first_imgELLSWORTH — After coming up just short in the championship game a year ago, the Down East Family YMCA boys’ basketball team wasn’t going to be denied a Sheriff’s Cup title this time around.DEFY defeated Brewer in the title game Sunday to be crowned 2018 Sheriff’s Cup winners. The team finished the tournament with a 7-1 record to win its first Sheriff’s Cup championship in 15 years and hoist the trophy for the fourth time.The DEFY team started the tournament Friday by beating Narraguagus and Baileyville 61-39 and 69-31, respectively. After beating a team from Holden’s Holbrook School 55-40 on Saturday, DEFY lost to Brewer 49-47 the following game.Yet that would prove to be DEFY’s only loss in the tournament; the team beat Downeast Pride of Northfield 55-34 before topping Brewer by double digits three straight times to avenge the defeat and hoist the trophy for the fourth time.The DEFY boys’ basketball team poses for a photo after its Sheriff’s Cup title win March 11 in Ellsworth. The team’s championship was its fourth in history and first in 15 years. HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThis year’s DEFY team was composed of Hunter Curtis, Eamon McDonald, Brody Mercier, Evan Strout, Michael Palmer, Teague Smallidge, Brett Bragdon, Michael Harris, Gage Hardy, Keegan Omlor, Ty Giberson and Harrison Walden. Dan Curtis, Mike Harris and Aaron Pinckney were the team’s head coaches.Fifteen boys’ teams competed in the tournament. In addition to the six aforementioned teams, Team Thunderstruck, Houlton, Lawrence, Hall-Dale, Hampden Academy, Mount Desert Island A and B, Schoodic Celtics and Calais also participated.On the girls’ side, the MDI A team (6-0) emerged as the top team in a field of 13 other squads to bring home the championship. It was the first Sheriff’s Cup title for an MDI girls’ team.MDI’s roster consisted of Bailey Goodell, Elena Alderman, Leah Carroll, Elizabeth Jones, Molly Ritter, Emily Carter, Olivia Gray, Mollie Gray and Mia Eason with Katy Lawson as coach. The team posted individual victories over Lubec and Glenburn and beat Hampden and Houlton twice to win the title.This year’s Sheriff’s Cup was the 18th edition of the popular tournament, which raises money for charities throughout Hancock County. Games were held at Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School and the Down East Family YMCA. Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img

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