High school basketball

Mariners, Vikings, Panthers, Windjammers realize postseason dreams

Oceanside, Medomak Valley, Vinalhaven, Camden Hills, Searsport reach initial goals to qualify
By Staff | Feb 08, 2019

Augusta — The regular season has drawn to a close for high school basketball teams, as many court squads in the Midcoast and beyond make plans for hard-earned, coveted regional playoff encounters.

With the Maine Principals' Association Heal Points officially final, the playoff focus is crystal clear for every other team in the five classes.

After months of work, eight area squads — the Oceanside of Rockland, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro and Vinalhaven boys and girls and Camden Hills of Rockport and Searsport girls — can prepare for what each hopes will be deep runs in their regional tournaments.

The Belfast and Mount View of Thorndike boys and girls, Camden Hills and Searsport boys and North Haven girls have wrapped their campaigns.

The following is a breakdown of final standings and, if applicable, upcoming preliminary or quarterfinal playoff games:

Girls

In Class A North, Medomak Valley (11-7, 73.2716 points) finished sixth and Camden Hills (7-11, 56.0494 points) eighth. Skowhegan (18-0, 201.4198 points) finished first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Panthers and Windjammers are playoff-bound.

In the quarterfinal at the Augusta Civic Center, No. 6 Medomak Valley will face No. 3 Lawrence of Fairfield (12-6, 106.5432 points) on Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. The Panthers and Bulldogs faced off once this season, and the Bulldogs posted a 69-51 win on Jan. 12 in Waldoboro.

In the quarterfinals at the Augusta Civic Center, No. 8 Camden Hills will face No. 1 Skowhegan on Friday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 p.m. The Windjammers and Indians did not face each other during the regular season.

In Class B North, Oceanside (7-11, 55.7407 points) finished eighth, Mount View (5-13, 28.3333 points) 13th and Belfast (0-18, no points) 16th. Mount Desert Island (16-2), 148.5802 points) finished first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Mariners qualified for the playoffs, while the Mustangs and Lions failed to qualify.

In a prelim playoff game, No. 8 Oceanside will host No. 9 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (9-9, 49.6296 points) on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. The Mariners beat the Huskies twice this season — 42-28 on Jan. 17 in Pittsfield and 62-55 in overtime on Feb. 1 in Rockland.

The winner of that prelim playoff will advance to the quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, where it will face No. 1 MDI on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4:35 p.m. The Mariners lost twice to the Trojans this season — 51-31 and 44-38.

In Class C North, Searsport (11-7, 62.9012 points) finished 12th, while Central Aroostook of Mars Hill (15-3, 136.7901 points) finished first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Vikings are playoff-bound.

In a prelim playoff game, No. 12 Searsport will play at No. 5 Narraguagus of Harrington (17-1, 113.8344 points) on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The Vikings and Knights do not play each other during the regular season.

The winner of that prelim playoff will advance to the quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, where it will face either No. 4 Penobscot Valley (14-4, 118.7654 points) or No. 13 Hodgdon (10-8, 62.5309 points) on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2:05 p.m. The Vikings did not play Hodgdon this season, but did lose twice to Penobscot Valley — 54-25 and 43-34.

In Class D South, Vinalhaven (3-15, 11.9907 points) finished seventh and North Haven (1-15, 8.2639 points) ninth. Rangeley (17-1, 131.0957 points) finished first in the nine-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Vikings are playoff-bound, while the Hawks failed to qualify.

In the quarterfinals at the Augusta Civic Center, No. 7 Vinalhaven will face No. 2 Temple Academy of Waterville (14-4, 83.1672 points) on Monday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. The Bereans beat the Vikings twice this season — 54-19 on Dec. 29 in Waterville and 59-31 on Jan. 21 at Vinalhaven.

Boys

In Class A North, Medomak Valley (12-6, 56.5432 points) finished eighth and Camden Hills (3-15, 9.7531 points) 10th. Cony of Augusta (14-4, 120.1852 points) finished first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Panthers are playoff-bound, while the Windjammers failed to qualify.

In the quarterfinals at the Augusta Civic Center, No. 8 Medomak Valley will face No. 1 Cony on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 9:30 p.m. The Rams beat the Panthers 62-58 on Jan. 8 in Augusta.

In Class B North, Oceanside (13-5, 106.7284 points) finished fourth, Belfast (3-15, 7.0370 points) 15th and Mount View (1-17, 4.6914 points) 16th. Hermon (18-i0, 185.8642 points) finished first in the 16-team region. The top 11 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Mariners are playoff-bound, while the Lions and Mustangs failed to qualify.

In the quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, No. 4 Oceanside will face No. 5 Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (14-4, 101.7901 points) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10:35 a.m. The teams split on the season as the Mariners earned a 69-41 win on Jan. 17 in Rockland, while the Huskies earned a 58-54 win on Feb. 1 in Pittsfield.

In Class C North, Searsport (7-11, 29.9228 points) finished 16th, while Central Aroostook of Mars Hill (15-3, 153.9470 points) finished first in the 20-team region. The top 14 teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Vikings failed to qualify.

In Class D South, Vinalhaven (2-14, 11.9444 points) finished sixth, while Forest Hills of Jackman (18-0, 131.0571 points) finished first in the nine-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs, thus, the Vikings are playoff-bound.

In the quarterfinals at the Augusta Civic Center, No. 6 Vinalhaven will face No. 3 Valley of Bingham (13-5, 82.1065 points) on Monday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m. The Cavaliers beat the Vikings three times this season — 70-34 on Dec. 14, 57-22 on Dec. 15 and 71-38 on Feb. 2 — all at Bingham.

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

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