State Champions Crowned in Maine
The first state champions in New England were crowned over the weekend in Maine as Hampden Academy, Caribou, Winthrop, and Forest Hills captured gold balls.
Hampden overcame a double-figure deficit late in the third quarter before responding with a decisive 23-1 run that would secure them the state championship and ruin York’s bid for an undefeated season.
Bryce Lausier scored a team high 23 points for Hamped while Mikey Raye added 17. Sophomore TJ Henaghen added 11. Will MacDonald led York with 15 while Brady Cummins, MVP of the south tournament, scored 12 before going down with leg cramps.
Caribou needed a pair of overtimes to fight off Maranacook 73-71 on a Sawyer Deprey game-winner than was assisted by his brother Parker.
The brothers led the way throughout scoring 22 and 15 points respectively. Maranacook’s Cash McClure scored a game-high 33 points, including 26 after halftime.
This was the second consecutive state championship for Caribou.
Class C also saw a defending champion retain their title as Winthrop won for the second straight year by knocking off previously undefeated Dexter.
Cam Hachey and Jevin Smith scored 16 and 13 points respectively to lead the way in a low-scoring, 51-41, affair. Dexter was led by Nathan Richards and Brett Kusnierz with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Staying true to the theme, Forest Hills repeated as the Class D champions with a Saturday win over Machias, 69-53. Not only was this their second straight championship, but also their second straight undefeated season as they finished 22-0 in consecutive seasons.
Parker Dejardins led the way with 31 points, including 16 straight for the victors in the second half, and 10 rebounds. Younger brother Mason Desjardins had 18 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds while Hunter Cuddy added 16.
A young Machias squad was led by 16 points and 7 rebounds from sophomore Kashman Feeney while freshman Shane Feeney added 12 and 6.