February 25, 2013

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Lake Region’s Sarah Hancock, left, gets a hug from her sister Sierra after the Lakers’ win over York in the Western Class B regional final Saturday.

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Falmouth’s Grant Burfeind drivesfor two in the Yachtsmen’s win over York in the Western Class B final at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

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Hyland finished with 30 points and Cole had 36 in one of the best head-to-head performances in a regional final.

Conley called South Portland's first regional basketball title since 1993 "a win for the city of South Portland."

"It's been a long time for South Portland getting back to a regional championship," he said.

"I'm happy for the players, the coaches and the school. This win goes out to the city."

Added Hyland: "The people of South Portland come out and watch us every game."

Hyland tied a Western Maine Class A tournament record for most 3-pointers in a game with seven. That equaled the mark set by Robert Pilsbury of Portland in 1999.

Hyland became the 13th South Portland player to win the Vinall Trophy as MVP of the Western Maine Class A tournament.

Previous winners were Parker Small (1938), James Dubowick (1940), Don Doane (1949), Chris Heal (1958), Ed McAleney (1970), Jim Beattie (1971), Brett Brown (1978), Ken Lynch (1979), Paul Burnell (1980), Steve Gerry (1983), Mike Kendall (1985) and Bert Rich (1993).

MEDOMAK VALLEY'S 6-foot-8 center John Murray is a Mr. Basketball semifinalist and an obvious attraction for opponents. Murray was double-teamed every time he got the ball against Mount Desert Island. While he was being contained, the Panthers were slow starting on offense.

Finally, the Medomak Valley guards began making plays -- outside shots, drives to the basket -- and that opened up the post players, Murray and 6-foot-5 Ryan Ripley. The result was a 56-50 Panthers win over MDI for the Eastern Class B championship.

"It took a little bit for the guards to get going," Medomak Valley guard Jonathan Henrickson-Belloguet said. "Our bigs weren't getting anything. John's our go-to guy and we had to work around that.

"But our team chemistry is good. We could work around it."


When the Western Class A girls' championship game between McAuley and Cheverus tightened up in the final minutes, the Lions were ready.

Cheverus had to foul and McAuley's players responded. The Lions went 8 for 8 at the foul line in the final 80 seconds to secure McAuley's 47-36 win.

It was McAuley's third regional championship in a row. The two-time defending state champs will play Bangor in the state title game at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.

"We run a lot before we shoot foul shots every day in practice," said McAuley Coach Bill Goodman. "We want the girls to feel like it's the fourth quarter, so we always shoot foul shots that way."

Allie Clement got the first two, followed by Sarah Clement, Victoria Lux and Olivia Smith.

ALLIE CLEMENT was named the winner of the Edward "Red" McMann Award as the tournament's outstanding player/sportsman.

She scored 15 points against Cheverus. What made her efforts even more impressive is that she has played the entire season with an injured right foot. She has to wear a plastic boot when not playing basketball. She is limited in practice -- "Some shooting drills and very light running," said Goodman -- and is in pain whenever she puts pressure on the foot.

Her father, Brian, said she will have an MRI after the season to determine exactly what the injury is. It may be a stress fracture.

Allie Clement shrugs it off.

"That's my problem, I deal with it," she said. "On the court I ignore it. I forget about it. Nothing matters at that point. I'll deal with it after the game. I don't care how much pain it is."

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McAuley’s Molly Mack holds the Western Class A plaque after the Stags beat Cheverus at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday.

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Waynflete’s Catherine Veroneau cuts the net down after the Flyers won their Western Class C regional final at the Augusta Civic Center.

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South Portland celebrates its Western Class A boys regional championship, after beating Bonny Eagle 56-52 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday. It’s the first time since 1993 the Red Riots have won a regional title.

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