Beavers on a hot streak

15 years ago
By Kevin Sjoberg  
Sports Reporter

    The Washburn Beavers hadn’t played since opening night (Dec. 4), but reeled off three victories to head into Christmas break on a strong note.
    “I believe the old sports idea that sometimes it takes a loss to a team that you believe you should beat to wake the players up,” said Beaver coach Randy Norsworthy, referring to his team’s loss to Easton to begin the year. 

    “We are pushing an uptempo game, spreading out the scoring and playing great defense.”
    Freshman Mitch Worcester has opened his varsity career impressively, averaging 27.3 points per game through his team’s first four contests. Jordan McLaughlin, Chase Chandler and Connor Fitzpatrick are also providing valuable offensive punch for the Beavers.
    Summaries of all the boys games involving Class D teams in the area, played through Monday, are as follows:
    Washburn 62, Hodgdon 57 – At Hodgdon Monday, Washburn broke open a close game at halftime with an 18-9 run in the third quarter to defeat the Hawks for the second time in five days.
    Worcester’s 20 points were tops for the Beavers, while Chandler and McLaughlin added 14 points apiece.
    Fort Fairfield 67, Easton 47 – At Fort Fairfield Monday, the Tigers used strong rebounding and a lethal fast break to jump out to the early lead and defeat Easton.
    The Tigers notched their fifth win of the season behind John McNamee’s 15 points and 12 rebounds and 14 points from Dereck Dufour. Travis Noyes also reached double digits in both points and rebounds with 11 and 12, respectively. Seven of his points came during the first quarter which saw Fort jump out to a 20-7 advantage. Josh Churchill chipped in with nine points and five assists for the winners.
    Reid Clark scored 18 points to lead the Bears and Luke Budreau followed with eight. Luke Fuller collected five assists.
    Central Aroostook 65, Ashland 45 – At Mars Hill Monday, 10 players scored, with five notching at least eight points, as the Panthers moved to 5-0 with the easy victory.
    Mike McClung paced a balanced scoring effort for the winners with 12 points. Dan Brewer had 11 points, Garrett Stiles 10 and Brenden York and Caleb Kelly eight each. The Panthers bolted to a 19-3 lead after eight minutes and never looked back.
    Kenny Tarr scored 24 points to lead the Hornets, while Jordan Beaulier added 10.
    Fort Fairfield 58, Limestone-MSSM 32 – At Limestone Saturday, the Tigers outscored the Eagles 14-2 in the second quarter to cruise to the win.
    “After struggling to put the ball in the hoop in the first quarter, we went on a 32-8 run n the second and third quarters combined to put the game away,” said Fort Fairfield coach Todd Alley.
    Noyes had 13 points, Josh Booth drained three three-pointers for nine points and also dished out six assists and Churchill put in eight points in a balanced offensive attack. McNamee led the way in rebounding with 12, with Noyes recording a “double double” with 11 boards.
    Central Aroostook 63, Wisdom 33 – At Mars Hill Monday, Wisdom was held to two first-half points as  the Panthers prevailed. Dan Brewer’s 14 points spearheaded CA’s offense, while Kelly and McClung had 12 and 10, respectively.
    Kody Chamberland scored 12 points for the winless Pioneers.
    Ashland 59, Limestone-MSSM 50 (OT) – At Limestone Friday, Tarr scored five of his team’s 12 points in the overtime session as Ashland gained the win.
    Tarr had 20 points, while Lucas Hafford and Beaulier had 15 and 13, respectively.
    Nate Tucker led the Eagles with 15 points. Limestone-MSSM had led at all the quarter breaks by scores of 11-6, 29-20 and 37-31 before Ashland came back to force overtime.
    Washburn 81, Van Buren 63 – At Van Buren Friday, Worcester scored 30 points as the Beavers had no trouble with the Crusaders.
    McLaughlin scored 17 points and Chandler added 13 for the Beavers. Fitzpatrick notched nine more.
    Fort Fairfield 51, Hodgdon 46 – At Hodgdon Thursday, 32 points by the Hawks’ Chris Williams were not enough as the Tigers downed the Hawks.
    Three Fort players combined for 39 points, with Noyes tallying 14, Booth 13 and McNamee 12. In the rebound department, McNamee pulled down 14 and Noyes had another eight.
    Easton 52, Limestone-MSSM 43 – At Easton last Wednesday, Clark scored 20 points as the Bears came out on top.
    Corey White netted 10 points to complement Clark’s performance.
    Washburn 73, Hodgdon 70 (OT) – At Washburn last Wednesday, the Beavers were playing in their first game in 12 days and needed overtime to survive the Hawks.
    Worcester posted 29 points, Chandler had 17, McLaughlin 15 and Fitzpatrick 10 for the winners.
    Central Aroostook 54, Fort Fairfield 49 – At Fort Fairfield last Tuesday in an important early-season showdown, the Panthers took the lead in the second quarter and held on to it throughout the remainder of the game.
    Kelly had 16 points, including a pair of free throws in the final six seconds to secure the win. McClung had 12 and Kasey Brewer and Logan McLaughlin nine and eight, respectively, for the Panthers.
    Noyes poured in 19 points and Jahleel Williams had 12 as the Tigers lost a regular season game for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Noyes also had nine rebounds, four blocked shots and five assists in the brilliant all-around performance. McNamee had a team-high 10 rebounds.




ImageStaff photo/Kevin Sjoberg 

     LOOKING TO SCORE — Travis Noyes of the Fort Fairfield Tigers moves in against Easton’s Jonah Bacon for a basket Monday. FF won, 67-47.