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Article from MV Rec Tourney on March 28, 29, 30th
The 2014 Invitational Basketball Tournament took place on March 28,29 and 30 at Mountain Valley Middle School and Dirigo High School, due to the unavailability of Mountain Valley High School. Dirigo was gracious and accommodating to allow games to take place on their court. The Dirigo Boosters also were very supportive in providing concessions for their court with Dirigo Baseball Coach Ryan Palmer and assistant basketball and baseball coach Gary Holman overseeing the gym throughout the weekend. The Greater Rumford Community Center provided concessions at MVMS and The MV Athletic Boosters oversaw the gym.
18 men's teams were in town throughout the weekend, 10 A division and 8 B division. It was the most attended tournament to date, in both teams and participation.
The A division was won by almost perennial champions Class Acts of Portland and their coach Bill Simpson. They were led by MVP Matt Clement and all stars Drew Coppenrath and Jarod Rivers and dazzled with many former college players throughout Maine and New England. Second place went to Emerson Toyota of Auburn/Lewiston consisting of many current Bates College Players, led by former MV star Cam Kaubris and featuring all stars Graham Safford and Mike Boornizian. The final game was a close contest with Class Acts hanging on in an exciting 78-70 victory, in what was the 5th game of the weekend for both teams. Also participating in the A division were 3rd place Dixfield, led by Dirigo's Cody St Germain and featured Dirigo coach Travis Magneson and Europe/Canadian Professional Ryan Martin of Maranacook fame. Amici, made up of USM players led by Telstar standout Sean Caddigan, Skowhegan led by long time captain Derek Holt, MVRBL champs Ranor Mechanical and captain Aaron St Pierre, TBO and captains Pat Dempsey and Nick Pelotte, Laid Back Installers of Mexico with coach Rodney Canwell and captain Brian Canwell, KC Auto of Lewiston and coach Kevin Blazer and The Crew from Lewiston/Auburn and it's leader Keith Danner.
The B division was very competitive and with many former A division players and long time basketball stars. Shooters of Auburn/Lewiston won 73-57 over Bath area's Injured Reserves. Shooters and coach Heath Crocker featured MVP Josh Berard and all stars Cam Angel and Justin Perron. Injured Reserves featured captain and all star Brian Wagg and long time player and all star Zak Reed. Other B division teams were Southern Maine's Urban Achievers led by Dan Finney, MVRBL's Tommy Guns of Mexico and captain Tim Turner, MVRBL's Bethel and captain Ryan Kimball, Chapter 11 Furniture of Lewiston with captain Joe Gaudreau, Franklin County Boys of Strong/Phillips with veteran and longest standing player participant Rand Richards, who played in the first tournament in 1983 and MVRBL's Neptune General Contracting with owner Tom Leclerc and captain Glen Dubois.
The tournament raised $7,000.00 and after expenses will be used to support local recreational programs and organizations and The Mountain Valley Athletic Boosters. The tournament wishes to thank the many volunteers who kept the book and clock, Mark Pare, referee organizer and a host of referees who worked at a discount rate and Kevin Gallant who helped organize, administrate and manage the web site, mvrbl.webs.com. It is in hopes that we will have a women's division next year and also a senior division. For further information on the tournament, MV Rec Basketball League or annual ad/sponsors, which are put on the web site and also on a gym banner at MVHS, please contact league commissioner and tournament organizer Eddie Paterson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-364-9352.
2013-2014 MVRBL Champions - Ranor
Front Row - Craig Milledge, JT Taylor
Back Row - Scot New, Kevin Gallant, Aaron St. Pierre
Missing - Shawn Spadea, Chris Willer
2014 MV Rec Annual Tournament - A Division Champs
L-R - Matt Clement (MVP), Drew Coppenwrath (All-Star & 3 Point Champ), Bill Simpson (Coach), Brian Wohl, Ben Johnson, Gerald Rivers (All-Star), Justin Perron, Caleb Saywall
Missing - Tom Morning
2014 MV Rec Annual Tournament - B Division Champs
Front Row - Heath Crocker, Josh Berard (MVP), Justin Perron
Back Row - Dave Howe, Cam Angell, Shane Ciriello, Chris Williamson