Players in the Josh Sprague Memorial Basketball tournament Thursday at the Mount Desert Island YMCA. More than 50 players from fifth grade through high school and dozens of adults participated. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Tourney honors Josh



BAR HARBOR — The YMCA gym was hopping Feb. 27 with players and spectators in the 14th annual Josh Sprague Memorial Basketball Tournament. The event raised about $1,500 for a YMCA scholarship fund, said Steve Sprague of Bar Harbor, who created the event in honor of his late son.

During the youth tournament in the afternoon, four 3-on-3 games were going at a time. A large group of spectators gathered around the perimeter of the room and on bleachers at either end. In the mix were players waiting for their next game and teammates keeping score in their heads or rotating out, some of whom coached from the sidelines.

The kids’ tournament was co-ed in each age division this year. High School winners were Gus Reeves, Graham Good, Russell Kropff and Billy Kerley. For 7th-8th grade, Drew Shea, Derek Collin, Kyle Nicholson and Eli Parady came out on top. Brady Renault, A.J. Lazano, Alex Fernald and Tucker James were the 5th-6th grade champions.

“Andy Shea and Steve Parady did a great job organizing,” Steve Sprague said. Shea coordinates the kids’ tournament, no small feat in the informal event. “It worked out great. Everybody knows it’s for fun and for a good cause.”

Parady is the point person for adult games. “Adults usually play on Tuesday and Thursday nights anyway,” Sprague said, “so the timing worked well. We were very happy with the turnout and adding to the fund.”

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Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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