There may be no other high school basketball player more excited for the state championship game this weekend than high school senior forward Hermon Elizabeth Wyman.
Two years ago, the week before the Hawks faced Wells in the Class B state championship game, Wyman hypertensed his problematic right knee in practice.
She could only watch her Hawks lose an atrocious 34-26 game in overtime.
With no tournaments last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wyman and the 19-2 Hawks had to wait two years for another chance and will face 19-0 Oceanside of Rockland in the title game. State Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cross. Insurance center in Bangor.
In the remaining state championship games on Saturday, 21-0 Skowhegan will look for his first Golden Ball when he faces 16-4 Greely of the Cumberland Center at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland at 1:05 p.m.; the Class AA contest between North champion Cheverus of Portland (17-3) and South champion Gorham (18-3) will also be played in Portland at 7:05 p.m.
Games C and D will be played at the Augusta Civic Center.
The Class D match between 21-0 Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook and 13-6 Seacoast Christian of South Berwick kicks off at 1:05 p.m. with 16-3 Stearns of Millinocket and 20-0 Hall-Dale at 7:05 a.m. pm
“I was really expecting this,” Wyman said. “[Winning] the golden ball is something i really thought about even when i was weight training or during a shootaround. We always talked about getting back to the state game and having another chance. My teammates want it as much as I do. »
Wyman felt she could have made a difference had she been able to play in the 2020 game.
“She would have helped with her speed and length,” Hermon’s trainer Chris Cameron said.
Cameron said Wyman is the healthiest and strongest she’s ever been, and it shows.
Wyman was named to the Class B North All-Tournament after averaging 15.3 points and six rebounds in Hermon’s three wins. She and her teammates will seek Hermon’s first state women’s title since 1989. Hermon is 1-4 in state championship games.
Oceanside will make its very first appearance in a state title game and so will the two former schools that merged with Oceanside: Rockland and Georges Valley of Thomaston.
Matt Breen’s Mariners had won every game by at least 17 points until the B South final, where they held off York 56-49.
“They obviously had a great run this year. They have [Bailey] Breen down and [Audrey] Mackie is their outside shooter and she was the B South Tournament MVP,” Cameron said. “But they are definitely more than Breen and Mackie. They have other weapons.
During the Class D final, Southern Aroostook coach Cliff Urquhart, whose team is the three-time defending Class D North champion with state championships the first two years, said people shouldn’t not be misled by Seacoast Christian’s record.
“All six of their losses were to C teams and four of those losses came to North Yarmouth Academy and Old Orchard Beach, and those are two good teams,” Urquhart said.
NYA and OOB went 28-5 combined during the regular season.
Madison Russell of Southern Aroostook and Breckyn Winship of Seacoast Christian were the MVPs of their respective tournaments and Cami Shields of SA joined Russell in the tournament’s first team. They combined to average 32 points per game.
In Class C, Nick Cullen’s Minutemen will play their first state championship game since 1995, when Stearns was in Class B.
Unanimous tournament MVP Alisyn Alley, who averaged 13.7 points, 7 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 3 assists in the three wins, and teammate Makayla Anderson (15.3 points per game) are the catalysts of Stearns. Hall-Dale, who won the state title in 2011 and lost in the state game the following year, was led by Amanda Trepanier and KK Wills.
Trépanier’s 19 points and Wills’ 13 rallied Hall-Dale from an 18-point deficit to beat NYA in the C South final.
In Class A, senior Skowhegan phenom Jaycie Christopher’s 25 points and eight rebounds in the 44-30 win over Lawrence of Fairfield helped her earn the MVP award and she and her pals will face a Greely team that won consecutively. state titles in 2018 and ’19.
Chelsea Graiver’s 19 points led Greely past Brunswick 38-35 in the A South final.
The AA Finals pits a Gorham team that won state titles in 2016 and 2017 and lost to Auburn’s Edward Little in the Finals in 2018 against a Cheverus team making their first AA Finals appearance.
Cheverus’ Madison Fitzpatrick (18.3 ppg, 4 steals, 2.8 regular season assists) and Emma Lizotte (14.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg) will face Gorham’s Anna Nelson (12.8 ppg, 4 .8 apg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 spg).