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2020 McDonald's All Star Weekend March 6-7
Bangor, Maine: McDonald's All Star weekend is coming to Bangor March 6th and 7th. Festivities will open with an Awards Banquet on Friday night at the Anah Shrine Hall, 1404 Broadway. Several Awards are given out at this banquet, including All-Star players, All-Star coaches, Academic Team players, Foul Shooting Champions, Spirit of the Game nominees, Bob Brown Contributor, MABC Media recipient, and Mr. and Miss Basketball. Tickets for this event must be purchase in advance.
The weekend continues with the state foul shooting championship and a slate of 4 games on Saturday. Teams from the North will compete against their Southern counterparts in a fun and worthwhile event. 100% of the net proceeds will directly benefit the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine. Tickets for these games must be purchased at the door.
In the opening game of the 2020 McDonalds Senior All Star Weekend at Husson University, the North girls representing classes AA, A, and B were victorious over their southern counterparts 95-84. The North opened up a 45-34 lead after the first half behind the sharp shooting of Silver Clukey of Winslow High School, who drained 4 3-pointers. Paige Espling of Caribou scored 6 of her 7 points in that half.
In the second half Nina Howe of York HS scored 9 points as the South made runs in an attempt to catch the North, but the northern girls responded to every challenge to win comfortably. Cecelia Dieterich, teammate of Miss Maine Basketball Julia Colby at Oxford Hills, led the North with 22 points. Clukey finished with 18 and Davina Kabantu of Portland HS added 10.
The South was led by Maggie Whitmore of South Portland HS and Brooke Obar of Greely HS, who each scored 15 points. Howe finished with 13 points while Jordan Grant of Gray-New Gloucester HS tallied 11.
South Boys Win 124-99 in Game Two
In the second game of the 2020 McDonalds Senior All Star Weekend, the high-scoring South AA/A/B boys defeated the North, 124-99. The South came out firing to open up a 64-49 halftime lead. Leyton Bickford, a 6’5” shooting guard/forward who averaged 19 PPG for Sanford HS, led the South with 11 first half points. Jackson Curtis of Ellsworth HS dropped in 9 points to pace the North in the first half.
The South continued its strong offensive display in the second half and closed out the game with a 60-53 second half for the victory.
The South was led by Mr. Maine Basketball finalist Logan Bagshaw, a 6’3” guard from Greely HS, who scored 20 points. Maxwell Murray of Kennebunk and Geremi Baez of South Portland HS each scored 19, while Bickford finished with 17. State Foul Shooting Champion Will MacDonald from York HS added 16 points and South Portland’s Pamba Pamba dropped in 11.
Curtis finished with 15 points on 5 three pointers to lead the North offense. Scoring 13 points each were Parker Deprey of Caribou HS and Mr. Maine Basketball Bryce Lausier of Hampden Academy. Other players scoring in double figures for the South were Max Cresser of Edward Little HS and Owen Williams of Maine Central Institute, who each scored 11.
North C/D Boys Victorious
The North C/D Boys All-Stars opened the afternoon session of the 2020 McDonald All-Star Games with a 101-83 victory over the South. The North jumped out to a 53-42 halftime using a balanced scoring attack, with no player scoring more than 7 points. Hall-Dale’s Patrick Rush tallied 10 first-half points for the South.
The North outscored the South 48-41 in the second half to extend their lead. Leading the North in scoring was Brayden Bradbury, a 6’2” guard from Central Aroostook HS, who scored 16 points. Woodland High School guard/forward Chris Plissey was right behind him with 15 points, including three 3-point baskets. Jace Rocheleau of Fort Kent HS scored 13 points and also in double figures was Adam Robinson of Jonesport-Beals HS with 10 points.
North Yarmouth Academy’s all-time leading scorer Te’Andre King, a 6’4” power forward, led the South All-Stars with 17 points. Rush finished with 14 points and Hunter Crocker of Boothbay Regional HS chipped in with 10.
North Girls Conclude Games with a Win
In the final game of the 2020 McDonalds Senior All-Stars, the North made it 3 out of 4 wins over the South as the C/D North girls won by a score of 67-54. The girls in gold took and early advantage, leading 29-22 at halftime. Makaelyn Porter of Southern Aroostook HS led the North in that stanza with 8 points.
The North continued to play well and extend their lead in the second have to win by 13 points. Leading the way for the North with 12 points was Katherine Alley, a 5’7” point guard from Stearns HS in Millinocket. Kaci Alley, a 5’6” Center for Narraguagus HS, scored 10 pts. Despite her relatively small stature, Kaci averaged 18.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game during the regular season. Porter finished with 10 points.
Greenville High School’s 5’11 center Halle Pelletier led the South with 12 points. Katie Worthen , a 5’7” forward from Madison HS scored 11 points. 5’10” Forward/Center Libby Clement from the Monmouth Academy Mustangs, scored 9 points.
The game concluded a special weekend of camaraderie and friendly competition. 100% of the net proceeds will directly benefit the children and families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.
Lausier and Colby Named Mr. & Miss Maine Basketball
Bryce Lausier and Julia Colby have been named Mr. & Miss Maine basketball for 2020. The announcement was made at the McDonalds Senior All Star Banquet at the Anah Shrine Hall in Bangor, Maine on March 6th. Lausier, a 6'4" guard for Hampden Academy in Bangor, averaged 27.7 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds per game for the Broncos in his senior year. He was also the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the year for 2019-20.
Lausier led Hampden to a 17-1 regular-season record and the top Heal Point seeding in Class A North. For his performance in the team's Northern title run, Bryce was named the outstanding player-sportsman of the regional tournament. He went on to score 23 points in the state championship game as Hampden Academy defeated York High School 65-56.
