Tyler Michaud again played a key role Saturday afternoon in helping Poland upset Greely 63-59 for the Western Class B boys’ basketball title.

Michaud, a senior whose younger brother, Derek, is the team’s point guard, scored 12 points as the Knights won their first regional championship. That came two days after Michaud clinched a semifinal win over Morse by stealing an inbounds pass in the waning seconds.

Michaud heard Poland fans yelling: “Michaud Stole The Ball” as he left the court against Morse. For some older fans, Michaud’s steal rekindled memories of a famous play in Boston Celtics history, when “Havlicek Stole The Ball” in a 1965 playoff game against the 76ers.

“I knew what they were referring to,” said Michaud. “I’m a big Celtics fan. I know about John Havlicek.”

AFTER POLAND upset Greely, Coach Tyler Tracy spotted his old college roommate, Brody Artes, the Windham girls’ coach, and yelled encouragement as the Eagles prepared to face McAuley in the Western Class A championship game.

“We were college roommates at the University of Maine at Farmington,” said Artes, whose team couldn’t duplicate Poland’s upset.


IT TOOK A LONG time for the Wells girls’ basketball team to come out of its locker room after losing the Western Class B final to Lake Region, 59-51, to finish with an 18-3 record.

“They’re crying not because they lost. They’re crying because it’s over. Believe me,” Wells Coach Don Abbott said.

The nine Wells seniors advanced further each season: making the playoffs as freshmen, winning a prelim game as sophomores, and then reaching the regional semifinals as juniors.

“When you have nine seniors like that who have grown up together, it’s a pretty powerful binding thing,” Abbott said.

All five senior starters: Alison Furness, Nicole Moody, Stephanie Woods, Sophie Lamb and Jordan Agger (who played at Thornton Academy prior to her junior season) scored in the first five minutes as Wells built an 11-7 lead.

Furness scored 57 points in three tournament games, including 18 against Lake Region. She confirmed she does not intend to play basketball in college, though her all-around game and athletic ability would be a welcome addition to almost any small-college program.

“I’m really proud of these girls,” Furness said of her teammates. “They’ve gone so far with me and I love them all.”

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