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Maine Association of Basketball Coaches

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 peyton grant free throws 2020took 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, will macdonald free throws 2020dropped 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.

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Whitehouse and Sirois are Spirit of the Game Recipients

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 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 marc calnan bwrecipient 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 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

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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.

Bickford Slams Way to Championship

 

Leyton Bickford, a 6'5" Guard/Forward from Sanford High School captured the 2020 McDonalds Senior All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Championship at Husson University on March 7th.

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Bickford made it to the finals along with Pamba Pamba of South Portland HS and Te'Andre King of North Yarmouth Academy. Pictured here is his qualifying dunk.

Bickford plans to attend the University of Maine to study Computer Science and play basketball for the Black Bears.

 

 

 

 
  
 Te'Andre King of North Yarmouth Academy  Pamba Pamba of South Portland High School 

 

 

Werner Wins 3 Point Shooting Competition

Gabrielle Wener, a 6'3" forward from Messalonskee High School, won the 2020 MABC 3 Point Shooting Competition. gabrielle wener 3ptThe contest was held as part of the McDonalds Senior All Star Weekend at Husson University.

Werner outshot some of the best long-distance shooters from across the state to claim the title. gabrielle wener 3pt bWerner averaged 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Eagles during her senior season. She is a High Honors with Distinction scholar who scored over 1,000 points in her four seasons for the Oakland school. She plans to attend Monmouth University in the fall and play basketball.

 

Become A Member

Membership in the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches has many benefits to both you as a professional and your athletes. Coaches and their players are given benefits and options that are not available to non-members and their players.

• Your players will be eligible for MABC activities, including the McDonald's Senior All Star Games

• Fall Clinics

• Regional Coaches of the Year

• Academic All Stars

• State Free Throw Championships

• Coaching Achievements

• Mr. and Miss Basketball

IN addition, the MABC has now enrolled with Luceo Sports through our connection with the National High School Basketball Coaches Association.  Luceo is a company that can supply us with a variety online coaching services.  As of now, if you have paid your membership you will be receiving an invite to activate your account with them.  It will give to access to many basketball resources.  On Dec. 3 you should be able to access the NHSBCA PLAYBOOK app.  This app will allow you to put all your information in printed form to share with players.  If you join as a team, you and 5 other coaches can have access to all of the materials they offer.

Click here to viewLuceo introductory video.


Click here to Download Membership Application Form.

Notes from the NHSBCA

The National High School Basketball Coaches Association is very concerned with the current status of amateur/youth basketball in the United States and is taking the stand that varsity high school basketball coaches have the unique platform, opportunity and responsibility to be leaders, connectors and communicators in amateur basketball in the United States. The following two documents illustrate what they feel is the present status of youth/amateur basketball, and suggestions for coaches to take a leadership role to positively influence the youth basketball player.

 1. Youth Basketball Landscape in the U.S.

 2. Active Roles for Varsity High School Basketball Coaches

Maine Association of Basketball Coaches and Maine Gold Rush Partnership Agreement

The Maine Association of Basketball Coaches is proud to announce that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Maine Gold Rush. Maine Gold Rush is one of the premiere basketball team camps in Maine. This partnership will help enhance the MABC’s primary mission of promoting basketball throughout the state of Maine.