Edward Little, Greely sweep state basketball championships; Hermon wins elusive 1st title

ELLSWORTH — The road to the Gold Ball came to a conclusion in Augusta, Bangor and Portland late last week, and two schools earned rare sweeps of the boys’ and girls’ championships in the state’s largest classes.

Edward Little (15-7) posted a 50-49 Class AA girls’ win over Gorham (14-8) to end the Rams’ quest for a third straight championship Friday at Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena. On the boys’ side, the Red Eddies (18-4) outdueled Scarborough (17-5) 41-36 to complete a sweep of the large-school titles.

Class A also saw a sweep as the Greely boys (22-0) and girls (20-2) both won state championships Thursday in Portland. The Rangers posted 47-46 and 53-38 victories over the Hampden Academy boys (20-2) and girls (19-3), respectively.

Hermon (22-0) won the boys’ title for the first time Friday with a 55-34 win over Wells (15-7) in the Class B final at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Greenville boys (20-2) beat Woodland (18-4) 47-46 to claim the Class D title the following day at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Winslow girls (18-5) won their first title since 2005 with a 43-29 triumph over Lake Region (16-6) in Class B. Monmouth (21-1) repeated as girls’ champion in Class C with a 56-50 win over Houlton (21-1), and Southern Aroostook (20-2) topped defending state champion Vinalhaven (21-1) for the girls’ crown in Class D.

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