Players mix it up during the 15th Josh Sprague Memorial Basketball Tournament and Dick Abbott 3-point/foul-shot contest at the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor on Thursday, March 3. More than 50 players from third grade through high school and about 20 adults participated. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

3-on-3s honor Sprague

BAR HARBOR — The spacious gymnasium of the Mount Desert Island YMCA was abuzz with dozens of spectators and players last week who took to the court in the 15th edition of the Josh Sprague Memorial Basketball Tournament and Dick Abbott 3-point/foul-shot contest.

The annual event raised about $1,500 for a YMCA scholarship fund.

“It was a great event. Everyone had a good time, and I just appreciate everyone’s participation,” said Stephen Sprague of Bar Harbor. He created the event in honor of his late son, who spent much of his spare time playing basketball at the Y with friends.

“While you’re playing, just make sure you have it in the back of your mind that this is little bit bigger than just a basketball tournament,” Justin Norwood said as he addressed the over 50 grade-school and high-school participants of the youth tournament on Thursday, March 3. In season, Norwood coaches boys’ varsity basketball at MDI High School. “This tournament is kind of a cool way to play in his memory. Josh Sprague was a three-sport athlete at MDI High School, a fantastic kid, and I wish he was still here.”

Four 3-on-3 games were going at a time in the youth division, with several participants keeping score from the sidelines and waiting for their next game.

The kids’ tournament was coed in each age division this year. High school winners were Riley Swanson, Andrew Phelps and Mac Shea.

For seventh-eighth grade, Nick Corson, Nate Philbrook, Nicholas Dmitrieff and Brady Renault came out on top. Leah Carrol, Bailey Goodel, Olivia Gray and Elizabeth Jones were the fifth-sixth grade champions. In the third-fourth grade division, Joey Wellman-Clouse, Noah Keeley, Jameson Weir and Spencer Laurendeau were the winners.

Keeley won the foul-shooting contest.

More than 20 players competed in the adult division games on Friday, March 4.

Stephen Sprague acknowledged the efforts of the volunteers for their “involvement with the tournament itself and for helping out in different ways.”

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Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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