Ellsworth boys fall to Caribou in Class B North championship game

first_imgBANGOR — Long before the 2019-20 season began, many basketball junkies across the state saw this Class B North championship game battle coming.With the Ellsworth and Caribou boys’ basketball teams returning the bulk of their production from a season ago, the two were widely tipped at the beginning of the season to meet in the Northern Maine tournament’s final game. The two lived up the billing with the Vikings claiming the No. 1 seed in Class B North and the Eagles taking the No. 2 spot.That matchup took place at the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday as Caribou defeated Ellsworth 62-40 to win the Northern Maine title for the second year in a row. The result marked the end of the high school basketball season in Hancock County, which will not have a team playing in a state final for the first time in five years.“It was a great year, and I’m proud of this group of guys,” Ellsworth head coach Peter Austin said. “They had high expectations this year, and they worked really hard to make it this far.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter Ellsworth scored the first points of the game on a long 2 from Darby Barry, No. 1 Caribou (20-1) took a 4-2 lead on nifty moves to the basket by Parker Deprey and Isaac Marker. The Vikings stifled Ellsworth’s offense throughout the rest of the first quarter, but after Caribou took an 18-10 lead early in the second, the Eagles got back within four as J’Von James nailed four consecutive free throws.From there, though, Caribou blew the game wide open as Deprey keyed a 17-0 run that gave the Vikings a 21-point lead in the blink of an eye. The senior captain’s back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers were particularly devastating to No. 2 Ellsworth (17-4), which finally stopped the bleeding with a pair of baskets from Jackson Curtis to head to the break trailing 35-18.“We had a couple of shots go in and out, and they were getting theirs to fall,” Austin said. “If we make a couple of those shots, we might loosen up a little bit on the offensive end, but we just couldn’t seem to get anything going.”Ellsworth had its moments in the third quarter but only got within 16 points of the defending state champions. Although a strong start to the fourth by James got the Eagles within 15 points, Caribou responded with 12 of the final 17 to defeat Ellsworth for the third time this season and take home another Northern Maine title.James led Ellsworth with 12 points, and Curtis joined him in double figures with 11. The Eagles also got six points from freshman Eamon McDonald, five from Hunter Curtis and two apiece from Barry, Kolbe Hardy and Adam Inman. Deprey led Caribou with a game-high 21 points.Caribou head coach Kyle Corrigan spoke highly of Ellsworth, which he said played “very well” despite the lopsided final score. He also took a moment during the awards ceremony to congratulate Jackson Curtis, and Curtis and the Eagles reciprocated the gesture by passionately applauding the Vikings as they accepted their gold medals and championship plaque at midcourt.“All of those Ellsworth kids are fantastic kids, and I think you saw that when they all came over and started clapping for us,” Corrigan said. “That was just tremendous sportsmanship on their end. … It’s unfortunate that one of us had to lose today.”The loss marked the end for Ellsworth seniors Barry, Jackson Curtis, Hardy, Inman, James, Connor Crawford, Austin Harris and Nick Kane. That senior class formed the backbone of this year’s team, which jumped from 14 wins to 17 this season after improving from 11 to 14 the year before.“Those seniors will always be pretty special to me,” Austin said. “They’re good basketball players and good people, and they’ve worked hard to mature and to get better every year.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biocenter_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

Sedition has no place in a democracy – GCCI

first_imgCyber Crimes Bill outragelthough Government seems to be unmoved over criticisms of the Cyber Crimes Bill, specifically as it relates to the seditious clause, more organisations and individuals continue to speak out against the move to place an archaic piece of law which in their opinion could affect freedom of expression in Guyana.GCCI President Deodat IndarJoining them is the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) which has expressed its concern over Section 18 of the Bill, which provides a structure for the charge of sedition. The GCCI believes sedition as an offence impinges on an individual’s right to criticise and has no place in a democracy.“As an institution dedicated to advocacy, we stress that the right to freedom of expression is not only a right but a community responsibility. Therefore, we call on all legislators to remove Section 18(1) A of the Cyber Crimes Bill and urge that this Bill remain free of oppressive and archaic charge of sedition, “it said.The Chamber is of the view that freedom of speech and expression of views through debate, discourse and discussion underpin a healthy democracy and foster a conducive environment for development. It is under these grounds they think Government should give serious consideration to removing that clause.However, the organisation said Wednesday that its support the overall intent of the Cyber Crimes Bill which is currently before the National Assembly. They said the overall thrust of the Bill which seeks to give parameters, legal structure and regulations to a space where these are currently absent, is commendable.“The Chamber wishes to re-emphasise its support for the rule of law in society and continues to remain supportive of the equal application of the rule of law, especially as it relates to matters of good governance,” it added, while again demanding that the matter be looked into.Only Tuesday, General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis encouraged Guyanese to refuse to be silenced. Making reference to the Bill, Lewis told the May Day rally, “Let none still your voice, for your voice plays a pivotal role in giving meaning and expressions to your existence.”He said too that it is vital to being part of the social order because everyone is foremost social beings. “Let’s get up… stand up for our rights. Don’t let us give up the fight. Ours is the baton to carry and we must carry it like true warriors. None must stop us in this leg of our journey to create a just society!”According to clause 18 of the Bill, persons commit an offence of sedition when they, “attempt to bring into hatred or excite disaffection towards the Government.” These provisions have, in fact, excited worry among social media users, young people and Guyanese as a whole.Since the introduction of the legislation, many members of the public have sought to criticise the clauses and Government, while calling for it to be removed from the Bill; the original purpose being to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace.Minister of State Joseph Harmon claimed that people are taking that section of the Bill out of context. He maintained that the words in that specific clause speak to threats to national security.Laid in the National Assembly since 2016, the Cyber Crimes Bill had catered for, inter alia: illegal access to a computer system; illegal interception; illegal data interference; illegal acquisition of data; illegal system interference; unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data; computer-related forgery; computer-related fraud; offences affecting critical infrastructure; identity-related offences; child pornography; child luring, and violation of privacy among a sleuth of other offences.A special select committee had been working on the Bill for the past few years, and its report on the Bill was presented recently. That committee comprised Attorney General Basil Williams, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Education Minister Nicolette Henry and parliamentarians Michael Carrington and Audwin Rutherford.The People’s Progressive Party was represented by Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and parliamentarians Clement Rohee, Anil Nandlall and Gillian Persaud-Burton.Recently, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo reminded that the initial purpose of the Bill was to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace. Instead, he said, the Bill has been converted by the Government to one that, besides the original purpose, protects their Government’s own interests.last_img read more