Thursday, April 17, 2014
Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
Dustin Cole is averaging more than 28 points per game for Bonny Eagle, one of several could-win-it-all teams in a balanced Western Class A.
By Tom Chard firstname.lastname@example.org
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South Portland's Tanner Hyland
Wells' Jake Moody
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Charlie Fay, senior, forward, Falmouth (12.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg); Michael McDevitt, junior, center, Greely (14.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg); Aaron Todd, senior, center, York (18.0 ppg, 10.0 rbg); Jake Moody, junior, guard, Wells (22.4 ppg, 3.6 apg ); Dylan Stevens, senior, center, Wells (19.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg).
DID YOU KNOW: This is the third straight year that Cape Elizabeth and Wells have met each other in the tournament. Two years ago, Cape beat Wells in the quarterfinals. Last year, Wells beat Cape in the preliminary round. And on Saturday, they meet in the quarterfinals.
EASTERN CLASS B
FAVORITES: Medomak Valley and Presque Isle, the Nos. 1 and 2 ranked teams, have been the best during the regular season, but one only has to look at No. 13 Foxcroft Academy's upset of No. 4 Oceanside in the preliminary round to realize this could be a wide open tournament. "I don't think the seedings mean a lot. It looks like a pretty wide open tournament," said Medomak Valley Coach Nick DePatsy.
WATCH OUT FOR: No. 8 Camden Hills dropped a pair of close games to Medomak Valley in the regular season. One of them wasn't settled until the fourth overtime.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: John Murray, senior, center, Medomak Valley (18.1 pg, 11.0 rbg); Ryan Ripley, senior, forward, Medomak Valley (14.1 ppg, 8 5 rpg); Ryan Rebar, senior, guard, Foxcroft Academy; Connor Hart, senior, guard, Camden Hills (14.0 ppg); Chris Hale, junior, guard, Waterville; Dayne Savage, senior, guard, Caribou
DID YOU KNOW: Medomak Valleyis making its sixth straight tournament appearance.
WESTERN CLASS C
FAVORITES: The top three ranked teams -- Boothbay Region, Waynflete and Dirigo -- have the inside track to win it all. But all three could face tough games. Boothbay will look to get out in transition and rebound. Dirigo, the defending state champion, is quick and plays strong defense. Waynflete is lanky and can shoot. Take your pick as the one who will emerge as the regional champion. "Whoever comes out ahead of the rest will definitely deserve it," said Boothbay Coach I.J. Pinkham.
WATCH OUT FOR: No. 6 Old Orchard Beach made it to the regional championship game last year and will play the team it lost to, Dirigo, in what could be a great quarterfinal game. No. 4 Madison has its two top players healthy after they missed the first part of the year. The Bulldogs could be dangerous.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Anthony DiMauro, senior, guard, Boothbay Region; Serge Nyirikamba, junior, forward, Waynflete (18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg); John Quincy Grace, senior, center, Old Orchard Beach (15.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg); Travis Frost, senior, guard, Dirigo (11.0 ppg, 6.0 apg); Austin Kane, senior, forward, Madison,
DID YOU KNOW: I.J. Pinkham has 555 victories in his 42 years of coaching. The last 36 years have been at Boothbay Region.
EASTERN CLASS C
FAVORITES: Houlton and Penquis Valley have been the two best teams and have the best chance to meet in the regional final. The Shiretowners lost their last regular-season game. The Patriots lost to No. 6 Dexter when one of their best players was out. No. 4 Sumner and No. 5 Calais are capable of beating anyone.
WATCH OUT FOR: Anything can happen in this tournament, as evidenced by last season. A year ago, No. 6 Calais and No. 7 Houlton upset their quarterfinal-round opponents with the Shiretowners reaching the regional final. Summer comes into the tournament on a winning streak.
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