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Basketball History



Hanging on the wall of the MA Gym is the above banner awarded to the Mattanawcook Lynx boys basketball team in 1922 for winning the Maine State Basketball Championship. That was 85 years ago this month. There are no other State Championship banners hanging at Mattanawcook Academy for basketball. That could change this year, so I thought I'd do a little digging to see what went on these past 85 years and how close the teams of the past came to getting that second banner. With the help of Dennis Lowell and George King I've come up with some information you may find interesting.



Here's a photo of the 1921 MA Lynx. This was the team the year before MA won its only state basketball championship in 1922. Left to right: George Haskell, Lawrence Clark, T. Walcott, Leamon McKinnon, Flub Delano, Raymond Doane and Cub Bryant. Below is a photo of the 1922 state champs.



The boys' teams have not fared well at the Eastern Maine Tournaments in Bangor over the years. Thirty-five years after their only State Championship they defeated Pemetic of Southwest Harbor for the Eastern Maine Class "M" title by a score of 56-46. That was in 1956 and the 1955-56 team went 13-0 before the State game. Quite an accomplishment in those days. And that year, in their only other State Championship appearance since 1922, they lost to Cape Elizabeth 76-51 in Augusta. Since then, the Lynx have only advanced to the Eastern Maine championship game three times.
In 1987 they lost to Calais for the Class "C" title 78-72, and the following year, having moved up to Class "B", they lost to Ellsworth 65-64 in a game that will forever live in the folklore of MA basketball as the game the Lynx should NEVER have lost. But that's another story for another time.
Twelve years later, in 2000, and back in Class "C", the boys lost to Penquis 67-44 in the championship game.
So, there you have it. Now, MA does have a basketball tradition, but, it seems not a lot to show for it. The girls' team, btw, lost to Calais in the Eastern Maine championship game around 1999. And, for you trivia buffs, the combined record for MA boys teams since 1952 (not including this season) is 585 wins and 467 losses.
Now you all know the short history of Mattanawcook Academy championship basketball. I honestly have a feeling that history could get a little longer this weekend! Now, here's a little treat for you all!, courtesy of The Lincoln Historical Society, a photo of the 1956 MA Lynx - the last MA team to go to a State Championship Basketball Game





Front Row, left to right: Manager Paul Gulesian, Roger Holmes, Robert Walcott, Avern Danforth, Linwood Bowers, Dalton Jordan, Elliot Potter, Manager Dorance Clay. Second Row: Carroll Jones, Timothy Ludden, George Albert, Ray Coffin, David Gilpatrick, Charles Clair, Wayne Danforth, Coach Fletcher.
Postscript: On February 24, 2007, the MA Lynx boys' basketball team played in only their 6th Eastern Maine Championship game. In Bangor, they lost to Camden Hills 61-60. And the next year, on February 23, 2008 the MA Lady Lynx went to the Eastern Maine Championship game for only the second time (the other being 1999). They played a very talented undefeated Waterville team. They lost 60-40. Both M.A. teams, boys and girls, failed to make the Eastern Maine Tournament after the 2009-2010 season.
This is the game ball from the 1922 championship, which is now in the display case at Mattanawcook Academy.
-Lee Rand



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