March 1, 2013

Steve Solloway: The season of endings, some sad

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Those four seconds is something they can all share. That it took an incredible shot to beat his team is no consolation because there will not be another game.

 

TONY HAMLIN had heard enough. It was Monday, the start of a week of preparation to meet Boothbay Region for the Class C state championship, and his Penquis Valley High players were still reliving their come-from-behind win over Houlton two nights earlier.

"I told them if they're still going to chew on that carcass, they'll be road kill on Saturday."

Hamlin is 61 and considering retirement. He's lived his life speaking his mind.

Penquis Valley of Milo, a town east of Dover-Foxcroft, plays Boothbay in the game that brings down the curtain on the Bangor Auditorium as the so-called Mecca of Maine high school basketball. The tournaments will be held next year in a new arena next door. Talk about memories.

Hamlin won't. After the game will be soon enough. "We are treating this like any other game. We have to. We get to turn out the lights but only after the game is played."

Hamlin coached at South Portland from the early 1980s to 1989. He followed Bob Brown's success with a state championship of his own. Hamlin went back to his home in Milo to coach Penquis about 17 years ago. The win over Houlton was the 400th of his career.

He doesn't believe in fate. "There isn't someone upstairs with a long white beard writing scripts. That's not sports. Stuff happens."

Steve Solloway can be contacted at 791-6412 or at:

ssolloway@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveSolloway

 

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