The Lady of Hope 7th grade boys’ basketball team from Portland won the State Amateur Basketball championship last month with a 67-61 victory over Central Maine Hoops. The team also had a strong showing at the New England Championships, going 2-0 in pool play to advance to the championship bracket, where it lost a narrow decision to Hingham, Mass. 53-51. Last weekend, the squad repeated as AAU champions with a 44-41 over CM Hoops. Next up for the team is the AAU Nationals in July.

Back row (left to right): Blaize Vail, Zach Broome, Owen Martinson, Charlie Egeland, Griffin Foley and coach Peter Buckley.

Front row: Ethan Mondor, Terion Moss, Connor Buckley, Omar Contreras and Emmanual Yugu.