Hometown heroines

By Phil Crossman | Mar 02, 2017

Although to have been at the Vinalhaven ferry terminal when the last ferry docked last Saturday night, you’d never know it, there are people in town who don’t follow VH Vikings basketball closely.

I confess to being one of the handful of folks who remained on the island and were not in the stands in the Augusta Civic Center. Still, it was a treat to watch the Vikings' spectacular performance against Forest Hills on TV earlier that day. Since then, I’ve enjoyed the reflections of players, parents, coaches and fans who’ve raved about that game or emailed or Facebooked about it and about what will happen this weekend in Bangor when they take on Eastport for the state championship.

I went to an early-round elimination game as a member of the Vinalhaven basketball team back around 1960. That was as far as we got, and so we never enjoyed the parade of pride and joy, of support and wild enthusiasm like we saw last Saturday — firetrucks, sirens blaring, the police cruiser, even the ambulance — anything that had flashing lights and made a big noise.

Some friends who are recent immigrants to Vinalhaven were astounded at the turnout of people and sound-making equipment that awaited the returning victors. My teammates at the time would have enjoyed it although, truth be told, these girls are better than we were (certainly better than I was).

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