Four southern Maine players and two more from central and western Maine are among the six finalists for the Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball Awards, given annually by the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches to honor the top senior players in the state.

The finalists for Miss Maine Basketball are Emily Archibald of Kennebunk, Camille Clement of Greely and Gemima Motema of Portland. Oxford Hills’ Cassidy Dumont was a semifinalist for the award.

The Mr. Maine finalists are Parker Desjardins of Forest Hills in Jackman, Payton Jones of Thornton Academy and Cash McClure of Maranacoook. Leavitt’s Wyatt Hathaway was a semifinalist.

The winners will be announced at 6 p.m. on March 19, in a virtual awards ceremony.

The Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball is given to a student-athlete who has exhibited outstanding skills throughout their basketball career, for their team, through leadership and sportsmanship, and being a positive school and community citizen.

McClure would be the second Mr. Maine Basketball winner from Maranacook, joining 2008 winner Ryan Martin. Desjardins is the first Mr. Maine Basketball finalist in Forest Hills history. Jones would be the first winner from Thornton Academy.

Clement is vying to become Greely’s third Miss Maine Basketball winner in seven seasons, joining 2019 winner Anna DeWolfe and 2015 winner Ashley Storey. Archibald would be Kennebunk’s first Miss Maine Basketball since Allison Booth in 1995. Motema would be Portland’s first winner of the award.

Last year’s winners were Oxford Hills’ Julia Colby and Hampden Academy’s Bryce Lausier.

Central Maine Newspapers’ Travis Lazarczyk contributed to this story.


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