On paper, you knew this was going to be a tough way for the MDI Trojans to open their season. They were playing at Orono, the defending Class B State Champions. The Red Riots were going to receiver their 2023 championship rings prior to game. There was an induction for the Hall-of-Fame Class at halftime and then unbeknownst to most, Pierce Walston was 23 points away from 1000 points

Photo Chris Popper
Photo Chris Popper

Orono ended up winning the game 61-47, as Pierce Walton scored his 1000th point with 5:06 left in the 4th Quarter.

Pierce Walston score his 1000th point. December 9, 2023 Photo Chris Popper
Pierce Walston score his 1000th point. December 9, 2023 Photo Chris Popper

Orono led 16-10 at the end of the 1st Quarter and 28-20 at the Half. The Red Riots pulled away in the 2nd Half, leading 42-30 at the end of the 3rd Quarter.

MDI was led by Jameson Weir with 16 points. James Witham scoring his 1st varsity points had 12  points including 4 3-pointers. The Trojans made 6 3's on the afternoon. In addition to Witham's 4 3's,  and Jarron Biekert and Cal Hodgdon each had a 3-pointer.

Walston had a game-high 23 points to lead Orono. Ben Francis had 15 points and Will Francis had 13 points. Orono was 10-13 from the free throw line. Walston, Francis and Bergen Sodenberg each had a 3-pointer.

Orono starts the season at 1-0 and will host Washington Academy on Tuesday, December 12th at 7 p.m. before traveling to Ellsworth on Thursday, December 14th at 7 p.m. That Orono-Ellsworth game will be broadcast on AM 1370 WDEA, on WDEA Internet Radio, and on our free downloadable APP and on any Alexa enabled device

MDI, now 0-1, will play at Hermon on Wednesday, December 13th at 7 p.m. .

The High School Athlete of the Week is resuming beginning the week of December 4th. Please send your nominations via email to Chris Popper by Sunday, December 10th for the Week December 4th-9th. We will then announce the nominations on Monday December 11th. You'll be able to vote once per day December 11th-14th with the Week 1 Winter High School Athlete of the Week being announced on Friday, December 15th.

Line Score

MDI Boys1010101747
Orono Boys1612141961


Box Score


Spencer Laurendau42---
James Witham12-4--
Dylan Stoll0----
Cal Hodgdon511--
Jay Haney0----
Joey Wellman-Clouse21---
Lincoln Gray0----
Jacob Shields0----
Alex Yeadon0----
Jarron Biekert82112
Jameson Weir168--1
Shane Lumbatis0----


Pierce Walston238146
Brady Hewes0----
Caden Gray0----
Kason Bagley0----
Caden Ewer-Cousins0----
Ben Francis156-34
Bergen Sodenberg5-122
Will Francis1351--
Jay Tweedie0----
Sebastian Vanidestine0----
Adam Sherman0----
Mason Kenney0----
Noah Schaff52-11
Matt Allen0----

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