Athlete Of The Week: State Championship Edition [VOTE]
Five standout performers from last weekend's state championship games have been nominated for First National Bank High School Athlete of the Week.
This week's nominees are Damien Vance and Matt Fleming of Bangor, Sydney Brewer of Southern Aroostook, Caribou's Austin Findlen and Parker Desjardins of Forest Hills.
Here's how each athlete performed
Damien Vance of Bangor scored a game-high 20 points in the Rams' 58-48 victory over the Bonny Eagle Scots in the Class AA state championship game. After the Scots, who trailed the entire game, cut the deficit to just three points with about two minutes remaining, Vance drove to the hoop for a clutch basket, which helped the Rams seal the victory.
Matt Fleming of Bangor scored 19 points as the Rams won its 13th state championship overall and first since 2011. Fleming, a Mr. Maine Basketball finalist, also contributed 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. "Journey complete," the senior forward said after the game. "I'm proud to say that we just won the state championship."
Sydney Brewer of Southern Aroostook led the Warriors with 14 points in the Class D state title game. The junior also scored her 1,000th career point by knocking down a free throw early in the first quarter. The 55-30 victory over the Greenville Lakers marked the Warriors' second straight Class D state championship.
Caribou's Austin Findlen scored a team-high 13 points as the Vikings ended a 50-year title drought with a 49-47 double overtime victory against the Cape Elizabeth Capers. Findlen, Caribou’s lone senior starter, made several key plays for the Vikings in the final minutes of regulation, including hitting a three-pointer and a pair of free throws.
Parker Desjardins of Forest Hills matched a team-high 18 points in the Tigers' 70-65 victory over Schenck in the Class D state championship game. Desjardins, a sophomore, went 7-for-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. The win capped a perfect 22-0 season for the Tigers, who won their first gold ball since 2015 and third since 2013.
Voting is restricted to once every 24 hours. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.
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