Members of the Black Bear North 3rd-4th grade basketball team pose for a photo after wining the Maine Club Basketball championship April 8 at the University of Southern Maine in Saco. Four of the team’s nine players live in Hancock County. BECKY MASON PHOTO

Black Bear North girls’ team wins AAU state championship



ELLSWORTH — The eastern Maine-based Black Bear North 3rd-4th grade girls’ basketball team went 4-0 over the weekend to win the state title at the Maine Club Basketball championships at the University of Southern Maine in Saco.

After recording a 24-20 victory in its opening game against Auburn’s Maine Basketball Club, the Black Bear North team capped off a 2-0 Saturday with a 17-2 win over Blue Wave Basketball of Portland. Black Bear North then beat Lewiston-based Team Swish 17-6 the following morning before topping Seacoast Basketball Academy of Kittery 23-14 in the championship game to seal the state title.

Black Bear North draws players from Hancock County as well as the Belfast, Bangor and Camden-Rockland areas. Local players were Sydney Mason and Calleigh Trenholm of Lamoine Consolidated School, Kaylee Bagley of Hancock Grammar School and Olivia Jordan of Cave Hill School. Howard Fogg Jr. of Knox served as the team’s head coach.

More than 200 boys’ and girls teams from various grade levels throughout the state participated in the tournament. Winners received fully paid trips to participate in June’s Zero Gravity national championships in Boston.