Hodgdon teams to play in tourney

14 years ago

    The Hodgdon High School varsity boys and girls basketball teams will be competing in a preseason basketball tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4 at Lee Academy.
    On Friday night, the Hodgdon girls will face Calais at 3:45 p.m., followed by the Hodgdon boys against PVHS at 5 p.m. In the nightcap, the Lee Academy girls take on Bangor Christian at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Lee Academy boys facing Bangor Christian at 7:30 p.m.
    On Saturday, the Hodgdon girls play Lee Academy at 9 a.m., with the Hodgdon boys taking on Lee Academy at 10:15 a.m. The Hodgdon girls face Bangor Christian at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Hodgdon boys and Bangor Christian at 12:45 p.m. In the afternoon, Bangor Christian girls face Calais at 2 p.m.; Bangor Christian boys take on PCHS at 3:15 p.m.; the PCHS girls meet Calais at 4:30 p.m.; PCHS boys go against Lee Academy at 5:45 p.m. and the PCHS girls and Lee Academy finish the tourney at 7 p.m.
    With very little practice time since tryouts, the Hodgdon girls will get their first taste of game situations during the tournament.
    “I will try different combinations of girls at different times to try and settle which five work the best together on defense, and which five on offense,” said second-year coach Vaughn Farrar. “Then, I will come home and make some decisions.”
    Admission on Friday is $3 adults and $2 students (K-12) or senior citizens and on Saturday, $4 adults and $2 students (K-12) or senior citizens. A $10 maximum will be charged for a family.
     “For the boys, we will have had a week to prepare for this tournament, so I will be looking at where we are with conditioning and learning a new system,” said first-year Hodgdon boys’ coach Rob Smith. “The team will be learning a new defense and offense.”
    Preseason games, according to Smith, give the Hawks a chance to run new plays, while giving him enough time to evaluate what is working and what needs more work.
    “On the defensive side of the ball, it will give me an opportunity to coach positioning and to let them see it at game speed. The advantage to playing in this tournament is that we do not face any of these teams in the regular season. This means we can work on game situations and plays without giving too much away before the regular season starts.”
    When the Hawks take the floor on Friday, only three of the 10 varsity players will have had significant minutes from the previous year.   
    “This time will also be used to get players with little varsity experience some game experience,” he said.