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.
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.
2023 McDonald's All Star Weekend
Banquet Ticket Sales are now closed.
Game Day Tickets: $10 for adults & $5 for students and seniors. Banquet Tickets: $30
The banquet will be held at the Anah Shrine Hall - 1404 Broadway Street, Bangor, ME. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the program will begin at 6:15 pm.
Practices will be held on Friday at the Skehan Recreation Center - 1 Main Rd N, Hampden, ME. The girls’ practice will be from 12:00-1:30 pm, and the boys’ practice will be from 1:30-3:00 pm.
For up-to-date information, visit the Ronald McDonald House's Maine McDonald's Senior All Star Game Website.
Christopher and Shea are 2022 Mr. & Miss Basketball
Skowhegan High School's Jaycie Christopher and Edward Little High School's John Shea were named the 2022 Miss and Mr. Basketball by the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches. The announcement was made at the McDonald's Senior All-Star weekend at Husson University on March 12th.
A 6'0" point guard, Christopher averaged 25 points, 11 assists, and 7 rebounds per game for the River Hawks and led them to the 2022 Class A State Championship. Christopher scored a game-high 24 points as Skowhegan captured the first Class A state championship in program history with a 60-46 victory over Greely High School. Christopher has committed to Boston University.
Christopher was selected from a trio of outstanding finalists, including Wells’ Grace Ramsdell and Gorham’s Anna Nelson.
Edward Little star Shea, who has commited to take his talent to the University of Maine, is the second Edward Little player to win the award; EL graduate Troy Barnies won the coveted award in 2007. Shea won the award over star hoopsters Hunter Curtis of Ellsworth and Falmouth’s Brady Coyne.
Shea, a 6'6" Forward/Center, led Edward Little HS to a 16-2 regular season record and a trip to the Northern Maine finals before losing to Oxford Hills High School. He averaged 27 points and 12 rebounds per game this past season,
North C/D Girls Close Out Day with Win
The girls in red gave the North a split on the day by closing out the All-Star Weekend with a 60-56 victory over the South. The game was close throughout, with the North gaining a slim 25-24 halftime lead. Luna Perry-St.Peter scored 8 of her 11 team-leading points in the second half to help the North gain the victory. Schenk High School's Hanah Sewall was also effective scoring 9 points for the winners. Stearns High School's Alisyn Alley and Calais High School's Sage Phillips each scored 8 points. Rounding out the scoring for the North was Dexter's Elizabeth Kinney and Makayla Hartsgrove of Katahdin with 7 points each.
Carrabec High School's Cheyenne Cahill and Boothbay Regional High School's Jaelyn Crocker were the leading scorers for the South with 10 points each. Crocker scored all of her points in the second half. Hall-Dale's Caden Wills and Winthrop's Maddie Perkins each chipped in with 8 points.
McDonald's and the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches would like to congratulate and thank all of the players and coaches for taking part of this great fund raising evert for the Ronald McDonald House.
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South C/D Boys Win Close Contest
The South C/D boys erased a 4-point halftime deficit and captured an exciting 98-96 victory over the North in the third McDonalds Senior All-Star game of the day in Newman Gymnasium. Trailing 47-43 at the break, the North rode the hot hand of Carrabec High School's Daniel Handley to pick up the victory. The 5'9" guard from the North Anson school scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the second stanza to give the team in yellow the win. North Yarmouth Academy's 5'9" guard Joaquim Bila scored 16 points for the South, while Forrest Hills' Jackman Daigle, Winthrop's Logan Baird, and Madison's Thomas Dean each tallied 12. Wyatt Smith of Dirigo High School added 9 points.
Central High School's 6'2" guard Simon Allen nailed three 3-pointers enroute to his team-high 16 points for the North. David Gadsby of George Stevens Academy scored 15 points. Central Aroostook High School's Lucan Haines chipped in with 12 points. Kaden Hannen of Schenck HS scored 11 points with Fort Kent's Austin Delisle chipping in with 9.
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