Aroostook hoop squad wins at national event

7 years ago

BOSTON — A basketball team made up of eight girls from Aroostook County has captured first place out of 12 teams in their division at the Zero Gravity National Finals. 

The Maine Lumberjacks’ 12-year-old and under squad went 4-0 in the tourney held Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4. The team beat YES!, based out of southern Maine, in the championship game, 44-16.

During the round-robin portion, the Lumberjacks posted wins over the Central Mass Shooters, 40-29; the Mass Rivals, 49-29; and the Ocean State Panthers of Rhode Island, 38-13.

The local squad had qualified after winning a large Zero Gravity tournament in Boston earlier in the spring. The team competed in five tournaments this spring and took titles in four of them. The tourneys were held in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and southern Maine.

The Lumberjacks have been practicing once or twice a week since April in either Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle or Dyer Brook.

Clyde Warman of Houlton is the coach of the team, which has been together for three seasons. Team members are Camryn Ala of Fort Fairfield, Ashlyn Bouchard of Caribou, Izzy Brownlee of Patten, Anna Jandreau of Caribou, Madison Russell of Oakfield, Salena Savage of Caribou, Faith Sjoberg of Presque Isle and Drew Warman of Houlton.