Girls basketball- Dexter 36 PCHS 34

DEXTER—Peyton Watson and Megan Peach combined to record 26 points and 21 rebounds in leading the Dexter Tigers girls basketball team to a 36-34 victory over the Piscataquis Community high school (PCHS) Pirates at Ed Guiski gymnasium on Thursday evening.

Jordynne Littlefield gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Dexter scored the next six points, and didn’t trail the rest of the way. Watson capped an 8-0 run that extended into the second quarter and gave the Tigers a 14-4 lead. Dexter held an 18-12 lead going into halftime. Watson and Peach each had eight points in the first half.

“They (Peach and Watson) are tough to guard. Watson is a tough matchup for us. Megan Peach and the (Morgan) Doak girl from George Stevens are as good of shooting 6’1 (players) as we are going to face all year,”PCHS coach Brian Gaw said. “It makes it tough, if you go out on them, they can go by you.”

The Tigers scored the first six points of the second half to take their biggest lead of 12 (24-12). A huge reason for the Tigers success was a 33-20 rebounding edge. Peach (12), Watson (9), and Michaela White (7) combined for 28 rebounds.

PCHS boys basketball improves to 14-2 in win over Foxcroft Academy

By Chris Lessner

DOVER-FOXCROFT– Nate Burns scored 16 first  quarter points including four 3 pointers as the Piscataquis community high school (PCHS) Pirates opened up on a 21-2 run and then withstood a Foxcroft 3rd quarter run in a 69-55 schoolboy basketball win in Dover Wednesday evening.

“I just noticed they weren’t closing out on me,”Burns said. “So I took advantage and the shots were dropping”.

The Ponies got within 10 a couple times in the second quarter with Hunter Smith scoring eight points, but PCHS went into halftime with a 34-22 lead.

A few PCHS turnovers early in the third quarter got Foxcroft within 36-29 with 5:35 left.  PCHS responded with a 12-0 run in the next three minutes, including six points from Jeremy Bell to put the Pirates up 19 and put the game out of reach.

The Pirates who improve to 14-2 on the season were led by Burns with 19 points, Tristan French with 14, and Bell finished with 12.  PCHS put four players in double figures as freshman Bryce Gilbert also chipped in 10.

The Ponies drop to 7-8 on the season and were led by Hunter Smith who scored 20 points.

PCHS is at Central Friday night trying to avenge one of their two losses on the season with a huge Class C clash,

Burns said about the upcoming game with the Red Devils, “must win and (worth) alot of heal points”.

The Pirates are currently fifth in the Maine Principals’ Association class C heal point standings. The top five advance to the quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center. The teams seeded six through 11 will have to play a preliminary round game for the opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals.

A win against the Red Devils would put the Pirates in great position to finish in the top five. PCHS finishes the season with a home game against Penobscot Valley.

Foxcroft plays host to defending state champ Old Town on Friday night. The top 13 teams will make the tournament in class B. The Ponies are currently 10th in the class B heal point standings.

Girls basketball- Central 37 Dexter 35

DEXTER—-Freshman Sydney Alley scored 10 points to lead the Central Red Devils girls basketball team to a 37-35 victory over Dexter at Ed Guiski Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.

Allen recorded two rebounds, two steals, and one assist. She shot 4-9 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line in 29 minutes.

“Sydney is the ball handler for us. She is learning as she is going along, but she has some great teachers. She is smart and strong with the ball.” Central coach Diane Rollins said. “Last year, my team lacked someone who was naturally a ball handle. She did a great job.”

Boys basketball- Central 60 Bucksport 46

CORINTH– The Central Red Devils boys basketball team won a total of 12 games in the previous four seasons entering this season.

Central defeated previously undefeated Bucksport 60-46 on Monday night to earn their fifth win of the 2014/2015 season.

Grant Poulin started the game with a three pointer as the Red Devils jumped out to a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the contest.

Former old town basketball standout

Bangor, ME – Logan Bouchard has committed to attend Husson University in the fall of 2013 and will play on the men’s basketball team. A local basketball star hailing from Old Town High School, Bouchard was a 2006 KVAC All Star, 2006 McDonald’s All Star, and received a Bangor Daily News All-State Honorable Mention in 2006. That year, as a senior, he averaged 22.5 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, and scored a career high 42 points.

“We are really excited to add Logan to our program,” said Husson’s head men’s basketball coach Warren Caruso. “We recruited him hard in 2006 and spoke with him again in 2010. He has matured and is ready to be successful in college. Logan is a gifted athlete with good basketball skills, he will be a tough match-up for teams every night.”

Bouchard spent 2007-2009 at Southwest Illinois Junior College, playing two seasons and redshirting one. He averaged nine points and five rebounds per game during his sophomore year, and he received numerous mid-level NCAA Division I offers.

Bouchard commented, “I am looking forward to going to Husson to get my education and joining the basketball program. I am excited to be able to play college basketball again and look forward to having a successful season.”

Bouchard will join a Husson team that went 20-9 last season, winning their third North Atlantic Conference Championship in five years and playing in the first round of the NCAA Division III national tournament.

EMCC basketball heading to national championship

By Matt Schilmoeller

Bangor, ME— If you have not had the chances to watch the Eastern Maine Community college (EMCC)  men’s basketball team play yet then you are seriously missing out.

They are playing well enough to be ranked #1, both in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) as well as #1 in the division II rankings for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

They have had some tough games where they have played and came back to win from behind.The athletes on the men’s basketball team have bought into the whole commitment instilled onto them by their coaches to do better; not only in the classroom, but on the court as well.

“In the past it used to be where they would have a sign up sheet in the cafeteria to recruit for a team,” athletic directer Kent Corey said. “There has been an increase in the amount of fans due to how well the team is doing.”

This group of players have been held accountable whether it’s on or off the court.

“Everyone is held accountable whether it’s on the court or off it,” coach Steven Rich. “The reason for the success was that they bought into the comradely as a team and because of this the team’s defense and being able to work as a team increase.They still have yet to put together a ‘full game’ and need to work on being more consistent both on the offensive and defensive end.”

EMCC finished the regular season  with an overall record of a 18 wins and 4 losses. They are heading to the USCAA (United States Small College Conference Athletic Association) National championship in Uniontown PA where they are going in as an ‘at large’ bid during the week of the 6th -10th of March. Let’s hope that the Emcc Golden Eagles Succeed down in the tournament and bring the national championship back to the Bangor area.