Blue Hill—With 15 games and 15 wins behind them in the regular season, the Eagles are breezing through the Class C North competition.
Only two teams have managed to stay within 10 points of the top-ranked team, Lee Academy in a tighter-than-usual game January 27 and Class B Ellsworth, whom they face for the second time this season Friday night in Blue Hill.
“[The team] knows that they have a big bullseye on their back as the defending state champs and are worth a ton of Heal points,” Coach Dwayne Carter said before the Lee Academy match-up. “Everyone wants to knock us off as they will move up in the standings significantly.”
The 73-66 final score at Lee might have been close, but the Eagles had the lead going into each quarter and were ahead 37-24 at half-time. Taylor Schildroth scored 20 points, Jarrod Chase 18, with Beckett Slayton and Stefan Simmons each adding 12.
The following night, the Eagles crushed Penquis on home court 75-42. Schildroth hit 25 points, including his 1,000th career point, with Max Mattson scoring 15, Jarrod Chase and Reece Dannenberg 8 apiece and Caden Mattson 6.
The Eagles will close out the regular season on February 9 at home against Narraguagus (4-10). To keep them competitive for the playoff tournament, which begins for the Eagles on February 21, Carter said the team will scrimmage with a top Class A or B team.