Town of the Day – Final Four
The Drive's Town of the Day tournament is down to the Final Four after reaching over 61,000 people on Facebook during the last six weeks. 64 teams were randomly drawn to begin the tournament and now Greenville, Belfast, Bucksport and last year's champions, Millinocket, remain.
Greenville and Belfast get the action underway in the semifinals. Their match-up will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at Drive Show Maine on Facebook, where you can find the poll pinned to the top of the page.
Greenville is the smallest remaining community by population, though that hasn't deterred them thus far in the tournament. Greenville earned victories over Thomaston (87%-13%) in the Round of 64, Waterville (83%-17%) in the Round of 32, Camden (57%-43%) in the Sweet 16 and Bangor (54%-46%) in the Elite 8.
Belfast survived a scare from Rockport in the Sweet 16, where they advanced with 51% of the vote, but apart from that have enjoyed an easy ride to the semi's. Belfast defeated Veazie (81%-19%) in the Round of 64, Castine (61%-39%) in the Round of 32 and Hampden (77%-23%) in the Elite 8.
The other semifinal match-up is a rematch of last year's final between Millinocket and Bucksport. Millinocket is the defending champ after winning last year's inaugural tournament and have had a strong following once again this year.
"The Magic City" have knocked off Gouldsboro (53%-47%) in the Round of 64, Winterport (64%-36%) in the Round of 32, Stockton Springs (77%-23%) in the Sweet 16 and Stonington (80%-20%) in the Elite 8, en route to their spot in the Final 4. Millinocket has showed their championship mettle gaining momentum with each passing round.
As for revenge-minded Bucksport, they have dispatched of Brewer (77%-23%) in the Round of 64, Southwest Harbor (59%-41%) in the Round of 32 and Bar Harbor (80%-20%) in the Sweet 16. They then faced Jonesport in the Elite 8 in what would turn out to be the hotly-contested showdown of the tournament, with Bucksport advancing by a vote total of 1006-997, (50.2%-49.8%).
The championship match-up will take place next Monday-Thursday and The Drive will broadcast from the winning town the week of Aug. 19.