The top sports stories in the Presque Isle area in 2020 (Part 1)
Editor’s Note: The following is the first of two articles highlighting some of the top sports stories from 2020. This article highlights events from January to June.
The Central Aroostook middle school cheering squad won the Aroostook League Middle School championship trophy after competing against three other teams.
In a game against Southern Aroostook on Jan. 7, Central Aroostook boys basketball player Brayden Bradbury scored the 1000th point of his high school career.
On Jan. 14, Gage Letourneau of the Presque Isle High School hockey team scored his 100th career point in a game against Houlton-Hodgdon-Southern Aroostook-Katahdin, becoming the second player on the squad to reach the milestone that season after Connor DeMerchant did so on Dec. 13.
Two coaches and a player with long histories in Presque Isle sports became the newest members of the Presque Isle High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 17. Dave Maxcy, Brennen Shaw and C. Med Cotton were inducted in a ceremony during an event at the Northeastland Hotel in Presque Isle.
The Central Aroostook High School cheerleading squad won the Class D North/South regional cheerleading championship in Bangor, its 11th state title in 12 years.
On Jan. 22, Central Aroostook High School girls basketball player Breann Bradbury scored her 1000th career point in a home game against Fort Kent, joining a select few Mars Hill basketball greats. Bradbury’s accomplishments came two weeks after her twin brother, Brayden, accomplished the same for Central Aroostook’s boys basketball team.
The Easton boys basketball team beat Van Buren 56-48 in the Class D North boys basketball quarterfinal in Bangor on Feb. 17. Van Buren ended its season with a 15-4 record.
The Katahdin girls basketball team defeated Washburn 38-12 in the Class D North quarterfinal in Bangor.
The Fort Fairfield boys basketball team defeated Penobscot Valley 70-53 in a Class C North preliminary contest. With the win, the Tigers advanced to a quarterfinal in which it would face George Stevens Academy.
The Machias High School boys basketball team defeated Easton 53-42 in the Class D North championship game in Bangor. The Easton Bears ended its season with an 11-9 record.
The Dexter boys basketball team defeated the top-ranked Central Aroostook High School team in the Class C North championship 50-48 after a controversial buzzer-beater call. Video produced after the game seemed to suggest that a 3-pointer from Dexter player Parker Ponte may have left his hand after time expired and should not have been counted. The game ignited debate about instituting instant replay in Maine high school sports.
The Central Aroostook girls basketball team upset Dexter 35-32 in the Class C North girls semifinal game in Bangor. Central Aroostook, who was a sixth seed, squeaked past No. 2 seed Dexter in a nail-biter. They proceeded to defeat Winthrop 67-61, winning the Class C girls state championship, their first state title in 38 years.
The Presque Isle High School hockey team defeated Hampden Academy 4-1 in the Class B North semifinals at Colby College in Waterville, in what was seen as an upset by the Wildcats against a division-leading team with only one loss on the season.
Easton named Bryan Shaw as the newest athletic director for the school, replacing Easton Junior/Senior High School Principal Mark Stanley in the position. Shaw was already a soccer and high school coach in the district.