Over February Vacation, the Jonesport-Beals Royals and Royalettes had a number of tournament games.
Starting on Monday February 19th, the Royalettes and Royals both played the Southern Aroostook Warriors. For the Royalettes, it was a 71-39 loss. Thus, ending their season. The Royalettes hung tight with a Southern Aroostook squad that held the number 1 seed in the bracket and eventually won the North Class D Championship. They even had the score within four points; however, after Sophomore Lydia Alley sustained a concussion, they couldn’t keep up. Sophomore Kaylee Ireland scored 13 points and Junior Alexsis Sprowl added 11.
For the Royals, they advanced past the 10th seeded Warriors with a 64-55 win with Sophomore Adam Robinson scoring 14 points and Sophomore Kaiden Crowley adding 10 with Senior Austin Grant also scoring 10 points off the bench. Southern Aroostook Junior Garrett Slitz scored 17 points and 8th grader Hunter Burpee scored 15 all from behind the 3 point line.
Next on Wednesday February 22nd, the Royals defeated the Machias Bulldogs 46-36 to advance to the Regional Finals. Sophomore Ryan Alley scored 11 points to lead his team, and he scored 7 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Royals struggled to get going in the first half but made up for it in the 2nd half and put a stop to Machias’ bid for a repeat championship. Junior Judson Carver added 8 points and Senior Austin Grant grabbed 9 rebounds. Bulldogs Senior Alex Marotta led the game with 16 points in his last high school game.
The Royals’ playoff run sadly ended on Saturday February 24th with a crushing 40-37 loss to Woodland in the Class D North Championship. The Dragons’ Senior Justin Worden scored 13 points on only six shots en route to the State Championship Game on Saturday March 3rd at the Augusta Civic Center against Greenville. Sophomore Adam Robinson scored 16 and Sophomore Ryan Alley added 7 points and 8 rebounds.
Overall, it was a great season for both the boys and the girls and The Royal Print would like to congratulate them on their seasons and wish them the best of luck in the future!
By Luke Wilson, The Royal Print Staff