Colby, a 6'6" point guard for Oxford Hills High School, averaged 17.4 points, 3.1 assists, 3.6 steals, and 4.8 rebounds per game in her senior season. She was named a KVAC First Team All Conference All-Star and the Class AA North Player of the Year after while leading the Vikings to a 17-1 regular season record. The Viking senior led her team to Class AA state championships in her junior and senior years.
Colby was selected the outstanding player of the regional tournament for the second straight season in leading the Vikings to the AA North Championship. She then scored a game-high 22 points as Oxford Hills defeated South Portland 49-38 in the state final, their second straight state championship. She plans to attend New York Institute of Technology in the fall to study nursing and play basketball.
Grant and MacDonald 2020 State Foul Shooting Champions
Peyton Grant and Will MacDonald captured the 2020 MABC State Free Throw Shooting Championships at Husson University on March 7th. The competition took place prior to the Senior All-Star Games during McDonalds All Star Weekend. Grant, who was also the 2019 state champion, equaled her 2019 total by sinking 49 of 50 shots. The Dexter High School junior had made all 50 of her shots at the regional championship. Also competing in the state championship were regional champions Faith Sjoberg of Presque Isle HS, Courtney Rollins of Carrabec HS, and Carolyn Clement of Greely HS.
MacDonald, a 6'4" senior guard at York High School and McDonalds All Star, dropped in 47 of 50 of his shots to claim the boys' championship. Other regional champions who competed in the festivities were Dalson Watson of Fort Fairfield High School. Caleb Crocker of Foxcroft Academy, and Forest Hills High School's Mason Desjardins.
Congratulations to all the competitors for their outstanding marksmanship, good spirit, and regional championships.
Whitehouse and Sirois are Spirit of the Game Recipients
Jacob Whitehouse • Schenck High School
Aidan Sirois • Fort Kent High School
Our 2020 Joshua Titus and Patrick Thibodeau Spirit of the Game Award winners are Jacob Whitehouse of Schenck HS in East Millinocket and Aidan Sirois of Fort Kent High School. In 2009, the Maine McDonald's Spirit of the Game Award was founded to honor two high school seniors who embody the spirit of the game of basketball, exemplify sportsmanship, show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries, and support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff. In 2010, these awards were renamed to honor the 2009 recipients - The Patrick Thibodeau Spirit of the Game Award and the Joshua Titus Spirit of the Game Award. Sadly, Joshua Titus passed away in 2016 after a brief illness. Patrick Thibodeau, who always adds great spirit to the All Star Weekend, was on hand to help present the award.
Calnan Receives 2020 Media Award
Marc Calnan was honored at the McDonalds All Star Banquet on March 6th at the 2020 recipient of the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches Media Award for his outstanding coverage of Maine HS Basketball. He is owner and founder of Eastern Maine Sports. grew up in Hiram, Maine and has been an avid sports fan all his life. He graduated from Sacopee Valley High school in 1991 where Ihe played basketball and ran cross country all four years. He is a graduate of Andover College with an associate’s degree in business administration and computer science. He presently works as a Direct Support Professional for Penquis.
He saw a need in the Central Maine area for sports coverage and established Eastern Maine Sports in 2009. His first high school basketball tournament coverage started in 2010 and this year was the third straight year that all games were covered from Bangor. EMS has over 18,000 followers over all our social media pages. Every year seems to be growing.
Marc lives in Dexter with his wife Traci and two daughters Emma (14) and Ginny (7).
Peter Webb Honored as Contributor
The 2020 Bob Brown Contributor Award recipient is Peter Webb.
Peter graduated from Houlton High School and Ricker College in Houlton, Maine, which is affectionately referred to as “The Shiretown” by Aroostook Country natives. As a boy, Peter delivered 153-140 Bangor Daily Newspapers a day and was also employed as a bellhop at the Northland Hotel. He recalls these jobs fondly. The support of his athletic mother lead peter to playing four years of basketball in both high school and college. He also excelled in baseball in high school, college, the American Legion, and the semi-pro team, the Presque Isle Indians. He umpired games in Maine and New Brunswick.
After earning his undergraduate degree, Peter taught middle school for four years. With the completion of his Master’s degree from the University of Maine, he became a school administrator for twenty-two years. It was during this time that Peter became active as an official in both baseball and basketball. By his estimate, he reports having umpired over one thousand baseball games and over two thousand high school, college, and professional basketball games. Peter has been a member of IAABO for 57 years, served on the Executive Committee for 13 years, been the International Rulers Interpreter, and received many recognitions and awards for his work.
At the state level, he served 13 years as Assistant Commissioner and the last 27 years as the Commissioner of Basketball. Many have said that Peter’s love for the game of basketball shows when you watch him conduct a clinic. For these contributions, Peter has received many awards, some of which are:
National high School Hall of Fame Award, MPA’s Outstanding Service Award, IAABO Board 111 Loyalty and
Lifetime Service Chair Award, Maine Basketball Hall of Fame and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Mayo and Peason Awarded Academic Scholarships
Mackenzie Mayo of Messalonskee High School and Trevor Pearson of Brewer High School were awarded the 2020 Maine Mcdonald's Academic All-State Scholarships at the McDonald's All Star weekend banquet in Bangor on March 6th.
Mayo, a 5'10" senior center for the Eagles, averaged 5.6 Points Per Game and 4.7 Rebounds Per Game. She also played Club Volleyball and was a member of the Math team, was Class Vice President in her sophomore and junior seasons, and was the National Honor Society president. She plans to study Marketing in college.
Pearson, a 6'1" senior forward for the Witches, averaged 17 PPG, 2 Assists Per Game, and 6 RPG. He also plays varsity baseball and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and served as its President in his junior and senior years. He also was a participant in the "Maine High School Quiz Show his senior year.