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State game tickets, honor? Tickets for this Friday’s State Class B Girls’ Basketball Championship game at the Bangor Auditorium can be purchased at Lake Region High School during school hours. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students, and can be purchased in the Athletic Director’s Office. Tickets can also be purchased at the Bangor Auditorium. Fan buses: LR students can sign up to ride the fan bus, which leaves the school at 3:15 p.m. Casco Rec is also offering a fan bus — a coach bus — that will leave the Central Fire Station lot at 3 p.m. sharp. Contact Casco Rec Director Beth Latsey at 627-4187 to reserve a seat. Cost is $10. Team of the Year: Lake Region is one of seven girls’ teams to be nominated for the 2012 Maine McDonald’s/Maine Red Claws Team of the Year. Throughout the winter, basketball fans and community members submitted nominations for the award that will be presented at the All-Star Games on Saturday, March 10. A selection committee made up of Maine McDonald’s, Maine Red Claws and Ronald McDonald House of Maine representatives will select the winning team, which has made an exceptional impact on Maine high school basketball and in the lives of others through contribution to community, exemplifying sportsmanship, team competitiveness and spirit, and commitment to academic excellence. Nominees include: Carrabec, Nokomis, Orono, Scarborough, Spruce Mountain and Wells.

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Notes from hardwoods • Maggie McConkey of Fryeburg Academy has been selected to play in the 2012 Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball game set for Saturday, March 10 at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor. The girls A/B game will be played at 11 a.m. followed by the A/B boys’ game at 1:15 p.m. Game day tickets may be purchased at the door at $7 for adults and $5 for students and children. The A/B girls will be coached by Paul True of Lake Region and Tom Maines of Scarborough. Other team members include: Alexa Coulombe of Catherine McAuley, Alexandra PalazziLeahy of Cheverus, Ella Ramonas of Deering, Jackie Doyle of Falmouth, Adrianna Newton of Leavitt, Aubrey Folger of Marshwood, Meghan Agger of Thornton Academy, Meghan Gribbin of Windham, Morgan Cahill of Yarmouth and Andrea Mountford of York. Maggie averaged 10 points per game, 11 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4 steals. She was Top 10 in conference play in three of the four categories. Maggie will continue her basketball career while majoring in BioChemistry at either Assumption College, Salem State University or Mercyhurst.   •Ariel McConkey of Fryeburg, a sophomore guard at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, was recently voted the YSCC Conference Tournament’s Outstanding Offensive Player, and was presented a plaque. Ariel led her team in scoring, rebounds and had 4-plus steals in each tournament game as the CMCC Mustangs move on to the National NCAA tourney March 6

through 10 in Pennsylvania. Central Maine won the first game of the playoffs against the neighboring SeaWolves with a marginal victory of 80-64 in which Ariel scored 9 points.   CMCC then faced top-ranked UMaine-Augusta. Ariel pulled down 11 rebounds while putting up 14 points and recording 5 steals and 4 assists as the Mustangs defeated the Moose, 63-40.   In the YSCC championship game, fourth-seeded Central Maine met second-seed UMaineMachias. It was a tough battle throughout the game with the Mustangs digging from behind a few times to recapture the lead. Ariel scored 20 points, dished out 4 assists, collected 12 boards and pocketed 3 steals to propel her team to victory. • The Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team (1215 overall) went 1-1 last week against Northeast-10 Conference competition, including earning a victory over visiting regionallyranked Southern New Hampshire University, 72-60, on Tuesday to capture the 10th and final NE-10 Tournament position. The No. 10 Purple Knights narrowly fell at the No. 7 College of Saint Rose, 51-49, in the first round of the NE-10 Tournament on Friday. In a must-win game against Southern New Hampshire, senior Coreen Hennessy (Chatham, N.H./Fryeburg Academy) scored 15 points on 11-of-12 free throw shooting to go along with six assists and three steals. At Saint Rose, the Purple Knights had a tying attempt just before the buzzer that fell short. Hennessy had eight points in her final college game.

