The 2 groups that met within the thrilling state Class B schoolgirl basketball closing this previous season are among the many 12 groups that will likely be competing within the John Bapst Excessive College Title IX Invitational basketball match on the Cross Insurance coverage Middle in Bangor on July 8-9.
Ellsworth edged Spruce Mountain of Jay 57-56 within the Portland Expo to win its first ever state championship.
These two groups will likely be joined by host John Bapst of Bangor, Camden Hills of Rockport, Penobscot Valley of Howland, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft, Mount Desert Island, Hodgdon, Caribou, Skowhegan, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln and Calais.
John Bapst head coach Marisa Kelley and her assistant, Matt Smith, had wished to give you one thing to have fun the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX and this match happened.
Title IX was handed in June of 1972 and is a federal regulation that prohibits discrimination on the premise of intercourse in academic applications and actions receiving federal monetary help.
“Since I got here on workers on John Bapst, I wished to discover a option to put ladies basketball on the map across the state,” stated Kelley, who simply completed her third season on the helm. “We had been searching for a possibility within the summertime.”
She identified that almost all groups solely get to play within the Cross Middle when “it actually counts” in the course of the match and now they may have the chance to play in it in a much less traumatic atmosphere.
“This additionally permits our youth to get in there and watch their position fashions and get enthusiastic about it,” stated Kelley.
Every crew will play two video games on Saturday and the sphere will likely be pared to eight for a single-elimination match on Sunday based mostly on Saturday’s outcomes with the championship recreation to cap the tourney on Sunday.
The Darlings Auto Group would be the main sponsor and the groups will play two 16-minute halves as an alternative of the same old 4 eight-minute quarters and there will likely be a 35-second shot clock.
The shot clock will not be used throughout highschool video games within the state of Maine.
“That can hold issues rolling and get them to expertise basketball on the subsequent stage,” stated Kelley, referring to the actual fact there’s a 30-second shot clock in ladies’s school basketball.
The officiating crews will likely be largely ladies.
“It ought to be quite a lot of enjoyable,” stated Ellsworth coach Andy Pooler.
Six of the 12 groups completed within the prime 4 within the Heal Factors standings of their respective lessons and 5 of the groups gained a minimum of 15 common season video games: Hodgdon and Penobscot Valley (each 17-1) in Class C North, Spruce Mountain (17-1) in B South and Caribou and Ellsworth (each 15-3) in B North.
There are two Class A North groups in Skowhegan (7-11) and Camden Hills (10-8).
MDI (10-8), Foxcroft (9-9) and John Bapst (8-10) are in B North and Mattanawcook Academy (13-5) and Calais (11-7) are in C North.
The John Bapst group has additionally partnered with the Particular Olympics to have a unified basketball recreation beginning at midday on Saturday. There will likely be two gamers from every of the 12 groups who will likely be enjoying for one of many unified groups.
Tickets will solely be accessible on the door. Youngsters below 10 get in free and all others can pay $8 per day or $12 for a weekend cross.