MDI teams dominate at Great Harbor Shoot-Out



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Mount Desert Island teams cruised to victory in two of four divisions of the Great Harbor Shoot-Out basketball tournament this weekend. Organized by Harbor House, the tournament has become an institution in the state, growing to include 169 games played by 82 teams on eight basketball courts in six gyms over three days.

Harbor House Executive Director Ingrid Kachmar asked for a moment of silence before the championship games in memory of Scott Phelps. “He not only led the charge in organizing this great tournament, he also worked at Harbor House for many years,” she said. “He is tearfully missed by all the athletes he worked with. The Great Harbor Shoot-Out marches on, but especially this weekend, we remember Scott Phelps.”

The Acadian Basketball Association (ABA) girls ‘A’ team, coached by Katie and Justin Norwood, defeated the Camden Hills Windjammers 57-41 in the junior high girls’ championship game Sunday at Pemetic Elementary.

Camden Hills gathered momentum in the first quarter after a scoreless first few minutes.

The first points on the board were from Camden Hills free throws. The Windjammers were ahead 14-5 after one quarter. MDI battled back in the second half. Working the offensive boards, they pulled ahead to a 24-22 lead on a jump shot from Maddie Candage in the final seconds.

MDI opened up a comfortable lead in the second half for the 57-41 victory. Maddy Good led the team in scoring with 16 points. Julia Watras poured in 12 points and Lily Turner had 11.

The MDI high school boys won their division, too, in a 79-77 shootout against Brewer. High school teams’ participation in non-MPA tournaments is informal, and they’re not allowed to work with their regular coaches. The MDI boys were coached by Aaron Gray.

MDI had a narrow 41-39 lead at the half of the championship game. Brewer had a 67-61 lead after three quarters. Three 3-pointers from Aaron Snurkowski in the fourth helped MDI overcome the deficit and edge ahead. A shot from Brewer at the buzzer was no good, and MDI won 79-77. Riley Swanson had a game-high 25 points, and Snurkowski added 24.

The ABA boys ‘A’ team were runners up in the junior high boys’ finals, falling to Hermon in a very close, hard-fought 51-48 game. MDI led after each of the first three quarters. Hermon tied it up 48-48 in the final seconds of the game and hit a long 3-pointer to win 51-48. Derek Collin paced the ABA team in scoring with a game-high 23 points. Brett Duley and Sam Hoff each had 5. MDI was coached by Adam Gray.

The “MDI Varsity” high school girls defeated Sumner and Camden Friday at Pemetic. Saturday they beat Corinth 53-46, which put them in a matchup with their rival Presque Isle Wildcats Saturday evening. Presque Isle won the game 61-34 and went on to defeat Lincoln twice Saturday morning before falling to Houlton 61-41 in the championship. They were coached by Burt Barker.

The annual tournament is a fundraiser for Harbor House. “It brings funds into our community center that allow us to provide programming for youth from all around the area,” Kachmar said. “We’re lucky to have great sponsors and tons of volunteers. It’s a win-win for Harbor House and the community and the kids.”

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Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves is managing editor of the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.lgraves@mdislander.com