Old Orchard Beach Coach John Regan was honored Tuesday night for winning his 200th game. Now in his 20th season, Regan reached the milestone Jan. 17 when the Seagulls beat Gray-New Gloucester, 64-47.

Regan, who teaches at Loranger Middle School, has had two coaching stints at OOB. His first was from 1984-85 to 1989-90. He returned in 2000-01 and has been coaching the Seagulls ever since.

“My family was young and I needed to spend more time with them,” Regan said of leaving in 1990.

He remembers his first win because it was the only one that season. The Seagulls went 13-6 on Regan’s return in 2000-01.

Of his second tenure, Regan said: “We’ve made the tournament 11 out of 14 years. It’s been a good run.”

His highlight so far was winning the Class C state title in 1988. The Seagulls beat Fort Fairfield 82-65 to finish 22-0. One of his current assistant coaches, Curt Chretien, was a starter on that team, and OOB’s girls’ coach, Dean Plante, was a guard. Athletic Director Jack Trull was an assistant coach.

Regan has added two more wins: OOB (12-5) beat Sacopee Valley 76-36 on Tuesday and North Yarmouth Academy 53-48 in its regular-season finale Thursday.

Regan cited Boothbay, Dirigo, Winthrop, Maranacook and Waynflete as the teams to beat in the regional tournament.

“I’ve seen all the top-ranked teams and they have to be considered the favorites in the Western Maine Class C tournament,” said Regan. “It always comes down to the team that peaks at the right moment.”

THE BRIAN GORDON AWARD, named for the former Deering coach, athletic director and teacher, is presented at the last home game every season to someone who personifies scholarship, school pride and community involvement. Jeremiah and Nazare Conway, the parents of the late Brendan Conway, and Jon and Roberta Reid along with their daughter, Lauren, were presented with the award before Tuesday’s game against Cheverus.

Brendan Conway died Nov. 7 from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing basketball. Conway was the freshmen coach at Deering, and a former athletic director, athlete and top student at the school. Lauren Reid was his longtime girlfriend. The Reids and Conway were cited for working to continue Conway’s legacy through the Brendan Conway Memorial Scholarship that will be awarded in June.

DEERING COACH Todd Wing had an eventful weekend. The Rams beat South Portland last Thursday. On Saturday, the boosters had a team breakfast. After that, the team watched film until 10:30 a.m., and Wing headed home. Soon after arriving, he was back in the car driving his wife, Elizabeth, to Mercy Hospital, where she delivered a healthy boy named Reece, the couple’s third child.

“It was perfect timing,” said Wing.

The new arrival joins brother Ronan, 7, and sister Maren, 5. Reece was born on the same day as his brother, Feb. 1.

“We assured Ronan that he will get his very own birthday cake,” said Wing.

MIKE McDEVITT joins Austin Ganley, who played at Greely from 1994 to 1998, as the school’s only 1,000-point scorers in the boys’ program. Ganley finished with 1,171 points. McDevitt goes into Friday’s home regular-season finale against Cape Elizabeth with 1,015.

McDevitt, a 6-foot-7 senior, became Greely’s all-time leading rebounder a week ago against York as he surpassed Tim Apuzzo, who graduated in 2002 and had 597 career rebounds. McDevitt has 614, and averages 17.3 points and 9.1 rebounds.

ANOTHER BOY who recently surpassed 1,000 career points was North Haven junior Avery Waterman, who achieved the milestone last week against Vinalhaven.

DUSTIN COLE of Bonny Eagle will play his final home game Friday against Windham. Cole, the SMAA’s all-time leading scorer, now has 1,690 points. The third-ranked Scots hope to give him four more games after Friday. That would mean a state title game appearance. After falling short in the Western Class A final the last three seasons, the Scots are intent on clearing that hurdle. With Portland and Falmouth possibly in their path, it won’t be easy, but the Scots seem to be playing their best ball at the right time.

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