Hunter Curtis (left) of the Down East Family YMCA boys’ basketball team goes up for a layup during a 2019 Sheriff’s Cup game against Holbrook School at Ellsworth High School. This year’s edition of the Sheriff’s Cup was canceled Tuesday as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the second straight year the tournament has been canceled. FILE PHOTO

2022 Sheriff’s Cup basketball tournament canceled

ELLSWORTH — This year’s edition of the Sheriff’s Cup basketball tournament has been canceled.

The cancellation, which was announced Tuesday night, marks the second straight year the tournament will not be held. The Sheriff’s Cup was last held in early March 2020, days before the statewide shutdown. That edition marked the tournament’s 20th anniversary.

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane told The American that the cancellation was a result of COVID-19. The pandemic was also the reason for last year’s cancellation as state restrictions on gatherings at the time made the event untenable.

The three-day tournament brings middle school teams from around the state to Ellsworth for a round-robin competition games at Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School and the Down East Family YMCA. It serves as a benefit for local charitable programs on behalf of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

Along with the Great Harbor Shootout, the Sheriff’s Cup is one of two major basketball tournaments to be held in Hancock County following the middle and high school seasons. Great Harbor Shootout organizers announced earlier this month “tentative plans” for a tournament.

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