Oxford Hills boys’ basketball preview

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The Vikings made a surprising run to the regional title game in 2014 and return one of the top players in the state in Andrew Fleming, who willed Oxford Hills past Bangor and Brunswick in the tournament.

Tyus Ripley also is a potential first-team KVAC performer. Patrick Macro, who missed most of his junior season with an injury, will provide a lift with his athleticism.

In order to challenge the elite teams in the conference, the Vikings will need less experienced players to emerge, both in the starting five and on the bench. Jake Yates provides another big body to complement Oxford Hills’ one-two punch.

“Defensively we’re not very good right now,” coach Scott Graffam said. “That’s an issue.”

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Although Edward Little and Hampden are considered a notch above Oxford Hills as the season begins, the Vikings are optimistic that they can close the gap and make another run.

Coach: Scott Graffam (16th year)

Last year’s record: 13-8, lost in Eastern A final

Returning athletes: Senior — Cole Everett (5-9 guard); Juniors — Andrew Fleming (6-5 forward), Tyus Ripley (6-3 guard/forward), Jake Beauchesne (6-0 guard), Blake Slicer (5-8 guard).

Key losses: Matt Beauchesne (5-8 guard), Dalton Rice (6-4 guard/forward), Luke Davidson (6-4 center), Ben Morton (6-2 guard), Riley Chickering (6-0 guard), Caleb Fillebrown (6-2 guard).

Promising newcomers: Senior — Patrick Macro (6-3 senior), Jake Yates (6-5 center), Brandon Martinez (6-0 guard); Sophomore — Cole Verrier (5-10 guard); Freshman — Chris St. Pierre (6-0 guard).

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