In front of the largest crowd dating back to 2019, the Ellsworth Boys Basketball Team remained unbeaten, defeating the Orono Red Riots 60-49 at Katsiaficas Gymnasium in Ellsworth on Thursday, December 29th.

The packed crowd saw the Eagles race out to a 27-14 lead at the end of the 1st Quarter and 42-28 at the end of the 1st Half. Orono outscored Ellsworth in the 3rd Quarter 15-10 to make the score 52-43. Orono was never able to get closer than 5 points in the 4th Quarter..

Ellsworth was led by Chance Mercier who had a game-high 25 points including 3 3-pointers. Peter Keblinsky had a double-double owning the boards, and had 12 points, including 2 3-pointers. Miles Palmer had 2 3-pointers and Dawson Curtis drained a 3-pointer. The Eagles were 4-8 from the free throw line, with all of the free throws coming late in the 4th Quarter.

Orono was led by Pierce Walston who finished with 18 points, despite a rotation of Ellsworth defenders assigned to him. He also had a 3-pointer. Will Francis had 16 points and Ben Francis had 10 points with a 3-pointer. The Red Riots were 11-19 from the free throw line.

Orono now 5-1 will play at Old Town on Saturday, December 31st at 1:30 p.m.

Ellsworth, now 6-0 hosts Caribou on Friday afternoon, December 30th at 2:30 p.m. That game will be broadcast on AM 1370 WDEA, on our free downloadable APP, on WDEA Internet Radio and on any Alexa enabled device.

You can nominate someone for the Winter Week 4 High School Athlete of the Week by emailing HERE. Please put High School Athlete of the Week in the subject. Nominations for games December 26th to December 31st need to be received by January 2nd. Then tell us why your nominee is deserving! Let us know specifics! How many goals did she/he score? How many points did she/he score? How fast did they run or throw in the indoor track meet? How fast did they swim in the swim meet? How did they do in the wrestling meet? We also want to know what school they go to! Please send them by Monday night!

Tuesday we will then compile the nominees and it will be your turn to choose the winner! You can then cast your votes, and voting will close Thursday night at 11:59 p.m. We will then announce the winner online and on air on Friday each week!

We are also looking for reports of High School Basketball,  Hockey, Swimming, Indoor Track and Field, and Wrestling results. If you can email them HERE we will write recaps nightly.

Line Score 

Orono Boys141415649
EHS Boys271510860


Box Score


Pierce Walston185158
Brady Hews0----
Ellis Spaulding21---
Bergen Soderberg0----
Ben Francis102135
Luke Soctomah0----
Will Francis167-24
Sebastian Vanidestine21---
Adam Sherman0----
Mason Kenney0----
Noah Schaff1--12
Matt Allen0----


Chance Mercier257322
Miles Palmer6-2--
Michael Harris42---
Cruz Coffin21---
Kaleb Connors21---
Josiah James-Chin31-13
Wyatt Bragdon0----
Eamon MacDonald0----
Peter Keblinsky1232-1
Kyle Kenney0----
Ethan LeClerc0----
Dawson Curtis61112
Brayden King0----
Isiah Corson0----

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