventh, while Rangeley (13-1, 76.8673 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Buckfield 51, Vinalhaven 32

At Vinalhaven Jan. 25, the Bucks pounced on the Vikings quickly and surged to victory. Buckfield led 18-6, 27-16 and 44-22 at the quarter breaks.

Jazmyn Robishaw and Marina Davis scored six points for the hosts, while Hannah Newton, Myra Mills, Hope Cluff and Corey Lazaro, four; and Shyanne Warren and Justice Grant, two.

Déja Bennett scored 12 points for Buckfield, while Hannah Shields added 11; Kathy Henderson and Molly Bourget, seven; Alyssa Litchfield and Karen McNeil, four; and Shyloe Morgan and Siana Jacobs, three.

The Vikings were 2-of-7 (29 percent) from the foul line, while the Bucks were 10-of-16 (62 percent).

Boys

Oceanside 73, Waterville 47

At Rockland Jan. 25, the Mariners jumped to a quick lead and surged past the Purple Panthers. Oceanside led 20-8, 42-20 and 64-33 at the quarter breaks.

Cooper Wirkala poured in 30 points, and now has 979 for his career — 21 short of 1,000 — to pace Oceanside Friday, while Cam Kingsbury and Jaden Martin added nine; Amos Anderson, eight; Trevor Reed, two; and Dustin Cote, one.

Wirkala will be the first boy in school history to reach 1,000 points. The only Mariner to reach 1,000 is Kennadi Grover, although many, of course, accomplished the feat at the former Rockland District and George Valley high schools (which combined to form Oceanside).

Trafton Gilbert scored 17 points for Waterville, while Jack Lloyd added eight; David Barre, Mo Shohih and Liam Van Oesen, five; Taylor Bulecki, four; Noah Von Oesen, two; and Jack Thompson, one.

The Mariners were 11-of-16 (69 percent) from the foul line, while the Purple Panthers were 12-of-16 (75 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class B North, Oceanside (11-4, 65.9877 points) is fourth, while Caribou (13-3, 133.2099 points) is first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Medomak Valley 77, Brunswick 73 (OT)

At Brunswick Jan. 25, the Panthers picked up a key road victory in overtime against the Dragons. Medomak Valley led 17-16 after the first quarter, while Brunswick led 34-27 at halftime and 51-45 after three quarters before the squads tied 62-62 at the end of regulation.

Ryan Creamer poured in 26 points to lead Medomak Valley, while Gabe Allaire added 15; Trevor Brown, 14; Pat McKenney, nine; Nate Emerson, six; Brandon Starr, five; and Chris Bowman, two.

Noah Cox led Brunswick with 22 points, while Finn Mitchell added 17; Evan Kilfoil, 12; Sam Sharpe and Aidan Mitchell, nine; and Jack McDiarmid and Cameron Dunton, two.

The Panthers were 25-of-37 (68 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Dragons were 11-of-19 (58 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (10-4, 26.9753 points) is eighth, while Cony of Augusta (10-4, 82.2840 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Vinalhaven 44, Buckfield 42 (OT)

At Vinalhaven Jan. 26, the Vikings outscored the Bucks in overtime to secure their second win of the season. Vinalhaven led 11-7 after the first quarter, 18-17 at halftime and 28-23 after three quarters before the squads were tied 36-36 at the end of regulation.

Joe Hopkins scored 15 points for Vinalhaven, Alec Radley added 13; Hunter Ames, nine; Mitch Hopkins, four; and Tim Farrelly, three.

Tyler Gammson scored 18 points for Buckfield, while Rick Kraske added 12; Shields, five; and Max White, Hunter White and Jacob Toomey, two.

The Vikings were 4-of-9 (44 percent) from the foul line, while the Bucks were 9-of-21 (43 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class D South, Vinalhaven (2-12, 9.5833 points) is sixth, while Forest Hills of Jackman (15-0, 87.2068 points) is first in the nine-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Buckfield 47, Vinalhaven 39

At Vinalhaven Jan. 25, the Bucks bested the islanders. Buckfield led 15-14 after the first quarter, while Vinalhaven was 23-19 at halftime and 29-28 after three quarters.

Alec Radley scored 10 points for the Vikings, while Mikael Stone added nine; Joe Hopkins, seven; Tim Farrelly and Mitch Hopkins, four; Hunter Ames, three; and Mark Augusto, two.

Noah Wiley scored 14 points for the Bucks, while Rick Kraske and Tyler Gammson added 10; Abram Cormer, Max White and Zach Shields, three; and Jacob Toomey and Hunter White, two.

The islanders were 14-of-21 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Bucks were 10-of-17 (59 percent).

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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