High School North Girls Open McDonald's Game Slate with Victory
The explosive offense of the AA/A/B North Girls was dominant inside and out as they defeated their South counterparts 105-57 in the first game of the 2023 McDonald's Senior All Star Weekend at Husson University. Game MVP Sierra Carson of Oxford Hills High School was solid in both halfs and scored 25 points to lead the North squad. Miss Maine Basketball Lizzy Gruber of Gardiner High School was a force inside and also scored 25 points. Also scoring in double figures for the North were Isabella McLaughlin of Hampton Academy with 12 points, and Abbie Quinn of Bangor High School with 11.
The South was led in scoring by Anna Turgeon of Falmouth High School with 12 points, including 3 treys. Scoring 11 points with 3 baskets from behind the arc was Hannah Cook of Thornton Academy, while game MVP Jessica Dow of Thornton scored all 9 of her points in the first half.
The North led 55-38 at halftime.
North Boys Defeat South in Large School Contest
The 2nd game of the 2023 McDonald's All-Star Weekend saw the boys from the North defeating the South, 82-79. With the victory, the North teams took a 2-0 lead over their Southern Maine counterparts.
6'2" point guard Malachi Cummings of Presque Isle High School led the North in scoring with 16 points, all in the second half. North Game MVP Silvano Ismail of Cheverus HS added 10 points, as did Oxford Hills' Cole Pulkkinen.
The South was led by South MVP Andrew Perry. The Marshwook HS star scored a game high 18 points. Tom Hardy of the Brunswick Dragons scored 12 and Falmouth's Judd Armstrong added 10.
South C-D Boys defeat North
The C-D boys from the South got their region's first victory of the day with a 110-82 decision over the North at Husson University. Earlier in the day, the girls and boys from the AA-A-B classes were both victorious.
The South, who had a 52-40 lead at halftime, were led in scoring by Landon Johnson of Old Orchard Beach with 23 points. Charlie Houghton of Dirigo HS had a terrific all-around game and scored 21 points. Conner Vachon of Richmond HS had 15 points and Trenton Hutchinson of Dirigo added 10.
6'4" guard/center Will Kusnierz of Dexter HS led the North scoring with 16 points. Jace Cook of Calais HS, Graham Siltz of Southern Aroostook HS and Woodland's Ethan Monk scored 13 points each. Also tallying double figures was Jonesport-Beals' Damon Beal with 10 points.
Named MVPs of the game were Kusnierz and Houghton.
South C/D Girls Defeat North
In the final game of the 2023 Maine McDonald's Senior All-Star Weekend at Husson University in Bangor, the girls from the South defeated the North girls 64-50. Leading the South was Elise MacNair of Old Orchard Beach. The Miss Maine Basketball Finalist, who just led the Seagulls to the Class C State Championship, scored 14 points. Lindsay Hamilton of Carrabec HS and Amanda Trepanier of Hall-Dale HS each added 10.
The North was led by Penobscot Valley's Holly Loring who tallied 13 points. Jaydin Anderson of Machias HS added 11.
MacNair and Loring were named game MVPs for their respective teams.
The Maine Association of Basketball Coaches would like to thank the Maine McDonald's Owner/Operators, our host Husson University, players, coaches, fans, the referees who donated their services and all our sponsors, who were instrumental in making the weekend's event a very successful one.
All net proceeds from this 43rd Annual All-Star Weekend go to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine, whose Ronald McDonald House Programs in Bangor and Portland provide a home away from home for families who need to be close while their seriously ill children receive medical care.
Camire and Mackie are 2023 Foul Shooting Champions
Braden Camire of Thornton Academy and Audrey Mackie of Oceanside High School are our 2023 Maine State Foul Shooting Champions. The sharp shooters earned the titles in a competition during the Maine McDonalds Senior All Star Basketball game weekend at Husson University in Bangor.
Camire, a 5'10" McDonalds All Star guard, was perfect from the line, sinking all 50 of his shots. Mackie, a 5'8" senior guard and McDonalds All Star, imade 46/50 of her free throws. Congratulations to all of our competitors. Photo Gallery at rvgphotos.com
Davies and Gruber Named 2023 Mr. & Miss Maine Basketball
The Maine Association of Basketball Coaches named Will Davies and Lizzy Gruber Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball at their annual Maine McDonalds Senior All Star Banquet in Bangor on March 10. Davies, a 6'3" guard for Thornton Academy, averaged 20.4 points, 6.9 assists, and 6.9 rebounds per game in leading the Trojans to a 15-3 regular season and a trip to the AA South Finals before losing to eventual state champion South Portland.
Other Mr. Maine Finalists were Brady Saunders of Brewer and Silvaro Ismail of Cherverus.
Gruber, a 6'4" center for Gardiner High School, averaged 20.9 points per game and scored over 1000 points and grabbed over 1000 rebounds in her high school career. Gruber led the Tigers to an 18-0 regular season before losing to state champion Lawrence in the Class A North finals.
Other Miss Maine Finalists were Elise MacNair of Old Orchad and Sierra Carson of Oxford Hills.
Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball Finalists Announced
The 2022-23 Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball Finalists have been selected and they are:
Miss Maine Basketball Finalists
Lizzy Gruber - Gardiner
Elise MacNair – Old Orchard
Sierra Carson -Oxford Hills
Mr. Maine Basketball Finalists
Brady Saunders - Brewer
Silvaro Ismail - Cheverus
William Davies – Thornton Academy
This year's winners will be annouced at the McDonald's Senior All Star Banquet on Friday, March 10th.