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Maddie Fitzpatrick led the Cheverus girls鈥 basketball team to a 17-0 record in the regular season and the top seed in Class AA North. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

There is no shortage of intriguing storylines as the Maine high school basketball season heads into the postseason.

From undefeated teams to programs back in the playoff mix after years away, the boys鈥 and girls鈥 basketball tournaments will have plenty of drama in store as they begin next week.

The action starts with preliminary games at higher seeds on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then shifts to the Portland Expo, Augusta Civic Center and Bangor鈥檚 Cross Insurance Center on Friday. In addition, Class AA teams have quarterfinals at higher seeds next week before the winners head to Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. State championships in five classes are scheduled for March 1-2.

In the southern regions, as well as the southern Maine-led Class AA North, four teams take undefeated records into the postseason 鈥 and two come from the same school. Oceanside鈥檚 boys鈥 and girls鈥 teams both went 18-0, and will fend off challengers as Class B South鈥檚 No. 1 seeds.

鈥淲e love every step of it,鈥 said Larry Reed, coach of the high-octane Oceanside boys. 鈥淚t鈥檚 a bit competitive too, which is a lot of fun. It鈥檚 almost 鈥榃ho鈥檚 going to be the one that blinks first.鈥 鈥 It鈥檚 fun, it鈥檚 great, it鈥檚 healthy competition amongst each other, and we hope we can both stay on this journey together for as long as we possibly can.鈥

Both Mariners teams have cause for motivation as their tournament runs begin. The Oceanside boys were a top seed at 17-1 last year, and made it all the way to the state final before falling to Orono. They鈥檙e the team to beat in B South again, and they have their sights set on finishing the job they nearly completed last time.

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鈥淲e are dialed in,鈥 Reed said. 鈥淲e lost the state championship by only three points last year, and no longer than we were back on the bus and the twins (Carter and Cohen Galley) were already messaging me, 鈥榃e鈥檝e got to get back there.鈥櫬犫

The Oceanside girls will be hungry as well. The Mariners completed their third straight undefeated regular season, but are likely to remember what happened last year, when a loss to Spruce Mountain in the regional final derailed their hopes for a second straight state title and ended a 53-game winning streak.

Aubri Hoose and the Oceanside girls finished the regular season with an undefeated record for the third straight year. The Mariners are the No. 1 seed in Class B South. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

鈥淚t鈥檚 been our motivational tool that we鈥檝e used throughout the year,鈥 Oceanside girls鈥 Coach Matt Breen said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 something that we鈥檝e talked about, some of the things that we thought we could do differently to hopefully change that this year.鈥

The other undefeated teams are the Valley girls in Class D South and the Cheverus girls in AA North. The Stags absorbed some key offseason departures to go 17-0, with seniors Maddie Fitzpatrick, Ruth Boles and Megan Dearborn leading the way.

Coach Bill Goodman said he鈥檚 focused on keeping Cheverus sharp and focused. The Stags last played on Feb. 2 and will have a first-round bye.

鈥淭he last couple of weeks, teams have been playing us tougher, they鈥檝e had more different game plans,鈥 he said. 鈥淭he good part is they鈥檙e throwing stuff at us and we鈥檙e learning how to handle it. The bad part is all the film is out on us.鈥

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The tournament fields will also feature some defending champions in good position for another title run. On the boys鈥 side, South Portland is a third seed in AA South and sporting a modest 9-9 record, but has also come on strong with wins in eight of its last 11 games. Oxford Hills, which won the AA girls鈥 title, appeared in trouble after starting 2-5, but 11 straight wins moved the red-hot Vikings up to second behind Cheverus.

The Old Orchard Beach girls, who won the Class C title, earned a shot to defend their championship by going 7-11 and grabbing the 10th seed in the South region.

The playoffs will also feature teams that, after rough years dropped them down a class, now have high hopes. One of those teams is the Noble boys, who at 14-4 are the third seed in A South behind Gray-New Gloucester (16-2) and Falmouth (15-3). The Knights had one winning season in 35 years entering this winter, but the team 鈥 and the community supporting it 鈥 was awaiting this opportunity.

Coach John Morgan leads a practice in November for the Noble High boys鈥 basketball team, which moved to Class A South this season. The Knights are 14-4 and have the No. 3 seed in the region. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

鈥淚t鈥檚 been incredible for the morale of the team and confidence of the team,鈥 Coach John Morgan said. 鈥淭his last week, we played two home games against GNG and Massabesic and it was really packed in our gym, you had to get there early to get a seat. Everybody is excited to travel, and I think we鈥檙e going to have a good amount of people from this community traveling to the Expo to watch us.鈥

Noble鈥檚 not alone. The Biddeford girls, 0-18 last year in Class A, are 11-7 and a ninth seed in B South. The Waynflete girls (13-5) are the second seed in D South after missing the Class C tournament last year. The Poland girls (12-6) are the sixth seed in C South after going 0-18 last year in B. And the Deering girls, 8-50 in AA the last three full seasons, are the fifth seed in A South.

The Rams are 9-9, but have wins over top-four seeds in Mt. Ararat and Fryeburg Academy, and losses by five points or fewer to No. 2 Brunswick and No. 3 Gray-New Gloucester. In a deep A South field, Deering believes it can be a dark horse.

鈥淚 think so,鈥 Coach Mike Murphy said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 high school sports, you just never know who鈥檚 going to deal with the jitters and who can deal with making foul shots under pressure and who can take care of the ball. 鈥 It really comes down to, can you keep those outside factors (out) and play within yourself?鈥


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