Mr. and Miss Basketball honorees were the marquee announcements at the 2019 Maine McDonalds/MABC Senior All Star Banquet at the Anah Shrine Hall in Bangor on March 8th, but several other awards were presented. Longtime Bangor High School Coach Roger Reed was awarded the MABC Bob Brown Contributor Award. Reed, who coached at Bangor from 1985 to 2012, won eight Class A State Championship during that span. He has an overall record of 573-201.
Travis Lee and Joe Bailey of WMTW-TV in Portland, won the MABC Media Award for their work with their work on Hoops 8, the first and longest running basketball highlight show in the state of Maine. Lee is the on-air presence of the show while Bailey is the driving force behind the scenes.
The MABC also presented three Maine McDonalds Spirit of the Game Awards to basketball team members 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 (West Division) and the Joshua Titus Spirit of the Game Award (East Division). Receiving the honors this year were Gabby Sherman of Old Town. The Old Town manager has been battling cancer since the age of 13. Other Award winners were Edward Little HS Unified Team member George Kempstra and Grace Stacey of Portland for her selfless act of befriending and aiding two basketball- playing sister who came to Portland HS from the Republic of Congo.
Other award recipients were Celine Lawrence of Marshwood High School in South Berwick and Alex Austin of Scarborough, who each was awarded a $2,000 Maine McDonald’s academic all-state scholarship.