The Ice Cats’ stay in the Class B West ice hockey tournament was a short one. Seventh-seed Kennebunk (13-6) blanked the 10th-seeded Fryeburg Academy/Lake Region Ice Cats 2-0 in prelim round play. After a scoreless first period, the Rams broke on top with an unassisted goal at 4:21. Kennebunk added an insurance goal at the 1:36 mark of the final period. The Ice Cats (8-11) were outshot 46-17. Netminder Pavle Stepanovic recorded 44 saves. The Cats were 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Rams were 0-for-1.

Lacrosse clinics Free Lacrosse Sessions

Lake Region High School lacrosse is hosting three more free clinics for both girls and boys before the season starts. The dates are: Thursday, March 8 at the middle school; Wednesday, March 14 at the high school. Boys in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be from 6 to 7 p.m.; boys in grades 7-8 will be from 7 to 8 p.m.; girls in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 are from 7 to 8 p.m.

Youth Lacrosse Registration

Lake Region Youth Lacrosse will hold sign-ups for girls in grades 4-6 and boys in grades 3-6 as follows: • Wednesday, March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bridgton Town Hall (North High Street). • Friday, March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Naples Town Office. • Wednesday, March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Casco Town Hall. For more information, please call Dan Harden at 420-7363.

Harrison sign-ups

HARRISON — Harrison Recreation will conduct registrations for the 2012 youth baseball and softball season on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 and 7, at the fire station community room from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This registration is for boys ages 4 to 15 as of May 1 and girls ages 4 to 12 as of Jan. 1. Fees: T-ball and Rookies $25; Minors and Majors $35; Babe Ruth $45; softball $25 or $45 maximum per family. Deadline: March 16.   For softball, please make check payable to: Town of Harrison. For baseball, check should be made payable to: Harrison Baseball Committee. If you have questions, please contact Harrison Rec Director Paula Holt for softball at 583-2241 or Cory Edwards for baseball at 329-5208.

Fireman for Cure race

The 9th Annual Mary’s Fireman For A Cure Race will be held this Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shawnee Peak. Mary Allen was a longtime employee at Shawnee Peak, who initiated and established this event. It was her legacy to have the family continue the event in an effort to raise money for other families with loved ones who may find themselves battling cancer.

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Lakers sting Leavitt shooting over the final 28 seconds to nail down the victory. “It (overtime) was fun. Even when they made their 3, we came right back, kept our poise, and made a 3 too,” Craffey said. “I was wide open and had confidence to take the shot. I knew I could hit it. Everyone was so confident, playing a great game. We owned the boards. It was really fun to play in.” What a difference a year makes. “Last year, we were really young. This time, we knew what to expect. We were more patient and poised. We didn’t freak out,” Sydney Hancock said. “We stayed positive the whole time. We never got down. We really believed we were going to come out on top. With 10 seconds left, they could easily have hit a three, but we kept our poise and played hard like we had done the whole game. This game was ours. We’ve been working hard all year and we weren’t going to give in. We got it done. We’ve grown tremendously. We make better decisions. I feel we can do anything.” Coach True had a simple message to his team prior to the overtime. “The message was to stay true to what we were doing, stay committed and disciplined, and I thought we were going to do it collectively as a team, and not as individuals. The kids did a great job holding to that,” he said. “This game was unbelievable. Again, I am so proud of our kids to step up, play loose and have the confidence to knock those shots down at critical times of the game. It was fun to watch.” In the end, a balanced Laker attack at both ends of the court triumphed over a Leavitt squad that relied heavily on its two stars. “We just felt like this team wasn’t going to score 70 against us,” Coach True said. “There was some word around that they were taking us a little lightly, that this was going to be a cakewalk. Our kids certainly responded. Our kids never wavered from what our vision was.” Stat Lines Turnovers: LR 21, LVT 10 Field Goals: LR 25-61, LVT 20-77 Free Throws: LR 11-20, LVT 7-12 Rebounds: LR, Tiana-Jo Carter 25, Kelsey Winslow 12, Sarah Hancock 5, Allison Clark 4, Jordan Turner 2, Abby Craffey 1; LVT, Adrianna Newton 16, Sarah Frost 6, Kristen Anderson 4, Amanda Jordan 4, Mariah Treadwell 3.

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