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Making their tournament mark
REGION -- Through the decades, this area has produced numerous student-athletes who have excelled on the hardwood. Their exploits bring back fond memories and the recent Western Maine tournaments held at the Portland Expo and Augusta Civic Center provided a back drop.
That’s because the Maine Principal Association has programs, which includes records compiled by Robert E. Butler. These are both individual and team records. Additionally, individual award winners from each regional tournament and past state champions are listed.
In Class A, Rumford boys won state championships in 1974, 1976 and 1977. Mountain Valley boys won Class B state crowns in 1990 and 1994. The Dirigo boys won back-to-back Class C state titles in 1982-3 and regional championships in 2009-10.
On the girls' side, Dirigo won state championships in 1977 and 1978, then won an unprecedented 11 regional championships (1995-2005), which included six state crowns (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002-3 and 2005). Rumford, Mexico and Dirigo each won regional championships in the 1980s.
For individual records, the ’94 Mountain Valley team made its mark. Junior Andy Bedard had most field goals scored in one game (18), most field goals scored in a regional tournament (45), most points scored in one game (43) and most points scored in a regional tournament (113); Dean Boudreau had the most three-point field goals scored in a game (six) and holds the record for most treys in a game with 13. In ’76, Rumford scored the most points in a regional tournament (259) and most free throws scored (71), while Doug Roberts scored the most free throws in a game (27).
The 2003 Dirigo girls' team scored the most points in a regional tournament (221).
There have been dozens of tournament MVPs and the Dirigo girls have the most. Deb DiConzo (1977 and 78), Amy Arsenault (1985), 10 of 11 beginning with Rebecca Fletcher (1995 and 96), Nikki Dominiczak (1998), Tara Gagnon (1999 and 2000), Michelle Gagnon (2001), Lyndsay Clark (2002), Alyssa Burns (2003) and Alexa Kaubris (2004 and 2005).
The Cougar boys had Doug Clark (1982 and '83), Tom Knight (2009) and Nic Crutchfield (2010). Rumford Vinal trophy winners were Marty Milligan (1973), Jim Mooney (1974), Roberts (1976) and Tim Ziko (1977); Dennis Stanley (1967), Lee Marshall (1975) and Woodie Arsenault (1978) of Mexico; Matt Gaudet (1990), Bedard (1993 and '94), Craig Milledge (2003) and Andy Shorey, Jr (2006 and '07) of MV.